Welcome to Brother’s Campfire!
I must say that I am very grateful for all of the meaningful conversation I have had with many of you over the last few days. My ongoing tale is both an accounting of my adventures and those that live in the Land of La Longi, a fictional storyline that occasionally breaks the fourth wall.
Here, have a seat and pour yourself some coffee while I spin a tale!
Scouts from Northwich had devised a runner system to pass information to Thane Emerson and the findings were grim.
The Carsiolians had made camp on the south eastern border of La Longi. A rectangular trench had been dug waist deep around the perimeter, with sharpened stakes protruding from the mounded earth.
The supply line was well secured for the expeditionary force of approximately 1200 men. They were not raiding the surrounding countryside, but rather paying a higher price than the nearby settlements or La Longi would pay for products. This indicated a robust economy on the part of the Carsiolians
Before his death in the civil war, Lord Rainport had ravaged the countryside with his mismanagement making a difficult situation for James, his son.
James had given lands to his vassals and freed slaves which pleased the slaves and nobility, but was no incentive for the common man tilling the ground. It was within reason that the loyalty of a populace had been secured by the Carsiolians for a song and a little additional pay.
Essentially, the Carsiolians were utilizing an overland route to secure grain, cutting out the middle men in La Longi. None of this had a direct impact on Northwich, but war was inevitable.
Word had been sent to the King with no response. James Rainport would not accept assistance and gathered his nobles.
Ambassadors from Carsiolia had not made communication or offered any terms with Northwich and so the leadership’s hands were tied.
Commander Nicholas had worked the town to near breaking.
In Carsiolian fashion, a deep trench had been dug around the town’s perimeter with deep set logs as a wall. Large piles of stones were accessible to hurl over the wall of any attackers.
Tirelessly, Nicholas drilled the men of Northwich in two shifts of 8 hours each. He would march the first shift of men with weighted bags and return later to drill the next group. How Nicholas could work such a grueling schedule for 16 hours day after day perplexed the men and also earned their respect as Nicholas also carried the same load.
Nicholas was transparent to the men of Northwich. An attack by the Carsiolians on the town would likely result in defeat by sheer magnitude of numbers. Nicholas was ensuring that additional risk calculation would be necessary for the enemy.