The heroes made their preparations to accomplish the task that the resistance leadership has set before them. In brief, it was to infiltrate a supply shipment headed for the Burning Line to the west. They were to ensure that magical contraband was present in the shipment, and to enable Niklas Dornill, Cyrus, Kendall Hunter, Kennth, Callan, Emre, Jin, and Verrick to be present with the shipment. The heroes decided to bring along another Dorn Hill refugee in order to fill out a unit of 6 human “Watchmen”.
They successfully prepared, building a hidden enclosure for Emre to live in, purchasing poisons to use en-route, visiting one of the resistance caches to make sure they had weapons and armor as needed. They were also able to smuggle the contraband onto one of the wagons, forge documents to support all they did.
During their week-long trip out, Jin was able to convince the slaves accompanying them on the caravan to assist the heroes in poisoning the Goblin drovers, Orcs and Soldier Legate.
When the time came, the poison was distributed, incapacitating more than half the Goblins and Orcs and weakening all of them significantly. In the ensuing battle, the heroes were able to leave none alive, with fire, blades or poison eliminating their foes. During the battle, Jin and Emre both experienced the second manifestation of their Heroic Paths.
They were able to move the wagons to a cave structure off the western road and to conceal them, but something of what they had done seemed to have attracted a number of Fell who hurled themselves at the player-characters, stunning some of them with fear and pummeling others. With preparation, however, the heroes were able to hold the line until the Fell stopped coming, leaving a mound of long-dead bodies as a barrier of gore.
Only days later, the Resistance Outriders arrived at the cave structure, celebrating the PCs’ victories and the needed influx of supplies and fresh, high-quality horses.
The leader of the resistance outriders is a Sarcosian named Fariel, also known as the “Black Rider”. He speaks some Erenlander and Trader’s Tongue for those who do not speak his native tongue. He seems to be some kind of southern nobility, related to one of the “sussars” of Sarcosian culture who did not side with the Shadow as the majority did.
Riding with Fariel are almost three dozen others, a majority of which are other Sarcosians with a few Erenlanders mixed in, and a minority of Halfling wolf-riders, much wilder than their civilized kin. Most have more than one mount, able to switch between them in order to travel faster than those who chase them – primarily frustrated, un-mounted Orc patrolls and a few focused and dangerous groups of Legates.
Fariel is in periodic communication with resistance leadership in Baden’s Bluff – by unknown magical means – and is able to coordinate with them to a limited degree. Otherwise, the outriders work independently, damaging the Shadow where they can and living off the land and the support of the few who are brave enough to secretly do so. They are most effective skirmishing with Orc footsoldiers and attacking supply caravans. They are also able to occasionally trade with resistors living in the south and even on occasion the Elves of the west, personally or through connections.