Is War among the Southern Dwarf Clans Inevitable?
By Toodla Oblodt, Naldrin City News
Naldrin City, Kalkix 12, SP~5,016
The situation in the southwestern region of Tamarra has become significantly more dangerous over the last few weeks. As readers know, this area includes both the coastal region known as the Undying Lands and the Suong Mountains that surround them. While the cities and towns of the Undying Lands have a highly diverse mix of the Ten Races, the Suong Mountains are primarily populated by dwarves from several dozen clans.
Recent reports from Hammon, the largest city in the Undying Lands, tell of battles between the major dwarf clans. Just in the last few days the Kardash Clan is said to have launched an assault against their primary rival, the Gakkdarr Clan. The alliances among the other dwarf clans are not entirely clear, but it is believed that the three most powerful clans of the Eastern Suong Mountains have allied themselves with the Kardash Clan, while the southern dwarf clans are largely fighting on the side of the Gakkdarr Clan. Movements of troops that confirm these accounts have been seen.
Several reporters from the Hammon Daily Journal have described the most recent battle as occurring just east of Ellerron, a small town in the very north of the Undying Lands. The Kardash attacking force totalled somewhere between 4,000 and 6,000 warriors, a significantly larger number than the more minor clashes over the last six months. The battle lasted only a single day before the Kardash forces withdrew; however, it is believed they are prepared to re-launch their attack as soon as additional forces arrive from the east. The forces are led by the powerful Kardash Soman and War Leader, Arkkan, one of the most respected and feared military strategists on the continent. Even the crawn General Sasskell has praised Leader Arkkan as being worthy of honor.
Sources at the highest levels of both the Kardash and Gakkdarr Clans have confirmed that each clan has hired members of Wind and Silence to gather information about the alliances and forces of the other. It is well-known that the services of Wind and Silence are not inexpensive, demonstrating the new level of seriousness the conflicts of this region have reached.
It is believed that the Council of Drawnwyn is deeply concerned about this conflict, and may have hired members of The Negotiators to assist in brokering a peace, or at least a temporary cessation of hostilities. A war among the dwarves in this region has the potential to expand to dwarf clans from other areas of the continent. In addition, the Council is seriously concerned about the balance of power in this region. The dwarf clans of the Suong Mountains have kept the Suong Goblin Kingdom in check for many years; a war among the dwarves could provide these goblins with an opportunity to reclaim the Undying Lands for themselves.
The NCN’s sources in Hammon have reported seeing several well-known members of the Negotiators at a local dining establishment in recent days. The NCN has reached out to key members of the Council for confirmation, but as of now we have received no response.