Another Galguhn War?
By Toodla Oblodt, City Desk, Naldrin City News
Naldrin City, Kalkix 39, SP~5,021
The Galguhn War and Northern Goblin Uprising was the single greatest threat in the last century to the continued existence of Naldrin City. This uprising, and subsequent war, was led by the powerful Galguhn Goblin Kingdom of the Nashem Mountains. Soon after the war began in earnest, it was joined by a number of other goblin kingdoms of the area, including the dozen or so kingdoms west of the Gaghzzen Mountains. The goal of these united goblins was to conquer the northern half of the Tamarran Continent. The conflict ran for thirteen long years, beginning in SP~4,975 and ending in SP~4,988, just eighteen years ago.
Almost every resident of Naldrin City has family and/or friends who perished or were bloodied in this savage conflict. In the final three years, much of the northern part of the Tamarran Continent worked in concert with Naldrin City’s populace to push back the legions of goblins and their allies; hateful gurv, berserk ravagers, and even some gamol who saw an opportunity to easily ensnare some souls.
It is therefore deeply disturbing to report that the goblins of the Nashem Mountains and those of the Gaghzzen Mountains, to their west, may be on the rise again.
In the 60 days of the preceding month, Sula, there were reports of as many as a dozen incidents on the portion of Naldrin Road that runs west from our fair city to the Nashem River. This 200-mile stretch passes over rolling hills and plains, and for some miles runs along the southern borders of the Nashem Forest. Incidents along this road are not unusual, but these attacks are more frequent than usual. The fact that all but one occurred at night, the preferred time for these creatures who so strongly dislike the light of day, also suggests that goblins were involved.
The Naldrin News has interviewed eight folk, from four parties, who were attacked. They are consistent in their descriptions of their attackers: they were covered with long strips of coarse, black cloth wrapped many times around their entire body. This effectively hid their appearance, but each interviewee has stated that the creatures’ walk was distinctly shambling and goblin-like. The few times the attackers communicated to each other or shouted at their victims, they used the distinctive guttural, almost choking pattern and harsh tones of goblin speech.
Two incidents near Old Naldrin City may also be goblin-related. One account is from a small party of dwarves who were in some of the more ancient parts of the Old City, ostensibly looking for areas they might repair (although a reporter suspects other reasons). They state that they were attacked by creatures wielding traditional goblin blades, which are relatively short, with barbs along all the edges. Their fighting style, attacking in groups of threes, was also highly reminiscent of goblins.
The other incident was an attack against a group of almost two dozen ishiri stone workers who were repairing the Temple of Loshodo, a part of the ancient city ruins that lie on the side of the Nashem Mountains. The workers were unprepared for armed conflict and quickly withdrew, but, sadly, lost five of their own. These ishiri workers left no doubt that their attackers were goblins, having seen them in plain view.
Two attacks so close to Naldrin City are of great concern to Lorren Matts, the current Mayor. Matts told this newspaper that she is currently consulting with the Guild Enforcers to combat the threat. She has also notified the Council of Drawnwyn, although their response is likely to be the usual, “We are monitoring the situation.” We will publish their response once it has been issued, and we will keep the public informed of all developments pertaining to the potential for another uprising.