The going for the Spiral Knights was not easy. They have had setbacks in their triumphs. Upon trying to convince the mainlanders to help, their pleas fell upon the deaf ears of Captain Kark. When they could not reach them diplomatically, the knights planned to set a plot into action to frame the Deserted Bluffs for fire bombing of the ships. Swain and Jane set out with new pirate friend Steve and Azarean’s new bodyguard Boobo to set off a fire upon one of the mainlander’s ships. Swimming to one of the ships, Steve and Jane were stopped before boarding by a ship-hand and through some cunning words, found themselves ushered away rather than thrown in the brig. Swain and Boobo however did manage to board the vessel. After a brief look around Swain quickly located the powder room, stocked to the brim with kegs of black powder. Using the staff of fire he had borrowed from Azarean, he launched a fireball into the confined space. Boobo seeing a flash of brilliant light from beneath a door managed to jump from the ship before the worst of the explosion set off. Through some divine guidance, Swain managed to survive the stellar explosion with only taking a minor amount of damage. Then moving to the top of the burning, sinking ship Swain would cry out “For Deserted Bluffs” which fell almost unnoticed through the sounds of screaming seamen and other boats catching fire. Within the chaos and fire, many of the group managed to escape and find their friends. Jane and Swain however were caught and thrown into shackles on the beach. Swain managed to escape but Jane managed to get the attention of Captain Kark. After a brief interrogation, Kark had Jane knocked unconscious and roped to a bed. When Kark left his tent and went about surveying the damage, the company moved in and through stealth managed to free Jane as well as liberate some minor items.
During the fiery chaos and the shutdown of the shore encampment that happened the next day, Deadsmell began his journey back to Knight’s Valley. During a few days gallop, his horse died. Then he simply brought it back from the dead as a zombie horse and rode the rest of the way back into town with little problems. After a brief meeting with the war council, he was promoted if for no other reason than the decision had to be made then.
When the group got back, it was already time for the armies to march. They sent the goblins they had obtained the loyalty of out to destroy supply lines and cause general havoc for the Deserted Bluff’s troops. The idea was to meet them at a choke point, a bridge across the low flowing river. The group of knights went ahead of the army to scout out the area. They found a group of mages along the river bank that were setting up illusions over something they did not know or had no interest in. They were simply paid to do a job. Without further investigation as to what may have been covered up, they were forced to flee when a group of mages threatened them and after a brief scuffle it seemed the Knights were not welcome.
The Knights met up once more with the moving army of Dwarves, Elves, Humans, and Gnomes. Before the two armies met up, Kragyar King of the Dwarves let Jane know that he had a trump card of iron and gold battle golems. They were point and fire warriors of destruction. With a plan to withdraw over the bridge and back into the forest in mind, the two armies met upon the field. When Knight’s Valley’s forces got close enough to reach melee combat, the illusions upon the fields fell away and hatches opened up to unleash additional undead forces upon the forces of good. At the front of these undead were the goblins, now zombified, that were sent to cause havoc. As the forces clashed, the group slowly withdrew their forces. When they reached the opposite side and things seemed to be going their way, a force the likes they had never seen joined the battle. A necromantic stone giant began to make it’s way through the field, cutting swaths of people from it’s path with great eldritch power. Feeling such forces on the field caused Deadsmell to change sides in the middle of combat, using his powers to hinder the Spiral Knights in hopes of gaining favor with the force he believed to be the God King. When the giant finally fell his mass fell upon the monk Steve, snuffing out his light. A few moments after the battle field had grown silent, the stone giant burst and an explosion of black and violet energy burst forth and left the Knights steeped in unknown darkness, the smoke and light covering them and filling their lungs with raw chaotic energy.