We had another excellent turnout of Spell Moot this past Sunday and also inducted some new members into the Society!
If there was any doubt as to Tanthul's intentions before, there is none left now. Tanthul sent a full on invasion force to the outskirts of Trinity with the intention of claiming the city as his own. Forewarned of this invasion by Barrek and Elminster, Tanthul's army of orcs and mages were met just outside the city gates in North Trinity by the audacious members of the Arcance Society. The Netherese army advanced on our heroes in three deployments, each wave a seemingly endless number of troops.
The first wave was comprised of orcs, intended no doubt to wear down the resolve of Trinity. It was clear at the beginning that these were no ordinary orcs. The Society soon realized that the product of the experiments they witnessed at Thultanthar were now facing them on the opposite side in battle. Despite being engineered by the Netherese into "super" orcs, this first wave of enemy troops was slowly and methodically dispatched by the intrepid Society.
Soon after catching their breaths, the second wave approached and the elation the Members felt after the first wave soon turned to chaotic disarray. This wave saw still more orcs but now there were also Netherese mages in the battle lines : Necromancers, Conjurers and Theurges. Protected in battle by the orcs, these mages nearly decimated the Society, and it looked as though Trinity's fate hung in the balance, until Torm intervened and aided the Society until they could regroup and devise a more coherent strategy for engaging the enemy. Confidence soon returned, proving to be the tipping point and the second wave of the enemy was soon eliminated.
The Society had little time to bask in their newly bolstered convictions when the third wave appeared, this one comprised mostly of powerful mages with orc archers holding the lines behind them. But the Society, now with a clear understanding of the enemy, engaged with a much clearer purpose. And during this final battle, they even witnessed some very powerful mages retreating, presumably back to Anauroch to meet their fate at the hands of a presumably irate Tanthul.
The two day battle over, the Society members, to the adulation of the Trinity faithful, regrouped back at their hold to discuss what they had learned and how to proceed moving forward. It is one thing to engage such a powerful enemy in the open, but the consideration now is how to confront this enemy in their floating fortress and possibly face the Tanthul himself. Even weakened as they are, the Netherese forces will present a deadly threat. To win, the Society must understand how to penetrate the powerful protections surrounding the enemy troops.