Old December 13, 2016, 11:10 AM   #46 (permalink)
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They got a few. Some who just wanted to get on his good side, others who were trying to protect the village from the idiots who were only trying to take the job to get on the orcs' good side. Especially knowing there were many enterprising folk, too, who might take the job just to help their chances next time the orcs came for a smack down.

Among the volunteers, a heavyset barkeep, a lumberjack, and the tailor were ones that seemed the most recognized among their peers. The barkeep didn't seem as well liked as the others, based off of the sheer amount of eyerolls that followed behind him as he spoke.
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Old December 13, 2016, 02:28 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Lessee here...

Lumberjack fella! He seemed cool. The orc chose him to basically be his village's representative among the orcs. The Warlord would leave the lumberjack to figure out how that was supposed to work exactly: whether the representative sent other representatives to live amongst the orcs or whatever while he stayed in the village, or whether he went with the orcs and got info from people who came to the village - orc didn't care. As long as the information was getting where it needed to go.

Kay! Good. All good. Deal was reiterated for the sake of the uumies. Very simple stuff, kay? Give orcs supplies. Orcs protect you. This lumberjack guy, tell him if things are needed from the orcs. Then lumberjack guy will tell orcs, and orcs will help, because villagers getting help means villagers making supplies better and giving supplies to orcs.

Siiiiiimple.

It was a simple system that was going to be set up in all of the villages that the Warlord had barreled over. Somebody to handle communication with the orcs, so that a system of support could be established. Did the orcs care about these villages? Certainly! Because the villages were going to be providing supplies, after all! The Warlord cared about the villages in the same way he cared about cattle. Sick cattle couldn't be killed and eaten, after all.

Not that he was going to kill and eat the villages. They were more like... farmland. Yeah. Not that the orcs really used farmland or anything but the point was there: take care of the resource and it would continue to deliver good stuff to you.
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Old December 13, 2016, 07:38 PM   #48 (permalink)
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It was good to keep things simple. Based on the open-mouthed stares the uumies cast in his direction, it was clear that they needed thorough explanations broken down into bite-sized pieces. But the fight had been beaten out of them, some of their homes had been burned to the ground, and they were stuck with this now, so they were listening and playing along as required. Maybe if they knew that the warlord was planning on taking such good care of them, they'd look a little more happy about it.

Anyway, Lumberjack was on board, too. It kept others from having to do that sort of work, and he was used to travel. He'd come up with a plan and get it sorted out in short order. Maybe they could even get a network going with the liaisons from the other villages, just in case it helped facilitate faster communication.

The suns were beginning to head towards the horizon by this point. Darkening would fall soon.
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Getting late, huh?

Well, probably wanted to head back, then. They'd had a big day of conquering and stuff! If they couldn't make it all the way back they could camp out in the wilderness or something. Who was gonna attack a giant camp full of orcs and stuff?

Sentries and all that, though, in case anybody actually tried to.

Tomorrow, they could head back to the other villages they'd conquered and basically set up the same sort of communication system thing!
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If what he had experienced of the villages so far was any indication of what he'd have to face out here, the warlord might have figured he'd be pretty safe in his encampment. He'd be right. No one was stupid enough to try and assault a camp of orcs, especially after dark, and even the two villages combined wouldn't have been much against war-hardened troops.

So, neither human nor beast bothered them that darkening.

In the brightening, they headed back to the past few villages they needed to help work on. There was an odd sense of depression and disappointment at seeing the orcs return. Maybe they were hopeful that wouldn't happen, and they could go about their lives like normal! Too bad, WAAAAAAAGH had a more decent memory than that.

Navis had a few volunteers for the job of liaison as well. There was a woman that seemed somewhat unpopular, the baker's wife, but she was firm and had no problems with taking on leadership roles when required. Despite how unhappy people seemed with her bossiness, they did listen to her because she had good feedback and made reasonable decisions.

The other man, a trader, was very popular and well received by the town, having good relations with any of the villages he traded with as well. He had an outgoing and charismatic nature. But some complained that he slacked off at times and that his gossip often led to confusion and excitement among the townsfolk.
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Unpopular woman it was!

Hm. The orc stroked his chin for a bit, before taking the woman aside. Maybe... maybe she could use the popular guy. Or something. He was popular, if not a good worker. Maybe... use that popularity to make herself... more popular. Or something. Anything beyond that was more complicated than the orc wanted to think.

At some point he remembered that he'd only taken two villages and there had been more planned for conquest. Oh yeaaaah.

Time to swing south and head towards... Breecetoun? Yeah, that was the one. Wasn't there another one along the way, too? These long campaigns were kind of rough. There was so much stuff to remember. It was so much easier when there was just one thing you had to smash and then you were done.
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Oddly, the woman seemed to actually ponder the idea. Perhaps she could find a friend in the popular one, given that he seemed to get along with the others so well. Maybe he could teach her a thing or two, and in turn she could keep him on track. Huh, who would have thought the orc warlord would have been someone to get ideas from?

Anyway, on the way to Breecetoun, they swept through the tiny village on the way. They had gotten wind of the orcs a few brightenings before from a couple of those who had fled there for safety. They were totally prepared for their new overlords, and even offered cake! Not enough for all of them, but maybe WAAAAAAAGH liked cake.

Breecetoun seemed to be in an odd state. The warlord's second scout to Breecetoun hadn't returned, but the village itself didn't have him. There were nails in many of the windows, as if to keep someone or something out, and the patrols were so on edge that they immediately flipped out at the sight of orcs. Given how quiet and shut in the village seemed to be, the warlord might have come to the conclusion that they were already being harassed by something long before he had come along.

Even more strange was that when the orcs didn't seem ready to demolish Breecetoun, some of the patrolmen actually came out to meet WAAAAAAAGH. They had bags under their eyes, like they hadn't slept in a while.

"Please," one pled with him, "We want to make a deal with you. We'll give you food and supplies, anything. Just stop the creatures plaguing our village at night. We are desperate. We don't know what else to do, or who else to turn to."
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The Warlord was pretty indifferent about cake, but the gesture was appreciated, at least. More or less, the same deal as for everybody else was put in place and from there it was on to Breecetoun.

Uh.

Kay.

Well, here was a deal that the Warlord could appreciate it. Beat something up and win a village! Time to hunker down until night time and see what all this nonsense was. Let the boyz rest and let them know that, come night, apparently there was going to be a decent fight on their hands!

Light some torches so that they could see stuff, too!
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So they waited. At night.

The problems began many candlemarks after the suns had gone down. Dark, shadowy, nearly shapeless things began to slip into the camp, latching onto some of WAAAAAAAGH's boyz and dragging them, quite abruptly, into the darkness.

A few screams could be heard here, there, on the various outer areas of his camp, in all directions.

It was hard to get a clear sight of just what they were. Unfortunately, the torches did little to help. They were ablaze but were met with only these strange dark forms that seems to swallow all the light they offered.

A few swings in their direction did nothing, and fwoosh, there went another one of his orcs, kicking and fighting before he seemed to fall off the face of the earth.

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whot

"OI! LEGGO ME BOYZ!"

With axe in hand, then, the Warlord ran into the darkness. Swing! Shout! Weren't they gonna fight proper? What the heck were these things? He was gonna stomp 'em regardless!

"WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!"
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Nope, no proper fighting. The things looked almost like the smoke billowing up from their campfires, making them seem impossible to hit. His axe whisked through one and for a moment it seemed like he had dismembered it, but the limb reattached and it zipped away at an alarming speed.

But then - bingo! When one reached out to grab one of the boyz, WAAAAAAAGH's axe hit it square in the back. It shrieked and writhed and then wilted into nothing.

Whatever it was, it had to be solid to grab hold of things.
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That was good to know, the Warlord supposed. And he'd yell at the boyz about it, too. Keep together! If it tries to grab somebody... smash it!

But it had still taken some of his boyz, and so the orc needed to figure out where it was coming from. Just fending it off wasn't his style - he was going to destroy it!

"WAAAAAAAAGH!"

Where had his boyz been dragged off to? What direction? Because the orc was gonna start running that way with his axe!
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They were coming from every direction, but there were plenty to try and smash. His leadership helped keep the boyz from going into a frenzy at the sudden, unexpected way they had been attacked. Seeing the warlord able to vanquish a few of the things helped them understand the creature was killable, as well as the way in which to do it.

He saw one of his boyz go down and start to disappear somewhere to his left, slowed significantly by the fact that he had managed to dig a weapon into the ground before he got too far. WAAAAAAAGH was at least able to try and follow, maybe get an idea of where the things might be taking his valuable troops.

It became clear that the orcs were being dragged deep into the surrounding woods, and that if he followed, he have to separate from his men for an indeterminable distance.

Did he want to keep following?
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Bah!

"You lot keep fightin' 'em!" the Warlord bellowed. "I'mma take 'em down right proper!" If any of them wanted to follow, that was up to them, but the orc had no issue charging right into danger without them.

Charge!
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Deep in the forest, the shadows seemed to grow thicker, swarming and feasting on a central spot that seemed to exude a sense of foreboding. Here, a general feeling of death seemed to overcome the orc, although it was hard to describe what made it so.

The orcs were dragged here, and their deaths only seemed to contribute to the general unpleasant sensations that only grew as the shadows became thicker. Here, they seemed to writhe and grow stronger, but what drew them here or even created them was unclear. A large radius about the area was characterized by brittle branches and dead earth.

For now the orc was unnoticed by most of them, although a few seemed to be alerted to his presence. Behind him, a few of his boyz were catching up. Attacking the mass of shadows would surely mean chaos, but if there was an alternative way of dealing with them, it certainly wasn't clear.
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