November 18th, T.A. 2017
After regaining control of the passage from Kauppa-Kohta and to Pynti-Peldot I spent some days looking at the trade that took place between the reunited communities. Largely furs were trades but noticeably the People of Pynti-Peldot traded sabertooth teeth for badger furs from Kauppa-Kohta. These two seemed to be the main exports of both regions, given the fact that both had large groups of these animals that they hunted on a regular basis.
It was here too that I saw the desire for dwarven goods. Spices were traded but there were still some dwarven tailoring that was traded and coveted greatly. Alongside this there was also a fair amount of trinkets and some jewelry made in Thorin’s Hall that was traded, and for a fair amount of furs too. This is an encouraging sign and show their willingness to remain trade partners. The Chief of Pynti-Peldot did thank me for my efforts and said that trade caravans would be welcome as often as they come.
I ventured on to Zigilgund. Looking to finally reach my dwarven brothers in this far-away place. The weather was thankfully clear as I rode past a few minor settlements and hunting camps. across the plains I could see herds of aurochs grazing in the snow. They were sometimes hunted for special feasts and for their furs, but the locals use them mainly for their milk, which is a major part of the local diet.
The land rises here with low flat plains to the south and high hills to the north. The road is relatively quiet but there are some dangers, in the hills the wild-men have made their camps and thought they do not actively attack the road, they do pose a threat to both the traveller and the locals here to as they constantly set traps to catch the aurochs herds which then poses a threat to the trade and lives of the locals as well. Though efforts are being made to protect the herds from the traps and the overhunting by the wild-men, a constant effort is required. Perhaps there can be something done with more personnel that would allow for the removal of this threat.
Further down the road at the top of the hill there is an island that is home to a large sabertooth community. Here is where most of the locals hunt the cats that they end up trading. There is not much threat on the road from these dangers, and I would recommend that the habitat be left alone so the locals may continue their lives.
Further on and Zigilgund can be seen in the far distance. However it is surrounded by a type of mammoth graveyard that is held as sacred by the locals and should, of course remain untouched.
Zigilgund stands like a steady and strong dark crown, jutting out from the hillside to the north of the road. There is protection from the elements and room for camps. The lower premises are home to an active stable, now more commonly used thanks to the opening of trade between the people’s. It’s middle landing provides room for repair facilities and and overlook of the lands far to the south. this vantage point, and the isolation from the north via the cliffs provide this fortress with a huge tactical advantage.
However there are some matters that need dealing with, and some that I have seen fit to deal with immediately to attempt to get this returning effort fully underway.
Firstly there was the issue of the few wildlife incursions that was causing a halt in production. These consisted of the snow-beasts to the east of Zigilgund. They were coming too close at night and we were having cases of them stealing resources, provisions and some tools as well. Their mischief crossed the line when a group of them attacked a scout who was attempting to collect firewood and nearly killed him. It later turned out that there was a den just a few yards away from the entrance to Zigilgund. The threat was dealt with to cease the interruptions and many of the tools were found.
After this there was some trouble at the hot springs to the north. Winter worms had infested the area and it was no longer safe for the dwarves of Zigilgund to travel there. A few came with me as we pushed the threat out and destroyed the largest of their number and their matron. This victory has increased the moral of the Dwarves here, and since then the winter worms have dissipated greatly and are expected to disappear entirely within a few seasons.
A third problem that came to our attention was from the locals, Though there are not many here at camp there are a few outliers who monitor this camp with the interest of tending the horses here and also keeping watch over the sacred grounds of the mammoths that lies before the walls. Their plea was that something was driving the dying mammoths out of the area.
With the interest of maintaining a strong relationship between us I investigated the source of the problem and found that there was some sort of dark enchantment that was causing the madness of the mammoths. As i searched the graveyard for signs of trouble I came across a Guredain, attempting to entrap a dying mammoth and promptly interrupted him. After this i came to learn that the one teaching the wolf-men to conjure in such a way was an Angmarim. I rushed to confront him and we battled late into the night. He called on powers that raised great winds and terrible creatures of snow. However his command of the elements did not stand up against dwarven steel, and I eventually casted his body to the snow. This should be an end of the Angmarim advances to Zigilund, though i cannot say yet as to what extent they have influenced the Guredain.
Finally The only remaining issue is the Dourhand presence in the Ice Creave mines. This has halted any kind of reconstructive attempts by the dwarves and poses a great threat to the future of Zigilgund. If the treasures and resources are stolen from the mines, There will be no major profit of the dwarven fortress here. They have been digging as I have come across evidence in the snow outside the mines and closer to the bridge.
They are not willing to parlay with any of us as I found out. I called a scout to the bridge and requested to speak with the superior of the camp there, a request which he was not interested in obliging to at all. All I can say is that negotiations were concluded shortly thereafter and I returned to Zigilgund.
The matter of the Ice Creave mines and The danger that they face will have to wait until my further writings, but I hope that with some help they can be resolved soon. I will write again once more progress can be made.