Seeking General Gul
The Elves and Dwarves Showed up
The oracle was the object of the General’s attention. She gave us the ability to heal and do a full heal-up after we saved her. Did the General want the oracle as part of her going against the Orc Lord?
General Gul was keen on capturing her and controlling Scarsdale Keep because it was an ancient site on which forces of good and evil once collided and whoever controls the site and wins the favour of the spirits can not only see the future with more clarity than anyone else, but can also shape it.
Before the Oracle collapses, she tells the party that their destiny is to meet the General by a waterfall, but that the General won’t leave the confrontation alive.
Moving Through the Battlefield Unscathed
The Orc Lord wants the adventurers to go ahead of the army to Ironvale and slaughter every orc that they find there, then leave a trail that will lead the Orc Lord towards the east. Then they are to capture and hold a keep known as Scarsdale Fort. If they do this then General Gul will come to them, and they can kill the renegade warlord in the confusion of the battle.
The adventurers awake in Scarsdale Fort after sleeping the sleep of the just. They have dealt with the orcs castle, but need to keep control of it. The adventurers gather themselves and prepare to hold Scarsdale Fort against the forces of General Gul.
To this point of the campaign and location in the dragon empire, other than the trading post before you crossed the troll bridge, the last signs of life which were not orcs, hobgoblins, bugbears or goblins, was at Ironvale where, (ADDENDUM) you all noted something curious to that of the dead dwarves, there were hardly any dwarven bodies, and it looks like almost all of the dwarves managed to escape, perhaps fleeing into the mountains.