Calthul's Stand

The World of Langthil

Calthul’s Stand

As the Council of Seven’s undead army advanced on Calthul, it was clear that the diminished and demoralized army would not be able to win; the most reliable estimates are that they were outnumbered 100-to-1 or more, and that with those odds even their strong walls and superior soldiers could not hold out for long. The evacuation was ordered, with every ship – from day-fishing boats to the kingdom’s largest galleons – commandeered and ordered to dump everything not essential and load as many civilians as possible into the ships.

They had only just begun when the Council’s army arrived, far ahead of anyone’s expectations. The king had hoped to have his people out of the city – perhaps even his army – before the first scouts were spotted. The entire army was on the verge of panic as they watched the hordes of animated corpses shamble toward their walls.

The king himself appeared on the walls then. He didn’t give any noble speech, he just surveyed his soldiers and then turned to face the coming tide with them.

The survivors don’t know how it happened, but the first they knew that fighting had begun was the main gate into the city exploding. The undead poured in, but were quickly met by the defenders, the king himself among them, and they made sure that for every inch the invaders advanced through their streets, they paid dearly for it.

There was only so much they could do, however, especially as every one of their dead rose to join the enemy, and within hours the army was effectively wiped out. Several ships, including the kingdom’s flagship, were overrun while still trying to board civilians or make it out of the harbor. Of the 48 ships and more than 30,000 souls in the city, 37 ships carrying 3,000 people made it to open waters. Only 15 ships and 500 souls made it across the oceans to the shores of the western continent.

# Calthul's Stand As the Council of Seven's undead army advanced on Calthul, it was clear that the diminished and demoralized army would not be able to win; the most reliable estimates are that they were outnumbered 100-to-1 or more, and that with those odds even their strong walls and superior soldiers could not hold out for long. The evacuation was ordered, with every ship -- from day-fishing boats to the kingdom's largest galleons -- commandeered and ordered to dump everything not essential and load as many civilians as possible into the ships. They had only just begun when the Council's army arrived, far ahead of anyone's expectations. The king had hoped to have his people out of the city -- perhaps even his army -- before the first scouts were spotted. The entire army was on the verge of panic as they watched the hordes of animated corpses shamble toward their walls. The king himself appeared on the walls then. He didn't give any noble speech, he just surveyed his soldiers and then turned to face the coming tide with them. The survivors don't know how it happened, but the first they knew that fighting had begun was the main gate into the city exploding. The undead poured in, but were quickly met by the defenders, the king himself among them, and they made sure that for every inch the invaders advanced through their streets, they paid dearly for it. There was only so much they could do, however, especially as every one of their dead rose to join the enemy, and within hours the army was effectively wiped out. Several ships, including the kingdom's flagship, were overrun while still trying to board civilians or make it out of the harbor. Of the 48 ships and more than 30,000 souls in the city, 37 ships carrying 3,000 people made it to open waters. Only 15 ships and 500 souls made it across the oceans to the shores of the western continent.
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