- May 1, 2001
The night after the Battle of Faltering Light, the armies of the Lords of Light made camp. The Dwarves had been in the reserve, and spared most of the fighting. When dark magic routed the other contingents, the Mahakam and Deagrin Dwarves had formed a rearguard. Dwarves by nature were more resilient in the face of magical attacks on their will. Deagrin Wrothiron and his Sworn Shields insisted on staying close to Eylinn. Though sorely pressed, their armor had spared them any casualties. When Eylinn Mindrella was injured, Wrothiron hoisted her slight weight over his shoulder and sounded the retreat.
The forces of darkness pressed upon the fleeing army of light. For all their stoutness, the rearguard might well have been overrun. They were faced with one of the most challenging things for any army to do, retreat in good order in the face of the enemy. Thankfully they were not alone. As the initial surge of panic began to pass, the Armies of Light began to rally around their Lords, captains, and heroes. They turned and fought, with volleys of arrows and sorties of exhausted cavalry. The day was lost, but the enemy was sufficiently discouraged not to pursue. The route became something closer to an organized march.
With night falling, the army came upon the remains of some sort of settlement. No one had to give the order to stop and rest. Some simply fell to the ground and slept. But there was enough discipline and order now in the army for a proper camp to be made, with watches posted and tents raised for the wounded. Cook fires were lit as the soldiers recovered enough to discover their appetite. From the Dwarf camps came the melancholy sound of dirges played on goblin-flutes, mourning for the fallen.
Deagrin Wrothiron sat by the fire near Eylinn's sick tent. He had spoken very little since the battle, and that little very terse and direct. He looked into the fire with his one good eye. With their chosen leader unconscious, the other Lords of Light and their representatives congregated near the sick tents to discuss their next moves.