Entry 306 – Day 436

Entry 306 – Day 436

This place is useless. I don’t know what Nianatara was thinking, but we’ll die within days here. I guess that explains why we didn’t fall back until the point of desperation. Her fortified rallying point is little more than a cave with a series of overlapping walls built out around it.

The water source runs underground, which would make it ideal for a protracted siege if it wasn’t exposed to the surface some three miles north. Once the Daedra figure that out, they can foul the water and force us out. There is also scarcely enough room for half of us inside.

The rest of our force is arriving steadily as Nianatara’s engineers work to fortify the walls and build traps. There is an open clearing directly north where I imagine the bulk of the fighting will be done at first. Once they realize we’ve dug in, however, I expect we should be surrounded and steadily crushed.

The number of Daedra has been officially declared uncountable. There is no way to know how many are coming, but without reinforcements there is little hope at this point. I can’t even console myself with the idea of taking any down with me. I am still useless to this fight.

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This was not how I intended for things to end, but I suppose I never had a say in the matter. Let’s hope Nianatara’s generals are faster-moving than she gives them credit.

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Entry 305 – Day 435

Entry 305 – Day 435

I’m able to move on my own, but not quickly enough for the evacuation. There is a fortified location to which we flee, but whether we will make it is another question altogether. All of our defenses have collapsed. The treeborn units are swarming as a rearguard to slow the approach of the Daedra, but slow is the best they can hope for. They are a magnificent fighting force to say the very least.

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Salisir’s plan hadn’t taken into account the possibility that the Daedra would strike first. It makes perfect sense that they would want to fight a divided foe. If only the Nantese had allied themselves sooner.

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Reinforcements are not only too far off, but are now separated from us by the advancing darkness. I only hope this hidden fortress is sufficient for our cause.

We have caught up to Wudan and Wauloo, the former grateful to see me and the latter avoiding contact. He has been shackled. It would seem Nianatara felt as uncomfortable with the man as I did. Balthandar says he would have protested, but Wauloo’s behavior had turned erratic with the approaching battle. The terror runs along the tension in his neck as he strains against unseen hands – he’s gone mad.

We may join him soon enough.

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Entry 304 – Day 434

Entry 304 – Day 434

The Daedra have broken through our line. What’s worse is they’re beyond the traps on our northern flank, rendering them useless to us as a defense. Nianatara has pulled us back and activated what traps remain of use to the south, but we are forced southeast now. Any farther and we will be cut off from both resupply and reinforcements.

Fireballs crashed through the undergrowth into our midst this morning. It doesn’t bode well for our hopes that there are no expressionists among the Daedra, but there were only three and then silence. What else do they have in store?

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It would seem that they’re relying heavily on their numbers to win out, which it seems is increasingly probable. The stench of them is overwhelming now, both alive and dead. Any closer and the fighting will be within sight of Nianatara’s command.

Timber came to check on me today and fell asleep next to me. She’s transformed in the last few days; she looks taller, leaner. She’s becoming the woman and shedding the child. The weight of the killing is there on her, but it is overwhelmed at present by the satisfaction of coming into her own. I hope that balance doesn’t swing soon. Coming to terms with what we are is a costly battle that I pray she doesn’t enter into any time soon.

We need to find her a better sword than the Klotian blade she carries.

More fighting nearby. It sounds close, to the south. If they’ve broken through the line of traps there too, we will be outflanked.

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