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Empire Chapter 3
zone: Nordland

Empire Chapter 3 Order Storyline

The Battle of New Emskrank

location: New Emskrank, Nordland

npc: General Breuer

zone: Nordland

Public Quest: The Webworks

Public Quest: Faewulf's Rest

Public Quest: Pillagers' Approach

previous chapter is: The Muster of Nordland

next chapter is: Sighting the Enemy

Chapter Lore: Fire!

The thunderous roar of a dozen Imperial cannons briefly drowned out the clash of weapons and the cries of the wounded that echoed from the tall cliff walls nearby. On the far side of the fishing village of New Emskrank, blasts of sand erupted where the cannonballs struck, sending several Chaos warriors, or pieces of them, careening through the air. Within moments, the gaps in the enemy line were filled as more of the black-clad northmen surged forward.

General Breuer frowned. There were simply too many of the enemy. His men could fight a holding action at best, but for how long?

The General turned his eyes to the village below. New Emskrank was little more than an impoverished fishing village, though there were many larger buildings that lay empty, a tribute to a failed attempt to transform the town into a major port. It seemed strange that this strategically insignificant ghost town would be the site of the first battle between the main force of the Nordland army and the warhost from the north.

The battle for New Emskrank had raged for days now, with neither side being able to claim a hold on the village or the lands around it. The Nordlanders had fought gallantly, but with each day, more warriors from the black host arrived. They spilled forth onto the beaches from great longboats of dark wood, then charged into the fray, howling and screaming. So eagerly and recklessly did they hurl themselves into the battle, they seemed less like men and more like a pack of starved wolves seeing their first meal in days.

To his left, the General spied a column of peasants marching toward the village. They were a sorry-looking lot - most were clad in tattered clothes and ill-fitting pieces of armor, and only half had managed to find battered shields and rusted swords. The rest carried improvised weapons ranging from farm tools to clubs fashioned from tree limbs. If these were the best reinforcements he was going to get, it would be a very long day indeed.

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