Part 16: Mission 2: Dwarven Know-HowEpisode 2: Ambush at Tarren Mill or Dwarven Know-How
: So when did we start doing freelance work?
: This isn't freelance, Gaz-
: Lord Ravigaz.
: ...This isn't freelance. Lord Terenas saw a number of elves taken away through the woods up ahead. After some scouting, our men reported that they were indeed being held in an orcish encampment.
: Yeah, yeah, that I get, but why is the mercenary along with us?
: 'Oi! I'm standin' right here, ye spell pinchin' fairy!
: Master Firefist was hired by Lord Terenas to provide demolition advice for breaking into the orcish compound.
: Just what the army was missing; dwarven consultation.
: Now ye listen here, ye pantywaist...
: Oh, boy, nothing says alliance of races banding together for the common good like racial tension.
: Hmph. Let's just get on with it.
: Right-o. Lord Terenas has sent ye some o' his private troops to assist ye're base camp. I'd be glad to take the lead on this one.
: Like hell you would-
: Of course, Master Firefist. The troops are all yours. I'll be joining the squadron, along with Gaz... er, Lord Ravigaz here.
: Well, then, lads! Let's begin our tour of Tarren Mill! I'm yer guide and expert, Ruku Firefist! To yer left, ye can see a vicious troll. Don't worry, they're practically harmless.
: Men! Charge!
: Ho, ho! These boys have teeth on 'em!
: When did the orcs start working with trolls?
: Those orcs must have some shrewd negotiators.
: Aye! Movin' on to the next leg o' the journey!
: Hey, hey! This isn't some tour through the tundra!
: Lad, if ye were a dwarf, this would be yer afternoon exercise.
: Yeah, and if you were human, you'd be sober right now.
: Exactly! And where's the fun in that?
: The encampment was so close? But all these men...
: Heh... nothin' says battle like total annihilation.
: Yeah, I heard how that "War of the Hammers" went.
: Hahaha! Now this human I like! That was one hell of a war! 'Specially when that massive beastie burnt all those little Dark Iron...
: Sizzle, pop, pop went their skin.
: Okay, so he's a tad unstable.
: A tad?
: So how to we crack this thing, Ruku?
: 'Oi! Ye got swords! Smash it!
: Oh, yes, I'm so glad we hired this guy.
Here we can also see another tower, much like in the orc mission. This time, however, it is a guard tower, which will fire arrows at your units. This actually hurts alot, so it's best to take them down as fast as you can.
: Oop! Excuse me! Stand back!
: What in the world was that!?
: Oh, s'little somethin' I cooked up. One part rum, one part whiskey, two parts gunpowder...
: You carry explosives like that around with you?
: Explosives? That's me afternoon drink.
: SO glad.
After much hacking at stone with swords...
: The missing elves!
: Oh, great, something else we have to take care not to blow up: people.
: Aye, I hear ye, lad.
: And the dwarf doesn't understand sarcasm.
: Alright, let's get you back to Lord Terenas's base; these woods don't seem safe.
Sorry for such an unadventurous journey there, but... it's the second level! There isn't much to talk about, much like with the orc mission.
: I wonder if I'll get a promotion for this.
: They can promote you past "Lord"?
: That's... more of a nomenclature I gave myself. Y'know, because the fair damsels do so enjoy a lord.
: Hmmm... Lord Firefist. Has a good ring to it. I'm really gonna enjoy workin' with ye lads.
: Wait, what?
: Well... Terenas sort of gave me Ruku's contract as a part of working under him. It seemed like a good idea at the time...
: Yeah, at the time. Don't you ever know when a deal seems too good to be true?
: Well, what harm could he-?
: Did I scare ye?
: Huf... huf... Chest... hurting...