This adventure ends following the PCs’ triumph over the
warlord Kosseruk and the destruction of the onyx tower,
cutting off the remaining soldiers from reinforcements.
With Kosseruk and most of her sergeants dead, the
remaining soldiers become disorganized and spread into
the surrounding hills, eventually working their way south
to rejoin the major forces stationed around Phaendar.
In the aftermath of these events, Longshadow assesses
the damage dealt to it and moves forward, collecting
refugees from other Hollow Hills communities as well
as slaves taken by Kosseruk’s forces.
With the Ironfang Legion’s attempt to take Longshadow
thwarted, the PCs have bought some breathing room. The
Legion takes some time to regroup, and other forces in
Nirmathas undoubtedly see the assault on Longshadow
as an eye-opener to prepare for more hobgoblin attacks.
But the question remains as to how the PCs can move
from their defensive position to try taking the fight to
the Ironfang Legion in a more meaningful way.
Whether the PCs succeed in defending Longshadow or
not, Kosseruk’s death costs the Legion dearly, and Azaersi
responds by posting an official bounty on the PCs, initially
offering 15,000 gp apiece for their capture or deaths.
The defeat of Kosseruk’s army leads to the capture of
several hobgoblins, as well as a handful of morlocks allied
to the Legion’s cause. The PCs find information pointing
to the morlock warrens southwest of Longshadow, either
through these interrogated prisoners, or the documents
found in Kosseruk’s command center. Thus far, the
Ironfang Legion’s true secret to success has been its
ability to cross vast distances and attack by surprise by
means of the mysterious obsidian towers, and the only
hope of slowing the hobgoblins’ advance or striking at
their central force lies in unraveling the mystery of these
structures. Kosseruk’s notes as well as the strange runes
that cover the tower walls all point to dwarven origins,
but the truth is buried somewhere in the besieged
dwarven city of Kraggodan, far to the south.