The Age of Empire has begin :-)
they have explored the shrine of nethys. i replaced Entanglers by Dark Stalkers, more reactive. They had a psychedelic moment in the grotto. Two PC and a NPC came to reconsider their live after seeing scenes of their past that "they didn't get right at the time".
The UC army rules stated that for the same Consumation Rate, they could multiply their armed forces by four. so they aggressively recruit moutain rangers, urban watch and expeditionnary infantery.
It was then time to expand. On the eighth month of the year of development, they launched a convoluated machievelical plan to seize Bronze Hook.
while they propose retirement to the last guard of the ford tower, they installed a community at this very place. Meanwhile all council members teamwork to show off Kelmarane as a land of opportunity, and its Amir has ruthless and powerfull warriors. their combinated works allowed to show (dead) Hook's watchmen - well know to be on the take - among the corpses of the brigands of Giant Steps Lake. Dashki undercover and Felliped ostentiously faned the sparks when Hook autority tried to prevent the leak of their citizens to the PC's village.
When Bronze Hook tried to retake the watchtower on the pale river (to help slavers to cross), the new Kelmarane Watch beat them down. the executionner killed the surviving leader with an electricity spell and let the others live to tell the tale.
At this point Almah Bey "had no other choice but to stop the constant and unjustified provocations of their neigbours". She entered as a hero, in a village cleared of its corrupted milice to give freedom and prosperity to her new citizens she took under her wing.
Any resemblance to IRL events is purely coincidental.
there had been a battle, though.
The five lvl5 player faced a 50+ milice with a mighty general and two spellcaters. the first thing they did was to run for cover at long range of the adverse spellcaster... and shoot all they can before anybody undertand their strategy. one die of electical damage; the other has been pined down three times before she drank an invisibility potion in place of a heal potion. A then-uncontrolled stone golem met a gem-invocated fire golem right in the middle of the soldiers. but the general had the charisma to rally his troop more than once, and a hidden assassin nearly turned the course of the battle.
When finally Bronze Hoof milice surrender, the barbarian PC was still in rage and disn't consider taking prisonners. She was true to her reputation.
[I made a point to NOT listen to players strategy while i was setting the foes and the ambush. I am proud to says that the forces was balanced. But the players confessed they really thought they would be wipeout]
Now I have to build a town from scratch to accomodate this newly acquired community.
incidently we will start the secund opus of the Legacy of Fire.