The Hammer and the Anvil
Current map of Operations - all fronts
The Frontline as a Whole
Assaults from the mortal forces of Hellsteel Tower have grown in intensity. With the addition of slave goblins to their ranks, the devil-led forces have assaulted up and down the line. Time and again hordes of the devil's mortal slaves were driven onwards against the points of strongest resistance, the forts. The garrisons commanded Blazes Regnon and Tulumvist grow tired from the ceaseless assaults, and causalities mount as devils increasingly join the fray.
Battle with goblins
Meanwhile, mortal devil followers composed of human cultists have begun trying to cross the Winding Water quietly and raid villages behind the lines for slaves. So far, patrols have intercepted most of these warbands but nevertheless they sow terror when they meet success.
A warband of cultists of Dis, adopting terrifying disguises, attacking a hamlet south of the Winding Water
The fort on the right flank under Marshal Yulimtul however fares better, due to the support of Sir Crozas and the paladins of the Most Noble Order of the Radiant Heart from Athkatla. The paladins and clerics have proven to be a stout counter to fiendish assaults.
Dante Maziacas of Torm, in battle at Marshal Yulimtuls' fort
A new phase of the war is now beginning. The participation of the Devils themselves in assaults over the past tenday has increased, and a major offensive took place two days ago against the Baldurian bridge that Marshal Nenon's fort was guarding. Hellsteel Tower's forces temporarily captured the bridge and overran the fort; only being driven back by the arrival of Flaming Fist reserves.
The devil legions assault Marshal Nenon's fort
Rumour spreads that this attack was led by a wingless female devil declaring herself to be Ilrataxena the Huntress, who called out a number of Flaming Fist warriors to accept her challenge before reaping a bloody toll among the defenders, breaking their line. The Flaming Fist took heavy losses, and the company guarding this fort is now significantly understrength.
General Scar's Fort
General Scar's fort, on the left flank, has weathered a number of heavy attacks. With the support of adventurers from a wide variety of backgrounds, numerous goblin and troll assaults have been thrown back.
Adventurers drive off yet another goblin horde from the barricades!
The barricades have been approached a number of times by one of the Lieutenants of Hellsteel Tower, Lamazeeza, who has tried to sway the spirits of the defenders. Increasingly her arrival has announced the attacks by the armoured legions of Hellsteel Tower.
However, Lamazeeza has not been seen since adventurers shot at her recently when she came to parlay and since then attacks have increased in ferocity, the barricades falling more than once and the fort's gates being burned.
The Fires of Hell
Meanwhile, as rumours begin to grow that Duke Eltan and the Flaming Fist are planning moves of their own, reinforcements have arrived from the Lord's Alliance. Troops from Iriaebor have arrived and taken up a strong position to guard the Flaming Fist's right flank, operating in the Trollclaws as far as Kheldrivver.
A contingent from Neverwinter has also arrived, taking position to guard the Flaming Fist's left flank, and help block any fiendish breakthroughs towards the city itself.
Finally, contingents from the Northern Lord's Alliance have arrived, hailing from the cities of Mirabar, Citadel Adbar, Sundabar and Silverymoon, brought to the city by the magic of Alustriel Silverhand herself. They have deployed at the centre of the line of forts, reinforcing Marshal Nenon's fort and providing a strong presence to bolster the line.
A contingent of Sundabaran Shieldsar arriving on the frontline
Baldur's Gate's forces have endured and gained a moment's breathing room. What will be done with it yet remains to be seen.