Recovering from the loss to the Thale, the Kallic horde has redoubled their efforts. While Lorku and Quor head back to negotiate with the Bin-Kallic for additional support, Udokul, Aldirg, and Degana launch a new offensive against the Thale. Through powerful oration and newly found knowledge of the bogs, the Kallic forces were rallied and turn the tables against the Thale. With momentum on their side, the Kallic were able to breakthrough the Thale outer defenses.
Through this the Kallic warriors were able to overwhelm a Thale village. After most of the defenders were killed, the process of rounding up the Thale women and children commenced. The discussion begins to arise, what to with the “spoils of war”?
Some warriors demand the right to take slaves, while others claim that they should be able to replace their lost wives with Thale concubines. Another faction of clans absolutely reject the idea of breeding with a sub-human species. Then there was the Thale children. What was to be done with a generation of Thale, who had witness the slaughter of their fathers?
Finally, the warriors begin to clash with one another. No other time in their known history have the Kallic been in this position, with the clan fighters, being face to face with their seized booty. Warriors would start to swing at one another, others grabbing at the Thale women who look somewhat appealing.
Fearing a break on the taboo on kin-slaying, the clan leaders choose to enact the final solution. All of the Thale would be put to the spear. Captured men, along with the surrendered women and children, would have to be killed. This brought another problem. The leaders then chose who would perform the killings. Some picked the most vicious members of their clans, while others choice those who resisted the most, and other leaders spread out the captives, so that their men had to kill no more then one prisoner. Some appeared to enjoy the task, where others found it honor-less. What stain would be left on the hearts of those who perpetrated the heinous acts?
Back at the Bin-Kallic Crater, Lorku, finally emerges from the Bin-Kallic “Holy of Holies.” The priest of the Bin-Kallic had been adamant that he not join them in contacting their god. But through some miracle of negotiation, Lorku had gained a place among the priests for their ceremony. When exiting the temple, Lorku appeared weakened. He was carried out in a fur blanket, by two giants, who were fully armed and armor in some kind of modified legacy gear. The two giants carry him with reverence, not malice. The rest of the Kallic envoys take particular notice that these giants, did not seem to have the same Bin-Kallic degenerations. At least no obvious physical deformities, that seemed ubiquitous with the other Bin-Kallic giants.
When Quor and the others come to Lorku, they see that he seems unharmed. Two additional giants, in the same vane as the first two, approach the Kallic envoys. One of them addresses them, “I am Bentatuach, my brothers and I are the sons of the Bin-Kallic god; Milcom, the crippled god. We have been charged with adding you in your struggle with these Thale. We will assist you in returning to your people, post-haste.”
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