Ageing Scholars refer to this time as the 'Rule of the Axe and Shield'
For upon Thungrims release from the township of Waldenhoff, the two brothers swore eternal servitude to one-another, un-wavering in there resolve to fight and die for the other.
It was a union of two great Dwarves. Both where young amongst the Elder race, Thungrim only in his Mid fiftys whilst Hungrim almost a hundred. They burned with an inner ambition, rarely seen since the golden age of the Dwarves centurys before them.
Within years, they had extended the mines below Grom Karaz to encompass the entire mountain range. As far West as Karak Kadrin and as far North as within sight of the lost hold of Karak Vlag did they stretch, and even to the East, there tunnels went, even beyond the sight of the great Goblin Chieftan Gnashrak, who dominated the east atop his glistening mountain fort.
But even though the Dawi of Grom Karaz gained much in there exploration - least of all much needed wealth from the veins of Gold and Silver they found - this has also been deemed a time of great sorrow for the hold. For in this time frame, the fabled company of Ten - those who had been gifted some of the finest Gromril suits of armour the Blacksmiths of Karak Kadrin had ever wrought by the founder of Grom Karaz, Hanagrim Steelfounder - were wittled down to only seven. Berro Grimage's Grandson, Brego Grimage, was devoured by a foul Troll whilst scouting the blasted wastes to the East. Haru Darklocks son, Gundrek, and Old Gimlos Dragonback himself where ambushed whilst nearing the Hold by a ravenous party of mutants whilst out on patrol. Of the three, only Gundreks body was ever recovered, though none of the Grimril sets of armour where found. Accounts from the chief Engineer of the time, Broinsson Gondroksson, explain the mood of the hold during this dark period in some detail:-
'Tis many long years since I seen the Lords in such a dark mood. As can be expected, naturally, certainly the deaths of young Brego and Gundrek will have hit them hard... but Old Gimlos? He had been a staunch freind of there family for well over two-hundred years!. There vengeance upon these deaths will be absolute wi'out question, why, I've narry' seen Thungrim for the best part of a week and of his brother... well, he's been permanently camped in one of our Ranger havens for well over three months now, trackin the beasts from haven ta' haven. They say he's been goin wi'out food an' water so as not to give the Mutants an Troll the chance ta' put a foot more between them. Grungni's praise ta' both of those lads I say. And Valaya's wrath be to those creatures if they'be caught!
From accounts of the time similar to Broinssons claims, the Brothers tracked down the Troll fairly soon after the above. Of the Mutants, there was no sign, such where there numbers and ability to dissapear into the wasteland. But the Troll had a cave, and this in the end was its un-doing. It is said from eye-witness accounts, that both Thungrim and Hungrim went forth into its lair alone, accompanied by the remainder of the company of Ten, even though a small throng of there finest warriors stood ready and willing behind them. It is said that not long after they where swallowed by the shadows of that dark place, the sounds of battle ensued. Tensed and on edge, the large expedition most likely waited with trepidation flowing through there veins. But they needn't of worried. Some hours after they had entered, the Dwarves filed out of the cave. Most where shaken and clearly in some sort of distress; though nothing was deemed life threatening. Of Hungrim and Thungrim, accounts tell they where covered from head to foot in Troll blood - for if reports are to be beleived - the two brothers tore a mighty rent into the creatures stomach in there search for the armour of the Ten.
Edited by Barafo Steelfounder, 07 March 2009 - 04:26 PM.