Dwarves are mustering for war!
(Stone Clan, Zoluren: Uthmor 363)
Bubbinster was the only customer in the tavern, as was usual this early in the day….the dwarven bard was only just downing his 12th ale and trying to slink down in his booth to avoid the baleful stare of Baresh. Both of them knew darn well Bubb’s bar tab was both huge and long overdue, and when it reached this point, which it often did, they would play this contest of wills, Baresh with his cold stare, and Bubbinster with his lame attempt to hide in his booth. Just as it looked that Baresh would win this latest contest, a faint noise was heard outside of the inn, a noise that was rapidly growing stronger and stronger.
Both Bubb and Baresh both momentarily abandoned their battle of wills to come to the open doorway and investigate…..and this is what they saw and heard…..
A large group of marching dwarves was approaching the tavern. Great clouds of dust appeared at their feet, as they rumbled up. Leading the column was Hegemonic, then Atwun, Grimslayer, Ruhrik, Galahant, Cloudcrest, and Balwinn…
A massive dwarven chorus rings out ‘WAR STOMP!!!’
Amongst the thundering noise of stomping dwarven feet, they heard the voices of the dwarven force sing out,
WE ARE THE DWARVES OF STONE CLAN! Now we stomp to war! WE ARE THE DWARVES OF STONE CLAN! Loyal to the core!Eupholus, Shimmermist, Towena, Redarch, Kuldar, and Odruwi formed the next rank, chanting…..
With our kin we join as one, defending our home land. Stomping feet and gnashing teeth, dwarven forces stand!
Solemn vows we all have taken, our lives for our Stone Clan. So we stomp our song of battle, the time is now at hand!Malkavik, Pagius, Yagamuchi, Jordan, Dendybar, and Sortny followed, chanting…….
WE ARE THE DWARVES OF STONE CLAN! Now we stomp to war! WE ARE THE DWARVES OF STONE CLAN! Loyal to the core!Worrclan, Prometheus, Perre, Kadoshgonif, Desii, and Spartope came next, chanting……
Mighty dwarven army, stomping dwarven might. The book shall be protected, it is our dwarven right!
Stomping all together, Kertigen aids our fight, For dwarven legs don’t tire, we will stomp all night!Next came Pyhrro, Veritey, Aeslyba, Nalak, Grungy, and ol’ Lagerby, chanting……
WE ARE THE DWARVES OF STONE CLAN! Now we stomp to war! WE ARE THE DWARVES OF STONE CLAN! Loyal to the core!And then there was Durtan, Kalkomar, Drogiz, Nhagrak, Voracious and Keeyanna, chanting……
Weapons brandished fiercely, our arrows soon will fly. Above our heads we carry, our dwarven standard high!
Foolish clan attackers, we’re not afraid to die. For look at all our numbers, heed our dwarven battle cry!Then there was Jeamus, Meigs, Shoikan, Vinaes, Wille, and Sok, chanting as they stomped…..
Like the many dwarven heroes, who’s spirits join us here. We stomp the dwarven War Stomp, as battle clash draws near!
And should we fall in battle, dwarves will never fear, For our Stomp goes on forever, pounding in your ear!And then, before Baresh realized what happened, he spotted Bubbinster, stomping off with not only those mentioned, but many more ranks of dwarves, with his familiar bass voice normally only heard yelling for more beer, now chanting powerfully along with the rest of his armed kinfolk…….
Baresh watched the army stomp off into the distance, realizing that the dwarves were going to do battle with the dark Lord Sorrow, and praying to their god Kertigen that they would come back alive……after all, amongst them Baresh must hold over 10000 platinum in bar tabs……