The Droaamite Invasion of 998 began in early fall, reached its high watermark right before winter, and only held and Brelish territory of note after that because of the harsh winter, and its blunting effect on operations. Although the hordes had made respectable gains in the north and in the vicinity of the Six Kings, the rugged passes through the Graywalls hampered their ability to establish a unified, stable front. Coupled with their setbacks in the south, the monsters were held in pace throughout the winter, and by the time spring came Brelish forces had reinforced and regrouped to the point that the still-disorganized monsters could not withstand pressure across the broad front.
Small guerrilla forces also infiltrated behind the Droaamite lines, again from the south, and wreaked havoc with what passed for lines of communication and supply, further degrading the monsters’ ability to coordinate their defenses. By the time the spring rains came, there were only pockets of the horde left in Breland, and the passes were slowly being retaken.
The Hags, for their part, remained mostly silent throughout the affair, with only rumors providing their voices for months. By early spring, however, emissaries from the Great Crag had made contact with Breland through House Tharashk diplomats, and had insisted that the “regrettable friction” between the two countries was the result of a break-away faction within Droaam, and not a coordinated effort by the Sisters themselves. Little more came through diplomatic channels as the monsters were steadily beaten back to their own borders.
Intelligence gained from reconnaissance forces that had operated within Droaam did uncover other Droaamite operations, elsewhere in Khorvaire. The King’s Citadel, having established contact and productive relations with a key group of partisans along the southern front early in the war, shared intelligence related to these other efforts, far to the north, along the mountainous divide between the Eldeen Reaches and Demon Wastes. The Icehorn Mountains, running northeasterly and dead-ending in Eldeen Bay, separate the Reaches, and nearby Aundair, from the eastern plains of the Demon Wastes. The King’s Citadel uncovered evidence of contact with Droaamite agents and efforts apparently operating in the northern Reaches, near a series of ancient monasteries and keeps that guard the passes out of the Demon Wastes. The areas involved can be seen in some detail on this map. The location in question is northwest of Merylsward, and in the Icehorn Mountains, south of Ashtakala, the de facto center of power in the Demon Wastes.
The King’s Citadel has arranged for transport by elemental galleon across Silver Lake and Lake Galifar, and into Eldeen Bay. The party will be accompanied by agents of the Citadel, as well as other representatives of the Brelish government in order to properly assess the potential threat from any Droammite involvement with the demon nation.