After Delia mysteriously disappeared the party ventured onward to Ironvale. As they made their way they were caught for a few days in an avalanche. They dug out and next encountered a group of strangely haggard and savage dwarves who called themselves the Iron Tooth Orc Feasters led by Thorgrim Grimspittle. These dwarves were apparent refugees of Ironvale- forced to eat the orcs they slaughtered to escape the burning outpost to survive. They did not look kindly upon Hugh, and thought to eat him, too, but fortunately Weiss intervened and persuaded them not to.
The two groups parted ways amicably, and the party came upon the ruins of Ironvale. It was too late to save. Tallendryl, Hugh, and Weiss made their way into the dwarf outpost, and slew a number of orcs who had made a crude camp in an outer street corner. Afterward Tallendryl transformed himself into a slain orc’s visage and convinced a lone invader to come along for some secret food. The orc was captured and interrogated by the rest of the party. They learned that Ironvale was secured for its food stores, and that the Red Flag Army’s proper force would be coming soon to avail itself of the food here. They also learned that no dwarves were taken prisoner- all were slaughtered. Hugh also demanded information on and orc named Fangrot, though the orc knew only that Fangrot was not to be trifled with. The captive was summarily executed by Hugh at this, and they resolved to try to poison the horded food to hamper the Red Flag as much as possible.
The party located the food supply and successfully added an extract of death root, which had been found nearby by Weiss, but as they turned to leave the storehouse they found themselves face to face with over 20 garrisoned orc soldiers. A huge battle took place after this, though the three proved to be the victors, as nearly all of the Red Flag assailants were killed, (with a few remaining they were severely demoralized by the superhuman feats they witnessed and the intimidating threats issued as their fellow soldiers were slaughtered).
With the remaining time they had before the army was expected to arrive the party rested up, buried whatever dwarvish remains could be found, and restored a defiled shrine to Helga, (a dwarvish goddess of drinking and ale). They then followed the Orc Lord’s instructions and left a trail of body parts leading toward Scarsdale Fortress to insight Ghuul to personally challenge combat, and indeed the army seemed to be following the trail… The party awaits the showdown to come just as a new friendly face arrives in the form of a half elf named Lan’Lei.