Othos Hallbreaker is a Sof Dwarf of the Kingdom of Karak Izor, and the Senator of Karak Izor, alongside a member of Clan Hallbreaker.
Coming of the Goblins
Main Article : First Lucernian-Goblin War
| The Goblins Arrive|
We just stopped watching the Mountains. We became obsessed with the Gold, and the Silver, and all the wealth we gained by being in control of the Mountains. We forgot who we were, and we paid the ultimate price for that mistake.
Following the War of Vengeance the wealth of Karak Mulger, and its sister Hold of Karak Izor only increased due to the increased presence of the humans of the region and the amount of trade that this brought into their coffers. This wealth and power had the reverse effect on one area of the Dwarves and that was in their preparation in regards to their military might. The Dwarves slowly lost their vigilance over the mountains and in this time the Night Goblins swept in under the command of the Goblin King Jarsnik and were able to achieve massive numbers through his leadership. Following the Migration of the Night Goblins, the Dwarves of Lucerne without even really knowing what had happened found the mountains were now teeming with night goblins. The Dwarves only mobilized to the threat after the Nigh Goblins overran the mine of Dun Mulger. The Night Goblins first arrived on the scene of Lucerne when the Skaven begin instigating massive migrations of Goblins from their ancestoral homes in eastern Croatia, and the mountains of Central Europe, but it wasn't until the Goblin Chief Jarsnik mobilized his forces to move against Lucerne were the Goblins of any kind of real threat. Before this the Night Goblins had a fear of the Dwarves and what they beleived them capable of, but this fear went away as the Skaven fed them stories of the weakness of the Dwarves and before long the Nigh Goblins of the nearby Westros Mountains moved westward towards the Lucerne Mountains. The Dwarves had become arrogant in their position in the mountains and so barely had defenses in place for subterranean invaders, and it was this that the Goblin chief Jarsnik would discover quite quickly. In this way the Night Goblins were able to sneak massive numbers into the mountains before the Dwarves were even aware of what was happening. The Nigh Goblins congregated around the fortress of Karak Mulger, and the first sign of trouble was when they took over the nearby mine of Dun Mulger.
Death of Fundin
The peaceful existence in the Dwarven realms of Karak Izor, and Karak Matron would end the moment Fundin the clan leader of Clan Durin was killed by a goblin archer. Because the Goblins had come in such massive numbers and using the advise of the Skaven had waited until their numbers were massive before even making their presence known the Dwarves had no idea that they were even in the area. The eastern parts of the Lucernian Mountains had become known for being dangerous for Dwarven travelers but the minerals of the area still attracted the more daring of the Dwarven leadership, and miners. Fundin was one of these more adventurous Dwarves and he wanted the Gromil that was present in the east, and to get it he took a large force from his Thaig of Moria and moved against the eastern mines of which the Dwarves were ignoring had not been heard of for some time. While travelling in the eastern mines Fundin was ambushed alongside much of his company by a massive force of Goblins and the few that survived spoke of the Goblins being in their thousands. Before the death of Fundin it was believed by most of the Dwarves that their holds were impenetrable, and thus their was a great deal of arrogance within their ranks. When the leadership of Karak Izor contemplated the death of Fundin they prepared to move against the encroachment of the Goblins but they didn't understand that the Goblins had already become more then they could handle.
This did become clear to them though when the Goblins overran the small mines around Karak Mulger and attacked the Hold in a massive wave which destroyed the surrounding area around the Hold and killed a significant amount of Dwarves as they were unprepared for the scope of the attack. The First Battle of Karak Mulger only ended after a large reserve force arrived from the nearby Thaigs of Karak Mulger and together with the forces of the Hold itself they were able to push the Goblins back. Karak Mulger would send word to Karak Izor about the attack, but as they were preparing for the response they were attacked once again in the Second Battle of Karak Mulger. The second attack was much less dangerous and the forces of the Goblins seemed more interested in killing Dwarves then actually doing anything of consequence, and this realization caused the Dwarves to retreat behind their fortifications and also for the first time in their history they recalled all Dwarves back to the hold itself and called a complete halt to all mining outside of the inner Hold.
Trouble in the Mountains
Following the First and Second Battle of Karak Mulger, the two dwarf holds came to the realization that they were in serious trouble. Messengers were sent out to the High Dwarves, in the World Edge Mountains for help, and a quick response was received when these messengers returned back with the news that the High Dwarves were also being invaded by Orcs and Goblins, and would not be able to assist. Without any help coming from their High Dwarf cousins, the Dwarves were being gradually pushed back inch by inch and without help very soon they would be destroyed by the vastly superior numbers of the Goblins. The Goblins had stopped attacking the Hold of Karak Mulger and were concentrating on destroying the Thaigs nearby, and the smaller mines as they destroyed the lands of the Dwarves, but at the same time they sent small probing skirmishes at Karak Mulger itself, and with each attack the defences were tested more and more.
Third Battle of Karak Mulgar
Main Article : Third Battle of Karak Mulgar
The Goblins would mass once more for a large attack in the form of the Third Battle of Karak Mulgar where in the Dwarves were once again victorious but the forces from Karak Izor lost notable forces including the High King of Karak Izor, while many were captured including prince Troin Hallbreaker. Grod Hallbreaker would die during the initial assault on Karak Mulgar as the Goblins overran Thaig Mul one of the last defendable Thaigs around Karak Mulgar of which Grod Hallbreaker had been in a position of command in, and following the Fall of Thaig Mul the Izor forces moved to retrieve his body and were caught in a trap where in Fofek Hallbreaker the High King of Karak Izor would be shot through the eye with an arrow and killed. Troin Hallbreaker managed to retreat with some forces but commanded his brother Voin Hallbreaker to go back to Karak Izor with the majority of their forces and send word of what had happened. Troin never got back to Karak Mulger as he allowed himself to be captured by the Goblins in order to give his forces the ability to retreat inside Karak Mulgar.
Realizing that Karak Mulger was on the verge of falling without things changing, the Dwarves sent messengers to the surrounding Human Kingdoms. They were sent rejections by everyone that they sent it to and so in their desperation they went to the nearbye Human city of Forks which wasn't led by one force and thus wasn't exactly the most promising force. When they arrived at Forks they set in motion a dramatic conflict betweent he ruling houses.
Third Battle of Karak Mulger
While the loss of the army at the Gate wasn't good for the Goblins they had nearly unlimated forces at this point and thus they wanted to keep up the pressure so they hastily re-launched their attack on Karak Mulger which was still attempting to repair the damage to their defences. The Battle was a tough fight but again the Goblins were pushed back by the determined Dwarves who were at this point beggining to recieve reinforcements from Karak Izor as the situation out front the gate had somewhat stabalized the hole warzone.
First Battle of Karak Izor
After the disasterous First battle of the Gate, and the following defeat they suffered during the Karak Mulger, the Night Goblins became even more aggressive in their attacks. The Goblins moved many of their forces to the far back of the conflict where they launched a series of raids against the unprepared Karak Izor who didn't think they could be hit. In this lack of preperation the Goblins had found a series of mines that were abandoned and through them they were able to sneak there way inside the Hold itself where once inside a series of desperate battles were fought which together are called the First Battle of Karak Izor.
Fall of Karak Mulger
Main Article : Karak Mulger As the Night Goblins attacked the Dwarf Hold of Karak Izor their main thrust came out when their huge forces attacked the recovering fortress of Karak Mulger. The Dwarves had still been working on the repairs to the Hold, and because of the swiftness of the attack the Goblins were able to mass themselves at all entrances to the Hold, and had it completely surrounded. As the Dwarves prepared to accept the charge of the endless Goblins they were all shocked as the Goblins burst through tunnels in the deepest core of Karak Mulger. With these breaches the Dwarves were forced to pull forces from their strong points, and this was exactly what the Goblins had wanted them to do. The moment the Dwarves moved from the fortress the Goblins begin overruning the defences at every entrance. The moment of the fall of the Hold was at hand, and everyone involved knew what was happening as the entrances, and the Dwarves were pushed back completely. The Dwarves that had went to react to the burrowing Goblins now discovered their fellow Dwarves retreating into the core of the Hold, and with this the thousands of Dwarves left prepared for their last stand. The Nigh Goblins massed their thousands and then charged the beligured Dwarves before the forces of Karak Izor could once again intervene and possibly save what little remained of the hold. The Dwarves held the gateways into the core for more then two hours before the last Gate Gaurd was pulled apart, and with this the Goblins were inside the walls, and they proceeded to massacre the remaining Dwarves inside the Hold
With Karak Mulger overrun the goblins believed themselves to have the upper hand. In this high for the Night Goblins their scouts reported that the human army had regrouped and was now on its way to the gate with the obvious intentions of retaking Karak Mulgar. The Night Goblin leader knew he didn't have the hold neccessary to be able to maintain control of Karak Mulgar, and if the humans did enter the mountains and team up with the Dwarves, the Night Goblins could possbily lose the war.
With this in mind the Goblin commander pulled his forces from the siege of Karak Izor, and left a large force their to hold the Dwarves in place. He then took the entire Night Goblin army and headed to the gates of Lucerne. When William Lovie, and the Lucernian army arrived at the gate they saw the massive Goblin Army arrayed in front of them. In this moment the two armies just stared eachother down. Each side wanting to be the ones with initative this caused the two armies to charge eachother.
Second Battle of Karak Izor
While the Goblin army was leaving to attack the humans at the gate, the Dwarven King of Karak Izor, and Karak Mulger gathered their entire army and launched a shock attack at the goblin army that had remained to hold them in place. So much hate was on the side of the Dwarves, and so sudden was the attack, the goblin army barely even got out of their beds before the Dwarves had completely wiped them out. With this victory the Dwarves moved themselves behind the army of the Nigh Goblins.