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12.14.9 The Gongen Stronghold
After the Horde was first defeated and driven back to their Mountain villages, the Orc council, together with Mages and the remaining Horde generals vowed to rebuild their defenses and to plan future attacks. Although they realized their battles were significant and struck fear into the hearts of the lowland mortals, their bitterness at being forced back from the rich lowlands, and the riches found there, made them vow retribution. The orc generals were angry for having lost the territories, which were important for the preservation for their race. They cursed themselves for not having enough well trained soldiers and reinforcements. The mages were incensed because their magicks were defeated by the various guardians and mortals intent of destroying their evil ways. Moreover, the Orc Council was enraged that they underestimated those races from the lowlands that they considered lesser races. The Orc mages approached the Horde Generals with a plan that would bring great suffering to the lowland mortals. After an agreement was reached, the Mages and Generals approached the Orc Council with their proposal. Many sleepless nights passed until a new plan was created. Sacrifices were given to the Orc gods, and after all the oracles were consulted, the Council heard the proposal. In order to destroy the mortals of the lowlands, they agreed with the Mages and Generals to three undertakings. They must build a mountain Stronghold within the side of the Gongen Range. The must select the strongest orc males and females to create a new orc breed, and they must train the armies to be stronger and discipline the soliders so they would not be driven back by the lesser races (as they considered those of the cities and councils). The mages promised the council that they would consult their oracles and gods to discover which families provided the best bloodlines. The Generals agreed that they would wait until the mages began the interbreeding so they could raise the new orc youth and train the new army, and the Council pledged to fund the endeavor to the fullest by building the Gongen Stronghold to house the new population. Decades passed as the mages, along with orc midwives and the information from the oracles, created the new breed. Other more inventive mages decided to attempt to crossbreed various races in order to assist with defeating the disgusting lowlanders. The majority of the orc populace was enlisted to begin construction of the Stronghold, Some of the army?s remaining minor soldiers were pressed into service as Slavers and they crossed the continent capturing any mortal who was ignorant enough to cross their path. Those who would not come willingly were beaten unto submission and taken in slave gangs to the Stronghold. The orcs cut the slaves? tongues out so they could not plan escapes or to rise up against them. After many years, the subsequent generations forgot the evil inflicted on their ancestors and they became loyal servants within the Gongen Stronghold.