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The Battle of Shallows occurred in 1370 DR between a huge force of orcs and frost giants and the human and dwarf defenders of Shallows, a small settlement in the Spine of the World.

ParticipantsEdit

Orcs and giantsEdit

The orcs were around a thousand in number, and they were accompanied by ten frost giants.[1]

Humans and dwarvesEdit

King Bruenor Battlehammer and the Companions of the Hall were in Shallows at the time of the attack, and were able to aid in the defense. This made a total of a hundred humans and twenty-six dwarves.[2] The more notable amongst these were:

BattleEdit

The first wave was successfully repelled, although Regis was injured.[3] The second wave was also repelled, but the walls and gates of Shallows took heavy damage, and many were injured. Bruenor was seriously hurt during this wave.[4]

The frost giants eventually began hurling firepots and most of the town was burned to the ground. Withegroo's tower was razed,[5] and during the third wave, Withegroo himself died after casting one final fireball.[6]

The turning point of the battle came when the Gutbusters arrived with Pikel and Ivan Bouldershoulder and a number of other dwarves. They arrived in a wooden statue of the orc deity Gruumsh, causing the orcs to bow before it, and then burst out and attacked. This caused the orcs to rout and flee.[7]

CasualtiesEdit

The orcs took heavy but not unsustainable losses. There were less than twenty walking survivors amongst the humans and dwarves, and only ten surviving wounded.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. R.A. Salvatore (July 2003). The Thousand Orcs. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 264. ISBN 978-0786929801.
  2. 2.0 2.1 R.A. Salvatore (July 2003). The Thousand Orcs. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 356. ISBN 978-0786929801.
  3. R.A. Salvatore (July 2003). The Thousand Orcs. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 295–302. ISBN 978-0786929801.
  4. R.A. Salvatore (July 2003). The Thousand Orcs. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 310–321. ISBN 978-0786929801.
  5. R.A. Salvatore (July 2003). The Thousand Orcs. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 343. ISBN 978-0786929801.
  6. R.A. Salvatore (July 2003). The Thousand Orcs. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 349. ISBN 978-0786929801.
  7. R.A. Salvatore (July 2003). The Thousand Orcs. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 350–353. ISBN 978-0786929801.

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