Halgra has the been the Chief Defender of Trunau for over 20 years. Despite her advancing years, she still commands respect throughout the Hold of Belkzen.
She is a native of Trunau who left when she was young to go and fulfill her wanderlust for adventure and fighting. Her travels took her all over Belkzen and beyond. She returned a mature woman with a string of children from different fathers in tow. Her wanderlust having been sated, she settled down in Trunau and proved herself its most capable defender. Her years of being in charge have made her its most capable leader as well.
As you walk toward the long house, following the elf. You see the town around you is heavily damaged. Bodies are being gathered up, fires being doused. As quickly as it started the battle seems to be over.
Approaching the long house you see Halgra, a cut across her face. A cleric trying to heal her but she keeps waving him away. You can see in her hand a hand axe that has blood on it. Several orc bodies lay all about her. She stands there defiant, barking orders. When you are close enough for her to see you clearly.
"I'm told you took care of that giant for us." She nods. "That is good, my thanks. Why did you bring me that though?" She indicates the orc.
Halgra smiles cruelly. "I have history, I haven't always been a city leader." She steps forward to where the orc is laying. She kneels down, says something quietly in orcish. The orc spits in her face.
At this point she just shakes her head, "the hard way then." she sighs and suddenly faster than you can see her hope knife is in her hand. Quickly and smoothly she cuts off his ear. The orc begins to scream and she calmly places her hand over his mouth. "You have a lot for me to ply my craft. Now tell me why the attack."
//I'll give you a chance to react before she continues her interrogation.//
Halgra places a hand on his shoulder pressing a thumb into a wound Tith recognizes as from his axe. As she pushes her thumb hard into the wound the orc breaks. He begins to babble. This continues for a few minutes and then he looks up at her and stops talking.
"Thank you for your cooperation," she quickly rams her blade into his temple, in and out almost too fast to see. The orc collapses to the ground dead. "Burn him with the rest."
She turns to the companions, "We have much to discuss, come with me if you will." Without waiting for confirmation she enters the long house.
Halgra escorts you into the hall. Once everyone is seated she has drinks and food brought out.
"We won a great battle today. The orcish horde is under control for the moment. They won't catch us unawares again anytime soon." She takes a deep drink before continuing. "The orc had much to say after I gave him appropriate motivation.
"It has been a few years but all of us remember the death of Raishan the diseased deceiver. His lair though has never been found. These orcs have banded together with trolls and apparently at least one giant. They intend on finding the green dragon's lair and ressurecting him. They need to be stopped and frankly we cannot do it."
She stands and starts pacing back and forth. "I want you to go to Emon and tell Lady Allura what has happened. She will know what to do."
//She offers you use of her teleportation circle to make the trip and 250 gp. She also gives you a black dagger. This is one of her "blackened blades", it is a pitch black +1 dagger. She tells you to show it in Emon to gain an audience.