Pop. 116, Mid-Autumn of 280 (Year 29)
For nearly a decade, the underground trade network fell into disuse. With several legendary warriors on patrol and marksdwarves watching from the eastern ramparts, the surface approach to Relicshield was secure. Caravans with up to eight wagons traveled through the main entrance which stood open day and night. Then the Evils of Spray declared all-out war against the Steel of Winds, sending horde after horde of goblins and trolls to assail the fortress. Though it struck deep into the pride of the dwarves, it was decided to abandon the eastern outpost completely.
Over the better part of a year, the spoils of war were gathered from the battlefield while the ramparts were cleared. The trade tunnels were put back into full use, though wagons have since been banned. They were found to be far too slow and cumbersome to guard between sieges, and the human caravan's departure was getting ever closer to the Mountainhome merchants' arrival with each passing year. With lighter loads and faster pack animals, trade has remained lucrative.
Now the trade network has been repurposed for war. A larger cave-in trap, longer marksdwarf fortifications, and a ballista battery have been created. The Steel of Winds lost their holdings to the east, but the Evils of Spray will gain no further ground!