We could retreat, but a few leagues south lies Retervaal and while its river and bridge could assist us, I'd prefer to avoid shedding blood on my home soil if it could be avoided.
Retervaal is a hamlet in the northern reaches of the Kingdom of Enliten
, close to the country’s northernmost fortifications. The settlement was founded by settlers who had arrived in the relatively newly established country in 1528 AA. Retervaal was founded with a clear purpose in mind — to aid the garrison on the fortifications north of the settlement with food and other supplies.
North of the hamlet lie the vast fortifications that bar the untamed and savage lands beyond the Enlitic mountains
. This great and ancient barrier known as Olok’s Wall
defends Retervaal and the rest of Enliten, but it also provides the villagers with opportunities.
Retervaal's diligent populace works hard to provide additional food which would not only just feed themselves and their families but also the brave men and women serving their country up north. Rye, dried fish, jam, and pickled produce are the most common exports that the hamlet can provide. Locals have also been known to volunteer in militia groups that man the wall in addition to the regulars who serve there and those less suited for fighting offer their services as cooks, builders, or whatever else they need help with.
The Reter Bridge
The other important aspect of the small settlement is its sturdy stone bridge that allows passage over the river. This piece of infrastructure was built long before the village itself was founded, possibly during the reign of the Kingdom of Enor
‘s various monarchs.
If an invasion from the north was to happen, Retervaal and its bridge could potentially be used as a second line of defence. Protecting the bridge would give the defenders an advantage and help them hold off the enemy until more reinforcements could arrive.