While other warlords and ineffective councils had been fighting for control of Whitehood, the dwarves of Oringard had been pushed out of their home by the encroaching elves and fled to the northeast. The dwarves already had a fall back plan, as the underground lair of Chance Rock served as a fortified base, but they wanted more. Pushing west, the dwarves attempted to reach Duinmire, a long ignored dwarven settlement. As the third century came to a close, the dwarves fortified Duinmire and had begun to populate the region, soon taking notice of Whitehood. Duinmire was only seven leagues from Whitehood, a full day’s march away. The dwarves coveted Whitehood, seeing vast resources they could use to establish control in Damir. When word reached them that Whitehood was in a terrible state, Duinmire began to mobilize.
The tyrant Krogert had demonstrated that he was a competent bully, maintaining a stranglehold over Whitehood and its dissenters. But history would mark him as a militarily inept bungler who exposed Whitehood to a massive dwarven invasion. As a means of furthering his rule and fattening his pockets, Krogert routinely organized large patrols to go scouring the countryside, looking for small villages and farmers to raid and intimidate. These patrols were massive, making up the majority of Krogert’s guard, designed to send an illusion that Krogert’s military was huge. Spies of Duinmire kept watch of these patrols and noticed they would travel several leagues away from Whitehood, leaving it vulnerable for as long as a full day. Dwarven agents further gathered that with the patrols on the march, Whitehood would leave only a token force to guard its fortifications.
The 3rd War of Damir began when one of Krogert’s massive patrols went pillaging and the forces of Duinmire attacked suddenly. The dwarven front was meant to cause chaos in Whitehood, disrupting communications between the garrison there and its leader, Krogert. The plan worked, and Whitehood was breached by a surge of armored dwarves who pummeled Whitehood’s remaining guard. In a panic, Krogert packed as much of his belongings as he could carry and fled Whitehood. He was never seen again. Leaving Whitehood to the mercy of the dwarven army, Krogert’s cronies bickered over how to rally the people of Whitehood against the forces of Duinmire.
Whitehood was spared from dwarven rule thanks in sole part to a common human soldier named Bandrian. Conscripted to fight under Krogert’s banner, Bandrian was a frontline soldier fighting for the tyrant to cover his father’s debt to him. Bandrian had been part of the massive patrol sent to bully the countryside into submission. Returning to Whitehood early, the patrol noticed that the city was engulfed in chaos and the dwarven army was winning. The captain of the patrol was seen dropping his sword and running in the opposite direction. Bandrian seized control of the patrol and rallied them, then charged the rear of the dwarven army.
The poor rear defenses of the dwarven invasion force proved to be its weakness and Bandrian exploited it. Unsure why reinforcements were unable to reach the frontlines, the dwarves penetrating the city’s defenses were pushing forward with no back line to support them. Bandrian’s men had wiped out most of the unsuspecting reinforcements and by the time the dwarves realized this they were trapped. Forced to fight their way out of the city they had fought so hard to penetrate, the dwarven army was almost massacred. Fleeing Whitehood, the dwarven army gave up its attempt in taking the large human city.
Officially the war was over, but not to Bandrian. With Krogert gone his minions began to take up where he had left off, but Whitehood rallied around their new hero. Bandrian was quick to act and led a sizeable uprising to bring down the last of Krogert’s followers. The public demanded justice and Krogert’s men were swiftly executed. Whitehood embraced Bandrian as its favorite son and savior, and the title of Protector was offered to the young man, who accepted. But Bandrian’s thirst for retribution extended beyond Krogert’s men. He wanted Duinmire dealt with.