The company looks out over a valley of rocks and moors, with a great coiling river. The river ends in a dark lake, sustained by an artificial dam. The dam itself is huge, seemingly constructed in a single piece, scarcely decorated, with heavy buttresses. On top is a broad pavement and two towers. The dam is cracked and dirty. As they descend, they notice they are being pursued =96 men on horseback and with HOUNDS. All the same, if they choose to ignore the dam, they will still find out they are being pursued. Do they cross the dam, or rather search for another place to cross (there is none)? The dam is their only chance to cross, but as they near, horns sound from their pursuers, and a moment later, bells from the dam as in reply.
Once outside they can have a nice chat with the enemy. They're just following orders. Ogre is not that easily killed and will be back soon, but the players get a head start until then. In any case, the conversation is cut short by dam guards arriving and demanding retribution for the damaged dam =96 The autocracy! That will take months! How are we to run our machines then, eh?? =96 Do you defy the will of the Autocracy? The Party will hear of this treason, supplicant! =96 The Law demands immediate retribution for damage sustained, in gold or in blood =96 Blood it is then, fool! =96 a fight erupts between the dam guards and the black clad soldiers.