|“|| Garret: A dirty little town, forgotten at the end of the world.|
Gwynn: Yes, but its more than that. It’s a place of promise. A last refuge of hope. Beyond these walls, countless thousands of my people all looking to me to somehow bring them peace and happiness.
The Gallwood Outpost is a fortification on the edge of the realm that protects its inhabitants from the dangers of the area around it. Future inhabitants of the outpost used to require approval by Gate Marshal Wythers to enter.
The land beneath the outpost is rich with oil and minerals. The main purpose of Gallwood is to forge weapons that they deliver to the prime order at a specific time.
Three seasons before "One Is The Loneliest Number", the Greyskins attacked the outpost and scaled the walls. Garret Spears and his men fought them off, which caused them to retreat to the woods. The Greyskins still have a camp in those woods.
In "The Colipsum Conundrum", three men from the encampment overhear Raelius talking about their true purpose - overthrowing the Prime Order. Due to their loyalty, they each draw beads to determine who will warn the prime order. They are all captured by Raelius, who takes them to the Marshal office. While torturing them, Gwynn arrives and commands him to stop. When the man refuses to give up his accomplices she is forced to behead him for desertion and disloyalty to their Queen. When the man is beheaded, Gwynn instructs the remaining men to return to the encampment and tell them what they witnessed. She tells them that she doesn't believe in torturing and executing people for no reason. The men kneel in front of her, showing that their loyalties may have changed.
Across the realm, Everit Dred and Ilyin return to their outpost and receive a letter from Gallwood. It informs him of the death of the Bones and that Blackblood stains were found at the death sites. Dred also learns that the last Blackblood is a woman and plans to ride there and kill her himself. Dred is angered to hear that Calkussar has been negating his duties. He writes a respondence letter reprimanding Calkussar for not delivering the last order of armor, failing to capture the Blackblood, and failure to report the Blackblood's existence. He then strips Calkussar of his title and informs the Outpost that someone more loyal to the prime order will be sent to take over.
In "Beyond The Wall", Everit Dred leads a battalion to the gates of Gallwood Outpost. A soldier warns Calkussar of Dred's impending arrival. Calkussar takes this time to warn Gwynn that she should escape, just in case the Prime Order is onto their rebellion. He then stands on the wall and communicates down with Dred and his men. Dred tells him that his group of soldiers never returned, and Calkussar fakes surprise. He tells Dred that the area around the Outpost is riddled with enemies. Dred more-or-less commands Calkussar into letting him in. Calkussar goes to greet Dred and tells him that his men will make sure that all of their accommodations are met. He goes to shake Dred's hand when Dred stabs him in the ribs two. Calkussar falls to the ground dead, and Dred commands that his men locate Calkussar's daughter, Gwynn. Gwynn, who witnessed the whole ordeal, is bustled away by Naya. Meanwhile, the covenent soldiers storm into the Outpost.
In "The Vex Rezicon", Gwynn escapes the impending prime order soldiers by sneaking through the sewers that run under the town. She witnessed covenant soldiers ripping women from their homes and slicing their palms, looking for a woman who bleeds black.
At The Nightshade Inn, Mistress and Munt are glowering at the soldiers that have taken up residence in the inn. They don't pay for their meals and are rambunctious. Mistress jokes that the “Gluttony, Debauchery, and Greed” are the three pillars of the prime order. They are actually, “Loyalty, Purity, Strength” according to Munt. Moments later, covenant soldiers burst into the inn and Everit Dred appears behind them. Mistress welcomes him and offers him food, but he rudely declines and commands all the women to stand in a line with their palms up. When the women's hands are sliced Mistress asks if she can help him find whatever he's looking for. He asks if she's seen anyone with black blood, but she claims she hasn't and pricks her finger to prove it isn't her. Her nonchalant attitude angers Dred and one of the soldiers tosses her aside. Dred demands that the soldiers destroy all the bottles and barrels in the establishment, and declares that he wants the Outpost "dry" - alcohol-free.
In "The Dragman is Coming", Everit Dred and his army is waiting for Talon, Janzo, and Garret when they arrive back the outpost. He threatens to kill Janzo by dropping him down the wall if she attacks, so she stands down. To force Talon to summon the demons, he puts her, Janzo, Garret, Danno, Mistress, Wythers, and Munt on a hanging block. For each time Talon doesn’t show herself by using her power one of them will die. Marshal Higgs recites the proclamation of execution.
Unbeknownst to anyone, an army of soldiers sneak into the Outpost and stealth attack the Prime Order soldiers. When Higgs is stating the proclamation, the stealthy soldiers each stand behind a prime order soldier. When Higgs is about to pull the lever to kill everyone, the new soldiers slit the throats of the Prime Order men. A riot breaks out and a soldier tells Dred that an army waving yellow banners is approaching. Dred realizes that they are under attack and commands his men to kill them all. The men inside overthrow the guards at the execution but Ilyin and Higgs escape. The soldiers open the gate and let in Gwynn, who is leading an army of her own waving a yellow banner. Dred commands his man to kill everyone on the block now, starting with Talon. The man cuts Talon's rope and she falls through the base and to safety. The man removes his helmet and reveals himself as Raelius. During the battle, men on both sides die, including Raelius.
Gwynn and her men overtake the Outpost and take Everit Dred prisoner. Gwynn plans to execute Dred at sunrise for his crimes against the realms, the Blackbloods, and the royals. She announces that she has appointed Garret Spears as base commander of the Outpost. After Dred is taken away, Gwynn reinstates Marshal Wythers as Gate Marshal of the Outpost. That night when everyone is celebrating, Naya sneaks into the cells and frees Dred in the hope he will, in turn, free her family. After a fight with Talon, Dred escapes the Outpost.
Talon is looking for herbs to help a wounded Janzo when Garret interrupts her. He states that he is assembling a team to go after Dred and invites her to join them. The group would leave within hours. She passes on his offer as she has to stay and take care of Janzo.
In "This Is One Strange Town", The Outpost is in disarray following the news of Garret Spears' death, and the departure of Marshal Wythers. The gates aren’t being closed after nightfall, the men are unruly, and the fortification efforts have basically stopped. Gwynn refuses to appoint a new base commander as no one is properly qualified to take over Garret's former position. Janzo strongly recommends that she find someone and fast. The following day, Baron Tobin Aegisford arrives at the Outpost in response to Gwynn's letters asking for allies in the fight against the Prime Order.
That afternoon, Captain Orlick arranges a meeting with Gwynn. Several other townspeople are there to voice their concerns as well. Orlick explains that the soldiers are exhausted and have bleeding hands from digging trenches day and night. They also have nothing to line the newly dug trenches with. They need steel not just for weapons but for the men too. Another townsman says that men are willing to go into the mines for a good day’s wage. A woman proclaims that there is no food, earning a scolding from Orlick. Gwynn asks them all for more time in solving their financial issues and lack of manpower. To solve the food crisis she decides that the winter storehouse usually used to feed soldiers, would go to the people instead so they wouldn’t starve. Orlick protests as the storehouses are usually used to feed the soldiers, but Gwynn insists so he stays quiet.
Later that day, Gwynn rejects Tobin's proposal and terms. He threatens to leave with his gold and men but she remains unfazed and insists that she's sure of her decision. He storms out of the throne room. Meanwhile, the residents of the Outpost don't take kindly to Zed's new residency there. They stare at him and call him "filthy". Despite this, Zed offers to help Talon in exchange for not being sent through the portal. She reluctantly agrees to let him stay but only if he stays at the Smith’s house and doesn't wander about.
Elinor visits Gwynn with a proposal. She will give Gwynn gold that can pay to restart the mines, fill the stores, and buy the Queen time. In return, she wants to be made Royal Advisor to the Queen. Gwynn is reluctant to accept the funds as they come from questionable sources and Elinor is a criminal. Elinor knows that Gwynn needs a criminal seeing as she’s going to war. She can also offer the Queen a perspective that she has never seen before. They bargain, with Gwynn wanting Elinor to step away from her business and come to her before going on any other endeavors. Elinor agrees but only if she is made treasurer of the realm in addition to her Royal Advisor position. Gwynn accepts her proposal and they shake on their agreement.
With the papers signed to reopen the mines, Elinor is about to leave when Tobin and Gertrusha arrive. Tobin announces his change of heart and apologizes for his brutish and rude behavior earlier. Tobin decides to give Gwynn his men and himself catch-free. Gwynn accepts his proposal even though she is reluctant to do so. Unbeknownst to her, Tobin offers his proposal out of the guidance and insistence of Gertrusha.
- General Cornelius Calkussar †
- Marshal Cedric Wythers † (Gate Marshal: Former Watchman)
- Danno † (Watchman)
- Marshal Higgs † (Former Gate Marshal)
- Raelius (Soldier)
- Kell † (Soldier)
- The Smith † (Blacksmith)
- Worm †
- Bill Chadwick †
- Ilyin †
Notes and Trivia
- The area around the outpost is called the Outlands.
- Some known threats outside Gallwood are the Nordejori bandits and Denalese smugglers.
- The Mistress uses a secret passageway in the mines to smuggle objects in and out of the Outpost.