The Black Army
No one knows the motivations or designs of the Black Army. They use no standard or coat-of-arms to identify their allegiance. In fact, no one even knows the name by which the force calls itself. “Black Army” is a descriptive name applied by the elves due to their black uniforms.
Without warning, the Black Army simply marched into the Hickorywood and began attacking every settlement or traveler they encountered. Even as the elves and gnomes fled, they offered no terms of surrender or issued no decree of ownership of the territory to any neighboring communities. The Black Army’s total silence as much as its aggression that heightens the air of tension in the region
With the exception of troops of kobolds used to clearing gnomish warrens, the Black Army’s units are a hodgepodge of humans, hobgoblins, dwarves, half-orcs, and tieflings. They fight to the death and have for the most part evaded capture. In defeat, their remaining forces have been reported to kill any of their own too wounded to keep up. Archers shoot to kill anyone who appears on the verge of being taken captive.