|Period||1115 - 1120|
In the early part of the First Epoch, the Orchish Empire was aggressively pushing their territory up Inirthak. They were not content with stopping at Morath, even though their dwarven neighbors ( the Gimhak ) had already taken claim of the forest. In 1115, the Orchish Empire contested this claim militarily starting the Morath War. Five years later, they built the fortress Kotharlarg as an anchor to their claim.
Fograth long-term strategy for dealing with the dwarves was to surround them and keep up the pressure.
The dwarves are behind mountain bastions that have been around for a 1,000 years. It will be too costly to assail such a place, so we will go long-term, build up our forces, and covers the lowlands with forts and great bastions and after boxing them in, proceed to exterminating the pests.
- Zurghed, Fograth Dragern of Grand Strategy - "Push and Contain"
After the hostile seizure of the Morath forest, the empire's forces pushed north and east around Bileddanul.