He had also been told of some reinforcements, not how many just that there were some.
The steward had told him of the importance of holding Osgiliath. A loss here would leave Minas Tirith open to attack, and their funds were being stretched as it was.
The sky was overcast when the goblins approached on the horizon, there was at least twenty of them and a troll.
Aerun reminded himself there were nine defenders, outnumbered two-to-one by the goblin's combat troops alone.
Then the arrows flew....
|Bowmen on the walls take a goblin carrier|
|Goblin ladders reach the walls magically, other ladder reduced to|
|The ladders are cast down|
|Three goblin ladder reaches the wall. Goblin archers wound |
one of the archers
|Goblins scaling them, and a defender is killed|
|Goblins gain a foothold on the northern wall|
|Only to lose another of their number|
|All ladders in use|
|Another goblin killed by it's lack of combat co-ordination|
|Aerun nearly killed, and one more goblin added to the wounded pile|
|Goblins now have a majority at the northern wall|
|More attacks here|
|The final southern goblin vanquished|
|Gondorian valour here|
|archer trying to save the southern ladder|
|only to be squished|
|Dengond's Forces arrive|
|Luthyre engages immediately|
|Cave troll takes one of the two batter points off the gate,|
one more archer shot to death
|Reinforcements for the northern wall|
|Main battle is outside the walls|
|Luthyre and the one-armed corporal are wounded|
|Dengond's forces are surrounded|
|Aerun and peasant join the melee outside the walls|
|And here too|
|Goblins locked in combat|
|Fights are evening-up, slightly|
|One ranger proving his worth|
|Nearly all killed on the walls, breaking the goblin force|
|More fighting, despite being broken|
|With the last goblins on the walls killed the troops descend the ladder|
|The Gondorians wound three more to one of their own|
|Captain and two others lose heart|
|It's now a mop-up operation, with exclusion of the troll|
|The last remnants flee in anguish!|
Another defeat for the goblins, it seems that taking a Gondorian stronghold will require more than they thought. they have lost two more of their number, making another assault even harder. Dengond's company is a key factor, he must be dealt with quickly or the goblin force will be destroyed altogether.
Aerun and Dengond meet on the plain below the walls.
"How is this possible?" Aerun stammered. "You were guarding Minas Morgul, and yet you can to aid us? The steward will-"
"-be glad. They were his orders, I had to think twice about them. Minas Morgul only has six peasants defending them at the moment-" he concluded"-hopefully"
They bade each other farewell before they departed to their strongholds.
Aerun was left thinking "we have to hurry, the goblins will want revenge, and we must prevent it"