Nethar had simple orders, secure the settlements west of the Anduin, and to prepare for the Mordorian assault on these such settlements.
In a way he was proud of himself, not a single battle and he had taken the North Druadan and Entwash settlements, he had even abetted summoned the aid of the riders of Rohan without himself going anywhere near Anorien.
Yet this 'record' was to be broken, he had left the loins of Gondor exposed to Lieutenant Anersk, who he thought would be too scared to leave Cair Andros after his predecessor Grash had been killed by Rogues.
But Anersk had crossed the Anduin whilst Nethar was returning from the Entwash.
The only upside was that Haldran and the Riders of Rohan battalion were barely a day's march from their position. Anersk would be forced to retreat anyway, or he would lose Cair Andros too.
Nethar and his troops had marched since first light, it was now late afternoon and they were beginning to tire. He thought that they could make it to the North Druadan settlement before Anersk, but for the warning beacon on the horizon. He knew they must hasten, the attack could have begun...
|The peasants take advantage of moving second|
|Combats begin here|
|And a melee here, an orc tries to flank |
yet tumbles and breaks his head on the ground
|The peasants more into the centre to lengthen their lives|
|But they are trapped|
|Two peasants remain|
|And are quickly surrounded, |
one defender must be present for Nethar's forces to arrive
|One is present, and wounds the enemy corporal|
|Nethar's Forces have arrived|
|Only to be injured for his actions|
|Anersk orders the orcs to prepare the defences|
|Nethar and co. have one side of the wall|
|They skip over, while the orc and men archers exchange arrows|
|Combats over here|
|Another orc down|
|More clashing of blades, but no blood is drawn|
|This guy manages to fight atop of the wall (only if he rolled a six)|
|Anersk fails his fate roll, and a bowman is wounded in the melee|
|One orc is downed in response of the corporal bowman's wounding|
|The orcs are overwhelmed, but continue fighting|
|Two more fall to Gondorian steel|
|The last orc is surrounded|
|And Nethar Claims the Glory|
Both injured men from Nethar's company recover although his bow corporal had to part with his leg. two peasants were left unscathed in the assault, another was injured for one turn, and the other was found prone on the wall.
Nethar gains +1 fight, and the other corporal gains +1 courage.
In Anersk's company One corporal and three others must miss the next turn, additionally the bow-corporal gains an old battle wound.Anersk gains +1 fate after his recovery, the bow-corporal gains +1 wounds, and one of the two-handed orcs is promoted to a morannon orc with spear.
Nethar and his company spent the night in the settlement, since Haldran and the Riders of Rohan could easily defend and push back Anersk to Cair Andros, then they would be called upon to take it soon afterwards.
Little did Nethar worry of the future, until a rider came the next day who had Nethar's orders. Nethar had a look upon his face after reading them.
"Arise soldiers of Gondor, the hour has come!"He bellowed. His troops stirred and gathered their things as quickly as their drunken bodies could.
In the Orc camp tempers were higher than usual. They knew the Dark Lord would not be pleased, then again when was he? Anersk strutted around as if a nobleman.
"Things would be worse had we lost!" He laughed at his corporal."Nethar could trot around our position to Cair Andros, and it would be lost. Not only that, but we would be crumpled beneath horse-y hooves of the Rohirrim!" His grin at this point, was obvious and ugly.
"But the goblins at Osgiliath will open up Minas Tirith!" His corporal shouted.
"I have my orders. Get to it scum!"responded Anersk.