"Sir they have been spotted" informed one of his corporal's.
"Then get onto the wall scum!" He ordered, and both made way to the wall.
Upon the wall Vashner spotted something amongst the attackers, a bolt thrower similar to the one at Minas Morgul. His blood boiled and he cried out in anger. Cursed Gondorians. They would have to remove this bolt thrower to break the siege....
Lieutenants Aerun, Dengond and Captain Bestir Vs Lieutenant Vashner (Silence the artillery)
|The bolt thrower is on the opposition hill|
|Moving forward in groups of four|
|The bowman is surrounded to reduce the chances of raising the alarm|
|The bowman falls to the ground over the sheer number of wounds, |
although Vashner claimed the kill after cleaving his head.
|The ranger getting a good roll, moves within 4'' and raises the alarm|
|The ranger seemed outnumbered|
|But thanks to his favour of the court rule he re-rolled,|
won and even wounded one of the peasants
|The orcs attack the sleeping men, |
some of who were roused by the alarm being raised
|Closer view right|
|Closer view left|
|Bereov and an orc fall, one citadel guard is saved by fate and awoken |
by the attacks, another takes a wound but had two to begin with.
|The peasants cleave off One-arm's other arm, |
Theorn is wounded along with a ranger and an orc
|The men seem surrounded|
|The orcs move to dissemble the bolt thrower, only to be engaged|
|One corporal down|
|The orc corporal manages to 'base-contact' the bolt thrower|
|Dengond heroically combats engaging the corporal, preventing|
the disassembly. Meanwhile an orc and another corporal fall
|A heroic move by a Gondor corporal, to engage the mordorians|
|Bestir and Gerthil matching each other|
|Almost a tidying up operation for the Gondorians|
|Dengond takes a hit from the recruit|
|Aerun equals the score|
|Aerun and corporal getting kills|
|Bestir removes the recruit and Gerthil yet equalling him|
breaking the orc force
|Vashner successfully rallies those around him|
|But his corporal fails, so Vashner concedes this battle|
Giving the Gondorians yet another victory and 800R (400R for major victory+400R for capturing stronghold)
In Osgiliath the one armed corporal lost his other arm and asked to be euthanised, Cpl E became the new One-arm(after he also lost an arm), R3 lost a leg, the bowman did not recover from his lost head. Dengond, Theorn recovered from his wounds. But Huos(R1) would be detained for one turn along with Bereov, R3, One-arm. Two of the peasants were detained and one was found dead.
Dengond ,CG 3 gained +1fight, Aerun, Gerthil, One-arm gained +1wounds, Theorn gains the courageous special rule, and Huos(R1) gains +1might.
Dengond named Huos(R1) as his second corporal(+1fate).
Meanwhile in Vashner's camp, only one orc was detained, and one didn't recover from his wounds.
Three orcs were promoted to Morannon orcs with shields and one gains +1fate. Vashner gains +1fight and his shield corporal gains +1attacks.
The soldiers at Osgiliath gathered before the pyre, built to commemorate corporal C, One-arm the first. Only Dengond and the new One-arm, the second, remained until the embers glowed no more.
Dengond promoted Huos as his second corporal who had raised the alarm initially.
Aerun spoke quickly to Dengond as Huos' promotional ceremony had ended. He had received a message.
"Men of Gondor I bring news on this hopeful day" Aerun raised his voice so all could hear. "The dark lord was defeated here again, and so has he been at the walls of Minas Tirith!"
A huge cheer went amongst the men.
"This changes nothing" Dengond spoke to Aerun in private afterwards. "In fact we now have to rout or destroy Vashner so another siege won't occur"
"We are in a worse position than we were before, when he could only be in one place. Now he could attack the north or even the fiefs!" Aerun said in fear.
No solution could be thought in the candlelight, the steward would only be pleased for now.
South of Osgiliath, Vashner's company marched further south.
"Sir we should attack Minas Tirith, they won't expect us this time!" Called one of his warriors. Vashner growled.
"Stupid maggot, the dark lord wants us to move south!" Vashner Barked. "Or would you prefer to bring it up with him?" The warrior cowered at that. "Thought so" and Vashner spat on him, kicking him to march faster with the others.
Vashner wanted the same thing, but if the orcs gathered together, the Gondorians could defeat them easily, their only chance was to disrupt and evade.
Vashner smiled, just his style...