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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Act One - First Assault on Cair Andros

Saurons's forces march northwards towards the only other major crossing of the Anduin. The two keeps and the stone ring wall protect Cair Andros from invaders. But after centuries of warfare and decay, all that remains is an impressive wooden palisade and one of the keeps to prevent Sauron from controlling the rivers crossing points. Faramir must prevent the orc captains from gaining a foothold in the defences.

Objectives: Secure as many objectives before either force is broken.

                  : Palisade gatehouse, Keep gatehouse, Road to Palisade, Courtyard well, Ruined keep
 
The Gondorians guard the palisade very thinly


Several orcs arrows whistle over the palisade
one catches one of the defenders
The orcs find a way through the line gaining a foothold in the defences
Three orcs fall prey to the spiky barrier
Two-pronged attack on the sparsely numbered men
Not able to get through the gate
Everyone engaged
The attack slaughters the defenders in the south
Faramir, sets an example, although no-one seems to notice
The only place where orcs are being killed, and four more
One captain manages to kill his way across with a warrior
while the other takes a vicious stab wound but stays standing
four orcs trip amongst the spikes and a dozen fall over completely
Though five more break through the line.
Faramir prevents the gate being opened
however is surrounded by orcs
The defences here are barely holding
Getting over the palisade is half the trouble
as the defenders put up a brave fight
Faramir slays another orc
Three orcs get impaled as Damrod and the ranger are cut down
The Gondorian captain strikes twice against his foes
while another comrade falls under orc blades
Another orc to the palisade, as the defenders are surrounded
More orcs making their way across
Preparing for the assault on the keep walls, 
only a third of the orcs are lying prone
The orcs moving to secure the courtyard objective
As Faramir fights the tide of orcs
Two more orcs speared by the barrier, four make it across though
One of the captains hurries to the second keep objective
Two orcs are felled near the gatehouse
One fatality either side, but this puts the orcs in favour
More movement in transporting the ladders
Further traffic through the inner defences
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Faramir retreats with a warrior, only for him to be cut down by orcs
yet Gondorian archery claims one orc
With the Palisade gatehouse secure, the ladders
are being moved towards the main keep
But some orcs haven't got the message, still unable to vault the barrier
Faramir is surrounded
With the captain retreating, the archer prepares to open the gate
The other archer faces three orcs and their captain
still unable to pierce their armour
Faramir succumbs to the weight of orc bodies around him
And the orcs preparing to take the keep move into place
This archer takes up a defensive position
Still trouble at the palisade
The captain is but footsteps away from the gate, simply needing to 
hold off the attacks, and prepare for the final orc assault on the keep
But the orcs couldn't let that happen this day, 
crushing both men underfoot
The Gondorian bowman bolted the gate closed. Preventing the orcs on the other side through the fortified door, which is when the orc general called off the attack. Cursing themselves, the remaining orcs jogged back behind the palisade.
The remaining bowman looked beyond the natural barrier to see fire. Brands marching towards the isle with machines of war. The Isle was now besieged.

A ragged Faramir and a handful of men returned through the gate. He spoke to the captain briefly before leaving with Damrod and some rangers. The captain gathered the last of the men and prepared the defences, for what he knew was the last battle before Sauron's forces made it across the Anduin...

Until then

Fish

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Prologue - Osgiliath

Warning: this post contains over 40 photos

Gothmog has set out from Minas Morgul with a host of orcs. Their sole intent to drive the outnumbered Gondorian defenders from the metropolis. Denethor discovers these plans and dispatches Boromir to aid Faramir in the defence of Osgiliath.

Objectives: Control more objective markers than the enemy, after either force is broken.





Beregond and his guard are sandwiched between orcs lead by Gorbag
Boromir and his guard arrive, three men attack near the fireside
In total 20 orcs and two of their captains reinforce Gothmog
The Fireside building in garrisoned, three orcs block the paths of 
Faramirs and Boromirs Men
Gothmog seizes the weapons stash, and moves orcs to take the fireside
The men secure one objective, defend the wall against the 
oncoming orc group with their captain
The pantry is secured, while Beregond is attacked on all sides 
by orcs and a captain, more orcs move towards the square
Faramirs rangers fire their arrows to little avail, so attacks the 
blocking orcs while Boromir moves slowly forward
Gothmog command the party taking the fireside,
Shagrat brings many orc reinforcements
Beregond still trapped as more orcs and men enter the fray around
The orcs gather a battle line, longer than the men's
An orc captain slices apart a man near the edge
Orc traffic through Osgiliath
The rubble is defended by the gondorians, 
as Faramir and Boromir fight through orcs
The fireside building is invaded by orcs, killing two,
elsewhere a ranger and an orc are draw from either side
Two more men fall to orc blades
Some struggles here
The Gondorian encourages his men to attack the orc battle line
The square ignites in a fierce melee
Gothmog sets up an orc barrier to defend the fireside
More orc reinforcements, and Beregond is surrounded again
Orcs move from the hill, the men in the square are attacked
Beregond is finally killed, trying to buy time for his comrades
Men and orcs fall alike, as death carpets the city streets
The orcs have the upper hand, as the men fail to breach the defensive line
Boromir finally assails the defences, Faramir leads his 
rangers in combat securing their flank
Orcs swarm the beleaguered Gondorians 
And surround the thinning supply of men
Boromir blasts the horn of Gondor in the orcs face and scythes down 
two orcs, Faramir crumples one to his will too, as another ranger falls 
The orcs have secured this objective by the looks of it
The captain finishes off the remaining reinforcement
More orcs come from the Pantry, clouding the vision on any men near
The men are near breaking so the captain gambles,
 charging against many orcs
Boromir and Gothmog face-off, as the Gondorians are forced 
back from the fireside
Another man and two orcs are cut down, while 
more orcs seem to come towards the fireside
The captain's gamble pays off, as two orcs hit the floor while 
he rushes towards more orcs
One an is left against too many orcs...
Who move to completely secure the other objective
Two orcs attack the rear of the Men
Rangers and guard try to get near to the fire, as their numbers dwindle
The last man falls, but not easily
Boromir and Faramir stab orcs in the chest, as three more men fall
claiming any more objectives seems too far...
And for a single moment all was silent. Boromir and Gothmog glanced around themselves, weighting the odds of the battle...
The weapons stash secured by orcs
The captain, unable to gain a foothold at the well
The store-house, uncontested
The fireside fought over, but in orc hands
Boromir knew Gothmog had out-fought them here. He sounded the retreat, the men vaulted over barriers, parrying their way West. Faramir sounded another horn, and Knights of Minas Tirith appeared at the rear of the orc host. 
Boromir rallied his men in one last stand; Gothmog bought it, charging headlong into the anvil of Gondor warriors. The Knights, crashed into the exposed rear of the orcs, tearing them to disarray and Gothmog, unable to muster them, reluctantly retreated East of the river...

The defence of Osgiliath was dearly bought. Hearing news of orc warbands marching northwards, an exhausted Faramir gathers the rangers and makes for Cair Andros.
While Boromir is ordered on a more secretive mission, to find Imladris and the key to their salvation...

Until then

Fish

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