The Saga of the Gwandorlings
The Siege of
Furthest, Part 4
With the failure
of siege tower, the allies set about making another attempt on the
city's defences. Warlord Dragonfriend spoke with his Companions
and with Lord Mularik's siege engineers. He set the engineers to
building 4 massive rams to be used against the city's gates. He
asked the dwarves to forge him iron heads for the rams and to send
him more engineers. Then the Warlord directed that towers be built
that would overlook the gatekeeps, but would be protected by the
taller city wall from any emanations from the Temple of Lunar Resonance.
These towers would dominate the gatekeeps and keep the defenders
from putting men on their roofs. Finally, King Dragonfriend directed
his forces in the northern siege camp to begin tunnelling into the
sent word that he had fought a series of running skirmishes with
the Northern Tarsh Army but had been unable to bring them to battle.
He also noted that there was an Imperial fleet sailing up the river
with a relief army.
Gudny the Stormchaser
let King Dragonfriend know that the Righteous Wind had finally gathered
and was eager to join battle against the empire.
It was about
then that King Fazzursson and Queen Nerestina came to Warlord Dragonfriend
expressed his worries over the relief army, "Mayhap we should
hold off launching any further assaults on the city until the Imperials
have been dealt with." King Dragonfriend replied that the preparations
for the next assault would take three or four weeks. King Fazzursson
was satisfied by that.
asked that her host be replaced in the southern camp and allowed
to return home, "Mine regiments are shattered and their morale
is non-existent." The Warlord suggested that her host could
be moved to a quiet portion of the siege and rested. He suggested
that they take over the northern camp and the tunnelling effort
while the Sartar regiments there would take over the southern camp.
The Queen agreed.
Then Tilth Soulscribe,
one of King Dragonfriend's followers who had been placed in charge
of the campaign's logistics, came to speak with the Warlord. He
spoke of magical attacks on the supply depots, hordes of rats and
other troubles. Then he dismissed them with a wave of his hand,
"We dealt with it." King Argrath congratulated him on
having handled the problems. "However," continued Tilth,
"there is little that we can do about the current problem."
He went on to explain that the amount of supply coming from Sartar
had been reduced by the High King. "At the current levels we
will have to begin rationing the armies in three weeks." King
Argrath thanked Tilth for his efforts and said that he would look
into the supply rate.
summoned his Companions again. He appointed his War-Captain, Lothar
commander of the siege in his absence. He asked Gudny Alakoringsson
to lead a portion of the Free Army north to join Mularik. "Destroy
the relief force," he told the Stormlord. He asked Kamoar to
accompany Gudny. Then he turned to the Hurler-hero, Sigmund, and
asked him to widen the Dwarf breach in the city wall.
In the morn,
Gudny rode north with some 7,000 men. With him were four hundreds
of his own warband; eight-score of Kamoar's warband; four thousands
of the Righteous Wind; six hundreds of the Wolf Runners; two thousands
of the Antler Chase, Headhunters, March Light Horse, Sword Brothers
and Bullocks cavalry regiments; and one hundred magicians in Sir
stepped onto Mastakos' Path. He jumped to the top of Grizzly Hill,
stepped over the Dragonspine to the Brass Hills with his left foot
and then stepped into his palace in Boldhome with his right.
greeted his startled servants and then made his way directly to
High King Maniskisson's Palace.
The Sword of
Sartar was stopped at the gates to the palace and refused access
by the guards. They claimed not to recognise him. It took some time
before the Warlord was allowed into the hall where a tired-looking
High King awaited him.
High King Maniskisson
greeted King Dragonfriend well and bade him welcome. He praised
Dragonfriend for the progress of the siege and asked after his business
in Boldhome. Dragonfriend spoke of the reduced shipments of supplies
in Tarsh. "Our host faces lean times if the Kingdom cannot
supply more rations and fodder."
The High King
spake of fiscal difficulties in the kingdom. He noted that many
tribes were refusing to pay their tributes and that there were no
royal troops in Sartar to enforce them. "We are doing the best
that we are able to and negotiating with King Sharpsword to get
increased support from him. It is likely that you will have to forage
off the land for a while."
In the north,
Gudny and Kamoar met with Mularik and King Jandetin a few miles
west of Big Orvon.
host had some nine hundred knights and three thousands of foot.
King Jandetin had some three thousands of Grazer horsemen with him.
Combined with Gudny's host, there were some 14,000 men in the army.
greeted each other well and sat themselves in Lord Mularik's tent.
The westerner spoke of the inconclusive skirmishes he had fought
with the Northern Tarsh army and how they had been whittled down
to some 5,500 troops. "They have marched in to Talfort and
will not come out," Mularik said.
Then he spoke
of the relieving army. It seemed that he knew through prisoner interrogation
that it was led by a Polemarch Daveresh Oarbreaker - an expert on
river and infantry tactics. Daveresh was aided by Uranestos the
Kossak. Lord Mularik told of some 100 ships, including several triremes
unloading troops at Dolsosin. He had learned of at least 4,000 heavy
infantry, good magical support and around 4,000 mercenary cavalry,
"Pentans," Mularik said.
crossed the Oslir and are marching on Talfort. We march to meet
Kamoar to take his warband, the Wolf Runners, the Antler Chase,
Headhunters and the March Light Horse to the west. They were to
block the forces in Talfort and keep them from striking the main
host in the flank.
Gudny sent scouts
ahead of the marching host and mapped out the enemy's line for they
had deployed and were offering battle some twelve miles north of
that the storm-priests shroud the battle-field in Orlanth's mists
to obscure his deployements. He wanted to go straight from the march
into the charge and hurl their heavy horse at the Pentans on the
left. "We will break them and then roll up their host."
and took 1,300 of the Righteous Wind to assail the village on the
far right. Some 1,800 of them would deploy in line on the centre-right
while his magic-heavy bands would summon the mist and then battle
the enemy magicians.
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