The heroes rested in the caves then proceeded to find their horses and ride to Bordrin’s Watch. Once there they found some of their friend from Brindol:
Troyas was leading Brindol’s 200 men.
Hiram was providing sending to communicate and was ready with a linked portal to move someone to or from the wizard’s guild in Overlook.
Taunery was acting as a quartermaster.
Loarn was repairing boots. He seemed to have a knack for good quality fast repairs and became very popular not just with Brindol’s men but with all of the militia that had to travel but did not have a cobbler. When his repairs were finished he would apologize for the ugly large stitches but all were happy with his work.
The scribe (note: must find notes for his name) who had helped identify the note from the Emissary was there for official communications and to recount Brindol’s role in the conflict.
The group put themselves under Troyas’ command and then reported to Field General Durkik Forgeheart to brief him on their activities at the Nexus. Durkik didn’t know details about the Nexus but did know that three groups were sent out on important missions and that the Defenders of Brindol completed two of them. He thanked the party and went back to his business.
Hiram apologized to Elan for being so gruff and gave her a hairweave made from a rare Eladrin material. Elan did not completely trust his motives—he claimed not to know what it was but she sensed he actually did. She wasn’t sure if she should wear it. One one hand she didn’t know Hiram’s motives. On the other it was the most beautiful thing she owned. Even the princesses of Astrazalian would not wear such a thing for Feyweave was too precious in crafting magical cloth armor to be worn as jewelery.
The party spent the rest of the day learning the basics of defending the wall. It was 150 feet tall, 80 feet deep, and extended the entire width of the valley. It had numerous archer slits, siege weapons, battlements, and could withstand a siege for months. The wall itself could hold 3000 men which took most of the 5000 men present to defend the wall.
All of the front line positions in the Elsir Alliance were occupied by active Watch Defenders, Overlook Army, or Overlook Militia who had been trained on wall siege maneuvers. All other militias would be used primarily in a support role. This suited most people. The dwarf regulars had obvious respect for men who marched hundreds of miles to a city they had never seen to dig latrines so that the veterans would be ready and refreshed when the battle came.
Brindol with 200 men had the largest and best organized militia from beyond Overlook and was given the honor of being the second line of defense if a force broke the 100’ gate and got through the first line of defenders.
The strategic setup was this:
Orcs had a huge army that would easily swarm Bodrin’s Watch if they breached the gate.
Artillery: orcs had much more but alliance had much longer range. The orc artillery would wait outside of range except for the occasional skirmish to test the wall’s defenses.
Air: Orcs had a few dozen giffin riders. Elves had a dozen owl riders. Owl riders were much more disciplined but a single griffin could take an owl in a one on one fight.
Magic: Neither side had long range magic. A few of the more powerful wizards like Hiram would use sending to communicate instantly. One powerful wizard sent a bolt of lightning to clear a wall breach. It was later learned that some powerful wizards from the wizard’s guild had used a linked portal to attend the battle when the breaches started happening but they had not had a chance to do any magic.
Minor skirmishes where archers and artillery tested the defenses. They would inflict some minor damage but not much.
At 1am a strange noise and a dust cloud. Telescope saw coming out of the dustcloud a large house on weels, not sure what was pushing it. A wave of orcs preceded the charge with grapple launchers (jai alai type things) carried by orogs.
The Durkik determined that the full speed house could shatter the gate and so deployed the suicide skirmishers, 60 dwarves riding aurochs (large bulls).
The door was slow to close and a dozen or so orcs maked it through. One vaulted over the first line and Brindol’s militia is able to slay him. Glory to Brindol!
Suicide skirmishers slamed the aurochs into the ram, stopping it. Some of the dwarves made it under the house. After a few minutes of fighting the house began to move again but much more slowly.
It as the largest battering ram ever built. All that could be seen from above is a wood and metal roof 100’x25’ with a sharply tall 30’ roof. It had a cowcatcher in front and huge wheels. 100 aurochs pulled it.
As the orogs closed with their grappling hooks, Elan sighted the largest and put three magic missiles into his skull, exploding it (four consecutive crits, a 1 in 160,000 chance).
When it rammed the gate everyone felt it. A boulder is dropped on top of the house. It slides off to the side. The ram starts to move back. Another boulder drops putting a crack in the house.
Longbreath was in the gate tower and ordered the defenders to take up grappling hooks and snag the ram. When the ramming piece swung back the house was unbalanced and the defenders pulled the ropes, tipping the house slightly. This was enough to help the boulders hit the house without being deflected. After about six boulders the ram was broken.
With the ram out of commission the orcs made a desperate attempt to scale the wall. A massive wave of grapplers came up. The heroes positioned themselves where the fighting was fiercest. A wave of orcs came up the ropes and the heroes took them out like a well oiled machine. Elan burned most of the ropes and slept the rest. Longbreath and Donaar wounded and killed many with their acid breath. Biatch waded into the middle and killed them in droves. Adren picked off those flanking or assisting other orcs. They orcs didn’t have chance, the Defenders of Brindol were too much. One orc flung himself at Longbreath screaming “die human” and attempted to push him off the ledge. Longbreath smirked knowing his dwarven greaves would hold him fast. Soon the breach was secure. Other breaches were secured, the orcs were sent running and the Elsir Alliance was victorious.
By morning it was estimated that Elsir lost 200 troops while the orcs lost 3000.