"The world has changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost. For none now live who remember it. Darkness crept back into the forests of the world. Rumour grew of a shadow in the East, whispers of a nameless fear and the ring of power perceived its time had now come.

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Siege of Cair Andros
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Headhunter128
Headhunter128 Oct 20 2013, 4:09pm says:

*At Minas Tirith, the Steward got word of an army on the move towards Cair Andros and that it would reach it in but a few days. The Northern Army had only just returned home and was in no condition to march. But the cavalry of the Northern army had never left, the men were fresh and fast on horseback. They set out as fast as they could and headed towards Cair Andros*

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=СРБ=Ori`verda Oct 20 2013, 4:14pm says:

When the armies arrived and set up all of their equipment, the siege began in earnest. Catapults launched boulders at the walls of Cair Andros, aiming at walls, towers and gates.

The stockades and palisades of the camp were held by Haradrim Archers. War Galleys prepared to be moved forward once the walls came down.

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Headhunter128 Oct 20 2013, 5:15pm says:

*The Soldiers manned the wall and fired back at the enemy with everything they had. Since the only approach available for the enemy was crossing the river and attacking a short, but thick wall along with the gate; the men easily filled up the wall despite being small in number.

Behind the walls the men prepared oil and gathered wood. The wood they took up on the wall and threw down just on the other side of the wall. For the moment to prevent the enemy from to easily taking cover close to the wall where the archers had no line of sight.

Despite heavy fire from enemy catapults, the walls seemed to hold. However, the one tower that was on the wall was destroyed with little effort, crashed down and killed several men*

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=СРБ=Ori`verda Oct 21 2013, 10:49am says:

Catapults continue firing until the wall is made clear enough and demolished enough to be stormed by Orcs who have finished the War Gallery.

Meanwhile, most men who are not going to take part in the storm keep a watchful eye for Gondorian reinforcements.

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Headhunter128
Headhunter128 Oct 21 2013, 3:53pm says:

OOC: So you breached it anyway huh?

*The soldiers lines up in a spear wall in front of the breach, preparing for the orc assault.*

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=СРБ=Ori`verda Oct 21 2013, 4:13pm says:

OOC: Bound to happen is one uses catapults against walls long enough.

The War Galleries move forward. Around a dozen of them roll forward slowly and each contain several dozens of Orcs including some Uruk-hai berserks. Meanwhile the catapults do not relent. With the walls having been breached they switch to firing on the Gondorians.

Orcish archers follow the War Galleries, using it as cover whilst not actually being inside the safe wooden boxes on wheels.

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Headhunter128
Headhunter128 Oct 22 2013, 3:39pm says:

*The fire from the artillery forces the Gondorians to abandon their position in front of the breach and they instead take position alongside the wall, facing towards what will be the flank of the orcs running through the breach.*

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=СРБ=Ori`verda Oct 23 2013, 7:17am says:

The Orcs abandon the war galleries upon reaching the broken wall and the catapults seize firing. Uruk-hai berserks charge in and are followed by the regular Orc breeds.

Meanwhile the Orcish archers form up on the outside of the walls.

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Headhunter128
Headhunter128 Oct 23 2013, 2:26pm says:

*Just after the orcs abandon the War galleries, a few dozen archers throw claypots filled with oil onto the galleries and use fire arrows to lit them on fire.

As the orcs pour through the opening, the archers stand ready on the walls with their arrows and let loose the arrows, slaughtering the orcs. After the initial few volleys, the Gondorian Infantry charges from the flank into the side of the orcs massing near the breach*

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=СРБ=Ori`verda Oct 23 2013, 2:49pm says:

The archers outside fire volleys at the Gondorian archers, suppressing them and given that they were the first in position they do so effectively.

The Orcs inside the walls fight on. Some climbing over each other, at shields of Gondorians or just do other fanatic things in order to break the defenders.

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Headhunter128
Headhunter128 Oct 23 2013, 3:13pm says:

*The walls provided excellent cover for the archers and only few was killed the orc arrows. The War Galleries soon went up in flames.

At the breach, the shieldwall held for now as there still was a great deal of chaos among the many orcs, whom unlike the gondorians, rarely fought in any cohesive formation.*

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=СРБ=Ori`verda Oct 24 2013, 4:29am says:

Most Orcs inside the wall were killed whilst the rest pulled back to a safer distance.

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Headhunter128
Headhunter128 Oct 24 2013, 1:06pm says:

*As the orcs fled, the men of Gondor rallied. They quickly started to cover the breach in the walls with everything that they could find, rocks, wood and pieces of the collapsed tower.

On the walls, the men kept a close eye on the enemy movements*

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=СРБ=Ori`verda Oct 24 2013, 1:32pm says:

The Orcish Archers who had been preparing for this, fired their arrows into the breach. Killing many Gondorians and the Orcs who were not fast enough.

After this volley another wave of Orcs surged in through the breach.

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Headhunter128
Headhunter128 Oct 24 2013, 3:15pm says:

*The Gondorian troops gets taken by surprise by the arrow volley and the following charge and gets split in two. The two groups, now on opposite sides of the breach forms into shield walls, just as before.

The Gondorian archers on the walls open fire once again on the orcs storming into the breach*

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=СРБ=Ori`verda Oct 24 2013, 4:22pm says:

Most Orcs inside tyne walls take care to avoid being killed but do what they must to keep the Gondorians pinned. The majority of this wave along with a third wave surges into the fortress and and surround the Gondorians fighting at the breach, attacking their rear and causing heavy losses.

Many other Orcs climb up the walls and combat the Archers who are no match for an Orc with a sword.

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Headhunter128
Headhunter128 Oct 25 2013, 9:49am says:

As the orcs starts to surround the gondorians, they move in to a half circle up against the walls on both sides in order to avoid losing cohesion.

The orcs trying to get up to the walls they are quickly forced down again, the many archers and narrow stairs up to the walls proves easy to hold. The archers continue to inflict heavy losses on the orcs.

A few of the archers who have run out of arrows gather the last of the oil and our it into the breach, after which they lit it on fire that burns many of the orcs alive and for the moment prevents any further reinforcements.

In the meantime, a horn sounds near the enemy encampment.

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=СРБ=Ori`verda Oct 25 2013, 11:37am says:

All Orcish Archers swap their bows for melee equipment and join the fourth wave of many still to come. This combined force will do considerable damage once the fires are extinguished.

Inside, most of the Orcs take steps backwards from the Gondorians and avoid being cut down. Fully a quarter of the Orcs now inside advance upon any and all stairways and up the walls, some even climbing like their Goblin counterparts (?) and otherwise causing disastrous losses for the ill-equipped Gondorian Archers above.

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Headhunter128
Headhunter128 Oct 25 2013, 1:29pm says:

*As all seems lost, a force of 200 cavalry comes from the other end of the Cair Andros fortifications and tramples down the orcs from behind, causing a panic among the orcs. Due to the fire and the walls, the orcs and men outside the walls only hear the screams of their brethren getting slaughtered.

The infantry kills of the rest of the orcs and throw those whom had reached the archers down.

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=СРБ=Ori`verda Oct 25 2013, 1:45pm says:

The Orcs and men outside hear nothing but the stomping of massive feet. Inside the ground shudders and trembles at the sound of rage incarnate approaching fast. The Gondorians look to their weapons and wonder what they might do against it and the Orcs fight on, knowing fully well that either way they would be dead.

Whatever stood at the breach, be it Gondorian, Orc or wall, was crushed and cast unto dust as a raging Mûmakil made its way into the fortress of Cair Andros.

Atop the back of this massive Oliphaunt were the expert Haradrim archers who had the advantage of height and range, killing any target at whim. The sole reason for the Gondorians not noticing a massive Mûmak approaching was because they were too occupied fighting Orcs (acceptable?).

This beast was followed by grounded Haradrim Spear Cavalrymen. From a save distance. Behind them even more Orcs but with room to spare for manoeuvre and the ability to retreat if needed.

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Headhunter128 Oct 26 2013, 8:37am says:

*The faces of the spotters on the walls turned white as the saw what was charging in, but never had the chance to warn the others as they were shot by arrows. And on the ground behind the walls, everyone could feel what was coming. As the garrison commander commander shouted to the men to move away from the breach, several gondorian archers fell from the walls with arrows in them and through the dying fire in the breach emerged the beast, tramping down many of the infantry there and some of the cavalry. Most of the cavalry escapes the the terrified horses flee from the beast.

On the walls, the archers aim for the eyes, spending their last arrows on taking down this beast, while on the ground the few remaining infantry men throw their spears at the legs of the beast. It works and the beast is slain, but not before swinging its mighty tusks as killing many more of the cavalry.

Outside the remaining 800 cavalry have moved around the castle in the shadow of the walls and now plunges in to the flank of the Haradrim Spearmen, whom all are focused on watching the carnage unravel inside the walls.*

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=СРБ=Ori`verda Oct 26 2013, 9:03am says:

OOC: Garrison commander commander?

Because there was room left to manoeuvre, the Haradrim Spear Cavalrymen quickly recovered from the cavalry charge and lined up their spears. In order to keep pressure on the Gondorians inside the fortress of Cair Andros they moved forward rapidly and increased width at a cost of depth in order to allow the Orcs to enter.

The Orcs were followed by other monsters, Oloh-hai.

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Headhunter128
Headhunter128 Oct 26 2013, 9:56am replied:

OOC: The result of not reading the stuff you have written before you post xD

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Headhunter128 Oct 26 2013, 10:02am says:

*Outside the fortress, the cavalry wrecked havoc and didn't allow the Haradrim spearmen to form up their lines further back. On both flanks of the cavalry, to detachments of a 100 riders split each way. One charging into the orcs reinforcing and another charging towards the breach.

Inside the castle the remaining men, archers, cavalry and archers rallied and counter charged the spearmen at the breach.*

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=СРБ=Ori`verda Oct 26 2013, 10:43am says:

Except the Haradrim did manage to form a line, eventually and stopped the Gondorian Cavalry. Eventually that is. Thus the Orcs were clear to enter the fortress and add to the misery of the soldiers inside.

Along side the Orcs, were the fearsome Olog-hai.

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Headhunter128
Headhunter128 Oct 27 2013, 5:02am replied:

OOC:

-_-

*Gets flanked by cav, cav magically just stops their advance. enemy reforms line cause: Infantry is faster than cav.*

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Headhunter128 Oct 27 2013, 5:07am says:

*On the inside, the troops gets on horses and retreat out of the west gate as the commander decided to abandon the fortress*

The cavalry outside sounds the retreat, having bought the troops on the inside enough time*

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The Black Gates open and send forth the Host of Cair Andros, an Orcish army bred for the explicit purpose of taking the Gondorian fortress. The ravenous Orcs are joined by the treacherous evil men from the South, the Haradrim Legion of the Scorpion.

Together they approach the fortress of Cair Andros and prepare their siege engines and equipment.

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