16 Gozran – 17 Gozran
First Matten and Snot, then the rest of the party head into no-man’s-land and retrieve Hajira ap’Salim’s body. At one point, someone on the Westergarde walls fires an arrow, but he’s noisily shouted down.
After handing over the body to waiting soldiers behind the lines, Volkov holds a briefing. He informs the assembled that Viktor will lead a company against the South walls, Kagdir and the party will lead an assault against the walls to the North, and Volkov will lead the main force against the main gates. A small Dwarf approaches and informs Volkov that they’re ready, at which point he signals Giles to fire a flare. After the flare is fired, the sound of cannon fire erupts from the bay, and Giles’ artillery begin to pound the walls. Volkov informs the party that the assault will begin at dawn.
The party builds a pyre for the fallen Etu’Sauri. At one point during the work, Syl catches Diego leering at her and confronts him. He tells her he gets that a lot, since he has “resting lusty face”. Disgusted, she returns to the party and warns Sanorin again to steer clear of him.
Meanwhile, Kagdir goes to meet the officers and men of the companies he’ll be leading the next day. He also scouts out the terrain around the North wall and comes up with several additional troop and artillery placements. He notices a massive Man-of-War out in the bay, painted black with forest green sails and shelling the city from the sea. Volkov’s “navy”.
The party meets back up for dinner in the camp. Viktor joins them. They chat about the war briefly, but most roads lead back to “if we don’t end this war, Isaac Vane will end it for us”.
The next morning, Viktor and another man arrive, both in the Mithril plate armor of the Order of Leopold. The armies take position, the artillery shelling ceases, and with a booming “For Emperor and Empire!” the assault begins.
Kagdir’s plan executes flawlessly, and the troops rapidly scale the wall under the cover of Bubblesneezer Cannons from the treeline. The fighting atop the wall is fierce, and Sanorin stays on the ground treating the wounded who fall or retreat from the heights.
Eventually, Matten leads the troops on the wall in a charge down to the gatehouse, and shortly thereafter the North gate is thrown open and the Westergarde soldiers are in retreat or surrendering.
Kagdir deploys his troops to reinforce the wall, and the party begins to move alone through the city towards the keep.
During their travels, they catch sight of yet another man in the mithril plate of the Knights Leopold down near the docks, ravaging troops with magic. He’s smaller, and they conclude it could be Billy Bones.
The party encounters a platoon of infantry led by Sir Gregory Darrow and they attack. The fighting is fierce, and Matten is seriously wounded in a near one-on-one duel with the Knight. At one point in the fighting, Darrow’s squire, Kev, shouts “the master’s retreat has a green door”, which doesn’t make much sense to anyone.
Once Darrow falls, the remainder of the troop retreat, including two of Sir Gregory’s companions. His squire takes a knee and submits.