Siege of Cregsbend Castle
To bolster his forces against an anticipated attack, he hired a contingent of Silver Key mercenaries led by Ledhros Caur. Herriman and Caur recruited various travelers to assist, including the monster hunter Thane Jackdaw, the fighter Aratus Seldomus, the disguised Dreadlord Selene Avar, the old orcish alchemist Urberus, and the orcish warrior Hath Charosh.
Though the defenders were not aware, the enemy warband was reinforced by elven radicals under Arianrhod.
As full battle was joined, Avar noticed an orcish sneak attack on the eastern wall. Caur committed his reserves to reinforce Avar, and Seldomus went with them. The orcs faced withering fire, not just from the walls but from the keep above on their flank. Though they deployed a large ogre to breach the walls, Urberus sent his alchemically augmented familiar, an ape troll of sorts, as a counter.
The western gatehouse defense held, but the north wall buckled under orcish axes. Caur used mimicry and one of Urberus' potions, sacrificed Herriman's prized boar, and took a half-boar form to grapple with the orc onslaught at close range.
From the keep, Herriman signalled a withdrawal. Those defenders and civilians who hadn't already pulled back into the hilltop keep began to do so in a fighting retreat. Orcs and elven raiders streamed into the bailey town through the northern wall breach, killing indiscriminately.