I seem to remember a fort in upstate new york that had to be abandonded due to artillery on a local hill.
Ticonderoga. As I noted earlier that applies only if the weapons the attackers are using have the range to reach the fort etc.
The hill is a major problem even if the archers on the gatehouse have 10' over the hill, the buildings on the hill provide easy cover, at night it would be a simple matter to move up and put down a pallisade under shield cover. And a any catapult on the hill could easily be screened behind wooden walls or wagons and command the town.
IF you are a town thratend with attack you burn/tear down all buildings outside the wall the attackers might use for cover. As for catapults, does anyone on Harn know how to make one
And yes the attackers could occupy the hill but they would still have to charge down hill to reach the base of the wall.
It really is a major error. It has to be some sort of oversight on the part of the Aleath defenders.
Of course, from what I understand, most town walls were not for defense but rather a matter of ensuring tax collection and stopping smuggling.
A dedicated attack could easily breach the walls since a town cannot easily defend the entire wall against ladders.
Escalading a wall with ladders is a very difficult and danerous opperation under the best of conditions. Just getting the ladders up against the walls is very costly to the attackers because, hollywood to the contrary, putting a long ladder 40+ foot plus require lots of man-power, just ask any fireman for details, and those placing the ladders are under fire. As for breaching the walls, as far as I can determine, there is little knowledge of seige craft on Harn so most seiges are attempts to stave the defenders out.
And Aleath has not had any major attacks in ages.
The last time Aleath was beseiged the city held out for two years which indicates the beseigers were unable to breach the walls or scale them.
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