|“||Armour … is part of a state of mind … in which you admit the possibility … of being hit.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Curnden Craw and his crew are still camped on The Heroes, when Wonderful raises the alarm; Hardbread’s back, and he’s found some more men. The odds are not good. Craw's crew have the slope on their side, but Hardbread has twenty-two against their nine. Not enough that Black Dow would accept the loss of this hill, the key to the whole valley, but too many to fight without bloodshed. With Shivers with them, they’ve no choice but to do the right thing and fight.
Before the fight, Hardbread breaks ahead of his men up the hill to ask Craw to give up without a fight. However, Craw won’t back down. Then Hardbread comes at them, with two little groups trying the wings, and the main group forming a twelve-man wide shield-wall. As they climb, Wonderful, Athroc, Agrick, and Drofd thin them out with arrows, and then fall back, while Athroc and Agrick dropping back to the wings lest they’re flanked.
When Hardbread gets close enough to the stones, Craw orders the charge straight at the shield-wall. Before they hit, they split left and right, and Whirrun came out of the gap scattering men squealing with the Father of Swords. Eventually, Hardbread’s men break and flee down the hill leaving eight men behind them dead. In the aftermath, Craw’s crew are left battered and bruised but alive. All except, Athroc who’s dead from an axe in the chest.
|Curnden Craw||Drofd||Black Dow|
|Hardbread||Whirrun of Bligh|
|Caul Shivers||Scorry Tiptoe|
|Athroc||Jolly Yon Cumber|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Osrung||The North||Battle of the Heroes|