As Marin hurries across the southern battlements to the recently raised ladder, Ken circles the battlements in the other direction, looking for the Lieutenant. Moments later, the trapdoor on the tower just north of the gate opens and another squad of soldiers emerges, led by the company commander. "Archers take positions!" he orders half the men, while his sword directs the rest to join the fray against the gnolls that are making their way to the top. There are three atop the wall now, and one man of the 7th is down on the cold stones.
From down below, there is a sullen BOOM that shakes the walls and echoes through the open courtyard. The sound begins to repeat, quite rhythmically, as though someone is using the watchtower as their personal, gigantic drum.
Caedmon and Leo reach the top; the former rushes to join the archers, having heard Wyndshof's order, while the latter is in hot pursuit of Marin.
As she closes in on the ladder, Marin can already hear the heavy panting of a gnoll getting close to the battlements...