|Duke of York
URQUHART CASTLE – 1303
In 1303, King Edward I of England ‘Hammer of the Scots’ began his second march into Moray. Sir Alexander de Forbes led the Scottish defense from within the castle walls. Urquhart Castle was the only thing standing in the way of total domination of the Great Glen. The Scottish garrison surrendered the castle only after a long hard fought battle. Will you be able to change history and hold off the English invaders?
Urquhart Castle is situated on a promontory jutting into Loch Ness and was an ideal site for a fortified residence. For over a thousand years, the site served as a fortified residence, military barracks, hotel, court, administrative center and seat of power. The surrounding fertile lands and waters provided an abundant supply of crops, fish fuel and game. It is surrounded on three sides by the Loch leaving only one side of the castle vulnerable to attack. The landward side of the castle was defended by a dry moat 5m deep and 30m across at its widest point. A stone cause way with a draw bridge spanned the moat. The castle is an hour-glass shaped double bailey with a large gatehouse defended by two towers. The castle also has a magnificent five storey tower-house or keep located at the northern most end of the castle.
In 1509, King James IV of Scotland sent these orders to the constable of the castle; “to repair or build at the castle a tower, with an outwork or rampart of stone and lime, for protecting the lands of the people from the inroads of thieves and malefactors; to construct within the castle a hall, chamber and kitchen, with all the requisite offices, such as a pantry, bakehouse, brewhouse, oxhouse, kiln, cot, dove grove and orchard, with the necessary wooden fences"
Urquhart has been fought over and changed hands many times during its turbulent history. Today, it is one of the most visited historic sites in Scotland. Visitors can gaze at the rugged landscape, take in views of the spectacular lake, stand atop the ruins of the castle, and if you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of NESSIE.
This is a Stronghold Siege scenario designed to be played as the DEFENDER. I playtest all of my scenarios on normal setting so if you feel frisky, play on hard or very hard settings. (The scenario will not work if you play as the attacker.)
As always, I hope you have as much fun playing this scenario as I have had creating it.