I have a huge castle, more like a walled city, population 70,000. About one thirds of those are fighting age and men. The castle is built on a huge mountain, which is flat at the top, about ten square miles. There's only one way up the mountain, a winding ramp that goes all the way around the mountain. (The top is directly above them bottom.) There is magic, but very few have enough power and knowledge to wield it well; about 100. The castle has a force of cavalry 3,000 strong, and they're trained on charges down the slope(the winding path that goes around the mountain that the castle is on top of.) The defenders have enough food and water to last them years, and they keep on growing things so scurvy isn't a problem. They also have trebuchet at different positions on the wall and distributed around the city.
Explanation of Magic
Magic is a second life source. If you run out of it you die.
The less Magic you have the weaker you get. In this respect it is like a second stamina.
They way your body checks if it is physically strong enough to do something is as follows:
- It checks if your body has enough stamina and Magic
- The stamina is used up, but the Magic is not
When you use Magic that changes as follows:
- You don’t need stamina
Magic has two ways of doing something:
- on release
- on impact
If you were to light a few sticks of wood on fire and you wanted to do it with magic, you could:
- send out the Magic (still in Magic form) and when you hit the pile of sticks, you can turn the Magic into the fire
- Make a small flame that shoots toward the sticks and lights it on fire when it hits
Some spells can be both, but some are only on impact.
If you send a spell to paralyze your enemies (make them unable to move) there is no way, unless maybe send a spray of paralyzing poison toward them, to do it on release.
Everyone in this universe has Magic. Some people produce more Magic than others. This is the reason that few can do great feats of Magic, though if they knew how, almost anybody could conjure a candle-flame.
Another thing that you need to know about Magic is the use of it. Special words, the Olde Tongue, were linked to the usage usually, but not always. The words just helped you to focus and ‘stay on target’. These words helped magicians to focus on what they were doing and not get lost in the process.
They have about 100,000 soldiers land, about half are conscripted so they don't really want to fight and don't have good training, other half are expert soldiers, about 10,000 are mounted, the rest are melee or archers, about half and half, also archers have low bows, not crossbows. Enemy have about 200 mages. The enemy also have a Sky Force of about 12,000.
Enemy Sky Force
500 Dragon Riders: dragons are about 80 ft. long, can breathe fire, have deadly whiplash tails, aren't smart.
500 Griffin Lancers: men with long lances, land in the middle of the city and wreck havoc, griffins aren't smart but listen to commands, about 50 ft. wingspan.
10,000 Transported by Rocs: men who will be dropped in the middle of the city by a roc, they ride in carts, but if safely dropped, cause mayhem, trying to open gates and letting the rest of the army inside. They are distributed among 100 rocs, 100 to a roc.
1000 Gargoyle Trainers: stay on ground but set gargoyles, (almost as smart as humans,) onto people, gargoyles are demonic things that can turn into almost unbreakable stone, and then turn back at will, so they are great bombers, bombing themselves onto prominent buildings and troop forces, can be broken by some magic spells.
As you can see, it'll be a hard fight for my defenders so I need some really good defense ideas. What'll help the defenders win?