I am running a war, for my players. They have won a battle pushing their opponent back into a citadel within the cliffs.

I am looking for stories, suggestions, or more importantly rules on how to run a siege encounter.

  • \$\begingroup\$ What is your party's composition, and what is their siege strategy? Also, what is the logistical pipeline for both sides like? \$\endgroup\$
    – Shalvenay
    Sep 13, 2015 at 13:12
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    – Shalvenay
    Sep 13, 2015 at 13:28
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    – GMJoe
    Sep 14, 2015 at 1:00

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Some starting points you can find on the SRD:

For the citadel:

You might want to use thicker and higher walls and larger number of soldiers than the size of the citadel suggests, since citadels are build with defensibility as an important goal.

For the players (siegers) you have:

For both the besieged and the siegers:


Create opportunities for special missions for the player characters:

  • A scout mission to find weak points in the city's defenses;
  • Destroy or poison the enemy's supplies;
  • A sapper mission exploring a cave passage which may allow destroying a section of wall;
  • Chase and catch a courier that left the city to request reinforcements.

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