Over a year ago, Aeric stout-shield and a contingent of the Royal Mercenary Company mounted a punitive expedition into Devon and Cornwall. They identified several Saxon strong-points, but failed to bring solid figures of the military capability of the West Saxons. Poor scouting has cost the Normans in several battles over the last year, not least at Shepton, where Aeric himself was present. The lesson learned, Aeric had returned to Devon with two Contingents of the Company. The Duke Mortimer has tasked him with taking stock of the military strength of Devon and Cornwall.
Stage 1: Exeter
The ride to Devon had been relatively uneventful, the lands of Somerset relatively pacified by the 2nd Battle at Shepton. Aeric's column of 200 riders had picked their way across the river valleys of southern somerset. They had entered Devon through the main pass and headed east to the river Exe. Here Aeric had ordered his forces to split into three groups. The first was to approach Exeter from the East, the 2nd from the West, and the third, under Aeric, from the North. That had been three days ago and now Aeric's half Contingent sat on a hill overlooking the town of Exeter.
Surrounded by a deep ditch and fortified with a strong wooden wall, the defenses of Exeter were some of the most formidable in all of Saxon England. The river cut off any attack from the East and enabled Exeter to be supplied by sea. Aeric had a scribe note down that a squadron of ships would greatly cut down the length of a possible siege. The Danish mercenary knew that the town may have strong defenses, but as always a town's strongest tower of defense where it's manpower. The only way to have a true idea of the strength of Exeter was to get a closer look...
OOC: May i request a scouting roll for the defenders of the town of Exeter?
50 Scouts on the East Bank
50 Scouts on the West Bank
100 Scouts to the North