After Rie pledged loyalty to Northhymbre, Northhymbre pointed its sword to the Picts at the North. Soon, Northhymbre went to war with Kingdom of Alban. Major Alban cities like Scuin and Cell Rigmonaid fell to the viking army quickly. Rie was rewarded of Scuin for her efforts in war. As result, the Kingdom of Alban is greatly weakened with less income and manpower. In addition, the vikings weren’t merciful people, they continue to finish up the remaining Alban force.
Northhymbre assigned Rie to take down Dun Taruo for this war. Rie tried her best of recruiting a warband of 250+ people and marched to Dun Taruo. Dun Taruo is the Alban forts with the best natural barriers. It has multiple hills surrounding the tall fort. With the Pictish crossbowmen and skirmishers, it is very difficult to take this fort down by force. However, even the strongest men need to feed themselves. Of course, Rie brought enough of food and money to outlast the defender’s food storage. In addition, Rie’s warband burned and cut Dun Taruo’s food supplies and wait for them to surrender.
This siege lasted a few weeks and ended by the desperated, hungry defenders charged outside. After the siege, Rie is being sent to Asturias to deal with some affairs. Before sailing, she met two people who will be helpful in the journey.