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Old Post Jan 10th, 2003 01:11 PM
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Ushgarak
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BACKGROUND FOR: Aranui, Zeratul and Anglomir

It's an important time for Gondor as well. The line of Kings is looking shaky. Arvedui had a good claim, having married the daughter of the fallen King Ondoher, probably a better claim than Earnil II. Many think that the alliance of Arnor and Gondor should have been formalised so. But then, many disagree and are happy that Arvedui was kept at arms length.

To be fair, under Earnil you have driven the most recent invaders from your lands. The Wainriders were driven into the Dead Marshes several decades back, your only regret being that each of you was too young to fight in these great victories. But the succession is not strong (and before long the line will die entirely and be replaced by the Stewards who go on all the way down to Denethor II, the father of Boromir and Faramir) and many are worried. The threats around Gondor are many. Evil things still lurk in Mordor, the Wainriders would like to return, and there is always the threat of the Corsairs and Black Numoreans, your evil Dunadain cousins, striking from the south.

Many see new hope in the tentative alliance with Arnor. Many others think that Gondor cannot spare one single sword, crown or man for that place, all needed here. But Angmar seems so much more active a threat than Mordor... the sympathetic natures of many are with Arnor. An ambassador has been sent to Fornost and messages between Earnil and Arvedui are common. But as yet, there has been no military aid sent.

Some, like the father of Aranui, think the future of the Dunadain is in the alliance. Lord Erendurin may not be the purest of the Dunadain line, with no direct tie to the throne, but fought hard and well to drive out the Wainriders, earnt the respect of many, holds lands and commands many men. When he summons the three of you to his residence in Osgiliath- taking his own son from his scouting position on the Ithlien River (still unsafe territory), along with two members of his hand-picked team, the sergeant-at-arms Zeratul and his Lieutenant, Anglomir- you are expecting perhaps some sort of dangerous and daring secret mission against some new threat. Instead, all he seems to talk is diplomacy.

"There is a lot riding on who can make friends with the right people in Arnor," he says. "Arvedui is very keen to build relations... some around here are hesitant, but I think that gives as an opportunity... (when he says 'us', he is talking Dunadain talk. You other two are kept out. As a common man, Erendurin sees Anglomir more like a servant than a man. As a Half-Elf, he frankly thinks Zeratul is a freak).

"The problem is that I cannot build relations with the Arnor nobility by normal means. All communications with Arnor are still only possible by royal consent, to be sent by royal courier. I spoke to the King about it, but he does not think it is right time for too much interaction between our courts. But he did not forbid me from doing as I wished, he only failed to let me use his facilities.

"That is why I have called you, my son. You must go to Fornost-Erain, and introduce yourself to the King, and send my regards and friendship. Trust me, this will count for a lot. I know this may not exactly be the sort of task you are after but it is as much for the good of your familiy and Kingdom as any military mission. Besides, you never know WHAT might suddenly beset you at Arnor! It is a troubled place.

"And talking of troubles... you have learnt a lot quickly, my son, and are a capable man. But the journey to Arnor is unsafe, and getting less safe each day." He gestures to Anglomir and Zeratul. "You two must keep my son safe. You are as faithful an officer and sergeant as my son could ever have hoped to have under him. You may be no Dunadain, Anglomir, but your heart is strong. And I may not understand much about your ways, Zeratul, but rare is the outsider who gains promotion in our armies. Your skills must be great.

"But it is important you do not tell others. Many would be unimpressed to hear of me going behind the back of the Court like this. If you ACHEIVE something, some meaningful friendship, then I can present it as a boon to the King. Until then, stay silent. I will tell others you are on a deep patrol.

"And take a quiet route. Head north past Lothlorien and Moria and cross the mountains at Redhorn Pass. From there, go to Rivendell."

That shocks you.

"I know, I know," he says. "The Elves are strange folk and Elrond a being of inscrutable ways. But I hear Rivendell is more open than Lothlorien, and as a Dunadain you should be welcome there. And..." says Erendurin, hesitating in a 'I hate for you to think I am using you, but I am' sort of way, "Zeratul, I believe your Elven mother is from Rivendell... so if you present yourselves, you should be allowed inside... and it is a route that no couriers from Gondor will be taking. With luck, no-one will know of my plan until you reach Fornost itself, after resting at Rivendell. That part of the journey will be perilous indeed, so watch yourselves.

"Go now with my blessing."

Aranui, your father has a couple of extra words for you out of the presence of the other two.

"Listen, lad," he says. "Think about your OWN future as well. If you happen to come across any pretty Arnorian Dunadain women... preferably important ones... if you know what I mean? You like books and poetry and stuff, I am sure you will impress them..." Your father is a good man, Mah, but rather unimaginative, in your eyes.

"Oh, and if you can find someone to marry your sister it would be good too!" he calls after you, as you leave.

There is no need for you three to respond to this, it is just your set-up.


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Fire
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hmmmm, I agree to it

btw don't expect a lot of talking of Me,
I tend to be very quiet qnd might seem a bit moody from time to time
I also tend not to care much about anything so no fancy stuff for me stick out tongue
Last thing I hate religion

Zeratul


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..and you probably hate anything resembling those damned zergs and terrans. smilestick out tongue

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BACKGROUND FOR: Vardalain, Palanfirith and Finuvien
(this also continues the story above)

It was the Elves, advised by the Istari, who first suspected that Angmar was no mere alliance of Orcs and Dunlendings but a concerted effort by forces of their most ancient enemy, and their chiefs suspect the Witch-King to be one of the Nazgul. But there is little to be done. The Elven armies are few, and how the Witch-King would gleefully delight in seeing the defences of Rivendell stripped, for he has power enough to take Imladris itself should Elrond let down his guard. From the forest of Lothlorien, Galadriel watches much and does nothing, and Cirdan has done nothing from Grey Havens in a long time, save to provide a place for the departing Elves to go to leave Middle-Earth forever- save those Noldor who returned.

Elrond has lost much faith in man, even the Dunadain, when he watched Arnor turn on itself when it should have unified against Angmar. For their part, the humans think the Elves have betrayed them, and not offered help, that the old alliance is broken forever. But Rivendell remains an open town, a powerful bastion against evil where all travellers are welcome, and there is still hope that Elrond may have some plan to deal with Angmar.

As members of Elrond's household, Vardalain and Palanfirith know these problems well. Finuvien, your people have also long felt the effects of the growing shadow. A thousand years ago, mankind called your home the Greenwood. Now it is called the Mirkwood, as it has become twisted and evil, and even the power of the Sindar and Silvan Elves there finds it hard to keep the evil at bay. The rise of Angmar at the same time cannot have been coincidental, though for a long while you Silvans have long considered this to be an issue for man, not you. You owe man little. But after centuries in which it seems that a whole civilisation might fall, there has been some whisper that this issues cannot be seperated forever, and you are not a heartless people. You conferred with your Sindar neighbours, and they confirmed your fears that should Angmar be victoroious, his forces will cross the moutains and surely strike down your lands next. Your people were persuaded to send an emissary to Rivendell to talk with Elrond, and that emissary was you. Elrond has long advised that if you wish to see the problems faced by Arnor you should travel there yourself, but you have been nervous to do so.

One day, Elrond summons the three of you to his house, with iths beautiful view of Imladris. There with him already are three people- men.

As far as you Noldor are concerned, this is an odd gathering. One is apparently Half-Elf. It is not wise to think ill of such a person in Elrond's presence, though you understand he has chosen his human heritage first. You do not wish to criticise, but you do not understand. One is a Dunadain and so at least worth some measure of respect. The other is a common man, little more than the wild tribal men that your Elders speak of existing many thousands of years back. You have no idea why he has been allowed here- he must be the Dunadain's baggage man, or something.

"Welcome," says Elrond, and introduces the six of you to each other. "These three are travellers from Gondor, a Dunadain noble Aranui and his retinue. They have come to partake of my hospitality, and intend some diplomatic journey to Fornost-Erain."

Finuvien, you are suspicious of these men, but sense no ill-will from them. Especially from the common man, who seems as bewildered of his surroundings as you are of him!

"As you know," says Elrond, "the journey to Arthedain has not been safe since Cardolan finally fell apart. Orc and Dunlending raiding parties roam through the countryisde, sometimes moving onto the East-West road which you must travel. Law and order does not exist in the Cardolan countryside any more, only in the few towns and fortresses that remain untaken. Once you reach the Arthedain borders you will be safe but you would do well to take precautions. But I have no riders I can spare for your protection.

"But your presence here allows me to solve several problems at once. Vardalain, Palanfirith, I have chosen you for a task of mine. It is time King Arvedui knew that Rivendell is not silent to his plight, that we are taking some measure of interest in events outside our walls. I wish you to go to Fornost, and simply be present, as friends. I am not sending you as emissaries- you go simply as travellers, as proof that we still consider his lands friendly ones. Do not let him think that your presence heralds our aid. He must understand that every fighting man I have is needed to patrol the lands around here, that already we hold large orc forces at bay along the Bruinen River, and that Imladris must secure itself much as Fornost must look to its own defence.

"And Finuvien, you know that I have considered it wise that you go to Fornost and see the situation in Arnor for yourself. Now yoy may all go together." He steps back, turns, and faces you all. "You may all escort each other," he says. "Aranui, consider these members of my household my gift as escort to you on your journey, and I am sure my Silvan cousins would be glad for Finuvien to do the same. On my part, I consider it a favour that you will bring my fellow Elves safely to Arnor as well. It forms a perfect circle.

"You should get to know each other. You will leave soon," finishes Elrond.


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"You've never had any TINY bit of sex, have you?"

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Dexx
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so far so good..i like it

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me too....it's great.can't wait for that map.....


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Bespin Bart
Buggy

Gender: Male
Location: Everywhere

I'm a meer baggage man and servant? Hell with that...


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Bespin Bart
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Gender: Male
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Also, Anglomir looks fierce, but is kind to others (except Orcs and Dunlendings and Easterlings and all other folk who hate him)


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laughing out loud

So where do the Hobbits and Dwarves fit in to this?


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Ushgarak
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Do I sense some common man/Elven tension already? Goody!

Remaining three players get backgrounded in tomorrow, promise.


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"You've never had any TINY bit of sex, have you?"

BtVS

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Oooh, nasty places, Rex. Mostly lands of bad men.

BACKGROUND FOR: Talin, William and Holdfast

SOME might say that looking for business opportunities in a war is rather naked avarice. Dwarves prefer to think of it as part of the commerce that drives the world... Talin, your small but vigorous mine is always after new customers. But the Elves and humans of Arnor, if they need Dwarven produce at all, tend to trade directly with Khazad Dum (Moria).

But apparently there is a large settlement of Halflings in the western half of Arnor. These Hobbits tend to keep themselves to themselves but they need raw goods as much as anyone... it's an unused market that your people badly need, working a small mine so near to the shadow that creeps across the land. Hobbits are odd people, but very much of your 'perspective'. Too much hair down below and not enough up top, but even so...

Establishing contact with the Hobbits was not easy, for not many people were willing to take messages across these dangerous lands. FInally you did make contact with them, and even found two willing to venture out to talk business with you...

These two are William and Holfast- rich, tough, resourceful Hobbits who greatly surprirsed their peers by leaving their home, and agreeing to meet you in Rivendell, something Elrond found amusing enough to have no objection to, and Talin is known as a friend to Elves, in any case.

And so you meet, and talk business. The journey from the Hobbits was not easy. You had to hide many times and even kill two Dunlendings that tried to waylay you, not knowing you are tougher than you look.

It is clear no trade route is ever going to succeed without escort! And neiother Hobbits nor the Dwraves can practically provide such escort. Nervously, you ask Elrond.

Elrond, who seems troubled, listens half-heartedly to your request.

"I cannot be sparing my riders to look after materials for greedy Dwarves and Hobbits!" he snaps. Then he seems to calm, and apologises.

"These are troubled times," he says. "But if your arrangement were to benefit them, the Arthedain people may be willing to provide such men to aid you. The detaisl of which I am sure you can arrange themselves. Put yourselves in their good graces and your task may be easier still." He looks thoughtful. "But it is a dangerous journey, as you have discovered...

"I know of six capable beings setting out to Fornost-Erain tomorrow. Go with them, for safety, yours and theirs. Go to King Arvedui's court and tell him of your request. And after all..." he says, looking at William and Holfast, "maybe your people have ignored the troubles of your King for too long. And maybe the Dwavres should see what forces assail the remnants of Arnor. Maybe there is much to be learnt for all here...

"I shall tell the others you are joining them. Fare thee well, brave travellers."


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"You've never had any TINY bit of sex, have you?"

BtVS

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Alarik
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Naelin - Dunedain ranger with a very light, fast fighting technique, with both sword and bow. Exceptional scout and tracker

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Bespin Bart
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Uh oh! We have a straggler!

Welcome to the board Alarik. smile


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welcome abrod.I think Ush has to make him a background too


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Mithrandir
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im sry, but i dont know jack about RP, but I'd like to join...could i get in on this?


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They have passed liked rain on the mountains.
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Dexx
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dunno....Ush says if he can blend you into the sotry.

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just talk to him...


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Ushgarak
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Actually quite easy with this Silvan 'vibe' we have. Surprised to see no Sindar, though; I thought Legolas would have championed the Sindar cause.


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"You've never had any TINY bit of sex, have you?"

BtVS

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