Emissary Log: The Northern Trade Pt. 3

November 20th, T.A. 2017

Much has taken place since my last letter. The damage done by Angmar is somewhat lessened of late. Weather it is our involvement in the area or not I cannot say, but there seems to be much less of a presence in the north here. This bodes well for trade and the locals have come to trust us more for our deeds in restoring the roads, though we are still working to trade well. In order to do so we must begin excavations soon in and around Zigilgund. But these rocks are frozen and hard with time. The Dourhands have been scattered after heroic involvement by Lord Thordri of Othrinkar and myself.

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The Dourhands stood no chance as the Icecreave Mines shook with the pounding of his great hammer.  We rushed through the caves and didn’t stop until we had found the chambers of records. Lord Thordri The mighty dwarf was unstoppable as he had a score to settle with the dwarves there.We defeated their leader and reclaimed he mines for the dwarves once more. His forces stood no chane and Lord Thordri’s hammer crushed his helm at last.

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Though we searched for more information won why they were digging there we could not find anything, though a large portion of the old texts of that hall were missing, destroyed by the Dourhands or from the passing of years we did not know.

This will take some time to clean and prepare for regular excavations. We reconnected the distant hunting camps with the main trade routes taking into account the dangers of the road, and capitalizing on their absence. Things are beginning to look up in the north. A time of rest is near, though not here yet. Still we are keeping guard on the road and major dangers have been dealt with, we look now to the challenge of reviving the other mines and ruins of old. There are pieces of dwarven history up here, that poke out of the drifts and glaciers. What secrets they hold, I cannot say, but It would be a loss for us not to study them.

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I call for young dwarves and scholars, there is a future to dwarven involvement in this frozen land. It would be a great advantage to grow a greater relationship with these people here. If the trade from the north wishes to survive this is a necessity. We cannot give up the head-start that we have now, a great friendship is growing and there will be rough patches as with any business venture But I urge the dwarves to take losses in trade for the benefit of our friends. Trade profits for friendship and the profits will follow!

Emissary Log : The Northern Trade Pt. 2

November 18th, T.A. 2017

After regaining control of the passage from Kauppa-Kohta and to Pynti-Peldot I spent some days looking at the trade that took place between the reunited communities. Largely furs were trades but noticeably the People of Pynti-Peldot traded sabertooth teeth for badger furs from Kauppa-Kohta. These two seemed to be the main exports of both regions, given the fact that both had large groups of these animals that they hunted on a regular basis.

It was here too that I saw the desire for dwarven goods. Spices were traded but there were still some dwarven tailoring that was traded and coveted greatly. Alongside this there was also a fair amount of trinkets and some jewelry made in Thorin’s Hall that was traded, and for a fair amount of furs too. This is an encouraging sign and show their willingness to remain trade partners. The Chief of Pynti-Peldot did thank me for my efforts and said that trade caravans would be welcome as often as they come.

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I ventured on to Zigilgund. Looking to finally reach my dwarven brothers in this far-away place. The weather was thankfully clear as I rode past a few minor settlements and hunting camps. across the plains I could see herds of aurochs grazing in the snow. They were sometimes hunted for special feasts and for their furs, but the locals use them mainly for their milk, which is a major part of the local diet.

The land rises here with low flat plains to the south and high hills to the north. The road is relatively quiet but there are some dangers, in the hills the wild-men have made their camps and thought they do not actively attack the road, they do pose a threat to both the traveller and the locals here to as they constantly set traps to catch the aurochs herds which then poses a threat to the trade and lives of the locals as well. Though efforts are being made to protect the herds from the traps and the overhunting by the wild-men, a constant effort is required. Perhaps there can be something done with more personnel that would allow for the removal of this threat.

Further down the road at the top of the hill there is an island that is home to a large sabertooth community. Here is where most of the locals hunt the cats that they end up trading. There is not much threat on the road from these dangers, and I would recommend that the habitat be left alone so the locals may continue their lives.

Further on and Zigilgund can be seen in the far distance. However it is surrounded by a type of mammoth graveyard that is held as sacred by the locals and should, of course remain untouched.

Zigilund Camp

Zigilgund stands like a steady and strong dark crown, jutting out from the hillside to the north of the road. There is protection from the elements and room for camps. The lower premises are home to an active stable, now more commonly used thanks to the opening of trade between the people’s. It’s middle landing provides room for repair facilities and and overlook of the lands far to the south. this vantage point, and the isolation from the north via the cliffs provide this fortress with a huge tactical advantage.

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However there are some matters that need dealing with, and some that I have seen fit to deal with immediately to attempt to get this returning effort fully underway.

Firstly there was the issue of the few wildlife incursions that was causing a halt in production. These consisted of the snow-beasts to the east of Zigilgund. They were coming too close at night and we were having cases of them stealing resources, provisions and some tools as well. Their mischief crossed the line when a group of them attacked a scout who was attempting to collect firewood and nearly killed him. It later turned out that there was a den just a few yards away from the entrance to Zigilgund. The threat was dealt with to cease the interruptions and many of the tools were found.

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After this there was some trouble at the hot springs to the north. Winter worms had infested the area and it was no  longer safe for the dwarves of Zigilgund to travel there. A few came with me as we pushed the threat out and destroyed the largest of their number and their matron. This victory has increased the moral of the Dwarves here, and since then the winter worms have dissipated greatly and are expected to disappear entirely within a few seasons.

A third problem that came to our attention was from the locals, Though there are not many here at camp there are a few outliers who monitor this camp with the interest of tending the horses here and also keeping watch over the sacred grounds of the mammoths that lies before the walls. Their plea was that something was driving the dying mammoths out of the area.

With the interest of maintaining a strong relationship between us I investigated the source of the problem and found that there was some sort of dark enchantment that was causing the madness of the mammoths. As i searched the graveyard for signs of trouble I came across a Guredain, attempting to entrap a dying mammoth and promptly interrupted him. After this i came to learn that the one teaching the wolf-men to conjure in such a way was an Angmarim. I rushed to confront him and we battled late into the night. He called on powers that raised great winds and terrible creatures of snow. However his command of the elements did not stand up against dwarven steel, and I eventually casted his body to the snow. This should be an end of the Angmarim advances to Zigilund, though i cannot say yet as to what extent they have influenced the Guredain.

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Finally The only remaining issue is the Dourhand presence in the Ice Creave mines. This has halted any kind of reconstructive attempts by the dwarves and poses a great threat to the future of Zigilgund. If the treasures and resources are stolen from the mines, There will be no major profit of the dwarven fortress here. They have been digging as I have come across evidence in the snow outside the mines and closer to the bridge.

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They are not willing to parlay with any of us as I found out. I called a scout to the bridge and requested to speak with the superior of the camp there, a request which he was not interested in obliging to at all. All I can say is that negotiations were concluded shortly thereafter and I returned to Zigilgund.

The matter of the Ice Creave mines and The danger that they face will have to wait until my further writings, but I hope that with some help they can be resolved soon. I will write again once more progress can be made.

Emmisary Log: The Northern Trade pt. 1

November 3rd, T.A. 2017

After a busy month of repairing trade routs and planning caravans and resting, following my trade analysis of the great east road and the re-connection of the trade routes to the Misty Mountains, It has come time for improving our trade interests to the north. It would seem that there has been a decrease in the productivity of our trade caravans to the Ice region of Forochel. Many traders come back with the same amount of materials as they set out with originally and less and less resources are returning with them.

Lord Dwalin has sent me to establish our communication with the natives of that area and to reconnect our outpost there with the dwarves here at Thorin’s hall. Although I can admit that I am not nearly as excited to venture into those northern lands, I still understand the merit that this has. It is known of the furs and ivory that the natives of Forochel trade are above the quality of even some elven regions. The furs from the moose and elk there are extremely soft, and the saber-tooth and aurochs hides are of the warmest materials that money can buy.

The reestablishment and maintenance of a relationship is only going to help us gain access to these highly desired goods that we can then process and sell.

Seeing as the locals have been dealing with interference and difficulties from both the elements and from wild beasts ravaging their trade routes, their removal would aid in opening up the way for a renewed and prosperous trade between both people.

My first step of business was to assist in a trade with one of our own caravans to offer extremely fair prices to the Lossoth locals in Kauppa-Kohta, which is their southernmost camp and therefore the one that sees the most of the trade. This is of course the response of the traders from the dangers on the road, and prevents many, if not, most from venturing deeper into this region.

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Thus this first camp is going to be our foundation for trade with the deeper camps in Forochel. We must see to it that there are guards and guides for the caravans and that there can be proper management of the road. These aspects are always the first to be neglected, though they are often the most important part of the trade routes. the roads are always going to be dangerous, and the need for protection will always be there. Here in Forochel this is true all the more.

Attacks on the road from wolves and wargs are a constant threat here. This stifles the trade between the settlements even between the peoples here. As a result there is less of a focus on trade and rather on craft. This causes a decrease in the openess for trade, and less of a focus on trade with the coming generations. It became evident that reconnecting the different settlements of the Lossoth in order to increase our trade-reach in this area.

I saw to it immediately that the greatest threats of the wags and local wargs were removed. This did prove to be a sort of challenge in that there was a great difficulty but nonetheless was eventually dealt with. This did earn some respect from the locals as there was a pre existing belief in that outsiders of Forochel could not deal with the difficulties that faces the Lossoth. It seems that they have not had much experience with dwarves in the past. I was happy to rectify their opinion and broaden their understanding for our race.

After that day of long hunting and fighting I remained at the settlement to rest and prepare to venture out towards Pynti-peldot, a large hunting outpost in the center of the region. With the provisions needed and some guidance from the locals I left or the second settlement hoping that the work their would be equally as effective as it had been so far, as well as hoping that the road would not prove too difficult.

The weather did was fair and there were patches of sun that morning. Though clouds continued through the rest of the day. The road rose up for a while on a soft gradient which was not a difficult trek even with snow and ice. The morning passed without too much difficulty. The second half of the day proved to be more of an adventure.

Through a long rift in the ice I traveled for a greater part of the day. Two glaciers had cracked and separated. and thought I don’t know how long the ice had remained like this, It was evident that the separation had swallowed the road that the ancient Lossoth used to use.

The ice valley was impressive, walls of cold, blue ice rose on both sides, some leaning and connecting overhead creating a cavern with a high ceiling that enclosed the traveler from some elements. The ice cavern became a rock cave as the hot steam vents burst through the ground and thawed the ice that covered them. this was welcome warmth from the several hours of exposure to the freezing cold.

There were more dangers on the road. Wolfmen were waiting on the exit to the cave and would attack on site if allowed to. By the request of the locals I removed them from the entrance and also removed their tokens of offense, clearing the road to the second encampment. There I worked to find some kind of understanding where the locals would permit trade with the dwarves that came out of the south and Zigilund as well.

In order to accomplish this I did what I could to assist in supplying and contributing in tribal rituals to display the dwarves’ flexibility of beliefs. This display of tolerance seem to have an effect on the locals and I have earned  the trust of the leader of the second camp. They were most gracious hosts and look forward to trading with the caravans that come from the south as  well as their own brethren.

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From here my road looks west to reconnect with our outpost at Zigilund where we can see how our researchers and hunters are faring in this rough land.  My aim is to assist in any way I can to prepare them for the reopened trade routs and ensure that th can provide a reliable stop for caravans looking to resupply or rest from travels.

Emissary Log: The Misty Mountains

October 14, T.A. 3017

I left Rivendell two days after I had written my last letter. My time there was, again, peaceful and restful. I then set my sights toward the Misty Mountains. Leaving Rivendell for the mountains is a rather steep climb but still not too impossible. And what’s more there are elven guard on the road for a time protecting it and keeping it.

Upon arrival i the lower drifts of the Mountians there is not much activity. The road is covered with snow but does reappear depending on the weather. As for the weather: it snow nearly every day and occasionally i was met with harsh winds that drove the snow. Something I believe we could solve with better trail management and perhaps shelters prepared closer to  the road.

Never the less I was able to make it to the outposts of Lord Gloin, who I am glad to say is in good health and who’s beard ever grows longer. The outpost is home to both dwarves and elves. These elves, I have found are scouts of Rivendell who have kept watch over the misty mountain trails since the excursion of Lord Thorin and Co. For this same reason Lord Gloin has maintained watch over the path and has taken special interest in the goblins that plague that land.

After some time of learning what i could about the area I continued on to an outpost in the higher pass. Where I had found dwarves who were tasked with watching a Dowerhand encampment. Here they were set to maintain the alliance between the Dowerhands and the giants who live here was to never come to fruition.  Yes even in the frozen wastes of the Misty Mountains these faithless followers and thieves look to make a foothold through some dark alliance.

However I have, through working with these dwarven scouts, re-acquired a lost treasure of the Misty Mountains which i can be happy to say i will be returning with when my  work here is done.

After assessing the situation with the Dowerhands I passed through towards a final dwarven outpost at the peaks of the misty mountains. But it was here were I had to wade through the most amount of goblin trash and wargs. Though more difficult than the goblins I had encountered in the past they were dealt with and Thorin was notified so there should no longer be any real threat for travellers.

Upon reaching the First outpost at Vingurhal, i was asked to help assist with goblins making a weapon that would have been used to great effect. They had found a way to craft some crude explosion that would be used on the battlefield as a throw-able bomb or projectile. with some help of the Wizard Gandalf the Grey, whom  met and conversed with in Rivendell I was able to destroy their concentration and production center, just a camp full of mangled goblins with wounds likely from failed experiments and a cauldron, and the threat has dissipated and will be monitored as i have also brought this to the attention of Lord Gloin.

After the Goblin threat was dealt with I pressed on a bit further to the outpost at Hrimbarg. Here two dwarves still hunt and gather resources for us and were happy to hear that the road had been cleared.  I assisted with tending to one of them, Thorgest, who had sustained an injury at the hands of the wild-men that roam the far southeast of that region. The threat there was dealt with but they informed me that there were constant threats from the worms and wolves and that more dwarves would be needed to bring this trade post fully back to full function.

Therefore the road is open and the trade can recommence as it had been in the past. I can recommend that there would be an offer for any young dwarf who is strong in spirit and looking for his profit in trade or hunting to come to the misty mountains in support of this thriving hunting loge. With this source for raw materials coming back along with the coin made from the other settlements we have only to profit from our interests now.

I’m glad to say that I have mailed this letter upon returning to Lord Gloin’s camp and am on my way back to Thorin’s hall with my first trade mission complete.

May your Beard grow ever Thicker!

Dwenar

 

Emissary Log: The East Road is Clear

October 2, T. A. 3017

Here begins the transcript of Dwenar of the Misty mountains, Emissary for Lord Dwalin of the Longbeards.

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Lord Dwalin has seen it necessary to ensure prosperous and healthy trade routes in all of our interests from Thorin’s Hall. Reports had reached us of difficulties and dangers disruption trade and dwarven caravans on the road. This has moved Lord Dwalin to send out Tradesmen and emissaries such as my self to find the source of the problem so that trade may continue as it has.

My first objective was to ensure that there was a clear path through the east road through the Town of Bree and on into the Trollshaws to our outposts in the Misty Mountains. And gladly I can say that thus far the trip has been little other than enjoyable. Even the weather has been clear and dry for the greater part of the journey. Bree still seems as busy as it has always been and full of markets still eager for our dwarven toys and machines.

After staying here for a night at the Pony, still an establishment of high regard, i set out the next morning. The road from Bree was rather quiet and mostly clear. Upon approaching the lone lands i did find incidence of a band of goblins that had assaulted and destroyed a traveling convoy. Needless to say I looked into the matter personally and Resolved it.

I had heard this news from the owner of a local inn there. It was quite dilapidated and it’s plain to see that if we can reestablish trade in this area the longings may improve as well. However, until then i would not recommend staying there, The roof does appear as if it would fall at the slightest breeze.

Because of these given arrangements I had decided to continue on to the Trollshaws. The remaining Lone Lands seemed rather quiet and perhaps too quiet. The air was the only thing that made noise there. But all the same the path was clear for a large part of the way. That is until I came across a band of Dowerhands.

Yes, unfortunately it seems that the brigands have seemed to find a foothold out here in these barren lands. What was worse is their allegiance with the orcs here. I cannot say as to weather this obtainable alliance is true across Eriador but here it was so. Seeing this as a possible threat the matter has also been dealt with and both the Dowerhands and their Orc allies will not pose a threat to our economic interests in this region.

Continuing on i took not of a rather large setttlement at Ost Guruth. I found a small, but still funcioning market here where coin can still be made. As I gathered information here I found that hte rising issues with orcs and spicders from nearby ruins could make this a lucritive trade for our Dwarven arms and armour. Especially so with the relics that they trade who both the Men of Bree and the elves both pay highly for.

I stayed one night here in meager lodgings and continued to the Trollshaws the following day. Though I don’t have much tast for forests, about as much as the next dwarf) I still find this land captivating. The leaves and paths here seem still so vibrant though notably not as green as they once were. After contacting a few scouts who were protecting the road, a courtesy that not many of the other settlements were able to provide, I made it to Rivendell.

I’m happy to say that there is still a very hospitable attitude toward dwarves here. Though perhaps less of an interest in our crafts. As the elves alwas seem to be, their arts are what they prefer. However, for the traveller it is a placeof beauty and rest.

That will be my order of business as I prepare for the trek into the Misty Mountains in search of our interests there. I will write again within a week. For now the rad is cleared to Rivendell and I would recommend preparing caravans and sending them out as soon as possible to the settlements mentioned above to continue our prosperous year.