October 23, T.A. 3017
Runethiar, scholar and Runekeeper, in service of Lord Elrond of Rivendell. I have spent my time studying, here at Imladris, the ways of the eldar and their mastery of words and runes. After ears of study, Lord Elrond has seen it necessary for me to take part in an expedition into the Misty Mountains to the no ther in search of a missing scout. Something that normally a scholar such as myself would never get involved with normally. But Lord Elrond believes that there is a greater power that is rising in the north, something that may, he thinks, even come to threaten The Valley.
I was sent to one of the dwarven camps in the foothills of the Misty Mountains where lord Gloin was waiting with some information regarding the activities of enemies in the mountains. The goblins of the misty mountain, though well-established, have not been the rulers of these passes for the longest time.
These mountains have, of old held dwarves. Durin V had once called this place home, for a time. There was a great dwarven stronghold that kept many treasures that the dwarves had procured and refined from the mountain. The city was lost to a dragon Thorog who envied the riches that lay there as dragons do. Durin V assembled a small legion of dwarves to take their halls back. They fought with the dragon and after heavy losses Thorog and Durin V both fell. Though the halls were won, there was no rejoicing and the dwarves left them abandoned.
There have been more dwarves interested in returning there but there was no one willing to enter those halls for some say that they are cursed. The Axe which Durin V bore, Mírdanant, which was said to posses a blessing of protection for the user. However with the death of Durin V, there was a great amount of distrust between the dwarves and elves after.
Besides these ruins that have remnants spotting the passes of the mountains there are giants that are said to roam the southwest reaches. For a time they had been willing to parlay with the elves when there was need. Agreements on passage through the mountain and other policies that were made with an interest in gold and jewels from the dwarves of Helegrod as well. But our scouts report that there is no longer such a reasonable relationship between the Giants and the free folk.
However our missing scout was near Vindurhal and our party left and travelled the passes of the mountain with relative ease and peace. Vindurhal was what seemed to be an old dwarf tower that had been reclaimed by the snow except for a wall which provided a great cove to hide from the elements. The camp provided a final briefing to the party of healers and a hunter that had led us this far.
Eolthier, who was familiar with the passes of the mountain where he spent time as a scout. He did not say much to us but was rather preoccupied with the deterring of goblins from interrupting our trek. His skill as a tracker and a hunter is unparalleled in the Valley though he is from the Greenwood.
It was late morning when we met the scout at Vindurhal. He informed us that Glorwen, the missing scout, had been investigating the warg activity to the north and was captured. She was then traded to the goblins who live in the stronghold of Goblin Town. There they would torcer her for information, possibly regarding the Valley, possibly because they thought torture was fun. Either way haste was needed.
We were directed to the small camp set up outside of the entrance to their holes. Lord Gloin met us there and wished us luck. For this venture would help in the well-being of his interests in the Mountains as well.
Their ‘town’ was dark, damp, and reeked of refuse. It was not long after we left sight of the entrance that we ran into our first patrol. We dispatched them quickly and without too much noise. After which we quickened our pace through the twisting tunnels towards the prison cells.
There were noticeably large goblins guarding the west side of the caverns with the only exception being the jail itself on the east.
Larger and better trained they posed more of a threat and therefore were chosen for their roles over their counterparts. Even so they did not stand up against and expert hunter and myself.
We happily found Glorwen in tact and well. She said that although unpleasant, the goblins had not harmed her. She did not know why but the goblins often spoke to each other in their dark language but a common word was ‘Orc’. Glorwen would not heed our call for her to leave but insisted that we speak with another prisoner who had not been seen for some time and in fact some thought him dead.
Aeglas was found to be in good health although if only slightly weary from being imprisoned for so long. However he had not been idl either during his time of captivity. He spoke of a rising ire between the orcs and goblins. and had hatched a plan that could turn the tide against the insurgence of orcs from Angmar.
The orcs were present due to Angmar’s attempt to win over the legions of goblins to their campaign against Eriador. Though the orcs had moved in some time ago, there was a great rift between the goblins and orcs about which one owned the tunnels. The goblins of course believing that their home was being rented out to the intruding orcs and the Orcs of course believing that their orders meant their new territory would be the tunnels of goblin town.
Aeglas saw a great advantage here. Divide and Conquer. though he would not speak of all his ideas, he sought to ignite the rising tensions and, with any luck, cause an outburst between the two groups. Thus the threat of cooperation would be removed and this would provide a great chance for an escape.
After fetching a sharp pike and affixing a severed orc head to it, Aeglas had me place it at the entrance to the orcs’ territory. Once that was done we prepared to make an escape. The group prepared to leave with our freed friends in tow and escape while the riot distracted the guards.
Once that was done it was only a matter of time until the in-fighting erupted. Until then it was the goal of our party to find the key. which as we found out from a imprisoned goblin was in the possession of the jail keys and was also out in thee open. After defeating the goblin and retrieving his keys it was only a matter of waiting at the jail.
After a time the clanging from the tunnels above gave us the opportunity that allowed us to sneak past the larger population of goblins and barely needing to stop save for a rest once.
During our escape Aeglas and I broke from the group and found several opportunities where we could re-enforce the rage of the goblins and other where we could distract and enrage the orcs. For the goblins we slew several of their prized wargs. leaving much of the fighting up to them, a problem that they greatly disliked. With a few of the lead goblins slain their ranks were weakened. Our design was the near-annihilation of the goblins by the orcs of Angmar. Seeing as the goblins were now losing ground we made our way out and reconnected with the group.
As everyone was accounted for, we returned to The Valley where we took the freed captives to to the houses of healing for some well-deserved rest.