Rune Satchel Notes: Into Ancient Lands pt. 2

January 13th TA 3018


A great amount has transpired since my last entry. I first connected with The elves at Echad Dunnan. It was here that I was surprised to see that there were dwarves active in the area. Though i was made aware that there had been some trade routes that had recently been re-established in the north and the west towards the blue mountains, I was interested to learn that they had been looking around the steps of Moria.

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Though it has been some hundred years since any attempt was made by the dwarves to regain their home of old, I and a great many other elves encamped there still did not believe that this was a wise decision. But as dwarves are stubborn they would not hear us. They have been scouting the area as well and have, at times, handled some of the orcs for us. For now, their presence has been a benefit to us. But I fear that they will not be much use as soon as their mission in Moria fails, as all endeavors of this kind have before.

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For now Echad Dunnan is safe and we were able to focus on the surrounding areas. The ruins in the plains to the south have become spotted with camps of men of the south, allies of Isenguard. Their purpose thus far is uncertain though they have been found to follow an orc captain. We’ve guessed that they are being used as messengers for Saruman.

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After interacting with them we found that they were in fact hostile, though this surprised us very little it was a threat that had to be dealt with. And so we did take out the orc leader and remove the camp from the wild. Most of the remaining wild men retreated back to their master with disappointing news.

The orcs continue to flee from us and their last few captains have been destroyed. Thus their number has greatly decreased in the area, and the last few remaining pose little threat and have been seen heading south, we can assume only to head home to Isenguard.

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My journey thus far has led me to the school and library at Tham Mirdan. These ancient halls of knowledge are believed to house great secrets of old. And with the ground before them cleared of the enemy, we can begin researching and recovering the knowledge here. I’ll be sending a full report to the Valley asking for scholars young and old to come and help us research and recover these halls, and move the knowledge to Rivendell as we can.

Rune Satchel Notes: Into Ancient Lands

January 8th TA 3018


A great charge has been set on me from Lord Elrond. As he was pleased with my service and part in the rescue of the captives from the Goblin Town tunnels. He has sent me with the charge into the ancient land of Eregion.

Since my time here in The Valley, I’ve looked toward the south with a wonder of the great lore and history to be recovered in the ruins there. In the overgrown remnants of an age gone by, there is lost elven history of the second age, where once there was a great and vast land now there is only a forest grown wild without the care of the elves who once called it home.

Lord Elrond has had the foresight to send me along with others to recover what we may from the ruins there. We hope that the lore and relics found there may restore some of the missing parts of history here and help piece together some of the old crafting techniques. and the culture that our elders cannot remember.

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Though I feel that there is much to learn there is an uneasiness about the camps here. Elves still look over their shoulders at night when the shadows grow long. Something has changed this land and everyone can feel it.

Though the road has been dangerous with threats of brigands and beasts, there has been some progress in retrieving some artifacts and texts from the ruins across the land. Though orcs and ruffians have come to ravage the ruins they are easily removed and the ruins have been largely reclaimed for the elves.

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Pembar revealed a breeding program by Isenguard. Several half-orcs claimed the area for “Sharkey” which we can only imagine is their slang for Saruman. This breeding ground was designed to attack Rivendell as soon as the number of worms grew great enough. However because of the vigilance of some of the elven hunters and scouts the ruins were soon reclaimed for the Elves and the eggs and orcs destroyed.

After searching the ruins there we were able to reclaim what seems to be a piece of lore of the old ring-forging process used in the forges of this land. This was the major finding here, some more, minor artifacts were found but nothing that surpassed the lore found in the rubble. It will take some time, but we will bring that lore back to study in the Library.

Barad Morlas

Barad Morlas was the sight of a wolf and dog breeding program by another group of orcs. By pairing a dog with a trainer, the enemy. This made it more difficult for us to find information further before attacking because of the raised awareness that their wolves and dogs had. So much was the raised awareness that one of our scouts was captured. This gave us a great disadvantage. As the orcs had grown curious as to our involvement in the region, and had not heard anything from Penbar for two days, they immediately sent out pleas for aid and messengers to the remaining camps in the area.

Though we caught and stopped many messengers we can no longer assume that we have the element of surprise. The orcs will be watching the area closer now.

Barad Morlas too was reclaimed after the scramble with the messengers and scouts. We have continued searching and retrieving artifacts from an age long past and we will seek to re-learn the old methods of forging, unlocking the knowledge of our ancestors, and for some of us, our friends.

I have been asked to discern weather or not the lands here would be safe to travel through. Though there is some to see ahead, If we continue the way that we have I would say that come next month the land would be cleared of the enemy presence enough for any errand to be covert to the eyes of Isenguard.

 

Rune Satchel Notes: Misty Mountain Saga Pt. 2

November 17, TA 3017

After resting and conversing with other scholars in Imladris, I set out to return to the mountain camp of Lord Gloin. This would be our base of operations, a small camp with but a few dwarves who watched the mouth of the caves and would send reports to the valley.

Lord Elrond remained in the valley to oversee our progress. Messengers would be sent to the Last Homely House and reports would return. I had spent the past few weeks collecting notes and reports of the tunnels within the mountains.

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We had the opportunity to meet with an old Hobbit scholar by the name of Baggins who had seen much and wandered in the caves of the goblins for some days. He gave me some direction to other of his party who had passed through the caves some years ago. Lord Gloin was one, and Lord Dwalin, of Thorin’s hall was another. I traveled and discussed their experiences so that I may find some way through the holes and tunnels.

Their recollections did supply some important notes. There were 3 main rooms or halls that I was warned of. Their names of Thundergrot, Deep Fires and I was sent to see what remained of Gollum’s cave.

I ventured up to the passes in the mountains, Lord Gloin sent me into asses the strength of the forces in the caves. After searching and finding some orders I returned them to him for translation in The Valley.After the translation was complete the orders revealed a cooperative agreement between the goblins and orcs from Angmar. I also discovered a whole new warg breeding program. These became my objectives to disrupt and destroy.

The rabble had calmed down from the escape of the prisoners. Though it was not dissipated completely, and tensions were high in the tunnels. There were signs of ‘disagreements’ strewn all over the floor. most rooms, or halls were connected by tunnels and in both of these types of locations piles of flesh,both goblin and orc were left to rot. The stench of the rot reached everywhere and made the goblins all the more restless.

As I progressed in towards the heart of goblin town I noted a few major warg trainers and pit of which I destroyed. Hoping to lessen their numbers, and lessen the threat of trained wargs working in cooperation with the Goblins of the mountain.

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The orders spoke of a cooperation between the goblins and the orcs of Angmar. This meant ill news for the misty mountains. The orcs had free roam in the tunnels and halls of the mountain but they had a central base of operations that both goblins and orcs shared. Tensions were still high after the fake orc killing I planted caused quite a riot. There became need for a representative of goblin town to watch over the orc encampment to both ensure there was no foul play on either side.

This observer controlled a great force of militarized and some what trained goblins of these tunnels and holds them in order at the same time keeping the forces of Angmar in check. Lord Gloin had ordered his death as well as that of the orc in charge of Angmar’s forces. Their removal would cause both armies to be once again, in disorder and given a few days, at war with each other.

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In the same hole lived the champion of Angmar and the orcs who he had been deployed with. Their number was substantial and unlike their goblin cooperatives, they were organized and were, to some extent trained more formally. They were dispatched and the champion was challenged. He fell as he made a movement towards destroying his orders.

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At the request of Lord Elrond I did not turn back there, but I continued on with the intention of exploring and mapping most of the caverns there as I could. Thankfully the goblins and orcs were distracted with the recent death of their captains and were, once again, fighting among themselves.

I found that beyond their cave trolls and their orc war-steadings they had a great many slaves digging, the weaker and smaller goblins did this simply because they lacked the strength or the cunning to do otherwise.

After a while, time is hard to tell down there, I came upon a passage. It was vacant unlike any I had passed through before. There were no messengers passing through, nor were there any wargs or great beasts that were housed here.

 

Something noticeable were the walls, they had paintings on them. There were no such walls that I had noticed earlier. It appeared that they depicted events in the timeline of the Goblins there. The passage was cold and silent with nothing but a few drips that made noise. As i followed the cool air down the passage there came a point where there was an eerie total silence. The light here was dim at best and one could barely see their own hand in front of their face. After feeling around for hours i came to an opening at the end of the rock wall. I slowly crept forward and stepped into an underground pool.

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There was a cavern that was deep and wide with a singular island in the middle. There were remnants of fish bones and waste on the shore and what looked to be a primitive hut out of a stick and some rough-spun cloth with a great many holes and stains. Whatever lived here was gone but had made this a home for some time.

I wrote these notes down and finished my map notes of the tunnels Then made my way back to the surface. Master Bilbo was quite interested in reading my notes, but also slightly worried when i mentioned that the creature Gollum, as he informed me, had left his home. This I also reported to Lord Elrond who showed some concern but little surprise at this news. I have been able to rest here and refocus on my studies.

 

Rune Satchel Notes: Misty Mountain Saga Pt. 1

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.