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Darkening of Mirkwood [LotR TOR] / Re: OOC THREAD
Last post by Eclecticon - Today at 01:23 am
More to come in the morning.  Right now, I have a heap of washing-up to do.

Tom, have you given any thought to what kind of enemy lore Hathcyn had?
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Darkening of Mirkwood [LotR TOR] / Re: Dark Tidings
Last post by Eclecticon - Today at 01:06 am
And therein, swollen and blackened with spreading corruption, lies the tongue of Odo Peace-Speaker.
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Darkening of Mirkwood [LotR TOR] / Re: Dark Tidings
Last post by tomcat - Feb 18, 2018, 05:23 pm
"The ladies did not speak of any mutilation of Odo," answered Esgalwen to the young newcomer she had not yet met. "But I will check on it to ascertain such a vile deed."

Leaving Grimbeorn with the dead man's scabbard, Esgalwen quickly ran to the house where the bodies were being prepared.

She looked to the ladies working there, "Odo Peace-Speaker and lawmaker...has he a tongue?"

"Wha...?"

"His tongue, woman! Has it been removed?" Esgalwen did not mean to speak so curtly, but her ire had been raised and justice was calling. She watched as the women moved to the man and opened his mouth.
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Darkening of Mirkwood [LotR TOR] / Re: Dark Tidings
Last post by Telcontar - Feb 18, 2018, 03:57 pm
Hathcyn called from just beyond the inner ring of the circle.

"What of Odo? The sword of Merovech was known to be fell and just, and the tongue of Odo to speak with wisdom. If the sword was taken from one was the tongue taken from the other? If they have both been denied in death their greatest tools in life this is more than a slaying. This is a blood fued."
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Darkening of Mirkwood [LotR TOR] / Re: Dark Tidings
Last post by GandalfOfBorg - Feb 18, 2018, 12:24 pm
"There are yet still questions to be answered before action can be justly taken.  Where was the boat found?  Was that the site of the attack or was it elsewhere on the river? I don't recall looking close enough but the arrows, are they of Vig-make?  I agree that cutting Merovech's throat was an act of provocation, an unforgivable one at that, but could this attack be connected to the taking of the dwarves meant to divide or divert our attention or the other way around?"

"Let us start with a full account from those that found the bodies and proceed from there."


 :ooc: Where is Stanford?  I also have a sneaking suspicion that this party is gonna get split.
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Darkening of Mirkwood [LotR TOR] / Re: Dark Tidings
Last post by Telcontar - Feb 18, 2018, 10:45 am
 :ooc: doug, welcome to the player side of the boards.
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Darkening of Mirkwood [LotR TOR] / Re: Dark Tidings
Last post by Eclecticon - Feb 18, 2018, 10:28 am
:ooc:  Sorry, Doug - the TN will be 14 unless I specify otherwise. Esgalwen has had some bad luck, it's true, but at least you're getting it out of the way early!
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Darkening of Mirkwood [LotR TOR] / Re: Dark Tidings
Last post by tomcat - Feb 18, 2018, 08:44 am
:ooc: Still going!  Hopefully next week will be less mental. 

An Awareness roll for Esgalwen:

This dice roll has been tampered with!
:00: 1d12 : 11, total 11
Rolled 2d6 : 1, 6, total 7
:ooc: What TN were you looking for, Paul? While both of the Awareness rolls were :~~:'s, mine at least was two :%: which would given her an Extraordinary success if the TN was 12.

Let me know, so that I may either mark my sheet or consider her abilities for shite. ;)
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Darkening of Mirkwood [LotR TOR] / Re: Dark Tidings
Last post by tomcat - Feb 18, 2018, 08:38 am
:ooc: Two :~~: in a row...looking grim for Esgalwen.


Broken from her thoughts, Esgalwen nods to the crying woman, "I will tell him right away. Please, it will be returned, but might I take your father's scabbard with me?" There was hesitance. "I promise you - both the scabbard and the sword shall be returned to you."

There was a conviction in the Ranger's eyes that lent the woman release, and slowly the empty scabbard was given. Esgalwen nodded and placed a hand of comfort on the woman's shoulder, while the other reverently held the sheath.

"I will return with news to you."

And with that, Esgalwen returned to the forum of thegns and her companions. A quiet fell over them all and Esgalwen wondered if it were because her news demanded attention, or if it were due to the fact that a woman had entered the chamber. Part of her knew why Grimbeorn had sent her - he had seen her in battle and knew she would have a keen eye towards the wounds dealt...still part of her had felt dismissed.

Esgalwen shook the thoughts from her mind and strode confidently to where Grimbeorn sat. She ignored the eyes that were on her, as she did. Once there, she bent in close to speak to the Master of the House. She did not whisper, but the words were for Grimbeorn and for him to make judgment.

"I have looked over the bodies, Grimbeorn. The arrow shots were lethal, but yet sill the throat of Merovech was opened. So either, the man was slain with knife and then his body disgraced with arrows, or the opposite is true. Either way - it is a message being sent. Here is the man's scabbard - it is empty."

Grimbeorn took the empty sheath. Esgalwen added, "Is this a grudge that we are seeing, or another incursion by your neighbors to the north? If the former, than this is a brutal murder within your house. If the latter...well, it would seem that Viglund by taking the Dwarves and slaying these men most cruelly, is challenging you. And I say it is you because it is now well-known that Beorn will see you as his heir."

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Darkening of Mirkwood [LotR TOR] / Re: Dark Tidings
Last post by Eclecticon - Feb 17, 2018, 05:08 pm
In her service to the Stewards, Esgalwen has seen many Men slain in battle, and it is obvious to her that the arrow-wounds were mortal to both men.  Why, then, the cutting of Merovech's throat, she wonders. 

So wrapped up is she in the question that she does not realise for some moments that she is being addressed.  A red-eyed young woman stands before her, a bloodstained sheath in her hands.  "I said," she repeats, "to tell my lord's son that my father's sword is missing." 
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