On Wednesday the 4th of April our local gaming club played our monthly session of Adventures in Middle Earth, This was our most different session yet as we did not get out any terrain (so sadly no photos) and it was purely focused on the Role play.
Part 2 of the story can be found here.
We finished on the edge of Lothlórien on the 25th of February of the year TA 2955 with everyone feeling worse for wear, food was all but gone and everyone was weak and suffering from fatigue (a level of exhaustion.) Olaf was looking forward to spending some time in the elf city and taking some time to study the books that Saruman had gifted to him and some well deserved rest.
Before the party left the Nimrodel river Nain had decided to bath and wash himself in the water that was so refreshing and Ted Took filled his water skin (upstream from where the Dwarf was bathing) Olaf was wary of bathing or filling his water skin as he had a strange feeling they were being watched, standing in the shadow of the tall Oak trees, it was an eerie feeling that Olaf just couldn’t shift.
After a small amount of time the party made way into the forest, the cart was all but empty and so they decided to fill their water skins from the barrel of water and carry the fire wood they could, Olaf took a bundle, it was not easy for him, he was at a very low point as they stood on the edge of the forest and looked in to the dark and dismal place, the ground was thick with cover and no clear path could be made out.
Duilin spotted what looked like it could be a path but was disguised as a badger sett, He had Edrahil take a look and while he said it was very unlike the elves to hide a path in such a way but it did look like it was a path and so suggested they should follow it, This would be a journey slowed down by the fact that Ted Took insisted that he take the Donkey Chris with them and Belegorn offered to take the reins of the horse to guide him through the forest with Ted on his back.
They carried all the supplies they could and set off into the forest of Lothlórien and this is where things started to go from bad to worse, Belegorn (rolling a critical fail) led the donkey over part of the badger sett and it broke its leg, falling and landing on top of Ted Took. The group were able to pull Ted out from under the donkey but unfortunately it was a death sentence for Chris the donkey and it was decided that Edrahil being would the best option to give the animal a humane death and so whispered some soft words to the donkey in Elvish and proceeded to put the animal down (rolling a critical fail.) The animal was a donkey and did not understand Elvish and it was messy, the donkey was clearly scared and making a lot of noise, The botched death of the donkey played heavy on the hearts of the party and none more so than Ted Took who had witnessed his beloved donkey butchered in such an awful way (Ted Took received 2 points of shadow for the loss of his donkey, Belegorn received a point of shadow with the guilt of leading this animal to its final fate and Olaf received a point of shadow in empathy for Ted Took and his loss.)
The party carried on into the Forrest, they were all feeling pretty low, Olaf was not cut out for this, he was near starving and every step he took was hard work, the death of the donkey was still playing on his mind and every now and then he would glance over at Ted Took and see the sorrow on his face.
After walking a small distance into the Forrest they were suddenly ambushed and surrounded by elves with weapons pointed at them they were questioned as to who they were and then bound and blindfolded and taken further into the forest, one at a time they were taken up into a platform in the trees pulled roughly by their hands with a rope to lift them up. when they were all on the platform the blindfolds were removed and Olaf elected to speak to the elf that was clearly in charge, not far into the conversation Olaf would learn that his name was Captain Tautirith and Olaf explained to him that has it not been for the groups despair and desperation they would not have entered the forest but as it was a matter of life or death they had not other option, Olaf was questioned on the killing of the horse and the Dwarf washing in the river, this had Olaf worried. Captain Tautirith thought on all that was said for some time and after speaking with some other members of the group and after they were able to convince the captain that Ted Took was not an Orc spy they questioned more, Olaf made it clear that he was not able to tell the Captain of the purpose of their journey and could only say that Saruman had sent them and that it was of the upmost importance, Then Duilin decided he would try to explain it and told Captain Tautirith that we had been sent by the White Council and our purpose was a secret. Olaf turned his head to Duilin as he said that, as he knew it was not the White Council that had sent us but only the head of the council Saruman. The Captain said he would send word to the Galadriel Lady of Lórien and Celeborn Lord of Lothlórien to confirm we were acting on behalf of the White Council and if that was the case we would be free to travel through the Forrest. Olaf knew it was not the case and so used the time they had in relative safety to update his journal.
Though the party has rested a little and had been offered food and drink by the elves they did not feel rested and in the morning when the scout came back to tell the Captain that Galadriel and Celeborn had not heard of them or the journey the group were on and said that the White Council had no knowledge of it, this resulted in the group being immediately escorted from Lothlórien in the same manner as they were brought to the platform, they were bound and blindfolded and marched roughly to the edge of the forest and told to leave immediately or face death.
All of Olaf’s hopes for spending some time in Lórien to rest and regain strength and perhaps take some time to study the books that Saruman had given him were dashed as soon as Duilin had mentioned the White Council. Olaf felt sick as they walked away with Lothlórien at their backs, he was tired and hungry and did not feel like he was long for this world. without food and rest Olaf did not have long left in him.
Below is a copy of the journal kept by Olaf to record his journey.
Parts 4 and 5 can be found here.