If you have a character in our game, you will find their journal in this area, as well as some stickied threads near the top of the list for songs and stories. As well Player-heroes (PHs), as they are called in The One Ring, have some basic information here concerning how to build them. A journal means you have the opportunity to develop your character's depth to help you be able to get into them, even in a slow-flow forum-based setting such as our game. Have fun with it... using your journal and helping the group with songs may even lead you to gaining experience for posting about them.
The folk of the Greenwood had always seen kindness in Éadnes and a joy in the telling of tales in his face. As a result it was no surprise he did not take to his training in weaponry. Like all of his kin, he was proficient but it was clear he was not ready to be one of the heroes of old. Whereas others would spend time learning to master the drill to fight with spear in line, Éadnes would rather tell the great tales of battle against the darkness and shadows. At the end of his training under the weapons masters Éadnes was destined to fight outside the rank, to skirmish and scout. Yet following his encounter with the werebeast, he knew his skills were lacking and he needed to take more seriously how he could defend himself against such powerful foes. Hence he moved his wandering from the land East of the Greenwood to the Greenwood itself.
The Greenwood about the Kindom of Thranduil was a safe place to learn and Éadnes started to practice his ability to move in the shadows. He found this easy and quickly found he could sit watching the life of the forest unfold about him as though he was part of the natural world. That his kin would not notice him without concentrating illustrated how capable he became and as such, he felt more confident in wandering further in the wilds. He encountered many on his path to learning but quickly found he would parry and jab as a technique when encountering difficulty. Retreating to safety was all very well but did not stop a determined foe. As an elf, his movement helped him and in squabbles with bandits jabbing with his spear and parrying with his sword quickly proved troublesome. His sword was simply too big and heavy designed for a pitched battle of mighty swings, Éadnes required something different. Speaking to the weaponsmiths of both the elven kingdom and Dale, it was suggested he seek a lighter blade similar to the curved swords of the Southrons. Experimenting with designs, Éadnes still could not find a blade that suited him, it needed to come out of the scabbard within an arm's pull, hence the curve neede in the blade, and needed to be able to punch through armour, rather than slash. As he experimented it became aware to another, Fierdican of Thranduil's Royal Guard that Éadnes was developing an unusual style of fighting incompatible with the regiementation of the army. Fierdican practiced with Éadnes and found in the King's armoury a sword fashioned as part of a ceremonial outfit that was ideal. Fierdican also suggested a metal collar for Éadnes' spear to better support a parry. Éadnes quickly developed an ofensive style where he could jab and parry with either weapon. Jabbing towards the leg and face with the spear and using the sword to punch through thea rmour of the body. A hidden benefit in advancing, was the curve of the sword allowed it to be withdrawn easily for the next act, a discovery of significant proportion when Éadnes was learning in the wild with Fierdican.
Those that have heard of Mirkwood imagine a great forest, dark and fiercesome where trees stretch on for miles and miles. In their minds eye the forest is a flat impenetrable darkness, uniform in its dispair. Yet this is not so, like all lands there are hills, caves, running rivers and even rents in the land where the trees stunted and tangled strangle all light from ever reaching the ground. The wise say this is what attracted evil to the forest. The dark tunnels of the earth allow the secret passage of foul beasts to cast their stench over the Greenwood and the darkness protects the creatures of evil form the sunlight. It was such a foul beast the wanderers came across and thus through Fierdican and Éadnes, Thranduil learned of that evil was stretching its hand further into the Greenwood. How the creature came to be in the Mirkwood remains unknown but Fierdican and Éadnes came across a trail of destruction issuing from a cave, forest creatures killed and eaten raw. Following the trail they came across a hill troll. Engaging the creature its tough hide could not be penetrated either by Fierdican's bow or Éadnes' spear. It rage was such it charged with a huge hammer and swinging mightily it turned trees to shrapnel. The combat quickly became a strategy of the elves dodging and the troll charging. The friends were fast enough to avoid the creatures huge blows but the flying wood and rocks were a constant hurt. It was at the point where the creature charged Fierdian that Éadnes used his ability to disappear in the forest to escape the creature's sight. Appearing behind the monster Éadnes ran and lept at its back. Using all his might he thrust his blade against it tough hide and found his blade slid through the creature's warty skin. The curve of the blade took it's point to its heart and it fell. Examining the creature revealed little, a small token that perhaps could be seen as a misshapen hand. The Hill Troll was far from its home, the wrong side of the Misty Mountains. Did its cave lead back through darkness under the mountains? Fierdican immediately wanted to return to tell Thranduil of this creature, he felt the best way was to take its head. The return journey was uneventful as though a calm had fallen over the forest. Thranduil was disturbed by the news of this creature and issued a command that as many caves and holes be blocked. Turning to Éadnes he stated "It seems as if you are destined to uncover the wiles of our enemies. I see great use for you in these troubled times. You either meet the enemies of our people or are told of dangers to come. I will send you to discover what can be known in the direction of each of the compass points. Use the creatures you understand most to send back word to me of what you find, now go."
Since this time Éadnes has followed the King's wishes on journeys near and far. He has become known by some in the towns of men as a story teller as he turns up for celebrations and annual fairs, a time he finds ripe with gossip and useful information from far lands. His most recent longer journey was to the North West of Mirkwood. The elves struggling to keep the evils discovered at bay seeing the name Greenwood slip into the past. The destruction of Smaug has seen a resurgence in the free peoples claiming their inheritance in the North. Éadnes has reported to Thranduil that many Orcs seem to be heading south and the North seems less hazardous, but with the growth of the Shadow, will Thranduil's kingdom remain unattacked?
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