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Unread post by Fieranor of Imladris » 09 Dec 2019, 15:05

LoreMaster Note ROFLMAO!!! That's a hoot!
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Unread post by Artorius » 10 Dec 2019, 14:21

"Perhaps, if I stay completely still and I am perfectly quiet I may see her walk by. The air may be deathly cold but I endure it just to feel the touch of her hand..."

The Ranger sat in the darkened room of the inn, disturbed by the dream? But no, not a dream, an awakening. Few folk could sense those gone and even fewer could see their spirits, but here he was with vision anew. Glancing outside the window the world was now of a different light to him. Shadows in places where there should be light, auras around folk and incorporeal faces flashing past as people hurried by, as if walking beside them but from another plain of existence.

Minutes ticked past but she never did walk past, he may of sat there for hours, days, years even and yet he would never feel her touch again, nor hear her voice or taste her lips. Her last words were a final farewell. As he sits in the darkness, witnessing all that others may never see he whispers his own final farewell to Evael.

"Nínion anin gwannad lîn Evael, le melin. Radathon drî i thraw hen ned i postol."
(I mourn your passing Evael, I love you. I will find a way through this wilderness while you rest.)

And in the cold, black room - Arphenion Annunion wept.
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Unread post by Artorius » 07 Jan 2020, 14:36

Things had changed for Artorius, things were always changing. That is the way of the world and it will always be the way of the world. People, cultures, lifestyles and beliefs were this huge bundle of choas which was always evolving and moving, for better or for worse.

The Ranger let out a deep sigh as he closed the ancient journal and tossed it back into the darkness. He found it on the ground while in the dark passage. Dwarven, but written in common. It seems the Dwarf was a bastard of an old house, kicked out for being sired to an unmarried couple and the shame brought upon them caused them to exile him when he was old enough to fend for himself. The book explained his time out of the caves, nothing grand, mainly simple work and abuse for his height from the tall folk he met.

It was not a pleasant read but the heartache which was truely felt by the Ranger was that of his lost customs. The Dwarf was not accepted by his own folk and the Men and Women he dwelt close to shunned him, and his beliefs.

The Ranger felt empathy for him, having to watch his words when around folk not of the Dúnedain. They followed the old ways, believed in the old Gods and remembered the Star Isle. Folk now were not kind to these memories and it was one of the reasons his kin were treated with such hostility.

Studying his hands, he spoke a few lines in a sad tone.

It's the nature of time,
That the old ways must give in.
It's the nature of time,
That the new ways comes in sin.
When the new meets the old,
It always ends the ancient ways
And as history told,
The old ways go out in a blaze.

As a new age begins,
The way of the Westernesse comes to an end.
As a new age begins,
The ways of the old must apprehend.
It's the nature of time,
That the old ways must give in.
It's the nature of time,
That the new ways comes in sin.

Standing, he adjusts his belt, gathers his things and then goes to wake Ellisidil to change the evenings watch. Before sleep, he thinks of Evael and his heart is at peace once more.
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Unread post by Artorius » 21 Jan 2020, 13:47

Artorius slepted silently, a welcomed respite since most times it was never without interuption from a wild noise while Ranging or being shook awaken by a company member to take over the nights watch. On this night, his dreams led him down a seldom used memory. That of his father...

The moment was past quickly, but the dream was vivid enough and the clarity of the sounds was almost crystal clear.
There he sat a boy, listening to his fathers tales of the wide world. On this evening by the fire, he spoke of the Rhohirrim and their legendary cavalry. Although first to admit he never desired to be a mounted fighter, his father often spoke fondly of their horsemanship and how feared their charges were in war. With a lute in his hand, he sang of their exploits just as the dream slowly ended and whirled into blackness once more.

"Stormclouds, fire and steel,
Death from above make their enemy kneel.
Foes feel their doom on the winds,
Death from above, it’s an army of kings.."
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Unread post by Artorius » 12 May 2020, 14:30

The Fellowship had broken, by Artorius' hand it seemed, however it was a difficult choice but yet one which felt like it would of been fated. Some paths lead to empty treasure chest or broken bridge but no matter the outcome another path would always seem to reveal itself whether someone was looking for it or not.

The Ranger walked the clear, well kept paths of Hobbiton-Bywater, led and followed by two Bounders. He had arrived at the Shires borders earlier that morning and explained his wishes to stay at The Green Dragon, to which after an hour or twos discussion between the Bounders and their superiors, it was finally granted, mainly due to the fact they recognised his look as that of a Ranger and knew his folk were friends.

"The heart of the Shire is a truely beautiful place, so green and verdent. Is this due to the water which runs through it?"

No reply, now he was welcomed but clearly the Bounders had no interest in small talk, prefering to call between themselves about what they had for breakfast or what they would cook for dinner. Artorius felt lucky when they murmered a "yes", "no", or "nothin' to do with me" to him after a question or two he posed them, but he just assumed this was how some of the Halflings felt about outsiders.
After a few more kilometers they arrived at the Green Dragon, it was in a little square and was decroated with some simple bunting and a wooden sign. The building itself was semi underground, well "underhill", but part of it was built out of the earth and surprisingly looked like it may be possible for the Ranger to bend down only a small ways and fit in.

"There you go, remeber you have been approved to stay in the Shire for three days and nights, then you are to be on your way. If you cause no trouble you may be welcomed back for a while longer but for now, keep your nose clean Longshanks." The shorter and grumpier looking for the Bounders left with a warning, a little difficult to take very seriously but a warning still. Artorius intended to play by the rules of course but he still forced back a laugh, for it was an amusing sight to be seen.

Entering the Green Dragon, the warmth of the fire and the smell of beer and pipeweed struck him instantly, but it was a pleasant mix of all three, none of them overpowering. As he shut the round door behind him, all stresses melted away from his body and he took a deep breath in. He had made it.

Then the entire Inn fell silent and stared at him.
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Unread post by Artorius » 24 May 2020, 15:03

A loud clap of thunder echoed in the night sky, although it was the lightning and heavy rain which awoke the Ranger moments before. Not entirely unexpected but certainly undesired, the weather was grim and bleak much like the surrounding forest area. Artorius had read the signs and already prepared, having created a makeshift hammock from his strong cloak and rain cover from a special Elven material he traded for several Kingsfoil leaves with some Elven folk whilst he was with the company several weeks back.

He chewed his bottom lip, frowning at the storm. He was a long way from the Shire, and the cosy little tavern "The Green Dragon" which had been a very comfortable and, after the initial meeting, welcoming place. He recalled the songs and stories, of the fresh pipe weed smell and good company and the peaceful days wandering the Shire, experiencing the life of Hobbits. It was indeed magical, but he was still an outsider and he had to leave after his time was spent. After seeing the lives of the Halflings and their families, the Dúnedain decided to make his way North to see his old village. Artorius was still exiled but he could certainly check from afar and make sure all was well. Most likely they had moved on but a large moving village was easy for a Ranger to track.

The sun rose warm and the early morning dried out the nights rain rather quickly. After a quick breakfast and the breaking of camp, Artorius took to the hidden forest path again. He made a quick journey through the thick undergrowth, and was upon the lands of Evendim by late afternoon. As the skies began to darken and the veil of night gently crept over the sky, the Ranger knew from the surrounding areas that he was close. He decided to stay as far back as his eyesight would allow to avoid any scouts and found a huge oak to climb and observe the village from. Nearing the top, he slowed his ascent to a crawl and kept his cloak deep over him to blend in with the bark. After minutes he finally reached a strong viewing postion which allowed him to behold... a ransacked dwelling with a mass grave meters away from it.
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The Ranger sprinted towards the dead camp, the smell of smoke and death growing pungent with every meter he ran closer to the camp. Crows circle around grave which, as he drew closer, he could tell was smouldering from a large fire. It was a grim scene, with all colour gone and the only tones where the soot and dust coloured tents.

He stood in the centre in a silent panic, with tears streaming down his face as he beheld the lifeless area. After some time, and some serious summon of strength he decided to read the surrounds. With precision and experience, his gaze shot over the dwelling. Spotting every tiny detail that non-Dúnedain would miss, even pieces of information that Elf eyes could not see. How the scholar tent had far more foot traffic than normal, of the many healing plants and roots that hung drying over the dead campfire in the center. The lack of lifestock, fish and game suggested there had been no hunts before the location was left. Of how the camp was left in a hurry and how those who had gone were travelling light and with great haste.
All the evidence pointed to one thing, plague.

The number of the dead was far too many to be put to sea and handling the bodies was far too dangerous even if they were to try. That is why so many had been piled and burnt yards away. Folk who were still healthy enough to travel had to forsake all they knew and pass into the wild once again. Most like each family took their own path for to avoid spreading any remenents of the sickness. It would be impossible for Artorius to track them.

One single hope remained though, for despite the charred bodies Artorius knew none of his kin had died. His son was far North in Forochel where it was far too cold for any sick air to reach. His daughter was of age where she was out in the wilds, honing the Ranger craft and forbidden to return until the next Winter solstice.

He knew the sickness had passed due to the birds circling the pit, for not even carrion would feed while in the presence of a plague wind, but he did not tarry long, only to relight the flames once more to fully cremate the dead and to read through any news he could find and this was when he saw it. A faded scroll with the sigil of the Annunion house. It was crudely drawn but still the same sigil he had known through his childhood. It contained a single word... "Bree".
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Unread post by Artorius » 18 Aug 2020, 13:55

Night had fallen, the lamp lighters were out plying their trade and plenty of folk were heading back to their homes or to the town's tavern, The Prancing Pony.

Artorius eventually entered the town by the West gate, after an akward interaction with the gate keeper. It was a bizarre exchange, for the gatekeeper started off by asking him plenty of questions of his previous locations, who he had been with, why he was alone, how old he was and if he had any coin on him. Eventually the Ranger threatened to shoot him off the wooden scaffolding with his longbow should his inappropriate questions continue and the keeper decided to permit him into Bree rather than feel the stine of an arrow to the shoulder.

The town of Bree was small, yet still sizeable to feature permanently built homes, stone keeps and the odd livestock area where cattle and sheep quietly grazed. Even at this late hour there were a handful of store owners still open, although most were closing their stalls, and the crafters were shutting up their forgers, cleaning their leather working tables and salting up the meat to store ready for tomorrow. The town had an uneasy feel to it, especially after his visit to the Shire.

Artorius saw many different folk in the town, mainly men and women but several Hobbits too and a couple of Dwarves. There were no Elves of course, but seeing all these people reminded him of the Fellowship and his heart felt a twang of pain from bittersweet memory. The times had changed and all had taken other paths, but with this reminder he silently thought of each of them and bid that they were having good fortune in their lives.

It was not difficult to find the Pony, he had remembered from previous stays here that the tavern was the best spot to find out news and rumours of almost anything under the moon, and he had burning questions about a Dúnedain that could of been in the area.
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Unread post by Fieranor of Imladris » 19 Aug 2020, 08:48

LoreMaster Note Bryce, if you've not begun writing a book, yet, you really need to think about doing so. Your writing is educated, well-written, and easy to read. I believe you could really make a go of it.
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Fieranor of Imladris wrote:
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LoreMaster Note Bryce, if you've not begun writing a book, yet, you really need to think about doing so. Your writing is educated, well-written, and easy to read. I believe you could really make a go of it.
Out-of-Character I appreciate your words Paul, but I don't think I am an author quite yet. Also the Tolkien estate may not like me profiting from it.

Truth is I can't let this character go, and I feel compelled to carry on adding to his story because his journey is something I find myself deeply invested in. You ran one hell of a game, and despite what has occured maybe there is still a path to tread, for Artorius desires to still range on it.
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Unread post by Fieranor of Imladris » 20 Aug 2020, 17:00

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Out-of-Character I appreciate your words Paul, but I don't think I am an author quite yet. Also the Tolkien estate may not like me profiting from it.

Truth is I can't let this character go, and I feel compelled to carry on adding to his story because his journey is something I find myself deeply invested in. You ran one hell of a game, and despite what has occured maybe there is still a path to tread, for Artorius desires to still range on it.
LoreMaster Note First, you don't HAVE to write in Middle-earth... you can take a beloved Character such as Artorius and put him in a universe of your own; just make sure there's enough difference between Middle-earth and what you're writing.

Second, I will keep this forum open as long as I can, so write all you want.

Third, I can't guarantee a resumption of our game, but if there's enough interest and everyone can stick with it, pay attention, and actually help me move it forward, I would seriously consider it.
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Unread post by Artorius » 10 Sep 2020, 15:00

The candle's light finally died. With the flame gone, smoke rose from the spent wick and darkness filled the room again.
The only sound was the light breathing of the sleeping man, somehow fitting on a bed half a foot too small for someone of his height. His boots sat by the door, the light layer of mud on them drying and sticking to the skin and messing up what was an already unclean floor. His cloak hung in the corner, turned into a makeshift curtain to keep the bright moonlight out.

Artorius was no longer in the Pony, but instead at one of the villages' bunk houses which catered for folk who could not afford the Pony's rooms, and also for those who wished to avoid sleeping in well known taverns out of concern of robbery or a knife in the dark.

The Rangers evening had been successful, in the sense of he finally tasted a beer after many, many months and also took the latest of gossip from any and all whose tongues wagged more speaking than they drinking. Needless to say there was very little of intrest, infact the hot topic of Bree at the moment was that of the coming Harvest festival, and very little others news aside.

The note which read "Bree" sat on the little wooden table next to the too-small bed. Artorius had been studying it all night and still had not clued anything else from its meaning and this lack of understanding had followed him into his dreams, which were flashes of images, short bursts of sounds and perhaps the odd smell of pipeweed and Shire Ale.

As the Ranger slept, he had no idea that another note had been pushed under the door of his room, awaiting for him to read it once he rose from sleep.
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Unread post by Artorius » 11 Sep 2020, 15:32

"Even those with the greatest of stealth are seen quite plainly while arguing with the gatekeeper.

Fear not, you could say I am a friend. One of my city contacts noticed the tirade and took note of your clothes and recognised the style. You are one of the Dunédain.

I know why you are in Bree, but I implause you to travel to Combe and meet with me. I am easy to find, just follow the sound of pigs. Find me in three days.

And Arphenion, please bathe before seeing me. I may run a pig farm but I assure you that your odor from your travels will even overpower theirs."

Written in a delicate hand, with no name. Unlikely delivered by the author but still it was clear they had people in Bree who noticed him. The biggest question Artorius took from the note was how did they know his name... his real name.
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