First the disclaimer: The thread is for the game itself. Questions and peanut gallery stuff should go on the control thread: D & D on the Straight Dope setup thread. (In Middle Earth FA63)
**The ‘Role’-Call ** courtesy of **Malacandra. **
Thoroncil – Elendil’s Heir - Fighter, Men of Gondor (I consider him a friend, though only by Email and a few phone calls)
Ghan-buri-ghan – glee - Druid, Wild Man (“Wose”) (Very familiar, I have enjoyed your posts over the years I have been here)
Gil-Gandel – Malacandra - Trainee bard, Sindar (“Grey Elf”) (I really enjoyed his novel, thanks again for letting me read it)
Mulligan Took – CatInASuit - Burglar, Hobbit (Sister-Son of Peregrin Took himself) (You are new to me look forward to getting to know you.)
Theogrim – OneCentStamp – Knight of Rohan (I don’t know you as well as Glee, but I recognize you name and appreciate that you were the first to arrive at the Entmoot, I also remember you from some sports and Lasik threads I think.)
Deor – appleciders – Mage or Rohan (Brother of Theogrim) (You are new to me look forward to getting to know you.)
Brin – D_Odds – Ranger of Dale (A fellow Yankee fan and the only player I have met IRL)
Gwaelur son of Gwaelin – NAF1138 - Fighter, Dwarf of the Glittering Caves. (You are new to me look forward to getting to know you.)
Moose: An occasional talker and Orc Killer. He likes Ghan and does well at keeping the little guy on his back.
Folca: Doer’s really well trained Red Tailed Hawk.
Cúran: A very swift and well-trained horse of the Elves. Gil-Gandel mount.
Rohirrim War Horse: She is a large, well-armored, superbly trained War Mount. She will and does attack in combat, especially against men & goblins.
Some background, it is 63 years since Sauron and Barad-Dûr fell. King Elessar & Queen Arwen are in their prime and young Prince Eldarion is in his early training at age 20. There is still a constant struggle to tame the brown lands, Umbar, Harad, Nurn and the North. The court summers in Evedim near the lake and spend 9 months in Minas Tirith. Aragorn has campaign more often than not in the last 63 years, but far less than the prior 67. He and Arwen have had 4 daughters. Silmariën (FA45), Gilraen (FA47), Telperiën (FA51) & Fíriel (FA55)
Legolas has removed a small number of his people to Ithilien to support Prince Faramir in this fair land. He visits the courts of Faramir, Elessar, Éomer and Gimli son of Gloin often.
Faramir and Éowyn have two sons: Elboron & Caramir. Both are hardy Warriors. They say the Prince Elboron has the look of his father and Caramir of his mother’s people. Prince Caramir is a great Horseman and loves his visits to his Uncle. Both appear to take strongly after Faramir as they are aging slowly. It has been noted that Éowyn has remained very youthful for all her long years. She could be taken for Éomer’s daughter or even granddaughter rather than his sister. She looks to be in her 50s more than her late 80s. Some wonder if this was a gift of King Elessar’s healing or a reward for slaying the Witch King of Angmar. Faramir is of course still a hale and hardy man. A little over a hundred he too looks to be in his 50s.
In 61 Samwise Gamgee left Middle-earth via Mithlond. Merry and Pippin got their affairs in order and headed south to live in Gondor. Mulligan Took was among their escort.
Elladan and Elrohir of course remain the Masters of Rivendell and assist in the running of Arnor. They in no way have finished with hunting Orcs. Indeed, they have driven the Goblins far underground with their constant attacks on Goblin Gate and often roam north against Angmar itself. Elladan, Elrohir and Glorfindel seem tireless theses days in hunting the scattered remains of these ancient enemies to the North. Those often leave the care of Rivendell to the wise Celeborn. He did leave a thriving Sindarin kingdom in Southern Greenwood from where Gil-Gandel most recently hailed.
Thorin III Stonehelm rules the Durin Folk (Khazad). He rules from Erebor of course. His lords include Gimli in Aglarond, Lord Gíon of the Iron Hill and some lesser lords in the Blue Mountains and Fornost. The dwarves are again thinking of Khazad-dûm. Dori and Bofur are still alive, but quite venerable and rich.
The current setting: A large Inn & Tavern known as the **Elf Stone Inn ** down in the lowest level of Minas Tirith. Merridoc the Magnificent is regaling the patrons with his tale of adventures as one of Frodo’s and King Elessar’s companions in the War of the Ring.
Mulligan Took sits nearby Uncles Merry & Pippin. Pippin occasionally interrupts the tale to add a few comments.
Gimli and seven other dwarves sit a few tables away. Among them is Gwaelur son of Gwaelin. They have traveled with the Hobbits to visit Aragorn.
In the bar and fascinated by the tale is one Gil-Gandel and Brin of Dale. Brin has just completed a mission as courier for King Brand of Dale and King Thorin III Stonehelm.
King Brand of Dale has few Rangers in his service and Brin has been as far as the Elf King’s Caverns. He wanted Brin to give & take intelligence reports from King Thorin, King Thranduil and then the Beorning Lord Bero and find his way along the Anduin to Minas Tirith. Once there he has his permission to take a leave of absence if desired. Along the way, he hooked up with Gil-Gandel who was also traveling south by himself along the Anduin. Gil-Gandel is out to learn new songs an d tales. Brin is simply tired and thirsty.
Thoroncil has often spent a liberty in the Elf Stone Inn. He likes an excuse to take his liberty time in Minas Tirith as he is secretly hoping to catch sight of Princess Gilraen again. He is enjoying the enchanting tale of Meridoc and cannot believe his good fortune in being here this night. He thinks the older dwarf nearby is Lord Gimli himself and is angling to sit closer to either the Hobbits or Gimli. In the meantime he finds himself at a table with an Elf, a Man and a strangely deformed? short gangly man. For the third companion to Gil-Gandel & Brin was the Wose Druid Ghan-buri-ghan. His friend Moose is roaming the fields outside the city. Ghan-buri-ghan has come to Minas Tirith in hopes of seeing the famed White Tree. He met Brin just after Gil-Gandel. He was riding Moose at the time which even the long lived Elf found most odd.
Rounding out the table is a pair of unmatched brothers. One Theogrim, a tall and strong Knight of Rohan who fought with Gimli, though Gimli does not know him. Gwaelur son of Gwaelin vaguely recognizes him. Theogrim’s brother Deor sits nearby, looking very young and a bit pale, he is much shorter and smaller. In their case, Theogrim has ridden out with his family as Deor has officially completed his apprenticeship and his family chose to celebrate this recognition. Deor is probably the youngest Wizard to ever complete his studies. Theogrim pull his brother down to the Elf Stone Inn when he overheard that Lord Gimli was heading there. He thought Deor would be fascinated to meet and actual historical hero.
So the drinks are flowing, the story and songs are engrossing and the doors fly open. A harried looking man comes in and says, “My family was waylaid in Grey Woods by Orcs and foul men, are there any here that can help me fast, this is the closest place to the gates. I desperately need to find a tracker and those willing to fight some orcs. I need help or my Parents and younger siblings will be lost. Please help.” He drops to the floor.