Book 3: Act 1 - Of Leaves and Stewed Hobbit

It is the year 2946 of the Third Age, and the lands east of the Misty Mountains are astir. From the cloud-shrouded peaks above the High Pass to the spider-infested gloom of the forest of Mirkwood, paths long-deserted are trodden once again. Busy merchants carry their wares to new markets, messengers bring tidings from foreign realms, and kings send forth armed men to extend their influence and the rule of law. Some say that a new age of freedom has begun, a time for adventure and great deeds to reclaim glories lost in long centuries of oppression and decline.

But adventures are not really things that people go out and look for. They are dangerous and rarely end well. While it is true that a handful of valiant individuals set out to make their mark on the world, for others it seems that adventure chooses them, as though it is the path they are fated to tread. They are restless warriors, curious scholars and wanderers, always eager to seek what was lost or explore what was forgotten. Ordinary people call them adventurers, and when they return successful, they call them heroes. But if they fail, no one will even remember their names...

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Re: Radagast the Gardener

Post by Vardaen » Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:41 pm

"Maybe, maybe not. We do what our boss tells us to do. You follow orders when you live inside Mirkwood like us, otherwise trouble arises."

"That's right, one man falters, everyone suffers.", says the other man.
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Re: Radagast the Gardener

Post by Shurijo » Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:12 pm

Borir listens to the wizard and the men as he proceeds with the questioning. The dwarf considers their responses. After a moment he asks, "Who is Mogdred? Is he your boss?"

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Re: Radagast the Gardener

Post by Eilandor » Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:14 pm

Wren's mind wanders, in awe while inside of the home of Radagast. It's like a forest...inside of a forest. He snaps out of it when he beckons them to move outside and give the wounded time to rest. Wren finds the exchange between Varuthil and their captives intriguing. If there is one thing he's learned about the she-elf, it's that her verbal prowess matches or even exceeds her battlefield prowess, and that is not good for those that would oppose her.
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Re: Radagast the Gardener

Post by Trogdor » Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:29 pm

"What about that awful woman?" Pipkin asks. "Is she one of Mogdred's lieutenants?"

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Re: Radagast the Gardener

Post by Vardaen » Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:18 pm

"Mogdred is the Lord of the Hill, we all follow him, even Dagmar. He commands many well-equipped men, just like us, and Southern Mirkwood and the Narrows fall under his domain. Some of the settlements in the southern vales pay him tribute."

One of the men adds, "Not sure where he comes from, but he took over the tower of the Hill, and since then has kept the peace there."

The other man replies to Pip, "Dagmar? Yeah she's one of his, but she's a hot head, as you figured out. I bet she'll have hell to pay when getting home again."

"No doubt. He doesn't like failure."

"Nor does he like antagonizing our neighbors for no reason."

Both men chuckle at thinking what trouble Dagmar might find when she get's home.
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Re: Radagast the Gardener

Post by Muskrat » Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:52 pm

Varuthil says, "That's odd. You accepted a total stranger, of unknown background, as your lord. What lead you to do that? And how does he keep the peace? I think that would be easy enough with your fellow Woodmen, but how does one keep the peace when one's neighbors are orcs and giant spiders? And is Dagmar one of your people or did she come with Mogdred?" Varuthil is beginning to suspect that Modgred is secretly in league with the Enemy and may have the power to manipulate people's wits in subtle ways.

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Post by Shurijo » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:10 pm

Borir listens to the questioning and answers given. The dwarf isn't too impressed with this men nor their groups. As they talk, the dwarf eyes the settlement hoping to find a tavern or smith.

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Post by TetNak » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:38 pm

Aerth is likewise mystified by his surroundings. He had been to this area before, but never to Radagast's home, obviously. He watches the prisoners impassively, they seemed like louts, no doubt. It was likely they didn't know much, but even what they do know would be far more than any of them understood about Dagmar of her 'lord'.
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Re: Radagast the Gardener

Post by Vardaen » Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:28 pm

"He's a Woodman, like us, or from the Vale, it matters not. He's chieftain now of The Hill, and he's kept us safe, and prosperous. Without us lands like these might be overrun with Spiders or worse by now. Hardly matters, he's the boss and that's the way it is."
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Re: Radagast the Gardener

Post by Muskrat » Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:39 am

Varuthil shakes her head in disgust. "I should think it would matter to you whether your lord was a man of honor or a thug. It is one thing to serve the former and another the latter. How did Mogdred come to be lord? And what is it like in his service? Does he treat you with respect? Does he look after the well-being of all his people?"

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