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Caelin
03/30/2005 11:23 AM

Welcome to the OOC thread. :)

The rules for this adventure have been stated in the RPG interest thread and I think there will be no need to repeat them. Those interested to play will have to post their characters here along with their general description and equipment.

One thing I will repeat, this thread will be semi-moderated. This means that during combat, I will be able to state that someone got wounded, in order to keep the storyline realistic and equally dangerous to all. The main gist of the thread is in the opening post.

After approval of your character, you can jump into the fray. The group will not leave Lorien, until sufficient players have been approved.

[Edited by Caelin on Wednesday, March 30, 2005 11:26 AM]

Exile
03/31/2005 12:21 PM

Name: Araglas
Race: Dunedain
Weapons: Long sword, Bow and Arrow, Dagger
Description: (Can I make it up?)

Araglas has blue eyes that seem to pierce into the very core of anyone he locks gazes with. His brown hair hangs down to his shoulders. His face is adorned with a thin beard. When in the wilderness, his clothing consists of a leather cuirass and forest green cloak.

History:

Araglas spent the beginning of his life in Rivendell, where he was trained under the title of 'Ranger'. Afterwards, he traveled the lands of Middle-Earth defending the rural folk from banditry and predators.

*Is he Chieftain yet or does that happen after this story? I would prefer it be after our adventure, but if that does not fit in the time line, I understand. :)

*If you want more, drop me an e-mail. If this does not exactly fit in with the real Araglas then I can change it. I don't really know anything about him.. :)

Shallandra
03/31/2005 8:34 PM

Yay Caelin! I'm glad this is up & running! I would like to play a human, but I'd like a little help in putting a character together. Let's chat by e-mail, okee?

**Edit** Oops, now that I've read the intro post, it doesn't look like there's a human in the group (I'm assuming that's the group you're waiting for people to fill?). I don't really know much about dwarves, so I'll do the Elven thing.

[Edited by Shallandra on Thursday, March 31, 2005 8:42 PM]

Flandrake
03/31/2005 9:21 PM

Did you find Took's first name yet? If not I can think up some nickname or we can just call him Took. Let's see...other than that this is kinda what I have in mind for him...


Height: 3' 6''
Weight: 85-90lbs
Eyes: light brown
Hair: dirty blond

Took is more adventuresome than most hobbits which will lead him to join the elves from Lorien. He is seen as strange by other hobbits because of his questioning nature. He wants to know what else is out there and has even left the shire before. He is strong willed and can handle himself in a fight but would prefer to avoide it whenever possible.

Caelin
04/01/2005 10:35 AM

Shal, there is room for a second dunedain, who are human. ;)

Welcome exile and flan. :)

Mica
04/04/2005 12:03 AM

Mabin, son of Hadin of the Blue Mountains is at your service.
Height: Short
Hair: Lots
Skills: Basic fighting, knowledge of Eregion and adjacent mountains and good trading skills.
Equipment: Typical travel gear and a small axe.

Describing Mabin as cosmopolitan and xenophilic would earn you a raised eyebrow. Explaining what they meant would almost certainly earn you a thump. You would however be too far off the mark for Mabin has travelled back and forth across Eriador for the better part of eighty years.
Mabin you see is a coal miner from the Blue Mountains and during the summer months delivers all the coal he has mined over winter to various villages and homesteads across the land. He is a regular visitor to the Grey Havens and has even earned the reputation of being ‘quite companionable, for a dwarf’, no small concession for an elf.
On many occasions he has spent the night at the Green Dragon of the Shire. The landlord there swears by his coal during the cold winter’s nights. Even the barman at the Prancing Pony of Bree starts to get nervous if Mabin has not arrived by the end of October with his cartload of bright black coal.
As a few nephews and cousins have returned from the Iron Hills, Mabin feels that he can spend a little while indulging his desire to see a little more the world than the inside of inns and the rumps of his two cart mules.
A conversation with some elves in the Grey Havens together with his knowledge of Shirefolk and Breelanders means that he looks to be involved in what can only be described as an ‘Adventure’.
“Now”, he ponders having been informed of what is needed, “Who amongst the Shirefolk would be interested in an ‘Adventure’?”

Caelin
04/04/2005 1:22 PM

very nice Mica, this is going to be an interesting fellow. ;)

Kolath
04/04/2005 4:41 PM

Name: Kolath
Race: Dwarf
Equipment: walking axe, Heavy battle axe, throwing axe X2, short axe, armor.

Kolath is a dwarf who likes time to himself and so living in the lonely mountin was quite hard but he soothed himself in the arts of war he knows tactics and personal combat like no one else that is why the king sent him to the golden wood for this mission. so he arrives in lorian not wanting to be around all these elves but he finds the open space very liberating

Mica
04/05/2005 3:01 AM

Appraising Kolath's armoury.

walking axe, Heavy battle axe, throwing axe X2, short axe

'I'm surprised they let you through the borders of Lorien with all those, I feel quite naked by comparison. By-and-by you can't blame a dwarf for following the ancient maxim, "there is not such thing as too many axes".
Mabin at your service'. Bowing and profering a hand.
'It is certainly going to be exciting adventuring with you, though I thought we were picking through the ruins of Angmar, not invading Mordor.'

Mica
04/05/2005 3:06 AM

Still new to this (my first adventure) so feel free to give me a slap if I am posting innappropriate messages (like the above one or this for example) in the wrong section.

Shallandra
04/05/2005 4:22 PM


so feel free to give me a slap if I am posting innappropriate messages


Awww, you mean I gotta have a reason to slap ya?!? ;)

I don't think you need to worry about anything - Caelin acts as a coach, not a drill instructor. :D

Flandrake
04/05/2005 10:52 PM

Mica this section is for out of character posting. I believe you are doing some in character posting here. I don't think the story has really taken off yet. I for one am waiting for Caelin to give me Took's first name. But I'm sure you guys can post there if your characters are ok'ed.

Mica
04/05/2005 11:53 PM

I for one am waiting for Caelin to give me Took's first name.
Why not take one from the Appendix C of RotK - Took of the Great Smials?
Examples: Isengrim, Isenbold, Adalgrim, Ferumbras, Ferdinand, Paladin, Bandrobras and Peregrin.

And Shall - cheeky, I'll be watching you ;)

Caelin
04/06/2005 12:26 PM

Mica, you're starting to pleasantly surprise me. :) I should have thought of that myself. (btw, do keep watching Shal, it's always a good thing. ;) )

She is right in one thing however, I am here as a coach, not as an instructor. Those with approved chars can start profiling their characters a little in the main thread, until the rest of the group is established. :)

Flan, Isumbras I Took was the first Thain of the Shire, from the year 2340 of the third age. I think this is your man, in relation to the period that this quest falls in. (around 2300 in the third age, far before Bilbo's voyage to the Lonely mountain, which started in 2941.)

I see we have a second dwarf, albeit it could be called a walking axe-arsenal. ;) I suggest taking 3 axes, a throwing axe, a fighting axe and a hand-axe. Those will suffice.

Shallandra
04/06/2005 3:40 PM


And Shall - cheeky, I'll be watching you ;)



That would be wise of you, my little tater-tot. But since even the 'eyes in the back of your head' will only come up to my belly-button...I suggest you find other means of keeping track of me. ;)

Kolath
04/06/2005 5:00 PM



I suggest taking 3 axes, a throwing axe, a fighting axe and a hand-axe. Those will suffice.


I'll be glad to, but I want to point out that Gimli himself carried: a walking axe (which also acts as a walking stick), a heavy battle axe, and two short axes (which could be used as throwing axes)

Oh! by the by what do you mean by a hand axe, to me that means a short single headed thing that humans use because they can't make anything better ;). And I may just know it by a different name.

Oh! and what is wrong with being a walking axe armory

[Edited by Kolath on Wednesday, April 6, 2005 5:02 PM]

Mica
04/07/2005 12:46 AM


Gimli himself carried: a walking axe (which also acts as a walking stick), a heavy battle axe, and two short axes (which could be used as throwing axes)
I presume you are refering to the film, as I do not recall more than one axe mentioned in the book.
This said, I am sure that your axes are going to come in more than handy during a tight spot, so I'm not complaining.

On another note, books tend to use ' ' for speech while here I notice people using " ", is there an in-house standard?

Oh and Shall, what is a tater-tot? Is it elven for mighty hero?

Shallandra
04/07/2005 11:59 AM


Oh and Shall, what is a tater-tot? Is it elven for mighty hero?


Ah little tater-tot, it's a special Dunedain word I've made up JUST for you. Don't you feel special?? (I was going to do the Elven thing, but since there was an other opening for a Dunedian, I decided to take that instead.)





On another note, books tend to use ' ' for speech while here I notice people using " ", is there an in-house standard?


I haven't really noticed a standard on this one. I tend to use " " when speaking and ' ' when using a term that could have dual meanings or needs to have something to highlight it as not quite being in context.

Exile
04/07/2005 2:08 PM


On another note, books tend to use ' ' for speech while here I notice people using " ", is there an in-house standard?


Uh... All of my books use " ". Mind if I ask where you are from (not being a smart ass, just wondering if it is because of your location)? :P

Caelin
04/07/2005 2:09 PM


I haven't really noticed a standard on this one. I tend to use " " when speaking and ' ' when using a term that could have dual meanings or needs to have something to highlight it as not quite being in context.


I myself follow the same principle as Shal does. If everyone can live with that, can we keep this as a bit of a standard?

Flandrake
04/07/2005 4:31 PM


Uh... All of my books use " ". Mind if I ask where you are from (not being a smart ass, just wondering if it is because of your location)? :P


I know for a fact some of the older copies of LotR use ' ' instead of " " and I assume the newer addition use them as well.

On here most people use " " when speaking.

Exile
04/07/2005 6:56 PM

Oo... your right. I just checked my FotR and it does use ' '. The book I picked up was written by R.A. Salvatore. ;) Hehe.

Mica
04/08/2005 6:38 AM


Ah little tater-tot, it's a special Dunedain word I've made up JUST for you

Dunedain eh?
Let’s see, my adunaic is a little rusty. This has heavy Quenya and Sindarin influences so tracing the etymological roots:
Tater < Taterus (Sindarin) < Tuturaus. One of warrior guard from the lands of Brethil (1st Age).
Tot: most probably a bastardisation of the Quenya Tót, the name of southern mighty wall that protected the harbour at Eressie.
Well not sure quite what you are hinting at, but I’m flattered ;)

Shallandra
04/08/2005 10:12 PM


Well not sure quite what you are hinting at, but I’m flattered ;)


ROFLMAO! There aren't too many folks around here who could make THAT leap. Yeah, I think this thread will be entertaining to say the least.

After I get my character started. Caelin sent me some pretty groovy links that talk about the Dunedains - but if I come up with something that's too much outta whack, well then, you have my permission to whack Caelin. >:)

Caelin
04/09/2005 5:21 AM

And in turn I will whack you. :p

Shallandra
04/09/2005 8:55 AM

*IF* you could catch up to me, darlin! And even if ya did, well, careful you don't bite off more than you can chew. ;)

Okee - gonna work on that character today. Really!

NicholasDWolfwood
04/09/2005 11:52 AM

well i just got back from spring break (yay)

Heres my bio...

Name: Kedmar, Son of Dedmar of the Grey Mountains
Gear: Basic travel gear, blue cloak that goes to his boots, 2 small axes in belt and large heavy axe slung on his back.
Bio: Kedmar is a very sturdy dwarf. He and his father have worked and lived in the Grey Mountains for years as blacksmiths. But that can get pretty dull. Kedmar left the Grey Mountain for adventure. Not long after he left his home, he was attacked by Orcs (who could have possibly be tied with the Orcs who would inhabit the Grey Mountains around the third age...did i get that right?). A band of traveling elves found him near death. They tended to his wounds and took his to their home in Loth Lorien. After his recovery he lived with the elves for many years working as a blacksmith. Kedmar studied Elven smithing techniques and has used them to make some very intersting weapons. For instance his beloved axe that he carries on his back. It has both elf and dwarf runes and was made using both elf and dwarf smithing techniques. By using his new and old knowledge he has discovered how to make steel that never dulls in his (or her) lifetime. He is one of the few dwarves who enjoy elf company and has earned the title of Elf-friend.

So am I in? *crosses fingers*







Baruk Khazâd! Khazâd aimênu!

[Edited by NicholasDWolfwood on Saturday, April 9, 2005 12:13 PM]

[Edited by NicholasDWolfwood on Saturday, April 9, 2005 12:17 PM]

Caelin
04/09/2005 1:11 PM

Hmmm, now that would be the third dwarf.....

I wanted more of a mixed company and so far I am the only one playing an elf. :(

Exile
04/09/2005 1:18 PM

Hmm. Could Shal take Araglas and I'll make an elf?

NicholasDWolfwood
04/09/2005 4:13 PM

well I guess I COULD be a elf...but I would rather wait to see if we get any more people who actually WANT to be elf :\

Flandrake
04/09/2005 7:37 PM


I wanted more of a mixed company and so far I am the only one playing an elf. :(


I have Althrond as well. I wasn't planning on it but he can be a memeber of teh group as well. I can RP two characters easily, I've gained much practice RPing several characters at once from the Future Fellowship saga in the Dragonlance forums.

Caelin
04/10/2005 5:08 AM

Exile, kind of you, but that is not needed. :)

Flan, that would be nice.

Nicolas, we'll see what happens first. Please be patient in the meantime. :)

Kolath
04/12/2005 5:52 PM

Sorry I've been gone so long but school and all so I'm not sure if the verdict is in, so to be safe am I approved

Caelin
04/13/2005 12:11 PM

Aye Kolath, you were.

Shallandra
04/13/2005 4:14 PM

Okee, after I'm back from choir practice tonight I'll be posting my character - got her all worked up, but I don't want to rush that first post. It's important for a lady ranger to make an entrance, afterall. ;) Particularly after she hears what 'da boys have to say about her joining their little adventure.

Muahahahahaha

Really - sorry to have kept ya waiting, I'll be ready to go in a couple of hours!

Kolath
04/13/2005 4:55 PM

Caelin I think that I'm going to end up with: a walking axe, a battle axe, and a throwing axe. I'll be posting after this so if this dosen't work then I'll change it.

Shallandra
04/13/2005 7:58 PM

Name: Ethrana
Race: Dunedain (of the North)
Weapons: Recurve bow, longsword, longknife
Armour: Mail, covered by clothing marked by black, brown, and green. Leather vambraces are worn, as well as a green cloak.

Appearance/Mannerisms: Taller and fairer skinned than most of her race, Ethrana knew her features and lithe body often caused others to underestimate her physical strength. And while she was a skilled fighter, she found that wisdom and knowledge could be formidable weapons of their own. Feeling comfortable in the shadows of most places, Ethrana was able to remain unnoticed fairly easily. This allowed her to gather more information than most, which was part of what drove her decision to join the quest Haldir would be leading. Although she did not know the details of what would await them on their journey, her blood seemed to flow within her veins with a sense of urgency. She knew it was no easy task that lay before them, but she sensed that their success was vital to the future of their lands.

Flandrake
04/13/2005 11:28 PM

Could I play Araglas, Exile. Since you want to make an elf and Shall is using Ethrana.

Caelin
04/14/2005 10:38 AM

Very nice Shal. :)

Shallandra
04/14/2005 10:44 AM

Awww, thanks hon. :)

Exile
04/14/2005 1:49 PM


Could I play Araglas, Exile. Since you want to make an elf and Shall is using Ethrana.


I suppose so... if Caelin doesn't mind.

Do I need to delete my posts?

Mica
04/15/2005 12:35 AM

This is the first time I have ever played a dwarf and I must say that I am thoroughly enjoying it. :)

Shallandra
04/15/2005 9:16 AM

Ahahahha a CONTRACT for sharing the treasure?? Oh you're too much. ;)

Damien
04/15/2005 1:08 PM

Okay-sure.


Arothir son of Angrod son of Finarfin
Race: Elf (Noldo father, Sinda mother)
Realm: Lorien
Height: 6'4
Hair: Dark Brown
Eyes: Pale Green


Arothir was born to a Sinda Elf during the First Age. His birth was simultaneous with the loss of the Great King Fingolfin. His father, Angrod was sired by Finarfin - elder brother of Galadriel. Angrod fell during the Battle of Sudden Flame.

Proud of his lineage, Arothir holds himself with great dignity and refinement. But he is also prone to fits of rage against the Enemy, a rage common in those of Noldor blood. Arothir has fought in many battles spanning throughout the Second and now into the Third Age. He came with his Lord Celeborn at the founding of Lorien and has since been there, protecting the Golden Wood. He makes his patrol along the shores of the Celebrant. Haldir of Lorien is his Captain.

Arothir bears a longsword from the Elder Days, carried out of the ruin of Beleriand. It's a strong weapon and always shines as though new-burnished. Arothir also carries a fair-sized bow, full quiver of white-fletched arrows, wears a long hauberk of fine Elven mail. Over his mail, Arothir wears a surcoat of shadowy-grey.


That should be sufficient description, I think. Did I leave anything out.. should I name the sword?

Exile
04/15/2005 1:43 PM


I suppose so... if Caelin doesn't mind.

Do I need to delete my posts?


I have changed my mind. I think Dunedain would be better than elf for me since I am somewhat new to Middle-Earth. (not to mention following Damien's elf would be a task)

Caelin
04/15/2005 1:45 PM

Good work. :) No need to name the sword Damien, feel free to start posting. :)


Ok Exile. :)

Flan, if you want to play two characters, you can bring in that elf of yours. :)

Nicolas, if you were to reconsider and play the third elf, then I would have a complete cast to head for the road. :)

[Edited by Caelin on Friday, April 15, 2005 2:20 PM]

Exile
04/15/2005 3:02 PM

Caelin... you are so nice. :) :) :) :)

I missed one... :)

[Edited by Exile on Friday, April 15, 2005 3:03 PM]

Flandrake
04/15/2005 6:52 PM


I have changed my mind. I think Dunedain would be better than elf for me since I am somewhat new to Middle-Earth. (not to mention following Damien's elf would be a task)


Okay, no problem. I just figured it would be a loss to not have him.

Flandrake
04/15/2005 7:09 PM

Whoa, Damien I never expected to see you on the roleplaying forums. This should be interesting...

Damien
04/15/2005 7:11 PM

Why not? I've been RPing for like 10 years. Unless you mean you just didn't expect to see me doing it -here-. But hey, I'm a sucker for Middle-earth.

Flandrake
04/15/2005 7:23 PM

Yeah, I didn't expect to see you here on the RPGC roleplaying forums. I know you've been roleplaying in other areas for a long time.


I'm a sucker for Middle-earth


Aren't we all.

Mica
04/16/2005 1:00 AM


Ahahahha a CONTRACT for sharing the treasure?? Oh you're too much. ;)

No point in playing a dwarf and not playing a dwarf, if you get what I mean :)

Mica
04/16/2005 1:07 AM


Arothir bears a longsword from the Elder Days, carried out of the ruin of Beleriand. It's a strong weapon and always shines as though new-burnished....should I name the sword?

Absolutely, along with who forged it, when and where. Also a few of the more famous foes it has dispatched would be a fine thing... There will be one dwarf that will be eager to know these things before the end of the adventure, along with some stories of the Elder days involving dwarves.

Caelin
04/16/2005 2:48 AM

*points at the above post*

LOL, sounds like a challenge, Damien. ;)

Damien
04/16/2005 9:05 AM

Doesn't it though. The only difficult part for me is figuring out the correct way to combine words in Quenya. I know quite a few Elvish words (The Tolkien nut that I am) but I'm not much of a linguist. The rest of the history of it I could deal with - but the name might be the trickiest part.

Mica
04/16/2005 11:13 AM

I wouldn't worry too much, Tolkien never seemed to; orcrist - should either have been yrchcrist or orc-cleaver.

Damien
04/16/2005 1:39 PM

Okay... I had to take some liberties with Quenya here. Quenya -sucks- to try to make interesting words out of. All the good words have very similar sounds, and when combined either they make words that are too long or hard sounding, or they make existing words that would be too recognizable.

I mean.. I made about five variations of 'Narsil' in this process. So I ended up deciding that the sword was going to have to be named in an older version of Quenya - a dialect maybe common for some of the Noldor during the 1st Age, that was mostly lost when many of them left Middle-earth.

That gave me more freedom to mess with the words a little. Without further adu..



Narumil
("Gleaming Blade of the West")

History: Narumil is a mighty longsword forged by Imdralir during the First Age in Beleriand. It was wielded by Galathil during the First Age and was used to slay a host of Trolls that assailed the land of Beleriand before its uttermost destruction. It was then passed to Fingolad. It is said that with it, Fingolad himself slew a cold-drake at the destruction of Beleriand.
It was later carried by Celeborn, who passed it to Arothir. Arothir has used the sword ever since - taking a heavy toll with it on the forces of Sauron during the Last Alliance.

Description: The grip of this longsword is woven red leather, the pommel is slightly bell-shaped, and the guard is fairly straight with its ends curving ever so slightly downward (toward the blade). The guard and pommel are both engraved with tracery of vines, and a Sea-bird is etched to both sides of the center of the crossguard.
The blade is long and straight, and an inscription runs along both sides of the wide fuller. The inscription is in a strange dialect of Quenya and reads: "I am Narumil, agony to the thralls of Melkor."



There.. that should be sufficient, yes?

Caelin
04/17/2005 2:39 AM


I know quite a few Elvish words (The Tolkien nut that I am)


That makes at least 4 of us, Damien. :) You, me, Mica and Flan.

Seems that you now have a sword with a history. ;)
Very nice work.

Mica
04/18/2005 12:37 AM


Sea-bird is etched to both sides

Now this is very curious indeed. The sea-bird was generally a symbol used by the Sindar of Tol Eressie and presumably Eglarest. I admit that I have not heard of Imdralir - I presume that he was Noldor. While there was friendship between the house of Finarfin and the Sindar none of the Sindar returned to Middle Earth it does not seem likely that those of Beleriand would etch it as a symbol of friendship.
To the north there were the folk of Dor-Lomin and the pass to the west where the sea-bird were quite common though I don't think that they took it as a symbol though I suspect that the House of Tuor in Gondolin had winged helmets.
Most of Rog's people died during the fall of Gondolin though it is possible that if Galathil dwelt in Gondolin and if he was under the command of Tuor presumably through his relationship to Idril, the sword could have been forged there or later after its fall in the fens of Sirion by the refugees under (Earendil) Elros and Elrond. As you have not mentioned in any of the specific battles, I would think this is the most likely period for its forging, just prior to the War of Wrath in the Fens of Sirion.

I do like my sword histories.

God damn spell checker changing Tuor > Tour


[Edited by Mica on Monday, April 18, 2005 12:44 AM]

Damien
04/18/2005 1:50 PM

Mostly correct, Mica.

But Imdralir was not mentioned in Tolkien's writings. It's a character I pulled from a Lord of the Rings RPG (by Decipher) tabletop game. A friend of mine played him - an Elven smith that had a love for sea-birds and the open sea.

If you want me to explain more about him, I could. Although just that should answer your concerns about the relevance of the sea-bird etching.

Kolath
04/18/2005 5:12 PM


No point in playing a dwarf and not playing a dwarf, if you get what I mean :)


I hear you there friend.

Kolath
04/18/2005 5:26 PM

Caelin what age are we playing in if I read the start right we are in the 3rd age after the witch king is destroyed, but the wat that the post are sounding this is before the fellowship so just so that I know where I am in history what ahe are we in?

Damien
04/19/2005 10:03 AM

Kolath: It's the Third Age after ANGMAR - the realm of the Witch-king is destroyed. We're in the Third Age -before- the setting out of Bilbo to kill Smaug (from The Hobbit) and -long- before Frodo sets out on his quest.

Caelin
04/19/2005 12:28 PM

5 points for my fellow tolkien lover. Congrats Damien. :)

Damien
04/19/2005 2:30 PM

Thanks Caelin. But it really wasn't that tough a question. Though maybe some of us picked up on it quicker because we already know the history.

Kolath
04/19/2005 5:13 PM

my bad! I just wasn't sure but I knew that some things didn't fit with where in time I thought we were. sorry not having read anything beyond the hobbit and the trilogy, I'm not as up to date as some people are.

Damien
04/19/2005 7:27 PM

Hey, it's not like you have to be a Tolkien Scholar to roleplay in a world you're interested in.

If you're not clear on something, the best thing to do is ask. It appears Mica, Caelin, and myself are all very well-versed in Tolkien lore, so we can surely answer any setting-questions you have.

Just so you can come to grips on where it is: Angmar was a the Witch-king's realm far north of the Misty Mountains. From there, the Witch-king destroyed Arnor, and his realm was torn down, in turn, by a Gondorian army.

You may remember that Aragorn pledges to rebuild Arnor at the end of Lord of the Rings when he is made King of the West.

And as a fun little notation, Angmar's meaning is unsure, but it's most likely that it means either "Land of Iron" or "Land of Oppression." Very dreary.


If you have any questions though, always feel free to ask.

Shallandra
04/19/2005 9:57 PM


my bad! I just wasn't sure but I knew that some things didn't fit with where in time I thought we were. sorry not having read anything beyond the hobbit and the trilogy, I'm not as up to date as some people are


Don't feel out of place about that, Kolath. I've only seen the LOTR movies & read the Hobbit back in jr high school (a gazillion years ago), so I'm limited in my knowledge as well. I think this RP is more about the "flavor" of the setting/adventure than it is about getting all the technicalities right (at least for those of us that don't know much about it).

Damien
04/19/2005 10:08 PM

Yeah. Those without a lot of knowledge of the setting just need to act in character and get the feel down. Those of us that know a lot about the setting (and especially Caelin, since he's running the RP) can worry about the technical details.

Shallandra
04/19/2005 10:16 PM

Well I'm glad to have that confirmed. Ha, I've felt a little intimidated by some of the more detailed posts in here. There's only so many times I can have my Ranger "glance knowingly" at another character!! ;)

Mica
04/20/2005 12:18 AM


Ha, I've felt a little intimidated by some of the more detailed posts in here.

One of the most fascinating aspects of RPG is its ability to turn stories into living histories. For over twenty years I have GM’ed and roleplayed in Middle Earth.
To name but a few of my favourite experiences:
In the First Age I was there at the fall of Nagorthrond and Gondolin, I had my arm broken by Celegorm during a hissy-fit; I have feasted with Beleg Cuthalion and even witnessed the Valar in their wrath.
During the Second Age, I sailed the flying ships of the Númenoreans; waged war on Sauron and died during the Akallabêth.
In the Third Age 1409, I futilely battled to save Annúminas when the Witchking swept down from Angmar and overran Cardolan.

Reading the other entries, in this forum it is clear that both Caelin and Damien can claim similar experiences.

All this said and done, just because we know this out-of-character, it does not always follow that we know this in-character (except maybe for some of the Elves) and under most circumstances this added information serves no benefit except to augment the appreciation of what is turning out to be an exemplary adventure – thanks Caelin.

So sit back and enjoy the ride and should you get around to reading Tolkien’s other stories, that which you have learnt here will hopefully in turn heighten your enjoyment of them. :)

Caelin
04/20/2005 11:32 AM


Reading the other entries, in this forum it is clear that both Caelin and Damien can claim similar experiences.


I personally have been the admin of a board called MiddleEarthRPG for two years and am still a member of the tolkien forum, where we discuss the works of Tolkien. :)

Damien knows a lot about ME and I am pleasantly surprised and impressed by his knowledge so far. I think I have found something in common with our resident dark elf. ;)


All this said and done, just because we know this out-of-character, it does not always follow that we know this in-character (except maybe for some of the Elves) and under most circumstances this added information serves no benefit except to augment the appreciation of what is turning out to be an exemplary adventure – thanks Caelin.


My pleasure, Mica. I hope to keep this up until we complete this nice adventure. :)

However, I must say, Mica, Damien and Flan, your help and suggestions along the line will be appreciated by us all.

Damien
04/20/2005 12:07 PM


Damien knows a lot about ME and I am pleasantly surprised and impressed by his knowledge so far. I think I have found something in common with our resident dark elf. ;)


Hey, thanks.

I think a lot of people have what we have in common though. Lord of the Rings is the second most read book in all the world. That's pretty impressive.



However, I must say, Mica, Damien and Flan, your help and suggestions along the line will be appreciated by us all.


Of course. After all, that's what cooperative storytelling is all about.

Damien
04/21/2005 2:02 AM

Hey, just out of curiosity - is there any reference for what's canon and what's not?

For example, a lot of people think Fingolfin was blonde-haired.. but in the History of Middle-earth, he's referenced as dark-haired (his son was blonde, if I remember, and it said that his descendants were blonde, but that Fingolfin was dark-haired like many other Elves).

Also - I seem to remember reading in one of the History of... books that there were Dwarves at the Last Alliance. This is especially pertinent for Mabin and Arothir's conversations and I'd like to know whether I should include that his people were there or not.

Wanted to clear that up so there's no argument later that'll slow down the RP.

Mica
04/21/2005 3:14 AM


I think a lot of people have what we have in common though. Lord of the Rings is the second most read book in all the world. That's pretty impressive.
True, but watching a few episodes of Star Trek does not make you a Trekkie, or at least I hope not ;) It does however recall to mind the cynical saying, 'You are unique, just like everybody else'.

As for the last alliance, for my part I have only this to add 'Of the Dwarves few fought upon either side; but the kindred of Durin or Moria fought against Sauron. '

Whether this is true or not, i.e. whether dwarves were even there, I have no idea as I cannot personally vouch for the veracity of ascribing the statement to Tolkien.

All I do know for certain is that they closed their doors when Sauron stomped the elvish city of Ost-en-edhil, earning them no favours, good ol' dwarves.

Caelin
04/21/2005 1:03 PM


For example, a lot of people think Fingolfin was blonde-haired.. but in the History of Middle-earth, he's referenced as dark-haired (his son was blonde, if I remember, and it said that his descendants were blonde, but that Fingolfin was dark-haired like many other Elves).


Damien, as far as my reading serves me, Fingolfin was dark haired according history of middle earth. Fingolfin's wife was light haired, which was passed onto their children.


Also - I seem to remember reading in one of the History of... books that there were Dwarves at the Last Alliance. This is especially pertinent for Mabin and Arothir's conversations and I'd like to know whether I should include that his people were there or not.


Mica, the dwarves were at the last alliance. Durin's heirs (Erebor and Iron hills) have always fought sauron. The dwarves of Moria were even more fierce against the orcs, detesting the very sight of them.

Barad Dur is one of the places that was inhabited by dwarves that were following Sauron. The name itself is already an indication, as it is clearly their language.

Damien
04/21/2005 1:29 PM


Damien, as far as my reading serves me, Fingolfin was dark haired according history of middle earth. Fingolfin's wife was light haired, which was passed onto their children.


Thank you! You'd be surprised how few people I've talked to actually agree with me. Then again, most people seem to think most Elves were blonde-haired and blue-eyed, rather than the truth of them mostly being dark-haired and grey-eyed.




Mica, the dwarves were at the last alliance. Durin's heirs (Erebor and Iron hills) have always fought sauron. The dwarves of Moria were even more fierce against the orcs, detesting the very sight of them.


That's what I thought. I just wanted to make sure we agreed on that before ever deciding to toss it in during the actual RP.

Exile
04/21/2005 2:23 PM

Sorry for my absence, this week has been very busy. I hope I will be able to return to the forums this weekend.

Mica
04/21/2005 2:30 PM


Then again, most people seem to think most Elves were blonde-haired and blue-eyed, rather than the truth of them mostly being dark-haired and grey-eyed.

In all fairness, most elves in Middle Earth at the time of the Hobbit/LotR did have blonde hair, this being the trait of the Teleri of Mirkwood and Lorien.

Damien
04/21/2005 2:34 PM


In all fairness, most elves in Middle Earth at the time of the Hobbit/LotR did have blonde hair, this being the trait of the Teleri of Mirkwood and Lorien.



But most of the Elves during the 1st and into the 2nd Ages would have been darker-haired.

Shallandra
04/21/2005 2:45 PM


Sorry for my absence, this week has been very busy. I hope I will be able to return to the forums this weekend.


Well, I was going to have Ethrana talk with Araglas for a bit, but with Motor Mouth Mabin at her side, I'm sure she'll stay busy until you can log on again. ;)

Mica
04/22/2005 12:00 AM


Motor Mouth Mabin at her side

Cheeky. Anyhow, as I will be away till Tuesday (scooting off to Edinburgh for romantic weekend with wifey) there should be a bit of time for others to get a word in edgeways :)
Bye for now.

Shallandra
04/22/2005 1:17 PM


Cheeky.


:P

Have a lovely time in Edinburgh!!

Mica
04/27/2005 12:39 AM

I have kept my entry a little shorter and moved on the day, hope this is okay with you Caelin - still very new to all this and not sure what leeway we have with respect to directing the timeline etc.

Edinburgh was superb, thanks Shal. We dined at the Witchery sited right next to Edinburgh Castle.
The meal was served at midnight when it was quiet, lit only by candles. We were facing the windows seen in the link below. During the meal the full moon moved from behind one of the castle walls and moved across the windows, bathing the room in an eerie pale glow. Very romantic and gothic; top nosh too :)

http://www.edinburgharchitecture.co.uk/jpgs/secret_garden_restaurant.jpg

Shallandra
04/27/2005 8:53 AM

Wow - that's awesome Mica! Good for you for taking the time to get away with the honey & enjoy some romantic time together.

Caelin
04/27/2005 12:23 PM

OK, now as some of you may already have read, I will be out until around wednesday next week. (honeymoon, etc) ;)

Flan, Mica and Damien, can you keep the thread going towards Rivendell, but hold off on reaching the pass? I have a litle surprise in store. ;)

Shallandra
04/27/2005 2:02 PM


I have a litle surprise in store. ;)



I don't think I like the way you said that...

Damien
04/27/2005 6:05 PM


I don't think I like the way you said that...


I think I do.


Sure thing Caelin. Enjoy your honeymoon. I'm sure we can handle things for a little while.

Shallandra
04/27/2005 7:41 PM



I don't think I like the way you said that...


I think I do.



You would. :P

Hey is there an online map of where we are in the time frame we're in? I'd like to be able to mention something about locations, but I've not heard of a lot of the places that have been mentioned so far.

Damien
04/27/2005 10:08 PM

http://www.informatik.uni-bremen.de/~cbernd/pdf/middleEarth03_36in.pdf

Mica
04/28/2005 2:46 AM


Flan, Mica and Damien, can you keep the thread going towards Rivendell, but hold off on reaching the pass? I have a litle surprise in store. ;)

I took this to mean that Redhorn pass was blocked and that we would be going north to High Pass... the other interpretation though could have been that we should have gone to Rivendel over the Redhorn pass and on our way back over the High Pass towards Gundabad - I trust I chose correctly as it is now shitty weather and orcs are on our asses :p

Damien
04/28/2005 4:03 AM

Yeah.. not much going back now.. haha.

Though, Mica, not sure how to respond to your post. It'll be hard to work this out without a Haldir - considering he's the leader (and apparently, Althrond and I are speaking with him).

Now isn't that a pickle.

Shallandra
04/28/2005 11:26 AM


http://www.informatik.uni-bremen.de/~cbernd/pdf/middleEarth03_36in.pdf


OooO a pdf file! Most excellent - thanks. :D

Shallandra
04/28/2005 11:37 AM


Now isn't that a pickle.


This is a pickled pickle! >:( Rain. Orcs. Middle of the night. That's a lovely combination.

Maybe Haldir can go off with the scout that returned to have a look for himself? That would at least explain his absence.

Damien
04/28/2005 12:20 PM


Maybe Haldir can go off with the scout that returned to have a look for himself? That would at least explain his absence.



That's actually quite a good idea. And would give us an excuse to sit around and not go anywhere near the pass, as Caelin wanted.

How long is he going to be gone again?

Shallandra
04/28/2005 8:11 PM


That's actually quite a good idea.


Actually? Eeesh, ya don't have to sound so surprised. :P

I think Caelin said he'd be back on Wednesday.

Exile
05/01/2005 9:26 AM

Well, I was gone longer than I expected but I am back for the time being. It seems I face a predicament. Caelin and DED each confronted Araglas and it seems that the time for a reply has passed. Should I just not reply to their posts?

Shallandra
05/01/2005 11:48 AM

Well, it looks like some folks did a timeline post - addressing a couple of different situations and separating the time-frames with a dividing line. You could probably do the same.

Though with Mabin's last post, only the elves were awake & everyone else was sleeping. So you'll have to rouse yourself before you talk with anyone in the current time-frame. :)

Mica
05/03/2005 4:48 AM


Kolath: It's the Third Age after ANGMAR - the realm of the Witch-king is destroyed. We're in the Third Age -before- the setting out of Bilbo to kill Smaug (from The Hobbit) and -long- before Frodo sets out on his quest.

Now comes the confusing bit...
Kolath mentioned that he was from the Lonely Mountain, this suggests that it is still occupied by Dwarves, at least when he was born. Smaug descended on it in 2770. The dwarves buggered about for a bit, scrapping orcs at Moria before they joined various kin in the Blue Mountains (2802) and the Iron Hills etc.
As dwarf with all the axes was wounded close to Lorien, it seems reasonable that he was part of the Moria battle of Nandurhirion (2799).
As Bilbo sets out in 2941, my replies presume the date is around 2900 (so Kolath must be at least 150 years old, which is quite reasonable).

Damien
05/03/2005 8:37 AM

Kolath.. the "God" comment might have been a little misplaced. There's never any reference to 'God' in Tolkien's writings. If anything, it would be Eru or one of the Valar. But I don't think Dwarves were big on that stuff anyway - the Valar/Eru thing seemed mostly the province of Men and Elves.



Mica:

2900 seems a reasonable date. I assume that this "Isumbras" is Isumbras IV - who was Thain of the Shire for.. 8 or 10 years around 2930-2940, right? So we'd be at 30 years prior to his becoming Thain. Long enough as to have notable adventures, short enough a time that he's not -too- young.

That said - the rest of the timeline fits and yes, that would make, at the least, Kolath around 150-170 years old.

Mica
05/03/2005 9:07 AM


I assume that this "Isumbras" is Isumbras IV - who was Thain of the Shire for.. 8 or 10 years around 2930-2940, right? So we'd be at 30 years prior to his becoming Thain. Long enough as to have notable adventures, short enough a time that he's not -too- young.

You hear that shorty, looks like your gonna survive :) Though makes no mention of whether he was horrible maimed or not when he became Thain ;)

Damien
05/03/2005 9:20 AM

Muahahahaha...

Shallandra
05/03/2005 9:33 AM

You guys are mean. :P

Okay, so we've settled on the timeline of 2900. That helps some. As a general rule, are the races somewhat familiar with what's been going on in each other's parts of the world, or are they limited to what the characters share with them?

And Exile, was that bit about Araglas being Isildur's heir something you and Caelin had worked out, or did Caelin just toss that in to spice things up? Is the preservation of the line common knowledge around the Dunedain, or was it kept secret as well? (I guess that last question can be answered by our resident experts!)

Mica
05/03/2005 9:55 AM


Okay, so we've settled on the timeline of 2900. That helps some. As a general rule, are the races somewhat familiar with what's been going on in each other's parts of the world, or are they limited to what the characters share with them?

Depends on the character and the events. Mabin is clearly (in the IC thread) none the wiser about many things that do not concern dwarves. He things the One Ring was destroyed, Sauron is no more and Arnor dust and its people scattered.

Is the preservation of the line common knowledge around the Dunedain, or was it kept secret as well?

Tolkien I believe made mention that there were only ever a few hundred rangers. While they also had families these lived in small enclaves in the hills. While they had a chieftain, I suspect that they probably didn't all know that he was also Isuldur's direct heir though the elite would have and Elrond and his house would have been well aware as they trained the chieftains sons.

Kolath
05/03/2005 5:02 PM


Kolath.. the "God" comment might have been a little misplaced.


Sorry I just write as I speak, and it never crossed my mind that God was never mentioned in Tolkien’s writing I’ll change it if you think that it needs to be.




That said - the rest of the timeline fits and yes, that would make, at the least, Kolath around 150-170 years old.


Strange I don’t feel that old. But I guess for a Dwarf that isn’t that old.

Flandrake
05/03/2005 8:02 PM


You hear that shorty, looks like your gonna survive :) Though makes no mention of whether he was horrible maimed or not when he became Thain ;)


Oh no!

_>

*runs*

[Edited by Flandrake on Tuesday, May 3, 2005 8:03 PM]

Shallandra
05/07/2005 2:23 PM

Okee so we're all hanging out in the tree like a bunch of monkeys. Caelin - do you plan for us to fight the orcs, or just sit tight while they pass by? If we're gonna fight, a dwarf or the hobbit needs to sneeze & fall outta the tree - or do something to get noticed. :) An Elf or a Dunedain aren't going to be likely to do something like that. I mean, *I* might, but Ethrana is too comfortable in the wild do it. :D

Mica
05/09/2005 3:17 AM


There are other routes then Rohan, two to be exact. We can go over the mountains, going across the caradhras, or through Moria."

Now I'm really confused - the thread has led us west from Lorien into the Dimrill Dale prior to the arrival of orcs with the presumed intention of taking Redhorn pass (Caradhras).

Has there been a continuity error as the above post points to us being in fact in the vale at the east end of High-Pass (Old Forest Road), nearly two hundred miles north of Lorien?

I was under the impression that we were still in the Dimrill Dale. This lies to the West of Lorien and is in the shadow of Silvertine, Redhorn and Cloudyhead. Between these mountains is the the Redhorn pass (caradhras). This is also a good hundred miles south of the High Pass.

It is just that there are orcs in the Dimrill Dale that I presumed were simply from Moria and that these were responsible for the Caradhras being closed forcing us either north to the High-Pass (the one followed by Bilbo on his way to Mirkwood) or Moria road (taken by the Fellowship after they failed the Caradhras Pass).

http://www.angelfire.com/film/rings/images/map4.JPG

Damien
05/10/2005 4:56 PM

I imagine it was a small error. Perhaps he meant to say that we could use Moria, or the High-Pass, rather than Caradhras as originally intended?

Damien
05/11/2005 3:38 PM

Caelin:

Just out of curiosity - how old are you playing Haldir to be? Tolkien never specified, so far as I can remember, when he was born, his parents, or anything else that would hint at how old he is. I should probably know if Haldir was alive during the First or Second Ages.

Caelin
05/12/2005 12:37 PM

Beginning of the second age, Damien. You are correct, nowhere it is described how old the elf is, sadly, I tried to find it to. ;)

Damien
05/12/2005 1:24 PM

Okay, cool beans. Just wanted to make sure we were on the same page on that.


Yeah, if anything I would have expected it to be in The Peoples of Middle-earth, since that seems to have the largest collection of pointless knowledge.. but nadda.

Anyway... beginning of the Second Age.. got'cha.

Damien
05/16/2005 11:25 AM

Uh.... did everyone lose interest or something?

Flandrake
05/16/2005 4:25 PM


Uh.... did everyone lose interest or something?


I doubt it. I think the others just have stuff going on in their real lives. It'll pick up again.

Dark-Alligence
05/20/2005 9:45 AM

Hum....I think I was referred to here? Um? Anyway, I'd love to join your game if you have room. An elfy perhaps?

Caelin
05/20/2005 2:40 PM

Sure, why don't you whip up a profile and we'll go from there. Soon enough, after a little twist, we'll be arriving in the area of Rivendell, where you could easily join in. ;)

Mica
05/23/2005 1:01 AM

In case you are wondering I have never heard of a story about a hobbit that thought he was a dwarf, although I can imagine that hobbits would have had one and I can see it appealing to a dwarf immensely - over to you Flandrake, time write a hobbit story :)

Dark-Alligence
05/23/2005 11:44 AM

Awsome. I'll have a profile done in no time! *parties* YAY!

Caelin
05/23/2005 12:54 PM

D_A, then where is that profile?

Shallandra
05/24/2005 9:39 PM


In case you are wondering I have never heard of a story about a hobbit that thought he was a dwarf, although I can imagine that hobbits would have had one and I can see it appealing to a dwarf immensely - over to you Flandrake, time write a hobbit story :)


Nice job, Flandrake! The song was a nice touch too. :)

Dark-Alligence
05/25/2005 11:48 AM

Ordiien
Forest Elf
274
6'4"
130 lbs.
Ordiien(Or-de-en) is a tall fellow with long, firey red hair. His bright, emerald eyes shine with the fury of thousands of stars. His skin is very pale, and blemish free. He wears light armor, and carries twin blades across his back. He's no good with a bow (rare for an elf) but could kick anyone's....arse? anyday with his blades. He doesn't carry anything with him, other then his blades and armor.
Ordiien is a quiet fellow and keeps to himself most of the time. He's feriously loyal to whom ever he is with, or to whom ever he serves. He lives on his own most of the time, but is such dire times, as now, he lives in Rivendale. He's got an attitude as firey as his hair, and speaks his mind.

(It's crappy but it's a beginning. If you guys say Yeth, then drop me a note when you're ready for me :D)

Damien
05/25/2005 1:11 PM

A few things.. what exactly do you mean by 'Forest Elf?" Most Elves are forest Elves. I'm assuming you mean Silvan (like Legolas), but it could be anything from Sindar to Noldor - which are all technically Forest Elves.

Also, armour and weapons need more description. 'Twin blades' doesn't say much. Shortswords, longswords, knives, long-knives... curved, straight...?

Light armour? What it is? A mail corselet, aketon, boiled leather, ring-armour, scale corselet?


And just out of curiosity (not downing you, I'm just asking) - have you read Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, etc?

Mica
05/26/2005 12:42 AM

Reply to Flandrake (his post is in the IC thread).
Not a problem, this is the first forum game I have played in, so much of the etiquette is new to me. My apologies if I have overstepped the mark.

Is it always the GM’s job to move on the scene? Can players push the overall plotline without requiring a string of replies saying ‘me too’ and ‘I walk there as well’?

Essentially, how much freedom with the non-essential story padding does each player have? In other words, what is the limit of my poetic license?

Some are fairly obvious, such as you would never write another characters reply, or issue a specific response in a given tactical situation. I am however uncertain of the grey areas such as can be seen in my last post. The players had specified that they were looking for a cave and scouting and the destination was the cave, so it seemed reasonable to round off the scene. When this does not happen I have noticed a tendency for the thread to hang for days – as was pointed out by Damien (I was eager to write more, but it required the party leaders to make the decisions of what to actually do).

Am I allowed to write “the group walked through the day” or does this sort of comment have to come from Caelin?

Shallandra
05/26/2005 10:52 AM

Well, I think there's a difference between moving "the group" through the timeline and saying that individual characters did certain things. I think we need to have some group moving - otherwise it'll take us forever to get anywhere - but it was kinda weird to see Ethrana doing something I didn't say that she did. :)

No harm - no foul. :D

Caelin
05/26/2005 1:36 PM


Am I allowed to write “the group walked through the day” or does this sort of comment have to come from Caelin?


Yes you are, but one does not post action for other characters. Like already said though, no harm done.

Caelin
05/27/2005 1:38 PM

Ok guys, I am a little bit short on time at the moment, so please bear with me.

Damien, Flan, Can you lead the others to a cave, then bring up the discussion about what we are about to venture into? Or have Shal bring it up? ;)

Shallandra
05/27/2005 4:00 PM

One of you guys can bring it up - then I'll chime in - since I'm sure Ethrana will have a thing or two to say about the whole thing. :D

Damien
05/28/2005 10:49 AM

I'm kind of barred from bringing it up - since I already made Arothir's position on the matter of it pretty clear. So it's going to have to be Ethrana or Althrond.

Shallandra
05/28/2005 11:07 AM

Hmmm, good point. Okay, someone get our group to the cave and I'll start blabbling about all the perils, how the sky is falling, and the apparent end of the world. :D All done in the subtle Ranger style, of course....

Exile
05/28/2005 5:27 PM

Hey guys! I know I have not been around that much and I apologize. However, it will still be another week before I can return. If someone would like to take control of Araglas in order to keep the story moving, go ahead. Just try not to get him killed. ;) Even if I don't post or add that much, this is still a very interesting and fun thread. :-P

Damien
05/28/2005 8:00 PM

We're already there. Hand over your cloak and start babbling.

Damien
05/30/2005 9:39 PM

ROLL CALL!


Okay.. what's goin' on? Looks like interest in the thread's taken a severe dip.. we went from one or two posts a day, to one post every other day...

But anyway.. I am starting to get concerned with the lack of posting in two instances: Kolath and Exile.

Now I know Exile just posted that he's going to be away - but honestly, when's the last time Exile put up a post longer than half a paragraph? And where the fuck is Kolath?

I'm getting really tempted to just start having Arothir stab people in the face when they don't answer him.. and I'll make it a point to talk to the people who haven't been posting.

Mica
05/31/2005 5:49 AM

Yep, I'm here and checking everyday to see when I can put my 2p in. Unfortunately I got bitch-slapped when I used a 5p. ;)
As soon as there is an opening for my character I will say/do something.

We just need some sweeping prose taking us to the foot of High Pass and possibly a little way up and on to the next dramatic scene, hint, hint!

If Arothir stabs them in the face, I'm sure Mabin can carve them a nice head stone.

Damien
05/31/2005 12:10 PM

Caelin's gone again for a bit - so we can't dramatically end up at High Pass until he gets back. That's probably why it's been so tedious lately.. we can never go too far along in the story because someone's always missing.. heh.




If Arothir stabs them in the face, I'm sure Mabin can carve them a nice head stone.


Glad we can work together like that.

Kolath
06/01/2005 11:22 AM

sorry guys but this week has been hectic, I haven't been able to even pick up my mail so I plan to get back to posting soon but can't promise anything because school and family come first sorry.

Shallandra
06/04/2005 4:22 PM

Geeze Caelin - you forgot to post the *SNAP* at the end of yer post!!! :P

Caelin
06/05/2005 3:56 PM

Sorry hun, just staying in character. ;)

Shallandra
06/05/2005 9:33 PM

I know - and I promise that Ethrana will too. >:)

Damien
06/05/2005 10:31 PM

Whoo.. I just foreshadowed my own death.

Mica
06/07/2005 12:43 AM

I have no idea which way round Gladden we will take and the only thing that appears settled was the thing agreed on prior to the debate... so I will leave it up to the leaders.

Exile
06/09/2005 10:00 PM

Heads up, I'm going to be gone a couple days. Be back Monday.

Mica
06/16/2005 1:11 AM

Cripes, Mabin has been asleep for over a week now and there is no obvious sign that dawn is on the horizon...

Damien
06/16/2005 1:24 AM

Everyone involved in the RP keeps taking off, or not posting for extended periods, so yes, things are going a little slow.

I contacted Caelin about livening things up. So I might be making a more interesting post if he gives me the OK.

Shallandra
06/16/2005 1:07 PM

Yeah - Ethrana is still snoozin too - waiting for her turn at watch.

Eh, at least she'll be well rested. ;)

Damien
06/16/2005 3:46 PM

Okay.. get ready.. I got the thumb's up from Caelin.

Caelin
06/18/2005 2:18 AM

As my old mentor used to say, when he gave me some extra lessons in game-mastering: If you bring the adventurers in trouble, at least do it in a convincing way. ;)

Have fun folks. *evil grin*

Damien
06/24/2005 4:13 AM

Okay.. I was going to post - but there seems little sense in a quick "cleaning up" post, so I decided not to. And no one's posted in a bit, so what's the plan? Personally, I think we should attempt to push the storyline along just a little bit. There's really no sense in yet another 20 posts of "he walks" and idle conversation between characters.

Mica
06/24/2005 9:47 AM

Sounds like a plan to me. Just a bit of prose and skip to the Pass.

Caelin
06/24/2005 1:59 PM

onto the pass was the idea. :p

Anyone interested in writing the post to sum up the journey?

[Edited by Caelin on Friday, June 24, 2005 2:02 PM]

Flandrake
06/25/2005 9:56 PM


There's really no sense in yet another 20 posts of "he walks" and idle conversation between characters.


There is always me making up another hobbit story and a song to go along with it! That was rather interesting for me to write/come up with.

Warrior93
07/04/2005 5:09 PM

can i join or is it too late?

Name Dragir
race human
weapons longsword and a long knife

Just asking Caelin

[Edited by Warrior93 on Monday, July 4, 2005 7:20 PM]

[Edited by Warrior93 on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 7:29 AM]

Damien
07/04/2005 7:13 PM

First of all, there's no such thing as a 'Durk'

Second of all - there shouldn't be any "Half-Elves" besides those mentioned explicitly by Tolkien, since that's a rather important notation.

Thirdly, have you any knowledge of Middle-earth?

And lastly, are you also "Rogue" or whatever that person's name was?

[Edited by Dark_Elf_Damien on Monday, July 4, 2005 7:15 PM]

Warrior93
07/04/2005 7:22 PM

I Have read lotr
and who is rogue?
I meant Dirk like what Legolas has

Exile
07/04/2005 8:09 PM


And lastly, are you also "Rogue" or whatever that person's name was?


Ha! Ha!

Damien, is everyone on vacation?

Flandrake
07/04/2005 10:58 PM


And lastly, are you also "Rogue" or whatever that person's name was?


I was thinking the same thing.

Damien
07/05/2005 9:41 AM


Damien, is everyone on vacation?


I have no idea - seems like everyone is getting preoccupied with other things. I'm gonna see if I can get Shall to post soon - she's had a little trouble with the RPGC when she's at home.



I was thinking the same thing.


Yeah, and multiple accounts is still against the rules, so far as I know. Someone may want to let Chung know to look for that.

Warrior93
07/05/2005 4:00 PM

Yea well whatever, geez all u r older than me anyway so i guess ur right.
Im only 11 anyway, and i forgot my password, so when i put the email address it said it wasn't valid. Im a newbie, but i love lotr, so could you take it easy? im just trying to fit in

[Edited by Warrior93 on Tuesday, July 5, 2005 4:07 PM]

Damien
07/05/2005 5:24 PM


Yea well whatever


Your first mistake.



Im only 11 anyway


Your second mistake.



and i forgot my password, so when i put the email address it said it wasn't valid.


So is this admittance that you were Rogue? Yeah, I think so. Keep better track of your passwords, or have mommy and daddy keep copies for you. Most sites do not allow more than one login name per member. Your best bet is to e-mail Chung (Dream_Knight on this site) and beg his forgiveness for having two logins.



but i love lotr, so could you take it easy?


We all love Middle-earth - hence the reason we're RPing in the setting. But no, I'm not going to take it easy. If you want to RP with adults, in an established setting, then you need to learn spelling, grammar, punctuation, and above all - you need to learn about the setting you want to play in.

Your grip on how Middle-earth works is -obviously- tenuous, at best; non-existant at worst.

I have no problem with people roleplaying in Middle-earth, obviously. But while I have no real authority here, I will stress that -I- would prefer people that actually know the setting to be doing the RPing.

If you don't know the setting well enough.. get to studying and come back when you have at least a partially functional knowledge of the setting.



im just trying to fit in


Your third mistake.



And for future reference: The knife used by Legolas in the books was a long-knife, not a dirk. And in the films he used two long-knives, again - not dirks.

A dirk is a very specific weapon of a very specific culture in the real world. A dirk is no more present in Middle-earth as a gladius or katana.





[Edited by Dark_Elf_Damien on Tuesday, July 5, 2005 5:31 PM]

Exile
07/05/2005 5:40 PM

Warrior, would you please stop junking up our OOC thread with your posts that have nothing to do with the thread?

Now, are we going to be stopping in that clearing Araglas found or are we pressing on?

Flandrake
07/05/2005 8:18 PM

Warrior, I can only echo what Damien has said.

And to add something, this site is more for adult users. I think Chung stated so in the community guidelines, although, I could be mistaken in this.



Now, are we going to be stopping in that clearing Araglas found or are we pressing on?


Probably. Haldir stated that the group would stop for a short meal then be on their way. I assumed the clearing was where the short meal would take place. But if it too far out of the way then I doubt we'd stop there.

Damien
07/05/2005 10:11 PM

Quite so - we should be heading for the clearing soon - so whoever makes the next post can just put the entire company at the clearing with a bit of well-structured prose. If it's not done by tomorrow, I'll handle it.

We gotta get everybody involved again, though, which means pressing past a lot of really unnecessary details to the meat and potatoes of the RP - otherwise everyone here is going to start losing interest (again) over the countless "And we're walking and talking" posts.


So actually, before anyone posts - would it really be necessary to 'stop' at the clearing, or can we gloss over that part too (with perhaps a brief mention) and push the company on to somewhere more important to the story? Anyone?

Warrior93
07/06/2005 7:27 AM

Im not five years old!!!! i can keep track of passwords! i can remember this name cant i !!!!! and i know a lot about middle earth from the brandywine river to the lonely mountain, hobbiton, imladris, fangorn, the forest started by elves, gondor, mordor,isengard, rohan, misty mountains, ered mithrin, rhovanion, eriador, forlindon umbar,dagolad, and mirkwood. i do know most of the places in M.E!!!!!!!!!! and why is it so due to adults kids can be in rpg, and it just so happens this is the only lotr forum online. and doesnt the rules say try to get friends?? hmm beg no, ask

Shallandra
07/06/2005 11:35 AM

** OFFICIAL NOTICE FROM STAFF **

This is a message from me as an Executive Producer & Roleplaying Sage, not as Ethrana (who will be posting again shortly - I'm having PC problems at home).

(1) Warrior - while I understand your desire to engage in roleplay here, please read the Free Form RP Forums Guide (http://www.rpgconsortium.com/roleplaynow/ffrpforumsguide.cfm" target="_blank) before trying to join any more threads. Our rules are a bit different than other places, and we have certain procedures that need to be followed. If you have any questions on our rules after you've read them, please e-mail me here and I'll be glad to help you. Since Caelin is the Thread Master, he has the final say in whether or not characters have been approved - and yours has not - so I've deleted your post. (Caelin - I also edited your post after Warrior's, deleting the OOC portion that spoke to him).

(2) The OOC section is for the current RP Players to discuss things specifically related to the game itself (or to announce an absence). There is no need for the discussion between anyone else and Warrior to occur here.

Any questions - feel free to e-mail me privately.

Exile
07/06/2005 3:55 PM


So actually, before anyone posts - would it really be necessary to 'stop' at the clearing, or can we gloss over that part too (with perhaps a brief mention) and push the company on to somewhere more important to the story? Anyone?


I'd say no. A brief mention of stopping to eat would suffice. You could even throw in some "mumbo jumbo" saying we ate in silence for some reason or another.

Caelin
07/07/2005 3:13 PM


why is it so due to adults kids can be in rpg, and it just so happens this is the only lotr forum online.


This isn't the only one, warrior/rogue.
If you want one more suited for your age, then try this one:
www.thetolkienforum.com

Careful though, you might still find me there to haunt you.


Since Caelin is the Thread Master, he has the final say in whether or not characters have been approved - and yours has not - so I've deleted your post.


What you posted as a character profile, is too short and too little detail. Sorry, but I cannot accept it as such.



(Caelin - I also edited your post after Warrior's, deleting the OOC portion that spoke to him).


Thanks Shal.

Damien
07/07/2005 4:31 PM

So Caelin - what do you say? (I love it when people post and forget to post on the important stuff ;) )

Should we prose-it-over to Rivendell or at least close to Rivendell? Or are we going to be RPing another four pages of "walking?"

Caelin
07/08/2005 12:46 PM

close to rivendell, not prose over.

Damien
07/12/2005 2:06 PM

Sorry for not posting for a bit - s'been hectic and I had to bail every time I thought I'd have time. But I'm on it now - I'll get us to somewhere around Rivendell.

Caelin
07/12/2005 2:41 PM

That's quite allright, Damien. If you have not noticed yet, I have been quite busy myself and will be for a bit, due to family issues. If you want, can you run the group on their way through to rivendell?

Perhaps my absence can be explained as going ahead to clear the route?

Damien
07/25/2005 5:35 AM

So... no one has posted in quite some time. I've been really busy and to be honest - not at all in the mood for anything but the occasional discussion post - so I haven't been around either.

But if everyone still wants to see this thread through to the end, just sound off so we can get it kicking again before it ends up archived.

Flandrake
07/25/2005 9:26 AM

I want to keep going. I would have posted but I was already the last person to post in the RP section and double posting would be really annoying.

Exile
07/25/2005 10:09 AM

I'm still here.

Shallandra
07/25/2005 1:19 PM

Yeah - I'm around too - but am also guilty for not even looking in the RP section & spending what time I have here in the Community area.

If we wanna see this through so there's an end to it, I'm game.

Mica
07/27/2005 12:32 AM

Yup, still here and checking out to see if anyone has done anything.

Damien
07/29/2005 11:46 AM

Okay. Seems like everyone still wants to be involved. So I'll make a post today or tomorrow to get us back on track.

Flandrake
07/29/2005 4:01 PM

Good idea. However, it seems Caelin has taken a leave of absense for I have not seen him post anywhere. What do you propose we should do about the lack of a player for the party leader, Haldir.

Damien
08/01/2005 9:45 PM

There -- we're back on track now. I took care of Caelin's absence, if he's still gone. If not - he has an easy enough opportunity to pop back into the picture.

And everyone may resume posting.

Mica
08/09/2005 12:54 AM

If Caelin is still not around in the next couple of days, could Damien lead us into Rivendell and take on the role of Elrond. I (both Mabin and I) still have no idea why we are going north and a little light shedding would be appreciated...

Damien
08/09/2005 12:58 AM

Caelin hasn't totally filled me in either, unfortunately. So the actual discussion of exactly what we're doing will have to wait for Caelin to show up again.

But I can play an interrum Elrond - advising the party to dilly-dally, I suppose. But I'm just about as in the dark as the rest of you as to Caelin's intent.




By the way - Nicely done on fitting in an explanation of the exact nature of Rivendell - I sometimes get so caught up in the "appropriate language" that I forget not everyone involved in the RP would actually know that "The Walls of Rivendell" is more a figure of speech than a literal phrase.

Mica
08/09/2005 3:53 AM

Ah - the blind leading the blind - bargain.

Damien
08/14/2005 4:42 PM

Where is everybody? Come on people... everybody has to post.

Caelin
09/21/2005 2:01 PM

Ok, roll count... who's still here and willing to pick this up again?

Damien
09/21/2005 3:49 PM

I'm still here... but I'm pretty sure most people have just lost interest. Although it would be polite if they'd at least come say they're not interested anymore...

Flandrake
09/21/2005 5:46 PM

I'm still here and willing to continue with the thread. If we want to revive this thing we can just pick up in Rivendell as if we'd be there for a few days already. That way we can have the people who are no longer here be called off to other duties or something.

Damien
09/22/2005 8:02 AM


That way we can have the people who are no longer here be called off to other duties or something.



The problem is -- there might not be enough of us left to warrant continuing the thread if too many people took off.

Mica
09/26/2005 4:52 AM

I'm still here, though I admit that I now only check once a week or so due to the lack of action. I'm still intrigued as to what we are chasing up in the cold north. Being a PBeM GM means that I am used to plots spanning years :)

Caelin
09/26/2005 11:15 AM

So that is 3, excluding myself. A bit low for a thread like this, don't you all agree? Or do you wish to finish what we started, folks? Your call.

Damien
09/27/2005 11:14 PM

Doesn't seem worth it. Too many people dropped out. Oh well -- it happens, eh?

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