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Town on the Isen

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"Very well," King Eltaraion said. "So you will travel with several of my best cavalry, and once this town is built, they can return with Elding. Olktian, I think perhaps you can choose whence you come and go, but please make it no longer than six months. I suppose you'll be after the key to Orthanc too, so that this town can get underway. What is the name again? It seems to have slipped my mind."

"Dernhelm," Mappalif said. "After the name the White Lady Eowyn used to fight in the War of the Ring. That suits all, we decided, because she married a Gondorian, but was one of the Rohirrim. She was close to Gondor, but also in Rohan, which is the same, if you say that Isengard is Gondor."
 

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"Yes you could call Isengard part of Gondor. Not an attached part but still under the King of Gondor," said the King. "Could you Olktian tell me something about yourself before I can tell that you will be a trustworthy corrospondant between Minas Tirith, Dernhelm and Edoras."

"Certainly my lord. I am a Gondorian and have spent most of my life here in Minas Tirith..." He goes on telling the king about himself.

"I see." Everyone went on discussing things late into the night.
 

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"Well, it is late and I am sure you will want some rest. Sleep now, and you can leave after breakfast. By then, I will sort out about twenty-five cavalry to escort you," King Eltaraion said.

Everyone walked back to their house, with Olktian returning to his old dwelling. Elding looked around, and said, "just think. It could be years before I see this place again. I might just sleep outdoors tonight. Goodnight," he said as they reached the house.

The remaining group walked inside, and as one, lay down and fell asleep. They were all too tired to be worried about Elding. If he tried anything, well so be it.
 

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They all were woken in the morning. They had breakfast and prepared to leave. Mappalif and Lingar left the ladies and went to get Olktian. They then went to say farewell to the King. They where all in good spirits.

"I hope you will all have a good trip back to Edoras. May it be safe. Mappalif," said the king beckoning to him. "Take this to your King. In it is alot of valuble information. Don't lose it. And here is the Key of Orthank."

"Yes my lord, I will deliver it safely." They left.
 
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"Well, you know Lingar? We are hoping to be married, however his father dissaproves of me. But don't mention his father. They had a row, and I don't think you want to be involved. But as for me, I have lived in Rohan all my life. This was the furthest I have ever been, and I am glad. What of you?" Frynyir responded.
 

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"Well... let's see. I'm Gondorian, but for the several past years I have been wandering. Going from town to town. If you can imagin it's very tiring," Juniela responded, she had a look of unrest and secrecy spreading across her face. That is where I will stop. I don't know her very well. Could I possibly trust her or burden her with my full story? Juniela thought to herself. She decided to stop there.
 

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"Yes, I can see your point. Well now you'll be living with us in Rohan, but you can come back here from time to time for a break if you wish, I am sure," Frynyir said.

"Come on ladies, we need to get going," Greolman said. "Everyone else is ready to leave."

"We're almost done," Frynyir said as she packed the last of her things. "There."

"Good. We're meeting Elding at the stables, and I don't think he'll try anything with Gondorian soldiers with us the whole time. The biggest problem will be later, I think, he will definitely try something later," Mappalif said.
 

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Everyone had assembled at the stables, and were mounting their horses. Food for the journey had been packed, and everyone was ready to leave.

"Is everybody ready?" Elding asked. "Right, let's go." Together, they rode out of the stables and continued out until they were out of sight of Minas Tirith.

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The Easterlings Hred and Hob had been barely surviving on the outskirts of Gondor for a little over a week, and were considering returning to their homeland, until they woke up one morning to see a group of about thirty people riding in their direction.

"Quick, hide," Hred said. "Otherwise they might find us. I do not think we could defeat them all, or escape by running."

The two men hid, and to their dismay the group stopped only about 100 metres from where they were hiding.

"Just our luck," Hob said.

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The company had agreed to rest where they were for the night, and Elding went off to look for firewood. He came upon a cluster of bushes, and amongst them found two men.

"I never knew men grew on bushes, least of all Easterlings in Gondor. I will not sell you out, but you must trust me and do something for me."

"Thankyou, good sir, you are most kind," Hred said.

"Look at me. Remember what I look like. I will not tell you my name, and you do not need to tell me yours. All you have to do is wait here until morning, when my group will move on. Then, return to your kingdom, and tell your king that he can defeat Rohan. What he must do, is mount an army, and in six months time have it at Isengard, with no-one aware of it. On the night of his arrival, I will help him into Orthanc, and we will discuss matters then. Now, do not make a sound, and wait until morning, then hurry back. Oh, and you look like you need some food. Here," Elding said, and tossed them a packet of dried fruit.
 

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The morning came, and the company packed their belongings, and rode on. As with the journey to Gondor, the group stopped whenever they found a place which would be good fro the night when it started to grow dark.

This process continued for several days, until they could see Edoras looming in front of them. Night had begun to settle in, but Lingar said they should press on and that they were almost at Edoras. After another few minutes' travelling, the group were outside the gates of the Rohan city.

"Who's there?" the guards called. "A bit strange that group this large would be seeking shelter after dark."

"Come on, Tyrine, don't you recognise me?" Mappalif asked as he rode forward into the torchlight.

"Why Mappalif, it's you. The king told us to let you in straight away, and it's good to see you. Now, about this gate." Tyrine the guard stepped down and together with his fellow soldier on duty, opened the gate. "There you are," he said.

"Thankyou, and I'll come and see you as soon as I can," Mappalif said.

The group rode on until they came to the stables, and then dismounted. Everyone followed Greolman as he led the way to Meduseld. "Hand over your weapons everyone, else you'll be sitting here until we come out, which could be some hours yet," he said.

A few soldiers decided to remain outside, while the others went in.
 

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Everyone went in and knelt in front of King Leomund, who said, "so you have returned. That is well, and I am assuming that you have the key to Orthanc?"

"Yes, here it is," Lingar said, pulling they key out. "But please lord, take it and we can discuss matters in the morning. Right now, we all just want to eat and rest. Why don't we discuss matters over breakfast tomorrow?"

"Very well, Lingar," King Leomund answered. "May I just ask one thing of you, before you go. Everyone else is free to leave. Greolman, if you could just show our guests an inn where they could stay, and say the king is paying? That is all."

Everyone left except for Lingar, who walked over to the king. "Here you are," he said, handing the key over.

"No, keep it for now. Otherwise someone may try to steal it."

"Yes, so they will expect us to try and trick them. This way, they think I have it while you do."

"But then they might look for it amongst your things or on you, and then come to me for it," King Leomund pointed out.

"Well in that case, I have an idea," Lingar said. "I will take it for now, but if you ask for Tyrine the guard on the gate at the moment before we come here, he will give you the key. Just make sure he is gone before we arrive."

"If you say so. I suppose I may as well trust you. You have not failed me yet."

Lingar bowed, and walked out of Meduseld. Heading straight for the gate, he intended to hand the key over, however he met Tyrine walking up the road before long.

"Greetings Tyrine. May I buy you a drink now?" Lingar asked.

"Yes, but an eored is just coming in the gate now. I think it is your father's," Tyrine replied.

"Excellent. I'll meet you at the Golden Perch in a few minutes." Once again Lingar headed down the road, and came upon Loungar and his company.

"Hail, Loungar, and may I speak to you for a moment?" Lingar asked.

"Very well. Take your time," was the reply.

As soon as the company had ridden off, Lingar said to his father, "This must be quick. I have here the key to Orthanc, and I need you to guard it for the night. Whatever may have happened before I left, please forget for now and do this. It is extremely important."

"I find it strange that son will not greet his father, but immediately talks about business. As you wish Lingar. Are there any other commands you have for me?"

"If you're going to be like that, then I suggest you go and see the king now. He will need to know this. Farewell Loungar," Lingar said and walked off to the Golden Perch.
 

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Tyrine was sitting at the bench of the Golden Perch, and noticed a man sitting in the shadows, wearing Gondorian clothing. That must be one of Lingar's companions he thought. It was strange that he thought of Lingar, for at that moment two things happened; the man nodded at Tyrine, and Lingar entered. This resulted in two more things happening; Lingar walking over and sitting next to Tyrine and Elding slipping out. Tyrine turned to face Lingar, and they embraced each other. After ordering a beer for himself and his companion, Lingar said to Tyrine, " I won't keep you long. I know Mirilf will be anxious to have you home. Say hello to her for me too, will you."

"So," Tyrine began. "How's Gondor? Is it like anything we heard when we were kids?"

"Sort of. It's bigger and older than you can imagine, sort of like stepping into Fangorn, if you know what I mean. Before we get settled, can I just get something over with? I am supposed to have the key to Orthanc, however I gave it to my father and I think someone may try to rob me of it. So, just look like I'm giving it to you, and nod and look solemn please."

Tyrine did as he was told, while Lingar bent over and pretended to put something in his pocket. Their drinks arrived just as Lingar was sitting up, and both took a drink.

Lingar took a second sip, then asked, "what has been happening here in my absence? As much as I enjoyed seeing Minas Tirith, I am thankful to be home once again."

"Well, Mirilf is expecting. I was going to tell you the day you left, but it was too early in the morning. And King Leomund has found a bride, and they are to wed in a month's time."

"Good, that is all excellent news. I am very pleased for you. Ahh, yes, I had almost forgotten the taste of the beer from here," Lingar said and drained his glass, except for one swallow. "Well, I best be off, and I will stop in when I can, but for now, to lifelong friends and good health," he concluded and raised his glass, and drained it. Tyrine followed suit, and they left the bar together.
 

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King Leomund was sleeping soundly when he heard a creak, which awoke him. Sitting up, he saw a robed and hooded man slipping through the window. Looking around at his room, he noticed it had been ransacked.

"Must've been someone looking for the key. I hope Lingar has it secret and safe," the king of Rohan said.

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Tyrine was asleep, content as the most contented log, and rolled over, accidentally falling off the bed. A whisper from the window made him look, only to see a shadow escaping.

"It's almost sun-up," he said. "I hope wherever Lingar had the key was secure and untouched during the night."

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Lingar rose at the crack of dawn and woke the others. "Rise up, sleepy heads. The day is here."

Elding was the last to waken properly, and looked as though he had had little sleep. "I had a rough night," he said when asked about his ragged looks. "Hopefully tomorrow will be nicer."

Greolman looked doubtful. "I don't think it will. I'm guessing Leomund will want us to ride out to Isengard today. Going at a steady pace, we should arrive tomorrow, around the middle of the day."

"Well, we still have to have breakfast with him, and then we will find out what the plans are. If we are lucky, we may yet get to stay here for a few days," Frynyir spoke up.
 

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"Well knowing what we have to do the chances of staying are less then the chances of leaving. Alot less.

"Lets go and have breakfast with the King."
 

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The company walked to Meduseld, and were greeted on the steps by King Leomund.

"Greetings," he said, and led them all inside. "Loungar will be eating with us, and after that, we will discuss plans and the town. For now, let us eat."

Everyone ate to their fill, and Olktian was last to finish, slightly after Juniela. Their plates were taken, and Leomund stood. "As you know, we are planning to build a town on the Isen. Is there a name for this town?"

"Dernhelm," Frynyir said.

"Thankyou. Soon, I want you to leave for Isengard, and Loungar, I am assuming your company will be able to protect them. That way, all the Gondorians can return home, unless they wish to stay, but if they do, they will ultimately be under your command, but if you choose someone else to control them directly, then do so. When you get out there, can you look for a place to build a settlement? Then one or two of you can return and supplies will be sent, along with more people. Greolman, between now and then, you need to talk with me about designs for buildings and how you will build them. Otherwise, you can all roam freely, so long as you follow the laws. If you just want to show our guests around, then return when you are finished. Greolman, can you stay here please?"
 

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"Greolman, greetings," King Leomund said as soon as they had all left. "I hope you are feeling well. Now, when you are at Isengard, please look for a nice, wide, preferably flat area, close to the Isen. Not too close though, in case it floods. After that, you need to provide a list of items you need to build this town, alright. Now, you better hurry, seeing as you ride soon."

"Thankyou your majesty. Farewell," Greolman replied, and walked out to the others.
 

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Everyone was ready to leave, and food and other supplies had been packed. A small group had gathered to see them off, and both the eored led by Loungar and the Gondorian battalion were ready to defend the travellers. Mappalif had been given the key to Orthanc, and everyone had mounted their horses.

As one, they all set out and rode, talking amongst themselves, except for Loungar who sat, thinking over what he would do if anyone sought battle against them. Lingar and Frynyir were discussing their wedding, Juniela, Olktian and Greolman were all discussing recipes and Mappalif was in deep conversation with Majimaune and Elding.

After three days easy ride, the group was at Orthanc, inside the gates and walls.
 

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Walking up to the doors of the tower, Mappalif inserted the key into the lock and turned it. A churning sound was heard, and the door swung open. Walking inside, the four advisors and their three Gondorian companions plus Loungar stood in the hall for a minute before moving.

Loungar took a few steps and stood on the stairs outside and ordered his company to go and find out where the guard rooms were. As they rode off, he walked back in and heard Mappalif talking.
 

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