(004) The West Hall


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Post Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:40 am

(004) The West Hall

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Hearts swell as the grand company now makes its assault on the West Hall proper.

Elindir and Legandir lead the way, dagger-point arrows ready upon the white limbed greatbows of Rivendell. The half Elves tread lightly up the broad stone stair, avoiding the dusty corpses of ancient Dwarf and Orc warriors, and also the scattered rubble.

Behind them march the pair of vigorous Dwarf heroes, Sili and Norin. The Dwarves can scarcely be held to a steady march, such is their vim. Their boots thud, their mail shunks, and their bold voices boom -- or so it seems to the Elves.

But it matters little, for there is no disguising the racket made by a score of heavily armed Men and Dwarves, not even withstanding the quieter Elves and Hobbits among them.

The climb continues steadily into the deepening gloom without sign of the vanquished Trolls. 60 broad steps, Ardenbard counts, then 80, then 100, and still the stair climbs as it begins to round a broad bend to right.

By now, the sunshine permitted by Hollin Gate is vanished entirely, and only the torches carried by Vestri and Hepti, and the lantern carried by Soval at the van, illuminate the way. Voices grow quiet, and even brave hearts now wonder what evil the oppressive dark might hide...

The stair seems to rise ever upward, and so the company climbs and climbs. After 160 steps even the stout are beginning to tire, while the less fit struggle to continue on. The way ahead now curves broadly to the left, and the steps continue up, unabated, the tramping of the company's many feet and rattling of their arms echoing disturbing off the hard walls around them...

But still they climb.
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Post Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:41 am

(004) The West Hall

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At last! Elindir and Legandir at the lead see the mighty dark of the West Hall opening up before them.

By the dimmest illumination carried behind them, they cannot yet make out the extent of the vast chamber -- only that a great double row of mighty stone columns demarcate a broad passage into the cold, sightless gloom ahead...


What now?
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Post Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:26 am

(004) The West Hall

tonneau wrote:
Legandir sniffs the air cautiously for troll-sign, moving forward carefully to check for the retreated foe.
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Post Sat Jun 18, 2011 12:36 pm

(004) The West Hall

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The air is old and stale, but there is a sharp tang of filth drifting upon it. The smell of Orc, and their kind.

Legandir kneels to momentarily examine the floor in the dim light... there is much grime and dust upon it, but it seems oft trodden.
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Post Sat Jun 18, 2011 5:59 pm

(004) The West Hall

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Elindir looks to the floor in the attempt to discern the movement and size of the beasts by their tracks in the filth on the stone floor of the hall.
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Post Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:27 pm

(004) The West Hall

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Lmluin's nostrils flare at the stench of Orc and his eyes begin to burn; "Slayers of my kin, we are well-met," he whispers in Sindarin, pulling back on his bowstring slowly...
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Post Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:02 am

(004) The West Hall

waysoftheearth wrote:
tombowings wrote:Elindir looks to the floor in the attempt to discern the movement and size of the beasts by their tracks in the filth on the stone floor of the hall.


There are so many marks it is all but impossible to divine anything specific. Clearly many booted and bare feet have marched this way and that.
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Post Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:09 am

(004) The West Hall

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Legandir and Elindir creep cautiously into the dark chamber. The remainder of the company continue to troop up the stair, bringing light with them...


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Post Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:31 pm

(004) The West Hall

tombowings wrote:
Elindir creeps north, towards the columns.
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Post Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:53 am

(004) The West Hall

waysoftheearth wrote:
(Unaware of exactly which direction it is) Elindir turns to his left and skirts the ancient flagstones lightly until he peers between the first two column into the greater gloom beyond.

At first the darkness is impenetrable, but as the Dwarves come tramp, tramp, tramping up the stair with the torch bearers in tow, a dim yellow illumination begins to suffuse the mighty West Hall.

Its dimensions are great indeed.

With his sharp eyes Elindir can scarce make out the wall beyond the columns, and the far extent of the chamber is yet beyond sight.

There are grim remains of several creatures laying in litter and refuse about the columns... but no sign of the defeated Trolls.
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