000-Shalronel (intro' & personal)   Posted by Loremaster.Group: 0
Loremaster
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Sat 23 Aug 2014
at 06:41
000-Shalronel (introduction)
Late spring, 2946
Now that Bard has rebuilt Dale, and his folk are prospering due to their trade with the rekindled Dwarven Kingdom under the Mountain, the Men of Esgaroth - fearing their cousins from the north might encroach on their holdings - have strengthened their ties with your people, the Silvan Elves of Greenwood.
Thus you have been traveling more often with the  Raft-elves, as trade increases, and learning more of men and their past, as Lake Town grows too.
With the Necromancer chased from his fortress in Dol Goldur and Smaug the Dragon dead at the hand of Bard the Bowman - allowing the kingdoms of Erebor and Dale to be renewed - promise of hope and light can be felt even beneath the mossy boughs of dark Mirkwood.
Good years are back.
One evening, returning from Esgaroth on the rafts packed high with goods, you were summoned by King Thranduil upon disembarking in the Halls of the Elvenking, built on the hilly island along the Forest River.
Going down into the natural caverns, dug by the river in the distant past, you pass the Great Magic doors and follow the wide passages lit by magic lamps and torchlight.  The air is clean and fresh, and you relish the scent of bark and leaf.
Entering Thranduil's manypillared hall you glance at the tapestries on the walls that tell the stories of the deeds of
the Elves as you make your way between the many supplicants, advisors and dignitaries present this evening.
After a few minutes you are beckoned over by your King.
"I smell the mud of Esgaroth on your boots," he says, with a smile, "thus I must thank you for coming so swiftly.  Last year, of all the earth shattering events to occur, something topped them all."
His advisors shake their heads, smiling, amazed.
"Halflings came to the Wood's borders. Hobbits from the Shire. Two brothers with wife and children...  to build an Inn.  It seems they are fools, to come here to sell ale and soft beds, while we hunt Orcs and Spiders, but brilliant fools, for this act of normalcy has won over the heart of many.  They are established south of the Forest Gate - though I know not how these Small People convinced bilious and gruff Beorn to raise a settlement on his land! - thus I would like you to be my eyes and ears in what is to become the Easterly Inn.  They have started building as winter ended, and I believe I wish to lend them a hand.  Their being here might attract contact with the West, might bring New Hope.
King Thranduil looks you in the eye for a moment, as though reading your innermost thoughts.
"Shalronel, though your scholarly love for learning, your cleverness, and your experience dealing and trading with Men-folk, all mark you as the perfect envoy, I chose you for one specific reason:  I have been told you are known to be...  cheerful, merry, and I believe that to be the most important trait to get along with these Hobbits.  Will you help your King?"

This message was last edited by the GM at 11:47, Sat 23 Aug 2014.

Shalronel
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Sat 23 Aug 2014
at 08:33
Re: 000-Shalronel (introduction)
Shalronel smiles broadly, finally she will get to meet one of these hobbits, like the one who help the dwarves retake Erebor from the clutches of Smaug himself, and if the stories are to be believed he is the one who informed the hero Bard about the dragon's weakness.  "I would be delighted to be your envoy highness," she says bowing deeply, "I have wanted to meet one of these hobbits for a time now.  Although I think it would be hasty to call them foolish for wishing to bring a bit of peace to an otherwise dangerous world."

As she rights herself she thinks "Oh, did I just call the king hasty?" she hopes he may not have noticed and stands quietly, unable to hide her smile or the twinkle in her eyes.
Loremaster
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Sat 23 Aug 2014
at 11:54
Re: 000-Shalronel (introduction)
Thranduil smiles:  "Or maybe we are not hasty enough, and it is not always a great idea to wait decades before deeming it safe enough to start selling ale and mead in lands that have barely been made safe.  But, as you well know, I was not calling them foolish for wishing to bring peace, but for not seeing how dangerous a region of the world they were setting up in."
His attention focuses on some people an advisor are pointing to:  "Thank you for your help, and may you be a fair representative of your people."
Shalronel
 player, 11 posts
Sat 23 Aug 2014
at 18:53
Re: 000-Shalronel (introduction)
Shalronel turns to go, almost forgetting to bow she turns back and bows hastily and then skips out of the chamber.  "My first mission and it involves hobbits!  How very exciting, Mithrandir seems to hold them in very high esteem." she says as she wanders off to pack her things.
Loremaster
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Sat 23 Aug 2014
at 20:55
Re: 000-Shalronel (introduction)
You have time to rest, see your friends and folk, gather your things, as you will set out in a week or so, with a group traveling west.
The journey will be by road, which is something you have not done in a long time, being used to the river to Lake-Town.  It will be a long trip through Greenwood the Great, along the elven road, all the way to the great Forest Gate, where you will part from your companions, and journey south to the hobbit inn.
Shalronel
 player, 12 posts
Sat 23 Aug 2014
at 22:59
Re: 000-Shalronel (introduction)
Shalronel spends the week packing, then repacking, then checking around for any information she might be able to find on Hobbits.
Loremaster
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Sun 24 Aug 2014
at 04:28
Re: 000-Shalronel (introduction)
You learn many things of hobbits, of course, by looking around for some your elven brethren who knew the Small Folk when they lived in the Valley of Anduin, which is where you are now to be headed.
There used to be three "tribes" - some living in tunnels dug under the hills at the foot of the Misty Mountains ; others living near and on the water, around the marshland of the Gladden Fields, where the river Gladden runs into the river Anduin, known mainly to you as being the location where Isildur, King of Gondor, met his fate to the hand of Orcs after having helped defeat Sauron - in the battle where Elendil and Gil-galad were slain... a dark memory for you ; and, finally, a third and small "tribe" that lived under the forest trees...
But all left some fifteen hundred years ago, maybe fleeing the Darkness that made Greenwood come to be known as Mirkwood.  They crossed the Misty Mountains to some lands in the West.
Elves see them now and then, on the road to or from the sea.  And, you do meet people you know who saw a now famous hobbit adventurer, one Bilbo Baggins, as he came through your Woods and escaped in Thranduil's wine caskets towards Erebor and what would bring about Smaug's death and the Battle of the Five Armies...
So, it seems some of the Little Folk are back in the Vale of the Anduin.  Could it be the spearhead of a return of the Hobbits?
Shalronel
 player, 13 posts
Mon 25 Aug 2014
at 17:00
Re: 000-Shalronel (introduction)
Shalronel laughs a bit at the wine barrel escape, "Such an ingenious little man.  I certainly hope the ones I meet are so brilliant." After finding out all she can Shalronel goes back to her rooms and repacks her gear for the fortieth time, Then goes to see if she can hurry her departure time any.
Loremaster
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Mon 25 Aug 2014
at 18:08
Re: 000-Shalronel (introduction)
You hurry to get going down the Elf-path, that you have not traveled for so many years starts to the south-west of the Halls and moves in that direction for a bit, before running due west, and then slowly going back north – still heading west – until the Forest Gate, some 200 miles away.
You make your way for days along the winding trail that curves and twists and bucks like a wild horse amidst the trunks of the tall and wide trees.
It is even less an easy path to follow than it was, and, at times, has become so narrow that only a single traveller can walk along it.  You see your hurry will not get you their faster in the end...
The tree branches overhead form a solid roof of wood and leaves, admitting no sunlight or fresh breeze. Walking the Elf-path is like walking a tunnel.
You wonder if the magic of the Elvenking ensuring that the path is never blocked will hold forever…  yes, it cannot be otherwise.  But you do see how the power of your folk is waning here.  Just miles from the Halls, you pass what was once a feast-hall of your people, but no goes by the name of Spider Ring:  the whole clearing is covered in thick black webs, darker and denser than any on the Elf-path.
The journey lasts a full month, as you see that you do guard duties at night, and have to be wary of wolf or spider attacks, even on the road – it seems they cannot remain there, but can enter!  You feed off the supply caches hidden along the path…  but the journey is quite tiring.
Then you pass the great magical arch of trees that is the Forest Gate.  Here, you see another new thing:  Elven sentries watching from their hiding places.  It seems Thranduil now feels the magic might not be enough to protect the path…
You part ways from your party in the morning, and turn south
The 25 miles south in the grassy land east of the Anduin is easy going, and you reach the grounds of the Westerly Inn in one day.
Shalronel
 player, 14 posts
Tue 26 Aug 2014
at 18:06
Re: 000-Shalronel (introduction)
Shalronel arrives at the site of the inn, "Well that's strange, no one is here." she says looking around, then back at her map.  "Is this the right place?"  She wanders about the plot a bit, "Well I have heard that hobbits are a bit lackadaisical, I am sure they shall be along shortly." she decides.  She then sets about doing what she can to start a little garden area for them.
Dodinas Brandybuck
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Wed 27 Aug 2014
at 09:46
Re: 000-Shalronel (introduction)
When you arrive, you do see people, and the Inn that is being built - by those people, who are busy busy busy...
The construction site is situated near a little brook that flows out of Mirkwood towards the Great River Anduin.
A small stone bridge arches over the babbling waters, and just beyond that stands the wooden inn that is nearly finished, at least on the outside.
Around it, you see some outbuildings and stables being erected.
And there is a camp nearby, for the workers, yet it seems some are not living in tents, but have put up little wooden buildings, that might be the start of a hamlet based around the Inn.
You see hobbits running the show ; Men - Beornings probably - working on the construction, headed by a couple Dwarves.
Besides, you are delighted to see that a very nice garden has been started...  some place for you to check what they are growing, maybe.
"Welcome, welcome", says a jovial Hobbit, smiling at you, "welcome Sire Elf to the Easterly Inn!  Feather beds and fresh ale."

OOC - we can RP a little here, but I will give most information on the Inn and the folk there once all the players are in game.
Loremaster
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Mon 1 Sep 2014
at 05:40
Re: 000-Shalronel & Calára Redleaf (introduction)
In late Spring, 2946 of the Third Age, Calára Redleaf left with a small group of elven-folk that departed from the Halls along the Elven Path to the West, headed for the Vale of the Anduin.  They were headed for the headwaters of the River Langwell, meaning that after the long and arduous trek down the Path, they were going to turn north upon exiting the Forest, and travel upriver, until reaching the place where the River Langwell entered the Anduin.  After that, the plan was to go West, into the Misty Mountains, following the Langwell, to look for Orcish actvity that was said to be growing again there.  These tidings and the fast the Path seemed harder to travel made Calára feel dark, as Shadows seemed to be growing.
She had joined the group mainly out of curiosity, to discover those northern waters and that part of the Misty Mountain, but during the weeks moving slowly through the Forest - as the group leader recorded the Path's condition - Calára had come to take a liking to the cheerful disposition of Shalronel, a fellow elf who was on some mission to see about a Hobbit Inn that was being built.
A Hobbit Inn...  Calara's wanderlust took over, and, when they left the Forest, she went south with her new traveling companion, very curious to see what this little part of the Shire could be.

This message was last updated by the GM at 08:03, Mon 01 Sept 2014.

Calara Redleaf
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Mon 1 Sep 2014
at 09:28
Re: 000-Shalronel & Calára Redleaf (introduction)
Calára travels lightly, in body and in spirit. She loves the earth, and often stops to listen to the voices of the trees and the streams, sometimes the very stones beneath their feet. She hums softly to herself and laughs merrily along with Shalronel; the Silvan scholar has proven a most wonderful traveling companion. Where possible, Calára teaches her the hidden paths, through brush and over root. In turn she listens to Shalronel's stories with earnest fascination. The two are as night and day; a wise scholar and a wild wanderer.

"There was a time when these lands were much safer. Now the Shadow seems stronger, and it saddens me. But I have faith that the the clouds will break and the sun will warm this place again."

The Shire itself is an endlessly fascinating country, though two Elf-maids traveling together often draw stares of wonder from the kindly but sheltered Hobbit-folk. Even traveling Hobbits find the woodland folk mysterious and enervating. Fabled as is the hospitality of the Elves, she finds that none can quite match that of the Hobbits, even those who move abroad. Calára cannot help but laugh.

"Never have I met a people so quick to share their dinner with company—even if that means having a second dinner themselves!"

This message was last edited by the player at 15:02, Mon 01 Sept 2014.

Loremaster
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Mon 1 Sep 2014
at 09:43
Re: 000-Shalronel & Calára Redleaf (introduction)
Your travels do not lead you to the Shire, simply through the entire width of Greenwood the Great, and past the Forest Gate, which the Western side of Mirkwood.
Then you head but some twenty to thirty miles South, to where Hobbits travelled all the way from the Shire, to build the Inn in the Vale of the Anduin, close to the Forest, in lands lorded over by Beorn and his followers.
Loremaster
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Thu 5 Feb 2015
at 08:27
Re: 000-Shalronel & Calára Redleaf (introduction)
OOC:  back to your personal thread, for some IC events after the first adventure.

Spending most of the Fall and Winter ofTA2946 in the Halls of the Woodland Realm, Shalronel felt that the Encounters made during this adventure, from creatures of the night to a Goblin horde, including an ancient Stone-troll, that these Encounters had rendered more sure of herself and thus more Valorous, as well as Wiser in the ways of the world.
This Wisdom, this better understanding, led her to explore a gift she felt she might have yet had never pursued, which she now discovered was truly within her:  more in tune with the world she felt she could actually feel something from Nature.  She spent weeks out in the Forest, with her friend Calára Redleaf - who had returned from the Inn early last Summer - who taught her to interpret these feelings, how to read what the rocks and leaves had perceived and could tell her.
Thus, when Spring came, she felt she was armed with a new power, that of deciphering what her surroundings could tell her.

Besides that, when the weather was too miserable at the height of Winter, she spent many days studying the old parchments in the Halls, and talking with kin-folk about furthering the Wood-elf magic she new, finding out how to use the Magic-lights to put Foes to sleep.  She new that that too would help her against the Enemy when she set out on her next foray.
That, and the fact that it was obvious she was a better archer, having learnt how to keep cool and aim steadily in the heat of battle, when fighting the Orcs at the Ring-fort.

Having also spent the time in the Forest with Calára testing one another's powers of Searching, setting goals for one another, hiding things to find, Shalronel had become better at Seeking and Finding.
Besides, while studying the Elf-magic, she had let her mind wander while also reading tales of Riddles and Lore with hidden-meanings in the library, perfecting how she could decrypt arcane messages and such.
Loremaster
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Fri 6 Feb 2015
at 06:52
Re: 000-Shalronel & Calára Redleaf (introduction)
Not long after Shalronel's return to the Woodland Realm it came time for her to be presented to the King's Court in order to tell the tale of her adventures with Hobbits and Mountain-goblins…  after a small feast, to which many were invited, as fruit and sweet white wine was brought out, Thranduil turned to Shalronel, you narrated her adventure in the Misty Mountains, and finished by presenting her King with a gift:  the incredible ruby brooch of Elven-make.
Though she knew Thranduil prefers silver and white gems above all other treasures, she also knew that he delights in gold and
gemstones and all beautiful things to decorate his Hall.
His eyes did light up, and he was most touched by the gesture, and, besides thanking Shalronel, for this brooch from Eregion of old, he told all she was a most respectable subject of his, having made them all proud…  but, although never saying anything bad at all about Shalronel, he did go on to explain he prefers to rely on the strength of the Elves of Mirkwood rather than ally with outsiders, and that those adventurers were lucky to have Shalronel with them.

Now, people remarked Shalronel more than before, especially since Thranduil wore the brooch for several days…  but the main thing that changed in her life, was that she was asked one evening to come to the rooms of Queen-mother Dieneryn, the widow of the late king Oropher and mother to Thranduil.  She also is her son's advisor.

Dieneryn asks Shalronel many details of her adventure, all about the Inn, the Old Ford, Beorn's Halls…  much about how the people she met fought, and what they thought.
She confides in the Elf-maiden that Thranduil's weakness is his pride, and that he closes the Woodland Realm down too much, whereas she believes that isolation is not the answer:  "Our Enemy gathers all to him, uniting Evils of all kind.  I believe we must unite the Good to counter this".

Thus, she asks Shalronel if she would accept to be the Queen-mother's official envoy - with letter and seal - and help her continue to open ties with the People outside their Elf-kingdom:  "Nothing I do goes against our King, and though he does not much agree with what I undertake, I always appraise him of what I do and he gives me this latitude…".

OOC:  you can of course narrate anything of what you do during the Winter in the Woodland Realm, as well as react to Thranduil's mother's offer (the idea being that this is what gives you Standing, as the Elves now see you as the Queen-mother's personal envoy).
Loremaster
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Fri 6 Feb 2015
at 06:52
Re: 000-Shalronel & Calára Redleaf (introduction)
Not long after Shalronel's return to the Woodland Realm it came time for her to be presented to the King's Court in order to tell the tale of her adventures with Hobbits and Mountain-goblins…  after a small feast, to which many were invited, as fruit and sweet white wine was brought out, Thranduil turned to Shalronel, you narrated her adventure in the Misty Mountains, and finished by presenting her King with a gift:  the incredible ruby brooch of Elven-make.
Though she knew Thranduil prefers silver and white gems above all other treasures, she also knew that he delights in gold and
gemstones and all beautiful things to decorate his Hall.
His eyes did light up, and he was most touched by the gesture, and, besides thanking Shalronel, for this brooch from Eregion of old, he told all she was a most respectable subject of his, having made them all proud…  but, although never saying anything bad at all about Shalronel, he did go on to explain he prefers to rely on the strength of the Elves of Mirkwood rather than ally with outsiders, and that those adventurers were lucky to have Shalronel with them.

Now, people remarked Shalronel more than before, especially since Thranduil wore the brooch for several days…  but the main thing that changed in her life, was that she was asked one evening to come to the rooms of Queen-mother Dieneryn, the widow of the late king Oropher and mother to Thranduil.  She also is her son's advisor.

Dieneryn asks Shalronel many details of her adventure, all about the Inn, the Old Ford, Beorn's Halls…  much about how the people she met fought, and what they thought.
She confides in the Elf-maiden that Thranduil's weakness is his pride, and that he closes the Woodland Realm down too much, whereas she believes that isolation is not the answer:  "Our Enemy gathers all to him, uniting Evils of all kind.  I believe we must unite the Good to counter this".

Thus, she asks Shalronel if she would accept to be the Queen-mother's official envoy - with letter and seal - and help her continue to open ties with the People outside their Elf-kingdom:  "Nothing I do goes against our King, and though he does not much agree with what I undertake, I always appraise him of what I do and he gives me this latitude…".

OOC:  you can of course narrate anything of what you do during the Winter in the Woodland Realm, as well as react to Thranduil's mother's offer (the idea being that this is what gives you Standing, as the Elves now see you as the Queen-mother's personal envoy).
Shalronel
 player, 220 posts
Fri 6 Feb 2015
at 08:55
Re: 000-Shalronel & Calára Redleaf (introduction)
Shalronel smiles delightedly, "I would be honored to be your envoy in such a manner Milady." she says, accepting the task with fervor.  "I too believe that the people of middle earth will be better off as allies against the darkness.  If I had tried to fight any of those foul creatures individually I would have fallen.  It was only through the strength of their sword, spear, and axe that I was able to remain victorious against the darkness."

While Shalronel is finishing up her learning she cannot wait to head out to meet her fellowship again and while her learning is important it is with a light heart that she heads out at the end of it.  Knowing that she is headed to good company and even more adventuring she heads back to the dear hobbits inn.  Even if the matron of the place has some ill thoughts towards her people she is still anxious to return to the hearth there.
Loremaster
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Fri 6 Feb 2015
at 09:37
Re: 000-Shalronel & Calára Redleaf (introduction)
Dieneryn smiles at your accepting her task, and hands you the folded parchment bearing her seal.
She also gifts you wish an old short bow, made of very light wood yet sturdy:  "To help you in your journeys…  my Envoy!".


OOC:  Woodland Bow (bow) - you are always allowed to make one additional opening volley, even when no opening volleys are allowed (unless you are surprised).
Loremaster
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Wed 18 Feb 2015
at 07:39
Re: 000-Shalronel & Calára Redleaf (introduction)
Winter was coming to its end, and Spring had started, thus Shalronel started preparing for the trip West, when she heard news in the Halls:  scouts were reporting a small group of travelers coming from Esgaroth and headed for the Elf-path - one of the Dwarves with a Raven-friend.  Wondering if these might not be her companions, Shalronel hurried to be ready, thinking she might set forth to meet these people.

OOC:  please feel free to react here, and then we can move to 003- TA2946, end of year (1st Fellowship Phase) for the trip West when Bés, Bern and Brandoin reach the area before the Wood-elf Halls, in a few posts I would say.
Thank you for your patience.

Shalronel
 player, 222 posts
Wed 18 Feb 2015
at 10:10
Re: 000-Shalronel & Calára Redleaf (introduction)
Delighted at the prospect of seeing her friends again Shalronel hustles to seek audience with Dieneryn.  Once she is given audience she bows, "Milady, I believe that my fellowship may be making its way through our realm.  It is my intent to meet this party and if they are who I think to join them once again for their journeys." she states.  When given permission she heads out immediately after grabbing her bags, which have been packed since the beginning of winter.

As she heads out to meet her fellowship she cannot help but be drawn into the beauty of Mirkwood in the spring, especially with her new talent of talking to the plants.  Taking a bit longer than she could have when she does finally meet up with the group she has fine garlands and crowns of the various flowers that bloom in the forest for her friends, also with a few herbs that may be useful in their travels.

OOC:  Do not know what to roll for collecting herbs.
Loremaster
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Wed 18 Feb 2015
at 10:42
Re: 000-Shalronel & Calára Redleaf (introduction)
Shalronel gathers spring flowers and fresh green leaves, weaving them into garlands and crowns to make for a joyful and merry journey!

OOC:  Herb-gathering is more of an extended endeavor (seeking for them, then drying and preparing them etc.) for Fellowship Phases.  Roll for Healing nonetheless to see if you come with a very good roll.
Shalronel
 player, 223 posts
Wed 18 Feb 2015
at 11:40
Re: 000-Shalronel & Calára Redleaf (introduction)
03:40, Today: Shalronel rolled a total of 12 (12 if weary): a failure using the The One Ring with a target of 14 with rolls of 7 (Feat Die), 5. healing.
Loremaster
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Wed 18 Feb 2015
at 16:37
Re: 000-Shalronel & Calára Redleaf (introduction)
It is early in spring, and hard to find Herbs yet…  at least any Shalronel knows.