Having rescued Valkor the Swift the company decides to leave the mash dwellers home for the time being in favor of the quest at hand. They push hard through the night and make it in time to meet up with Balin’s company before they enter Mirkwood.
A few days into Mirkwood the company runs into a frantic hobbit who is being chased by spiders. He informs them that he barely escaped and that their is a crazy dwarf who has been captured as well. After dispatching the spiders following the hobbit, the company makes their way deep into the forest on the trail of the spiders. They come upon a small spider colony and in the center is the unmistakable form of a dwarf wrapped in spider silk. Using his stealthy skills, Berilac Burrows is able to make it to where the dwarf is kept and cut him down while the others keep watch. After cutting the dwarf free from the spider silk, he roars out asking “Where is my mattock!!” and gives a cackling laugh. The spiders, now alerted to the presence of the dwarf and hobbit, close in on their position. The hobbit is able to creep away out of the spiders sight, while the dwarf if left vulnerable in the middle. The company still keeping watch from the edge loose a few arrows and then start retreating. The Dwarf, realizing he will not be able to find his mattock, runs for it.
The company happened upon a few more hazards such as an orc party, strange noises in the night, and excessive travel fatigue, but the company was making good progress. One night, however, when camping some of the company started to experience weird dreams. Aldis son of Aldrif dreamed of a wounded man in need, Berilac Burrows saw a pile of gold, Darcyn the Hunter saw his wounded dog dying, and the dwarf saw a group of orcs. They all believed they were awake and any attempts to awake the rest of the company were futile. Berilac Burrows was able to awake from his trance and he saw the woodman, the man of the lake, and the dwarf all making their way to a tree. He yelled and woke up the rest of the company. Haines Saeloson saw the dwarf, his business partner, and ran and tackled him before he could make it to the tree. The woodman and the man of the lake were not so lucky and were entangled in the roots. With the dwarfs help, who was now awake from his trance, torches were made and the tree was set on fire. Valkor was able to use his commanding voice to awaken the two trapped in the tree and they were all set free.
The company emerged from the woods exhausted but very much alive. After another weeks journey they were able to make it to the eagles eerie. After talking to the Landroval brother to Gwaihir, the company has been granted an audience with the Lord of the Eagles to ask him to come to the reunion of the Battle of the Five Armies.
Things to remember.
- The reunion of the Battle of the Five Armies is at the end of November.
- Men of the Lake know that Dragontide, a local even celebrating the killing of Smaug, will be held in Laketown at the beginning of November.
- With a company of now 6 you may be able to take the marshdwellers on now. If you share the information with Balin, him and his companions may help you on their way back to Erebor.
- Their are about 6 months between the end of this quest and the events in November. Half of that can be the fellowship phase, and the rest you guys can do whatever you want and still make it back to Laketown and Dale.