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The Hammerfall Tragedy

In the year 2999, the company of Fruni Stouthammer, Warden of the Mines, were surprised by the Watcher in the Water as they tried to find the Doors of Durin. The company had been sent by orders of the Firebeard King, who wished to have a group of representatives within Moria which Lord Balin was said to have regained. With heavy casualties and no way to slay the beast, the company retreated and never returned to the Walls of Moria. The King issued the order that none should return there, not until they heard from Lord Balin that the West gate, indeed all of Moria, had been secured from what he believed to be Durin's Bane. As the story tells, that news never came.