In their Absence, part 4: Alone no more



In their Absence, part 4: Alone  no more

 

My heart warms as I discover news that my kin are no longer abroad, I had met with several of my companions back at our fortress of Nen Harn, Ulfey was there too along with several fellows I had not met before... Brigferth was one, knowledgeable in the lore of the Ravens and forests was he, and a boon companion did he become afterwards.

 

I had told them briefly about the events around Bree but it turned out that they had news to tell me also, for ravens have been seen gathering about Bree in large numbers. Another piece of this puzzle indeed, my heart is glad to meet my friends once again at any rate and I am glad also to not be alone, companionship and allies were some of the reasons I sought out this company in the first place, and now it seems as though I cannot be without their company.

 

Thorontir has not yet returned as I know of, I hope he does meet with his Eagle friend... For my heart tells me that the birds themselves shall be our allies in this growing struggle.

 

I have had dark dreams of late, and so too have many folk of Bree, as the days go by it's as if a heavy weight of oppression falls upon this land, I am not the only one to have felt this... Whether tidings faraway have gone grim indeed or whether this ailment is from within the land of Bree is yet unknown to me... Though I am certain that a new darkness creeps in ways we do not yet understand...

 

I am dead certain that this Ruevir fellow means to harm Ulfey. Thorontir would have wanted me to keep her safe at all costs so I have gathered as many of my companions as I could within a short notice to meet at the Prancing Pony one last time, we held council in secret among the happenings of Bree of late. My suspicions of the Ravens were right, though I did not know how important this was, I had warned the company of Ruevir's planned 'witch hunt' though they did not seem all that concerned about it... Ulfey herself had reassured me that she's not worried about it and she even told me that this hadn't been the first time, at any rate, Agacyra had reported the situation to the Bree Watch, whether or not they'll be of any use to us is yet unknown. I do not hold out much hope that they will... Alas.

 

During our council, I met with a few stout companions and they told me of the situation with the ravens, apparently the local ravens have been beset by larger and more fierce birds... I suspect the work of foul Crebain from the South, they are not as intelligent as the local Ravens but they are far bigger and far more crafty, especially when they need to be.

 

We had travelled shortly after to the place where the local ravens would often congregate and roost in the evenings. Atop a cliff overlooking the town of Archet there was a large Oak tree, it was in the field there that we saw a dreadful sight...

 

Below is a crudely drawn picture of a large ferocious looking bird, its beak was dripping with blood with the remains of an eye in its beak, the large raven's feathers were ruffled and dirty, it had fierce sharp looking talons and on its chest was a white blotch of feathers, its eyes appeared a dark crimson colour and beneath it was a grim looking drawing of a dead raven with its eyes gouged out.

 

More of my encounter with these foul birds shall be recorded later, for indeed their crimes against the local Ravens must be accounted for, these foul birds are no allies of ours and I'd risk a wager in saying that they are used too as a spy to folk South. I ought to take extra care when travelling, so too shall the rest of my company...

 

Several days later from our encounter with these foul birds, I had met again with Thorontir. He had given me news that he did find the Eagle he had searched for... Êlrochon, Star rider did he call him, and joyous he was to describe the elusive creature over a pint of ale... He told me also that he had seen Star Rider pass by these lands and further North and it was his intention to follow for he knew in his heart that this great and noble Eagle had more to show him... It was for the Eagle that we have found such a secure fortress in these lands, and I hope that Thorontir learns more form this great creature so that we have more of a chance against this growing shadow from the South...

 

It was then that Thorontir had entrusted me officially with the task of protecting Ulfey and the company in his absence, true I have been to my word and Oath to protect the Kin thus far, and it has been my duty to protect my companions and friends all this time anyway, Thorontir shall be gone for several days... I ought to be holding the fort until his return, I pray to the Valar that no harm shall fall upon us under my watch, though with that said, I am fairly certain anyone who was in charge of keeping a hunted friend safe from harm would pray... It gives me courage that we shall live to see more peaceful times. But for now I must be vigilant.