The King laughs loudly at Bella’s request, and a ripple of chuckles pass around the room.
“So be it, Bella of the Shire! A reward there shall be! Forevermore will you be welcome in the halls of Edoras, and all of the horse people shall call you their brothers and sisters.” There are cheers from several of the Riders. The King’s face changes, becoming more serious, as he sits back down.
“Now, as to the matter of Aldor, the traitor.”
“For the crime of murder of a fellow Lord of Rohan, he has been punished with summary execution. His lands are hereby stripped from his family and granted to you to do with as you see fit. Rule it or burn it, I care not. The lands of Hildburg are now yours, and if you should choose to accept them as your own we shall send men folk with you to see that it is properly policed. For the crime of high treason, Aldor’s line are banished from Rohan until the end of days, and his name and deeds shall be struck from the records. Nevermore shall his name be spoken aloud. He shall be forgotten.” Théodred nods in agreement.
“A fitting fate for one with delusions of grandeur such as his.”The King smiles grimly.
“Yes; well let that be an end to the matter.” He turns back to you all and levels a finger at Bella and Gorbo.
“If all folk of the Shire are as doughty as you, then we should establish favorable ties with them before they invade and slay us all!” Peels of laughter echo around you all but it is good-natured, not mocking.
“I charge you with becoming the Shire’s ambassadors to Rohan. You shall receive our royal seal, and robes and mounts befitting your status, and I would have you bear a message to your elders. A message of friendship, and peace.” He turns next to Kyan.
“Sir Dwarf – my son tells me that you are as mighty in battle as the warriors of legend. I say that you display the tenacity and will of Thorin Oakenshield himself. Many of my young housecarls would benefit greatly from your teachings in the art of head splitting. What say you? I hope you will honor us with your skill.” Finally, he nods at Brannadan and Dren.
“You are men of skill, but both for very different reasons. I would have you live amongst us, for a while at least. My house could use you both. Recent events have made me realize that I need a skilled bodyguard… and a ‘solver of problems’. I would have you both at my side, if you would have me at yours.” Ultherion steps toward the King and bows low.
“I shall take the Imirie Lass
back to the Elves of the Wood. I shall pass on your tidings of kinship, noble King.” Parting pleasantries are exchanged, and after a few days of rest and recuperation you are soon preparing to be on your way.
You stand atop the ramp early in the morning, realizing now that you are probably going to be saying your goodbyes to each other. Ultherion takes off his scarf and smiles. Somehow, it makes the damage to his face seem less severe.
“I have chosen a mortal life, so I am one of you now. After I return the sacred leaf to the King and Queen in the Wood, I intend to accept an offer from the Lady Gléowyn to go and live out my days with them as a retainer. Your sister – Deorhild – she is a fascinating woman. Such spirit in a mortal. I hope to spend many long hours in conversation with her, if she finds me to not be too disagreeable.” Prince Théodred joins you along with young Éomer, and his sister Éowyn.
“I bid you safe journey, my friends. If only there were more people like you in Middle Earth, it would be a safer and more pleasant place. One day perhaps we shall meet again.” The sun rises high over the mountains, the first rays of light shining down into the valley of Helm’s Deep as a new day begins.THE END
Reputation: 17 + Legend
Additionally, everyone who accepts the individual offer the King granted them gains an extra full rank of Renown. Erkenwulf will receive the rank upon accepting Hildburg House (below).
This one is unique – please choose who gets it.
Holding: Hildburg House (worth 184 Reputation)
• Scale 10 (100 guests)
• Dressing Room
• Guards ×33 (3 Hunters, 20 Men-at-Arms, 10 Outriders)
• Fortifications 3/DC18)
This reward is for everyone other than the person who gets the holding.
Purse: 1000 silver pieces, split between the five of you
These are for everyone – you all benefit from them, and you don’t need to place them in a slot. Think of them as a ‘thanks for playing’…
• Standing Elite Invitation (Théoden’s court at Edoras)
• All loyal Rohirrim now have a disposition toward you of Supportive (+16)
You may continue to converse in character if you wish.