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Shamus Plays: LOTRO, Part 2

Shamus Young | 27 Jan 2010 21:00
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This whole adventure began with me wanting to deliver her a letter telling her she should stop getting mixed up with foreigners and mind her own business. But now I'm really mixed up in it myself. I throw the letter away and try to forget all about it.

Amdir has explained the problem: A guy named Calder Cob is a member of the watch in this town, but he's been secretly working with the brigands. The captain's son Jon knows. Amdir knows. And, one assumes, Calder Cob knows. So, pretty much everyone knows except the captain of the guard. The captain needs to be told that one of his men has gone over to Team Evil. Amdir wants me to talk to him.

Right. He won't listen to you, or his own son, or any of his own men, but I'm sure he'll listen to the complete stranger who just rolled into town last night. I'd tell Amdir to forget it, but he says there's a nice pair of gloves in it for me if I go.

He may be an idiot, but he's a devious idiot.

Okay, okay. I'll go.

Let's take a look around town, first.


The town of Archet looks to have a population of around a dozen or so. They are being threatened by about a hundred brigands. Against these difficult odds, the townspeople have set up the following defenses:

1) They assign two guys to stand at the gate.

2) All the rest of the town watch - all six of them - have gathered in the tavern.

3) All of the rest of the able-bodied people in town have formed a merchant guild, gathered in the town square, and begun trying to sell each other stuff.


They're looking sort of despondent. This whole "build a strip mall in Middle Earth" idea of theirs isn't really helping the town as much as they might have imagined. Business is naturally slow at first due to the siege, but sales really take off when I come in and buy a new knife. I'm sure this is a great morale booster for everyone.

Great. Let's head to the captain of the guard and see what he has to say.

But before I forget. Amdir? I warned you I was going to do this, and you have nobody to blame but yourself:


Amdir the Ranger went out Nazgul hunting,
With blade and with bow and with much caveman grunting.

Unskilled, unfulfilled, Amdir fared very poorly.
Thus sent out he went out to find death prematurely,

Through fumbling and stumbling met the Angmar man-witch
Who vexed him and hexed him and made Amdir his (man) bitch.

Shamus Young is the guy behind Reset Button, Twenty Sided, DM of the Rings, and Stolen Pixels.

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