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Beren Camlost
10/Jun/2017, 08:12 AM
"Little do they know of our long labour for the
safe-keeping of their borders. Yet, I grudge it not."
~ Halbarad, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

"Elladan and Elrohir were out upon errantry :
for they rode often far afield with the Rangers of the North."
- Narrator, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

"Elrond will send out a fair number...Elrond is sending Elves, and they
will get in touch with the Rangers...we shall have to scour the lands
all round for many long leagues."
- Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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In the craggen heights of the North Downs there is a large cavern that leads deep under a cliff, to a natural earthen and stone stairwell that rises through a narrow cleft in the rock to a high and hidden ledge, overlooking the lowlands. In this place of sanctuary, secreted away from prying eyes, stands an outpost named Osdolen, a refuge of the Rangers of the North and stands several strong, silent guards.

Osdolen's gates are strong, and lead through the outer stone walls into the age old streets,
empty now save for the rangers who frequent them briefly, before moving on.
There are two hundred residents here, driven from their lands and farms by
ravaging hordes of Orcs out of the Misty Mountains and ancient Angmar.
Rangers crowd the taproom of the Four Winds, exchanging tales and gossip,
the tongue of rumour and omens of ill augury are often spoken in this place. Warnings of grave peril are
given and heeded here. Plans to foil the cunning of many enemies. But even the best laid plans can go to waste...

Encamped within Osdolen are the Northern Dúnedain. Known also as the Rangers of the North, these hardy people are the descendents of the Dúnedain from their lost kingdom of Arnor. For over a thousand years they have been led by the Chieftans of the Dúnedain, heirs of Isildur and rightful claimants to the twin thrones of Arnor and Gondor. The current Chieftan of the Dúnedain is Aragorn [Beren Camlost] son of Arathorn, who travels Eriador in the guise of a ranger named Strider. Second only to Aragorn is Halbarad
[Whoever I appoint sometime down the road], trusted Captain of the Grey Company.

Players might enter this thread to take the Oath of the Rangers from its
captain Khallador Galerida [Beren's NPC; I'm only RP'ing him for recruits in this particular thread until I state otherwise]
and offer their support to the Dúnedain. Players might also be returning veteran rangers,
bringing news and supplies from Bree and other
settlements to the south. Players can also make use of the hidden settlement to sharpen their weapon skills
under the calculating gaze of their comrades. Important news and events will also be
revealed by whoever is chosen to be Halbarad someday or Aragorn within this thread,
especially with them announcing news of new adventures
open to Rangers of the Lone Lands.

Any player is also free to form their own band of Rangers, with a unique name. Players can also join with an existing band
by gaining the permission of their chief within an RPG or open-RP thread. To create a new band, a player should find a willing comrade-in-arms to join with them. The leader, or chief, of each band is expected to GM stories
for their band within the open-RP threads of the Lone Lands

Train and socialize with others throughout the city. Engage in a game of horseshoes by the stables, or barter skins for coin by the tannery. There are kennels, too; here there are hounds for the hunt to supply the Four Wind's kitchen but also dogs of battle may be chosen to aid you in combat or a canine may be chosen for a simple pet. There is also an archery range and mastered by Emeralda (Rillewen's NPC) but you don't have to RP here with her.


The Wall -

Prowl the wall of Osdolen, always keeping
watch on the lands to the north.

The Library of Osdolen -

Among the buildings still intact within the ancient city, the Library of Osdolen
is an imposing, grey stone and white marble domed structure
surrounded by a copse of oak trees at the
heart of the refuge ; it's a repository of knowledge, custodian of information regarding
the lands of Eriador and distant Wilderland specifically.
Its caretaker is a Dúnedan senior, Eriston (Beren Camlost's NPC), who had once been a Ranger of the North in his youth.
No one must interact with my NPC; you can use another librarian of your own making to help you if necessary.

The Four Winds - Tavern and Council Hall

Here the rangers of the north exchange news and stories over a brimming tankard of Tubeng, a curiously strong cider brewed by the rangers. New arrivals to Osdolen might visit here, and take the Oath of the Rangers. The tavern is owned by Abrazân (Moriel's NPC), a middle-aged Dúnadan of grim complexion, but a friendly tongue. He is ever-present behind the bar to dispense food, drink, and conversation but please feel free to use a server NPC of your own making during the times Moriel isn't here. The Four Winds is a plain establishment, with its heavy wooded chairs, tables, and benches, but chances are if your pleasure in food and drink is simple and hearty, Abrazân will be able to produce it.
Attûbêl Gûrphen (Rillewen's NPC) may interact with you.

If you wish to add more locations within Osdolen grounds, please PM Beren
so we can disscuss your idea toegther before I edit it in the OP.



- In-Character posts only please. Include your location at the top of each post. Any out-of-character remarks like questions or planning discussions can be taken to the Lone Lands Activities OOC (http://lotrplaza.com/showthread.php?78231-Lone-Lands-Activities-OOC-II).

- Membership of the Rangers is available to all Plaza members, regardless of Area and Region, as long as they are playing Dunedain of Eriador. Relatives or friends from Gondor are happily permitted to visit or adventure with their northern relations/mates.

- Elves from the Halcyon Guard or Lindon Guard may post here; just be respectful of the mortals, please, thank you.

Angelikus Snape
13/Nov/2017, 03:54 PM

Four Winds

After a long tour of patrolling different areas in Eriador, Emora returned home, or what could be called home. She had not been seen or heard from in more than a year and she thought it was necessary for her to go back and report that everything had been peaceful, or relatively peaceful so far. After all, nowadays, nothing could be completely peaceful but at least no one is being harmed by evil in the places that she visited. As she entered the Four Winds, it seemed that she arrived early because she was the only one there so far.

She called one of the servers to bring her some ale and a good piece of steak. She thought that she deserved to splurge a little bit. After all, she might be called to action again and leave this place as soon as she arrived and it would be better for her at least to get a decent meal and drink before she gets called off to another adventure again. To be honest, Emora thought her job to be tiring, but she keeps on persevering because she knew that the lives of many depended on her and her comrades.

While waiting for the food and drink, Emora looked around and realized that this place was not as busy as it used to be. Then again, they were few enough to begin with but the emptiness of this place was a little bit jarring for her. She was used to the hustle and bustle of the Four Winds before she left but, maybe, just maybe, she was overreacting and she was just early and maybe other Rangers would come through those doors sooner or later...