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Capt. leon
Aug 11, 2018
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THE SCOURGE OF GODcopyright protection4PENANAcSMAy7fneW

Capítulo 18: Arms racecopyright protection4PENANAahC88DGTJa

The Doom Mountain in Mordor, had stopped roaring and emitted a soft and constant noise that could well be taken as the purring of a giant cat inside the huge and lonely volcano. The fireballs that used to come out of the guts of the Orodruin, were replaced by the constant flow of narrow lava streams that gave the volcano an elegant appearance without losing an iota of danger that always showed everyone who saw the enormous rock mass.copyright protection4PENANAU4k34lYZBm

All the inhabitants of Minas Ithil, who were initially relieved that the incessant roar of the volcano finally ceased, were now nervous at the silence of the colossus, which was accompanied by the lack of news from Agog and his orcs.copyright protection4PENANAuOehoNpEaE

Faced with the threat of the orcs who had erected a fortification that had cut the entire passage between Minas Ithil and the dark tower of Cirith Ungol, the knights of Faramir had no choice but to return to their lord and inform him of the restriction of free transit through that place.copyright protection4PENANAAlVct4PaYy

Although no other knight was allowed to attempt to cross the pass, a small figure ran the distance separating Minas Ithil from the newly built blockade. This figure was small and took every precaution not to be seen by the orcs guards and archers who stood on the hardwood palisade.copyright protection4PENANAkSDEWH0UHC

“I have to see the palisade myself," Bergil thought, as he slowly approached the palisade, sticking as close as he could to the wall of the canyon that formed the narrow pass.copyright protection4PENANAgbqutOiSts

The first thing Bergil noticed was the smell of rotten flesh that seemed to come out of the orc guards, who wore thick leather armor. Then, the child noticed how the orcs' skin seemed more roughened rather than tightened in appearance due to the strong muscles of the green skins.copyright protection4PENANAw4Osghw6sv

Bergil forced his eyes to the fullest and saw that some beautiful creatures, which seemed to be human beings with the exception that they had the tail and ears of a cat, were heading for where the orcs guards and began to speak something.copyright protection4PENANAFMojrk1reI

The orcs guards removed the heavy leather armor and Bergil glanced with open eyes like plates as the burly orcs were actually very thin underneath the armor, another thing he noticed was that all the guards skin was very rough.copyright protection4PENANA3uTuZmjhfM

The thin orcs began to remove the skin from the arms and face, revealing in this way that the same creatures with tails and feline ears were under the orcs skins.copyright protection4PENANAKLQye7QLdi

Faced with the horror of the vision of those garments made of orcs' skin, Bergil emitted a sharp cry that was heard by the guards of the palisade who began to shoot him, but because they were taken by surprise they lacked the aim of which they were famous.copyright protection4PENANAgT5EcwYdYd

"What was that, what was that!" Bergil couldn't help but think remembering how the "orcs" removed their skin to pass it on to the feline men and women who climbed the stockade.copyright protection4PENANAV2HPwHcPYr

Bergil ran as fast as his legs allowed, and when he turned his face to see if they were chasing him, he saw with horror that a cat girl on a horse was already on top of him.copyright protection4PENANABIdrhrz7cM

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A soft but constant snowfall fell on the most important fortress of the kingdom of Rohan: Helm's abyss.copyright protection4PENANAxZqKqHc0Pp

Several peasants worked shoveling the snow so that in this way the elevated access to the portal of the fortress was accessible to the incessant caravans that came and went to the fortress. These caravans were made up of both dwarves and elves, who brought the new weapons and armor that would replace those worn by both Rohan and Gondor's men to wage war against the Tartar invader.copyright protection4PENANANfStJ0mL7t

Inside the fortress were Éomer, King of Rohan; and Aragorn, King of Gondor, along with them were Gandalf, Gimli and Legolas, who had returned from Celeborn's funerals in Lorien, and had escorted Arwen to the fortress.copyright protection4PENANALrwNuplduI

Arwen had wept deeply at his grandfather's funeral, but now she found herself recovered in the presence of her beloved husband and king of Gondor.copyright protection4PENANAV1HmM84Y8T

“As the queens that we are, we must be strong and guide our followers in these dark times," she remembered how her grandmother Galadriel used to say to her to encourage her, at the same time that she saw how Kilibin, the dwarf; and Galdorin, the elf, showed her husband and others the new weapons and armor that forged their people.copyright protection4PENANAoV8hpSiMDq

“As you can see, we have forged for the knights these armor plates that we call "Gothic" because they come from the forge of Goths, these have the characteristic of having the widest breastplate," said Kilibin, who was proud of the armor forged by his race, “so that the knights do not have to take any more short and quick breaths which tire before their time.”copyright protection4PENANAgpSNcmcxzH

Aragorn agreed, before when he was a simple mountaineer, he never fought in armor and was indefatigable, and though the armor protected from orc arrows, one could not breathe freely and was tired before even beginning the battle.copyright protection4PENANAgvIYRv7Vug

“The plates are easy to replace if damaged after the battle, the same can be said of the rest of the armor parts," Kilibin continued explaining, "we have also rounded off the part that covers the arms, this makes the shields obsolete. We only place small circular shields the size of a small plate over the wrist to add some protection, this shield can be changed to the other arm if necessary.”copyright protection4PENANAPScXaBQsou

“It's a magnificent work Kilibin," said Aragorn, who was impressed.copyright protection4PENANASETKr57EDH

“The shields are no longer necessary?” asked Eomer.copyright protection4PENANAlUc4S4zZ04

“That's right King, because of the enemy's mobility and the fighting techniques they use, they don't have shields, so we shouldn't have shields either," Galdorin replied.copyright protection4PENANAfPWrN73Dzr

“King Eomer, King Aragorn, the aspect that represents the greatest innovation is centred on the shoulders,"  Kilibin. “Knights used to be unable to lift their swords above their heads, but now they can do so and they can make swift attacks.”copyright protection4PENANA8s61dx7kcL

“That's really an advance," said Gimli, happy for the mastery of dwarf gunsmiths.copyright protection4PENANA1yFeCxicxi

Kilibin nodded his head and then proceeded with the sample of armor.copyright protection4PENANAhN8deVkizU

“The aspects that gave us the disadvantage with respect to the enemy were already overcome, these were: little mobility, inability to raise the swords very high and dependence on a shield.”copyright protection4PENANAJImPKAnRUA

“The armor shown by Master Kilibin is spectacular," praised Gandall, "but I don't think knights can afford such armor.”copyright protection4PENANACW8iaLPtYn

“I have already spoken to Eomer and we have decided that both Rohan and Gondor's treasuries will support the forge of armor," said Aragorn, "but I do not believe that all our men can wear these expensive armor.”copyright protection4PENANALfaUtpQOHq

“These armour are only for knights," Galdorin pointed out, "for the infantry we have designed another type of armour, which can be carried by everyone if the coffers of Rohan and Gondor also decide to bear all expenses.”copyright protection4PENANAIr85hSFFKA

“We are facing an enemy who is determined to conquer us," said Arwen, "we must standardise all the armor if we do not want to be disadvantaged by an enemy who has already standardised his entire equipment.”copyright protection4PENANAfnwnFH9va7

“Very true My lady," Kilibin nodded with a bow and began to explain the conformation of the infantry armor. “The foot soldiers will have a plate armor that covers the torso, the arms will also be covered, as well as the legs thanks to shin guards. These men will wear a skirt covered with iron sheeting and will not wear boots but sandals, just like the enemy. We call this armor "Roman plate armor" because of the elf region where it was first designed.”copyright protection4PENANASWm3QPsGEa

“Because in hand-to-hand combat the most important thing is the field of vision," Galdorin continued, "we have designed a helmet that protects the sides and back of the neck, leaving most of the face uncovered.”copyright protection4PENANA6mBfsT78yR

“This armor provides a lot of protection for the infantry, but I see that the armpits and thighs are very exposed," said Legolas, who as an expert archer saw the flaws in any armor.copyright protection4PENANAINefaUWjp6

“Unfortunately, we could not do anything in this respect without resenting the mobility of the armour," Kilibin said, "I believe that this armour is more advanced than the one that the knights will wear, even if it doesn't look like it at first sight.”copyright protection4PENANAri2OlTENzi

“I think that an excellent job was done," said Eomer, "now show us the weapons that the elves forged.”copyright protection4PENANAYGEzV7s3f0

“In case of an enemy cavalry attack, the infantry will have enormous and curved shields, which will be used in the same way that the Saruman orcs used in Helm's abyss. We also design these weapons which we call "halberd", which are a mixture of an axe, a spear and a hook. This weapon was designed to knock down enemy riders and finish them off with the strength of a single blow.”copyright protection4PENANAUXO9cZ38jt

“Will take a lot of strength to use this thing," said Gimli, impressed by the size of the weapon.copyright protection4PENANAfKLiy6bcUK

“Not all infantry will carry this weapon," Galdorin explained, "the elves have designed a short sword that is easy to manufacture and can be carried by both knights and foot soldiers, we call it "gladius" and the shape of its blade guarantees maximum efficiency and superior damage to the enemy, as it can serve as a cutting weapon as well as a stool, and the handle knob is bulky and can be used as a blast, besides, its balance is very good.”copyright protection4PENANAuSr9rmgUpw

Aragorn took the wide-leaved sword and could tell that this, though not impressive, was a superior weapon to all the swords he had wielded in his life, including his royal sword.copyright protection4PENANAVktJuGIxP1

“For the infantry we have also designed a small axe with a curved handle," Kilibin said happily. “We have called this axe "francisca" and its best feature is that it can be thrown very far away and in the event that it does not hit its target, it can bounce on the ground to hit the thighs or chest of the enemy.”copyright protection4PENANA05MLnkRyxL

“For the knights we have designed a sword with a blade similar to the one used by the men of Rhun, Khand and Harad, but of a superior quality," Galdorin interrupted, who did not want to be left behind, "we call it a "Damasco sword" and although it does not have such a broad blade, it does have a greater capacity of stockpiling.”copyright protection4PENANAj1EKb56s0w

“I see the swords you showed us are centered on the stock," Gandalf remarked.copyright protection4PENANAYWRsFl9oSY

“Mitrandir," Galdorin said, "after studying enemy armor, we concluded that human armor is designed to stop swords, while enemy armor is designed to stop spears and arrows. We have designed these new blades with this in mind.”copyright protection4PENANAqT4cFrxxZ4

“This is why we created a new kind of spear," Kilibin interrupted with the same expression that an emotional child would have. “This one will be carried by the heavy cavalry and it will be of massive structure which will cover all the fist of the rider. Enemy armour won't stand a chance.”copyright protection4PENANAji5X3h3aJ3

“We also improved the elves' large arch and created the long arch, we also perfected the use of the crossbow," explained Galdorin, who kept a calm face no matter what. “Now the arrows have enough penetration power to penetrate through enemy armor. The crossbow can also do this, but it takes time to load, however, the aim is guaranteed.”copyright protection4PENANAGH0xaGTj4L

Those present exchanged glances confidently before the mastery of the gunsmiths, even Arwen as an elf princess was impressed.copyright protection4PENANAivFmHkOeRN

“Master Galdorin, master Kilibin," said Arwen as he held a damasco sword, "this sword has nothing to envy for the best work done by the elves.copyright protection4PENANAja6p8aGbkp

“When elves and dwarfs cast aside their differences, they can perform wonders," said Gandalf gladly.copyright protection4PENANAf17fziVsBZ

“Then it's decided," said Éomer with aplomb. “We will standardize our entire army and along with the tactics recommended to us by the steppers we will have a chance to win the Urd army.”copyright protection4PENANAdUuThcd5r5

“You not yet received any news as to why the enemy stopped their advance?” Legolas asked.copyright protection4PENANATKgZ9o9Qzu

“We have not received any news, we believe that the Tartars are in the plain of Dorwinion, near the shores of the Rhun Sea," Aragorn replied. “We have sent our Khand allies to spy on the enemy, they will go south of Mordor and then head south to the Rhun Sea, from there they will manage to spy on the enemy.”copyright protection4PENANAgOvn34GZwi

All those present looked to the east, not knowing that the army of Urd was already inside Mordor and that it had taken over the whole place.copyright protection4PENANAYKctDtGRz8

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At the pass connecting Minas Ithil with Cirith Ungol, Bergil woke up after being knocked out by a strange blow with an open palm at the base of his nape.copyright protection4PENANAu1VHvzbcqK

Bergil focused his eyes and discovered that it was inside the fortification that cut through the pass. Several cat girls spoke to each other in strange, incomprehensible language. What followed did not need any translation as the child saw that his end would come soon.copyright protection4PENANAkncdBEfdg8

A soldier dragged him and then began to undress him, then two soldiers grabbed him by the legs and separated them while holding them up high, so Bergil was upside down and began to scream and twist.copyright protection4PENANAomhpXOtC1w

Bergil stopped his shouting when he saw that they were carrying a long saw to cut thick trees, apparently they were going to cut it from the crotch to the chest.copyright protection4PENANAOwyJd4jpgK

“Nooo! Dad, Dad! Help me!”copyright protection4PENANA9B8mOJ14Xh

Two other soldiers were already taking the long saw and proceeded to kill the child.copyright protection4PENANAdmEuLBieej

“Stop!” A melodious voice was heard, but in a commanding tone, it was Chaika.copyright protection4PENANAK2PiM3n5sD

“What's going on here?” Chaika asked with a frown.copyright protection4PENANAQCeYY3IZ7F

“He is an enemy spy Chaika sama," Mamoru said, pointing to the boy with the red face for having all his blood drawn to his head.copyright protection4PENANAhk1VPMx80L

“Hmm, I see.”copyright protection4PENANAsLOi4AlrGO

“Do you think another form of execution is desirable for the spy Chaika sama?” Amane asked.copyright protection4PENANA5wqjvpndpu

“No, I think we should let him go.”copyright protection4PENANASGPTCEGaMH

All the cat girls whether warriors or shinobis looked at Chaika without giving credit to their ears.copyright protection4PENANAWesKwxlSZ2

“But Chaika sama...” was trying to say Amane.copyright protection4PENANAG4z6o4wLiV

“What's more, I believe that I myself will accompany this child to Minas Ithil.”copyright protection4PENANAgaC54fJLpv

“Chaika sama!” exclaimed Amane incredulously.copyright protection4PENANAslKV6gss9s

“Amane, I'm not going to take it back, so you'll have to accompany me or stay here, you decide.”copyright protection4PENANAuPw4WV9sGr

Chaika approached Bergil who was crying and panicking in fright, the soldiers had already released him.copyright protection4PENANAnWC01HfLsE

“Stop crying child, I promise you will return safely to Minas Ithil," Chaika said with a smile as she stroked his head to reassure him.copyright protection4PENANAhU01P7iizr

Bergil was surprised that the young cat girl spoke to him in her own language and promised to return home.copyright protection4PENANAK4gh9cciFT

“Chaika sama, please do not do this, you put me in a very difficult situation before Urd sama," Amane pleaded in the incomprehensible language of her race.copyright protection4PENANAK3Qn3S4iDw

Chaika ignored her childhood friend and walked away, raised her arms a little bit and immediately all her kimono disappeared as if by magic. The young General was naked and Mamoru blushed a lot as she tried to turn around.copyright protection4PENANAXUrXWh5ezF

At that time and as if by magic, Chaika was covered by fine fabrics of broad shoulder pads and held at the same time an elegant and beautiful fan.copyright protection4PENANAFkJWCT9PbO

Chaika ordered Bergil to be dressed immediately and then climbed onto a little pink sadle, then with impressive ease, lifted Bergil up like a rag doll and made him sit in front of her.copyright protection4PENANAIWRzjUrnc5

The great black race bird, "swift death" was insulted not to have been chosen by his mistress' niece.copyright protection4PENANAUaZl7VCdac

“Sorry, Swift death, but I don't want to abuse my aunt's loan, please understand," excused Chaika and the intimidating bird seemed to understand.copyright protection4PENANASQxCM9vVYG

“What's your name, boy?” Chaika asked with a smile.copyright protection4PENANAKHDBgWwIjJ

“Bergil... my name is Bergil, son of Beregond, captain of Minas Ithil," Bergil blushed at the beauty of Chaika and surprised that the cat girl knew how to speak his language.copyright protection4PENANANeTNz1JceT

“Well, let's go.”copyright protection4PENANAp7JWJv6er5

“Chaika sama, are you sure this is the right thing to do?” asked Mamoru, Chaika's childhood friend, who was still blushing after seeing her friend naked.copyright protection4PENANAVbNyN3ukLO

“Of course, moreover, sooner or later we are supposed to make the first contact with humans from the west or westerns, as my aunt calls them.”copyright protection4PENANA3z2XmCY5Pd

“Urd sama also calls them in other ways," said Amane, who had already called a couple of spear riders and a group of shinobis and kunoichis to accompany her General.copyright protection4PENANAZekIb4eiiG

“Baka gaijins," Chaika said between annoying and funny. “Yeah I know, well, let's go meet our enemies.”copyright protection4PENANAodSbLFeg00

CONTINUARÁ…copyright protection4PENANA53A81WK02A

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