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Capt. leon
Aug 11, 2018
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THE SCOURGE OF GODcopyright protection4PENANAtP9hKxclww

Capítulo 30: Shadowscopyright protection4PENANAEYs2XWvMRg

It was late at night and both Gimli and Legolas were talking in the almost unoccupied kitchens about the meeting they had with Prince Imrahil, as well as their friends Aragorn and Gandalf, along with Éomer, the king of Rohan.copyright protection4PENANAXql3EZ9VnB

“What do you think about what Imrahil told us?” The dwarf asked his friend, while bowing to the old cook who was bringing him a jar of hot, lumpy beer at the time.copyright protection4PENANAHQqR7apjwW

“After the battle of the five armies, I left my kingdom and my father.... I didn't want anything to do with him. In the end, I was not by his side when the Nazguls ravaged Thranduil, I couldn't say goodbye to him.... I didn't even bury him, I never found his body.”copyright protection4PENANAQbUieSfJE7

Gimli patted his friend and he nodded gratefully.copyright protection4PENANA0CxlFclP7I

“There were some among my people who asked me to take my father's place, but I preferred to abdicate the throne. I only had simple charges, the most important of which was as ambassador to the council that held Elrond in Rivendell, remember?”copyright protection4PENANAqPzQGG150y

“JA. And how could I forget! Looking back, I would like to burn my beard because I was so rude at the meeting, insulting and challenging you on that occasion.”copyright protection4PENANA1QKW9YOpHt

Both friends smiled warmly as they nodded and their gazes were lost in infinity as they remembered the meeting and the mission they had afterwards.copyright protection4PENANAwH543Kgpzo

“We went through a lot, uh, Legolas. It's a miracle that we survived, I didn't think we'd be in such a dangerous situation again, but now... I wonder how much longer our luck will last.”copyright protection4PENANA7ZdHQUnSZo

“It almost left us when we were fighting in Dol Guldur," said Legolas with a worried gesture. “In that battle, Celeborn died and Lord Elrond almost didn't count it. Now we will soon be met by a relentless army that will make Sauron's army look like a simple battalion of slow orcs and clumsy as oxen... As for what Imrahil told us, I see that time will soon run out. If Imrahil is right, Urd is waiting for her army that entered Eriador to return to assault us.”copyright protection4PENANAr1fbXo9LOR

“How long do you think we'll have?”copyright protection4PENANAelyjpC4G1D

“I don't know, it depends if the enemy decides to make his way south by blood and fire. But if the famnyas decide to go through Angmar and then down the Anduin, we will have problems.”copyright protection4PENANA48DiPucdnc

“For my part, I don't know whether to praise or curse Imrahil for her cunning, he has already sent several dwarves and elves to ambush the enemy if they come down the Anduin," Gimli said grimly. “Those dwarves only went there with the promise of recovering Moriah later, not for Funbol, but for me as Balin's heir. When Funbol finds out!”copyright protection4PENANACOdRZag9W4

“The elves who will ambush the famnyas along the western side of Mirkwood were also there for similar reasons. They will fight and die for us Gimli, and we will not even be near them to command them or fight beside them, they fight because of Imrahil's promises that the two of us will assume the dominion of our respective kingdoms.”copyright protection4PENANA0apzuPbyvc

“We can't even go north to clear things up, if we decided to go on our own and as quickly as possible, it would all be over for better or worse," Gimli grunted.copyright protection4PENANAcAlQTbl5oI

“Even though I am more than a thousand years old, again I feel like I was with my arrogant father and he decided my life without consulting me and without giving me a choice to complain.”copyright protection4PENANAi0wvSwG8FC

The two friends were silent as their thoughts moved north and their faces were furrowed by the wobbly light from the fire in the kitchen chimneys, which interrupted the deep silence from time to time when one of the logs broke due to the flames.copyright protection4PENANAdGNCfisqRX

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In the room where the meeting was held a moment ago, Gandalf and Imrahil were discussing aspects of Imrahil's idea of marrying his daughter Lothiriel to King Eomer of Rohan.copyright protection4PENANAEMnroCJQ2A

“I don't know, Imrahil, this is a very hasty measure," said Gandalf, as he proceeded to light his long pipe.copyright protection4PENANAOFEnDzPLOm

“I know that Lothiriel and Éomer have never met before, but given the current circumstances I think this is the most appropriate measure," said Imrahil, who was tired and leaning on his back when backing up from his chair. “With Rohan's people in the Sarn Gebir, I need to make sure that Éomer's loyalty does not falter because of his precarious situation, you should know that Gandalf that I would bet all the banners of my city that Urd would attack Éomer before heading to Minas Tirith.”copyright protection4PENANAjMcShxiizR

“I don't think you should worry about Eomer's loyalty, he would never betray you," the wizard pointed to him as he threw his first volutes of smoke.copyright protection4PENANAZdEmF2YpT1

“I know Éomer can be trusted, but my concern is more with his knights," said the prince. “Remember that when the late King Theoden sent his faithful knights to help the late Seneschal Denethor, less than half his men showed up. Gandalf, the monarchs must have an iron will, that is what is expected of them, but even so the betrayal of the troops cannot be avoided, the same happened to Isildur when he went to Mordor.”copyright protection4PENANAZIGE6jdV52

“And do you plan to avoid such an eventuality by giving up your daughter in marriage?” The old man said to him as he wrapped his clothes to ward off the prevailing cold that was gaining ground as the minutes of the calm night went by.copyright protection4PENANAipPuh72ApB

“It is the destiny of every princess in this world and in those who will come to serve their noble houses in this way. I do not need to go to the San Gebir, to make sure of the nervousness that haunts the hearts of the knights of Éomer at this time. My daughter's marriage to Éomer will serve to guarantee that Dol Amroth's men, and with them those of the rest of Gondor, will be ready to help them against Urd and his Famnyas. In fact, if it weren't for the fact that Lady Éowyn is married to Prince Faramir, I would have arranged for Éowyn's engagement to my son Elphir by the time he reached the age of marriage.”copyright protection4PENANAspP6Mu9LT3

Gandalf looked harshly at Imrahil, but in the end he could not reprimand him for anything. Indeed, the daughters of royalty were born to carry out this kind of political manoeuvring, and the same situation applied to sons, it was the way the world developed, although Gandalf did not like it.copyright protection4PENANAMTMtxSNLOT

“Éomer didn't seem very happy with the prospect of getting married so soon," said the istari.copyright protection4PENANAO6iDBALEaa

“Éomer is no longer a simple cavalry captain of Rohan, he is now the king and lord of his lands and must fulfill his role just as all the high lords and ladies in the world do, whether he likes it or not," said Imrahil with a colder gaze than that which prevailed in the royal hall.copyright protection4PENANAfDA5JmzT7s

Both men decided to stay longer in the living room because they knew they would not be able to sleep in their respective rooms, no matter how many logs they put in the fireplaces.copyright protection4PENANAWUmJnTBbFp

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In the cold but illuminated corridors of Minas Tirith, King Éomer, seeing that he could not sleep, decided to walk a little to free his mind and try to assimilate in a better way the marriage commitment that Prince Imrahil had forced him to accept.copyright protection4PENANA9l2v4qpGB4

"All this is for the good of my men and my kingdom," thought anguished Eomer, as he looked down at the ground with his head down. "Oh, Éowyn, at least you did get married to the man you love."copyright protection4PENANA5FyC2GJZzv

Éomer leaned against the wall and although he was very close to one of the torches that lit the place, he felt a chill that ran down his back when he remembered that first thing in the morning he would have to meet his companion for the rest of his days.copyright protection4PENANA6CxShEmhkL

Anyone could find King Éomer's nervous stance at the time ridiculous, all the more so considering that Éomer was a great man and former leader of Rohan's hardened cavalry, yet the king could not help but doubt that what he did was the right thing.copyright protection4PENANAqt6sYbSnRu

"Damned Imrahil, you have not only decided my fate, but also the fate of the elf and the dwarf,” Éomer thought with a bitter gesture on his face. "All for the good of the campaign against Urd, huh? It seems to me you're like a puppeteer and you just pull on all our strings."copyright protection4PENANAsX91zbHjag

Without realizing it, Éomer had reached the door of his room, but he decided to pass by and hastened his steps after bidding farewell to the soldiers guarding his door.copyright protection4PENANAPhTm9a1wsl

"I have to talk to Aragorn about this, although I don't know what else he could help me with, everything was already said at the meeting," thought Éomer and went to the rooms of Aragorn and Arwen, not noticing how late it was and not knowing that his friends had left their rooms to have a little privacy now that Prince Elphir and his older sister Princess Lothiriel were in there.copyright protection4PENANAiSPokOAdcr

When Eomer arrived at Aragorn's quarters, he saw that the two guards were doing the respective guarding.copyright protection4PENANAHFoRGX2nhd

“King Eomer," said one of the guards, "these are the royal chambers of King Aragorn and Queen Arwen. Would you like an interview with the Majesties?”copyright protection4PENANAD6vxtFHuba

“I'm sorry I came so late," said Éomer, noting how late the night was. I think I'll come tomorrow.copyright protection4PENANAQu2GTnutAH

“Don't worry, King Éomer, both the king and queen went out for a walk. If you go straight ahead and then turn right you will find them.”copyright protection4PENANAUimi92gcqx

“Thank you, but I think I've gone too far, it's too late and Aragorn and Arwen will surely want to take a well-deserved rest instead of hearing tiresome tribulations from me," excused Eomer, as he heard two soldiers approaching with a calm pace.copyright protection4PENANAq4EVB7AjBM

“We came to relieve the guard," said one of the soldiers, and in that a high-pitched cry came from Aragorn's quarters.copyright protection4PENANAtrgv79SCCt

“What was that!” shouted Éomer. “I thought you told me Aragorn and Arwen weren't in their rooms!”copyright protection4PENANAjxMGQVI688

“And they are not, it is Prince Elphir and Princess Lothiriel who are inside taking a short break!” shouted one of the soldiers as he pushed the doors of the royal chambers.copyright protection4PENANAEydjuOq471

The four guards and Éomer rushed into the royal chamber and saw the princes hugging each other with expressions of fear on their young faces.copyright protection4PENANARBt86BiZeV

Éomer immediately recognized Imrahil's features in the two children, both of whom had healthy tanned skin and jet-black hair. The boy resembled his father, while the girl had inherited the beauty of her late mother.copyright protection4PENANAtysfeibXpj

A female silhouette was drawn in front of one of the walls of the room, it was small in build and the black, tight fabrics that covered it did not hide its athletic figure.copyright protection4PENANA64Rjnm8Nqf

The guards drew their blades and held their long shields tightly in place. Éomer also drew his sword when he noticed how the "shadow" moved a pair of cat ears, as well as a long, thin feline tail, which had a kind of iron thimble on its tip from which the edge of a small, deadly knife was projected.copyright protection4PENANAPiRjrXVJX9

“Protect King Eomer and the princes!” shouted one of the guards as he and another guard stepped forward to attack the kunoichi.copyright protection4PENANAEqH7FWqRTQ

“Don't worry!” shouted Éomer. “I can protect myself and the princes, all of you attack!”copyright protection4PENANAaZU2jior6P

The guards obeyed and screamed and attacked their female and small rival.copyright protection4PENANAHW8yfzwait

One of the guards executed a deadly descending bow perfectly with his large, heavy blade. It seemed that the kunoichi's skull was to be pierced with the blade, however, the cat girl disappeared as if by magic.copyright protection4PENANAkXU24AYurR

The guard did not understand what was happening, but then felt his arm heavier than usual, looking up, he saw that the enemy was standing on his sword with her arms folded across her chest.copyright protection4PENANAkBRfEby3CE

Before he could react, the cat girl's tail penetrated through his mouth, breaking and sinking all his teeth. The guard's cheeks moved from the inside and the small knife from the tail came out of the guard's right eye.copyright protection4PENANASjA0SQzo1S

The other guards charged as they screamed, but their enemy had already taken a deadly triple back turn.copyright protection4PENANASlPMnUnmpO

The humans charged with their swords, an action that was futile, as the enemy blocked both swords with the two short swords she carried, while the third sword was blocked by the armed tail.copyright protection4PENANAeKq505gy8T

The kunoichi lifted the three swords and then crouched down to a full turn with one leg extended, knocking down the three guards and then, at an impossible rate of speed, balling up and hitting Éomer.copyright protection4PENANAc0dN15DBtE

The king of Rohan immediately understood that it was not a good idea to block this strange attack, so without letting go of his sword, he took the two children in his arms and jumped to the side of the bed, all three falling on the floor on the right side of the bed.copyright protection4PENANAum0j9oewKE

Éomer's intuition was correct, as the "ball" broke the two right columns of the royal bedchamber with astonishing ease and then sank the thick stone wall behind it.copyright protection4PENANAlYoL4oRlXZ

The kunoichi stopped shrinking and then threw eight kunais at the two guards who approached. They blocked the strange weapons with their thick, long shields and continued the attack.copyright protection4PENANAe90rW1xzD0

The cat girl jumped to the ceiling and thanks to metal claws that she placed at lightning speed, she was able to cling to the ceiling and moved along it until she was behind the guards, then jumped to the floor at an unprecedented speed.copyright protection4PENANAe7nerwCG2n

The two guards turned to attack, but the kunoichi scratched them with two knives that had a greenish glow on their blades.copyright protection4PENANAknlI9p70L4

The third guard came out at the entrance of the royal chambers and blew his war horn with all his might to alert the entire castle guard.copyright protection4PENANA0Ze0ra2YKF

The cat girl threw what appeared to be a razor-sharp, chain-bound sickle at the guard at the entrance. The weapon hit the guard on his shoulder and then was pulled back with a staggering ease.copyright protection4PENANAZZNmdeTQUV

Éomer wanted to attack his opponent, but was horrified to see how the other two guards began to pale and vomit blood in appalling numbers.copyright protection4PENANAdejzXsZ5tK

"The enemy's weapons are filled with a nightmarish poison, I can't face that demon with the two princes in my care," thought Eomer alarmedly and immediately left the room, taking the two young princes with him.copyright protection4PENANAatKpucAxbk

The kunoichi tried to follow the king but was grabbed from behind by her heels. The guard who blew the horn was still alive.copyright protection4PENANAcak0xxfqo9

With unheard of flexibility, the woman leaned backwards, bending her spine as if it were made of rubber and with her two hands holding the guard's helmet, she broke his neck like a thin, weak, dry twig.copyright protection4PENANAmBoFbm8asC

Éomer repressed a chill by remembering the fighting form of the enemy, but what most disturbed him was her unnatural way of fighting, which consisted of not emitting any shout or curse whatsoever, resembling the murderer more like a dark demon than a cat girl.copyright protection4PENANAUD6F2ARC72

“To me, Gondor's men!” shouted Eomer, as he took the princes with him in a hurry.copyright protection4PENANAXkdhkLPAcd

Several guards who had heard the alert call intercepted the king and he told them of the attack on the royal bedroom.copyright protection4PENANAJyP8e0vnaY

Éomer ordered the guards to be ready for the room, but Elphir and Lothiriel told them that the "shadow" that had attacked them before was not the only one, that several of them had left through the balcony of the room when they realized that neither Aragorn or Arwen were present.copyright protection4PENANAZ5B5KDFCfN

Éomer opened his eyes wide, all the top leaders of the Great Alliance were in danger.copyright protection4PENANAEc7SusDj2P

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Upon hearing the resulting commotion throughout Minas Tirith, the soldiers on duty outside Legolas' quarters entered the compound and saw that the hero of the ring community was not resting in his bed, but what they saw was the figure of a man covered in black robes and fitted to every part of his body. The strange intruder had a tail and cat ears that moved in surprise at the sight of the two guards entering through the door.copyright protection4PENANAxF6FxA7aTa

“We are two of Gondor's royal guards fully equipped and in shining armor, and at the front, there is a murderer wrapped in simple black robes.”copyright protection4PENANA0qXoMS09j0

“I know, we're dead.”copyright protection4PENANAHIZkI3JmNJ

Similar scenes were lived in the rooms of Imrahil, Gandalf and Gimli. In a few moments the corridors and streets of the capital of Gondor were tingling with soldiers rushing back and forth from place to place.copyright protection4PENANAgkom0WX76R

CONTINUARÁ...copyright protection4PENANAi6hfv48ves

Author's final notes: I never liked Naruto, for me it's anime for children (it's only good until the chunnin exams). The best ninja animes in history are: Ninja Scroll (the movie, not the series), Wrath of the ninja (starring a kunoichi), and the two OVAS of Curse of the undead Yoma.copyright protection4PENANAwVawgTzZgn

The brief conversation of the two guards in Legolas' room, was taken from Michael Poe's webcomic ERRAN STORY, one of the best online comics I have ever read and which won the Best Fantasy Comic and Best Newcomer Comic awards, both in 2003.copyright protection4PENANAJwI8TI4QQb

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