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A poem under the gentle snowflakes
Capt. leon
Aug 11, 2018
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No Plagiarism!bBg5hSbIjilObEsxmom3posted on PENANA

THE SCOURGE OF GODcopyright protection5PENANAivqVLYIgjE

Chapter 8: A poem under the gentle snowflakescopyright protection5PENANAfugwzxoKfI

The camps east of the Rhun forest looked grim and the image of a group of horsemen with bows guarding two elves prisoners did not favor the landscape at all.copyright protection5PENANA3BwefZMBn8

The group had ridden for two whole days and Elladan and his brother Elrohir were surprised to see how the Tartar riders changed of horses in the middle of a race without even having to step on the ground or slow down. Such agility was proper to the elves, but these invaders of the far east were very agile.copyright protection5PENANAFFD5Bo3jFm

The march was only interrupted when the prisoners had to change horses in order not to tire the animals. The cavalcade was constant and the enemies took turns to fall asleep as they continued on their horses.copyright protection5PENANAYVRfrqMQb2

The two elves tried to talk to the enemies, but these remained without talking to them, only a few times the silence was broken by one or another exchange of phrases. The words sounded alien to the two elves so they concluded that any attempt to communicate with their captors would be futile.copyright protection5PENANAzeD5tT4fus

After passing by the Rhun forest, they finally reached the inland sea and the prisoners were surprised to see that all traces of the battle were neatly wiped clean, then in a well-guarded barge passed across the shore, from which they followed their march to the camp that was already very close to them, in the middle of the Dorwinion plain.copyright protection5PENANAoa71fIqj26

The prisoners were lowered from the horses and released the ropes.copyright protection5PENANAG11xgtY2ka

“You are elves leaders, so we trust you," said a guard in perfect elf dialect and commanded the elves to follow him.copyright protection5PENANA4ToIZSB475

“You speak our language!” Elladan said in shock, but neither the guard nor his companions showed any sign of wanting to exchange more phrases with the prisoners.copyright protection5PENANAwvfDxvmXPo

The two elves were surprised by the orderly nature of the camp and the silk partitions that schematically separated the whole place.copyright protection5PENANA3vp53Fz1IT

In the end, the elves were taken to a clearing in the camp, where it seemed that several enemy commanders were waiting for them, who had taken off their helmets. The commanders were both male and female and they had tails and cat ears.copyright protection5PENANAbMNAvMs6QA

Elladan could recognize a young commander, she had pigtails and a strange hair color, which had been the commander of the naval battle two days ago, the elves were surprised at how young and delicate she seemed.copyright protection5PENANAcn6s1EXnBN

The seat on which the leader was supposed to be standing was empty, but not for long, for at a calm pace what was in the eyes of the elves approached a giant in a strange armor of crimson plaques.copyright protection5PENANAMFibLlRkmA

The giant carried a black cat on his shoulders, and next to him was an elf boy with pink hair.copyright protection5PENANAeyn18SNBYE

The elven prisoners exchanged surprised glances, but decided not to say anything. The giant removed his mask and despite having a fierce face that would intimidate the bravest elf warrior, they noticed that he was a woman.copyright protection5PENANAba1iD2WBqy

“Are these the elves commanders who confronted you General Chaika?” Urd asked, in a language the prisoners did not understand.copyright protection5PENANAoceGoZ2gkp

“That is correct Urd sama, they were the ones who almost ruined my attack by discovering the nature of the fog” Chaika said in her language and the elves understood nothing except the fact that the young cat girl had called the giant Urd in front of them.copyright protection5PENANAQyXdA65oH4

"Will this woman be Urd?" Elladan thought. "If so, the information the orcs gave us was not entirely reliable."copyright protection5PENANA2Tf4bS77tx

The two brothers exchanged glances and were very surprised when the cat on the shoulders of the huge cat girl levitated and then landed calmly on the ground, and if this were not enough, the animal spoke the same strange language of its captors.copyright protection5PENANAFSKTy8TBpd

“The elves are proud and arrogant, while the dwarves are stubborn and vengeful," said Gigi, "you will never get them to join your cause, and I doubt very much that these two from the front want to join your army Urd.”copyright protection5PENANA0fMXtm4yKL

The commanders and the cat continued to speak in their strange and incomprehensible language, but the conversation did not last long because apparently the giant in charge decided all the interventions.copyright protection5PENANADNESRPKZXe

The pink-haired elf boy served a drink in a strange flat glass to the giant, while the young cat girl with pigtails spoke to the elves in their language.copyright protection5PENANAwD6hwFqqgP

“Elves commanders of Thranduil, before you is Lady Urd, lady of all the army present in the plains of Dorwinion, while I am Lady Chaika, General of the army and commander of the naval force that prevented your invasion of our forces.”copyright protection5PENANAEg4qexNi6y

Elladan and Elrohir opened their eyes wide and looked closely at Urd. So this was the demonic leader of the Tartar army.copyright protection5PENANA4JlJCdzndw

“How can you speak our language?” Elrohir asked.copyright protection5PENANABJ9I1Gor6E

“We can't understand your writing or the writing of any race we encounter for the first time, but we can speak any language because of the innate power we have in our race," Chaika explained. “And now, who are you?”copyright protection5PENANAgLVlbaSZtZ

“My name is Elladan and this is my brother Elrohir, we came from beyond Tranduil to stop the invasion of your army to Middle Earth," said the elf hiding his noble origins and that of his brother.copyright protection5PENANAxyJThl7QIk

“Elladan, Elrohir," Urd said to them in a casual, cheerful tone. “The invasion of which you speak, are only from the steppe and other nations who were compelled to go west because of our presence. It is not our intention to wage war against elves or dwarfs.”copyright protection5PENANAmk4w35crwj

“Then you intends to wage war on our allies in Gondor and Rohan," Elrohir said. “Men who shed their blood to defeat Sauron, not only the enemy of Middle Earth, but also yours as I have heard.”copyright protection5PENANA6M427gd0fG

“How did you know that Sauron's orcs and balrogs army was making war on us?” asked one of the commanders whose hair was short and sandybrown in colour, and Elrohir, noticing his mistake, decided to remain silent, before which the cat girl commander was upset.copyright protection5PENANA0NeJGv4OmN

“General Sakura, we are not here to find out what the elves commanders know about our forces," said Urd, making the cat girl bow, "but we are gathered to ask the elves to join our forces to fight the western humans.”copyright protection5PENANA8I7cfahrCN

Elladan and Elrohir were surprised at the invitation of their enemy.copyright protection5PENANALIAQKI6XIm

“You fought with intelligence and courage. I need leaders like you to command my forces in the face of the threat that human existence poses to the entire world," Urd told them, imposing silence on the environment.copyright protection5PENANAEI9TsQpxEL

“What do you mean when you say that humans will pose a threat to the world?” Elladan asked.copyright protection5PENANAkNusZJDgbf

“Humans cannot live without war, once the orcs and other belligerent races are extinct, humans will destroy the peaceful creatures of the world, be they elves, dwarfs, yokai or cat girls. And then they will exterminate each other by differences of creed or race," Urd declared with a solemn gesture. “That's not a guess, that's a fact.”copyright protection5PENANA4WYFMInTG6

“We cannot agree to join you while our allies die," Elladan spat.copyright protection5PENANAglPqehgEOV

“I see, I understand..." Urd lamented. “Gentlemen, what should we do with these elves?”copyright protection5PENANAp9JTCIDfZO

“Let's send them back north to testify about our power," Chaika said.copyright protection5PENANAu4LsJyb6rS

“Let us kill them, since they will summon new forces that will fight against us," Sakura opined.copyright protection5PENANAcHe27tjo78

“Elves," said a commander with short black hair. I am General Ryu, if we return you to the north, will you fight us again? answer with the truth for your honor.”copyright protection5PENANAkwi3qUM49L

“If we returned to the north, we would summon more forces to fight for the inhabitants of Middle Earth that you are willing to exterminate," Elladan replied, knowing the consequences for him and his brother.copyright protection5PENANASEPD7ycjFD

“You leave me no alternative," Urd said and ordered the execution of the elves.copyright protection5PENANAcSlqUtTeS0

For Famnya's army, shedding the blood of honorable prisoners was vulgar, so they devised a method that kept the blood around the bodies, preventing it from falling to the ground.copyright protection5PENANAndxFhYA32J

In front of the brothers, they laid large, stretched carpets and then forced the prisoners to lie on them. Once this was done, they were wrapped in the rugs so that neither their feet nor their heads would come out of the rugs.copyright protection5PENANAOVoEzvdLPT

“Elrohir, brother..." said Elladan.copyright protection5PENANAp1LKrGekV6

“I know brother, we'll soon meet the valar.”copyright protection5PENANAlikSYBQyET

To an order of Urd, several horses entered and one by one they walked on the rolled carpets, thus died Elladan and Elrohir, the noble elves of Lorien and avengers of their mother's honor.copyright protection5PENANAitOG8ncl91

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In Minas Tirith, unaware of Elladan and Elrohir's fate, Gandalf gave hopeful news from the north.copyright protection5PENANAMJIBpRYCd7

“The trolls of the cold lands were defeated by the trolls coming from the east, however, these trolls decided to stay in Carn Dum, and establish their capital there.”copyright protection5PENANAEsFHsYc9w1

“Do you know who is the leader of this horde of trolls?” Aragorn asked.copyright protection5PENANAMabG9ezJ70

“They don't really have any warlords," Gandalf-reported, "they seem to be forming a kind of confederation that plans to settle in the mountains of Angmar and the mountains of the South, I think they want to establish business links with whoever is willing to negotiate with them.”copyright protection5PENANAYUKHv9zuMM

“Trading trolls, now I've heard everything!” said Éomer, who was present to hear the magician's news.copyright protection5PENANACqei7HgjQN

“I was surprised, too, but that's the way it is," said Gandall. “Fortunately, trolls control their orc and goblin hordes very well, and they have no intention of invading the north of Middle Earth.”copyright protection5PENANAlDYwj7LTRT

Aragorn breathed quietly knowing that his Dúnedain and the Shire's hobbits were not in immediate danger.copyright protection5PENANAUQNEyjO7NB

“The news brought to us by friends is surprising," admits Aragorn, more relieved, "this new age holds incredible surprises for us.”copyright protection5PENANAUp18H9PYtG

“The trolls haven't come down to the Mirkwood forest either," Legolas said, "so I don't think you should worry about sending your men so far north.”copyright protection5PENANALOjKlDS6wJ

“The bad news is that trolls want to descend to Moria," said Gimli annoyed.copyright protection5PENANAZrAN696VhT

“That will not please Funbol," said Aragorn, "he wants to be the new lord of Moria.”copyright protection5PENANAwbjxj0H9Za

“We already have problems with this alliance with Agog," said Éomer, "we can't be on the side of the trolls without offending our dwarf allies.”copyright protection5PENANAPLY8vjMnqj

“I know," said Aragorn, "if the trolls decide to go down to Moria, we will have to fight them to keep the help of the other dwarf kingdoms, Funbol has a lot of weight in the confederation of dwarves.”copyright protection5PENANA7pKHcQRiM8

“Friends, do you have news about the dwarf kingdoms north of Mirkwood?” Arwen asked.copyright protection5PENANAcijvQDwxMv

“Yes, they said: "we would think it over calmly,"” said Gimli, snorting with sorrow.copyright protection5PENANAHBgGKL0w8q

“Elladan and Elrohir, too, were not happy and went to the north accompanied by various elves also dissatisfied," Legolas said, refusing with his head.copyright protection5PENANAPgQAY2rPld

“We'll need all the help we can get," Faramir noted, "now we can't split up and hope to contain, let alone defeat, the enemy army if we go on our own.”copyright protection5PENANAXyvh3mUzTH

“I know, Faramir," said Aragorn, "for the moment we have put in place measures to ensure that our troops are not dispersed around there. First, we have left all southern Gondor, so the Harad and Khand men will leave us alone. On the other hand, Eomer has ceded part of its territory to the North so that the invaders of Rhun and the steppes settle.”copyright protection5PENANA5Bili37iAg

“All these people are disorganized and without a leader," said Éomer, "we hope that things calm down and that they choose new leaders, so we can create alliances to face the threat from the east.”copyright protection5PENANAJqwz0uCrkY

“The only persistent problem is Zugul and his black orcs," said Aragorn. “His forces insist on fighting, no matter who's in front of them, be they Gondor, Rohan, Elves or refugees in northern Rohan.”copyright protection5PENANAFiwazAxuaq

“It's true," said Éomer, "it's those orcs that prevent us from organizing with sufficient speed before winter.”copyright protection5PENANAbf2uAkxIC8

“Despite the difficulties, we must hurry because the first snowflakes are beginning to fall," said Gandalf and all present fixed their attention on the window, which showed that winter had arrived.copyright protection5PENANAYlyuVyZx0j

“I still can't believe that an army centers its attacks in winter," Gimli said.copyright protection5PENANAvFB1QbBnGL

“According to Shagra's information," recalled Faramir, "the Tartars fight in winter, when our troops are most vulnerable, when summer arrives the enemy eats the provisions from fields of the invaded, so they do not allow their opponents to be supplied or rest in any station.”copyright protection5PENANANR1QmCaUkN

“This is a formidable enemy," said Legolas, "I hope that Elladan and Elrohir will soon come to their senses so that we can fight together.”copyright protection5PENANA2i9AM49MB9

“I also hope that the northern dwarves will come to their senses and decide not to go on their own," said Gimli as he proceeded to light his pipe.copyright protection5PENANA56OH8FTK2z

Aragorn and Éomer decided to end the meeting and all those present went to their respective rooms.copyright protection5PENANAwQrxGN9QIt

Faramir was on his way to his quarters when he was summoned by Eomer who approached him to give him scope.copyright protection5PENANAEKLNlyRuls

“King Eomer, what can I do for you?”copyright protection5PENANAErzt8I82ta

“I desire that you accompany me out Faramir,"s aid the king, and Faramir followed in his footsteps.copyright protection5PENANACZ14xHRGyA

The courtyard where the new white tree of Gondor stood was being covered under the soft snowflakes that fell from the sky.copyright protection5PENANAackWZGuQbP

“Faramir... I regret my hasty words about stopping your wedding with my sister, I should have meditated on my words before I let go of them impulsively.”copyright protection5PENANAjPhTjqCss5

“There is nothing to be regretted King Eomer," said Faramir sincerely.copyright protection5PENANAC54E9Bl1iT

“Faramir, enough of that King Eomer thing” Eomer interrupted him smiling, “soon you will be my beloved sister's husband, I don't think so many formalities are necessary between us.”copyright protection5PENANABs6Wo5CTWN

“I'm glad to hear you're in agreement with our wedding, Éomer.”copyright protection5PENANAJfD09WqLoT

“How could I not be? I know you're a great knight and a great Commander Faramir, I know your brother and your father would be proud.”copyright protection5PENANAQ1YVG7w18P

“I hope so, Eomer. My brother and my father never got along with me, Boromir was my father's pride, while I never deserved my parent's attention.”copyright protection5PENANAVJh1FG7iz3

“Don't think about that Faramir, it's because of you that we still have a chance in the face of this new threat that is looming over us.”copyright protection5PENANA5jjJjsGKe5

The two men approached the edge of the cliff, seeing the city of Osgiliath in front of them in the distance, which was also under the constant fall of the first snowfall of winter.copyright protection5PENANAD47B0NJwPR

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It was not only Tirith and Osgiliath mines, which were covered with the first snowflakes. The camp of Urd in Dorwinion also saw how gently the first snowflakes fell.copyright protection5PENANAaU2hw25gzU

“Before it snows with more force, I want you to put the bodies already cleansed and clothed of the dwarf leaders and elves in a chariot, and send them to the north, so that they may be buried and weeped by their own people, according to their habits and customs," ordered Urd.copyright protection5PENANA8VEJzr0TkA

“Surely those of the north will want revenge for what happened to their leaders," said General Sakura.copyright protection5PENANAMigZyEwiKN

“We should attack them before they organize another expedition against us," said General Ryu.copyright protection5PENANAgUIjcfmhvW

“Although the attack was not declared, they fought with honor," Chaika said. “Therefore, we too must fight with honor.”copyright protection5PENANAcDRRnriokD

The Generals shut up and waited for their mistress' decision, which would be final and absolute as always.copyright protection5PENANAY7Ve6uTCNE

“First let them watch over their dead, then you two will attack them without warning, as they did against us," Urd said with a voice of command. “Ryu, you will go up the Carnen and attack the dwarfs of the Iron Mountains. Sakura, you will go through Celduin and attack the elves, humans and dwarfs kingdoms you find, you will not stop until you reach the Grey Mountains that are even further north.”copyright protection5PENANAq3y9nLoJ3U

“Shall we discriminate against the enemy found?” Sakura asked.copyright protection5PENANAFfxx7VYpji

“As always, offer them to submit to the Famnya Empire," Urd said, "but only to dwarves and elves, northern humans must be annihilated without exception, leave no one alive, and that includes non-combatants regardless of gender or age.”copyright protection5PENANA3ipZxwtr9g

“What if the dwarves and elves refuse your invitation, my lady?” Ryu asked.copyright protection5PENANA5AkEJHp7qt

“slaughter them in the same way as humans," Urd concluded with an expression that made the other generals, including Chaika, tremble with fear. “Draw blood and fire with all that you see and all that moves, without quarter and without compassion of any kind.”copyright protection5PENANA16JzDQuCgN

Urd got up and went to her tent followed by Gigi, who had his tail proudly raised like a banner.copyright protection5PENANAVj5ljDRM41

“Sakurai," said Urd suddenly jumping the young elf, "prepare the ink and the brush.”copyright protection5PENANA39BnNk4drv

“The lady is going to continue practicing calligraphy..." whispered Sakurai shyly.copyright protection5PENANAHtBq2fhwRx

“No, I am going to write a poem for the last battle and in honor of the noble dwarves and elves who fell defending what they believed was a just cause.”copyright protection5PENANAkMRq7a3ZX8

TO BE CONTINUE...copyright protection5PENANA00hCn5Wsjo

The author's final notes: The method of putting someone on the carpets so that their blood wouldn't spill was a method used by Mongolians for royalty or royalty women.copyright protection5PENANAX0RzqUOHrF

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