The Horn of Nimraug
Part I - Fire and Ice
©1999 Craig Pay
Edited for The Guild Companion by Joe Mandala, August 2000
The Mulkan Kaupunki are relieved to have the Horn of Nimraug
returned. They wish to return the remaining palantíri (Amon Sűl) to a safe
place in their keeping, as they consider that the item belongs to them.
If Alaric is still alive he reveals to the PCs his true
mission, on behalf of Gandalf. He approves of the Mulkan keeping the remaining
palantíri, reasoning that it would be too risky to attempt the long journey
south with such a heavy item when it could fall into the hands of the Enemy.
However, Alaric would like the PCs to help him chase after the other palantíri
taken by Kylmyyskala. He promises that
if the glory of the Free Peoples is not reward enough, then reward in coin for
the return of such an item to the Rangers of the North would be beyond the
riches of a King!
The Mulkan invite the PCs along to a semi-religious ceremony
to place the palantíri into safekeeping. That night the Mulkan take the
palantíri far out onto the ice, where a large fire is built and then lit around
the palantíri. If Alaric has died then his body will also join the palantíri
under the pyre. Everyone is then led several hundred yards away. After an hour
or so there is a huge crash as the melted ice gives way crashing the palantíri
through the ice and into the depths below. Any of the Verinen Metsästäjät who
have been captured now have their throats slit and are left on the ice. The PCs
may be shocked at this harsh treatment, but the Mulkan live in a world or Life
and Death, they have little space for prisoners or vengeful enemies in their
Kylmyyskala now heads for her superior, The Watcher of Carn Dűm!
And the PCs may well be following in her tracks
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