At the prompting of her advisors, Reeve Fríthild of the Broadacres has summoned together a war-council to determine how best to deal with the threat posed by the forces of the White Hand....
Reeve Fríthild has summoned together the Council of Stoke in order to come to a consensus regarding what action to take against the forces of the White Hand in the Broadacres.
Speak with Reeve Fríthild.
- Fríthild: 'Ah, <name>, you have arrived. Let us then begin this council....'
- Observe the Council of Stoke
Observe the Council of Stoke
- Fríthild says, "First, I wish to welcome Baldmund of Torsbury to our council."
- Fríthild says, "I know that it is not custom to invite representatives of the common folk to our war councils, but I am not your customary Reeve."
- Baldmund says, "I am honoured, Reeve. I will strive to prove the trust of your people and mine."
- Fríthild says, "My friends and advisors, you know why you have been called...."
- Fríthild says, "The wolves of Isengard bay upon our doorstep, and the Broadacres burn...it is our place to decide the best course to defend against them."
- Grimmar says, "The course is clear, my Reeve. We must secure Stoke and bolster the town's defences."
- Grimmar says, "The enemy is great, and our numbers our few. Our greatest strength are the walls of Stoke."
- Ordlac says, "Ah, Captain, you have a wise and bold spirit, but I do not believe the choice is as clear as you believe it...."
- Dudsig says, "I daresay! The strength of the Rohirrim is not in their walls...."
- Baldmund says, "Indeed, Reeve...our strength is in the people, yet they seem to be forgotten by Captain Grimmar among his war preparations...!"
- Grimmar says, "I have forgotten no one! But what good does it do to gather food when our men are unarmed and our walls in disarray? We cannot stave off the enemy with food...."
- Dudsig says, "Walls will not hinder the horde that is marching upon Stoke. Torsbury has fallen already, and its walls were stronger."
- Ordlac says, "Indeed, as my grim lieutenant has said, we cannot rely upon walls to survive this storm...."
- Grimmar says, "Then what do you propose, Thane Ordlac? That we ride out in force and engage the foe? They would overwhelm us!"
- Dudsig says, "Of course that is what my Thane is saying...naught else makes sense! We are the Riders of the Mark! THAT is where our strength lies!"
- Grimmar says, "That is madness! How many of our men must die before children are left to defend the town?"
- Fríthild says, "Let us have order! We are friends here."
- Fríthild says, "But Captain Grimmar does make an excellent point, Thane Ordlac...if you do not propose meeting them with force, what IS it you are suggesting?"
- Ordlac says, "I must ask pardon for Dudsig's assumptions. He should learn not to speak for his Thane...."
- Ordlac says, "However, while his assumption was not completely true, neither was it completely false...."
- Fríthild says, "We know from our scouts' reports that the enemy's strength has not been fully gathered..."
- Ordlac says, "If we attack their splintered forces before they join the main force, we might be able to keep them at bay or even drive them back."
- Grimmar says, "Ahem, I suppose there is some merit in that thought...."
- Baldmund says, "I can see how this plan would appease everyone. It would give us time to strengthen the defences, provision for the siege, and take a toll upon the enemy."
- Fríthild says, "I agree, friend Baldmund. Whom would you recommend lead these forays, Thane Ordlac? Our new friend here? Grimmar? Dudsig?"
- Ordlac says, "That is the beauty of my plan, my Reeve! I believe that we must show our people and our foes our true strength...."
- Ordlac says, "There are none more skilled in arms than those who sit here. I propose that YOU lead us, my Reeve...myself, Grimmar, Dudsig, Baldmund, and our friend."
- Grimmar says, "Now I know you are mad! How could you suggest such a thing...!"
- Ordlac says, "Why? Because the Reeve is a woman?"
- Fríthild says, "I shall ride forth, and my foes shall tremble!"
- Fríthild says, "Before we proceed, there is a matter which must be resolved...Mistress Engifu, come forward!"
- Fríthild says, "These are my children and pride, Fríthbert and Edhild. Should ill befall me, Fríthbert shall be Reeve...."
- Fríthild says, "With Tordag's death, Ordlac becomes my chief Thane and thus regent protector until Fríthbert comes of age...."
- Fríthild says, "Should we both fall, Torferth son of Tordag shall become regent protector. Now, friend from afar, attend me."
Speak with Reeve Fríthild.
- Fríthild: '<name>, will you honour me by assisting me with my arms and armour? You will find it on the table behind you.'
- Collect Fríthild's mail
- Collect Fríthild's shield
- Collect Fríthild's sword
Reeve Fríthild's sword, shield, and mail are on the table below the dais.
Reeve Fríthild asked you to collect her arms and armour.
- Collected Fríthild's mail
- Collected Fríthild's shield
- Collected Fríthild's sword
- Bring the sword, shield, and mail to Reeve Fríthild
Bring the sword, shield, and mail to Reeve Fríthild.
- Fríthild: 'Gird me, <name>, friend of Stoke. This day I become Fríthild, shield-maiden of Rohan.'
Speak with Reeve Fríthild.
- Fríthild says, "Forth the Éorlingas!"
- Fríthild: 'Thank you, <name>. You have been of great service to the people of Stoke. Well have I named you friend.'
- Fríthild: 'I declare this Council dismissed!