"Skeptical of the King's state of mind, the Lords of the Eastemnet have gathered to decide how to defend their lands."
The Lords of the Eastemnet are holding a Witan to decide the fate of their lands
- Talk to Harding to signal the beginning of the Witan
The Witan is being held in Hytbold.
- Harding: 'As Hytbold is your town, upon your permission I will open the Witan, and we shall decide if we will stand up for our people and defend the Eastemnet.'
- Attend and observe the Witan
The Witan has begun and the Lords are discussing the future of the Eastemnet.
- Harding says, "As Reeve of the Wold and Aldor of the North-march, I, Harding, son of Harda, call this Witan."
- The Witan has begun
- Harding says, "Our lands are beset, our sons and daughters suffer and die, and our King does nothing."
- Harding says, "My duty is to my people. I ask we form a council to defend the Eastemnet."
- Ingbert says, "Indeed. Many are the terrors unleashed upon us.
- Ingbert says, "But we cannot forsake Théoden King. Such would be turning our backs upon the Mark itself."
- Fastred says, "Words, words. This talk wastes our time."
- Fastred says, "What matter who leads, so long as we slay our foes?"
- Athelward says, "Be not hasty, young Fastred. We all wish to protect our lands. Every man here thirsts for Orc-blood."
- Athelward says, "But say on, Lord Harding...you seek to make this Council, but who would lead it? You?"
- Athelward says, "Would you name yourself King of the Eastemnet?"
- Mildrith says, "I might think you would seek that title for yourself, snake."
- Gísil says, "The King has given his bidding. We must obey! We swore oaths of loyalty until death."
- Winsig says, "Whose death? How many more of my folk must bleed before Théoden upholds his own duty?"
- Radwig says, "I am with Lord Fastred. King or Council, what matter? There are Orc-necks to hew."
- Béortnoth says, "Aye! The filth must pay for what they have done."
- Elfmar says, "We must wait for Éomer. He will take our plea to the King."
- Elfmar says, "Théoden will hearken to the counsel of his nephew, the Third Marshal of the Riddermark."
- Fastred says, "Trust Éomer? More fool, you. If the King has been swayed, then surely he has too."
- Fastred says, "The only way to save the Mark is to ride out at once. Ride and destroy our enemies!"
- Ingbert says, "The King is overmastered. My own son has seen it. That wretch Wormtongue is to blame."
- Ingbert says, "Our best hope is to put the one who has weakened him to the blade."
- Ingbert says, "If I march anywhere, it shall be to Edoras for Gríma’s head!"
- Athelward says, "Ride on Edoras itself? Is that your grand idea to support the King, Lord Ingbert?"
- Athelward says, "Such talk alone is treason. Your head is not so far from the ground that you cannot lose it."
- Athelward says, "We must choose a wiser path, my friends."
- Harding says, "Then let us stand together -- here, not in Edoras -- and take up arms."
- Harding says, "The King cannot be saved. Prince Théodred’s death has unmanned him past return."
- Elfmar says, "I cannot believe that. If Théoden has truly fallen, then so has all the Mark."
- Béortnoth says, "Enough of this! You lot are naught but clucking hens. Blood darkens the grass while you bicker!"
- Gísil says, "Théoden’s bidding is clear. Forsake him, and the kingdom will burn."
- Harding says, "Our only choice is to defy the King."
- Mildrith says, "You care nothing for the people, Athelward!"
- Radwig says, "I will stand beside you on the battlefield, Béortnoth. Let our enemies weep!"
- Elfmar says, "My father keeps faith with Théoden, as do I. Éomer will know what to do."
- Fastred says, "The only Orc that that belongs in the Mark is a dead one!"
- Ingbert says, "As long as Wormtongue has Théoden’s ear, all is ruined. Follow me to Edoras!"
- Athelward says, "Thank you, Béortnoth. Calm yourselves, my friends. The kingdom will neither be saved, nor die this very night."
- Athelward says, "Whatever path we choose, we must be sure in our deeds and we must act together."
- Athelward says, "I am ready to stay as long as I must, until this Witan is all of one mind."
- Harding says, "Lord Athelward, you speak the truth, as ever."
- Harding says, "It does no good to slay every Orc this side of the Entwash if doing so tears us asunder."
- Athelward says, "My lords, bide a moment, if you will. A Rider has come bringing news from Cliving."
- Harding says, "So, then. While we wait, let us have a tally to see where things stand."
- Harding says, "All who wish to follow the Council of the Eastemnet, speak!"
- Harding says, "Aye."
- Winsig says, "Aye."
- Radwig says, "Aye."
- Fastred says, "Aye."
- Harding says, "And who would hold with the King and his bidding?"
- Mildrith says, "Aye."
- Gísil says, "Aye."
- Elfmar says, "Aye."
- Ingbert says, "Aye."
- Harding says, "And Béortnoth? Where lie your thoughts?"
- Béortnoth says, "My thoughts are with my kin, my kith, my folk...all slaughtered in Thornhope."
- Béortnoth says, "My sword, if you wish it, goes to whomever will bid me bloody it most."
- Harding says, "As I feared, we are still much at odds. Perhaps a fresh mind is needed."
- Harding says, "<name>, all here have learned to trust you."
- Harding says, "What say you? Should we break faith with the King, or...."
- Edgal says, "My lord! Fear, fire, and foes! The West Gate burns!"
- Harding says, "Then the time for words is over. Come, my friends! Draw your swords!"
- The Witan has been interrupted. Something is happening outside.
- Edgal: 'It is time to stand and defend all you have built here.'