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Alessandro Tonucci (order #101007) Tonucci (order #101007) Tonucci (order #101007) Scott Bennie, JaSon Durall, Sam JohnSon, aaron roSenBerg, anD george StraytonLine DeveLopment: Jeff tiDBalleDiting: Jim JohnSon, carloS ParaDinha, chriS Seeman, Janice m. SellerS anD Jeff tiDBall. 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Authorized User. TM, , & 2005 Decipher Inc., P.O. Box 56, Norfolk VA, USA 23501. All Rights Reserved. Creditswww. d e c i p h e r . c o mAlessandro Tonucci (order #101007) of ContentsintroduCtion: the road to isengard4Chapter one: the history and life of isengard8Chapter two: the fortress of iron22Chapter three: nan Curunr58Chapter four: the white hand70Alessandro Tonucci (order #101007)[B]ut mighty works the men of Westernesse had wrought there ofold, and Saruman had dwelt therelong and had not been idle. The Two Towers.:..:...the roadto isengard !This tower was built to shield the kingdomofGondorfromOrcsand Hill-men, but time can corrupt even thenoblestofmotivesandplaces. ThefateofIsengardbecamelinked withthatofthewizardSaruman, whopersuadedthestewardsof Gondortopasscustodyofthe towerintohisWhiteHand.When Saruman became an agent of evil, so toowasIsengardtransformedintoa citadelofdarkness,theperfectstag-ing ground to embark on a campaign of conquest. Secure within the great stronghold ofNanCurunr,theWizardsVale wheretheriverIsenwasbornfrom thesouthernglaciersoftheMisty Mountains,Sarumanlabouredin deepcaverns.Fuelledbywoodfrom nearbyFangornForest,balefulfur-nacesbelchedsmokedayandnight. oftiest of all the peaks in Middle-earth are the Misty Mountains, a chain raised in the early days of the world. So impressive are these summits that anyone who looks upon them cannot imagine a mortal work to rival them. However, south of the Last Peak the race of Men daredtotry.Carvingfourgreatslabsofrockfromthecentreofa vast stone Ring, the clever children of Nmenor hewed, shaped, and erected a conjoined spike of black granite, the greatest tower of its day. This tower was called Angrenost ( The Fortress of Iron). Due to its proximity to the river Isen, the fortress as a whole came to be known as Isengard. This huge spike, thrusted upward from the valley floor, dominating its surroundings as a symbol of the might of its builders and a warning to their enemies.LAlessandro Tonucci (order #101007) Tonucci (order #101007) furnaces powered factories that constructedenginesofdestruction, and assisted the Wizard in even dark-er designs. Saruman proudly called it progress.Such thirst for power led Saruman tocommithisgreatestblasphemy: cross-breedingMenwithOrcsand perfectingSauronsUruk-hai.These monstroushybridsbecamethevan-guardofhisarmies,whichatthe endoftheThirdAgewerebenton overthrowing the kingdom of Rohan. AgentsofhisWhiteHandtravelled throughoutwesternMiddle-earth, fromGondortotheShire,spying ontheirdefences,establishingthem-selves(bycoercionorbullying)in positionsofauthorityasSaruman viedtobecomesovereignoverallof Western Middle-earth.Sarumans army was bolstered by theHill-menoftheneighbouring regionofDunland,who,besotted bythewordsoftheWizard,had rekindledtheirancestralhatredof Rohanandunthinkinglymarched side-by-sidewiththeUruk-haion acrusadeintoglory.Thisalliance nearlytoppledtheRohirrimand plungedtheworldintoanageof Shadow,butthankstotheefforts ofmanyheroessomecelebrated, some unheraldedit failed and ulti-matelytookthemintodarkness. TheOrc-wroughtdestructionof Isengards nearby forests angered his neighbours,theEntsofFangorn, whofinallyroseagainsttheCircle ofIsengardandtoreitapart,slay-ingalluponwhichtheylaidtheir hands.Simultaneously,thearmies ofRohanwonagreat,unexpected victory at Helms Deep, slaughtering Sarumans Half-orcs and putting the Hill-mentoflight.Lastly,Gandalf theWhitecameforth,andwith thePoweroftheWestheended Sarumansauthorityandbrokehis staff.ThusSarumansambitions cametonought.Attheendofthe ThirdAge,Isengardwasnothing but a flooded ruin.gui detothe geography oftheValeIsengardrestsintheshadowof Methedras,theLastPeakofthe MistyMountainchain,whichlies duenorthofthefortress.Onits west, it is bordered by the foothills of DolBaran,whileontheeastbythe foothillsofFangorn,whichformthe Isen Vale.Beyondtheeasternhillsis Fangorn Forest, home to the Ents, the Shepherds of the Trees. To the south are the grassy plains of Calenardhon, now called Rohan.TheRiverIsen,whichisformed by melting snows from the Last Peak, flows from the western hills of the val-ley,southfromOrthanc,andcrosses theGreatWestRoadattheFords ofIsen,locatedapproximatelythirty milessouthoftheCircleofIsengard. BeforeSarumanwascorrupted,this valeNanCurunr,the Valleyofthe Wizardwasagreenandpleasant placewhoselightwoodswerenur-tured by mountain rains. Prior to the WaroftheRing,theseforestswere razedandthevalleybecameamore desolate place.Amilefromthesteepsouthern faceofMethedrasstandstheRing ofIsengard.EvenifOrthancdidnot exist,thiswoulditselfbeamarvel; adefensiveringnearlysixandahalf milesincircumference,whoseeighty foothighwallsarenearlysixtyfeet thick. A single tunnel was drilled into thesouthernfaceofthewall,provid-ingone(heavilyguarded)routeof accessforvisitors,whichwassecured byanetworkofguardroomsand storehouses. FromtheedgeoftheRing,eight pillar-linedavenuesconvergeonthe centraltowerofOrthanc.Thetower, further adVenturesin isengardInthecourseofproduc-ing this Isengard sourcebook, morematerialwaswritten anddevelopedthancould be fit within this books cov-ers!Anadventureentitled TheEaglesareMissing, alongwithanumberof otheradventureandchron-icle seeds, were omitted due tospaceconstraints.These materials,however,are availableinPDFformaton DeciphersTheLordofthe Rings Roleplaying Game web site. Just point your browser at anddownloadthesesupple-mental materials for free.Alessandro Tonucci (order #101007) Road to Isengardmade from polished black granite and sandstone, rose over five hundred feet tall,crownedwithfourgreatstone hornsatitspeak.Atthebottom,a longstairleaduptoaheavystone door, the only visible entrance into the tower.Sarumanaddressedhispeople fromabalconyhighabovedoorlevel, andwellabovethebalconywasthe chamberofthepalantr,theancient Gondorianseeing-stonethatwasthe towersgreatesttreasure. Atthesum-mit of the tower was a flat rooftop of polishedstone,onwhichSaruman inscribedmagicalrunes.Itwashere that he imprisoned Gandalf the Grey.howtouse thi sbookIsengardisacompleteguideto oneofthegreatestfortressesof Middle-earth.Mostofthedescrip-tionsinthisbookdetailsIsengard andtheWizardsValeastheywere neartheendoftheThirdAge,just beforeGandalf simprisonmentin the first half of TA 3018. Of course, historical information is also plenti-fulandsomesuggestionsaboutthe stateofIsengardaftertheWarof the Ring are also provided.chaPter one: the hiStory anD life of iSengarD recounts the tale of Isengardscreationanddevelopment, and tells the story of its people at the endoftheThirdAgeandbeginning of the Fourth. Isengard has stood as a great monument since the early Third Age, and has weathered many battles; itshistoricalimportanceneedstobe understoodbythosewhoroleplay charactersfromtheregion,aswellas any who are interested in the ancient lore of Middle-earth.chaPtertwo:thefortreSS ofirondetailsthechambersand passagesofthisgreatfortress, includingthegreatstoneCircleof Isengard, the tunnels beneath it, and the proud fortress of Orthanc itself, includingitsmagicaltreasuressuch as the palantr.chaPterthree:nancurunr describestheValleyofSaruman beyondtheRingofIsengardinclud-ingtheFordsofIsen;DolBaranthe last hill; the work camps of Sarumans Orcs,Half-orcs,andUruk-hai;and more.Isengardentailsmuchmore thanthetowerOrthanc,andthe magic of Saruman is both subtle and far-reaching. chaPterfour:thewhite hanDdescribesSarumansminions. Sarumansevilisnotcomposedonly ofvastarmiesandfellcreatures:his agentsandspiesarenumerous,and theyspreadSarumanscorruption through a diverse host of faces.Alessandro Tonucci (order #101007) strong place and wonderfulwas Isengard, and long ithad been beautiful . The Two Towers|.:: C.:the history and life of isengard ~hi storyIsengard is a mighty fortress, but its long history holds bitter tales that presageitsdisastrousfate.From itsinception,Isengardwasaplaceof both majesty and darkness. Few went there willingly, for it was distant from thecentresofpower,andalmostas desolateawatchastheMorannon. The Angrenostim were known as the dourmenintheSouth,fortheydid noteasilyseehope,ortakecomfort inworldlypleasures.Yetinthedays beforetheWizards,thestewardof the tower had a reputation as a seer of thingshiddenfromtheeyesofMen, and his voice was well-regarded in the councils of the Wise.Ci ryanarInthefourhundredandfifty-thirdyearoftheThirdAge,the OrcsoftheMistyMountainsmar-shalledtheirstrengthandattacked Gondorssettlementsintheplains ofCalenardhon.Theareawasill-preparedforanassaultofsuchmag-nitude. TheOrcssackedan