The title here has a double meaning, in that I not only started playing the new Update 13 epic story the day after it came out, but the storyline itself begins the day after the Battle of Helm’s Deep. Time to put some distance between me and the mountains of corpses left behind. I can only imagine the smell!
As an aside, I would totally buy a few t-shirts or posters that had reprints of the tapestries in some of these Rohan mead halls.
Gandalf, Theodin, Legolas, Gimli, Aragorn and Extra #47 ride out with me through the new forest that has moved in around Helm’s Deep. By this time I’m really wondering why the in-universe author of the books chronicling this adventure (Frodo?) decided to leave me out. I guess I didn’t have much of a catchphrase. Anyway, we spot a few Ents strolling by, a moment that would be more filled with awe had we not just spent some two expansions constantly bumping into them. What up, tree dudes?
The Fords of Isen on fire remind me of how good-looking this game can be (especially if you could see this in motion). It’s also a somber moment to remember that the previous battles were not casualty-free.
We’re approached from the rear by several riders. DUN DUN DUNNNN… Could it be?
Oh jeez! You guys? You’re still alive? You haven’t, what, fallen prey to level 5 goblins or gotten treed by a badger? Well there you go Aragorn, your red shirt fan club has found you. The war is all but won now.
I guess this brings to a conclusion a journey for the Grey Company that started a very, very long time ago. There’s only like five of them left because, well, they’re them, but the survivors are pretty jubulent that they found Aragorn and can give him that big helping hand he hasn’t needed to date. Meanwhile, the Shire goes unprotected and is looted by waves of bandits now that the Rangers have pulled up stakes.