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Philip Thomas
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I will recount a tale of two Saurons, how their campaign for Middle-Earth was waged, and the fate of the Ring they lost long ago
[One of the Saurons was me, in my 2nd game of War of the Ring, against Alex, playing his first game. He is Sauron A. The 2nd Sauron was Matt, playing his first game, against me in my 3rd game. He is Sauron B. Any resemblance to real Dark Lords is purely coincidental.)

The fate of Middle Earth lay in his hands. The 9 companions were at Rivendell. In the fair land of Rohan, additional troops were mustering. Both Saurons brought their realms to war, while the felloship moved, uncaught. Their minions were mustered, and Sauron B found the Fellowship sneaking through Moria, while Sauron A caught them at Goblin Gate. Using the power of his minions, Sauron A swiftly emptied the Land of Mordor, pouring his troops into Ithilien. Sauron B's tactics were less sure, and his troops advanced in small companies, 5 units at a time, or 8 under the Witch King. Both Sauron's were momentarily distracted by the Elven Lords, excerising A Power To Great. Sauron A also had to contend with Wizards Staff, but it was soon lost. Sauron B kileed Gandalf, the meddling fool, only to see him reappear in Fangorn. The troops of Rohan swelled, gathering at the Fords (Sauron B) or Edoras (Sauron A). Meanwhile the Saurons were besieging Minas Tirith, Sauron B having some difficulty due to his unconventional army formation. Now we come to the first important difference in the campaigns. Sauron A found the men of Rohan ready for War, and they took the Path of the Woses, entering Druadan forest. However, he had his own methods of movement, and the Corsairs of Umar descended on Dol Amroth, bolstered by recruits from Isengard and Mordor. In Sauron B's world, Theoden rejected Ghan Buri-Ghan's offer, and the Corsairs did not arrive. Hence Sauron B, having vanquished Minas Tirith with ease, could split his forces, sending the Witch King West to Rohan, and various other troops south towards Dol Amroth. The Fellowship was now in Lorien and had indeed seperated Strider and Boromir, who thanks to the paths of Dunharrow emerged outside Dol Amroth, and Aragorn was crowned King in the fortress. Sauron A had no such distraction, but the forces of Rohan and Gondor were resistant,even to Grond and The Fighting Uruk-Hai. In the end Gondor fell, and Sauron A too marched on Rohan.

Sauron B's troops, under their fell captain had rapidly crossed the Anduin, vanquished the token defences in Eastern Rohan, and besieged one unfortunate regular in Helm's Deep. However, a veritable army of Riders of Rohan had been amassed at the Fords, and these now charged at the army besieging Helm's Deep. The intitial fight went badly for the Witch King, but he held his ground, confident in his power. Suddenly out of the North came a great wood, moving with elditch might. It covered the army of Mordor, and none emerged to tell the tale. The Witch King had fallen to the Ents.

Sauron A's invasion of Rohan was slower but more sucessful. The forces of Rohan exhausted themeselves in a vain siege of Orthanc,, which petered out despite the aid of the Ents and the leadership of Aragorn. A sally from the fortress swept the survivors into the Isen and simultaneously his troops from Dol Guldur converged on Lorien, tossing the Power Too Great contemptuously aside. He had Helm's Deep and Lorien under siege, but the Fellowship were already in Mordor.

Sauron B had managed to reinforce his southern troops in a dramatic forced march from Near Harad to the region next to Dol Amroth. However, the combination of Cirdan's Ships, Prince Imrahil of Dol Amroth, and some mustering of Gondor troops meant the Free Peoples army in the Stronghold was almost as large as the Shadow army in the adjacent region. Sauron B thus abandoned that as a lost cause. By this time he had conquered Helm's Deep from Isengard, but the apalling Ents had carried off their second Minion. However, he had some impressive armies in Moria and Dol Guldur to work with. Again, the Fellowship were in Mordor. Both Saurons were afflicted by The Spirit of Mordor, and Sauron B had the Eagles to distract him as well,, though they did no damage.

Sauron A managed to capture Helm's Deep and Lorien, despite the brave sacrifice of Aragorn buying an extra round's grace. The Fellowship were still on the foothills of Mount Doom, and the Free People's had been defeated. Sauron could rejoice in his victory.

For Sauron B, with most of his energy concentrated on finding his ring, the military situation had seriously worsened. An insolent Celeborn, with a small company of elven archers, sneaked down the Anduin and into an unguarded Minas Tirith, liberating it. Meanwhile he finally cast aside A Power to Great and conquered Lorien from Moria, killing the meddlesome Gandalf for the last time. The Weary Sam and Frodo, who had seen Gimli and Pippin die fighting for them, were nearing despair, but they were marching through a country devoid of troops...

Celeborn, leaving some Gondor men to guard the citadel, and taking some more with him, marched to Minas Morgul, and put the one regular there under siege. There were 2 regulars and a Nazgul in Morannon. Sauron used his last effort to add another Nazgul. The Fellowship need only take Minas Morgul and march to Barad Dur, and he would be vanquished. Yet it was not to be. Sam and Frodo made another effort and this time Frodo went mad with lust for the ring, put it on and challenged the Dark Lord. Sauron the Great had returned.


Note: The final turn of Sauron B I made a terrible blunder in moving the Felloship, who were on 9 corruption. There were 5 dice in the Hunt Pool. I had a Sword and two Wills of the West, so could have taken Minas Morgul and Barad Dur (I had 3 regulars and a leader in Minas Morgul. Oh well.
 
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Some aspects of the fight are completely ignored in this account. For example, Sauron B was facing a fully mustered North, with plenty of mustering cards drawn. Although in both cases There and Back Again had been played, Sauron A didn't see much mustering in the North- but Lorien was an easier target... Having taken Lorien, Sauron B started for Rivendell, but he was blocked by the Northeners in the pass, and then he had other fish to fry...
 
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Ooh, just remembered about Alex's attack on Orthanc, have now edited it into the story.
 
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