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The Black Breath

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"Nazgul!" Gandalf said of them, "We will not speak of such things even in the morning of the Shire." The elf Gildor later told Frodo, "Flee them! Speak no words to them! They are deadly."

Those who dared to approach the Nine suffered from the Black Breath. Faramir, Eowyn and Merry are the most obvious victims, but there are many others: Fatty Bolger, the hobbit gatewardens at the Brandywine gate when the Riders break through, the surviving Rangers from Sarn Ford, the dwarves of the Lonely Mountain, riders who were close to Theoden when the Witch King attacked, and many ordinary soldiers in Minas Tirith.

The challenge is to write a story exploring what happens when any particular character suffers from the Black Breath at any time. How would peoples who had rarely encountered the Nazgul before react to this strange malady, and where would they turn for help? You could look at what the experience is like for that person or tell the story of the friends who try to help them.

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Gwynnyd - Fever Dreams
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Last Updated: 01 Nov 05
Faramir wakes up in the Houses of Healing. What does he actually remember? For Raksha. With many, many thanks to Tanaqui, Cheryl and Lady Aranel who helped me thwap this into shape in a very short time. 2005 MEFA Awards - 3rd Place (Gondor - Houses of Healing)

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Challenge Info

Created: April 16, 2004

Challenge Topic: Object/Thing

Entries: 1

Originator: Tanaqui

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