Run away! This is always the best tactic when faced with a beast of unknown terror.
Everyone hustles in through the doors. Just as they do so, the tentacles take hold of the doors and slam them shut. Rumbling noises seem to signal that the creature has also blocked the exit with boulders and trees. The only way to go is through Moria! Gandalf lights his staff and prepares to lead the way with Gimli’s help.
Fellowship of the LATE: 34 pages
Spatial physics question: why do the stairs go up? We’re headed into the mines, so why do the stairs climb up first? I would assume they would go down for a while before climbing out at the other end. Right? At least that’s how my brain envisions this path. I guess I’m wrong. I did fail dwarven architecture, and now I see why.
The debate between our heroes is whether the creature was one or many. Gandalf leans towards saying that it was a single beast, as the tentacles moved with one mind. Good thinking. He classifies it as one of the dark things that crawled from the depths of the earth. This is very likely, as is the fact that it was probably created by Morgoth in his infinitely twisted evil. I believe I said it before, but if it’s dark and terrifying, he probably had a hand in creating it.
So after all that talk, there’s only one way to go. Nothing like creatures of chaos to make those decisions for you.
In fact, I might give all my future decision-making away to the wills of powerful beasts. That will make things more interesting!
“Two hundred steps they counted, broad…”