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5
In the shadow of the mountain

Challenge: Natural Disaster: Earthquake
Summary: Disaster depends upon your perspective.


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All Mordorís armies were marching. The guards had never been so few as in these days of tremors, when it seemed even the earth foretold upset; by night whispers ran among Nurnís farm slaves.

In dim daylight, Mharjada looked over, whither Enkit drew the harrows, dropped a tell-tale stone. Enkit stumbled, collapsed.

ďHoi! You, slave - up!Ē The overseer's whip cracked counterpoint command. But as Enkit cringed, Mharjada drew his stolen knife, fell upon the overseer, slit his throat and sent up a ululating howl of bloody victory.

All across Mordorís heartland, slaves took up that cry, and their world quaked.

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