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Spartans of the Ring Chapter 3
Another week has gone by since the Spartans have arrived on middle-earth. They were beginning to adjust to this rather carefree schedule.
Nathan was on his balcony gazing out to the clear blue sky with the radiant forest.
Nathan turned to see Jun and John waiting for him.
"What's up guys?"
"I think we should get supplies from the rest of our ship" John said "We have been here for 2 weeks and we still don't know how much longer we will be here"
"So it's best we be prepared for the long run" Nathan finished for chief who nodded. They made their way down to the entrance. On their way Lady Arwen passed them by
"Good day to you my friends" Arwen greeted in a bow and smile. The trio saluted her which she stared at them curiously
"Pardon I don't mean to be rude, but what is that gesture you 3 do?" Arwen asked
"Oh that" Jun realized no one here knew what it meant "That is how we salute or greet superiors in our military"
Arwen looked surprised and flattered "Well I am very glad you treat with such respect but I am no superior to such honorable men such as yourselves"
"No you certainly deserve such praise lady Arwen' Nathan countered "We were complete strangers yet you helped us and took us in and for that we are truly grateful"
Arwen beamed at the 3 then asked "But where are you going on such a lovely day"
"We need to get some equipment to last us for our stay here" Chief explained
"Well then would you like some company?" Arwen suggested "A group of my friends were intending to go for a ride with our horses and I would also wish to see this ship of your"
"Very well we shall be waiting at the entrance" Jun finished
10 minutes later
The Spartans were done stretching and awaited the arrival of their companions. Their ears picked up the sound of hooves running to them. They turned to see 6 horses run up to them and stop besides them. Arwen was leading them along with Eva and Arlette and 3 elves they recognized through their stay in Rivendell.
"So you're all ready?" Chief asked. The Elves nodded but one asked "But sirs will you not ride with horses?"
"Yeah we don't intend to" Jun said with a chuckle "Besides the horses wouldn't be able to withstand our weight"
"Then how are you going to travel?" Another elf asked
"Run" John simply stated
The elves were about to ask more but Arwen told them it will be alright. The elves then made their horses begin to run towards the ship. One of the elves looked back and nearly fell off to see the 3 Spartans keeping up with them. Arlette and Eva saw it before and smiled at the reactions of their friends. They were still amazed at what these Spartans could do. They have seen their faces and knew they were human yet their actions seemed completely inhuman almost divine.
The super soldiers soon ran in front of the elves and dashed off to the ship. The group soon arrived and the elves marveled at the size of the ship.
"By the Valar, is this a ship?" Eva whispered in amazement
"Half" Jun answered wittingly making the elves jaw drop. What was powerful enough to make it tear in half?
"What happened?" Arlette asked turning to Nathan. Nathan turned to John "You could ask him later"
The 3 approached the ship then turned to their company.
"Stay out here and keep watch" John instructed "Who knows what will come out here"
Arwen nodded solemnly and the Spartans entered the ship.
"Ah it feels good to be back in this claustrophobic environment" Cortana said jokingly
"I'm honestly relieved by this familiar environment" Nathan said while checking a few rooms
"Yeah as much as war was horrible it feels oddly nice and nostalgic to be back inside one of these" Jun said picking up a damaged comm.
"It's a shame that it's destroyed" Cortana said gloomily
"At least we can find something in here that we could use" Chief said opening a door to find the armory. It was damaged but it had most of the weapons.
"Oh hallelujah at least this is still here" Jun said happily as he went inside and loaded up on sniper mags.
The Arwen and Eva were tending to the horses while the other 4 circled around the ship. They never thought it was this massive. As they returned to Arwen and Eva, Arlette noticed an odd shape hidden by grass. She bent down and picked it up to see it was an arrow.
John entered a supply room and found some Spartan enhancements. He picked up 2 bubble shields, armor locks, active Camo, and holograms.
"Cortana do you think these could work?" Chief said. Cortana popped up beside Chiefs head and began to scan the equipment
"They are operational but after every use it will take some time for them to recover fully" Cortana turned green as she rationalized the use for each equipment.
"Hmm it seems the armor lock is the most excessive one we could use. It recharges every 5 minutes. The bubble shield takes 7, and the hologram takes the longest up to 20 minutes"
"And what about the Camouflage?" Chief said holding it up to Cortana.
"That can actually be repaired and used every 2 minutes after use"
"Then its best Jun takes it. He will have better use for it"
"Roger that Chief" Cortana looked over to a damaged computer and asked "John can you insert me into the computer, I want to see if there are any rooms that have something of use"
Chief obliged as he took out Cortanas chip and inserted it within the computer.
"Thanks John I'll see what I can find"
In another part of the ship with Jun and Nathan
"Holy shit check it out Nathan, vehicles"
The 2 approached a damaged a scorpion. The wheels seemed to need serious repairs but the canon was fully operational. There were a few damaged warthogs and 2 fully functional mongooses.
"More comm links" Nathan said as he picked up 3 "With that, we have 10 comm links"
"Yeah this is coming out well" Jun said eagerly hoping to find more. Nathan looked at A266 and chuckled
"You look like a child in a candy shop" Jun looked at Nathan and smirked underneath his head.
"The only difference is it's a gun shop and with that act it makes me look quite sadistic" Jun said in a correcting tone
Arlette was still observing the arrow and now a few odd tracks next to it. She was trying to identify these familiar footprints but couldn't properly make it out.
"Arlette there you are"
Arlette looked up to see a grumpy Eva and concerned Arwen
"What is it?"
"Where were you?" Eva asked in a raised voice "The others were worried about you"
"Oh I'm really sorry you 2" Arlette said genuinely "It's just I was trying to identify this arrow and these footprints"
"Why?" Arwen asked curiously
"They seem really familiar"
Cortana was checking on all rooms when something caught her attention. Inside the engine room were a large group of unidentified beings. She transferred herself over to the engine room. She flashed from camera to camera when one saw what was inside
Orcs. 50 of them. She used the remaining power in the ship to set off the alarm and her voice amplified throughout the ship
"GUYS WE'VE GOT ORCS INSIDE"
Jun and Nathan loaded their weapons and used their comm links
"Chief where are you?" Nathan said placing his index and middle finger up to the right side of his head
"I'm right above the boiler room" Chief answered "My radar tells me they're below me"
"Well we're in what's left of the hangar so we'll be there soon" Jun said already breaking off into a run
With the elves
They were startled by the sudden alarm coming from the ship. Arwen, Arlette and Eva rejoined the other 3 elves
"What happened?" Arwen asked sharply.
"Some noise is emanating from inside this giant vessel" One of the elves yelled pointing up at the ship
"What could it be?" Eva asked quizzically looking up at the ship
Suddenly they heard Cortanas voice magnified
"GUYS WE'VE GOT ORCS INSIDE"
Jun and Nathan rejoined Chief was beside the entrance to the boiler room. Chief raised his hand into a fist then opened it completely
"50" Nathan whispered.
They stopped as they heard the sound of orcs speaking, surprisingly , in English
"What of those armored beings you told us about?"
"They were unlike anything our kind had ever faced" one nervous sounding Orc said "They slaughtered my unit without any hesitation. And what's worse is they were human"
"WHAT?" Came another Orc
"Yes they were human but these 3 were something else. They displayed such power I never thought humans were capable of such destruction"
"Bah how dangerous can 3 mere humans be"
"Actually we can be quite lethal" Came a deadpanned voice "But it's just the type of humans we are differ from those you met before"
Nathan appeared from the shadows, Assault rifle in hand, magnum by his side an energy sword on the other and a holstered DMR. The Orcs were take back from his sudden appearance, but regained their composure
"So this is it?" The leader said mockingly "This is what slaughtered 29 orcs"
"Do not underestimate them" The surviving Orc telling the leader "They killed us with their bare hands"
"Hmph how can 1 defeat us 50" the leader orc proclaimed with an ugly grin.
Nathan chuckled slightly "You know back in my old military, I was awarded a nickname that surprised me. A Hyper Lethal Vector. Only 1 other Spartan received that same nickname and he and another just finished our plan"
The orcs looked confused when Nathan pulled out a rod and pressed a button.
The elves outside all jumped back and fell down as they saw a giant hole explode out of the side of the ship and out from it flew orcs all to the ground. Then they heard gunfire and some bodies drop to the ground. The smoke was still coming out of the hole when it cleared to reveal Jun, Nathan and John standing at the new entrance. They jumped down from a rather large height yet they landed without any injuries.
"Check for survivors and end their misery' Chief instructed the other 2 who nodded and pulled out their knives and magnums. Chief was carrying 3 large bags loaded with guns, ammo and other provisions
A few orcs managed to stumble into a standing position. They ran at Jun and Nathan. They pointed their magnums at the remaining orcs and shot them down. They all collapsed before A266 and B312's feet.
"We've got a lot" Chief told the other 2 "We can come back again tomorrow and see what else we can use"
"Right boss" Jun said while reloading his magnum. They finally addressed their companions who were still sitting on the floor with eyes the size of dinner plates and their jaws dropped.
"You know staring can be considered rude" Jun said with a amused tone "But considering what you have just witnessed, I guess it can be justified"
"What did you do" Eva Asked in a whisper
"We set a trap for the orcs" Chief explained "We set A couple of mines underneath where they stood. Nathan then pressed the detonation and boom"
"Yeah it's best we head out" Nathan interjected then stopped for a moment to think.
"On second thought why don't the 6 of you go on first and Jun, John and I will clean up here"
Everyone looked confused except for Jun and John who read between the lines and nodded.
"Yeah, Lady Arwen it's best you all return to Rivendell" Chief said
"We just need to account for all variables" Cortana said appearing beside Chiefs head. Arwen seemed to want to protest but trusted the Spartans and soon the six Elves were riding back to Rivendell.
"So Nathan, what is it that you want to do?" Jun asked turning to him
"You ain't gonna like it" Nathan said blatantly
"There is a lot of things that we've done and I didn't like most of them so I think this will be indifferent" Jun stated in a bored tone
Nathan twitched a grin and pointed to the ship "Nothing left behind"
"This will take a while" Cortana said
"All the more reason to clear this place of all resources" Chief said already entering the ship
10 minutes later
Outside the ship was 2 mongooses and 1 warthog. In the passenger seat was most of the gathered equipment and Chief was driving. Jun was strapping a few other gear on the back of his mongoose with Nathan doing the same.
"We all set?" Chief asked the other 2. They nodded and hopped onto their mongooses, turning them on. The trio began to ride back to Rivendell with Nathan flicking a switch.
The remainder of Forward Unto Dawn blew up into scraps and collapsed. The explosion was so loud elves in Rivendell saw the billowing smoke and felt the tremble. Arwen and her company looked back.
"Valar, what was that?" Eva whispered
They all froze when they heard a very loud and peculiar noise. Suddenly 3 large objects came flying above their heads and landed in front of them..
"Hey we caught up to you" Jun said from his brown mongoose
The elves were silently observing the odd things the Spartans were riding.
"What are these things? Are they alive?" Arlette asked
"Nope. This is human ingenuity" Nathan said "This is standard military travel for the UNSC ground forces. What I am riding is a 2 man recon vehicle, the mongoose. Master Chief is operating the more heavy assault 3 man vehicle the Warthog. There are 3 positions, the operator, the secondary driver seat who can be the first gun man and then"
Nathan pointed to the turret. "The gunner operates that giant mini gun on the back. It has a full 360 degree spin, can shoot up to 1000 rounds per second and all in all is an all terrain vehicle"
"The wonders you bring with you just keep growing" Arlette said towards Nathan who felt odd getting a compliment.
"Well let's get back to Rivendell before the ship attracts attention" Cortana said from Chief. The company all nodded and were driving and riding back.
"Hey Nathan?" Jun called from the comms
"Did we have to blow it up with extremely loud explosives?"
"Had to there was no other alternate explosive that could destroy the ship"
They all soon arrived with Elrond and a number of the elves standing in front with alarmed faces. Elrond ran to Arwen and embraced her
"By the Valar what was that?" Elrond asked in a frightened voice
"We are terribly sorry Lord Elrond but that was our work" Chief explained getting out of the Warthog. All the Elves gazed at the Spartans and at the vehicles. They wanted to ask what were those odd contraptions but were still focused on the explosion.
"What was that?" Elrond asked in a strong voice
"Our ship in which we crash landed from the sky" Jun said pointing back to the smoke "We gathered some provisions but then realized we couldn't just leave the ship there. the last thing we needed was Orcs finding our technology. We don't want to be giving the enemies an advantage here"
"So we set up something called charges which destroyed any remnants of our vessel so it couldn't be used by anyone else but us" Nathan finished.
The elves were all silent and waiting for something to happen or someone to say something. The Spartans instead began to unload and check their gear and equipment.
"We don't mean to be unjust lord Elrond but may we take these vehicles to a place where we can check over our findings. We want to be sure we're all set for our stay here" Chief asked politely
Elrond retained his self awareness and nodded telling them he will guide them.
One hour later
The Spartans were giving themselves armor checkups to make sure it was fully operational. Jun equipped his armor active camouflage and armor lock. Nathan equipped his armor with armor lock and a bubble shield. Chief equipped a bubble shield and the hologram.
"Whoa what a day eh guys?" Jun said merrily
"Yeah let's just hope this will prepare us for whatever middle-earth can throw at us" Nathan said in a rather dark tone. Chief could sense a bit of tension between all 3 of them. He knew that they knew something was going to happen and they were gonna get smacked down into the middle of it.