Fangorn Forest…

In the forest of Fangorn Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, Chief, Thel, Buck and his squad, Theoden, Eomer, and Gamling slowly ride their way towards Isengard on a pathway. As they near it meanwhile at Isengard itself the Hobbits Merry and Pippin sit happily on a destroyed chunk of the wall.

Much has happened to these two Hobbits while Chief, Aragorn and the others were dealing with the situation in Rohan. The two Hobbits had met and befriended the Ent known as Treebeard who took them to a meeting that would decide whether the Ents should go to war or not. After deciding not to with Treebeard about to take them to a path that would safely take them back to the Shire Pippin had been able to fool Treebeard into trying to sneak past Isengard and show Treebeard the devastation that Saruman had inflicted to the forest. In anger Treebeard called out the rest of the Ents and had layed siege to Isengard managing to kill all the orcs and trap Saruman in his tower of Orthanc.

"It's good. Definitely from the Shire. Longbottom Leaf." Merry says

"I feel like I'm back at the Green Dragon. A mug of ale in my hand. Putting my feet up on a settle after a hard day's work." Pippin says

"Only, you've never done a hard day's work." Merry says as the two continue to laugh.

Just then the two notice as Aragorn, Gandalf and the others as they emerge from Fangorn Forest.

Pippin laughs in happiness while Merry stands up "Welcome…my lords… to Isengard!" Merry says pointing at Orthanc.

"You young rascals! A merry hunt you've led us on, and now we find you, feasting and… smoking!" Gimli says

"We are sitting on a field of victory, enjoying a few well-earned comforts. The salted pork is particularly good." Pippin says

"Salted pork?" Gimli says

Gandalf shakes his head in disbelief "Hobbits."

"Un…believable. The stuff we just went through and they are sitting here enjoying all of this stuff." Cortana says

"Well at least their safe. We did chase after them to rescue them. Now here we are and there they are." Chief says

"We're under orders, from Treebeard, who's taken over management of Isengard." Merry says

The group enters into Isengard to find the enter place flooded and full of wooden debris as Ents walk about the area.

"Walking…Talking trees. This isn't strange at all." Romeo says

"For your information their called Ents." Cortana says

"Besides Romeo considering what we've seen so far I don't think nothings possible on this planet." Buck says

"Young Master Gandalf. I'm… glad you've come. Wood and water, stock and stone I can master. But there is a Wizard to manage here, locked in his tower." The Ent known as Treebeard says

"Show yourself." Aragorn says whispering

"Be careful. Even in defeat, Saruman is dangerous." Gandalf says

"How dangerous could this one guy be?" Dutch says

"He caused an avalanche and brought down the mountain on top of us from just this tower when we were on those mountains over there." Chief says pointing to the mountains where before the Fellowship had travelled through.

"Yeah…this guy's dangerous." Mickey says

"Well, let's just have his head and be done with it." Gimli says

"No. We need him alive. We need him to talk." Gandalf says

"Interrogating a wizard…that oughta be a fun thing to do." Dutch says

"You have fought many wars and slain many men, Théoden King, and made peace afterwards. Can we not take counsel together as we once did, my old friend? Can we not have peace, you and I?" Saruman says making his presence known as he appears at the top of the tower catching everyone's attention.

"We shall have peace… We shall have peace when you answer for the burning of the Westfold and the children that lie dead there! We shall have peace when the lives of the soldiers whose bodies were hewn even as they lay dead against the gates of the Hornburg, are avenged! When you hang from a gibbet for the sport of your own crows, we shall have peace." Theoden says

"Gibbets and crows? Dotard! What do you want, Gandalf Greyhame? Let me guess. The key of Orthanc. Or perhaps the Keys of Barad-dûr itself along with the crowns of the seven kings and the rods of the Five Wizards!" Saruman yells

"Your treachery has already cost many lives. Thousands more are at risk. But you can save them, Saruman. You were deep in the enemy's counsel." Gandalf says

"So you have come here for information. I have some for you." Saruman says as he lifts up his Palantír and gazes into it.

"Something festers in the heart of Middle-Earth. Something that you have failed to see. But the Great Eye has seen it. (puts the Palantír back down) Even now he presses his advantage. His attack will come soon. You're all going to die. (Gandalf approaches the base of Orthanc while Chief jumps out of the driver's seat of the Warthog) But you know this, don't you, Gandalf? You cannot think that this Ranger will ever sit upon the throne of Gondor. This exile, crept from the shadows, will never be crowned king. Gandalf does not hesitate to sacrifice those closest to him, those he professes to love. Tell me, what words of comfort did you give the Halfling before you sent him to his doom? The path that you have set him on can only lead to death." Saruman says

"I've heard enough! (whispers to Legolas) Shoot him. Stick an arrow in his gob." Gimli says

"Same here! Hey Romeo do us all a favor and blow this guy's head off." Dutch says

Legolas is about to pull out an arrow while Romeo reaches for his sniper rifle when Gandalf stops them.

"No. Come down, Saruman, and your life will be spared." Gandalf says

"Save your pity and your mercy. I have no use for it!" Saruman says

Saruman sends down a giant fire-ball towards Gandalf. Chief pulls out something and charges forward standing in front of Gandalf and tossing something into the water. A giant flame surrounds where Gandalf and the Chief are but as the flame dies down a strange shield of some kind surrounds the two. The shield deactivates as Chief had planted a shield grenade into the ground saving the two.

"Ah…So you are the Spartan. At last... We meet face to face." Saruman says

Chief just looks back up at Saruman at the top of Orthanc.

"So…This is the warrior from the Prophecy. The Warrior who has survived death COUNTLESS times in his life. Just a man from another world who was changed by science into what you are today. A man who wears just a big suit of armor and wields weapons the likes that no one of this world has ever seen before. How…How is it that you just a mere mortal of a man can survive…to face death countless of times and survive. What makes you so special…How do you still live!" Saruman says

"I'm just a SPARTAN-II Super soldier of the UNSC. And you want to know why I don't die. Easy…SPARTAN's don't die. We either go missing…OR we just go back to HELL and regroup." Chief says

"It does not matter…No matter who or what you are…Spartan! You will soon meet your demise by the hand of the Dark Lord SAURON!" Saruman says

Chief takes a small step forward "I'd like to see him try!" Chief says

Saruman raises his staff as he prepares to send another fireball at Chief this time but Chief reacts pulling out his pistol and firing off a round hitting Saruman in his hand causing Saruman to drop his staff as it falls off the tower to the ground below. Chief catches the staff with his left hand as Gandalf speaks to Saruman.

"Saruman, your staff is broken."

Chief then uses his SPARTAN strength to break the staff in two and tosses it into the water as the staff then breaks into more pieces underwater. Just then Grim appears behind Saruman at the top of Orthanc.

"Grima, you need not follow him. You were not always as you are now. You were once a Man of Rohan… Come down." Theoden says

"A Man of Rohan? What is the house of Rohan but a thatched barn where brigands drink in the reek and their brats roll on the floor with the dogs? The victory at Helm's Deep does not belong to you, Théoden Horse-master! You are a lesser son of greater sires." Saruman says

"Grima, come down. Be free of him." Theoden says

"Free? He will never be free." Saruman says

"No." Grima says in disbelief

Saruman then turns his attention to Grima "Get down… cur!" Saruman then slaps Grima across the face sending him to the ground.

"Saruman! You were deep in the enemy's counsel. Tell us what you know!" Gandalf says

Unbeknownst to Saruman Grima slowly starts to get up and pulls out his dagger.

"You withdraw your guard, and I will tell you where your doom will be decided. I will not be held prisoner here." Saruman says

All of a sudden Grima pounces on Saruman and stabs him several times. Legolas loads and releases an arrow hitting Grima on the left shoulder. Grima showing pain attempts to stab Saruman again when Romeo quickly acts and fires off a round at Grima hitting him in the chest sending him flying to the ground. Saruman lets out a groan and all of a sudden begins to plummet off the Tower of Orthanc to the ground below. He falls onto a sharp end of a turning wheel making a loud cracking sound on impact. Disgust fell over the faces of several of the riders.

"That's…going to leave a mark in the morning." Mickey says

"Ain't so powerful now after getting stabbed a few times." Dutch says

"Send word to all our allies, and to every corner of Middle-Earth that still stands free. The enemy moves against us. We need to know where he will strike." Gandalf says

The wheel begins to spin, sinking Saruman into the waters as the Palantír falls out of his robe and into the water.

"The filth of Saruman…is washing away. (Pippin sees an orange glow in the water jumping off Aragorn's horse as he wades into the water) Trees will come back to live here. Young trees. Wild trees." Treebeard says

"Pippin!" Aragorn says catching everyone's attention

Pippin then picks up the object the orange glow was coming from to find the Palantír as he eyes it curiously.

"Bless my bark!" Treebeard says

"Peregrine Took! I'll take that, my lad. Quickly now." Gandalf says

Pippin hands the Palantír to Gandalf, who quickly wraps it in his robe.

Approaching Edoras…

The group then begin their return trip back towards Edoras, as they begin to arrive Eowyn is standing outside in front of the Golden Hall waiting for their arrival.

Inside the Golden Hall…

A large crowd of the people of Rohan gathers in the Hall. Near the entrance of the Hall Chief along with the Marines and Elites stand as well. Éowyn bows to Théoden as she gives him a cup.

"Tonight we remember those who gave their blood to defend this country…Hail the victorious dead!" Theoden says

"Hail!" The crowd yells as everyone begins to drink

Afterwards the people of Rohan begin to also celebrate the victory at Helm's Deep as everyone is seen drinking, eating, and talking amongst one another. The Marines and Elites also join in on the party as well as they drink, eat, and talk amongst one another as well as conversing with the Rohirrim who become wondrous about them.

"That's right boys this here (holds up an assault rifle) is going to be the weapon of the future. The one that will be replacing all the stuff you guys still use." A Marine says to some Rohirrim

"Yeah we were enemies once but then some stuff happened among their army and they turned to us for help and well we became allies." One marine says looking at the Elite next to him who stares back at him

"No pauses. No spills." Eomer says as he gives Legolas a mug

"And no regurgitation." Gimli says

"So it's a drinking game?" Legolas says

"Ai!" Some of the Rohirrim say

"Last one standing wins." Gimli says

"Mind if you count us in too?" Buck says as he and his squad minus the Rookie along with a couple of Marines walk into the group.

"Why not the more the merrier! HAHA!" Gimli says

"Where's Rookie?" Buck asks his squad

"Ahhh he's over there talking to one of the marines... A lady marine that is." Dutch says

"Oh our little Rookie picking himself up a girl." Romeo says sarcastically

"Actually they're just talking. And that's it just talking." Mickey says

"Well as long as he remembers that tip I told him back at New Mombasa." Buck says as he and the squad grabs mugs.

"What'll we drink to? Let's drink to victory! To victory!" Some of the men say

Soon the men, marines, the ODST's, and Gimli begin to drink their mugs while Legolas carefully starts to drink his.

"You never were really much of a party man Chief." Cortana says

Chief leans up against one of the pillars in a corner of the building while the party goes on.

"I don't think now is a time for celebration. We only won a battle. Not the war itself. Winning one battle while a war still goes on doesn't count as a time to celebrate." Chief says

"While it doesn't, it does help relieve the stress of battle and does take people's minds off the war and have a little time for fun and partying." Cortana says

Just then Thel walks over as well away from the party.

"It seems that both of you aren't really much of party goers." Cortana says

"I do not take much enjoyment in these celebrations. Only when the time is right that I would do my best to enjoy what you humans call a party." Thel says

"You two really know how to bring a party down." Cortana says

Just then Eowyn carrying a platter with two cups on it and presents it to the two.

"I'm sorry it isn't much. But it is a thanks for what the two of you did to protect my people." Eowyn says

Chief and Thel look at one another and then each grab one of the cups.

"It's the least we can do. We will continue to help the people of this planet to the best of our abilities until Sauron and his armies are dealt with." Chief says

"That we will." Thel said

Eowyn bowed her head in respect and then walked off soon finding herself before her uncle Theoden.

"I am happy for you. He is an honorable man, and a great and powerful warrior." Theoden says

"You are both honorable men, and great warriors." Eowyn says

"It was not Théoden of Rohan who led our people to victory. (Éowyn looks at him, not understanding.) Ah, don't listen to me. You are young, and tonight is for you." Theoden says

Gimli gulps down another mug of beer as Legolas puts down another mug. Eomer hands both Legolas and Gimli another mug. Meanwhile the ODST squad continue to down their drinks as well.

"Here, here. It's the Dwarves that go swimming with little, hairy women." Gimli says as he burps

"Aw man I don't know if I can go on anymore." Mickey says

"No kidding…how do they do it?" Buck says feeling a little woozy.

"Aw what's wrong Gunny can't hold onto your drink." Dutch says

"I feel something. A slight tingle in my fingers. I think it's affecting me." Legolas says

"(in a drunk voice) What did I say? He can't hold his liquor." Gimli says as all of a sudden his eyes cross and then falls backwards onto the floor

"Looks like it wasn't Legolas who couldn't hold his drink." Romeo says

"Game over." Legolas says

Nearby Merry and Pippin are dancing and singing on a table.

"Oh you can search far and wide,

You can drink the whole town dry,

(Merry and Pippin kick Gamling's drink onto him making him yell and get up in anger but still enjoying the two Hobbits as they sing and dance in front of Rohirrim, Marines, and some Sangheili who are enjoying the two Hobbits singing and dancing)

But you'll never find a beer so brown,

As the one we drink in our hometown.

You can drink your fancy ales,

You can drink 'em by the flagon,

But the only brew for the brave…"

Pippin stops dancing as he sees that Gandalf is looking at him.

"Pippin!" Merry yells getting his attention back

"But the only brew for the brave and true! Comes from The Green Dragon!" Merry and Pippin finish as the crowd cheers as the two begin to drink their mugs fast.

"Thank you! I win!" Merry says

"Thank you!" Pippin says

Gandalf laughs and claps, and is joined by Aragorn, and Master Chief.

"No news of Frodo?" Aragorn asks

"No word. Nothing." Gandalf says

"We have time. Every day, Frodo moves closer to Mordor." Aragorn says

"Do we know that?" Gandalf asks

"Well if he wasn't and Sauron had the ring already; I'm pretty sure we'd know by now." Chief says

"Hmm I guess you are right Spartan." Gandalf says

"The only question is…where is he right now? And if Sam is still with him?" Chief says

That Night…

The party has died down as everyone returns to their homes to rest. Most of the marines and Sangheili make use of the Warthogs sleeping in or near them for the night trying to their best to rest. Meanwhile inside the hall Chief, Arbiter, the ODST squad, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Gandalf, Merry, Pippin along with some marines, elites, and Rohirrim rest on the ground. Inside his helmet Chief still has his eyes open not being to sleep just yet, Chief notices as Aragorn leaves the room and heads outside. Chief gets up from his bed with Cortana's chip still on the floor near him and quietly heads outside as well to see Aragorn and Legolas and joins with them as they stare out into the darkness.

"Couldn't sleep you two." Chief says

"The stars are veiled. Something stirs in the east. A sleepless malice…The Eye of the Enemy is moving." Legolas says

"Where to?" Chief asks

...

Inside the Hall…

Pippin is unable to sleep, and gets up, walking toward Gandalf.

"What you doing?" Merry asks startling Pippin

Pippin turns back around and continues walking towards Gandalf.

"Pippin!" Merry says

Pippin looks at Gandalf, who is shocked but then relieved when he sees Gandalf sleeping with his eyes open. He waves his hand in front of Gandalf to make sure.

"Pippin?" Merry says

Pippin exchanges a nearby vase for the wrapped up Palantír in Gandalf's arms.

"Pippin. What, are you mad?" Merry says

"I just want to look at it. Just one more time." Pippin says

"Put it back!" Merry says

Pippin unwraps the Palantir and looks at it and smiles. He slowly grasps it, but then his smile goes away as all of a sudden the Eye of Sauron forms inside of it. Pippin closes his eyes and begins panting heavily as sweat begins to run down his face, his hands become attached to the Palantir.

"No. Pippin!" Merry says

Outside…

"He is here!" Legolas says

"I see you." Sauron says

Pippin jumps back up and starts flailing around while standing letting out short gasps of pain. He then falls backwards onto the ground and starts rolling all over the floor in pain as he tries to yell in pain but only having short gasps of air escape his mouth.

"Pippin!" Merry yells

Pippin continues to flail all over the floor in pain as the Palantir starts glowing brighter in flames.

"Help! Gandalf, help! Someone help him!" Merry yells

Gandalf wakes up, as Aragorn, Chief and Legolas burst into the room. Soon everyone else wakes up as well hearing the commotion as Aragorn runs over and takes the Palantír away from Pippin but faints as soon as it gets in his hand. The Rookie sees this and runs over to Aragorn as Legolas catches Aragorn and the Rookie takes the Palantir out of Aragorn's hands.

"Don't touch it!" Gandalf yells

The Rookie takes the Palantir out of Aragorn's hands but all of a sudden the same thing happens to him as Rookie pulls the Palantir away the Rookie all of a sudden faints with Buck and Romeo catching him. Chief rushes over and grabs the Palantir with his left hand in an attempt to throw the Palantir but grabbing it and as he is about to throw it all of a sudden he finds the Palantir right in front of him on his left hand face to face as Chief looks at the Palantir.

"Chief!" Cortana yells

Unknown to the others as Chief is looking at the Palantir all of a sudden inside his mind images begin flashing through his mind. Chief sees inside his head a large white castle; he then sees an image of a white tree burning with drums sounding in the back and the sounds of people screaming in pain and orcs screeching into the night, he sees Mordor as something descends from the skies over Mount Doom.

In just mere seconds Chief sees all of this just as Thel rushes over and knocks the Palantir out of Chief's hands hitting the floor and rolling towards Merry who backs up away from it as Gandalf grabs his blanket and throws it over the Palantir and then in anger yells at Pippin.

"FOOL OF A TOOK!"

Gandalf sees as Pippin in on the ground with his eyes wide open in fear. Gandalf walks over as Buck wakes up the Rookie who shakes his head from what just happened. Meanwhile Chief stands in the same position with his left hand still out like he's holding the Palantir.

"Spartan?!" Thel says

Chief then wakes up from the trance and shakes his head as he stumbles back a little but recovers holding his head with his right hand.

"What…What happened?" Chief says

"Looked like you were in a trance of some sort." One of the Marines who was a medic says

"Chief you alright?" Cortana says with one of the Marines bringing her AI chip to him and her AI body appearing on it.

"Yeah…Yeah I'm….I'm fine." Chief says

Chief looks over as he sees Gandalf bending over Pippin who is still on the ground and heads over there with the others following him as well. Pippin then awakens and starts panting, horrified.

"Look at me." Gandalf says

"Gandalf, forgive me." Pippin says

"Look at me. What did you see?" Gandalf asks

"A tree…There was a white tree. In a courtyard of stone. It was dead. The city was burning." Pippin says.

"A tree? I saw something like that as well when I was holding that thing." Chief says to himself

"Minas Tirith? Is that what you saw?" Gandalf asks

"I saw…I saw him! I can hear his voice in my head." Pippin says

"And what did you tell him? Speak!" Gandalf says

"He asked me my name. I didn't answer. He hurt me." Pippin says

"What did you tell him about Frodo and the Ring?" Gandalf says

Pippin looks at Gandalf, confusion in his eyes.

"Chief you saw visions in your head as well?" Cortana asks

"Yeah. I saw a tree just like Pippin described. I also saw something else…I don't know what it was. But it didn't look good." Chief says

Morning…

"There was no lie in Pippin's eyes. A fool, but an honest fool he remains. He told Sauron nothing of Frodo and the Ring. We've been strangely fortunate. Pippin saw in the palantír a glimpse of the enemy's plan. Chief it seems that you may of saw the same thing, however it seemed that you saw something that Pippin did not." Gandalf says

"All I know is that I saw Mordor and it looked like something was descending from the dark clouds above it. I didn't get a good look at it, but it probably wasn't something good." Chief says

"Even then we know what Sauron plans on doing. He moves to strike the city of Minas Tirith. His defeat at Helm's Deep showed our enemy two things. He knows the Heir of Elendil has come forth, he also knows that the Spartan truly is a powerful foe for armies to be reckoned with; he knows that the Spartan and his allies will prove to be powerful allies to us. Men are not as weak as he supposed. There is courage still, strength perhaps to challenge him. Sauron fears this. He will not risk the peoples of Middle-earth uniting under one banner. He will raze Minas Tirith to the ground before he sees a king return to the throne of Men and will send his most powerful servants to try and kill you Master Chief before you can do anymore damage to his plans. (Turns his attention to Theoden) If the beacons of Gondor are lit, Rohan must be ready for war." Gandalf says

"Tell me; why should we ride to the aid of those who did not come to ours? What do we owe Gondor?" Theoden says

"I will go." Aragorn says

"No!" Gandalf says

"They must be warned!" Aragorn says

"They will be. (Gandalf then whispers something to Aragorn which Chief manages to pick up) You must come to Minas Tirith by another road. Follow the river. Look to the black ships. (Turns his attention back to the others) Understand this: Things are now in motion that cannot be undone. I ride for Minas Tirith. And I won't be going alone. Spartan I need you to come with me to Minas Tirith. If Sauron's army attacks Minas Tirith you will be the best hope and defense for the city. You can bring along some of your marines, but I highly suggest against bringing your Elite friends. The people of Minas Tirith would not welcome them as kindly as the people of Rohan did. Not until the time is right that is." Gandalf says

"I'll bring the best to help with the defense. How many?" Chief says

"Do not bring to many, at the most try to pick the strongest from among them, the rest will wait here and ride with the Rohirrim to Gondor's aid." Gandalf says

"Got it." Chief says

Gandalf then turns his attention towards Merry and Pippin.

While Gandalf, Pippin and Merry head to the stables, Chief talks with Buck as the two head to where the Warthogs are parked outside the walls.

"I suggest bringing Rookie and Romeo with you, Dutch and Mickey will stay with me. Romeo could lead the sniper team like back at Helm's Deep and Rookie is good with any weapon he gets his hands on and is good with anything and everything that the others of the squad can do. I've talked to the marine squad leaders asking for the best of their squad and we got ten good marines who could help out with the defense of Minas Tirith." Buck says

The two walk out along the rows of the Warthogs where the Rookie, Romeo along with ten Marines wait with weapons in hand and packing ammo and other equipment onto the two Warthogs. One which is a troop carrier version and the other with a mounted Machine Gun on the back. Seeing the Master Chief the marines then stand at attention.

"Alright everyone sound off!" Buck says

"Cpl. Osborn sir!"

"Sgt. Harrison sir!"

"Pfc. Desmond sir!"

"Cpl. Silver sir!"

"Pfc. Alexander sir!"

"Sgt. Coulson sir!"

"Cpl. Shepard sir!"

"Pfc. Takinama sir!"

"Cpl. Kendall sir!"

"Sgt. Hawkins sir!"

"Osborn, Silver, and Alexander are the snipers who will be helping Romeo out with sniping defense. Everyone else here is good at what their trained to do. Kill all uglies who aren't on our side." Buck says

"Thank you Sergeant. (Chief turns his attention to the Marines) Now then I suppose all of you have been briefed by Gunny here on the mission at hand." Chief says

"We are to help with the defense of the city known as Minas Tirith and hold off the forces of the one known as Sauron until reinforcements arrive at we finish off the attacking army sir!" Sgt. Harrison yells

"Know then all of you are here because you were chosen to. Because you are the best of the best. We don't know the size of the enemy force or what we will be going up against. But no matter what we will hold Minas Tirith. We're all soldiers of the UNSC, you're all marines, I expect nothing less than to take down hundreds of the enemy forces when we go on the defense. Now than, any questions?" Chief says

"SIR NO SIR!" The Marines reply

"Dismissed." Chief says

The Marines then begin mounting onto the troop carrier version of the Warthog which has in tow with it two Mongooses for hit and run, and scouting uses for when the Rohirrim along with the rest of the Marines and Sangheili arrived to reinforce Gondor. Chief took the wheel of the other Warthog as Rookie mounted the Machine Gun and Romeo sat in the passenger seat.

With all the weapons and equipment packed aboard the Warthogs the Spartan and the others wait for a couple of minutes. Soon Gandalf riding on Shadowfax with Pippin riding as well gallop out of the entrance. Chief and the Marine driver in the other Warthog start up the engines and drive off after them and begin to follow them to Gondor…to Minas Tirith.

Meanwhile in the Space above the Planet…

A Slipspace portal opens up. A Covenant CCS-class battlecruiser steadily and slowly exits out of the portal just as the portal closes behind it. Inside the ship…are Brutes, Grunts, and Jackals of the Loyalist Covenant forces.

"You see what happens when we randomly Slipspace Jump! Now we are lost and have no idea where to go!" One of the Brutes yell

"It was either that or get blown to smithereens by those damn Humans and traitorous Sangheili!" Another Brute yells

"Enough the two of you!" The lead Brute yells

"Now then what's the ships statues?" The Brute leader asks

"Major internal damage sir, engines lost a lot of power from that last hit as we went through the portal. We also lost a lot of our air and land vehicles sir from some of the damage. We have 2 Troop Carriers, and at least 14 Assault Gun Carriages left. If we don't set down and repair the ship we aren't going to last long out here." One of the Grunts say

"Sir it seems luck is on our side, it seems that we appeared over a planet." One of the Brutes say

"What planet is it?" the Lead Brute asks

"Unknown sir. Not picking up any signs of Human or Sangheili activity. This planet could be deserted; it also seems that this planet was missed during the war. No signs of glassing." A Jackal says

"Then find us a spot to land and we will begin repairs to the ship." The Brute says

Over Mordor…

The dark cloud over the land of Mordor blocks out the sun. All over the hot wasteland Orcs of Mordor continue to go about their business preparing for war. The Eye of Sauron overlooks the work of the orcs when all of a sudden a loud deafening noise comes from the sky. The orc forces in confusion look up into the sky just as they soon see some sort of very large, purple metallic object descend from the sky.

A large army of Orcs gather in front of the cruiser with weapons in hand as the ramp from the bottom of the ship descends down. The orcs point their spears forward and take aim with their arrows.

From the ramp many Grunts, Jackals, and Brutes comes down from the ship with weapons in hand pointing them right at the army of orcs. The two forces stare at one another waiting for one of them to make the first move.

"Who are you supposed to be!" One of the Orc captains yell

"It seems that this planet has hostile native's sir." One of the Brutes whisper to the leader as he stares out into the field of Orcs.

"Hmph Hostile, but very ancient weapons it may seem." The Brute Leader says

"We are the mighty forces of the Covenant Empire! Show some respect to us primitives!" One of the Grunts yell out

Some of the orcs let out a screech at the Grunt forcing him to jump into the air and yell as he retreats behind one of the Brutes who swipes him away.

"Fool do not show fear!" the Brue says

"Sorry never heard of this Covenant. And we respect no one else but our lord and master Sauron." One of the orcs say

"ENOUGH!" A voice from the field of orcs yell out

Some of the orcs turn to see who it was and as soon as they do they immediately begin stepping aside. The figure steps in front of the entire Orc army. Before the Brute leader and Covenant forces is some sort of creature wearing black robes, and a silver helmet that covers all but his mouth which is grotesque.

"Who are you supposed to be?" One of the Brutes ask pointing his Spike Rifle at the new arrival.

"I am the messenger for our Dark Lord Sauron. My master bid's thee welcome." The messenger known as the Mouth of Sauron says as he smiles widely showing his grotesque mouth and teeth.

"What is it you want?" Another Brute says

"You are enemies of the one known as the Spartan are you not?" The Mouth of Sauron says

"Spartan…You mean the Demon!" the Brute Leader says getting interested

"If that is the name you have given him then yes that is right. Wears green armor, has defied death time and time again." The Mouth of Sauron says

"That is correct. How is it you know of him?" the Brute asks

"You shall know in due time…But now that we have your attention. My Master has a proposition for you." The Mouth of Sauron says

"What sort of Proposition?" The Brute leader asks