Gondor…

Gandalf and Pippin ride Shadowfax, behind the two Chief driving a Machine Gun variant Warthog with Rookie and Romeo, and the marine Cpl. Silver drives the second Warthog carrying him and 10 other Marines who were chosen to assist in the defense of Minas Tirith when Sauron's army would attack.

"Chief just got off the comm. Buck says that the Scorpion Tank was just delivered to Edoras." Romeo says

"Good." Chief says

"And let's just say a lot of the Rohirrim are anxious to find out what it can do." Romeo says

While heading to Minas Tirith Chief remembered about the Scorpion tank that was undamaged in the Dawn and decided to have the Scorpion brought into battle to help out. From what he saw about Minas Tirith from his vision it was a very large city with high walls and lots of floors and defenses. If an army was going to attack Minas Tirith it was no doubt going to be a very large army that was going to be attacking it and as such in case the numbers of the army could not be brought down by the time the Rohirrim along with Buck and the others arrived a Scorpion tank along with the other 9 Warthogs could prove to be good assets to have on the field.

As the group cross a river Gandalf then speaks out "We've just passed into the realm of Gondor."

Riding to the top of a hilltop the group soon sight the city of Minas Tirith.

"(Whistles) Now that's a city. Well in terms of ancient kind of city that is." Romeo says

"Minas Tirith…City of Kings." Gandalf says

Arriving at the gate the soldiers of Gondor wearing silver plating armor open the large gates as the group ride into the courtyard. The group stop in the middle of the courtyard as soldiers and civilians all around gather around at the sight of not just Gandalf but the Chief and the others in confusion as to who they are and what the metallic things were.

"I do not thing your vehicles will be able to follow me to the very top of Minas Tirith. The streets are very narrow." Gandalf says

"Don't worry about that. We got it covered." Chief says as Rookie and Romeo unchain the Mongooses.

"Rookie, Romeo you two are with me. The rest of you stay here and watch over the Warthogs. Don't need any of the natives messing around with them and hurting themselves." Chief says

"Got it Chief." Sgt. Harrison says

Chief mounts one of the Mongooses while Rookie mounts the other and Romeo hitching a ride on the back seat. Gandalf gallops off as Chief and Rookie fire up their vehicles frightening some of the people and head off after him. Meanwhile the 10 Marines dismount from their Warthog and set up a perimeter around the two Warthogs as the civilians and soldiers continue to stare at them.

"Well this is kind of…awkward." Pfc. Desmond says

"No kidding." Pfc. Alexander says

"Just ignore them boys. Besides what else you expect. To them we're weirdoes with strange armor and stuff. We'd be doing the same thing if it happened to us." Cpl. Kendall says

Meanwhile Gandalf, and Pippin; with Chief, Rookie and Romeo behind on the Mongooses who make sure not to get too fast to follow Gandalf continue to ride through the many levels of the city, as people jump out of the way in front of them.

"Man how big is this place." Romeo says

"The city itself is just about Seven Levels high Corporal." Cortana says over the comm.

"Cortana what else can you tell us about this place?" Chief asks

"Well let's see. The city is divided into seven one-hundred-foot high levels, each surrounded by white walls as you could already tell from the outside. The gates connecting the levels aren't behind one another in a line, but face in different directions." Cortana says

"Makes sense. If an enemy force broke through and the gates were directly behind one another enemy forces could get to all seven levels very fast." Chief says

"Well anyways, each level is scattered with many alleys, narrow passageways, marketplaces, family shops and stores, and public living buildings, such as apartments and full-fledged houses. On the sixth level we have located the Houses of Healing. To put it short those are houses where the Healers as the people here call them where we know them better as Medics, do all their healing work. Finally, within the seventh wall, is the Citadel of Minas Tirith, with the White Tower of Ecthelion…it's pretty much where the Throne Room is." Cortana says

"Considering how high the first wall is back down there I don't think ladders are going to be cutting it for the orcs. Unless they have really tall and sturdy ladders that can get up those walls." Romeo says

"From what I picked up in some history books of this place the Orcs have to use Siege Towers to get to the wall. Which is what those catapults or trebuchets are for. To take them down before they can reach the wall." Cortana says

"It makes for a good defense but considering how in-accurate those things can be, how hard it is to tell where they're going to land, and considering how they are stuck in the same position and can't be moved not even pointed to the right or left, it's a good thing we brought some rocket launchers and two Spartan Lasers to use just in case. To help out." Chief says

"And what about the main gate to? Should we be worrying about those guys breaking that door down?" Romeo asks

"The Great Gate of Minas Tirith as it's called. Has its own wall over it too with archers on them to defend the gate giving them a good defensive and attacking position for the enemy forces on the ground. The gate as it is said is supposed to be made of 'indestructible stone'. In which we all know there is no such thing as indestructible stuff. Everything is destructible." Cortana says

"Just need to find its weakness." Chief says

"A normal wooden battering ram isn't going to be bringing that thing down any time soon. Not unless they have a big and powerful Battering Ram." Cortana says

"Well that's good news." Romeo says

The group soon arrive at the top of Minas Tirith arriving at the top Courtyard of the Citadel, where the White Tree stands with four Tower Guards surrounding it.

The group dismount and begin heading towards the throne room but both Pippin and Chief soon recognize the dead white tree from their vision.

"It's the tree. Gandalf. Gandalf!" Pippin says

"Yes, the White Tree of Gondor. The tree of the king. Lord Denethor, however, is not king. He is a steward only, a caretaker of the throne." Gandalf says

"Wonder if that trees getting a lot of water. Cause it sure don't look like it." Romeo says passing by it with the Rookie nodding his head in agreement.

"You'd think that since this tree is important they'd keep it well and everything." Cortana says

"Gandalf said that the tree is the tree of the King. And Aragorn is the king but isn't here. That could be the reason. Until the king returns it's going to stay dead." Chief says

The group arrives at the entrance but stop before entering as Gandalf speaks to Pippin.

"Now listen carefully. Lord Denethor is Boromir's father. To give him news of his beloved son's death would be most unwise. And do not mention Frodo or the Ring. And say nothing of Aragorn either. In fact, it's better if you don't speak at all, Peregrin Took." Gandalf says

"That's probably a good call. We need this Denethor to light those beacons you mentioned for Theoden and the others to get the message to come. We need to be on his good side for that to happen." Chief says

The group enters the white hall; on each side are black pillars with statues of past kings in between each pillar. The group approach the throne which stands tall above a short staircase with another to the lower right of it with a man in a black robe sits.

"Hail Denethor, son of Ecthelion, lord and steward of Gondor. I come with tidings in this dark hour and with counsel." Gandalf says

Denethor continues to have his head lowered, looking at something that is on his lap. Chief notices this and looks at what Denethor has in his lap but then immediately notices what it is.

"Chief…isn't that…" Cortana says before she is cut off

Denethor raises his head looking at the group "Perhaps you come to explain this. (Holds up Boromir's horn.)…Perhaps you come to tell me why my son is dead."

Gandalf is bewildered while Pippin has a flashback to Boromir being shot three times by the Uruk-Hai Lurtz.

"So much for not mentioning Boromir's death. I have a feeling things just got complicated." Cortana says

"When has anything ever been simple anyways." Chief says to Cortana

Just then Pippin speaks up "Boromir died to save us…my kinsman and me. (Pippin walks past Gandalf and kneels before Denethor) He fell defending us from many foes."

"Pippin." Gandalf says

Denethor looks before him at the young Hobbit.

"I offer you my service, such as it is…in payment of this debt." Pippin says

"This is my first command to you… How did you escape and my son did not, so mighty a man as he was?" Denethor asks

"The mightiest man may be slain by one arrow and Boromir was pierced by many." Pippin says

Denethor hearing this begins to sob.

Gandalf then speaks first to Pippin "Get up! (He whacks Pippin with his staff and turns to Denethor.) My Lord, there will be a time to grieve for Boromir…but it is not now. War is coming. The enemy is on your doorstep. As steward, you are charged with the defense of this city. Where are Gondor's armies? You still have friends. You are not alone in this fight. Send word to Théoden of Rohan. Light the beacons."

Denethor gives an evil look at Gandalf "You think you are wise, Mithrandir. Yet for all your subtleties you have not wisdom…Do you think the eyes of the White Tower are blind? I have seen more than you know. With your left hand you would use me as a shield against Mordor. And with your right you would seek to supplant me. I know who rides with Théoden of Rohan. Oh yes. Word has reached my ears of this Aragorn, son of Arathorn. And I tell you now; I will not bow to this Ranger from the North! Last of a ragged house long bereft of lordship." Denethor says

"Authority is not given you to deny the return of the king, Steward." Gandalf says

Denethor then stands up "The rule of Gondor is mine, and no other's! And no one…not even this Spartan will take that away from me." Denethor says

"So you'd rather that you fight Sauron's army alone rather than call in support from Theoden all because Aragorn is with him. You don't think Sauron is going to send in an army that will easily outnumber your men. If you don't call in help then all of the people of Minas Tirith are going to die. Do you want that on your hands!" Chief says

"Enough Chief!" Gandalf yells getting Chief's attention

Gandalf continues to stare right at Denethor and then with anger turns around "Come!" Gandalf says as Pippin and the others begin to follow as well.

Chief turns around and begins to walk but then stops and looks back at Denethor as he sits back down and then turn his attention away and follows the others outside.

"All has turned to vain ambition. He would even use his grief as a cloak. A thousand years this city has stood. Now, at the whim of a madman, it will fall. And the White Tree, the tree of the king, will never bloom again." Gandalf says

"Why are they still guarding it?" Pippin asks

"They guard it because they have hope. A faint and fading hope that one day it will flower. That a king will come and this city will be as it once was…before it fell into decay. The old wisdom borne out of the West was forsaken. Kings made tombs more splendid than the houses of the living, and counted the old names of their descent dearer than the names of their sons. Childless lords sat in aged halls, musing on heraldry or in high, cold towers, asking questions of the stars. And so the people of Gondor fell into ruin. The line of kings failed. The White Tree withered. The rule of Gondor was given over to lesser men." Gandalf says

"Huh that Denethor guy…more like a ass of a man." Romeo says

"He doesn't want to give up his rule over Minas Tirith and Gondor. He would rather lose everyone's lives here rather than have Aragorn take the throne again. He's power hungry, a tyrant. His stupid hunger for power is going to get everyone here killed." Chief says

The group walk towards the very edge of the long courtyard… and before them Mordor.

"Mordor." Pippin says

"Yes, there it lies. This city has dwelt ever in the sight of its shadow." Gandalf says

"So Gondor and Mordor are practically both enemies and neighbors. Not a very good combination to say." Cortana says

"No kidding that whole meaning keep your enemies closer to you practically applies here. And not in a good way." Romeo says

"Something's coming. And those clouds are the first sign of trouble." Chief says

"What makes you say that?" Pippin asks

"This is not the weather of the world. This is a device of Sauron's making. A broil of fume he sends ahead of his host. The Orcs of Mordor have no love of daylight, so he covers the face of the sun to ease their passage along the road to war. When the Shadow of Mordor reaches this city it will begin." Gandalf says

"So much for bright sunny weather then I suppose." Cortana says

"Well…Minas Tirith, very impressive. So where are we off to next?" Pippin says

"Oh, it's too late for that, Peregrine. There's no leaving this city. Help must come to us." Gandalf says

"Why else did I bring along Rookie, Romeo, and 10 other Marines and all that equipment Pippin. We're here to help hold Minas Tirith until Aragorn and the others can get here." Chief says

"Come then there are some things we must do in preparation for what is to come." Gandalf says as the group leave

Chief however continues to stare at the land of Mordor, as the bright fire of Mount Doom is seen in the darkness covering Mordor.

"So he's Sauron is somewhere there. The one that's trying to bring destruction to this land." Chief says

"That's it Chief. Why?" Cortana asks

"Simple. Once we deal with his army that attacks Minas Tirith. He's next."

Later that Night…

While the Marines along with Romeo and Rookie sleep with the Warthogs to watch over them, Chief before heading to join with them for the night pays Gandalf and Pippin a visit in their living quarters. Chief enters finding Pippin overlooking his Ceremonial Armor and Sword with Gandalf standing out on the Balcony overlooking Mordor.

"So I imagine this is just a ceremonial position. I mean, they don't actually expect me to do any fighting, do they?" Pippin asks

"You're in the service of the steward now. You're going to have to do as you're told, Peregrin Took." Gandalf says as he begins to cough.

Chief leans against one of the pillars and looks at Pippin. "You volunteered yourself to that position to repay for Boromir's death. You should of probably of expected that you'd be doing whatever it is your ordered to. Including fighting when Sauron's army comes here."

Pippin pours a glass of water for Gandalf and brings it to him.

"(coughs) Ridiculous Hobbit. (coughs) Guard of the Citadel. (Pippin hands Gandalf his cup of water) Thank you." Gandalf says

Pippin joins Gandalf as he leans against the railing of the balcony and looks towards the sky.

"There's no more stars. Is it time?" Pippin asks

"Yes." Gandalf replies

"It's so quiet." Pippin says

"It's the deep breath before the plunge." Gandalf says

"I don't want to be in a battle, but waiting on the edge of one I can't escape is even worse." Pippin says

"A lot of people who've never been in any huge battles usually feel that way. But once the battle starts…well you better change quickly. If you do you survive, don't and you die." Chief says

"Ah…Well thanks Chief…So Gandalf, Chief…think there's any hope for Frodo and Sam?" Pippin says

"There never was much hope. (Looks at Pippin) Just a fool's hope. Our Enemy is ready. His full strength gathered. Not only Orcs, but Men as well. Legions of Haradrim from the south. Mercenaries from the coast. All will answer Mordor's call. This will be the end of Gondor as we know it. Here the hammer-stroke will fall hardest. If the river is taken, if the garrison at Osgiliath falls, the last defense of this city will be gone." Gandalf says

"But we have the White Wizard, and the Spartan with us. That's got to count for something." Pippin says

"Should we also be expecting those Ringwraiths as well?" Chief asks

"Most likely. They will as you say provide air support for the orc army on the ground. They will most likely ride on their Fellbeast to try and take out Minas Tirith's trebuchet's and take out many Gondor soldiers. Thin our ranks so that when the orcs attack and breach through the gate or get onto the wall they will outnumber us." Gandalf says

"There's one thing these guys aren't going to be expecting. Ten Marines, Two ODST's, and the great SPARTAN-II here." Cortana says

"Hmph I know Sauron. He already knows that you are here Chief. Sauron will most likely send his most deadliest servant to deal with you. "Gandalf says

Chief looks at Gandalf "Deadliest Servant?"

"The one who will lead Mordor's armies in war. The one they say no living man can kill. The Witch-king of Angmar. You've met him before. He stabbed Frodo on Weathertop. He is the lord of the Nazgûl, the greatest of the Nine. Minas Morgul is his lair." Gandalf says

Chief then remembers the night back on Weathertop when he first revealed himself to everyone else against the five Wraiths and the one that stabbed Frodo.

"That was this Witch-King guy? It looked like a regular Ringwraith to me." Chief says

"He was not at his full power when he encountered you. He was only searching for Frodo and the Ring. He was not expecting to encounter the Spartan. But like I said…he is the Lord of the Nazgul and the greatest of the Nine. Ever since the encounter he has become very powerful since then even in some magical powers. He is very powerful Chief…no living man can kill him." Gandalf says

"Sorry Gandalf but that last part. It's just a saying. Everyone no matter how powerful they are have a weakness. An Achilles Heel to say." Chief says

"Achilles Heel?" Pippin asks

"A weak point on a person. The Witch-King can be killed by anyone. The person just needs to find his weak point." Chief says

"Let us hope you are right then Spartan." Gandalf says

Just then a bright green flash of light shoots out into the sky near Mordor brightening the sky in a big green flash catching Chief, Gandalf, and Pippins attention. However it's not just them, soon everyone else in Minas Tirith including Romeo, Rookie and the Marines see the bright green stream of light that shoots into the air.

"What in the world is that?" Chief asks

"Chief I'm picking up some really strange readings coming from that location. I think it's some kind of like signal or something." Cortana says

"What Cortana speaks of is true. We come to it at last. The great battle of our time." Gandalf says

Chief looks at Gandalf "So it is a signal…(Looks back at the green light as it dies down) A signal to prepare for the attack." Chief says

"The board is set. The pieces are moving. (Looks at Chief) Spartan I must ask you to do something." Gandalf says

Chief walks towards the ODST's and Marines who see Chief coming.

"Chief what was that?" Romeo asks

"It was a signal of some kind. Sauron's armies going to be making their move." Chief says

"Where they coming from?" Romeo asks

"Gandalf suspects their going to be coming from the ruined city of Osgiliath to have a staging location for their forces to gather. (Looks at Rookie) Rookie you and me are going to head to Osgiliath and give some support to the Gondor soldiers stationed there. (Rookie nods as Chief then looks at Romeo) Romeo get the marines ready for combat, you have the layout of the city from Cortana right?" Chief says

"Yeah." Romeo replies

"Then begin marking locations for where you and your snipers are going to be located. Have secondary positions as well and a rendezvous point for when things get serious. I don't think we're going to be able to hold Osgiliath and I don't want any of the Marines to lose their lives at the battle. We need everyone for when the main battle starts. Once me and Rookie get back we'll discuss the rest of the plan. But until then plan out with your Snipers what I just said." Chief says

"Roger that Chief." Romeo says

"Let's go Rookie." Chief says as he and Rookie head and mount one of the Mongooses with Chief in the driver's seat and Rookie in the back.

Osgiliath…

The men at Gondor both regular soldiers as well as forces from the Ithilien Rangers are eating and talking amongst one another.

"It's been very quiet across the river. The Orcs are lying low. The garrison may have moved out. We've sent scouts to Cair Andros. If the Orcs attack from the north, we'll have some warning." A Ithilien ranger with grey hair says to another with brown hair.

"Thank you Madril" the brown haired Ranger says

Just then a Gondor soldier runs up to him "Sirs, I suggest you follow me. Some men just arrived."

"Reinforcements?" Madril says

"No sir…Like I said you may want to follow me to find out for yourselves sirs." The Gondor soldier says

The two Rangers look at each other and begin to follow the soldier.

The two Rangers follow as the Gondor soldier then leads the two where a large crowd of Gondor soldiers and Ithilien rangers have gathered. The men notice the two rangers and move out of the way. The brown haired ranger walks before the rest of the and before him and the others stands a tall man in green armor and another one about the same height as the rest of the men wearing an all-black armor…before him stands…the Spartan.

"Isn't that the Spartan?"

"The Spartan what's he doing here?"

"I thought he was just thought the Spartan was just some sort of myth?"

Many Gondor and Ithilien soldiers speak amongst one another about the Spartan before them.

"You are the Spartan?" the Ithilien Ranger asks

"That's what I am. Call me Master Chief." Chief says

"(gestures to Rookie) This is Lance Corporal Rookie. Who's in charge here?" Chief says

"That would be me. Captain Faramir of the Ithilien Rangers. Son of Denethor." Faramir says

"Son of Denethor…Wait so your Boromir's brother?" Chief asks

"That is correct…And do not trouble yourself Spartan. I already know of the demise of my brother. Two young hobbits, probably friends of yours already told me not to long ago." Faramir says

"…Two hobbits? Wait you mean Frodo and Sam?" Chief asks

"Yes they came here not too long ago. But have already left for Mordor." Faramir says

"So their okay?" Chief asks

"As far as I know off. Now then what brings you here…Chief." Faramir says

"Right, Gandalf sent me here because he believes the orc army might be coming through here. He wanted me to give some support while he prepares things back at Minas Tirith." Chief says

"We do not know if the orcs are coming this way. The orcs across the river on the other side have been quiet." Faramir says

"They've been quiet...and that doesn't strike you as…odd?" Chief asks

All of a sudden the sound of a body hitting the ground is heard catching everyone's attention. Chief and the Rookie follow Faramir and his men and soon come across the dead body of a Gondor soldier with a arrow through his chest.

"They're not coming from the north." Faramir says to Madril

"(To the others) To the river! (turns his attention to Chief) It seems you came at a good timing then Chief. We may actually need that support now." Faramir says as he runs off.

Chief looks at the Rookie and nods his head with the Rookie returning a nod as the two head off to the shore with Faramir and the other soldiers.

"Quick to the River! Quick! Go. Come on!" Faramir says to his men

The Gondor soldiers and Ithilien Rangers begin grabbing their weapons and head to the shoreline and take cover behind walls, keeping out of sight to ambush the orc forces. Chief and Rookie get behind a wall as well with Chief peeking out from behind cover and through the darkness manages to see the torches of the orc boats as they approach the shore from the river. Chief knowing that Osgiliath was going to be a close quarters fighting ground and so packed up two M7 SMG's and a M45D shotgun, takes off his SMG's and duel wields them. Rookie also packed for close quarters with his Silenced SMG and a shotgun as well and takes out his SMG.

Soon the first wave of boats reach the shore and drop their ramps and the orc forces on each boat charge off and head into Osgiliath. The defenders let some of the orcs pass waiting for the right moment to spring the ambush as orcs run by them unaware to their presence. Chief sees Faramir nearby as he takes a deep breath and jumps out of cover running his sword through the orc in front of him. This signals the rest of the defenders to jump out of cover as well and begin to engage the orc forces. Chief jumps out of cover and raises his right gun up and fires a burst of rounds into the orc in front of him.

Chief slowly walks forward and ducks when a orc jumps at him just as Rookie pops out of cover and fires some rounds into that orc as well and begins to follow the Chief as the two move forward to assist the Gondor and Ithilien soldiers.

"Rookie take the left flank! I'll get the right!" Chief yells

Rookie nods and heads off to the left while Chief heads to the right.

Chief charges forward firing his SMG's at any orc that charges at him as well as other orcs who try to kill any of the defenders or have one pinned against a wall. Chief puts his left SMG to his side and takes out and primes a frag grenade as he tosses it into an approaching orc boat. The grenade lands at the center of the boat as the orcs on the boat look at the grenade in confusion to what it is when the grenade goes off killing the boat full of orcs and sinking the boat as well. Chief reloads his SMG's as an Orc charges at him and swings its sword at him with Chief blocking the sword with his SMG and kicking the Orc in the chest sending it flying into two other orcs behind it.

"Chief to your left!" Cortana says

Chief turns to see a orc boat as it approaches the shore. The ramp drops down as the orc forces begin to charge out. Chief crouches and begins firing his SMG's into the orc forces as they try and disembark cutting down the majority of them with both his guns. Chief sees four surviving orcs and quickly places his SMG's aside and takes out his shotgun and fires at the remaining orcs pumping his shotgun after each shot until the last four are down.

Rookie meanwhile continues to fire his silenced SMG at attacking Orcs. Rookie reloads his SMG and takes cover behind a stone pillar as he opens fire into the attacking orc forces. As Rookie takes out the empty mag and places a new one in his gun his HUD picks up enemy movement behind him and ducks in time as a orc swings its sword contacting the pillar above Rookie who uppercuts with the butt end of his gun into the orcs chin making it stumble back a bit and then fires a round into the orcs head.

Chief continues to assist the defenders fight the orc forces as he elbows a orc that was behind him in the face and then knocks it away making it fly into a stone wall. Chief unloads the last rounds of his right guns clip into three charging orcs and begins to reload his SMG's. Chief then looks up as he notices a wooden drop bridge be lowered over a destroyed bridge as more orc forces begin charging over and join the others in the assault.

"With the number of Gondor soldiers here Chief I'm sure that we're not going to be able to hold off all the orcs." Cortana says

"Then we'll just give them hell and reduce their numbers until we need to retreat." Chief says as he finishes reloading his right SMG and then fires it into a group of five orcs.

"So all Pippin has to do is light up the big pile of wood up there and that will start the signal for the other beacons to be lit which travel all across the mountains towards Rohan within sight of Edoras?" Romeo asks Gandalf as the two wait for Pippin to light the Minas Tirith Beacon.

"That is correct Romeo. We will need to take things into our own hands since Denethor won't be. Once Pippin lights the beacon. Nothing can stop the others from being lite. The last one is luckily within sight of Edoras. All we must hope now is that someone over there will notice it." Gandalf says

"And then our boys will come to give us some help." Romeo says

"That is correct. We must hope that they can arrive here before we lose our lives and before the city falls." Gandalf says

The two look up once more and then notice as the large pile of wood is soon set aflame. Gandalf smiles and then heads off with Romeo following close behind. The two arrive at a wall and then look off at the mountain of Amon Dîn.

"Amon Dîn." Gandalf says quietly

Just then the beacon at Amon Din is lite as well catching the attention of some of the Gondor soldiers.

"The beacon! The beacon of Amon Dîn is lit!"

"Hope is kindled." Gandalf says

"Great. All we have to do now is hold out until they arrive." Romeo says

Edoras…

Aragorn is sitting on a step in front of a house smoking his pipe when he looks up into the nearby mountains and takes notice of the burning beacon of Minas Tirith. Aragorn stands up and then with haste runs towards the Golden Hall bursting through the doors and runs towards Theoden while yelling "The beacons of Minas Tirith! The beacons are lit! Gondor calls for aid!"

This catches the attention of everyone including Thel, Buck, Dutch, and Mickey who are talking to each other near the middle pillar on the left side of the room who stop and look at Aragorn as they take notice of Theoden's expression on his face. Everyone in the room including Legolas, Eomer and Eowyn all look at Theoden waiting for his answer.

"…And Rohan will answer…Muster the Rohirrim!" Theoden yells

"And that's our cue to start getting our boys ready as well." Buck says

Outside hearing the news a Rohirrim soldier rings a bell atop a tower as all around Rohirrim soldiers mount up on their horses and get their weapons and gear ready for the journey. The ODST's head outside and notice as the rest of the Marines and Sangheili are also prepping up for the mission ahead. All near the Warthogs Marines and Elites prep and check their combat gear making sure everything is alright. Marines and Elites a like begin stacking up on ammo and weapons and grenades while also finding ways to bring as much ammo as possible such as taping ammunition clips together or placing other ammo holding straps on themselves. The ammo that cannot be carried are placed in rucksacks and the heavy weapons like Spartan Lasers and Rocket Launchers are placed in pairs on each Warthog. Thel soon joins up with them learning what the plan is from Aragorn.

"So Arbiter what's the situation?" Buck asks

"Aragorn says that we are all heading for an area called Dunharrow. It is to be the rendezvous point for where all the Rohirrim are going to meet up. The Rohirrim Eomer and Gamling are being sent out to find more soldiers to send to Dunharrow in the next two days. On the third day…is when we go to Minas Tirith for the battle." Thel says

"Let's just hope there's a Minas Tirith left when we get there if that's the case." Mickey says

"Mickey… Chief, Romeo, and Rookie are there. They'll give that army hell before we get there. And once we get there. Ha it's all over. Let's see these Orcs stand a chance against 9 Warthogs, a Scorpion Tank and 128 Marines, and Elites." Dutch says

"They may have size in numbers most likely. But we got guns…Lots and lots of guns and explosives." Buck says

"Not to mention 5 Warthogs with Chain guns and a Tank. Oh yeah these guys are going to be screwed." Dutch says.

Just then a Marine runs up to the group "Sirs! We're all ready to go. All weapons and ammo have been checked and cleared. All the supplies have been packed up."

"Alright then. (To all the Marines and Elites) MOUNT UP BOYS AND GIRLS AND SANGHEILI WE GOT A FIGHT ON OUR HANDS!" Buck yells

The Marines and Elites do just that as they pile into the Warthogs and onto the Scorpion.

On the inside Aragorn mounts his horse as Eomer speaks out "Now is the hour! Riders of Rohan, oaths you have taken. Now fulfill them all! To lord and land!"

The Rohirrim then begin to gallop out of Edoras. Among them is Merry on a small white horse who offered his service to Theoden who made him esquire of Rohan. As the Rohirrim gallop out of the gates of Edoras with Theoden, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Eomer, and Gamling in the lead; the Marines and Elite's begin to head out as well with 5 Warthogs on the left side of the column of Rohirrim and the other four Warthogs plus the tank on the right side with the tank in the lead on the right and Buck, Thel, Dutch, Mickey along with another Marine and Elite riding on a M12 LRV variant in the lead of the other Warthogs on the left side…The large force move out towards Dunharrow.

….

Back at Osgiliath…

Chief grabs the shaft of the attacking orcs spear and breaks it with his strength and then turns the broken part around and throws it at the orc hitting it in the forehead as it then falls to the ground. Chief looks around as the battle for Osgiliath continues on with men and orcs locked in a desperate struggle. However Chief notices that because of the ferocity and numbers of the orcs it is beginning to take a toll on the defenders. All over the defenders rush about in confusion getting slaughtered by the orc forces.

"Things aren't looking so good Chief!" Cortana says

"You don't think I—" Chief is cut off as a orc charges at him forcing him to duck under the swing of its sword and then put a couple of rounds from his left SMG into its back.

"You don't think I know that." Chief says

"You still got Rookie?" Chief asks

"He's still alright Chief." Cortana says

Nearby Rookie slowly walks backwards through an archway firing his Silenced SMG at the orcs that pursue him. Rookie reloads his gun and feels a hand on his shoulder and turns with his gun still pointing out only to see Faramir.

"It's me don't worry!" Faramir says

"Come this way!" Faramir says

The Rookie follows Faramir as soon more orcs come out and chase after the two and then turn to the right under another archway.

"Faramir!" Madril yells

Faramir sees Ithilien Rangers with their bows and arrows at the ready and steps to his left side behind cover with Rookie jumping to his right behind cover as well as the Ithilien Rangers let loose their arrows taking out their orc pursuers.

The two get out of cover as Madril speaks to Faramir "We cannot hold them! The city is lost!"

Faramir surveys the scene in despair. "Tell the Men to break cover. We ride for Minas Tirith."

Chief finds himself in a large courtyard with a statue in the middle as he continues to take out orcs with his SMG's. Chief sees as the Gondor soldiers and Ithilien Rangers are slaughtered left and right and run about in confusion. All of a sudden a loud screeching sound coming from the sky.

"That didn't sound good." Cortana says

Chief looks up as he soon sees large black winged creatures in the sky above and riding on them…Ringwraiths.

"Those must be the Fellbeast that we read about in that book back at Rivendell." Chief says

Chief watches as one Fellbeast swoops over trying to grab a Gondor soldier in its claws just for the soldier to duck but then get hit by the tale and sent flying to the ground and as another Fellbeast flies at two Gondor soldiers and hits them off a building with its claws sending them flying.

"Great now they got air support!" Cortana says

Just then "Fall back! Fall back to Minas Tirith!"

Chief turns to see Faramir along with the Rookie behind him as Faramir yells for his men to retreat.

"Come on Rookie let's go!" Chief says

Chief puts away his SMG's and takes out his shotgun as he and Rookie slowly walk backwards firing their guns at the orc forces giving cover to the retreating Gondor soldiers and Ithilien Rangers. Three Fellbeast fly overhead as Rookie points his gun into the air and fires into the air at one of the Fellbeast as it flies over him following it firing his gun at it to no success. Chief taps Rookie on the shoulder.

"You drive I'll shoot!" Chief says

Rookie nods as he hurries off to the Mongoose and turns it on. Chief continues to fire his shotgun at orcs that get close to him. As soon as he sees no more retreating defenders he turns and mounts onto the Mongoose as Rookie then begins to drive off with Chief on the back continuing to fire his shotgun at orcs.

The two soon join with Faramir and the rest of the defenders as they gallop on their horses with some men having to run as they all begin to retreat back towards Minas Tirith. Just then the three Nazgul that had been attacking them in Osgiliath appear over the retreating defenders as they begin attacking the group darting in and out grabbing men or horses with their claws and dropping them from high in the air. Chief grabs Rookie's Silenced SMG from his back and begins firing the gun in an attempt to take them out or at least drive them away. A Nazgul flies overhead and then turns around as it flies towards the ground and then towards the Gondor soldiers in the front.

"Rookie get in front of those men!" Chief says

Rookie does just that as he throttles the handles and drives past the many retreating defenders soon finding themselves in front of the retreaters as the Nazgul flies towards them.

"I hope you know what you're doing!" Cortana says

Chief turns towards the front and gets ready to jump forward. As the Nazgul comes closer Chief yells at the Rookie "Stop Now!"

The Rookie does just that as Chief uses the force of the sudden stop and propels himself forward towards the Fellbeast. As Chief flies at the Nazgul he twists around in the air and then sends a powerful SPARTAN kick with his right foot onto the left side of the Fellbeast's face forcing the Fellbeast to fly off course and then crashes onto the ground.

Faramir and his men see this and become amazed at what just happened before them, however it was not just them as other people who gathered on the walls on Minas Tirith to watch the retreating soldiers saw the event unfold and become amazed as well. Chief lands on the ground as the Rookie drives up to him, Chief looks to see as the Fellbeast gets up from its beat down and the Ringwraith re-mounts the Fellbeast and gives a look at the Spartan. Just then three rays of bright light appear hitting the Fellbeast. Chief looks to see Gandalf riding towards them on Shadowfax. Chief looks back as the Fellbeast roars in pain from the sunlight as well as the other two in the sky as the rays of light drive off the three Fellbeast that retreat back towards Osgiliath. Chief re-mounts onto the Mongoose as the Rookie drives off with the rest of the defenders as Gandalf turns taking the lead of the retreating soldiers and leads them back to Minas Tirith.

The Gondor soldiers at the gates open them up as Gandalf, Chief, the Rookie and the others head through the gates into Minas Tirith. Chief and Rookie dismount the Mongoose as Romeo and the other Marines run up to the two.

"You two okay?" Romeo asks

"We're both fine Corporal." Chief says

"So what's the sitrep Chief?" Romeo asks

"The orc forces broke through the defenses at Osgiliath. They came in numbers and overran the defenders. They came by boats and then used the distraction to get a drawbridge set over a destroyed bridge. Not many defenders in Osgiliath and with the army of orcs it was only a matter of time before a retreat would be issued. They also got their own air support which you probably saw." Chief says

"Yeah we saw that alright. So those are the Ringwraiths and the Fellbeast things you told us about?" Romeo asks

"That's right." Chief says

"Well things just got more interesting." Romeo says

Meanwhile at Osgiliath…

A Fellbeast stands atop one of the ruins of the city and the rider…the Witch-King of Angmar sits and stares at the city of Minas Tirith. Just then the Orc Commander of the army known as Gothmog appears behind him.

"Send forth all Legions…Do not stop the attack until the city is taken… Slay them all." The Witch-King says

"What of the Wizard?" Gothmog asks

"I will deal with the Wizard." The Witch-King replies

"And…the Spartan?" Gothmog asks

"I will…break him!" The Witch-King says