Lamp of Belthi

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Lamp of Belthi

Post by Wiltshiresaint » Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:02 pm

I'm just running Eaves of Mirkwood, and need to describe the Lamp of Belthi in Woodmen-Town. Anyone have any idea of what it is? I fear I don't!

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Re: Lamp of Balthi

Post by Otaku-sempai » Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:10 pm

The Lamp of Balthi is briefly described in The Darkening of Mirkwood on pages 71 & 72:
The delegation sent by the Elvenking to Woodmen-town returns to the Woodland Realm [year 2963], bringing strange tidings to Thranduil. They speak of a great glowing lamp that hangs from the roof of the longhouse there, and that its light shines with a radiance they have not seen in an age of the world. Would it be possible that these Woodmen found and hid one of the lost lamps that once hung above the gates of Amon Lanc?

Thranduil dismisses the claim. He remembers those lamps of old, they were made of imperishable crystal, not glass and wood, like the lamp the envoys are describing. Then Hanna, the daughter of Halbrech the Wineseller steps forward and says that she heard old men and women in Woodmen-town tell stories of how their wondrous lamp was carried out of Dol Guldur by the 'Grey Wizard'...

This testimony causes an uproar in the hall. If all this should prove to be true, then the Woodmen could be accused of stealing one of the treasures of the Silvan Elves, of deceiving them by hiding it, and, worst of all, of endangering the Woodland Realm by not letting the lamp protect its borders. Why, if the Elves had the lamp they might never have been driven north of the Mountains of Mirkwood!

If the outrage was not enough, it could seem also that their 'friends' the Wizards knew of this treachery. Mithrandir brought the lamp out of Dol Guldur, and the Brown Wizard lives not a day's march from the hall. They must have known and conspired to keep the lamp a secret!
Later, when questioned, Gandalf admits that he gave the Lamp of Balthi to the Woodmen as their need for its protection was greater than the needs of the Woodland Realm. Presumably, the glass and wood is a facade concealing the crystal lamp beneath.
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Re: Lamp of Belthi

Post by zedturtle » Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:37 pm

If you have the Loremaster's Guide, the Lamp of Balthi is described on page 18.
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Re: Lamp of Belthi

Post by Otaku-sempai » Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:29 pm

zedturtle wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:37 pm
If you have the Loremaster's Guide, the Lamp of Balthi is described on page 18.
Or on page 106 of the old Loremaster's Book for TOR:
The Hall of Balthi
This great house takes [its] name from a legendary hero of the folk. Under its roof the Woodmen keep their greatest treasure, a wondrous lamp burning with an everlasting blue light, the product of a craft so ancient it comes from a time before the reckoning of Men. It is held aloft by chains fastened to a beam of the roof. The lamp is encased in a fair and clear blue glass like a sapphire, wrought by craftsmen of the folk with figures in gold showing a young warrior, not much older than a boy, leading through the woods an elderly figure holding a staff, and advancing together towards a dark fortress on a hill. The Woodmen attribute the lamp with prodigious healing powers, and the great house is considered a hallowed place by all Houses of the Woodmen.
The Woodmen's legend of the Lamp of Balthi is related on page 116.
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Re: Lamp of Belthi

Post by Wiltshiresaint » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:02 am

Many thanks for the replies everyone, that's enough for me to use in my campaign :D

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Re: Lamp of Belthi

Post by Southron » Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:36 pm

Has anyone ever questioned why the Elves never took the Lamp in the first place when they deserted Amon Lanc?

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Re: Lamp of Belthi

Post by BookBarbarian » Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:10 pm

Southron wrote:
Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:36 pm
Has anyone ever questioned why the Elves never took the Lamp in the first place when they deserted Amon Lanc?
Perhaps it was grief for the land they were leaving. Maybe even foresight that it was doomed to have a part to play in later events?

Who can understand the minds of Elves anyway?

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Re: Lamp of Belthi

Post by Majestic » Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:38 pm

The history of the Lamp is told in the Darkening of Mirkwood (for TOR):

When Thranduil decided to abandon the naked hill to move his capital north, the lamps were escorted by a
company of picked Elven warriors as one of the treasures of the Realm. On the way, they were ambushed by
countless Spiders, and all were slain. The lamps were lost. Thranduil assumed that both were destroyed by the
great Spiders, for it is said that the unhappy children of Ungoliant consume gems and jewels as a lesser Spider
sucks the juices from its prey. In truth, none of the Spiders could endure the light of the lamps, even though
they hungered for the beauty and power within.
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Re: Lamp of Belthi

Post by Southron » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:22 pm

Thanks. I didn't recall that.

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Re: Lamp of Belthi

Post by M Luwin » Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:49 am

So the lamp has healing properties and maybe it has the Bane quality to the servants of the Enemy. How would you stat the abilities of the Lamp in terms of AIME?

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