The corridor twists and turns through spider webs and nests. At the end of a long trek and much bug smashing we at last come to an open chamber. Amdir is waiting for us.
"Whew. This is a huge time saver," I say with relief to Amdir. "I thought we were going to have to track you down." It's not going to be fun to fight a magical wraith, but at least we're done with the damn spiders.
I step forward with my sword, "Now come here and take your medicine."
But Ren walks closer and tells him, "Amdir, my friend. I know it is not really you that does these things."
"I am not what you once believed," Amdir replies.
"Yes. Yes you are," Ren says, stepping closer.
"No he isn't!" I growl.
"Let me help you," Ren says.
Amdir gives Ren a poke in the guts with his sword. Ren stops trying to be helpful.
"Are you idiots done?" I ask impatiently. I point my sword at Amdir, "Why don't you try that move on me you chickenshit team-killing clodpole?"
"Morin will take care of you!" he cries as he dashes for the door.
"Who?" I say with a shrug, "I don't see any..."
WHAT IS IT WITH YOU GUYS AND YOUR SPIDERS! I WAS FIGHTING SPIDERS THE DAY I LEFT THE SHIRE! I'VE BEEN FIGHTING SPIDERS EVER SINCE! IT'S NOTHING BUT SPIDERS WITH YOU GUYS! GIVE IT A REST ALREADY.
Well, that went about as well as expected. With the house-sized spider dispatched, I turn my attention to Ren.
"Amdir runs free," he gasps. "You must get word to Strider!"
"Ren," I ask him. "Are we to the shortcut part yet?"
He doesn't answer.
So... off to Bree then?