Black Squirrels of Mirkwood

AUTHOR: Unknown

ISSUE: 4:26



BRG 3 (-1)

NIM 12 (+3)

PER 7 (+0)

STR 2 (-2)

VIT 5 (+0)

WIT 2 (-2)





WIS +0



















Special Abilities

Natural Weapon (bite, 1-3)


Climb +10, Language: Understand Westron +2, Language: Understand Sindarin +2, Language:Understand Black Speech +3, Observe (Hear, Spot) +4, Search +6, Stealth (Sneak) +5, Survival (Forests) +5


TN Equivalent




With smooth black fur and dark, watchful eyes, the Black Squirrels serve as Sauron's small and secretive eyes and ears. Whenever they spy something of interest, they will quickly return to their master, whether it is The Necromancer himself in Dol Guldur, or a Nazgūl. Oftentimes, they are routinely summoned every few nights to report. Doing their master's bidding, the squirrels traverse the whole length of the forest, observing what travelers do and where they are going. The squirrels in particular are charged with spying on the movement of the Mirkwood Elves, and their reconnaissance is invaluable in anticipating enemy attacks.




When Sauron first made Mirkwood his home he recruited many creatures as his servants. Few are as sly and stealthy as the black squirrels. With dark magics such as Enslave Beast, he twisted regular squirrels to do his bidding and act as his spies. Giving them the power to understand the speech of those on two-legs, he ensured that his spies would be able to gain valuable information about the Free Peoples. When the White Council drove Sauron, disguised as The Necromancer, from Dol Guldur in 2941 TA he lost his direct contact with the black squirrels. Years later, in his stead, his Nazgūl lieutenants took up command of the squirrels, using their dark speech alone to communicate with the squirrels and have them do the Ringwraiths' bidding.




Black squirrels are a product of dark magics from long ago. These same magics helped darken the forest of Greenwood the Great, turning it into the shadowy haunt, which is now called Mirkwood. The squirrels that were created long ago have since bred and multiplied, populating the forest with spies that serve Sauron and his minions. Not all black squirrels directly serve Sauron, though it is known by the Wise that many black squirrels are indeed the eyes and ears of the enemy. Their normal habits include all those of a normal squirrel, but in addition they regularly scout the forest for anything worth reporting to their masters. When not spying, they can be found eating roots and nuts, and dwelling in the trees performing natural functions.




The black squirrels mentioned here who directly serve the Enemy do so not out of their own free will, but out of years of domination. Because of this, they are loyal servants who would do anything for their masters. They will communicate with one another in order to work in teams to spy upon travelers, or will act in solitude, keeping to the shadows to gather information. Whatever the case, their goal is only to spy, and report. They will avoid danger at all costs, and will not attack or harass adventurers unless cornered. An adventurer who would try to communicate with one through Beast Speech or normal coaxing will find them devious and

secretive, and they will try to avoid such situations. If an enterprising group forces the creature to speak through magic or some other trick, the squirrel might reveal small information such as that he serves a "greater master," and that his master's lair is in Dol Guldur, but beyond that the squirrel has little capacity for answering questions. It simply takes in information, and passes it along to his masters, not aware of much more than this.




These spies are very useful tools of the Enemy. An adventuring fellowship that is working directly against that Shadow could find their movements being watched at every turn by the black squirrels, and before they know it an enemy from Dol Guldur could come to track the heroes down. Besides this obvious threat, the squirrels are also disturbing in that most travelers are not aware that the squirrels spy for the Enemy. Because of this, many characters might ignore their presence or simply consider it just another dark mystery of Mirkwood. A TN 10 Lore: Realm (Mirkwood) test would reveal that these squirrels are rumored to be spies for the Enemy.