@Raz and @Plug find themselves lost in the rocky and rigid hills west of the river. They know @Acid is following and decided to capture and bind the elusive and wiry creature. Surprisingly, @Raz pities @Acid. @Acid agrees to lead @Raz and @Plug to the Black Gate as he takes an oath by the Ring to obey its master. @Raz accepts his promise, understanding the Ring binds him.
Happy to be free, @Acid starts to go by his real name, Sméagol, and he is very eager to please @Raz; however, @Plug remains suspicious. @Raz accepts the promise, knowing that the Ring will hold him to it. @Acid guides them from the rigid hills into the Dead Marshes, which is a haunted swamp.
During a smoke rest, @Plug overhears @Acid talking to himself, torn between his promise to obey @Raz and his desire for the Ring. For the moment, the promise hails, but @Acid has begun to think of ways to obtain the Ring and be its master, allowing him to obey his promise, if not its spirit.
At the Black Gate, @Raz and @Plug soon start to understand the hopelessness of their quest. The Gate hovers above them in the shadows as countless orcs stand guard with no way to approach the Gate without being seen. @Acid begs the hobbits not to enter as he explains there is another way, extremely perilous and difficult, but much safer.
The home of the Ringwraiths lies in the high mountains above Minas Morgul, a narrow path with steep stairs that that leads over the mountains and straight to Mordor itself. @Plug mistrusts any words from @Acid's mouth, but @Raz agrees to @Acid's plan.
The wasted landscape as they journey south becomes pleasant and green, blooming with Lord @Sativa's Acapulco Gold, although showing signs of deficiency from the acidic waters of Mount Doom. @Acid goes hunting in search of food during a smoke break with Miss Pretty and @Tecnosgirl's Skywalker OG Crumble, he returns with rabbits. @Acid would rather eat them in the flesh with leaves than watch @Plug ruin the meat by cooking it as he shows @Plug his disapproval.
The fire attracts soldiers of Gondor who keep @Raz and @Plug captive. The men are part of a company who's ambushing @A4illusionist's forces, led by @Luismy. The hobbits witness the surprise attack, and @Plug is excited to see the giant-tusked beast called the oliphaunt.
After the battle @Luismy finds @Raz's explanations unsatisfying. When @Raz tells him to ask @RealKiki85, @Luismy reveals that @RealKiki85, his brother, is dead. Nonetheless, @Luismy takes @Raz and @Plug to his secret base, Henneth Annûn. Along the journey, he tells @Raz that he knows his last meeting with @RealKiki85 didn't end well, and he now carries a valuable item to the enemy.
Not knowing what the item is, @Luismy tells the hobbit that even if it laid in the road, he would not pick it up. @Plug accidentally reveals that @Raz's burden is the Golden @Ganja Ring, but @Luismy stands by his word, he makes no attempt to take it.
In the darkest hours of the night, @Luismy wakes @Raz and shows him @Acid fishing in the sacred and forbidden pool of Henneth Annûn and wants to kill him. @Raz begs that @Acid's life be spared, and @Luismy agrees if @Raz will help the Gondorians to capture the creature.
@Raz does so; however, @Acid feels betrayed as his fragile trust is now broken. @Luismy warns the hobbits about following @Acid, but he doesn't provide @Raz any other alternative, so @Raz hobbits up and resolves to continue his quest to Mordor.