[Bards] Repertoire Expansion

ED Reese edreese at m7bedlam.com
Tue Jun 17 00:21:57 PDT 2003

Well, heck -- there's a story that needs a poem, and a song!

Esther of Ennis Merth

At 01:20 AM 6/17/2003 -0500, you wrote:

>Her Grace wrote:
> > We all need to expand our repertoire. I have a suggestion. There has been
> > a problem bought to my attention. Of course all of you know that bringing
> > your problems to nobles is one of the legitimate pathways. The problem
> > has been lack of courtesy and courtly behavior. People are becoming more
> > and more mundane.
>I do not want to detract from Her Grace's proposal.  By all means, do
>continue it. But I would like to mention something I saw happen that was
>like dew on the flowers for me.
>At Lilies War a couple of years ago, the Crowns of Ansteorra and
>Calontir signed a treaty.  Such matters of mutual alliance and support
>are important in these war-filled times, and Calontir, on our northern
>border, is a natural ally.
>In days of yore, when today's Lions were cubs and our mighty knights
>were still in small clothes, Calontir and Ansteorra fought.  The Lion
>and the Falcon frequently stood side by side, but once in a while we
>faced one another across the field of war.  In those days a bard from
>Namron, Aeruin ni hEarain o Chonnemara, wrote a powerful song called
>"Bare is the Brotherless Back" that chronicled each and every time we
>stood the field together.  I can still hear her cry of "Vivat the Black
>Star! Huzzah for Calontir!" ringing out over the joined voices of what
>seemed like hundreds of others singing with her at InterKingdom.
>I journeyed to Calontir for this new treaty with that echoing in my mind
>like a thunderclap across the years, and the words to the song on a
>sheaf of papers to share out.  I was Premier Bard of Ansteorra, and I
>sought out my counterpart in Calontir, Master Mikal the Ram, with the
>intention of gathering the bards of both kingdoms to join voices once
>again as the treaty was signed.
>Mikal turned to the bards around him and asked "Who here can sing this
>song of Calontir's history?" And no one could.
>I was dumbfounded. A song that once was lifted by the voices of two
>kingdoms was forgotten.  Finally a bard from Forgotten Sea came forward,
>then a herald of some years, who said they could remember it being sung,
>but not in years.  They would join me at the signing, and we would not
>see shame come to those who had preceded us.  Mikal, as their Premier
>Bard, told the bards there that, as recompense, they *will* learn three
>songs no longer sung over the course of the next year.
>That was the first blush of dew, that these people recognized their
>shortcoming as bards and agreed to recover their songs.
>The second blush of dew was when we sang. Three hundred people gathered,
>and a table was placed in front of the thrones. Witnessed by the crowns
>of several kingdoms, His Stellar Majesty and His Calon Majesty signed a
>treaty between two kingdoms that were once the best of friends.  We
>started singing as the treaty was brought in.  And as we sang, a voice
>joined us from a grizzled old knight.  Then a lady, and another, then
>more, until dozens were rustily joining the verses and almost the entire
>hall joined in on the choruses.
>Across the decades, that initial thunderclap finally heard an echo.
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