[Bards] Repertoire Expansion

willow Taylor willowjonbardc at juno.com
Tue Jun 17 00:32:59 PDT 2003

 Greetings to Ulf.
It is truly sad when something as wonderful as Mistress Aeruin's song is
lost. I tell a story about that song and many people in the central
region have not heard it. Do you think you or somebody could come down
here and teach it? Or maybe we could send someone up to you to learn it.
Would anybody be interested in learning my story? It is a great tale on
the power of a bard.


> 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.
> Ulf
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