Fragment 3.3 – The Temptation of Dragons

Diaries The Saga Of Berra — Fragment 3 3


Lonely the road that she walked in the winter
Berra alone climbed the mountain Brondagal1Traditionally a name for Old Clearwine Fort. Alleyn gives that the journey alone was a pilgrimage to her tribal centre.
There on the slope was the egg of a river2‘young-spring-rock’
Couched in the grasp of the dragon that bore it3egg-carrying-parent

Boldly did Berra stand forth to the challenge
Staring with eyes that would face down the dragon
Crossing her arms for the reach of the sword-hand
Berra stood calm and demanded the river

Ready for battle she paused for the talking
Then spoke that dragon that knew her already
She could have knowledge to help those about her
Mastery now of the Rune she was seeking

You will be powerful and ever mighty
Shield to the woeful and death to all danger
All of our secrets are yours if you wish them
Secrets of Death we will give you in friendship

Loud was the voice of the Dagger of Eril
Thank you oh dragon I honour your word-gift
That which you give I must set to the wayside
Stern is my path and I walk it not cheat it

Yet all you wish could be yours little Dagger
Power to save those who live in your shadow
Shield you would be to the people of scratch-ploughs
Standing alone you would yet be their champion

This I will do or will fail in the doing
Mine is that burden and none take it for me
My path is mine and I choose to keep walking
My fight is mine and my sword travels with me

Then the great beast with its hand made a gesture
Tightened its claw on the egg of the river
This I can break and your fight will be ended
Living is fleeting and Death is forever

Living and Death are as one to Humakti
All of my service will be to the Sword-God
Let the sky fall I will still give my service
Take all I love and I yet become stronger

Turning its claw the beast let go the river
Offering up what she wanted to rescue
Take it Humakti and go with my blessing
Freedom you speak and you teach me of Movement

Taking the river she spoke to the Dragon
Thus do you give me the greatest of treasures
Here is a thing that Humakti can tell you
All swords are one sword and that Humakt holds to

What Really Happened

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    Traditionally a name for Old Clearwine Fort. Alleyn gives that the journey alone was a pilgrimage to her tribal centre.
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