Lightning Strikes Twice

S01 — Session 40

1626, Fire Season, Movement Week

Fire Season, Movement Week, Clayday Dawn to Fireday Night

Dramatis Personae


As before, the log will be recounted with extracts from Berra JarangsdottiHumaktisaga, NalaTiwrSaga and The Death of Rajar. As with last time there will be extracts from the Sonnets to Varanis, and Sonnets in Praise of Xenofos. There will be reference to the Accounts of the Travels of Irillo Goldentongue. Editorial commentary will be recorded [thus]. The {“D”} and {T} voices appear.

[Good day, estudentia i esperantia. Today finds us still following the so-called Heroquest of Eril, although there is much discussion whether this particular segment should be counted as part of the narrative, an interjection, or a a later addition or mis-filing. Dr Tomm will be calling in, as before; his attempt to make his way here by public transport was stymied by escaped baboons, I’m told.]

[We will start with the single native-born Sartarite, in this most Sartarish of incidents – an ambush performed for grudge. Famed as a warrior, Berra’s secondary sources often have her described as a scout. Berra JarangsdottiHumaktisaga.]

Sharp-sighted soldier slayer
Saw spears road-slipping
Cried caution call
Clarion loudly clear
Battle-bold brave
Brought ambush bane
Laid leapers low
Line’s last rest

Hired as protection
Called on for danger money
Time for me to charge!

Calamity stays
Disaster is upon us
Billy fails to turn

[But it is in NalaTiwrSaga that we find our moral today – if we have one at all, of course. Five hundred words on the duality reflected in the unicorn-rider pairing, on my desk by the usual time.]

If she should strike first
My heart swells with pride for her
The weapon of Prax

[Be sure to cover how often we get Nala, Tiwr, or both in NalaTiwrSaga – you may come to an interesting conclusion. We’ll move on to Xenofos – almost entirely the opposite here. Assume a javelin weighs a kilogram, and is bulky enough to grip easily. Why might he be carrying a dozen, when they have never been mentioned before? Why is Rastop not called by name? Was Xenofos really there?]

Down from his horse he sprang in haste to aid
The merchant stout, and ’bout him flew his blade
As he had killed a dozen striking with a javelin each
Declaring ’twas the time for action, not the time for speech!

{“Action. Funny way to say ‘falling off your horse and hurting your head.”}

{Nala did not fall off me.}

[And Varanis, hardly struggling at all.]

She strove to catch the bandit ere he melted into Air
To bring him back for justice under doughty Humakt’s care.
And by the power of Orlanth she could call the lightning flash
And turned his tree – his hiding place – to charcoal and to ash!
Then o’er before Irillo she did throw him to the ground,
The life of man gave to him without another sound.1Varanis, famous for her oratory, is here oddly silent. An indication perhaps of how little she felt a single warrior could be a challenge to her.

{“Credit to them for not actively trying to burn down the forest. Just by accident.”}

[Before we go to Professor Tomm for the Accounts, I’ll give you this, as a piece of written evidence, including spellings. Translations on the right are cited in your handbooks.]

Yr Magnificence,
We find ourselves in a HeroQuest embodying yr actions at the tyme of the Fall of Boldhome. We had been guided back into it by the Yrn Lord, when it began without warning, and went awry. Are heading to Wylmskirk. Would welcome yr guidance and advice.

In Service,
Irillo Saiciae. Landholder in Colimar, Blue Tree Clan

[Five hundred words; did Irillo write that? And now, Professor, do we have you?]

[“Ah, yes, you do. Or rather, as the texts indicate, ‘We are all Us’. Now, this week’s entry from ‘The Accounts‘ is sufficiently simple that even the most dedicated Berra specialist can make it perfectly clear. So, let us look at what he says.”]

Death a sacrifice to a mission?
Order, but not necessarily Harmony.
Perhaps a touch of Darkness.
Willing to sacrifice all, including self.
Dangerous, because he cannot compromise.
Powerful, because he will not.
My weakness is my strength.
Compromise, my Art.

[“Naturally, I do not think this needs elucidation. We see the elements of Eril and Irillo mixing. Erillo, as has been coined by some ‘wag’, as it were. It has been remarked, by I think von Sydow, that together they make one really admirable man. I note that none of you…. none have yet completed the five hundred words set by Professor Garin, so perhaps we might have some class discussion on the topic of ‘Is the difference of the characters supposed to indicate something on a wider basis?'”]


What Really Happened

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    Varanis, famous for her oratory, is here oddly silent. An indication perhaps of how little she felt a single warrior could be a challenge to her.