The Brazier with the Hazia

S01 — Session 41

1626, Fire Season, Movement Week

Fire Season, Movement Week, Fireday to Wildday

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, Sonnets in Praise of Xenofos and The Sonnets to Mellia, Sweetest of Healers, White Lady of Esrolia. There will be reference to the Accounts of the Travels of Irillo Goldentongue. Editorial commentary will be recorded [thus]. The {“D”} voice appears.

[Good morning again, my adopted students. Professor Tomm sends his apologies, but his house has been picketed by Animal Rights protestors, following his response to previous attempts to arrive in time to teach you. Those of you who are wondering if I get paid for this may be relieved – I am here purely for pleasure but not ever for exposure. Again, Professor Tomm will be joining us by video link with his thoughts on the Accounts, Heroquesting, and Darkness.]

[We open in Wilmskirk, at the slave market, where Rajar is in a contemplative but profitable mood.]

When the winds of chance
Blow up the Creek-stream river
A sale is a sale
1Spurious Rajar:

Collared doves go coo
Collared slaves go ARGH a lot
Collard greens are nice

[But if that Praxian is taking the form of a thrall trader, where are our Praxian Thralls?]

Hatred seeps outward
A poison wind from my skin
Cloying the free Air

Had I only bone left
It would splinter itself now
Darts of hate can wound

{“A bribe, you say? Nonono, not in any way! We call it a tax.”}

[Here, let us pause and go to our Irillo expert for his reading of the Accounts, at a highly interesting point for our merchant. If you have time to ask him about the Beggar Prince Hypothesis, I advise you not to.]

[“Ah, thank you Professor Garin. Now, let us consider what the Accounts actually say about this.”}}

Net loss:

40 L to Rajar in Heroquest.
10L to Dark Troll ["Name is unfortunately illegible. Possibly 'Daystrider'? If so a boast-name."]
13 Thralls manumitted.

Net gains:
13 Thralls (trollkin). See above.
A suspicion that I am being taught a lesson. But what?

[“Now, this seems back to transactional, as of early Accounts, but there is that question at the end which clearly dates this, beyond even the merchants careful notation, to the later period of the Accounts. Was this part of his process from Merchant to Merchant-Hero? I leave that as an exercise for the reader…. and for, of course, your next essays. Back to you, Tanya.”]

[That’s Professor Garin to you. And, indeed, I’ll be looking at your essays on what lesson is being taught with some interest. In the mean time, we’ll take a look at the other thralls. Berra JarangsdottiHumaktisaga.]

Halter held heroine
Hand-tied in hate
Leather like lead
Laid on limits
Spitting struggled suddenly
Sandal sliced shin
Boot bruised buyer
Bloodied from bonds

{“I’m… really not sure who to cheer for. Genuinely torn.”}

[Obviously, parallels to the capture by Draznk Backbreaker there. leather like lead. But rather less obviously, while this is happening, there is another drama being played out. Xenofos has agreed to undertake a dangerous vision quest for Varanis, and to lead her through it in the hope of showing her how best to help her quest.]

Bold in knowledge and advice to give Varanis fair,
Wise Xenofos mixed Dreamroot with the element of Air,2Burning Dreamroot was said to be physically the safest but spiritually the most dangerous way of taking this volatile drug.
To lead Varanis from her body safely to a vision,
And bring her safely back again to help her in decision.

[Within the visions brought by Dreamroot smoke
The very soul within Varanis stirred and moved and woke.
Then straight she knew the path before her dipped below the sea,
And into that she must go bold for Light to rescued be.

[But oddly, The Sonnets to Mellia tell a different story. For once, a very different one, so much that this is sometimes considered out of the ordinary cycle.]

Seeing how the smoke of weakness overcame his mind,
Mellia spoke o’er Xenofos, with gentle words and kind.
Entreating him with powers by her goddess sent in care,
And purging of the poison sent by enemies of Air.

[Enemies of Air. The plot thickens. But now, as a special treat, back to Professor Tomm – for a salidstele. Professor, without invoking my name, are you there?]

,,Here Salid gathered his army. Bought and paid for. Freed by Irillo3 Transliterated as ‘Err-Ill-O’, or ‘Mistakes of sickness for none’ ,,

What Really Happened

Nala’s Meeting in the Stables

Session Quotes

  • 1
    Spurious Rajar:

    Collared doves go coo
    Collared slaves go ARGH a lot
    Collard greens are nice
  • 2
    Burning Dreamroot was said to be physically the safest but spiritually the most dangerous way of taking this volatile drug.
  • 3
    Transliterated as ‘Err-Ill-O’, or ‘Mistakes of sickness for none’
  • 4
    Fumbled Insight: Human
  • 5
    With the possible exception of Rajar.