Guerrillas in the Mist

S02 — Session 14

1626, Earth Season, Stasis Week, Godday

Dramatis Personae




Some Ducks
A lot of Crab Surprise
An undead thing most people never met
A soft place
A snake most people did not get introduced to
A rock, but no hard place
A sea-troll that did not think Irillo or Berra had their names on the list
A man as large as Rajar (but not as well armed), who met Rajar and his axe
At least two other soldiers
Elanka Meralt, probably
Also Lenta Hulta, also probably


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 afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen. I had a cursory look on your papers from last week. I would suggest you take a good hard look on Doktor Schlumpfmässigs Brief Guide to Notation. 1Schlumpfmässig. Kurtze Anleitung zu Quellen und Referenzen. 556 seite. Leipzig 1887 There were some pages that had more than three quarters of footnotes in some of your attempts. I trust prof. Garin will take this into account in your semester gradings.

Now let us start this week lektion with couple of watery short texts. One I’d call pseudo-Xenofos. For clearly this cannot be work of historian of the same name, and even though it mentions Xenofos, there is no direct evidence to tie it to him.]]
Cold is the embrace of Magasta’s daughter
Cool is the kiss of her blue lips
Restful her abode beneath the waves
For a while Xenofos rest your weary head on seagrass pillow.
When you wake, remember your duty
Pick up your sword and helmet,
Rise up and return to the line.

[[Same tablet has on reverse following fragment. Analyse their potential connection.]]
When thou wakst, thou tak’st
full delight in the sight
of thy former lady’s eye

[[Now if the shards had not been in same pile as last weeks fragments I would hesitate to connect them to epic tale of Varanis, Berra, Rajar and other heroes, but there we are…]]

Through the reeds paddled
Tightbeak, by Sartar borne and betrayed
Through the tidal currents steered
To desolate Crane island of the marsh
Wisdom flowing from his beak
Advise sage to Vingan Varanis.

[[ Who is Tightbeak? Could this be a kenning for the famous warrior Berra who apparently despite her bravery was not very tall of stature?2 It is noted that at she was refugee and exile from Sartar on several occasions. Quite unlike the following brave]]

Roughly roared Rajar ruddy
Cautious crab clicked claws
Swung swiftly stout soldier striking

[[Alliteration aplenty, rest of poetic values… Well perhaps it could be said that this is represetantive of Praxian epic. And surprisingly subtle to be Uroxi cult literature.]]

Serpents swirling tongue smelled the air
To adders abode strode fearless Varanis
Warning gave stout Irillo with a whirling axe
With fiery woundbronze cleft Varanis wyrms head.

[[Can we surmise a meeting with a dragon here, or perhaps one of its lesser mythical cousins like Stoorworm, worthy adversary to centerpiece of heroic telling? Or could there be some poetic license involved. Take a quick peek in herpetological literature and attach that to your essays this week. No more than four pages is required, to your list of sources for this one.]]

[[We’ll finish with a piece my learned friend Dr Tomm insists on calling Accounts. ]]
Credit: sight of foul enemy,
1 sword, enchanted by Humakt
Debit: blood of beloved heroine
Saldo: revenge, not quite cold
3Lit: ‘Not entirely of the Darkness’

[[Now I trust You remember the Golden Bough from last week and use that to clarify such terms as daughter of Magasta. We really hope to see dr. Tomm next week, but it is possible I will be here even next week. Gute luck with your essays I am quite interested to see what you come up from these and questions prof. Garin will present to you.]]

What Really Happened

Session Quotes

  • 1
    Schlumpfmässig. Kurtze Anleitung zu Quellen und Referenzen. 556 seite. Leipzig 1887
  • 2
    It is noted that at she was refugee and exile from Sartar on several occasions.
  • 3
    Lit: ‘Not entirely of the Darkness’
  • 4
    probably Elanka Merelt