Smoke on the Water

S02 — Session 16

1626, Earth Season, Stasis Week, Godday

Dramatis Personae




Lenta Hulta
Agri Hulta
An unnamed but psychotic killer who should have been tied up better than that
No, not Berra. Why would you think that?
Some Ducks
A host of spearmen
Some of whom are definitely the Royal Guard
Priestess Raisin of the Hospital
Initiate Janina, dispenser of handkerchiefs
Some Zorak Zoran Worshippers of the Royal Guard
A Babeester Gor Hulta with a bad temper
Lord Kesten Hulta having another bad day
Queen Samastina
Nobody else important


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.

[[ Guten Tag, Einmal wieder. This will be our final common session with the Esrolian fragments.
I will return to my studies of The Siren stele and doctor Tomm will continue your education.
We shall begin with a fragment – locate the style and references and try to connect this with one of our protagonists.]]

Spring was brought back,
sweet bough of gentle violets,
by tender touch, of white Chalana
Brought back from the Hungry Wolf,
carried by the Vrok of Yelm

[[ a liturgic text, ja, with reference to change of the seasons, nicht war.
Let us go further.]]

Far from the desert she tread,
separated from her pack,
defying fires of Lodril,
reunited relit sons of Ash

[[ A bit surprising in urban Esrolian context. References must be to Caladralanders known for their volcanic associations, present in TA Nochet in significant numbers as evidenced by remains of typical pottery urns. Now who is she, and the pack.]]

Pyre was lit for the living, short end to short one
Magasta claimed tribute, liegelady lifted her back

[[And again everyone knows the story, nicht war, so why bother naming any characters in the poem. That will be your task. Try also to give approximation of age and culture of the skald.]]

[[ And the ‘accounts’ for once with monetary notations]]

Debit: two (2) wheels
Credit: One armour, scale, bronze, minus one greave; one warrior
Saldo: -1 wheel, 1 friend

[[ Analyze and return your work to dr. Tomm.]]

Aroused from slumber by harmonious call, she answered Samastina’s bidding,
listened calmly to accusation false, with her deeds proved them wrong,
so judged by mighty Queen, with Grace forgoing vengeance,
carrying home houses hostage

[[ Ja, who is she now. By now you should know. The story is referred to in the Hungarian edition of Esrolian tales that is in your edited reading list. Check there, identify the houses and compare this telling with evidence of later events.]]

What Really Happened

Session Quotes

Text of song Craven Raven queen made reference to