The Thirteenth Throne

IGOR'S DIARY #6

DEAR DIARY,

WE’VE SECURED GOOD REPUTATION WITH THE SKLAR-QUAH AND HAVE BECOME HONORARY MEMBERS OF THEIR TRIBE. WE CELEBRATE, BUT THE NEXT MORNING WE ARE FACED BY A FEW MAGEHUNTERS AND THE CINDERLANDER WHO IS REVEALED TO BE OUR FORMER GUIDE THROUGH THE DESERT. THEY ATTEMPTED TO PILLAGE THE SETTLEMENT BUT OF COURSE THEY WERE NO MATCH FOR IGOR! THE CINDERLANDER IS LEFT AT THE HANDS OF THE SKLAR-QUAH TO COMPLETE THE TRIAL OF THE TOTEM.

WE OBTAIN THROUGH A SONG SOME INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THE CROWN OF FANGS WHICH REST UPON QUEEN ILIOSA’S HEAD. WE LEARN THAT WE MUST TRAVEL WESTWARD TO SCARWALL TO OBTAIN A WEAPON OR ARTIFACT WHICH CAN BE OF USE AGAINST THE CROWN’S POWER.

BEFORE HEADING OUT, WE RETURN TO THE DUNGEON CONTAINING THE GLOWING GLOBE. IT APPEARED TO HAVE SOME SORT OF TELEPORTATION POWER, SO WE WERE HOPING TO USE IT TO TRAVEL WEST FASTER. WE ARE MET WITH NONE OTHER THAN DUAYNE AND LORI WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THE INFORMATION WE HAVE ABOUT THE CROWN. THEY APPEAR TO HAVE DIFFERENT INTENTIONS WITH THIS INFORMATION AND OUR PARTY AGREES TO BE WARY OF DUAYNE AND TRUST LORI MORE. WE MAKE A DEAL WITH DUAYNE AND LORI AND THEY AGREE TO HELP US WITH OUR EFFORTS TO STOP THE QUEEN.

WE USE THE GLOBE TO TRAVEL WEST TO A LOCATION A FEW DAYS AWAY FROM SCARWALL. FROM THERE WE TRAVEL NORTHWEST AND OVER THE ABYSS UNTIL WE COME UPON THE DEATHLY RUINS OF SCARWALL.

-IGOR

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Spirit Song

THE SPIRIT’S SONG

Fate of steel—Serithtial
Her cage for years sustained.
Four enthralled in lost Scarwall;
Undead to keep her chained.
A spirit first, red war his thirst
Still stands at post of old;
A second foe, infernal soul
Waits high in tower cold.
In kennel’s grime, third bides his time
Then vents his killing breath.
And on a stone ’mid ash and bone,
The final dreams of death.
The spirits worn and battle torn
And locked in their damnation
The chained one’s hold at last grows old
And ushers in salvation.
Yet hope remains amid the chains
When blade’s stone cage has crumbled,
Friends to dread and death of the dead,
Keys to Kazavon humbled.

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IGOR'S DIARY #5

DEAR DIARY,

A LOT HAS HAPPENED. IGOR AND FRIENDS HAVE LEFT THE CITY. QUEEN ILIOSA HAS GONE MAD UNDER THE POWER OF HER CURSED CROWN MADE FROM THE TEETH OF AN ANCIENT AND EVIL DRAGON. A FEW OF OUR ALLIES HAVE CHOSEN TO STAY BEHIND AND FORM A RESISTANCE:

  • KOMMANDANT KROFT
  • SAFFI STONEGUARD
  • ISHANI DHATRI
  • TAYCE AND GRAU SOLDADO.

IGOR HOPES THEY ARE WELL.

WITH A SHIP WE TOOK A SMALL NUMBER TO THE CITY OF HARSE. THESE NUMBERS INCLUDE:

  • LIAM AND THE LITTLE FISH
  • YURI & IVAN (KROFT’S ATTENDANTS)
  • LIL GRIGOR (THE NOBLE SON)
  • VENDRA LOGGARI (THE PERFUMIER)
  • RUAN MIROKOVA (THE FLAUTIST)
  • SALVATOR SCREAM (THE PAINTER)
  • VENCARLO (THE DUELIST)
  • LORI VOSS

DUAYNE KORMICK, NOW REVEALED TO BE AN OCCULTIST OF SOME SORT, IS HEADED SOUTH TO KORVIS. WE NEED TO SPEAK WITH THE SHOANTI TRIBE TO GAIN MORE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE QUEEN’S NEWFOUND POWERS, SO WE ACCOMPANY DUAYNE DOWN THE RIVER. IT IS A FEW WEEKS’ TREK SOUTH AND EAST TO THE DESERT WHERE WE COME UPON THE SHOANTI TRIBES.

THE LOREKEEPERS OF THE SHOANTI BELONG TO A PARTICULARLY HOSTILE TRIBETHE SKLAR-QUAH. WE LEARN THAT TO GAIN AUDIENCE, WE MUST PROVE OURSELVES. OUR FIRST TASK WAS TO GAIN THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE TRUTHSPEAKER. WE BEGIN DOING SO BY DEFEATING A HYDRA WHICH HAD NESTED INSIDE A TEMPLE. HE ACCOMPANIES US TO OUR NEXT TASK TO OBSERVE OUR STRENGTH AND ENSURE OUR LEGITIMACY.

NEXT WE SEEK THE THRALLKEEPER’S MARK. THE MARK IS APPARENTLY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN AND SEALED INSIDE AN OMINOUS LOOKING CAVE. WE NARROWLY ESCAPE THE CLUTCHES OF THE DUNGEON’S TENTACLES AND A FEW MAGE-HUNTERS AFTER OBTAINING THE MARK FROM A STRANGE GLOBE WITH MAGICAL PROPERTIES.

LASTLY, WE DECIDE TO APPROACH THE SKLAR-QUAH. TO GAIN AUDIENCE WITH THE LOREKEEPER, WE MUST COMPLETE THEIR TRIAL OF THE TOTEM. IT INVOLVES MOVING FOUR TOTEMS OVER THE COURSE OF A FEW DAYS TO THE TOP OF A PLATEAU. WE ARE LUCKY THAT WE OBTAINED SOME MAGICAL INSTRUMENTS FROM THE THRALLKEEPER’S CAVE WHICH PRODUCE LIMITLESS FOOD AND WATER. WE WERE NOT SO LUCKY TO ENCOUNTER A FEW BULETTES WHILE SURMOUNTING THE PLATEAU. THE BULETTES WERE, OF COURSE, NO MATCH FOR IGOR WHO AT THE BRINK OF DEATH WAS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING AND REVITALIZED WITH NEW POWER – A SWORD PLACED IN IGOR’S HANDS SHOWING THAT THE HIGH DRUID’S CURSE HAD BEEN LIFTED.

-IGOR

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Falana's Journal #2

A lot has happened sense I last wrote.

In short, I have a new house in Not, old Korvosa. Though I still have my old house in Old Korvosa. Perhaps it’ll still serve a purpose once Old Korvosa is out of the quarantine. I’ll get to that later.

After the group had taken the cursed silver to the queen they made their way to the plauge hospital. I. Met up with the as I came back I to town from gathering supplies. These plauge cases have been depleting my stores like no other . Treating the symthoms, but not cause is trying. My research from the week before had yeilded little results.

Anyways as I came back in town I met up with Ishani, and I happened to notice the main group get lead into the plauge hospital by the Grey Maidens.. Sneaking to the side of the building we peeked in the windows tinder the being lead into the upstairs. Climbing a trellis to the second floor we see the Madiens stand behind the group, introducing them to some floating man with this disgusting hat… Or growth on his head. Things seemed to be going sour, so in attempt to open the window, I misjudged the height of the windowsill and brought a hoof through the glass. Very stealthy like.

One distrubing fright later, Rolth I learned, could control people to do his bidding. After we brought him down, Commander Kroth stepped in and we decided to send Rolth into hiding and questioning, as it seemed he wanted the credit for creating and spreading the plauge. But also mentioned the Queen being in kahoots with him. We found a secret underground chamber after the freight as well. After some of the usual traps we found Ishani’s friend, and a lot of information on the plauge. Finally!

In other news, that chamber had an underwater canal system, and we had just missed the other skum responsible. We found that there was a lot of corrupted blood being sent to the castle. Weird I feel like people would notice that..Maybe the undercastle could hint at something.. Surprisingly, my subspisions about the Arcona family were misplaced.
The meat that was being handed out seemed to help anyone who ate it from being affected by the plauge… There was human in that meat…And the Umbrians seemed to be immune to the plauge… and sperated from the general population…Curious.

There are rumors there was an attack on the queen. A litteral attack. One that should have killed her. She survived, but the general of the kingsgaurd was killed..

Last we know, we need to find someone in old Korvosa, but I don’t remember who… It’s been a long day.

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Rumors
Rumors that may be out of date, but are somewhat fun to read

General Rumors
• “King Elgyn always did have a weakness for young women. Even after he married Ileosa, he continued to pursue idle dalliances with attractive artists, performers, and debutantes who visited the castle.”

• “King Elgyn had a deformed brother who died at birth. The deformed baby is kept in the castle attic, preserved in a jar of alcohol!”

• “King Elgyn didn’t die of old age—he was made sick and thus murdered by someone he trusted! My money’s on the castle seneschal, Neolandus. Why else would he flee Korvosa after Elgyn’s death?”

• “Rumors that King Elgyn was murdered are false; he died of old age, and anarchists are using the tragedy to damage Ileosa’s reputation and perpetuate unrest in the city.”

• “They never caught the Key-Lock Killer; he just vanished after killing nine people in their own locked homes back in 608 AR. They say that seven of the nine had ties to nobles who opposed the arbiters and that the Key-Lock Killer was on the arbiter payroll. I think the Key-Lock Killer was one of the arbiters themselves, and I think he’s still alive, serving as a judge to this day! It’s all a conspiracy!”

• “No Korvosan monarch has ever died of old age. No Korvosan monarch has ever produced an heir after being crowned. They call it the ‘Curse of the Crimson Throne.’ No way in hell would I ever sit in that chair if I got crowned!”

• “King Elgyn kept up his secret affairs to the day he died. Ironic, in a sense, if what I’ve heard is true—that he was murdered in his sleep by one of his paramours – some artist named Tryna!”

• “The Acadamae’s closed its doors and says the doors will stay closed until the troubles in Korvosa die down. Can’t say I blame them!”

• “All sorts of unsavory groups are capitalizing on the unrest. Thieves, rebels, farrow, and even cultists from the Nightmare Empire are plotting against us in the shadows!”

• “There’ve been more and more otyugh attacks lately; it’s like the monsters know things are bad up above and are clambering up from the sewers for fresh food!”

Chapter 1 Rumors

• “The Knights Exemplar are giving up on Korvosa and are making plans to leave the city.”

• Most of the visiting ambassadors in Korvosa have fled the city; those few who are staying behind are doing so because of personal issues at home. I’ve heard that Duayne Cormick is one of the latter; there’s something he’s hiding from that’s keeping him from returning to Cheliax.”

• “The Shoanti aren’t here to broker peace. They’re just sizing us up in preparation for war!”

• “Been more sightings of river ghosts lately; you know, the little blue spirits that sneak around in the alleys and abduct drunks or others foolish enough to sleep on the streets!”

• “Food’s growing scarce fast in the city. Hope the queen gets things under control soon. I’ve heard a butcher in North Point’s been handing out free meat, but who knows how long that generosity will last?”

• “Eel’s End has something the rest of Korvosa lacks of late: loyal guards. The place may be unsavory, but it’s one of the safest places you can be these days—provided you don’t annoy the King of Spiders, of course!”

• “The Korvosan Guard is stretched thin and is desperate for help; they’ve taken to hiring common thugs and money-grubbing mercenaries to police us!”

Chapter 2 Rumors

• “They tried to resurrect the king, but it backfired. That’s what’s causing the plague!”

• Arbiter Zenobia Zenderholm has turned her back on tradition in offering up the Longacre Building for the queen’s use. I wonder how much the crown paid her off for this treason?”

• “The plague came from that ship that sailed upriver a few nights ago. The Guard sank it, but someone must have made it to shore to spread the sickness!”

• Blood veil is our just deserts for being a citywide blot of sin and materialism. Give up all your worldly possessions, and the gods will save you!”

• “Those Queen’s Physicians might look eerie in those long coats and creepy masks, but don’t let that fool you. They really are here to help!”

• “The queen blames the Guard and Khador for failing to keep us safe. These Gray Maidens are her response—a group of guards that can actually help protect us! Praise Morrow!

• “The Queen’s Physicians have set up a hospice to provide comfort to the plagued and to search for ways to fight the illness, but I wouldn’t set foot in that building. Think of all the sickness concentrated in there.”

• “Doctor Damasco was the queen’s personal physician, and he helped her escape a terrible life in Ord. In a way, he’s sort of responsible for why she ended up being the queen of Korvosa!”
• “The churches are in on it! They aren’t trying to cure the plague—they’re just saving those they want rather than the rest of us! They’re hoarding the cure!”

• “Did you hear? Some of the nobles down in Southern Korvosa are “fighting” blood veil by hosting exclusive shut-ins where they and their friends wall up in a manor to wait out the plague during a days-long party. What I wouldn’t give to be rich!”

• “Blood veil started in Old Korvosa, and the queen’s sending her Gray Maidens to burn the bridges of the Narrows to quarantine the entire island!”

• “The sickness came from the sewers—in particular, from all those filthy Farrow. They’re using it to try to kill us all off; everyone knows wererats are immune to the sick! If they have their way, we’ll all die, and they’ll inherit Korvosa!”

• “The new seneschal of Castle Korvosa, Togomor, is a bloated mage from the Academae. Can’t say that’s the type of person I would have chosen to be the steward of my home, but hey, I’m not royalty, so what do I know?”

• “There are plenty of folks out there who are peddling ‘cures’ for blood veil, but one of them actually works! It’s going on sale at a place called Lavender, but don’t tell anyone—they won’t have enough supplies for us all, so get there early!”

• “You can make a fair amount of coin hauling bodies these days, but a lot of the folks the church of Morrow is hiring to do the job are lazy, shiftless crooks. They’re taking the money and just dumping bodies in out-of-the-way corners rather than hauling them all the way south to Gray and one of the mass graves there.”

• “The cult of the Dragonfather is behind all this! They see Korvosa as a change to test out new and awful plagues and diseases!

• “The leader of the Gray Maidens is Sabyna Merryn, the queen’s own bodyguard.”

• “Everyone’s gone from Eel’s End; the King of Spiders mostly has it all to himself. Paradoxically, it’s just about the safest place in the city – nobody’s there to spread the plague!

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IGOR'S DIARY #4

DEAR DIARY,

WE BRING CURSED COIN TO QUEEN. SHE HAPPY BUT NOT SURPRISED. ODD.
ALSO ODD WAS AN ELF IN THE COURT. IGOR GET GOLD.

SAPHI TELL US THE QUEEN’S PHYSICIANS HAVE BEEN WHEELING BARRELS INTO THE STATEHOUSE. WE CHECK OUT LATER.

OLD KORVOSA HAS BEEN QUARANTINED. ALL WOODEN BRIDGES BURNED, ONLY THE STONE BRIDGE REMAINS. NO ONE COMES OUT. BAD FOR BUSINESS.

WE CHECK OUT THE BALL THAT’S BEEN GOING ON FOR 6 DAYS NOW. RUWAN IS NOWHERE TO BE SEEN, BUT LOTS OF ZOMBIES AND CORPSES. SEBASTION’S ACQUAINTANCE JOLYSTANA TOOK OVER THE PARTY UNDER ROLTH’S REQUEST. SHE TRIED TO KILL ME BUT SHE WAS NO MATCH FOR IGOR. THE LORD OF THE HOUSE WAS NOT WHO HE SEEMED AND WE MISTAKENLY LET HIM GO. JOLYSTANA IS BROUGHT INTO KROFT’S CUSTODY.

WE CHECK OUT THE STATEHOUSE. THEY ARE GIVING CITIZENS SOME ORANGE POTIONS TO CURE THE PLAGUE. SOME SICK PEOPLE ARE TAKEN OFF TO THE MORGUE. THE UMBRYANS ARE TAKEN ELSEWHERE. WE ARE CARRIAGED OFF TO THE SOUTH SHORE. A DOCTOR ASKS US IF WE WANT TO HELP CURE THE PLAGUE BUT HE SUDDENLY DIES AS ROLTH APPEARS.

I’LL WRITE MORE TOMORROW. SLEEP NOW.

-IGOR

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IGOR'S DIARY #3

DEAR DIARY,

IGOR WAS HUNGOVER TODAY SO MUCH WAS CONFUSING.

IGOR AND FRIENDS GET A LETTER FROM THE GREAT DUELIST VENCARLO. LETTER SAYS TO COME BY HIS ACADEMY FOR LESSONS. WHEN WE GET THERE, IT IS TRYNIA WE SEE! IT WAS GOOD TO KNOW SHE WAS WELL. VENCARLO AND TRYNIA TELL US THEY ARE IN HIDING AND THAT TRYNIA MUST BE SMUGGLED OUT OF THE CITY. IGOR COMES UP WITH THE IDEA OF SMUGGLING HER IN A COFFIN ALONG WITH SHOANTI BONES SO THAT IT LOOKS LIKE WE ARE HELPING WITH THE SHOANTI BURIAL RITUALS. WE MAKE IT SAFELY TO THE VILLAGE OF HARSE IN THE SOUTH WHERE SHE IS WELCOMED.

NEXT WE HELP A CLIENT OF FALANA. A GIRL IN A GYPSY CAMP CAME DOWN WITH BAD RASHY ILLNESS. WE PATCH HER UP A LITTLE WITH A HEALTH POTION. A PRIEST NAMED ISHANI TELLS US THAT THE SICKNESS HAS BEEN GOING AROUND AND THAT WE CAN HELP HIM GET RID OF IT. WE INTRODUCE HIM TO THE KOMMANDANT AND LEARN THAT THE QUEEN HAS DEPLOYED HER FUNNY HATTED PHYSICIANS AND GREY MAIDENS TO DEAL WITH THE PLAGUE THEY CALL THE BLOOD VEIL.

ISHANI GIVES US A LIST OF JOBS

- VISIT THE GREY DISTRICT. IGOR FORGETS WHY.
- FIND RUWAN THE ENTERTAINER. RUWAN WAS HIRED FOR A BALL AND FOR SOME REASON THE BALL HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR 4 DAYS.
- INVESTIGATE THE SUNKEN SHIP IN THE BAY. THE SUSPICIOUS SHIP WAS SUNK AT NIGHT BY THE QUEEN BECAUSE IT WAS UNMARKED AND UNRESPONSIVE TO RIVER PATROL.
- INVESTIGATE THE PIGMEN OF THE SEWERS. THEY HAVE BEEN GETTING ANGRY DUE TO SOME MOVEMENT UNDERGROUND.
- INVESTIGATE THE LAVENDER PERFUME SHOP WHICH HAS BEEN REPORTEDLY DEALING OUT A CURE FOR THE BLOOD VEIL.

WE CHOSE TO CHECK OUT THE PERFUME SHOP FIRST. IT WAS JUST SOME LADY MIXING WATER WITH BAD COLOGNE AND MARKETING IT AS A CURE. WE TELL HER TO STOP BUT SHE PROBABLY WON’T. IGOR DON’T CARE AND IS SAD WE DID NOT MAKE ANY MONEY FROM THIS JOB.

NEXT WE CHECK OUT THE SUNKEN SHIP. WE HAD TO GET SOME WATER BREATHING SPELLS CAST ON US BY ISHANI TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE BAY. A SHARK TRIED TO EAT ME BUT IT WAS NO MATCH FOR IGOR. WE ALSO KILL A SEA HAG. THE SHIP IS FULL OF CURSED COINS FROM A DRAGON FATHER FACTION. WE THINK THE SILVER IS THE SOURCE OF THE PLAGUE GOING AROUND. IGOR IS SAD THAT WE CANNOT TAKE THE MONEY. IGOR TAKE SOME GAUNTLETS FROM A DEAD THRALL HE FIND ON THE SHIP INSTEAD BUT NOT SURE IF THEY WILL BE USEFUL.

-IGOR

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IGOR'S DIARY #2

DEAR DIARY,

IGOR AND FRIENDS HAVE VERY BUSY DAY.

FUNNY TALKING MAN FROM SOUTH NAMED DUAYNE ASKED US TO GET HIS STOLEN STUFF FROM PIRATE DVARGO AT EEL’S END IN OLD KORVOSA. KOMMANDANT WANTS US TO USE THE STUFF TO BLACKMAIL HIM BUT DUAYNE PROMISED US A FAVOR FROM THE SOUTH AND HIS WORD IS HEAVIER THAN GOLD. WE GET THE STUFF AND ESCAPE FROM EEL’S END. IT WAS NOT A CLEAN JOB AND THERE WERE SPIDERS. FALANA LIT ME ON FIRE ON ACCIDENT BUT THE FLAMES WERE NO MATCH FOR IGOR. WE RETURN TO DUAYNE WITH HIS THINGS AND HE IS PLEASED.

WE RETURN TO THE KOMMANDANT AND THE QUEEN IS THERE. LOTS OF SMELLY BUSINESS GOING ON. SHE IS RECRUITING WOMEN FOR A BATTALION. TRYNA IS TO STAND TRIAL FOR CRIMES SHE DID NOT DO. A FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD AND THE MEAT IS BEING SUPPLIED BY THE ARKONA FAMILY. IGOR DOES NOT KNOW WHAT TO MAKE OF IT.

THOUSAND BONES FROM THE SHOANTI TRIBE IS ALSO THERE. HE ASK US TO RETRIEVE HIS DEAD SON’S BODY SO THEY CAN PERFORM A DEATH RITUAL AND PREVENT A WAR. INFORMATION LEADS US TO THE CATACOMBS IN THE GREY DISTRICT. WE KILL GIANT CABBAGE HEAD MAN AND SOME SMALL VOODOO CREATURES. IT SEEMS THE NECROMANCER NAMED LAMB WHO KIDNAP MY DISHWASHER CEDRIC IS SOMEHOW RELATED TO THIS ROLF NECROMANCER WHO TAKE THE SHOANTI SON. WE ALSO FREE A DWARF NAMED SAPHI AND A NOBLE WHOSE PEARL I FOUND. I KEEP PEARL, HAHA!

KOMMANDANT’S GUARDS TAKE THE SON’S BODY PARTS WE FIND AND TELL US TO GET TO THE CASTLE QUICKLY. TRYNA IS TO BE EXECUTED SOON. WE GET THERE BUT THE EXECUTION IS INTERRUPTED BY BLACKJACK AND SOME ELVES. IGOR IS CONFUSED, BUT IGOR MAKE GOOD MONEY TODAY.

- IGOR

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Falana

We’ve been quite busy. I’ve acquired several new friends. Some rasist Templar, an interesting cook, some skiddish college mage and some short forest man.

The sovorign has drafted us to deal with several issues they’re too busy to deal with. Whatever, if it gets me back on their good side.

Maybe I should attempt to get a disguise, my… Reputation is getting ahead of me in more manners than I’d like.

We have line my pockets with some gold, and I’ve managed to get another house. Which is great after the thuggish valued have destroyed all of my furniture.

It’s taken me a bit to move over this short break, now that my potions are secure and my supplies restocked I hope to try some new combinations and … Work on my aim.

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Pierre's Diary

Oh, Fair Tryna, to call your voice like the sweetest harp is to grant unworthy laurels upon harps, which sound drab and hateful in unworthy comparison to that which flows from your lips. Lips so fair none but your own face could match their radiance, with heavn’ly cheek and brow and eye. Great Menoth destined we meet that fateful day, and I swear upon his holy Wall I shall find the true culprit and clear your name! One such as you must be free, and it is the hope for this that fuels me in these darkened days of life. I am ever surrounded by Thamarites, ever embattled by their schemes, yet I would do so til the end of time for your favor. Dear Tryna, Fair Tryna, even the flowers themselves seem dull to me, who has beheld your beauty with his own gaze…

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