Bardi Magnus "Dam" Harleighin lauluja VII

Life of an Adventurer

A most difficult life is that of an adventurer, so why do it?
Dangersare close most of the time, even inside the walls of a city
Creatures of all sizes, wait for out there in the world beyond
and friends made, are lost in the wilderness' across Nagai

Travelling the world is not just a hobby
Because those who do it can hear the calling
The calling of the adventure, the siren's song
Thrill of danger, the glory of victory, the promise of treasure

Those are the things that we all seek to find
but unless one is well-equipped for the road ahead
all that the calling may lead to, is a funeral march
Never an easy road, the life of an adventurer
but for some, the way to glory and wealth beyond riches

What do you need when you leave the city behind?
What do you need when you're staying in town?
Trekking through woods, plains, deserts and caves
What do you need to have in your backpack?

In the wide open plains, you can see miles upon miles
rare is the danger that sneaks up on thee, if you scout ahead
horses are nice for those must haste or find walking a bore
My personal choice for any terrain are these boots o' mine

Bows and spears are good weapons on plains
to keep enemy horses and men a fair distance away
Always keep somebody on guard, use hills for cover and height
and never forget which is the whence thee came from

The wind blows endlessly on the open plains
and there is no shelter from pouring rain or hail
but dangers are avoided by having scout in the lead
Food, clothes and drink are an absolute must
unless of course you are on a nudy march

What do you need when you leave the city behind?
What do you need when you're staying in town?
Trekking through woods, plains, deserts and caves
What do you need to have in your backpack?

Forests and woods, whichever one calls these places of trees
are difficult to travel and navigate without a proper guide
It is easy to get lost under the shade of trees and sounds of animals
for the beauty in those places is subtle and alluring

Danger may lurk behind or in every tree, under every brush
you cannot see far but all who know look for signs up close
When animals get nervous, a smart man gets ready for anything
because no animal is dum enough to remain in dangers path

Unless you want to live on dry rations, fruit and wine
bring along someone who can hunt and also a cook
For with just one of those you have either no meat or foul meat
but with both of these, you will enjoy a feast under a tree

There is no lack of wood in a forest, so flint and steel come in handy
for a campfire will keep you warm and keep animals away
though it may draw the attention of something else, most unpleasant
so pack some weapons and the skill to use them, and whatever you do
never look a big lizard in the eyes, because it may be the thee sees

What do you need when you leave the city behind?
What do you need when you're staying in town?
Trekking through woods, plains, deserts and caves
What do you need to have in your backpack?

Making your through a desert is a difficult chore for anyone
'cause the days are almost hot enough to warm your bones
but the nights are as cold as it always is on the high mountain peaks
So bring plenty of fluids, and always prefer wine, to pass the time

Danger on deserts stalks on most mysterious of places, under the sand
but in the sand and in the air there are also foes without any fear
Sandstorms can bury a man or a woman, in a matter of hours
and a pool of quicksand will make someone disapper from the face of the earth

Horses are nice, but camels are best, for those tackle the might of a desert
If you doubt thine ability to handle a desert, best take the easy way round
for even the toughest will find that the sand and wind to sap one's strength
and if you lose strength, the will can easily follow and that is the end
Because from a desert, none will surely come to take you home

What do you need when you leave the city behind?
What do you need when you're staying in town?
Trekking through woods, plains, deserts and caves
What do you need to have in your backpack?

When you come to a swamp, watch you step or say goodbye
in this environment, dangers are plenty, a careless traveller may end up...
water is a hazard for all of us, 'cos we move in it, not like on land
and in the waters there live beings, which will swallow most of us whole

If you have a choice, use a boat, and travel not at night but keep vigil
never follow any lights which dance in the deadly silence of night
for they will surely lead thee to a doom more worse than death
and for sure, there exists such a thing, though none dare speak of it

Carrying a boat to a swamp is a difficult job, but it is the safe way
walking and swimming are dangerous ways though a long stick will help
Even a boat may sink or capsize, so pack your stuff somewhere dry
beware of logs which may not be all that they appear, for they may bite
and never follow any strangers, unless you are ready for trouble

What do you need when you leave the city behind?
What do you need when you're staying in town?
Trekking through woods, plains, deserts and caves
What do you need to have in your backpack?

Rope is the thing you should have when you come to the mountains
whether going up or down, a rope will help, just remember the knot
a cave gives you shelter, but beware for the owner may not like company
bears and big cats, make their home in these caves, so keep on guard

Flying high in the air, the birds see all, and some of them pose a danger
and some of those flying in the air, might not be birds, but foul creatures
which see us as a little snack, before the big meal, like a moose
So keep thine bows ready and arrows nocked, in case something dives

High in the mountains the weather is cold, for which helps a furcoat
Pack plenty of clothes or the cold may freeze thy bones to a halt
Firewood and tinder are scarce, so carry those from lands of home
Snow is a pest but it also hides dangers, like crevasses and beings
that have fur so white, they remain hidden for the sharpest of eyes

What do you need when you leave the city behind?
What do you need when you're staying in town?
Trekking through woods, plains, deserts and caves
What do you need to have in your backpack?

The seas and rivers are best explored, from the dryness of a ship or boat
but the world under the waves is very different from this on above
so take care not to upset the captain, for it may be a long swim home
and the waters have creatures which are looking for a meal

Braving the seas is an honourable occupation and a tough one indeed
when a storm comes on land we take shelter in our homes or in an inn
but out on the oceans there is no shelter and everyone is needed
or else the trip may end on rocks or even below the waves we see

Safest bet is to travel in your cabin, where you have clothes to spare
going on deck, try and remove all heavy items on thy person,
for they can drag down even the strongest of men in calm weather
but think of the task facing thee in the middle of a storm
when the ship will not turn back and risk more peril for its crew

What do you need when you leave the city behind?
What do you need when you're staying in town?
Trekking through woods, plains, deserts and caves
What do you need to have in your backpack?

Here in the city or in any town, it is money that talks with the loudest voice
but that is why, adventurers risk life and limb and face dangers plenty
so as to enjoy a hearty meal, a strong drink and such marvelous company
adventuring's a job and a tough one at that, but hey, somebody's got to do it

So it is the money that talks, but what else do you need in a city like this?
clothes are always helpful in so many ways, whether they be on you or off
some doors open better with clothes on, other places are best visited with nothing on
In such an respectable inn, please keep them on and buy yourself a drink

Daylight hours are full of bustle, from north to south and east to west
and many people go calmly about their business, but some prey on innocent folk
lurking in the shadows and on the edges of crowds, the pickpockets they are
In the dark of night, decent folk are at sleep, or in an inn, enjoying a drink
But adventurers are busy keeping every city equally safe as most beds

What do you need when you leave the city behind?
What do you need when you're staying in town?
Trekking through woods, plains, deserts and caves
What do you need to have in your backpack?

Dance with a Red-eyed Devil

A left, a right, a pivot and a parry
lunge and slash, thrust and parry
A block high and a block low
this duel with a Devil is quite a show

In the dark hours of the night
got involved in a bloody fight
he appeared as a Red-eyed Devil
a vampire, with his two fangs level

I weaved my magic, and let it rip
didn't want to catch his fangs' tip
his Red-eyes flared but on he came
seemed like he was looking maim

A left, a right, a pivot and a parry
lunge and slash, thrust and parry
A block high and a block low
this duel with a Devil is quite a show

Slashed him with my magical sword
he returned with the grace of a lord
sadly that sword is now a lost chance
but let us get back to this here dance

He took a beating from my spells
they surely should have rung his bells
my sword cut his figure many a time
but surely none will think that a crime

A left, a right, a pivot and a parry
lunge and slash, thrust and parry
A block high and a block low
this duel with a Devil is quite a show

He tried to bite me, didn't even get close
all I needed to stop him was alter my pose
cut him again and he turned into grey mist
propably he tried to show me a clenched fist

That was not the end of the nights' troubles
but later deeds are not suited to any couples
A one more verse and I'll have prevailed
a Red-eyed Devil, a fight, and all that be hailed

< Magnus "Dam" Harleigh