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Diary of a Hero

"Advice to young men" - speech made before the people of Lethron, Dragoneep Province, Kingdom of Mendarion

Good people of Lthron, your Mayor has asked me to speak before you this day, to perhaps bestow upon you some of my wisdom accumulated over a lifetime of Fighting and Adventuring, or to entertain you with talkes of my exploits. It is Day of the Gods, the Sun shines, we have plenty of time. Seat yourselves, be comfortable, and I shall begin. But first, as this be Day of the Gods, it is fitting that I should first say something in a more serious vein, to all your young, romantic men and youths who wouldst follow in my footsteps.

Step forward, Young Man, sit ye here close, that ye may hear and ye may see. I be a Hero in your eyes, you would emulate me? You wouldst be a Hero? See this scar across my face? A Giant gave that to me, the blade was poisoned, my nose shall never smell again, but I split his gizzard and stabbed his brain, I guess that makes me the winner. Look! Under my Helm! This mess you see was once an ear, now you know why I ask you - speak louder! My chest - do you see? The breastplate doth hide eight crushed ribs. They crushed into the lung, 'twere the left side I'd be dead as it is my heart beats but breathing comes hard. The Dragon that did it is dead, I guess that makes me the Victor. Why is my body black and red and wrinkled? Oh, that was some Automatons who shot upon me. My Nephew was slain by them, he was only about three, but he was avenged, I guess that makes me the winner. Did I marry? Oh, yes, not once but several times? You frown, but you do not realise, a Widower may marry again, and I waited long between. The Children? Dead too, but all were avenged, I guess that makes me a Hero? Battles? Yes, I fought Battles, and I fought Wars. This finger I lost in a Settlement by Combat of Champions in Zurban, oh long ago. The man was mad, but he was good with the sword. My axe clove his spine when he turned to run, I guess that makes me a Champion.

What did my parents say when I first went a-questing? My Mother was dead, my Father ne'er cared, my Brother and I were free, we lived near to Lethron and wouldst visit the Palace at times. Yes, I know the Palace was blown up fifty years ago. I am older than I look, my hair is a wig, mine own fell out but a few weeks after I destroyed the palace, to slay an enemy, I guess I won there too, but my eyes are not so good either, and these missing teeth are from the same cause, methinks.

What happened to my Father and Brother? Of my Father I wouldst fain not speak, my Brother, though lost to me, at least met a happy fate, alone of all those whose lives I touched to survive unscathed in the end, except the Faery.

The Faery? Yes, I knew Faeries. Their Queen slew the Master of my friend, a sorcerer, because of their own private wars. Near did I slay her, but in time didst the Faery set her free. Know you, you need not be a Hero to find the Faery, do not set your feet on this path just to find your dreams.

Now, enough! I have given my warnings, what follows are but tales, true enough, indeed, but like all tales, cleansed of the hurts of which I have told you enough.


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