The Five who Stood

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These are the events of the final moments of the gate battle, Pennsic 38 (AS 44.) This poem was written in kvithuhattr, an old Norse style, by Grim the Skald

1. The best tales tell of a few
Men who stand ‘gainst many foes
And yield not. I offer you
The word fame of five who stood

2. At one gatein a great wall
That partedthe Pennsic field
Fierce tygerstore the Dragon
Who charged backbreaking the line.

3. Cleftland’s spearssplit the East-line
Dark Moon’s swordsdrove in after
When the chargewounded the East
Five tygersin fight remained

4. White and greenwore four of these –
Blazon oftheir bold household [1]
Noble Karl,quiet but fierce,
Billy Fishwith blazing sword,

5. Constantine of Kingly blood [2]
At his sideeager Durkin.
The fifth man,a famed master:
Duke Randallthe Dark Spearman

6. Tyger’s kin,enclosed by foes,
Stood bravely,braced ‘gainst the horde.
Bold Gunnar,Battle-maker,
Hailed the fivefierce defenders

7. “If you menyield us the Gate,
We’ll offeryou honor in
Single fights.Defer to us
You’ll not fall‘gainst fruitless odds.”

8. Courage showedKarl Meerstapa
He hailed back“To hell with that!
We’ll not yieldwithout combat
We’ll fight youto own this gate.”

9 .Gunnar laughedand loudly said
“Well spoken.”He spurred his men
Forward tothe five tygers
Great but briefbattle followed.

10. Though these fivefell to a man
They fought ‘till their final breath
Eager theyto Odin went
Val-Hall’s fieldthey fight in now

© 2009 Dan Marsh

Footnotes

  1. These are the colors of Duchy Von Drachenklaue
  2. Constantine is the son of Lucan von Drachenklaue, who has been King of the East 7 times
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