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LAY OF LIFE AND DECAY

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Author: Khajiiti M&M


 

Aranor the spry, trueborn Valenwood son,
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Stripling still, not yet a half century seen,
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Loved to wander foothill, glade, and wooded grove.
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Came to a hollow, and unfamiliar sight
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Beheld: crouching therein a hoary Khajiit
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Washing from fur bloody stain and fleshy gore.
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“Where thy prey, and wherefore such lust, newfound friend?
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“No beast so great to merit such carnage lives
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“Or mayhap art best hunter yet poor butcher?”
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“Jest not, sapling elf, for barely three days past,
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“Compelled by Earth Bones’ Pact, slain one dared profane
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“Inviolate Green; soul for Ooze, flesh for food.”
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“What name bear, stranger here, who honors Y’ffre?
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“Too few elves remember and keep Meat Mandate,
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“Barbarous ‘tis deemed, rev’rence for tradition.”
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“Long in past, Twilight Queen brought forest race change,
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“Fur-clad forms bound to moons, penance must be borne:
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“Pact kept in Wooded Vale, new life for Za’kir.”
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Long discourse engaged these two, fast friendship forg’d.
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Embarked on many hunts, swiftly prey pursued,
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Greater love none: honor to Hostess Y’ffre.
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Fateful day when chase brought them to aged elf,
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In camp, small fire built, fallen deadwood fed.
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Cat’s eye, joyous rage, knife to throat, blood flame soaked.
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“Wherefore this murder and such vi’lence harbor?
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“What tenet broke? No meat wasted, no sap burnt,
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“Only dead grass and blighted branch for kindling!”
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“Hear now, young elf, longer you live, but elder
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“This one for now! No affront here, save the dead,
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“Who took by fire new life through Rot from Green.”
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Bowed then young Aranor to old feline’s sight,
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Agreed ‘twas sin to take any plant from Green.
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Chased they still after game, but Pact breakers first.
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Benighted day! Came they across young mother
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Bathing in pond whilst small daughter by reeds play’d,
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Overturning stone, cry gave, revuls’d by Slugs.
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Startled matron quickly rose, stumbled toward girl,
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Reached out, for steadying assist, nearby branch,
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Still green, alas, snapped! Aranor arrow loos’d.
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“We must needs this woman eat, lest Pact we break!
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“But what of kid? Guide me now, my dearest friend,
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“For Earth Bones nor Ancestors will aid us now.”
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“Attend thy juv’nile ear; put hope in Y’ffer,
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“Or, rather, her Shadow. Life fails, but Rot grows.
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“Give we now the babe to Decay, Namiira.”
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“What trust in Ancestors Not? Reveal’d now thy
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“Leal service, not Y’ffre first, but Lady Rot.
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“All lives taken, cover, for cannibal’s heart!”
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“Partner in my arts, thee, sit at Darkness’ feet!
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“Taste the meals She gives! Inevitable Rot,
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“Life’s end; feed Decay, and ‘morrow thee She feeds.”
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Twisted-broken, Bosmer relented; back to
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Hollow the pair away’d, grisly work began:
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Small cries cut short: meal dress’d, new Hostess did carve.
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