Item:Sharkskin song scroll (1)
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|sharkskin song scroll|
|Look:||This is a Bardic scroll, enscribed with the non-magical Bard song "Hamael's Song". It must be studied to be used. If it is being read by another, no one but that person can study it.|
|Appraised Cost:|| 375 Kronars|
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|Sources:||Sold by The True Bard D'Or for 500 Kronars|
Source is True Bard D'Or
"Hamael's Song", by Joy Chanticleer.
- "'Oh Darien, my Darien, why did you go that day?
- The wind was gusting, waves were white, the sky a steely gray.
- The storm that broke that evening was the worst any recalls.
- Your ship was lost that day, my love, a victim of the squalls.
- Now here I sit, waiting for news, a-weeping grievously.
- And as I wait, I mutter low, invectives 'gainst the sea.'"
- "As Hamael did weep and wail, a voice did gently chide.
- As she looked up, a maid, she saw, a dolphin by her side.
- 'Your love still lives,' Eluned said, 'though deep beneath the sea.
- A mermaid's hand stole him from you, yet you can set him free.
- If you would gain his freedom, then three things will you need:
- A ship to sail, a net of hair, and a heart which holds no greed.'"
- "'When next Xibar is waxing full, then at the peak of tide,
- Sail your ship to Lomark's reef, and cast your net o'er side.
- Thrice must you cast, and pull your net, a'fishing against death.
- Then search your haul to find the box that holds your Darien's breath.
- Remember to look with your heart, and keep your love in mind,
- For if you look with avarice, the sea, your love shall bind.'"
- "Then suddenly a light appeared, shimmering across the sand,
- And when it dimmed the maid had gone as if she'd ne'er been.
- So hope was born for Hamael as homeward she did run
- To shear her hair and weave a net as fine as spiders spun.
- And days did pass as Hamael wove, Xibar waxing every eve
- Till finally the moon was full, and she stood up to leave."
- "Then in a ship of strong green wood she sailed to Lomark's reef,
- And thrice she cast her net to steal her love back from a thief.
- The first cast brought a golden chest which gleamed in the moonlight.
- The second brought ten oysters up with shining pearls inside.
- The third cast brought a single shell a snail had cut loose
- As each did bide upon the deck, Hamael tried to choose."
- "'A golden chest may glitter bright,' said Hamael to herself,
- 'But none may breathe within such thing, not Human, Dwarf or Elf.
- And pearls, while lovely to behold, are solid, through and through.
- No place have they for breath to hold, they're worthless to me too.
- A seashell, though, held to the ear echoes the wind so soft.'
- So Hamael picked the snail's shell up and held it there aloft."
- "And then she flung it to the deck to shatter it and free
- The breath of her love, held within, to steal him from the sea.
- A golden light appeared on deck, too blinding to behold
- And when it dimmed her love was there, shivering with cold.
- Then close she held him as they sailed, returning to the shore...."
You smile and wink as you sing:
- "And though they lived for fifty years, they went to sea no more."