These are songs written by our bard, Taizu, and by our bard wannabe,
Tarva. They're listed in chronological order. Most of them
are a recounting of some encounter or another; and a brief recap of -
or at least a reference to - that encounter is provided here with each
Taizu and Tarva joined the group on Wealsun 23, 586.
However, the group had been around for quite some time before
then. Ahb, Carrica, Lothar, Shadow, and Zephyr were the original
members. Regretably, both Shadow and Zephyr had died, but Ahb and
Lothar still enjoyed relating various anecdotes (so long as they didn't
involve rope bridges) about events that had happened prior to the time
Tarva&Taizu (TnT) joined. One event in particular struck both
of them as being in need of memorializing, and independently, each
wrote a song about it. Both songs were performed on Reaping 1,
586, in a first-level bunkroom in Durgeddin's Stronghold, as the group
spent the night to regain spells before venturing back down to take on
the nasty sturges.
Taizu was first (well, he is a full bard; and Tarva, at the time, was
'just' a figher - albeit with a pretty voice) with his version
of Carrica's Lament.
After that came Tarva with her take on Carrica's
Even though they'd been traipsing around together - in Greyhawk and out
adventuring - for nearly half a year, it took having Tarva's wits
scrambled (by having an Allip drain her wisdom), before Taizu was able
to get it through her thick skull that on this world - unlike her native
Albion - elves and humans did
fall in love with each other, marry, have children, and so on.
Later, after her wisdom was restored, Taizu was relieved to find
her earlier expressions of (unrequited, and to her mind unrequitable)
love for him had not vanished as she regained her wits. He then
began the - rather long - process of convincing her that his loving her
was not just a romantic gesture, but something both possible and
real. Eventually, in spite of her life-long association (or lack
thereof) with a frightenly different kind of elves, he did convince
her. This is the song she wrote for him, to prove that, recalling
the time When
First We Met. She sang it to him, as a surprise,
during their gig at the inn at Blasingdell, on Goodmonth 19, 586.
On Harvester 23, 586, a missive for Carrica arrived from her father
(carried by Rowan) instructing her to join the Knights of Luna.
This was the first the rest of us had heard anything about this: but
apparently Carrica had been usefully spending her time with Ahb (and
Ahb's group) while awaiting just this summons. She wanted to
leave immediately. However, Ahb talked her into traveling
with the rest of us on the trip to meet up with the Knights, because we
were going that way also. And Tarva immediately arranged for a
going-away party for that very night. Of course, TnT were a major
part of the entertainment. Tarva took the opportunity to
introduce some new songs she'd written. The main one, in honor of
Carrica, relates the many times - twice before and twice after TnT
joined the group - that an encounter had ended up with a Naked
During the party that evening, Tarva also sang, for the first time, two
songs she had finished writing some while earlier, but never had the
opportunity to sing for the group. They both celebrated the way
the group worked together during encounters; especially under the able
leadership of Ahb. The first was a skaldish recitation of the
event wherein Ahb became a Dragonslayer! While
the second related to Ahb's particular affinity for Thorns!
The dragon encounter was in Durgeddon's Stronghold, on Goodmonth 6,
586. The thorny situation occurred shortly thereafter, during our
travel from Blasingdell to Marikest, on Harvester 3, 586.
On Sunsend 10, 586, the group had crossed the Lortmils pass and were in
the town of Asperdi. Along the way they had: helped a Dwarf
Clan suffering from a plague; recovered an alchemist's keep from
were-rats (and helped Beldwyn purchase it and leave the group);
discovered and destroyed a lair of giants who were raiding caravans;
out a young dragon who had been stealing sheep. They'd also
some children from the giants and found relatives (or somebody) willing
to take care of them. And in much of this they'd been helped by
Darred and Glendon: a pair of guards of one of the hijacked caravans
who had escaped the giants but not from their lair. After the two
of them report on the caravan's fate to its owner (in Asperdi), they
are dragged by
Ahb back to the inn where TnT are gigging for the group's rooms.
and Darred had heard TnT's claims to be musicians (and indeed bards),
had seen (heard) them use musical spell-like effects to help the
group. But until now there had been no opportunity for TnT to
truly perform. And along with the rest of the audience, Darred
and Glendon are blown away. Both of the bards are having an
exceptionally "up" night, and neither of the guards (nor the rest of
the audience) has ever heard singing like Tarva's before. In
addition to their usual repertoire, Tarva has written another new song,
this one about the group taking
out the caravan raiders in The Lair of the Giants Frost.