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Poem: "Where the Action Is, and Was, and Ever More Shall Be"

This poem was inspired and sponsored by the_vulture.  It touches on fond memories of gritty low fantasy stories, and roleplaying games at low level.  (One of my best-ever campaigns had everyone at first level for almost the entire time.)  And just because you've changed life roles doesn't mean that you're out of the picture...

(You can read about Dron's neighbor, Brilla the Baker, in "Half-Baked Ideas.")


Where the Action Is, and Was, and Ever More Shall Be

Dron retired from the army
with a bad limp and a bag of gold.
He missed the adventure, though,
and the everyday challenge of survival.

He bought a tavern
in a quiet little crossroad hamlet,
hung his axe over the mantelpiece,
and prepared to settle down.

At the end of the first week,
there was a brawl.
Two dwarves and four elves had it out.
Dron tossed them into the street.

At the end of the second week,
there was a fire.  Apprentice wizard.  Too much ale.
Dron put him out
and then extinguished the flames.

Not long after that,
bandits tried to raid the bar.
Dron's axe had a new nick in the shaft
when he hung it back over the hearth.

Then came the adventuring party
whose cleric had somehow gotten kidnapped,
and would anyone possibly have heard any gossip?
Oh please.  Barkeeper.

At the end of the month, Dron smiled.
How could he ever have forgotten where the action happened?
Perhaps retirement wouldn't be unbearably boring after all.
Humming, the barkeeper polished his glassware.  And then his axe.

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the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: July 5th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh! :D

Ya know, in any fantasy campaign I run, it's customary to include a tavern brawl in the first session. XD
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 6th, 2011 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

I do that a lot, though not always in the first session. Tavern brawls are fun. *ponder* I recall one with a famous thief crawling around under tables during the fight, stealing everyone's underwear.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: July 6th, 2011 05:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

THAT is epic! XD
eseme From: eseme Date: July 6th, 2011 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
LOVE!

So much love!

Because EVERY campaign has a Dron.

The cadence of this is excellent. It cries out to be read at a game.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 6th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Go for it!

The poem has been sponsored, so it's available for public enjoyment. If people want to read it at a game, that's fine.

Yeah, barkeepers in my campaigns are not people who are safe to mess with. I mean, sheesh, they serve adventurers. Obviously they must have some means of protecting themselves.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: July 6th, 2011 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)
My favourite is Rubb Grumm, the owner of the Inn at the Last Bridge in the Middle Earth RPG. He and his boys were quite handy when we holed up in that inn to fend off a raiding party of orcs.
laffingkat From: laffingkat Date: July 7th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
This is great--I think every gamer can relate. Cheers to the Drons out there, and may we all find similar satisfaction in our own adventures! (Though I hope for excitement and challenges of a less physical nature myself.)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you enjoyed it.

There are, indeed, many types of adventure not all of which are combat. Some of the other poems this month go into that.
je_reviens From: je_reviens Date: July 3rd, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
>>At the end of the first week,
there was a brawl.
Two dwarves and four elves had it out.<<

TOTALLY. AWESOME.

(who would win that one????)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 3rd, 2012 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well...

Dwarves are strong and tough, so in a point-blank fight, I suspect that two dwarves against four elves is about even, and could go either way. But it got broken up before there was a winning side.

I'm glad you liked the poem!
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