Honour the Skraels

Every year, our barony has a border skirmish with our neighbours to the west, Skraeling Althing (aka: Ottawa). At times, regional patriotism would flare high and certain less-than-flattering things would be said about the people on the other side of the list field. I wrote this song as a way of smoothing ruffled feathers and saying, “Yes, we might be annual enemies, but if I’m going to fight anyone, I want it to be you because you’re so great.”

There’s an original melody to this song, and I’m still trying to figure out a way to upload it. Until then, you’re welcome to ask me in person.

Honour the Skraels
by Katherine Ashewode, “The Pocket Bard”
September 2004

What is a battle with only one army?
What is a struggle with no one to fight?
What is a conflict with no contestation?
An army can’t skirmish with no one in sight!

And so I say honour the Skraels!
Let’s drink to the health of the Skraels!
Without them, we’re useless,
A pain, and a nuisance.
To the foemen who meet us each year in the Eric,
Let’s drink to the health of the Skraels!

How can you fight ‘gaist a man with no honour?
How can you strive ‘gaist a cowardly mob?
How can you challenge a foe who won’t answer?
To fight you need enemies stalwart and strong!

And so I say honour the Skraels!
Let’s drink to the health of the Skraels!
In battle they’re fearless,
Their courage is peerless.
To the foemen who never shied back from a battle,
Let’s drink to the health of the Skraels!

Where is the challenge in slaying a weakling?
Where is the pride when you slaughter a sheep?
Where is the pleasure in besting an anthill?
The challengers need to be able and fleet!

And so I say honour the Skraels!
Let’s drink to the health of the Skraels!
They’re tempered and tested,
Their skill is impressive!
To the foemen who make us work hard for each war point,
Let’s drink to the health of the Skraels!

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