The Lay of Ideld

In a D&D game I was playing back in 2006, I was the party bard. (Bet you couldn’t see that coming.) The GM would give us bits of exposition about the main antagonist, Ideld, by saying, “Your character finds such-and-such information in the Lay of Ideld,” which was a song about the villainness. Obviously, no such song really existed, and the GM certainly didn’t write it. But one day, I decided to be really industrious (and get some extra XP) and actually write a verse version of the Lay of Ideld. I brought it to the game and everyone loved it. And that, I thought, was where the story would end.

Two years later, having since moved back to Montreal, I was back at the same game doing a cameo. At one point, a player mentioned something about Graszh Dur’ba’mog, and the entire company of players spontaneously burst into two verses of the Lay of Ideld, without even consulting the lyrics. I was very, very impressed. And a bit awed. It was probably the coolest moment of my bardic life so far. So here, for your reading pleasure, is the Lay of Ideld.

The Lay of Ideld
traditional, with two verses added by Corrigan the Bard
sung to the tune of “The Huron Carol”
March 2006

I sing to you a song today of how our ills began,
The daughter of Kalia and the evil Kassiran.
A titan and a common witch,
Together filled a fiendish wish.
Deathless she hunts the land, hunts the land,
Ideld she hunts the land.

Kassiran, the titan lord, besieged the land of Amn,
He walked among the soldiers as a wolf among the lambs,
None could stand before his might,
They dropped their weapons, took to flight,
Deathless she hunts the land, hunts the land,
Ideld she hunts the land.

A Company with Standard Red approached him on the field,
They swore they’d bring the titan down and never would they yield,
And so they chased him from their land,
And killed him with a brutal hand,
Deathless she hunts the land, hunts the land,
Ideld she hunts the land.

And when the death of Kassiran came to the Deathless Mage,
She hunted down the Company and killed them in her rage.
Though she had never known her sire,
Her vengeance burned with seething fire,
Deathless she hunts the land, hunts the land,
Ideld she hunts the land.

She hunted into Tashalar, beyond the Shining Sea,
And east as far as Estagund, to find the Company,
Her fury brought her into Thay,
And none could hide from her that day,
Deathless she hunts the land, hunts the land,
Ideld she hunts the land.

The Necromancer of the North was ever by her side,
For horrid deeds that Myskal Gaunt was picked as Orcus’ pride,
They travelled north to Icewind Dale,
Where orcs abound and spirits quail,
Deathless she hunts the land, hunts the land,
Ideld she hunts the land.

And there they met a mighty orc beneath the mountain peaks,
A member of the Dread Fang Clan, whose name made knees go weak,
For Graszh filled even orcs with dread,
His spear had rendered countless dead,
Deathless she hunts the land, hunts the land,
Ideld she hunts the land.

And though her quest for vengeance had earned Orcus’ evil smile,
Ideld still served the demon Grazzt, and served him all the while,
And to fulfill her master’s work,
Ideld set eyes upon that orc,
Deathless she hunts the land, hunts the land,
Ideld she hunts the land.

She twisted Graszh until his eyes alighted on his kin,
He killed them all and ate their flesh and even donned their skin,
And “Dur’ba’mog” the orcs all yelled,
Another victim for Ideld,
Deathless she hunts the land, hunts the land,
Ideld she hunts the land.

And then all three together went committing heinous deeds,
And Graszh picked out the Blessed Band to follow where he leads,
And if you see a skull with wings,
That banner heralds evil things,
Deathless she hunts the land, hunts the land,
Ideld she hunts the land.

And then she left the two behind and made her way alone,
To bring the fear of Orcus Prince to men in lands unknown,
And even now her flashing eyes,
Will charm the sea and curse the skies,
Deathless she hunts the land, hunts the land,
Ideld she hunts the land.

[Corrigan’s addition:]
And now the Western Heartland shakes: Ideld has rose again,
With Dur’ba’mog beside her to enslave the lands of men,
And as the crimson river flows,
Day by day her power grows,
Deathless she hunts the land, hunts the land,
Ideld she hunts the land.

But all you warriors of the West take heed to what I say,
Ideld the Deathless can be beat and can be locked away,
For evil hands are doomed to fail
Where men of gallant heart prevail,
Deathless she hunts the land, hunts the land,
Ideld she hunts the land.

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