Divad The Singer is in one body, two unique
and distinct people. Divad is the most well known of the Redguard
heroes. Frandar Hunding's son, probably the most accomplished
Ansei who ever lived. Yet early in his life, Divad appeared
to thoroughly have rejected The Way of the Sword.
Divad was the only son of Frandar Hunding,
and was born late in Hunding's life (2396 in the old way of
reckoning, probably about 1E 760 by the Tamrielic calendar),
when he was away most of the time fighting the last of his
duels and engaging in the many battles and insurrections of
the period. At eleven, Divad entered the Hall of the Virtues
of War and began training, but at 16, he finally let his anger
at growing up essentially fatherless get the better of him.
Divad broke his swords and left the Hall to become an acrobat
in a traveling circus.
The life in the circus was unsatisfying to
Divad, and after two years, his innate artisan heritage drove
him to become a musician and finally a Bard. For two more
years he traveled, singing in the cities of the empire --
gaining no small amount of fame and recognition for his stirring
and popular songs and music.
Although Divad had publicly forsaken the Way
of the sword, it would appear that he continued to practice
the compulsory forms of training he was taught in the Hall.
He carried no sword, but in the late evening, bright lights
could be often be seen in his tent (my source says nothing
more about this, but it may be assumed that the writer was
suggesting that Divad was practicing the form of the Way known
as Shehai Shen She Ru -- the Way of the Spirit Sword, or simply
Divad was very popular with the people of
the empire, and his music and concerts were well attended.
Still he could not escape his heritage of the sword. When
the Last Emperor ascended to power and began to persecute
the sword-singers, Divad was among the first to attract his
Once the Emperor Hira and his consort decided
to go to war with the Singers for control of the empire, he
moved swiftly against those Singers who were visibly a part
of empire society. Most he had killed, but Divad's music and
fame were so wide spread that he sent a team of his personal
guards to arrest him.
The Emperor's men were either very lucky or
very unlucky depending on how you choose to view it. Being
no fool, Hira sent 100 of his best guards, for even an unarmed
Singer was a very dangerous foe. The luck was that they were
able to capture Divad and place him in chains, for they came
at him as he sat dining with his elderly mother. The disaster
was that as he surrendered, they rashly struck the pleading
old woman. Too hard, it would seem, for she fell dead with
that single blow.
That single thoughtless deed, as is often
the case in war, was the one pivotal factor causing their
eventual defeat. That act ignited in Divad the spirit of the
Way. Up until that careless stroke, Divad was an ordinary
artisan, no, an artist, a great artist, but no warrior.
The moment of her death, Divad rose from his
seat, took his chains between his two hands and began swinging
the heavy chain in a deadly arc. He slew four of the guards,
gaining enough space to run and dive through the window and
into the river He disappeared into the night.
From that point, Divad was spotted many times
and told of in many more rumors all across the empire -- far
more places than a mere mortal man could have ever been. At
every point where Hira's men gathered to do mischief, the
resistance was attributed to Divad.
As Hira moved against the Singers and began
forming his army to invade High Desert, it was Divad who carried
the news to the Singers. Divad was among those who climbed
Hattu to find Hunding in his cave. What is not well known
is that Hunding, at first refused to take leadership of the
Singers. The first attempt to interrupt him at his death poem
cause him to drive the elders from his cave, he even formed
the Shehai in his anger. It was Divad who reentered the cave
alone to speak with Hunding. To this day, no one knows what
was said, what happened in that cave. Scribes of the time
reported bright flashes of light and angry voices. Five long
hours came and went, then both emerged from the cave, Divad,
at Hunding's side. The rest, as they say, is history ...
Divad, who had not completed training in the
Hall of the Virtues of War, became an adviser to Hunding and
spent his time reading the newly completed Book of Circles,
but his role in the Hammer and Anvil strategy was as a simple
sword-singer and fighter. It was not till the Singers fled
their native empire and landed In New Land that his story
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