Biographical Note: Destri Melarg was a well-known
historian and translator of old Redguard verse, born as simply
Destri in the city-state of Rihad in the 20th year of the
3rd Era. At the age of nineteen, he went to the Imperial City
to study. There were few Redguards who had been to the Imperial
Province at the time, and it may be that he took the last
name Melarg in order to assimiliate with the Breton, Nordic,
and Dark Elf cultures he encountered there.
When he died ninety-four years later, he left
numerous unfinished histories and untranslated verse. Very
few of this fragmented work has found its way out of collections.
What follows is an unmailed letter to Melarg's publishers
in the Imperial City. The insights into the man who put the
oral traditions of the Redguards to paper impressed me enough
to seek its publication.
Melius, it should be noted, was Melius Kane,
Melarg's publisher in the Imperial City.
Redguardic First Scholar Imperial University
This is the outline of my final chapter for
the series on Hammerfell heroes. I condensed Dendle's storytelling.
I have my notes, but the story gets long with all the quotes.
She puts a lot of dialog in her storytelling. I am amazed
that the old stories about the 5 swords keeps cropping up.
It's been a thousand years since Hellion's time, yet people
continue to believe in the stories.
The wagon master sat with me after listening
to her story and smoked a pipe with me. In discussing the
story, he said that his storyteller used to say that one of
the five swords survived the closing of the Goblin gate, and
is yet hidden here in Hammerfell. It was the least of the
five, but the story has it that it exceeds and modern blade
magical or ebony by several orders of magnitude.
Of course I take this with a grain of salt,
since a ebony weapon is unparalleled in its keen cutting ability
and personally I can't imagine a weapon doing more damage
than a Claymore of Firestorm or a Saber of Life Steal. Dendle
even believes that out in the countryside outside of Skaven
in one of the Halls of the Virtues of War, there are still
people who follow the old ways and can from a Shehai or spirit
In collecting these stories, I once thought
I was seeing a Shehai being formed, by an old Hall master,
but the thing, if it was a spirit sword was so faint that
even the sword shape was questionable. I didn't want to insult
the old man so I claimed I saw it too. But if that was a Shehai,
I can't imagine it possibly used as a real weapon.
Here's my outline of the new story:
At the time of this story, Hammerfell is fully
occupied by Redguards. All the old cities of the Dwarves (but
one - the Ghost City of Dwarfhome) are now the cities of today's
modern Hammerfell. A second invasion of the giant goblins
comes. Hammerfell is unprepared, except for a few faithful
followers, all youths in the rural Halls of Virtue.
Hallin, being the only Ansei, rallies the
armies of Hammerfell. After a defeat, he brings back the old
ways by telling each warrior to read the Book of Circles.
The army fights the Goblins to a standstill, but things look
bleak, just as in Divad's song. Somehow the goblins keep being
resupplied both with arms and troops. Eventually the Army
of Hammerfell will lose.
The old master of Hallin's Hall of the Virtues
of War has an ancient copy of Divad's will and testament,
and reads it to Hallin. It tells him that the 5 swords aren't
lost, just hidden and well guarded in 5 caves. Each cave is
home to a master guardian, one of the old blind Ansei -- and
also a maze.
According to the will, Derik must, along with
a virtuous companion of pure heart enter the cave, defeat
each Ansei Master and retrieve their sword.
Dendle went into great detail here. It seems
that each Master had an outstanding trait -- one Katrice,
possessed feline grace, and had become very catlike; another,
who had icy calm was something much like an Ice Golem.
On each blade is inscribed part of an intricate
message on how to use the power of the swords combined. Derik
scours the rural Halls for Brothers of the Blade and Maidens
of the Spirit Sword to accompany him in the quests. He finally
one by one finds his companions, and wins each sword.
They learn from the blades and together wield
the force of the 5 swords to seal the rent in space time that
the Goblins have made and from which springs their invasion.
Hallin's companions avoided blinding by the magic swords by
hurling the swords together into the void, and sealing forever
the giant Goblins in the void between their world and ours.
The land is saved and Hallin and his companions
(3 women and 2 men) become Ansei and restore the teachings
of Frandar Hunding to Hammerfell.
That's the story in brief. I welcome any comments
from you or one of the other editors.
One other concern of mine. I understand that
you are considering using a better known writer, Uthilla Abuhk
or Casmyr Kreestrom, to write the stories I've researched.
I can understand that a better known writer may mean that
a few more copies of the books will be sold, but that should
not be your only concern. Abuhk and Kreestrom, while fine
writers and poets, will need to be lectured on the true history
of the Redguards. Even if you are willing to pay me to do
that, you will have to acknowledge that the books will take
longer to write than if you just allowed me to do it. Just
something to consider when you make the decision.
I hope this letter finds you, your consort,
and children to good health and humor.
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