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 Along the road in Hardorn,
A place called Stony Tor
A fearful band of farmers
Flees Karsite border war
A frightened band of farmers,
Their children and their wives
Seek refuge from a tyrant who
Wants more than just their lives

 Now up rides Herald Vanyel,
"Why then such haste?" says he
"Now who is it pursuing,
Who's anger do you flee?
You are all of Hardorn
Why seek you Valdemar?
Is Festel no protection
Or bide all his men too far?"

 "Oh Vanyel, Herald Vanyel,
We flee now for our lives
Lord Nedrin would enslave us
Our children and our wives
He'd give our souls to demons
Our bodies to his men
King Festel has not heeded
Or he happens not to ken!"

 Now up speaks Herald Vanyel
"The border is not far
But you are all of Hardorn
And not of Valdemar
You are not Randale's people
Can call not on his throne --
But damned if I will see you left
So helpless on your own!"

 So forth goes Herald Vanyel
And onward does he ride
On Stony Tor he waits then
Yfandes at his side
With Nedrin's men approaching
He calls out from on high:
"You shall not pass, Lord Nedrin
Nay, I shall not let you by!"

 Now only Herald Vanyel
Stands blocking Nedrin's way
"Now who are you, fool -
Nothing! That dares to tell me nay!"
Now up speaks Herald Vanyel,
His voice like brittle glass:
"The Herald Mage called Vanyel
And tis I you shall not pass!"

 Now there stands great Lord Nedrin
Behind him forty men
With a wizard there beside him
He pales and speaks again
"So you are Herald Vanyel
This place is not your land
So heed me Herald Vanyel
And now turn aside your hand!

 "Let be: I'll give you silver
And I shall give you gold
And I shall give you jewels fair
That sparkle bright and bold
And I shall give you pearls
Or treasures of the sea
If you will step aside here
Leaving these poor fools to me!"

 "What need have I of silver
With sweet Yfandes here?
And all the gold I cherish
Is sunlight bright and clear
The only jewel I treasure
Is a bright and shining star --
And I protect all helpless
Not just those of Valdemar!"

 "Now I shall give you beauty
Women, slaves, and men
And I shall give you power
You'll never see again!
And I shall give you mansions,
And I shall give you land
If you will turn aside this day
Aside and hold your hand!"

 "Now beauty held in bondage
Is beauty that is lost
And land and mansions blood-bought
Come too high at the cost
The power I have already
All power is a jade --
So turn you back Lord Nedrin
If of me you are afraid!"

 Lord Nedrin backs his stallion,
The wizard he comes nigh
"Prepare yourself bold Vanyel,
For you shall surely die!"
The wizard calls his demons
The demons he commands
And Vanyel, Herald Vanyel
Lonely raises empty hands!

 The wizard calls his demons,
The sky above turns black:
The demons strike at Vanyel -
He stands and holds them back!
The demons strike at Vanyel
They strike and hurt him sore
But Vanyel stands defiantly
To raise his hands once more!

 The sky itself descends now
Upon bare Stony Tor
It hides the awful battle
The watchers see no more
The wizard shouts in triumph
Too soon he vents his mirth
For Vanyel calls the lightning down
And smites him to the earth!

 The clouds of black have lifted
And there on barren ground
Stands Vanyel, hurt yet victor,
The demons tied and bound
He looks down on Lord Nedrin
His eyes grow cold and bleak
"Now I shall give you Nedrin
All the power that you seek!"

 Now Vanyel frees the demons
And Nedrin screams with fear
He sets them on the Karsites
Who first had brought them here
He sets them on the Karsites
And on the Karsite land
They look down on Lord Nedrin
And they do not stay their hand!

 Now Vanyel calls the farmers
"Go tell you near and far
How thus are served the tyrants
Who would take Valdemar!
I am the bane of demons
Their quarry I defend
Thus Heralds serve a foeman
And thus Heralds save a friend!"

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