A letter for the library sent with a simple purple booklet [DM Puffy]


  • Storyteller [DM]

    High Priestess Caru,

    It has come to my attention that the local library is constantly in search of more observations to add to their ever-growing list of topics. I have prepared here a study of songs often sung by the army and navy of Cormyr, whether in official or non-official capacity.

    - Battlemage Blackwinter

    ...

    Songs of the Cormyrean Army and Navy, Volume I
    By Geoffrey Blackwinter, Battlemage of Cormyr

    Introduction

    Music has proven to be a highly qualified tool to bring together disparate individuals into something that can be considered an efficient collective. In armies and navies all across Toril, the internal culture gives rise to its own chants and musical performances. Certainly, the effects of a high morale upon a fighting force is nothing to look down upon, and some nations have been very forward-thinking in their openness to such musical expression, in some cases to the extent of having dedicated musicians for certain regiments - or a field band to perform under fire.

    Each volume of this series will delve into yet more examples of music common in the Purple Dragons and Blue Dragons of Cormyr. Where possible, a short historical note shall be attached explaining some of the background for said piece. As with music from most armies and navies in Toril, most of this music is a variation on earlier tunes - sometimes variations on the tunes of other neighboring nations. Although it is sure to greatly disturb the more rabid nationalists, many of the tunes are originally Sembian in origin, for example, and have merely been retrofitted lyrically.

    Cormyr Will Never Leave Ya (Purple Dragon Variation)
    (Melody: When Johnny Comes Marching Home)

    When on the road from sweet Suzail,
    Hurrah, hurrah
    When on the road from sweet Suzail,
    Hurrah, hurrah
    When on the road from sweet Suzail
    A sword in my hand, a bucket of ale
    Soldiers many I heard hail
    Cormyr will never leave ya

    And in the streets of Marsember,
    Hurrah, hurrah
    And in the streets of Marsember,
    Hurrah, hurrah
    And in the streets of Marsember
    There too the Purple Dragons are
    In sandy, misty Marsember
    Cormyr will never leave ya

    And far up north in Arabel,
    Hurrah, hurrah
    And far up north in Arabel,
    Hurrah, hurrah,
    And far up north in Arabel
    The ranks of Purple Dragons swell
    The foes of Cormyr, give them Hell
    And Cormyr will never leave ya

    In the Hullack forest deep,
    Hurrah, hurrah
    In the Hullack forest deep,
    Hurrah, hurrah
    In the Hullack forest deep
    Forest creatures they do creep
    Not even there the Dragons sleep
    Cormyr will never leave ya

    In all the Forest Kingdom wide,
    Hurrah, hurrah
    In all the Forest Kingdom wide,
    Hurrah, hurrah
    In all the Forest Kingdom wide
    In their purple and their white
    Bound to fight on our King’s side
    Cormyr will never leave ya

    Bound to fight on our King’s side
    Cormyr will never leave ya

    Notes:

    It is worth noting that there are several variations on this particular tune jury-rigged to function as an anthem for the Blue Dragons rather than the Purple Dragons. As an example, the second verse in one of the more maritime versions goes as follows:

    And in the docks of Marsember,
    Hurrah, hurrah
    And in the docks of Marsember,
    Hurrah, hurrah
    And in the docks of Marsember
    There too the Bluest Dragons are
    In briny, misty Marsember
    Cormyr will never leave ya

    Nevertheless, the author has chosen to include the most popular version of the tune, which happens to be in use more often by the Purple Dragons than the Blue Dragons. A future volume of this series will include a full Blue Dragon variation on the above song. This particular song is almost certainly Cormyrean in origin, having been written for the express purpose of bolstering will to enlist in the Cormyrean armed forces.

    Through the Forests, on the Hilltops
    (Melody: Po Sumama i Gorama)

    Through the forests, on the hilltops
    Blessed Cormyr, proud and fair
    Where reigns the wise Obarskyr
    Where purple dragons lair
    (Where reigns the wise Obarskyr)
    (Where purple dragons lair)

    Since my childhood, since my nameday
    Loyal subject, of our King
    And though every scout is silent
    To His honour I shall sing
    (And though every scout is silent)
    (To His honour I shall sing)

    Now together, now forever
    Raise your voices, raise your glass
    Once again we face the darkness
    Even now our foes they mass
    (Once again we face the darkness)
    (Even now our foes they mass)

    Grace of foxes, sense of bloodhounds
    Purple colours, hearts of ice
    Ever those out there who hunt us
    They shall know a costly price
    (Ever those out there who hunt us)
    (They shall know a costly price)

    Royal Scouts, in loyal service
    Beneath shadow, cloak and shroud
    Til’ death forever claims us
    We shall do our country proud
    (Til’ death forever claims us)
    (We shall do our country proud)

    Notes:

    This is something as rare as a Royal Scout marching song. It is rarely song, for obvious reasons, but when it is it’s most common on long treks during extended guerilla operations. There is evidence to suggest that this song was adopted (and lyrics altered) from a popular Dalelander folk song, although that very same Dalelander folk song might have originated among Damaran immigrants in the Dalelands.

    There exists several variations of this song, most of which are either fairly lewd or fairly dark.

    Drunken Dragon
    (Melody: Drunken Sailor)

    What will we do with a drunken dragon?
    What will we do with a drunken dragon?
    What will we do with a drunken dragon?
    Early in the morning!

    (Chorus:)
    Way hay and up she rises,
    Way hay and up she rises,
    Way hay and up she rises,
    Early in the morning!

    Shave his belly with a flaming weapon,
    Shave his belly with a flaming weapon,
    Shave his belly with a flaming weapon,
    Early in the morning!

    (Chorus)

    Cut down on his potions till he’s sober,
    Cut down on his potions till he’s sober,
    Cut down on his potions till he’s sober,
    Early in the morning!

    (Chorus)

    Tell the Chaplain that he failed to tithe,
    Tell the Chaplain that he failed to tithe,
    Tell the Chaplain that he failed to tithe,
    Early in the morning!

    (Chorus)

    Put him in the bed right beside the Captain,
    Put him in the bed right beside the Captain,
    Put him in the bed right beside the Captain,
    Early in the morning!

    (Chorus)

    That's what we do with a drunken dragon,
    That's what we do with a drunken dragon,
    That's what we do with a drunken dragon,
    Early in the morning!

    (Chorus x2)

    Notes:

    This one seems rather self-evident. A drunken sailor in the morning is bad for work morale, so the Blue Dragons like to make it very clear that drunkenness at inopportune times is to be punished most cruelly. Multiple variations of this sea shanty exists, each with yet more creative punishments invented for the errant drunken sailor. The original shanty might actually be Cormyrean in this case, but variations now exist in all the nations surrounding the Sea of Fallen Stars.

    Theskan Ladies
    (Melody: Spanish Ladies)

    Farewell and adieu, to you Theskan ladies
    Farewell and adieu, to you ladies of Thesk
    For we've received orders, to sail for old Cormyr
    But we hope in a short time, we’ll see you again

    (Chorus:)
    We'll rant and we'll roar, like Blue Dragon sailors
    We'll rant and we'll roar, across the salt seas
    Until we yet see home, at the docks of old Cormyr
    From Telflamm to Suzail, the travel is long

    We hove our ship to, with the wind at the east, boys
    We hove our ship to, deep soundings to take
    So we rounded and sounded; got forty-five fathoms
    We tithed to the Bitch Queen, to Cormyr steered we

    (Chorus)

    Now the first dock we sighted was Sarshel not Suzail
    Next Hlammach off Easting, then Yhaunn and Selgaunt
    We sailed by the Sembians, by Saerloon and Westgate
    And then came most blessed, to the Dragonmere

    (Chorus)

    Then the signal was made for the grand fleet to anchor
    Half towards Suzail, the other to Marse’
    Let go your shank painter, let go your cat stopper
    Haul up your clew garnets, let tacks and sheets fly!

    (Chorus)

    Now let every man drink, ‘til he’s off his rockers
    And let every man drink, off a full glass
    We’ll drink and be jolly and drown melancholy
    And here’s to the health, of each true-hearted lass

    (Chorus)

    Notes:

    As can be ascertained from the contents of these lyrics, it does seem that Theskan ladies (and presumably men as well) have developed something of a reputation among Blue Dragon sailors. More lewd variations of the above lyrics do exist, but will not be presented in this book. The shanty is almost certainly a borrowed piece of music from either Sembia or the Pirate Isles, though it can not be ascertained where exactly it originated.

    The Purple Banners
    (Melody: Avanti Popolo, Bandiera Rossa)

    Advance you Kingsmen, you sons of heroes
    Raise the banners, the purple banners
    Advance you Kingsmen, you sons of heroes
    Raise the banners, of proud Cormyr

    The purple banners ever shall fly high
    The purple banners ever shall fly high
    The purple banners ever shall fly high
    And long shall reign Azoun for He is Cormyr’s pride

    (Interlude)

    Advance you Kingsmen, you bravest soldiers
    Raise your weapons, your shining weapons
    Advance you Kingsmen, you bravest soldiers
    Raise your weapons, and charge ahead

    The purple banners ever shall fly high
    The purple banners ever shall fly high
    The purple banners ever shall fly high
    And long shall reign Azoun for He is Cormyr’s pride

    Notes:

    Somewhat less popular as an impromptu march song, ‘the Purple Banners’ is considered a more pompous song that is more popularly sung when regiments enter or leave cities, or during a military show-march. The latter is particularly virulent in cases where the local garrison is entertaining members of the royal family, high nobility, or foreign nobles. There is reason to believe that the melody was originally a Tethyrian march song before it was brought to the Sword Coast and then to Cormyr.


  • Admin [DM]

    Battlemage,

    You're rewarded 2500 gold for this tome, the library look forward to further samples.

    V.C.


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