Evensong LARP

In Game => Lore => Topic started by: Miri Thorel on April 16, 2018, 02:27:37 pm

Title: The Subtle Man and the Zenzadil
Post by: Miri Thorel on April 16, 2018, 02:27:37 pm
Layla asked me to try to find a song she'd heard. After talking to the person who sang it and cross-checking some old songbooks, this is the best version I could come up with. It's a folk song, so who can say if this is exactly the original, but it's as close as we can get, I think.

The Subtle Man and the Zenzadil

The Zenzadil was a loony lass, hey ho, hey ho
With eyes of night and heart of glass, hey ho, hey ho

Upon a night of wrath and woe,
The Zenzadil did up and go,
Out from city and away from dell,
Seeking sanctuary within to dwell.

With the Subtle Man at her side, oh, with the Subtle Man at her side.

“Oh let us live in this tall tree,
From such heights the world to see,”
Said the Subtle Man,
Said the Subtle Man

“From such heights much could be learned,
But ‘tis inward that mine eye is turned,”
Said the Zenzadil,
Said the Zenzadil.

“Oh let us live in this chasm deep,
Where ancient stones their secrets keep,”
Said the Subtle Man,
Said the Subtle Man

“Another claims the secrets of stone,
And in that realm she reigns alone,”
Said the Zenzadil,
Said the Zenzadil.

“Oh let us live ‘pon tortoise shell,
That no enemy find us and all be well,”
Said the Subtle Man,
Said the Subtle Man

“I fear no enemy save time herself,
That she might claim my greatest wealth,”
Said the Zenzadil,
Said the Zenzadil.

“Oh let us live in halls bright as moon,
To unlock secret of craft and rune,”
Said the Subtle Man,
Said the Subtle Man

“Ah, now that sounds just the place,
Let us go now, and leave no trace,”
Said the Zenzadil,
Said the Zenzadil.

The Zenzadil was a loony lass, hey ho, hey ho
With eyes of night and heart of glass, hey ho, hey ho

She forged the future with her hands,
‘Twould bind the fate of seven lands,
And in the hall past Sidereal Gate,
Her greatest work does still await.

The Zenzadil was a loony lass, hey ho, hey ho
With eyes of night and heart of glass, hey ho, hey ho

Her seven children she birthed there,
Each with a different shade of hair,
Orange and red and green and blue,
Gold and black and violet, too.

And time turns on and their (sic - presumably should be "there") she sleeps,
And the world her treasures reap,
Until the day she finally wakes,
When comes another her curse to break.

--Miri
Title: Re: The Subtle Man and the Zenzadil
Post by: Misia on April 17, 2018, 06:42:24 am
What a lovely song.

It sounds like it gives clues to where we might find the Zenzadil. Did she put herself to sleep? Or has someone else cursed her? And who is the subtle man?
Title: Re: The Subtle Man and the Zenzadil
Post by: Layla on April 17, 2018, 10:40:27 am
So we firmly believe that this song is about Amelia Troyvitch. Finding information about Troyvitch herself is incredibly difficult. When we first started looking into the creator of the Troyvitch panels we were lead to learn of her assistant, the Subtle man, and heard word of this song. We asked Miri to look it up as she is much better with music than we are.

The first lines (is it called a stanza Miri?) describe Troyvitch herself and what information we did get on her matches that flowery description. She was known as brilliant and dedicated to her research and work and presented as quite cold and heartless at times due to her depth of focus.

The next part we would love if someone could look more into. Might this have been the night when the leaders were killed meeting with the nightmare lord? That is just a guess but we do not know. However we are certain that she sought to setup a new workshop somewhere.

The next stanzas (did we use that right?) go over various places of power, at least we believe them to be such, that they examined as options. Reese knows of the tall tree referred to we believe, though we do not know the details. Secrets of stone in a deep chasm with one who rules there seems quite interesting and we do not know what is referred to so that would bear research as well. Tortoise shell seems a but more philosophical and speaks to Troyvitch's fear of aging and death in our opinion.

As the the lines about hall as bright as moon. We are given to understand that moonlight halls has been used in reference to Evensong Keep yes?

The next bit is a bit more difficult to parse. The future forged to bind seven lands most likely refers to the Troyvitch panels, or Septych as I've also heard it called.
Now whether this line "And in the hall past Sidereal Gate, Her greatest work does still await." refers to something else OTHER than the panels and the description of the "seven children" refers to that OR her greatest work is one thing and the seven children refers to the seven panels, we are uncertain.

The last line seems quite important. Specifically: "Until the day she finally wakes, When comes another her curse to break." As we believe she can be found beyond the Sidereal Gate and somehow awoken but we do not know what or where the Sidereal Gate is. We suspect it is in Evensong Keep however, possibly guarded by two golden statues of sisters...

Layla
Title: Re: The Subtle Man and the Zenzadil
Post by: Misia on April 17, 2018, 12:59:13 pm
I’m wondering if the halls of moon sidereal gate will be found at the Moon Lake. Since I have only just learned of this place and know nothing more than the name, this is pure conjecture.

I had taken “secrets of stone” to refer to Evensong Keep, which I believe is guarded by the basilisk.