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Champion of the Faireland: Perkūnas, the Poet of Strength

This year’s Fairelands Hunt – the Lost Land – sends you on a search for the Ten Champions chosen by the Bard Queen to mentor, protect and instruct her daughter, the Princess Flora. Each day the Faire is running, we will be introducing you to a different Champion. They all have stories to tell … and some of these may give you clues to help you find them!

Perkūnas, the Poet of Strength
Perkūnas, the Poet of Strength

Perkūnas, the Poet of Strength

Perkūnas, so the legends said, had a divided soul. His mother came from a village that took great pride in the fighting skills of their women–they had once defeated an army of knights at the battle of Varend. His father had the blood of giants, it was said, and was reckoned the greatest fighter in the Land. It was believed that when they met there would be a battle that would be talked about for generations. Instead, they looked at each other and fell deeply and helpless in love. So the ballad singers sighed a little, sharpened their quills and wrote quite different songs instead.

Perkūnas was their oldest son and he was born with a strength, so the midwives said, beyond that of any mortal child. Yet with his strength there came a gentleness and kindness that made the other children in his village not fear him, but love him deeply. And he was their Champion, long before he became a chosen Champion of the Bard Queen.

Tales are told of how he shifted a great wagon, loaded with heavy logs, so that the hapless driver could be pulled from where he had fallen underneath. Another time, he broke the back of a man who had taken child slaves and used them cruelly. He carried no weapon beyond a simple staff, crowned with the head of a snarling bear, but that he rarely needed to use.

He had great physical strength, greater than either of his parents. But he also had their romantic souls and, as he grew to manhood, he became as famous for his poetry as for his great strength.

When the Bard Queen summoned him to tutor the Princess Flora, it was to teach her the power and beauty of words as well as to help her grow strong and brave.

You can also read this page as part of an online book here.

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Champion of the Fairelands: Duban, the Doctor

This year’s Fairelands Hunt – the Lost Land – sends you on a search for the Ten Champions chosen by the Bard Queen to mentor, protect and instruct her daughter, the Princess Flora. Each day the Faire is running, we will be introducing you to a different Champion. They all have stories to tell … and some of these may give you clues to help you find them!

Duban, the Doctor
Duban, the Doctor

Duban, the Doctor

Duban was a Doctor, at a time when Doctors were believed by many to be sorcerers, especially if they were unusually successful and skillful. For this reason, legends grew up around the Doctor and his abilities — not unconnected with his use of snakes in healing.

Duban was born to a jiniri and a Doctor in an ancient stone town of tall towers on the edge of the desert. As a child he journeyed with his father on long excursions into the heart of the desert to treat the people who lived at a remote oasis. In the town, his mother taught him the ways of her people, including how the venom of snakes could be harvested and used to make cures for different diseases.

It was a study that fascinated Duban, and he began to study new cures, and how the venom could be mixed with herbs and plants to create antidotes, vaccines and potions that could bring restful sleep, healing dreams or — when all else had failed, as sometimes it must — a peaceful death.

Over the years his reputation spread beyond the desert, and his desire for new learning, as much as the commissions he received, drew him to new lands. Marshes delighted him in particular, and he discovered in marshlands a whole range of new plants that could be used as astringents and antiseptics.

He would treat all who needed his help, regardless of their income — something that many times put him out of favour with the wealthy who would have preferred to reserve his services just for themselves. But Duban quietly, calmly, and compassionately continued his work, treating his patients both physically and mentally.

So he remained till summoned by the Bard Queen to teach his medical skills to her daughter, the Princess Flora, and also to act as her physician. But the Bard Queen understood that Duban would not confine himself to palaces. All who needed him could call, and he would answer.

You can also read this page as part of an online book here.