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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 Faireland: Britomart, the Warrior

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!

Britomart, the Paladin
Britomart, the Warrior

Britomart, the Warrior

In the desolation that was the land after the fall of the Round Table, some knights held to the true way and devoted their lives to redressing wrongs, and protecting the weak and defenceless. First among their number was Britomart.

Little is known of her origins. Some say she was the daughter of Nimue (who some call the Lady of the Lake) and Merlin. Others said that Nimue seduced Bedivere, Gareth, Lancelot or even Arthur himself. Those who loved her less claimed she was the child of a farmer who had his way with the Lady of the Lake. Certain it is that Britomart would never speak of her origins or, indeed, her past.

All that is known is that after the last great battle, the Battle of Camlann, where both Arthur and Mordred were slain, a warrior on a white horse began to be seen, a knight of peerless chivalry and courage, and matchless skill in all feats of arms.

And this warrior was Britomart.

Britomart was the peerless warrior, the brave and beautiful knight whom no man could match in tourney, whether jousting or in the melee, where she unhorsed more knights than any, save Lancelot in the days of his glory.

She wore no crest or lady’s favour, and although her armour and her horse suggested wealth, she would sleep as peacefully in a cottage as a castle and spoke kindly to all. Her greatest weapon was her sword, which some jealous men claimed was enchanted. When she heard this, she offered to fight her accusers with their blades exchanged. Britomart always gained the victory.

When the Princess was born, the Bard Queen summoned Britomart and instructed her to teach Princess Flora all she knew of feats of arms and chivalry.

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