Serpent's Skull in Eberron

A Song of Women

Dadak's Tales

The darkness and stillness is welcome for a change. I sit guard at this slightly ajar door listening, looking, and waiting for trouble in the corridor outside – none is forthcoming. My companions sit about a darkened room and a small campfire, waiting for fatigue to ease them from this world for a few hours. I don’t need much sleep to recover my wits and spells, thank goodness, and my dark vision suits me for this monotonous task. I don’t mind the sentinel’s task, and I don’t mind sitting here alone with Kailia. It is peaceful.

DadaK (gruniting): Yes… it can become boring though, can’t it Kailia.
Kailia: Puuuuurrrrrrr…….

This task does gets the mind to drifting. Hmmmm…. <smile> How did that song go….?

DadaK: “Hhhmmmm Hmmmm Hmmmm Hmmmmmm….” “Hhhmmmm Hmmmm Hmmmm Hmmmmmm….”

Kreshton (quietly): Dadak, what are you humming up there?
Dadak (not so quietly): Just a nonsense song, popular in my tribe.
Kreshton (quietly): Oh, a song? What is it about?
Dadak: It’s a nonsense song used to irritate and attract females.
Kreshton (not so quietly): Reeeeaaally? How does it go?

Kreshton, always interested in relations to women, sits upright to listen better.

Dadak: I need a moment…. It is a chant, to a double beat. Boom, Boom.. Pause.. Boom , boom.. Let me see….

Look here (boom, boom), look here, graaah! (pause.. boom, boom),
Arms strong (boom boom), Legs strong, graaah! (pause.. boom, boom),
I am Dadak (boom boom), See me.. Come! Ha! (pause.. boom, boom)…

Kreshton (not so quietly): Hahaha… that is great! It has a catchy beat.
Dadak (smiling): Ha, we sing it to entice our women. Usually they mock us with playful spite. But when they run they don’t get far.. haha.
Kreshton (not so quietly): Do you know more to this tune?
Dadak: Yes, some. And usually we do a warrior dance to the song.
Kreshton (not so quietly): Reeeeaaally? Show me.
Pol raises an eyebrow.

Dadak performs a quick thumping, stomping, jig, which Kreshton, with his seamen’s skills, quickly jumps up and masters.

Kreshton: Sing more!

Dadak (a powerful orc performing chest thumping, leg slapping, stomping, and jumping in rhythm):

Look here (boom, boom), look here, graaah! (pause.. boom, boom),
Arms strong (boom boom), Legs strong, graaah! (pause.. boom, boom),
I am Kreshton (boom boom), See me.. Come! Ha! (pause.. boom, boom)…

Kreshton joins the dance. Pol sits up.

Look here (boom, boom), look here, graaah! (pause.. boom, boom),
Tusks large (boom boom), hair long, graaah! (pause.. boom, boom),
I am Kreshton (boom boom), I see you.. I come! Ha! (pause.. boom, boom)…

Kreshton dances vigorously. N’ Ketchi and Ja’Redd clap in unison. Even Pol, ever ready and focused, taps his foot to the song.

Look here (boom, boom), look here, graaah! (pause.. boom, boom),
Power (boom boom), I take you, with power, graaah! (pause.. boom, boom),
I am Kreshton (boom boom), Join me in fire.. We come! Ha! (pause.. boom, boom)…

Kreshton and Dadak stop and laugh together, along with Pol, N’Ketchi , and Ja’Redd. Five grown men forget their worries and troubles for a short while, happily telling stories of love conquests and heartbreaks through the night until fatigue finally overcomes. Tomorrow soon to come is another of trials to be borne.

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