Deirdre and the Leviathan – Diplomatic Response to Lost Kingdoms RP Land Claim
Hundreds of years ago, a terrible sea monster menaced a sleepy northern fishing town. Its scaly black body stretched as long as five caravels. Its teeth were like greatswords, and when it spoke, the very ground trembled. It rose from the deep to claim the shore as its own; it swore to level the town if the town’s lord did not offer up the handsomest young man in sacrifice.
Sentries offered to send for help, but the town’s lord turned them away, saying, “What is one for the many? We will appease the beast and live in peace.” The next day at dusk, a handsome young mage was left chained at the docks. When morning came, the sea foam on the sand was pink with blood. And the town lived peacefully for many months.
But after a time, the sea monster returned, larger and more voracious than before. The sea monster demanded the town’s two handsomest young men be sacrificed, or it swore to level the town. Some townspeople pleased with the town’s lord, but he would not be moved, saying, “What is two for the many? We will appease the beast and live in peace.” The next day at dusk, a handsome young warrior and a handsome young druid were left chained at the docks. When morning came, the sea foam on the sand was pink with blood. And the sea monster departed, sated.
Only two months had passed when the sea monster returned, larger and more voracious than the time before. It demanded the town’s four handsomest young men in sacrifice, or it swore it would level the town. Many townspeople begged the town’s lord to send for help, but he ignored them, saying, “What is four to the many? Appease the beast, and we will live in peace.” Now the fourth handsomest young man left in the town was beloved of the Tiefling princess Deirdre a Tuath. She heard of her lover’s peril and rode into town with three very handsome young men from her brigade –a mage, a warrior, and a druid. Deirdre wore men’s clothes and hid her hair.
At dusk the sea monster raised itself halfway from the sea, prepared for a feast. Deidre and her men threw off their chains and drew their swords from the sand. The druid and mage used fire, ice and lightning to trip the sea monster and bring its head low. The sea monster lunged for Deirdre and then, realizing that she was a woman, hesitated. In that moment of pause Deirdre sprang onto the monster’s snout and drove her blade through the creature’s eye into its skull. So deeply she thrust that her arm was engulfed in the creature’s eye, up to her shoulder. The sea monster thrashed and screamed. Deirdre’s men rallied around her and hacked the sea monster’s head from its body.
Thus the town was spared from the sea monster, and the life of Deirdre’s beloved was spared.
The northerners tell the legend of Deirdre a Tuath and the leviathan to their children; they teach their children to be brave and strong like Deirdre. There is another lesson to be learned from this legend, the lesson learned from the town’s lord, whom time has nearly forgotten: don’t feed the beast that comes to your threshold with threats…for the beast will never be truly sated.
Father Stephen Siarson
High Consul of Eileana’Reult