Lore illuminated ~ Torch song

lands imagined by eye and ear

Out at the edge of torches’ reach, a line of riders tore through the curtain of darkness that bounded the fleeting field.

Photo by John K ~ Torch song (inspired by the photography of Michael Leacher)

They charged hard on massive mounts, kicking up clods of sod and soil the size of heads that burst all about like a volley of hurlage bombs. Quickly they closed upon the fleeing folk and cut off their path at the neck of the road. The slow they knocked from their feet and nearly trampled under hoof. The rest they herded back toward the heart of the field.

And the riders began to sing. Deep and strong they sang, a bloodsong of the war-born:

Pray drink, pray dine
Prey mine tonight
Pray drink, pray dine
Prey die

Pray meat, pray wine
Prey spine of white
Pray meat, pray wine
Prey die

Prey bone and bleed
Pray prey to feed
Prey feed to death
Pray die

Pray feast, pray fast
Pray hell’s repast
Prey ever cast
Prey die

By the fall of the final note, a count of three and thirty chevox strode the field under the firm rein of their masters. Their long column had slowed to a trot and turned a perfect arc toward the Liar’s Tree before branching into two separate companies. One of twenty-two formed an outer ring, encircling all. The other of eleven surrounded the trio of strangers and the few folk who had held to hold them — Bylo Hamyx, elderwoman Pum, and the Hurx boys…


The illuminated lore project is an ongoing collaboration of
photographer Michael Leacher
and Lore of the Underlings author John Klobucher

2 thoughts on “Lore illuminated ~ Torch song

  1. sophiebowns says:


    I’d like to try and write a song ! 🙂

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