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January 22, 2006, 9:41 am

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Ur-Kanesh Rhyme of the Shievren


This is a popular children’s rhyme in the city of Ur-Kanesh. It is chanted while the children run down the street on St. Arakis eve.

Ur-Kanesh. Rhyme of the Shievren

This is a popular children’s rhyme in the city of Ur-Kanesh. It is chanted while the children run down the street on St. Arakis eve. The children are dressed in black shirts on this night, a tradition that runs back to the pre-imperial days. The children are “the heralds of death” come to fetch an old crone of the Shievren, a witches coven that has been rumoured to exist in the nearby forest, the Nebelwald, for several centuries.

Shiver withered Shievren Crone,
Skin of parchment, heart of stone.
Cackle miracle freckled skin,
Will you let us children in?

Now the forest old and cold,
Told you stories of the mold.
Will it claim you or let you rest,
Let this be the final test!

At this point the children will surround an adult, which has to give the children a coin to let them pass. Otherwise they “collect his soul” (They throw rotten fruit on him and run away).

Not all strangers to town cherish the moment when these strange kids dressed in black, surround them and yell demands in a language they cannot comprehend. The experience is not improved when the children bombard them with rotten fruit and run away…

Note: St. Arakis was a valiant knight from Ur-Kanesh, who ventured into the Nebelwald and supposedly put an end to the Shievren.

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Voted Spark
December 17, 2005, 18:40
I love it! Ur-Kanesh, St. Arakis, both have a real Morrowind/Ashlander feel to them, and I dig that. Great rhyme too!
Voted Scrasamax
December 19, 2005, 17:40
Trick or Treat!
Ancient Gamer
December 19, 2005, 17:57
Yep. I wrote it after I went trick and treating with my son in 2004. I just had to get it out of my system =P
Voted Roack
December 20, 2005, 19:04
I feel almost like it's missing something, but as usual with Coldforged items, It's sheer beuaty.
Voted Cheka Man
May 1, 2006, 19:19
Good fun.
Voted Mourngrymn
May 2, 2006, 11:10
I like it, its a little ditty to have scare the players into thinking something is wrong.

So do the older children, teenagers, go out and cause mischief?
Voted CaptainPenguin
July 17, 2006, 0:30
Only voted
Voted valadaar
October 6, 2014, 10:55
A very possible local custom. And ready to trigger a moment of drama. Simple yet effective.



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