For Ieuen and Adrielle, Their Excellencies of Septentria, and for Her Serene Highness Elina of Ealdormere
Master Hector of the Black Height
gave the wolf its scarlet coat that blazes in the dawn?
first did find the trillium, in days long past and gone?
first drew forth the Northern sword, what name did foes first hear?
answer is Septentria, the heart of Ealdormere.
Northern wolf has glory won, as fits a beast right rare;
other wolf feels in its breast a heart of mighty bear?
bear's blood flows wherever goes the Northern spirit true,
if you love the Northland then a bear's heart beats in you.
outlaw wolves prowled in the night while white bears ruled the days
'twixt these two the North-folk knew a mighty Prince's ways,
wolf's wise wit and bear's great strength did teach a lesson clear:
cunning wrapped in patience did deliver Ealdormere.
now rams fatten on the hills, now hares roam eastern lands
to the west wise councillors hold goblets in their hands.
wolf may lay up in its lair as winter's peace draws near;
white bear ever watches o'er it's own blood, Ealdormere.
now to all Septentrians these solemn words I'd speak:
can the mighty North-wolf thrive if its bold heart be weak?
up your Baron's badge with pride and send a message clear
bears' hearts beat strong in the North; all's well with Ealdormere.
bear first found the scarlet coat that blazes bold at dawn;
bears who found the trillium, in days long past and gone.
same bears drew the Northern sword, their roars our foes yet hear,
bears still hold Septentria, the heart of Ealdormere.
heart rests by the inland sea, my heart has found a place;
heart beats to the wavelet's crash, warmed by the sun's embrace.
heart draws strength and comfort from the glory I find here;
Elina I now stand, the heart of Ealdormere.