Arabella takes everyone’s equipment orders, then says, “I will have this ready for you all in a couple of hours, then you can set off.”
"Where will we be meeting once everything has been gathered?" Flynn asks.
"Excuse me, Director,” Terrence politely interrupts. “If you'll give me your indulgence, I'd like to offer the group a ballad I threw together while we were filling out our wish list. May I?"
"My indulgence? You're only indulging yourself." Flynn pinches the bridge of his nose, annoyed. "If I told you not to, would you even listen?" After a moment, he sighs. "Please. Share."
"Thank you for that introduction. In Praise of Vehemence... Ahem...
"In ancient days, at times like these,
when hearts and minds and backs and knees,
were braced against the winds of fate,
and destinies achieved their weight,
Then poets stood to say a word,
enthusiasm’s loins to gird.
For it was known (and still it's true),
that zeal's a mandatory brew,
For those who wish to reach for goals,
beyond the grasp of meager souls.
Vigor! Verve! Esprit de corps!
A keenness opens wide the door!
For though we end up under sod,
that lever still can move a god!
Release the hounds and sound the horn!
Adventure here this day is born!
"I take your silence as tacit approval! I have another if you like but it's much longer...."
Roland smirks. "Oh please, grand puppeteer, regale us with more of your beautiful poetry."
"Sorry, first one's free. The rest'll cost you!"
Del grins. "I'll pay you in cheese."
"I thought it was really quite good," Málean says, eyebrows raised.
Terrence slaps Málean on the back. "Do you see the power of art to bring people together? We're already in complete accord!" Terrence turns to Del. "Barter is always an acceptable currency, friend, but I'm flush with cheese at the moment. Do you have any walnuts? Maybe some prosciutto?"
In a dangerous political climate, several expeditions are made to the infamous Wilds in hopes of expanding the country, Urbane, and avoiding an all out civil war. But, when the lord in charge of the excursions is almost assassinated, tensions increase and put new pressures on the brave explorers.