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I, Alfredo, who must needs stand and wait this August,
would ask a boon of those happy few who will soon be
off to the Pennsic War.
I ask of you to do what I wish I could to do myself:
to memorize, copy down, or print out the following
riddle, and pose it to everyone you meet at the War.
You may even pose it on Enchanted Grounds, for it
comes from the Period. (Let me know if you need
I have this notion that it might help raise awareness
of fire safety at a site sore in need of it.
On earth there's a warrior of curious origin.
He's created, gleaming, by two dumb creatures
for the benefit of men. Foe bears him against foe
to inflict harm. Women often fetter him,
strong as he is. If maidens and men
care for him with due consideration
and feed him frequently, he'll faithfully obey them
and serve them well. Men succour him for the warmth
he offers in return; but this warrior will savage
anyone who permits him to become too proud.
I thank you all for your time and consideration.
Alfredo el Bufon
Elvegast, Windmaster's Hill, Atlantia
Happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have, it
depends solely upon what you think. -- Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)
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