Low Man's Dance

The Low Man's Dance originates from the necromantic traditions of the Jhoutaioan Mar'rianians. It's a sung from weaver to woven, as though from mother to child.

While many of the Mar'rianian undead exist within chattel slavery, it is considered good form and good luck to treat them with the respect deserved by the dead. Even if the Grimoire itself is a Soluma -- an artificial soul -- it still absorbs the emotions of those around it, and may become violent if treated with violence.

It is common for servant and master to carry a tune while in the presence of a Low Man, if only to keep their spirits soothed. Mar'rianian history is rife with tales of necromancy gone wrong and undead turning against their masters in voiceless but violent rage.

 

In shadows deep, where lamplight fades,
I toil on you in silent glades.
With needle sharp and thread's revise,
I weave new tale from your grim demise.

With gentle hands, I mend the seams,
A macabre dance, in twilight dreams.
From this art, I give you meaning,
Crafting purpose from death's undreaming.

Oh, the low man's dance, in the moon's red light,
A puppet of fate, in our endless night.
With tender care, I bind the straw,
To clothe the soul that obeys my law.

In hollow eyes, a vacant stare,
Echoes of life, beyond repair.
Yet in this vessel, my hands create,
A semblance of a newfound fate.

With every stitch, a whispered plea,
For mercy by this dark decree.
For though they walk the world undead,
I gift them dignity instead.

Oh, the low man's dance, in the moon's red light,
A puppet of fate, in our endless night.
With tender care, I bind the straw,
To clothe the soul that obeys my law.

In the fields where vagrants roam,
I build a stand, a final home.
You, scarecrow, poised, grave and sleepless,
In ever-vigil of our many secrets

So sway and dance in evening's chill,
Guardians of the darkened hill.
For though your purpose seem so grim,
In new skin I hope you brim.



Cover image: Scarecrow by MidJourney

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Asset Credits: The graphics were generated with MidJourney to spec of a Mar'rianian Scarecrow by Ademal. The lyrics were originally generated by ChatGPT and modified to fit the lore and improve the flow by Ademal. The audio was adapted from the lyrics by Suno.

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TuneJune 2024
Generic article | Jun 30, 2024

It's all about that tune...


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May 31, 2024 02:42 by Dimitris Havlidis

That is absolutely beautiful! <3 Love love love!

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Jun 1, 2024 00:41 by Ademal

Thanks Dimi! It was fun to make

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May 31, 2024 07:46

That Dimi said. Beautiful work.

Updated soon.
Jun 3, 2024 01:08

Alright, I'm won't lie. This song has actually been on repeat for a while. One: Thank you for such a heartfelt melody, two; this is absolutely phenomenal!

May you find the truth as it billows through the branches...
Jun 3, 2024 16:39 by Ademal

That really inspires me to learn the audio-work necessary to master it and add the closing verse! Thank you!

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Jun 3, 2024 16:39 by Ademal

That really inspires me to learn the audio-work necessary to master it and add the closing verse! Thank you!

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Jun 4, 2024 01:29

Oh my pleasure, Friend! I'm looking forward to seeing what you make of this!

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Jun 4, 2024 18:25 by Alan Byers

Extremely cool! A question for Suno -- is the singer digital as well? The music is done, I assume, through the usual synths and editing programs? Would really like to try my hand at making digital music as well, it's just overwhelming to know where to begin. I'm a mere campfire guitarist!


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Jun 10, 2024 23:37 by Ademal

The entire audio is unedited straight outta Suno!

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Jun 10, 2024 23:34 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

So beautiful and haunting. The audio doesn't quite match the lyrics, but I'm not sure which version I like more. Maybe it's a regional difference? :D

Jun 10, 2024 23:38 by Ademal

I ended up adjusting the lyrics AFTER generating such a good track, so take the text as canon... for now! I didn't expect this article to be so enjoyed, so perhaps someday I'll regen the audio into something that matches the lyrics and isn't cut off!

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