A song of Hope
But I hold the voice of the race just oneFIRE ROSE
and I tell you truth told twice
Visiting Ahmann Jardir in Torkos, he tells Talkis a story of a bard named Hope:
There was a civil war on Maia between the lions.
Hope was amongst the rebels (Bloodclaws, the Wilds).
She was a bard but also forced to fight as every member.
her voice and songs were known to inspire both sides during the war.
it was whispered that races long gone whispered in the wind enhancing her songs.
On the morn of a battle that would either break the opposing army or exterminate rebels themselves, Hope climbed a tall rock to sing a battle song that would rouse the troops for a fight. Instead, she sang the song that "joined the prides".
"joining the prides" is a lion-phrase for when armies refuse to fight. This lowers the bloodlust and forces the leaders to the table for truce talks.
She inspired the so-called Second Concords - a tense relationship between the sides, but with a mutual non-aggression pact.