KoA:Reckoning: Poignant Poetry
It’s been very nearly six months since I last played Kingdoms of Amalur:Reckoning. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to as I really enjoy the game but instead a time issue. Not enough of it! Add that to a big pile of games, all of which I want to play, and you end of with not a lot of anything accomplished. Finishing The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, however, inspired me to finish another game and so I fired up KoA:Reckoning last night and reacquainted myself with the game.
I got to work straight away on helping save the ballad “Two Knights and a Troll”, a quest chain that rewarded me with major feels. So much so, I’m still thinking about the story in this ballad today and the many recitings, relevant parallels, we see and hear about almost every day. The difference here, in this ballad, is the ending. Put a smile on my face and made me wish this pixellated utopia existed more in the real world.
Here is the ballad as recited by the Echostone in the Ballads Library in Yolvan.
May the stone sing your song to the ages, may the breadth of time remember you. Listen, listen as the Echo Stone etches each ballad in memory.
The story of two valiant souls I bring. Of the lords named Airmer and Creth, I sing. Two hearts united against common foes. The thoughts in mind of one, the other knows. Lord Creth, of Fae Knights most stoic and grave. Lord Airmer’s hand and shadow, the Brave. And gentle Airmer, his equal in might. Dawn to Creth’s dusk, day to his night. Here is the tale of how they stopped a Troll, the Maid of Windemere corrupted its soul.
The troll named Nix had a most troubled heart. In nature was it displeased with its part. It hated its difference from the norm, and wished to shed its current form. In grief, it went to the Maid of Windemere. She motioned to Nix, and beckoned him near. “It is your wish to be human, I see,” she whispered to the Troll in glee. “I shall grant your wish, and make you so.” “You are a human now,” she cackled. “Go!”
And so the troll named Nix, to town it came. Never suspecting it was still the same. It crushed the road and split the wall, and Creth and Airmer were sure to fall. They faced the Troll and fought to no avail. The wise knights knew what was wrong in our tale. “The treacherous Maid of Windermere at play. We know in part what is wrong with this Fae.” And so, Lord Airmer shouted to Lord Creth, “Challenge this troll to a duel to the death.”
The troll, still under the wicked Maid’s spell and was human, it thought, and all was well, rampaged through the countryside in joy, treating all as toys. Lord Airmer slowly approached him, and said, “If you are human, deal as such instead. Face us, if that is your fate. Duel us, and reveal the truth of your state.” Then the troll and Fae did battle and fought; alas, all was not as the troll had thought.
After he had won, Lord Creth said to Nix, with a mind to ease and a will to fix, “You are a troll, and that is good, my friend. You have no faults, no wrong to mend. But if it be your wish to join their kind, a better way you must find. There is naught wrong with following your will, as long as it does not bring others ill.” Again the heroes of honor stayed true, the story of a Troll and the Knights two.
Is that not a beautiful story most of us can identify with on some level? I didn’t expect to find a story as wise and powerful in a fantasy RPG I picked up for ten bucks on Origin. I’m really enjoying the gameplay in KoA:Reckoning on many levels and the storytelling is a major one. Well worth the money and time!