The ballad tells the story of a man named Jareesh who tries to enter the dungeon far to the north of Nardah, and the obstacles he has to overcome. In the story he fails, but leaves vital clues to assist the player.
The Ballad of Jareesh
Clad all in the robes for She
we travelled north expediently.
Go beseech the guardians we were sent,
so to the river's source we went.
Through the cave we had to travel.
There was mystery to unravel.
We came upon a great stone door
but our priestess knew the score.
She used the great ancestral key.
We passed through very easily.
Three great men all hewn of rock,
three small chambers they did block.
The first all made of rock quite black,
our fighting men went to attack.
They went with arrow, blade and spell,
but the man they could not fell
Many men did fall that day,
while others turned and ran away
I had little hope at all,
as I watched my kinsmen fall.
My warhammer I boldy heft
and struck a blow which while was deft,
should give scant harm to one so strong
or so I thought, nay I was wrong.
The rockman fell down with a crash,
which sent up clouds of dust and ash.
Just myself left and alas,
two more rockmen left to pass.
Still buoyed on by my first success
onwards bravely I did press.
Next man was of rock hued grey
and this one next I planned to slay
Crushing blows I rained on him,
but things were looking very grim
Not a scratch could I make
Anon my limbs began to ache.
The rockman gave a mighty roar
so fierce I made fast for the door.
How to beat that second man
to this day I have no plan.
My hammer never left a dent.
I never reached whence I was sent.