This year’s Fairelands Hunt – the Lost Land – sends you on a search for the Ten Champions chosen by the Bard Queen to mentor, protect and instruct her daughter, the Princess Flora. Each day the Faire is running, we will be introducing you to a different Champion. They all have stories to tell … and some of these may give you clues to help you find them!
Gassire, the Musician
Gassire was a warrior King, a brave and noble leader of his people, child of another such warrior and a fierce desert djinn. He had fought a long and bitter war against an ancient enemy of his people. After many years of conflict, they faced one final battle that would decide everything.
As Gassire lay sleeping in his tent the night before the battle, he was awoken by the sound of music. It was not the reed pipes and drums that were usual in his land, but a strange music, resonant and powerful. The tune was one he had never heard before and yet the sound of it moved him nearly to tears. He rose and wrapped a silken robe around his body before stepping out into the desert to hear the music more clearly and discover the player.
But there was no sign of the musician and, indeed, the music was fainter. Puzzled, he returned to his tent, and heard the mysterious music clearly once more. There was no sign of a musician, but all at once, Gassire was convinced that he would be victorious the following day. And as soon as he felt this conviction, the music faded away and he was left with the faint sounds of the sleeping army around him, and the night wind of the desert.
The hope he had been given proved true; the following day he won a crushing victory, which defeated his greatest enemy. Gassire returned with his army to his capital in triumph.
But he did not forget the music. From that day forward, he encouraged foreign musicians to come to his court with their native instruments and play for him. And always he searched for that strange sound he had heard in the battle tent.
At last, after many years, a talented musician came to play for the King, bringing what appeared to be a strange instrument–a lute. As soon as he heard the first notes, Gassire knew that his search for the instrument was over.
But the musician had never heard the strange music that Gassire described, that had played so mysteriously the night before the battle. Gassire decided that he would renounce his throne and devote his life to music… and discover once again that mysterious song of hope.
And his quest continued, even after the Bard Queen summoned Gassire to teach her daughter, the Princess Flora, the ways of music.