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Dragons are Immortal by Frederick Smith
 

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  • Cycle Two – Disciples

    Bound by their blood, the adolescents
    attend the ancients of their clan
    in humble servitude

    learning understood
    as obligation in their role as guardians
    appointed to preserve the innocents

    Millennium of lore passed down
    in solemn obligation
    to their master

    the creator
    who in life's initiation
    formed the balance of renown

    Each tale attended carefully
    recited without error
    in reverence

    a severance
    from childhood's fervor
    to chivalrous maturity

    Cycle Three – Warriors

    Seasoned by the elder's tales
    hardened by the saga of the foe
    appointed to the gates of hell

    with fiery blasts that swell
    maintaining demon spawn below
    the realm of mortal veil

    The boundaries defined
    should any dare attempt
    escape, their fate is sealed

    by fang and flame – their sins revealed
    and in their state unkempt
    returned anew confined

    to Stygian depths of pain
    eternal suffering
    and separation

    damned without redemption
    sentenced to enduring
    the firedrake's fierce refrain.
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