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The Last Battle

by Helcaraxë

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1.
The wheel has turned, decades come and pass Leaving most memories behind Yet this prophecy has laid its roots inside my mind And its hold intensifies with time The pattern pulls us to the South and West I begin to fear what we may find A dark figure crests the hill His cloak denies the howling wind Fear is an anchor, call your strength to lift it The hour is nigh The Old Blood is strong (The Old Blood is strong!) The Old Blood, it sings (in the People of the Mountain Home) Have I found what I seek? (The Old Blood, it sings!) And will the world be broken (by one of these three?) Terror on Winternight We press onward, no refuge in sight Accursed city with its decaying walls Shadow waits within Aridhol The Old Blood is strong (The Old Blood is strong!) The Old Blood, it sings (in the People of the Mountain Home) Have I found what I seek? (The Old Blood, it sings!) And will the world be broken ( by one of these three?) This band, like ashes, scattered to the wind Must be united to survive Some rumors lead me toward the ones I seek While others hint at their demise When darkness briefly ebbs to bring me peace I am tormented by the Light Pale moonlight Reveals the path to reunite The time is right Confusion reigns when the lightning strikes Golden eyes The Wheel weaves a new surprise The Old Blood is strong (The Old Blood is strong!) Strong enough to shape the pattern's threads before my eyes From The Ways, through the Borderlands and the Blight, to the Eye... to the Eye of the World Prophecies are fulfilled at the eye... at the eye of the world He will wield the one power at the eye... at the eye of the world Prophecies are fulfilled at the eye... at the eye of the world And the Dragon is reborn
2.
The Hunters 04:06
From stone to stone I awake to a new world that should not be On a fraying strand of time What fate has now been woven for me? I've acted in haste Will that be my demise? Ta’veren holds me fast Under darkening skies When I return - If I ever return Can I abide who I've become? Little choice remains If I play my part in this great hunt To put a word to page I'll pay a heavy cost These hands that should create Are penning deeds of loss I've acted in haste Will that be my demise? Ta’veren holds me fast Under darkening skies The wind awaits Within the ways We should not have come to this place We are hunters! We... are... hunters! We are hunters! We... are... hunters For the horn! The grave is no bar to my call! The grave is no bar to my call! When the ships arrived Heroes drove them back To the sea But this will not... be the end
3.
I close my eyes, I see the hammer I feel it swing, heat fills my lungs The euphoria of creation Is now only a memory No time for rest, nor for reflection I must protect. I must defend. I've seen my family slain No home for me remains (shadows follow me) Feel I cannot escape The scent of fear and pain (shadows follow me) I bring a painful end To those who seek revenge (shadows follow me) I lay my hammer down Carry an axe to war now Only one path Is lain for my fate I feel myself transform Prepare to claim my prey Each day shall bring only new darkness I must unleash. I must attack! War has come The battle brought to us Defend our land Crush your fears, make a stand I've seen my family slain No home for me remains (shadows follow me) Feel I cannot escape The scent of fear and pain (shadows follow me) I bring a painful end To those who seek revenge (shadows follow me) I lay my hammer down Carry an axe to war!
4.
Hold tight the twisted ring Let twilight spin its web I leave behind the waking world Warnings fall on deaf ears My hunt begins anew Reason dispossessed by rage Your next mistake will be your last You should've killed me when you had the chance I now will make you understand You should've killed me when you had the chance Guard your mind because I can feel your fear My thoughts make your reality I swear to build for you a world of nightmares!
5.
A shift in the winds Parched earth drinks cooling rain The Dark One's grip (HAIL) released to cleanse the stain Victory! We return home To reclaim the Lion Throne Take heed of turncoats and thieves Within every judgment, Peril and treachery A knife in the back Greets the unwary queen I become what is in my blood
6.
Guardians 02:20
I burned the Borderlands to ash These hands command ten thousand deaths This fool who calls himself the Dragon gives me reign As though I would be content not to lead but just to train He fights the madness That's creeping in I embrace the darkness I use these men today As tools for demolition Sharp spades to rend the earth I revel in the bloodshed With waves we split the ground Like tides within the hillside Only a mist remains Of men who dared oppose us Guardians! Of the Black Tower! Guardians! Of the Black Tower! Kneel now, or you will be knelt. You must surrender to our control Kneel now, or you will be knelt.
7.
My sword shall know no sheath Save for your wretched flesh Let fly the Golden Crane I ride to my death! (Tai'shar!) We will defend the gap Steadfast through any threat (Tai'shar!) True blood of Malkier! I ride to my death! Arms ache from hewing limbs Eyes sting with blood and sweat My work has just begun I ride to my death! Exhaustion grips my bones Taste of blood in every breath I'll rest when I'm cut down I ride to my death! Death is lighter than a feather Duty, heavier than a mountain I claim no crown My only loyalty is to death Until the last battle Until my final breath
8.
Omens 01:12
Twin ravens circling overhead The pattern weaves an unexpected thread A storm approaches us For the Nine Moons, the path has been foretold. "Beware the fox that makes the ravens fly for he will carry you away."
9.
It matters not what they may say Words cannot change what I am, The Watcher of the Seals, Tar Valon's Flame Beat me, you cannot bring me pain The body can be broken but The spirit will remain A lie reveals the truth A parasite infects the shadow to its roots Mistrust and paranoia reign Our tower crumbling beneath us We must not break under the strain Discordant oaths must be unmade Let silence be my armor and defiance be my blade Arrogant fools refused to heed my call A tower lapsed in vigilance will simply wait to fall Fire in the sky The ground is shaking We must take their lives Or we will be enslaved A storm gathers around me I am vengeance itself Fire in the sky The ground is shaking We must take their lives Or we will be enslaved A storm gathers around me I am vengeance itself I will destroy them all They will not dare to face me again A burning beacon, I fear no one Let them come! Chaos withdraws with coming dawn Silence is interrupted by the groan of ruined walls A break appears within the clouds Portent of changing tides swirls in the winds atop the mount Smoke rises, but this tower still stands We'll heal these wounds under my command
10.
Dice rattling in my head Tonight I dance with shadows Hold tight the Ashandarei The pattern is unraveling The memories of a thousand men could not prepare me for this For light, for glory Tai'daishar, true blood of battle Honor of my blade for the fallen Trust in luck to guide me Dice rattling in my head Tonight I dance with shadows Foreboding spire looms before me When did I cast aside my sanity to play the hero? We begin the game that cannot be won. The gambler will become the center of all Courage to strengthen We bring our iron, and the fire to blind Ever-shifting maze Dimly lit hallways somehow seem to conspire Masters of this realm Deceive the deceivers to escape with your life We've begun the game The gambler will become the center of all Courage to strengthen We bring our iron, and the fire to blind Ever-shifting maze Dimly lit hallways somehow seem to conspire Masters of this realm... We are! Whispers in the darkness "Welcome, son of battles." Feeding on pain and sorrow. Burn me! And burn your bargain. I have returned to even the odds! Into the Chamber of Bonds Abide by the pacts that you make When in the Chamber of Bonds A price must be paid Half the light of the world Given to save the world Blood and ashes! Victory, but at what cost? An eye for an eye.
11.
The tempest departs I open my eyes From the top of the world A new power fills me The voices have ceased! Enemies of old Shall become new allies In an unraveling world Prepare for the end Embrace it completely The flame and the void "The last storm shall gather its angry winds to destroy a land already dying." I enter the passage Past failures to guide me The time is now to strike My blood will spill Old wounds will reopen Death is presumed I will greet oblivion As an old friend Outside of time In infinite darkness I weave a new world free of this end Let go! All weight is lifted. A future that could be where all live in endless torment I refuse this vision My denial shatters your world Here in the blackness I seek the void The Last Battle rages Friends and heroes all cut down Unbounded sacrifice Burning arrows raining from the sky The Amyrlin has fallen now Yet none give up the fight As long as they give breath, then so shall I! A burning sword In my hand I seize the power A burning sword In my hand I see the path to victory! I awake and drink cold morning air Savoring the act of drawing breath Envision fire, and fire will be In glorious solitude, I'll be a King

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released August 30, 2016

Cover art by Yan Sek: www.yansek.net

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