The Last Battle

by Helcaraxë

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released August 30, 2016

Cover art by Yan Sek: www.yansek.net

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Track Name: The Old Blood Sings
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
Track Name: The Hunters
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
Track Name: Shadows Follow
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!
Track Name: World of Nightmares
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!
Track Name: The Lion Throne
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
Track Name: Guardians
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.
Track Name: I Ride to my Death
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
Track Name: Omens
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."
Track Name: The Gathering Storm
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
Track Name: An Eye for an Eye
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.
Track Name: The Last Battle
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