“With Orion’s sword, the Pumpkin arose …”

With Orion’s sword, the Hunter arose
And swept the world with fury and grace.
In him I was born, in him I will die,
In him I will lose name, station and face.

Death over weakness
Death over despair
Death over personal gain.

Death over dishonor
Death over undeath
Death over fire with no flame.

All this I pledge thee
O Grendel, great Khan
To serve and protect
Over death’s endless tide,

With your word in my heart
Your eyes in my face
And your tooth in my hand
By my side.


— from Matt Wagner’s “Grendel”



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