Wake, soldier, wake, thy war-horse waits
To bear thee to the battle back;
Thou slumberest at a foemanís gates,ó
Thy dog would break thy bivouac;
Thy plume is trailing in the dust
And thy red falchion gathering rust.
Thomas Kibble Hervey
The dead Trumpeter
Travel to the west
of the City of Emeralds, and the ground
begins to parch and crack.
Trees are barren, and decay seems to reign.
Birds, hungry and fierce, circle the sky, looking down upon weary travelers in
search of food.
passage through the no-manís land, and you will enter the mountains of the
Topaz Kingdom, the home of the
Winkie. Called mercenaries and wanderers by the other people of OZ, the
Wan-qu (VAHN-coo), as they prefer to be called, are known throughout OZ as a
people fierce with culture, honor, and strength. This is remarkable and,
at the same time, not unexpected for a people who have suffered so much at the
hand of the other residents of
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