By the Barony of Cynnabar on 2015-08-05
The Elephants are ware, and know full well that their only riches lieth in their arms and weapons that Nature hath given them. A special care and regard have these beasts of their tusks, above all. They look to one of them always, that the point be sharp, and therefore they forbear to occupy it, lest it should be blunt when they come to fight: the other they use ordinarily, either to get up roots out of the earth, or to cast down any banks or walls that stand in their way.
Nezhka, as We welcome you to Us and count you among Our number, may you enjoy the prudence of the Elephant, who sagely weighs the worth of her many gifts and how best to use them. Herewith do We, Ermenrich, Baron of Cynnabar, and Kasha, B
aroness of Cynnabar, bestow upon you this day Our Award of the Elephant's Heart.
Let none countermand Our words.
Text adapted from Naturalis Historia by Pliny the Elder (c. 77-79), translated by Philemon Holland (1605).
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