->''"[[InAWorld In this world]], is the destiny of mankind controlled by some transcendental entity or law? Is it like the hand of God hovering above? At least it is true that man has no control, even over his own will. Man takes up the sword in order to shield the small wound in his heart sustained in a far-off time beyond remembrance. Man wields the sword so that he may die smiling in some far-off time beyond perception."''
-->-- '''OpeningNarration''' of Chapter 1, [[TitleDrop "Sword Wind"]] in Volume 5

->''"It was much too big to be called a sword. Massive, thick, heavy, and far too rough. Indeed, it was like a heap of raw iron."''
-->-- '''Narration''' introducing Guts' [[{{BFS}} Dragonslayer]] in Volume 1, "The Black Swordsman"

->''"Here's a word of warning...no, a prophecy. If you can be said to be a true friend of this man, then take heed! When his ambition collapses, death will pay you a visit!! A DEATH YOU CAN NEVER ESCAPE!!"''
-->-- '''Nosferatu Zodd''' to Guts in Volume 5, episode 5: "Nosferatu Zodd (4)"

-> ''"I don't care how I look. The warm fireplace, the waiting servants, I don't need them. It's alright if he can't speak. I'm sure even his wounds will heal. We'll be together. Forever...and ever."''
-->--'''Charlotte''' Volume 10, episode 56, "Bakiraka (1)"

-> ''"Dragons are dragons because humans can't beat 'em. So, [[HeWhoFightsMonsters what's a man who beats dragons]]?"''
-->--'''Godo''' in episode 94, "He Who Hunts Dragons"

->''"I'm sorry, Luca, to worry you to the very end. I'm going with Joachim. I...love you, all of you. But...if I stayed with you, I'm sure someday [[DontYouDarePityMe I would hate you again]], [[HeelRealization and hate myself]]. A person hurts someone just because they're strong, and they hate someone just because they're weak. I know that well enough. That's why I think I'll go with this man who is burdened with the same weakness and sins as I. Because if I'm with him, I have a good feeling...[[TookALevelInKindness we can both become just a little kinder and stronger]]. [[CharacterDevelopment I want to be someone who can trust others without clinging to them]]. [[YourDaysAreNumbered I want to live]], keep on living, and see you again without clinging or fearing, once I can smile with you with sincerity."''
-->-- '''Nina''', episode 176, "Determination and Departure"

->''"The use of words is not all there is to communicating feelings, Farnese. You've always expressed your unutterable, repressed feelings through the most unexpected behavior. Like a baby without speech, crying and shouting for all it's worth. Your father feared you for that. He hasn't the strength to accept things he doesn't comprehend. You were raised all alone, like some beast of the field, never experiencing a parent's warmth or the world of man. And so your heart is naked, not clad in any shell. When it comes to your feelings you are artistic, so much so that you can't abide this world. But you know, if you were able to find a place for yourself somewhere, then you, more familiar with pain than most, could probably come to be kinder than anyone else."''
-->-- '''Lady Vandimion''', Volume 29, episode 254, "Mother"

->''"Whoops, Sorry! I forgot it's not the mercenary way to go around snooping into each other's shady pasts. But you know...you kill, and you die. Maybe it's because of that rotten-ass battlefield that someday, somewhere, you might meet some war buddies. And for him...for them, it'd be kind of worth it to put your life on the line."''
-->-- '''Martino''', episode 329, "Spring Flowers of Distant Days (1)"

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[[folder: Guts]]

->''"I've had enough looking up at him from inside his dream. I want to stand beside him by attaining something of my own. He's the only one I can't stand looking down on me."''
-->-- episode 33, "One Snowy Night"

->''"Almost the entire time I've been alive, this was next to me as a part of my body. When I lost Gambino, when I met Griffith and the Band of the Hawk, and when I parted with them...Zod the Immortal, suffering I should've never been able to bear, and moments I could sense death, I came through all of it with this. Unforgettable things, unforgettable people, and all of it by the tip of the sword. I get the feeling I've done it all by grasping a hilt in my hand. I wield the sword. Maybe it's different from the dream Griffith talks about, but for no one else's sake, without being swept up, this time it's by my own will. Making my own sparks, even for an instant. I've made up my mind. I'll ''never'' entrust my sword to another again. I'll ''never'' hang from someone else's dream. From now on, every battle will be my own."''
-->-- '''Guts''' to Casca in Volume 10, episode 48, "Sparks from a Sword Tip"

->''"The place I belong...Maybe it did exist. I was too stupid and stubborn to notice it, but what I really wished for back then was here. Why do I always see these things after they're done and gone?"''
-->-- '''Guts''' in Volume 12, episode 71, "The Warriors of Twilight"

-> '''''"[[SayMyName GRIFFIIIIIIIIIIIIITH!]]"'''''
-->-- '''Guts''' in Volume 13, episode 86, "Birth"

->''"Destiny...destiny...destiny...destiny...'''SHUT THE HELL UP!''' How 'bout you save your high and mighty crap for after I've been haunted to death, skullface? Sacrifice? Offering? Destiny? Quit spoutin' out a bunch of cryptic explanations! The point is, this is war! It ain't different from any other war! The last one standing wins! Listen here! I'm beatin' all a' you back down to Hell! Tell those ugly pale-faced bastards for me! If I get hit, I will hit back! Tell 'em leavin' me half-eaten is gonna be the end of you! I'll hunt and kill all those wretched monsters...and all of you...DOWN TO THE LAST ONE! THIS IS...'''MY DECLARATION OF WAR!'''''"
-->-- Declaring war against the Apostles and the Godhand in Volume 13, episode 91, "Vow of Retaliation"

->''"If you see your God, then tell him to LEAVE ME THE HELL ALONE!"''
-->-- As he kills Father Mozgus

-> ''"I won't leave you somewhere. I've had enough of leaving people behind. This time, I won't lose you."''
-->-- Vowing to stay with Casca in Volume 22

-> ''I was prepared. I knew a journey wouldn't be easy. It's not just the rigors of travel. It goes far beyond a personal war...Fighting to protect someone...and it's not just about completely protecting Casca, because my death will result in her death. I'm used to fighting to survive. But what grows worse daily is the pressure not to die. Have I ever before wielded a sword so heavy?''
-->-- Fighting to protect Casca on his own.

-> ''If I was alone, if it was the usual me, I'd be refusing them outright. Honestly, this time I give up. For the first time I'm counting on complete strangers for help. I'm shuddering at [[EnemyWithin my own sinisterness]]. I'm beaten down by my own powerlessness. When was the last time she smiled?''
-->-- Accepting Serpico, Farnese, and Isidro as companions.

-> ''I'd forgotten. It's just a lump of iron I attached so I could beat up my enemies. She slipped right through. I guess even if you force back what was lost, it still won't be the way it was.''
-->-- Volume 33, episode 287, "Bubbles of Futility".
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[[folder: Griffith]]
->''"Martyrdom for a merciless God. What a waste. On the battlefield, the life of a common soldier isn't even worth a single piece of silver. In today's world, most people's lives are subject to the whims of a handful of nobility and royalty. Of course, even a king himself can't live exactly as he pleases. We are all at the mercy of a great tide--fate, or whatever you wish to call it--and we all disappear in the end, our lives spent, never even knowing who we were. In life, unrelated to one's social standing or class as determined by man, there are some people who, by nature, are keys that set the world in motion. They are the true elite, as dictated by the golden rule of the universe. That's what I want to know!! What is my place in the world? Who am I? What am I capable of? What am I destined for?"''
-->-- Volume 3, "The Guardians of Desire (6)"

->''"Guts, come along with me. This is no more than a single step. The Band of the Hawk, all the victories on the battlefield, are just the outset. Just the beginning. This is where it starts to get interesting. You can bet your life on that. '''I will get my own kingdom'''. You will fight for my cause, because you belong to me. I will decide the place where you die."''
-->-- Volume 5: "The Golden Age (8)"

->''"Do I need a reason each time I put myself in harms way for your sake?"''
-->-- Volume 6, "Master of the Sword (2)"

-> ''"With no relation to social status, class, background, whether it suits them or not, people yearn for a dream. Sustained by a dream, hurt by a dream, revived by a dream, killed by a dream. And even after being abandoned by a dream, it continues to smolder from the bottom of one's heart, probably until the verge of death. A man should envision such a lifetime once. A life spent as a martyr...to the God named "Dream". Ultimately, to be born, and then to simply live for no better reason...I can't abide such a life. They are...excellent troops. Together we have faced death so many times. They are my valuable comrades, devoting themselves to the dream I envision. But to me, a friend is...something else. Someone who would never depend on another's dream. Someone who wouldn't be compelled by anyone, but would determine and pursue his own reason to live...And should anyone trample that dream, he would oppose him body and soul, even if that threat were me myself. What I think a friend is...is one who is my '''"Equal"'''.''
-->-- Volume 6, "Precious Thing"

->''"All of you are too accustomed to scheming over things from behind your desks. This is war. There are no spectator seats on the battlefield. Those who die on the battlefield are not royalty, nobility, or commoners. They are the defeated who die."''
-->-- To the Queen and her conspirators, episode 32, "Tombstone of Flame (2)".

->''"Among thousands of comrades and ten thousand enemies, you're the only one who made me forget my dream. [[WhamLine I...sacrifice.]]"''
-->-- '''Griffith''' in Volume 12, episode 78, "Parting"
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[[folder: Casca]]
-> ''"No matter how much blood is spilled, No matter how many tears are shed, No matter how many hearts are broken, No matter how much time slips away, No matter how much feelings are carried, No matter how... sad it is, I want to be part of the dream of that man."''
-->-- Voiceover in a 30 second TV ad for the anime.

->''"Griffith persists in trying to realize a kind of dream that most people abandoned long ago as a childish thing. But the dream he's chasing is so genuine and extraordinary that the burden must be immeasurable. "A strong person"...it's simple to sum it up with those words. But I think that someone who wants to accomplish something grand endures that much more than other people. It's not that he "is" strong...Griffith has to "make" himself strong. I want to be by his side. If he's going to sacrifice everything for his dream, if his dream is to fight and cut away his own path, then I want to be his sword."''
-->-- Volume 7, episode 17: "Casca (6)"

-> ''"That day you left, that's when I knew. The thing I could not stop gazing at and thinking about wasn't Griffith, kneeling in the snow defeated for the first time and devastated by it. It was you, watching you walk away from us and never look back. It gripped me, I couldn't accept what I was feeling, this woman unable to blink, unable to turn away as you disappeared. The life I had led the moment I met Griffith all at once felt betrayed. My life had been an honest one: I had only my pride, and I owe that to Griffith, but... I'm changing. There may be a place for me in this man's soul. [[TheFourLoves Not because of what I may receive, but for something of worth I may have for him.]]"''
-->-- Anime episode 21

-> ''"...Don't watch..."''
-->-- Volume 13, episode 87: "Afterglow of the Right Eye"
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[[folder: Farnese]]
->''"Somehow, as he sat beneath the brightening sky, panting like a beast, splattered with the blood of his prey, the image touched me. It was both solemn and beautiful, almost like a painting adorning a basilica. I merely sought to escape, shivering in fear. Not once could I call upon my Lord. I avow myself a woman of God, but not even the name I've invoked a countless thousand times...I...In the shade of the morning sky, I was tiny, wretched, and powerless."''
-->-- Volume 17, episode 125, "Morning of Truth"
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[[folder:Serpico]]
->''"Indeed he is powerful but what will he do when his foes are dead?"''
-->-- After seeing Guts fight in the Berserker Armour.

->''"I am a man usually dissociated from intense emotion. I adapt to my circumstances and fill the role I am given. That is my style. Even in situations that seemed more or less unreasonable, my mind was at rest. Adapt...no. Perhaps my mind was merely benumbed. But as I encountered you and shared your journey, it would seem that not only Lady Farnese, but I too changed considerably. You clash head-on with your own destiny. Compared to my cooled demeanor, that is a life similar to being scorched by hellfire itself. While I arrayed myself in feigned ignorance, perhaps before I knew it, I too was affected by that heat. You are certainly a man impossible to ignore. I felt ineffectual, yet happy that Lady Farnese was being changed by you. And that's why [[EnemyWithin I'll never allow it]]. I won't allow that to happen!"''
-->-- During his duel with Guts, episode 257
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[[folder:Dialogue]]

-> '''Guts''': ''That was something I did on my own. It wasn't really for your sake. Fightin' is more my nature than runnin' away.''\\
'''Casca''': ''Just because it's your nature, you fought more than a hundred enemies?''\\
'''Guts''': ''Yeah [...] But still [...] compared to what you're doing, me fightin' with a hundred men doesn't really matter. It ain't just you. Griffith's the same way. He's got something he'd bet his entire life on. I think that kind thing's amazing. Compared to that, If I were to go out and fight a hundred or a thousand men, it wouldn't really be any big deal. That's what I thought.''\\
'''Casca''': ''Guts...''\\
'''Guts''': ''What a nice view.''\\
'''Casca''': ''Yeah.''\\
'''Guts''': ''Y'know Gaston, he's my second in command. The army's not really Gaston's thing. Once the war's over, he plans to open a clothing shop in downtown Windham with the money he's saved up. He's more skilled than he looks. Nichole proposed to a woman, but she refused because she didn't want to be with a common soldier. He swears he'll get promoted to leading a hundred men soon and propose again. He doesn't care how risky it'll be in battle. Well, I guess everyone's staked themselves on lost causes. So when I look out there, it's like each one of those lights contains tiny dreams and hopes. That's the way it looks...''\\
'''Casca''': ''Campfire of dreams, huh?''\\
'''Guts''': ''You smooth-talker. You sound like some princess.''\\
'''Casca''': ''Can it. But, you're right. Maybe they've all brought their own individual little flames together here. You could scatter them just by blowing, so all those little flames throw themselves into the biggest bonfire.''\\
'''Guts''': ''The blazing inferno...named Griffith. But you know, my flame aint' here. As for me, maybe I'm just warming myself by that campfire for a bit. Maybe I just stopped in by chance. As long as I have this, I'm confident I can survive any battle. That's how it's been up till now. Even before I joined the Band of the Hawk, no matter how badly the battle was lost, I myself was sure to survive. Like this time. But still, it don't really mean much. I was on the battlefield before I was old enough to understand things. The mercenary leader who raised me taught me nothing beyond how to wield a sword. I had nothin' but this! I don't wanna die, but just because I didn't wanna die, just because I didn't know more than how to use this, I kept fighting in battles. And maybe...more than anything, I've always tried to leave the most essential reason for fightin' up to other people.''\\
'''Casca''': ''Guts, you...''\\
'''Guts''': ''Ah hell, too much talkin' from me. What was I ramblin' about?''\\
'''Casca''': ''Back at you...*!* Guts, you don't mean...! Don't tell me you're leaving the hawks?''\\
'''Guts''': ''Like I said, I'm fightin' till the end of this campaign, even if I have to crawl.''\\
'''Casca''': ''And then...afterwards?''\\
-->-- Volume 7, episode 22, "Campfire of Dreams"

-> '''Griffith''': ''Does it seem cruel?''\\
'''Guts''': ''Huh?''\\
'''Griffith''': ''I involved you in this filthy scheme, and I didn't even get my hands dirty. I left all the dangerous, taxing work to you. Do you think that I'm cruel?''\\
'''Guts''': *Looks stumped for a moment, then grins* ''Idiot! What kind of question's that for the guy who killed a hundred men? Ain't this part of your dream? You believe that, don't you?''\\
'''Griffith''': *hesitation, followed by a wistful smile* ''You're right.''
-->--episode 32, "Tombstone of Flame"

->'''Godo''': ''A king sent out a proclamation long ago to bring him a sword that could kill a dragon, and so the lord put me on the job. At that time I'd gotten sick of doing work for nobles. "Make 'em refined, make 'em elegant..." Swords are just large butcher knives, after all. Tools meant for ''killing'' people. And so I forged it, as it was ''described''. A sword that could butcher...a ''dragon''.''\\
'''Rickert''': ''S-so then?''\\
'''Godo''': ''I almost got hung out to dry. So I ran away from the castle town, and I've lived here quietly since. I sure was ''young'' back then. Mighty things, things that could kill, that's all there was for me. But if anyone could handle ''this'', it'd still just be a hinderance. I don't like losin' track of the essence of a tool, but that's exactly what I did here. Now it's a good reminder.''\\
'''Rickert''': ''Can it...kill one? Could this really kill...a dragon?''\\
'''Godo''': ''If there ''were'' any dragons. But you know, this ain't even what you'd call a sword. It's a meaningless slab of iron you can't even lift, for killin' dragons and monsters that ain't even real. Your friend looks like he's about to fight a dragon, though. Seems to want to fight even after losing his hand and eye. He ain't up to the job, is he? Dragons are dragons because humans can't ''beat'' 'em."''
-->--Conversation between Godo and Rickert in Volume 14, episode 93, "Armament"

->'''Rosine''': ''"[[WhatTheHellAreYou What are...WHO are you?!]] [[VillainousBreakdown Why're you so--?!]]"''\\
'''Guts:''' ''"You wouldn't remember. Every last human you scum snacked on playing your games. '''[[ButForMeItWasTuesday You wouldn't remember.]]'''"''
-->-- Guts and Rosine battle in midair

->'''Mozgus''': ''"Can you not hear them?! Every person congregated in this place now desires, as one heart, salvation. They are eagerly awaiting the time of God's victory. Do you mean you care not that tens of thousands of believers shall lose their lives in exchange for one evil witch?"''\\
'''Guts:''' ''"Don't make me laugh. All they do is pray. Every last one of them, when the fire's under their own ass, all any of them do is bow down. Tens of thousands of people shouldn't cling to just one woman!"''
-->-- Guts and Mozgus fight

-> '''Griffith''': ''I came here to know for certain whether anything will shake my heart. While I stand before you in this new body of flesh...it seems...I am...[[LackOfEmpathy free]]''.\\
'''Guts''': ''You mean after [[MoralEventHorizon what you did]], after [[EtTuBrute all those you betrayed]], you don't feel anything!?''\\
'''Griffith''': ''I'll not betray my dream. That is all. [...] I told you once, I will get my own kingdom. Nothing has changed.''\\
'''Guts''': ''You say nothing's changed...! After everything you did, you say nothing's changed!?''\\
'''Griffith''': ''You should have known. This is the man I am. You, of all people.''

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[[folder:Reviews]]
-> ''It's a story of self-reflection, and one man's journey to- GORE! GORE! BLOOD, TITS, '''GORE!'''''
-->-- '''{{Lanipator}}''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6Scn98-rh4 summarising]].
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[[folder:Outtakes]]
->'''Guts''': ''"My love for you is like a truck! '''[[Film/{{Clerks}} BERSERKER!!]]'''"''\\
'''Casca''': ''"You fool..."''\\
'''Guts''': ''"Would you like to making f*** '''BERSERKER!!''' '' '''BERSERKER!!'''''"''\\
'''Casca''': ''"...did he just say...'making f***'?"''
-->-- An outtake from the dub, after Guts and Casca make love
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!Lyrics

[[folder: Forces]]
->Toki wa kumo o tsuku yoo na nami o tate osou yo\\
Kesarete yomichi o hau koe tachi ni kotaete\\
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Wasure wa shinai Kimi no koto wa\\
Kanawanu michi ni Nao hitori tachi\\
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Utareta tori no yoo na Yuugasa de ame ni tae\\
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Ienai chijoo no chi ni arawarete nemuru\\
Hoshi yo soozetsu ni Monogatare Kono yoru o\\
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Wasure wa shinai Kimi no koto wa\\
Kogoete yoru o Tada hitori iki\\
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Kienai koe yo ima Yomigaere Chikara e to\\
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Hai Yai Forces Hai Yai Forces (x2)\\
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Kike yo Kaze sae naki Sobietatsu Kage no tou\\
Utarete yomichi o hau kimi ni hi o tomose yo\\
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Wasure wa shinai Kimi no koto wa\\
Kanawanu michi ni Nao hitori tachi\\
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Yuke yo Jouetsu no kage yo kite Michibike\\
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Hai Yai Forces Hai Yai Forces
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[[folder: Forces (English)]]
-> Time assaults us with towering waves\\
I answer to the fading voices trolling the night roads\\
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I will never forget about you\\
On this road of unfulfillment, I still stand alone\\
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Like a wounded bird, I endure the rain with grace\\
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Awash in the blood of the wounded earth, we sleep\\
Oh stars, grandly recount the events of this night!\\
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I will never forget about you\\
I simply exist alone in this freezing night\\
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O unfading voices, revive now to your full strength!\\
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Hai Yai Forces Hai Yai Forces\\
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Listen, o soaring tower of darkness, at which even the wind cries\\
Shed light on you, wounded and trolling the night roads\\
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I will never forget about you\\
On this road of unfulfillment, I still walk alone\\
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Go forth! O loquacious shadows, come and guide me!\\
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Hai Yai Forces Hai Yai Forces
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[[folder: My Brother]]
->[[BashBrothers My brother, come join me\\
In battle we are stronger]]\\
When Tudor will falter\\
Sacrificed to their altar.(x2)\\
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One hundred years of wait is over\\
Now we claim what is rightful to us.\\
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My brother, come join me\\
In battle we are stronger\\
When Tudor will falter\\
Sacrificed to their altar.(x3)\\
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Oh my brother, with your courage we can conquer,\\
In your sword I put my trust that you will honor\\
I will be the higher ground should you concede it\\
[[TakingTheBullet And my body be your shield if you should need it.]]
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[[folder: Blood and Guts]]

->Blood and Guts and Guts and Blood and (x8)\\
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Robbed of a mothers love at birth\\
(left to drown in blood)\\
he was to die beneath her corpse.\\
Meant to rot in a cesspit of despair,\\
born to die as a waste of air.\\
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Raised as a child one shorn of fate\\
in a fit of rage\\
he, knows a violent destiny\\
will await, only life by sword shall reign\\
and he never to death be slain.\\
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Raised as a child one shorn of fate\\
in a fit of rage\\
he, knows a violent destiny\\
will await, only life by sword shall reign\\
and he never to death be slain.

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