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THE KNIGHT
OF THE DOLOMITES

 

1 IL MISTERIOSO REGNO DI FANIS (The Misterious Realm of Fanis)

The story:
In the Dolomites [a range of mountains in the north of Italy/South Tyrol] there once lived a group of people called "Fanes". Originally they came from the sea (you can find lots of fossils in the Dolomitesí rocks!) and the name of their first king was Fan. They were a peace-loving folk who knew no weapons and who in the event of enemy attacks would hide in the caves of allied Marmots until the danger was gone. The realm of Fanis has now vanished, but the Fanes, may well return one day?
The lyrics:
a ballad-singer in a marketplace is explaining the story. "Passers-by, thieves and marketmen, Iím going to tell you a story about a group of people who lived thousands of years ago. Donít miss a single word of this story, both happy and sad. Donít cry, donít laugh - they cried and laughed more than all of you...."

 

2 LO STRANIERO VELIC“NDER (Veliconder, the Stranger)

The story:
The last king of the Fanes had only one child, a daughter. When she came to choose a husband - the one who would bring her the most beautiful and valued gift - she chose Veliconder, a foreign king, beautiful but without realm and he offered a unique wedding present: himself. A strange premonition kept her from telling him about the Treasure of Fanis and the old alliance with the marmots.
Very soon it turned out that the new king was only craving for power and gold and nothing would get in the way of his desires.
The lyrics:
The queen explains why of all pretenders she chose Veliconder, she tries to justify herself - who could ever have known all this? The whole crowd was enchanted by him, not just herself...and besides, why should she compromise her feelings for the benefit of her people?? Oh, if only she could turn back time....

 

3 SPINA DE MUL (Skeleton of Mule)

The story:
He is a wizard able to transform himself into a horrible monster, half man half decomposing skeleton of a mule! He hates the peace-loving Fanes - and has found in insatiable Veliconder an easily manipulated accomplice who can help achieve his dark ambitions.
Only once Spina de Mul has been beaten in combat: by a young man of the Duranns (another ancient tribe). As this happened in the darkest night, Spina de Mul gave him the name "Ey de net" that is: "Eyes of the Night".
The lyrics:
A putrefying skeleton is loose in the night, You can hear him rolling down the hills. Flee from him! If you look into his eyes, you will die!...And you, young Durann, you want to defy him with bare hands?...Spina de Mul is the Evil in all of us.

 

4 IL REGNO PREZIOSO DI AURONA (Aurona, the Precious Land)

The story:
It is the land of gold, silver and precious stones, hidden in some secret mountain with guards lurking in the dark.
Veliconder, blind with greed, is searching for the legendary Aurona with all his might, and forces his peace-loving people to fight one war of conquest after another.
The lyrics:
Thousands and thousands of years we have been living in the deepest depth of the mountain. Sun and moon are unknown to us....Precious Aurona: where the air breathes gold and silver...Mysterious Aurona: your waters have the colour of topaz...Far-away Aurona: your grapes have leaves of crystal...

 

5 DOLASILLA

The story:
Dolasilla, daughter of Veliconder and the queen, is growing up surrounded by wars. At her fatherís side, she lives the life of a warrior, proudly fighting with him in the heat of battle. Magic weapons help and protect her: a swan-white armour, silver arrow and bow. The day Dolasilla falls in love, the weapons will loose their magic.
The lyrics:
The ballad singer describes the princess who loves fighting and the noise of battle and who without objection watches the killing of enemy-warriors. But there is another destiny waiting for Dolasilla...

 

6 EY DE NET

The story:
News of Dolasillaís fame and glory reached the foreign land of the "Duranni" - and Ey de Net decided to find that warrior princess and to fight against her. But when they both stood face to face and looked into each otherís eyes, they fell in love at once. Dolasilla drops her weapons - and is hit by a poisoned arrow from the hand of Spina de Mul!
The lyrics:
You couldnít believe it, Eyes of the Night, that a woman should bring death and war, you laughed listening to all the strange stories about her....And then you were face to face with her, looked into her eyes. The heat of battle all around you, screaming, dust, blood...Something struck you deep in your heart, but it was not an arrow of hers.

 

7 LO SCUDO (The Shield)

The story:
Only with the help of magic can Dolasilla be wakened from poison-sleep. To protect her in the future Veliconder proclames Ey de Net her shield-bearer - he is the only mortal able to hold up the shield made by twarves. But Veliconder will never accept the growing love between them.
The lyrics:
Thereís a dark fate awaiting for you, Prince of Pregajanis, what should a man do - choose the stars in the sky or the sand in the sea? Fighting or the love for a woman? Take the silvershield to defeat the weapons and their magic spell. And your dreams will rise above and your fate with them....

 

8 LíAMORE (Love)

The story:
Dolasilla and Ey de Net live a short romantic life. The queen is happy about her daughterís change, but not so Veliconder. He is planning something in his heart.
The lyrics:
Love is like a morning breeze, shaping leaves and blossoms, love is the warmth of sunrays, awaking the fragrance of flowers, it is the water bringing seeds to life...

 

9 IL TRADIMENTO (The Betrayal)

The story:
The search for Aurona is no longer in Veliconderís mind, he is now filled with a new obsession: the Treasure of Fanis. To take possession of this he is even willing to betray his own people and to make a deal with Spina de Mul: he receives the Kingdom of Fanes in return for helping Veliconder find the treasure. So Spina de Mul and his army attack the unsuspecting Fanes. Dolasilla is now without magic weapons (you remember, she is in love and the magic spell wonít work anymore?!) but nevertheless she fights at the head of her peopleís army - and is mortally wounded!
The lyrics:
The gnawing desire, the slow to form idea of how to get hold of the Fanis-Treasure is compared to the woodworm ("tarlo" in Italian). It is drilling and drilling for years, inside the oak, inside the soul. Thereís no escape.

 

10 LUJņNTA

The story:
Lujŗnta is Dolasillaís twin sister. She has grown up with the Marmots in the darkness of their caves, the result of an ancient alliance between the kings of Fanes and the Marmots.
Lujŗnta agrees to fight in place of the mortally wounded Dolasilla and to lead the Fanes-army against the enemy. In the meantime Ey de Net is to go down to the Marmotís realm, to complete their magic tasks and withstand their magic spells to prove himself worthy of saving Dolasilla: infact, the Marmots know the secret of time and they will allow Ey de Net to go back to the moment before Dolasilla gets hurt and save her! But he has to do this within twelve hours, because Lujŗnta cannot stand sunlight for any longer than this.
The lyrics:
Dolasilla sings for her sister. Pale, moon alike, you are queen in the heart of earth. When I look into your face, I look into mine. A mirror, that bewilders my eyes...

 

11 LE MARMOTTE (The Marmots)

The story:
The realm of the Marmots. A land in the darkness of earth, endless passages and caves, illuminated only by silver-lichens and gems. Silence reigns here, occasionally interrupted by the acute warning sound of the marmots. Ey de Net will journey down there in search of three White Marmots to find the secret of time - and the Treasure of Fanis.
The lyrics:
...Itís the realm of us Marmots, a world of waiting in silence, why scream and shout if a single whistle of ours can be heard so far away...If you come to our realm you will know the other side of life, you will feel like a child and laugh with us. A life without age and pain waits impatiently for you in the future...

 

12 IL TESORO (The Treasure)

The story:
The Fanes-army have lost the battle, but few enemies have survived. So Spina de Mul feels betrayed by VelicÚnder and kills him. Lujŗnta takes the remaining Fanes into the sheltering caves of the Marmots while Ey de Net has passed the tests and is now standing in front of the Treasure: six shells, one containing power, the other courage, wisdom, richness, strength or magic. Ey de Net has to choose. But what is power, what is courage? The only thing he really wants is to save Dolasilla. The love for her is more important than all riches and magic.
And thatís the Treasure of Fanis, the true one: overcoming love.
The lyrics:
Ey de Net is singing. "I expected mountains of gold and found the darkness of the earth. I was searching the treasure of Fanis and have found myself in the depth of your eyes."