Fight the Dragon (or The NPC's Lament)

by Frank Riccobono

When your characters become genre-savvy.

A dragon flew across the sky
Burned our homes and made us cry.
We did not know what to do
‘Til we spied a hero like you

Who will…

FIGHT THE DRAGON!
FIGHT THE DRAGON!
Fiercest beast you’ve ever seen.
FIGHT THE DRAGON!
FIGHT THE DRAGON!
He breathes fire. And he’s mean!

Take your sword to his cave.
We’ll wait here while you be brave.
Risk your life for each of us,
On your way, now, don’t make a fuss

And go…

FIGHT THE DRAGON!
FIGHT THE DRAGON!
Do not let him overwhelm.
FIGHT THE DRAGON!
FIGHT THE DRAGON!
Bring your shield. Bring your helm.

Hero’s journey, chosen one,
Pointless side-quest, or just for fun.
We don’t care much why you do it.
We’ll just cheer when you’ve run your blade through it.

Well then...

FIGHT THE DRAGON!
FIGHT THE DRAGON!
We’ll be waiting over here.
FIGHT THE DRAGON!
FIGHT THE DRAGON!
Be our hero! Be a dear.

Without us, you’ll have no story.
Without us, you’ll find no glory.
Without us, you’re just a farmhand,
Miles away from all your farmland.

So go...

FIGHT THE DRAGON!
FIGHT THE DRAGON!
You were brought here by fate.
FIGHT THE DRAGON!
FIGHT THE DRAGON!
Adventures beckon. Deeds await.

We don’t know why our town got took.
It’s our lot to be a plot hook.
Towns like ours were made to suffer,
Just to make you heroes tougher.

When you...

FIGHT THE DRAGON!
FIGHT THE DRAGON!
We must each play our part.
FIGHT THE DRAGON!
FIGHT THE DRAGON!
Grow your legend. Make your start.

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