Allegory of the Harvest

One season, in a small farming village, a farmer had a fantastic harvest of crops, while the farmer neighboring him had the worst yield of his life. The successful farmer earned the respect of the villagers for the abundance of his crops he offered, but the failing farmer became angry at his neighbor, and accused him of tampering with his field. Unrest began to brew within the village over the winter, with families taking each of the farmers’ sides, and no one was willing to listen to reason. The unrest only worsened as the year went on; when it came time to prepare for the next planting season, no one could work together, and it seemed as though the entire village would suffer amidst the bickering. When a wandering swordsman came to the town, it was easy to see the divide within the community, and when he had heard of what caused the trouble, he took it upon himself to remedy the situation. With techniques he had learned on his travels, the swordsman used his sword to dig up both farmers’ fields and mixed the soil, which allowed both fields to grow a decent crop that helped the village survive the next harsh winter. The swordsman had restored harmony to the village by balancing the quality of the soil in the fields, which both helped the villagers bury their differences, and survive for seasons to come.

The faeries overseeing these traveling swordsmen extol the virtues of balance throughout the macrocosm, but one such vagabond has their own reasons for taking sword in hand.