Then Brodar caught his axe and rushed upon Brian. Taken unawares the king nevertheless rallied his strength which in his day had been greater than that of any man of his time, and still only half risen from his knees he smote the Viking a blow across the legs with his sword. The other thereupon lifted his battle-axe, and smote the king upon his head, cleaving it down to the chin, then fled to the woods, but was caught the next day and hacked into pieces by some of the infuriated Irish. So fell Brian in the very moment of victory, and when the combined league of all his foes had fallen before him. When the news reached Armagh, the bishop and his clergy came south as far as Swords, in Meath, where they met the corpse of the king and carried it back to Armagh, where he was buried, say the annalists, “in a new tomb” with much weeping and lamentation. –The Story of Ireland by Emily Lawless

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a hero who leads his army to victory but dies in the process.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you had to sacrifice something in order to get something else you wanted more.

Art Prompt: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about setting priorities and making sacrifices to achieve a large goal.

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2 Responses to Prompt #1533 Defeat in Victory

  1. Doug says:

    I’ve gotten to the point where Doug is too weak from an infected knife wound to join the first important battle, but a special elixir is being offered so he can. The elixir will only keep him alive for a limited amount of time. Zawmb’yee, the High Priestess is conflicted.
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