That roaming these ancient lands,
Is a certain type of creature that if seen,
Could be a harbinger or protector.
The black hounds have been seen by many,
But there is one that is very rarely seen.
It is known as the Canisnoir.
This legendary beast is only seen,
In one particular area of Albion,
Somewhere along the border of two counties,
Near the River Culm.
The Canisnoir is a solitary hound,
There is only ever one,
And it stalks the observer,
Without making a sound,
Creeping ever closer.
Once caught in its gaze,
It is rumoured so,
That the observer will see one of two things,
Or their death.
The eyes rotate,
Like splodges of ink,
And in it one can see details,
Flickering out like spat embers,
Dancing around the vision,
Forcing a vision to form.
If the observer sees their birth,
Then it means they have been chosen,
Directed on a course,
To fulfill an essential role,
In the lands of Albion.
However, if one sees their death,
It is a sign they are headed,
On a path that will end badly,
And must with every ounce of their being,
Change their way.
The Canisnoir will run away,
Off into the hedgerow or tree line,
Vanished and forgotten.