Jacob’s War

Grape vines are tenacious, reaching with strong tendrils to pull themselves up and out to grasp for more light; they are also easy to train, to guide them where you will, however, Jacob trained them not for growing grapes, but for war. He’d bend them this way and that to act as trip lines, block secret passages, and if you weren’t careful, he could guide them over night to strangle you in your sleep; or so he said. They were easy enough to avoid, as long as you knew what to look for; that is until he taught them to twine around the hilt of a sword, and then they could slice at you, or stab you in the heart. Grape vines are tenacious, but never more so than in the employ of Jacob’s war.

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