In the Fall of 1190, Sir Thomas Hodl and his brother-from-another-mother, Sir Ralph Byte decided to join King Richard the Lionheart of England on the third crusade to the Holy Land after the fall of Jerusalem in 1187 to Saladin. And so that is how, in the Summer of 1191, they found themselves in Malta, on the way to Sicily to meet King Richard and King Phillip II of France.
It was there that Sir Thomas met a simple goatherd by the name of Kaldi from whom he planned to liberate several goats to sustain himself and his brother on their quest. But as Ralph was about to liberate Kaldi’s head from his body, the goatherd offered a treasure in exchange for mercy.
“What treasure could you possibly have to offer me, you hedge-born fopnoodle knave?” Sir Thomas asked.
“It is a great treasure, my Lord, an elixir. A sip of this potion will endow a man with boundless energy and a sharpened wit!”
The Knights demanded that Kaldi show them this magic. So Kaldi took from his pouch a plant with white blossoms. It had red, cherry-like fruit and it smelled of jasmine. Kaldi took some of the mysterious plants and fed some of it to one of his goats. In moments, the goat began to dance about, leaping over the horses and butting his head against the stone wall upon which sat Sirs Thomas and Ralph.
“He doesn’t seem so sharp-witted to me,” said Ralph.
“For a goat, he is sharp-witted,” said Kaldi.