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I am here tonight to pledge
a hero's deed on knife's edge
his kingdom's name is a plant
find it in places moisture scant.

The castle on the verge to fall,
due to a flock of livings small.
It was left without powers,
as it had lost both its towers.

Firstly, the king assumed command
from his archbishop confidant.
He had to make the hard decision,
and act with so much irrision
as all the kingdom's fine people
were core struck by eerie creeple.

On agony's beginning moments,
the kingdom was approaching lowest.
The king's informant promptly tried
a safe exit to provide
but things were just too late, too grim
rendered the info, alas, limp.

The moment of truth came,
the frame of castle tame,
this was a huge success,
but things wer'n't out of distress.

People from foreign lands
reached out with stretching hands
and with their best they did strive
to lose, as few as they could, lives.

In the end they all survived,
goodness, joy, comfort thrived
only the castle was lost
but they could cope with that cost.

The king should be the first to praise.
But forget not all in this case:
The archbishop on the next place,
The informant who raced to place,
The woman knights who led the race,
The commoners who run with grace,
The out'ers who gave some space.

Now that I told you all the story,
I've still one tip for riddle's glory.
The king and his plant name bridges
a prime number with four digits.

Who is the king? What is his plant name?

Hint 1

The "kingdom's name" is not only the plant I ask you to find, it has also a 4-digit number at its end.

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    $\begingroup$ After consulting the meta, I should note I've forgotten the answer. I'm trying to solve it myself now. $\endgroup$ Apr 22, 2021 at 11:47
  • $\begingroup$ OK, I remembered it. Gonna setup some hints. $\endgroup$ Jan 6 at 19:22

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Who is the king? What is his plant name?

The king is Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and his plant name is CACTUS 1549

I am here tonight to pledge a hero's deed on knife's edge his kingdom's name is a plant find it in places moisture scant.

Refers to the Miracle on the Hudson in which the pilot of a US Airways Flight guided the plane to safety. The callsign was CACTUS 1549. A cactus is found in places with little moisture.

The castle on the verge to fall, due to a flock of livings small. It was left without powers, as it had lost both its towers.

A flock of birds caused engine failure.

Firstly, the king assumed command from his archbishop confidant. He had to make the hard decision, and act with so much irrision as all the kingdom's fine people were core struck by eerie creeple.

Sullenberger took control while the primary pilot, Skiles, tried to restart the engines.

On agony's beginning moments, the kingdom was approaching lowest. The king's informant promptly tried a safe exit to provide but things were just too late, too grim rendered the info, alas, limp.

Aircraft control directed him back to Runway 31, but it was too late and Sullenberger responded "Unable".

The moment of truth came, the frame of castle tame, this was a huge success, but things wer'n't out of distress.

The plane lands in the Hudson River.

People from foreign lands reached out with stretching hands and with their best they did strive to lose, as few as they could, lives.

Numerous boats in the area came to provide aid.

In the end they all survived, goodness, joy, comfort thrived only the castle was lost but they could cope with that cost.

No lives were lost, only the plane.

The king should be the first to praise. But forget not all in this case: The archbishop on the next place, The informant who raced to place, The woman knights who led the race, The commoners who run with grace, The out'ers who gave some space.

An homage to the pilots, air traffic controller, flight crew, civilians, rescue workers, etc.

Now that I told you all the story, I've still one tip for riddle's glory. The king and his plant name bridges a prime number with four digits.

The callsign of the flight/plane was CACTUS 1549. 1549 is a prime number with 4 digits.

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  • $\begingroup$ Correct! Glad you got it from only a minor hint! $\endgroup$ Jan 8 at 15:03

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