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What would thou have me do, Oh Lord?
Our rations run low for the horde.

Risking everything, we'll collect in the rainbow of colors.
Keep our mistress safe, we'll protect her as a band of brothers.

Who am I?

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I think the answer is:

bee hive or hive of honey bees

Because:

With Gold and Ebony, Our Swords Terrify our Enemies

That's what the bees are coloured like and they protect themselves with their stings

Risking everything, we'll collect in the rainbow of colors.

They risk a lot to collect honey from the flowers (coloured like rainbow)

Keep our mistress safe, we'll protect her as a band of brothers

And the warrior bees protect the queen bee.

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  • $\begingroup$ Sniped! (+1) from me :D $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Aug 28 '18 at 14:37
  • $\begingroup$ Good job, you beat El-Guest by a minute. $\endgroup$ – Joe-You-Know Aug 28 '18 at 14:38
  • $\begingroup$ I don't think there are any brothers involved in the protection scheme here though. $\endgroup$ – Bass Aug 28 '18 at 15:14
  • $\begingroup$ @Bass I'm not quite sure of the gender of the guard bees. You might be right and it could actually be a sisterhood. I'm not a biologist. $\endgroup$ – rhsquared Aug 28 '18 at 15:21
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I think you are

worker bees

What would thou have me do, Oh Lord?

This refers to the Queen Bee.

Our rations run low for the horde.

A horde of bees in the hive, running out of food/nectar.

Risking everything, we'll collect in the rainbow of colors.

Risking getting swatted or death after stinging, they collect nectar from a rainbow of coloured flowers.

Keep our mistress safe, we'll protect her as a band of brothers

The mistress is the Queen and you are the worker bees.

Secret hint:

The acrostic spells WORK, as in worker bees.

The title:

Gold and ebony as in the yellow and black stripes of the bees; swords refers to the bees' stingers.

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