By James Oswald
While Balwen's final sits at the stolen throne,
And kitling sleeps beside the babe ne'er born,
When darkness stills the woodland birds at noon,
In blood and fireplace Gwlad shall upward push anew.
The Prophecies of Mad Goronwy
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It was once overdue and all he rather desired to do was once sleep, yet he knew his instructor may count on a meal. ‘Don’t trouble, Benfro,’ Ynys Môn acknowledged as soon as the flames have been crackling. He had picked up the carcass and prolonged a unmarried talon to start butchering it yet now he placed it down clear of the warmth. The outdated dragon reached into his pack. His hand stayed there for lengthy moments, as though he have been looking for anything, even though the bag was once no longer that giant. ultimately he smiled and drew out a cloth-wrapped package which grew to become out to be cheese and chilly meat. He passed over part sooner than settling himself down in entrance of the crackling flames. Benfro sat within the heat and started to devour, considering how his instructor had controlled to conceal a satchel jam-packed with meals from him for the full in their journey. His interest was once momentarily curbed via the realisation of simply how hungry he used to be, and shortly the meal used to be wolfed. ‘Why do males hate us so? ’ Benfro requested as soon as Ynys Môn had comprehensive consuming and was once sipping from a flask which he appeared disinclined to percentage. ‘Ah, now there’s a query that will get to the center of it all,’ the outdated dragon stated, stoppering his flask and environment it through his facet. The flames of the hearth lit his face with flickering orange, highlighting the scars and chipped scales on his weathered face, hands and chest, yet there has been a gleam in his eye as he started to converse back. ‘Some say it is going again to the mythical occasions, to nice Gog and Magog and their disastrous struggling with over Ammorgwm the reasonable. ’ Ynys Môn should have obvious the clean glance on Benfro’s face. ‘Don’t inform me you don’t be aware of that story,’ he stated incredulously. ‘What has your mom been instructing you a majority of these years? ’ ‘Herbs and potions mostly,’ Benfro acknowledged. ‘Sometimes she tells me tales approximately Rasalene and Arhelion. and she or he advised me the single approximately Palisander and Angharad, yet Sir Frynwy tells it greater. ’ ‘Hmm, good. I’ve doubtless the bard may perhaps inform you approximately Gog and Magog too, yet given that he’s no longer right here, I’ll need to do my most sensible. a brief model of it besides, on account that it’s pretty much as good an evidence as the other as to why males hate us so. ’ He cleared his throat, creating a reasonable if exaggerated impact of Sir Frynwy ahead of one among his specified tellings. ‘Gog and Magog have been dual brothers, either hatched below the confluence again within the occasions of legend, while dragons have been masters of Gwlad. They have been clever and sumptuous and there has been not anything they couldn’t do in the event that they set their minds to it. yet like several nice mages, they'd a deadly flaw, for either have been insufferably conceited. they usually either fell in love with the main attractive dragon who ever lived, Ammorgwm the reasonable. ‘She used to be with out examine. extra attractive even than Palisander’s nice paramour, Angharad. Her smile might soften the coldest of hearts and none might meet her with no coming clear of that assembly a greater dragon. Gog and Magog either knew they have been destined to wed her and either wooed her with a single-mindedness that bordered on obsession. yet Ammorgwm cared for not anyone specifically, she enjoyed every person an analogous, in her blameless, unworldly means.