CHAPTER ONE: Born to be a Hero (2)

     Then there came Gorshod the Stronghand, who was the kind of mortal that is said to thrive off of a steady diet of emblazoned brass and sharp nails. He quite notably forged the first double-headed stout axe, which had an incalculable impact on the future of the Realm’s lumber industry. However this wasn’t his greatest contribution to the bloodline of Remnon; this information seems insignificant when recalling how Gorshod beat to death the horrid arachnidon known as Grave Weaver, scourge of the Southlands, with little more than a wooden handle I might add! (It can be said that at the time, moments after he believed the outcome of the fight was the exact opposite, with credit given to the solitary axe head that broke off of his weapon during the intense struggle, a very inventive idea crossed Gorshod’s mind).

     And let’s not forget Gorshod’s great grandson, Ermond the Onehand, who is recognized for his role as the unifier of the entire dwarven race during the First Realm War. In those days, if it wasn’t the ‘yellow mist’ claiming loved ones, it was the constant threat of complete goblin invasion which prompted many kings to send for their pawns, who graciously served their kingdoms with upmost involuntary duty. For most of this particular war, alliances wavered at every change of the hour’s candle, and if it hadn’t been for the tireless political delegations of Ermond, then it’s probable our readers would instead consist of a mob of ugly little monsters with menacing grins, and they wouldn’t be reading at all, because as far as my knowledge goes goblins are illiterate, (which only stokes the fires of their anger, as you will see later on).

     Of course all of this unification business came with a price; Ermond lost one of his hands to the hellish hobgoblin Gnasher during the battle at Crestgate, thus his title was both honorary and very literal.

     Anyway, branches of this metaphoric family tree stretched out over time, giving way to the growth of the legacy of Remnon the Dreadnaught. If the audience would kindly turn their attention in a this-ward direction, we can commence to fast-forward through this drawn-out Chronology portion, in favor of returning to the suspended scene of Grom and the dragon much sooner. Here we have the picture of Bornen Stonefeather, the grandfather of the protagonist of this tale, and slayer of the last known eaglebear, Craig Beak.

 

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