The Dragon Hunter
There weren’t always dragons in the Valley. Every scholar knew that. The Valley of the Forgotten Princes — now that’s a name from the Second Age — was supposedly a death sentence. An ancient valley imbued with magic to trap any unfortunate souls that wandered through. That much was just chatter. Foolish nonsense spouted by fanciful people who wanted to scare others. There was not a single text in the Tower of Sophos that spoke of an enchanted valley. And yet, Ismene couldn’t shake the prickle of fear from between her shoulder blades. There had been too many of the same stories. No matter how they unfolded, the endings were always the same; the heroes never return from the Valley. As a scholar, it was her responsibility to remain open to all possibilities, and consider all things, but as a sensible woman, she detested fanciful stories. That’s how she ended up aboard the Dragon Hunter in the first place. To discover the truth.