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And now for the snippet. Location: North Marches. POV: Arcolin Time: shortly before Midwinter, the year that Pargun attacked Lyonya.
Arcolin has ridden over to the east side of his domain to check on troops quartered near the Pargunese border–Cracolnya’s cohort– in case of invasion.
“Anything new from the Pargunese?”
“Not directly,” Cracolnya said. “What I do have to report, though, is startling enough. One of my patrols ran into a party of gnomes.”
“Gnomes! There aren’t any gnome princedoms up here. They’re all down south, along the flanks of the Dwarfmounts.”
“That’s what I thought, too,” Cracolnya said. “But it’s not what the gnomes think. Apparently this was once theirs. The hills of northern Pargun and some of the hills Kieri thought were his.”
“I haven’t seen a gnome north of Vérella in my whole career,” Arcolin said. “And those were traders.”
These gnomes are going to complicate Arcolin’s life. On the other hand, Arcolin is going to complicate gnomish Law, despite his best efforts to keep things simple. The Elder Being who is an agent of transformation is amused, once he gets over being angry.