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A dirt brown rider on a dirt brown horse rode onto the fairgrounds in high spirits. Their exuberant entrance caused a few heads to turn and tired faces to smile. Argent returned these welcoming smiles with one of his own then looked about him with pleasure. As if in defiance of the browns of the land, tents of carnival bright colors had been erected and dotted the open ground like wildflowers. Crowds of people moved about with a weary sort of enthusiasm. Away from the crowds were picket lines of horses and temporary corrals.
And, thank the gods, no dust.
It had been purest luck that Argent had learned of the horse fair. He'd been just about to ride out of the last inn he'd tried his luck at when a stableboy had asked him: "Be ye headin' for the lord's Spring Fair n'the Messenger's Run, m'lord?"
It had been the fact that Argent rode a Great Horse that had prompted the lad's question. From the boy, Argent learned of Lord Arvayle's horse fair and the legendary "Messenge
They fell upon the forest mammoth and before it even had time to bellow in alarm, covered it in a writhing mass of slick shining bodies the hue of midnight. You could hear their oversized teeth clicking, like somebody rattling a box full of stones. The mound heaved and the things fell away, parting like black water to reveal a skeleton. Like land walking piranhas, they'd stripped the critter to the bone in the blink of an eye, only now did what was left slump to the ground.
Ugly to behold, they stood around, gnashing their teeth, grinding them, clicking them together. They were all teeth; all jaw; set into a watermelon head attached to a tiny ball of a body; supported by powerful bird-legs. A stiff tail stuck out from behind tipped with a red disk. If Mother Nature had fallen into a drunken, drug induced vision, she could not have dreamed up the likes of these.
They chittered and gnashed and turned their eyeless faces towards us. Their gestalt attention settled unwave
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