By Markus Heitz
For numerous millennia, the dwarves of the Fifthling country have defended the stone gateway into Girdlegard. Many and sundry foes have hurled themselves opposed to the portal and died trying to breach it. No guy or beast has ever succeeded. previously. . .
Abandoned as a toddler, Tungdil the blacksmith labors contentedly within the land of Ionandar, the single dwarf in a country of guys. even though he doesn't wish for neighbors, Tungdil is particularly a lot acutely aware that he's on my own - certainly, he has no longer lots as set eyes on one other dwarf. yet all that's approximately to alter.
Sent out into the area to bring a message and reacquaint himself along with his humans, the younger foundling unearths himself thrust right into a conflict for which he has now not been expert. not just his personal defense, however the lifetime of each guy, lady and baby in Girdlegard will depend on his skill to include his historical past. even supposing he has many unanswered questions, Tungdil is bound of 1 factor: irrespective of the place he was once raised, he's a real dwarf.
And nobody has ever puzzled the braveness of the Dwarves.
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They were guided by a short, pointed pole in the hands of the driver, who, as occasion demanded, dug it vigorously into their flanks. In this manner the travelers rode perhaps half an hour more. The passageway sloped steeply downward, and they made good speed. Finally without warning, except by a sudden freshening of the air, they emerged into the open, and found themselves facing a broad, rolling stretch ofcountry, dotted here and there with trees —the country of the Oroids at last. For the first time since leaving their own world -the adventurers found themselves amid surroundings that at least held some semblance of an aspect of familiarity.
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