Renewal of Hostilities

A bargain struck, many generations ago, in the hopes of keeping the peace. An exchange between the two ruling houses once in a thousand full moons. The eldest unmarried child for the eldest unmarried child to become a member of the opposite house. So it came to time for the exchange: Fredrick, from House Barthumber in the north, and Louisa May from House Congerancor in the south. Under the terms of the agreement, neither of these children, though they approached the age of emancipation, were to meet under any circumstance. Yet they conspired, those impetuous youth, through the duplicity of their personal servants, to arrange a clandestine rendezvous in the forest between the two kingdoms. That is where the wolf found them before he killed them both, condemning the land to renewed combat.

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