The Chain

The links of the chain are unique. Of those made of steel, one is a circle with an inscription describing the migratory path of certain birds, one is said to fit around wrist of Princess Philomena, first born of Hapsenthia, one is made from the broken sword of Richard the Lost, and many others. Of those made of silver, one is faceted with dark green emeralds, another is razor sharp on one edge, and one is silver-plated gold. The golden links include delicate filigree, a dragon’s tooth, and one that is square.

Each link is unique, as I said, but they all have this in common: they were forged by my hands to bind the spirits that plague this land, an offering they could not resist.

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