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The Origins of Iranigami

Part I: In the early 9th century, a Scottish noblewoman, rumored to be a distant relative of Merlin, became known through the country for her ability to heal the injuries of unicorns. Her name may have been Ethelia, or maybe Edwina, or even Eggnebbalia, but she is know to us today only as E. Let's call her Ethereal, to give her a name.

If it were just up to Ethereal, Iranigami would not exist today, because Ethereal believed that her healing powers were a gift, and she never sought to teach what she knew to others.

It is said that unicorns were brought to her from all over Scotland and England to heal. To assist her, Ethereal engaged a servant girl named Brimbhall to provide practical care for the unicorns. Despite having one leg shorter than the other, Brimbhall became adept at handling unicorns, learning through trial-and-error what they ate, the exercise they required, and how to groom their tails. It is said that Brimbhall could call a unicorn to her from the woods, an ability that Ethereal apparently never developed, and of which she was jealous.

Even then, there would be no Iranigami, if it were not also for a Viking known today only as P. His name may have been Piggrid or maybe Piastres, or even Payshthil, but what we do know about him is that he was a professional dragon-slayer. Let’s call him Peregrine. We don’t know what caused Peregrine to have a change of heart about his profession. What we do know is that, midpoint in his career, he left his life’s work and training to go in search of a place to relocate the dragons he was supposed to kill, rather than slay them all.

While roaming the country looking for a suitably remote location for his dragon preserve, Peregrine’s serving boy, who came to be known as Horm, was kidnapped by marauding Saxons. Horm was taken to Scotland and sold into slavery. Serendipity placed him into the same castle where Ethereal lived. One morning, while mucking out the stables, Horm collided with Brimbhall and knocked her over.

And so, finally, we reach the moment that Iranigami began. - GWYNEACH, Iranigami Annalist (U.K.)


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