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The Origins of Iranigami

Part II: As you may recall, we left off last month with the collision in the stables of Horm, servant of the noble Norseman Peregrine, and Brimbhall, servant of the noble Scotswoman Ethereal.

This is the moment that Iranigami began.

For on the day that Horm fell into Brimbhall, or shortly thereafter, Horm told Brimbhall of his master’s work with dragons, and Brimbhall relayed to her mistress what Horm had told her. Inspired by the story of a man who wanted to save dragons rather than kill them, Ethereal pleaded with the Scottish king (possibly Ciniod mac Ailpin, known today as Kenneth I) for the release of Horm back to his people.

At first reluctant, the King eventually relented, and Horm was able to return to Peregrine, carrying with him a letter from Ethereal.

With that letter, the correspondence between Ethereal and Peregrine commenced.

Only fragments of the letters between Ethereal and Peregrine remain, written partly in Gaelic, partly in Norse, and mostly in Latin. The story we glean from their correspondence is one of dedication to the work of preserving, protecting and defending the unicorns and dragons with which Ethereal and Peregrine worked. This correspondence represents the first written record of the work of what would eventually become the world-wide organization we know today as Iranigami.

If Ethereal and Peregrine were the first keepers of Iranigami, then Brimbhall and Horm were the first field agents. We find frequent reference in the letters to the more practical work that their servants accomplished, working directly with the Imaginaries. The practical knowledge collected by Brimbhall and Horm was the foundation upon which Iranigami has been able to grow ever since.

Neither Ethereal nor Peregrine ever married, and their correspondence, which spans a remarkably long period for those days of almost forty years, is marked by more than one reference to their deep affection and love for one another - an unrequited love, it appears, as we have no evidence that they ever met face to face.

But while Ethereal and Peregrine lived the tale of love unrequited, remaining always in their respective countries, that was not true of Horm. For once Horm delivered Ethereal’s letter to Peregrine, he obtained a release from his master’s service, and immediately returned to Scotland. Given the number of children that Horm and Brimbhall had, theirs was most certainly a tale of love requited.

But the sons and daughters of Horm and Brimbhall are a whole other story, which I will save for next time. - GWYNEACH, Iranigami Annalist (U.K.)


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