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The Little Dragons

By: Rowan Starsmith
  • Summary

  • Once the People of the Land had an Agreement with the Dragons, negotiated by the Order of Dragon Priestesses through their Familiars, the Little Dragons. Everything changed, however, when the King’s People came. The Kings knew only the way of the sword. They carved the land into warring Realms and tried to kill off the Dragons, including their smaller cousins. They saw the Priestesses dedicated to the Dragons’ care as evil and murdered them as well. Angry and hungry, the Dragons struck back. Now both peoples live their lives at night, by the light of lanterns and torches. In the daytime, they must shut themselves and their livestock into their homes, be it a tiny cabin in the wilderness of the Northlands or a Castle in the midst of one of the King’s capital cities. Both peoples search for a solution in their own way. The Healing Order, which barely survived the Kings’ conquest and the terror of the Dragons, investigates the old rumours claiming that the Healers who sheltered fleeing Dragon Priestesses recorded their secrets. A young generation of Princes, armed with new weapons, wants their turn to make war upon the Dragons. An aging King schemes to consolidate his power while struggling with his secret fear that warring with the Dragons is just a way to give them a feast of dead soldiers. Meanwhile his Queen sends their daughter to an elderly Healer, sure the girl is pregnant despite her insistence that she has never lain with a man. A young woman who desperately wants to apprentice as a Healer is forced to become her Teacher’s servant. A newly dedicated Healer worries about who will care for his beloved elderly Teacher when his Apprenticeship ends, and a pair of young servants in the Women’s Retreat House follow their contrasting dreams. The fates of these very different people entwine in surprising ways as, one after another, they are drawn into the search for the Little Dragons.
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  • Little Dragons 01
    May 23 2011

    We meet Mother Peg, a Senior Healer of the Earth People, absolutely determined to find the lost secrets of the Dragon Priestesses before she dies, and two young servants in the Women’s Retreat House, Jessa and Ev, friends despite their very different origins and dreams.

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    32 mins
  • Little Dragons 02
    May 23 2011

    Mother Tess worries about a troubling dream while Mother Peg pursues her obsession. Young Gleve, although delighted to be accepted as a fully qualified Healer, worries what will become of his beloved Teacher. The Spring Equinox Ritual arrives and the Old Ones tell The Story.

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    31 mins
  • Little Dragons 03
    May 23 2011

    Maida waits anxiously for Mother Peg’s return. She has been using her mistress’s absence to study forbidden Healing Journals, pinning her hopes on a favour she asked of her friend Gleve. She also worries about news she has for Mother Peg: the King’s unmarried daughter is pregnant. He wants the old Healer to hide her until the child is born and quietly find it an adoptive home.

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    27 mins

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