The village Elders warned of a creature that lurked in the forest depths. Elric was a skilled hunter, a warrior who defended his people. When game was scarce what choice did he have but to go further into the wood?
He'd followed a deer trail to this place. Grey water sparkled in the winter sunlight A man, not a beast, sat on his haunches in the mouth of a cave, eyes as grey as the spring locked squarely on Elric.
"You have come."
He couldn't look away from those glittering eyes, his heart raced and his stomach knotted. "For me?" Elric dropped into a defensive crouch, hand landing on the haft of his bone tipped spear.
"You are the one. It was foretold." The man retreated into the cave, motioning Elric to follow.
On the threshold he froze. In the midst of the horror that furnished the cave, the old man sat, staring.
"What?" Elric's grip on his weapon tightened ready to defend himself, but it seemed the man's gaze held him immobile.
The man glanced around as though just noticing the grisly remains that littered his domain. "They were not you." He shrugged, "It was foretold. Fulfill the prophecy."
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