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We hear a snatch of birdsong that happens to resemble a common scale and hear it as music.

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Why did a 1-million-year-old human ancestor collect feathers in Israel? They kept to themselves and they were so different to the friendly, welcoming people by the coast. Many newcomers wondered how two tribes could have so little in common on such a small island. Long ago before the cataclysm of fire and water changed the world, Dorne was only home to people with magic.

The Fellan , as they called themselves, were beautiful and lived long lives, far longer than that of a human. They did not build, fish or grow crops since the forests provided them with all they needed. The magic that ran in their veins gave them many powers, such as the ability to tame savage beasts, speak to one another in their minds, change their shapes at will, move from place to place within a breath, and to create from some earth or a piece of bark.

It was tradition for the Fellan to remain away from the sea that surrounded their island, since the salt water weakened their magic and the sun of the coast scorched their skin. The waters around Dorne were constantly churning by the battles of the ferocious monsters and each wave carried with it the threat of teeth, spines and deadly stingers. The fire and water that freed the Land of Dragons from the worst of the sea monsters also freed Dorne. But while the Fellan felt the land quake and the centre swell and burst, spewing fire and death into the air, they did not care about what happened in the sea.

When the people of the other lands were venturing out into the much safer waters, the Fellan remained to themselves in their forest shade. Soon ships came, full of sailors and adventurers who became entranced by the beauty of Dorne and decided to stay in peace.

Their ranks were swelled by the arrivals of other settlers. Camps multiplied on the shore and soon driftwood shelters were built and trading began between the settlers and the ships that continued to the harbour that became known as Nerra. The Fellan and the newcomers did eventually meet, as some of the new settlers were more curious and adventurous than that of their neighbours.

They wandered inland to where the forest trees began and sometimes they met the strange, beautiful beings with long red hair. Eventually love happened between a human and a Fellan, and the two settled together on the forest fringes to raise children who loved the sea as well as the land, and in whose blood lay the drive of the human and the magic of the Fellan.

These children grew to adulthood and many obeyed the call of the sea and worked in Nerra as the salt didn't bother the half-Fellan and they could work with metal as well as they could with wood. Often they married their own kind but it was not uncommon for them to choose humans on the coast. It was said that there was no attraction more powerful than the bond between a half-Fellan and human. So it was that little by little, magic became the birthright of many and Nerra became less a rough seaside town but more a place known for its incredible works of art and magic.

Some of the more superstitious people were made uneasy by this change and crossed their wrists to ward off evil whenever they saw red hair. Most felt differently, they accepted their half-Fellan neighbours and saw that magic was enriching Dorne in many ways. The population continued to grow and soon the inlands were bring occupied by farmers who raised goats, ducks, horses and planted crops.

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They started cutting down the trees in the forest fringes to extend their fields and they battled the one-horned predators of the plains. The Fellan drew back into the depths of their shrinking forests and the people of the coast cared little for what they thought.

A sorcerer came to the island, searching for a place to conquer. He despised the sisters' singing and tried to stop them by imprisoning each sister on a separate corner of the island.

Even when separated, they sang to one another and their voices still made the island beautiful. Enraged, the sorcerer went to each corner and struck them down one by one. First Flora, then Viva, and then Aqua. Terra sang alone for a time, but the sorcerer killed her as he had killed her sisters. The sorcerer realised his mistake too late, for in the centre of the island, hidden deep in the earth, slept a great monster. Once the sisters' voices ceased, it woke in fury and destroyed the island. The sorcerer fled in fear and sailed away in search of new lands.

Looking for a land to call his own, the Sorcerer finds an island with a powerful magic. He encounters an Emerald dragon and decides this is the place he will rule. When he attempts to command the dragon, it responds by breathing fire on him, and the sorcerer is forced to flee into the mountains to the north.

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The tale tells of Verlain, the Shadow Lord, and his coming to the Land of Dragons, which would later be known as Deltora. It deals with what happened after the Shadow Lord had fled the island of the Four Sisters.


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One day the sorcerer who had hidden himself deep within the snowy mountains that bordered the Land of Dragons, looked down upon the green land of the north and smiled. Years he had watched the land and learned of its strengths and weaknesses and soon his plans would be put into action.

He was very strong now, as he could wither growing things with a touch and create half life from scraps of bone and flesh. In the land of the north, he would finally have the room to implement his schemes. Then he could finally take revenge on the Land of Dragons. Though cold and heat no longer bothered him, he was still mortal and he knew it was time for him to return to the den before he froze to death.

As he was returning, he stumbled across a huge, speckled egg lying within a stone nest. Believing it to be a dragon's egg, he bent to pick it up. He knew that it was alive even though it was cold as ice and took it with him to his den. There he got his servants to build up a fire.


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So gleeful he was in his discovery, he forgot that dragons line their nests with human hair. A full day later, the egg moved and emitted a tapping sound.