From the land of ashes, there came a
dragon. This dragon was unlike others of his species in stories because he was
not interested in gold or princesses; no, this dragon wanted to find the Raven
Some ancient cultures called the man
Odin, moving with his one good eye through time. Other people had other names
It was rumored that the Raven Man knew
the location of the Clover. Not just any clover, but the Clover, which would
allow its owner to reverse any course of action in history. The action could be
small or large. The larger the action, the more emotion would be attached to
Every villager and politician assumed
the dragon wanted the Clover so that he could amass a fortune or conquer the
world. They forged weapons against him to keep him at bay. The dragons
motive was much simpler than that, recalling the deadly arrows that struck down
his serpentine bride.
Every seventy-two and one half years,
the Raven Man spent one night in a human body. This was known, as all legend
and holy writ is always known. It was also predicted at least once every year
until it happened. People had a way of losing count.
Odin did not tell the people he was
coming and did not tell them when he arrived. He simply walked among them, his
form that of a young man with dark hair. The ravens helped him with this
endeavor, covering his gray hair with their feathers. No mortal knew the
They pushed him around and no one would
take Odin in. So the one good eye moved among them, searching for someone of
worth. The night grew late and Odin heard the heaving breath of what the
villagers would call a beast or monster. He perceived the heart of the
creature, hidden in the rocks above.
In the morning, the townspeople were
startled to see, just over the fences, two dragons playing in a field, pockets
of clover freshly grown here and there. Before they could raise their weapons,
the two dragons flew away, seeming to touch wings as they flew.
Some said it was odd while others
wondered about the whereabouts of the raven-haired man. They never knew the
truth that walked among them, instead picking the powerless clusters of clover
that had grown among the behemoths.