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  • The Gold-Nosed Ferret

    Twenty-first day of the Twelfth Moon,
    Nineteenth Year of Recent Awakenings

    In accordance with the will of Her Majesty and in upholding the duties charged to me as Junior Chronicler, I hereby submit the account of The Gold-Nosed Ferret.

    This evening at the Yule Secret Santa gift-giving event, Princess Maeveen graced the Outer Bailey with Her presence and shared a Yule story with those present. Below is a transcription of the tale.

    Klaus and Krampus have to travel between different realms, but they don't just teleport like me or mother. They each own a magical sleigh that is pulled by magical creatures. The sleigh flies through the night sky, and can go through any barrier so they can see everyone in need in time. Each year before Yule season the brothers will go out into the Realm of Man and seek out nine creatures of a certain kind, as only creatures from the Realm of Man can easily travel between the veils.

    On this particular year, Klaus had chosen ferrets as they are known for their tenacity and resistance to cold. He had all eight of his ferrets chosen, each one exhibiting extra well-behaved traits. But he was missing the ninth ferret. He looked high and low to find a ferret to fill the final spot on his sleigh team. As he was about to give up, he stumbled upon a smaller ferret, hiding in a tree. He paused and asked the little ferret why he had not come to the try outs for his sleigh team, bemused that any self-respecting ferret would miss a chance to fly with Klaus on Yule.

    The little ferret shied away from Klaus, retreating further into the tree. Klaus, not being easily deterred by things like trees, shrank down super bitty tiny and pursued the little ferret into the depths of the oak tree. Finally, the little ferret had no where further to go and Klaus inquired again why he had not joined the others. The little ferret turned to Klaus who paused at his appearance. The little ferret had a large, shiny gold nose, a tiny pair of horns, a cleft lip and a twisted paw. The little ferret seemed distressed and asked Klaus to choose another ferret to lead his sleigh team, as he didn't wish to scare anyone away who might need the generosity of Klaus and Krampus.

    Klaus smiled at the twisted little ferret and asserted that he was the ferret to lead the team and no other would do. In fact, he insisted. With great reluctance the little ferret followed Klaus back to the ferrets' home and when Klaus introduced him to the others, they balked and jeered at their new team leader. The twisted ferret fretted and stressed, but Klaus only smiled and assembled the team together, placing the shiny nosed ferret at the very front. The others fell into line and off they all went!

    The first few realms went without issue. The nine ferrets diligently delivering Klaus to all those in need, but as they approached the lands of Arabi, they encountered a terrible sand storm! Klaus could barely see through the enchanted sands of Arabi, but the twisted little ferret's nose seemed to illuminate the area before them, giving Klaus a chance to set down the sleigh safely within the boarders of the Kingdom of Arabi. Once the team had landed safely, they waited for the storm to settle and were greeted by a boisterous djinn who welcomed them heartily to Arabi and led them around to all of those he knew could use some help.

    Before Klaus and his team of ferrets left, the Djinn offered them each a wish of their own for showing such bravery and kindness to the people of his homeland. Klaus of course wished for nothing but good things for people who deserved it, and each of the ferrets wished for things ferrets wish for; to be mightier, resistant to skinning, immortal, and so forth. Finally, the Djinn got to the twisted ferret.

    The littlest ferret sat there and thought about it a moment. All of the other ferrets murmured amongst themselves, assuming he would wish to be 'normal', but the smallest of them all only wished for one thing; to head Klaus' sleigh team for the rest of his life. Klaus chuckled, and the Djinn nodded. A wish that needed no magic at all, but simply to be asked. Klaus, of course, granted this wish and ever since the twisted little ferret has served Klaus nobly, leading him through the realms to all of those who find themselves in need of a helping hand.

    The rest of them were returned to their homes, never to be chosen for Klaus' sleigh again, as they showed they were shallow and selfish ferrets. The end.
    After the story, Her Highness treated the courtyard to a selection of “girl rockets” which exploded and lit up the sky with dazzling displays.

    The Office of the Chronicle thanks ser Bartley for his faithful transcription of the above tale.

    This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections, as I humbly ask all readers please indicate to me through discretion any falsehoods I may have mistakenly communicated. It is by means of the conservation of the Past that we continue to serve Her Majesty and give substance to those that follow.

    In service to Her Majesty Queen Vivienne, The Office of the Chronicler, and the Denizenry of Her Majesty's Realm.

    Sera Tine
    Junior Chronicler

    Senior Chronicler
    Secretary to Lord Dolph Li'astri