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By Mark Van Steenwyk, Joel Hedstrom

This innovative retelling of the legend of Saint Francis and the Wolf explores what it ability to be a peacemaker in the middle of violence and the way to revive a fit courting with production. Settle in and skim a story of enamel and sword, of beggars and lords, of outlaws and wild beasts. it's a tale of moment possibilities and the facility of love. 

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It was a thick cold that soaked deep into bone. The oldest person in the village, a wrinkly woman who smelled like onions, couldn’t remember a winter so cruel. “This is the worst winter of my life,” she’d say. All agreed. It was in that cruelest of winters that a band of outlaws began to attack nobles and merchants on the road from Stonebriar to nearby Brookhaven. 38 39 Many who left with gold rings around their fingers and gold chains around their necks returned with bare fingers and naked necks.

The nobility and some of the wealthier merchants— especially those who were members of the council— dressed in bright frilly clothes and wore gold around their necks and fingers. They were plump and always smelled of roast duck and venison. While the wealthy lived fat lives, some men, women, and children lived on the streets. Daily they 37 begged for bread and scraps. And a great many lived in homes that were so shabby that they offered little extra protection from the rain and cold than if they too lived on the streets.

Finally, Sister Wolf walked to nearby Mount Meer to talk to a brown bear that lived there. She agreed to teach the outlaws how to catch trout. 49 50 The porcupine, boar, turtledoves, and brown bear all agreed to meet at Sister Wolf’s cave during the first sunrise after the new moon. In the meantime, Sister Wolf did her best to sneak food to the outlaws. One day, as Sister Wolf begged for food, she caught the mingled scent of wheat and fire, willow and pine, raven and stone. It was the scent of her dear friend, the Beggar King!

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