When the townspeople of Egmain were besieged by a monstrous firebreathing dragon they called for the assistance of Imogen, a local wizard with powers of metamorphosis. Responding to their pleas, he transformed himself into a dragon even more powerful than the real one. The monster was quickly destroyed but the strain of the transformation was so great that when Imogen returned to his normal state, his mind snapped. He forgot his friendship to the townspeople and used his power to destroy their crops, burn their houses and fill the sky with black clouds so that the town was in permanent night. After a few weeks of this, a spokesman set forth to seek the advice of the greatest and wisest wizard in the land.
When the Great Wizard had heard the story he said, "This
insanity will pass, but until that time he must be
imprisoned. I shall design a cave to hold him and your
craftsmen will construct it in the mountain that overlooks
the town." "How will we know when
to release him?" asked the spokesman. "He will free himself
when the time is right. I shall provide the spell for his
release and split it in twain four times. The sixteen pieces
And so the cavern was constructed, and with the Great Wizard's help, Imogen was secured within the first section, ready to begin his quest for freedom.
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