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Illustrated by Jaclyn Weber and Emily Weber



Copyright © 2010 by Paul Weber



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Chapter One

Once, long ago, during the age of dragons, there was a kingdom called Thulia. It was a rich kingdom, filled with hardworking people who minded their own business and minded it well. The Thulians were exceptional craftsmen who figured nothing was worth making unless it was made as well as possible. Thus, Thulian ships were the most graceful, swiftest craft on the oceans. Thulian metalwork was always a work of art, even when the things being made—swords, files, hammers—were made for practical purposes.

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