Leela knew to beat the reign of wizards, she would go further than any Mother before her, to learn the power of wizards, she would bewitch only the highest, a High Sorcerer from the Temple Algal. Mother Leela and High Sorcerer Salamander became close. And one summer morning, not far from McKamy Castle, on a boat, on Lake San, she slipped poison into his wine. Then she pushed him overboard. Mother Leela, then placed spells on the water, she calmed its surface, and with a touch of her ring finger, Lake San became ice. Locked beneath the surface, High Sorcerer Salamander would serve her. She would drain and exploit his power. She would discover his strengths and weaknesses, and trade knowledge with other sisterhoods to benefit her own. And most importantly, she would end the reign of wizards. But no sooner did Mother Leela set foot on dryland, the ice spread from Lake San, and beyond, consuming the lands all around. At once Scotland was in the grip of forever winter.
When Mother Leela was found by her McKamy Sisterhood, she was frozen, and from her parted lips came a voice. ‘On your heartless Mother, I, High Sorcerer Salamander take revenge. For all sisterhood witches, I place the curse of a thousand winter’s, until you're no more.’
The red dragon was enraged by Zeng. ‘You dare mock me!’ he bellowed.
‘I speak the truth,’ said Zeng.
‘As I've foreseen, Talbert will be harmed by your doing!’
‘Never, not by the hands of my sisterhood. We haven't committed a crime. You're accusing us because we're witches.’
‘Heed my warning, Zeng, if harm comes to Talbert, swift action will be taken against you. The sixteen McKamy towns will burn, and McKamy Castle will be levelled to the ground, with you and your sisterhood inside.’