I used random choice to get me down to eight and went with the five that I felt best fit together. Here’s what I came up with.
The Dexterous, funny hermit
The Agile heir
The Unpredictable hunter, worst in his profession
The Unhealthy jailer
The Unheroic impostor
I wasn’t able to get an entirely self-contained story here, but I think it worked out well enough. As a result, while I feel the arc of this particular moment is completed, it certainly leaves more to tell.
But, for a change, it’s NOT dark and weird! Here, then, are 1494 words of fun in a sort-of LOTR, sort-of GoT world:
The Potioneer’s Ploy
As usual, Danver had no idea what on earth he was doing.
He poked his pointy nose around each corner of the cell, examining every last crumb of moldy bread and every crack in the wall for some sign, any sign, that might give an indication of where the princess had escaped to. None was forthcoming. Only one thing to do: stall.
“I’ll need to see the grounds outside her window,” Danver said, with as much authority as he could muster.