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Fiction: 2010 Spin a Yarn
The Rise of Bardic Beauty
By Ed Greenwood

At Gen Con in 2010, Ed Greenwood and a room full of Gen Con attendees met together at the Spin a Yarn seminar to create a work of cooperative storytelling. Each person in the seminar had a chance (or several) to make suggestions. What you read next incorporates as many of those suggestions as possible. Our advice: Don’t read this while drinking.

When you bind a raging Waterdhavian noble hand and foot, then toss him down a short flight of polished wooden stairs, he makes a series of satisfyingly sharp thudding sounds. If he doesn’t land on his head, he’s aware enough to utter some muffled grunts of pain through the gag you have been thoughtful enough to provide. Grunts give way to groans once he has reached the bottom—if you haven’t broken his neck and thereby earned yourself some silence, that is.

How do I know this? Well, there’s a tale in that, but to hear it will cost you.

Just a nib.

Yes, one copper. Like most folk, I can be bought cheaply these days.

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About the Author

Ed Greenwood is the man who unleashed the Forgotten Realms setting on an unsuspecting world. He works in libraries, plus he writes fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, and romance stories (sometimes all in the same novel), but he is happiest when churning out Realmslore, Realmslore, and more Realmslore. He still has a few rooms in his house in which he has space left to pile up papers.

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