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Prologue–Chapter 10

This comic adventure story, told through both text and illustrations, recounts an elf's disastrous spy mission in a hostile goblin kingdom.

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  1. chap
    a boy or man
    I hadn’t given the Weed a thought for ages and ages. At school, he was a bit of a drip. You remember: shrimpy little chap.
  2. citadel
    a stronghold for shelter during a battle
    The king’s right-hand man tells me we need someone to deliver this carved gemstone to the goblin citadel.
  3. antiquity
    extreme oldness
    A historian, someone who can explain its importance, its antiquity.
  4. scholar
    a learned person
    Someone who can talk with scholars there.
  5. quill
    pen made from a bird's feather
    As I say, he’s a cussed proud chap now, and so he didn’t even so much as say “Yes, sir.” Just stared at me—frowned—walked right to my desk, took the quill, and scribbled his name.
  6. horde
    a vast multitude
    He will be the first elf welcomed within those walls, surrounded by those goblin hordes and given a free pass to walk among them.
  7. yeti
    a large hairy creature said to live in the Himalayas
    I told him, “You’ll be like one of those dusty old historians you were always reading, who went and visited the yeti in the frozen north or the dwarves under the ground and wrote a book about their customs and ways.”
  8. emissary
    someone sent to represent another's interests
    It was Werfel’s job to host the elfin emissary in the city, to take the scholar in as a guest in his own home.
  9. discreet
    marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint
    Perhaps he could ask discreetly when he met his guest, and slip in and grab the chocolates if it was a problem.
  10. dainty
    something considered choice to eat
    What did elves eat? He did not know, exactly. Probably nothing but dainties: butterfly steaks and marigold salads.
  11. beleaguer
    annoy persistently
    Finally: contact with the enemy. With another scholar. With someone else who loved antiquity and beautiful things, and who shared his hope for this beleaguered world.
  12. illuminate
    add embellishments and paintings to a manuscript
    He wanted to introduce the elf to all the glories of goblin civilization: the Nawtle Caves, the dances of the Drovegas, the illuminated books of the Swallowed Emperor Period, the choirs singing the Lessons of Shadow, the race’s ancient, melancholy epics recited to the accompaniment of the lute.
  13. melancholy
    characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
    He wanted to introduce the elf to all the glories of goblin civilization: the Nawtle Caves, the dances of the Drovegas, the illuminated books of the Swallowed Emperor Period, the choirs singing the Lessons of Shadow, the race’s ancient, melancholy epics recited to the accompaniment of the lute.
  14. lute
    a stringed instrument with a pear-shaped body
    He wanted to introduce the elf to all the glories of goblin civilization: the Nawtle Caves, the dances of the Drovegas, the illuminated books of the Swallowed Emperor Period, the choirs singing the Lessons of Shadow, the race’s ancient, melancholy epics recited to the accompaniment of the lute.
  15. fabled
    famous or legendary
    He would see the lush fields, the tall forests, and, most important, the fabled libraries, holding books no one in Tenebrion had ever read or even heard the names of.
  16. imperial
    relating to or associated with an empire
    Werfel sat nervously in the palace’s imperial archives, waiting to go down to the city gates and greet the guest.
  17. archive
    a depository containing historical records and documents
    Werfel sat nervously in the palace’s imperial archives, waiting to go down to the city gates and greet the guest.
  18. sentinel
    a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event
    At around twelve thirty, word came from the far side of the mountains that sentinels had seen the capsule flying past.
  19. legion
    a large military unit
    No one wanted to think again of the suffering of the last war, the news of burning towers and legions dead.
  20. forge
    come up with after a mental effort
    Stronger bonds had to be forged between elfin Dwelholm and goblin Tenebrion.
  21. bleak
    providing no shelter or sustenance
    It confronted the bleak Plateau of Drume with angry brows and gnashing teeth.
  22. gauntlet
    a glove of armored leather that protects the hand
    The guards looked uneasily at one another. One took off his chain mail gauntlet.
  23. haughty
    having or showing arrogant superiority
    Even unconscious, he looked proud and haughty, but there was nothing to be afraid of.
  24. ungainly
    difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
    They lay the ungainly elf on the guest bed and quietly shut the door.
  25. provenance
    where something originated or was nurtured
    “The excellent Ghohg wishes me to look this splendid gift over for the next few days and talk with you about its history and provenance; and I will show you the historical sights of our fine city so you can take word of its glories back to Dwelholm.”
  26. delicacy
    something considered choice to eat
    “I mean a place much farther away. Another world. He is very unpredictable. Even his shape is difficult to figure out. His closest ministers can rarely tell his top from his bottom. You would not believe the number of servants who have been executed for trying to feed delicacies into the wrong end.”
  27. esteemed
    having an illustrious reputation; respected
    “When he asks to see us. I am sure he’s very anxious to meet you, in his own way. Who could not be, esteemed guest?”
  28. whim
    a sudden desire
    “We wait on Ghohg’s divine whim. For the moment, I will show you the city. Tonight, we have been invited to dinner by the du Burgh family, a very wealthy and prominent goblin clan—the height of refinement—who are famous for their knowledge of elfin culture. They have an elf in their family past. Through marriage. They are extremely eager to entertain you.”
  29. artifact
    a man-made object
    “You could take it to the feast. I am sure that the du Burgh family would treasure a glimpse of it. A historical artifact so precious. I can barely wait to see it myself, and to talk to you about it, and discuss what it might tell us about the ancient history of our two races, and—”
  30. stymie
    hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
    This stymied Werfel. Things were not going very well.
Created on October 17, 2018 (updated October 19, 2018)

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