Chapter 12

"After the Drowned Captain disappeared," Eido said to the gathered hatchlings, "the Cabal claimed the cavern as their own."

The hatchlings muttered darkly, mimicking their elders' prejudices against the Cabal.

"But the very first night of their occupation, a figure appeared in the mouth of the cave," Eido said. "It had a big round head, and flames poured from its giant mouth. It was… a Headless One!"

"Did they get… eaten?" a tiny hatchling squeaked.

"Even worse," she said. "The creature ripped off their heads, and left their bodies roaming around the cavern, bumping into the walls." She stuck out all four arms and moaned dully.

"And that's where they remain… to this very day," she concluded.