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In time, it became clear to Aril that he usually had the
best luck with the older folks - indeed, the older the better.
These grayhairs were not only the most likely to remember
a story or two, but they were the ones most likely to be
interested in relating it. Perhaps it was because they
welcomed the opportunity to slow down and reminisce
awhile. Or perhaps it was because they had not much of a
future to give to Krynn, only their pasts.
In any case, Aril Witherwind soon learned to seek them
out almost exclusively, and his book slowly began to fill
with stories from before the Cataclysm, when Krynn had
been in what he considered its Golden Age.
He gave each story an appropriate title, and then he
gave due credit to the source by adding: ". . . as told by
Henrik Hellendale, a dwarven baker" or ". . . as told by
Verial Stargazer, an elven shepherd" or "... as told by Frick
Ashfell, a human woodchopper" and so forth.
People often asked Aril what his favorite story was,
but, with the professional objectivity proper to an academic,
he'd say only, "I like them all."
But, really, if you could read his mind, there was a
favorite, and that was one ". . . as told by Barryn Warrex, a