Dragonlance Tales, Vol. 3 – Love and War

Dragonlance Tales, Vol. 3 – Love and War

Tales I

Volume 3




Fitting it is that the many years of creative work on

the DRAGONLANCER saga should come to a provisory

culmination with this collection of short stories, the most

pleasing and powerful yet. Some of the writers represented

in this volume are veterans of TALES 1 and 2, and certain of

them will continue to write about the world of Krynn in an

exciting series of DRAGONLANCE novels in the

immediate future.

“A Good Knights Tale” by Harold Bakst suitably begins

this volume that has love and war as its theme. Told by a

Knight of Solamnia, it is a tale that involves both love and

war – the warring of passions of a selfish father’s heart.

Love is painted in a more tender aspect in “A Painter’s

Vision,” by Barbara Siegel and Scott Siegel, but then what

can you expect when a dragon gets himself involved?

The story of love as sacrifice is recounted, along with

the tale of the undead who haunt Darken Wood, in another

of Nick O’Donohoe’s revisionist interpretations of a portion


“Hide and Go Seek” by Nancy Berberick is the story of

the love friends bear each other as Tasslehoff risks his life

to save that of a kidnapped child.

“By the Measure” recounts the courage of a Knight of

Solamnia fighting impossible odds. Written by Richard A.

Knaak, this is the haunting story of a young knight’s

courage and devotion to his Order.

The adventures of a very young Sturm are recorded in

“The Exiles” by Paul Thompson and Tonya Carter. The boy

learns his first lessons in courage, facing an evil cleric of

the Dark Queen.

A lighter moment is presented in “Heart of Goldmoon” by

Laura Hickman and Kate Novak. A tale of romance and

adventure, it tells of the first meeting of Riverwind and

Goldmoon and how the Que-shu princess came to learn of

the existence of the true gods.

Continuing in the romantic vein, “Raistlin’s Daughter”

written by myself and Dezra Despain, relays a strange

legend currently circulating in Krynn. It will end, for the

time being, the DRAGONLANCER saga with – what else –

a question mark.

“Silver and Steel” is the legend of Huma’s final battle

with the Dark Queen. There are many such legends about

the valor of Huma, but this one, written by Kevin Randle, is

a gritty, moving account of war that will not soon be


It is fitting that the book end with “From the Yearning

for War and War’s End,” Michael Williams’s poignant

reminder for us all that war – though sometimes sadly

necessary – is a destroyer of both love and of life.

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

A Good Knight’s Tale

Harold Bakst

In those chaotic years just after the Cataclysm, when

the frightened citizens of Xak Tsaroth were fleeing their

beloved but decimated city, there was among them a certain

half-elf by the name of Aril Witherwind, who, while others

sought only refuge, took to roaming the countryside,

carrying upon his bent back a huge, black tome.

Even without his peculiar burden, which he held by a

leather strap thrown across one shoulder, Aril Witherwind

was, as far as half-elves went, a strange one. Though he was

properly tall and willowy, and he had the fair hair, pale

skin, and blue eyes typical of his kind, he seemed not at all

interested in his appearance and had, indeed, a slovenliness

about him: His shoes were often unbuckled, his shirt hung

out of his pants, and his hair was usually in a tangle. He

often went days without shaving so that fine, blond hairs

covered his jaw like down. In addition to everything else, he

wore thick, metal-rimmed eyeglasses.

All this, though, had a simple enough explanation:

Aril Witherwind was, by his own definition, an academic.

More particularly, he was one of the many itinerant

folklorists who appeared on Krynn just after the Cataclysm.

“The Cataclysm threatens to extinguish our rich past,”

he would explain in his gentle but enthusiastic voice to

whoever gave him a moment of time. “And if peace should

Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145

Categories: Weis, Margaret