"All too often we focus on the dust of difference ignoring the mountain of commonality" Story number seven... Cassanna brutally stabs Droog to death just to get Gaitlynne to chase after her and lure her to the island of the exiled dragon clan of the Shrkai. This island has long been ruled by the chaotic gods and Gaitlynne falls for the trap and is transformed into the Dragon Queen. Years earlier on the island a retired Shrkai sovereign finds an infant beneath her mother's corpse washed up on shore after a shipwreck. The sovereign who is affectionately called Patrah (beloved father) decides to raise the young girl in his own family rather than turn her over to the humans who are subjugated on the island. Millaney is raised alongside a Shrkai sister that is born a few days later and is well-trained in both martial arts as well as conventional education. She is a teenager when Gaitlynne comes to the island seeking vengeance. Patrah and Millaney aid Gaitlynne in her quest to seek out Cassanna and are imprisoned along with the dragon queen. Eventually they manage to escape and fly to the mainland along with four of the dragon queen's young dragons. Millaney meets the father she never knew and helps the mainland humans prepare for an attack by the exiled dragon clan and the dragons they lead into war.
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