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Chapter OneTHE MONSTERIn the wild lands beyond the homes of the Spear-Danes a grim and powerful monster lived in the darkness. The creature's shape was not unlike a man's, but his hideous head was sunk between his hunched shoulders and his eyes were set deep into his skull. His lipless mouth was wide with sharp and vicious teeth. His matted hair smelled foul, and his skin was blistered with festering sores. His long arms hung loosely at his sides. On each hand and foot were curved and terrible iron claws.
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