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March 31, 2004
They were known as the Old Ones to the people who lived in the valley, though when they whispered to one another beside a bonfire they might call them the Dark Powers or the Shadow Lords. In the minds of the people, the Old Ones controlled every aspect of their existence: they dictated when and where the first rain of autumn would fall, and when the winter frost would finally retreat for the spring; it was the Old Ones who chose who would grow large with child, and who would loose their son before his first year. Nothing escaped them.