We have a winner in the Dragon's Tale contest—Mark Bishop! For his winning entry, Mark wins a Dragon Collector's Set, which he'll receive shortly.
It wasn't an easy choice. We got loads of entries, and many of them were great fun to read. Our thanks go out to everyone who participated.
Here's Mark's winning tale:
In a land where all the gargantuan beasts had been vanquished, the decaying corpse of an ancient green dragon lay buried beneath the earth. Generations passed and the bony spears that protruded from its bleached and thorny back appeared as the broken trunks of sycamores in the dense forest.
Forgotten to all but an aged gnome who was knowledgeable of the dragon's whereabouts, and of the curse that had been placed upon it, he planted a tree above its rotted skull.
"From the ground you came and to the ground you shall return, and all your knowledge shall sleep in the earth. If this be the curse, then I shall draw that knowledge with the roots of a sapling, and your wisdom shall come to me in the fruit of the tree!"
But the gnome never lived to see the tree bear fruit. The trunk thickened and the branches formed appendages and only the children who played in the wood saw in their imaginations how closely the tree resembled a youthful dragon. T'was their favorite place to play. A hand was nicked; a drop of blood from a descendent fell and then—there was the opening of an eye.
We loved the imagery and flow of the language, the subtly implied mythology, and the menace of the ending. Well done, Mark, and congratulations.