When the going gets tough, be a dragon!
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Caplan (TO TOUCH IS TO LIVE) asserts that "the reality of the present condition of contemporary spirituality in the West is one of grave distortion, confusion, fraud, and a fundamental lack of education." She claims that, as positive as the tremendous rise in spirituality is, there is not any context for determining whether any particular…
At least that's what Farquarte decides to do when he finds himself destitute and alone - but that's just the start of his problems. After the Sorcerer Demon wreaked havoc on the world, humans herded all the magical races onto reservations to live life according to human law, dragons included. But not for much longer if Farquarte has anything to do about it.
“I’m thinking of opening a casino on the reservation. You know, like the elves.”
“I understand they didn’t do too good.”
“That’s because the Crown taxed the life out of them. They try that with me, I’ll eat the tax collector.”
Fearing a Fiery Wash of Dragon’s Vengeance or worse - especially after his shenanigans involving the Mayor of Krugerville’s daughter - government officials begrudgingly agree to Farquarte’s demands. But he still needs help, so Farquarte travels with Fechum, his dragon father, to gain the trust of the dwarves and the drow. Seeing how harsh their lives are, and growing increasingly frustrated at the rich few taxing everyone else into poverty, Farquarte decides to do something about it.
“Dad, I grew up dirt poor. I guess I thought poverty was normal. I didn’t know it could get better until I saw those fancy houses in Schoffield.” Dad’s silence encouraged me to continue. “The King taxes the life out of these people. He and his paid lackeys have more than enough, while everyone else starves.”
“Do you think the casino will change all that?”
“It will milk the rich. Then the poor a will get a taste of the good things in life. Maybe they’ll see there are some things worth fighting for.” My wings beat the air, carrying me above the clouds, away from the depressing landscape. “Hopefully, once the King and his oppressive government are gone, the magical folk should come out of hiding. The land will repair itself and we can find a decent wizard to bring you back to life.”
But they hadn’t bargained on the ruthlessness of some officials determined to stop Farquarte once and for all. Now, with the balance of power dramatically altered, the casino is the furthest thing from Farquarte’s mind…