Hommana hommana, I peer into my crystal ball
And learn the most mysterious thing of all:
What are dragons grateful for?
Ikartya of the Emerald Scales — Gratitude, what’s that?
Ysislaw, Emperor of Sillets — My hoard.
Fruq the Furious — My flames, which destroy my enemies.
Tetheus of Shoredance Island — Delicious sheep.
Gnawrath, Most Malign — That my family is far, far away.
Cazarluun the Wraith — That I killed Sir Whatsizname before he killed me.
Carnisha of Mount Cragmaw — That humans are so easily deceived.
P.S. — Ysislaw, Cazarluun, Tetheus and Carnisha are all characters from my stories! Ysislaw is from my second novel, Too Many Princes. Carnisha is in my story that appeared in The Dragon’s Hoard anthology last spring. Tetheus and Cazarluun are in short stories that are thus far unpublished. However, their statements here don’t necessarily represent their roles in the stories.