AR 1209-06 Rumors about Krunch and Sparky
After hearing the snide remarks from Guido and the others in his cave and year about Krunch you start to pay more attention to the rumors going around the cave. After listening to a couple the summary of the rumors are:
Someone said, that they heard that someone else said, that they heard that when the Queen was heavy with child (about 8 months along), her cousin Tola Firefist visited from the Thunder Rift clan. Tola too was around 8 months pregnant but did not look well as she supposedly had just divorced her husband Durbar, who beat her. Rumors had it there was many secret meetings between the King, Queen and Tola. A divination by high Priestess Thorlina revealed that the King and Queen would raise a boy and girl. The dwarves were joyful as this was a great omen of prosperity as few twins are born by Dwarves. A few days after arriving, Tola gave birth with only the Queen, Priestess Thorlina and the Queen’s mother-in-law (Valdosta) as mid wives. Strangely the Queen also went into labor in the same room at the same time. Tola had an easy birth, but sadly gave birth to a deformed male child who lived for only a few minutes. The Queen gave birth to a healthy girl and boy, but she on the other hand experienced major difficulties and almost died. To save the Queen and her babies, Thorlina had to put the Queen to sleep and cut her open. Thankfully, the Queen and the babies were saved, however the Queen ability to have children was damaged beyond repair. It was only after all was cleaned up that others were allowed into the room. Many speculated after that about what really had happened in the birthing room. Some say that one of the surviving babies was a least a good pound heavier than the other one. But the rumors of which was the heavier one depends on who was telling the story. It made many wonder if both children really were the King and Queen’s. They both adamantly said that both babies were theirs and asked that people respect their children’s privacy and stop talking about the rumors.
The rumors quieted down until the children got old enough to start reveling their talents. Krunch was so different from his father and mother, red hair, talents more aligned to a rogue than a fighter like his parents, and getting into numerous troubles that seem to always drag Sparky with him as twins do. So the rumors started back up again but were kept away from where the King, Queen and children would hear them. Sadly, other children heard them and now that Sparky and Krunch are at the academy the rumors have made its way to that group as well.