Cynswyr Ariensyn

In the dialect of the mainland Kubora, Cynswyr Ariensyn translates as ‘The Promise of Fear’. The ring of standing stones is perched on the high cliff overlooking Sholo Island’s largest bay, and is known by outsiders as the ‘Warriors of Sholo’. They, and the stone rooms and towers built in and on the cliffs, are evidence of ancient habitation, but by whom—or what—and when is a mystery. The haunting place is avoided by all but the Sholen Crone, who makes a sacrifice at the base of each standing stone every winter solstice. If the previous year has been particularly hard then other clans, suspicious of its reputation, will send gifts to be offered on their behalf.

by Alun Rees




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