I heard this story on good authority from
a good and honest friend, whose friend was witness to the
incident. I do truly believe it happened, as fantastical as
it may seem.
My friend's friend, Terron, was visiting the
Elsweyr citystate of Riverhold during a very hot summer and
went to the marketplace there. If you have never been to Riverhold,
the marketplace is very crowded, much more than in comparably
sized city states. People from the countryside flock to the
marketplace daily in their wagons and carriages.
Terron was passing one such carriage, and
noticed that the sole occupant was a woman, seated with her
eyes closed and her hands behind her head. An odd sight, to
be sure, but he assumed she must be sleeping. Terron continued
A little while later, after Terron had finished
shopping in the marketplace, he passed the same carriage.
The same woman was sitting in it. Her eyes were open now,
but her hands were still behind her head.
"Are you all right, my lady?" he
"An arrow shot me in my head and I'm
holding my brains in," came the woman's reply.
Terron did not know what to do. He ran into
the marketplace and literally bumped into a healer and his
knight companion. They were good people and agreed to help.
The carriage door had to be torn off its hinges,
as the lady had locked it and feared to move to unlock it.
What they found when they finally could get into the carriage
was this: the woman was holding barley dough on the back of
her head with her hands.
Apparently, in the heat of the day, a jar
of barley dough had exploded with the thwang of an arrowshot
and struck the woman in the back of her head. When she reached
back to feel what had hit her, she felt the dough and reasoned
that she was feeling her brains.
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