The Crones of Welen were not just old - they were literally ancient, having been around since the reign of the first human king's and possibly even since the coming of the elves.
Of the three ghastly sisters, the Whispess was most ancient, or at least so claimed the swamp dwellers' whispered legends. Whispered, for if they spoke too loudly the Crone would hear it - for she demanded tribute in the form of human ears, which she hung from trees and through which, using primeval magic, she heard all that happened in the Swamp.
Yet no magic, new or old, could save her from Cirilla's wrath.
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