A while back, there were two kingdoms situated close by each other. One
kingdom had a powerful king, and the other had a relatively weak king. The
difference, or so everybody said, was that the powerful king had a magic
throne, which had the property of making people powerful.
Well, the weak king wanted this throne, so he had a trusted count get up an
army (knights, pages, etc.) to fetch it. The army trudged along for a day or
two and came upon the powerful king's castle. The castle entrance was
guarded by a huge yellow monster with huge yellow hands. The army, being an
army and all, attacked! Alas, the huge yellow monster ate them all, except
for two pages who did not engage in the fight.
The pages, being very frightened, hid until nightfall. When night came
along, the pages peeked from their hiding place and saw that the monster was
asleep. The only thing guarding the entrance now was the monster's huge hand
draped in front of the opening. The pages, being only eight years old and
all, were able to squeeze through the fingers and gain entrance into the
MORAL 1: Let your pages do the walking through the yellow fingers.
Once inside the castle, the pages had no trouble finding the throne.
Combined, they were just strong enough to lift it, and were able to carry it
out of the castle. The huge yellow monster gave them no further trouble,
since they had the throne and everything.
After having walked half the night with the heavy throne between them, they
were very tired and stopped at a grass house to rest. The farmer who lived
there, wanting to steal the throne for himself, let them spend the night in
the barn. At the farmer's suggestion, the throne was "hid" in the attic.
Some hours later, the farmer crept into his barn and killed the pages.
Pleased with himself, the farmer went back to bed. A few minutes later, the
throne crashed through the ceiling, crushing and killing the farmer and his
MORAL 2: People who live in grass houses shouldn't stow thrones.
When the powerful king found his throne missing the next day, he ordered HIS
army to kidnap the other king's count and force him to tell where the throne
was being hid. The session went something as follows:
King: Where is the throne?
Count: I cannot tell you.
King: Then I will have you killed! Executioner, cut off his head!
Count: (as the axe is swinging down...) Okay! I will tell you!
MORAL 3: Don't hatchet your counts before they chicken.