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Baba Yaga Waits for a Guest

Ha! Where will you find me? Beyond thrice times three lands, in the thirteenth kingdom, on the other side of the fiery river! You wonder where Koschei the Deathless got his magic steed? I’ve got mares who fly so fast I can fly round the earth in a single day. A...

Witch Who Makes a Mask

Oh, I’ve lived a long time, so I have developed quite a bit of magic skill. I like to prepare concoctions and I have acquired a good number of useful tools over the years. One of them is a magic mirror through which I can see anyone, and by which I can take...

Discharged and Penniless Soldier

I had been discharged from the army without a penny to my name, and I wandered into the forest. After I’d walked for a little while, I met a little man who asked me why I looked so sad. I told him I was hungry, and I had no money. He said, “If you will...

Destiny

Catherine had come of age. She was sitting in her room in her father’s well-appointed house when I flew in with my wheel of fortune. “Catherine,” I said. “Which would you rather have? A happy youth or a happy old age?” After some...

Grey Man in the Enchanted Castle

I am the only one alive in this enchanted castle. If you find me here in my locked room, I will show you how to break the spell. The tasks are inscribed on a stone table. Look here. There are three. No one has even completed the first task, let alone all three. Shall...