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Episode Info: Inner Harsh Season 1 / Episode 8 Written by Lucas James Pralle Narrated by Larry Anderson     The first sculpture that Lily encountered was, of all things, a wolf from a place that Luland called the Inner Harsh. Luland would take Lily and Sol around the castle and sometimes even into his laboratory to explain things to them. Her brother acted like he didn’t listen, but Lily knew that he was paying attention more than he let on. The jade sculpture of the wolf had a nasty, tooth-filled mouth, and its hair looked like it was standing on end. Lily wondered if someone had actually seen one of the wolves in real life before, or if it was from their imagination. She waited for Sol to spring out from behind the sculpture at any moment, but that never came. She figured he was hiding behind another one. “Sol, stop or I’m going to tell Mom!” yelled Lily. Threats like that generally didn’t work on Sol anymore, but she hoped that it would work this time. She hated it when Sol scared her like this. He had gotten into a nasty habit of playing these games. Lily cautiously walked up to the next statue. This one, according to Luland, was one of her great, great ancestors. It was a sculpture of a woman holding a staff in one hand and a book in the other. Luland said that the woman was an aunt, and to Lily’s delight, her name was Courtney, like the lead servant of the castle. Many years prior, Courtney, Lily’s aunt not the servant, had led an expedition against impossible odds throughout what was now the kingdom but was then a collection of warring states, and convinced them to stop fighting and join the kingdom. Lily had asked Luland how she’d managed that, and he’d said that it was complicated and that some of the rulers needed a little more convincing than others. “Regardless,” he’d said, “the end goal of peace outweighed any immediate blood that had been spilled,” and Lily’s remarkable ancestor had made it happen. Lily quickly looked behind the statue. There was only the marble faced wall. A hand grabbed her shoulder. “Ah! Stop it, Sol!” said Lily as she turned around. “What are you doing young lady?” asked the captain of the guard. “Your mother is livid, and your brother said you ran off on him.” He was a tall, muscular man with a thick brown mustache and beard that half covered his perpetual scowl.
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