The Coming of the Zioth

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 +==== Burwigs ====
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 +Burwigs (B&​amp;​r'​wig) are little people, taller than dwarves but not by much,
 +who live in burrows in the hills, and are ruled mildly by minor governors. There are very few stories of them, as they generally stay clear of the taller races.
 +
 +//__The Simple Burwigs__
 +One of the few stories still told is that of Baron Garig, who found a group
 +of Burwigs in his fief, farming his land quietly and ignoring all that was
 +out of sight. He immediately claimed their land for his own, and set about
 +collecting taxes and doing all else that a noble lord can be expected to do.
 +The Burwigs did not understand what the tax-collectors wanted, and when
 +they explained themselves, they were laughed at. It simply did not make
 +sense that anyone should want gold from them, or a share in their crops.
 +When the tax collectors returned, unharmed but empty-handed,​ Baron Garig was
 +infuriated. He sent them back a second and third time, to no avail. The
 +tax-collectors tried to grab the Burwigs and force them to comply, but they
 +would just slip out of the collector'​s grasps and scurry into their burrows.
 +Finally, in desperation,​ Baron Garig openly declared war on the peaceful
 +Burwigs, who again, made no sign that they understood what was going on.
 +Soldiers appeared, but knew not what to do. Some of the Burwigs watched
 +them curiously, but most just continued farming their land. The soldiers
 +returned to Garig, who sent them out again with orders to do what was
 +necessary to make the Burwigs submit. The soldiers attacked in full force,
 +but their blows were easily dodged, until they finally killed one. At that
 +point, a horn was blown, and all the Burwigs fled into their burrows, or
 +into the nearby woods, where they could not be found. The soldiers returned,
 +again unsuccessful,​ and were sent out a third time. Wherever they walked,
 +they were avoided, but otherwise, the Burwigs were back to work as usual.
 +Not wanting to risk further embarrassment,​ Baron Garig declared peace, and
 +made the Burwigs'​ land into an independent territory, visiting the land
 +himself to receive their thanks. Several of them stood around listening to
 +him, but as Garig'​s speech droned on, they slipped away back to work, until
 +Garig was speaking only to his own men. He stomped off in a huff and avoided
 +that part of his land from then on. The Burwigs were quickly forgotten.//​