Ennara had been studying magic with her aunt since she was four years old. Her parents believed one day she’d be a powerful wizard and that she had some great destiny. Legends said caul children were adept with spells, destined for heroic acts, and carried protection against drowning. In Lan, nothing could be more valuable than safe passage on the seas except, perhaps, use of potent magic.
When she was born, the midwife marked her immediately with the caul tattoo in accordance with King Rothust’s Regulations for Seafaring and Magical Use. Her parents paid the midwife their entire savings to keep the child’s caul secret. Since then Aunt Marsaili, an alchemist, had trained the girl in every lore she could find that could even remotely be used for magical development.
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