It is some
time around 1700 in rural Sweden. A farmer, Ketil Gunnarson, has had a
bad year: a cattle plague has wiped out most of his livestock, and the
local pack of wolves is after the rest. Furthermore, his wife, Sigrid,
is long since tired of a life that is a good deal less elegant than
she's accustomed to.
Late in the afternoon of Midwinter's Eve, two guests arrive unexpectedly at Ketil's farm. One is a one-eyed old man who gives Sigrid the shivers. The other is a well-dressed young man riding a fine horse. Both are granted hospitality for the night, which is just good manners in this time and place. These are...
The Solstice Guests
Join these four for dinner, and then for a few stories told around the fire. Hear about Ketil's years as a mercenary before he settled down, and about his custom-made musket that's leaning up against the wall right over there. And then try to stay awake, listening for the wolves, as night rolls onward into the following day.