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When the world was young and the Lord of All was old, all the animals were the same. Every creature was a simple thing, just arms and legs on a useless barrel devoid of strength, claw, or wing. The animals saw the lush world created by the Lord of All, and they rejoiced with what they had.
When the Lord of All was satisfied that each animal had been given the opportunity to think about the world, a decree was issued. Every animal was to come from across the plains, walk through the tundra, and rise out of the oceans in order to approach the Lord’s Throne. There, they could ask for any gift they wished.
Everyone knows the story of Rabbit, who asked for strong legs to run fast and ears to hear well, or the story of Wolf, who asked for great senses…
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