But how that came together in this particular story at that particular time, I dunno. I didn't have an anthology to send it to, no editor had been asking me for a story like this; I guess it was just a whim.
Having written it, though, Realms of Fantasy was the obvious place to send it -- it was clearly the top market for short heroic fantasy at the time. So I sent it there, they bought it, and here we are.
And then, of course, I included it in The Lawrence Watt-Evans Fantasy Megapack.
It got a review in Black Gate, too.
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