Faerie Queene: Thanks for taking time out from your busy schedule to talk to us today. I think many readers would be surprised to discover just how industrious the werewolf clans of Scotland are.
McBain: The Fae have proven to be quite adroit at their business pursuits as well. I have often noted your speculation in the stock market and I must say it is uncanny how many of your investments go well.
Faerie Queene: Yes, it is almost like we have information before it becomes common knowledge. Ah, well, the luck of the Fae, as they say. Enough about me, we have come to discuss the Wulvers and their various business and charitable endeavors. I think we should start at the very beginning. Can you give us some background on the origins of the werewolf clans?
McBain: Certainly. I am often amazed at how many people have forgotten their Scottish history, myth and legend. It is appalling how many viscous rumors and crimes have been laid at our doorstep.
Faerie Queene: Of course, I remember like it was only yesterday, but many have forgotten that the Wulvers are Scottish heroes.
McBain: I think few people choose to be heroic and like most “so-called” heroes we were driven to it. Our village was small we had a long winter followed by flooding in the spring. We had never really been skilled at cultivating the land. It had been forced upon us when we were no longer allowed to hunt and our sheep were no longer allowed to graze the Highlands after the feckless English king declared our ancient home to be a “Royal” hunting preserve. As fall descended on us we faced a winter of starvation. We knew it was quite possible we would be facing the king’s justice, but better that than looking into the eyes of your starving children.
Faerie Queene: You and your family survived the winter?
McBain: It was a near thing, but yes. It was our very survival that betrayed us. The King’s tax collector passed through and in taking a census one thing stood out about our village that few surrounding villages could claim. Our children still lived. When the tax collector mentioned this in passing to the King’s sheriff our fate was sealed. They sent a regiment of foot soldiers to investigate. Of course, they discovered, hides and antlers, the bones of our kill. Many of our men, women and children were arrested. It was fortunate that I had been out hunting.
Faerie Queene: You returned to find your village empty?
McBain: No, we could smell the flames before we saw the smoke. I’ll never forget the terror I felt. We covered the miles at reckless speed, our hearts were in our throats. We knew what we would find but could not believe it until we saw it with our own eyes.