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A Clutch of Eggs is the sixth chapter of The High King. A second chapter from the heroine's point of view gives a quick but thrilling peek at the beginning of a confused battle, fought using a cache of unlikely magical tools.

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Caerphilly Castle

Plot

Gwystyl gave Princess Eilonwy and her Companions his smoking eggs, then revealed he had a numerous additional bags, full of exploding mushrooms and some blinding black powder.
Egg-sack
The group made a plan and Gwystyl joined them all in a covert penetration of Caer Cadarn. King Rhun, taken by the notion of heroically repaying his life-debt to the imprisoned Taran, had to be talked out of riding in proudly at the head of the assault.
Mushrooms
Gwystyl ascended the wall using a fishing line as a grappling hook and the others followed him up. Rhun and Eilonwy waited for the signal from Gwystyl's mushroom explosion, till the night was black and moonless.

The first burst came not from the rear of the courtyard as planned, but from the castle's Great Hall. The guards rushed to investigate as Gwystyl's second burst was ignored. Eilonwy raced toward the gates intending to open them, but a bowman strode up and took aim at Eilonwy. She disrupted his aim with a mushroom, then dropped down the line into the courtyard.

The High King
1. Homecoming | 2. The Letter Sticks | 3. The Prophecy | 4. King Smoit's Castle | 5. The Watcher | 6. A Clutch of Eggs | 7. The King of Mona | 8. The Messengers | 9. The Banner | 10. The Coming of Pryderi | 11. The Fortress | 12. The Red Fallows | 13. Darkness | 14. Daylight | 15. The River of Ice | 16. The Enchanter | 17. The Snowstorm | 18. Mount Dragon | 19. The Death-Lord | 20. The Gift | 21. Farewells

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