Prologue: The Placement

Two men in cloaks suddenly appeared out of nowhere. One looked like he was barely twenty, the other, barely forty. But, as an old saying goes, looks can be deceiving.

The year was 998 AD. The men were in a secluded area about 50 miles north of Edinburgh, Scotland.

"We shall build it here," the elder man said.

"I quite agree. Shall I go find the other two and bring them here?" asked the younger.

"Of course. There is no way that they will not agree that this place is… absolutely brilliant."

The younger man disappeared into thin air, just as he came.

"Absolutely brilliant," the elder man repeated to himself.