Red Sonja 1 - Birth
Chapter 1 -- The Birth and Circumstances of the Red Sonja
The girl the Mountain Lake villagers referred to as the "Red" Sonja was so named because she was born with distinctive fiery-red hair that was nearly full grown, despite no one else in the village, or even in the clan, for that matter, having such an exotic feature. Almost immediately rumors began to swirl about the mother -- who not less than a year ago returned from a long journey abroad, no doubt meeting with all kinds of barbarous, primitive clans such as the red-haired Slave Barbarians far to the west. Whether it was rape or consensual, it didn't really matter to the villagers, or even to the husband, who all turned their backs and abandoned both the mother and Sonja. In a climax of desperation, the mother raised a dagger to Sonja as the infant slept, but could not bring herself to kill the child.
The mother had resolved herself to a life ostracized when one night a re