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"Besides the guards, and the fact that every good horseman for miles around is here, the way to the castle will be filled wi 'folk coming from the countryside for the tynchal and the games."
Ye killed a wounded boar single-handed with a dagger, during the tynchal.
Visitors were already beginning to arrive at the castle I though I had heard that the official parts of the Gathering, the oath-taking, the tynchal, and the games, would not take place for several days.
But the Highland Scots of clan MacKenzie were a tougher bunch than I had reckoned with, for the castle was a buzzing hive long before dawn, with rowdy voices calling up and down the corridors, and a great clanking of armory and thudding of boots as men prepared for the tynchal.