There was a Dragon in a place far far away and over the thousands of years she had lived, she had gathered almost every known treasure. From gold coins to enchanted weapons, to magical stones and scrolls. The Dragon had it all.
Since she was such a big collector, other dragons often asked her to show them one-of-a-kind artifacts during dinner parties like the Diamond of the Druids or the Sword of the Seven Kings. The Dragon wanted to impress her friends, but her treasure was so vast that she had to search for months and months to find anything. Dragon dinner parties are known to last many days, but even the most patient dragon guests could not wait for a month.
The Dragon tried to remember spells to help search her treasure faster, but all she knew were dangerous spells used in combat, not in someone’s own dragon lair.
At some point she had hired one thousand and twenty four goblins to do the searching for her. But they turned out to be very unreliable workers (plus they stole treasure). So she breathed fire on them and they ran away (they were not tasty enough to eat).
But the Dragon didn’t give up. She decided to post an advertisement on the Magic Network for a wizard. She wanted a wizard smart enough to figure out a way for her to search through her treasure faster.
The next day, a wizard walked into the Dragon’s lair.
“Mighty Dragon, I’m the Great Don Havakloo. I read your ad and I have a very simple solution to your problem. I will perform a My-Treasure-Where-I-Can-See-It Spell.”
“Spellbinding,” said the Dragon. “I’m curious to experience your spell, Don Havakloo.”
And so the Great Don Havakloo opened his copy of Spellopedia Magica, whirled his hands in the air and shouted:
“Treasure oh Treasure piled in far away piles
Move in front of the Great Dragon’s eyes!”
And all the treasure piled up next to the Dragon.
“Now your treasure is closer and you can save time searching for things,” said Don Havakloo.
“Don Havakloo, you really don’t have a clue. It takes me only thirty two steps to get to the treasure but a whole month to search through it. Do you think your spell deserves a reward?”
“Only a hundred gold coins, oh Mighty Dragon. I’m giving discounts today,” said Don Havakloo.
“I’ll give you a hotter reward,” said the Dragon and she blew a red hot flame and burned the wizard to a crisp.
The next day, another wizard walked into the Dragon’s lair.
“Mighty Dragon, I’m the Grand Gobblehalf. I read your ad and I have a very simple solution to your problem. I will perform a Split-My-Treasure-Like-Butter-And-Eat-It Spell.”
“It spells T-a-s-t-y,” said the Dragon. “I’m curious to experience your spell, Gobblehalf.”
And the Grand Gobblehalf opened his copy of Spellopedia Magica, struck his magic staff on the ground and shouted:
“Treasure Pile split in two. One half left and one half right.
And as for my share, I will only take the right.”
The treasure split in two mountains, one stayed near the Dragon, the other next to Gobblehalf.
“Mighty Dragon, now your treasure is half as it used to be, so it will take you half the time to look for things,” said Gobblehalf. “I will take your other half as payment, so no worries.”
“My dear Gobblehalf, since you want to gobble up half my treasure allow me to give you an extra reward,” said the Dragon and blew a red hot flame and burned the wizard to a crisp.
The Dragon was about to give up looking for a fix to her problem, when a young wizard walked into the Dragon’s lair.
The Dragon thought that wizard would be amusing to watch, but she was surprised when the young wizard said “Hi, my name is Thinkalot, what exactly is your problem Mighty Dragon?”
“It’s taking me a long time to find an item in my treasure.”
“Is it because your treasure is too far away?”
“No” said the Dragon. “I burned the last wizard who assumed that was my problem two days ago. It’s because I have too much of it.”
“And what if you gave up some of your treasure to make it smaller? Would that bother you?”
“Yes. I burned the last wizard who tried to take half of my treasure yesterday in fact.”
“And is your treasure organized, Mighty Dragon?”
“No, it’s all randomly piled up.”
The young wizard opened his copy of Spellopedia Magica and searched for the right spell. After a few minutes he said “I think what would help is to use a Sort-My-Treasure-By-Name spell.”
“Sounds like a spelling,” said the Dragon. “I’m curious to experience your spell, Thinkalot.”
So Thinkalot waived his wand and said:
“Amulets and Armors go to A
Bracelets and Broadswords go to B
Charms and Coins go to C”
…and so on and so forth and when he said…
“Zephyrs and Zircons go to Z”
then the treasure divided in 26 piles, one for each letter.
“Now, Mighty Dragon, when you look for the Sword of the Seven Kings all you need to do is look into the pile with the letter S. So, instead of one month, you can find any item in almost one day,” said the young wizard.
“Young Thinkalot, you clearly think a lot. You diagnosed my real problem,” said the Dragon. “You can take anything you like as payment.”
And the young wizard said, “I don’t need a payment, Mighty Dragon. Can I instead come and visit you every week?”
“Sure. Why, Young Thinkalot?” asked the Dragon.
And the yound wizard replied, “Because you have lived a thousand years and I want to learn from your wisdom. Gold is very valuable, but knowledge is invaluable.”