A short story by Kiel Stuart.
- Tales of the Witch World, Tor, 1987
- p307. An odd year; first the strangers tramping through (messy people!) leaving their trash everywhere.
- p315. "It is from the leavings of the strangers—earlier. That is what caused the crops to fail. There was that in their leavings which acted to poison the earth. It can be set right."
The "strangers" may be the Hounds of Alizon. If this is a remote Dale in High Hallack and the Hounds only just attacked, it could be around the turning point of the war (after the Were-Riders join). Which means the "strangers" part could take place in the Year of the Fire Drake so the rest would probably be the next year (Hornet).