Sneaky bastards, the lot of them
Some sovereigns prefer a different sort of tax from their subjects - whether freely given, or taken by force.
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world
The Nomin gypsies have a fiddling competition every year, known as the Danse de Velose. Beaters hit out the rhythm on taut drums and the competitors start to play, slowly at first. Youngsters can compete, but are soon pulled away by worried mothers, before the competition becomes too dangerous. After two hours the haunting tune has become dazzlingly fast. You can resign at any time, but the moment you make a mistake you receive an arrow through the neck. Strings may snap, but the players must play on. The whole affair never lasts much longer than three hours, and the last fiddler playing is crowned king of the gypsies.