Illustrations by Heinrich Strub for Sumse Sumsebrumm (Switzerland, from the collection of Arthur van Kruining This is an adaptation of a children's rhyme by Korney Chukovsky, I think "Boldly Buzzing Fly" (Buzzy Wuzzy?
The chief matriarch is dying. Drawing her last breath, she declares a contest: let fate decide the one worthy to rule. Fifty souls are summoned in the night; fifty souls bound to the same fate. But this is no ordinary trial.and so begins the first task.