By Alan Burt Akers

By no means a guy to depart anything part performed, Dray Prescot knew his job at the mysterious continent of Havilfar was once faraway from accomplished. there have been merciless conquerors to be overthrown, there has been pursuit of the manhounds and their masters, and there has been the feared enviornment. may perhaps he live to tell the tale the lifetime of a gladiator opposed to the killers and monsters of a spoiled queen -- whereas the celebrity Lords waited for his undertaking to proceed? (73000 phrases)

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With those lightning-fast reflexes of the Khamorro he picked up the flight of a bolt and interposed the shield between it and my back or side. He hovered over me, an aegis through which no single bolt, no single arrow, no single stux could penetrate. And — more than once a Migla, inflamed by the homicidal fury of combat, seeing in Turko and me two hated apims, would hurl at us. Turko’s muscles roped and twined as he held the great shield up, its surface bristling with shafts. Whenever he could he took the opportunity of ripping them away.

How much do we get out of it, then, I ask you? We do the fighting — aye, and I’m proud to fight for Canopdrin. ” These men I had already summed up as soldiers fighting for their country, not mercenaries, and therefore urged on not by cold greed but hot patriotism. They talked on, quietly, and I came to understand the viewpoint of the Canoptic soldier much better. A rough lot, like soldiers almost anywhere, they enlisted for enormously long periods and expected hard fighting, for they had had a long-standing feud with a neighbor island of the Shrouded Sea.

And so we came under the moons of Kregen into the ruins of the temple within the grove of trees sacred to Sidraarga. Shadows dappled the stone where lichens already stained and obscured the sacred symbols. The moons rode the sky above and the pink moonlight flooded down. I moved into the shadows beneath the trees, and my brand gleamed naked in my fist. The flier was still there. This was the voller that had brought us out of Faol and away from the slavering if human jaws of the manhounds. Turko said, “I have never inquired why you had to bring old Mog home, Dray, being content to follow you.

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