Horselords (Forgotten Realms: The Empires Trilogy, Book 1)
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Between the kingdoms of the western realms and the eastern lands of Kara-Tur, lies a vast, unexplored domain. For centuries, the people of the realms have given little notice to the barbarians who live there. Then, one day, the wild horsemen unite into an army powerful enough to destroy the world.
frosty night air. The servants kept refilling his golden goblet, having long since taken the skull away. The old khan, Goyuk, seeing that the priest wasn’t going anywhere, began to talk incessantly. Koja only understood about half of what the codger said, but smiled and nodded politely nonetheless. The khan talked about his ordu, his horses, the great battles he had fought in, and how a horse had kicked out his teeth. At least, that is what Koja thought he was discussing. As the night went on,
paitza, Koja studied it closely. At the top was the fanciful face of a tiger, the seal of the khahan. Below it was writing, carved in Shou characters. Koja read it softly aloud. “ ‘By the power of eternal heaven and by the patronage of great grandeur and magnificence, who does not submit to the command of Yamun Khahan, that person is guilty and will die.’ ” “Wear it about your neck and do not lose it or you may find yourself in trouble.” Koja gently hefted the paitza and decided to wear it
without any emotional response. He wasn’t even aware during the battle of how scared he was. That realization only came later. In the tent with the Khazari, however, Koja felt every excruciating second. Their hatred for him seemed much stronger expressed in Khazari. He understood every nuance and connotation of their words. There was little he could do at the time but suffer through it, while demanding their acceptance of the khahan’s terms. Now, he had to tell Yamun the day’s results. Reaching
it’s only a formality, Yamun,” Koja interrupted, speaking as quickly as he could. The Illustrious Emperor of All People snorted in disgust. “You said there were problems, not just one.” “The governor and his men are a problem, too. The ambassadors want to know if you intend to keep these men as hostages. The demand for the Shou envoys has them concerned.” Koja rubbed his temples, trying to make his rising headache go away. “My intentions are clear. I’m going to kill them. It is this or total
ravine widened, creating a small, level circle of ground, free of broken rocks. The weak moonlight cast a dim radiance at the center of the clearing, leaving heavy, dark shadows along the edges. Bayalun stopped in one of these shadows, holding Chanar close alongside her. He could tell the second empress was excited; she trembled slightly and her breath came in rapid gasps. They stood still, waiting. The air was chill, threatening to leave a heavy frost. Chanar thrust his hands into the wide