The Broken Blade
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deafening bellow of pain filled the night and, an instant later, the huge rock struck the silt off the starboard side, missing the ferry by mere feet. The displacement of the silt raised the ferry sharply, almost tipping it over on its side, but it quickly settled once again, and the dwarves resumed their frantic rowing as the passengers all started letting bolts and arrows fly, aiming them toward the giant's screams. For once, Sorak was grateful it was silt that they were rowing through, not
United States of America Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 94-68139 ISBN: 0-7869-0137-3 TSR, Inc. For Mike Stackpole, respected colleague and boon companion Acknowledgments With special acknowledgments to Robert M. Powers, Sandra West, Bruce and Peggy Wiley, Marge and James Koski, Liz Danforth, Emily Tuzson, Daniel Arthur, Vana Wesala, Jennifer Roberson, Allen Woodman, Brian Thomsen, Rob King, Russell Galen, and all my students in the Sonora Writers Workshop, who keep me on my toes.
all you have done for me?" said Cricket angrily. "I have made you a great deal of money, Turin! I have earned every copper I have made in this place, and more, but at least I have done it without compromising my virtue!" "Your virtue?" Turin said. "Oh, really! Isn't it a bit ludicrous for you to put on the airs of an affronted virgin?" "I am a virgin!" she shouted at him. Everyone fell silent. Turin simply stared at her with shock. "Damn you, Turin," she said softly as tears flowed down her
has been broken, so that a little less than half its length remains. I saw it. It is made of steel." "Steel!" "And engraved with elven runes," said Edric, "though I was not close enough to read them." "Are you saying it is Galdra?" the black-clad elf asked with disbelief. "At the very least, it seems meant to pass as Galdra, though when I questioned him about it, indirectly, he said the blade was merely an old heirloom of his family, something he carries for sentimental reasons only." "But you
to discuss pertaining to his new duties, and I would prefer to speak with him privately, as I'm sure you'll understand. You may report to me at the House of Ankhor in the morning, and then we can have our talk." "Thank you, my lord," said Sorak. "In that case, with your permission, I shall take my leave and see you in the morning." "Until tomorrow," Ankhor said. He turned to Ryana and bowed. "My lady..." "Well, it turns out there was no reason for concern, after all," Ryana said as they walked