By Craig Shaw Gardner
While a wizard is not able to therapy his illness of magicks, he sends his apprentice Wuntnor to hunt reduction within the far away land of the jap Kingdoms that are ripe with fiendish peril.
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I can see from your clothes you are a wizard, a man of learning. But I must have the toll. ’ The toll collector allowed himself a little smile. The wizard sighed. Still, he was in a strange land, full of strange customs, and one had to expect to put up with a little inconvenience now and then. He pulled his large and heavy money sack from his belt and handed a piece of gold to the other man. ’ So that was the way of it, the wizard thought. Of course, he couldn ‘t see an army. But the trees were so tall and close together that they could have hidden anything.
I walked in through an entranceway marked Stage Door, waving my stout oak staff at the elderly man who shouted at me from the stool just inside. There was no time to tarry now, and no need to ask directions. I could hear the pair I sought rehearsing in the distance. ’ the great, deep voice of Hubert the dragon exclaimed. He was answered in song by one of the sweetest sopranos I have ever heard. ‘Listen all you Vushtans, you’ll be glad you came! We’ll tell you of a young man, and his claim to fame.
He specializes in those little cosmetic extras, like cutting your ears back a trifle, or giving you an extra nose. ’ He winked at Vermin. ’ Slag chortled. ’ Vermin moved the knife point back a fraction of an inch, so that it but rested lightly against my throat. ’ Grott prompted. ’ I asked. My hand still gripped my stout oak staff. I wondered how many of them I might be able to disable before they overwhelmed me. ‘Why, that’s simplicity itself,’ Grott answered. ’ The apprentice stroked his pointed chin.
A Difficulty with Dwarves by Craig Shaw Gardner