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By Robert Asprin

Every one of them has a story to inform - thieves, harlots, godlings, and sorcerous beings residing within the Shadows of Sanctuary.

Following on from Thieves' international and stories from the Vulgar Unicorn, seven best delusion writers have written the tales of these who stay and die during this notorious position.

Join Lynn Abbey, Andrew Offutt, Vonda N. McIntyre and Janet Morris - yet be warned: the area of Sanctuary is a perilous one.

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He withdrew a silver scabbard from his belt, laid it with the sword, which Hanse placed down as though burned. “What did I ever do for you? ” “Did you no longer rescue the Riddler from nice peril? ” “Who? ”  The tanned face grinned ingenuously. “A actually courageous guy doesn't boast. I comprehend. Or is it a deeper factor? That—” He leaned ahead; he smelled candy like new-mown hay “—is really what i must understand. Do you understand me? ” Hanse gave him an eagle’s glance, and shook his head slowly, his hands flat at the desk, close to the terrific sword that the mercenary Stepson had provided to provide him. The Riddler? He knew not anyone of that identify. “Are you maintaining him? there isn't any want, no longer from me. inform me, Shadowspawn, are you and Tempus enthusiasts? ” “Mother—! ”  His favorite knife leapt into his palm, unbidden. He checked out it in his personal snatch in consternation, and dropped his different give up it, and started paring his nails. Tempus! The Riddler? Hanse’s eyes caressed the covetable blade. “I helped him out, a few times, that’s all. ” “That is good,” the adolescence throughout from him authorized. “Then we can't need to struggle over him. And, too, shall we paintings a definite discount, carrier for carrier, that will make me satisfied and also you, I modestly estimate, a gentleman of ease for no less than six months. ” “I’m listening,” acknowledged Shadowspawn, taking an opportunity, commending his knife to its sheath. the quick sword too, he dealt with, becoming it within the scabbard and drawing it out, excited about the alert scrutiny of Abarsis the Stepson’s six partners. whilst he all started listening to the phrases “diamond rods” and “Hall of Judgement” he waxed uneasy. yet via then, he couldn't sec any means that he may well let himself to seem below heroic within the light, blue-grey eyes of Stepson. no longer whilst the amount of cash Stepson had provided hung within the stability, now not whilst the nobly shaped sword he have been given as though it have been in basic terms serviceable proclaimed the flashy mercenary’s skill to pay that quantity. yet too, if he could pay that, he might pay extra. Hanse used to be now not so enthralled by way of the mercenaries’ mystique to hasten into one’s pay with no a few stable Sanctuary barter. looking at Stepson’s six bold partners, ready like purebred searching canines curried for convey, he spied a undeniable litheness approximately them, an uncanny cleanliness of limb and nearness of girded hips. shut associates, those. Very shut. Abarsis’s sonorous voice had ceased, awaiting Hanse’s reaction. The disconcertingly light eyes Hanse’s stare, frank now, to his partners. “Will you are saying yea, then, pal of the Riddler? And turn into my pal, additionally? those different buddies of mine look forward to simply your willingness to include you as a brother. ” “I own,” Hanse muttered. Abarsis raised one winged forehead. “So? they're contributors of a Sacred Band, my previous one; such a lot prized officials; heroes, each pair. ”  He judged Hanse’s face. “Can or not it's you don't have the customized, within the south? out of your mien i have to think it. ”  His voice used to be liquid, like deep working water. “These males, to me and to their selected companions, have sworn to forsake existence prior to honour, to face and not retreat, to fall the place they try if want be, shoulder to shoulder.

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