By Craig Shaw Gardner
Whilst a wizard is not able to remedy his illness of magicks, he sends his apprentice Wuntnor to hunt reduction within the far-off land of the jap Kingdoms that are ripe with fiendish peril.
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Alea rolled out of the canvas and bumped into my posterior. FOUR ‘The truly professional wizard must consider the needs of not only humans, but every manner of creature he might come in contact with in the course of his sorcery. He is required to know, for example, precisely what sphinxes like to eat for a midnight snack; that trolls, as a rule, do not know the meaning of the word erudition, or that most fairies are violently allergic to horseradish. ’ my beloved repeated, although the tone of her voice had changed.
It didn’t matter. I wasn’t really listening to the words. I was hoping to hear another sound, like the light, rapid footsteps of a young woman, returning to seek me out again, or mayhaps that same young woman’s voice, saying she forgave me. There was a noise ahead of me, a cart being pulled across the cobblestones, a man’s voice crying cheerfully through the afternoon air.
This truth-telling tendency had gotten him banished from the Netherhells, but that same extreme honesty had made him a trustworthy companion in our battles with his former home. ‘Doom,’ Hendrek said again as the sneezing continued unabated. ’ Norei demanded. ’ My beloved was right! I fought down a momentary pang of guilt for not thinking of rescuing the wizards myself, after all the times I had had to come to the aid of my master. There was just something overwhelming about being in the midst of two score sneezing wizards, something - perhaps the noise level - that made it difficult to think at all.