By Robert Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye

  • Immortality — it appeared like an exceptional inspiration! Aahz falls for the supply of a bit of the rock, actually, while he invests in a scheme to construct pyramids. he's so keen about the idea that he ropes in every person else he understands to speculate — in tombs decrease down than his, in fact. yet all isn't really ideal: in addition to the possibility of being remembered for eternity and the simplest view within the valley of Zyx comes a run of unimaginable undesirable good fortune! It’s as much as Skeeve to determine why the deal is operating bitter even earlier than the ink’s dry at the papyrus.

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My shivering bogged down and finally stopped. “Where am I? ” I requested. “This is the land of Aegis,” she stated. “But Aegis is scorching and sunny,” I acknowledged. “This is reduce Aegis,” she defined. I eyed her. “Are you a Ghord? ” “No. We of decrease Aegis are Necrops. My identify is Aswana. i'm a healer of the royal health center. ” “I'm Skeeve,” I stated. “How lengthy have I been the following? at any place here's? ” “You were in my take care of a few hours,” Aswana stated. “But who is familiar with how lengthy you have been falling during the sands or from what course? The slowsands don't unencumber their sufferers simply. And it's infrequent that they provide us a customer who's alive, i'm unhappy to assert. you need to be a robust magician. ” “Why do you are saying that? ” I requested. “First, you have been in a position to clip off your bandages although your fingers have been tied,” Aswana acknowledged, her skeletal cheekbones lifting to bare a toothy smile. “But secondly, you survived your descent. we're blissful to have rescued you. we've few visits from those that reside above. ” “I do not know why,” I stated, attempting to not draw back away whilst she laid her hand on my arm. I saved telling myself that she used to be in contrast to that corpse in a field. She used to be a dwelling being, and that i had noticeable a long way worse. She in basic terms gave the look of the residing lifeless. “We are very pleased that you've recovered. do you want a few refreshments? include me. Our king has stated that he wish to meet you in the event you had recovered. ” “I've obtained to come back to the Valley of Zyx,” I stated. “My pals. they need to imagine —” I swallowed uncomfortably on the notion. “They may possibly imagine i am useless. ” Aswana patted me back, and that i attempted to not balk. “We will ask the king that will help you. he's very clever and type. ” “Welcome to Necropolis! ” acknowledged the tall male at the throne. He had a slender face with excessive cheekbones and immediately forehead ridges. His cleft chin used to be approximately fleshless just like the remainder of his humans, yet he used to be no longer unhandsome regardless of it. Nobles and clever women and men surrounded him. All wearing garments woven of the huge linen bands, many studded with amulets and charms. Such expert tailoring inspired me. It happened to me that Bunny may perhaps get pleasure from whatever made via them. I additionally discovered it was once a filthy rich country. The king's high-backed throne used to be 24-karat gold, with inlaid invaluable and semiprecious stones forming images. The nobles' chairs were not as huge or as intricate, yet striking besides. additionally they went in for tremendous jewellery, broad collars and bracelets, like these worn by way of the Ghords of higher Aegis. The king held out a hand encrusted with necessary jewelry. “You may well name me See-Ker. i'm the 12th of my identify to rule the Underworld. ” He beamed. I bowed low and brought myself. “Thanks for rescuing me,” I stated. “I was once beautiful convinced i used to be going to die whilst I fell into the slowsands. ” “They take people who way,” See-Ker stated, gravely. “Many of them quit wish lengthy earlier than the sands draw them below. You have been so much lucky. yet because you have reached us effectively, we should have a party! ” “But, your majesty,” i started. i used to be involved that Aahz and the others will be apprehensive approximately me.

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