The maritime ubarate of Cos, together with her allies, is mounting an assault on Ar on fronts, from the south with a massive invasion strength, and within the north with an expeditionary strength besieging Ar's Station, Ar's base of strength within the enormous arable basin of Gor's mightiest river, the Vosk. Dietrich of Tarnburg, a mercenary, has seized Torcodino within the south, with its shops of army offers, to briefly halt the march of Cos on Ar, to shop for Ar time to arrange for her protection. Cabot has brought letters from Dietrich to the regent of Ar, Gnieus Lelius, apprising him of the city's possibility and the placement at Torcodino, and he has, in flip, been entrusted with letters from the regent to be dropped at the besieged Ar's Station. In advantage of treason in Ar, her major forces were drawn clear of town and at the moment are are wintering at Holmesk. therefore Ar is considerably defenseless and Ar's Station is deserted. At Ar's Station, Cabot, betrayed through the very missives he conveyed, is arrested as a secret agent. within the destruction wrought in Ar's Station by means of siege engines, Cabot escapes his imprisonment. Shall he then flee Ar's Station, making his technique to freedom―through its miseries and desolations, its ruins and flames―or shall he stay, to shield, as he can, to the demise, if want be, her weakened, betrayed, ravenous defenders, those that were his very captors?

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He requested. “Listen carefully,” I acknowledged. 7 The Attendant (pg. a hundred and fifteen) “Attendant! ” cried the burly fellow, from one of many moment tubs, that instantly in the back of one of many first tubs, that the majority handy to the doorway to the baths. “Stir up the hearth! ” It used to be early, yet lots of the fellows who were sound asleep at the ground of the baths through the evening had now taken their depart. the man then attending at the baths, really huge for this sort of fellow, it might probably appear, hooded, too, probably to hide scarring of any such nature as could flip the stomachs of bathers, enveloped in a cloak, hobbling, probably the results of a fall from tarnback, moved quickly, probably alarmed, to the bricked platform underneath his bath and stirred the hearth with the fireplace rake. “Build up the hearth! Hurry, fellow! ” stated the bather. “Yes, Sir, certain, Sir,” rasped the hooded, cloaked fellow. I were convinced, in fact, from what I had visible final evening, that if the guy have been to wash he may decide that first bathtub, after which, in the back of it, that moment bath. a few, and he was once it appears between them, regard resembling the main prestigious tubs. It used to be common, then, that he, one of these fellow, may still pick out them. one way or the other, it appeared that the fireplace within the platform below the bathtub during which he now reclined had now not been equipped up this morning. He who was once now in attendance at the baths moved quickly now, in fact, to take action. the guy, hence, who likely used to be keen on his luxuries, must look forward to a (pg. 116) time, after which, while the water used to be with ease hot, might possibly matter upon, if in simple terms in repayment for his pain and inconvenience, to dally for your time. He in attendance at the baths, shuffling approximately, sometimes muttering to himself, tended the fireplace. I had expected that the man would need to take advantage of the baths within the morning. for instance, he had inebriated seriously the evening sooner than and possibly will be counted upon to rouse in a number of hours, thirsty and sopping wet with sweat. A scary hangover, too, contemplating the whole state of affairs, was once no longer an excessive amount of to anticipate. In case he used to be much less fastidious than we had expected, we had additionally taken the freedom of anointing the ground round his position with a few consultant components extracted from the level’s wastes’ bucket. The presence of those in his region, rather given the character of his previous night, we certainly was hoping he may clarify to himself within the so much normal means attainable. “Ahhh,” stated the bather, leaning again. “Is the temperature of the water passable? ” inquired he in attendance, hobbling over to the bath. “Yes,” growled the bather. He in attendance placed an armload of wooden and shavings close to the bather’s bathtub, at the platform. In this sort of means, on a hectic day on the baths, may perhaps a few journeys to the packing containers be stored. it truly is an previous tub attendant’s trick. He in attendance, even if, was once a little clumsy in doing this. The amazing of a bit of kindling at the bathtub, for instance, particularly at the left of the bathtub, looked as if it would reason misery to the bather. “Get out,” ordered the bather.

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