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By John Maddox Roberts

While his would-be bride and her relatives are savagely killed through Taharka of Keshan, the younger Conan of Cimmeria vows his unrelenting revenge. From the scuffling with pits of Croton to the plains of Ophir, Conan pursues Taharka to a conflict to the dying.

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The fellow eyed her with studied bravado. “You needs to be a kind of wenches he regularly brags approximately, those he has used and left weeping in the back of him. Aye, the slimy city-man but attracts breath and grows nearer with Taharka each one passing day. ” “Where are they? ” Conan requested. “On a slave-raid with the Argossians,” acknowledged Ballan. “They will be again the following the following day or day after today. ” “It’s actual, then,” acknowledged Conan. “They are those who've been taking slaves. they usually placed them within the pit to struggle, is that now not so? ” “Aye,” stated Murtan. “It is whatever Taharka and Axandrias cooked up among them. it really is whatever concerning a drug and magical spells. Axandrias fancies himself an excellent wizard. We basically get our orders to move slave-taking. it's been a simple existence, yet we have been of a brain to depart the band and strike off on our personal, now that the brown guy and the Aquilonian have grown too reliable to allow us to in on their plots. ” “We have discovered what we would have liked from them. ” Conan stated to the girl. “Have you from now on use for them? ” “Nay. ” She dropped her element from Ballan’s throat. “These are not anything to me. it really is Axandrias i need. Do as you'll with them. ” As she stepped again Conan snatched the weapon-belts from her hand and forged them on the toes in their proprietors. “There are your swords,” Conan acknowledged. “Use them! ” Kalya stared at him incredulously. “Slay them now, idiot! Is it vengeance you will want, or glory? ” Ballan grinned wolfishly as he drew his sword, rubbing a surrender his punctured neck. “This is a Cimmerian, wench. i used to be extra apprehensive approximately you than this blackhaired puppy. ” “Stand apart whereas we carve him,” stated Murtan. “We’ll utilize you later. Your face is ill-favored yet your physique seems usable. Your little scraps of mail could be of no avail then. ” Enraged, Kalya might have attacked them yet Conan held up a restraining palm. “I’ll now not cut back unarmed males. yet armed Bossonians with swords and armor aren't even more risky than person who is bare. Ask the ghosts who nonetheless hang-out the ruins of Venarium, the place my extended family now pastures its farm animals in iciness. ” on the point out of Venarium, the 2 tousled and started their assault. Their swords have been brief cut-and-thrust guns, wasp-waisted and with lengthy issues apt for stabbing. They held the blades low, for a dagger-style rise. in view that their enemy wore no armor, they observed little need for a strong chop or cut back that may take extra time to execute. Conan stepped again and held his longer, heavier blade with a one-handed grip. considering he didn't understand which of the 2 might assault first, he didn't trouble with a safeguard place. as an alternative he stood casually, together with his sword held loosely by means of his aspect. His pose was once as comfortable as that of an exceptional, predatory cat, and as misleading. Kalya held her breath, definite that the Cimmerian will be shrink immediately, so unprepared did he seem. Her personal tuition of the blade had emphasised many formalized poses and intricate, dance-like routines. Her academics had insisted that simply by means of learning all of those activities may well one be secure from all attainable assaults.

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