Robert Asprins classic fantasy seriea, now available in eBook!
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A Myth-Adventure in Combat ...
Having defeated the mad wizard, Isstvan, Skeeve and Aahz have taken over the remote inn that was the enemys hideout. Theyre generally safe from visitors, and if not, Skeeves growing magical abilities allow him to disguise himself and his friends as such repulsive serving staff that potential guests flee, screaming.
Skeeve has grown bored of studying magic at the isolated inn, however, and one visitor who does not flee offers him an invitation for employment as court magician in the kingdom of Possiltum. Seeing a chance for easy profit and a little on the job training for his apprentice, Aahz agrees,
Skeeve defeats the other applicants in a trial of magic to win the position, and thats when the fun really starts the pair find out theyve actually been hired in lieu of a professional national army or mercenaries to defeat a huge military invasion! Theyve also been used as pawns in a game of influence between the kings advisors ... and General Badaxe is particularly unhappy that he got a magician for the kingdoms money instead of a few thousand soldiers.
Even if they win, theyll most likely be killed by one court faction or another.
What can a poor apprentice wizard and his demon teacher do?
# 1 Call on some good friends.
# 2 Cheat the odds.
# 3 Do whatever it takes to WIN!
Weapons of Myth-Destruction ...
Now that weve got a minute, Skeeve said, would you mind telling me what your plan is?
Well, Aahz explained, the way I figure it, we arent going to overpower them. There are only seven of us and thousands of them. So the name of the game is Delay and Demoralize ... Right off the bat weve got two big weapons going for us,:
The gargoyle and the dragon? Skeeve put in helpfully.
Fear and Bureaucracy, Aahz said.
Whats Bureaucracy? Skeeve asked.
The organization to get things done that keeps things from getting done, Aahz continued. In this case, its called the chain-of-command. An army the size of the one were facing has to function like a well-oiled machine or it starts tripping over its own feet. Im betting that if we toss a couple of handfuls of sand into the gears, theyll spend more time fighting each other than us.
For once, Skeeve wished he hadnt asked Aahz for an explanation.