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By Simon Morden

Rome used to be the heart of the main strong empire the area had ever obvious, yet that didn't cease it falling to Alaric the Goth, his horde of barbarian tribesmen and their wild spell-casting shamen. Having cut up the partitions with their sorcery and slaughtered the population with their axes, the victors carved up the empire right into a sequence of bickering states that have been by no means greater than an insult clear of war.

A thousand years later, and Europe has develop into a virtually civilized position. The rulers of the previous Roman palatinates confine their war to the fast summer season months, exchange prospers alongside the rivers and roads, and farming has develop into much less back-breaking, all a result of magic, bestowed through gods, that infuses day-by-day life.

Even the barbarians' gods were tamed: the place as soon as human sacrifices poured their blood onto the floor, there are events and picnics, ingesting and making a song, healthy for hot humans and their children.

But it seems like the gods are going to have the final giggle sooner than they slip quietly into ill-remembered obscurity...

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Some of the sailors were pale and nervous. Hanna watched them too. " It was taking long enough to suit everyone, thought Gerrard. Tahngarth appeared to be frozen in fear, as if this close confinement brought back memories of his imprisonment in the Stronghold. Gerrard looked for Squee, but the little goblin was nowhere in sight. Even as they ascended, Gerrard found himself staring at the panorama unfolding before him. Farmland spread out on the east side of the mountain, intersected by stone walls that marked complex patterns on the land.

He saw the ground suddenly drop away beneath him. Hanna was nearby. She examined the device as best she could in the cramped space. "Wires," she said. "There may be wires in the supports that control the cage. " She shook her head. "It takes a lot of force to lift this many people. Pretty clever, though. This is obviously how they control access to the city. " Gerrard spotted the second cage ascending at roughly the same speed. He looked around at his companions. Some of the sailors were pale and nervous.

Let him go! He's no thief! " the merchant asked. Rattling the chains at his wrists, Gerrard said, "I am but a slave to the captain of the guard. He uses me to taste his food and wine, for he fears poisoning. " A wry light shone in his glinting eyes. " "Rubbish? " the vintner shouted in a pique. He dropped Atalla like a rag doll. " The captain of the guard arrived, barking questions in High Mercadian. "Don't pay him, sir," Gerrard said, gesturing emphatically toward the gutter. His jangling chains helped 57 Mercadian Masques to draw attention away from Atalla.

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