By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
4 centuries after its founding, Solidar's Collegium of Imagers is in decline, the exploits of its founder, the mythical Quaeryt, principally forgotten. The Collegium is so missing in management that the loss of life Maitre needs to summon Alastar, an vague yet gifted senior imager from Westisle some distance to the south who has little wisdom of politics within the capital, as his successor. whilst Alastar arrives in L'Excelsis and turns into the hot Maitre, he reveals disarray and shortage of self-discipline in the Collegium, and the ruler of Solidar so hated via the excessive Holders that they freely consult with him as being mad. To make issues worse, neither Rex Ryen, ridiculed as Rex Dafou, nor the excessive Holders have any recognize for the Collegium, and Alastar unearths himself in the midst of an influence fight, with Ryen tough that the Collegium eliminate the most powerful excessive Holders and the army management in flip plotting to topple Ryen and wreck the Collegium. while, Ryen is challenging the excessive Holders pay an immense bring up in taxes whereas he initiates a grandiose construction venture. And all that, Alastar discovers, is barely a fragment of the issues he and the Collegium face.
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Felix understood suddenly why Max hadn’t mentioned this earlier. He wouldn’t have got Gotrek in the coach. ” The elf rose, inclining his head respectfully. He was tall, and as slender as a willow branch in his flowing white robes, but there was an air of youth and nervousness about him that made him look more awkward than graceful. He had the long, haughty features of his kind, but the nervousness showed also in his cobalt-blue eyes, which flicked about the room as he spoke. “I am honoured, friends.
Felix took advantage of Euler’s distraction to roll out from under the point of his sword and stand. Euler was beside himself. ” he cried. “My panelling! ” He turned on Felix, eyes blazing. ” He thrust at Felix with his cane-sword and Felix blocked and kicked the footstool at him. ” he called. ” The Slayer swung around and started towards him. One of the fallen men tried to rise, lifting a dagger at him. Gotrek backhanded his face with his cast and kept walking. The strike sounded like a pistol shot, and Felix thought for a moment that he had shattered the man’s skull.
Euler leapt in his path, twisting the head of his cane and drawing forth a slim blade. “No, Herr Jaeger,” he said, levelling the sword-cane at Felix’s chest. Felix stepped back, then cuffed an Estalian vase off a table, right at Euler’s face. When he raised his sword to block it, Felix dived forwards and tackled him to the ground, pinning his sword arm with a knee and punching him in the face. The merchant bucked and twisted under him, surprisingly strong. “Harald! ” Euler called, struggling to get his sword free.