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on with glee.
They rode what seemed like ten bells, and it all merged in his mind into a blend of rushing wind and the stench of the animal's sweat. They had begun to ride through snow-covered fields, a sure sign that they were nearing the mountains.
N'one called a halt, and about time as Twado was about all in.
"Gaah," he muttered, as he slithered off his mount. "tis a rest I need, and no mistake."
Svana and Luna did not seem to hear him. They were busy arguing quietly.
"It's freezing here," moaned Svana, "I said we should have gone via the river Upus and Sweeland. They would not have expected us to go that way"
"So just to save your own skin, you would risk such a waste of time!" Luna was trying to contain her anger, " We have not the time or supplies for any length of journey. This way through the Safo range will take long enough as it is."
"Err… we have no supplies…" interjected Lobsang.
She looked around, N'one had chosen a small dip in the land to rest. It had begun to snow thick and fast, now that they were close to the hills, and all around her began to the look blurred and misty.
N'one interrupted her thoughts, "Ladies, when you have a moment to spare, we must look for a suitable place to camp for the evening bells, as it is but a few candles 'till
the fall of the lightbringer, and travel under those conditions is impossible. We need to make the most of the lightbringer's gift."
"A sound notion," Lobsang interrupted, "as sleep is of the moment, but provisions are also of import and we have but enough to moist the lips of a shrew."
"Tis a ponderable problem," replied N'one, "and one which I have given much thought. We should…" He broke off, eyes wide.
"I hear it too, N'one," whispered Svana, "The assassins are drawing close."
"I thought we would have had until morn," said Luna.
"Quick," said Twado, leaping up, "it is our scent they are following, we must hide in the snow."
N'one was quick to see the sense of this, as the snow neutralises scent. They all rushed to cover themselves. Twado could hear the silent screams closing in, as he buried himself, taking care that none of himself protruded. The blood-curdling howling homed in on the band…
"Err… What in hellspawn are you doing? Are you all suffering from snow-blindness!?" enquired Lobsang, " What about the shrebberidders?"
N'one shot Twado an evil glance.
"Shattered hellbandits!" exclaimed Twado, and collapsed in to the snow.
"Methinks he is still suffering from excessive Minerva; and you N'one? Have you been ingesting vast quantities of that putrid liquid?" wondered Lobsang, busily readying his fans, "Do you have any shots left in your construct, Twadostick?"
"Only a couple, three at most," looking up.
"Just as well it is only snowbeasts chasing our scent and not assassins. I don't know if anyone noticed, but there was nothing even close to our shrebberidder's speed in the stables."
N'one readied his skewers and Svana leaped to the front, sword at the ready.
"We shall sup well tonight," smiled Lobsang.

Bordran Olaween whistled a merry tune to himself as he strolled along North-Rat Alley - one of the many evil-looking alleys in Prendersbard - on his way to collect his sister from her job at the airship builders.
He passed a walnut mill. He wasn't entirely sure what a walnut mill did, and he had puzzled over it every time he passed it by. Why in the name of anything cleansed did walnuts (or any other type of nut for that matter) need milling? Perhaps he'd ask around next time he was in the Spinge Mallet - someone was bound to know.
Rhomina was waiting outside the shipyards, and they chatted of advances in construct technologies while walking back.
While, like Twado, Bordran was a ranger, he also had a trade of miniature constructs. Rho (as he called her) specialised in constructs of a grander scale, such as airships. Both had come to Prendersbard to take part in the construct boom. That was 5 puttocks ago, but though the growth had slowed, it was still the most advanced city in the known lands.

"Succulent!" beamed Svana, fat from the dripping hunks of roasted snowbeast flesh dripping from her fingers.
All agreed. Except for Luna who did not eat the flesh of animals slain in anger. She was eating leaves.

Twado leant back with a contented sigh. They had found a comfortable cave on the edge of a gully, and after sackcloth had been draped over the entrance and a cooking fire lit, it was almost pleasant. Of course there was the strange screeching noise and the occasional glimpse of red eyes from the dark far end of the cave, Luna had assured him that they were simple Skrites and of not harm to anyone. But remembering how she had laughed as she had kneed his already broken nose, he did not feel inclined to trust her.
Luna, seeing Twado fingering his nose, smirked, "You might want to get that reset when we reach Belltown, it appears to have
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