By Robert Scott
Steven Taylor is an assistant financial institution supervisor in a quiet little Mid-West city; his roommate Mark Jenkins is a highschool background instructor. Steven's tired of his activity; the idea of dealing with all of the money owed that have not had a unmarried transaction some time past 25 years sounds much more dull - until eventually he discovers one previous prospector left $17,000 in October 1870; it truly is now worthy 6.3 million money. there is a secure deposit field too, 17C, that is by no means been opened in all these years.
And it can have remained closed if Steven hadn't been looking via a Denver vintage shop: in addition to a wardrobe for his sister, he came upon a brand new female friend, Hannah, the owner's daughter . . . and, in a jar of oddments, the long-missing key to Idaho Springs defense Deposit field 17C.
And with no that key, he'd by no means have stumbled on the tapestry that sucked him and Mark into the land of Rona within the unusual new international of Eldarn, the place they're instantly captured through a bunch of Ronan resistance warring parties. Rona has been occupied by way of Malakasia for almost 1000 Twinmoons. Now an evil tyrant principles the land, yet he wishes extra: he wishes the foremost that might open the trail for an historical evil to happen as soon as and for all.
And Steven and Mark want this related key in the event that they are ever to get domestic to Idaho Springs . . .
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One wore a quick dagger and carried what looked to be a rapier, whereas the shorter of the 2 used to be armed with a longbow. Mark may perhaps essentially see it used to be nocked with an arrow and able to hearth. the 3 arrows at their toes indicated a few ability; Mark suspected any get away test may suggest convinced dying. Garec and Sallax moved warily in the direction of the 2 strangers. ‘I’ve by no means noticeable something like them before,’ Garec whispered, holding an arrow knowledgeable at the lighter-skinned guy. ‘Look at these costumes they’re donning. ’ ‘They don’t seem like they’re from any tribe or territory I’ve ever come across,’ Sallax responded, ‘but I guess the subsequent around they’re Malakasian. ’ ‘The dark-skinned one should be from the southern coast, yet his garments is absurd. ’ ‘His tunic is crimson. perhaps he’s royalty. ’ the large guy laughed paradoxically. ‘Do you're thinking that they’ve been despatched the following to infiltrate the Resistance? ’ ‘How may perhaps they anticipate to mix in having a look like that? ’ Garec requested. ‘Is Malagon that silly? ’ ‘I’ve no idea,’ Sallax replied, ‘but Gilmour will be aware of. Let’s get them again to Riverend. ’ ‘How? ’ Garec started to glance fearful. ‘We’re no longer alleged to be out right here ourselves. What in the event that they alert an individual? ’ ‘We kill them either and run,’ Sallax spoke back evenly, then further, ‘What language have been they conversing? Did you realize it? ’ ‘I don’t be aware of. It definitely isn’t Malakasian. ’ ‘Lords, do you feel they’ve constructed a few kind of undercover agent tongue? Isn’t it sufficient that they’ve run our lives and our state for 5 generations? What do they want with a secret agent language? ’ Sallax seemed as though he have been approximately to impale the strangers together with his rapier. ‘Let’s wait. Gilmour will understand who they're. ’ Garec regarded again alongside the seashore. ‘Let’s get them out of right here fast, whereas we’re nonetheless on my own. ’ Steven and Mark nonetheless had their palms within the air as Sallax and Garec reached them. Sallax glared at Steven. ‘On your knees, spy,’ he ordered. ‘We informed you we’re unarmed,’ Steven answered hesitantly, relocating his fingers in entrance of him in a gesture of supplication. ‘Just allow us to clarify. ’ ‘We’re lost,’ Mark interjected, yet he stopped as Sallax stabbed the purpose of his rapier opposed to Steven’s chest. ‘Speak the typical tongue, you rutting animals,’ he ordered, ‘or i'll kill you either, the following. ’ Mark checked out Steven, took a deep breath and attempted to sit back. ‘We’re lost,’ he replied. a glance of shock swept over his face and he approximately smiled at Garec. ‘I did it! I— i will seek advice from you! ’ ‘That’s better,’ Garec spoke back, gesturing to Mark to proceed. ‘I don’t know the way this happened,’ Mark went on, ‘but we have been domestic and we came across this fabric … truly he stole it—’ after which, pondering two times, he corrected himself, ‘well, no, he didn’t thieve it, that used to be a shaggy dog story … besides, this textile despatched us right here. We don’t understand how and we don’t recognize why, yet we're right here, at any place here's, and we’d wish to come again. ’ ‘You’re thieves then? ’ Sallax requested. ‘No, no,’ Mark spoke back speedy. ‘I’m a instructor and he’s a banker. We’re from Colorado. have you ever heard of Colorado? ’ ‘No.