Conan The Rogue by John Maddox Roberts

By John Maddox Roberts

Each person within the corrupt urban of Sicas wishes the worthy treasure Conan of Cimmeria has come there to discover. attractive girls who provide smiles, kisses--and might be a knife within the again. a clergyman who should be towards his goddess than he thinks. Noble lords, and the bosses of legal gangs, and a fop whose perfumed kerchief may perhaps conceal poison. All are keen to kill for the artifact, yet none discover the horror in can unharness, a hellish threat that just one guy can face...Conan: The Rogue

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I like chrome. " "Oh, like that's supposed to be impressive? " "Yes, well thank you," said Kevin, excusing himself. He slipped out the front door and looked toward the Fortress. The sun was setting behind its walls, and the Fortress showed as an ominous black mass against a backdrop of pristine mountain peaks. He could understand why the villagers hated it. He judged there were still several hours of daylight left and decided to get a closer look. Going back to the stable, he signed out his freshest horse and soon found the trail that Pete had spoken of.

Voltmeter tried to pick up his previous train of thought. Ah, yes. Acquiring power. Once in a while, a kingdom would end up being run by a decent, compassionate man who abhorred war and violence. The kind of man who thought that conflicts could be solved by diplomacy and negotiation. At first glance, it might seem that men like these would be pushovers for an Evil Overlord. But no. Nice guys invariably had the sense to install brutal killers—men like Lord Logan—to head up their armies. Their defenses were often well organized.

That was power. The way Voltmeter saw it, anyway. He didn't want to be a Lord. He wanted people to lord over. The world is full of megalomaniacs who aspire to positions of power. The good news is that most of them never achieve it. At best, they merely get to abuse their apprentices and perhaps send their children to bed without supper. A lucky few will succeed as tax collectors, and fewer still may reach assistant headmaster at some public school. But in places like Rassendas, and Angostura, and Deserae, the real authority was in hereditary positions.

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