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The Desolator - Simon Haynes

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The Desolator

Synopsis: Join Hurm, Runt and Father Mephistophiles as they struggle to save the hamlet of Yendour from a marauding dragon.

  Runt picked up the blade, his eyes bright with tears. 'Glimmer! Oh, Glimmer! Long and tedious will be the songs composed in thy honour!' He raised the broken pieces and closed his eyes. 'I shall not rest until —'
  'Yadda yadda yadda,' said the cleric. 'You only just bought it from that squinty little sh-t down Terrace road.'
  'It's still a magic sword.'
  'No, it
was a magic sword. Now it's a magic artifact.'
  'What's the difference?'
  'Try killing an orc with an artifact.'

Trivia: Trudi Canavan drew the artwork which accompanied the original of this story in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.

The Desolator originally published in Andromeda Spaceways #6