"With this I can Conquer the world," said Heenmor.
He was talking about the stone egg which sat on one corner of the table: a sullen grey weight lit by dull light from the twelve firestones which studded the walls of this chamber high in the Tower of the order of Arl. The everlast ochre cast no shadows.
"Aren't you interested?" said Heenmor, in a voice which mocked his opponent.
Elkor Alish, warrior of Rovac, said nothing, but studied the wizards and the warriors arrayed on the chess board. In chess, as in real life, a wizard had a hundred times the power of a warrior - but wizards could still be killed.
"Aren't you interested? said Heenmor again. "Believe me: the death-stone has power enough to conquer the world."
Alish raised his eyes. "What exactly does it do?"
Original title: The Wizards and the Warriors
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Sword and Sorcery
- Published in the United States as "Wizard War".