The odex was a thin grey disk; Togura could just have spanned its diameter with his outstretched arms. Seen side-on, it appeared to disappear entirely. Seen from an angle, it acted as a mirror, reflecting the surroundings.
"Stand in front of it," said Brother Troop.
Togura moved round in front of the odex, which hung in the air, standing knee-high off the ground without any apparent means of support. As he came directly in front of it, the mirror surface broke up into discordant cascades of colour and light. These shimmered, swirled, stretched, contracted and pulsed.
"Is it angry?" said Togura, warily.
At his words, a puff of red mist broke loose from the surface of the odex. It twirled lazily in the air.
"Who knows?" said Brother Troop.
Original title: The Wordsmiths and the Warguild
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Sword and Sorcery
- Published in the US as two volumes: "The Questing Hero" and "The Hero's Return"