Yen Olass screamed.
A cry of horror broke loose from her throat as something shattered her vision.
She saw Chonjara's foot still in the air, still rising, her casting board breaking apart, the irory Indicators scattering.
And she heard Lord Alagrace, his voice a roar of outrage:
"Children play girl-games," said Chonjara, his voice think with anger - and with something close to hatred.
"Men have other ways to mark the world."
Lord Alagrace now had no choice. The Law of Readings compelled him, as the most senior person present - Lawmaker in the absence of the Lord Emporer Khmar, and hence senior even to Volaine Haveros, the Lord Commander of Gendormargensis - to ask the patrons to name the doom of the criminal who had interrupted the oracle.
"Lonth Denesk," said Lord Alagrace. "Tonaganuk. This individual has interrupted your reading. I ask you-"
"There is no reading," said Tonaganuk.
And with those words he committed himself to mortal combat.
Original title: The Oracle
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Sword and Sorcery