Dragons of a Fallen Sun

Dragons of a Fallen Sun

War of Souls Volume I

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

“‘This being Midyear Day, and consequently a holiday, we expect an influx of rowdy and destructive kender.'” (66)

((Gotta love Gerard’s description of kender))

“Gerard cast a weary glance over the crowd and shouted, ‘Everyone named Tasslehoff Burrfoot raise his hand!’

Thirty-seven hands shot up in the air, and two dogs barked.” (75)

“The kender had a good head start. He was quick and nimble and accustomed to fleeing pursuit.” (77)

“‘Good’ and ‘kender’ being two words that were rarely, if ever, linked, Tasslehoff spent the time sitting at the table, thinking about what a good kender might be and wondering if he was one himself. He assumed he probably was, since he was a hero and all that.” (119)

“‘The kender is in my custody,’ said Gerard, ‘as ordered by the lord himself. I have not been given to release him from my care. I would, however, be willing to leave him here with you if you will guarantee that he does no harm during the time that I am with His Lordship- which may be several hours, my dilemma is complex- and that he will be here when I return.’

The Knight hesitated.

‘He will be pleased to tell you his story of how he first met the wizard Dalamar,’ Gerard added dryly.

‘Take him,’ said the Knight.” (127)

“Lord Warren said a single word, said it with emphasis and sincerity. Tas was impressed. Knights don’t usually say words like that.” (135)

“Lord Warren had shifted his gaze. He began staring at Tas as if he’d sprouted two heads.

Obviously he’d never seen a troll. These people should really get out more, Tas thought.” (135)

“‘Thank you, my lord.’ Gerard looked extremely happy.

Of course he’s happy, Tasslehoff thought. He gets to travel to a land ruled by a dragon who’s closed all the roads, and maybe he’ll be captured by Dark Knights who’ll think he’s a spy, and if that doesn’t work out he gets to go to the elven kingdom and see Palin and Laurana and Gilthas.” (138)

“The garrison room was clean and neat, with no windows, no furniture except a stern-looking bed with iron railings and a mattress so stiff and rigid that it could have stood at attention with the best of knights. The door had no lock at all, which might have provided some light after-dinner amusement but was held in place by a wooden bar across the outside.

‘All in all,’ Tas said to himself as he sat disconsolately on his bed, kicking his feet against the iron railings and looking wistfully about, ‘this room is the single most boring place I’ve ever been in my life with the possible exception of the Abyss.'” (186)

((After Tas suggests Raistlin abolish sleep)) “Raistlin had replied that the kender should be thankful someone had invented sleep for this meant that Tasslehoff was quiet and comatose for eight hours out of a day and this was the sole reason that Raistlin had not yet strangled him.” (187)

“Gerard handed Tas some clothes that were clean and well-made, drab, dull and- the kender shuddered- serviceable.

‘Thank you,’ said Tas, rubbing his eyes. ‘I know you mean well, but I have my own clothes-‘

‘I won’t travel with someone who looks as if he’s been in a fight with a maypole and lost,’ Gerard countered.” (188)

“‘I might have wanted to be a night,’ Tas continued, warming up to his subject. ‘In fact, I’m pretty sure I probably did, but the gods must have figured that my mother, being small, couldn’t very well give birth to someone as big as you, not without considerable inconvenience to herself, and so I came out a kender. Actually, no offence, but I take that back about being a Knight. I think what I really wanted to be was a draconian- they are so very fierce and scaly, and they have wings. I’ve always wanted wings. But, of course, that would have been extremely difficult for my mother to have managed.'” (195)

“‘I don’t think Raistlin liked kender much. He tried to murder me once, which gave me a sort of hint as to his true feelings.'” (195) ((Tas))

“‘Your people are frivolous and heedless,’ said Gerard, his voice hard. ‘These are dark days. Life is serious business and should be taken seriously. We do not have the luxery for joy and merriment.’

‘But if there’s no joy and merriment, then of course the days will be dark, Tas argued. ‘What else do you expect?'” (195)

“An even bigger dragon. He ((Tas)) couldn’t imagine it, and he very nearly said he would like to see an even bigger dragon when it came to him quite forcibly that, in all honesty, he wouldn’t.” (264)

“He rode through the gate. Tasslehoff, bound and gagged, followed. The kender would have waved his manacled hands in a friendly good-bye, but he considered that this might not be in keeping with his new identity- Highwayman, Stealer of Valuable Magical Artifacts. He quite liked this new persona and decided he should try to be worthy of it. Therefore, instead of waving, he scowled defiantly at the knight as they rode past.” (271)

“‘Lots of time people don’t think about us ((kender)),’ Tas said in an understanding tone. ‘Don’t feel bad.’

‘But I do feel badly,’ Laurana sighed. ‘We should have done something to help the kender. It’s just that there was so much happening that was more important. Or at least it seemed more important.'” (311)

“‘A curse! I’m cursed!’ Tasslehoff gave a blissful sigh.” (311)

“‘Palin, you must not speak like that!’ Laurana said sternly. ‘So we thought in the dark days before the War of the Lance. I remember Raistlin saying something to the effect that hope was the carrot dangled before the nose of the cart horse to fool him into plodding forward. Yet we did plod forward and, in the end, we were rewarded.’

‘We were,’ said Tas. ‘I ate the carrot.'” (318)

((Before Palin teleports))”‘Someone needs to stay here and keep mistress Jenna company.’

‘And to identify the body,’ Tas said, nodding and settling down in the chair, kicking his feet against the rungs. ‘Sorry, I forgot about that. I’ll stay here. You won’t be gone long anyway. Unless you don’t come back at all,’ he mentioned, as an afterthought. Twisting in his chair, he looked at Jenna, who had dragged her chair to the far corner in the kitchen. ‘Do you really think he’ll blow up?'” (420)

“That is up to Tas,’ Palin replied. ‘The fate of the world in the hands of a kender.’ He looked very grim.

‘If you people had left the fate of the world in the hands of a kender all along, you probably wouldn’t be in this mess.’ (451) ((Tas))

“‘I’ve decided to go back,’ Tas said, not looking at Palin, but still looking out at the empty sky. ‘I made a promise. I never thought about it before, but a promise isn’t something you make with your mouth. You make a promise with your heart. Every time you break a promise, your heart breaks a little until pretty soon you have cracks running all through it. I think, all in all, it’s better to be squished by a giant.'” (593)

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