Rats in the City
by A. S. Warwick
Qaiqala; richest, largest and proudest of cities of the Swordlands. On certain nights of the year in parts of the city the citizens dare not venture out for fear of things that creep and set upon them. No one told Peregrine, Swordmaiden of the wild Aedring hill tribes, and Blade, one-time assassin and dabbler in the Mysteries, this, and so unaware they wander the street. A 6900 word novelette.