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Heritage & Empire

Tom R Baynham

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2010 Tom R Baynham

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Chapter One

In a crowd as large as this one, it was easy to become distracted. It was right then that the problem began. There was a constant hustle and bustle. The calls and cries of merchants hawking wares. The deep murmur of a myriad conversations. The rumble of carts and snorts of animals. The sweltering heat, amplified tenfold under the heavy armour, with its insulating padding.

This jostling crowd constituted the varied people of the city, making their purchases and obtaining supplies in one of the main market districts of Greykeep. Back and forth people moved, from one stall to another. Some led live animals, purchased to provide their families with a meal, or a regular source of milk. Others hauled linen and other materials for clothing and furnishings. Still others lugged crates and jars of wine.

In one corner a performing troupe acted out a mythical tale. One lad pranced back and forth wearing a mask resembling a bull, while another, shrouded in a dazzling scarlet cloak, posed dramatically, and then thrust with his ornate wooden dagger. The blade was painted silver in an attempt to add to the realism of the display. The scene was accompanied by a ditty, played on a pipe and the rhythm of a small drum.

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