Copyright 2012 Chris Turner
Cover Art: Steve Bissonnette
Published by Innersky Books on Smashwords
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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in these stories are either fictitious or are used fictitiously.
Risgan, bon-vivant, tawny-haired treasure-hunter, faces penury in the merchant city of Bazuur after devastating losses in ambitious forays to Lim-Lalyn. He is seeking his fortune elsewhere. His allies, however, have either gone their own ways, or fallen to foes or are sealed in dungeons—a rather unfortunate turn of events which has him waking from a strange dream at the hot air balloon station at Bazuur. He learns of his future daughter to be, also a wrathful ‘Adjudicator of Time’, who has adjudged him a ‘Time Miscreant’, a thieving meddler, after he unwittingly scavenged a certain piece of an experimental time machine. In light of such transgressions, the overlord Adjudicator wishes Risgan’s head. Guarding an eerie case of déjà vu, Risgan mulls over which direction to take: west or east, whilst he carries on his person two magic items: a youth talisman blessed with the granting of powers of youth or aging, and a wish bone purported to confer boons by wish alone . . .