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Second Sun #54

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These people had been beaten into less than animals.
Into objects, thought Hevne. No. Less than objects, for objects had value. These crushed women and children had no value to the Fire Lords, except as weapons.
Expendable weapons.
They had been trained to dig their shallow trenches, trained to lie unmoving beneath the turf for... for how long? The biting of insects and the gnawing of small animals left bloody wounds on their skin, suggesting they hid beneath the dirt for hours...
implying the flotilla were expected?
A black thought rooted in Hevne's mind. Was there a spy on Kamkarra?

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    Neville Hunt 7 months ago

    A spy? I hope it’s that slimy Urqin if there is one and he eventually gets a proper salting!

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    Drew Martyn 7 months ago

    I wish she'd bloody well tell me who she thinks it is. I haven't the foggiest idea!

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    Neville Hunt 7 months ago

    She’s keeping her cards close to her (ample?) chest. (Hope that’s not un-pc, but it probably is...)

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    Drew Martyn 7 months ago

    I don't think it matters on Kamkarra. Ample bosoms would be tightly strapped down if she's going into battle, anyway. Don;t want to present a bigger target :)
    I think that's where all the bookcover artists get it wrong. Got to keep a tight unit!

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    Neville Hunt 7 months ago

    That makes a lot of sense. Can’t have been good for them though, all that constraint, but I guess you couldn’t have them swinging, unless, that is, they could be used as additional lateral weaponry, thwacking anyone trying a side attack. Thinking about it, that’s really quite visual... Maybe, a Jean-Paul Gautier equivalent could do a Madonnaesque pointed outside bra with knives and spikes. The opponent would feel a right tit... and possibly a left one too.

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    Neville Hunt 7 months ago

    (Sorry everyone. That probably is un-pc, but it’s meant to be fun-pc)

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    Drew Martyn 7 months ago

    Haha with rotating sword blades like Boadicea's chariots maybe...

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    Neville Hunt 7 months ago

    Now that sounds just delicious!

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    Frenchie 4 months ago

    I have a gripe with bookcover artists, filmmakers or game developers . Haven’t you noticed that most, if not all, warrior princesses, warrior women are just dressed with flimsy and transparent clothing? Might be sexy but not very effective against blades. Granted, they do have thigh length boots.
    Men are in full armour, though.
    Does this mean then that all these beefy knights are cry babies who are scared of a little wound? :-D
    Sorry, I couldn’t resist the comments :-D

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    Neville Hunt 4 months ago

    They probably are cry babies, Frenchie... or maybe they’re good negotiators for safety at work provision...

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    Frenchie 4 months ago

    Hahaha! Thanks for the laugh. I need to update my negotiating skills too, then :-D

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    Drew Martyn 4 months ago

    omg yes, Frenchie - apparently late 60s early 70s scifi publishers were to blame lol. They took the pulp covers of the 40s/50s and took them a step or two further, so that the scene on the front of the book wasn't even anything to do with the story. Fantasy publishers copied them then. Sex sells I guess - as if fantasy lovers like me even notice scantily clad women (honest).

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    Neville Hunt 4 months ago

    (Yeah, right Drew!)

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