Conan and the Manhunters by John Maddox Roberts

By John Maddox Roberts

Treasure past imagining waited within the temple of Ahriman, a god so evil and terrifying that even the despicable monks of Set aided in his banishment. None dared to scouse borrow the treasure--until Conan the Cimmerian got here to Shapur. Now he needs to smuggle lots of gold and jewels earlier town guards and break out to a spot of protection, whereas pursued through the best and hazardous band of manhunters ever assembled, led via a warrior whose abilities and ferocity rival Conan himself. yet nice risks lurk while Conan returns to the temple--and the monks of Ahriman conspire to deliver their fearsome deity again into the world...

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By John Maddox Roberts

Treasure past imagining waited within the temple of Ahriman, a god so evil and terrifying that even the despicable monks of Set aided in his banishment. None dared to scouse borrow the treasure--until Conan the Cimmerian got here to Shapur. Now he needs to smuggle lots of gold and jewels earlier town guards and break out to a spot of protection, whereas pursued through the best and hazardous band of manhunters ever assembled, led via a warrior whose abilities and ferocity rival Conan himself. yet nice risks lurk while Conan returns to the temple--and the monks of Ahriman conspire to deliver their fearsome deity again into the world...

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Xalyth: drow female F7; AC 4 (drow chainmail +1); MV 12; 44 hp; #AT 3/2 rounds; Dmg by weapon (1d8: long sword or sword of dancing; 1d4: dagger; 1-3: hand crossbow bolts, 60-yard range, save vs. poison at -4 or sleep for 2d4 hours, 2 bows and 33 bolts carried); THAC0 14; S 15, D 14, C 16,I 18, W 17, CH 16; spell use (innate drow powers); CE. “Not A Lady” Xalyth rose from humble origins (as a child, she emptied chamberpots—by hand—onto her father’s dung-cart, to be taken to the fungus-farm fields) to dominate gem-dealing (and under-the-table fencing of stolen goods) in Menzoberranzan.

They turn to the moneylenders, who also act as moneychangers for outsiders. Menzoberranyr accept all surface coinages, but prefer metal or gems of intrinsic value. A drow is happier with silver or gold coins than copper pieces, because the metal can be melted and reshaped for use where the coinage is not honored. The moneylenders of Menzoberranzan also deal in trade bars, rare shells, the jarred and jellied eyeballs used by some mind flayers, all known types of gems, perfumes, and even rare foods and plants.

In the southwestern corner of Qu’ellarz’orl is the entrance to The Chamber of the Ruling Council. Its arched, ironbound double entrance doors are closed and guarded by soldiers of House Baenre and an honor guard from Melee-Magthere at all times, opening only to allow Matron Mothers and their bodyguards into and out of the not-so-secret meetings where the ruling Houses decide what befalls in the city. The Chamber is a small, natural sidecavern dominated by a spider-shaped table. The ruling Mothers sit there in tall, jewelled thrones when Council is in session, the chamber lit by a hundred sweet- 35 The Neighborhoods of the City smelling candles.

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