By Harry Turtledove
Opposed to all expectancies, Krispos had gained the crown of Videssos. yet how lengthy may well he wish to maintain head and crown together?For difficulty used to be brewing in each, region. Civil conflict erupted below Petronas, the overdue Emperor's uncle. a super common and a canny baby-kisser, Petronas had a truly own rating to settle opposed to the upstart Krispos.And at the same time insurgent troops took the sphere opposed to the untried Emperor, outland raiders swept down from the northlands in a tide of carnage. the facility stemmed from foulest sorcery, and Videssos' wizards couldn't counter its evil curse.Krispos reign confirmed each signal of being short -- and intensely bloody...
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I hope you will keep peace among the priests and monks, prelates and abbots of the temples. ' That's all. " The courier read the message back. At Krispos' nod, he closed the tablet. He carried a stick of sealing wax. Someone not far away had a torch going; easier to bring fire along than to start it fresh every night. The soldier fetched the torch; in a moment, melted wax dripped down onto the closed tablet. While the wax was still soft, Krispos sealed it with the imperial sunburst. The courier saluted and rode away.
The lord with the great and good mind willing, I want to bring Petronas to bay now, while he's still on the run. " Sarkis nodded. "Aye, sensible, Majesty. " Krispos' estimation of Sarkis went up a notch. Not many soldiers worried about Harvas, or about the northern frontier in general, as much as he did. Then he wondered if Sarkis was agreeing with his concern just to curry favor. Being Avtokrator meant making an unending string of such judgments. He hadn't expected that. He didn't care for it, either.
But one of Sarkis' two picked company commanders, a small, lean fellow named Zeugmas, rode in front of the oncoming horsemen. His wave was full of exuberance. " he shouted. " Krispos touched his heels to Progress' flanks. The horse started forward. Thvari and several other Halogai stepped close together to keep Krispos from advancing. " he said angrily. The northerner's captain shook his head. " "I thought you were my guards, not my jailers," Krispos said. Thvari and the others stood implacable.