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The Shaman of Karres – Snippet 13

The Shaman of Karres - Snippet 13 "And do the Empire's police do have a problem with that?" asked Pausert, reading her tone. "She's a little girl, Chief-Inspector. Not a drug lord or a pirate captain." "It does make me wish to know who her father is -- and why she's on your ship. But that is my job. To notice odd things and to find out answers." Pausert wondered if he hadn't been too clever himself, again. But that was part of being a Karres operative -- trying to out-think your foes, and finding out that what you were really good at was...

The Shaman of Karres – Snippet 12

The Shaman of Karres - Snippet 12 "I see. But what has this got to do with me? Or your reaction to the lifecraft?" asked Pausert. "On board that life-craft was another powerful and wealthy man. Also a Counsellor. Counsellor Bormgo," explained the policewoman. "The lucky escape he had from space-pirates was all over the newscasts this morning," said the other representative of the police, pulling a wry face. "He was transporting a valuable cargo -- a packet of catalyst. The fluoro-flower granules he had remain the property of the concession...

The Shaman of Karres – Snippet 11

The Shaman of Karres - Snippet 11 Chapter 4 The air on the Venture 7333 wasn't unbreathable. It was just… well, smelly, by the time they were able to send out a call to the port authorities on the sub-radio. "This is Captain Edom of the ship Farflight, registered in the Leris Star-Cluster," said Pausert, giving their current nom-de-plumes. "Request landing co-ordinates. Request permission for the earliest possible landing slot" said Pausert, tiredly. "We've got seventy-eight space rescued people aboard, and we're running low on air." There...

The Shaman of Karres – Snippet 10

The Shaman of Karres - Snippet 10 So when a man in a bright orange hat and vest started ringing a bell and shouting "Calpurnia passengers, Calpurnia passengers! Please embark, luncheon is about to be served," Goth didn't hesitate, She joined the throng of people heading toward the biggest vessel. This was ideal, she thought. Bigger means more people, and less chance of noticing one extra. And there would be food. Food was a distraction that stopped her noticing that she was one of the youngest in the crowd heading onto the vessel for the...

The Shaman of Karres – Snippet 09

The Shaman of Karres - Snippet 09 Chapter 3 Goth had left Karres before the captain. Without saying proper goodbyes, which she was still kicking herself about, but… She shook herself vigorously. No use being melancholy and miserable about it, even if she was both of those. She'd been taken in one of Karres' fast two-man ships as far as Parisienne -- a world undistinguished for anything much except being inside the Empire, a place of gentle and beautiful warm oceans, and the major producer of sheen fabric. Sheen was harvested from the cocoons...

The Shaman of Karres – Snippet 08

The Shaman of Karres - Snippet 08 "We'll try that, then," decided Pausert. So they did, with Vezzarn standing by to fire the laterals and muttering about witchy stuff. It worked. They and the wrecked hulk parted company in a last ghostly puff of departing air. "I'll set a course for Cinderby's World, and then I'll go and talk to these passengers we've found ourselves with," said the captain. "And any of them that don't like it, can get out and walk!" It took some care, as this was quite a dirty part of space, now, but eventually the Venture...

The Shaman of Karres – Snippet 07

The Shaman of Karres - Snippet 07 Goth could have teleported the object out of the body, but short of cutting him open and healing him up after, the Leewit could see no way of getting it out. Cutting was indeed an option, she knew. It was one other healers took, when necessary. But she was a little scared of trying it on her own. He wasn't going to die, if she isolated it. The toxin was leaking out of one point, and that she could seal. She used his blood to bring calcium and various other compounds from his system and sealed the hole in the...

The Shaman of Karres – Snippet 06

The Shaman of Karres - Snippet 06 Chapter 2 Touching the captain, when he slumped like that, barely able to drink the energy-brew she'd gotten out of the robochef, frightened the Leewit badly. She had allowed herself to do what the Toll pattern in her mind said was an absolute no-go for a klatha-healer -- reading without preparing barriers within herself, without creating a distance between healer and patient. Her Toll pattern was a klatha learning device, a partial replica of the personality of an adult witch whose basic individuality was...