Fifty games at chess : which have actually been played, most by William Lewis

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He wears robes of black and gold and fights with two jewelled knives, and in the Crusaders' barracks they call him 'the Immortal God-King', and wonder why he hates the Ta'ashim so. The Masque of Impenetrable Deceit The mage Yashantu, renowned for his wiles, served several Imperators of the Selentine Empire as an emissary and spy. By his power of cloaking himself in a seeming - an indetectable illusion - he could pass wherever he wished. A residue of Yashantu's illusion-magic remains even today in the mask he always wore to conceal his true face.

Another character must look very carefully to see through this illusion, and even then the chance is only 1%. The effect can be Dispelled or Terminated like any normal 4th level enchantment. Otherwise it has a duration of three hours. The wearer can cancel it before this time by removing the Masque. To sustain the illusion for longer than three hours, or to change his disguise while the Masque is operating, he must expend more spell-energy. Nostro's Boots of Striding Nostro the Miracle-Worker, demihuman mage of Selentine Ellesland, made these enchanted boots from the skin of an Elven lord.

Scripts must be taught. They cannot be acquired by casual browsing. Tutors are considerably rarer and more expensive because literacy is not a major feature of the western areas of Legend. The various scripts (and time taken to learn them) are as follows: CLASSIC (six months to learn) is used for Elleslandic, Kurlish, Beaulangue, Algandarve and Bacchile. Its widespread use derives from the fact that it was the legislative script of the Selentine Empire. The sharp, stately figures of this script can still be read on the old villas and monuments erected in the time of the legions.

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