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Hunter of Gor - Book 8

Chapter 18 - The Shore of Thassa
Chapter 19 - The Stockade of Sarus of Tyros

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meral{Bretval}
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ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:40:11 pm CDT
poises nib to rence parchment...listens intently

Bretval {meral}: 13:41:58 pm CDT
Chapter Eighteen

Eventually Sarus and his men reach the sea - because, Bosk is at pains to point out, he permitted them to do so - although in order to get there they have had to leave the majority of their male captives behind. This was done mostly in order to hamper Bosk, chaining the men around a large tree where they could not get away and would need protecting. Bosk observes that the female captives of his enemy, by the way, are secured only with binding fibre, and remarks: “How easy it is to control women. How simply they may be secured.”

He reminds us that Sarus, of course, has no idea of the number or nature of his pursuers, and doubtless believes that he has been ambushed by slavers, who now have enough women and, for that matter, men to satisfy their greed; and he has reinforced this belief by giving the Tyrosians a couple of days peace for a change. But he has his own reasons for doing so, as he will soon make clear

meral{Bretval} 13:42:05 pm CDT
~settles turning her attention to her Master~

meral{Bretval} 13:44:07 pm CDT
the way the women are bound my Master makes an escape very hard

Bretval {meral}: 13:47:04 pm CDT
Not sure I would have left all those Men and women tied up in the forest like that.... but I suppose if an animal eats one or two of the captives it does nit matter to His plans

meral{Bretval} 13:47:35 pm CDT
lol my Master

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:49:17 pm CDT
nodding after reading the synopsis

it was all apart of Bosks plan to allow Sarus of Tyros and His Men to reach the shores of the Thassa...for the impended rendezvous of the two ships..the Tesephone and the Rhoda

meral{Bretval} 13:50:51 pm CDT

to leave the Enemy wondering not able to form a plan of attack is a very clever thing to do mea thinks

Bretval {meral}: 13:51:30 pm CDT
At any matter I sure Sarus was happy to have a break from the constant attacks... no matter what the reason

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:51:43 pm CDT
true Master

sleen like to keep camouflaged in the forest..not on the shore, leaving them exposed

Bretval {meral}: 13:53:22 pm CDT
The Tyrosians erect a palisade on the beach and build a beacon fire to mark their position to their ships somewhere out at sea - the Rhoda that was theirs in the first place, and the Tesephone which they stole from Bosk along with his crew (which is one grievance he has against them). Meanwhile Bosk awaits developments; and when slave girls are escorted from the palisade to gather more firewood by night, he is ready for them. The girls, as it happens, are Cara and Tina the thief, and without significant difficulty Bosk disposes of the guard and spirits the two girls away.

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:53:23 pm CDT
exactly mea..Sarus thought there were many enemy afoot...very strategic

Bretval {meral}: 13:57:47 pm CDT
I would think the palisade would eventually be a problem for Bosk....

but as always He does seem to have a plan for the girls

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:58:37 pm CDT
also Bosk wished to keep Sarus to become confident in His standing...thus Bosk refrained from using the longbow...to keep Sarus unaware of the strength of the pursuing enemy

meral{Bretval} 13:58:43 pm CDT
~nods agreeing with her Master~

meral{Bretval} 13:59:13 pm CDT
very good point ruby

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:59:34 pm CDT
lol Master

Bosk seems to always have a plan for women

Bretval {meral}: 14:01:41 pm CDT
*wink to ruby* easier to deal with slave girls than Men

Bretval {meral}: 14:02:46 pm CDT
so lets see the next part of His plan....

Twenty-odd pasangs up the coast, Bosk has his two slaves build a fire. He is surprised by the zeal with which they perform this task, or at any rate says he is, though what he is doing being so obtuse is anyone’s guess. Having built it, he waits for the arrival of the ships. They take a day or two to arrive, which gives Bosk occasion to discuss the comparative seaworthiness and battle-worthiness of the southern warship - the “tarn ship” and the northern Serpent of Torvaldsland; and also to tell us a little about the Torvaldslanders, Vikings in all but name.

Once the ships are within signal range, Bosk lights his fire, so that it will be mistaken for Sarus’s beacon, and then leaves Tina with further orders and lets her be picked up by the Rhoda. He is counting on her ability to keep the crew occupied for a while, and he is not disappointed. While he pursues some unspecified business aboard that ship, Tina gets to demonstrate her ability to please men, which she does; and she is then taken aboard. “She knew what she must do,” Bosk tells us.

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:02:47 pm CDT
it must be remembered Bosk still hide His identity..wearing the yellow garb of Tyros ..causing Him to blend in

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:06:02 pm CDT
and Tina indeed was used as a lure girl..serving and distracting Sarus's Men well with her female wiles

meral{Bretval} 14:06:34 pm CDT
mea found it interesting learning a little about the Torvaldslanders

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:08:04 pm CDT
it had been a very long time since the Men from Tyros held a squirming delicious woman in Their arms

Bretval {meral}: 14:08:06 pm CDT

Well that explains the long trip... to get the ships out of sight of Sarus's beacon... and get the ships into Bosk's hands

meral{Bretval} 14:09:04 pm CDT
His plan worked very well

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:10:12 pm CDT
so did ruby mea

in the next book Marauders of Gor..we learn more about the Men of Torvaldsland

meral{Bretval} 14:11:22 pm CDT
mea will look forward to that book ruby

Bretval {meral}: 14:12:04 pm CDT
Chapter Nineteen

Bosk now faces the enemy in his very lair, being forced to this by an unexpected turn of events. For whatever reason, Sarus has decided to wait no longer for his intended rendezvous, but has had a number of rafts built, and is likely to flee beyond Bosk’s ability to pursue. Bosk demands to see Sarus, and Sarus decides that they will parley in the stockade, which suits Bosk very well. There he is recognised by Mira, who keeps her mouth shut for the time being, and Hura thinks she knows him. He rubs her up the wrong way, quite deliberately, by treating her to a real Master-to-slave kiss, which causes her to squeal for his head; but it’s evident from Sarus’s reaction to her that she can count on little sympathy from that quarter.

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:13:38 pm CDT
slips in quietly

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:14:26 pm CDT
kisses my Master in welcome

Bretval {meral}: 14:14:37 pm CDT
Talk about a sudden change of the action... My head is spinning

meral{Bretval} 14:14:46 pm CDT
~smiles seeing Jarl Randolph~

meral{Bretval} 14:15:33 pm CDT
it was hard to follow at times my Master

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:16:52 pm CDT
agrees Master Bretval

Bosk did not anticipate Sarus to not keep His rendevous with the ships

Bretval {meral}: 14:17:11 pm CDT
but I am sure Wwe will find out what happened on the ships soon enough

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:19:18 pm CDT
girl thinks Hura feared the kiss of the whip

one that does not cringe from the lash, has never felt it before

meral{Bretval} 14:22:57 pm CDT
thinks ruby is right

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:23:28 pm CDT

thinking Bosk didn't realize the terror He instilled ..also unnerved at the escape of Cara and Tina

Bretval {meral}: 14:23:43 pm CDT
Thinking it over, Bosk decides that the fact that Sarus’s mission was ever embarked upon is proof that the political situation in Tyros is not as he last knew it, and he deduces that the Ubar Chenbar has been liberated from Port Kar. Sarus confirms that this is so. A band of mercenaries from Torvaldsland under Ivar Forkbeard accomplished the rescue in exchange for an enormous fee - the weight of Chenbar in sapphires of Schendi. Although Ivar Forkbeard is said to be mad, the size of the fee causes Bosk to suppose that he may not be as mad as all that.

Bosk’s demanding the release of every one of Sarus’s prisoners causes Sarus to observe that the Forkbeard is in fact quite sane, and as they continue to negotiate Hura interrupts with yet another demand to kill Bosk out of hand. This proves to be a case of going once too often to the well - calling Sarus a fool was doubtless imprudent - and she and her band are summarily stripped and bound as slaves. A hasty reaction on Sarus’s part, no doubt, but he has had a trying time lately, and Bosk’s absurd bluffing is probably not improving his temper.

meral{Bretval} 14:27:13 pm CDT
mea thought Ivar Forkbeard was a wonderful name

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:28:49 pm CDT
indeed mea

thinking we will get to know Ivar Forkbeard..quite well in Marauders of Gor

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:30:15 pm CDT

Forkbeard is an interesting character. At this point Bosk's plan seems a little on edge. He is really chancing his luck

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:31:47 pm CDT
agrees my Jarl
ruby was very surprised when Bosk wished to negotiate with Sarus

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Bretval {meral}: 14:31:50 pm CDT
Well I suppose the capture of Marlenus would give Sarus a chance to take over Tyros if handled correctly

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:32:16 pm CDT
yes, ruby, even more surprised that he entered the stockade

meral{Bretval} 14:32:20 pm CDT
If Sarus hadn't of been so flustered the outcome could of been very different for Bosk

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:33:06 pm CDT
Agrees, Bretval, Marlenus is the big prize and the only one who really counts in all of this.

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:33:14 pm CDT
smiling at Sarus saying the chains on the slaves in Port Kar are the heaviest of all...

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:34:16 pm CDT
yes, agrees mea, Bosk has been lucky, and Sarus not showing much warrior 'spirit'

Bretval {meral}: 14:34:50 pm CDT
Mira at this point pipes up with the news that Bosk has no men, deciding that it is better to impart this information even though it involves admitting that she has previously met him and thereby revealing her unwilling part in his machinations. Sarus also deduces, after a few words with Mira, that he has no Panther allies either, and is operating alone; and when Bosk’s identity is revealed by Hura, Sarus incredulously reiterates his assessment of Bosk’s mental state. After lashing his erstwhile allies for some more unwise opening of Hura’s mouth, Sarus tells Bosk to consider himself their prisoner; Bosk only repeats his demand for the freedom of Sarus’s slaves, including Marlenus.

Reinforcing Sarus’s opinion of him, Bosk delivers himself of a soliloquy, about how he was once a Warrior of Ko-ro-ba, and how he lost his honour; but, he declares, on such a night as this he sometimes “recollects” it. As Sarus reiterates the numerical realities of the situation, which is a redundant action on his part insofar as we know very well that Bosk can count, Bosk calls on Marlenus to sing the song of Glorious Ar; and as Sarus is driven into a frenzy, Bosk says: “My Home Stone was once the Home Stone of Ko-ro-ba. Will it be you, Sarus, who will come first against me?”

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:35:27 pm CDT
thinking Talena...is the prize for Bosk...however our Hero must get Marelenus held captive Free first

meral{Bretval} 14:36:50 pm CDT
agrees with ruby

Bretval {meral}: 14:37:48 pm CDT
hmmm I think losing all the Men that He did would have an effect on Sarus, Randolph... eventually a price is paid even if only in attitude and belief in oneself

Bretval {meral}: 14:40:26 pm CDT

and of course there is also Bosk's reputation... with the sword

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:40:40 pm CDT
true, Bretval, but that is where warrior grit should come to the fore

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:42:04 pm CDT
and it does indeed my Jarl...clinging tight...things are about to get ugly

Bretval {meral}: 14:43:36 pm CDT

granted Randolph it should

Bretval {meral}: 14:45:52 pm CDT
Well let's finish there on a cliff-hanger...

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:46:33 pm CDT

there will be a showdown between Bosk and Sarus for certain in the stockade

Bretval {meral}: 14:46:52 pm CDT
And everyone should have the book finished for next week

meral{Bretval} 14:47:19 pm CDT
Thank You my Master for leading another very interesting GRS......kiss

thank you ruby for scribing....hugs

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:47:35 pm CDT
thank You Master Bretval for leading another exciting book club

Bretval {meral}: 14:47:38 pm CDT
most certainly, ruby

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:48:26 pm CDT
yes a cliffhanger indeed.

thanks for leading Bretval and kisses the scribe

Bretval {meral}: 14:48:51 pm CDT
and I thank you for scribing ruby

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:49:55 pm CDT
rolls up the scroll swiftly..as always a pleasure to serve my Masters Home
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