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Hunters of Gor - Book 8
Chapter 20 - What Occurred in the Stockade of Sarus of Tyros
Chapter 21 - My Business is Concluded in the Stockade
Chapter 22 - There is Fair Wind for Port Kar
Epilogue

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Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 13:32:55 pm CDT
Ok there is a lot to cover so off Wwe go...

Chapter Twenty

I imagine that most handbooks on military tactics do not adequately address the question of how best to conduct an engagement of fifty-five against one. Bosk has one advantage and one only, that whomever he stabs will be an enemy, whereas his enemies have no such assurance. Did I say one advantage? That is rather to neglect the signal fact that Bosk is an absolute nonpariel among swordsmen; and within the space of a paragraph he has reduced the odds significantly, and taken only a flea bite in return.

Bosk kicks the fire out. He has had the forethought to put on a salvaged Tyrosian tunic, and so is hard to tell from the enemy in the gloom; and, of course, anyone who approaches him in the belief that he is a Tyrosian is not destined to live for more than an Ihn or so after making such a mistake. But he does not merely content himself with cutting up random enemies, but astutely disposes of the only crossbowman with a loaded weapon and also sets Sheera and Verna free. Panicking, Tyrosians rush for the gate, and when Bosk’s spear comes winging out of the darkness, they believe that Sarus has killed one of them pour encourager les autres, which almost brings about a complete revolt.

meral{Bretval} 13:33:53 pm CDT
~turns her attention to her Master~

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:34:34 pm CDT
poises writing nib to finely milled rence parchment..listens intently

meral{Bretval} 13:37:54 pm CDT
Plan Z+1 is certainly a good plan

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 13:38:23 pm CDT

and of course by killing the fire Bosk is free to move as He wishes...m *WEG* and reduce the enemy's numbers

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 13:38:31 pm CDT
yes mea definitely a good plan that He has

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:39:23 pm CDT
fleas love blood, no matter what the planet...laughing

thank goodness Bosk was able to move around easily wearing the yellow of Tyros..taking down Sarus's Men one by one

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 13:39:58 pm CDT
in the end it is the number of 'flea bites' that matter, Randolph

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:42:32 pm CDT
by successfully pulling off the ruse, by plunging the stockcade into darkness..the Men of Tyros turned on Themselves

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 13:43:33 pm CDT
And in the end panicking Sarus's men.. and getting a spear to confuse His men... and have them think is was Sarus... brilliant strategy

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 13:44:23 pm CDT
yes Master Bretval definitely a brillant strategy to have

meral{Bretval} 13:44:55 pm CDT
agrees my Master

also freeing Verna and Sheera to help

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:45:20 pm CDT
unfortunately Our dear Hero...sustained injury

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 13:45:26 pm CDT

but still with 50 to one odds it was inevitable that Bosk would be injured at some point

meral{Bretval} 13:46:06 pm CDT
yes ruby but it didn't stop Him

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:46:10 pm CDT
chuckles .Master Bretval...Your reading girls thoughts

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:46:49 pm CDT

we hope not mea...ruby was handing on the edge of her seat

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 13:46:58 pm CDT
moving on...

Later than would have been best for them, the Tyrosians think to release their Panther slaves, but these are of limited use without their bows, which thanks to some quick work by Verna are no longer usable. They soon find they have no other weapons either, and are forced to plead for the protection of the men. Sarus is having all he can do to get them back under control, too, although issuing orders in the name of Chenbar proves efficacious and demonstrates to Bosk how Chenbar’s word stands in Tyros.

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:51:17 pm CDT
yes Chenbar...remembers Tyros Ubar from Raiders of Gor

Hura had no choice than to plea for protection..when Vera had stolen her bands weapons

meral{Bretval} 13:52:27 pm CDT

It surprised mea, the Panther girls asking for protection

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 13:52:31 pm CDT
It would appear Wwe learned 2 things... Sarus is now desperate by releasing the women and Chenbar of Tyros still has a fairly hard hand on His throne... despite Sarus's dreams of glory

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 13:53:37 pm CDT
Adopting a disciplined defensive posture, Sarus now offers Bosk every prisoner he has, including the Panthers, except only Marlenus. Bosk doesn’t deign to reply, but takes advantage of some more subterfuge to dispose of a few more of his enemies. Finally, with only seven men left alive and capable under Sarus’s command, a tired and bleeding Bosk is brought to bay. Sarus doesn’t attempt a direct assault against a swordsman of Bosk’s renown, but calls for the crossbows to be found. But it is Verna and Sheera who step out of the shadows with these weapons; and when the sound is heard of the two ships finally arriving and Sarus believes he has just been reinforced, Bosk only opens the gate - and admits Thurnock the Peasant, his trusty sidekick.

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:53:56 pm CDT
nodding mea
yet Huras band were in chains with no means to fight...helpless to defend

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 13:55:20 pm CDT
They had not weasons, mea... what real choice did they have... attack Bosk unarmed... that would have been stupid to the extreme

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 13:57:24 pm CDT
and then Thurnock show up with men and the fight is over

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:58:13 pm CDT
ruby wondered

where is Bosks heart throb Talena in all of this?

meral{Bretval} 13:59:43 pm CDT
mea had the same thought ruby

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:00:38 pm CDT
as I recall she is in a tavern ... safe... was as safe as any slave in a tavern can be

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:01:36 pm CDT
if not she will show up soon enough

meral{Bretval} 14:02:08 pm CDT
In the next book my Master?

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:02:30 pm CDT
moving on.....

meral{Bretval} 14:02:49 pm CDT
apologies my Master.....mea just had to ask

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:03:40 pm CDT

oh...the paga tavern in Laura...Hesius the Keeper had sent four slaves to entertain Bosks Men...but Talena was left behind

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:03:44 pm CDT
She may of may not come into aa book, mea

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:04:28 pm CDT
Chapter Twenty-One

It remains only to accept the surrender of Sarus, free his former prisoners, and divide the spoils. Marlenus congratulates “Tarl Cabot, Warrior”, but Bosk only replies, “I am Bosk of Port Kar. I am of the Merchants”. Sarus, it seems, is willing to kill Marlenus rather than give him up, even at the cost of his own life, but the crossbow-toting Verna prevents him, and earns herself a “Well done, Slave!” from Marlenus.

She turns and offers to shoot him, and he does not flinch nor grant her freedom; and she surrenders her weapon, having no wish to kill Marlenus. He is once more in jovial mood, having come through his peril unscathed, and laughingly demands that Bosk unchain him. First of all Bosk addresses himself to the capable execution of Tina’s duties, both in freeing Thurnock and his men aboard the ship and in moments ago relieving Sarus of Tyros of his keys - she is, after all, a first-class pickpocket - and only then instructs the slave Sheera to unchain Marlenus. Marlenus is coldly furious, enough to frighten Sheera into non-compliance, so instead Bosk directs Thurnock, a free man, to do the necessary.

meral{Bretval} 14:05:17 pm CDT
Oh yes.....thank Yyou my Master and ruby.....mea had forgotten about the Tavern

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:08:30 pm CDT
I thing TC has still not forgiven Marlenus... but leaves up with the question of why Bosk even freed Marlenus... other than respect of a great Leader

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:09:25 pm CDT
loved when Bosk would not unlock Marlenus's chains Himself

Bosk still having the feeling Marlenus is always the Victor..and remembering Bosk was expelled from Ar without salt, bread and fire

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 14:09:27 pm CDT
that is a good question Master Bretval

meral{Bretval} 14:10:01 pm CDT
Bosk still doesn't think He deserves to be Tarl Cabot Warrior either

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:11:00 pm CDT
This does not please Marlenus, who was bent upon being unchained by Bosk himself, and takes being unchained by an underling as a deliberate snub, especially as Bosk then personally unchains his allies Rim and Arn. Glowering, Marlenus warns Bosk not to come to Ar, but Bosk only retorts that he will come to Ar if he pleases. This exchange shows Marlenus in a less favourable light than previously, since he is shown to be not quite as jovial as all that when he does not get everything all his own way, and considering the enormous service he has just been done, he ought perhaps to be a little less picky.

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ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:11:17 pm CDT
that confused girl

Bosk knew and accepted the fate of being deemed an Outlaw...Bosk did purloin Ar's Home Stone after all

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:13:54 pm CDT
A common failure in Men such as Marlenus... all is good .. as long as they get Their way

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:14:41 pm CDT
and it comes to pass...the slight of hand by Tina saved the day on two fronts...

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:15:38 pm CDT
and I agree mea.... Bosk is not His old self

meral{Bretval} 14:15:44 pm CDT
nods agreeing with her Master

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:16:24 pm CDT
ohhh mea

didn't your heart just skip a beat..when Cara ran into Rims arms...knew she would become His love slave

so romantic

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 14:16:52 pm CDT
thats very romantic ruby

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:17:23 pm CDT
ayli

ruby is a hopeless romantic

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:17:33 pm CDT
yes very romantic, ruby

meral{Bretval} 14:17:39 pm CDT

yes ruby.....mea knew she would become His love slave too......very romantic

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:18:25 pm CDT
But now, as the Panthers attempt to flee, the men Bosk previously liberated arrive, and we learn what his business aboard the Rhoda was (appropriating a hammer and chisel with which they could strike off their chains) and how he provided for them, using Vinca and the other women to do the work of keeping off predators and finding food. Hura and Mira, however, have slipped through the net, and Verna and Sheera are also missing.

Sick, tired and wounded, Bosk cares little for what is going on now. He gives orders for Marlenus to be provided with the food and drink he wishes, in order to celebrate his freedom with a feast at which much back-slapping and talk of Glorious Ar will doubtless go on, and rather less of Bosk’s heroic rescue; and he takes himself off to the ships, still bleeding, and faints over the tiller.

meral{Bretval} 14:18:43 pm CDT

a very special moment when a girl becomes a love slave

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:18:51 pm CDT
one of the best reunions so far

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:21:12 pm CDT

yes at that point it seemed the Panther girls Hura and Mira slipped back into the Forests

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:21:44 pm CDT

And now Wwe discover how badly Bosk was truly injured in the fight

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:23:20 pm CDT
oh no

Bosk passes out from injury and cold..however Bosk did feel He had recollected His Honor

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 14:24:27 pm CDT
agrees with ruby about Bosk recollecting His Honor

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:26:01 pm CDT
Agreed ruby... Bosk achieved what He had set out to do... including getting His honour back but the cost....

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:27:34 pm CDT
Chapter Twenty-Two

We rejoin Bosk some four days later, having endured a dreadful fever and many hallucinations, including a screaming assertion that “Pa-Kur is alive!” (he is right, for all of me, though we never do find out one way or the other) and a delirious plea for the forsaken Vella to love him. Once he is up and about again, he is carried ashore to be greeted more or less civilly by Marlenus of Ar.

Bosk is in a bad way, blanketed and sat in a chair, unable to move his left hand, arm or leg, and he observes bitterly that it has all been for nothing. He does, of course, have many new slaves; and talking of slaves, Verna has returned with Hura taken captive. Verna now informs

Marlenus that she is not a slave, and he orders her uncollared and, in response to her demand, also frees the women of her band. Since they dared to mock her when she was slave, she orders them to be placed in silk and have their ears pierced, and have a try at serving men for themselves. She makes it clear that she both desires Marlenus’s love and does not dare accept it, and when he offers her the Ubara’s throne she will not take it, preferring freedom. Marlenus comes close to begging Verna to stay with him, and she casts him a glance that conveys economically both how much she wishes to hear the words and how much she does not want to see Marlenus beg.

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:27:37 pm CDT
slips in quietly and tries to catch up

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:27:58 pm CDT
yes Master

however Bosk still doesn't have His beloved Talena, squirming in His arms..His main goal of entering the Northern Forests to seek her Father Marlenus of Ar

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:30:08 pm CDT
Vella is Eliizabeth Cardwell..right?

meral{Bretval} 14:30:38 pm CDT
Think so ruby

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 14:30:57 pm CDT
that what ayli thought ruby about Vella

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:32:33 pm CDT
Yes ruby... and a view of where Bosk's true heart leis... despite Talena

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:33:18 pm CDT
poor Bosk in His hallucinogenic rambling state...however if one read this part carefully..Oone can pick up the time-line of the saga

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:34:25 pm CDT
having caught up

and Bosk is more injured than was perhaps thought

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:34:53 pm CDT
agreed ruby

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:35:13 pm CDT
true my Master..and Bosk limps Home to Port Kar

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:35:37 pm CDT
Marlenus steps back from the brink, to their mutual relief, and merely gives her a ring as a keepsake. Exchanging pleasantries such as people exchange when they know they will never see each other again, Marlenus and Verna make their farewells - the man who could master any woman, and the woman whom no man could master. As meetings between irresistible forces and immovable objects go, it passes off quite well

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:37:55 pm CDT
and now the splitting up of the slaves begins as booty begins....

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:38:06 pm CDT
in Chap 21...the amethyst wristlet worn by Turus...how did that play in?...girl doesn't recall...and it wasn't mentioned again

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:39:21 pm CDT
The various captives and slaves are assigned to their rightful owners, and Arn the outlaw frees Grenna, professing to have no use for a slave, and returns to the forest with his men and with Grenna. Bosk frees Tina in acknowledgement of her valuable service, though she herself points out that nothing is owed to a slave; and he suggests that, Lydius being no home for her any more since she was penally enslaved there, she may care to repair to Port Kar, there to become a Caste-recognised thief. (Leave it to Port Kar to have Gor’s only Caste of Thieves.)

Marlenus demands and is given Mira and Hura, but Bosk refuses to hand over Sarus and the Tyrosians. At first Marlenus thinks only that Bosk intends to execute them himself, and he is outraged to hear Bosk grant them their freedom. He reiterates his earlier order to Bosk, not to come to Ar, and this time Bosk doesn’t even argue; and Marlenus makes his grand exit, free, with his head both unshaved and unbowed, and his honour unbesmirched. Once again, Bosk cannot help wondering a little bitterly if Marlenus is always triumphant.

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:41:38 pm CDT
Not sure is was important, ruby... but you never know how it may affect the continuing story....

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:42:19 pm CDT
In a way Marlenus has been humiliated, coming out triumphant only because of Bosk - that is surely come out in Ar from the word of mouth of his returning army

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:42:21 pm CDT

true enough Master Bretval

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:43:21 pm CDT
oh that's a pertinent thought my Master..nodding...

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:44:03 pm CDT
lol

thinking ..loose lips - sink ships

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 14:44:45 pm CDT

giggles hearing ruby

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:44:50 pm CDT
exactly, ruby

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:46:03 pm CDT
hmm it could be said that Marlenus again telling Bosk not to be return to At could be considered a victory for Bosk... Marlenus knew in His heart how much He owed Bosk

meral{Bretval} 14:46:23 pm CDT

lol ruby

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:47:45 pm CDT
agrees Bretval

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:48:09 pm CDT
perhaps Bosk and Marlenus will meet once again..develop "nest trust"..meaning Friendship..however a slut won't hold her breath



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Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:48:52 pm CDT
Freeing Sheera, who declares love for him but points out that it was another woman’s name he cried out in his fever-dreams, Bosk bids farewell to the forests by building an enormous beacon. No-one will see it, but it will be significant that he built a beacon there. He makes arrangements for paying out the treacherous Hesius of Lydius; sees the Panthers of Verna’s band all voluntarily choose slavery over a continuation of their forest life, and muses on the importance to each sex of fulfilling the role that biology has fitted them for; and grants brave Rissia her freedom, which she gladly accepts after giving the spiteful Ilene a good hiding.

Just as they are about to leave, Bosk’s expedition is made to wait as two more Panther girls are brought in. These were the ones who were entrusted with the sale of Talena, which they have now accomplished - and, of all people, it is Samos of Port Kar who has purchased them. Bosk weighs the coins of her purchase in his hand, this being the closest he has come to her in many years, and then bids the Panthers deliver the money to Verna.

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:49:36 pm CDT
maybe ruby, there is a dais respect in each for the other, tinged with jealousy, particularly by Bosk

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:50:58 pm CDT
yes my Jarl very true

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:51:34 pm CDT
So Talena may have a part in the future

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 14:51:57 pm CDT
very true Jarl

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:53:01 pm CDT
a big grin spread across her face when ruby realized Talena was purchased by the infamous Slaver Samos...an agent for the Priest Kings

meral{Bretval} 14:53:19 pm CDT

Hopes Talena does my Master

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:54:07 pm CDT
And now Wwe come to the end of this tale...

And as the ship pulls away from the shore, the beacon blazes, and a crippled Bosk is taken below, we must necessarily wonder both how he has come to be so dreadfully disabled by a few flesh wounds, and what is to become of an all-action hero who is paralysed. We may also wonder how his reunion with Talena will go, since no doubt Samos will see to it that they do indeed meet again. Answers to these questions are not to be found within the pages of this book, though, since we have reached its end; and if we want them answered, we must look into the ninth volume of the Chronicles of Counter-Earth, “Marauders of Gor”, where I urge the reader to accompany me next month.

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:57:10 pm CDT

really loved Hunters of Gor...Bosk once again goes against unbeatable odds, like His Father Tarl of old...and comes out of it with His Honor intact

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:57:36 pm CDT

Any other comments or questions?

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 14:58:28 pm CDT
no from ayli Master thank You for asking

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 14:58:47 pm CDT
*wink at ruby* His Honour if not His body and mind

meral{Bretval} 14:59:19 pm CDT
nothing from mea my Master thank You

Bretval {meral} :Warrior~Scribe~Merchant 15:00:14 pm CDT
I thank all for attending

and a special to the gemstone of scarlet for scribing

ruby~{Randolph}~t 15:00:50 pm CDT
none from ruby Master...looking forward to “Marauders of Gor”..where Bosk goes Viking in the land of Torvaldsland

meral{Bretval} 15:01:11 pm CDT
Thank You my Master for leading.....kiss

thank you for scribing ruby.....hugs

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 15:01:21 pm CDT
thank You Master Bretval for leading

thank you ruby for scribing

ruby~{Randolph}~t 15:01:42 pm CDT

thank You Master Bretval for leading another fine GRS

ruby~{Randolph}~t 15:03:21 pm CDT
rolls up the scroll swiftly

as always a gift to serve my Jarls Beloved Home
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