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Marauders of Gor - Book nine
Chapter 14 - The Forkbeard and I Depart From the Hall of Svein Blue Tooth
Chapter 15 - On the Height of the Torvaldberg


Jarl Randolph
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Bretval {meral}: 13:44:29 pm CST
Okay time to begin

We ended last weeks episode on a real cliffhanger, when after proving his ability to pay the supposedly impossible wergild set him by Svein Blue Tooth, Ivar Forkbeard refused to actually hand it over. But before the Blue Tooth could decide whether or not he would swallow this rebuke and admit (as everyone knew) that the wergild was unjust and should be set aside, or whether he would go so far as to violate his oath guaranteeing Ivar’s safety in his feasting-hall, matters were taken out of his hands when a small army of heavily armed Kurii burst through the doors intent on massacring all within. We now take up the tale.

Chapter Fourteen

The slaughter is horrible, outmatching even the butchery practiced in the Temple of Kassau so many chapters ago; on that occasion, at least the unarmed templegoers could cry for quarter by “kneeling beneath the axe”, and it is apparent that no such lenity is to be extended to the feasting Torvaldslanders in Svein Blue Tooth’s hall. The men give a poor account of themselves, although this is not to be wondered at; excuse can readily be found in the suddenness of the assault, the inhuman ferocity and strength of the enemy, the well-fed and drunken condition of the feasters, and the extreme crowding in the hall that makes it nearly impossible even to lay hands on their weapons, let alone put them to use.

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:44:39 pm CST
poises writing stick nib to finely milled rence parchment - listens intently

meral{Bretval} 13:45:16 pm CST
~sapphires lift to my Master~

Bretval {meral}: 13:46:55 pm CST
Does not look good for the humans in the hall

meral{Bretval} 13:48:30 pm CST
mea was very shocked reading the description of the blood bath of Jarl's by the Kurii

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:48:30 pm CST
it really was a blood the Kurii attacked the burning Hall of Svein's

Bretval {meral}: 13:49:19 pm CST
But I suspect the Kurii may still get a surprise

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 13:49:33 pm CST
so was ayli mea was shocked when girl read about the bloodbath

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:49:56 pm CST
oh indeed..bites lips to not get ahead

meral{Bretval} 13:51:07 pm CST
and the Kurii rounding up and leashing the bondsmaids......their fate will not be kind mea thinks

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:52:14 pm CST
oh yes mea, since the flesh of soft bondmaidens are a eating delicacy of the Kurii

Bretval {meral}: 13:52:33 pm CST
Tooth’s character is that in spite of the chaos he keeps his head enough to try to issue orders, though there is no chance of their being understood or obeyed, and that he engineers an escape for himself and some of those nearest to him. Tarl does his best to free himself from the press so that he can at least use his sword, though he is massively outreached by the long-armed Kurii with their huge axes, and he locks eyes with the golden-braceleted Kur who is plainly their commanding officer and realizes, as he suspected before, that this is the Kur whose machinations brought him to Torvaldsland in the first place; this is the kidnapper of Telima.

Inevitably, as soon as it comes to hand-to-hand combat, Tarl becomes the first man present to fight back effectively against the Kurii, using speed and dexterity to get behind the guard of a careless Kur and demonstrate the wisdom of the old Roman military axiom, that a few inches of blade in the right place is enough. But this only infuriates the remaining Kurii, and it is plain that mere martial prowess isn’t going to solve the present problem.

meral{Bretval} 13:55:34 pm CST
mea while reading was willing Tarl and Ivar to think fast come up with a plan

Bretval {meral}: 13:56:16 pm CST
A very, very bad day for the Toravallslanders

Bretval {meral}: 13:57:31 pm CST
and of course They did .. as did Svein

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:58:03 pm CST
oh yes mea agrees..and when the tharlarion oil lamps fell..and an escape route was found

meral{Bretval} 14:00:56 pm CST
mea breathed a big sigh of relief when that happened ruby

Bretval {meral}: 14:00:59 pm CST
However, it is not Svein Blue Tooth’s fate, nor Ivar Forkbeard’s, nor Tarl’s, nor several of the other named characters we have so far encountered, to be so easily murdered as all that. The Blue Tooth succeeds in having a hole cut through the wooden wall of his hall and makes good his escape, while Ivar and Tarl climb up the chains from which the oil lamps are suspended and get out through the smoke-holes in the roof. But the bulk of the feasters are indeed slain where they stand, and our heroes are powerless to prevent it.

“Hurry!” cried the Forkbeard. I leaped from beam to beam to join him. After him, I squeezed through one of the smoke holes in the roof of the burning hall. Then we were standing on the wooden-shingled blazing roof of the hall of Svein Blue Tooth. I looked up and saw the stars and moons of Gor. “Follow me,” cried Ivar. In the distance I saw the Torvaldsberg. There was moonlight reflecting from its snows. He sped to the northwesl corner of the hall. He disappeared over the edge of the roof I looked over and saw him, in the moonlight, making his way downward, hand by hand, foot by foot, using the clefts projections and niches in the ornate carvings of the exterior corner beams of the Blue Tooth‟s hall. Swiftly, my arm scorched from the fire which had torn at my sleeve, hear pounding, breathing heavily, I followed him.

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:02:39 pm CST
wonders if the Taverns roof have smoke holes..most likely

Bretval {meral}: 14:05:25 pm CST
Well all that make their escape are now free for the moment... so will the Kurii chase them now... or have a snack first?

meral{Bretval} 14:06:43 pm CST
Have a snack my Master

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 14:07:24 pm CST
agrees they will have a snack first

Bretval {meral}: 14:08:30 pm CST
Chapter Fifteen

Ivar Forkbeard, however, has a plan even in this extremity. Making good their escape, he and Tarl first visit Ivar’s camp, and on the way notice that the Kurii have some human allies, the men of Thorgard of Scagnar, Svein Blue Tooth’s great rival. Musing on this, Tarl wonders at what the impact this invasion of native Kurii will have on the fate of the world - whether the Priest-Kings will intervene, using their superior technology to defeat the primitively-armed Kurii, or whether they will grant the Kurii the same liberty as men to abide by their weapon laws. He speculates that in either case matters may work out much to the advantage of the Kurii still manning the space fleet somewhere beyond Jupiter’s orbit, whether by spreading dissension among the Priest-Kings themselves, or by allowing an assessment of the current strength of the Priest-Kings, or even by an actual military conquest of Gorean mankind.

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:09:05 pm CST
what ruby found interesting...Kurii never feel full

meral{Bretval} 14:12:37 pm CST
They didn't seem to eat a whole Jarl all at once just pieces of different Jarl's They killed

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:12:38 pm CST
nodding to Master Bretval
after the war in the Nest...the Priests Kings full powers were reduced..and Tarl not knowing how much they had recovered

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:12:45 pm CST
I've caught up - missed the most interesting part - Rollo made his mark too

Bretval {meral}: 14:13:43 pm CST
Wwe must always bear in mind that Tarl does have the advantage of knowing things that none of the other humans know... knowledge can be very powerful

meral{Bretval} 14:15:12 pm CST
mea hadn't thought of that Jarl

meral{Bretval} 14:15:55 pm CST
especially in wars my Master

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:15:55 pm CST
it seems the Priest Kings turn the other cheek, even to Kurii, as long as the weaponry restrictions were not violated..the PKs had given their word

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 14:16:15 pm CST
oh good point Jarl ayli didnt think of that

Bretval {meral}: 14:16:20 pm CST
That is the question, ruby... can and will the PK step in?

Bretval {meral}: 14:18:00 pm CST
and I agree, ruby... probably not

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:18:11 pm CST
ruby does not think They will..the Priest Kings gave their word...loved hearing Misks name again

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Bretval {meral}: 14:19:06 pm CST
Ivar Forkbeard finds little to cheer him in the whole affair. He is, of course, outraged by Thorgard’s treachery, and discovers that his own camp has been sacked, though at least one Kur paid for it with its life; but there is nothing further to be done here and now. Instead he resolves to make for the Torvaldsberg, the lofty mountain glimpsed from afar a chapter or two ago. Tarl, though he doesn’t really understand what’s going on, goes with Ivar; for that matter, there isn’t really a good alternative. It will only be a matter of time before they are hunted down, and although they soon divine that the Kurii and the men of Thorgard are using yellow sashes to mark out those men who are allies and not to be killed, this subterfuge will not last past daybreak, nor even when the Kurii who were in the attack on Svein’s hall come hunting for them.
Tarl reasonably describes the attempt on the Torvaldsberg as madness, since they have no climbing equipment or relevant experience; but Ivar has no intention of stopping and fighting the Kurii revealed as their pursuers with the coming of dawn. He soon shows himself both an excellent mountaineer and a cunning strategist, for he has chosen their route well and the Kurii experience severe difficulty in following them despite their superior physique. This is no accident. Ivar has climbed here before, when being hunted by a Kur, and he takes excellent advantage of the situation to deal with two of their four pursuers.

Logistics still promise to defeat them, though. They have no provisions and no warm clothing, and the remaining pair of Kurii can perfectly well wait them out. Still Ivar looks on the situation with calm assurance and continues his ascent, a puzzled Tarl in his wake.

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:19:16 pm CST
At least it has shown that the Kurii can be beaten to some extent. Although they must worry that they re group

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:21:28 pm CST
now Thorgard protects the Sea...aiding the Kurrii to invade the South..spotting the Black Sleen ship..along with the human allies

Bretval {meral}: 14:23:57 pm CST
A case of never surrender on Ivar's part? But it is working

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:24:20 pm CST
It seems a mystery on the face of it why he wants to climb the mountain

meral{Bretval} 14:25:06 pm CST
the fact Ivar knows exactly what He is doing

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 14:25:44 pm CST
nods agreeing with mea

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:25:51 pm CST
yes, mea, a cunning plan

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:25:59 pm CST
rubys heart nearly stopped when the Kurii were fast on Tarl and FBs tail on the Torvaldberg mountain

Bretval {meral}: 14:26:30 pm CST
As long as then Kurii do not kill him and his allies, ruby

meral{Bretval} 14:27:18 pm CST
Masters and Jarl's always have a plan

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:28:02 pm CST
true, mea.

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:29:05 pm CST
Master Bretval..luckily the snow hand grips were too small for the Kurri to grip..however the Kurii are a patient species

Bretval {meral}: 14:29:53 pm CST
The next day they reach the peak of the mountain - a truly heroic effort given that the Torvaldsberg is some seventeen thousand feet high - and, after a brief and unsuccessful search by an increasingly despondent Forkbeard and a short skirmish with the two Kurii, Tarl serendipitously locates a cave-mouth that is too small for their foes to enter; and, which is more to the Forkbeard’s liking, is marked with some mysterious runes. They make their way inside, leaving the Kurii to await their return.

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:31:33 pm CST
perhaps this is what FB was seeking

Bretval {meral}: 14:33:14 pm CST
The next Chapter is fairly long so lets break here with Tarl and Forkbeard relatively safe in the cave

meral{Bretval} 14:33:24 pm CST
They can't stay in the cave forever

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:34:16 pm CST
indeed my Jarl
seems FB used to roam the Torvaldsberg mountain as a young Rouge

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:34:32 pm CST
No, unless there is another way out

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 14:34:36 pm CST
agrees mea they cant stay in cave forever

meral{Bretval} 14:35:03 pm CST
yes my Master

Bretval {meral}: 14:35:11 pm CST
It could give Them time to come up with a plan that lets them act instead of react

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:35:20 pm CST
yes ruby, he does seem to know what he wants

meral{Bretval} 14:35:35 pm CST
good point my Master

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:36:19 pm CST
OK, Bretval

sounds like a good session, apologies for having to disappear .

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:36:22 pm CST
winks to my most Jarls do..gulps a hard swallow

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:37:05 pm CST
gives ruby a knowing look !!!

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:37:49 pm CST
thank You Master Bretval for leading

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:38:26 pm CST
Thanks for leading Bretval, a very interesting part of the book

kisses the scribe

meral{Bretval} 14:38:37 pm CST
Thank You for leading another wonderful

thank you ruby for scribing....hug

Bretval {meral}: 14:38:47 pm CST
My Thanks for attending and to ruby for scribing

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:39:21 pm CST
gives mea and ayli a smile, always good participation.

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 14:39:58 pm CST
Thank You Master Bretval for leading

thank you ruby for scribing

meral{Bretval} 14:40:47 pm CST
mea enjoyed Jarl and aylis comments.....smiles gives so much more understanding discussing the chapters

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:41:25 pm CST
rolls up the scroll, as always a delight to serve my Jarls Home
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