Lai-Xeng and the Emperor's Avenger
One day as Lai-Xeng was sitting by the road side dining on a bowl of plain rice, his old childhood friend, Mah-Waon came riding by on his fettered mount, armor ablaze in the morning sun, his helm and shield depiciting a fiery pheonix, symbol of his beloved Emperor!
"Lai-Xeng, is that you? It has been ages seen our paths last crossed, and still you sit by roadsides eating plain rice. As for me, I am one of the Emperor's chosen avengers now! I have done well for myself, eh old friend?"
"Greetings childhood friend", was all Lai-Xeng said in response, as he continued eating from his bowl.
"You know, Lai-Xeng", continued the proud Mah-Waon, "If you would just learn to cultivate your subservience to the Emperor, you would not have to live on plain rice"
"Learn to live on plain rice Mah-Waon, and you would not have to cultivate the Emperor", Lai-Xeng calmly replied.
"Hrrmmphh", exclaimed Mah-Waon, and rode off in a cloud off dust, feeling none the wiser.Go to Comment
"Did ya' hear about the singing manticore of Pefwen's Wood? I heard this from a halfling mind you, so shake some salt on it, but the little fellow swears up and down he heard the filthy beast singing with a beautiful woman's voice. Well no, I guess I dont believe that one either, but you never know! I heard a few fellas are heading out next week to see for demselves. Eh?..Yes, I said a Manticore! By the gods, I wish you would pay attention, so I wouldn't have to repeat myself!"
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