By Piers Anthony
Be cautious what you would like for . . .
“I’m really a wise woman who might make any guy a superb spouse. yet no guy sees that. No guy is drawn to my brain or character, simply my whatevers. So here's my want: I’m board stiff. i would like experience, pleasure, and Romance.”
So starts off Piers Anthony’s thirty-eighth Xanth novel, within which inappropriate Kandy appears at her mirrored image within the water of the shallow good and sees luxuriant midnight-black hair attaining all the way down to her breathtakingly narrow waist, matching the darkish eyes in her wonderful face. A torso that comes on the subject of absolute perfection. She is man’s wish. that's a part of the matter. within the shallow magic of the good, she asks that her want be granted.
whatever occurs. A surprising whirlwind surrounds her, lifting her up and ripping off her garments. She is altering someway. Then she falls flat at the ground.
actually. She has been reworked right into a flat, stiff board with knotholes for eyes.
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If the slave traders are lurking about, Eugen might set t he Five H undred to fall on the party during a vulnerable momen t, or call in th e slavers to assist. H owever, in this age before modern telecommunications and wit h no magical abi lity to send messages over long distances, coordinating an attack wit h t he slavers will be very di fficult. Eugen is just as curious as the party to discover th e reaso n for the disappearances if he is not an underlyin g cause of th em. Change can equal profit fo r t he entrepreneur, and if his neighbors are vanis hi ng Euge n wants hi s cut.
Eugen and t he Five Hundred will attempt to foil h er p lan , an d she ma y ask th e party to help h er fend off th eir inte rfer enc e. But Sigurd has little faith in th e competenc e of any o ne else, understandable g iven the p eople sh e's known all her life, and ma y in stead try t o set th e p arty aga ins t Eugen wit ho ut revea ling t he ·real reason. The party m ay be able t o track t he d isap p ear ed over the ice to th e Middle S ettlem ent. It is n ot a long jo u rney, a hard day 's walk wit h an earl y sta rt an d rapid p ace, bu t does go over so me very ro ug h t er rain.
Vinegar Knu d, if he has not yet managed to d est ro y Pride oj Sphinx, will be at a disti nct disa dva n tage in a high seas p urs uit. G iven good weat he r and a lot of lu ck (once agai n, feel free to cheat) he m igh t p ull it off. Th e party will sta nd a better chance of beatin g th is in formati on out of a Devir crew ma n, or Euge n him sel f (as a fo rme r mar in er, Euge n is capable of navigat in g t o Vin land). T hey mi ght also capt ure Devir and se ize her char ts, or stea l th em fr om t he carave l.