By Brandon Sanderson
From the writer of Legion and the number 1 long island instances bestselling Stormlight Archive comes an action-filled novella approximately privilege, tradition conflict, and expectations.
God-Emperor Kairominas is lord of all he surveys. He has defeated all foes, has united the whole international underneath his rule, and has mastered the arcane arts. He spends his time sparring along with his nemesis, who retains attempting to invade Kai's world.
Except for at the present time. this present day, Kai has to move on a date.
Forces have conspired to require him to satisfy together with his equal--a lady from one other global who has accomplished simply up to he has. What occurs while crucial guy on the planet is pressured to have dinner with an important lady on this planet?
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Wait, allow me get this rattling gown on. Being Liveborn won’t continue me from being arrested for indecency during this nation. ” I waited via the steps, moving from one foot to the opposite as she pulled the costume the remainder of the way in which up. Getting down from this construction was once going to be sluggish. “I must have visible this coming,” I acknowledged as she entered the stairwell. “I misplaced touch with my chancellor prior. I’ll wager Melhi reduce him off someway. ” We begun down the stairwell. I didn’t belief that field that used to be suspended from wires, no longer with Melhi hacking the kingdom. “Cut off your psychological hyperlinks, eh,” she acknowledged. “Dangerous. that are supposed to have warned you. ” “I used to be distracted. ” “So let’s return in your State,” she stated. “I might most likely abdominal the making a song timber and the elves lengthy sufficient to get laid. ” “I’m now not leaving,” I acknowledged, nonetheless working down the stairs. “He’ll tear town aside to discover me. ” “Why? What in the world did you do to him? ” I regarded again at her. “I’m unsure. ” “What? ” “Come on. I’ll clarify what i do know as we stroll down the stairs. take into accout how I’d visited that Border country? good, I went into the village to satisfy him. . . . ” I went into the village to satisfy him, and a metal guy walked from one of many huts. I’d created golems from the bones of the useless prior to, animating them with energy from the Aurora. steel, in spite of the fact that, had confirmed lifeless as a fabric for me. So i used to be very as this being strode out into the daylight. The natives leveled spears at it nervously. leader Let-mere had warned me that the 1st time this creature had come to the valley, it had killed dozens of individuals from one other village ahead of chickening out. It had no eyes or mouth, only a flat burnished face of bronze, just like a masks. the remainder of it used to be human formed, yet made from natural silvery metal. It became an eyeless gaze upon me. “Ah,” it stated. The voice was once a steel buzz, exceedingly inhuman. “You are the single i'm to struggle for this position, then? ” “Who are you? ” I requested, motioning for Shale to face down. The bodyguard had drawn his weapon and advanced. “You are a being of steel? ” “I am Liveborn like you,” Melhi acknowledged, having a look me up and down. “This is in basic terms one of many varieties i exploit. you're from a myth nation? Do they honestly anticipate this to be a problem? My robot legions might slightly require a number of hours to annihilate the—” I became and commenced jogging away. I can’t say for yes what made me do it, yet an increasing number of, i believe it used to be the sheer comfort of all of it. an ideal position for a battle, the place my nation wouldn’t be at risk? a spot with perfect tactical positions spelled out for me? assets to aid whoever controlled to grab the country first, yet three—instead of two—Liveborn concerned, to inspire alliances? The fakeness of all of it was once like a slap to my face. There we were—two absolute lords of complete worlds—and we’d been maneuvered to face dealing with each other so lets mouth off? Like warriors boasting of previous accomplishments to provoke a tavern wench? In that short second, my pleasure for sparring one other of my sort vanished, even though it should go back as Melhi later made makes an attempt to invade my country.