By Craig Shaw Gardner
Whilst a wizard is not able to medication his illness of magicks, he sends his apprentice Wuntnor to hunt relief within the far-off land of the japanese Kingdoms that are ripe with fiendish peril.
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And the potion looks correct at last! The sorcerer begins to chant the spell that will bring his day’s work to fruition. But wait! The pot is burbling when it should be boiling! What could be wrong? (See footnote) ‘The mage quickly checks a nearby reference work, perhaps the forty-six volume Universal Guide to Magic, or my own much more concise When Bad Spells Happen to Good Wizards. There, to his horror, the magician sees that, through an almost infinitesimal error, he has transformed a simple weather-predicting spell into a conjuration that will destroy himself, his loved ones, and every other living thing in this hemisphere!
Tap paused at last and looked around, realizing that his audience had fled. ’ he cried. ‘How much better to conduct our lessons outside, in the warm summer air! ’ Tap romped merrily from the room. I stopped before a sneezing mass covered in royal blue. ’ Ebenezum looked up and nodded. ‘Too much,’ he managed. ‘Outside -‘ I helped the mighty wizard out onto the lawn that fronted the building. The grass was already crowded with prostrate mages. We had to walk some distance before we could find a place Ebenezum might sit undisturbed.
Still, one has to have some feelings about the place one was born. ’ The demon sighed. ’ Allowances had to be made for Snarks. His mother had been frightened by demon politicians shortly before he was born, a misfortune that led to Snarks growing into a demon that could tell nothing but the truth, especially the unpleasant truth, the more unpleasant the better. This truth-telling tendency had gotten him banished from the Netherhells, but that same extreme honesty had made him a trustworthy companion in our battles with his former home.
A Difficulty with Dwarves by Craig Shaw Gardner