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Rook Barkwater lives within the community of sewer-chambers underneath Undertown, the bustling major urban of the Edgeworld. He goals of changing into a librarian knight - a type of despatched out to discover the mysteries in their international. someplace available in the market lie the secrets and techniques of the prior - together with the misplaced floating urban of Sanctaphrax - and, probably, desire for a destiny unfastened from the terror of tyranny. while his probability comes, Rook grabs it! Breaking the entire principles, he units out on a trip to the unfastened Glades and past. His good fortune and backbone lead him from one peril to a different till, buried within the center of the Deepwoods, Rook encounters a mysterious personality - the final sky pirate - and is thrust right into a daring event that dares to problem the may of the dread Guardians of the Night...

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The Valley of 1000 Echoes was once in absolute silence. Rook swallowed demanding. abruptly a mountainous male banderbear with jet-black fur and thick, curling tusks, leaned down. Rook observed the good paws swoop down in the direction of him and felt the chilly, challenging claws take hold of his physique. The creature’s fur smelled musty, its breath bitter. ‘Aaargh! ’ he cried out, his abdominal turning somersaults, as he used to be lifted into the air. ‘Wuh! ’ the banderbear roared. How dare you! And Rook felt the nice creature’s indignation and rage trembling via its complete physique because it gripped him tightly and cried out, ‘Wuh-wurrah! ’ He had by no means noticeable a banderbear so offended, so … so vengeful. Stiff with terror, Rook was once inflexible within the creature’s grip, because the different banderbears took up an analogous, blood-chilling cry, till the full valley echoed with their roaring. ‘Wuh-wug-wurrugh? ’ the good black banderbear boomed out above the tumult. Who dares to scouse borrow the echoes of our valley and trespass on our sacred convocation? ‘Wuh,’ Rook responded, his voice low and trembling. ‘Wuh-woor. ’ Wriggling to unfastened his hand from the banderbear’s crushing carry, he touched his middle evenly. I come as a pal. I suggest no damage. The banderbear hesitated. His startled eyes inspected Rook’s face as though to assert, who's this creature that understands the key language of banderbears? Rook sensed the creature’s confusion. ‘Wurrah-wegga-weeg,’ he stated, his voice skinny and warbling. i'm a chum of banderbears. She with chipped tusk who walks in moonlight and i've walked an analogous course. The banderbear’s darkish forehead knitted and he appeared around on the crowd of banderbears, scouring the ocean of offended faces for Wumeru. whilst he stuck sight of her, his eyes narrowed. ‘Wuh? ’ he growled menacingly. is that this actual? Wumeru stepped forwards, head bowed and fluttering ears drooping. ‘Wuh-wurroo. Wuh,’ she stated, with no taking a look up. My good friend of the wooded area path has introduced purely disgrace upon our companionship. She grew to become away. ‘Wumeru! ’ cried Rook desperately. ‘Wumeru, please! I—’ The black banderbear raised him up excessive within the air once again. His grip tightened, his eyes grew chilly. With Rook held aloft, he bellowed out loudly. You, who've listened to phrases intended just for bander-bears’ ears, have devoted the best sacrilege of all. Thief of our songs. Stealer of our chant. you need to die! simply then a solitary cry without notice rose up above the collection frenzy. ‘WUH! ’ cease! the good black banderbear immediately iced up. He seemed around. Rook – dizzy and befuddled – may possibly simply make out a banderbear pushing throughout the crowd in the direction of them. ‘Wuh? ’ Who speaks? the black banderbear demanded. the feminine stopped earlier than him. ‘Wuh-wuh. Wurra-woogh-weerlah,’ she grunted, touching first her shoulder, then her chest. I, Wuralo, who suffered a lot within the Foundry Glade. i do know this one. He stored my lifestyles. With a begin, Rook checked out the banderbear. She was once heavier now than whilst he’d final obvious her, and her coat was once thick and shiny. yet from her markings – the curious black line which turned around one eye and crossed her snout – Rook knew that this was once certainly the banderbear he had stored from the goblin’s arrow.

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