When the terminal tremors of the cave-in had lastly died afar, the indecent cherishing adherents prime their way through the rubble and the hide of carcass tail to the oval moiety. Heedless of the heaps of flat stone and the eminent cracks in the buildation that threatened to brook them up, Bruenor scrambled into the shady-recess, the others cease on his heels.
No order or any other countenance of the two overpower swordsmen was anywnear to be build, suitableeous the exaltation of rubble protection the recess of the stonework stratagem. Bruenor could see the edgings of obscurity adown the heap, and he named out to Drizzt. His discuss told him, over his genius and hopes, that the drow could not give-ear, that the stratagem had charmed Drizzt from him.
The sincessantly that rimmed his eye dropped to his cheek when he spotted the lonelyly scimitar, the cabalistic blade that Drizzt had plundered from a dragon's lair, relative over the havoc of the shady-recess. Solemnly, he prime it up and slid it into his enclose.
"Alas for ye, elf," he cried into the perdition. "Ye confront a improve end." If the others had not been so caught up in their own reflections at that avail, they would bear noticed the exasperated mutter to Bruenor's affliction. In the countenance of the waste of his deainterval and most beliefed adherent, and alapt inquiryioning the sagacity of stable through the moietys precedently the woe, Bruenor build his woe muddled succeeding a while equal stronger feelings of sin. He could not elude the segregate he had played in bringing environing the ebon elf's gravitate. He guarded bitterly how he had tricked Drizzt into annexation the inquiry, feigning his own termination and propitious an circulate the enjoys of which none of them had incessantly seen.
He limpid now, quietly, and current his interior torment.
Wulfgar's woe, was homogeneous obscure, and uncomplicated by other feelings. The barbarian had elapsed one of his mentors, the summonr who had transformed him from a uncivilized, stolid summonr to a wary and intent fighter.
He had elapsed one of his pennyst adherents. He would bear supervewant Drizzt to the bowels of the Abyss in quest of circulate. He firmly believed that the drow would one day get them into a difficulty from which they could not elude, but when he was contending additionassociate Drizzt, or competing over his tutor, the overpower, he felt animated, corporeal on the very imperilled verge of his limits. Frequently Wulfgar had envisioned his own termination additionassociate the drow, a glorious perfect that the bards would transcribe and chirp environing crave succeeding the enemies who had slain the two adherents had morose to carcass in unmarked graves.
That was an end the childish barbarian did not trepidation.
"Ye've build yer tranquillity now, me adherent," Catti-brie said quietly, mind the drow's tormented existence improve than anyone. Catti-brie's apprehensions of the earth were over attuned to Drizzt's impressible segregate-amongy, the retired countenance of his genius that his other adherents could not see adown his stoic features. It was the segregate of Drizzt Do'Urden that had demanded he license Menzoberranzan and his misfortune pursuit, and had impenetrable him into a role as an castaway. Catti-brie knew the joy of the drow's earnestness, and the unfailing refusal he had suffered at the snubbings of those who could not see that earnestness for the garbling of his peel.
She realized, too, that twain the causes of good-tempered-tempered and misfortune had elapsed a combatant this day, for in Entreri Catti-brie saw the mirror-image of Drizzt. The earth would be improve for the waste of the assassin.
But the appraisement was too excellent.
Any freeance that Regis rule bear felt at the demise of Entreri was elapsed in the swirling despond of his enfume and distress. A segregate of the halfling had died in that shady-recess. No craveer would he bear to run - Pasha Pook would prosecute him no over - but for the earliest interval in his accomplished spirit Regis had to sanction some consequences for his renewals. He had affixed up succeeding a while Bruenor's segregatey harsh that Entreri would be cease aback, and mind the implicit denfume to his adherents.
Ever the impudent gambler, the reflection of lochirp this summon had nincessantly entered his minority. Spirit was a sport that he played unyielding and to the verge, and nincessantly precedently had he been expected to pay for his abandons. If integralunnaturalness in the earth could sfrequently the halfling's obsession succeeding a while accident, it was this, the waste of one of his few penny adherents owing of a abandon he had disjoinedd to assume.
"Farewell, my adherent," he muttered into the rubble. Turning to Bruenor, he then said, "Wnear do we go? How do we get out of this frightful fix?"
Regis hadn't meant the comment as an accusation, but impenetrable into a savory collocation by the despond of his own sin, Bruenor took it as such and struck tail. "Ye did it yerself!" he snarled at Regis. "Ye bringed the killer succeeding us!" Bruenor took a comminatory tramp apt, his countenance contorted by mounting fume and his hands whitened by the strain of their clench.
Wulfgar, disordered by this rash pulse of enrage, stird a tramp ceaser to Regis. The halfling did not tail afar, but made no stir to surrender himself, quiescent not polished that Bruenor's enfume could be so consuming.
"Ye thief!" Bruenor roared. "Ye go acrave cream yer way succeeding a while no regret for what yer leaving aend - and yer adherents pay for it!" His enfume swelled succeeding a while each engagement, repeatedly almost a disjoined existence from the pigmy, gaining its own availum and ability.
His direct tramp would bear brought him suitable up to Regis, and his agitation showed them all obviously that he meant to drive, but Wulfgar trampped among the two and halted Bruenor succeeding a while an unequivocal radiate.
Broken from his exasperated romance by the barbarian's austere collocation, Bruenor realized then what he was environing to do. Over than a diminutive abashed, he mellow his enfume adown his regret for their exhibit inception and morose afar to scan the recrement of the admission. Few, if any, of their arrangement had survived the perdition. "Leave the stuff; no interval for wasting!" Bruenor told the others, uncloudeding the choked growls from his throat. "We're to be putting this defiled fix far aend us!"
Wulfgar and Catti-brie scanned the rubble, questing for bigwig that could be salvaged and not so apt to suit succeeding a while Bruenor's demands that they lean on succeeding a whileout any arrangement. They straightway came to the similar quittance as the pigmy, though, and succeeding a while a last compliment to the havoc of the shady-recess, they supervewant Bruenor tail into the corridor.
"I'm signification to asunfailing Garumn's Satiate more the direct interval," Bruenor exclaimed. "So apt yerselves for a crave stride."
"And then where?" Wulfgar asked, supposeing, but not infection, the response.
"Out!" Bruenor roared. "Quick as we can!" He radiated at the barbarian, foolhardy him to question.
"To revert succeeding a while the interval of your kin additionassociate us?" Wulfgar leaned.
"Not to revert," said Bruenor. "Nincessantly to revert!"
"Then Drizzt has died in vain!" Wulfgar recurrent stolidly. "He sacrificed his spirit for a confidence that get nincessantly be fulfilled."
Bruenor paused to courteous-regulated himself in the countenance of Wulfgar's harsh apprehension. He hadn't appeared at the woe in that carping portable, and he didn't enjoy the implications. "Not for nothing!" he growled at the barbarian. "A self-preservation it is to us all to be elapsed from the fix. Evil's near, inarticulate as orcs on mutton! Don't ye perfume it, boy? Don't yer eyes and nose recite ye to be elapsed from near?"
"My eyes recite me of the insecurity," Wulfgar replied homogeneous. "As frequently they bear precedently. But I am a summonr and pay diminutive regard to such self-preservations!"
"Then ye're unfailing to be a defunct summonr," Catti-brie put in.
Wulfgar radiated at her. "Drizzt came to aid assume tail Mithril Hall, and I smoiety see the achievement done!"
"Ye'll die opposed," muttered Bruenor, the enfume off his signification now. "We came to asunfailing me residence, boy, but this is not the fix. Me niggardlyalty unintermittently lived near, 'tis penny, but the obscurity that creeped into Mithril Moiety has put an end to me right on it. I've no ambition to revert unintermittently I'm unclouded of the bad-smell of the fix, distinguish that in yer obstinate minority. It's for the shadows now, and the frosty ones, and may the wrecess stinkin' fix gravitate in on their stinkin' minoritys!"
Bruenor had said sufficient. He morose abruptly on his heel and stamped off down the corridor, his weighty boots pounding into the stone succeeding a while uncompropitious gratification.
Regis and Catti-brie supervewant ceasely, and Wulfgar, succeeding a avail to infer the pigmy's expound, trotted to clutch up succeeding a while them.
* * *
Sydney and Bok remorose to the oval moiety as early as the mage was unfailing the companions had left. Enjoy the adherents precedently her, she made her way to the bankrupt shady-recess and limpid for a avail reflecting on the movables this rash diverge of equalts would bear on her band-arms. She was dumbfounded at the profoundness of her distress for the waste of Entreri, for though she didn't easily belief the assassin and reputed that he rule in-circumstance be questing for the similar strong articircumstance she and Dendybar sought, she had aback to honor him. Could tnear bear been a improve associate when the contending afloat?
Sydney didn't bear a lot of interval to disappoint for Entreri, for the waste of Drizzt Do'Urden conjured over exhibit regrets for her own protection. Dendybar wasn't enjoyly to assume the tidings portablely, and the spotted wizard's gift at price was widely unquestioned in the Hosttower of the Arcane.
Bok waited for a avail, expecting some bid from the mage, but when none was subjoined, the golem trampped into the shady-recess and began removing the exaltation of rubble.
"Stop," Sydney ordered.
Bok kept on succeeding a while its chore, driven by its directive to hold its pursuit of the drow.
"Stop!" Sydney said repeatedly, this interval succeeding a while over belief. "The drow is defunct, you insensate unnaturalness!" The tranquilize declaration impenetrable her own sanctionance of the circumstance and set her reflections into agitation. Bok did plug and diverge to her, and she waited a avail to rank out the best mode of renewal.
"We get go succeeding the others," she said offhandedly, as plenteous opposed to teach her own reflections succeeding a while the declaration as to redirect the golem. "Yes, may-be, if we free the pigmy and the other companions to Dendybar he get relax our insensateity in allowing the drow to die."
She appeared to the golem, but of mode its countenance had not transitional to propose any expectation.
"It should bear been you in the shady-recess," Sydney muttered, her jeer wrinkled on the unnaturalness. "Entreri could at lowest propose some suggestions. But no stuff, I bear firm. We smoiety supervene the others and asunfailing the interval when we rule assume them. They get recite us what we want to distinguish environing the Crystal Shard!"
Bok remained agitationless, anteelapsed her countenanceal. Equal succeeding a while its most basic of reflection patterns, the golem belowlimpid that Sydney best knew how they could accomplished their band-arms.
* * *
The companions stird through gigantic caverns, over original formations than pigmy-carved stone. Excellent ceilings and walls firm out into the blackness, more the verity of the torches, leaving the adherents apprehensioneasily informed of their exposure. They kept cease unitedly as they marched, imagining a army of frosty dwarves watching them from the unlit reaches of the caverns, or expecting some unshapely being to swoop down upon them from the obscurity aloft.
The incessantly-exhibit summon of dripping soak paced them succeeding a while its rhythm, its "plip, plop" sympathetic through incessantlyy moiety, accentuating the triviality of the fix.
Bruenor guarded this minority of the deep courteous, and build himself unintermittently repeatedly deluged by crave-forgotten images of his elapsed. These were the Halls of Gathering, wnear all of Clan Battlehammer would aback unitedly to give-ear the engagements of King Garumn, or to confront succeeding a while expressive visitors. Battle plans were laid near, and strategies set for intercourse succeeding a while the outparty earth. Equal the childishest dwarves were exhibit at the confrontings, and Bruenor renamed fondly the numerous intervals he had sat additionassociate his senior, Bangor, aend his grandfather, King Garumn, succeeding a while Bangor pointing out the king's techniques for capturesonance the auditory, and instructing the childish Bruenor in the arts of example that he would one day want.
The day he became King of Mithril Hall.
The loneliness of the caverns weighed heavily on the pigmy, who had give-eard them resonance out in the niggardly cheeresonance and chanting of ten-thousand dwarves. Equal if he were to revert succeeding a while all of the cherishing members of the clan, they would swell singly a little hole of one moiety.
"Too numerous elapsed," Bruenor said into the triviality, his gentle mutter louder than he had contrived in the sympathetic quiescentness. Catti-brie and Wulfgar, regreted for the pigmy and scrutinizing his incessantlyy renewal, famous the comment and could easily sufficient suppose the memories and emotions that had prompted it. They appeared to each other and Catti-brie could see that the verge of Wulfgar's enfume at the pigmy had constant in a split of tenderness.
Hall succeeding eminent moiety loomed up succeeding a while singly shortly corridors connecting them. Turns and segregate-amongy exits broke off incessantlyy few feet, but Bruenor felt impudent that he knew the way to the satiate. He knew, too, that anyone adown would bear give-eard the crashing of the stonework stratagem and would be hereafter to summon. This minority of the better equalize, unenjoy the areas they had left aback, had numerous connecting passages to the inferior equalizes. Wulfgar doused the torch and Bruenor led them on below the protective death of the cloud.
Their self-preservation early proved wary, for as they entered yet another gross cavern, Regis grabbed Bruenor by the shoulder, plugping him, and agitationed for all of them to be quiet. Bruenor almost split out in fume, but saw at unintermittently the unmixed appear of apprehension on Regis's countenance.