By Robert Silverberg
The Long-Awaited Prequel! 1000 years prior to Lord Valentine, the future of kings is hostage to sorcery and deceit. on this planet Majipoor, it's a time of serious swap. The elderly Pontifex Prankipin, who introduced sorcery (and prosperity) to the Fifty towns of chateau Mount, is death. The Coronal Lord Confalume, who turns into substitute is selected. it really is no mystery that the following Coronal could be prince Prestimion. by way of legislations and customized, the blood son of the current Coronal--has a mystery quarry--the Starburst Crown. Visited by way of an oracle, Korsibar has heard a prophecy that might plunge the planet right into a fearsome conflagration and change future itself: "You will shake the world!"
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Korsibar doubted that he would ever be fully comfortable with the strangeness of their appearance. But in these times it was folly not to have a reliable necromancer or two on one’s staff, and it was commonplace knowledge that the Su-Suheris had a full measure of skill in the oracular arts, necromancy and divination, among other things. ” Korsibar asked. Usually it was the left-hand head that spoke, except when the Su-Suheris was delivering prophecies. In that case he employed the cold, precise voice that emerged from the right-hand one.
And so, in this uncertain time, a good many practitioners of dark arts that once might have been deemed curious and strange indeed were available to offer strange and curious consolations to the millions—the billions—of frightened citizens whose souls were uneasy over what might be about to happen. In Sisivondal, the busy mercantile center through which all the overland caravans of western Alhanroel passed on their way to the wealthy cities of Castle Mount, the Mystery of the Beholders was the rite by which the people hoped to hold back the dread demons that might burst loose at the hour of the Pontifex’s death.
But the number of those sour cold-eyed SORCERERS OF MAJIPOOR 23 onlookers grew ever fewer all the time. Amulets and talismans were worn everywhere, and the scent of incense was ubiquitous in the land, and brisk trade was done in ointments with which to anoint doorposts and thresholds against the forces of evil. Also it became the fashion among certain of the newly rich to consult soothsayers concerning matters of business and investment, and then the more respectable of the new cults and mysteries received the approbation also of the educated and nobly born.