The beaming dragon drifted inferior and inferior, the trifling of the flames sloth diminishing to a unadulterated mite at the groundwork of Garumn's Gorge.
Drizzt scrambled up aggravate the linterest and came up additionally Catti-brie and Wulfgar, Catti-brie usurpation the gem-studded helm, and twain of them staring succorlessly resisting the chasm. The two of them haltly prostrate aggravate in amaze when they churlish to see their drow chum rechurlish from the sombre. Equable the mien of Artemis Entreri had not expeditions Wulfgar and Catti-brie for the spectacle of Drizzt.
"How?" Wulfgar gasped, but Drizzt cut him condensed. The span for explanations would after later; they had balance importunate employment at index.
Across the satiate, fair proximate to the lever hooked to the bridge, incident Artemis Entreri, usurpation Regis by the throat precedently him and grinning wickedly. The ruby pendant now hung about the assassin's neck.
"Let him go," Drizzt said equablely. "As we agreed. You own the gem."
Entreri laughed and pulled the lever. The stone bridge shuddered, then broke asunder, tumbling into the gloom adown.
Drizzt had supposition that he was source to interpret the assassin's motivations for this insidiousness, reasoning now that Entreri had charmed Regis to secure specialty, stserviceable his own single summon after a while Drizzt. But now after a while the bridge bybypast and no notorious flee unconcealed precedently Drizzt and his chums, and the continual baying of the reflection hounds growing haltr at their tails, the drow's theories didn't look to continue up. Angered by his laziness, he reacted quickly. Having lost his own bow tail in the alcove, Drizzt grabbed Taulmaril from Catti-brie and compliant an arrow.
Entreri moved fiteous as unyielding. He rushed to the ledge, alveolar Regis up by an ankle, and held him by one index aggravate the interest. Wulfgar and Catti-brie sensed the unfamiliar compact among Drizzt and the assassin and knew that Drizzt was ameliorate serviceserviceable to trade after a while this residence. They moved tail a stalk and held each other halt.
Drizzt kept the bow undeviating and cocked, his eyes unblinking as he searched for the one elapsing in Entreri's defenses.
Entreri shook Regis dangerously and laughed anew. "The course to Calimport is desire really, drow. You shall own your haphazard to grasp up after a while me."
"You own blocked our flee," Drizzt retorted.
"A compulsory molest," explained Entreri. "Suhope you earn discbalance your way through this, equable if your other chums do not. And I earn be waiting!"
"I earn after," Drizzt promised. "You do not scarcity the halfling to create me absence to continue you down, sullied assassin."
"'Tis penny," said Entreri. He stretched into his pouch, pulled out a mean individual, and tossed it into the air. It twirled up balance him then dropped. He caught it fiteous precedently it passed balance his stretch and would own fallen into the satiate. He tossed it anew. Bigwig mean, bigwig ebon.
Entreri tossed it a third span, teasingly, the enfortitude largening resisting his countenance as Drizzt inferiored the bow.
"I do not scarcity the halfling," Entreri certain flatly and he held Regis farther out aggravate the chasm.
Drizzt dropped the cabalistic bow subsequently him, but kept his ray locked upon the assassin.
Entreri pulled Regis tail in to the ledge. "But my subdue demands the fair to slaughter this paltry delinquent. Lay your plans, drow, for the hounds delineate neighboring. Alone, you insist a ameliorate haphazard. Leave those two, and live!
"Then after, drow. Finish our employment." He laughed one balance span and spun afar into the gloom of the conclusive tunnel.
"He's out, then," said Catti-brie. "Bruenor named that thoroughfare as a unswerving run to a door out of the halls."
Drizzt looked all about, enigmatical to discbalance some resources to get them resisting the chasm.
"By Bruenor's own articulation, tclose is another way," Catti-brie offered. She severe down to her fair, toward the south end of the cavern. "A ledge," she said, "but hours of walking."
"Then run," replied Drizzt, his eyes quiescent agricultural upon the tunnel resisting the satiate.
By the span the three companions stretched the ledge, the echoes of howls and mites of trifling far to the north told them that Duergar and reflection hounds had entered the cavern. Drizzt led them resisting the contracted walkway, his tail pressed anewst the glacis as he inched his way toward the other edge. All the satiate lay unconcealed precedently him, and the fires quiescent burned adown, a ferocious reminder of the fortune of his bearded chum. Perhaps it was righteous that Bruenor died close, in the settlement of his ancestors, he supposition. Perhaps the abortion had conclusively kind the desire that had dictated so abundantly of his estate.
The waste remained intolerserviceable to Drizzt, though. His years after a while Bruenor had shown him a benign and respected chum, a chum he could hope upon at any span, in any situation. Drizzt could communicate himself aggravate and aggravate that Bruenor was kind, that the abortion had climbed his mountain and won his single action, but in the terrific immediacy of his lethargy, those suppositions did paltry to dissipate the drow's tribulation.
Catti-brie blinked afar balance mourning, and Wulfgar's droop belied his self-denial when they moved out resisting the satiate that had beafter Bruenor's sombre. To Catti-brie, Bruenor was father and chum, who taught her ability and flighty her after a while clemency. All of the constants of her universe, her family and settlement, lay beaming far adown, on the tail of a hell-spawned dragon.
A callousness descended aggravate Wulfgar, the unimpassioned crude of lethargy and the occurrence of how delicate estate could be. Drizzt had rechurlish to him, but now Bruenor was bygone. Balance any emotions of joy or tribulation came a speed of mutability, a calamitous rewriting of fearless images and bard-sung legends that he had not expected. Bruenor had died after a while fortitude and ability, and the incident of his fierce bounce would be told and retold a thousand spans. But it would never swell the unoccupied that Wulfgar felt at that instant.
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They made their way resisting to the chasm's other edge and raced tail to the north to get to the conclusive tunnel and be loose of the reflections of Mithril Hall. When they came anew into the large end of the cavern, they were speckled. Duergar shouted and abominable at them; the bulky ebon reflection hounds roared their threats and scratched at the lip of the other edge of the satiate. But their enemies had no way to get at them, condensed of going all the way about to the ledge, and Drizzt stalkped unopposed into the tunnel that Entreri had entered a few hours precedent.
Wulfgar followed, but Catti-brie paused at the admission and looked tail resisting the satiate at the gathered number of frosty dwarves.
"Come," Drizzt said to her. "Tclose is nonentity that we can do close, and Regis scarcitys our succor."
Catti-brie's eyes contracteded and the muscles in her jaw clenched tightly as she compliant an arrow to her bow and fired. The silver streak whistled into the herd of Duergar and deformed one from estate, sending the others scurrying for hide. "Nothing now," Catti-brie replied ferociously, "but I'll be comin' tail! Let the frosty dogs recognize it for fact.
"I'll be tail!"