Heaven Cent (Magic of Xanth)

By Piers Anthony

From the realm of Xanth, the hero Prince Dolph attempts to discover the magician Humfrey, who disappeared in a cloud of smoke, with the aid of his devoted significant other, Marrow Bones. different technology fiction books via the writer comprise "Out of Phaze" and "Vale of the Vole".

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Then it heaved itself out of the foam to the sand, and Dolph observed that there have been 3 mammoth eyes set in its aspect, in addition to these of its head. It had 4 brief legs with flippers, and a collection of curled horns. It proceeded towards them via bounding with substantial energy, all 4 ft jointly. “That’s an argus! ” Nada exclaimed. “We have a few in our cave waters. they're suggest clients! ” “But if the monument’s alarm summoned it, it can’t be thoroughly wild,” Dolph acknowledged. “I’d higher fee. ” He assumed the shape of one other argus. The incoming argus spied him and got here to a sand stirring halt. “Who are you, boar-face? ” it demanded. “I am Prince Dolph, King Trent’s grandson,” Dolph responded in its language. “These are my partners. ” “Oh. you then aren't the following to molest the monument. ” “No. We appreciate it. Who set it up, and who keeps it? ” “That is a medium-length tale, and possibly dull. ” “No, we're ! ” Dolph protested. “I am right here on a quest for the Heaven Cent, and didn't comprehend of this monument. My grandfather by no means pointed out it. Please inform me all approximately it. ” “You are rather ? ” the argus requested, surprised. “Yes. i would like to grasp up to i will be able to approximately this sector and this monument. Why does it have this amaranth, and why did our contact of the gourd sound the alarm? without doubt the gourd isn't a part of the monument! ” “Surely it truly is! ” the argus countered. “Come, settle within the water the place we will be cozy, and that i will inform you every thing. ” “Gladly! allow me simply propose my acquaintances. ” Dolph resumed boy shape, and advised the others of the trade. “Why don’t you chill out until eventually i've got discovered the entire story,” he advised. “It might help us in our Quest. ” “But it truly is getting late—” Marrow stated. “I imagine we will be in no possibility right here, even at night,” Dolph stated. “And i actually need to know approximately this monument. ” “It is his Quest,” Nada reminded the skeleton. She was once aiding him, as she continuously had, even during this hour in their alienation. Dolph spotted, and was once unwillingly moved, yet had no time to remark; he replaced again to argus shape. He bounded with the opposite argus to the shallows, the place the white-foamed surf rolled in. sure, it was once way more cozy the following within the water; it supported and rainy his physique, and cooled it, and caressed it. With the additional eyes on his facets, he may possibly see to either side, and above and lower than the outside of the water. This used to be a pleasant shape! “So you're a shape changer,” the argus acknowledged. “King Trent does it too, yet he modifies basically the types of others. ” “Yes. Our abilities are complementary. ” Dolph had discovered that note as a result of that relation among the abilities, and used to be pleased with it. “Now, what's the tale of this monument, and why doesn’t my grandfather speak about it? ” “Forty years in the past Evil Magician Trent got here to this shore, after being exiled from Xanth,” the argus stated. “He have been banished simply because he attempted to take the throne clear of the hurricane King, who wasn’t an excellent king, I comprehend. two decades after departing Xanth, the Magician came upon his long ago, within the corporation of 2 others, Bink and Fanchon.

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