Diana L. Paxson
Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine Issue #25
Art by Jill Bauman
shook his head and took another sip of wine, carefully, because the tankard
was almost empty now.
'She used to be beautiful...' he said sadly. 'Would you believe
that she was like Eshi, bringing spring back into the world?'
He peered muzzily through the shadows of the Vulgar Unicorn
at Cappen Varra, trying to superimpose on the minstrel's saturnine features
the dimly remembered image of the golden-haired maiden he had courted
almost twenty years ago.
Rhinoceros and the Unicorn - Diana L. Paxson
story has it that "The Masterpainter" was originally written
for a Thieves' World "Origins" volume that was never published,
so was rewritten as a stand-alone piece. It seems to be the tale of how
Lalo came to "win" Gilla's hand in marriage.
course, the names and places have been changed, but you can still see
the obvious similiarities between the town of Neri and Sanctuary. As you
read, just substitute:
Dergalla = Gilla
Bindir = Ranke
And so on
story mentions the birth of the Emporer's new son (Kadakithis?) so the
time of the story is set about twenty years previous, as per the statement
from "The Rhinoceros and the Unicorn" above.
[ ...in my humble opinion anyway. And my thanks to the Thieves
World Mailing List where I found out about this story -
go and sign up now! - Mic]
here to download the story in PDF format.]
Last Revised: April 2000.