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"The Bargain" is a short story by Elaine Cunningham included in the 1993 anthology Realms of Valor, and reprinted in the 2007 anthology The Best of the Realms III. The story features characters from Cunningham's Songs & Swords series.

Summary[]

This short story takes place between the novels Elfshadow and Elfsong.

Arilyn Moonblade and Danilo Thann are sent on a mission to warn Pasha Balik, one of the warlords vying for the throne of Tethyr, of a plot on his life, but find themselves stalked by assassins in turn.

Index[]

Characters
Hasheth BalikFarigArilyn MoonbladeAkim NadirDanilo Thann
Referenced only
Pasha BalikCassandra Thann
Creatures
half-elfhorsehuman (Calishite)
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camelTuigan
Locations
Forest of Tethir • The Guilded DaggerPort KirTethyr
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CalimportNine Hells • the NorthSchool of StealthWaterdeepZazesspur
Magic
Arilyn's moonbladehealing potion
Miscellaneous
coffeewine
Organizations
Assassins' Guild (Zazesspur)HarpersWine Merchants Guild of Tethyr
Referenced only
Army of the Alliance

Appendix[]

Notes[]

  1. The web article "Presenting...Seven Millennia of Realms Fiction" dates this short story to 1362 DR. This cannot be the case since the events of "The Bargain" take place just a few months prior to the novel Elfsong, which is set in 1364 DR.
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