THE CUP OF GOLDEN DEATH
7th Niall of the Far Travels stories
Originally published by The Dragon Magazine, #38, June 1980
Gardner F Fox
His fingertips brushed gently at the earth surrounding the curving edge of something that glittered with golden fire under the rays of the hot Lurydian sun. His heart thudded wildly under his mail shirt and leather jacket For a moment Niall of the Far Travels drew back away from what he had found and stared about him.
Everywhere his eyes went, he saw the flat moors, a wild desolation of empty land where once had stood part of the kingdoms of the Five Gods. Nearby were the tumbled stones of a citadel, long ago abandoned by whoever had inhabited it. Gone were the men and women of that kingdom; only remained now the fables and the legends.
Niall was hunting for one of those legends.Read More