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From Hammer of the Gods: Anton and Count Arian Orland are finally back on the road with Orland’s army, hoping to meet up with King Lennart when he invades. They’re crossing wine country during the grape harvest and enjoying a village wine festival, or three. Anton has just over-indulged. He passes out and wakes up in the middle of the night in the deserted village square. Skandar is Anton’s horse. Slightly edited.
Anton stumbled down the dark, quiet street and found the inn they were staying at, but it was too much work to go upstairs and find the count’s room. So he laid down on the floor in the dining room, and slept soundly until the kitchen maid kicked him, shrieked, then fell right on top of him. There was a commotion until Anton woke up enough to reassure her he was a guest and not some kind of bandit. That didn’t help his pounding head, and the count laughed for a long time when someone told him what happened with the kitchen maid.
“I’ll get a barrel of wine just for you. There’s room in my wagons.” The count thought it was the funniest thing, though Anton didn’t agree.
His head didn’t clear up until much later in the day, by which time he’d had to ride fifteen leagues. Every step Skandar took felt like a hammer to his head. “I’ll never drink wine again,” he muttered.
Fortunately for Anton (or maybe not), there’s a variety of alcohol in the world.
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