By Brian Daley
Although they pondered a last suicide project of blood, guts, and glory, the Exts knew their warrior superskills have been no fit for the LAW--Legal Annexation of Worlds--who have been despatched into house via the effective Periapt potentates to colonize new populations opposed to the evil, alien Roke.Among the Ext draftees certain for Periapt have been Allgrave Burning, his techno-wizard cousin Lod, and appealing, death-scarred Ghost, all sworn to a better function, destined to struggle in a star-torn warfare like none different. For a mysterious, danger-shrouded planet beckoned them--along with a disgraced starship captain and a strong excessive priestess--for the best battles in their lives . . .
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The commo gadge was Periapt work: a camouflage-gray unit contoured for an easy one-hand grip. "To keep me apprised," Renquald explained. " He made no further signal, but all at once escorts were moving into position and someone was holding Vukmirovic's campaign cloak ready. The liaison strode over to Lod, picked an imaginary piece of lint off his sleeve, and fluffed his ascot. He put his lips to her ear, murmuring. She nodded, then fondly lit the cigarette he had fitted into his golden holder. Burning couldn't figure Lod out.
Romola was on her feet, more weary and dispirited than grieving. He extended the bracelet to her, and she surprised him by taking it with a moment's tenderness. " Burning couldn't think of anything to say. Nothing fit recognizable patterns anymore. He kept waiting to feel something even as Vukmirovic was drawing him out under the HQ portico. The rain was coming down more heavily than ever. Burning's helmet, weapon, and other gear were waiting in a big hover staff car that flew Vukmirovic's pennons.
Raised to be self-reliant and socially responsible—educated, like her mother and grandmother, at a women's academy—Dextra saw weapons and violence as more Likely to be the problem than the solution. On Periapt, confronting a less disciplined society, she had had to adapt to survive, though she had never overcome her aversion to mayhem. Someone else was going to have to handle that rough stuff; she'd known that even before she'd reached the gazebo. Now she let confusion and misgiving show on her face.
Smoke on the Water (Gammalaw 1) by Brian Daley