Return to the Necropolis: Chapter 4

Michael O. Varhola

script," he said. "It seems to spell out 'Wulfgur' ... probably a name of some sort."

"How do you know what something says in Dwarven?" Selene asked. "You're not a Dwarf."

Pumayo smiled, all the more so because he knew the priestess was bilingual and spoke both the common tongue of Greek and Elven. But, of course, she had Elven blood, and he could not similarly claim Dwarven heritage, so there was a certain logic — albeit one based on faulty and arbitrary assumptions — lurking behind her question.

"Let's just say that I have an affinity for phonetics," he replied mildly with one of his characteristic fleshy grins. It struck him that even if he explained this pun to her she would be no means understand it, and this made him smile even more broadly. "I can read Dwarven fluently; it's like Greek to me. Besides, who knows what blood I have got flowing through my veins? Even I might be surprised. The other thing, however, that writing on the wall, I have no idea what it represents."

"Nor do I," said Paros, who glanced over at Parthenia; she shook her head in the negative and, being unlettered, did not take much interest in any sort of writing anyway. From her silence, the rogue assumed that Selene also did not know what it represented. Pumayo, however, had been watching her, and saw her eyes flutter in a way that seemed to him as if it might be significant.

"Mistress Selene," the wizard asked mildly, "does this symbol mean anything to you?"

"No," she said. "It is the same as the symbol for Kronos, king of the Titans, but this is obviously not the same thing."

"What?" Paros squawked somewhat indignantly. "When were you planning on telling us this?" (He instinctively knew that she had not been planning to do so at all.) "In what ways does this symbol differ from that of the great Titan?"

"Don't yell at me!" Selene shrieked in response. All four of them then traded a series of indignant comments, the men trying to find out how the symbol on the wall differed from that of Kronos, Selene expressing displeasure at their tone and refusing to answer their questions, and Parthenia insisting that it did not matter anyway. Finally, Paros realized that logic would not prevail and, throwing up his hands in exasperation, gave up.