I recently read the first of the Dying Earth books and was much delighted by the inventiveness of these short stories, with so many colorful characters…
Of course Cudgel the Clever is the most well-known, but here’s another, at least as unforgettable in my opinion:
Liane the Wayfarer
You could easily be deceived by his looks, this guy is, in fact, a bonafide murderhobo!
I mean, beside being an overconfident jerk…
- He tortures a couple (killing the woman in the process) so he can get a lead on some sort of bounty-hunting.
- He wants to steal an object (one half of a tapestry), just so he can have his way with a beautiful woman.
- He must hide his identity in a city, less his own nefarious reputation brings him unwanted attention.
- He kills a helpful old man in cold-blood after questioning him ’cause there’s a slight chance, very hypothetically, that he serves someone he wants to steal from!