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Birthright (Chapter 2)Birthright (Chapter 2) by WildSpaceSaga
It was hot out, but the climate of Blair was far more tolerable than what Tyger was used to on worlds like Siberna and Dorado. Those may as well have been planet-sized hot boxes. And in spite of the bumpy, rocky, scrub-hedged thing that passed for a road, his situation was worlds better that damned swamp.
“It kinda sucks that the Knives never invested in actual pavement,” Tyger commented to his guide after a particularly bone-jarring pothole in the gravel, “or antigravs for their vehicles.” He didn’t particularly need a guide, and had told Galen such, but the man insisted, probably concerned after what had happened to his father here. And the offer had been welcome, if unnecessary.
“Hard roads make the Knives soft,” his guide said flatly.