THE GIFTS OF ASTI

by Andre Norton. Originally Published in Fantasy Book Vol. 1, No. 3 1948. She was the guardian of the worlds, but HER world was dead! Even here, on the black terrace before the forgotten mountain retreat of Asti, it was possible to smell the dank stench of burning Memphir, to imagine that the dawn wind bore upward from the pillaged city the faint tortured cries of those whom the barbarians of Klem hunted to their prolonged death. Indeed it was time to leave— Varta, last of the virgin Maidens of Asti, shivered. The scaled and wattled creature who crouched beside her thigh turned his Continue reading