* Need to distract the Hrum for a few minutes? Dress up Duckie in a ridiculous outfit and have her walk around. Still not working? Have her drop money everywhere she walks. As Kavi said, even the Hrum can't resist free gold!
* Here's this little gem:
-->"They've seen us," said Jiaan redundantly. "I wonder what they..."
--> The Hrum soldier stuck out his tongue.
-->"Is he...? You're kidding me," said Jiaan.
-->Four more Hrum scrambled onto the wall, shouting, "Come and get us! Come and get us, coward boys!"
-->"Coward boys?" said Jiaan. "They can't do better than that?"
-->The Hrum proceeded to do better.
-->"I can't quite hear him," Jiaan murmured. "I think... my father conceived me in... in...ah. You know, their Faran is pretty good. Anatomical."
* "Fasal liked to fight; Jiaan was good at planning. Together, Jiaan thought sourly, they almost made a whole officer. And if you added Jiaan's eighteen years to Fasal's seventeen, you had someone old enough to command an army as well."
* "Coordinating the retreat was important too, so important that Jiaan had assigned Aram as Fasal's assistant, to be sure he didn't overlook anything important. Like the fact that they were supposed to retreat."