By Piers Anthony
This is often the fifith within the sequence BIO OF an area TYRANT, that includes the levels within the lifetime of desire Hubris, the Tyrant of Jupiter, and his cherished sister Spirit.
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Teratornis," the guide said. "The largest flying bird ever to exist. It has a wingspan of twelve feet. " "Flying bird," Spirit said. " The guide showed us to a closed-off chamber, where a bird taller than a man stood. " We looked at the massively muscled legs and the huge claws and monstrous beak, and agreed that small mammals would have been in trouble, and perhaps some larger ones. "But the birds, as a general rule, aren't smart," the guide continued. " We started down, to the far sides of levels we had ascended before.
This was his way of advising us that things were becoming quite difficult in the mainstream of the Communist paradise. It had become a full-time job for him to protect me and hang on to his own power while the repercussions of the changes we wrought occurred. Here, the opposition tended to express itself with lasers rather than with votes, and a number of cities were under martial law. He had said he would back me, and he was doing so, but at the cost of the erosion of his power. In time, as the full fruits of the reforms were harvested, his position would strengthen, but right now it required much courage and conviction to hold the line.
I suppose he was a typical Saturnine, resigned to the outrages of fortune. I was not. "Can if we spot the leak in time," I said. I cast about for a mechanism. Here the driver helped. "Got a pipe," he said. " He brought it out. "Bacco. " Oh—one of the containers of pseudo tobacco. Some folk still used the stuff, igniting it and sucking in the vapors through a tube below the container. This habit had once been quite widespread, but the deleterious effects it had on the human body caused it to be outlawed several centuries ago.
Statesman by Piers Anthony