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Another Day, Another Dungeon (Cups and Sorcery, Bk 1)
Another Day Another Dungeon - Cups and Sorcery, Bk 1 Author:Greg Costikyan When Timaeus d'Asperge graduated as a full fledged fire mage (who didn't always realize the strength of his own spells) he needed something to do with his talents. And what better way could he find to fill his time than to go on a quest in the infamous Caverns of Cytorax, which were located conveniently close to home. — But finding the right comp... more »anions for the adventure was surprisingly difficult, and in the end Timaeus wasn't sure that he had quite the right crew. Nick and Sidney -- partners in their own questers-for-hire business -- were a great pair to have on your team... when they were actually speaking to each other. Garni the dwarf had courage and talents, but he tended to carry an awful lot of equipment. Kraki was a barbarian of unsurpassed fighting skills, but he was far from a mental giant. And Father Thwaite was a darn good healer... unless he happened to be too drunk to find his patients.
Together they set off to find their fortune -- and succeeded, too. But what none of them suspected was that the treasure they fought to win would prove far more dangerous once they actually managed to smuggle it through customs and back to the corrupt city they called home.
For gold and jewels aside, the adventures had found a statue beyond price -- the figure of a human mad made entirely of athenor, that most rare and magical of metals -- and though they thought they'd managed to sneak their booty into town, their prize was no secret. All it took was one corrupt customs official to spread the word, and soon everyone was after the magical statue.« less