The Elric Sago Part I Author:Michael Moorcock It is the colour of a bleached skull, his flesh; and the long hair which flows below his shoulders is milk-white. From the tapering, beautiful head stare two slanting eyes, crimson and moody, and from the loose sleeves fo his yellow gown emerge two slender hands, also the colour of bone, resting on each arm of a seat which has been carved from a... more » single massive ruby.
He is Elric, Emperor of Melniborne cursed with a keen and cynical intelligence, schooled in the art of sorcery- the hero of Micheal Moorcock's remarkable epic of conflict and adventure at the dawn of human history.
Fore a hundred centuries, the Melniboneans have ruled the earth from Imrryr the Beautifu, capital of the Dragon Isle. Now as their proud empire slides into decadence and coruption, Elric broods upon the Ruby Throne. Is it the Young Kingdoms that trouble him-the emerging nations, peopled by humans, that soon may threaten Melnibonean power? Perhaps it si Yyrkoon, his boorish young cousin with treacherous aspirations. It is Yyrkoon who shatters Elric's brooding in a bold challenge for the Throne. In battle, the feeble Emperor stands little chance against the warrior Yyrkoon's prowess. But sorcery is Elric's formidable ally. Through it, he strikes a bargain with the Chaos Lord Arioch: In exchange or Arioch's aid, Elric will in turn serve Arioch.
The Chaos Lords, ancient gods of Melnibone, have long departed from the Dragon Isle. But once he is again secure on his throne, Elric recognizes a stirring among them. He realizes that, unless Melnibone learns more of the world, the empire is doomed.
Stregthene physically by his possession of the soul-devouring runesward Stormbringer, Elric embarks on what will become an existance of eternal adventure.
Elric, Stormbringer ever at his side, will confront a pair of sorceriers who seek to absorb the universe, explore ancient cities, uncover the trouth behind a cruel legend, and learn of the existance of the Eternal Champion. And he will confront ultimately, the truth of his own inexorable fate.« less