By Jack L. Chalker
They took the physique of Park Lacoch and stripped away his brain. Then they caught him aboard a spaceship and exiled him to Charon, from which no go back used to be attainable. And simply while he concept issues could not get any worse, Park stumbled on himself reworked right into a changeling -- a half-beast, half-man, with the beast speedily gaining ascendancy . . .
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You kill all four Lords. " "Our thinking exactly," Krega agreed. "And so we ran it through the computers. Master detective, loyal, willing to volunteer, and with an Assassin's License. Four needed, plus a coordinator, since they all would have to be put to work simultaneously and would, obviously, have no likely reason or means to contact one another. Plus, of course, spares for insurance who could be sent in if something happened to one or more of the others. " The young man chuckled dryly. "I'll bet.
Think! Think only of the wa . . He felt the wa that built his fort from the start, of course, but those he needed now to shut out. He reached out, wa to wa, his to those others, and broke free his vision onto the desert floor once more. Of the naril there was no sign, but there were two bar-bushes nearby that hadn't been there before. Inwardly this made him smile, although he had little to smile about. The naril were intelligent animals, it was true, but barely that. It would never occur to them that bushes in a place like this were as conspicuous as the naril themselves—which is what the bushes most certainly were.