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Lee Martindale
  • Categories:Gender, Short Story
  • Title "The Impression of Power", In "Sword and Sorceress XIV," edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley. ", (C) 1997, Magic, Shapeshifter, Fantasy

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A young enchantress applies for the position of king's enchanter, but is told by the guard captain that the king wouldn't accept her -- the king is actually seeking a man, preferably an old man, who gives the appearance of power. Later that night, the enchantress transforms herself into an old man who looks the part of a wise and powerful wizard; long white beard, robes with astrological symbols, the whole bit. There's also an effective twist implying that our sorceress turned sorcerer may be someone we've heard of, but I won't spoil that one.

originally posted by Aralu on 2001-01-14, no edits, entryid=4995