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  • She was still dazed, but when I gave her an orichalk she threw it down and spat at it.

    The Shadow of the Torturer

  • Agia smiled at that, but I called the scullion again and gave her an orichalk to bring a folding screen.

    The Shadow of the Torturer

  • The coin was a gold chrisos, and I closed my hand once more, fearing that I had only mistaken a brass orichalk, and waited until I found my courage again.

    The Shadow of the Torturer

  • It was larger than an orichalk, but not by much, and only a trifle thicker.

    The Shadow of the Torturer

  • The money in the hat is a sure thing - by the close of the first act I can predict to an orichalk how much it will be.

    The Shadow of the Torturer

  • Floor and walls and window frames were of the branches of the yellow tree; branches not planed to boards but left in the round so that I could, in places, see sunlight through the walls, and if I had dropped a worn orichalk, it would very likely have come to rest on the ground below.

    The Shadow of the Torturer

  • Perhaps we can agree upon an orichalk as a token payment? "

    The Urth of the New Sun


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