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Anything small and valuable was quickly hidden in pouches and folds of lupine skin - jewels that were the frozen tears of maidens, necklaces of twisted golden snakes, mined alive from the mineral-rich mountains to the north. Several men took weapons or shields, or strapped pieces of armour to their bodies, before pulling the coverings back.

 One thing you have not come by on your travels is brighter wits. Her you sit on a field of victory amid the plunder of armies and you wonder how we came by a few well earned comforts

Merry Brandybuck Lord of the Rings

 Lawrence: Did Abu Tawi come to Aquaba for gold?

Abu Tawi: No. But gold is always honorable.

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