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  • noun Plural form of sell-sword.


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  • You are adventurers of the Order of the Golden Fleece; some learned in the wizardly arts, some practiced sailors or sell-swords, all willing to explore these new isles for Prince Henry the Navigator, and for treasures magical and mundane.

    Kenneth Hite's Journal princeofcairo 2008

  • The kinds of people that Alberich would talk to were the bullyboys, other sell-swords.

    Take A Thief Lackey, Mercedes 2001

  • Following the knights, Andor estimated, were fifty or sixty sergeants mounted on horses and armed with lances and swords; another one hundred fifty men-at-arms carrying spears, bills, shields, and halberds; another eighty or so archers; and pulling up the rear, a general assortment of mot'ley humans, no doubt short-term levies and down-and-out sell-swords.

    The Black Wing Kirchoff, Mary 1993

  • That low number was consistent with the Black Wing's own difficulties in recruiting many new sell-swords in the sparsely populated, isolated region.

    The Black Wing Kirchoff, Mary 1993

  • He and Kemir, a pair of sell-swords, were going to stop them.

    Pat's Fantasy Hotlist 2009

  • Thieves and brigands, con men and whores, sell-swords and assassins called Sanction home.

    Dragons of a Fallen Sun Weis, Margaret 2000


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