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The bard Gorlen Vizenfirthe first appeared in "Catamount" in 1996. He returned last August in "Childrun" and now makes his third appearance (though more are promised) in "Quickstone."
In "Quickstone" Gorlen finally catches up with the gargoyles he's been seeking and hopes he will find a way to return his stone hand to flesh. The Gargoyles are made of living stone called quickstone and with the help of his own quickstone limb he's able to infiltrate their society briefly.
As with the other two stories, Laidlaw focuses in on the pieces of Gorlen's world that are directly relevant to his current situation. This time, it's the village of Dint, suffering through a depression now that the quarry has run dry, and the gargoyle society just outside of town.
Gorlen's situation reminds me of "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" from Futurama. Unlike Fry, though, Gorlen can't just give back his stone hand and have everything go back to normal. Instead what he gets at the end of this quest is a broken foot and a new traveling companion. I look forward to the continuing adventures of Gorlen Vizenfirthe.