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CONSPIRACY ~ 35.01.27 ~ #203
the warrior horde encircled Tarzan and Boghdu, to avenge the death of Dester
Molu, their God-King. The Ape-man seized a spear from a nearby fighting
man, but he knew he could not withstand the savage onslaught. Nor could
Boghdu aid him, for the giant ape staggered and fell, exhausted by his
fatal attack on Dester Molu. Tarzan's anxious eyes followed him to the
ground, where his glance fell upon Dester's revolver. He swooped down and
clutched the glittering weapon, Tarzan detested firearms, but now he had
no choice. When he raised the revolver, the savages halted suddenly and
fell to their knees in fear and worship.
Then Tarzan knew that the magic "fire-thing" marked
him for these people as a god, and his safety lay in nourishing that belief.
With a commanding gesture, the jungle lord signaled four warriors to place
the wounded Bohgdu on the litter. He stalked then from the hut, toward
the great house where Dester Molu had lived and ruled so cruelly.
There he mounted Dester Molu's throne and thus Tarzan
of the Apes became by chance the god king of the Waioris. The people assembled
and paid him homage, but it was the homage of fear. And in the shadows,
two medicine men far wiser than the rest, already were conspiring to destroy
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