Here's what I can remember:
In one short story, a beast with impenetrable armor eats an old man and gets indigestion.
In another, an adventurer kills that same beast, hacks off its armor plating, and makes a fortune on it.
In another, a young girl emerges from poverty by working as a cook for an innkeeper named Barrelgut.
And in the last one that I can remember, two wizards battle, and one is struck in his invisible hand by a snake that the other one conjured.
All stories are women together in this book, and I thought the book referenced a land of Elsewhen or something? Does this ring a bell for anyone?