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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Laurna on Today at 03:13:49 pm »
The plans for the summer royal progress to the Isle of Hort was now postponed and most likely cancelled. While his majesty was in council determining the degree of concerns coming from their western province of Meara, Queen Araxie was in the queen’s solar in conference with her stewards and chatelaine cancelling the travel plans that had taken all spring to prepare. If the court intended now to remain in Rhemuth, all sorts of new plans and schedules had to be reorganized. Kelson was even considering a progress to Meara might be necessary. In his mind that would be the wisest solution to remind the Mearan people that he was their King. That plan, however, had many councilors in objection. Until it was certain just what was the situation in Meara, it seemed prudent to hold firm in Rhemuth and wait to learn more. Kelson was the one to stress that plans should be made ready for any contingent that might arrive.

For the non-militant members of court, all thoughts turned to how best to confront and tolerated the upcoming hottest month of the year while remaining within the main castle walls. Whatever forms of keeping the castle cool would need to be implemented. Not truly a pleasant prospect as the humidity was already threatening to make for some blistering days and unbearably warm nights.

Dowager Duchess Richenda, at an age where she found herself more susceptible to extreme temperature changes, would have preferred an easy summer spent in Coroth with its light sea breezes and afternoon rains. She had be the first, however, to implement the gathering of the Haldane/Morgan families under the protection of Rhemuth’s sturdy walls and their loyal retainers. There was strength in the bonding of their two families. Strength that was recognized throughout the Eleven Kingdoms. A challenge had not come in over twenty years, not since the death of Teymuraz at the hand of her husband. May his soul ever rest in peace. Richenda whispered over her hands that clutched a needle and gold metal threads that was embroidering an exquisite set of lions and gryphons balancing the crown between them. 

The two families tight bonding came from two marriages between daughters and sons. Not only had her eldest son Kelric marry the strong and vivacious Princess Araxandra back in the summer of eleven hundred and forty-five, now with six strong, healthy children to pass on Alaric Morgan’s legacy. A second surprising and equally joyful marriage occurred a few years following between Richenda’s youngest daughter, the Lady Grania, and non other than the Crown Prince of Gwynedd, Prince Javan Uthyr Richard Urien Haldane. Their marriage had occurred upon Prince Javan’s Nineteenth right-of-birth on the fifth of May in the year of our lord eleven hundred and forty- nine. Their marriage had been bound under full splendor and regalia that the proud Royal parents, Kelson and Araxie had arranged. With four children to blessed the royal couple, Grania was again to be seen in the fullness of begetting a fifth child, a third boy by all promise of the Healers who care for her.

So it was in the late morning hours as the castle walls warmed and the king and queen were busy with business that Richenda was grateful for the time spent with her youngest daughter Grania. Both ladies sat under the trellises covered in blossoming wisteria vines and climbing roses. The fragrances of the garden were lavish and the colors divine. Children's joyous calls and screams were pleasant to listen too here in the great outdoors, where the sound was free to escape and not reverberate as they did within the indoor rooms.

Kelric’s oldest daughter, Araxelle Jehane, sat under the lattice with Grania's oldest daughter beside the other women. Their fine fingers embroidering the small flourishes around the Morgan shield and The Haldane balzon. Delicate work that Richanda was all too happy to pass on to her granddaughters. Grania's youngest daughter of three was balanced upon her moma's knee. The only girl to play with the boys was Araxelle’s younger sister, Brownwen Alyce; she was running fast circles around her younger brothers and keeping them in line, so at least Richenda hoped. Duncan Sean and Alain Anthony were in rare form whooping it up and playing stick fighting with soft twigs they had broken out of a bush. Prince Kenneth Brion Grania’s second boy of just five years was right there with his cousins as the third adversary. Richenda laughed as all three boys took to chasing each other. Alian running the fastest and dodging the others attacks the quickest. Just as her youngest son had done when he was that age.

Richenda sighed. Where was that youngest son of hers now. Kelric had sent that he had not been able to make contact last night when he reached Arx Fidei. There was no word of Washburn’s contingent arriving there. Kelric had said he would head west in the morning to reach them. That youngest son of hers knew the importance of making that contact. Why had he missed it.  Richenda did not want to think of the possible reasons that could have prevented him from doing so.

“Let's play hide and seek,” Duncan Sean yelled. “Bronwenie, your it.”

“Why am I it?” the girl called with a cry.

“Because your a girl.” Duncan answer. At that Araxelle jumped up to her sister’s defense. “I’m a girl and you better all hide good, because when I find you your going to get it.” Richenda and Grania were both shaking their heads as they watched the older girl stomp to the middle of the grass, turn her back and started counting backward from ten. The younger kids scattered to the bushes and behind the rows of blooming roses. Richenda laughed. Kelric’s middle daughter of eleven had had her Deryni training controls mostly removed and the girl knew full well how to use her senses to find her siblings and cousins, but they did not know that.

((this story bit is only half done, I will post the rest later tonight. Not enough time now as I must get ready for work.))

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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by DesertRose on February 20, 2018, 08:27:05 pm »
Dear Lord Jaxom, it's not paranoia if they really are out to get you.  And, um, did you not SEE remnants of what used to be a gong farmer blasted to Kingdom Come?  And that doesn't make you a little paranoid?!   ;D 

I think Darcy  has the right idea I would be worried about traps ahead. The bad guys always  seem to turn up when you wish they woukdn't. I hope Wash can let Kelric know which way they are taking so he can find them quickly if a rescue is needed,

Indeed, and Darcy seems to have a good healthy sense of caution and what looks to me to be a better-than-fair head for tactics.  Fortunately it seems that Sir Wash recognizes those traits.  :)
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by DerynifanK on February 20, 2018, 08:05:06 pm »
I think Darcy  has the right idea I would be worried about traps ahead. The bad guys always  seem to turn up when you wish they woukdn't. I hope Wash can let Kelric know which way they are taking so he can find them quickly if a rescue is needed,
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Evie on February 20, 2018, 03:43:36 pm »
Dear Lord Jaxom, it's not paranoia if they really are out to get you.  And, um, did you not SEE remnants of what used to be a gong farmer blasted to Kingdom Come?  And that doesn't make you a little paranoid?!   ;D 
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KK's News / Ebook sale on 2/21/18--The Bastard Prince
« Last post by Evie on February 20, 2018, 03:37:59 pm »
Katherine asked me to pass along the following notice she received from her ebook publisher:

"I’m pleased to let you know that THE BASTARD PRINCE will be featured in Early Bird Books (EBB), our daily deals newsletter with more than 500,000 subscribers, tomorrow, Feb. 21. The ebook will be downpriced to $1.99 across all US retailers on that day.
 
I hope you can share the deal with your network as well. You can subscribe to EBB at https://earlybirdbooks.com/ so that you’ll get the direct link to the deal on the day that it appears in the newsletter."
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Birthday Wishes / Re: Happy Birthday, TheDeryni!
« Last post by Evie on February 20, 2018, 09:11:54 am »
Happy birthday, Deer!

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Birthday Wishes / Re: Happy Birthday, TheDeryni!
« Last post by Laurna on February 20, 2018, 03:21:13 am »
Happy belated birthday TD!
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Birthday Wishes / Re: Happy Birthday, TheDeryni!
« Last post by DerynifanK on February 19, 2018, 08:29:43 pm »
Happy birthday  TD
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Jerusha on February 19, 2018, 06:38:23 pm »
((No pressure here, Laurna. Aack!))

Darcy Cameron studied the map provided by Lord Jaxom carefully.  Whatever his personal feelings might be, seeing Lady Aliset to the presumed safety of Arx Fidei was his main concern.  His own pride was second.

Why did presumed come to mind?  Darcy studied the map closely. 

“Either route will work,” he said finally.  “The problem is whatever trap lies ahead of us.”

“Trap?” Lord Jaxom asked.  “Surely with the capture of these men the route is clear”

“And that might be exactly what they hope we believe.”  Darcy responded.  “Whoever they might be.” He thought for a moment longer.  They did not have time to consider every possible twist and turn.

“I must agree with Sir Washurn,” Darcy said at last.  “But we must been on our guard. It’s entirely possible that traps have been laid along both routes.”

“You are paranoid,” Lord Jaxom said. 

“I’d rather he be paranoid than careless,” Washburn responded. 

Lord Jaxom shrugged his shoulders and moved away to ready his men.

“Sir Washburn,” Darcy said in a low voice. 

“Yes?”

“Is there some Deryni way you can contact Duke Kelric?  Let him know the path we mean to take?”

“Yes,” Washburn responded.  “Though I might need Father Comucil or Lady Aliset’s help to contact him at this distance.  What troubles you?”

“Just about everything,” Darcy responded.  “Where did that third man ride off to?  The game’s afoot.  I fear we may be at the disadvantage.”

(Edited because I forgot about Feyd.  Or maybe I was trying to.)
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Birthday Wishes / Re: Happy Birthday, TheDeryni!
« Last post by Jerusha on February 19, 2018, 06:07:42 pm »
Happy birthday, TheDeryni!
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