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MerchantDeryni's FanFic / Re: Not quite fanfic
« Last post by Laurna on Today at 11:55:41 am »
If you know about what you are scanning for. Know what it is and what it looks like magically, Than  yes, a Deryni can scan himself or his partner for vermin and then find magical ways of  de-lousing or de-fleeing oneself. If you don't know, you won't think about it.   So the first few merchants coming from Norway might pick up a few flees and take them home. Causing small pockets of outbreak of disease. Once the vector is figured out, which could take some time, then yes the Deryni would rid themselves of such things before and after each portal jump.  Just a little more expended energy, which might slow them down in their jump times, but in the long run, it would keep them and their families healthy.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by DerynifanK on Today at 10:36:13 am »
Sorry Brioc is recovering. Why vouldn't he get a bad roll, our characters certainly get enough of them.  Oh well, sigh
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Evie on Today at 09:12:29 am »
Valerian checked in briefly with the lone guard left standing watch in the Portal room. “I am going to Ratharkin to get the latest reports from Baron Oswald. I shall not be gone for very long.”

“Aye, Your Grace,” the guard replied. After a moment’s pause, as Valerian strode past him to stand upon the Portal stone, the guard dared to ask, “And how is Lord Brioc faring, Your Grace?”

“Still alive,” came the brusque reply as Valerian prepared to balance the energies between the portal he stood on and the one in Ratharkin. “But should that change, assure Her Majesty I shall return shortly.” With that, the Grand Duke disappeared.
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Not very long thereafter, Grand Duke Valerian took a few sips of a fine Vezairi port from Prince Rory Haldane’s special collection. He smiled sardonically at Baron Oswald. “Didn’t waste any time locating the Haldane usurper’s stash, did you?”

Oswald shrugged philosophically. “His loss is our gain.” He grinned. “I doubt he’ll miss it much, given his much greater loss of Ratharkin!”

“True.” Valerian savored another sip of the ruby red wine. “And now on to the business at hand. How soon will we be ready to march on Laas?”
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((In the meantime, Brioc has already rolled 3 of his 4 rolls to see if he gets any more damage from Feyd’s poisoned dagger.
<Brioc> !roll 2d6
<derynibot> 6, 5 == 11 This is his fourth roll, so I guess he is past the worst and will make a full recovery.))

Sidana lifted her weary head from her arms as she sensed a subtle shift in her father’s breathing. Lifting a shaky hand to his brow, she was relieved to discover his fever had broken. His brow was slightly moist with perspiration, but it was cool to the touch now, and as her hand rested upon it, she was relieved to see his chest rise and fall in the deep, rhythmic breaths of normal sleep. She sensed that he was over the worst of it now.

Relief flooded through her, lending her a brief surge of energy to replace that depleted by the traumatic events of the day. Rising, she opened the door. Peering out at the guard, she informed him in the most commanding, self-assured voice she could muster, “Our Lord Father seems to be through the worst of things, but We would like his physician’s opinion on that.”

The guard hesitated, unwilling to leave his royal charge unguarded for even a moment, for he'd been given orders never to leave the vulnerable young Queen unescorted, but as she raised an imperious eyebrow at his hesitation, he had second thoughts about the wisdom of disobeying his Queen and scurried down the corridor, glancing back towards her to assure himself of her safety as he knocked on a nearby door. Sidana, guessing the reason for his protective backwards glance, rolled her eyes and stamped a dainty foot in exasperation. “For heaven’s sake, would you stop imagining demons under every doily?!” she exclaimed. “Just do as I say!”

Blushing, the guard turned towards the opening door, and after a hasty whispered conference with the physician within, both men returned to the bedchamber in which Lord Brioc lay. The physician slipped past the young Queen to assess his patient’s condition, the guard starting to follow in curiosity.

“His Grace will want to hear the wonderful news at once!” Sidana exclaimed happily. The guard turned, starting to offer her an escort to the Grand Duke’s chambers, but she waved him off. “We will certainly be safe enough with the Grand Duke. Your place is with Our lord father. Do you think Us so helpless that We cannot manage a single flight of stairs unescorted? We have not relieved you from your post!”  His cheeks stinging with shame at the second dressing-down, the guard resumed his position by the door as his Queen joyfully struck off down the corridor and took the stairs two at a time down the stairs. He told himself he was being overly cautious--after all, with all the entrances well guarded, what could possibly happen to Her Majesty in her own home?

Sidana, free at last of the encumbrance of her constant, annoying escort, went straight to the chamber that Grand Duke Valerian had set up as his private study and ritual chamber. To her consternation, he was not there when she arrived. But after a moment’s thought, she realized that mattered little. What mattered was that he was certain to return there soon, and when he did, she would be there to tell him the wonderful news.  With that happy thought, she sank down onto the comfortable cushions of his window seat, her weariness returning, and fell asleep with a happy smile on her face.
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MerchantDeryni's FanFic / Re: Not quite fanfic
« Last post by Bynw on Today at 07:24:38 am »

Can a vermin ward be set up on a Portal? The flash of light for some portal activations may not be an alarm, but is a magical bug zapper. :)


You dont want to directly ward a portal. That effectively negates it's existence. Perhaps ward the room it is in. But then still you wont be jumping out with vermin. I would think a Deryni would be able to detect their presence if he scanned for them. Especially rats. Now the fleas probably not.
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MerchantDeryni's FanFic / Re: Not quite fanfic
« Last post by whitelaughter on Today at 05:09:21 am »
The level of detail gives me a reason for their actions, lots and lots of money. So I need to be able to back up the claim.  :)
Have you considered doing a specific roleplaying text on trade? GURPS in particular could use one.

I am loving your care for detail. As someone who in adult life has been very frustrated by the marmalade pudding in the beavers' house in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, it matters that you want to think out how does all this work.

ok, I'll bite. [ouch - sorry, and yes wrote that then winced] What is the problem? The bear meated coated apples in Prince Caspian, granted they don't work, you have to cook apples longer than meat, but where is the problem with a marmalade roll? As fishers the beavers have trade goods that can be exchanged with lands that aren't stuck in winter.

A slightly flippant aside. I smiled at the inclusion of tax-collectors in the list of hazards only because in sermons I feel constrained to point out that Jesus singling out of tax collectors as examples of notorious sinners does not apply to harmless folk who work for HMRC ( her Majesty's revenue and customs, our equivalent of IRS.)
Having been a tax collector, I hear you! The tax collectors of the Bible are actually tax farmers, buying the right to gouge the locals, rather than administrators of a fair tax. However, the taxes on merchants were brutal - and remember, happening at every border crossing:  IIRC that could be every few miles when travelling down the Rhine.
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MerchantDeryni's FanFic / Re: Not quite fanfic
« Last post by MerchantDeryni on Today at 05:04:31 am »
The level of detail gives me a reason for their actions, lots and lots of money. So I need to be able to back up the claim.  :)


The reason the 'world explorers' went off exploring was not for simple discovery. They wanted to be rich. The easiest path to the land of spices discovered would have the discoverer showered in riches. There was money in spices. Countries would be willing to go to war for the income from spices. (The spice war of 1601-1661)

Columbus was looking for India and the source of spice like saffron and nutmeg. America was an accidental discovery.

My twist on this age of discovery is that portals allow communication with the mission as long as portals are built along the route. This might make land exploration more likely. Income is faster in smaller amounts, but money starts coming in on a regular basis, not as a ship returning with 30 tonnes of cargo after a few years wait.



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MerchantDeryni's FanFic / Re: Not quite fanfic
« Last post by Laurna on Today at 02:43:07 am »
I am loving your care for detail. As someone who in adult life has been very frustrated by the marmalade pudding in the beavers' house in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, it matters that you want to think out how does all this work.

A slightly flippant aside. I smiled at the inclusion of tax-collectors in the list of hazards only because in sermons I feel constrained to point out that Jesus singling out of tax collectors as examples of notorious sinners does not apply to harmless folk who work for HMRC ( her Majesty's revenue and customs, our equivalent of IRS.)

It is good to hear there is a distinction. I once had a good acquaintance who worked the Renaissance fair who also worked for the IRS. Adilly was a prankster and a poet, I can only mention his clothing choices on private messaging.
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MerchantDeryni's FanFic / Re: Not quite fanfic
« Last post by revanne on Today at 01:35:24 am »
I am loving your care for detail. As someone who in adult life has been very frustrated by the marmalade pudding in the beavers' house in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, it matters that you want to think out how does all this work.

A slightly flippant aside. I smiled at the inclusion of tax-collectors in the list of hazards only because in sermons I feel constrained to point out that Jesus singling out of tax collectors as examples of notorious sinners does not apply to harmless folk who work for HMRC ( her Majesty's revenue and customs, our equivalent of IRS.)
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MerchantDeryni's FanFic / Re: Not quite fanfic
« Last post by MerchantDeryni on September 24, 2018, 08:51:56 pm »
The risk of contagion is a factor. I was thinking of a stand alone story with a "Years of Rice and Salt" flavor. (Good book about an alternate history involving the plague).

A plus for the Deryni might be the smaller size of the loads. Ships were common carriers of rats, and the fleas that were passengers on the rats. The smaller shops and backpack size loads might reduce the chance of rat infestation and flea contact. It was a hope in my storyline anyway.

Can a vermin ward be set up on a Portal? The flash of light for some portal activations may not be an alarm, but is a magical bug zapper. :)

https://books.google.ca/books?id=21BBDgAAQBAJ&pg=PT29&lpg=PT29&dq=3+ducats+for+1+quintal+of+pepper&source=bl&ots=G5O-ayvr0B&sig=SiVesLNmBveHac9vZoCUXrnQ4rY&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj_pcX6g9XdAhWkx4MKHVu-BJMQ6AEwC3oECAYQAQ#v=onepage&q=3%20ducats%20for%201%20quintal%20of%20pepper&f=false


Found a pricing for spices. There is a Youtube video that references it, but I lost the link.
3 Ducats (3 ounces of gold) for a Qunital of pepper (125 pounds) at the source.  This sold for 22 Ducats in Lisbon. Big profits. Nutmeg was the crazy spice. 4 Ducats per Quintal was worth 300 Ducats. Not a bad income.

Merchants would risk plague, pirates, bandits, tax collectors and storms. I think the Deryni would too.

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MerchantDeryni's FanFic / Re: Not quite fanfic
« Last post by Evie on September 24, 2018, 12:59:35 pm »
Traveling to lands with the plague could definitely make them carriers. But given that Deryni have some natural immunity to disease that doesn't guarantee their safety, but which makes them more highly resistant to illnesses than regular humans are, it is also conceivable that their jumps from regions to region result in the spread of contagious disease vectors (s/a plague-carrying fleas hitching a ride on their clothing) without a sudden, easily noted rise in Deryni deaths to go along with that. But a sudden rise in humans dropping dead while Deryni either fail to get sick or get milder cases of the plague (and mostly surviving) would cause a lot of resentment from the human population nonetheless (as KK alludes to in Deryni Magic) even if the humans never manage to figure out that the sudden rise in plague outbreaks is a direct result of Portal technology.  In later centuries, scientists might eventually work that out, to the mortification of Deryni who honestly didn't know their race was responsible for causing those earlier outbreaks, and the lingering resentment of humans who don't care that the Deryni merchants of earlier times didn't actually mean to spread disease while using Portal magic to do business.
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