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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Laurna on Today at 02:12:29 am »
Sir Washburn adjusted his knight’s white belt over his fresh black tunic with his Lendour heraldry. Reaching for his sword, he proudly slipped it into the belt’s hangers, giving it and his dagger a finale adjustment at his side. Even fresh footwear had been brought forth and were now upon his feet. Not his riding boots, but a good black-leather pair of walking boots, which were best for standing long hours on the Great Hall’s marbled floor. One last comb through his short hair and he had to admit its length allowed for quicker preparations than his prior long hair ever had. For the first time, he didn’t envy Lord Darcy and his long braid. He glanced over at the younger man, nodding with approval at the rather dashing contrast of Lord Darcy’s pale hair and black attire.  Darcy should turn a few ladies attentions at court this day.

The oldest of the three men came forward. Washburn gave a second nod of approval for the distinguished look of the country priest. The bath and new clothes took years off the man’s appearance. Columcil was a man in his prime, perhaps only a few years older than Washburn’s brother, Duke Kelric and certainly much younger than his eldest brother, Earl Brendan. Washburn chided himself for ever thinking the good priest as old as Brendan was.

“What wonders a good bath and thirty minutes can bring,” Washburn said with a nod towards his companions. “The women, I am certain, will keep us waiting. Perhaps we will have time to beg a bit to eat. Now that I feel rejuvenated, I am famished.” He left the dressing room to enter the main room only to come up short before a platter of meat pies and hot pastry wrapped cheese and ham. “Ahhh! The duchess has read my mind. She mus'ent be so upset with me,” He claimed with a rueful smile, then beckoned the others over to eat their fill.

“Do I sense the smell of fine edibles?” Lord Jaxom proclaimed. He and his squire joined the three men around the table ladened with food.  He was pristine in his fresh clothes-- Washburn briefly wondered how many sets of clothes his squire had lugged across the wilds for his lord. For indeed the young lord of Trillick was a handsome man with his neat appearance and perfect trimmed mustache.

“Indeed, come join us Lord Jaxom, there seems to be plenty for all. I think we have a few minutes yet before we are called.” He didn’t want to mention that they were awaiting on a lady. He was pretty sure that Lord Jaxom was well aware of what they waited for, yet the offering of food was a good distraction.

Well... it might have been a good distraction if not for  a few minutes later, when the Duchess of Corwyn entered the room. Everyone was bowing as she entered, yet the five men never made their full bow as their eyes locked on the stunning lady entering the room behind Alexandra. Shock prevailed in the silence. Washburn had seen the fine features of Lady Aliset before, mostly in the confines of Saint Brigid’s in Droghera. There she had been a vivacious lady of ability and purpose. This… Washburn could not help but stare… this was a fine courtly noblewoman. A Baron’s daughter to be presented to the King. “My Lady!” he exclaimed taking a deeper bow when he remembered himself to do so, taking note that two of the men beside him were in even more shock and slower to bow than he.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by DesertRose on April 25, 2018, 01:47:06 pm »
Oh dear, Evie. Poor Darcy may expire on the spot when he sees Lady Aliset!  ;D

At least she certainly smells clean now!   ;D

Yup.  They all brought the funk, and I ain't talkin' about the James Brown/George Clinton kind of funk!   ;D
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by DerynifanK on April 25, 2018, 01:46:42 pm »
Love Aliset's comments to the duchess re Washburn. Since Kelric  realized  the changes in his brother and revised his  opinion, hopefully the rest of the family  will engage in a similar reevaluation  and better appreciate Washburn. I am really looking forward  to their appearance  before Kelson. Wonder if Duncan or Dhugal might be present.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Laurna on April 25, 2018, 01:32:23 pm »
Thank you Evie, On Washburn's behalf. 

I think Washburn will have to be properly settled down with a wife before his sister-in-law, and the rest of his family think him mature enough to actually have an apartment of his own.

Lady Aliset gets well taken care of, with a beautiful new gown, a magical hair-do and food. I do hope the Duchess thinks enough of the menfolk to have a tray of meatrolls brought in for them. Other than eating to-go food in the saddle (makes me think of MacDonald's eaten in the car  ::) ), they have not had a real meal today, as they left Arx Fidei before breakfast and did not stop for lunch.

And Washburn's going to need the extra energy to control both Darcy and Jaxom and keep them both from pushing each other around for who can walk the closest to her.  LOL.  This should be fun.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Evie on April 25, 2018, 01:31:15 pm »
Oh dear, Evie. Poor Darcy may expire on the spot when he sees Lady Aliset!  ;D

At least she certainly smells clean now!   ;D
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Jerusha on April 25, 2018, 01:29:17 pm »
Oh dear, Evie. Poor Darcy may expire on the spot when he sees Lady Aliset!  ;D

Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Evie on April 25, 2018, 01:00:42 pm »
Aliset bristled inwardly at the Haldane Princess's words. She realized the lady's heart was in the right place, yet the shaming admonition stirred up Aliset's protective instincts towards the man who had risked his life on multiple occasions in service both to his mission to see her safely to Rhemuth and, in doing so, to honor his friend her brother's memory.

As the door closed behind her, Aliset murmured the spell under her breath which would dispel the shapeshifting illusion and restore her normal features and form.  The Duchess of Corwyn turned to find a young woman in a youthful man's clothing standing before her.  The young woman made a properly deferential curtsey despite the oddity of her appearance.

"I beg your pardon for the state of my attire, Your Grace," Aliset said, "but the truth of the matter is, without your brother-in-law's protection and heroic efforts on my behalf, I would never have made it out of Meara alive, much less as far as Rhemuth Castle. None of us would have.  Sir Washburn is indeed well worthy of the accolade, as my brother Sir Alister oftimes remarked to me, and equally well worthy of the Morgan name, to have managed as well as he has done to fulfill the mission entrusted to him to preserve both my life and my reputation, so much as might be managed under the extremity of my circumstances." She was careful to moderate her tone so as to conceal the sense of pique that had prompted her words, hoping that the princess before her would accept them as statement of fact rather than as an implied rebuke of her treatment of Lord Washburn.  Well, no, who was Aliset kidding?  Secretly she did hope that Araxandra of Corwyn caught some hint of the underlying rebuke, plausibly deniable though Aliset hoped her delivery made it!

The King's daughter, thankfully, looked more thoughtful than offended as she replied with a gracious nod of acknowledgement, "I am very glad to hear that my lord's brother was able to be of such able service to you and deliver you safely into my father's keeping.  But come now, let us see what we might do to see you refreshed from your long journey before you are presented to His Majesty."

Aliset took a deep breath as a maidservant showed her to the hot bath awaiting her.  Doubtless her temper was on edge due to the discomforts of travel and the constant stress and peril she'd endured ever since Oswald's attack and the deaths of her remaining family. It was hardly the Duchess of Corwyn's fault for having leapt to such a damning conclusion about Lord Washburn's competencies based solely on the appearance of the two bedraggled persons who had turned up at her door!  As she disrobed and slipped into the fragrant bathwater--oh, how luxurious it felt to feel the clean liquid slip around her bare form!--Aliset hoped that the resulting cleanliness would be equally restorative to her frayed patience as well, renewing her usual equanimity before she had to enter the King's presence.

Aliset closed her eyes as the maidservant scrubbed hair and body clean of the accumulated grime of travel.  As she emerged from the rose-scented bathwater, an lady-in-waiting stood by with a set of fresh linen towels, blotting up the excess moisture from her hair and skin as yet another maidservant emerged from a nearby chamber with a small tray of sweet pastries, tiny meat pies, and a goblet of watered wine.  "There will be a larger meal later, of course," Princess Araxandra assured her as she re-entered the chamber, "but this should hopefully be sufficient to restore your energies until that time." With a tilt of her head, she studied Aliset's newly-cleansed appearance before giving a decisive nod.  "There isn't enough time to allow your hair to dry the usual way, I'm afraid, so if you will allow, my lady?"  Raising her hand, Kelric's Duchess sketched a quick glyph in the air, and suddenly Aliset felt her tangled, dripping tresses turn silken-smooth and dry, their shining length swept back into an elaborate, ribboned braid and arranged into intricate knotwork at the nape of her neck and secured beneath a shimmering gold, bejeweled caul.

The Demoiselle of Mariot, looking far more her usual self than she had at any time since her harrowing misadventure had begun, expressed her gratitude profusely as she allowed herself to be laced into a surprisingly well fitted silken gown of deep emerald green while she partook of the small but savory feast before her.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by revanne on April 25, 2018, 12:28:23 pm »
Father Columcil thanks Lady Jerusha for her high estimation of his character, but in the interests of truth is constrained to point out that offered hot clean bath water before Darcy his christian charity would have been cast off as rapidly as his filthy cassock.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by revanne on April 25, 2018, 12:17:28 pm »
Poor Washburn - is that the thanks he gets? But then I think that his sister-in-law is going to struggle to see him as anything other than the troublesome brat who has caused her husband so much heartache.

Beautiful description of Rhemuth, Laurna.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Jerusha on April 25, 2018, 10:15:15 am »
“I would ask if the lady’s safety is insured in there,” Darcy Cameron said, “but I fear my life would be forfeit if I were even to think about hovering nearby.”

“You have the right of it, that’s for sure.  I’ve already been threatened with a thrashing, and I’m family.”  Washburn grinned and led the way to a large room where two steaming tubs of water waited.  Darcy motioned for Father Columcil to proceed him, but the priest shook his head and stepped back.  A servant was already assisting Washburn to undress by the first tub.

“I’ll be quick,” Darcy said, trying his best to ignore the hovering servants.  He stripped off his clothes and stepped into the second tub, noting that one of the servants picked them up and tossed them to one side as if they would only serve as rags to swab a deck.  With a sigh, Darcy realized he was probably right.  He wasn’t sure he had anything left in his sea bag that not in some state of disrepair.  He untied his clubbed braid and ducked under the water.

A short time later he was freshly shaved and standing in his only clean braies, rubbing his hair vigorously with a towel to dry it as much as he could.  One of the servants had looked over Darcy’s shoulder while Darcy rummaged through the contents of his sea bag after bathing, had shaken his head, and had gone off to find other clothing.

 Father Columcil had finished with his own bath and wore his new cassock. “It’s a bit fine for a country priest,” Columcil said, looking slightly embarrassed.

“It looks most befitting,” Darcy replied as he combed his fingers though his fair hair and quickly braided it.  He had just completed the club when the servant returned with shirt, hose, and a tunic.  They were all black, and Darcy suspected they had been outgrown by Washburn at some earlier point in time.  Darcy dutifully donned each garment as the servant held it out to him, uncomfortable with the attention. The tunic was a tad long for him, but it would do.  He reached his limit when the man attempted to buckle his sword for him and Darcy snatched it away to adjust it to his own satisfaction. 

“I think we are as presentable as can be expected,” Washburn said and then added after looking pointedly in Darcy’s direction, “and we thank you for your assistance in keeping us on time.”

“Aye,” Darcy added, feeling abashed as he followed Washburn and Columcil from the room.   Adjusting to this new status would take some time.  He hoped he would not totally disgrace himself before the king.  And Aliset.
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