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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Jerusha on Today at 09:49:17 pm »
Darcy Cameron carefully poured the warm water over Sir Washburn’s head.  The Deryni knight, sitting in the tub of bath water, enjoyed the warmth as the soap was rinsed off of his body.  He stood up, stepped out of the tub and accepted the rough, clean towel Darcy held out for him.

“You’ll go next, Father?” Darcy asked.

“You go ahead,” Father Columcil said generously.

They were in the room the nuns usually used for their own ablutions.  Patch had carried in several bucket of steaming water, filling up the wooden tub.  He had also brought a large basket for their dirty clothes.

Darcy did not hesitate.  He stripped off hose, shirt and breeches, tossing them into the basket.  As he stepped into the tub, both of his companions noted the numerous scars across his back.

“Discipline at sea must have been harsh,” Father Columcil said gently.

“Not so much,” Darcy replied.  “Half of them were from my stepfather.”

“Is that why you ran away to sea?” Columcil asked.

Darcy barked a sharp, bitter laugh.  “The bastard sold me to sea.”

Washburn started to say something, but Columcil shook his head.  He had heard of such things before.  Sometimes general talk, sometimes under the seal of the confessional.

Darcy hesitated for a moment, grasping the worn leather pouch on the cord around his neck.  It would not do to get it soaked with water.

“I’ll hold it for you,” Father Columcil offered.

Darcy hesitated for several long moments.  Then he removed the pouch and handed it to the priest. “Sorry, Father, but it’s not mine.  I made a vow to a dying man to deliver it to a nephew in Desse.” Father Columcil noted the small, tarnished silver ring hanging from a newer silver chain around Darcy's neck that he did not remove.

“I can respect that,” replied Columcil.  “It will be safe with me,”

Darcy lowered himself into the water.  With a practised move, he untied his border braid, ran his fingers through it to set the pale hair free, and dunked his head under the water.

Washburn felt a pang of envy.

Columcil held the pouch in his hand.  He could feel square cubes inside the leather.

Darcy surfaced, water streaming from his hair.

“Do you know what is inside this pouch?” Columcil asked carefully.

“Aye, funny dice.” Darcy said.

“You looked inside?” Washburn asked.

“Of course,” Darcy replied. “I want to know if I’m carrying anything that might get me killed.” He scooped a handful of soft soap and scrubbed.

“May I have a look?”  Columcil asked.

Darcy hesitated a moment in his scrubbing, but could not think of a reason to deny the request.  He nodded agreement.

Columcil opened the pouch and poured the contents into his hand.  Four obsidian cubes and four ivory cubes tumbled out.

“Ward cubes! Washburn exclaimed, and forgetting himself, engulfed Darcy in the bucket of rinse water.

“Hey!” Darcy sputtered.  “Have a care, man!”

“Sorry,” Washburn said.

“What are ward cubes?” Darcy asked cautiously.

Columcil fingered the cubes in his hand.  They were old, very old.  He could feel a faint tingle of power. “They enable powerful ritual magic,” he said.  Darcy gave him a blank look.

“Was the man who entrusted these to you Deryni?’ Comuncil asked carefully.

“Aye,” Darcy replied.  “They belonged to the Quartermaster.  I knew he was Deryni, but I don’t’ think many others knew.  The Captain might have, but it was not a question I was going to ask.”  Darcy stepped out of the wash tub and accepted a towel from Washburn.
 
“Darcy, this could help us greatly if we are in need.  Will you let us use them if we need to?”

Darcy considered for a moment, dimly remembering something odd the Quartermaster once said. He could not quite it remember it clearly.  “If they are needed to get Lady Aliset to Rhemuth, use them as needed.”

Columcil nodded, returned the ward cubes to the pouch, and handed it back to Darcy.

“You’re next, Father,” Darcy said, stepping away from the tub.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Evie on Today at 04:59:13 pm »

Let me add that Wash sent off a letter to Dhugal, only just that morning, (that was a very very long day), I want to do a little story to see if the courier makes it to Balimar or if he gets way laid. How many days from Culdi to Balimar if  the courier is moving fast.  Would there be a private portal for Dhugal to use, if the letter reaches him. Although the letter may not spark enough concern to inform Kelson, not yet, however, it should have Dhugal looking into the Oswald problem. Maybe we can get Jass involved. ;D

I would think it certain that Dhugal would have a portal in Ballymar. Or maybe the courier would go first to Culdi to see if Duncan Michael is there (assuming we may co-opt him Evie?) -it would be quite reasonable to assume that Duncan Michael would have his own household by now and would very likely be based in CuldI when he wasn't at court. In which case he might take the letter to his father by portal from there to Ballymar.

Duncan Michael almost certainly has his own household by now, but as he is Earl of Kierney, wouldn't it be in Kierney somewhere instead?
I'm sure you're right although I'm sure there would have been some Ducal residence retained in Culdi.

Useless bit of information - the Duke of Devonshire lives in Derbyshire ( half the length of England away) but that’s only because someone misread the writ for the first Duke. He was supposed to be Duke of Derbyshire.

LOL!  That's great!  ;D

Culdi has been a source of confusion to me ever since I first got the Codex.  (And not just me; AnnieUK and Alkari also puzzled over the same questions.)  Yes, in the books we see Jared has established it as a summer home, so it would seem to be part of Cassan, or so one would think.  But when you look in the Codex, you find out that Culdi actually belongs to either Araxie or her sister, I forget which one inherited it from Duke Richard.  So if one of them is the hereditary Countess of Culdi, then why is it that Jared spends so much time there if it's not even his ducal seat?  (Or if it is his ducal seat, then why isn't it located in his duchy, and how can it be both his and Prince Richard Haldane's land at the same time?)  So either the Codex is in error, or maybe the Dukes of Cassan own a home there but it's not their earldom, or Culdi started off as the seat of the Dukes of Cassan but somewhere along the way KK had a different idea for it?  I have no clue, so until KK can clarify the question, I tend to think of Jared's home there as being a second home.  Maybe he was deputized by Prince Richard to look after Culdi in a caretaker role since Richard had to spend most of his time in Rhemuth, like Derry (who has his own earldom) acts as lieutenant for Corwyn in Alaric's absences?  That would make sense to me as a way of resolving the apparent conflict between novels and Codex, but would mean that the current Duke of Cassan might not necessarily hold the same responsibility for Culdi unless its present Countess also chooses to make him her lieutenant there.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by revanne on Today at 04:38:11 pm »

Let me add that Wash sent off a letter to Dhugal, only just that morning, (that was a very very long day), I want to do a little story to see if the courier makes it to Balimar or if he gets way laid. How many days from Culdi to Balimar if  the courier is moving fast.  Would there be a private portal for Dhugal to use, if the letter reaches him. Although the letter may not spark enough concern to inform Kelson, not yet, however, it should have Dhugal looking into the Oswald problem. Maybe we can get Jass involved. ;D

I would think it certain that Dhugal would have a portal in Ballymar. Or maybe the courier would go first to Culdi to see if Duncan Michael is there (assuming we may co-opt him Evie?) -it would be quite reasonable to assume that Duncan Michael would have his own household by now and would very likely be based in CuldI when he wasn't at court. In which case he might take the letter to his father by portal from there to Ballymar.

Duncan Michael almost certainly has his own household by now, but as he is Earl of Kierney, wouldn't it be in Kierney somewhere instead?
I'm sure you're right although I'm sure there would have been some Ducal residence retained in Culdi.

Useless bit of information - the Duke of Devonshire lives in Derbyshire ( half the length of England away) but that’s only because someone misread the writ for the first Duke. He was supposed to be Duke of Derbyshire.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Evie on Today at 04:14:15 pm »

Quote from:  Jerusha
will Washburn be having his head completely shaved?

you couln't forget about that part, could ya.  hehe.  No the man (or rather his author) loves his hair too much to go completely bald. He is going to comb his hair back and hope the spot grows in quickly. :P

LOL!  All of this to-do over a tiny coin-sized tonsure!  This is Gwynedd, not medieval Europe; it's not like he had to shave half his head or anything!  Geez!  Male vanity....   ;D
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Evie on Today at 04:10:14 pm »


I would think it certain that Dhugal would have a portal in Ballymar. Or maybe the courier would go first to Culdi to see if Duncan Michael is there (assuming we may co-opt him Evie?) -it would be quite reasonable to assume that Duncan Michael would have his own household by now and would very likely be based in CuldI when he wasn't at court. In which case he might take the letter to his father by portal from there to Ballymar.

Let me add that I believe that none of the nobles with any cloat would  have been in Culdi at the time Aliset arrived, or she would have gone directly to them. I want to say that his grace Dhugal is having a summer feast in Ballimar and all the nobles of Cassan are there injoying their Dukes hospitality.

I'm not sure, whether there was anyone of note in Culdi or not, that Aliset would have had any way to know that for certain if they were in residence or not.  After all, it's not like they had TV news, internet access, or any other means of near-instantaneous communication we take for granted nowadays. She might simply have given Culdi a pass because there might be someone in residence there she could trust, or might not, but there would certainly be someone she could turn to for help in Rhemuth. It's not like Kelson gets to go on holiday very often, and if he has to leave Rhemuth for some reason, he leaves a regent in his place (is Nigel still alive, or would that be Araxie or Javan nowadays), so in any case there's a 0% likelihood of turning up at Rhemuth and finding Rhemuth Castle locked up and no one at home.   ;D

Another reason Aliset might have chosen to go straight to Rhemuth could be that she isn't certain which of the local nobility she can trust anymore, or also she might have figured her pursuers would think she'd certainly go to her closer allies first, so they've taken pains to block the routes to those towns, leaving her with little choice but go directly to Rhemuth for aid.  Since they didn't expect her to go that far off, they might not have thought to block that route until too late, and it's not like Kelson is likely to turn out to be a Mearan separatist!  :D
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Evie on Today at 04:03:57 pm »

Let me add that Wash sent off a letter to Dhugal, only just that morning, (that was a very very long day), I want to do a little story to see if the courier makes it to Balimar or if he gets way laid. How many days from Culdi to Balimar if  the courier is moving fast.  Would there be a private portal for Dhugal to use, if the letter reaches him. Although the letter may not spark enough concern to inform Kelson, not yet, however, it should have Dhugal looking into the Oswald problem. Maybe we can get Jass involved. ;D

I would think it certain that Dhugal would have a portal in Ballymar. Or maybe the courier would go first to Culdi to see if Duncan Michael is there (assuming we may co-opt him Evie?) -it would be quite reasonable to assume that Duncan Michael would have his own household by now and would very likely be based in CuldI when he wasn't at court. In which case he might take the letter to his father by portal from there to Ballymar.

Duncan Michael almost certainly has his own household by now, but as he is Earl of Kierney, wouldn't it be in Kierney somewhere instead?
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Bynw on Today at 03:47:14 pm »
So if someone is healed they gain back hit points rather than lose them and roll the dice to work out how many that would be. So Washburn had lost two hit points and under the old system he gained them both back when healed. Under the new system he would have had to roll but anything over a two would be irrelevant as he couldn't regain more than he has lost. This could be very useful once Valerian gets really nasty.

Exactly. Any extra hit points from healing are lost you cant keep those. But if you roll more than you need hey at least they are healed.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Hero Points
« Last post by Bynw on Today at 03:45:48 pm »
Here is what you can spend Hero Points on:


Spend 8 Hero Points and get --
A new Trait

Is this seperate from getting a new trait by 6 successes and 6 failures. Which would mean it is automatic.

I do hope you do NOT mean that you need both the 8 hero points AND the 6 successes and 6 failures.

You DO NOT NEED BOTH. There are just 2 paths available.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by revanne on Today at 03:37:58 pm »
So if someone is healed they gain back hit points rather than lose them and roll the dice to work out how many that would be. So Washburn had lost two hit points and under the old system he gained them both back when healed. Under the new system he would have had to roll but anything over a two would be irrelevant as he couldn't regain more than he has lost. This could be very useful once Valerian gets really nasty.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Hero Points
« Last post by Laurna on Today at 03:37:11 pm »
Here is what you can spend Hero Points on:


Spend 8 Hero Points and get --
A new Trait

Is this seperate from getting a new trait by 6 successes and 6 failures. Which would mean it is automatic.

I do hope you do NOT mean that you need both the 8 hero points AND the 6 successes and 6 failures.









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