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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by judywward on Today at 10:41:38 pm »
Great writing,all!! Thanks for moving the story forward again. Can't wait till Darcy finds out who Robert really is.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by revanne on Today at 06:37:37 pm »
There are episodes on youtube but I don't know whether they are viewable your side of the pond.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by DesertRose on Today at 05:53:53 pm »
Laurna, your characters have resonances for me, as a Brit, of a BCC sitcom in the late 60's and 70's which has become a classic. Called "Dad's army," it told the fortunes of a platoon of "Local defence volunteers" aka "The Home Guard" in a seaside town in 1940, when the fear and threat of invasion by Hitler was very real. All the active men had been called up but those who were left behind, the elderly and infirm, formed themselves into platoons which were often poorly armed - tales are told of them parading with broom handles because there were no rifles. However what they lacked in expertise they made up for in enthusiasm and dedication.

I've never seen "Dad's Army," but I've heard good things about the show, and it may be available on this side of the Pond via BritBox.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by DerynifanK on Today at 05:47:56 pm »
When Darcy recalls what is nagging him, I hope it's not too late and it helps them.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by revanne on Today at 02:39:51 pm »
Laurna, your characters have resonances for me, as a Brit, of a BCC sitcom in the late 60's and 70's which has become a classic. Called "Dad's army," it told the fortunes of a platoon of "Local defence volunteers" aka "The Home Guard" in a seaside town in 1940, when the fear and threat of invasion by Hitler was very real. All the active men had been called up but those who were left behind, the elderly and infirm, formed themselves into platoons which were often poorly armed - tales are told of them parading with broom handles because there were no rifles. However what they lacked in expertise they made up for in enthusiasm and dedication.

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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Laurna on Today at 02:08:27 pm »
Good job, Jerusha. Wonderful that Columcil finally got to ride Shadow, at least as a big war horse and not a pack animal. I think Shadow will like our priest. Just wait until they have to gallop somewhere, "hold on"  lol.

I have four more openings if anyone wants to join today. I wont write  the ruins story line until tonight or tomorrow morning. kind of busy today.
As one of the NPC players said, it is a learning experience to try and roll the dice yourself. Kind of makes you hold your breath as you roll,  doesn't it. LOL
Fortunately, dice rolling has reinforced my desire to Never gamble. Too stressful!
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Jerusha on Today at 01:23:00 pm »
I wondered if Drogh might show up again.   ;)
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Jerusha on Today at 01:20:25 pm »
Darcy Cameron guided Sigrun through the dark, quiet streets of Rhemuth toward the Rivergate.  Father Columcil followed on Spean along with their borrowed Haldane squire on a horse he had been loaned from the stable.  Darcy would have liked to quicken the pace, be he had no desire to trip over a drunken sailor laying in the road.  Reminding himself that this was Rhemuth the Beautiful and not some seedy port town, he picked up the pace.

Even this early in the morning, townspeople were beginning to stir.  A wagon pulled out in front of them from a side street.  The driver waved an apology as he moved along ahead of them.  Darcy slowed back down; he needed no trouble that would delay their departure.

The guards on watch at the Rivergate waved the wagon and its driver through.  Darcy and his companions pulled up as one of the guards approached.  He nodded to the priest, looked questioningly at Darcy and then recognized the squire.

“Ho, Robert!” the man greeted him.  “His Majesty said to expect you.  Hold a moment.”  The man entered the small gate room.  Darcy thought Robert stiffened a bit, but the guard soon returned.  He handed a rolled parchment to Darcy.  “I’m to tell you this is your warrant for safe passage through our troops, should you encounter them.”

Darcy nodded his thanks and tucked the parchment inside his tunic; he would read it later.  He fingered a second parchment he had placed there but decided this was not the right man to give it to.  The guard waved them through.

The three companions said little as they rode past the warehouses toward the ferry landing.  Each seemed lost in his own thoughts.  Darcy contemplated what could be the futility of this mission from the king, firmly keeping his thoughts from straying to the lady still asleep in the Queen’s Tower.  Father Columcil reviewed the conversations he had with his grandfather, the Archbishop of Rhemuth.  Robert hoped he could ride unobtrusively to the ferry and beyond. 

Darcy noted that they were not the only ones making the first crossing of the day on the ferry.  Besides the wagon, there were two others on horseback and four others on foot.  All of them exchanged polite nods of greeting.

One of the men on foot approached Father Columcil, guiding an older man beside him. 

“Excuse me, Father,” the man said and bowed slightly.  The older man stood very still.  “This man is my father; he’s been ill for some time, and we are on our way to St. Theresa’s Hospital.  Would you mind giving him your blessing?  It would ease his mind about what’s to come.”

“Of course,” Columcil said and dismounted.  Darcy could not hear the low words the priest spoke to them, but the younger man looked greatly relieved as Columcil gave them both his blessing.  Columcil remounted Spean as the ferryman opened the gates of the ferry for loading.

The wagon was loaded first, the ferryman taking care to keep it in the middle of the ferry deck.  Next the five horses boarded, followed by those on foot.  Darcy was pleased to see that the ferryman knew his trade well.

They crossed without incident, unloading in reverse order when they reached the other side of the Eirian River.  Darcy took note of a well-dressed man on horseback off to one side, holding the reins of another, larger black horse beside him.  The horse was saddled, is if the man was expecting someone. Startled, Darcy took a closer look at the horse. 

“It can’t be,” Colmucil muttered beside him.  “But I know that horse!”

The man with the horse approached them.  “Lord Darcy, Father Columcil,” he said in greeting. He nodded toward Robert.  “I am Lord Jamyl Arilan.  I am commanded by King Kelson to give you Sir Washburn’s horse and dagger to take with you.”  He pulled the dagger from his pack; the light from a dockside torch danced off one of the rubies in the hilt.

“Whatever for?” Darcy asked, taken aback and suddenly suspicious.

Jamyl Airlan’s voice took on a slight edge; most do not question His Majesty’s orders.  “His Majesty did not provide that information.”

Darcy considered refusing but doubted his refusal would carry much weight.  “I’ve provisioned us for only three horses,” he finally said.

“I’m to bring yours back.  It will be stabled until you return.” 

“Nay, it won’t be me riding that fine beast,” Darcy said hastily.  “I’ll stick to my trusty Sigrun.  What about you, Robert?”

Robert shook his head quickly.  “Much as I would like to oblige, I don’t think I am the best choice.”

Darcy looked across at Columcil.  “That leaves you, Father.  You have ridden him before.”

“I could take Spean,” Robert volunteered.  “We can send this horse back with Lord Jamyl.”

Father Columcil hesitated for the briefest of moments.  “If I must, I will do my duty.”  He scowled when Darcy started to laugh.

“And hate every minute of it, I am sure.”  Still chuckling, Darcy watched as Columcil gave Spean an affectionate pat after dismounting and accepted Shadow Dancer’s reins from Lord Jamyl.  Spean nuzzled Robert’s shoulder before the squire mounted his new horse.   

Lord Jamyl reached across and handed Darcy the dagger.  Darcy studied it a moment before putting it in his sea bag.  “Might I ask a favour?” Darcy asked as he reached for the second scroll inside his tunic.  “Would you give this letter to King Kelson?”

Jamyl accepted the scroll and started to move his mount and Robert’s former horse toward the ferry.

“One more question, if I might,” Darcy continued.  He looked pointedly at the impressive black war horse that fidgeted slightly under Columcil’s control.  “Are we to find Sir Washburn, or is Sir Washburn supposed to find us?”

Lord Jamyl gave Darcy a blank look.

“Never mind,” Darcy said with a wave of his hand.  “I was being too subtle.”  With a nod to Columcil and Robert, he turned Sigrun and began to ride down the road away from Rhemuth.  Columcil and Robert quickly followed.

Something in the back of his mind nagged at Darcy, but he couldn’t think of what is was.  It would come to him later.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Laurna on Today at 12:35:36 pm »
The Captain watched in disbelief as the next group of men came quickly toward him.

“Cletus, What are you going to do with that pitchfork? We intend to climb ladders and through crumbled stone ruins.”

The farmer Cletus looked back at the captain very seriously. “I am go’na spear them ghosts and I am go’na toss them aside the way a woo’d a bale of hay. And in them fallen walls, I’m going to turn me’ pitchfork around and use it as a walking cane. That’s what!”   

“O...K... “  the captain said shaking his head and moving on to the next man. 

Standing tall next to Cletus was the candle maker’s son. “Matt, did your ma’ say you could come.  And where’s your weapon.”

“Of course ma said so. She had nice words with the priest who had been in good company with the missing nobleman. She thought it right proper to help out all we can.” Then Matt pulls out his dagger from his boot top. "I sharpened this right plenty.” he said as he let the shine of the dagger catch the setting sun.

That reminded the captain they were running out of time. 

“You convinced your friend Willy to join us, didn’t you?” the captain said to the next tall young man, here was another son of a merchant from town.  “Willy glad to see you’ve got your father’s sword. Willy now you and Matt are in charge of that second ladder. It is important that we get it to the bass of the ruins, Right?”

“Right, Captain!” both young men said together. 

“Hamish!” The captain nodded to another of his guards.

“I’ll stab that evil mercenary right through the heart!” Hamish declared as he stabbed his sword forward into the air.

“Good, now put that away before you stab one of us.” Stev ordered. Hamish sheathed his sword proudly and stood tall.

“Hurry up you five,” the captain said to the last five men.  “The sun is not going to wait for us. Pick up those ropes and torches. Let’s get us moving across the valley to the ruins. March it fast now. Want to get into the shadow of the ruins before Drogh the Troll starts hunting down by the river. Even Drogh stays clear of those ruins, you know, so we will be safe from him there.” Captain Stev said with a malicious grin. His guardsmen all laughed at the long standing joke; the town folk didn’t think it so funny.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Evie on Today at 11:08:00 am »
I don’t know how to roll the dice.

Log into chat, change your nickname to whatever name you're giving your NPC (for example, /nick John) and then copy each roll Laurna wrote (e. g., !roll 1d6 ) into the part of the chat window where you'd normally write whatever you were going to say in chat, one at a time, then copy/paste your results into a private message.

So to further elaborate (even though I think what DR wrote is clear, but just in case anyone with a more visual learning style needs to see what this might actually look like) :


11:02      *** WalkingTarget joined #deryni_destinations
The Worlds of Katherine Kurtz | http://www.rhemuthcastle.com | http://www.deryni.net | Happy birthday to Cathabeth, cynicalmedic, the mothers of Shiral and DesertRose, and the other August birthday people!  Blessed Lammas/Lughnasadh!
Topic set by DesertRose on Wed Aug 01 2018 15:40:36 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time)
11:02   derynibot   [#Deryni_Destinations] Welcome to Deryni_Destinations. All things involving the Deryni and other works of Katherine Kurtz.

11:03   WalkingTarget   These sample rolls are for WalkingTarget, who is a villager armed with a bathroom plunger:   [OK, maybe don't make your character quite this ridiculous!]
11:04   WalkingTarget   !roll 1d6
11:04   derynibot   6 == 6
11:04   WalkingTarget   1roll 1d6
11:04   WalkingTarget   [Oops, that was an example of what NOT to do. Use !, not 1.]
11:04   WalkingTarget   !roll 1d6
11:04   derynibot   2 == 2
11:04   WalkingTarget   !roll 2d6
11:04   derynibot   5, 6 == 11
11:05   WalkingTarget   [Please note the last of those rolls should be 2d6, not 1d6.]
11:06   WalkingTarget   [Once you finish all rolls, either copy/paste your results to a private message to Laurna, or write them down and PM them to her. If I were writing them down, I might say "1d6 = 6.  1d6 = 2.  2d6 = 5 and 6."  Note that we are looking for the actual dice numbers rolled, not the total of the two dice in the case of that 2d6.]
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