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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by judywward on June 20, 2018, 09:24:22 am »
Oh, the suspense! Kelson apoplectic with anger. Oh, please, please let Valerian get his just desserts. Although, I would like to see him suffer before the beheading, which I hope will be very public. Please let them get Wash back. If not, Richenda will want to be in on the torturing of Valerian.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by DerynifanK on June 20, 2018, 07:02:28 am »
My oh my, building excitment. Don't think I've ever seen Kelson this angry. Hoping for rescue before Wash is turned over to GDV. Like Brendan I wouldn't  give him any chance of survival if Valerian gets hold of him. Great writing, Laurna
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Laurna on June 20, 2018, 05:37:14 am »
The hour was late. Kenric had made a stout effort to be attentive throughout the day’s council meeting. He was good at assisting in the counting sheets and at coping letters that would go out in the morning. Uncle Brendan was proud of his half-brother’s son. Time had come for the young man to return to family. Brendan was trying to think of the best way to excuse Kenric from the king's council and thereby excuse himself to escort Kenric back to the Corwyn apartments. He would come up with some other reason why he would not himself return to the council this evening. Perhaps he had letters to write to send home. Which he did, so that would not be a lie. Brendan was waiting upon the king and bishop to come forth, so that permission to leave could be granted. Brendan never thought the king would come away from his conversation with the bishop looking so pale. Nor did he expect the king’s withheld anger.

“Lord Kenric Morgan, I would excuse you from your father’s duty for the rest of this night. Lord Sextus, Lord Jamyl your dismissed as well. Will you please see Kenric to his family’s chambers.” Summarily dismissed, the three men left the room with bows and questing eyes to the others, but no one had answers to why. “Earl Stephen, Lord Seamus you are released for the night. Ready your packs and get some sleep, you shall both be leaving with Prince Javan when the army has been readied. If we haven't time to speak later, I wish you both success in the days ahead.” Both lords came forward to kneel before their king. They touched his ring to their lips before they too left the council room. 

Kelson looked at the remaining five men. He gave a wave for them to come sit at the high end of the table. Prince Albin took his customary seat to Kelson’s right.  Duke Angus and Brendan sat further down the table to the right.  Leaving the two chairs on the king’s left to be filled by Bishop Arilan and Laird Seisyll.

“What I am about to tell you is for your ears alone. Not even Duncan, nor Kelric are to be told.” The king looked squarely at Brendan. “It will be I who will tell them and no one else. Give me your word on this, each of you.”

The king looked first to his cousin once removed. “I do swear to hold this information in strict confidence,” Albin said with his palm open.

Going around the table each man made the oath with honesty and faith. Brendan was not least among them, though the king gave Brendan the longest appraisal before he moved around the table to receive the Arilans’ oaths.

“Very good. I will hold your oaths in troth.” The King took a deep breath. He did not sit himself on the throne, instead he rested both palms on the table. "Let me tell you what I have just learned. I know now the name of the man behind this girl-child who claims to be Meara’s Queen. This man would marry this girl-child to be her consort, to rule over Meara and to be a constant thorn in our side.” Without further hesitation and without emotion nor fluctuation in his voice, the King announced. “Our enemy is Grand Duke Valarian. Third son of Teymuraz.” There was an intake of breath around the table. Brendan’s fists clenched tight. He had been at that battle twenty years ago. He still vividly remembered the first and last time he had seen this man. 

“Think on it, find me the most successful way to squash this mewling pox-strewn villainous gundygut!” The king spit out the words, his voice rising with each insult. “This Whoreson shall not have that which is Ours!  And We shall make him pay dearly in this life and the next for every life that he costs us to defeat him.”

“Gentlemen, I want his head and nothing less!” With that the king slapped the table, he stood tall, nodded to the five stunned men, and then excited the room. His guards in full attendance to see him to his chambers. Brendan did not envy the Queen the next few hours to calm the king’s anger.

No one said anything for a long moment. If the others had their concerns, it was Brendan who worried the most about this revelation. Alaric Morgan had slain Teymuraz and very likely one of the sons had the power to slay Alaric in response. In this man’s hands, Washburn had not a chance in hell of surviving. He had to get to Washburn before he was given into the hands of Valarain.  And that meant he had to find him tonight. More determined than ever. Brendan excused himself from the council room and made his way directly to the gate house.

As he had promised, Jamyl was waiting there with the horses. The guards let them out the gates with words that they were on the king’s business.

((edited the time of Javan and his army leaving to be open ended, because the time is not yet chosen.))
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Laurna on June 19, 2018, 11:18:05 pm »
Oh man oh man. I was wondering if our first MacInnis had family. He was perhaps a younger brother or nephew to this man. Vipers all!
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by revanne on June 19, 2018, 08:45:00 pm »
MacInnis is a name with a long and dishonourable pedigree.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Jerusha on June 19, 2018, 06:56:47 pm »
Two days before the fleet of ships was spotted off the shores of Cassan, the lookouts of Isles had spotted them on the seas north of Isles.  The senior watchman made haste to Eagle’s Keep, the northern tower of Castle Isles.

He knocked smartly on the wooden door.

“Enter,” a voice slurred from within.

“Master Gregory, there is an unknown fleet making haste westward.”

Gregory MacInnis, who would have styled himself as Lord of Isles, looked up as the man entered.  He was a bitter man.  He had married the Dowager Baroness of Isles and sold her youngest son to sea to secure the barony for himself.  She had contrived madness to deny him her bed and any heirs of his own.  Now after her death, he had no claim to Isles other than his extensive and wealthy merchant holdings.  They would have to be enough.

The watchman gave a curt bow.  “We need to light the watch fires and warn Claibourne,” he said urgently.

“There is no need,” Gregory said as he gazed at his goblet of port.  “They are likely merchants; we need their trade.”

“These are not merchant, Master,” the watchman said urgently.  “It is Isle’s duty to signal to the mainland.”

“Isle’s duty is to look after Isles.  There is profit to be had by making the right connections.  I’ll hear no more.”

The watchman looked to explode in fury, but he bowed curtly and withdrew.  The last senior watchman had died at the base of the Isle’s cliffs.  He did not intend to meet the same fate.

The watch fires of Isles lay unlit as the fleet of ships sailed past.  A howl of despair seemed to rise above the wind, as if the long dead Baron Solveig Cameron mourned the loss of Isle’s honour.

There would be hell to pay when Baron Iain Cameron returned home.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Jerusha on June 19, 2018, 06:01:34 pm »
My crystal ball remains dark.  Drat.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by revanne on June 19, 2018, 04:42:38 pm »
Don't I just wish I could truth read😉
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Bynw on June 19, 2018, 04:27:37 pm »
Valarian's power?!  AACK! What have I done?

Actually you have given Washburn a tremendous opportunity. Vengeance against his father's killer. Ah how wonderful it all works out and falls nicely into place. :)
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Laurna on June 19, 2018, 03:52:58 pm »
Valarian's power?!  AACK! What have I done?
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