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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by judywward on March 18, 2018, 09:51:15 am »
Do you all mind if I post here, since I'm following the story?  I think you are right. He would have regretted leaving Richenda & the children without him but he would have considered death while defending his own duchy and Gwynedd as a result, would be the absolute best way to die. I think all the people would then have loved him.
I bet Wincet would have thought Kelson would not know that the CC would cast another circle, since they didn't at his duel with Charissa. They didn't count on Arilan being there, who at least "Rhydon" knew to be ON the CC.
Holiday Greetings / Re: St. Patrick's Day
« Last post by judywward on March 18, 2018, 08:30:29 am »
Hope you had a good St Paddy's Day, too!
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by revanne on March 18, 2018, 07:57:04 am »
Why do I feel so sure there is trouble ahead?
Holiday Greetings / St. Patrick's Day
« Last post by DerynifanK on March 18, 2018, 06:54:31 am »
Happy St Patrick's Day a day late. Hope St. Patrick will forgive me. Hope you all enjoyed  a bit of the green.
May the road rise to meet you, may the wind always be at your back, and may God hold you in  the palm of his hand. 🍀
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Laurna on March 18, 2018, 03:08:27 am »

Sir Washburn Morgan felt a sense of pride as he headed the columns of 30 strong knights and armsmen south on the valley road. The majority of Kelric’s men were a mix of Corwyn and Lendour lords and guards of several good families. Many Washburn knew by name. A few he had even trained alongside of. Washburn was of course the brother of the Duke of Corwyn who was both overlord of the Duchy of Corwyn and the Earldom of Lendour. On the day of Washburn’s knighting, Wash had been awarded as Knight Protector of Lendour for Kelric’s first born son, Lord Kenric, until the time the boy reaches eighteen. At which time Kenric would gain the title of Earl of Lendour from his father. That the duke gave Washburn lead of not just Lendour’s nobility but over the two barron's of Corwyn was an honor the younger brother would not soon forget.

They cantered for a good part of the afternoon. Slowing to a walk as they neared several farmers bringing their herds across the road for the evening. Then when the way was clear, they were back to an easy canter to get as much distance under their feet as they dared as the sun lowered in the sky. Even at the good pace they were making, it became clear that they would not come to the gates of Arx Fedei before nightfall. The monastery was not accustomed to opening their gates in the full of night. Washburn was sure that for the Duke of Corwyn, they would make an acception, but that decision would need to come from the duke himself. So he had sent Squire Sieur to request the duke’s orders.

Duke Kelric sprinted forward, marking several men as he passed them to follow him. Baron Sieur was one, as was Lord Jaxom, as well as Lord Alister and master Darcy. Washburn was please to see the addition of the last man, even if Darcy was take back by it and Alister was pleasantly amused. Washburn brought the columns to a walk allowing for the viewpoints of Kelric’s advisors to be heard. Most were in favor of continuing on into the night to reach Arx Fedei.  Kelric himself was not of that mindset, for he knew the abbot would comply, yet would be much displeased to accommodate so many at such a late hour. It was Lord Jaxom who offered the name of Lord Buckley, whose manor house was just where the valley road and the main road came together. His gate house was of stone, with a walled court yard, and a great hall that could easily sleep the thirty of them.  Lord Jaxom admitted that his father knew Lord Buckley and that he did not, but he knew the man to be King Kelson’s vassal here in the upper lands of Gwynedd. It was quickly agreed by Duke Kelric that this would be the best alternative.

They rode for another hour. The sun having set and the moon just rising above the trees, when they saw the torches that lit the gate house just off the main road. The guards at the manor took little time getting permission to allow the travelers within. The courtyard quickly became a staging area for all thirty horses; allowing twenty men to see to all their mounts while ten men entered the manor, to greet the local lord and have accommodations made up in the main hall. It was passed the supper hour and not much more than stew and bread could be offered, but that was enough. Duke Kelric was happy to have a roof over their heads for the night and a warm hearth to sit beside.
Holiday Greetings / Re: For a bit of fun -- Happy St. Gertrude's Day
« Last post by DesertRose on March 18, 2018, 12:34:05 am »
I still can't  work out how to add pictures but Simba and Shere Khan send purrs.

In my opinion, the easiest way to post pics is to upload them to some sort of photo-sharing site and then insert the link.  Attachments seem to be a bit touchy as far as whether they'll deign to show themselves.  (I use PostImage because I have trouble getting Flickr to behave for me, but it doesn't really matter which photo-sharing site you use; if it works for you, go for it!)

You can also upload a photo to the Gallery here on the forum, and if you scroll down below the photo itself, there will be three boxes, BB Code, Direct Link, and Show HTML Link Code.  Copy the text in the BB Code box, and then paste it into your forum message wherever you want the photo to be.

Edited for clarity.
Tid Bits / Sanctuary series by Robert J. Crane
« Last post by jemler on March 17, 2018, 07:53:08 pm »
Sactuary - Defender (book 1)

This story reads like a Fantasy Role Playing game. Guilds made up of Warriors, Paladins, Mages and Druids comprised of Men, Elves, Dark Elves, Trolls and Gnomes go on raids against Goblins, Dragons and the Gods looking for wealth, artifacts and adventure! But, is there a traitor in their midst?
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Evie on March 17, 2018, 06:52:10 pm »
Aliset watched as His Grace of Corwyn moved down the line of the company, his charm putting even the most lowborn commoners at ease.  Granted, she'd experienced a few mild flutters when he'd stopped to speak with her, though those weren't so much from anxiety as from sheer feminine attraction. Jesu, but God had favored the Morgan men with handsomer than average features and an amount of natural charisma that was simply unfair, but awe-inspiring to behold!  She normally had little use for the sort of empty-headed, giggly lasses who simpered at the sight of any well-favored male in their midsts, but Heaven help her if she hadn't practically had to sit on her own hands to stop from fussing with her hair when she saw him heading towards her to exchange polite greetings, and her still in Alister's guise!  Wouldn't that have looked odd--a man with such a keen eye for the fairer sex as her brother Alister had been known for, appearing to greet Duke Kelric with a flirtatious mien? Aliset nearly laughed out loud at what conclusions Lord Jaxom might have drawn from that!

Yes, His Grace was quite soundly and, by all reports, happily wed, and to no less a personage than the King's own daughter, and Aliset was under no illusions that she would be given to any lord of such high rank and station anyway, not even a younger son such as Lord Washburn, sadly.  Oh, not that she harbored some deep (and most likely quite unrequited) tendresse for the youngest Morgan son either, but at least he was someone she knew somewhat better, given all they'd experienced together during the past week, and had grown to like and respect a great deal in that short time. But certainly the Morgan brothers were very little hardship on the eyes, never mind that the younger of the two could definitely do with a proper bath, a change of clothing, and a comb at the moment.

And then there were her other two companions-in-adversity, Master Darcy and Father Columcil. After all they'd been through together in the short time she'd known both, she could hardly bear the thought of being parted from either once they all reached the King's court. She could hardly do much about being parted from the priest, unfortunately; the Church would decide where he went, and when, and she was hardly in any position just now to beseech his superiors to grant her the boon of assigning him to be her chaplain. Nor would she wish to, if his heart remained in his parish church of Saint Melangell. And she certainly did not wish to get on the wrong side of a saint either! No, God had sent Father Columcil into her life at a time of desperate need, and either God would find some way to keep him close by her afterwards or would send him on his merry way to help others according to his divine calling, and either way, may God's will be done.

But Master Darcy's offer--that had touched a chord deep within her. She realized suddenly that if, at the end of their journey together, she were to lose his loyal companionship also, that would be the keenest hurt of all.

But that, mayhap, might be the only one of the three bonds grown between herself and her companions that she might have some hope of continuing to keep close by even once they all reached Rhemuth. She had hired him as her man-at-arms to keep her safe, after all, had she not? And would she not still need his services as her loyal retainer even once she'd reached the King's Court, where she would know no one else? She would need someone she could trust, someone who was loyal to her personally, no matter what, and who could follow her anywhere, no matter what Kelson Haldane might ultimately decide about her fate. And Darcy himself seemed willing to continue in her service.

I’ll not abandon you, no matter what.  You won’t be alone to face whatever is to be.  The words echoed deep in her soul long after he'd finished whispering them, easing the tightness in her chest and giving her comfort.

They would have to be Deryni to cast the outer circle ward that went around the Kelson's ward.
Yes, of course. Thank you!

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