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Why does the fake CC arbitration team have to be Deryni?

The arbitration team, if real, would have ensured that there was no cheating and that the duel was properly engaged in. Wencit only wanted them present to make it look like he was following the rules. Since he assumed (I think) that Kelson didn't have any REAL (trained) Deryni on his side, Wencit may have assumed that Kelson's side would not know if he cheated. He could have made his fake arbitration team four Torenthi soldiers or four anybodies!

Holiday Greetings / Re: For a bit of fun -- Happy St. Gertrude's Day
« Last post by revanne on March 17, 2018, 04:48:17 pm »
I still can't  work out how to add pictures but Simba and Shere Khan send purrs.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by revanne on March 17, 2018, 04:46:27 pm »
Columcil kept as far back as he could to be out of the dust of the pounding hooves, though he was glad of the two archers at his back, their watchful eyes would, he knew, be constantly scanning their surrounds. So placed, he was able to see what the Duke was doing and, somewhat reluctantly, he found himself growing in genuine respect for the man, as well as the dutiful honour he owed for the high office he held. If he had thought about it at all he would have expected the Duke to ride out in front, his squire beside him, with his pennant flying proudly, making clear his rank and the distance between himself and those who followed.

Once started on their way, however, and having assured himself that all precautions against ambush or attack had been taken, the Duke had bidden his squire furl his pennant and had given the leadership of the column to his brother. Even from his distance Columcil could see the pride shine from Sir Washburn and his heart warmed to see the trust between the two brothers. He had feared from the Duke's first expression on seeing them that young Washburn was in for a royal dressing down, but their demeanour on leaving the church had suggested that whether or not a rebuke had been administered they had come to an understanding.

But it was not just to his brother that the Duke showed himself gracious. Although they were moving at a steady canter, he slowed his stallion, who without doubt would have outpaced them all given his head, and allowed himself to move back through the ranks with a word for all who had joined with his company. He had a kindly word and a pat of approbation on the shoulder for the young troopers of Lord Jaxom's company, doubtless knowing that anything more lengthy would petrify them with awe, and spent somewhat longer in conversation with the more seasoned men whose military experience gave them at least a modicum of common ground. Lord Jaxom seemed to grow half a handspan taller with pride as the Duke spoke words which were clearly of thanks and commendation but even Columcil's dislike of the man could hardly fault his pride in a duty well done and acknowledged as such. As the Duke spoke first with Lord Alister and then Master Darcy, Columcil found a knot begin to form in his stomach. He knew that Washburn had sensed something of their kinship, the eldest son of the great Duke himself would surely have awesome power, probing maybe beyond Columcil's ability to protect the secret that was not his to share.

Spean was nearly along side the Duke now and there was no avoiding. Columcil bowed as low as he could over Spean's neck, and voiced a deferential  "Your Grace."

Kelric could tell that the priest had some fear related to himself, though he could not imagine what. The man had saved his brother's life and more than once, and as a healer it could not be that he feared his Deryni powers. But he was doubtless the highest ranking nobleman he had met. The man had a way with beasts, did he not? That would give him the best chance of putting him at his ease.

"Please straighten up, your bonnie little pony will wonder what you are doing and I'd hate for him to miss his footing and brain you if his head comes back suddenly."

Whatever Columcil had thought the Duke might say, it was not that and he sat up with a jerk, though he avoided meeting the Duke's gaze as the latter continued.

"I and my lady mother owe you our thanks, Sir Priest for the saving of my brother's life. He tells me that you have been of great blessing to him and the rest of your companions. He's been in sore need of your guidance."

The words were spoken without any hint of criticism and were doubtless a gracious means of putting him at his ease but Columcil's own fear of the Duke was suddenly swallowed up in his need to put the record straight.

"Forgive me, your Grace, an I speak out of turn. But it's me that is beholden to his Lordship, your brother. He's a canny leader of men, aye and brave too and we'd all a' bin in our graves these many days syne wi'out his Lordship. And I dinna ken if ye knaw but he's shaping to be a bonnie healer."

As he spoke, his speech becoming broader in his passion to make the Duke understand, Columcil met the other's gaze, his amber eyes flashing. There was something familiar both in speech and gaze which Kelric knew he should recognise but before he could cudgel his memory his squire was cantering back towards him.

"Lord Washburn's apologies for the interruption, your Grace, but he fears we'll not reach Arx Fidei before nightfall. What are your orders?"
Holiday Greetings / For a bit of fun -- Happy St. Gertrude's Day
« Last post by DesertRose on March 17, 2018, 04:02:22 pm »
So, in addition to 17 March being the saint's day for the more well-known St. Patrick, it is also St. Gertrude's Day.

Info on St. Gertrude here:

St. Gertrude is the patron saint of cats, of repelling mice, and of people with mental illness.

Since Carys, in addition to being my beloved pet, is also my emotional support animal for my anxiety, it is only fitting to celebrate her today in honor of St. Gertrude.

Here is Carys, getting treats on "her" end table, after she purred while I trimmed her nails.

Please feel free to add any photos of your kitties for St. Gertrude!  ;D

In the Codex under Caball MacArdry page 52, I discovered Caball "is the great grandson of Ardal Earl of Transha and Malya Lady McLain youngest daughter of Sir Roger McLain."

***Party time!***

Roger has a new undiscovered daughter Lady Malya McLain!

Malya McLain marries Ardal MacArdry Earl of Transha
Their son is Arthur MacArdry.
Arthur has two known sons, Caulay MacArdry and Autry MacAdry


Also Autry MacArdry has a son Caball MacArdry, who is second in line to the Earl of Transha until Dhugal has his own son.

Thanks for pointing out Malya and Caball! I don't think that Caball's father, Autry, has to be Arthur's son, though.

Here is what I know from the codices:
Ardal MacArdry -- Malya McLain
+ Arthur MacArdry -- Alannah O'Beirne
  + Caulay MacArdry -- Adreana
    + Ardry MacArdry
    + Michael MacArdry
    + Maryse Macardry -- Duncan Howard McLain
    + ...
  + Sicard MacArdry -- Caitrin Caren Urracca Quinnell
    + ...
+ ?? (may be Arthur)
  + Autry MacArdry -- Gwladys
    + Caball MacArdry
    + ...

If Autry were Arthur's son (and Caulay and Sicard's brother):
Ardal MacArdry -- Malya McLain
+ Arthur MacArdry -- Alannah O'Beirne
  + Caulay MacArdry -- Adreana
  + Sicard MacArdry -- Caitrin Caren Urracca Quinnell
  + Autry MacArdry -- Gyladys
    + Caball MacArdry

If Autry were Arthur's nephew (and Caulay and Sicard's cousin):
Ardal MacArdry -- Malya McLain
+ Arthur MacArdry -- Alannah O'Beirne
+ Unknown
  + Autry MacArdry -- Gyladys
    + Caball MacArdry

Either way, Ardal has three grandsons (Caulay, Sicard, and Autry), and Caball is Ardal's great-grandson!

Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous finds! :-)

Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Jerusha on March 17, 2018, 03:34:08 pm »
Over my dead body! Darcy Cameron wanted to declare, but he knew he could not.  It was a promise he could not keep.  The king’s will would be done whether he liked it or not.  Lady Aliset continued to stare at her horse’s mane, blushing in embarrassment at her sudden outburst.  Her inner turmoil pulled at Darcy’s heart more than he wanted to admit, and he found the blush, even though it spread across her brother’s visage, most appealing. 

He leaned closer and said quietly so only she could hear, “I’ll not abandon you, no matter what.  You won’t be alone to face whatever is to be.”  Aliset nodded and turned her gaze to the road ahead. 

It probably had not been the right thing to say, but he had felt the need to say something. Offer some comfort, no matter how small it might be.  Now that Darcy remembered his life before the sea, thanks to the lady who rode beside him, he might be a contender for her hand.  But only if he found his brother, if he still lived, and his brother acknowledged him.  Would he want to?  Darcy had been all but dead to him for over 12 years.  Maybe he would rather ship him back off to sea and have him out of his life.  By God there would be a fight if he tried it!

What if the king refused to consider him at all?  What if he couldn’t find his brother in time?  Could he stand by and watch her wed another?   Could he offer his congratulations and wish them well?

Maybe the sea wasn’t such a bad idea.

With his own thoughts in a turmoil, Darcy noticed the light was beginning to fade.  It would be well past dusk before they reached Arx Fedei; he hoped they would make it there before dark.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by revanne on March 17, 2018, 02:34:56 pm »
When you wrote about Alaric’s funeral cortege it reminded me of the week Princess Diana died and how everything seemed to be covered in a grey cloud. People lined up outside churches to light candles and write in books of condolence. Everything stopped for her funeral, the shops were closed and people lined the streets throwing white flowers under the wheels of the funeral car. As the procession  moved through London the bell of Westminster Abbey tolled every minute and of course there was not a dry eye as the two young princes walked behind the cortege. I can just see the scene in my mind's eye of the people of Gwynedd coming out to pay tribute to the Great Duke. I think that's how he would have become known -so different from the Deryni Duke, with its fearful overtones, of his youth.

One of the revelations I had was when I realized Lord Andrew McLain was the youngest of the Adelicia and Arnall's children. I kept wanting to have him as the oldest which kept me wondering why it was that Adelicia had no children between her marriage in 1022 and Andrew's birth in 1034. It dawned on me only this last week that Kenneth was born in 1046 and his mother, Madonna had to be born several years before her brother, Andrew. And Madonna was a second daughter. Suddenly it all fit. Which meant I had to completely rearrange the chart, that was interesting trying to make it all look readable. I realize this makes little deference to the scheme of things. But it was just one of those things that surprised me.

How fabulous! I had Adelcia and Arnall's marriage 20 Feb 1034 (source from the original Codex). The 20 Feb *1022* marriage (from Codex II) makes much more sense! As, of course, does your conjecture that Andrew has OLDER sisters, not YOUNGER sisters!


Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by revanne on March 17, 2018, 01:31:55 pm »
I really think Alaric would have hated having to see others ride out in his stead. To die heroically in the service of his beloved king whilst protecting his country -and remember Corwyn would have been most vulnerable and Alaric cared deeply for his people even when rhey were tempted to follow Warin in rebellion against him - would have surely been the death he would gave most chosen. And to take four of the Camberian Council with him would have been a great bonus.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by DerynifanK on March 17, 2018, 10:15:55 am »
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