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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by judywward on June 10, 2018, 08:49:10 am »
More good writing to read! Thanks, all.  Now I'm so curious about The Scholar! He almost seems reluctant to turn Wash over to the evil ones.  I hope we can hear more of him & his quest. Loved the Dhugal & Columcil piece!  I'll enjoy watching Darcy learn to be a Lord, something it sounds like he didn't think too much of during his previous life on the sea.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Bynw on June 09, 2018, 06:18:04 pm »
"200 years ago they murdered two members of my family through their manipulations. Too proud and arrogant to do the dirty work themselves. And they have played their games with us all since the return of the Haldanes. And now there is you. Follow your instinct and survive this hell. We will meet again after all this passes."
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Laurna on June 09, 2018, 03:18:59 pm »
The monastic hymns echoed over the old ruins in cascades of reverence. The pleasure on the upturned face of the scholar sent a pins-and-needles reaction of fear down Washburn’s spine. The veneration of revenge was in discordance with what Washburn thought he believed. But the effects of the psychic fire he had just survived, left huge gaps in his perceptions. Just like this architecture they sat in, sometime in the past it had been whole and functional, yet the aftermath of a fire had destroyed the roof, exposing the interior to the elemental forces of wind and rain. Wash felt akin to the ruins around him: his thoughts were tumbled like the stones, his memories scattered in broken chunks, his aspirations a void like the roof over their head.  Memories lay here and there without reason, without coherence. He didn’t understand how or why this had happened to him. He knew that just the acts of living had never been enough to drive him to be the knight that he had become, yet it seemed that this was all he could remember. What he did know was that for the love of his father, he had become the best knight in the realm. Apparently, that was all that compelled him, there seemed nothing else but a good laugh now and then, and a good comradery with a few persons that came and went from his life. It wasn’t enough.  Not near enough to live by. Yet, if there was more, it eluded him.

“This contract on my head? Is it part of your revenge, too? Did I escape some Justice in some fashion that now needs retribution?” Wash rubbed his head wishing the blur of ash over his mind to settle. “I can’t remember,” he sighed in confusion. “Is that it? Something I’ve done requires this penance.” It was no longer a question, rather a statement of subjugation. He dropped the meat-roll back to the platter, the distaste wasn’t from the food but rather from the disgust with himself. Could he bargain with this man for his life? “If that is not it, and it is just for money, I know I can find enough gold in the Lendour treasury to pay you double whatever the price is on my head.” But then the thought of stealing was distasteful, too. “I would repay the money, even if it takes me a lifetime,” he added trying to subdue his own conscious.

He looked at the scholar in a different light, the light of the moon which came over the walls and shown down on them from above. The scholar definitely had a goal that was within his reach, something he had wanted for a very long time. “I am not a man without some talents,” Washburn tried again.  “My sword arm is the best in the land. I could beat any foe of yours in fair battle, even two against one like a gladiator of old Rum. As reward, I could win my freedom back.” he sighed, “Perhaps, it isn’t a fair battle that you seek? I am a dead aim with a long distance bow.”

The look the Scholar gave him then, turned Washburn’s stomach inside out. He had just succumbed to a new low. Instantly, he hated himself for even thinking to make such an offer. “No, no, I think I would rather die than become the likes of you.” Washburn spat out to the side. “I am sure, I am worth a price even if dead. Kill me and be done with this torture. I feel sorry for  your next victim. What is it that he has done to bring such delight to your face when contemplating your vengeance? I hope, at the very least, that he deserves what you do to him! Although, I don’t believe anyone deserves to be set in this Hell before they die.”
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by DerynifanK on June 09, 2018, 02:18:55 pm »
Revanne hope you and Demerica had a wonderful time in Switzerland. It was interesting  and fun to watch Dhugal and Columcil  working things out. Love the brogue. I know Jaxom was a pain but I hope they realize he was  not an intentional traitor. Did anyone ever find that ring? Just wondered,
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by revanne on June 09, 2018, 01:47:30 pm »
I thought a little light relief was called for.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Laurna on June 09, 2018, 01:37:28 pm »
Revanne, your post is so refreshing after this morning's torture of me writing a response for Washburn to Feyd. I will hold off posting that for a little while, to let everyone enjoy Columcil and Dhugal's conversations.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by revanne on June 09, 2018, 01:13:21 pm »
Columcil and Dhugal walked together in awkward silence, neither having the slightest idea what to say to the other. Dhugal felt that it was for him to speak, and it would be helpful to know how well-trained and experienced the other was as a healer, but he could hardly address as "Father" one who had just been revealed as his son.

Those they passed bowed low, or came to stiff attention before Dhugal and, with each obeisance and salute, Columcil became ever more conscious of the presumption of his outburst, necessary though it might have seemed. Finally he stopped and bowing low himself, began

"Your Grace, I maun beg your pardon fer th' manner o' my speakin' ..." but was interrupted by Dhugal's rough grasp on his arm.

"Please, no!  I have no idea how to work out what I owe to you but I am very sure that you owe nothing to me, least of all any apology."

Columcil felt the grasp on his arm tighten as he was swung round to face the Duke and he was startled to see that the amber eyes shone with tears.

"I'm very sure too that you have far more right to have grace attributed to you than I have ever deserved but I suppose it's best we keep to the formalities or people will start to wonder."

"I'm affeared they'll be aye blethering, my Lord, after the way I blabbed afore yon guards."

To Columcil's surprise a wide grin appeared on the Duke's face as he replied in a  border accent almost to match his own.

"Ach, dinna fasch yersen. They'd no a' kenned
one word in twa.!"

Then more seriously and reverting to his  normal manner of speech Dhugal added in reassurance,

"Supposing they could hear and understand, which I doubt, their controls would not allow them to speak of anything they hear while on royal duty."

Columcil hoped that his face did not show his disquiet at this information. The idea that Deryni powers would be so used was outside his experience and here was one of the highest in the land speaking matter of factly of the corruption of the God's gift of free will. Perhaps his thoughts had shown or perhaps the Duke understood anyway for he  continued gently,

"No-one is forced to enter royal service. I don't know how it was in times past but the King is so well loved that there is fierce competition for the honour of serving in his household. They trust him with their minds and would trust him with their souls. As in other ways he trusts his to them. This is why this has hit him so hard and is so unfair after the years he has given to all his people. He feels the loss of each one in his service as a stab to his heart and I fear it is beginning to eat away at his soul."
Dhugal realised that for a moment he had almost thought that he was speaking to his father and feared he had said too much but a glance at Columcil's face reassured him that the other had the look of a priest hearing confession. With a sudden change of mood he grinned again and said,

"Leastways I'll no be feared fer ma soul wi' me Da an' me son pittin' up prayers fer me!".

A startlingly fair-haired man, who still walked with a suspicion of a seaman's roll, was coming the other way and Columcil gave him a nod of acknowledgement, not feeling that he could do more whilst in the exalted company of the Duke, however surprisingly affable the other was proving to be.

As their paths crossed and they drew out of earshot Dhugal asked,

"That can only be Baron Isle's brother. You travelled with him. How do you judge him?"

The question was asked as equal to equal and  Columcil answered equally directly.

"Darcy? Brave, utterly honest and would die for the Lady Aliset."

" Does he love her?"

"I mayna' answer that Your Grace."

The return to fomality warned Dhugal that he was treadng on what Columcil regarded as forbidden ground, even if the information had not been explicitly shared in formal confession,  and he felt absurdly proud that this hitherto unknown son was a man of such honour - absurd for what credit could he claim in any of this?

"I understand and you must have formed quite a brotherhood as you travelled.  You must have become close to Lord Jaxom too. Tell me, did he seem a man to act for His Majesty's enemies? "

To Dhugal's surprise and Columcil's consternation the latter coloured bright red at this.

"You had some problem with the man?"

"Ach, I'm no but a country priest and I canna be doin' wi' lords and their pretensions."

Too late Columcil heard the gross impertinence as his words left his mouth and bowed his head he waited for retribution to fall. Instead he heard a sound which could best be described as a barely stiffled snort and the Duke laughed.

"Aye, Kelric told Kelson Jaxom was a pompous pr...But  maybe I'd best stop there. I hope you'll change your mind about some Lords, not least because your friend Darcy has proved to be one. I think Washburn won your loyalty and I'd like to hope I could be worthy of your good opinion."

Again the almost wistful humility disarmed Columcil and he dared to smile as Dhugal continued,

"But being a fool doesn't make a man a traitor so look beyond your prejudices and tell me, is there any reason you saw to suspect that he was acting of his free will and with malice against the King's subjects?"

There was no rebuke in the other's voice but Columcil knew that he was hearing a Duke of the realm and he must answer as fairly as he could, setting aside, as he had been bidden, his dislike of Jaxom.

"Nae, your Grace. I would ha'e ta say, nae. Ta be fair to him he was aye helpful an' I dinna think he's the wits ta pull the wool o'er all our eyes. He aye thought he would be God's gift ta her leddyship, but I'd no ha'e speired he'd turn traitor."

Fighting his own baser instincts which were arguing for the hope that Jaxom would get his just deserts, Columcil asked,

"What will happen to him, your Grace?"

"He'll be interrogated and I'll not say it will be pleasant, his foolishness has partly led to Sir Washburn's capture and the King will not easily forgive that. Nor his invasion of the Queen's private garden, which even in more peaceful times would have earned him a flogging. But if he co-operates and is penitent for his errors and if it is found that he too was under another's control then he may smart but he will live to be a wiser man."

"Until Darcy gets hold of him!"

Columcil had only muttered but Dhugal looked seriously at him and replied.

"That has already been understood and although the King has a certain
sympathy he will not tolerate the law being taken into any man's own hand. As his friend I would advise a word to the wise."

(( I had intended to include the scene of Richard's healing but it has taken me the train journey from Interlaken in Switzerland to the channel tunnel to write this including several lost paragraphs as the signal dropped out as I was saving it so am going to post as it is))

Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Bynw on June 09, 2018, 10:43:11 am »
"I am not motivated by coin alone. My family is wealthy enough. Some of us have spent generations perfecting our craft at hunting down wayward Deryni. Using the same tools that the Haldane Regents used against our kind so long ago. It is quite effective." The Scholar says with a smirk across his face.

"We are contracted by Deryni and Human alike to bring to justice those Deryni who slip away thinking they have nothing to fear. Sometimes, they are wanted alive. Other times the contract makes it easier for us."

He leans in closer to Washburn. "It is not money, it is only a necessary evil to make my task easier. I am after two hundred years of revenge and hatred." Feyd sits back up smiling. "After I deliver you alive per my contract. I am paid handsomely. That will in turn fund the ultimate contract that was just negotiated with my next patrons. Revenge, after generations of planting the seeds, has finally come."

The Scholar sits looking up at the sky. A true smile of happiness forms on his face and tears of joy at the corner of his eyes. As he thinks about the future contract. Washburn could swear he can hear the sound of a distant heavenly choir of soft voices singing hymns of praise.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by judywward on June 09, 2018, 08:18:17 am »
I also found the piece about Wash's memory of Alaric very moving and well-written. All of the gamers are doing a great job on this game/story. We can hardly wait to find out what's next. It's like the serial shorts that were in the movies in my Mom's young years. She told me about them and how you'd always be left with a cliffhanger, waiting on pins & needles to see what happened next.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by DerynifanK on June 08, 2018, 10:29:50 pm »
The level of writing in this game is amazing. All of you are doing a fantastic job! Laurna, you especially have a talent for drawing the reader into the story and making them care about the characters. I hope your dad is doing better. I can relate as my husband has had a lotof illness this year. He was actually supposed to have surgery today but he fell and then got bronchitis so we are on hold for now.
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