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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by judywward on April 24, 2019, 09:27:07 pm »
Nice writing, Jerusha! I was hoping for something soon! Glad those dice were cooperative.
Deryni Movies / Re: Another option
« Last post by Jerusha on April 24, 2019, 09:43:23 am »
IIRC, there was a screenplay written for Deryni  Rising, and KK did consult on it.  Unfortunately, they increased Kelson's age to 16, and while KK was OK with it, I didn't like it much.  There is a big difference between being 14 and 16 (even though we know that the expectations of a 14 year old were a lot higher in those days.)

And I would hate it if they changed Alaric Morgan into some kind of dark-haired adventurer.
Deryni Movies / Re: Another option
« Last post by Bynw on April 24, 2019, 07:30:44 am »
I used Game of Thrones as an example to show the popularity of the genre. But I don't think HBO is over doing Mr. Martin's work. I haven't personally read it but if anyone has please speak up on that point. From what I know the violence in some parts has been toned down by HBO.

Of course anytime one adapts a story to the screen it needs to be as true as possible to the original source. Some liberties are always taken with the change in medium and some of those are necessary when transferring the printed word to the screen. Most authors, at least the wisest ones, take an active part in the adaption of their works to make sure they stay true to the original story, theme, and tone.

The screen adaptations of the Deryni would have to fade to black at the appropriate moments when things get steamy. Katherine's writing style isn't erotica, there is romance but nothing further. Just as her combat sequences are not usually overly graphic these too would have to be kept true when it came to showing them on the screen.

Many times I think that Game of Thrones is overdoing it with the blood loss and gore. Shock value, to show the brutality of the setting and theme of the stories.
Deryni Movies / Re: Another option
« Last post by DesertRose on April 23, 2019, 10:56:33 pm »
I think the sticking point, whether the adaptation is a feature film, a mini-series, or a full-length, multi-season series (my preference, honestly), is the production team.  I'm not sure I'd trust anyone at HBO or Showtime or Starz to do the stories justice; they seem to want to make everything sexier and more violent (and to show the violence more graphically) than the source material is/was.

I'm also not sure KK would be too thrilled to have her books adapted into something like the HBO Game of Thrones or the Starz The White Queen.  (Incidentally, it is the epitome of awkward to be sitting in your parents' living room, puttering around on your laptop while you're doing laundry and your stepfather is watching TV with his Bluetooth headphones on, and to look up and see Jaime and Cersei or Edward IV and his queen, Elizabeth nee Woodville, in flagrante delicto.  :o )

Almost all the sex in the Deryni books is "off screen"--you get the "right before someone snuffs the candle" descriptions of Cinhil and Megan's wedding night and the beginning of Imre and Ariella's incestuous relationship, but that's it, and that's perfect, because KK isn't writing bodice-rippers, LOL.  (Not to badmouth bodice-rippers, mind; they can be fun, too, but that's just not what the Deryni stories are.)

And while there are a freaking lot of deaths on and off the battlefield/inside and outside fighting scenarios, most of the violence isn't particularly graphic unless there's a plot-driven reason for it to be (Derry's time in Wencit's dungeon, Loris' torture of Duncan, and the rape and murder of Krispin are the three most graphically-described scenes of violence I can think of right off the top of my head).

But I don't want to see the Deryni series turned into something it isn't and wasn't (near as I can tell--obviously I can't read KK's mind) ever meant to be.
Deryni Movies / Re: Another option
« Last post by Laurna on April 23, 2019, 09:08:49 pm »
I have a crazy TV mini series idea that would be incredibly difficult to pull off, but if it worked, it would be lots of fun.
What if you ran both the Kelson story and the Camber story in the same episodes, flipping between the time periods. Each time period could have it's own very distinct look, different colors, lighting, and fashion and actors. Let the two stories build together and unfold together. Likely a silly idea, but if someone could make it work it would never be a dull moment.
Deryni Movies / Another option
« Last post by Bynw on April 23, 2019, 05:53:25 pm »

It has been proven that small and large studios can now create excellent and professional work and quality. Even with movies and shows that appear on youtube and other small independent studios. We no longer need Hollywood and big studios to produce entertainment.

And although there is a Deryni Rising movie with Sony Pictures, it is obviously in development hell and will probably never see the light of day like most projects that get into that rut. The only way to save them is to move them to another venue or studio that will take the ball and run with it instead of burying it behind so many others.

The other thing that has been proven is that even a web based series or even any TV network doesn't have to follow the old pattern of being 20 some episodes for each season. They can be very short seasons if needed in order to tell the tale they are meant to broadcast.

Given the wide support and following that author George R.R. Martin has had with his Song of Ice and Fire novels made into the HBO series Game of Thrones. People like the sword and sorcery storytelling. And I bet success could be found with the Deryni as well.

The whole of the Chronicles of the Deryni could be made into a series. Deryni Rising could be all of the first season. No matter how many episodes it turned out to be ... and then the rest of the books could be turned into the other seasons. If needed it could be stretched to include the Histories of King Kelson and King Kelson's Bride to wrap it all up nicely in a bow.

Now we just need to have Katherine say that would be cool and ok. And then find the studio to do it.

Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by revanne on April 23, 2019, 05:11:37 pm »
I'm hoping that Wash's gratitude will cause him to intercede with Aliset on Darcy's behalf and save him getting into too much hot water.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Laurna on April 23, 2019, 04:28:27 pm »
LOL!  Oh, how a sailor can spin a good yarn. It is all those long nights on the ocean that make for such good  tellers of tales and half-truths that seem so unbelievable that they must be true.  LOL.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Jerusha on April 23, 2019, 02:44:57 pm »
Darcy Cameron sensed the sudden tension in Sir Washburn as one of the locals was led off to the stocks.  He saw that the lieutenant in charge of the questioning noticed it too. This would not do; they did not need a confrontation here that, despite his letter of safe conduct from the king, could hold them up indefinitely.  The lieutenant turned toward them and studied them carefully.  Darcy thought for a moment, stepped forward and nodded in deference to the officer’s authority.

“Lord Darcy Cameron,” Darcy said in introduction.  “Might I have a word with you in private?”  The lieutenant gave him a stern look,  and Darcy cleared his throat.  “It’s a somewhat delicate matter,” he added and cast a look behind him at Aliset.

“Is that so?”  the lieutenant asked.  He looked back toward Aliset, who looked genuinely confused, and motioned Darcy to one side.

What in the world is he up to now? Aliset sent to Washburn.

I have no idea, Washburn sent back.  But I hope he has a plan.

Darcy turned his back to the others and addressed the lieutenant as if he shared information of a most confidential nature.  “The knight and I are tasked by the king to be his eyes and ears behind the lines.”  He reached inside his tunic and pulled out the letter from King Kelson.  He did not open it, but he made sure the royal seals were clearly displayed.  “We were proceeding north and stopped for the night in Droghera at the inn. The food was most satisfying, and the ale was excellent.  We were just finishing up when another knight wearing the colours of a border lord entered escorting a young woman. The same woman that stands behind us now.”  Darcy did not turn around, but he noted the lieutenant took a long look over his head at Aliset.  Darcy continued on.

“It turned out that our knight was acquainted with the border knight; they had fought in the tournaments together.  The woman turned out to be his sister.  He was escorting her to Saint Brigid’s in the hope she would find her vocation there.  The hour was late, and the gates to the nunnery were closed for the night.  They also decided to spend the night at the inn.”

“Our two knights spent an hour or two sharing good ale and stories of the tournaments.  The lady soon grew bored, and I escorted her outside to sample the night air. She was much distressed, and I was only too willing to listen to such a lovely young lady.  She explained that she had no desire to take the veil, but if she did, it would save her father pledging a substantial dowry for her.  She had a younger brother who still needed to be financed through his quest for knighthood, and her father cared little for her personal feelings. I sympathized as best I could, but what started as simple comfort progressed father than it should have. She was more than encouraging, and on my honour, I never forced her!”

“How convenient for you,” the lieutenant said dryly.  “‘And her brother extended his congratulations to you both?”

“I would not put it quite that way,” Darcy responded and winced.  “But his sister dissuaded him from attempting to kill me on the spot.   I pledged to marry her, and her reputation and the family finances were saved.”

The lieutenant shook his head, and Darcy shrugged his shoulders.  “I am the second son,” Darcy said.  “I have no lands of my own and until now, few prospects for a wife. The arrangement suits us both.  She promises to be a good and loyal wife, and I will do my best by her.”

The lieutenant snorted.  “A tidy little solution for both of you.”

“Aye,” Darcy said.  “But she does seem to fancy me.”  He made a depreciating gesture.  “Nevertheless, I have my mission for the king to fulfill.  I am therefore taking her to my cousin’s household west of Cuilteine.  There she can remain safe until these troubles are over.  They will make her welcome.”

“You do not take her to your own household? And she wears the clothes of a lad?” the officer questioned.

“As I said, I am the second son; all the lands belong to my brother.”  Darcy gave the officer a rueful look.  “I need to consider the best way to introduce my new wife to him.  I have given him enough surprises lately,” he added dryly. “ As for her clothes, I am embarrassed to say her gown was not in wearable condition by the end of the night.  Since she did not pack additional gowns to take to the nunnery, between her brother and I, we managed to clothe her discreetly. My cousin will be able to find her more appropriate attire.”  Darcy gave the lieutenant a more direct look.  “I ask your permission to be on our way.  I would like to reach my cousin’s before nightfall.”

“I will consider it,” the lieutenant said.  “Step back into line now.”

Darcy nodded and turned to return to Aliset and Washburn.  As he approached, he established rapport with Aliset and relayed what had transpired.

You said WHAT? Aliset sent back to him.

It’s what came to mind at the time.  It’s actually not that far from what could have been the truth.  Darcy’s expression gave no clue as to what he meant, and Aliset, realising she had a part to play, entwined her arm around his, gripping him tightly and looking at him dreamily.  Darcy blushed a bright shade of crimson and knew he could not evade her questions for long.  Washburn looked at them both and wondered if the heat had gotten to them.

((Will the lieutenant believe Darcy’s story enough to allow them to travel on?
12:22 PM <jerusha> !roll 2d6
12:22 PM <@derynibot> 6, 4 == 10
Thank you, dice!))

The lieutenant shook his head and waived them on.  “Get on with you and try to stay out of further trouble.”  At least they would be someone else’s trouble and not his.

Darcy, with a nod to Washburn and still gripped by Aliset with enough force to make his fingers  feel numb, moved toward their horses.  He made a bit of a show of helping Aliset to mount and then, as feeling returned to his fingers, quickly mounted Sigrun.  Washburn already had Shadow moving forward.  Without looking back, all three headed back north on the Cuilteine road toward the turnoff to the west.

Holiday Greetings / Re: Easter Blessing
« Last post by judywward on April 22, 2019, 08:15:08 am »
Hope everyone had a blessed and happy Easter!  We didn't do a thing yesterday & ate leftovers from Chili's for supper.
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