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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by HoundMistress on May 29, 2020, 08:01:30 PM »
DFK, Laurna & Jerusha, I've just read your last posts to the game & I must say you are all very skilled writers, able to keep us on the edge of our seats waiting for the next part of the game.  I hope you will all consider a career as a writer because I think you are all capable of it. Or you could team up and write books together. I'm concerned about Feyd and his plans for Wash & will be glad when these come to light. Thank you for some very enjoyable reading!

I do hope to make Chat on Sunday, too. I've just been getting distracted and missing it.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Bynw on May 29, 2020, 06:31:06 PM »
Camberian Council?

No. The CC will not be making any further appearances in this story line, at least not in the flesh. Maybe mentioned in passing of course since people can always talk about them.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Jerusha on May 29, 2020, 06:20:09 PM »
Camberian Council?
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Bynw on May 29, 2020, 03:28:05 PM »
Help is on the way for Wash.

I bet that chambermaid talks about those people that have the room and the drunk knight. Not very knightly of him.

When the right people know they can help.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Laurna on May 29, 2020, 03:11:52 PM »
Fiona looked up at the other two defiantly.  Her expression reminded Darcy of an angry goose he had seen once, ready to attack if her charge was threatened. That goose had had a mean bite when aroused.

Wash would feel very touched and very protected by Fiona's watching over him. I do so hope he wakes up soon to hear about it.
Nice scene, DFK. Thank Fiona for protecting  Wash.
The Heirs of Saint Camber / Re: Which Angel Helped Evaine free Camber?
« Last post by Lochiel on May 29, 2020, 02:46:17 PM »
My thanks Bynw.  I was always  curious about who it  was.
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by DerynifanK on May 29, 2020, 07:44:06 AM »
Aliset exhaled in a long sigh as the link with Columcil dissolved. A look of profound relief relaxed her face as she turned to Darcy.  “He is coming! Father Columcil will be here by noon. We will need to keep watch over Washburn and protect him until the good father arrives. I hope he will be able to break this spell or find someone else who can.”

Darcy put his arm around his wife. He was aware of how tense and frightened she had been since they had found Washburn under a spell which she could not identify much less reverse.  He hoped the good father would be more successful in breaking the spell.

The three of them had sat on the other narrow bed during the rapport. After it was over, they had again studied the man on the other bed. There had been no change in the knight. Wash had not moved at all, but he continued to breathe easily and quietly and appeared to be deeply asleep. Darcy proposed that they move to the larger room to decide on a course of action  until the good father arrived.  But Fiona refused to leave him alone even for a short time. “I will not leave him as long as he remains in this state. He is vulnerable and unable to defend himself. We don’t know who placed this spell on him or why, but I believe there is evil purpose here.” Fiona looked up at the other two defiantly.  Her expression reminded Darcy of an angry goose he had seen once, ready to attack if her charge was threatened. That goose had had a mean bite when aroused.

Aliset smiled and took Fiona’s hand, “Help is on the way.” She then continued in mind speech. The good father is coming. He planned to leave immediately and hopes to be here by noon.  Our charge now is just to continue to watch over Wash until Columcil arrives.

Fiona gave Aliset a puzzled look. “Why are you using mind speech? Surely no one can hear what we are saying here in our rooms.”

Darcy snorted. “These walls aren’t made of stone you know.”

Aliset continued mind speaking to Fiona. I am concerned about the spells I detected on that gem. I could not identify them, but I know it is possible to place a spell on such a jewel that acts almost like scrying.  It would allow whoever placed the spell to see and hear what is going on around the person wearing it. We will need to be very careful what we say around it. We cannot be sure that there is no one eavesdropping on us.

Fiona frowned in concern. “What should we do now?”

Darcy replied, “I believe we should stay in our rooms and discuss our plans, but we also need to break our fast. I will go and procure some bread and cheese and fruit and bring it back here to eat.” The two women agreed and Darcy left the room to find food for them.

After a short time, Darcy returned with food and a pitcher of light ale. He divided the food among the three of them. “ Let us move  to our room to eat. It will be less crowded and more comfortable for all of us. I believe that it will be safe to leave Wash for the short time required to eat our meal. We will be able to discuss our plan of action in safety away from him and that gem he holds.”

They settled into the larger room to eat their meal. Darcy talked as they ate. “I think it best that no one else discovers what has happened until Columcil arrives. The people in these villages tend to be superstitious, and if they discover there is something going on that might include magic, especially dark magic, I don’t know how they might react. We certainly don’t need a frightened group of villagers to cope with. Fear can often turn to anger and even violence if they feel threatened. They might even want to expel us from the village. It is probably best if we remain quietly in our rooms until help arrives. Each of us can take a turn sitting with Wash. Fiona, you may return first to your post watching over Wash. “If there is any problem or you have need of us,  just call. It might be better to mind speak to Aliset if you must call one of us.”

Fiona nodded and stood to return to Wash. Darcy escorted her back to the room where Wash still slept and stood in the doorway while she made herself comfortable on the second bed where she would continue to keep watch on him.
He and Aliset had finished cleaning up after their meal and settled down when there was a knock at the door. Darcy partially opened it to see the maid standing there with her mop and pail. “I need to do yer rooms. Will ye be goin out soon so I can do me cleanin?”

Darcy replied. “We are not ready to go out yet. You will need to put off cleaning in here for now. We will let the landlord know when we are going out and you can get in.”

The woman then looked at the adjacent door. “Since ye are in this room, how ‘bout I clean the other room?”

Darcy shook his head. “I cannot allow that right now. One of our party was not feeling too well this morning and has gone back to bed to try to sleep it off. I don’t want him disturbed. Perhaps there are other rooms you can clean and you can return later. This is for your trouble” He slipped her a small coin
The maid nodded with a wink. “A bit too much to drink eh?” She understood that. These lords often drank too much and woke with headaches and in foul moods. They often took out their bad moods on the servants. She didn’t want to become the object of that bad mood. Best to let the man sleep awhile longer. “I will be back after I clean me other rooms, But I will have ta finish afore more people come in askin for rooms.” She turned away and headed down the hall.

Darcy closed the door with a sigh of relief . Darcy and Aliset looked at each other and smiled. They knew Fiona was going to keep a close watch on Wash.  Now they settled down to await Columcil’s arrival
Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Jerusha on May 28, 2020, 06:29:40 PM »
So glad to have Father Columcil returning!  Well, done, Laurna, well done!
About This Site / Membergroups
« Last post by Bynw on May 28, 2020, 02:37:33 PM »

We have several defined member groups here in Rhemuth Castle.
There is the Administrators Group
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There is the Published Author Group
and we have the Zipper Sisters Group

The above listed member groups are for specific functions. Administrators and Global Moderators take care of the Forum. If we need assistance we will ask you if you want to join us in these duties.

The Community Supporter group is for those members who contribute funds monthly to keep the forum and chats alive and hosted.

If you write Deryni or other KK relat3ed Fan Fiction. You can be added to the FanFic Authors group. And you get your own board area too to post your Fanfic stories.

If you are a Published Author. Please let us know, we would like to see your book and where it can be purchased too. And we can add you to the Published Authors group.

The Zipper Sisters were three ladies, before there was a Rhemuth Castle community, that learned secrets directly from Katherine about then upcoming works. They were sworn to secrecy and had to zip it. Sadly one has left the community. One has passed away. And we still have the lone Sister who remains with us.

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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Laurna on May 28, 2020, 12:14:43 PM »
Father! I am at a loss! I can not find a way to help him! The rapport came unexpectedly  from the dear Lady Aliset. It revealed a vulnerability he rarely felt from her.

Him! Who! What has happened? Columicil tried to calm his mind to get to the source of her distress. She was so upset. Had something happened to Darcy?

It’s Wash! Aliset exclaimed.  We can not wake him.  He has come to harm by a spell cast on a gem. There are many spells on this ruby, and I can not begin to dispel them all. I could only succeed at the outermost spell- the one that made us forget about its excistance after Wash had found it in the crumbling sides of an ancient well- the other spells are embedded and tangled within the ruby. It is impossible for me to discern what they truly are and what they are meant to do.

“Och hen!”  Father Columcil exclaimed aloud. Faces in the Arx Fidei library turned to shush the father, but Columcil did not hear them as he was too focused on receiving the images that Lady Aliset sent to him of the events from the last two days. Her concern poured through the link and he was very moved by it.

We need help! she pleaded at the end of her account. Columcil was silent after her plea as he settled the information that had been rushed to him. Father, please, can you help us?

Columcil disciplined his nerves so as not to lose contact with the shaken lady. Ye showed me ‘at Wash is breathin’ easily and seems calm in his sleep. Columcil relayed attempting to ascertain the full breadth of the circumstances. Ye cannae pass his shields? E’en in his sleep? Ye shood be able tae mak’ some sort ay contact wi’ heem.

Father, it is not any sleep I have seen before. Washburn’s shields are firm. He does seem at peace, but he is definitely held in thrall by this ruby. We can not even pull the gem from his hand, for it sends a shock to anyone who touches it.  Can you come to us? I beg of you. Is there anyone there who could come with you who could help us dispel this thing?

Columcil thought for a moment. Nay, ta three Arilans hae left fer Rhemuth. They hae the man who attacked Fiona. They waur takin’ heem tae th’ king for questionin. Ah don’t think Ah cuid get a Rapport back tae them until tonecht when things hae settled doon at their end. Columcil thought hard. There was no one in Rhemuth that he was close enough to in order to make contact without a scheduled Rapport time. Duncan was already locked away in the Synod. Columcil had sat himself outside their meeting room, in the small adjacent library, in case his grandfather needed him, but he could not barge into the Synod and ask for Duncan’s help. The bishops were locked away, at least for now.

We don’t have time for that, Father, please can you come? You are the closest to Wash. If anyone can get through to him, it would be you. Please, Father, I would not ask this of you, if we were not desperate, Aliset begged.

I…Ah will come! Columcil agreed. If Ah run puir Spean hard, Ah can be thaur by noon.

Oh, Father, don’t overtax your horse or yourself. We will stay here at the inn and keep a watch on Washburn. Whenever you get here will be good enough for us. Thank you. Alset added enclosing a mental hug with her ending the Rapport.

Columcil found himself taking in a deep breath as he came out of Rapport. He blinked and looked around at the others in the small library. Some students were reading nearby, others were copying text. All seemed to look away from him as his eyes touched theirs. Some students in Arx Fidei were Deyrni, but their numbers were still few, he didn’t think that anyone here could have breached his Rapport as he spoke with Aliset. Most appeared more curious than dismayed. It could not be helped, he had not expected Aliset’s call, so he had not prepared the space in which he sat to complete her contact. 

As students returned to their own business, Columcil pulled parchment and inkwell toward him. From the Archbishop’s offices in Rhemuth, two Deryni had arrived by Portal at the opening of the day, both sharing great concern for the wellbeing of His Grace Duncan. One of the persons was Duncan’s chaplain, a priest named Taggert Moreau, who had been seeing that the archbishop’s duties in Rhemuth were being attended to in his absence. He had joined Duncan today to keep the log at the Synod. However, he also had a more personal reason for coming. He was Lord Sextus Arilan’s step-son and he had dearly wanted to give his prayers to his mentor, Bishop Arilan. As for right now, Chaplain Taggert would be with the Archbishop in chambers and would not be able to take Columcil’s letter.

The other person who had arrived this morning was Magistra Helena. When Columcil had been introduced to her briefly this very morning, he had been struck by her comeliness and her authority as one of the women in charge of the Rhemuth Schola. She was a Healer and seemed close to the archbishop. She had said she would be in conference with the seminary master here at Arx Fidei this morning if anyone had a need for her. Columcil determined that he did have that need.

He put quill to ink and wrote to her a message, explaining that something important had come to his attention and that he needed to leave, but he could not go unless he knew Archbishop Duncan would be cared for if the need arose.  Could she respond back to him if she would oversee the duties that he had so far been responsible for since his grace had collapsed during the funeral service? 

Columcil tossed a little sand over the parchment, then blew it away. Quickly, he folded the page in thirds, then he used a little magic to seal the letter so that only Magistra Helena could open it. He called for the clerk’s aide to hurry the letter to the lady it was addressed to. When the boy was gone, Columcil stood and walked toward the back of the library. The books on spell-cast gems would be somewhere near the back in the chained section so that no one could take the books from the premises.

He perused down two shelves of chained books, thumbing through a volume or two, yet not finding what he was looking for. He was startled when a soft voice spoke behind him.

“Father Columcil, I presume.”

Columcil nearly dropped the book he was examining. He turned quickly. “Aye, Magistra Helena. I hae no expected ye tae come in person.”

“Your letter sounded urgent,” the lady responded. She was of more years than his own, yet not a blemish touched her features. The wimple seemed to frame her face rather than give her the dowdy look of an older nun. When she spoke, she spoke confidently. “I know who you are. Duncan has spoken well of you. And if you are in need, tell me what it is and I would like to help in any way that I can.”

“I thank ye most kindly, Magistra. I cae only leave if you agree to perform my Healer’s duties for the sake of the Archbishop.”

“That is why I am here. I will do that without question.  As for the books that you are reading, those are not Healer’s texts. What is it you seek?”

“May I…?” Columcil asked, holding out his palm. The magistra did not hesitate as she placed her hand inside his. What passed between them was her knowledge that he was Duncan’s grandson and Sir Washburn’s relation. That gave him courage to send across what Lady Aliset had told him. “Ye kin why Ah main gang.”

“I do. However, that is not the book that you seek. Let me see if they have a copy here of the one you want.” Magistra Helena closed her eyes and gave a soft hum, then she turned, opened her eyes and took two steps down the shelf, pointing to a book high up on the top shelf. “I can not reach it, and I will not say how it disappeared from the shelf, nor how it will be returned, but that one is the one that you will need.” She turned to leave, then she turned back. “I am aware of the peril that your cousin has been in for these many days. Duncan has been torn up with worry over Alaric's youngest son. I do not like being the bearer of more troubled news told to his Grace. Yet, I will tell Duncan about our discussion, later, after his meetings have adjourned. To ease his worry, I will tell him to expect a report from you at sunset.  Don’t make him wait. The stress of it will be bad enough for him. Do you understand?”

“Ah do, Magistra Helena. Ah thank ye. Ah wulnae lit mah grandfaither doon,” Columcil said with a bow.

When she had left, and no one was passing by to see, Columcil used a little bit of thievery magic to break the chain and lift the book down from the shelf. He murmured prayers asking for forgiveness as he tucked the spell book under his cloak. He paced quickly out of the library. He would pack his things and be out of the gates of Arx Fidei in a matter of minutes.
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