Dragonlords of Dumnonia

Ryanon's Base Camp

Newsletter 17

June 23, 1999

(Revised 12/26/05)

The Dragonlord's Forum

The world of Centuria is copyright ©L.A. Malcor 1994

Welcome to the Dragonlords of Dumnonia newsletter for Ryanon's Base Camp. The following is information to keep you up-to-date on what's happening around Centuria. Good luck to you in battle or adventure.

Events

These are upcoming online events. Please check the message board on the main site and the events schedule on the Members Only site frequently. Dates do change occasionally, and other information you need to enjoy the RPs is linked to each event. We don't want to clutter your mailboxes with all of this data, so please make use of the website as much as you can.

Special Note:  This month's RP will be held on Delphi. Note the change! If people like this new system, we will abandon IRC and go with Delphi permanently. You should have received your invite in your e-mail, but not all of you have visited the forum yet. Please do so prior to the event if you have not done so already. If you need an invite to the forum, message Online Coordinator Dragonlord Krin at Legend@malcor.com if you have any problems.

Terran Date Centurian Date Event Description
March 22, 1999 15.05.1999 Feast of Pain; Battle for Krin's and Gavain's Base Camps and Rainier's Camp (Ryanon's, Darrell's and Talon's Camps are on leave and may help out where they will); Aftermath. (Ongoing as E-mail RP; Please Contribute!)
June 28, 1999 7.09.1999 Feast of Druids; Anala returns from Dragonquest; Anala Bonds with Dragon.
July 26, 1999 11.10.1999 Fast of the Dead; Horse Races at Red Bluff Castle; need additional plot.
August 23, 1999 16.11.1999 Feast of the War Goddess; Battle Dance at the King's Camp in Dumnonia, Rainier's Base Camp in Rashtar and Krin's Base Camp on the Other Continent.

If you have suggestions for additional plots or for other activities that you would like to see during the online RP sessions, contact the online coordinator, Dragonlord Krin, at Legend@malcor.com.

Adoptables

Here are the characters who are currently available for adoption. Message Dragonlord Krin at Legend@malcor.com if you'd like to give any of these folks a home!

FROM THE DRAGONLORD

Special Note: The dialog and created rituals described in this essay are ©1994 L.A. Malcor. They may not be reproduced in any form.

Greetings!

Since we will have a character completing a Dragonquest and Bonding with a Dragon at the next event, and since Dragonfire is having massive technical difficulties (and probably will continue to do so for a while), I've decided to devote this essay to Questing and Bonding.

To become a Dragonrider you must:

  1. Be a full-blooded Dumnonian. No other race can survive the Training that the Bonded Pair must undergo before joining a Dragonlord's century. This includes Pairs that will join the Other Continent centuries. There's always a possibility that circumstances will result in such Pairs having to transfer to one of the desert centuries, and they have to be able to survive in both the Dumnonian and Cinnamarian deserts if they are going to fight there. (Non-Dumnonians may Bond with Mutants or with Permanently Shapeshifted Bronzes.)
  2. Be a full Warrior. That means the Rider is at least thirty years of age and are most likely older. (An exception is being made at this next event. Anala is only twenty-seven. She became a fighter for Jule's Caravan at age ten, where she helped her family fight their way across the Other Continent, the Great Wood, Daethia, Rashtar, and Dumnonia. She advanced to Raider at age fourteen and became a warrior at age eighteen, when she left on her first quest. (In other words, her sheet is messed up, the best indication of which is that her rank is given as Dragonrider when she doesn't have a Dragon yet <g>. I really do need a volunteer to help me proof the sheets some day and make sure they conform to the rules that we finally worked out for Dragonlords.)
  3. Complete ten solo missions into Mount Cinnamar in the name of the Dumnonian Ruler. After each mission, the Warrior must return to the King's Camp and present the ruler with some tangible proof of the great deeds done in his name (usually a bit of fancy treasure, a wondrous magical object, or something like that will suffice). The Ruler has the power to refuse to count your mission, so most people make this proof something pretty special.

Completing the tenth mission, known as the Dragonquest, earns you the right either to request a warband or to be Bonded with a Dumnonian Bronze. The Ruler may refuse to grant that request as well.

If the Warrior is a Dumnonian or non-Dumnonian who wants to Bond with a Mutant, he/she does not have to undertake these Quests. If the person is a non-Warrior and yet wishes to Bond with a Mutant, that is possible if the mutant came from the mass hatching when Shane and Miranda fought their Battle in the Dragon's Back Mountains. (This is an option for newly created characters only; it is not possible for pre-existing characters who do not already ride Mutants.)

There are a few Bronzes who started out their lives as something else. Perhaps a sandhog or a pocket rat. Maybe even a Krill. Through magic and a bit of divine intervention, these creatures were forced to shapeshift permanently out of their natural form and into the shape of a Bronze Dragon. These Bronzes are like True Bronzes in every respect, except they preserve a portion of the mindset of whatever creature they originally were and they have not had the extensive Training that True Bronzes must undergo. It is considered too dangerous to allow such Dragons to fly with a desert century. But if you Bond with a shifted Dragon, you can either raid Mount Cinnamar on your own, sign on to fly cover for a caravan, fly with a Rashtaran century, fly with an Other Continent century or find some other way to earn your keep. Because these Dragons are not True Bronzes, non-Dumnonians are allowed to Bond with them.

Most non-Dumnonians Bond with mutants. There are two types of mutants. The first is from the group that has been subjected to shield spells, time magic spells, and a lot of other complications most people don't want to think about. The second is those eggs that are currently being laid near the Valley of Ancients. The mutants in the first group are only available to new characters, but they may Bond with non-Dumnonians and non-Warriors. The mutants in the second group may be earned by any non-Dumnonian Warrior. Characters who are Bonded to mutants must reside in Rashtar until their dragons are Trained, which will be in a year or more. So you might want to think twice about asking for a mutant.

Since Anala is a full Dumnonian and will be Bonding with a Bronze, let's take a closer look at this ceremony.

Upon the completion of a Dragonquest, a Warrior is granted an audience with the Dumnonian Ruler. At this audience, the Warrior may request either a warband or the right to Bond with a Dumnonian Bronze. The Ruler is under no obligation to grant either request and may simply send the Warrior out on another mission. If the Warrior asks for a warband, the Ruler will send word to the caravaneer enclave of the camp, and those creatures who are interested in following the Warrior will report to the Ruler's Tent to be presented to their new leader. If, however, the Warrior asks to Bond with a Dumnonian Bronze, then the Ruler and the Warrior report to the Valley of Ancients where the following ceremony takes place.

The would-be Rider stands on the floor of the Valley of Ancients, facing the doors of Corin's Tomb. The Dumnonian Ruler and the Council of Ancients take their places atop the cliffs of the Valley. The Ruler then presents the Warrior's request to the Council. The Ruler verifies that the Warrior has satisfactorily completed a Dragonquest and is worthy of Bonding with a Bronze. If the Council agrees with the Ruler's assessment of the Warrior, the UnBonded Dragons who want a Rider are summoned to the Valley.

Once the UnBonded Dragons have assembled, the Ruler introduces the Warrior to them using this formula: "A Rider presents himself [or herself]! A very worthy/good/decent [or whatever the Ruler's assessment of the Warrior is] one! [The Ruler next lists at least one but preferably three of the Warrior's outstanding accomplishments or qualifications.] I give to you [Warrior's name]! Is there one among you who will consent to Bond with him [or her]?"

If no Dragon agrees to Bond with the Warrior, the Ruler sends the disappointed individual back out on another mission.

If more than one Dragon agrees to Bond with the Warrior, the Ruler, guided by the wisdom of the Council of Ancients, selects the future-Bond Partner.

The Dragon then asks the Warrior: "What about it, [Warrior's name]? Will you walk through the door of Corin's Tomb with me?"

If the warrior agrees, the Dragon takes his or her humanform and the Pair approaches the doors of Corin's Tomb.

The Dumnonian Ruler meets the would-be partners at the doors of the Tomb.

Dragon and warrior drop in salaams to their monarch.

The Ruler waits for the pair to straighten, then begins the Call and Response. The questions asked by the Ruler are a magic spell and must be recited exactly (with variations for permanently shifted Bronzes and Mutants). The answers given by the Pair are somewhat flexible in their wording.

Throughout the questioning, the Ruler stares intently into the respondents' eyes, forming a mental link with each member of the Pair.

Ruler: "[Warrior's name], having completed ten missions in my name, you come before me to claim your reward. I remind you that it is your right to ask for an entire band of warriors to command. You will never be given another chance to make this request. Will you give up that command to be joined instead with the [Dragon's Age Category] Dragon [Dragon's name], Bonded soul-to-soul, heart-to-heart, until Death or Judgment severs that Bond?"

Warrior: "Yes, I will."

Ruler: "Will you care for him/her needs before your own in both his/her dragon- and her humanform?"

Warrior: "I will."

Ruler: "Will you submit without protest to the Judgment of the Council if, for any reason--be it your fault or no--he/she comes to harm?"

Warrior: "I will."

Ruler [turning to the Dragon]: "Will you, [Dragon's name], give up your freedom and do the bidding of this warrior, serving him/her to the best of your ability with body, mind and soul?"

Dragon: "I will." [That's all that's required, but most Dragons are a bit more wordy than that.]

Ruler: "Will you give up all wealth to him/her that he/she might purchase what he needs to care for you?"

Dragon: "I will."

Ruler: "Will you guard yourself against harm so that your Rider will never have to face the Council on account of you?"

Dragon: "I will."

Warrior [to Ruler]: "We are agreed. Create the Bond." [If the Warrior doesn't know to make this request, he/she will be prompted by the Dragon.]

The Ruler embraces the warrior. A magic spell triggers, laying bare the warrior's soul and mind. The Ruler then embraces the Dragon's humanform, triggering a similar spell.

The Ruler then charges: "Do not touch until the magic of Corin instructs you to do so." The Ruler uses a spell to open the doors to the Tomb. "If you will be Bonded, enter herein."

Sometimes the Ruler adds a final command, telling the Pair to look for something or to ask Corin's shade something in particular when they see him, then he sends the Warrior and Dragon into the Tomb.

That, then, is an overview of Quests and Bonding. See you at the RP!

Eternal Death to the Dark One!

Dragonlord Krin


If you have a suggestion for an essay that you would like to see in this column, send it to Dragonlord Krin at Legend@malcor.com.

Birthdays

For Members:

July:

10--Danielle DiFronzo
23--Cait Macanliss
30--Michelle

August: None.

September:

21--David Rhodus
26--Chad Barnard

For Characters:

Month 10: Fast of the Dead

  3.10.1962--Dragonrider Tedlan
  3.10.1965--Journeyman Bard Sumner
  5.10.1981--Stripling Maerah
  8.10.1973--Servant Shimmer
  8.10.1980--Dragonrider Anadon
  9.10.1984--Squeak the Pixie
  10.10.1953--Dragonrider Saraun
  13.10.1932--Journeyman Caravaneer Riata
  14.10.1952--Dragonrider Mannon
  18.10.1971--Bronze Dragon Seyyal

Month 11: Feast of the War Goddess

  1.11.1951--Servant Mer
  2.11.1135--Fairy Lord Leylan
  2.11.1135 --Fairy Lady Leylana
  2.11.1968--Lady Zara
  5.11.1958--Master Beast Guilder (Jockey) Reva
  5.11.7MR (19.18.1996)--Dragonrider Kilian
  6.11.1978--Mutant Dragonrider Yarrow
  8.11.1958--Dragonrider Clon
  8.11.1996--Shiri (child)
  12.11.1977--Skimmer the Sprite
  17.11.1963--Dragonrider Shirill
  20.11.1958--Lady Hana

Month 12: Fast of Peace

  1.12.1958--Dragonrider Jorex
  1.12.1941--Lady Lania
  4.12.1888--Pixie Bard Rowan
  6.12.1953--Dragonrider Tazaran
  7.12.1934--Dragonlord Gavain
  12.12.1947--Noble Caleb
  17.12.1040--Arion (Unicorn)
  19.12.1952--Warrior Tristan

Month 13: Feast of the Elven King

  1.13.1936--Dragonlord Darrell
  1.13.1941--Master Beasy Guilder (Jockey) Rayzel
  2.13.1966--Journeyman Beast Guilder Ruta
  3.13.1979--Apprentice Caravaneer Jana
  4.13.1992--Noam (child)
  5.13.1885--Dragonrider Maclane
  5.13.1940--Lord Geyron
  6.13.1976--Apprentice Beast Guilder (Jockey) Uri
  8.13.1950--Dragonrider Faryed
  9.13.1944--Servant Bel

Other Birthdays of Interest:

June: 24--Mercedes Lackey

July: 28--Larry Dixon

Positions Vacant

These positions still need to be filled. We'd really appreciate the help!

  1. Banker: If you are great with numbers (or if you simply know how to use Excel or a similar program) this is the job for you! We need help keeping track of all that treasure you folks are picking up in battle, what you are buying at market days, what you are winning at the races, and all the other little details that go into making Dragonlords run smoothly. Any budding moneychangers out there <g>?

  2. Timeline Keeper: We need some help reconciling the timeline from the Centuria series with the club timeline. The job involves going through the books and short stories to detail what happened when. Anyone want to lend a hand?
  3. Proofreader: As you noticed in this month's essay, we need people to help proofread the character sheets and other materials for glitches. Any budding editors out there who would like to lend a hand?

Contact Dragonlord Krin at Legend@malcor.com for more details.

Awaken the Dragons!

We need stories and art for Awaken the Dragons!, the fanzine for Ryanon's Base Camp. The next deadline is June 30th . Please write <g>!

Send stories or poems to Lady Zara at amberfocus@hotmail.com. Artwork should be sent directly to Brass Dragon Majidah at SlideNSpin@aol.com. Remember, you need to file a release form with L.A. Malcor prior to the publication of the 'zine if you contribute text. (No release is necessary for artwork.) Release forms are available online at

http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/release.htm

Full submission guidelines are at

http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/submit.htm

Please remember to send all submissions in ASCII or .TXT format.

Ads

"DRAGONPROPHET" PUBLISHED!

The first of the Centuria stories was published online by Eternity Magazine.

"Dragonprophet" has been nominated for Best Story of the Year for Eternity Magazine. Please vote for it, if you haven't already done so. If you have already voted, many thanks!

Also, remember that members of Dragonlords are entitled to read the completed, yet unpublished, Centuria stories. Contact Dragonlord Krin at Legend@malcor.com for your copies.

Other Publication News.

"Unfair Trade" has won fifth place in the Pulp Eternity Dragon Fiction contest.

From Scythia to Camelot, the nonfiction book about King Arthur that I coauthored with C. Scott Littleton, will be going into paperback. Estimated release date is September 1999, and the cover price will probably be somewhere around $25.95.

My article on Lucius Artorius Castus, the Roman soldier who I think was the historical figure behind the legends of King Arthur, is online at

http://members.aol.com/heroicage1/Issue1/halac.htm

Dragonlords Webring.

Dragonlords has started its own webring. You can find out how to join the ring at

http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/wrdlords.htm

Only members of Dragonlords may join the ring, but they may add as many sites (business, personal, or to another group whose sites are maintained by a Dragonlords member) as they please.

Dragonlords' Chat List.

Dragonlords has started a new chat list where you can discuss the Centuria books (or anything else <g>) with L.A. Malcor. The URL to join the list is

http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/chat.htm

Dragonlords' Bookstore.

If you want to buy a book online, remember that Dragonlords has a store in association with Amazon.com. When you buy through our store, Dragonlords earns a fee. All money goes to help defray the cost of running Dragonlords so our memberships can stay free. The URL of our bookstore is

http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/bkstore.htm

Dragonlords' Video Store.

Dragonlords also has an online video store in association with Reel.com. You can look up filmographies of actors and directors as well as buy videos. Proceeds go to help defray the cost of running Dragonlords. [Discontinued March 15, 2000]

There is a new special section for the Academy Awards. Check it out!

Dragonlords' T-shirt

Dragonlords has covered its expenses and is starting to earn enough money for us to do something fun for our members. The BOD has decided that what we would like to do with the extra money is subsidize T-shirts for all members of the club (We may be able to buy the shirts outright for people; it depends on how many folks want them.).

If you would like to submit a design for the club T-shirt, send your suggestion in .gif or .jpg format to Dragonlord Krin at Legend@malcor.com. Try to keep your design suggestions to four colors or less, since that will significantly cut our costs. Since we received no submissions the first time we tried this, let's try it again . Submissions will close June 30th, 1999 at midnight. Krin will put the suggestions up on a webpage so we can vote on what we like best. Once the design is chosen, Krin will put up a sign-up sheet so we can see how many people actually want the shirts. Pricing will vary, depending on how many shirts are ordered.

Additional Ads

The following ads are run as a courtesy to other fandoms. They are not connected to Dragonlords, and Dragonlords is not responsible for their content.

Golden Grove

is the California Chapter of Queen’s Own. A subscription costs twelve stamps/four dollars for twelve issues. Foreign subscriptions are nine IRCs a year. Half year subscriptions are available for half the price of a standard subscription. All states and countries are welcome. Planned mailing dates are always the first of the month. Old members are encouraged to contact the current editor with news of their whereabouts. Submissions are always needed.

For more information, write to:

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Or e-mail: minna@adelphia.net
Subject: Golden Grove

Sink or Swim

is a helpful guide for aspiring editors, based on the experiences of past and present editors. It costs $1.50 for a copy. Checks made payable to Aurora Nelson.

E-mail: evillurking@gmail.com
Subject: Sink or Swim

or write:

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Rea’s Mysterious Project

Wanted: Submissions for Rea’s Mysterious Project. Must not be set in anyone else’s world, all submissions must be original, published nowhere else. Money to be earned if your submission is good enough. Contact Aurora Nelson.

Movie News

Ray Harryhausen (7th Voyage of Sinbad/Clash of the Titans) Robert Tapert (Producer/Creator XENA) and others will be In Person and Honored JULY 21-23. Visit

http://www.argonautfoundation.com

for more details.

Update: TOM HANKS has accepted to be the recipient of the "RAY HARRYHAUSEN AWARD" plus additional screenings and Ray's colleges. Further details at:

http://www.argonautfoundation.com

You have completed your assignment thus far;
continue to strive onwards.

Until next forum,
keep safe!

Brass Dragon Majidah

(This issue of the Forum compiled by Dragonlord Krin for Brass Dragon Majidah.)

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