And, notably, this is the only one of the thirteen treasures to belong to a woman.
Lunete, to use the French spelling I first met her under, is herself a pretty interesting lady. She is one of the four-and-twenty daughters of King Brychan, and precisely how she came to be in possession of any magic items at all remains a mystery. But at some point, she went off to serve in the Castle of Landuc, under the Lady Laudine, and with her went a stone and a ring.
18 Apr 2012
Of course, Arthur might have been being selfish, or have had some specific use in mind for the Red Coat, but honestly, how many goodies does one man need?
11 Apr 2012
I’ve been laid up with a cold the last couple of days. You know the way that works, right? Where you can just about manage enough energy to either make yourself a grilled cheese sandwich and some tomato soup or eat that soup and sandwich combo?
And I found myself wishing for the crock and dish of Rhygenydd the Cleric, in which you will find whatever food you might wish for. I mean, giant bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich, here I come!
Like Clydno, of Magic Halter fame, Gwenddoleu is descended from Old King Cole. The juxtaposition makes one wonder if perhaps we should discuss not the Halter of Clydno and the Chessboard of Gwenddoleu but the assorted treasures of Coel Hen and how he won them.
But that knowledge is lost to us. It cannot be said if Gwenddoleu came by these items from Coel Hen’s treasury or by their own merits.
What can be said is that Gwenddoleu owned a chessboard of gold and chessmen of silver and when laid out, these would play by themselves.
14 Mar 2012
But, unlike Logan or Han, between these two guys named Padarn, there only seems to be one coat. I suppose, though, that there’s something to be said for owning a magic coat, whether or not you got it as a hand-me-down from some other guy also named Padarn. Maybe the coat likes guys named Padarn. It is a kind of cool name.
7 Mar 2012
Rhydderech Hael is said to be one of the three generous kings of Britain, a group of men who are only beaten out by Bran the Stingy, and he was always willing to loan this sword, called Dyrnwyn, to anyone.
29 Feb 2012
The whetstone of Tudwal Tudglyd is the only one of the Treasures of Britain that I believe has been lost forever. The others have mostly, as mentioned, made their ways back out of the Glass House and returned to the world. But the whetstone? I have reason to believe what Myrddin received had already lost its power, having been used to make the White Sword of Rhydderech.
But then, maybe I’ve heard wrong.
24 Feb 2012
One of the great mysteries of the Ingressa has always been how various animal species have moved from world to world within the populated portions of the galaxy. The number of theories proposed, discarded, and reexamined regarding the phenomenon are varied and controversial, while the facets of the subject are sociological, biological, and economical, to name a few pertinent fields. Certainly, we see at least one major academic specializing in one or more of those disciplines who feels the Ingressa’s population of old Earth animals should be her field’s primary concern every five years or so.
23 Feb 2012
In the distant south of Caralis is a range of mountains that connects the uninhabited polar regions to the sparsely populated fringes of the planet’s smallest continent. The mountains run nearly a thousand kilometers, separated frequently by ocean channels where their valleys dip too deep, and outlined on either side by narrow shores. Some thirty or forty independent mining settlements cling to their sides, but no nation has ever tried to claim the mountains for itself.
Competition for the rights to mining operations began with the discovery of pockets of high-purity bismuth, valuable for the creation of the delicate circuitry in psionically empowered devices. Mining companies from Caralis’ Galerine provinces bid against each other to buy entire villages and the mines on which they were built, and before long, offworld companies joined in: Skandakata’s Nidhi Exploration Company, the Wuyun Corporation of Wéiān, and at least three front-companies controlled by TDA. During a meeting of representatives from these groups in the village of Aesis, the discovery of an artifact in one of the mines caused negotiations to take an unexpectedly mythic turn.
22 Feb 2012
The Cauldron of Dyrnwch the Giant will only cook for the brave; a coward’s food will never boil in it. (I wonder if that is what’s up with my back burner.) If that doesn’t sound useful to you, think about some of your friends. Do you know a guy or three who are all bluff and bluster? What about a quiet one who’s just always there to help someone out of trouble? Would you have ever have found it useful to know one from the other ahead of time?