History Literature / Deryni

29th Dec '16 1:10:44 PM OddHack
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* StalkerWithACrush: Rimmell, in ''Deryni Checkmate''; Conall in ''The Quest for Saint Camber''.

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* StalkerWithACrush: Rimmell, Rimmell in ''Deryni Checkmate''; Conall [[spoiler:Conall]] in ''The Quest for Saint Camber''.
28th Oct '16 3:46:28 PM dlchen145
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*** PurpleEyes: Denis Arilan has violet-blue eyes, and is mysteriously {{Badass}}. Emphasis on the word "mysteriously". (For bonus points, purple is also a color for bishops; they get to wear it in rituals, and their signet rings are amethysts.)

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*** PurpleEyes: Denis Arilan has violet-blue eyes, and is mysteriously {{Badass}}.badass. Emphasis on the word "mysteriously". (For bonus points, purple is also a color for bishops; they get to wear it in rituals, and their signet rings are amethysts.)



** Morgan grieves for Kelson's father Brion, and recalls the harrowing events of the past several days. This is appropriate for Deryni, whose powers are partly psychic and partly [[TheEmpath empathic]], and his reverie functions as an [[ExpositionBeam exposition beam]] between the author and the reader, akin to those used by Deryni in-universe. We also learn of an ambush which Morgan survived largely uninjured, establishing his [[{{Badass}} martial credentials]].

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** Morgan grieves for Kelson's father Brion, and recalls the harrowing events of the past several days. This is appropriate for Deryni, whose powers are partly psychic and partly [[TheEmpath empathic]], and his reverie functions as an [[ExpositionBeam exposition beam]] between the author and the reader, akin to those used by Deryni in-universe. We also learn of an ambush which Morgan survived largely uninjured, establishing his [[{{Badass}} martial credentials]].credentials.



** The relative security of Deryni in Gwynedd (as well as his status as a {{Badass}}) is [[ClothingReflectsPersonality reflected in Alaric Morgan's clothing]]. During his twenties and early thirties as reactionary forces hold sway in the Church and government, [[LimitedWardrobe he generally wears "sable" (black) riding leathers, with a chain mail shirt that "gleamed openly at wrists and throat, boldly belligerent and just a little too ready for trouble".]] By the time Kelson had ruled for several years (in ''The Bishop's Heir''), he's described as having transitioned through muted grey with a deep burgundy cloak, followed by deep blues, then greens and golds and particolours--"the rich jewel tones rather than bright shades". For Kelson's accolade in ''The Quest for Saint Camber'', Morgan was "[c]lad in forest green velvet...ducally crowned with gold and with Kelson's sword in his hands, he looked like some elemental godling--sunlight on forest leaves and pine boughs, puissant and vital". Secure at last?

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** The relative security of Deryni in Gwynedd (as well as his status as a {{Badass}}) badass is [[ClothingReflectsPersonality reflected in Alaric Morgan's clothing]]. During his twenties and early thirties as reactionary forces hold sway in the Church and government, [[LimitedWardrobe he generally wears "sable" (black) riding leathers, with a chain mail shirt that "gleamed openly at wrists and throat, boldly belligerent and just a little too ready for trouble".]] By the time Kelson had ruled for several years (in ''The Bishop's Heir''), he's described as having transitioned through muted grey with a deep burgundy cloak, followed by deep blues, then greens and golds and particolours--"the rich jewel tones rather than bright shades". For Kelson's accolade in ''The Quest for Saint Camber'', Morgan was "[c]lad in forest green velvet...ducally crowned with gold and with Kelson's sword in his hands, he looked like some elemental godling--sunlight on forest leaves and pine boughs, puissant and vital". Secure at last?
12th Sep '16 11:35:45 AM Morgenthaler
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Most of the stories take place in Gwynedd (pronounced "'''GWI'''-neth"), intended to [[FantasyCounterpartCulture mirror]] Britain, including clear fantasy counterparts to Scotland and Wales. In some ways, however, Gwynedd feels closer to Germany or Poland, since it is in central Europe, sharing a border with Torenth, a realm which is the counterpart of [[TsaristRussia Russia]] with aspects of Hungary (such as the vineyards of Arjenol and Komnénë). Gwynedd and Torenth have a history of conflict that spans centuries.

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Most of the stories take place in Gwynedd (pronounced "'''GWI'''-neth"), intended to [[FantasyCounterpartCulture mirror]] Britain, including clear fantasy counterparts to Scotland and Wales. In some ways, however, Gwynedd feels closer to Germany or Poland, since it is in central Europe, sharing a border with Torenth, a realm which is the counterpart of [[TsaristRussia [[UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia Russia]] with aspects of Hungary (such as the vineyards of Arjenol and Komnénë). Gwynedd and Torenth have a history of conflict that spans centuries.
10th Aug '16 8:39:02 PM nombretomado
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* {{Ambadassador}}: Alaric Morgan is one of these offscreen as ''[[Literature/{{Deryni}} Deryni Rising]]'' begins: The reason he's absent from that ill-fated hunting trip is that Wencit of Torenth has been trying to annex Cardosa, a key Gwyneddian city that guards a major pass through the Rheljan Mountains between Torenth and Gwynedd. King Brion tells his son Kelson that Wencit has already broken two treaties in his efforts to get the city, and "Morgan is keeping an eye on it." After Kelson summons Morgan back to the capital [[spoiler: because of Brion's last order]], Wencit takes advantage of his absence and the valley's uneven run-off patterns to take Cardosa before Kelson can send relief forces, and he's in residence there early in ''High Deryni''.

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* {{Ambadassador}}: Alaric Morgan is one of these offscreen as ''[[Literature/{{Deryni}} Deryni Rising]]'' ''Deryni Rising'' begins: The reason he's absent from that ill-fated hunting trip is that Wencit of Torenth has been trying to annex Cardosa, a key Gwyneddian city that guards a major pass through the Rheljan Mountains between Torenth and Gwynedd. King Brion tells his son Kelson that Wencit has already broken two treaties in his efforts to get the city, and "Morgan is keeping an eye on it." After Kelson summons Morgan back to the capital [[spoiler: because of Brion's last order]], Wencit takes advantage of his absence and the valley's uneven run-off patterns to take Cardosa before Kelson can send relief forces, and he's in residence there early in ''High Deryni''.



* CrystalBall: Large ''shiral'' crystals are used this way in the Literature/{{Deryni}} works. Alaric Morgan has a fist-sized one in a golden gryphon holder in ''Deryni Checkmate'', and the Camberian Council have a larger one suspended from the ceiling of their meeting chamber.

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* CrystalBall: Large ''shiral'' crystals are used this way in the Literature/{{Deryni}} Deryni works. Alaric Morgan has a fist-sized one in a golden gryphon holder in ''Deryni Checkmate'', and the Camberian Council have a larger one suspended from the ceiling of their meeting chamber.



* LetsGetDangerous: Mátyás, Liam's uncle-mentor introduced in ''[[Literature/{{Deryni}} King Kelson's Bride]]'', proves to be [[GoodIsNotSoft adept and ruthless at intrigue]] and a powerful mage in thwarting his brothers' attempted ''coup d'etat'' against Liam.

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* LetsGetDangerous: Mátyás, Liam's uncle-mentor introduced in ''[[Literature/{{Deryni}} King ''King Kelson's Bride]]'', Bride'', proves to be [[GoodIsNotSoft adept and ruthless at intrigue]] and a powerful mage in thwarting his brothers' attempted ''coup d'etat'' against Liam.



* MagicEnhancement: In ''[[Literature/{{Deryni}} High Deryni]]'', the Gwyneddian forces receive reports of strange noises coming from the Torenthi camp at night. Morgan and Duncan join Kelson, Nigel, and a couple of scouts to observe, and Morgan uses his powers to extend his hearing. [[spoiler: All agree they hear sounds of construction: sawing, chopping, hammering]].
* MagicKnight: Lots of these throughout the Literature/{{Deryni}} works, including:

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* MagicEnhancement: In ''[[Literature/{{Deryni}} High Deryni]]'', ''High Deryni'', the Gwyneddian forces receive reports of strange noises coming from the Torenthi camp at night. Morgan and Duncan join Kelson, Nigel, and a couple of scouts to observe, and Morgan uses his powers to extend his hearing. [[spoiler: All agree they hear sounds of construction: sawing, chopping, hammering]].
* MagicKnight: Lots of these throughout the Literature/{{Deryni}} Deryni works, including:



* PrematurelyGreyHaired: A couple of these in the ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'' works:

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* PrematurelyGreyHaired: A couple of these in the ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'' ''Deryni'' works:



** PsychicBlockDefense: Literature/{{Deryni}} have what they term "shields" which can be adjusted from a complete blockage down to transparency. The more skilled a Deryni is, the more control s/he has over the adjustment. Since Deryni are also empathic, the shields are quite necessary to protect them from the strong emotions of others as well as keeping their own thoughts and feelings private. Shields can be affected by head injuries or drugs like ''merasha'', and they rapidly degrade when a Deryni dies. A few people thought to be human (Sean Lord Derry and Sir Kenneth Morgan, Earl of Lendour ''de jure uxorius''[[note]]in right of his wife[[/note]] among them) are found to have rudimentary shields. Psychic walls can also be constructed in the minds of people (human or Deryni) who have sensitive information that must be protected.

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** PsychicBlockDefense: Literature/{{Deryni}} Deryni have what they term "shields" which can be adjusted from a complete blockage down to transparency. The more skilled a Deryni is, the more control s/he has over the adjustment. Since Deryni are also empathic, the shields are quite necessary to protect them from the strong emotions of others as well as keeping their own thoughts and feelings private. Shields can be affected by head injuries or drugs like ''merasha'', and they rapidly degrade when a Deryni dies. A few people thought to be human (Sean Lord Derry and Sir Kenneth Morgan, Earl of Lendour ''de jure uxorius''[[note]]in right of his wife[[/note]] among them) are found to have rudimentary shields. Psychic walls can also be constructed in the minds of people (human or Deryni) who have sensitive information that must be protected.
10th Aug '16 8:37:19 PM nombretomado
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* {{Ambadassador}}: Alaric Morgan is one of these offscreen as ''[[{{Deryni}} Deryni Rising]]'' begins: The reason he's absent from that ill-fated hunting trip is that Wencit of Torenth has been trying to annex Cardosa, a key Gwyneddian city that guards a major pass through the Rheljan Mountains between Torenth and Gwynedd. King Brion tells his son Kelson that Wencit has already broken two treaties in his efforts to get the city, and "Morgan is keeping an eye on it." After Kelson summons Morgan back to the capital [[spoiler: because of Brion's last order]], Wencit takes advantage of his absence and the valley's uneven run-off patterns to take Cardosa before Kelson can send relief forces, and he's in residence there early in ''High Deryni''.

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* {{Ambadassador}}: Alaric Morgan is one of these offscreen as ''[[{{Deryni}} ''[[Literature/{{Deryni}} Deryni Rising]]'' begins: The reason he's absent from that ill-fated hunting trip is that Wencit of Torenth has been trying to annex Cardosa, a key Gwyneddian city that guards a major pass through the Rheljan Mountains between Torenth and Gwynedd. King Brion tells his son Kelson that Wencit has already broken two treaties in his efforts to get the city, and "Morgan is keeping an eye on it." After Kelson summons Morgan back to the capital [[spoiler: because of Brion's last order]], Wencit takes advantage of his absence and the valley's uneven run-off patterns to take Cardosa before Kelson can send relief forces, and he's in residence there early in ''High Deryni''.



* CrystalBall: Large ''shiral'' crystals are used this way in the {{Deryni}} works. Alaric Morgan has a fist-sized one in a golden gryphon holder in ''Deryni Checkmate'', and the Camberian Council have a larger one suspended from the ceiling of their meeting chamber.

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* CrystalBall: Large ''shiral'' crystals are used this way in the {{Deryni}} Literature/{{Deryni}} works. Alaric Morgan has a fist-sized one in a golden gryphon holder in ''Deryni Checkmate'', and the Camberian Council have a larger one suspended from the ceiling of their meeting chamber.



* LetsGetDangerous: Mátyás, Liam's uncle-mentor introduced in ''[[{{Deryni}} King Kelson's Bride]]'', proves to be [[GoodIsNotSoft adept and ruthless at intrigue]] and a powerful mage in thwarting his brothers' attempted ''coup d'etat'' against Liam.

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* LetsGetDangerous: Mátyás, Liam's uncle-mentor introduced in ''[[{{Deryni}} ''[[Literature/{{Deryni}} King Kelson's Bride]]'', proves to be [[GoodIsNotSoft adept and ruthless at intrigue]] and a powerful mage in thwarting his brothers' attempted ''coup d'etat'' against Liam.



* MagicEnhancement: In ''[[{{Deryni}} High Deryni]]'', the Gwyneddian forces receive reports of strange noises coming from the Torenthi camp at night. Morgan and Duncan join Kelson, Nigel, and a couple of scouts to observe, and Morgan uses his powers to extend his hearing. [[spoiler: All agree they hear sounds of construction: sawing, chopping, hammering]].
* MagicKnight: Lots of these throughout the {{Deryni}} works, including:

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* MagicEnhancement: In ''[[{{Deryni}} ''[[Literature/{{Deryni}} High Deryni]]'', the Gwyneddian forces receive reports of strange noises coming from the Torenthi camp at night. Morgan and Duncan join Kelson, Nigel, and a couple of scouts to observe, and Morgan uses his powers to extend his hearing. [[spoiler: All agree they hear sounds of construction: sawing, chopping, hammering]].
* MagicKnight: Lots of these throughout the {{Deryni}} Literature/{{Deryni}} works, including:



** PsychicBlockDefense: {{Deryni}} have what they term "shields" which can be adjusted from a complete blockage down to transparency. The more skilled a Deryni is, the more control s/he has over the adjustment. Since Deryni are also empathic, the shields are quite necessary to protect them from the strong emotions of others as well as keeping their own thoughts and feelings private. Shields can be affected by head injuries or drugs like ''merasha'', and they rapidly degrade when a Deryni dies. A few people thought to be human (Sean Lord Derry and Sir Kenneth Morgan, Earl of Lendour ''de jure uxorius''[[note]]in right of his wife[[/note]] among them) are found to have rudimentary shields. Psychic walls can also be constructed in the minds of people (human or Deryni) who have sensitive information that must be protected.

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** PsychicBlockDefense: {{Deryni}} Literature/{{Deryni}} have what they term "shields" which can be adjusted from a complete blockage down to transparency. The more skilled a Deryni is, the more control s/he has over the adjustment. Since Deryni are also empathic, the shields are quite necessary to protect them from the strong emotions of others as well as keeping their own thoughts and feelings private. Shields can be affected by head injuries or drugs like ''merasha'', and they rapidly degrade when a Deryni dies. A few people thought to be human (Sean Lord Derry and Sir Kenneth Morgan, Earl of Lendour ''de jure uxorius''[[note]]in right of his wife[[/note]] among them) are found to have rudimentary shields. Psychic walls can also be constructed in the minds of people (human or Deryni) who have sensitive information that must be protected.
26th Jun '16 5:51:29 PM 69BookWorM69
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* PrematurelyGreyHaired: A couple of these in the ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'' works:
** The architect Rimmell in ''Deryni Checkmate'' had white hair since a childhood encounter with an old woman popularly supposed to be a Deryni witch. Some unknown magic of hers was blamed for the overnight change in hair colour.
** Judhael in ''The Bishop's Heir'' and ''The King's Justice'' is in his late thirties, yet his hair is grey-white. Unlike Rimmell, his hair colour is not blamed on magic from a Deryni.
3rd Jun '16 12:14:29 AM Morgenthaler
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*** BlondGuysAreEvil: Subverted by Alaric Morgan, who is very blond and [[SelfMadeMyth cultivates]] [[ShroudedInMyth a dangerous reputation]] (complete with black wardrobe) despite being among the most heroic of the lot.
26th Apr '16 8:07:18 AM 69BookWorM69
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* DivineRightOfKIngs: King Kelson Haldane very specifically distinguishes his "Haldane" powers from those of ordinary Deryni and associates them with his right to rule. He's quite explicit about this when testifying before Archbishop Cardiel in the matter of Duncan [=McLain's=] marriage.

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* DivineRightOfKIngs: DivineRightOfKings: King Kelson Haldane very specifically distinguishes his "Haldane" powers from those of ordinary Deryni and associates them with his right to rule. He's quite explicit about this when testifying before Archbishop Cardiel in the matter of Duncan [=McLain's=] marriage.
26th Apr '16 7:49:12 AM Discar
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* DivineRightOfKIngs: King Kelson Haldane very specifically distinguishes his "Haldane" powers from those of ordinary Deryni and associates them with his right to rule. He's quite explicit about this when testifying before Archbishop Cardiel in the matter of Duncan [=McLain's=] marriage.
29th Mar '16 1:01:59 PM roxana
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** Kelson's heir, born in the year 1130 (according to the ''Codex''), is christened Javan Uthyr Richard Urien Haldane; the prince's first name is that of the ill-fated King Javan Haldane, King Cinhil's second surviving son (and the protagonist of ''King Javan's Year''), and his third name honours Kelson's great uncle and Araxie's father, Prince Richard Haldane Duke of Carthmoor.

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** Kelson's heir, born in the year 1130 (according to the ''Codex''), is christened Javan Uthyr Richard Urien Haldane; the prince's first name is that of the ill-fated King Javan Haldane, King Cinhil's second surviving son (and the protagonist of ''King Javan's Year''), and his third name honours Kelson's great uncle and Araxie's father, Prince Richard Haldane Duke of Carthmoor. And is it coincidence that his other two names are those of Haldane Kings with Deryni mothers?
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