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The PARVERIAN TALES Issue #14
by Mike Jordan

~FEATURING~
"THE PENTECOST KING"
Part SIX


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THE PARVERIAN TALES Vol. 2 No. 14  © 2015-16 is published by BIG RED A PRESS, 18 Arnold Dr. Lisbon, Me. 04250 of which, Mike Jordan is the sole owner and operator.  The main contents of this book are © 2015-16 by Michael Jordan.  "The Pentecost King" is © 1998 by Michael Jordan.    Any similarities between any of the characters in this publication and any person, living of dead, is purely coincidental-except for practically every other character in this story, depending on how much of the old legends you choose to believe.

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    EFORE WE GET GOING ON THE SCENE BY SCENE BREAKDOWN FOR THIS SESSION, WE'D LIKE TO SAY A FEW THINGS ABOUT OUR NEWEST, PERMANENT CAST MEMBER, BRITOMART-ER, ESMERÉE, KING RIENCE'S DAUGHTER.  WE'D HAD A CONTEST IN THE SUMMER OF 2015 TO DECIDE WHETHER SHE WOULD STAY ON OR NOT, AND, AFTER ALL THE VOTES WERE TALLIED, IT WAS PRETTY MUCH UNANIMOUS (ALTHOUGH FOR VARIED REASONS) THAT SHE'D STAY.  THIS MEANT NOT JUST A REWRITE OF THAT SCENE, BUT ALSO A REVAMP OF HER CHARACTER, FOR REASONS WHICH WILL COME CLEAR IN THE BOOK (BOY, IS RIENCE A CREEP!!) AND BECAUSE HER OLD COSTUME HAD ALL BUT DWINDLED TO NOTHING SINCE HER FIRST APPEARANCE.  SO, USING REFERENCES FROM GREEK, AMAZON (LOTS FROM THE STATUE OF QUEEN ANTIOP BY EUGENE HEBERT), AND SCYTHIAN, MR. J  COBBLED TOGETHER HER NEW DUDS.  LET'S HOPE SHE CAN HANG ONTO THE BITS AND PIECES LONGER THAN WITH THE LAST ONE.
     IN THE FIRST SCENE, WITH GWENYTH, OTHER THAN THE FATS THAT ARTHUR PULLED THE SWORD AGAIN ON EASTER, URIENS AND THE REST WHINED ABOUT IT AGAIN, AND THE NEXT SESSION WAS POSTPONED UNTIL PENTECOST, THE REST WAS PURE EXTRAPOLATION ON OUR PART.  KARDENS AND EGGLAME WERE REAL ROUND TABLE KNIGHTS, BUT NOTHING WAS EVER SAID ABOUT THEIR BEING AT THAT PARTICULAR SWORD PULL, NOR WAS LANCELOT MENTIONED AS BEING ANYWHERE NEAR LONDON AT THAT TIME.
     IN THE SECOND SCENE, WITH ERIC, MALDREN, AND FARANIAR, RIENCE WAS A CHARACTER FROM THE ARTHURIAN LEGENDS AND HE DID HAVE A PENCHANT FOR BEARDS, AND WHEN HE WAS IN FACT CAPTURED FOR HIS MAN MISDEEDS, BALAN AND BALIN WERE INVOLVED, BUT, AS TO HOW THAT CAME ABOUT, HIS ROSY DISPOSITION, AND HIS FALLING OUT WITH HID DAUGHTER WERE STRAIGHT, DYED-IN-THE-WOOL PT.
     IN THE THIRD SCENE, WITH VALERIAN, THERE ISN'T MUCH THER ISN'T EXTRAPOLATION.  BEDEVERE, ULFIUS (REMEMBER HIM FROM ISSUE 9?), AND GRIFLET ARE ALL KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE (AS ARE LUCAN-THE LITTLE GUY BEHIND BED-AND BRASTIAS AND SAGRAMORE-THE TWO WORKING ON THE R SHACKLES-BUT THEY ARE ALL UNNAMED IN THIS ISSUE), BUT NOTHING WAS EVER SAID ABOUT THEIR BEING CAPTURED AND HELD BY MORGAN.  ALL OUT OF MR. J'S FEBRILE MIND WE'RE AFRAID, AS IS THE ENCOUNTER WITH THE VAMPIRE-ALTHOUGH MORE WILL BE SAID ABOUT THAT LATER.
     AT FIRST GLANCE, SCENE FOUR SEEMS TO BE JUST A REPLAY OF GWENYTH'S FIRST MEETING WITH LEODEGRANCE FROM ISSUE #10, WHICH WOULD BE SORT OF A CHEAP ON OUR PART IF IT WERE, BUT IT WAS THERE TO SHOW THE SUBTLE CHANGES IN THE KING'S ATTITUDE TOWARD ARTHUR AND CREW AND TO MOVE LANCELOT INTO POSITION FOR NEXT ISSUE.  NONE OF IT, WE'RE SORRY TO REPORT, HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH ANY OF THE ACTUAL LEGENDS.
     IN THE FINAL SCENE, BACK IN IRELAND, WHICH IS REALLY A CONTINUATION OF THE SECOND SCENE AND DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING MORE TO DO WITH THE OLD STORIES THAN ALREADY STATED, MR. J HAD TO DO EXTENSIVE REWRITES BECAUSE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED CONTEST.  RIENCE ORIGINALLY WASN'T THE UNMITIGATED JERK THAT WAS NECESSITATED BY HER LEAVING, BECAUSE IN THE ORIGINAL SCRIPT, SHE AGREED TO STAY TO PLAY REGENT IN HER FATHER'S ABSENCE.  IT ALSO PLAYED HOST TO A TEARFUL GOODBYE BETWEEN BRITOMART AND FARANIAR, WHICH WOULD HAVE PROMPTED A LOT OF PINING AND SUCH UNTIL THEY WERE EVENTUALLY REUNITED.  IT WAS ALSO TO CONTAIN A SCENE WHERE OUR BARBARIAN WOULD REVEAL A BIT OF HIS PAST AS TO WHY HE WAS SO APPREHENSIVE ABOUT GETTING INTO A RELATIONSHIP WITH ANOTHER WOMAN.  (THAT'S FORESHADOWING AT ITS MOST VIRULENT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!!!).  BUT, BECAUSE SHE GOT VOTED IN A A CAST MEMBER AND IS GOING WITH THE CREW, ALL OF THAT WASN'T NECESSARY, BUT MUCH O IT WILL PLAY OUT IN THE STORIES TO COME-THAT'S A PROMISE.
     THAT'S ABOUT IT FOR THIS INSTALLMENT (EXCEPT FOR A SERVING OF OUR NOW INFAMOUS OUTTAKES), BUT WE'LL HAVE PLENTY MORE EXCITING INSIGHTS LIKE THESE FOR YOU NEXT TIME AROUND, SAME PT TIME, SAME PT CHANNEL.

SO, UNTIL THEN           
KEEP PUNCHIN'         
   

MIKE JORDAN                   
LISBON, ME.                    
 NOV. 2015               

               

     WHAT IS IS WITH WIZARDS AND THEIR STOMACHS???  I MEAN, DOES MAGIC ACT LIKE SOME SORT OF TAPEWORM WITH CERTAIN PEOPLE??  AND, GUESS WHAT ELSE, THE ACTOR PLAYING DUBRICIOUS ISN'T ENGLISH; HE'S REALLY FROM BROOKLYN.

FOR THOSE WHO REALLY WANT TO KNOW

     RIENCE'S CASTLE, ALL THOSE WONDERFUL INTERIOR SHOTS, WERE REFERENCED FROM MORE IMAGES OF CASTLE CHILLON IN SWITZERLAND.  AMONG THOSE WAS A GREAT SHOT OF THE DINING HALL, BUT I HAD NO USE FOR IT IN RIENCE'S SCENE, SO I USED IT FOR THE DINING HALL AT CRIPPLEGATE FORT.  MORGAN'S MENAGERIE WAS MORE PICS OF THE ROYAL STALES IN CORDOBA, SPAIN, BUT THE LOWER ROOMS WERE STRAIGHT OUT OF MR. J'S IMAGINATION, WITH A LITTLE HELP TO DRESS THE SETS (IE. THE TORTURE DEVICES N THE ROOM OF PAIN).
     AS TO THE REFERENCES TO HIPPOLYTA'S GIRDLE, THERE AS A LOT OF DEBATE HOW THAT WAS GOING TO BE HANDLED.  IN THE AMAZON LEGENDS, IT WAS JUST A MARK OF POWER FOR THE QUEEN OF THE AMAZONS, BUT IN THE DC COMICS HANDLING OF THE SUBJECT, THE THING ACTUALLY AUGMENTS THE WEARER'S STRENGTH.  SO, BEING THE WISHY-WASHY PEOPLE WE ARE, WE HINTED AT BOTH, BUT DEFINED IT AS NEITHER.  HOWEVER, I DO PLAN TO BRING THE SUBJECT UP AGAIN IN THE NEXT STORY ARC.

 

 

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