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The PARVERIAN TALES Issue #15
by Mike Jordan

~FEATURING~
"THE PENTECOST KING"
Part SEVEN


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PARVERIAN TALES
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THE PARVERIAN TALES Vol. 2 No. 15  2016-17 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 2016-17 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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THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED TO
CHRISTINA WING
DEAR FRIEND, FAN, AND ADOPTIVE GRANDMOTHER.

      POILERS ABOUND!!  THAT'S IT FOR THE WARNING THIS TIME.  WE AIN'T GONNA WASTE ANY MORE BREATH.  I MEAN, IF YOU HAVEN'T LEARNED THE DRILL BY NOW....SERIOUSLY, READ THE BOOK FIRST BEFORE READING THIS.
     IN THE FIRST SCENE, MOST OF THIS IS PURE PT, WITH A SMATTERING OF REAL LEGEND WEDGED IN HERE AND THERE.  LANCE DID USE AN OXCART TO RESCUE ONE OF THE OTHER KNIGHTS (I THINK IT WAS GAWAIN), AND THE TWINS WERE THE ONES TO WRANGLE RIENCE.  NOTHING ABOUT MORGAN CAME INTO EITHER, HOWEVER.
     VAL'S TUSSLE IN THE ARMORY IS DYED IN THE WOOL CONJECTURE ON MR. J'S PART.  HE'S BEEN JUST ITCHING TO GET VAL'S SWORD BACK IN HIS HANDS FOR MANY A MOON, AND NOW HE'S GOT HIS WISH.
     IN LONDON, ARTHUR PULLS THE SWORD A FIFTH AND FINAL TIME, WHICH ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN THE OLD STORIES (ALTHOUGH THERE ARE MORE SWORDS IN STONE LATER-A COMMON IMAGE BROUGHT BACK FROM THE CRUSADES), HOWEVER, THE SHIFT TO CAERLEON (WHERE HE WAS ACTUALLY CROWNED) WAS MORE CREATIVE EXTRAPOLATION.  MORE ON THAT IN A COUPLE OF PARAGRAPHS.
     BACK AT CASTLE CHARIOT, VAL FREEING THE ROUND TABLE KNIGHTS FROM THE ROOM OF PAIN AND RUNNING INTO MORGAN AND CREW (HEY, WE WARNED YOU) IS-YOU GUESSED IT-FABRICATION.  (YOU'LL TELL ME IF THESE GET A LITTLE REPETITIOUS, WON'T YOU?)
     EMPLOYING A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF ARTISTIC LICENSE, MR. J PLACED CAERLEON AND BADON HILL IN THE SAME PLACE.  BADON HILL WAS HISTORICALLY, (ANNALS CAMBRIA) THE SITE OF ARTHUR'S FIRST DECISIVE BATTLE (FOLLOWED B Y 11 MORE THAT ENDED WITH CAMLANN FIELD), AND MANY ARTHURIAN HISTORIANS PLACE BADON NEAR THE CURRENT BATH.  THE TO JIBED SO WELL, MR. J COULDN'T RESIST AMALGAMATING THEM.  IGRAINE WAS INDEED ARTHUR'S MOTHER (AGAIN WITH THE GROANS, LIKE WE HADN'T SAID A WOD ABOUT THIS SORT OF THING), BUT IT WAS UNDOCUMENTED WHETHER SHE LIVED TO SEE HIM AS AN ADULT.  OF COURSE, HER BEING GWEN'S AUNT IS PURE PT AND DATES BACK OT THE STORY OF HOW THE KING AND QUEEN OF PARVERIA MET IN THE HISTORIA PARVERIAE.  MERLIN'S PORTENTS TO ARTHUR'S BIRTH (VORTIGERN WAS A TRAITOROUS KING WHO ONCE NEARLY HAD MERLIN KILLED WHEN HE WAS A BOY TO KEEP HIS CASTLE FROM SINKING INTO A SWAMP) ARE RIGHT FROM THE LEGENDS (HAD AN AWFUL TIME HUNTING DOWN WHO THE SEVEN WERE), AND THE TALE TOLD BY HIM, ECTOR, AND THE QUEEN IS AS WELL.  THE STUFF ABOUT THE SAXONS AND JUTES IS HISTORICAL FACT (DON'T WORRY, THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN HERE VERY OFTEN) AND ALL THE OTHER BAD GUYS SHOWING UP FOR THE BIG FIGHT DID HAPPEN IN THE LEGENDS, BUT NOT QUITE IN THE DRAMATIC MANNER IN WHICH IT IS PRESENTED HERE.
     BACK IN GODODDIN, THE FIGHT WITH THE DARK ELVES COMES STRAIGHT OUT OF MR. J'S SLIGHTLY OFF KILTER BRAIN, ALTHOUGH HE COULDN'T RESIST CALLING THE OGRE TURKIN (A BASTARDIZATION OF SIR TURQUINE, ALSO FROM THE LANCELOT/GAWAIN STORY MENTIONED EARLIER).  ALL OF THE STUFF ABOUT MORGAN PLOTTING THE DOWNFALL OF UTHER AND ANYONE CONNECTED WITH HIM IS ALSO MORE MENTAL FLEXING ON THE CREATOR'S PART.
     IN CONCLUSION, WE'D LIKE TO MENTION THE NEXT ISSUE WILL BE THE LAST CHAPTER OF THE PENTECOST KING STORY ARC (FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T BEEN READING THE TOPS OF THE COVERS).  SO, PREPARE  YOURSELF FOR LOTS OF ACTION, LOTS OF FUN, AND A GIANT SURPRISE ENDING.

UNTIL THEN              
KEEP PUNCHIN'         
   

MIKE JORDAN                   
LISBON, ME.                    
 AUG. 2017                        

 

A MINOR EXPLANATION IS IN ORDER FOR THE GAG THIS ISSUE.  MALDREN IS MAKING REFERENCE TO THE ELEPHANT MAN.  YOU SEE, VAL'S FACE IS KIND OF-WELL-LOPSIDED.  MR. J ISN'T PERFECT.  HE DOES OCCASIONALLY MAKE MISTAKES.  THIS ONE DIDN'T GET CAUGHT UNTIL THE 'COLORING' WAS WELL IN PROGRESS.  OKAY, OKAY.  AT LEAST IS WASN'T A FOOD JOKE THIS TIME.

 

FOR THOSE WHO REALLY WANT TO KNOW

     THE ARMORY IN MORGAN'S CASTLE IS ACTUALLY AN AMALGAMATION OF A NUMBER OF REAL MEDIEVAL ARMORIES FROM AROUND EUROPE, AS IS THE ELABORATE FORGE THAT CAN BE SEEN PEEKING OUT HERE AND THERE IN THE BACK GROUND.
     THE WINDOWS OVERLOOKING THE PLATFORM WHERE ARTHUR IS PULLING THE SWORD OUT OF THE STONE AGAIN WAS ACTUALLY OVERLOOKING A VIEW INSIDE KILKENNY CASTLE.  THE INTERIOR SHOT OF THE CHURCH EMPLOYED SOME DETAILS FROM THE INSIDE OF THE TOWER OF LONDON.
     CAERLEON ON USK DRAWS ITS MAIN DESIGN FROM CAERPHILLY CASTLE, BUT WITH NUMEROUS MODIFICATIONS (TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE A MUCH OLDER FORTIFICATION) USING THE RESTORED ROMAN FORT LOCATED IN SAALBURG, GERMANY (IT'S FROM THE FIRST CENTURY), MOSTLY TO THE OUTER CURTAIN AND THE FINISHING DETAILS OF THE REPAIRED TOWERS.  THE QUEEN'S THRONE ROOM IS ALSO TAKEN FROM ACTUAL ROOMS LOCATED IN CAERPHILLY CASTLE.

 

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