Story: Dribble and Maggot's Private Retreat - 1Copyright (C) 2012 by Kevin L. O'BrienSir Differel Van Helsing leaned over the pool table as she sighted her cue stick on the cue ball. Billiards was not what she would have preferred doing on a Saturday night, but it was all she was allowed to do. Being all of sixteen, she had the normal teenage urges to go out and have fun, and had had them for three years. The problem was, as Incumbent-Director of the Caerleon Order, her life was too valuable to risk going out on the town, at least not without plenty of security, which would spoil the intent.Then again, even if she could leave the house without a cadre of agents surrounding her, where would she go? Clubbing, shopping, and spa treatments were not her thing. Her tastes ran more towards cultural and intellectual pursuits, such as lectures, museum exhibits, art shows, the theatre, and opera, with the occasional art film at the cinema. And who would she go with? She had no friends to speak of, and the people that she knew who were clos
Alcoholic Beverages in the DreamlandsCopyright (C) 2012 by Kevin L. O'BrienThe Dreamlands is awash in alcohol. That perhaps isn't surprising, considering that the Waking World is also, but the Lands have one feature the Waking realm doesn't have: as a quasi-Medieval world, alcohol is often safer to drink than the water. While the essays on water sources and sanitation show that natural water is often safer to drink than in the Waking World, beverages that involve some form of water treatment, such as alcohol, coffee, and tea, are very prevalent as a safety precaution.There are four kinds of alcoholic beverages. Beer is any beverage that is brewed. Wine is any beverage that is fermented. Spirit, also known as liquor (pronounced licker), is any beverage that is distilled. Liqueur (pronounced li-coor), also known as cordial, is any spirit that has been flavoured and has added sugar. All alcoholic beverages are made in the same basic way: using yeast to convert sugars into alcohol. Though this process is technically known a
If House Pets Were Anarcho-CapitalistsCopyright (C) 2012 by Kevin L. O'BrienOkay, we should explain:The title of the cartoon linked to below is actually "If Housepets Were Libertarians", but we understand that there are many different kinds of libertarians, many of whom are kind, generous, decent, moderate people. Heck, we have libertarian ideals, too!But the views lampooned in this comic actually represent an extreme form of right-wing libertarianism called Anarcho-Capitalism, which places property rights and the free market above everything else, even to the point of seeing life and liberty as forms of property. We understand that not all libertarians believe these things.So, if you're one of our Watchers and a libertarian, but not an AnCapist, please don't be offended; this isn't meant to represent you.LinkFrame 1: Dog with food, water, and toys --- "Why SHOULD I fetch the newspaper? Can you n
Synopsis: Dribble and Maggot Zombie ChaseCopyright (C) 2012 by Kevin L. O'BrienIt's July 1990. Sir Differel sits beside Lady Margaret (both 14) in front of a campfire, eating s'mores. Vlad, in his huge black hound form, lies on the other side of the fire, his chin on his paws. Behind them are two tents, one occupied by their adult chaperones, M's nanny and a female Caerleon Order agent. They have spent the last five days touring Dartmoor in the south of Devon. M is a member of the Girl Guides and she is working on a number of outdoor merit badges. She asked D to help her cheat; she refused, but offered to help her obtain the badges legitimately. They are camped in a small forest surrounding the ruins of Baskerville Hall. Tomorrow they plan to hike out to Grimpound and spend the day exploring the Bronze Age settlement, then the day after head into Grimpon and take the train to London, where Aelfraed will meet them and return D to Norfolk as M proceeds to York.M announces that her father told her a week before the trip that s
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