), detailed report and I will deliver. But
I'm pretty tired tonight so I can't promise to recall every single detail...if
you ask the right questions you might get a few more answers.
I barely arrived in time for Katherine's first panel Friday. After the panel,
Jennifer, Sianny, Brom, several others, and I kind of cornered Katherine in the
hallway for a few questions....which became an hour and fifteen minute
discussion! We continued the discussion during dinner and after she read from
The bad news is that we probably won't get KKB until May, 2000. Katherine had
to do some revising which involved including an assassination attempt early in
the book. (She said that much publically...the details about that attempt came
later). She said that these changes necessitated a few minor changes in
Chapter 1 of Bride. I think one of the those changes is the revelation that
Azim is training Araxie in the Deryni arts. I don't remember that from
Westercon. Do you, Melissa? Azim will very important in Bride. ZIP!
The Haldana Neckace, Orin's Rings, the Protocols of Orin, and Evaine and
Joram's texts won't appear in KKB...but Katherine said they would probably
reappear sometime. I asked where they were and if they could be hidden at St.
Neot's, but I didn't get any answers. I didn't get any answers on reopening
St. Neot's either.
Katherine says there is no adultery involved with Donal and Alyce. "It's an
Uthyr and Igraine kind of thing...Donal substitutes at the last minute and
Alyce doesn't know anything about it until Alaric's Naming ceremony. So
neither she nor Alaric are guilty of anything." (That's pretty close to her
exact words). She said she has to write Childe Morgan (which may not be a
trilogy...depends how it develops) before she writes AfterBride because the way
she handles Alaric's parentage will effect what happens in AfterBride....since
Alaric will probably discover his heritage in that book. She said Brion
needed a "Deryni Protector" as several other Haldane kings did, because the CC
was no longer taking care of things like the Empowerment Rituals.
That led to the question of the CC's deterioration. Katherine admitted that
the issue of the CC's changes really needs to be addressed...perhaps in Childe
Morgan, although she thinks the roots of those changes extend back to the
events of 948. I asked about Council Exit Procedures...what kept Rhydon
(Pre-Coram) from revealing Arilan's Deryniness after he left the CC? She said
apparently those CC oaths are binding even after a person leaves the
Council...something obviously kept him quiet. She also said that Lewys ap
Norfall's struggle with the Council and subsequent disappearance might be
connected the Donal-Alyce situation or part of what necessitated that. (I had
suggested that strange unpleasant fates seem to befall those like Lewys and
Rolf MacPhereson who defy the CC and maybe fear of that kept Rhydon silent).
We talked quite a bit about the CC and she admitted there could be a secret
circle within the CC because obviously they aren't sharing everything and some
folks seem to know certain things that others don't. I asked if Coram was
involved in that...no answer, just a smile. She said this group probably
centered on the de Courcy family, who kept their Deryniness secret until
Jorian. Which leads me to wonder...Could Coram be a de Courcy? Suppose
Jorian was his brother or cousin? That would strengthen his determination to
improve living conditions for the Deryni in Gwynedd. (That's my speculation
and something that came to me too late to ask Katherine this time...a question
for the next Con, perhaps? )
Is Brother Theo a de Courcy too, then? I didn't think of that until just now.
But I did ask if Bro. Theo was one person, a group, or a series of
individuals. Katherine's answer "Brother Theo is Rob's construct. You'll
have to ask him about that." So Rob, the ball is in your court! But you
KNOW we aren't going to let the issue drop.
Speaking of issues (We're back to that word again, aren't we? ), I did try
to press her about Rhidian and Kelson. All Katherine will say is that "it
isn't addressed in KKB." Neither is the question of the stranger on the beach
at the end of QSFC. She kind of smiled when I suggested the Rhidian issue
(continuing the pun begun on Friday night) might appear in AfterBride, so I
don't think that's a dead issue. :::giggle::: Sorry! I couldn't resist.
What can I say? I get silly when I'm tired sometimes.
While we're on the subject of babies, I asked Celia's questions about
merasha's effect on pregnant women. She said a pregnant Deryni woman would
react like any other Deryni woman, but she wasn't sure that the fetus would be
effected because Deryni powers don't seem to develop until the child is older.
I've been thinking about that though and I think that question needs further
investigation. Unborn Jerusha helped her mother and Tieg Heal in Heretic and
Evaine immediately knew she was carrying a Healer. Rhysel's empowerment of
Owain did things to Michaela and unborn Uthyr. And Tieg did things even as a
small child. So I'm not convinced that merasha wouldn't effect an unborn
Deryni child, especially an unborn Healer.
Getting back to Bride, I mispelled a couple names and held back something I
could have shared because I forgot that it's in Prologue and Chapter 1. Sorry
about that! It's Sion de Bennett, not Cyan as I spelled it. It's also Noelie
Ramsey. Brecken, Noelie, and Kristoffl (sp?) Ramsey are the descendents of
Mearan Prince Jolyon's youngest daughter, Magrette. At the beginning of
Bride, Brecken is set to marry Araxie's older sister, Richelle Haldane, and
Kristoffl is in the seminary studying to become a priest. Noelie is suggested
for Kelson although the CC is worried about the parallel to Sidana, Ithel, and
Llewell, and the Torenthi group (Mahael, Taymuraz, and Morag) really hate the
idea for political reasons. It's not a problem though because, as Rothana
tells Kelson while trying to convince him to marry Araxie, Noelie and Rory are
in love. What Melissa and I didn't share is that Noelie's mother, Oksana,
really wants her daughter to marry Kelson. Oksana wanted to marry Brion and
when that failed, she went after Nigel. That's all in the Prologue, so I can
share it. (Having now heard Prologue and Chapter 1 three times, I'm pretty
clear on what IS there and can be shared).
Getting back to the Con. There were a lot of great panels and the
Michaeline Mass was beautiful! Julianne, please post the Michaeline website
address. Jennifer and I, and probably others, would like to know more about
Katherine isn't sure about her Con schedule for next year. She said she'll
definitely be at Darkover again and she might go to Philicon in Philadelphia
earlier in the fall. I said we needed to get her somewhere in the middle of
the country and mentioned that we'd talked about organizing a DeryniCon. She
sounded interested...I think she'd come if we organized it. So shall we get a
team of organizers together? I'm willing to serve on the planning committee,
but I think it will take a lot of people working very hard. How about it,
I think that's almost everything. Oh, one more thing. Don't strangle me,
please, but I fear I may have single-handedly murdered Araxie in AfterBride.
We got into a discussion (actually Brom started this) about whether Rothana
would ever become a thorn in Araxie's side and if Kelson and Rothana's feelings
might ever resurface. Katherine said she supposed that could happen. I
suggested that Kelson might turn to Rothana if something happened to Araxie,
such as she died in childbirth. Katherine kind of mulled that over and said,
"You know, we haven't had anyone die that way." I hastily reminded her that
numerous women in Codex died exactly that way, but Katherine said, "But no
one's died that way in a novel. We haven't seen it." I hope I didn't plant
the seeds of Araxie's demise in her brain! I guess if Araxie dies in
childbirth you can all blame me.
Well...I think that's about all. Ask me some questions and I might remember a
few more details. It was great meeting those of you I got to meet! I wish
more of our group could have attended. Maybe next year!
Susan -- Mistress of Complications