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A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword, Book 1) by Patrick W. Carr

By Patrick W. Carr

The destiny of the dominion Awaits the forged of Stones

In the backwater village of Callowford, roustabout Errol Stone is enlisted by way of a church messenger arriving with pressing missives for the hermit priest within the hills. longing for coin, Errol is of the same opinion to what he thinks may be a simple activity, yet quickly unearths himself hunted by means of lethal assassins. compelled to escape with the priest and a small band of tourists, Errol quickly learns he's joined a quest that can switch the destiny of his kingdom.

Protected for millennia through the heirs of the 1st king, the kingdom's dynasty nears its finish and the choice of the recent king begins—but in mystery and shadow. As risk mounts, Errol needs to go away at the back of the stains and griefs of the earlier, discover ways to struggle, and become aware of who's looking him and his partners and the way a ways they're going to visit cease the interpreting of the stones.

This fast paced delusion debut set in a medieval international is a winner. either major and secondary characters are totally drawn and endearing, and Errol's transformation from drunkard to hero is definitely plotted. Carr is a promising CF writer to observe. lovers of epic Christian fantasies will take pleasure in learning a brand new voice.

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Their prior background as monks further organized the order, structuring them more like a priorship or a Catholic monastery rather than as a military order. Shield of the Knights of Calatrava Type: Large Metal Shield AC Bonus: + 5 ( f 2 base, + 3 enchantment) T h e order possessed a strong sense of unity, brotherhood, discipline, and purpose. Each commanderie was organized around a small group (usually 7 to IO) of knight-brothers, who ruled jointly. These knight-brothers were overseen by an advisor, the commanderie’s chaplain, who owed obedience only to the Grand Commmder a t Calatrava.

Initially, the Order of Santiago was created by 12 knights who referred to themselves as los caballeros de Ca‘reres. They were simply noblemen who swore an oath against all banditry and felonies and who used their strength and their swords to defend the pilgrims that traveled to the holy site of Santiago de Compostela. In 1 I 6 I, the King of L e h , Fernando I1 called them to his court, offering them numerous accolades if they would join his personal guard. The knights refused, politely saying that they best served the king by serving his people.

It is somewhat battered and dented but still sturdy, and, although the paint is chipped, it seems to radiate an aura of safety and strength. The bearer receives an additional +4 to all Bull Rush attempts while using this shield. of the Order of St. lames The Order of St. James is known by the badge that its knights wear. They do not tend to wear formal robes, but will always have the badge of on a ribbon around their necks. This badge is shaped in the sign of a St. James’ Cross, fleury, and enameled red with edges of gold.

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