Walgrim Towe was a clerk in a large usurer’s office. He was, in spite of his unprepossessing appearance, a happily married man, husband of a wife he adored, and father of five delightful children. His one foible was that he liked to sit, drink one glass of aniseed flavoured spirit (and not a large glass) … More Just Good Friends
It isn’t easy being a temple warden. There are so many competing demands for your time. Thus when left to our own devices, we can be brisk. Extremely brisk. So brisk that I have noticed that the hierarchy of the various orders grow nervous if temple wardens are left to their own devices without an … More Holier than thou?
There is a rumour circulating that temple wardens are specifically excluded from having to follow those Precepts of Aea about personal behaviour. Normally there is stress laid upon being generous, compassionate and kind. Instead temple wardens are allowed to follow a lesser precept which states that they must be no more rude and brusque than … More Dealing with the entitled
I might well have intimated previously, it can be difficult to get published. Oh anybody can copy their work onto the harsh brown wrapping paper used by so many of those who deliver parcels. But even if you use good ink, it soon fades. However enthusiastically you tout your work, you’ll be lucky to be … More A very limited edition
Obviously I wasn’t present when this happened. To be fair, I had made very certain that I wasn’t present. It is just that I felt that I had already done more than could be reasonably expected of me when I arranged for a baby (plus a nurse) to be delivered to Margarita, Maljie’s sister. Only … More Three is company?
I was lying in bed one night, I had somehow drifted awake. I lay there listening to the rain drumming on the roof of the barge. Before I drifted inconsequentially back to sleep, one name occurred to me. Madam Nita Horsefall.Madam Nita was, and here I must insist, is, somewhat older than me. I was … More No older than you need to be
As a temple warden I get to listen to a lot of sermons. Unkind individuals have been known to comment that I, in point of fact, sleep through a lot of sermons but I would dispute this. If I have the ability to enter into a state of higher spiritual awareness, untroubled by the clutter … More Hope
What people don’t seem to realise is that when it comes to matters of minor ritual and similar, a temple warden is never wrong. Thus, when lighting the candles which illuminate the altar area, there is a set way to light them. The rule is that if you walk in from the main door and … More The Infinite Rituals of the Inapposite
To be fair to Maljie, it had been a hard day. It wasn’t that she was hewing wood and digging ditches, but still, just being nice to people can be hard work at times. It started with a craft fair. The Shrine of Aea in Her Aspect as the Personification of Tempered Enthusiasm runs a … More Theologically inexact explanations of osculation
There is a lot to be said for a life in trade, it can be one of comfortable prosperity allowing the merchant in question considerable disposable income from which he or she can fund the finest of all arts, poetry. One such merchant was Yondal Halthorn. He started as a butcher’s boy and rose to … More A life in trade