I'm sitting here at Starbucks with Deidre. I think that sitting in Starbucks, drinking a Chai Latte and watching the people go by, has become another hobby of mine. I used to do something like it with my friend Scot, back in Canberra. Now I do it with Garry, a friend of mine here, or Deidre. It's fun and relaxing. Enjoyable.
She's sitting opposite me, working out the personality and description of the character she's playing in Dungeons & Dragons. Did I mention she's joined me in that each Monday night? She's playing a 4th level fighter called Narwen. I WAS playing a 3rd level fighter, a knight in training, but he died. His days ended when he became a pincushion for a whole bunch of arrows fired by lizard men. I have a new character now, called Taerraent. He's a 2nd level Gnome Sorceror. I went to a lot of effort last week with a character history I created for it. Basically, he was a very powerful, somewhat evil, sorceror. He was hunted and captured by powerful people of the church, one of which was a Paladin, a holy knight with special God-given powers. Instead of killing Taerraent for his evil ways, the Paladin organised a ritual done that had his God give Taerraent another chance of living a GOOD life, to atone for what he did during his 'old' life. So Taerraent had this God tell him he's got a second chance, and then he woke up where the party was. Reduced from a powerful 18th level sorceror down to 2nd level, and with a hazy memory about his past. The enjoyable challenge for me is to play an evil character trying to do good this time around.
I've attached a photo of Deidre and I, taken on Friday 1st. We went to a party organised by her workplace, as their 5th birthday. This photo was taken during the dinner. I think it's a nice one of her and I. So now you get to see her too.
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