Van Helsing Manor -- Key Pt 3Copyright (C) 2010 by Kevin L. O'Brien
The Van Helsing Family country manor house represents a hodgepodge of architectural styles haphazardly thrown together, yet the styles blend in seamlessly and seem quite natural together. The foundational style is Tudor, heavily modified with Elizabethian. Strong Georgian and Victorian features were added on in later generations as the house was expanded, but the final Edwardian influences are relatively minor.
The manor is oriented so that the front faces south. It is constructed with two wings joined by a central block. The east wing tends to be the service wing, while the west wing tends to be the private and office wing. The central block accommodates visitors. It has six floors in all, three above ground, three below. The ground floor is the administrative and service level and contains the headquarters for the Caerleon Order, while the middle floor is the servant level and the top floor is the Family and guest le
Synopsis: Family WayCopyright (C) 2010 by Kevin L. O'Brien
Eile and Sunny invite Medb and Mabuse to their place for dinner, and afterward as they sit on the patio drinking whiskey, the Girls tell their guests that they have been thinking of ways to start a family. With all the options available to them, though, they want to discuss the possibility of using the same method Mabuse used to produce Sunny. Medb tries to talk them out of it, but they are adamant: they want to find out whether it is even possible before they adopt or use artificial insemination or whatever. Mabuse agrees to give them an exam, but no more.
The next day, they go to Mabuse's lab. She gives them a complete examination, including taking tissue samples. It takes a few days for her to complete her tests, during which the Girls investigate other means. Eile will have to be the one to get pregnant if they don't adopt, since Sunny cannot have children (the alien embryo she carried to term messed up her uterus). She's willing to do some me
Synopsis: Wonderful LifeCopyright (C) 2010 by Kevin L. O'Brien
While out shopping, Eile and Sunny get into an argument, which Sunny technically wins, but Eile stubbornly refuses to acknowledge it. However, Sunny keeps pushing, and finally Eile explodes. She rails at Sunny, pouring out all her pent up hurt and bad feelings about their relationship. Sunny is surprised by what she hears: they're married and Eile is pregnant with their child, and she chooses now to voice complaints? Eile rages that Sunny just doesn't get it, then screams she wished she had never met her, and storms off. Sunny tries to follow, but Eile hails a cab and leaves her behind.
Sunny has no money but she has a bus pass. However, it's dusk by the time she gets home. The house is dark and all closed up. Sunny finds the front door locked, but she doesn't have her key. She goes around to the back and tries to get in through the gate in the fence, but finds it locked too, and scratches her hand on the redwood. She calls out to Eile, but she do
Profile -- Maela and Oda HiverCopyright (C) 2010 by Kevin L. O'Brien
Oda Gabrielle Jaegar was born in 1959 to a poor farmer and his wife somewhere in the German Democratic Republic, more popularly known as East Germany. She was orphaned before she was even a month old, taken as a ward of the State, and raised in a state-run orphanage and school. When she was twelve, she was taken by the Ministry for State Security and trained for intelligence and police duties, and informally inducted into the Stasi when she was sixteen. Having acquitted herself well in her initial assignments and "apprentice" training, she was formally inducted at 21 and began a career as a spy and assassin.
Though she was given standard espionage and assassination missions, including the killings of Lutz Eigendorf and Maureen "Cats" Falck, her primary duty was to track down spies who stole GDR secrets, recover or destroy the information, and kill the spies. Her skill and dedication has often been cited as one of the reasons the Stasi were conside
Navigating British Honours SysCopyright (C) 2010 by Kevin L. O'Brien
Navigating the British Honours System
The British Honours System can be tricky to fathom. One of our best friends is an aristocratic blue-blood, and we still don't completely understand its intricacies. However, for what it's worth, this is what we have figured out, and we'll use Sir Differel as our example.
First, a bit of background. The British Honours System rewards people for personal bravery, achievement, and service to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. It describes how hereditary titles, orders, and other awards are governed. This includes not only who is entitled to receive them, but also how recipients are addressed or referred to, both formally and informally, as well as other aspects. Though this article deals mostly with forms of address, other aspects will be discussed as and when the opportunity arises.
Traditionally, English and then later British society has been divided into three groups: the Sovereign and