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The Chronicles of Elsinore:

An Index and Concordance

begun by Ellen Nicholson Brundige, RKR VI

lovingly dedicated to all the friends and denizens of the Realm


TABLE OF CONTENTS





Introduction 2

Origin 2


Volume I, Book I 2

Elsinore Semi-Annual Nature Walk 2

Royal Seal of Elsinore 3

Book I.1: April 15th, 1989- September 29th, 1989 4

Map 4

Summary 5



Feast of Elsinore 9

ScorpiÛnís departure 9

Lost Volumes 10

Volume II, Book I 12

Royal Decree 12

Map 12


summary 13

Volume II, Book II 16

Map 16

summary 17


Map 22

Summary 22

Volume II, Book IV [The Quest For Prince Fayr Cont'd] Dec. 7, 1989-Jan 25, 1990 27

Summary 28

Aphrodisiac in the Ale Scene 31

climax of Quest 33

Volume II, Book VI January 27ñ February 14, 1990 37

Detailed summary: 38

Volume II, Book VII February 14óFebruary 27, 1990 43

Detailed Summary: 43

The Delbaithís Cry for Aid;A message arrives from .i.Lorca ;the First of the .i.Delbaith;, .i.Raikath;ís people, begging for aid. He explains that the .i.raiders ;to the east lay siege to his folk by means of a magical illness as well as arms. .i.Kithyra ;issues a summons to all Elsinore, assembling ìall those of adventuresome and noble heartsî in a Quest to go to the .i.Delbaith;ís aid. .i.Rhodri ;and .i.Tully ;are occupied in aiding .i.Jinnet;, or at least in finding her; Alasdair the raven has been trailing Merra, and so has been led astray. Tully eventually finds Jinnet still with .i.Arrow;, and Rhodri must face and comfort his wolf-shaped sister. .i.Lyra ;and .i.Matsy ;have gone elsewhere; Lyra sings a lullaby [composed and transcribed by .i.Heather;] to help the nervous child sleep. 45

Volume II, Book VIII February 27óMarch 21, 1990 47

Detailed Summary: 47

The Quest to Save the Delbaith 48

Volume II, Book IX March 21-April 22, 1990 50

Detailed Summary: 51

Volume 2, Book 10, April 22- September 12 1990: the Quest continues 54

Detailed Summary: 54

rescue of Dale and the death of Atri 55

Volume III, Book I Sept 12- Oct 29 1990: The Quest continues 57

Questors ambushed 57

Detailed Summary: 57

Volume III, Book II Oct 29-Dec 23, 1990: The Questís Finale 61

Detailed Summary: 62

The Kidnapping of Kithyra 62

Volume III, Book III December 3, 1990-January 29, 1991: the journey home 65

The Great Body Swap 67

Volume III, Book IV Jan 29- March 2, 1991 68

Detailed Summary: 68

Chaiais atThe Inn of the Rowan Tree 70

banquet 71

The Quest of the Star Sisters 75

Volume III, Book VII April 23, 1991-May 18, 1991 76

Detailed Summary: 77

Volume IV, Book I; Sept. 3rd 1991-Sept 29 1991 79

wedding of Kithyra and Sir ∆lthon 80

The Hiatus 80

The Journey to Yardanís coronation 81

The Quest to the Spiral Well (Friedrichís Metamorphosis) 83

Volume IV , Book III Sept. 29- Nov. 14, 1991 85

Royal Decree, Most recent wording of 85

Detailed Summary: 86

Ehecatl 86

The Death of Derayn 86

The Snares of the Keeper 87

Epilogue: Passing the Rattle 89

Appendix: Advice to Christy and Other Future Royal Knights 92


Volume III, Book V. March 2-April 1, 1991 66

Detailed Summary 66



Introduction 2

Origin 2


Volume I, Book I 2

Elsinore Semi-Annual Nature Walk 2

Royal Seal of Elsinore 3

Book I.1: April 15th, 1989- September 29th, 1989 4

Map 4

Summary 5



Feast of Elsinore 9

ScorpiÛnís departure 9

Lost Volumes 10

Volume II, Book I 12

Royal Decree 12

Map 12


summary 13

Volume II, Book II 16

Map 16

summary 17


Map 22

Summary 22

Volume II, Book IV [The Quest For Prince Fayr Cont'd] Dec. 7, 1989-Jan 25, 1990 27

Summary 28

Aphrodisiac in the Ale Scene 31

climax of Quest 33

Volume II, Book VI January 27ñ February 14, 1990 37

Detailed summary: 38

Volume II, Book VII February 14óFebruary 27, 1990 43

Detailed Summary: 43

The Delbaithís Cry for Aid;A message arrives from .i.Lorca ;the First of the .i.Delbaith;, .i.Raikath;ís people, begging for aid. He explains that the .i.raiders ;to the east lay siege to his folk by means of a magical illness as well as arms. .i.Kithyra ;issues a summons to all Elsinore, assembling ìall those of adventuresome and noble heartsî in a Quest to go to the .i.Delbaith;ís aid. .i.Rhodri ;and .i.Tully ;are occupied in aiding .i.Jinnet;, or at least in finding her; Alasdair the raven has been trailing Merra, and so has been led astray. Tully eventually finds Jinnet still with .i.Arrow;, and Rhodri must face and comfort his wolf-shaped sister. .i.Lyra ;and .i.Matsy ;have gone elsewhere; Lyra sings a lullaby [composed and transcribed by .i.Heather;] to help the nervous child sleep. 45

Volume II, Book VIII February 27óMarch 21, 1990 47

Detailed Summary: 47

The Quest to Save the Delbaith 48

Volume II, Book IX March 21-April 22, 1990 50

Detailed Summary: 51

Volume 2, Book 10, April 22- September 12 1990: the Quest continues 54

Detailed Summary: 54

rescue of Dale and the death of Atri 55

Volume III, Book I Sept 12- Oct 29 1990: The Quest continues 57

Questors ambushed 57

Detailed Summary: 57

Volume III, Book II Oct 29-Dec 23, 1990: The Questís Finale 61

Detailed Summary: 62

The Kidnapping of Kithyra 62

Volume III, Book III December 3, 1990-January 29, 1991: the journey home 65

The Great Body Swap 67

Volume III, Book IV Jan 29- March 2, 1991 68

Detailed Summary: 68

Chaiais atThe Inn of the Rowan Tree 70

banquet 71

The Quest of the Star Sisters 75

Volume III, Book VII April 23, 1991-May 18, 1991 76

Detailed Summary: 77

Volume IV, Book I; Sept. 3rd 1991-Sept 29 1991 79

wedding of Kithyra and Sir ∆lthon 80

The Hiatus 80

The Journey to Yardanís coronation 81

The Quest to the Spiral Well (Friedrichís Metamorphosis) 83

Volume IV , Book III Sept. 29- Nov. 14, 1991 85

Royal Decree, Most recent wording of 85

Detailed Summary: 86

Ehecatl 86

The Death of Derayn 86

The Snares of the Keeper 87

Epilogue: Passing the Rattle 89

Appendix: Advice to Christy and Other Future Royal Knights 92

The Chronicles of Elsinore: A Guide to the Past


This guide, begun on 13th September, Friday 1991, by Ellen Brundige ’93 (RKR V), will hopefully serve as a useful index to the growing number of Elsinore volumes. There are twenty Diaries currently housed in Bryn Mawr Archives, ending with Volume III Book VIII, and excluding those lost during the summer of 1989. While by no means comprehensive, this index will include plot summaries of each diary, geographical notes on cities and places, characters’ names, authors where known, and miscellaneous information. To locate a given topic from Microsoft Word, choose the “Find...” function under the Edit menu and type a word you wish to locate.

Origin: In two conversations with Tammy Campbell (Sir Scorpión), I learned a little about the Realm’s origins. She founded Elsinore in December 1984, establishing the Diary in the Erdman Backsmoker after becoming persona non gratia at High Table, the medieval club based in Denbigh. In Elsinore’s earliest form, each person wrote their own character in the form of first person monologues or speeches, usually addressed to another character. Entries would sometimes reflect real-life events as in a personal diary, but were disguised in medieval metaphors so that casual readers would not be privy to personal information. Friends could even leave messages for each other in the diary if they did not see each other during the day. Thus the Diary was not only a fantasy story with multiple authors, it could also occasionally be a poetic metaphor for Bryn Mawr life.

Before long people began realizing the full potential of the Diary, inventing additional characters which were not in any way autobiographical, holding lengthy dialogues between characters, and occasionally devising actual plots. These changes are evident even in the first diary. However, the four years between 1985 and 1989 were lost, so the gradual transition from personal diary to fictional narrative has not been documented. From the time the first diary was begun if not before, a separate, more traditional Erdman Backsmoker Diary existed, in which many of the s ame people wrote.

Volume I, Book I

During my May Day ’90 conversation with Tammy, I learned that the original diary, begun in December ’84, was stolen from the Backsmoker even before it had been completed. A replacement (which I call vol. I, Book 1.1) was begun on April 15th, 1985, into which everything that could be remembered from the stolen diary was recopied. In a Dec 2, 1991 phone conversation I had with her, she asserted confidentially that all authors at that time were certain, although they had no way to prove it. that the diary had been taken by a troubled woman named Najma who left Bryn Mawr after 1 semester. April 15th is the date on which I have celebrated the Elsinore anniversery for the past two years. Eostar Sunday is also the date on which the so-called ‘traditional Elsinore nature walk’ occurs, the origins of which I am unsure. I know it took place in 1989, as an Easter Egg Hunt organized by Rhonda Helman ’89 and Kelly Farrelly ’91, and has since then been an early morning tour of campus and a walk through Morris woods.

This year I designed the “Royal seal of Elsinore”, a rubber stamp based on the original coat of arms as described by Signe and Tammy. Both independently described it as having a cup with a pentacle and rampant lions around the rim, a sun, a moon, and, sometimes, a crown. (I could not fit the lions into the stamp, unfortunately).


Signe mentions a full-color flag she had been designing with the cup in the foreground and mountains, a stream, and trees in the background. In addition to the above symbols, most Elsinore frontispieces since 1989 have also contained a green dragon. This began when both Jennifer Lin and Allison Fisk drew green dragons on two consecutive diary frontispieces, and I, being a newcomer, thought this was probably traditional and threrefore kept the dragon on the next several frontispieces which I ended up illustrating.

Book I.1: April 15th, 1989- September 29th, 1989.
Inside cover:
“Laws of Elsinore by Royal Decree

1. Do not remove diary from its location.

2. Do not use rude or vulgar language. Abide by the laws of chivalry.

3. Do not manipulate other people’s characters.

4. Ye may use the map opposite to indicate from whence thou art come. Draw in thine own mountains, forests, or islands.

5. Use only ink in the diary.”

Map: According to Tammy, originally loosely based on the U.S., so that some authors had their character’s place of origin roughly where their real home was located. The map was considerably different from our current map, since it was only later that the first standard stencil was made by Allison Fisk (’93?) in 1989. Amryth, Eisterneith, and Elsinore are the only familiar landmarks. Elsinore is on the east coast, approximately where Philadephia would be, and is generally described as a castle without a moat, situated at the rim of the cliffs overlooking the sea and a short gravelly beach to the east. West of the castle is a town clustered near the walls, which I imagine to be in a horseshoe pattern; these are surrounded by some cultivated meadows, fields, and finally the forest.

On the original map: Amryth, home of Lady K (in reality, Elizabeth Scott-Janda, ’90, from Sacramento, CA and now residing in 6309 Hidden Springs Dr, Arlington, TX 6017Arlington, TX), is on the west coast. The northwest tip of the continent is covered by the Great Glacier. Eisterneith is off the map to the west, and, “even further”, Xelideh. In the general area akin to the Rocky Mountains is the Wild Woods in which lie the Sacred Groves of the Goddess. Directly east of these is the Great Labial Forest. Akin to Idaho is the Denullan Mountain Range, which runs north to the sea where are the Cliffs of Ice and the Cliffs of Frozen Water, the latter of which was mysteriously written in sometime after ’87, when the diary was aready archived, according to Tammy. In the exact middle of the continent is the Mountain of the Phoenix. Running down from the northeast is the Withollowmimon mountain range bordered to the west by a river of the same name. In the heart of the mountains is the castle of Lady Ivy, where later Mará’zeth and Dur-Ashûr would be. Running up from the south in the area akin to Alabama is the River Wundel, the western border of Ilhume forest. Castle Erdman is placed somewhat inland and 2/3 of the way down the east coast. Elphera, Land of the Plunderers, lies somewhere offshore to the east; several unnamed islands are scattered between it and the Elsinorean coast. The Shadow Isle lies east of the southernmost eastern seaboard. Finally, the large southwestern penninsula (akin to Baja) running almost parallel to the southern coast has one city, Mirémdavar, and the Bay of Kimlethelsar separates it from the mainland.

Summary: All entries herein are written in first person as missives, signed and in the present tense. The volume begins with Sir Scorpión du Forét accepting the position of Royal Knight from Queen Elspeth and asking others to join him. Squire Karl, introduced by Tammy and immediately handed over to Signe Hansen is knighted. There follows two entries which I cannot read—the Welsh, Tammy says, is hers; the runes probably Annemarie Shuetz’s. Next enters Dame Ranji (Lisa Catharine “Moon” Rollosson-Hauber), a fleeing exile with a magical tome; the Guardian Angel (Tammy) the protector of Queen Elspeth; Lady K (Elisabeth Scott-Janda, ’89) of Amryth; Lady Rhiannon (Annemarie Shuetz, ’89) who seeks her beloved prince; a creature named Litulet with “bouncey-speech”, presumably a faerie; Demizdhor (Elizabeth Scott-Janda) of the wood of Ilhume, a shadowy woman who speaks in cryptic and sorrowful blank verse; Holle, another creature and probably a faerie by its strange manner of speech.

On page 13 the first quest ensues with this entry: “I am a fair princess of the realm with no upper body strength. I am being held prisoner in the dungeon of the Castle Erdman. Art there no fine young men who wouldst rescue me? ’Tis passing cold and my stockings commenceth to run. —Princess Nought (Tammy Campbell;)” . Although several have been drawn to seek Demizdhor and find out more about her, Scorpión and Dame Ranji volunteer to aid Nought.

The meddlesome Lord Fex first appeared contemplating food, and is rebuked by Halle; Fex then asks snidely if Halle is tastey.

Shadowmere (Tammy ) appears while the quest for Princess Nought is underway; this shadowsprite woos the Lady K and grows from four inches to three feet in height because, he says, of his great love. He constantly baffles K, who rebuffs him gently while trying not to hurt his feelings, but gains for his pains only a picnic with his beloved.

Noney Mouse (Sue Allin) appears right after Shadowmere first writes; she is near-sighted and asks for a description of characters, since she “can’t place the faces with the voices...”

Page 20-21, by the Royal Historian, contains the following:

The Legend of Queen Elspeth and Sir Scorpión
Many years ago, about nineteen in fact, there was a young child playing in the castle gardens. Young Elspeth was the only child of Queen Elspeth and King Kalen, and they loved her very much. In order to be sure that the young Princess Elspeth was safe in her play, the old knight, Arden the Fair and his friend Sir Ravier were here guards.
One day as the faire princess played, a loud commotion at the edge of the keep caught the ear of Sir Arden. He left to investigate the noise, but as he turned the corner from the garden to the direction of the noise, he was attacked and caught up in a battle to save the castle from the plunderers of Elphera. He yelled loudly for Sir Ravier to save the Princess, and then he plunged headlong into the fight.
Sir Ravier had barely time to wrap the poor child in a piece of old sackcloth when the plunderers had surrounded him. They did not kill him though, but merely took him away to be a slave. As for the child, she was taken by the plunderers and raised among them, her name changed to Elise.
It was many years later that the young Elspeth learned of her true identity. Whereupon she decided she would seek out her own people. It was at this time that Sir Ravier, having for some years been free of slavery, married, and having a son apprenticed out to learn the skills necessary of a knight, now learned the whereabouts of his young Queen. Sir Ravier contacted Queen Elspeth and offered himself in service to her. His wife had died while giving birth to their only child, Scorpion, and he was anxious for the young Queen to regain her kingdom. So she agreed upon his service and they arranged to leave.

Meanwhile, young Scorpion has learned his lessons well and volunteers to accompany his father and the beautiful young Elspeth. Their journey took them far until at long last they reached the Kingdom of Elsinore. As they journeyed to the castle crowds of people followed them, anxious to re-establish the rule of their beloved Queen. Upon reaching the castle, Queen Elspeth gave command that the kingdom be re-established, the town and the castle rebuild.
Her final gesture, was the knighting of the young Sir Scorpion. This act done, she reclaimed her throne and the kingdom became as we know it.
— Royal Historian

Next enters Sir Ophed Gurnsey, a befuddled knight (Signe ). Also Lady Ivy Withollowmimon (Signe again), self-styled Dark Queen, issues an invitation equivalent to “Come into my parlor”, complete with picture of spiderweb and black widow.

Seredell the Griffon-in-training and apprentice bard (Felicia Sampson (?), Tammy thinks) arrives via “wispwight” from “the shining city of Mirémdavar on the bay of Kimlethelsar, where I labored upon a task set for me by mine own master, Amphion, Lord of Winds and Verses, whose tale is stranger, even, than mine own.” [we do not learn of this tale, however]. The task was to smuggle a few bardic scrolls from Eisterneith and the “Elf-blest harbor of Ensayrn.” Seredell further explains that he was in Mirémdavar for five years, forced to flee from his birthplace of Eisterneith beyond the western sea, “as were countless others of mine countryfolk when the troubles which now engulf that unhappy land first begun.” He explains that he may be called upon by his old master, now in Eisterneith, to rescue more scrolls sometime in the future. He writes in a ballad and says it was known in Eisterneith when the Dream Lords were reawakened there.

Next enters Yrti (Sue Allin), who speaks in a language somewhat akin to “bounceyspeech”, using odd metaphors. There are several drawings of Yrti in Elsinore, some with wings, some four-legged and some two, all furry and done in green, blue, brown, and black. S/he is curious about the “saltspewing humantypes” with “backturned shortlives” and the castle, using words such as these to comment and wonder at the world of Elsinore from an outsider’s perspective.

Finally comes word about the successful quest for princess Nought— Dame Ranji sends a message via her crow named Gore, and Scorpión arrives with her soon afterwards. At this time Alouette( MCat) returns [presumably she appeared in the first lost volume], the Bard of Elsinore.

Several cryptic and antagonistic entries follow. A cartoon of a smiling moon with two stars appears with the legend “the time of Gemini approacheth...” Scorpión is surprised and disturbed by the message. Sir Evelyn the Enchanted arrives, berates all “the dwellers of Elspeth”, calling them fools, and denouncing their “curiousity” as mere “nosy-ness”. Then enters Kieran, saying he intends to go to Ivy and calls others to follow, declaring that they “say much, do little.” K, Karl, Scorpión, and Ranji chastise Kieren and/or Evelyn for rude speech.

Then Scorpión shows up at the castle gates, sorely wounded and delirious, in the first entry which contains a form of 3rd-person narration. Several rush to his aid; a message of two stars and an ominous laugh appear. The Lady Aurora, a healer, comes (Signe), to help Dame Ranji heal Scorpión. Sir Baldwin of Gummery and his dog, Bedivere (whom Scorpión mistakes for his lady, upon which K writes a humorous note disabusing Scorpión of this notion), arrives and seeks to know all, expressing sorrow for Scorpión’s plight.

Scorpión, when he has healed, writes the following:

28-4-85 1:00
Listen closely who wouldst know the tale of Gemini;. The safety of Elspeth depends upon this knowledge. Gemini is the sign of the twins. ’Twas known to my father and now unto me that Elspeth, though rightful Queen, hast a twin sister some minutes younger than she. We thought she was killed, as she was with her mother when the castle was plundered, but we have no proof of this. It is possible, however, to prove whether the person calling herself Gemini is the twin to Elspeth, though the two look not alike. So, guard the queen most closely Shadowmere. Her Majesty, Queen Elspeth has given me leave to journey unto the forests of Ilhume to seek knowledge from the one called Demizdhor...

A new character, Isis- (Wendy —––? Elizabeth would know, but hasn’t written back)- writes of a desert home, and later describes herself as a slight lady hidden behind a lace veil that none may know her.

Three pages are ripped out by the Royal Knight. Fex(Karen Schwartz)’s reply sheds light on this: “Lookest, oh dear Lordly Ones, I seest no rules countering the placement of atomic bombs. As a dark Lord, I reservest well the power to spread my fiendishness as I see full fit. Perchance thou sayest my bomb has done full great damage, counting three pages from the Castle Diary among its death toll. Folly, say I. In removing my work, thou hast manipulated my character, thereby defying Law # 3 and (this is the clincher) your Queen.

Ÿ, as ever,

LORD FEX.”

There are warm words exchanged between Fex, Halle, and the Guardian Angel, who, interestingly enough, says that “time travel is possible, but to bring something from the future is not, the material would return to the primative state from which it was derived”. I guess since then we have ignored this rule! (My own feelings as RKR tell me that the best procedure would have been to write “however, the inhabitants of Elsinore seemed to have unaffected by the detonation of a large atomic bomb in their immediate vicinity, perhaps because its creator had flagrantly violated Rule #3.”)

There follows a nifty Beltane song, “Cup of Crimson”, by Jethro Tull inscribed by Tammy.

The next unpleasant intrusion is that of Dougge the Slugge, who threatens to raise the dead, bring a plague of insects, etc, describes the activities of his zombie armies, and is rebuked by Halle and others. Hyacinth the wood nymph, enamoured of the color red, comes from the Great Labial forest seeking “Nymphian frolicking”. Someone called Jackal, close cousin of Isis, writes once, warning Hyacinth to beware the caresses of Dougge.

The “annual feast of Elsinore” is proclaimed on May 9, 5:00, trays brought to smoker (so it seems I revived an old tradition by accident). Three names on the guest list: Tammy Kay Campbell of Rhoads S., Sue Allin of Erdman, Kristen S. Hansen (Signe) of Erdman. Mary Catharine Roper (MCat) was Elspeth for the occasion, her name having been chosen out of a hat.




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