First, Avalon Season Seven wraith is being posted, then:
Beginning Monday, September 6, 2021
If you have read some of the Avalon stories that have appeared on this blog (available at your favorite e-book retailer), I thought it only fair that you get a look at several of the actual Kairos stories in their full form. If you have not read any of the Avalon stories that have appeared on this website, that’s okay. The stories here are self-contained with one exception:
The books (not presently available to buy) weave the partner stories like a fine tapestry. For this blog, however, I have pulled the stories apart so you can read a whole Festuscato story, for example, without having to flip back and forth to Gerraint and Margueritte. Hopefully, that will work well. You can just ignore the rare references to what is happening in those other stories, knowing that, like the Kairos, you will get there, eventually.
For those late to the game, these medieval series of stories began with A Light n the Dark Ages posting on Monday, June 22, 2020, just in case you want to go into the archives and read them from the beginning. The Kairos and Rome 5: Rome Too Far, and the Kairos and Rome 6: The Power of Persuasion are also available in the archives, beginning April 2, 2018 if you want to look them up and read them as well. They have all finished posting.
This medieval series (M3) began after the conclusion of Avalon, Season Six. Avalon, Season Seven, where the travelers cross paths with Festuscato and Gerraint, is appearing or has appeared first on this website; and then the final stories follow. The Kairos Medieval, book 4, Saving the West, will be posted in its entirety. All weeks will have posts on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday = 3 individual, easily and quickly read posts per week at 8AM, EST, to carry the story forward. A good way to start the day.
A Bit of Background
Kairos is a Greek word meaning opportunity, the right time, a propitious moment, event time, or as the Kairos defines it, history. It is the name the old titan Cronos gave to the polyploidy being he struggled to bring to life as a complete male and a complete female. Knowing his time would soon be over, Cronos imagined this complex “one being in two persons” would be his replacement. When Cronos died at the hands of his children, the plain and mere counting of days ended, and with the birth of the Kairos, history—event time began.
The Kairos might be called the god of history, though the Kairos prefers the term Watcher over history, because unlike the gods of old, he or she is not immortal. Instead, the Kairos normally lives as an ordinary mortal, male or female, sort of taking turns, and as such is subject to all the frailties of the species, while at the same time, being captured by the very events where he or she must inevitably act.
Not allowed to fully die, the being or spirit of the Kairos is taken at death and reborn somewhere else on the planet, where some important historical juncture looms on the horizon. On bad days, the Kairos complains about being no more than a cosmic experiment in time and genetics. On good days, the Kairos averts a disaster.
Taken out of the hands of the most ancient gods, and placed in the hands of persons unknown; it is her or his job to see that history turns out the way it has been written. With access to future lifetimes, as well as past lives, the Kairos knows the way things are supposed to go. But getting it to turn out right is not ever easy. Fortunately, the Kairos is able to borrow lives from the past or future that often have the skills and knowledge to meet whatever might arise. No guarantees, of course.
Stories beginning September 6 2021
Kairos Medieval 4: Saving the West
M4) Festuscato: Senator of Rome 6 weeks of posts
After years of exploring Germania and the Eastern Roman Empire, Festuscato returns to the west, to Saxony and the land of the Franks. There isn’t much time. The Huns are moving. Attila has his eye on the weakened western empire, and the Roman commander in the west, General Aetius, appears stuck in Rome, preoccupied with the Vandals in Africa.
Lancelot has taken most of the young men to Brittany, and Greater Britain appears to be falling apart. Arthur and Gerraint go to bring him back. They make peace with the Franks, but Lancelot will not be moved. Upon their return, they discover that Mordred has captured Cadbury and Gwynyvar with an army of Scots, Saxons, and traitors. The stage is set for the last battle.
The god Abraxass has moved the Muslim Sorcerer to keep Margueritte occupied so the Muslim army from Iberia can invade the north. Margueritte has to help prepare Charles Martel for that inevitable time, and she must build heavy cavalry for the Franks, virtually from scratch. What horrors will the sorcerer do to keep Margueritte out of the picture, and will she be too late to save the west?
You may wish to check through the archives for these:
beginning June 22, 2020:
Kairos Medieval 3: Light in the Dark Ages
M3) Festuscato: The Halls of Hrothgar 8 weeks of posts
After leaving Britain in the hands of the Pendragon, Festuscato, Senator of Rome, is shipwrecked on the Danish shore. With his strange crew in tow, he finds his way to the Halls of Hrothgar where a beast called the Grendal has come like a plague on the mighty. Festuscato leaves nothing to chance. He sends for Beowulf, but then he has to tread lightly to keep history on track. He knows things will turn strange as the Grendal, the creature of Abraxas, cannot be harmed by any weapon forged by man.
M3) Gerraint: The Holy Graal 13 weeks of posts
Gerraint, son of Erbin feels his days of struggle should be behind him. All he wants is to retire to Cornwall with Enid, his love. But when ghostly hands carry a cauldron across the round table, he knows he has to act. Arthur deftly turns all talk to the Holy Graal, but Gerraint knows he has to stop the older men from recovering the ancient treasures of the Celts and dredging up the past. Christendom is only a thin veneer and if Abraxas is allowed to strip that away, history might be irrevocably changed.
M3) Margueritte: The Old Way Has Gone 18 weeks of posts
In the early days of Charles Martel, Margueritte experiences everything a Medieval girl might want: fairies, ogres, a unicorn, dragons, knights to love and daring rescues. But it is Curdwallah the hag, the devotee of Abraxas, that haunts her dreams in the dark.
beginning April 2, 2018:
Kairos and Rome 5: Rome Too Far
R5) Festuscato: The Last Imperial Governor of Britannia. 9 weeks of posts
Festuscato Cassius Agitus is both a wealthy Roman senator and a cad. Because of his indiscretions, the emperor’s mother has him sent to the abandoned province of Britannia to bring order out of chaos. The people there appealed for help. He can’t end the fighting. Thus is the age. But maybe he can bring the Gaelic people together long enough to face the real threats: Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Picts, Irish, and especially, the Huns.
R5) Greta: Over the River and Through the Woods. 23 weeks of posts
Greta, wise woman of Dacia under Roman rule, must go through the haunted, forbidden forest to reach the capitol in time to stop the rebellion. The Masters buried some hundred-year-old rifles in that area, and Rome and all of history will be in danger if they are dug up; especially if they are discovered by the wicked witch.
R5) Gerraint: In the Days of Arthur, Pendragon. 10 weeks of posts
Gerraint, son of Erbin, with Percival and Arthur, romp through the early days of Arthur, Pendragon. They fight off a rebellion and beat back the Saxons, Irish, Jutes and Picts, and rescue Gwynyvar. Sadly, as the boys become men, the fighting never seems to stop. And Meryddin, a fly in the ointment, appears to be on his own agenda.
Kairos and Rome 6: The Power of Persuasion
R6) Gerraint: Love and War 12 weeks of posts
Gerrain, son of Erbin wins Enid, his love before he is called to the continent to help Brittany stay free. After a time of torment, Gerraint and Arthur continue to fight off Picts, Scots, Danes, and Angles, before the final battle of Mount Badon. And still, Meryddin has his own agenda working, subversive in the background.
R6) Festuscato: The Dragon in Ireland 10 weeks of posts
Festuscato gets roped into providing safe passage for Patrick to get to Ireland. Festuscato wants to see Patrick get started on a good foot, but that isn’t easy when the so-called king of the Irish is against you, not to mention the reluctant druids, the Irish pirates, and the Saxon intruders. The boy and his pet dragon don’t help, either.
Greta’s ward, Berry, and her sister Fae, along with Greta’s brother and Fae’s husband go north, looking for Berry and Fae’s father to bless their marriages. They get trapped in the land of the lost, and the shattered pieces of the old god Mithras stand against Greta when she sets herself for a rescue mission. Soon enough, the Iranian (Mithraic) tribes in the wilderness come to knock on Dacia’s door, which doesn’t have enough strength to stand against them. And the Roman ranks are full of Mithraites.
I have done my best to keep to the record of the Storyteller as written, only trying hard not to let the facts stand in the way of a good story. For that matter, some of the facts, like names, dates, exact locations and so on have been fudged a little to protect the innocent, in some cases, but more often because it would not be good to give the Masters, or any other enemies of history an exact roadmap of the activities of the Kairos. Basically, don’t send me any letters saying such-and-such is historically inaccurate. It won’t do you any good.