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The youth Taran lives at Caer Dallben with his guardians, the ancient enchanter Dallben and the farmer and retired soldier Coll . He is dissatisfied with his life, and longs to become a great hero like the High Prince Gwydion . Due to the threat posed by a warlord known as the Horned King, Taran is forbidden from leaving the farm and charged with the care of Hen Wen, the oracular white pig. When the pig escapes, Taran follows her into the forbidden forest. After a long, fruitless chase he is attacked by a host of horsemen galloping toward his home, led by the Horned King himself. He manages to escape, but drops, wounded, to the ground. He awakes to find his wound treated by none other than Gwydion, the crown prince in Prydain’s ruling House of Dôn (, who has been traveling to Caer Dallben to consult Hen Wen. Gwydion, determined to find the pig, takes Taran along with him. Guided by Gurgi , a hairy humanoid living in the forest, they reach the Horned King’s camp, and learn that his target will be Caer Dathyl , the home castle of the House of Dôn. Gwydion determines to warn the royal court, but the group is attacked before that can happen…

Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast. Tonight we discuss the Book of Three, the first book in Lloyd Alexander’s  Prydain series and pair it up with Beyond the Black Gate!

Dark Acquisitions

Campaign Tools
Character Age – Daniel J. Bishop
Militant Order: The Sons of Dôn – Bob Brinkman

Cauldron-Born – Bob Brinkman
Gwythaint – Bob Brinkman
Tribearatops – Bob Brinkman (concept by Ethan Nicolle)

Harp Magic – Bob Brinkman

The Stacks

Appendix N….ish
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

Additional Reading
The Mabinogoin

Beyond the Black Gate by Harley Stroh
Doom of the Savage Kings by Harley Stroh
Hunting Preserve of the Cambion Queen by Gwendolyn Harper
The Imperishable Sorceress by Daniel J. Bishop
Nebin Pendlebrook’s Perilous Pantry by Mark Bishop
Not in Kansas Anymore by Dieter Zimmerman
The One Who Watches from Below by Jobe Bittman
Portal Under the Stars by Joseph Goodman
The Shambling Un-dead by Jim Wampler et al.
Super Number One Food Tower by Matthew Goiffon

Free RPG Day
Gen Con
North Texas RPG Con
Origins Game Fair

Ar Log VI (album) by Ar Log
Bum Yn Caru Cainc Y Datgeiniad/Five Love Spur Of The Datgeiniad (song) performed by Einion Edwards
Cân Merthyr/Merthyr Song (song) performed by Cerys Matthews
Caniad y Gwyn Bibydd/The Song of the White Piper (song) performed by Catrin Finch
Carolan’s Farewell to Music (song) performed by Ciara Taaffe
Pwt Ar Y Bys/Fingering Vamp (song) performed by Robin Huw Bowen
The Fairy Queen (song) performed by Dawn Egan & Nigel Foote
Yr Eneth gadd ei gwrthod/The rejected maiden (song) performed by Siân James

Appendix N Book Club

Road Crew Appearances
M Nicksic @ Tacoma Games in Tacoma, WA (every Saturday)
* Timothy Drennon @ Geekout in Burlson, TX
* Jeff Bernstein @ Games Plus in Mount Prospect, IL
* Tim Deschene @ Revival Brewing Company in Cranston, RI
* Joan Troyer @ Better World Books in Goshen, IN
* Joan Troyer @ Secret Door Games in Elkhart, IN
* Mario Garcia @ Funagain Games in Eugene, OR
* Chris Lauricella @ Bell, Book, and Comic in Dayton, OH
* Christian Burd @ The Beer Temple in Chicago, IL

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