The Cavalry Cycle

These are vignettes more than stories, fictional thought experiments. They don't particularly tell how characters cope with problems, but simply examine the Dedicated Cavalry of Grand Normandy (motto: "Potentia servientes") from different angles, answering various questions about it.

The Class of '17

First Night in Barracks

In this setting, centaurs are made from normal men. What's that like for the men?

Captain Fletcher Gives the Talk

In Grand Normandy, centaurs are made from men who volunteer to be transformed. Why would people do that?

Dialogue: Agility Class

A centaur is as strong as a horse and as agile as a man—given proper training.

Dialogue: At the Mirror

Know thyself. All over again. And know the other guys, too.

Dialogue: Our Little Lacey

Our lads are complete stallions below the waist. And it all has to get wired to the brain somehow.

Brief Dialogues:

Beer for My Horses

  Cf. the Lapiths and Pholos.

Lecture Hall and Pub

How did Grand Normandy come to have the Dedicated Cavalry?

Dialogue: Night Archery

Strong as a horse, agile as a man, tough as both together. Magical, too? Cool!

Dialogue: Chevalin

They're all horsey, now. But some are horsier.

Dialogue: What's Owed

Carlin lies. He lies nobly, but he lies.

Returns

What happens when the lads go home to the people who knew them before their transformations?

Former Pupil

How much can you change and still have people recognize you as the same person?.

Last Day of Class

Over the hills and far away.

The Lion Host

They're not orcs.

Booster Shot

Not all the adults are grown up.


The Class of '16

The six recruits followed above are only that year's class. Last year, there were different recruits.

Roland Vimont

"What are the odds he knows the word 'cupidinous'?"

William Corliss

Sometimes, volunteering is the best bargain you can strike.

Families and Time

Transformation and a new career. A time for ... looking forward.

Bennet Darcy and William Donovan

Teamwork.

The Littlejohns

Truth will out.

Aftermath

They may not be human anymore, but they're still gentlemen.


Undated

Brief Dialogues:

The Monster at Night

Not all the transformations have gone well.


The Future

Looking Forward

The history lecture in "Lecture Hall and Pub" mentions that Prince Hugh, the founder of the Dedicated Cavalry, is still alive but in his nineties, as of 2017. So look a few years forward.


Glossary



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