The Cavalry Cycle
In this setting, centaurs are made from normal men. What's that like for the men?
In Grand Normandy, centaurs are made from men who volunteer to be transformed. Why would people do that?
A centaur is as strong as a horse and as agile as a man—given proper training.
Know thyself. All over again. And know the other guys, too.
Our lads are complete stallions below the waist. And it all has to get wired to the brain somehow.
- Sleep Like a Horse
Horses sleep a couple of hours a night, plus some dozing. And our lads?
- Healing Factor: the Downside
To avoid scandal, the DC requires the lads to have routine vasectomies. But they heal vigorously.
- Captain Horsepower
The officers suspect there was some wish-granting involved in Rene Wardley's transformation.
- Pay Schedule
The esoteric economy is happy to use money, but also trades in oath-spells and raw psychic energy (chi, prana, numen, whatever). Given the small numbers in the cavalry, customized contracts might be possible.
Horses acquire phobias easily.
- Good Manners Cost Nothing
Horses are matriarchal. The band stallion defers to the senior mare.
- Not an Option
Our lads are not like the soldiers of a mundane nation, where there are always more recruits and the brass can pick and choose. They are expensive to create and train, and there are only a few of them.
Standard Cavalry ride Dedicated Cavalry as well as horses. But our lads are not, when you come down to it, horses.
Cf. the Lapiths and Pholos.
How did Grand Normandy come to have the Dedicated Cavalry?
The Class of '16
The six recruits followed here are only this year's class. Last year, there were different recruits.
Not all the transformations go well.
Strong as a horse, agile as a man, tough as both together. Magical, too? Cool!
They're all horsey, now. But some are horsier.
Carlin lies. He lies nobly, but he lies.
What happens when the lads go home to the people who knew you before the transformation?
- Cold Yule
John "Buckjack" Weldon goes home for Christmas.
- Warm Yule
Rene "Horsepower" Wardley goes home for Christmas.
How much can you change and still have people recognize you as the same person?.
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.