First Prince of Meridies, King of Meridies, Last Baron of Draconia, Pelican, Flower of Chivalry
Say this, then, of Francois Duvant: that he was Chaucer's "verray, parfit, gentil knyght". Say that he was the first of the Princely lineage of Meridies, and that he was the first great Lion of Draconia. Say that he was the last Great Baron of that fabled land, and that he was one of the foundation stones upon which rose the great nations of Meridies and Gleann Abhann.
Say this, then, of Francois Duvant: that he was the shining star of Chivalry. Say that he was wise counsellor. Say that he was the fourth Crown of Meridies, and say that he never forgot the least good soul in his Kingdom. Say that his sword was ever swift, that his eye was ever bright, his heart was ever fierce. Say that there never was a truer friend, or more determined adversary.
And say this, then, of Scott Simoneaux: that he was that rarest of all things, a Good Man. Say that he was a good husband. And that he was a good friend. He was my friend.......
Say this, then, of Francois Duvant: that his name rings forever in our hearts. Shout it upon the winds. Sing it in the mead halls. Whisper it in quiet cloistered spaces. Tell the tales of his greatness, and celebrate the memories of his goodness. Tonight, he and Thomas the Wordsmith share each other's company on that far-off Field of Gold; let us keep his memory ever in our hearts and minds, that future generations will hold themselves as diminished that they were not able to know this man.
by AEdward of Glastonburh
Responses to this page (later reminisces)
Tourney report from A.S. XII, in which Francois was victorious
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