ARC Contest

Posted: October 24th, 2010 under ARC, contest.

You are the host.  You invite a character to dinner.   Which character from the Deed or Oath, and what do you cook for him/her, and why?    Try to fit the answer in just one or two sentences–this isn’t a demand for vast culinary expertise.   Something like “I would invite  A, and cook B (as simple as “bread” or as elaborate as you please), because (something about A that makes liking B plausible.)  Needless to say, you don’t have to be able to cook the meal in real life.  It’s a fantasy world.  All valid entries (includes character name, menu, reason) will be assigned a number, and the number entered in the drawing for the ARC.   I will co-opt my webmistress to pluck one from a hat.

Post entries to this topic as comments.   Entries must be in by midnight November 2 (the night of our concert, so I may be able to do the drawing within a day or so.)   When I do post the winner’s name, winner must contact me with a mailing address within a week, so we can avoid the holiday jam-up at the post office, which starts earlier every year.

I’m hoping you all have fun seeing who wants to invite whom for dinner, and what kinds of interesting menus are involved.    (I know what to cook for some of my characters, but not all of them.  If you’re actually dying to do menus for more than one, just for fun…sure, you can, but only the first one you send will be in the drawing.


  • Comment by Kathleen — October 30, 2010 @ 4:58 pm


    I too would like to havve dinner Master Oakhollow becuase I’d like to discuss history and religion. I’d serve mushrooms and brown bread with honey.

  • Comment by Karen B. — October 31, 2010 @ 9:44 am


    I would invite Stammel to a dinner party at my house, with the goal of introducing him to highly competent and independent individuals who are blind. I want to inspire him with possibilities, since there aren’t rehabilitation specialists available to him. In particular, I would make sure that there was an expert in echolocation present, one of those individuals who have learned to use their hearing to identify what is around them (shrubs, brick walls) and can ride a bicycle by sound alone. Stammel would also learn about the skills of orientation and mobility; these skills would allow him to travel freely without needing a human guide. I would also introduce him to the concept of “assistive magicologies” magical devices which aid in independence in reading, writing, and communication with others, with the goal of identifying if such devices are available to him in his world. At this meal, I would introduce him to some of the most scrumptious foods I have ever tasted, e.g., perfectly cooked rare Beef Wellington, Green Bean Almandine, garlic mashed potatoes, salad, and a dessert of Chocolate Turtle Cake from Cafe Latte in St. Paul, MN.

  • Comment by Kristin — October 31, 2010 @ 7:15 pm


    I’d invite Arcolin. He’d have a lot of interesting things to say about what it was like to serve as a captain under Kieri, and stories to tell about Stammel and Paks. And I’m really curious about his past. I’d serve bread (with salt) just to make sure the dinner was peaceful, then follow it up with a good simple stew and some fresh fruit. Good basic food for a career soldier, and fruit would be a treat. And I might invite Aesil M’diera for dessert, just to see what happened….

  • Comment by Jonathan Schor — November 1, 2010 @ 2:13 pm


    I hope no one invites a Hoool as they tend to eat anyone they can catch.

  • Comment by Heather — November 1, 2010 @ 9:37 pm


    I suppose I’d invite Sevri and her family to dinner. And I’d serve a nice turkey dinner with the fixings. Might be nice for them to have somebody else do the cooking for a change!

  • Comment by Leanna — November 2, 2010 @ 4:13 am


    Rahael(sp) as she has a parrion for herbs and cooking. I’d serve her spaghetti with the meat sauce recipe taught by an Italian chef to my Mother. As it is not sweet and uses several herbs, I believe she would enjoy it. Of course fresh salad with feta cheese with olive oil/vinegar dressing and garlic bread would be included. For dessert, my apple pie. I hope to trade recipes and tales of life as a woman in a mainly male job.

  • Comment by Leanna — November 2, 2010 @ 4:33 am


    I would invite Rahiel(sp) as she has a parrion for herbs and cooking. I would serve spaghetti with a meat sauce taught to my mother by an Italian chef. Of course garlic bread and a green salad with feta cheese and an olive oil/red wine vinegar dressing would be served. For dessert I would serve my apple pie. I’d like to trade recipes and tales of working in a mainly male occupation.

  • Comment by Skyehaven — November 2, 2010 @ 7:29 am


    Wow, all these dinner sound wonderful! I can haz cookbook?

  • Comment by Rand Race — November 2, 2010 @ 11:30 am


    I would invite Kolya Ministiera because I’m fascinated by her mysterious back-story. And I’d make darn sure not have any apples on the menu. I’m thinking pork involtini with a tartiflette and some snap peas. I’d pair it with a good fruity beer like Sam Adams Cherry Wheat.

  • Comment by Jill Crunkleton — November 2, 2010 @ 11:50 am


    Ha ha! I would invite both Paks and Gird for a big fat southern breakfast – home-made buttermilk biscuits, eggs, bacon and homemade sausage, gravy and big pot of cheese grits! I would just like to see the two “legends” just sitting around being real people. I can imagine them swapping stories of most embarrassing moments from their younger days or arm wrestling for the last piece of bacon.

  • Comment by Justin — November 2, 2010 @ 3:06 pm


    I’d invite the veteran who told Paks that oilberry oil makes the best lampfuel and I’d make him a good white clam sauce cause anyone who thinks olive oil should be used for lamp fuel needs an eduction about the finer uses of the stuff.

  • Comment by Rob Baila — November 2, 2010 @ 3:13 pm


    I’ve been mulling this over for a while and think that this would be the most interesting and challenging group of dinner companions to sit down with for me.

    I’d like to make a simple dinner of almond breaded chicken with angel hair carbonara and a side of steamed broccoli with Grandma’s huckleberry cobbler for desert. For guests I’d invite the Lady of the Lady’s Forest and Master Oakhollow over. Who know’s maybe I can create some harmony between the two.

    At least with my family’s best recipes to eat they could concentrate on eating if they wouldn’t talk to each other.

  • Comment by Darryl — November 2, 2010 @ 3:40 pm


    I would invite Paks to dinner. She’s the one I’d most love to have a conversation with. Between words, I’d offer my grandmother’s meatloaf with healthy portions of potato bread. My grandmother’s rhubarb pie would be first up for dessert; always a family favorite! I’d mostly like to share good food with her in exchange for a little wisdom and a few good stories.

  • Comment by Victoria — November 2, 2010 @ 6:05 pm


    I’d invite Dorrin over for steak, twice baked potatoes, fresh bread, broccoli with cheddar cheese sauce, and a pineapple upside down cake for dessert. She could probably use a nice meal with no danger of assassination, and the menu should have some familiar foods and some new flavors.

  • Comment by boballab — November 2, 2010 @ 10:30 pm


    I would invite Fersin Amboisson (Paks Fiancee)where I would serve up an old family recipe of baked Pork Chops with baked beans with Brown Sugar mixed into the bake bean juice. You mix the Brown sugar into the Baked beans, pour them into a large baking dish, place your Pork Chops into the baking dish and smother them with the juice. Bake at 350°F until done.

    The reason for Fersin is so that I could explain to him how lucky he is that Paks ran off and not married him. Just take a look at what has happened to all those people that are close to her: Stammel blind, Canna and Saben dead, Dorrin out looking for hidden evil Verraki and dodging booby trapped chairs. Just imagine what would have happened to him.

  • Comment by Jenn — November 3, 2010 @ 7:24 am


    It is past time and this is a second entry so it doesn’t count but…(in the spirit of Margaret above)

    I will invite Barra and serve sour grapes and crow because I am in a wicked mood right now.

  • Comment by elizabeth — November 3, 2010 @ 9:50 am


    Wow. This is incredible–thanks y’all. After double-checking, I found some additions, non-entry comments, and duplicates, so there were 59 qualifying entries. I phoned my webmistress (yay her!) and she’s in the process of figuring out how to randomize the picking of a winner.

    I expected the entries to cover a range of major characters, but some of you really surprised and delighted me by picking people like Paks’s former fiance Fersin (who is already delighted Paks ran off!), Sevri from the inn, the Marshal who helped the little boy, etc.

    Thanks again for your interest and your entries.

  • Comment by Sara — November 16, 2010 @ 10:13 pm


    I know this is after the contest but I really wanted to add my two cents.

    I would invite Jori, the trader’s guard, and the old widow and her daughter that Paks stayed with at the end of Divided Allegiance. They were some of the few people that were kind to her while she had all that trouble and I think they deserve a Thank You Dinner.

    I would make Clams in a white wine sauce, french bread, a ceasar salad and orange chocolate mousse. Since they are my favorite foods everyone else must love them. 😉

  • Comment by Fred Zebruk — June 23, 2012 @ 8:24 pm


    Elizabeth, now that the contest is over, I would re-initiate something I did when I captained a ship for the RCN. Whenever we sailed into Seattle I would invite my Wardroom (Ship’s officers)and the trainees to a Sourdough Pizza restaurant. I would but the meal, they bought their own refreshments.
    In the scenario of the contest I would invite Paks’ file to a supper of; clam chowder, smoked salmon appetizers, roast pork with cherry almond glaze, herb and garlic mashed potatoes, buttered carrots and peas, followed by my wifes cherry cheesecake. All served with a selection of sherry, white wine, red wine and port then coffee.

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