Keller Amberlin D'Augustine

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Keller (I)
Paladin of the Passionate
Duke and Regent of the Land of Borea
Duke of Southshire
Created 1995ish
Status Inactive
Race Human
Hometown Midgaard
Classes Paladin
Followed Tel
Spouse Cordir
Partner T'Far
Children Kelton Trap D'Augustine
Natalie Rose D'Augustine
Lauren D'Augustine
Relatives Brother: Kennet D'Augustine

Mud Contributions:

[ 48] Keller: A poem
Tue Oct 8 19:04:31 1996
To: all
I generally don't write poetry, because it tends to get ripped apart not on its own merit, but because of who and what I am. However, things have happened that I'd like to write about, so I am. If you feel the need to criticize, please do so in a private tell to me, rather than publicly. Thank you.
Keller Amberlin D'Augustine, Knight and Paladin of Lord Tel.

There is a house that no man has lived in,
a house with curtains of time,
and when you walk into it's cool shadows,
you forget what you are, for a while.
You can pretend that the girl she still loves you true,
That your duty and love are the same,
You can pretend for a while that you can still smile,
Before duty drags you out again.
I once found the house where no man does live,
But try as I may and dream as I might,
the path...
the path is.......
the path is oblivion, and life is denial.


[ 8] Keller: ooc: WarMachine's note, and complaints about randoms in general.
Thu May 23 10:26:04 2002
To: all
Now, I will freely admit that I was gone for a while, but it seems to me that these people who are complaining about the quality of randoms are either wishing for a world where everything they pick up is a +5 superitem, or they've been spoiled by a world in which those items exist. I remember when a +3 item was cause to be very happy, and now it seems that if it's not that, it's not worth wearing. My question then would be that if the powers that be actually take your suggestion to heart and 'improve' randoms, how long would it be before you complained about the improved randoms?
It seems to me that to find a nice magic item should be a rariety. The fact that some players have found a lot of them is a testament to either their skill in playing the game, or their skill in killing people who have skill in playing the game. :) Those people should be rewarded. If you want nice items, spend all day searching for them as I'm sure some of the people who possess them do. But seriously, folks, you don't know when you have it good :)
Keller, who remembers when +2dam bracelets were a big-ticket item.

[ 20] Keller: M'lady, I recommend myself unto you and offer the following:
Mon Jul 15 03:10:29 2002
To: Cordir , Lady Fate
I was adventuring today, attempting to better myself as M'lord Tel has instructed, when a strange malady gripped me, making me unable to move. During this time, some foul creatures took it upon themselves to slay me, as I was powerless to defend myself. Although, for one brief, shining moment I was able to move again and thus combat them, hoping to gain enough movement to cast myself towards the relative safety of the guild, this ailment struck again at a most inopportune time and freed me only upon their successful reaving of my soul from its mortal bonds. At this point, knowing I could not face them and retrieve what I had lost armed with only my will and a ball of blue light, I endeavored to find aid. Clumsyfool, who I asked first, was willing and came to my aid without hesitation, but the gatekeepers of the land I was in proved wily,attacking in numbers where singly they could be easily defeated. It became apparent to me that I needed someone, like myself, who had finely crafted metal armor, the better to withstand their blows. At this point, I asked Quarnel if he could aid me. To his credit, and without hesitation, he readily accepted, rousting those creatures who had followed our earlier unsuccessful sojourn, and moreover leading us into the veritable lions den, where all my possessions were retrieved safely.
While I have thanked both Clumsyfool and Quarnel already, I felt that you needed to know that in Quarnel you have a follower whose bravery and selflessness are quite rare. I consider myself lucky to know him, and only hope that, should the unthinkable happen, I can return the favor to you and yours that has been shown me this day.
Written at the breaking of fast in the Great Hall of Torkheim Cathedral
this 11 Searynx, Month of Reconciliation, by my hand. I remain, as always,
Keller Amberlin D'Augustine, by the Grace of Tel Duke and Regent of Borea.

Current Description:

11/1996 - Keller's group: A Visit to Demon Realm

[20 Wa:] Bop               299/ 317 hp   42/ 153 mana  366/ 366 mv 177272 xp
[30 Ra:] Kaern             128/ 391 hp  285/ 285 mana  438/ 438 mv 417653 xp
[ 1 Ra:] Quinntum          129/ 192 hp  218/ 218 mana  228/ 228 mv   5112 xp
[11 Ma:] Vassago           119/ 119 hp  129/ 141 mana  158/ 162 mv  48309 xp
[24 Pa:] Keller            255/ 555 hp   21/ 192 mana  343/ 343 mv 232208 xp
[11 Wa:] Soup               53/ 261 hp  116/ 182 mana  271/ 290 mv  63366 xp

WHO List:

Hum [      Paladin      ] Keller.                                              08/10/1996
Hum [      Paladin      ] Keller: Paladin of Passion, Scarlet Shield           08/23/1996
Hum [      Paladin      ] Keller searches for a failed memory.                 12/04/1996
Hum [      Paladin      ] Keller Amberlin D'Augustine.                         07/28/1997
Hum [       Wa: 8       ] Keller Amberlin D'Augustine                          03/10/2002
Hum [       Wa:10       ] Keller: I'se the B'y that catches the fish           03/16/2002
Hum [    Cl: 7 Wa:15    ] Keller Amberlin D'Augustine                          04/21/2002
Hum [    Cl:15 Wa:15    ] Keller: hold on to these moments, as they pass.      05-09-2002
Hum [    Cl:16 Wa:15    ] Keller:as bright as god I hope I'm all right....     05-10-2002
Hum [    Cl:17 Wa:15    ] Keller: beneath tne pain and armor...                05-12-2002
Hum [    Cl:17 Wa:15    ] Keller: I wish you'd known me when I was alive...    05-13-2002
Hum [    Cl:18 Wa:15    ] Keller can't contain...this feeling                  05-17-2002
Hum [    Cl:19 Wa:15    ] Keller: I heard you say the past was                 05-18-2002
Hum [    Cl:20 Wa:15    ] Keller: when were you so generously inarticulate?    05-22-2002
Hum [    Cl:20 Wa:15    ] Keller: Do you believe we are all innately good?     05-23-2002
Hum [    Wa:15 Cl:20    ] Keller Amberlin D'Augustine.                         05-28-2002
Hum [    Wa:16 Cl:20    ] Keller: I was a fool to fall and get that way...     05-30-2002
Hum [    Wa:16 Cl:20    ] Keller: Can you believe he thinks I'm really alive?  06-03-2002
Hum [    Wa:17 Cl:20    ] Keller: It ain't me.  I ain't no fortunate one...    06-03-2002
Hum [    Wa:17 Cl:20    ] Keller: Seen a lot up there, but don't be scared...  06-08-2002
Hum [    Wa:17 Cl:20    ] Keller: buddy I'm a kind of poet...                  06-09-2002
Hum [    Wa:19 Cl:20    ] Keller: even though you fool your soul...            06-11-2002
Hum [    Wa:19 Cl:20    ] Keller: Even though you lose your soul...            06-12-2002
Hum [    Wa:19 Cl:20    ] Keller: I don't have to think. I only have to do it  06-13-2002
Hum [    Wa:19 Cl:20    ] Keller: I've got half a mind to scream out loud...   06-13-2002
Hum [    Cl:20 Wa:20    ] Keller: come on everybody take a trip with me...     06-16-2002
Hum [    Cl:20 Wa:20    ] Keller: try now we can only lose...                  06-16-2002
Hum [    Cl:20 Wa:20    ] Keller: roll me over next to the wall                06-16-2002
Hum [    Cl:20 Wa:20    ] Keller: I would like to reach out my hand...         06-17-2002
Hum [    Cl:20 Wa:20    ] Keller: Looking for some happiness but...            06-17-2002
Hum [    Cl:20 Wa:20    ] Keller: Walking about, even in a crowd...            06-16-2002
Hum [    Cl:21 Wa:20    ] Keller: Insert something non-threatening here.       06-23-2002
Hum [    Cl:22 Wa:20    ] Keller: waiting for the end of the world.            06-27-2002
Hum [    Cl:22 Wa:20    ] Keller, Duke of Borea...                             07-03-2002
Hum [    Cl:22 Wa:20    ] Keller: Duke and Regent, now hiring...               07-07-2002
Hum [    Cl:22 Wa:20    ] Keller: you were once a queen, and I was trash...    07-08-2002
Hum [    Cl:23 Wa:20    ] Keller: What do you get when you fall in love?       07-13-2002
Hum [    Cl:23 Wa:20    ] Keller: Ah, would you come walking over...           07-15-2002
Hum [    Cl:23 Wa:20    ] Keller: On a poppy field of stars...                 07-15-2002
Hum [    Cl:24 Wa:20    ] Keller: We were at the beach...everyone had . . .    07-26-2002
Hum [    Cl:25 Wa:25    ] Keller: but the wind goes right through you...       09-13-2002
Hum [    Wa:23 Cl:25    ] Keller: I can't wait, I'm lowering interest rates..  09-05-2002
Hum [    Wa:24 Cl:25    ] Keller: every single piece calls my name...          09-07-2002
Hum [    Wa:24 Cl:25    ] Keller: to follow the black velvet band...           09-07-2002
Hum [    Wa:24 Cl:25    ] Keller: wouldn't it be great if noone got offended?  09-09-2002
Hum [    Wa:24 Cl:25    ] Keller: there were voices down the corridor...       09-10-2002
Hum [    Wa:24 Cl:25    ] Keller: having drifted far away...                   09-10-2002
Hum [    Wa:24 Cl:25    ] Keller: now the song is nearly over...               09-10-2002
Hum [    Cl:25 Wa:25    ] Keller: one says to the other with a twinkle in her  09-13-2002
Hum [    Cl:25 Wa:25    ] Keller: her eyes, they shone like the diamonds...    09-13-2002
Hum [    Cl:25 Wa:25    ] Keller: what's so funny 'bout peace, love, and unde  09-13-2002
Hum [    Cl:25 Wa:25    ] Keller: they beat him up until the teardrops start.  09-13-2002
Hum [    Cl:25 Wa:25    ] Keller: here I stand, head in hand...                09-13-2002
Hum [    Cl:25 Wa:25    ] Keller: sure he picked the wrong man...              09-13-2002
Hum [    Cl:25 Wa:25    ] Keller: I don't want nobody else...                  09-13-2002
Hum [    Cl:26 Wa:25    ] Keller: Duke and Regent of Borea.                    09-25-2002

Character History:

Excerpt from A Journey to Southshire:
"My name is Keller ... or, I suppose if you want to get very technical, my name is Sir Keller Amberlin D'Augustine, by the grace of the gods son and heir to the Duke of Southshire, Knight and Paladin of Lord Tel of the Passionate and defender of the faith. I like the shortened version holds less in the way of bad memories and worse responsibilities. That might seem a tad ironic...most times, the ordainment as a Paladin, the responsibilities of defending and upholding the faith, the minor magics such as the seeing eye...most times that's the most important thing, the heaviest burden, in anyone's life. Most times, I say, because being the Duke of Southshire's son is proving to be far more of a burden than anything I could have imagined as a Paladin..."

The Bloodthirsty Paladin Reference: 08/19/1996

Nika gossips (in common) 'Hey FK nice web page. Hey Keller I did not know your a blood thirsty padlain :)'.
Keller gossips (in common) '*shrug* depends on who you are.'.
Teva gossips (in common) 'No, no. That's part of the ad for Keller light beer: Bloodthirsty. (Talks a lot) Bloodthirsty (Talks a lot)'.
Keller gossips (in common) '*ponder* I don't remember seeing myself down on foolkillers web page.'..
Foolkiller gossips 'Aww shoot - and here I thought I had you on Keller...'.
Nika gossips (in common) 'You on the list of not nice people Keller. *smile*'.
Keller gossips (in common) '*shrug* welp, I'm not nice.'.
Keller gossips (in common) 'I do my job.'.
Foolkiller gossips 'Whoops - oh yeah - thats where he is - chuckle'.

Rebirth: 03/08/2002: Keller's Return

### Keller: new player.

You tell Keller, '(softly) welcome back to the Pattern, Milord D'Augustine.'.

Keller tells you (in common), 'well met, M'lady.'.
Keller tells you (in common), 'although you'll forgive me if I do not find you as pleasant a sight as some might.'.

You tell Keller, '*soft sad laugh* aye. I expected nothing more, sir. But I do wish you well upon your Rebirth.'.

Wedding Tale: 04/17/2002:

Log begins part way into the story:
### [Keller says (in common), 'and there was something appealing about the young lady who was being taken to my fathers justice.']

Keller says (in common), 'and the fact she's the only person who made much sense here. I don't understand the north very well. So, be that as it may, in the fullness of time we fell in love, and she was aquitted. However... at the time, she had served Thaygar's Ebon Hand, as many people of little means did...feeling cast out of the realms of righteousness. And it so happened that with the fullness of time, Thaygar ascended to those levels that do not alrequire a god to have worshippers to sustain their power and we made plans to wed. However, Molo had staked some sort of prior claim.'

Lexie raises an eyebrow. Lexie says (in common), 'how?'.

Keller says (in common), 'I do not know, M'lady. I am not privy to the whims of the gods and I have never heard that part of the story fully.'.

Lexie nods.

Cordir says, 'He had no claim on me, Keller. He did what he did simply to cause you pain.'.

Lexie curtseys gracefully for you.

Keller says (in common), 'then mores the pity, M'lady, for it was not me his pained alone.'.

Cordir nods silently.

Keller says (in common), 'be that as it may, the wedding day came...and Molo took what he wished.'.
Keller grins wryly.
Keller says (in common), 'it seems being the right hand of a god is not proof against a gods power.'.

Lexie raises an eyebrow. Lexie says (in common), 'How do you mean?'.

Keller says (in common), 'the young lady was made to worship molo, and serve him.'.

Lexie gasps in astonishment.

Keller says (in common), 'and as such, spells were placed upon her mind to muddle matters.'.

Leru gasps in astonishment. Leru says (in common), 'that's bad'.

Lorax nods.

Lexie nods in recognition to Leru.

Keller says (in common), 'so since I could not attack molo directly, I declared war on his faith. His is the only faith I consider wholly evil, and beyond redemption, and those who are in it I will fight for so long as they are within his grasp.'.

Lexie nods in recognition to Keller.

Keller says (in common), 'there's little else I could do.'. Keller shrugs. 'At any rate, that is more or less all I'm willing to tell.'.

Lorax shows his approval by clapping his hands together.
Lorax says (in common), 'good story'.

Lexie curtseys gracefully to Keller.

Leru shows her approval by clapping her hands together.

Keller says (in common), 'my deportment was not perfect, and I prefer not to dredge up bad memories.'.

Lexie nods.

Leru nods. Leru comforts Keller.

Lexie says (in common), 'Well kind of leave us hanging that way :('.

Keller says (in common), 'blood and death and pain and betrayal are painful subjects, M'lady. They leave scars. And I'm afraid I have little else to tell about.'.

Lexie beams a smile at Keller.
Lexie says (in common), 'Good story :)'.

Keller says (in common), 'as always, M'lady Fate, a pleasure to see you.'.

Cordir curtseys deeply before Keller.
Cordir says, 'Milord D'Augustine... a pleasure as well.'.

04/19/2002: Penance

Keller gossips (in common), 'oh, that reminds me. If anyone sees Cordir tell her I have something to speak with her about, briefly.'.

> gs keller
Okay, grantsight set
You [GS] tell Keller, 'yes?'.

Keller tells you (in common), 'Tel gave me a penance two days ago...'.

You [GS] tell Keller, 'For what crime?'.

Keller tells you (in common), 'for killing elven guards on a corpse retrieval.'.

Keller tells you (in common), 'it was at my request.'.

You [GS] tell Keller, 'What was the penance?'.

Keller tells you (in common), 'my penance is that I am to learn every langauge in the realm, so as to be able to explain to them my peaceful intent.'.

12/22/2003: Chosen of Fate Ftell

Kethran ftells, 'Noone is "unkillable" ;)'.

Faile ftells, 'Vex comes close, in my opinion'.

Pol ftells, 'I dunno....Keller in his prime....Vex, yeah....Godzilla was a monster....'.
Pol ftells, 'Dove....*shivver*....'.

Faile ftells, 'Dove?'.

Abe ftells, 'Keller was never a tank. Dove was nuts.'.


  • Because of his impact on the MUD as a whole, Keller's name was used for one of the days of the TFC Week.
  • Keller argued at length with Gryphon about who the new Good FLI should choose as a Paladin.
  • Keller was mentioned in BlissPoll 2000A
  • Keller is referred to in a variety of Threads of the Tapestry.
  • Keller has a poem dedicated to him / about him in Cordir's Ebon Book. He wrote a poem in response.
  • Keller was known for his long and empassioned arguments on the topic of alignment. He was also the subject of many a discussion about the nature of Good, including: [A Discussion of Passion]]
  • Keller was known for the phrase, "Honor to Serve."
  • Keller is believed to be the only groom to slay his bride (at her request) at the ceremony.
  • At Khore's request, Keller was the arbiter in the contest between the Champion of the Elves (Abe) and Khore's Champion (Katrana). He deemed it a draw.

Player Provided Information:

Emaleth gossips 'you are the most Un-groovy person I have ever met Keller :> I mean that in the nicest way possible'.
(See A Discussion of Passion for more of this gossip conversation)

As a Telite, I remember Keller's teachings. He was one of a kind.
Well, he talked. A lot. Like. A lot.
Keller was one of the major forces that shaped Cordir's existence as a mortal. It has been said that their interactions through RP (specifically, their wedding) had more profound, long-term ripples than nearly any other in TFC's history, when it came to drawing others into the scene/goings on. Like him or hate him, Keller was known. His presence in the Guild Hall (when it was not a safe room) was a given. If evil was to be fought, he was there. He was the Paladin of Passion and he played the role well.

Personal Timeline:

November 1995 - Keller Amberlin D'Agustine made Paladin of the Passionate by Tel.
September 11, 1996 - Keller D'Augustine, the Paladin of Tel, weds Cordir, an unaligned 16th level page. The ceremony is officiated by Polnevdra. The ceremony is interrupted by the Arch-Lich, who steals the bride, forces her to worship him, and annuls the wedding. (The Wedding of Cordir & Keller)
1997 - Keller takes on the Shamans of the Conclave in the Guild Hall: The Brawl In The Hall
July 1999 - Tel is listed as inactive. Keller becomes Unaligned.
March 8 2002 - Tel is unretired and promoted to attendant of Tripper. Keller comes out of retirement and starts over as a newbie: Keller's Return
May 2002 - Tel is promoted to Demigod, taking the title, "Harbinger of the Golden Flame". His first follower is Keller.
06/17/2002: [ 16] Keller: squires / Mon Jun 17 12:24:27 2002 / To: all / Those of you who have expressed interest in squiring, Keirdan has been knighted, to my great happiness. Speak to me if you wish to know the requirements.