Welcome to Cær Tywyll

Greetings! Thou hast, by either fate, luck or just plain boredom, stumbled onto my virtual realm of "Cær Tywyll"--the Dark Castle.
This is the weird, freakish place where ancient myth meets cyberpunk, east meets west, and fantasy abounds. In a nutshell, it's am HTML-ized glimpse into a portion of my fevered brain.

Just to let everybody (yes--both of you) know; Tripod locked me out of my acconut for a year. For my up-to-date page, look at: http://www.crosswinds.net/~maelgrim/. Yes, everything of note has moved to Crosswinds. That doesn't include Rockman's World, but that was never anything of note, anyway.

I am called Mælgrim Cerdawr o Lan Filan o Pouis (Mælgrim by most). It's an old Welsh name that is derived from the name Mailgwn meaning "Prince of Wolves." Maelgrim itself actually means "savage wolf." I think. Cedaur is a medieval Welsh surname meaning "minstrel."
Except apparently, "Cedaur" means "pubic hair" or "female genitalia." Who knew, eh? Apparently, I'm the victim of a practical joke, here. I wish I'd thought of it, because it's funny as hell. So, the real spelling of the old welsh name that means "minstrel" is "Cerdawr." So, let's make that Maelgrim Cerdawr, shall we? Good.

Actually, my real name is Ben Roberts, and I am a 23-year-old college student in Colorado Springs.
I'm happily married and the proud father of a 3-year-old daughter (boy, that's exciting) and getting started out in life.
I'm a student of computer science and Japanese, hoping to apply that towards getting a job as a game programmer. However, my real ambition in life is to become a world-famous epic fantasy novelist and get paid six figures per year to sit in a remote manor and do what I like. (At this point, a choir starts singing "the Impossible Dream.")
As you might have guessed, I am a great Middle Ages enthusiast, and am a member of the SCA, which is a medieval and Renaissance re-creation group. Although I haven't been to Fighter Practice in a while, I am still hold great interest in the arts of combat.
Another interest of mine is Q-Zar (the world's coolest laser-tag game). It really sucks ass that the one around here closed down. Also, as my wife and parents will tell you, I play video games obsessively.
The list doesn't end there, though. Other long-standing interests of mine include: Star Wars, ElfQuest, anime (Japanese animation) and manga (Japanese comics--"manga" literally means "irresponsible drawings"). In fact, if you want to see just how much a twisted otaku (obsessed fan) I can be, take a look at the Vampire Hunter D Costume I wore to Nan Desu Kon III (I won some pretty cool awards, too, I might add).
I'm also a musician, artist (well, sort of), aspiring writer and hopeful composer.
I spent most of High School reading science fiction and fantasy novels, and while I'm fairly well-read in those areas, I usually blink stupidly at the mention of names like Tom Clancy or Danielle Steele.

I have many favorite authors, but to get a good idea of what kind of reading background I have, you can look here.

And as long as you're being bored to tears, you can look at my CD list, video list, and video games.

If you're interested in my personal abilities (and you may as well be if you took the time to even look at this bloody page), then I have samples of my writing and composing posted online for your viewing tor--er, pleasure.

the Beowulf Finale: Over a period of several months, I've been writing a symphonic piece inspired by the Old English epic of the warrior-prince Beowulf. Although the MIDI in here is titled "Overture," it's actually the Finale movement. I suggest you don't listen to this unless you have at least a marginally decent sound card, or it will sound like a kazoo band trying to play a Wagner piece. Oh, and by the way, it is copyrighted, so in case you actually think it's good enough to steal--don't.

Rockman: the Robot War: This is a story I wrote as a fan-fiction about the first Rockman (MegaMan in the United States) game. I think it's a fairly good example of my style of writing in a sci-fi environment. It also is a good example of how I can take virtually anything and make a big, involved story out of it in my head. Plus, it's the only sample of my writing that I have in an HTML format.

Right, I guess that's about it. If you feel the need, you can E-Mail me. If not, don't bother.