Rufus Pride

Rufus Pride has tremendous magical power, but not nearly enough training. Born to a small farmholding family as the youngest of four brothers in the New Forest near True Eyeworth, he apprentices to Master Burleigh down in Little Beaulieu in 1912. (The beginning of his apprenticeship is the tale of The Size of the Bog).   Unfortunately, his apprentice master was sent to lend his talents to the War in 1915, before Rufus had gotten more than a bare grasp on his magical abilities. By the end of the War, all three of Rufus' brothers had died, as had Master Burleigh and his parents. By the beginning of Outcrossing, he is down on his luck, still dealing with the effects of the trauma of the war (and losing his parents to illness), and not sure how to go on.  

Appears In

Size of the Bog

  The Size of the Bog is the story of Rufus and his early apprenticeship. (This is a mailing list extra).  


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In the course of Outcrossing, Rufus meets Ferry Wright and is immediately attracted. He is also approached by a smuggler, Johnny Alder, who needs Rufus and his powerful magic for a particular smuggling job.   Rufus and Ferry make it through, and Rufus is offered a position as the head of the stables for Geoffrey Carillon, and both he and Ferry get some additional magical training that better suits their interests.

Goblin Fruit

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Rufus and Geoffrey Carillon have a conversation during Goblin Fruit that is partly about horse breeding, and partly about Carillon's need to settle down on the estate.


Born: 1899   Family:
  • Married to Ferry Wright 
  • Daughter (born 1925)
  • Son (born 1927)
  • Son (born 1932)
  • Daughter (born 1938)
Profession: Labourer, then head of stables at Ytene    Education: Apprenticed