Playable: Vivek and the Order of the Garnet Studs

Donnie Dubois

When my roommates emigrated to Motherlode, they carried with them the Order of the Garnet Studs, a fraternity formed in our homeland by Dr. Vivek Wilkes (whose own doctorate of divinity was bestowed by this very order).

I was invited to join, but declined. Aubrey, Kobe, and Carter, however, leapt at the opportunity to serve a cause greater than their individual destinies.

The Order of the Garnet Studs

The boys of the order travel everywhere en masse, and I generally tag along.

As I began researching the esoteric meaning of garnets, I discovered that their properties include the following:

Garnet is a stone of regeneration and energizing.  Garnet can boost the energy of an entire system and revitalize it. It is said to be stabilizing in that it can bring order to chaos whether internal or external.

Garnet is a protective energy stone which is especially known for protection from evil,  during travel…


Garnet is also known for its utilization of creative energy. It grounds spirit forces within the body and helps in the ability to work lovingly on the physical plane. [Raphell, 156, 162] [Simmons, 166] Yet Garnet is a sensual stone. It represents primordial fire, the creation of the world out of chaos, purification and love. It is a stone of strong, intense feelings. [Megemont, 87]


Aubrey, Kobe, and Carter seem to have sworn an oath that precludes speaking of garnets’ powers and of their own individual and fraternal quests as members of the order.

However, when Vivek was newly arrived in the Homeland, I frequently overheard him discussing the various ways in which the energy of garnets can be harnessed to protect lovers separated from travel. I thought I heard the name Cathy Tea in conjunction with these discussions, yet I was never able to work out the complete significance of what he was saying.

Since our arrival here, I have come to see for myself the power of garnets, at least as a talisman of male sexual energy, vitality, and attraction. The three knights of the Order of Garnet Studs have been irresistible to the dames and damsels of Motherlode.


The garnet’s powers seem to make the knights’ presence highly attractive to ladies under the most unlikely of circumstances.

Within days of our arrival, while our house was not being played and, thus, we enjoyed our full autonomy, each fraternal brother formed a lovebird relationship with a woman here in Motherlode. Granted, Aubrey and Kobe have both formed alliances with older women, and Carter is dallying with a married woman, but Aubrey and Kobe assure me that the many layered pleasures associated with wine well-aged in a cask far out-weigh the bouquets of fresh-squeezed grapes. And Carter reminds me that love is love is love.


“Love… scooby-dooby-doo… is a many splendored thing…”

Before much time had passed in Motherlode, we received a sudden and unexpected visit from the founder of the Order of the Garnet Studs.


“Sir Vivek! We were not expecting you, your honor–err, your doctor, or we would have dressed accordingly! Or at least put on a shirt and something other than these rather flaming short dungarees!”

I was eager to meet the famous Vivek Wilkes, since he had departed the homeland for Eric Lewis Prime’s world long before Maya recruited me to join her band of emigres.


“I understand, gentlemen, that when one is selecting studs, it’s not the size of the earlobe that matters.”

Vivek announced that his trip was to be a short one–an errand, really. He would just stay one night, deliver a few communications the following day, and then depart as suddenly as he had arrived.

“But how did you get here?” I asked.


“I told you that the secret of the quantum transcendental astrometric calculations could take one anywhere, anytime!”

“I have a way of, err… following the beam of a certain bright light, a pulsar through time and space.”

During Vivek’s brief stay with us, I received a first-hand display of the power of the studs in action. We were all famished, and Aubrey, ever the gentleman, was eager to serve a meal fit for a king–or at least worthy of a visiting knight errant and the founder of one’s order.


“Is grilled cheese supposed to smoke?”


Uh-oh. This can’t be good.

When Aubrey’s grilled cheese caught on fire on our malfunctioning stove, it was Garnet Studs to the rescue!


“It’s ok, Carter. I’ve got your back.”

Garnet Studs

Look right. Look left. Look straight ahead.


The valor of garnets put to the test.


“Let’s see if we can just put this out, alrighty?”


“My. There must be something to those stones, after all. I’ve never witnessed such selfless bravery!”

Eventually, we did sit down to a nice and well-deserved meal.


“My mother always said a man needs his greens!”

The members of the order delighted each other with their tales of bravery well into the night.


“Can you imagine if we didn’t wear the studs? We’d be like all ‘wa-wa-wa-wah-WAH! It’s so hot! It’s on fire!'”

I certainly would never have believed their heroics if I hadn’t witnessed them with my own eyes. And they say that once one is the recipient of an act of valor from one of the members of the order, one is blessed for life. It’s like a contact-high.

Contributing: Bilmonaghan,