The Pewter Gryphon's Lair
|Name:||The Pewter Gryphon's Lair|
|Fandom:||Forever Knight, Vorkosigan Saga|
|URL:||The Pewter Gryphon's Lair (archived)|
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The Pewter Gryphon's Lair was Diane Echelbarger's personal website. (The site got its name because Diane collected gryphons, especially the pewter kind.) It was originally located at http://my.execpc.com/~echelbar/. Some of the contents of the site were mirrored at http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Studio/1966/stories/, which seems to have been created so that she could continue to offer fans the full text of The NATPE Seven History Page, as well as affording her a place to store her fan fiction.
In 2013, the site was restored and added to the Forever Knight Website Archive.
The main page of The Pewter Gryphon's Lair includes personal information about Diane, with links that lead to a small nest of personal pages. The contents of the site varied over time, as she took material down, constrained by the limits on the webspace available to her.
- The NATPE Seven History Page. This is a report by the Forever Knight fans who, in January 1996, went to the annual convention of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) in Las Vegas as part of the Save Our Knight campaign, in the hope of influencing the producers into changing their minds about cancelling Forever Knight. Despite the title, the report actually has several pages.
- Ma Kosti's Cookbook. At the time the website existed, Diane was the official archivist for "Ma Kosti's Cookbook", a recipe collection by the members of the Lois McMaster Bujold mailing list.
- A page of photos of three dolls, costumed as characters from Forever Knight (Nick Knight, Natalie Lambert, and Janette DuCharme), each with multiple changes of clothing, which were auctioned for the Geraint Wyn Davies Fan Club.
- A page with pictures of some of the historical, fantasy, and science-fiction costumes Diane had made.
- Fan fiction. This was archived in a section called "Schroedinger's Dead Cat". A note at the top of its index page suggests that, at one time, all Diane's stories were archived on-line. However, because she was running out of webspace, she later took some down, keeping only her favourites. The following stories (some of which were original fiction) were included in the archive:
- "Anh Trai" - (359K, 5 parts)
- "The Awakening" - (Forever Knight, 3.1k)
- "Barrayaran Girls" - (filk, Vorkosiverse, 1.6k)
- "Encounters" - (49.1k)
- "Face Off" - (13.5k)
- "Girls' Night Out" - (Forever Knight, 27k)
- "Gotta Stop Those Plots In Time" - (filk, Vorkosiverse, 2.6k)
- "An Immortal Named Bruce" - (Highlander, 2.5K)
- "My Little Merc Fleet" - (filk, Vorkosiverse, 2.2k)
- "Loose Ends" - (29.1k)
- "Nephew" - (348.5k, 5 parts)
- "Nicholas and The Horrible,Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Night" - (Forever Knight, 5.1k)
- "Odd Men Out" - (8.8k)
- "Photographs & Memories" - (48.8k)
- "Revelations" - (Forever Knight/Highlander, 17.7k)
- "Second Summer" - (80.1k)
- "Slip Of The Pen" - (Forever Knight, 8.5K)
- "SunHawk: Laying Ghosts" - (original, 9.3K)
- "SunHawk: Meet Me In St. Louis" - (original, 16.6K)
- "SunHawk: New Kid In Town" - (original, 74.1K)
- "SunHawk: Moments of Truth" - (mixed, 23K)
- "Transformations" - (Scarecrow & Mrs King, 9.2K)
- "Vintage Red" - (Forever Knight, 21.2K)
- "Winterfair" - (filk, Vorkosiverse, 2K)
Diane's website was first recorded in the Internet Archive on 28 January 1999, although internal comments indicate that it had already been in existence for some time. It was last updated 18 January 2001.
At the time it was first recorded, the site contained the NATPE Seven report, the page of dolls, and Ma Kosti's Cookbook. However, the NATPE Seven report was incomplete, lacking many of the photos. It seems likely that they were removed to make way for the page about the dolls, which contains a number of photographs. This in turn was removed entirely sometime between August 2000 and February 2001 to be replaced by the photographs of costumes.
Diane's secondary GeoCities site is first recorded 1 October 1999; and, as the index page is the front page of The NATPE Seven History Page, it seems likely that Diane began the site in order to continue to be able to provide Forever Knight fans with the full contents of the report. (This version is slightly different from the one on the main site: there are some additional pictures, and others are presented at a larger size.) The site was also used to store her fan fiction, in a subfolder that was linked to from her main site.
Both sites disappeared from the web sometime in 2002. The main site was last recorded in the Internet Archive in August of that year, and the GeoCities site in October.
Wayback Machine copy
From the main archive, most (but not all) of the pages were recorded. The majority of the graphics that were on the earliest recorded version of the site were saved. However, none of the photographs of the costumes was preserved.
From the GeoCities site, the NATPE Seven report was preserved with most of its photographs and graphics. All the shorter stories (including the Forever Knight fiction) were saved; but some of Diane's longer original fiction was not.
In July 2013, The Pewter Gryphon's Lair was restored by Greer Watson, who combined material from the Wayback Machine with a copy of the NATPE 7 report that had been saved by Cheryl Hoffman. This version returns the report to its original location as a subfolder in the main site.
Lacking its photographs, the page for costumes was not included in the restoration.
- The Pewter Gryphon's Lair (as archived on the Wayback Machine 28 January 1999)
- NATPE Seven report (as archived on the Wayback Machine 12 October 2000)
- The Pewter Gryphon's Lair - in the Forever Knight Website Archive
- Diane's liking for pewter gryphons is mentioned at the top of the index page to the website.
- The failure to record the longest stories is probably because the files (40 Kb or more) exceeded the Internet Archive's maximum limit for the size of the files that they would then record and store.