Pendragon: Chivalry is Magic

Year 482 - The Conquest of Summerland
Magic and Steel clash across Logres

Manors/Knights in Attendance

Spring Invasion

With the kingdom of Logres expanded through the conquest of Bedegraine, the news in the court this year was if King Uther would be focusing on bringing war to the Saxons, or against those who refused to acknowledge his claim as High King. The answer soon came down from his court – it was to be war against King Cadwy of Summerland this year. The great mineral wealth of the province had been vastly reduced to trade agreements rather than tribute, and the King demanded of his subjects that they take the land that was rightfully owed to him. As Summerland was located in the county of Somerset, this was quite simple for the knights of Salisbury to marshal their forces – and provided an opportunity for them as well.

For years, Duke Roderick and King Cadwy had engaged in minor skirmishes and arguments over territory bordering their land, and with the King’s planned invasion he was confident that the much larger force of Uther would win the day heavily. As such, he pledged only the mandatory 1/3rd of his knights to Uther’s cause, and resolved to settle the remaining dispute with the forces left under his command. As he viewed this as an issue critical to his own people, he desired Sir Amig to lead the border battles, and thus nominated Sir Gwyllim to act as commander of the Salisbury forces for this expedition. The elder knight accepted this, and commanding a force including Sir Gariant and Sir Liam, set off for Somerset.

The march into Summerland went mostly uncontested as expected, for the knights of the Kingdom could not engage the forces arrayed against them in great numbers. The knights took the time to do some light raiding to bolster their own treasury, and during one such raid encountered the Cornwall forces led by the Duke Gorlois, who remembered and warmly greeted Sir Gariant. Apparently the Summerland forces had adopted a similar plan as Bedegraine before them of defending key entry points to King’s castle and allowing the knights to run unchallenged throughout their border lands. Nonetheless, as the army had not consolidated if a gap in the defenses could not be found they would have through the swamp in order to reach the rendezvous with Uther in time.

Acting on the Duke’s advice, Sir Gwyllim led his troops to one of the contested bridges occupied by the Summerland forces. Outnumbering them 2:1, but with the defenders having the advantage of a fortified position, Sir Gwyllim was confident they could take the bridge, but not without suffering some rather severe losses. Though his inclination was to charge, Sir Liam proposed an alternate solution: He, Sir Gariant and Sir Gwyllim challenge the three best Summerland defenders to single combat, and the winner of this mini-tournament would be forced to cede the position. With an impassioned speech, Sir Carver leader of the Summerland forces agreed, and a duel was laid out.

Sir Gwyllim and Sir Carver naturally faced off first, and though Sir Gwyllim summoned a mighty passion in himself at the thought of completing his mission for King Uther, the passion that Sir Carver held for his liege lord was no less explosive, and after one heated exchange of blows, Sir Gwyllim was felled heavily wounded – though still alive. The terms of their battle had been to the death, but Sir Carver refused to slay a downed foe, and the Salisbury forces were able to retrieve their commander. Sir Liam was next up, and with his mighty warflail flashing, easily slew Sir Dorian, the knight who had been sent against him. The third combatant, Sir Bellingham, was so incensed by this that without waiting for Sir Gariant to step up charged the bridge and swung at Sir Liam, but found the Irish knight more than a match for him and died as well. Ashamed at his forces breaking their word of honour for the duel, Sir Carver gave a potion that had been provided to him by King Cadwy to heal Sir Gwyllim and tended to the knight’s wounds. He then yielded the bridge, and ordered his forces to grant passage to the Salisbury forces so long as they gave their word to cease their raiding until they met up with King Uther.

Though his pride was shaken, Sir Gwyllim was the first to lead his forces to meet with those of King Uther, who by now was incensed at the delay for his forces as he had been encamped against the forces of Summerland. Most were forced to detour through the swamp, and arrived far later than he had been hoping – with the Duke of Gorlois yet again arriving last to the battle. Still, once his army was assembled at dawn with the mists breaking over Summerland, Uther ordered his forces to line up and gave the order the charge. The forces of Salisbury and the knights of Logres in general tore through the enemy as if they weren’t even armoured: for in fact they were not. In the pre-dawn light, the army they had thought opposed them was revealed to be crude figures of mud and reeds, fashioned into not-very-passable figures of knights. Cursing magic, he screamed to the skies for Merlin, cursing the fabled magician for not being here to see through this deception.

As Uther cursed amidst the mudmen, a voice called out to him asking him to parlay with King Cadwy. His family had been sent as hostages to ensure his safe passage, and Uther carried himself to meet with the King, appointing the Salisbury contingent to accompany him. As he strode inside the tent, the mists again rose up and Sir Liam and Sir Gariant became overcome with passion and began talking with the mud statues as if they were real. Though Sir Gwyllim did not suffer as poorly, he too was taken to distraction by the atmosphere and thus they, and indeed all knights present, did not hear what occurred between King Uther and King Cadwy. Uther eventually emerged from the tent shaken, and proclaimed that Cadwy had surrendered and Summerland was theirs. The host of Logres was invited in to a feast in King Cadwy’s court, as they rode off.

Quite honestly, no one believed what had occurred, and at the victory feast Uther publicly accepted the vassalage of King Cadwy and granted him the title of Count, and it did not pass unnoticed that King Cadwy still did not support Uther as High King. The hospitality was plentiful, but everyone seemed too busy gossiping to truly enjoy it. Sir Liam sought out Sir Carver who was present, and the knight of Summerland indicated that the King seemed well warned of the invasion, but that given that there were so few casualties and everyone had accepted fealty, could it be called a bad thing. Sir Gwyllim spent his time attempting to determine what exactly had happened, and eventually pieced together that the terms of Cadwy’s “surrender” closely mirrored all existing trade agreements, and so they lost very little. As well, he found out that Merlin had warned Uther against invading Summerland, and when Uther ignored him left from court on his “own quest”. After a slight interception by Sir Brastias, Sir Gariant met with Duke Gorlois, and the Duke carefully expressed his displeasure at having to conquer parts of Britain while the Saxons remained in their lands. Still, rewards were given, fealty was accepted, and Summerland was folded into Uther’s domain.

Summer Siege

On return to Salisbury, the Knights were released from their yearly service and were free to go about their business. However, as he was still recuperating from his injuries Sir Gwyllim was visited by Prince Madoc, who was putting together an invasion plan of his own. He suspected that his father had desired the mineral wealth that King Cadwy possessed, and he sought to reclaim one of the iron mines of Britain that had been seized by the Saxons and return it to British control. As such he was visiting many landed knights asking for their support and their family forces in this fight. He hoped to get eleven such pledged manors which would then lay siege to the mine at Nantwich. Agreeing to help, Sir Gariant and Sir Liam once more pledged to follow Sir Gwyllim, and the three of them set out to muster their forces and siege the Saxon mine.

Though they would be required to bring most of their family forces with them, the knights decided to further supplement their forces with hired mercenaries and siege equipment, and Sir Gariant decided to call in a favour from Sir Mecanus, a travelling mercenary who he had befriended over the summer. Bringing in a few more mercenary knights in exchange for clearing a favour he had promised, they set out to lay siege to Nantwich and its surrounding area. Along with Prince Madoc and the other knights of Logres, they settled in for a long siege. It was fortunate that they brought siege equipment as the Saxons had fortified the location, but Sir Gwyllim’s tacitcal acumen allowed them to easily resist the forays of the Saxon forces with only a nominal loss of their peasant forces. Raiding the surrounding area for libre, they found that their allied forces were doing equally well, and finally as fall was dawning the Saxons were forced to engage them in battle.

Fall Battle

The battle of Nantwich was a defining moment for Prince Madoc, as it was a chance for him to act independent of his father for the first time, and he set out to inspire his troops to follow him into the jaws of Hell. The charge led by him into the Saxons was a resounding success, and the knights entered the Killing Zone trampling down a number of French mercenaries that the Saxons had brought in. With the battle joined, Sir Gwyllim led the combined forces of Tangley, Littleworth and Harnham – and over the next hours found opportunity after opportunity to flank and strike down the Saxon forces. He always seemed to catch them just when they were disordered, and saved the fiercest of fighting for himself. His companions were no less successful however, and united the three knights led their forces to strike down Saxon after Saxon.

The battle was clearly going in the favour of the Britains, as the Saxon forces seemed to never recover from the initial charge of the battle, and between the carnage they suffered and the British organisation they soon ordered a retreat. Sir Gwyllim ordered a pursuit of the Saxon forces, but unfortunately he ran into a rearguard of frothing berserkers who seemed fresh after the long hours of the battle. Recognising the danger, and exhausted from the combat Sir Gariant attempted to fight defensively but nonetheless was struck a mighty blow by the Saxon berserker, but nonetheless people could swear that it was as though some inner light of his managed to deflect the worst of it and he survived, although grievously wounded. Sir Liam and Sir Gwyllim both laid into their foes, and with that the Saxon army was broken, though not defeated.

Prince Madoc’s camp was unable to stabilize Sir Gariant immediately, and Liam’s squire was sent to fetch Lady Junah, who arrived in time to yet again save another badly wounded knight. Prince Madoc, flush with success, distributed plunder and pledged to fortify this area until he could fortify the area, and congratulated all the survivors on their great contribution. Presenting his success to King Uther, the King was indeed mightily pleased, and was more than willing to grant favours to those who had distinguished themselves. To Sir Liam, who been planning to build a Deer Park in his nearby region, he was granted hunting rights in a nearby Chace for his family to enjoy. To Sir Gwyllim, for his great service leading the battle Uther pledged to pay for an armoury to sit on his land so that other knights could be outfitted as he was. To Sir Gariant… nothing was asked for, nor granted. The King seemed to, for his own reason, refuse to acknowledge Sir Gariant’s contributions as being worth notice.

Nonetheless, the knights returned for the winter flush with success against the Saxons. Despite this, they knew they might need to hire more men to shore up their forces, as now the Saxons would have reason to seek revenge against their family specifically. However, that just reaffirmed the need for striking back against the Saxon menace. Which they were sure that King Uther would be getting around to any year now…

Rewards Earned

  • Sir Gariant
    • Glory: 395
    • Libre: 21£
  • Sir Gwyllim
    • Glory: 545
    • Libre: 22£
  • Sir Liam
    • Glory: 660
    • Libre: 36£
    • Child Born: Son (Zazamanc Heritage)
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Year 481 - The Conquest of Bedegraine
King Uther goes to war... with his own people

Manors/Knights in Attendance

Spring Conquest

With the death of High King Aurelius Ambrosius behind them, the land of Logres looked towards its future under King Uther and hoping he could save them from the Saxons plaguing their lands. It was not as though the lands of Salisbury languished in the winter though. Sir Gariant found himself forced to defend his family’s honour in a duel, and Sir Liam welcomed two girls into his family: one his own, and one from his liege lord. Sir Gwyllim found his adventures having secured him new fame and rumours of an unknown rival in Uther’s court, and Sir Caelus was still lost to the throes of madness following the disastrous Battle of Salisbury.

When the call came out in the Spring for the Knights of Logres to gather, it was hoped by many that this would be a year of striking back against the Saxon hordes. It was to the surprise of many that their target instead was the Kingdom of Bedegraine: A free British county located to the Northwest. According to Duke Roderick, the county had refused to pay tribute to Uther as he had not been appointed High King, and thus they owed him no allegiance. While true, Uther proclaimed that any Britain who would not stand with him against the Saxons would be against him.

The invasion force went largely unchallenged: The forces of Logres vastly outnumbered the knights of Bedegraine, and though the King of Bedegraine was able to prevent Uther from pressing into the heart of the Kingdom, they could not defend their territories from the raids of the Knights. Forced to confront Uther or lose his Kingdom, the forces met in open combat. The result was swift and inevitable, with their superior numbers the Knights of Logres devastated those of Bedegraine, and Uther personally slew their King in open combat.

Following the battle, the forces of Cornwall arrived in the evening, and to Sir Gariant’s keen ears, the Duke Gorlois presented his deepest apologies for the weather preventing him from joining the battle. Uther was not prepared to accept excuses, and levied a great fine against the Duke of Cornwall – a fine that Sir Gariant knew was not justified under the law.

The victory feast was slightly humbled by the knowledge that it was bought at the war between British forces, but was still a night to remember. Both Sir Gwyllim and Sir Liam found the sight of King Uther to inspire a great loyalty passion inside of them, while Sir Gariant found that Uther failed to inspire any emotion in his heart. During the feast, Sir Gwyllim found his fame from the battle had earned him recognition, and he spoke with Prince Madoc personally for a time, sharing stories as to their battles and mutual hatred of Saxons. Sir Liam composed a ballad celebrating the English battle and victory which was presented personally to King Uther to his approval. Sir Gariant found himself talking to Duke Gorlois, and found he had quite a lot in common with the older warrior. Making a good impression on the Duke, Sir Gariant was personally introduced to Lady Ygraine, and found himself both charmed and envious of the Lady.

The subsequent honours given out favoured Sir Gwyllim and Sir Liam, while spurning Sir Gariant – rumours had it that the King had been rewarding those who showed him particular Homage, thus explaining why Sir Gariant had been excluded. However from his position in the hall, he was in position to see that Sir Brastias seemed particularly displeased with the honours bestowed on Sir Gwyllim. With favours paid out, Uther congratulated his assembled men on their great prowess, and swore that once all of Britain was united under his rule, the Saxons would be excised from their lands in almost no time.

Summer Hunting

Returning to Salisbury, the Knights decided to spend their summer performing extended vassal duty and hunting down lawbreakers inside of their land. Near the village of Brunton they found word of Bandits camping nearby who were harassing the nearby peasants. Attempting to hunt them down, Sir Liam noticed a suspicious man watching them, and followed him back through the woods. His superior hunting easily managed to track the villain unseen, and the three quickly found themselves on the outskirts of a camp, with the man attempting to warn his companions of the presence of the Knights.

Sir Liam and Sir Gariant spoiled that illusion by charging into the midst of the bandits and fighting them. Sir Gwyllim intended to follow them, but his dramatic horse rearing only served to spill him onto the ground. The bandits had no great battle combat, but a few of them were impassioned enough by their hatred of knights to pose a threat. That threat was in fact brought to stark point when Gwyllim and Gariant had finished their foes, to find Sir Liam down on the ground with two bandits standing over him. It seems his mighty Warflail had finally backfired on the Irish Knight, as well as a lucky strike from the bandits felling him to the ground.

The bandits attempted to bargain for their own survival with Liam’s life, but Sir Gwyllim would have none of it. With a burst of speed belying his age, he quickly surged forward and in one strike, felled both bandits and saved Sir Liam. He was still badly wounded, and as Sir Gariant applied First Aid and tried to keep him stable, Sir Gwyllim rode to Tangley to find Lady Junah and her mighty foreign concept of “Medicine” to save Sir Liam. Thankfully, Gariant was able to stabilize Liam, and Junah was able to stabilize and save her husband’s life.

With the sour taste of the conquest of Bedegraine behind them, and Sir Liam badly wounded, the Knights retired to their manors to wait out the rest of the year, and steel themselves for whatever would come next year.

Rewards Earned

  • Sir Gariant
    • Glory: 172
    • Libre: 5£
  • Sir Gwyllim
    • Glory: 183
    • Libre: 7£
  • Sir Liam
    • Glory: 197
    • Libre: 4£
    • Child Born: Daughter (Irish Heritage)
    • Child Claimed: Daughter (Cymri Heritage)
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Year 480 - The Finest Wine in the World
A time of great change comes to Logres

Manors/Knights in Attendance

Spring Gossip

Prince Uther had called his Easter court in Sarum this year, and the knights all gathered under Duke Roderick’s hall for the yearly catch-up and gossip, as well as to hear the progress of the war High King Aurelius Ambrosius had been waging against the Saxons plaguing their lands. Among the knights who had experienced the adventure of the Bear-Knight, it was good to meet up once more now hale and hearty, and to share in the revelries and joy of having their own lands. Seated near the notable Sir Gwyllim, tales and stories were swapped as to events that had transpired in the last few months. Sir Caelus was still revelling in his good Christian marriage to the lovely Lady Elana, and Sir Liam had welcomed a new son into his family so all had seemed well in the land.

Among the knights and nobles gathered was one rather striking young man which the ear of good Sir Caelus caught as an un-knighted man Sir Madoc, who claimed to be the bastard son of Prince Uther here to seek legitimacy. As Caelus wormed as much information as he could out of the gathered crowd, Sir Gariant spent some time plagued by his Lord’s hounds, Sir Gwyllim caught a bit of a stomach bug from the food, and Sir Liam excused himself with Lady Junah to indulge in the fruits of a healthy Pagan relationship. It was thus that Sir Liam had missed the declaration by Madoc that he was the son of Prince Uther, and the Prince’s subsequent acceptance and impromptu knighthood of his bastard child. The celebration renewed, it was a time of great revelry for all of Logres, one that all the knights could appreciate – even Sir Liam once his friends filled him in on what he had missed.

Summer Adventure

The next day Prince Uther and his court departed to continue his campaign against the Irish, with the newly knighted Sir Madoc at the front of the army to persecute his father’s war. For Sir Gwyllim and the rest, Duke Roderick had his own mission for them: He had heard that in a county far to the West, there told tales of the Greatest Wine in the World. If the knights could head there to procure some, perhaps by paying some small favour to the lord nearby, it would be a great boon to the court of Sarum to present this to the High King in order to toast his continued victory. With that, Sirs Gwyllim, Liam, Gariant and Caelus all eagerly accepted their Lord’s request, and made for the Tower on the Sea and the court of Count Gwyddno to negotiate for some of this wine.

Their journey was long by horseback, but reasonably calm. As they arrived in the rain-plagued county they found that the ever-growing storms dampened their spirits somewhat, but found the people to be inviting and friendly, always eager to welcome these knights and point them on their way. It was not until the Tower of the Sea was in sight that their journey was interrupted by a confrontation with an ancient crone prophecizing that there was a prisoner inside of the tower, and none who set forth to steal her could succeed in their quest. Cackling as she vanished, Sir Liam was sure to send his squire to thank the Crone for her words of wisdom and leave some coins for her. Though some wished to pursue and learn more, the ceaseless rain banished those thoughts and they moved to the castle itself.

Despite the dreary weather, the castle was warm and inviting, and in exchange for a promise of upholding the rules of Hospitality, the knights were bade welcome into the Tower. Shown to a private, well-furnished room to dry off and make ready for dinner, the four briefly discussed the old Crone’s prophecy – as those are words to be trusted above all else – before making their way down hoping to inquire with the Count as to what service they could perform in exchange for his wine. They were made welcome by Count Gwyddno, who broke out wine rumoured to have been brought back from far off Italy to celebrate their arrival. Unfortunately they learned that the Count could now hold his liquor, and he swiftly drank himself into unconsciousness before he could be approached.

Indeed alcohol rather than food was the norm at this event, and both Sir Gwyllim and Sir Liam quickly saw to engaging in a drinking contest with the other knights of the hall, with Sir Gwyllim emerging triumphant – and slightly conscious – over his opponents. Sir Gariant and Caelus were politely questioned by Countess Traymor as to the benefits of treasure and fine wonders they had previously seen, but they chose to focus on what their wealth would buy rather than what could be acquired. Seemingly displeased with the answers, the Countess retired and the party gradually broke up, though Sir Gwyllim was pulled aside and asked by the Countess to rescue her from the horrible conditions she had found herself in. Though sympathetic to her plight, the Knight found himself unable to Trust her words, nor to feel any great sense of Mercy, and she was left to her own devices.

The next day the Count was sleeping off his drink from the previous knight, and all but Sir Gwyllim rode out with Sir Seithenin in order to inspect the countryside and watch for Mermen or Wyrms as the old knight put it. Sir Gwyllim engaged in a Gwyddbwyll tournament, and did respectably for himself, though he sensed the Countess’s displeasure with him. That night, another feast was laid out with Count Gwyddno quickly drinking himself unconscious again. This time the Countess Traymor inquired to the knights as to the benefits of an extra-marital affair, and though most balked at it Sir Liam took her up on the offer and found the Countess quite an intriguing conversationalist, and despite his notable Love for his wife felt an Amour begin to grow for the Countess. That night, she again approached him and made the same offer as was made to Sir Gwyllim, but Sir Liam chose to accept it and take any method needed to free her.

At the feast the following night, the Countess’s plan was to get the Count drunk again, and then steal her away in the night. Reminded by Sir Gariant and Caelus of their promise of hospitality, as well as inspired by an old Pagan legend being told around the camp fire, Sir Liam instead challenged the Count for the right to free the Countess. Three challenges were then laid before the knights, with Sir Gariant choosing to abstain out of politeness for his situation. A drinking contest was first proposed, where Sir Caelus failed and Sir Gwyllim yet again carried the day. The next was a wrestling match against the old Crone from the crossroads, where Sir Gwyllim was eliminated but Sir Liam handily defeated the Crone. Finally was single combat with the Count, where Sir Liam’s martial prowess overcame the old man, and slew him. With that, the Countess was free to travel and pledged her eternal love to Sir Liam, and the cup of the Count – out of which any wine drunk would seem the finest wine in the world – was theirs.

Fall Battle

Arriving home, the armies of Aurelius Ambrosius had gathered to make war against the Saxons that had been raiding the land of Salisbury. Riding out with their group, they found themselves embroiled in a large battle where nonetheless, King Aurelius clearly had the advantage. The first hour of the battle went well for the knights. A devastating charge saw many Saxons scattered before their lance, and the subsequent withdrawal to set up another Lance was met with equal aplomb. All knights performed well for themselves, with Sir Gariant and Sir Gwyllim even finding time to take a noteworthy prisoner that they would hope to later ransom to the Saxons.

Tragedy struck in the second hour, where after what seemed to be a successful charge, High King Aurelius Ambrosius was slain by the Saxons hordes! Great terror and confusion spread throughout the knights of Logres, and the Saxons seized the advantage. With their lines disorganised, Sir Gariant took command of his nearby friends and attempted to lead an orderly withdrawal from the midst of the Saxons. Sir Caelus appeared to be driven mad by all that had happened, and fled the field of battle. Confronted by a mass of Saxon foes, Sir Liam was driven to the ground and was near death, but somehow his Squire managed to pull him from the field of battle. Sir Gariant relied on his magical Chivalry to escape without too much harm, but Sir Gwyllim truly rose to the occasion here, as despite being outnumbered he handily slaughtered all before him and nigh single-handedly cleared a path for withdrawal.

Retreating with Sir Liam to the rear lines, the group nevertheless witnessed the heroic rally of the army by Duke Gorlois, who turned the British back to his cause and drove into the heart of the Saxon hordes, slaying one of their heathen Kings and turning what seemed to be a crushing defeat into a miraculous victory. Though the Saxons were broken, the High King was dead and heavy was the hearts of all who had witnessed this tragedy – Britain was without a King.

Winter Wrap-Up

The body of High King Aurelius Ambrosius was interred at Stonehenge, attended by all of the Collegium of Britain who could attend, as well as many Lords of the land and their household knights. The King was quietly laid to rest in a sombre ceremony, and then all minds turned to who next would succeed the King. Prince Uther was the natural candidate as the High King’s brother, but after much debate he was not elected as High King of the lands – to his befuddlement and rage.

The land now much less united, the Knights were released to return home. Thankfully on the way they were reunited with Sir Caelus, whose mind had been healed by a poor Knight who had taken pity on his ravings, and the four returned to their manor to prepare for the turbulent times ahead…

Summary of Major Events

History Events

  • High King Aurelius Ambrosius is Killed by Saxons
  • Prince Uther appointed King of Logres, but not elected High King.
  • Sir Madoc is knighted, and acknowledged as Uther’s legitimate Heir. He is now Prince of Logres.
  • The Adventure of the Finest Wine in the World is completed.
    • Countess Traymor legitimately rescued, and becomes the Courtesan of Sir Liam.
    • Cup and Wine retrieved, providing Glory and Libre for all involved.

Rewards Earned

  • Sir Caelus
    • Glory: 490
    • Libre: 9£
  • Sir Gariant
    • Glory: 670
    • Libre: 15£
  • Sir Gwyllim
    • Glory: 845
    • Libre: 15£
  • Sir Liam
    • Glory: 734
    • Libre: 9£
    • Child Born: Son (Irish Heritage)
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Year 479 - The Adventure of the Bear Knight
A Knighting of three Promising Squires

Manors/Knights in Attendance

What Has Come Before…

High King Aurelius Ambrosius has been waging a campaign around the waters of Britain for well over a year, and his campaign to crush the Saxon fleets has been a resounding success. Now he and his brave knights have landed on the continent and begun wiping out the Saxon armies in force.

The Saxons though have not taken this in kind. In retaliation, the Saxons have stepped up raiding in the heartland of Britain, driven ever inward by the press from the High King’s ambition. With the finest Knights of the land out with the High King, lands lie all but defenseless before the rampaging hordes.

Many have fallen, and many more are afraid. In these turbulent times, rulers always have an eye out for promising squires. Three such squires have been brought before Duke Roderick of Salisbury in these troubled times…

Summer Session

Squires Caelus, Gariant and Liam all stood in the court of Sarum before Duke Roderick, their 21st birthday not long off and the day of their knighting approaching. To prove their worth, the three squires were asked to procure the food for their own knighting feast. They were dispatched to the Camelot Forest under the care of Sir Amig for this relatively simple hunt.

En route to the forest they partook in the hospitality at the Castle of Ebble. As the squires ate their breakfast in the entrance hall, a young Lady entered the hall desperate to get the attention of Sir Amig. Intercepted by the squires, she introduced herself as Lady Elana, and informed them that her father Sir Melianus had been cursed by a witch, and she needed help to undo this. As Caelus brought the case before Sir Amig, Gariant and Liam saw to Sir Melianus to understand the curse. Fortunately it was quite straightforward: to understand: Sir Melianus had been turned into a bear.

Faced with the prospect of a witch, his most hated of foes, Sir Amig immediately rode off in pursuit of this sorceress, instructing the three squires to bring the Bear-Knight to follow him. En route to the Sorceress, the group were assaulted by a trio of wolves where the mettle of Gariant was proven, as he soundly slew all three beasts. Unfortunately, Liam was badly mauled by one of the creatures, and an attempt by Caelus to draw upon his family honour merely left him in a state of melancholy at not being able to defeat the beasts.

With one squire physically injured and another psychologically injured, it fell to Gariant to pursue Sir Amig to find out what had happened. At the end of the road he met with the crone sorceress Meroe, who informed him that she had been awaiting him. Indicated a small falcon in a cage next to her as Sir Amig, she asked whether or not the squire had come to fight. Prudently choosing diplomacy, Gariant asked what it would take for the crone to undo this curse. She informed him that she had been feuding with a nearby giant, and if they slew him and brought back some hair as proof, she would release the two knights from her sway.

While he was away, the ministrations of Lady Elana were thankfully successful in stabilizing Liam, and snapping Caelus out of his melancholy. After making camp, the three attempted to persuade Lady Elana to return to her manor, but she insisted on waiting in case the witch needed to have her father present in order to undo the curse. Fortunately they were able to persuade her not to accompany them on their journey to slay the giant, which they undertook with great haste.

The giant Piram proved simple enough to track down, as he lay in a glade nearby cooking a sheep on a spit. Though Liam suggested simply charging it down on horseback, Caelus approached it in an attempt to parlay with the creature. Piram proved simple minded and innocent enough for a giant, but despite Gariant’s misgivings, the three squires engaged in combat with the giant and, outnumbering him, managed to put the creature down. Though Liam wanted to take a trophy, Caelus was touched by the innocence and saw to it that some nearby peasants gave the creature a good Christian burial. Gariant wisely remembered to retrieve hair from the creature, and they set off to the sorceress’s hut.

With the giant dead, Meroe proved a hospitable host for the evening, with her hearty stew invigorating the squires, especially the still notably injured Sir Liam. In the morning she fulfilled her word and released Sirs Amig and Melianus from the curse, and though Sir Amig wanted to slay her, he grudgingly relented as doing so would break the rules of hospitality.

They were on their way home when suddenly the three remembered that their original purpose was to hunt a boar for their feast, and they set off into the woods nearby to do so. Liam managed to quickly track down a creature and together with Caelus slew it, and brought the meat back to Sarum for all to enjoy. Duke Roderick received a tale composed and performed by the trio with great humour, and the three were officially made knights of the realm. Granted their own manor, they swore to defend the land and their lord from invaders.

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