Pendragon: Chivalry is Magic

Year 518 - Kill Merlin
The best kind of vengeance is family vengeance
Year 518 - BADON
Let those born in years hence, know what it means to have stood at Badon
Year 517 - Siege of the Castle of Joy
It's literally Good vs Evil

With winter still raging around them, the knights left Cornwall in search of defenders who would heed the call of King Pellam to come to the Castle of Joy

Year 515 - Beowulf
Hwæt! Wé Gárdena in géardagum þéodcyninga þrym gefrúnon hú ðá æþelingas ellen fremedon.

Spring Envoys

With High King Arthur Pendragon’s throne secure, and his wedding to High Queen Guenever complete, it was time for the King to return the many gifts he had received from abroad in a show of largess. Practically speaking, this was primarily to show off his own force of arms, and cement relationships with foreign courts. Though King Ban and King Bors were already solid allies of his court, Arthur wanted to ensure as many alliances as possible. To that end, Sir Aquila led a party consisting of Sir Aethswild, Sir Peregrine, Sir Matthaus, and Sir Collete Magnus Pullo to the kingdom of Zealand.

King Hrothgar of Zealand was renowned for his hospitality, and the knights were greeted with open arms by the Danes. Though they greatly resembled the Saxons that had plagued them, these warriors were noble and hospitable, and brotherhood was easily found. Sirs Aethswild and Matthaus accompanied the Danes on a hunt, capturing a fine red deer for the feast that evening. Sir Peregrine demonstrated horse combat from Britain compared to the animals there, and Sir Collete flirted with the handsome Danish men, securing herself a husband to bring home.

That night much partying and drinking was had, and the knights retired inside the mighty hall with a hundred warriors in seeming comfort. The peace was shattered by a mighty blow to the heavy doors, flinging them open, revealing a hideous monster beyond. Sir Aquila was torn to pieces before he could wake up, and though dozens charged at the creature their blades were turned away by its skin, and it slew many before retreating into the gloom.

The knights gave pursuit, but the creature was soon lost in the woods. Horrified, King Hrothgar swore to track down the beast and bade the knights wait so no more harm would come to them. Furious at the death of Sir Aquila, the four knights joined in the hunt and tracked the beast in the morning. They came to a series of shallow lakes and ponds, but lost the trail there. They did however witness a golden deer harassed by a dark wolf that Sir Matthaus recognised as a sign. Testing it, the beast could not be harmed by sharpened sticks, but was driven off by blunt stones.

That evening, the knights blunted their weapons at a blacksmith, and waited for the creature with Beowulf, the mightiest warrior that Hrothgar had. Again Grendel burst into the hall, but Beowulf’s strong arms held the beast in place while the Knights attacked, heavily wounding the creature. With a furious roar, Beowulf ripped Grendel’s arm off, and again it ran off. The group set off in pursuit, finding themselves at the lakes they were at in the morning, but now could see a small hall under the water, magically lit from below.

Sir Collete waited above, but Beowulf and the other three knights dove below into the stronghold, where they confronted Grendel’s Mother who had brought the corpse of her son back to her hall. Using her horrific magic, she summoned skeletons to fight the Knights, while Beowulf grappled with the hag. Sir Matthaus found a great sword on the wall that caught his eye, and as Sir Peregrine and Aethswild held off the skeletons, he retrieved it and used it to slay Grendel’s Mother in a single stroke.

King Hrothgar and Beowulf both pledged their friendship to the foreign knights, and pledged to honour them as the King would his own vassals. Though the quest was a success, their hearts were still heavy as what was left of Sir Aquila’s body was borne back to Britain, the first Round Table knight to fall…

Year 514 - The Wedding of King Arthur
A joyous union, and a sorrowful reunion

Spring Weddings

With the uprising of King Lot behind them, everyone in Britain hoped there would never be war between the British again. It was time to focus on a higher calling, like warring against the Saxons. It would have to wait though, because High King Arthur Pendragon was getting married this year. Arthur had fallen head-over-heels in love with Guenever, the only daughter of King Leodegrance, and a lavish wedding was in order for all nobility and knights of the land.

Almost all knights were in attendance, but only Sir Peregrine and Sir Gwynhael managed to attend the mass in person, while Sir Dragain ran from the sound of the church bells and Sir Esme began ranting to anyone who would listen – of whom there were few – that Paganism was being unfairly denied these days. Following mass and the exchange of the vows, came the true success – the gift giving!

Sirs Peregrine, Dragain, and Gwynhael all presented their gifts and asked for nothing in return but the King and Queen’s happiness. Sir Esme did the same, but also asked for her children to be knighted when they came of age which Arthur agreed to – and everyone realised was probably a better thing to ask for. Following gifts from the royal couple, the wedding feast began!

The knights had many fun events during the day, Sir Peregrine delivering a great toast to those who would listen, Sir Dragain talking to many of Faerie Lore, Sir Gwynhael entertaining many with her singing and Sir Esme demonstrated her rebated sword skill in impromtpu challenges. The feast was interrupted by a great commotion as a hart, sixty-one dogs, a woman, and a black knight all burst upon the scene causing great confusion and commotion. In the aftermath the lady had been kidnapped, and Merlin the Magician told Arthur this was a great wonder, and knights should be assigned to solve this.

Sir Gawaine was tasked to bring back the white hart, Sir Tor was told to bring back the white dog, and King Pellinore to rescue the lady. Sir Gawaine’s quest ended in disaster with the tragic slaying of a Lady, while Sir Tor was successful in his own. King Pellinore also succeeded at the cost of ignoring a Lady in distress, but the woman who was kidnapped was Nimue, the new Lady of the Lake. The assembled knights applauded these stories they took no part in, and the wedding was a great success for all concerned.

Summer Questing

As the knights were released from service, Sir Dragain asked his three friends if they would accompany them to the land of Gwaelod in search of his missing brother Aos-Si. Many years ago his druidic brother had set off for the Cumbrian land in search of their mother, the Countess Traymor. It had been many years since they heard from him, and one of the rebel kings from last year was King Gwynfor, the son of the long-dead Count Gwyddno and the assumed ruler of the land. With the rebel lands now subjugated, it was hoped that they could discover the truth of what happened to the two missing O’Malley family members.

Gwaelod was as inviting as history remembered it, being covered in endless rain – even by British standards – and the ever present smell of the sea. Still though, the peasants were wealthy and inviting, and the Tower by the Sea still stood like a beacon drawing the knights in. Sir Peregrine needed to wash some mud off of her clothes, leaving the other three to greet the new King Gwalchmei – who was found to be a one year old baby. Countess Traymor was in attendance and serving as the chancellor for her grandson, and greeted her son and his friends warmly, and was more than happy to put them up for a time. Unfortunately for Dragain, his brother Aos-Si had been thrown into the dungeon under the orders of the old King.

Traymor said she was unable to “free” Aos-Si, but welcomed the knights to stay as long as they wished. From talking among the castle, they learned of the importance of the line of Kings in Gwaelod, and if it were ever broken the dam that held the sea back would break, flooding the kingdom, and killing any who remained inside. A point of view held to be bad. They also went to the dungeon to speak to Aos-Si, and learned that Gwalchmei’s mother disappeared shortly after the death of her husband. Needing more information, Dragain and Esme went to ask a nearby village for more information, while Gwynhael and Peregrine stayed behind to interrogate the castle workers.

Traymor and Gwalchmei had retired, but the group in the castle noted that there seemed to be a lot of food heading to the dungeon, and theorised the missing queen might be down there. Dragain and Esme learned little from the village, but they were attacked by a water monster on the way back to the town which was apparently a common occurrence inside of this kingdom. Pooling their information, they went to the dungeon to free the imprisoned Queen.

After doing so, the Queen called the knights to come with her to free her son so that they could leave this cursed land – which Countess Traymor opposed. Despite being uncertain, the Knights sided with Countess Traymor to protect the land, and returned Queen Eliuned to her cell. Countess Traymor promised to raise King Gwalchmei to assume his duties, and though uncertain, the knights returned home to tell of their adventure.

Year 513 - The War of Kings
And everything was going so well...

Spring Mustering

As winter gave in to spring, word was filtering down through the British command structure that a great battle was on the horizon. King Lot had accused Merlin the Magician of stealing away and murdering newborn babies in the North, and had demanded the magician be turned over for execution. High King Arthur Pendragon rejected all such notions, stating that Merlin was the finest man he knew and those charges were baseless. With King Lot being unwilling to compromise, war seemed inevitable and Earl Roland charged his knights to make ready.

Before the battle though, a great amount of gossip swept through the land. Some were troubled by Lot’s accusations of Merlin. Arthur did not deny the event happened, but remained resolute in his faith that Merlin could not be involved, and for most – though not all – that was enough. Troublingly though, Merlin told the High King that he would not be at the battle, his efforts were needed elsewhere and Arthur would have to lead his troops to victory on his own.

As the eve of battle dawned and Merlin was nowhere to be seen, some in the camp grumbled accusations against the wizard, but Arthur was unbowed, and believed that his knights would carry the day. Aid came from an unexpected quarter, as Sir Balin and Sir Balan – both still exiles after their murder of Nineve – arrived at Arthur’s camp with the shackled King Ryons. The pair had snuck behind enemy lines, battled, and captured the king, who now spat curses at the beardless commander who would oppose him.

In the morning the knights of Logres made ready to face down the Cambrian men, supported by the Cornish troops of King Idres. King Lot however was nowhere to be seen, nor was his army. Arthur’s troops had the advantage numerically, and it would have to be enough as the Battle of Terrabil commenced.

Year 512 - Britain Divided
Many destinies are written this year

Spring Courtliness

With High King Arthur slightly more secure in his throne, the High King took to the old King’s Route, once traveled by King Uther Pendragon in days of old. His tour took him to Durrington, where he was hosted by Lady Elana in a lavish feast. Mid-feast, Duke Ulfius was well into his cups and accused former Queen Ygraine, now one of the resident clergy, of being unfaithful to Uther through fathering a child that could not have been Uther’s. Ygraine stated that the child was borne to her by a vision of her dead husband Duke Gorlois who appeared to her the night he was killed, and this was the child stolen away by Merlin the Magician. Merlin in turn, revealed that this child was Arthur, and the true heir to the Pendragon legacy. Ygraine and Arthur embraced as mother and son, and Queen Morgan, who was visiting her mother, also warmly welcomed her brother.

Later in the year, conflict struck when Sir Cynehild was brought in to court, badly wounded from a joust by a mad knight at a fountain. Though several knights in attendance offered to go and joust this upcomer, Cynehild’s squire Griflet asked to be knighted to get his chance to avenge his master. Arthur agreed, but Sir Griflet failed in the challenge and returned injured. Arthur then appointed Cynehild’s former squire Sir Everette to attempt the challenge.

Sir Everette rode out with several companions – Sir Tacitus, Sir Collete Magnus Pullo, and Sir Glorn. The knight at the fountain was the famous King Pellinore, and though Sir Everette intended to face him, in her passion she succumbed to madness and fled – leaving Sir Glorn and Sir Collete to ride after her. Sir Tacitus faced Pellinore in her stead, and managed to triumph over the King by dishonourably striking the King’s horse, unseating him. Unbowed, Pellinore demanded the fight continue.

His challenge was answered by King Arthur, who had followed to view events. Drawing Excalibur, Arthur fought with Pellinore, but Excalibur broke in combat and Arthur was badly wounded. Both Sir Everette and Sir Tacitus struck at King Pellinore who was horrified at his own actions, but the fight was stalled by the arrival of Merlin. The magician stabilized Arthur’s wounds, and Arthur acknowledged that his own pride had broken Excalibur. Vowing to fix it, he set off on a quest alone – and returned the next day with the sword renewed.

Still later in the year, a strange maiden came to court with a sword belted around her waist. She told Arthur that it was said this sword could only be drawn by the best knight in the land, and she had come to find such a court. After many knights gathered attempted to draw it, an unknown poor knight named Sir Balin managed to draw the blade. The maiden asked for the sword’s return, but Sir Balin’s twin brother Sir Balan told him to keep it and they would adventure together. Naming himself the Knight of Two Swords, Sir Balin kept the blade and the maiden left despondent.

Nineve, the Lady of the Lake shortly came upon the court in search of that woman saying she had stolen the sword, and demanded her head from King Arthur. When Arthur refused, she turned to Sir Balin to demand the sword’s return, but Sir Balin responded by drawing the blade to kill Nineve where she stood. He explained that Nineve had killed his mother in turn, but Arthur would accept no excuses, and banished the brothers from his Kingdom – only his respect of Hospitality prevented ordering their execution on the spot.

Prince Lanceor of Ireland volunteered to chase down the pair, and Sir Tacitus rushed to follow the knight, but arrived only in time to witness Prince Lanceor’s death at the hands of the pair. He attempted to talk Lanceor’s amour out of rash action, but she too slew herself. Prince Mark, who was conveniently nearby, ordered his men to build a tomb to commemorate the pair whose actions had touched him.

Summer Battles

With a crazy spring of intrigue behind them, it was with relief that the Knights could turn their attention to a more noble pursuit – finally crushing King Heraut de Apres and bringing Malahaut to heel. A good-sized force of Logres troops made North to make their attack, and were reinforced by knights from King Pellinore, who was humbled by his actions earlier in the year. The Logres forces crossed the Bassus river where they were met by Malahaut, and also surprisingly reinforcements by King Nentres of Garloth.

The two armies were roughly on an even keel, but Malahaut had chosen its location on a hill well, and were fighting desperately for their home Sir Tacitus led a small unit of knights in the Battle of Bassus River, and though Sir Everette was badly wounded in the fighting, the knights of Logres acquitted themselves well – though none as well as Sir Tacitus, whose zeal earned him a lot of respect from the assembled knights.

In the end, King Pellinore slew both King de Apres and King Nentres, and the armies were routed. Arthur offered good terms of surrender and vassalages to the heirs of both Kings, and forbade excessive looting of the lands from his subjects. Nonetheless, rumours spread that King Lot had accused Merlin of stealing babies from the North, and outright war with Lothian seemed to be in the future.

And unnoticed almost by all, Sir Djaq O’Liam had slipped away on another quest…


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