King Uther's Court

Here are some of the more prominent members of Uther’s household that Player-knights are likely to meet. The list is not meant to be exhaustive and Gamemasters should change or augment the list as they see fit. Ordinary knights do not usually interact with most of these courtiers. Here some minimal stats are given, sufficient for the interactions the Player-knights might have. Appendix K (p. 144) features a quick-reference guide that includes fifty Gamemaster characters, some with more stats.

The Privy Council and court officers:

The literature often refers to the king’s Privy Council. These are his private advisors, a completely informal group also called his favorites. To decide matters of state the king generally holds an open council for all his warlords and court, listening to each comment and opinion. He then retires to his private quarters with his favorites to discuss and make decisions. They are denoted in the write-ups with a dagger (†).

The Pendragon kings have created systems of administration to fulfill their regal
and personal needs. The chief officers are the curia regis (L. “court of the king”). The highest ranking officers including the seneschal, treasurer, constable, marshall, chancellor, and chamberlain are all part of this. Each of these officers has a staff of clerks, stewards and knights that perform well and (usually) without royal oversight.

To learn more about royal officers, including their typical duties, bonus pay rates, skills and traits, see Table 2.1, p. 43. (BoU)

The heir apparent Madoc ap Uther
Almoner Brother Canagus
Bodyguard Sir Bellias
Butler Sir Diocenar
Chancellor Abbot John
Chamberlain Brother Hugh
Cofferer Abner

The word “constable” is derived from the Latin comes stabuli —“count of the stable,” indicating the equine nature of this office. The constable’s job is to make sure the entire eyre is properly mounted on good horses, ponies, or donkeys every day; to see that the carts and great carts are maintained and hauled; and to escort the king’s personal wardrobe while on the march. Several deputies (“knights of the stable”) and squires oversee the many herds that graze in forests and on estates, sorting horses into their various uses and training them.

King Uther's Court

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