King Arthur Pendragon

483: Ambushed
The Marriage of Count Roderick

The King has announced he will decide who gets to marry Lady Ellen by summer of 483. Everyone hoping to marry her is making their way to Rydychan for easter court.

So our knights join Count Roderick, his marshal Sir Elad and 6 of Rodericks household knights to make their case and present the King with horseloads of gifts.

One evening, halfway to their destination, the group stops to make camp and they are ambushed by saxon warriors and cavalrymen. Sirs Digon and Iefan are both caught off guard and face 3 warriors. They fight bravely, Iefan taking down two of his foes while Digon trades blows with his. Alas, Digon is taken down and falls to the ground. Sir Iefan spurs his horse towards the two standing over Digons unmoving body and takes a nasty lick from his final foe. He slays one, but is brought low by the other.

Thankfully the counts men come in to clean up the survivors and the good squires heal their lords wounds. Neither are in condition to carry on and are left at a nearby monastery to heal up. After a week though both men are able to stand and wish to hurry up after their liege.

When they are caught up, they hear the surviving saxons were interrogated and said they were hired by a masked man who paid in silver and promised them all the loot the count was taking to the king.

When the party arrives at court, the tale is told to the king and he has the men executed publicly. Sir Iefan noticed that Sir Blains was noticably relieved when the headmans axe fell…

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482: Winter Phase for Tisbury

Sir Digon:
-Family heriloom saddle has mysteriously gone missing.
-Arranged a marriage for an aunt to a respectable older household knight.
-Built stone weirs and pumped iron

Sir Dugal:
-Sired two daughters in the village, one died in the winter.
-Found and old ring in his late uncles possessions. Turns out there might be a little bit of magic in it. Gave it to Digon as the head of the family.
-Gave money to family treasury
-Failed to get permission to marry, better luck next year.

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482: Winter Phase for Burcombe
Oops I did it again...

During Christmas Court Sir Iefan had relations with Lady Gwenynned, the lusty daughter of Sir Galed, Baron of Barehill. She is with child and her father has learned of this. She is highly eligible, but disgraced through having born a son to what she claims is a famous knight of Salisbury and numerous other rumored affairs. Normally she would be a priced catch with a hefty dowry, but her father is looking to pass her on to be someone elses trouble. He will be demanding that Sir Iefan take her as wife during the spring court.

While at Sarum during the winter Sir Iefan negotiated a delicate matter on behalf of Sir Roderick. The issue was handled descreetly and satisfactory to all parties. He was awarded a small parcel of farmland free of servitum debitum.

Meanwhile Sir Siors handled the marriage arrangements of a kinswoman. He selfishly arranged and pocketed a small bribe. He also sired a son on a minor noble lady, but refused the child.

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482: Invasion of Summerland
Courting & Feuding

With:
Timo aka Sir Iefan of Burcombe
Markku aka Sir Digon of Tisbury

Easter Court in Sarum:
Muster is announced. King Uther orders war against Summerland for refusing to sell him iron. A third of all knights is ordered to gather at Castle of the Rock. Several lords press land claims against King of Summerland. Sir Digon courts lady Anwedd and Sir Iefan tries to get Sir Elad to grant him a banner in the coming battle. No such luck, but he admires Iefan’s boldness.

Invasion
The army with 750 knights and 1500 foot press into Summerland and King Cadwy withdraws into the marshes. All mines are flooded or blocked and abandoned. Duke of Cornwall and other barons from Ascalon and Jagent are abscent and King Uther is furious, but they are later discovered sieging other castles. The way to Uthers army had been blocked.

Finally the army begins to fall ill. Some blame poor camp discipline and others King Cadwy’s curse. Uther demands a meeting with Cadwy and soon a peace is reached. Cadwy becomes Count of Summerland and vassal to King Uther, but retains his title of King.

Marriage of Count Roderick:
The knights, together with Sir Elad, travel to the Castle of Vigor to visit Sir Ederyn, Baron of Warchastle and his sister Lady Llylla. She is 18 years old and very beautiful (APP 23). During the stay, the knights witness her abusive nature towards servants and others she deems below her. Sir Roderick was most interested in her great beauty until he heard of her cruelty.

Dealing with Chicksgrove:
Sir Digon gathers his friend Sir Iefan, Tisbury’s master of horse and the former squire to his brother Duncan to go visit the lord of Chicksgrove, Sir Avery.

The knights ride up to Chickgrove manor and ask the guardsmen to see Sir Avery. They are invited in and meet young Sir Avery who looks like he has been drinking heavily for an extended time. In his hall are sprawled many squires of minor noble houses and a few lesser sons of notable families. (Imagine a house party gone wrong while parents are away).

Sir Digon asks for his horse back. Sir Avery insists the magnificent horse he calls Shadow is product of Chicksgrove breeding programs. The knights wish to see the horse to verify, but are ordered to leave Chicksgrove and not show their faces again.

Winter Court
The king is happy with another victory.
Count Roderick is happy with added lands to the western border of Salisbury.
King Uther announces he will decide who shall marry Lady Ellen next summer.

Sir Iefan flirts with Lady Delian and makes good progress with courting.
Sir Digon courts Lady Anwedd again and manages to get his feud with Chicksgrove brought to court next spring.

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481: Finishing up the year for Tisbury and Burcombe
Events and Winter Courting

With:
Markku aka Sir Digon of Tisbury
Timo aka Sir Iefan of Burcombe

After finding their way out of the Forest Sauvage the knights made their way up to Bedegraine to meet up with the army, but the battle was already over.

“While feasting in Bedegraine with the King and Count, Sir Iefan agressively flirted with a lady. Sir Gwarddur the Bastard “rescued” the lady and insulted Iefan who was so stricken by hurtfull words that he went mad. He wandered Sauvage for six months and was brought back to his senses by the breath of a unicorn and guided out of the forest."

“A catchy song was written of Sir Siors’s battle: a brave knight preparing for battle, glory awaits, spur to horse, lances tip… gets knocked down. followed by several verses of the clever and brave squire saving his master. Hella glory.

Attended winter court in Salisbury. Sir Iefan got drunk and tried to approach Lady Delian, but failed. Sir Digon was successful in making a positive impression on Lady Anwedd after making a fool of himself.

Sir Iefan raided in Sussex and managed to gather some loot with minor casualties.

Sir Digon’s poor relations with his neighbours in Chicksgrove escalated into a blood feud and a young cousin became a squire.

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481: Lost Boys
Adventures in the Forest Sauvage

With:
Timo aka Sir Iefan of Burcombe
Markku aka Sir Digon of Tisbury

The brave knights who got lost in Forest Sauvage while traveling from Caerwent to Lambor fumble about in the woods for a time and get hopelessly lost. For a week they had traveled, weaving between trees and crossing small streams, when they finally realized they were likely not going in the right direction.

A few days later they stumbled through a bush and into a small clearing. The trees were high and only a small patch of sky was visible in the middle, a beam of sunshine stabbing down onto the forest floor. In the beam of light was a small unusual looking twisty know of branches, which suddenly sprang up upon being disturbed. It turned and hissed at the knights and suddenly grew to a great hulking height. That was when the brave sirs bravely turned and ran away. After a few hours the crashing and bellowing behind them had died down.

Some more days passed in relative peace and quiet. The knights chose to ride their chargers and hold their weapons at hand now, fearing more surprises. They were following an old stream bed, dried up and with rounded pebbles littering the floor, when from ambush a group of bandits attacked. Inflamed by their hate for all knights the rogues let loose arrows to Sir Iefan’s back, but Sir Digon had spotted the front man and charged him down. Sir Iefan wheeled his horse round and charged as well, but one of the bandits landed a grievous hit that knocked him off his horse.

Now, with shield high Sir Iefan rushed the three bandits in front of him and Sir Digon came charging back, while the bandits loosed yet more arrows, but did not manage to sink their shafts into flesh. Sir Iefan slew a bandit with a mighty stroke, while Sir Digon ran another through, but the final bandit was not idle and sunk an arrow to Digon’s side. Finally Sir Iefans blow knocked the rogue down and he lay on the ground sorely wounded and unconscious.

The squires tended to their lords wounds and burials for the bandits. Finally the last bandit was patched up as well, though his life would surely end soon without seeking more sophisticated care. His life was bartered for passage out of the forest and after some more days the group finally emerged close to Oxford.

Finished, next time: healing and winter phases.

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481: Winter Solo/Phase for Sir Dugal
Making friends in new places

After the Battle of Bedegraine, Sir Dugal was recuperating before heading home. He had the distinct misfortune of running into Sir Gwarddur the Bastard. Some words were exchanged and tempers rose. No blows were exchanged, but both parties walked away with new hate passions.

Early in the winter Sir Dugal was invited on a hunting party hosted by Sir Roderick. He made a bit of a fool of himself, by not paying attention and riding into a low hanging branch, while charging a boar, but managed an assist on foot. Later in the final feast of the hunt he redeemed himself with his wit, stories and social skills.

Finally, a young boy of his kin who had just began squiring was left without parents was placed in his care until the boy was knighted. Sir Dugal will be the caretaker and beneficiary of a 3£ parcel of land until the boy is knighted in 486.

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New family emerges from the grey masses of NPCs
Character creation & solos for Chris.

Meet the Aughton family and young Sir Digby.

Sir Digby has a plethora of high traits and a deep mistrust of the Irish. He may well be the best chess player in Britain. The Aughton estate is famous for it’s monastery and the russet monks help tend the fields and the people of the village. Sir Digby’s father went missing in 468 and is presumed dead.

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480:

“While on garrison duty in Vagon castle, Sir Digby was courteous and well spoken in front of Sir Elad and a visiting nobleman.”

“During his watch a delegation of Irish “traders” were visiting the town. Sir Digby thought well of them until he found them harassing a local scribe on the street and confronted the lot. A fight broke out and Sir Digby was victorious. Most of the band was slain, but some made off. In doing so he made friends with an apprentice scribe whose master was killed in the fight. The scribe wanted to join Sir Digby and serve him."

“A second Irish group passed through the county and this time Sir Digby was high alert. The group soon made off after spotting him on the wall and Sir Digby gave chase with a detachment of guards. Many of the rogues were slain when caught, but most made it out of the county.”

481:

“Most of 481 Sir Digby was not needed by his lord and he spent the time getting to know his people and tending the estate”

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481: Main session
The Lost Boys

With
Timo aka Sir Iefan of Burcombe
Markku aka Sir Digon of Tisbury

Easter Court in Caerwent at the Bishoprick of Venta. Sir Digon is knighted. The Bishop of Venta chastices Digon for acting unlike a proper christian knight, but in private.

King Uther orders 1/5th of all knights to muster in Lambor in a months time for conquest of Bedegraine after King Bedegraine refused to pay tribute to him. Sir Digon and Iefan decide to make their own way to Lambor after easter court, since travel all the way back to Salisbury would be a waste of time. They get lost while taking a shortcut through Forest Sauvage. We’ll perhaps hear of them later…

In the mean time, Uther’s army has mustered and moves out to meet Bedegraines much smaller force. There is raiding and Bedegraine holds Sir Ulfius and the main army from crossing the Trent river. Sir Sulien, King Bedegraines cousin has agreed to help Uther and leads a portion of the army led by Uther himself across another lesser fording. Bedegraine withdraws to hold the castles as Uther approaches.

The Battle of Bedegraine is a short business. Uther’s forces outnumber their enemy by over 5:1 and on the third hour King Bedegraine is slain by Uther himself and the battle is over.

Some brave knights of Salisbury were participating in the battle: Sir Siors of Burcombe and Sir Dugal of Tisbury.

Sir Siors took a massive blow in the first charge and was sent flying off his saddle. His squire was sure his lord was dead, but managed to retrieve the body and weave his way through the fighting only to reach camp just as the battle was over. Through first aid and application of the mysterious ointment Siors recovered last year, his life was spared.

Sir Dugal was also unhorsed in the first charge and his squire lost sight of him. Dugal however got up on his feet and seeing no other course of action, attacked any and all opponents around him. Using his spear and fiery passions he managed to survive the rest of the battle against mounted knights.

After the battle is over and done with, Sir Gorlois of Cornwall finally shows up, having been delayed by heavy rains and poor roads on their march. King Uther is not pleased, lambasting the duke for his tardiness and imposes heavy fines on him for missing the muster.

Solos, Christmas Courts and Winter Phases will be done separately or in groups as we head towards 482.

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480 Solo for Sir Siors of Burcombe
The knight of the stinky pantaloons

With Timo aka Sir Siors of Burcombe

“Being deathly ill with fever and shakes Sir Siors missed the Battle of Salisbury. After a long sickness he finally got better, but his strength never quite recovered.”

“While on guard duty Sir Siors spotted a Saxon raiding party in the distance and rang the alarm. Company of knights and guardsmen rode after, but lost majority of the raiders in the woods. However a small detachment of Saxon footmen were left in ambush, led by a veteran heortgoneth. Sir Siors was victorious and slew the leader and claimed a strange ointment he had in his pouch.”

“While on patrol, Sir Siors and his company came to a small manor on the borderlands between Salisbury and Silchester. The lord of the manor is a mercenary knight, who had been wounded by raiders. Siors’s patrol found the raiders and dealt with the matter, returning the lords stolen daughter. The knight promised Sir Siors 3 favors for his service.”

“Attended a feast at Pitton manor. Sir Siors was bragging of his hunting prowess and made an ass of himself. He was not invited to join the hunt. A serving wench was however very taken with him and one thing led to another. The serving girl gave birth to a healthy baby boy during the winter.”

“During the winter Sir Siors asked his brother Sir Iefan for 1£ to finance an adventure. He had heard of a bandit hideout and decided to handle the rogues. Recklessly he stormed right into the middle of the bandit camp and promptly soiled his trousers upon seeing the multitude of foes. While running away blindly he got lost in the small copse of trees and spent the night shivering in the snow, not realizing that a warm fire and shelter was a mere stone throw away.”

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