June 10, 2015 at 2:54 pm #1091
Earl Robert of Salisbury, born 489
Aeron of Laverstock (Joe) born 469
Edward “the Changeling” of Cholderton (Gwen) born 505 (age appears to be 23)
Galen of Pitton (Simon B) born 482
Gwyndwr “the Reckless” of Tisbury (Glyn) born 488
Marcus Argentus of Winterbourne Gunnet (Wayne) born 479
Rhodric “the Gob” of Woodford (Simon M) born 482
Tathal “the Chaste” of Steeple Langford (Bruce / SPARE) born 484
Titus Flavius Sabinus Marcelus “Titus the Maul” (Lewis / SPARE) born 485
June 10, 2015 at 3:14 pm #1092
After Roberts‘ Knighting and Investiture as Earl of Salisbury in 509 (and the Knighting of several of the PCs), he decided to attend the Grand Tourney in London, where many Lords and Minor Kings would vie in a mock battle. Whoever won would be crowned High King of Logres. Robert believed they could use the Tourney as a means to gain new allies against the Saxons plaguing Salisbury’s southern border.
Whilst many made the most of London to try to “woo” eligible Ladys, Galen engineered a fight with the Knights of King Lot of Lothian. This would likely have blown out in the tourney, but 2 hours into the tourney, it was stopped due to a squire having pulled the sword from the Stone. Many lords bent the knee to this new king, Arthur, but Lot refused to swear loyalty to a “beardless bastard” and left. Thus began the feude between the Knights of Salisbury and Lothian.
Archbishop Dubrius of Canterbury and Merlin (of no fixed abode) called for any Knights, Lord or Kings who had not attended to travel to london to attempt to better Arthur and remove the Sword from the Stone or else declare him King of England. Many of the PCs were given the honour of guarding the stone until Easter, which had been declared as the meeting time.
None bested Arthurs claim, and thus he made procession to Carlion.
In Carlion Arthur, surrounded by his followers (including the party), was crowned High King by the Council of Britain. As festivities began, an army was sighted moving upon the city. The party was dispatched to treat with its’ leader King Lot. Despite much provocation from both sides Lot upheld the Laws of Hospitality and didn’t kill the envoys, but sent them packing along with the gifts they bore.
To buy Arthur time to prepare for seige, Gwyndwr gained his name “the Reckless” by mounting a surprise attack against Lots‘ army. This was either the stupidest or bravest action ever recorded as he lead a group of around a hundred knights against an army that outnumbered them 30 to 1. Miraculously, the majority of the band survived and were able to make the city gates before they were closed against the Scottish army.
For several days Arthur was besieged there until he took council and rode out to do battle.
May 13th, the Battle of Carlion.
For many this was their first battle. The Knights of Salisbury acquitted themselves well, and when Lot attempted to bear down and kill the Boy King, they were able to wound him before Arthur unsheathed Excalibur and routed the attacking army. Gwyndwr was sorely wounded and had to keep to his bed until July.
Arthur sent envoys in an attempt to make allies; he sent some to France, some to the Saxons and the party to Cornwall.
2 of the Knights, Aeron and Quintus (father of Edward) had seen action in Uthers‘ battles in Cornwall and had been involved in Arthurs‘ abduction by Merlin, and so could attest to the fact that Arthur was King Mark of Cornwall‘s half-brother. Despite the fact that Mark hated Rhodric for breaking his arm in a jousting tourney years ago, he listened to them and told them he would give them an answer the following day. That night the party was visited by several women in disguise. One was the Ygraine, the mother of Arthur. Another was Iseult, Marks wife, who had taken a liking to Marcus Argentus at dinner. While Aeron & Quintus regaled Ygraine with stories of Arthur (she forgave him his part in the abduction), Marcus and Iseult got to know each other better.
In the morning King Mark gave his decision; he would not involve himself in the war, but wished his half-brother much luck. The party rode North to try and catch up with Arthurs‘ army in the pursuit of Lot. They found him at Bedegraine as Lot met with his reinforcements, and prepared for battle. Lot, despite having no respite form Arthur, was well healed and ready.
July 8th-9th, Battle of Bedegaine
King Lots‘ reserves of Picts took the brunt of Arthurs charge, then proceeded to gut the mounts of the English knights. The first day ended with dying horses and knights alike knee-deep in mud, fighting for their lives. Quintus was left near death, though the others acquitted themselves well.
On day 2, the party decided to take the battle to Lot. As they fought their way towards him, Marcus was nearly unhorsed and struck a mortal blow, but due to the prompt action of Galen was revived. Just as things looked grim, a new army joined the fray; Kings Ban & Bors of France put the Scots to rout. The party attempted to take Lots head, but his bodyguards – inspired with Love for their King – fended them off, wounding Marcus and Gwyndwr unto death. Galen and Aeron revived them, but for them the war was over.
Arthur ceded all loot to the French Kings, but sent the party off in search of a legendary treasure. After much messing about in a marsh they found and retrieved a stash of Roman silver, which was distributed to Arthurs army for their pains.
June 10, 2015 at 11:00 pm #1095mvirksKeymaster
I am loving this so much! Used to play a fair bit of Pendragon back in the day. Keep these updates coming!
June 11, 2015 at 6:23 pm #1101
Thx mvirks for the kind words. it helps to have a bunch of very silly players.
June 11, 2015 at 9:20 am #1097
In contrast to last year, this year hinged mainly on diplomacy. The party found itself back in Carlion, at the Court of the King. Gwyndwr, a changed man after his near death experience, decided to step up his wooing of the Lady Gisele. Gisele, the daughter of the Duke of Lindsey, had come to his attention at the Great Tourney in London, but as a lowly vassal knight his suit is not without issues. His derring do in the Battles of Carlion & Bedegraine had earned him brownie points, but her position in Court was way above his station, and he will need to earn her hand with more than just battle-prowess. When she spurned his advances, he sought succor in wine, only to meet Tathal, a knight of surprising eloquence and courtesy. So taken by this epitome of Knighthood was Gwyndwr, that he became aroused and had to withdraw to chapel to seek repentance for such unbecoming thoughts.
Many Nobles had arrived in Carlion to seek audience with the King, amongst these was a surprising group: King Lots‘ wife, Morgawse, sister of King Mark of Cornwall, and her 3 eldest sons; Gawaine, Agravaine and Gaheris.
Aeron was on the walls, discussing strategy with Arthurs generals, when they made their entrance and so he went down to welcome them. As a veteran of Uthers‘ Cornish War, he recognised her immediately as Ygraines‘ eldest daughter, and thus Arthurs‘ half-sister. Unfortunately he was the only one to recognise her, so much confusion was evident amongst the rest of the party as to who she was and to her lineage, as Arthurs‘ lineage was not well known at this time.
Rhodric, espying Gawaine through the tavern door, immediately burst into a loud anecdote about the Battle of Carlion, where King Lot had “shat himself in fear” at their oncoming. Standing in the doorway to see Gawaines‘ reaction, he was in the perfect place for Morgawse to publicly upbraid him for his lack of Courtesy and unknightly behaviour, as this wasn’t how you welcome the guests of the King or Royalty. Thus chastised he promised to mend his ways (and he was thenceforth very accommodating).
Tathal attempted to tame this “shrewish woman” but on meeting her realised she was far out of his league and so taken with her beauty and grace was he, that he became quite aroused and promptly had to retire to the tavern to cool his ardour.
Edward, for his part, attempted to ascertain information on the lady by getting to know her ladies in waiting and maids. They were much taken with him (they were quite surprised that such a handsome knight was barely 5 years of age) and he regaled them with tales of his childhood in the faerie court of the King of the Sauvage. And thus having gained their confidence, he was able to ascertain that Morgawse was a Cornish Princess, much versed in Pagan sorcery and here on a mission.
Meanwhile, Morgawse had sought audience with the King in the Great Hall. Galen, whose hatred of King Lot was legendary (since he had written the legend), grew suspicious when Morgawse attempted to toast Arthur with whiskey, and suspected poison. The murder of the King did not seem to be her purpose, but he kept a close eye on her nonetheless. Aeron, who was also present realised that Merlin was much worried by Arthurs reaction to the Queen. Appraising the situation he realised that they were much taken with one another and that they both unaware of their close kinship to each other. By this time, as the bell tolled midday, most had transferred their interest to her eldest son, Gawaine, who was attempting, in his own way, to spread friendship to the nobility of England. Never had they seen such a pinnacle of Knighthood as he; long of leg and wide of shoulder, his mantle could hardly contain him. With the sun in his hair it was if a pagan god had entered the court. Tathal, who had not learnt his lesson with Morgawse, attempted to influence Gawaine with his dashing good-looks, only to fall into his deep blue eyes and become quite smitten.
Rhodric extended his hand in friendship to Gawaine and in this way Rhodric and Tathal were carried off to the tavern by Gawaine to seal their friendship. Only once they were drinking did Gawaine realise who Rhodric truly was, and sought to hear the tale of how Rhodric had broken the arm of Gawaines‘ uncle, Mark, King of Cornwall in a “joust” and had ensured the undying enmity of that man. Much hilarity was had at Marks‘ expense, and Rhodric had cause to tell the tale of how he had come upon the sport, and of Sir Lance and his miraculous plate armour and the Castle of Ease. Tathal had a crisis of conscience when he realised that Gawaine was trying to seduce him, but quick witted as always he drowned his Christian mores in beer and was carried away for a threesome, which quickly escalated into a Bacchanalia that will go down in history for its’ excess & debauchery, to which Rhodric can attest.
Meanwhile, fearing for the consequences should Arthur and Morgawse be left alone, Aeron and Galen (who had been appraised of the situation) attempted to follow the couple into a private chamber, but were thwarted at the door. Merlin gained access to the room , and attempted to place himself between the siblings, but was quickly ejected. Aeron promptly ran for wine, and calling to Arthur that he had brought refreshments, gained admittance. Placing the wine upon a stool, he paid Morgawse the compliment that she looked just like her mother, and that could she give that lady, the Fair Ygraine, his best wishes when she saw her next. Arthur blanched at this kernel of information, so mission complete, Aeron withdrew. There followed a tense few minutes where everyone waited to see the outcome, until Morgawse burst from the room visibly upset.
Edward, still within Morgawses‘ chambers, had been joined by Agravaine and Gaheris, and much entertainment was being had until Morgawse burst in, much perturbed, and screamed for everyone to leave. Believing discretion is the best part of valour, Edward and the sons withdrew to the tavern. All was well until Gaheris, his tongue loosened with drink, said he didn’t care for Carlion, and all he sought was to fight beside his father in battle against the English. Edward said nothing to this (Gaheris was still unknighted, and wont to fantasise about the glory of battle as all boys do), but Agravaine decided such behaviour was uncalled for and dragged him to bed. Agravaine returned shortly, with a peace offering of whiskey and the two spent a quiet evening watching Gwyndwr drinking himself into stupor, due to the Lady Gisele spending far too much time staring at Gawaines‘ arse than was seemly. Their contemplation was broken only by the occasional squeal or call for mead from Gawaines‘ party in the adjoining room.
Meanwhile Arthur was trying to lose himself in affairs of state, and Galen ended up taking down Arthurs‘ ideas for Chivalry, embellishing where he saw fit. Thus was Arthurs‘ downfall brought about.
June 24, 2015 at 1:01 pm #1102
511 a.d. – Cont.
As Winter made way for Spring, Arthur caused some consternation by demanding that his vassals set themselves to building works. Many felt this was not the time, and he should press his advantage against the North. Some thought he missed the real danger; the Saxon hordes to the South. While the level-headed knights (and the players for some reason) thought castle building would help to defend against both enemies.
So the knights of Salisburys set off for home. Aeron, worrying for his king, asked that those who stayed behind at court keep an eye out, to ensure no “funny business” went on between Arthur and Morgawse.
So, with his mind at rest he set himself to building a stone wall to replace the wooden palisade of his manse in Laverstock.
As Spring turned to Summer, a band of Arthurs knights led by Sir Hervis, a man who had lost much King Cerdic of Wessex, rode through Salisbury looking for knights with a common cause; to push the Saxons back into the sea. Gwyndwr and Rhodric were swayed by his rhetoric and left with him to attack Wessex.
Hervis‘ Hatred of Saxons blinded him to the carnage he wrought, as he cut down man, woman and child without discretion, and took no prisoners. Rhodric and Gwyndwr came to blows over this, as Rhodric felt Hervis lacked Honour and sought only revenge for the loss of his King, Nanteleod of Escavalon;, at the hands of King Cerdic (and the Cornish, Rhodric was quick to point out, before going into the tale of how he had broken the arm of King Mark of Cornwall in a “joust”, a story of which he never tired).
Much chastened, but richer, the pair returned to Salisbury, only to find building works had fallen far behind schedule, so much silver was spent in trying to catch up.
As the year waned, news reached Salisbury that King Lot and his wife were expecting a baby in the New Year. This news left Aeron much vexed.
- This reply was modified 4 years ago by Daniel Barker.
June 24, 2015 at 2:45 pm #1104
Arthur held Court in Silchester, not far from Salisbury. So Earl Robert and his men saw fit to spend time learning of Chivalry at his table. Aeron waxed lyrically upon it, but Rhodric couldn’t see why knights should not be Proud. Someone said that if it stopped him wittering on of his victory over King Mark of Cornwall humility was a small price to pay, and much hilarity was made there at Rhodrics‘ expense.
As he took his leave of his tormentors, Rhodric espied the body of a knight being brought in upon his horse. When asked, the knights squire said that his knight had died fighting a strange knight who had taken up camp at a nearby cross-roads, close to Otmoor. This knight sought to joust with any knight who came down those roads, for “the love of battle”. Rhodric, feeling he could reclaim his Honour jumped into the saddle and rode out. Galen, feeling there was a song in it, followed swiftly behind while the rest chastened their squires for tarrying with their horses.
When Rhodric and Galen arrived at the crossroads, they were met by squires who asked if they would joust with their Master, King Pellinore of the Isles. Pellinore was a chivalric knight, and did not seek to kill his opponents but, they said, had struck the knight so strongly that he had broken his neck in the unhorsing.
Rhodric, no stranger to jousting, took up the challenge, faired well but was bested at the last. Galen, likewise acquitted himself well, but fell to Pellinore finally.
Jousting is thirsty work, so Pellinore offered them refreshments, and so they repaired to his tent where they talked of Sir Lance, who had introduced both Pellinore and Rhodric to the sport. Whether Rhodric brought up the tale of Mark, no-one knows, as Galen refuses to be drawn on the matter.
At which point the others arrived and Edward, hearing it was Pellinore, sent word that he wanted to meet him and that his father, Quintus, had told him of Pellinore and the hunt for the Questing Beast. Pellinore took great joy in meeting the son of Quintus, bade him send his regards to his lord father.
Pellinore tilted against Edward & Aeron and dispatched them like the first 2, although Edward was nearly his match in Sword, at which Gwyndwr became impassioned that the Honour of Salisbury was tarnished. With that Passion burning in his heart, Gwyndwr unhorsed Pellinore and thus upheld their Honour (though the others chided him, that he had to use such a ruse against a man well into his fifties).
Pellinore, for his part, did not feel hard done by and much good company was had, with conversation falling upon his quest (which had taken him from his home for several years), and the Court of Arthur. The merriment was broken when Gwyndwr said he heard yapping, as of a great many dogs or foxes. At this Pellinore jumped to his feet and called for his Courser for the Beast was at hand.
The company lept to horse, and fell to chasing the beast. Galen quickly took to the lead and hounded the very heels of the Beast Glatisant. It was a marvellous creature, with the head and neck of a snake, the body of a leopard, the haunches of a lion and the feet of a hart.
Galen, stuck by the damage this beast had caused Pellinores Kingdom, by depriving it of its’ King for so long, sought to bring it down with spears. Try as he might and though his aim was good, the beast was too fleet of foot and could not be struck.
It proved to have the greater stamina, and the knights horses, weighed down as they were by carrying their riders in full harness, soon fell behind. Pellinore refused to give up the chase with his quarry so close at hand, and his retinue blindly rode after him, following in their Kings footsteps.
- This reply was modified 4 years ago by Daniel Barker.
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