Pendragon Grand Campaign

It befell in the days of Uther Pendragon...
The campaign takes shape.

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I. Our tale begins with a funeral...
Wherein the denizens of Salisbury gather to pay tribute to a fallen knight.

The Story So Far:

Early Spring, 485

In 484, King Uther led his army north to fight against a Saxon incursion, falling into a trap and defeat at Eburacum followed immediately by the audacious yet costly victory at Mount Damen. In Eburacum, Sir Reginald of Tisbury was slain and his father, Sir Herlews the Bullheaded, mortally wounded whilst defending the corpse of his son. Sir Herlews was borne back to Tisbury and miraculously lived through the winter.

Sir Herlews has died now, and the leadership of House Fournier and Tisbury falls to Pedivere, recalled from his training in the priesthood to once again pick up sword and shield in defense of the realm. Many knights and nobles of the land descend on Tisbury for Herlews’ funeral, and there are rumors that Uther himself will attend as Constantin did for Sir Dalan so many years ago. At the least, there are reports of a dragon banner flying alongside Earl Roderick’s standard.

Nearing Tisbury, we see a group of squires riding together. With the passing of Herlews and the costly victories in the north, their youthful dreams of glorious knighthood are now the grim realities of war and necessity.

Player Characters:
Squire Finnian, Squire Gordon, Squire Henry, Squire Keith, Squire Kendrick, Squire Marcus, Squire Marcus Scipio, Squire Pedivere

Weekly Recap:

Sir Dagonet’s Jest (Funniest Moment)

Paul – The 20s from Pedivere and Marcus Scipio in the opening round of the horse race…with their horses right next to each other no less.

Tom – Jeff’s election to wear his “One Number to Rule Them All” d20 shirt and being rewarded by six of his twelve rolls coming up 20. There is only one Lord of the d20, only one who can bend it to his will. And he shares fumbles.

Incursion of the Fae (Eeriest Moment)

Paul – The subtle but increased agitation of Squire Keith, leading to some serious backtalking of the patient, grizzled Sir Elad.

Tom – Squire Pedivere’s guesswork as to the supernatural beasts that might dwell in the forest. Well, it was eerie until we figured out he was just making stuff up.

Sir Dalan’s Charge (Best Heroics)

Paul – Squire Henry lives up to his reputation and confidently rides his horse to victory in the race.

Tom – I vote for whichever squire it was who got back on his horse to beat Squire Keith for the bronze medal. (Ed. note: Sir Gordon.)

Hunting for Glatisant (Dubious Decision)

Paul – Squire Kendrick attempting to hob-nob above his station could have backfired, but he successfully navigated the moment and managed to talk with Prince Madoc and Salisbury’s most notable nobles.

Tom – All of us for electing to get plastered the night before our final exams for knighthood. Of course, when I was 21 years old, I did some things that weren’t entirely dissimilar.

A Dream of Camelot (Best Roleplay Moment)

Paul – Marcus Scipio and Kendrick abandoning the race to help Pedivere, followed by the three of them determined to have their own race to atone.

Tom – Squire Pedivere receiving the mourners at his father’s funeral.

Wily in Wylie (Luck of the Irish Award)

Paul – Sir Henry did not fail a single roll that night, quietly distinguishing himself in the first part of the trials.

Tom – The man-eating bear in the forest, who will probably have the edge over mounted knights trying to hunt it with lances in dense woods.

Curse of the Creamers (Luck of the Polish Award)

Paul – The mourning Pedivere whose ill-omened life found him thrown from his warhorse twice in successive attempts. In pain and in grief, Pedivere is left no choice but to press on.

Tom – Seconded.

Honoring Those Who Honor Us (Pat on the Group Back)

Paul – Thanks for setting a great tone to start and looking forward to having the other players with us next week.

Tom – Excellent roleplaying all around. The augury for this campaign is good!

Family Legends:

Squire Finnian
Those who harbored a hatred for all things Irish slept poorly that night in Vagon, their minds filled with images of the smug sense of self-satisfaction on Squire Finnian’s face. Whether it was the lancing exercise or an admirable second place finish behind Squire Henry, Squire Finnian acquitted himself admirably and Sir Elad said as much.

Squire Gordon
A moment’s desperation failed as Gordon’s horse threw him to the ground. He could have given up, but Gordon was determined to finish honorably. Even as the other riders went by, he picked himself up out of the mud, mounted his horse, and with amazing horsemanship managed to overtake The Little Giant and dour Keith Creamer for third place, earning much praise from Sir Elad and appreciation from the crowd.

Squire Henry
Many came to see the race, for an unheard of four coursers were to be involved and on each courser a squire with horsemanship worthy enough to ride the beast. Of all those present, though, none was more favored than Squire Henry of Baverstock. Though the track was muddy and many other squires had misadventure, Squire Henry was as good as his reputation, riding surely and confidently to victory. He said little, save to offer kind words of thanks and concern for those squires wounded in the race.

Squire Keith
It was at the funeral for Sir Herlews that Squire Keith first witnessed the Glory of a true knight pass to an heir. Keith’s elation turned to dismay as it became clear Sir Pedivere was not desiring of his father’s legacy. A lesson for Keith to consider when thinking of the future and his own sons…

Squire Kendrick
As the last of the fathers enters the Kingdom of Heaven, so it falls to the sons to continue His work on Earth. Tears would be shed, but only briefly, for the glory of neither Lord, nor liege, nor lineage knows respite. Let the dead bury their dead, and I go announce the Kingdom of God.

Squire Marcus
Many were the pagan curses learned that day by the good Christian folk present at the squire trials. Sir Marcus of Laverstock, known as The Little Giant, had an ill-omened start to his day finding only pain at the “hands” of the quintain and being unceremoniously dumped into the mud by his horse when he tried to spur it to victory in the race. As befits his family motto, though, Marcus’ anger was a passing thing and he moved on quickly to the next opportunity to prove his valor and worth.

Squire Marcus Scipio
Squire Marcus the Roman remarked, many years(?) after that portentious day: “As I crossed the finish line, first in the second race, my sense was that Kendrick had the grace of God in his heart; that Pedivere had a curse upon his house, and that I had the confounding power of luck on my side. How our fortunes would twist and turn against one another could not be known at the time, but I realized that one’s fate was not one’s own alone; that, for good or ill, one’s own fate was sure to redound upon all those around him.”

Squire Pedivere
The origins of knights come from three sources in the literature. Many knights, such as Arthur, Lord of the Realm, are born into greatness. Most strive mightily for it, and a few like Sir Dalan are lucky enough to be remembered beyond their short years. Very few are of the final class — a great knight in spite of themselves and their efforts. Such is the tale of Sir Pedivere Fournier, the Warrior Priest of Salisbury. Despite his vocal protests and his sheer incompetence as a squire in the first few days, a clear-eyed and discerning Sir Elad insisted he continue his training, thereby ensuring the realm would have not only a potent warrior, but a man versed in the wisdom of the Lord during its formative age.

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II. Their first quest was a hunt in Blakemore Wood...
Wherein the squires joust for the right to lead the hunt.

The Story So Far

Early Spring, 485

The funeral of Sir Herlews was a grand affair, befitting a knight who had served his liege faithfully and honorably. Prince Madoc was in attendance and spoke most eloquently in tribute. A night of feasting followed. The squires became acquainted with Sir Pedivere Fournier, the second son and now reluctant head of House Fournier.

The next morning found the squires, including Pedivere, traveling with Sir Elad to Vagon for their final trials before being recommended for knighthood. In Vagon, the squires practiced with lance and sword, as well as entertaining a crowd with two horse races. Most notable were Squire Henry’s win in the first race (which left the crowd cheering) and Pedivere’s being thrown from his horse at the start of both heats (which left them whispering).

Afterwards, Sir Elad led them know that they had the opportunity to prove their valor before they even earned their spurs. Notice had arrived from Imber that the citizenry there was being threatened by a huge, man-eating bear. The squires will be in charge of the hunt! First, though, a joust to decide which squire will lead the others!


Player Characters
Squire Finnian, Squire Gordon, Squire Henry, Squire Keith, Squire Kendrick, Squire Marcus, Squire Marcus Scipio, Squire Pedivere


Weekly Recap

Sir Dagonet’s Jest (Funniest Moment)

Paul – Squire Henry’s suggestion that the only reason the bear pelt would be hanging in Cholderton is because he gifted it to Squire Keith.

Bill – Squire Marcus Scipio waking up the late rising squires with a clangor of “Saxons! Saxons!”

Incursion of the Fae (Eeriest Moment)

Paul – Squire Henry’s startling encounter with a creature of legend.

Bill – Agreed.

Sir Dalan’s Charge (Best Heroics)

Paul – Squire Kendrick and Squire Marcus’ fight against the bear!

Bill – The jousters all around.

Hunting for Glatisant (Dubious Decision)

Paul – Squire Henry feeling compelled to…hunt for Glatisant.

Bill – Squire Marcus trying to hault Squire Kendricks death blow on the bear.

A Dream of Camelot (Best Roleplay Moment)

Paul – Squire Keith’s upbraiding of Squire Marcus upon his return from carousing.

Bill – Agreed.

Wily in Wylie (Luck of the Irish Award)

Paul – Squire Gordon, whose wounds in the joust could have been so much worse.

Bill – Squire Kendrick, who narrowly excaped being mauled by a bear when the gods quibled over dice roling.

Curse of the Creamers (Luck of the Polish Award)

Paul – Squire Marcus Scipio never got off the starting line for the hunt but instead wandered aimlessly until stumbling upon a thunderstruck Squire Henry.

Bill – Squire Gordon, for being at just the wrong place at the wrong time in the joust.

Honoring Those Who Honor Us (Pat on the Group Back)

Paul – A good night all around figuring out the rules and the characters. This is setting a strong foundation for how you will interact through the years.

Bill – Once we started, everyone stayed in character when not looking up the rules. Very nice.


Family Legends

Squire Finnian
The joust to determine who would lead the hunt for a man eating bear was much anticipated by all the squires assembled, and many showed their valor that day. While perhaps not the most exciting match of the day, the bout between Squire Finnian and Squire Gordon certainly brought the loudest gasp to the crowd as in the first pass Squire Gordon was unseated and tumbled from his saddle unconscious and bloodied in a shower of lance splinters. Alas, Squire Henry foiled Squire Finnian’s quest for glory, again. Disappointed in his own loss, Squire Finnian could not sustain a dislike for the the affable and humble Squire Henry.

Squire Gordon
“Get on your horse and try again!” yelled the trainer at the crying squire. “Quit yer cryin’, boy, or do you want to end up like Gordon? First joust he participates in and it almost kills him. He didn’t get his shield up and it nearly cost him his life and plunged this family into chaos. That won’t happen again to another Korsak, not on my watch. Now get on your horse and remember…raise your shield!”

Squire Henry
Henry’s bravery and leadership were unmatched that day. He led his companions into the forest to hunt the mysterious man-eating bear, which, as it turned out, was nothing more than a feeble cub. However, Henry decided to leave the children’s games to his fellow squires, so he went to explore the forest. To his astonishment, he encountered the fabled questing beast Glatisant, pursued by King Pellinore. While the creature slipped from his grasp that day, he new his passion and bravery were equal to the task and vowed to capture it once and for all.

Squire Keith
With his family legacy hanging on by the thinnest of threads, Keith’s depression grew deeper as he realized that his fellow squires were teaching him what he didn’t want to do to be a great knight (along with the attendant rewards for being one). Most despairing of all was that he would always be associated with these squires and their actions would reflect on him as well. It was in these days that Squire Keith began asserting himself forcefully as a leader amongst his peers.

Squire Kendrick
Though the opportunity for valor was presented to all by the great hunt, only one could claim it. By the grace of God was Squire Kendrick given great talent and will, and through that grace he found and slew his quarry. His peers’ jealousy found expression in many ways, from verbal barbs to the edge of an axe, yet nobly did Squire Kendrick extend the olive branch to all. As the Lord causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and surely as He sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous, Squire Kendrick prayed for his comrades and forgave.

Squire Marcus
The pagan Marcus found constant reminders of how boring it is to live amongst Christians. Even his own nickname, The Little Giant, harkened back to his own family’s colorful, fae-charmed past. The Christians spent their times kneeling uncomfortably in front a quiet altar before a quest when they should have spent it as Marcus did: sharing his lust in a wanton celebration of life before a journey toward death.

Squire Marcus Scipio
He saw one squire meet his harlot.
He saw another catch sight of a mythical beast.
He saw the rest squabbling over the carcass of a hungry old bear that had grown too feeble to chase any prey swifter than a peasant.
He found nothing at all, and had nothing to show for the adventure.
Verily, he was the lucky one.

Squire Pedivere
God, we are not worthy to even be the merest peasant in your lordly realm, but guide us to be the best squires as we may be in this realm. Punish not squire Gordon for his inattentiveness, but let his injuries be a reminder to us all of the deadly earnest of the duties we must perform. And thank you for your great and generous blessing in allowing us to slay the Beastly Bear of Imber. Temper the fiery humors of Kendrick and Marcus so that they are well honed tools of your fury, instead of blood-lusting spawn of the Great Tempter. Finally, grant me the wisdom, courage, and valour of St. Joseph to endure this burden of duty I must bear.

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III. The squires rode south toward Sarum and their destiny...
Wherein knighthood awaits for those squires worthy of the honor.

The Story So Far

Early Spring, 485

A joust was held for the right to lead the hunt, each round mightier than the last. At the end, Squire Henry of House Macsul stood tall, following up his triumph in the race with victory in the lists. The joust was great sport save for an unfortunate mishap with Squire Finnian’s lance shattered and splinters gravely wounded young Squire Gordon, leaving the latter unable to participate in the hunt.

That night, there was excited discussion of the day’s events and a high degree of tension as the Christians in the group reacted strongly to Squire Marcus’ pursuit of pagan wantonness. This culminated in a late-night confrontation between Squire Marcus and Squire Keith, who urged Marcus to not let his behavior ruin the fortunes of his fellow squires. Squire Marcus shrugged off the suggestion.

Under Squire Henry’s guidance, they set a course across Salisbury to the village of Imber where Sir Elad instructed Squire Henry to speak with Old Garr the priest. They rested briefly at Shrewton, home of House Worboys, and spoke with Sir Aldwyn. Once in Imber, Garr led them into the Blakemore Forest and set them on the hunt. The bear was found: a deranged, old, and mighty thing. Squires Kendrick and Marcus were first upon the scene (along with the hounds), and laid into the creature – both with their lances and then Marcus with his family’s great axe. When Squire Kendrick took out his sword to administer the killing blow, Marcus (hoping to discern the creature’s malady) attempted to block the stroke with his axe. They nearly came to calamitous battle, but Squire Keith rode up and beat down their blades with his own.

Meanwhile, the hunt leader, Squire Henry had a remarkable adventure of his own: stumbling upon Glatisant, the Questing Beast, and briefly talking with a knight hunting it…a knight who Old Garr later identified as being King Pellinore of Gomoret himself! That night, a great celebration was held in Imber. The claws were presented to Squire Marcus and the pelt to Squire Kendrick. The next morning, they began their return to Vagon but their thoughts were bent on Sarum and the knighthood which hopefully awaited them.


Player Characters
Squire Finnian, Squire Gordon, Squire Henry, Squire Keith, Squire Kendrick, Squire Marcus, Squire Marcus Scipio, Squire Pedivere


Weekly Recap

Sir Dagonet’s Jest (Funniest Moment)

Paul – As much as it pains me to say it, poor Henry’s keeping up the Macsul Leap tradition in gloriously ignoble style.

Zach – Ooof. Gotta agree with Paul here.

Incursion of the Fae (Eeriest Moment)

Paul – Squire Marcus being struck roughly by Sir Aldwyn.

Zach – Spotting the smoke in the distance. It could have been caused by anything! Bandits, dragons, an enemy army…

Sir Dalan’s Charge (Best Heroics)

Paul – Squire Pedivere charging the three bandits by the cart on his own. At the time, he wasn’t aware that they would be dumbfounded for the first round.

Zach – Squire Henry leading the charge into battle!

Hunting for Glatisant (Dubious Decision)

Paul – Squire Marcus Scipio dismounting and trudging through the field, arriving just in time for the end of the battle.

Zach – Hah! Agree with Paul, again.

A Dream of Camelot (Best Roleplay Moment)

Paul – Squire Pedivere and Squire Henry’s telling of tales to the Salisbury court.

Zach – Squire Brodrig chasing down the two bandits.

Wily in Wylie (Luck of the Irish Award)

Paul – Squire Pedivere made his Leap, took a blow which his armor absorbed all of, and defeated multiple foes. A reversal of fortune from the start of the adventure.

Zach – Pedivere came out on top of pretty much everything this session.

Leap of the Macsuls (Luck of the Polish Award)

Paul – For Sir Henry, a faceplant in the mud in front of Earl Roderick, Prince Madoc, his family, and assorted knights of the county.

Zach – In lieu of agreeing with Paul on nearly everything, the Leap of the Macsuls award goes to Squire Brodrig, who was unable to mete out his justice to the two fleeing bandits.

Honoring Those Who Honor Us (Pat on the Group Back)

Paul – My understanding from Jon is that I missed some excellent roleplay when you were deciding who would tell the tale to the Earl and how it would be told. Bravo to you for that sequence.

Zach – Congrats to everyone for for a great session. The attack on the bandits sequence was great fun!


Family Legends

Sir Finnian
When asked why he didn’t help his fellow squires out against the bandits, Finnian replied that he stayed with the other horses because he was nursing a terrible blister. For years after, the most popular jig in Wylie was a dance called “Finnian’s Blister”, which involved a great deal of nimble hopping on one foot.

Sir Gordon
Missed the battle, missed the glory, but at least I didn’t fall flat on my face in front of the Prince, the Earl, and every major family in Salisbury. So I’ve got that going for me.

Sir Henry
After departing from Imber, Sir Henry and his companions came upon a farmhouse being ransacked and pillaged by an army of bandits, while the farmer and his family were assaulted and defiled. Sir Henry valorously charged first into battle, defeating foes left and right, eventually granting mercy to the few left living from his daring display of swordsmanship. Upon arriving in Sarum, Henry was greeted by the cheers of the crowd, as news of his brave actions had traveled faster than his group. As Henry’s companions were playing children’s games with horses and jumping in puddles, he brought honor to his family name with his tale of battle, Glatisant, and victory. Indeed, the account of his journey was so intriguing that Earl Roderick begged Henry to recant it for all to hear.

Sir Keith
Boy, let it be necessity, not your desire, which slays the foe in a fight.

Sir Kendrick
By Divine Providence, the descendents of Vaddon the Holy came upon innocents beseiged by the lawless, and through force of arms was justice visited. That day, Squire Kendrick slew not one unrighteous man, but three, and following the example of his eldest uncle, he prayed for the souls of the departed, that they may have learned fear of the Lord in their final moments and that their sins may be forgiven. The following night, Squire Kendrick drew a cleansing bath, fasted, made confession and held vigil until dawn in the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for the following day, he swore fealty to Earl Roderick and was made a knight. In all this, Sir Kendrick reflected upon what was to be asked of him over the rest of his days, and he prayed that he may do what would be right in the sight of God.

Sir Marcus
I may have been blind with vengeance, but justice ought to be swift and mercy should be for those who show it. The looters were not merciful and were my hand not stayed, I would have (and started to) respond accordingly. Now that I am knighted, my true story will begin.

Sir Marcus Scipio
“Rush headlong. Swing wild. Then bragging and boisterous self-congratulation. Is there no place for prudence? For stoicism? For holding, by God’s teeth, a fighting formation?” Marcus was unsettled by his own resentments, but determined it best to keep his own counsel for the time being.

Sir Pedivere
Squire Pedivere’s Vigil was an uncomfortable stretch. He realized how different it was from praying together with his brothers in the abbey. There, each prayed to lift their silent voices in a joined chorus to the glory of the Lord. At the Vigil, those who even bothered to attend were focused solely on themselves and their future glory. In the beginning, Pedivere prayed that he would be strong enough to guide them along the proper path. As his focus faded, and his mind wandered in the early hours, he realized that this would not be his greatest challenge — far worse was his own slide into judgmental righteousness and his own subconscious thirst for selfish glory…

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IV. Against his wishes, Sir Gordon was ordered to Pitton...
Wherein a patrol to the east is their first duty as knights.

The Story So Far

Spring, 485

On the way back from Vagon, the squires encountered bandits pillaging a farmhouse near Orcheston. They launched into battle and quickly subdued the scoundrels. At the same time, a force of knights from Shrewton (led by Sir Aldwyn) arrived to investigate. Sir Aldwyn saw Squire Marcus strike at a surrendering bandit. Aldwyn struck the squire roughly, reminding him that his duty in that moment was to deliver the prisoner to the Earl’s justice. Marcus said nothing but stared ruefully.

The remaining bandits were delivered into Sir Aldwyn’s care at Shrewton, who promised to take them to Sarum forthwith. The squires returned to Sir Elad and told them the story of what had transpired since they left. Sir Elad seemed pleased. Squire Kendrick made a gift of the pelt to Sir Elad, who promptly returned it to him as a gift back. At Sir Elad’s behest, the squires prepared to tell their tale to Earl Roderick and elected Squire Pedivere to do the honors. The next morning, the contingent from Vagon left for Sarum.

At Sarum, Earl Roderick and an assembled court listened eagerly to Squire Pedivere’s tale (cheering at points) and then in wonder at Squire Henry’s recounting of his meeting with the Questing Beast and King Pellinore of Gomoret (with the Earl gently warning Squire Henry against pursuing the creature). Squire Kendrick presented the bear pelt to great applause. That night, the Christian squires held vigil in the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary whilst the pagan knights celebrated raucously.

The next morning at the beginning of Pentecost Court, the squires were knighted and took the ceremonial leap! Their adventure as knights had begun! Their first duty was to escort Sir Gordon to his family manor of Pitton, where he was ordered by the Earl so that he would be healed in time for King Uther’s summer campaign against the Saxons. From there, they would patrol eastern Salisbury with their mentor, Sir Elad.


Player Characters
Sir Finnian, Sir Gordon, Sir Henry, Sir Keith, Sir Kendrick, Sir Marcus, Sir Marcus Scipio, Sir Pedivere


Weekly Recap

Sir Dagonet’s Jest (Funniest Moment)

Paul – Sir Marcus Scipio’s inaugural attempt at intrigue goes awry as rumors of the wild Sir Marcus end pointing at the wrong Marcus.

Jon – The random court encounters were terrifying and funny at the same time.

Incursion of the Fae (Eeriest Moment)

Paul – The moment as they came upon the Silchester knights, greater in number, and readied for battle.

Jon – Realizing we were charging the enemy and it was for real. Wondering if we would all be riding away.

Sir Dalan’s Charge (Best Heroics)

Paul – All of you took on a foe in superior numbers and strength, fighting them to a stalemate, but effectively winning as you deprived them of their ill-gotten loot.

Jon – Not hesitating to turn back the raiding knights from Silchester.

Hunting for Glatisant (Dubious Decision)

Paul – “Saxons!”, shouted Sir Marcus as he charged off toward the poor misidentified messenger so Marcus could decapitate him. Thankfully, Sir Elad’s command stayed Marcucs’ hand.

Jon – Marcus Scipio refusing an invitation to dance from an eligible lady.

A Dream of Camelot (Best Roleplay Moment)

Paul – Sir Keith’s conversation with Sir Hywel over the courtship of his daughter Jane.

Jon – I enjoyed how Paul had us play the court NPCs.

Wily in Wylie (Luck of the Irish Award)

Paul – All of the Salisbury knights for the wretched # of 20s that I rolled in opposing resolution.

Jon – Sir Kendrick narrowly avoided being burnt to death by a fireplace.

Leap of the Macsuls (Luck of the Polish Award)

Paul – Sir Marcus Scipio was socially cuckolded by his own rumor and during the skermish he lost his advantage when the knight he was fighting simply grabbed Marcus the Roman’s spear and wrenched it from him.

Jon – The poor wretches forced to squire us. At least they won’t be with us for long…

Honoring Those Who Honor Us (Pat on the Group Back)

Paul – The best teamwork wasn’t in the skermish but in the rulebooks. Great effort, all!

Jon – Everyone brought CANDY! Except for Gabe who brought organic snack mix.


Family Legends

Sir Finnian
Finnian joked that he learned the meaning of Christmas at Allington: it truly is better to give than receive.

Sir Gordon
Everyone gets to skermish and do battle. I get to sit on my ass at home. Yay.

Sir Henry
Other knights quailed at Silchester’s superior numbers, but rallied when Henry held aloft his lance in the air and said, “To Victory! For Roderick!” While other knights flailed about, lost in the flurry of combat, Sir Henry unhorsed his foe and then impaled straight through the ground. The Steward of Levocmagus blanched at the fury of Sir Henry’s attack and sounded the retreat. Thanks to Sir Henry, the battle was ended and Allington’s goods were saved.

Sir Keith
It was after the skirmish of Allington that Keith began contemplating a way to end the raids from Silchester for good.

Sir Kendrick
Though it came naturally to Sir Kendrick to slay brigands who preyed upon the weak, it came just as naturally for him to stay his hand against a Silchester knight who had engaged in the same conduct. Recognizing this, Sir Kendrick meditated at length about the nature of justice and whether God’s commandments applied equally to all men, or whether it was subject to one’s station.

Sir Marcus
“Is it true that you didn’t recognize the prince when he was talking to you?” That’s what many of his family asked Marcus. He freely admitted it was so, but shrugged it off, saying that he had a fine time at the feast and wouldn’t have changed anything. What bothered him far more were the inconclusive results of the skermish. Like an axe lopping off a head, Marcus likes his victory decisive. Still, he took the opportunity to praise Sir Elad – his father’s mentor and his own – who came to his aid in the thick of the fighting. With any luck, Sir Marcus would get his chance at revenge against Sir Blains.

Sir Marcus Scipio
Somehow the raider, himself just stumbling to his feet, gripped Marcus’s lance and pulled it away. Even as Marcus reached for his spear, the signal rung out, and the raiders made to retreat from whence they came. Marcus was seized with fury, and felt a lust for killing in his heart that, for an instant, welled over his entire being. Still dizzy with his own rage, Marcus overcame the urge to give chase, trotted his horse back to the rallying cohort, and told himself that God’s will had been done. By dint of fervent repetition, he came to believe it.

Sir Pedivere
“Father Tewi, you ask me to serve our Lord and the king by serving as a knight. What good can I do? All I have seen is the butchery of starving peasants driven to theft and more, and the worse depravity of well-fed knights who hunger for ever more. Worse, I find myself tempted by these evils. Why should I accept this burden? A knight is no blessed protector of the people. Instead, we are very much the enforcers of the whims of very fallible men.”

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V. King Uther arrived with the summer, but did not tarry long...
Wherein the knights of Logres fight against the Saxons on two fronts.

The Story So Far

Summer, 485

The former squires enjoyed their first Pentecost Court as Vassal Knights, basking in the congratulations of the moment. They undertook their first apprentices the next day – squires from various families who would serve and aid them. After that, they departed with Sir Elad to return Sir Gordon to Pitton for rest and healing, and from there for a patrol of eastern Salisbury.

Whilst on patrol along the Bourne River, they were alerted to news of a Silchester raid ongoing in Allington. The knights girded for battle and rode forth, joined along the way by reinforcements from Boscone. At Allington, they took the field inconclusively against the villainous Sir Blains (though they did prevent the Silchester knights from escaping with the majority of their ill-gotten gains). Sir Henry in particular drew notice when he slew a knight of superior skill to his own.

After the skermish, the patrol shadowed the Silchester raiders north to Cholderton before they broke off and continued their patrol. Once completed, they returned to Sarum where they dispersed to their respective manors – their first time home as knights – to see to their lands and settlein advance oing Uther’s summer campaign.


Player Characters
Sir Finnian, Sir Gordon, Sir Henry, Sir Keith, Sir Kendrick, Sir Marcus, Sir Pedivere


Weekly Recap

Sir Dagonet’s Jest (Funniest Moment)

Paul – Zach and Tom singing “Berserker” in tandem made me laugh.

Tom – The scandalous rumors that Sir Henry’s aunt is a horse thief.

Incursion of the Fae (Eeriest Moment)

Paul – Not only was Sir Kendrick unhorsed and alone, he found himself facing when of the most deadly foes in the game: a Saxon berserker.

Tom – The double 20s on the base bad weather roll at Winter Court, before we came to our senses and decided to give it another go.

Sir Dalan’s Charge (Best Heroics)

Paul – Sir Kendrick survived alone on the battlefield and prevailed against a vastly superior foe.

Tom – I’m generally not keen on giving this award to an NPC, but Sir Elad’s consistently great Battle rolls were key. It’s because of him that we came out of that fight all but unscathed.

Hunting for Glatisant (Dubious Decision)

Paul – Had Sir Elad not elected to rally to him, I think Sir Kendrick was planning to stay on his own in the battle. That seems dubious to me.

Tom – It made sense to Sir Kendrick in his inspired state. I give the award to Sir Henry for electing to marry below his station…but soft! What light through yonder window breaks?

A Dream of Camelot (Best Roleplay Moment)

Paul – Pedivere’s frustrations over his life’s path manifest in every element of his knighthood. I liked how the whole idea of the battle repulsed him both morally and as a dose of self-pity.

Tom – This wasn’t a roleplaying-intensive session, but I’ll also give the nod to Sir Pedivere. He’s quickly becoming the most interesting character of this generation.

Wily in Wylie (Luck of the Irish Award)

Paul – Lady Gladys Macsul, whose wise husband invested in stewardship, thus allowing her to avoid the “mother and child die in childbirth” fate.

Tom – Sir Kendrick, because if he hadn’t scored a critical success on his Hatred: Saxons roll, that Saxon Berserker probably would have killed him.

Leap of the Macsuls (Luck of the Polish Award)

Paul – But then Lady Gladys gave birth to a girl, and Sir Henry took back everyone’s cigars in disgust.

Tom – Sir Pedivere, for marrying an ugly, boorish peasant woman. But take heart! She may yet bear him a son, then die.

Honoring Those Who Honor Us (Pat on the Group Back)

Paul – I really appreciated the team effort again, with special thanks to Jeff and Tom for the battle help, Jon and Bill for winter court, Zach for the extra computer/site access, and Jeff with some timely course corrections when we were jumping around in the rules!

Tom – It was great to have Bill around for this session – let’s see if we can get perfect attendance next week!


Family Legends

Sir Finnian
Sir Finnian broke with family tradition and went to war instead of garrison duty. Though Uther’s forces did not prevail, Finnian brought glory to his family for the might of his sword and the fierceness of his brethren brought much slaughter to the Saxons.

Sir Gordon
Often was the tale of Sir Gordon’s heroics in the Battle of Mearcred Creek told by the hearthfires in Pitton. What was omitted was that his one kill occurred when the sword slipped from his grasp and hurtled up into the air, skewering a poor Saxon peasant on its descent.

Sir Henry
Upon his return from battle (where he slew dozens of Saxon scum) Sir Henry chose a wife, Gladys. Naturally, she was the comeliest lass in all the land. Indeed, her beauty was matched only by the envy and petty jealousy of others, as absurd rumors were spread by those who could not get a wife themselves. Gladys was quickly with child, which she delivered with fierce determination and success. Again, jealousy lead to vicious rumors of the passing of both mother and child, but much like the Saxons who meet Sir Henry in battle, the rumors were quickly dealt a swift death.

Sir Keith
In the rough days of Uther’s rule Sir Keith became one of the realm’s first truly chivalrous knights.

Sir Kendrick
Unhorsed and separated from his unit, Sir Kendrick found himself surrounded by the godless Saxons. Suddenly, with an eerie hush, the horde parted, and he found himself only a few paces away from a giant. Nine feet tall and weighing two score stones, the brute smiled, and with a savage bellow, he charged Sir Kendrick as the Saxon throng joined in the din. A sharp silence returned to the battlefield as Sir Kendrick ran the behemoth through, and with a second swing of his blade, he separated the berserker’s head from his shoulders. As Sir Kendrick’s eyes smoldered with an ancestral memory of the Night of Long Knives, he surveyed his surroundings and saw the Saxons trampling each other to escape his reach.

Sir Marcus
When asked why Sir Marcus didn’t make a better account of himself in the battle, he was reputed to say, “A little giant means little heroics” before taking another swig from his bitter drought.

Sir Pedivere
From the personal correspondence of Father Tewi: "It was at this time Sir Pedivere confessed his terror of battle — not that he might fall, or be forced to take another’s life, for that was the duty he swore before God to undertake; but rather that there would come a lull in the battle where he was forced to consider all that he had done, and that he would be unable to see the next enemy through the tears he was shedding. While he may not have earned the nickname The Knight of the Rusted Gorget at this time, it was clear his essential nature was already formed.

It was also at this time he took Elaine Compton to wife, sealing the provenance of Tisbury manner. I am sad to say that he performed the duties due his wife in the same way he served as a knight — bound by duty and honor, and not love or a sense of family unity that so marked the Fournier clan. It is unsurprising that the lands quickly blossomed under the care of these two, for neither had anything else in their life that they loved.

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VI. While the king brooded, Prince Madoc seized the initiative...
Wherein our heroes enter their first full year of knighthood.

The Story So Far

Spring, 486

In early summmer, the knights answered the call of their liege. Some, like Sir Marcus Scipio, stayed behind to defend the county. The rest rode to Sarum – their wounds healed, their manors attended to and prepared for great migration of knights eastward. There in the capital of Salisbury was Uther Pendragon, King of Logres. He led his host east, through Hampsire, and into the Saxon kingdom of Sussex. Immediately upon entering Saxon lands, they were confronted by a force of equal size led by King Aelle.

A lengthy, but ultimately indecisive battle followed, as the knights’ mounted advantage and superior training were off-set by the sheer brutality of a Saxon force fighting in its home territory. Led by Sir Elad, the knights’ unit acquitted itself well against simple landsmen but were nearly routed off the battlefield by a force of heorthgeneats. Coupled with a loss to the Saxons in the north at the Battle of Colchester, Christmas Court that year was not particularly merry.

The remainder of the year saw a number of major events. Sir Henry got married to a common girl whose beauty has people whispering that she’s part fairie. They consummated their marriage with the birth of a baby girl. Sir Pedivere got married to a common girl as well – Elaine, the Maid of Tisbury – whose looks have people whispering that she’s part hag. Curious intrigues abounded with tales of a young pregnant girl showing up at Cholderton asking for Sir Keith along with stories that Sir Henry’s aunt-in-law was seen rustling horses. Idle, meaningless speculation, obviously.

As 486 dawns, people wonder…how will Logres respond to two years of setbacks against the Saxons? Prince Madoc, it seems, has a plan…


Player Characters
Sir Finnian, Sir Gordon, Sir Henry, Sir Keith, Sir Kendrick, Sir Marcus, Sir Marcus Scipio, Sir Pedivere


Weekly Recap

Sir Dagonet’s Jest (Funniest Moment)

Paul – Watching Gabe try to concentrate on the game while he was obviously being greatly affected by John’s chili.

Jeff – After overhearing some conversation comparing Merlin to an ornery bear coming out of hibernation, Pedivere wonders if it’s Merlin’s hide decorating the hearth at Shrewton.

Incursion of the Fae (Eeriest Moment)

Paul – The appearance of the disturbing three-eyed giant.

Jeff – Following a sorcerous Merlin into a faery-infested wood clearly takes the cake here. Didn’t he just try to kill us all?

Sir Dalan’s Charge (Best Heroics)

Paul – Sir Marcus choosing to attack when specifically targeted by the giant!

Jeff – Sir Kendrick’s heroic (and ultimately doomed) charge against a giant from upon a rouncy.

Hunting for Glatisant (Dubious Decision)

Paul – Riding up the hill was perhaps not the wisest idea, given both the initial goal and ultimate circumstances.

Jeff – Following Merlin to our certain deaths. You only cash in 10% of that Glory if you have male offspring.

A Dream of Camelot (Best Roleplay Moment)

Paul – I was hoping Marcus Scipio would seek out Praetor Syagrius, and I was quite pleased by the exchange between them.

Jeff – Kendrick’s honest and heartfelt efforts to avoid the dreaded garrison duty. Clearly, he is too craven to face the menace of being surrounded on all sided by palisades.

Wily in Wylie (Luck of the Irish Award)

Paul – Sir Kendrick whose rouncy took a blow that would have felled the honorable knight of House Worboys.

Jeff – Sir Marcus the Little Giant’s incredible ability to turn back time and avoid the opening two spine crushing blows from the giant with a deft use of rulesmanship.

Leap of the Macsuls (Luck of the Polish Award)

Paul – Sir Pedivere whose prudence found him ensorceled and out of a legendary combat.

Jeff – Sir Finnian, who fought an entire battle against a giant with such directed fervor he never realized his sword remained in its scabbard as he beat the giant mercilessly to no effect. Fortunately, the scabbard finally broke and the honor of the Irish was upheld when Finnian managed to draw blood. A wee bit, but it was blood!

Honoring Those Who Honor Us (Pat on the Group Back)

Paul – I really, really enjoyed seeing all of you there tonight. John, I hope you’ll think to join us more often. The session was greatly enriched by your presence. All in all, an excellent note to leave off on before the Thanksgiving break. See you in two weeks!

Jeff – Clearly, Ye Olde Grande Feaste which filled our hearts until bravery and friendship burst out of our ears. Special notice goes to John’s two chilis, Bryant’s fowls, and the Oreos Which May Never Be Served The Same Way Twice.


Family Legends

Sir Finnian
Do not doubt that there is much honor in garissoning the realm and protecting it from all threats, remember the day Sir Finnian and his fellow knights of Salisbury fought the giant. Many knights were sent to raid against the Saxons and some disappointed few remained behind to keep the lands at peace. Not a day’s ride from Sarum these knights fought and slew a mighty giant. This giant was so big he could uproot trees with his bare hands and throw boulders like they were pebbles. Who knows what devastation this giant could have caused if he was allowed to raid our more settled lands? The blood of man and beast was shed to bring that horror down. So remember, the honor of a knight is not just in carrying a sword or lance to smite the enemies of his lord but also in being a faithful and constant shield that protects all that his lord cherishes.

Sir Gordon
When the tale of the battle against the giant was told, Sir Gordon tactfully omitted the less-than-heroic image of riding forth to battle from the back of Sir Keith’s horse.

Sir Henry
After introducing his new wife to the King and his court, Henry rode off to serve on garrison duty. Along the way, he and his companions encountered a strange old man who asked them to retrieve a giant goat from up on the mountain. The goat lead them to the biggest three-eyed giant to ever live. Henry’s companions fought courageously, if a little ineffectively. Sir Henry dealt the most blows to the giant, tiring the beast out and wearing down his defenses. Eventually, a final piercing blow was dealt to the beast, and the curious old man stepped out of the woods to reveal himself to be the great magician Merlin.

Sir Keith
The people of Cholderton did love Sir Keith, but none had the nerve to inquire after his unrelenting hatred of goatherds.

Sir Kendrick
Later that year, Sir Kendrick’s uncles and cousins would ask what became of Trigger, his prized rouncy. Though the Worboys family was enthralled by the story of how he tilted at a giant, which struck out his horse from under him with an uprooted tree, fascination turned to disappointment when Sir Kendrick described how the goat-herder transformed into the legendary Merlin and the adventures that followed, for it had been hoped that knighthood would put an end to the tall tales he had spun as a youth.

Sir Marcus
Sir Marcus took a boulder in the face while Sir Marcus Scipio took the glory. All in all, the Roman had the better part of things. Still, Merlin healed all of Sir Marcus’ damage…so he’s got that going for him.

Sir Marcus Scipio
Looking down at the fallen giant, ashen in the pooling of its own blood, Marcus was unsure whether this had been more of a battle or a hunt.Was this a man? Less than man? More than man? The other Marcus had tried to speak to it, but who knows if this being had no language, or a merely a tongue different from our cohort? Verily, the giant struck first, so this was not murder. But it felt like something less than justice. None of the rightious heat Marcus had felt in his breast when trying to slay the bandits or the raiding knights abided there now. He was left with a cool, clammy uncertainty.

Sir Pedivere
Merlin appears and suddenly there are giant goat, ancient ruins, three eyed giants, and fantastical woods in Tisbury? What further proof is needed that Merlin cannot control the sorcerous and godless evil within him? A kingdom with him near its heart is a corrupt one indeed. It will never flourish!

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VII. As the knights accompanied Merlin, the forest shimmered strangely around them...
Wherein fantastical adventure follows in the magician's wake.

The Story So Far

Late Spring, 486

Our heroes began their first full year as knights with some significant events. Sir Henry became husband and father. Sir Pedivere married Elaine, the Maid of Tisbury. Sir Marcus, too, became a father, though he did not know it yet.

At King Uther’s Pentecost Court, the mood was dour after the defeat at Colchester and indecisive clash at Mearcred Creek. The news of the moment was the fall of Soissons, the last outpost of Roman control in western Europe, and the presence of Praetor Syagrius. The Praetor had come petitioning the king for aid in retaking Soissons and it seems the king is seriously entertaining the possibility. A fraternal moment happened when Sir Marcus Scipio agreed to host the Praetor during the latter’s effort to recruit good Christian men for the endeavor.

Prince Madoc approached the knights suggesting that history repeat itself – that like their fathers before them, they undermine Saxon power through a series of daring raids. Most of the knights approved of the idea, but Sir Pedivere caused a scandal when he brusquely refused the prince’s offer to his face. In Salisbury, when it came time for their assigned duties, the knights were surprised to find themselves assigned to garrison duty instead of Prince Madoc’s raiding party. Sir Kendrick’s attempt to petition Earl Roderick through Sir Leo was firmly rebuffed.

Whilst on patrol near Tisbury, the knights encountered an old goatherd who asked for their aid in retrieving his prize animal. Sure enough, they espied a goat of unusual size high up on a hill. Pedivere, suspicious of never hearing of this goat or goatherd before, remained behind while the others investigated. Following the goat into the woods on the other side of the ill, the knights stumbled upon a small giant which immediately took to battle against them, uprooting a tree for use as a weapon! After a fierce combat which saw Sir Marcus terribly wounded by a boulder, the end came when Sir Marcus Scipio felled the giant with his spear.

Sir Pedivere found himself suddenly watching the proceedings with a clapping, cheering goatherd who then changed his appearance into that of Merlin the magician! Merlin healed Sir Marcus with a mere touch and whispered words, while beckoning the knights to follow him into the forest. Apart from Sir Pedivere, still cautious and mindful of his duties to his family, the other knights embraced this unexpected opportunity for adventure and glory.


Player Characters
Sir Finnian, Sir Gordon, Sir Henry, Sir Keith, Sir Kendrick, Sir Marcus, Sir Marcus Scipio, Sir Pedivere


Weekly Recap

Sir Dagonet’s Jest (Funniest Moment)

Paul – Tom’s fearful concern that Jeff might get a fire going right as we were starting a court sequence.

Gabe – Marcus the Whorechaser falling on top of a nearly-dead Marcus the Roman to make a pile of Marcus-fail.

Incursion of the Fae (Eeriest Moment)

Paul – The reveal of the nukalavee as it charged at them, sprouted arms, and attacked!

Gabe — Water gushing from the nukalavee’s wounds.

Sir Dalan’s Charge (Best Heroics)

Paul – The four knights who stood against the nukalavee and protected Merlin from it.

Gabe – Pedivere conspicuously refusing to join court’s applause for a warlord king in the dark ages.

Hunting for Glatisant (Dubious Decision)

Paul – Sir Keith’s insistence on not speaking the whole truth about what was witnessed was certainly eyebrow-raising. Did the events of the Sword Feast vindicate him? That’s up to each knight to decide for himself.

Gabe – Kendrick using “grapple” against a four-armed enemy on horseback. Dubious — not ridiculous or even foolish — but dubious in the dictionary sense.

A Dream of Camelot (Best Roleplay Moment)

Paul – I enjoyed the debate between Kendrick and Keith about who would ride to Sarum to brief Earl Roderick, particularly when Keith came right out and called out Kendrick on the latter’s tendency to boast.

Gabe – Kendrick’s recounting of the adventure, and misadventure, with Merlin.

Wily in Wylie (Luck of the Irish Award)

Paul – Sir Marcus Scipio, who ended up 1 point away from death. That one point makes a difference!

Gabe – Sir Marcus Scipio, who avoided passing out drunk at a Christmas party with the King in attendance.

Leap of the Macsuls (Luck of the Polish Award)

Paul – The three knights who were lost in the mystical forest and lost their part in the story, as well as Sir Marcus whose presence was fumbling comic relief.

Gabe – Sir Keith, who had his marriage prospects dashed by the unjust suspicions of a status-conscious potential father-in-law.

Honoring Those Who Honor Us (Pat on the Group Back)

Paul – An important session that will define the legacies of all eight families. Some excellent roleplaying and one near-death experience. A great way to start the last stretch of sessions in 2012.

Gabe – No one starting trouble at the Christmas party, despite ample opportunities.


Family Legends

Sir Finnian
Sir Finnian could not figure out why he was unable to make the journey through the trees. He could only conclude that the fae (or perhaps Merlin himself) have something against the Irish.

Sir Gordon
Ever the huntsman, Sir Gordon knows the value of being the hunter instead of the hunted. While not one to shy from combat when it is upon him, the dread tale of the nukalavee and the near-death of his friend Marcus Scipio prompted Sir Gordon to attend a few extra church services at Pitton.

Sir Henry
When asked why he didn’t make it through the forest with the others, it was remarked that this was the first time anyone could remember Sir Henry at a loss for words.

Sir Keith
Sir Keith wisely keep the secret of Excalibur from the people so that Merlin could reveal it in his own time. Keith made it his personal quest to see that Uther heeded Merlin and so he stayed near the sword and the king in order to guide the king to justice.

Sir Kendrick
In the instant that he beheld the Lady of the Lake entrust Excalibur to Merlin, something stirred deep within Sir Kendrick’s soul. Though he knew not what was to come, it was to be great, and having witnessed its beginning, Sir Kendrick resolved that it, above all other things, was worth fighting for.

Sir Marcus
During a moment of half-lucidity that night, Sir Marcus set down his tankard and explained in unnecessarily graphic detail the conditions upon which he would fornicate with a bear. The few who remained to hear the whole of the story concluded unanimously that Sir Marcus set the bar so unreasonably low, that he must have had an ulterior motive for stopping Sir Kendrick from administering the killing blow during the great hunt of 485.

Sir Marcus Scipio
As Marcus the Roman would later joke: “We were aghast that it had four arms, but relieved that it had but two swords.”

Sir Pedivere
Pedivere had no words for his experiences in 487, though he was certain they would come to him eventually, and when they did, those words would be…

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VIII. With Excalibur came the hope of peace and unity...
Wherein more worldly matters await our heroes.

The Story So Far

Spring, 487

Excalibur! The name echoes throughout the land, as did tales of the knights who aided Merlin in bringing it back. All were agreed that Sir Pedivere, the priestly knight, was one. So too were Keith of Cholderton and Kendrick of Shrewton. There was general concurrence that both Marcus the Roman and Marcus the Little Giant were there, though no one could quite agree on who did what. Other names were sometimes in the mix – Finnian, Gordon, Henry – though one didn’t have to cast a stone too far to find a relative behind the inclusion. They all stepped forward to aid the magician, though as to why things happened they can say…those were questions for kings and sages.

After aiding Merlin in retrieving Excalibur and receiving kudos for the deed at Christmas Court (in an event now known as the Great Sword Feast), the knights find themselves in unexpected higher standing. They are thrust into events far greater than their own provincial worldview, for Logres is in dire need of heroic actions. This new Saxon menace from the continent, under Aethelwith, runs roughshod over the north, undeterred even by the success of Prince Madoc’s raids or Sir Brastius’ stabilizing influence. How can King Uther expect to defeat his foes when even his own vassals sit safely in their keeps and ignore his calls? With the Sword of Power in hand, the King means to change the fortunes of the land starting this year of our Lord 487.


Player Characters
Sir Finnian, Sir Henry, Sir Keith, Sir Kendrick, Sir Marcus, Sir Pedivere


Weekly Recap

Sir Dagonet’s Jest (Funniest Moment)

Paul – Lady Indeg putting Sir Marcus on the spot with a sly inquiry about the specifics of Sir Marcus’ heroics in aiding Merlin gain Excalibur. Sir Marcus to his credit didn’t lie, though he wasn’t entirely forthright , either.

Bill – A tie between Jon’s reaction to hearing that Diantha Fournier had gone missing and Sir Kenndrick’s declaration of “Loot the ships, then burn them,” as he watched the sailors trying to take provisions from the already burning Saxon ships.

Incursion of the Fae (Eeriest Moment)

Paul – The disappearance of Diantha Fournier, sister of Keith and sister-in-law of Pedivere.

Bill – The 75% losses to the knights unit in the first engagement in an otherwise very single sided battle for the Brittons lends a credence to their suspicions of being made canon fodder.

Sir Dalan’s Charge (Best Heroics)

Paul – Sir Pedivere forcefully ensuring that Diantha was searched for by petitioning Earl Roderick through Sir Elad.

Bill – Agreed.

Hunting for Glatisant (Dubious Decision)

Paul – Sir Marcus choosing to court two of the county’s most notable ladies was certainly eyebrow-raising.

Bill – Sir Pedivere’s decision to try a special combat manouver his first time leading a battle. How was he to know that such manouvers don’t work as well in the sand and surf of the beach.

A Dream of Camelot (Best Roleplay Moment)

Paul – Keith and Kendrick had a good discussion in private about various intrigues.

Bill – The complaining of Sir Pedivere, Sir Marcus, and Sir Kendrick after being shanghaid by Prince Madoc was entertaining.

Wily in Wylie (Luck of the Irish Award)

Paul – Sir Marcus scored a critical success on his flirting roll, turning what would have been a harsh putdown from Lady Elaine into an unexpectedly fruitful first conversation.

Bill – Sir Kendrick gained a kind wife and first born son to be proud of.

Leap of the Macsuls (Luck of the Polish Award)

Paul – Sir Kendrick, Sir Marcus, and Sir Pedivere had an unexpected change of plans thrust upon them by Prince Madoc.

Bill – Sir Pedivere who only made one decent battle roll and otherwise did everything he could to put our unit at a disadvantage.

Honoring Those Who Honor Us (Pat on the Group Back)

Paul – Very exciting to see the group split up for the first time, introducing new dynamics into the storyline going forward!

Bill – While we are still taking a bit of time looking up rules, this second time through the winter court was much faster.


Family Legends

Sir Finnian
With Sir Finnian at its head, the fortunes of the Mullally family rest a great deal on chance. But chance smiles on Sir Finnian now and he knows that some day it might not as it has not on all his neighbors. So, in what small ways as he can and they will accept, he aids his neighbors in preparing for a saxon assult. Though this year has brought his sword to Saxon shores, in his heart Finnian knows it is the defenses of hearth, home, and the lands of his liege that are his true place.

Sir Henry
Sir Henry valiantly proclaimed his support for the campaign against the Saxons. His display of courage on the field of battle emboldened his fellow warriors despite the tactical and strategic mis-management at the hands of Sir Pedivere.

Sir Keith
Merlin himself gave Keith the first clue to unraveling the mystery of the Creamer disappearances.

Sir Kendrick
A son! To Sir Kendrick and his wife Wynne was born the heir to the Worboys line, and they named him Geralt. On the day of his birth, he was baptized before the broken blade of Lexbellator in the name of God the father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and in the days of feasting that followed, it was rumored that the child was so pious, he would not suckle on days of penance until after sunset.

Sir Marcus
Sir Marcus was not happy about being stuck on a boat. He went from successfully beginning to woo the county to being hand-picked for a dangerous campaign, seemingly not for reasons of respect. Looking at his colleague Sir Pedivere, Sir Marcus is determined to get everyone back in one piece. Twenty-five years ago, his grandfather dies. Fifty years ago, his great-grandfather died. Sir Marcus is determined not to follow in that particular legacy.

Sir Marcus Scipio
On garrison duty I have naught to fear
So long as I hold mine trusty spear.

Sir Pedivere

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IX. Where the king's fleet sailed, Saxon ships burned...
Wherein Uther gains leverage through both diplomacy and war.

The Story So Far

Summer, 487

Uncertainty reigned with more certainty in Logres than the king himself. So it was that in 487, Uther Pendragon set forth tasks to regain advantage. With Excalibur as his symbol of rule, he set forth with a small contingent to Lincoln, there to bring the fractious Duke Lindsey into line. With him went Earl Roderick and with the Earl went Sir Keith.

Setting forth too was the King’s Fleet, newly refurbished but still under the capable command of Admiral Gwenwynwyn. Sir Gordon and Sir Marcus Scipio were assigned to garrison duty. Sir Henry and Sir Finnian signed up for the naval action immediately. Sir Pedivere had planned on remaining in Salisbury, there to lead an expedition for his sister-in-law Diantha, while Sir Kendrick and Sir Marcus planned to join the Earl’s entourage. However, a late-arriving summons from Prince Madoc singled out the three of them and summoned them to the naval campaign.

All of Logres waits restlessly, for the king ordered all lands provisioned and locked down. No one has forgotten the savage retribution of the Saxons in the wake of the Battle of Frisia. In the north, the king waits on his embassies and demands homage. In the south, his fleets sail and his knights bleed for his cause. In the heart of his lands, families pin their hopes of those brave knights left there to protect them in their hour of need.


Player Characters
Sir Finnian, Sir Henry, Sir Kendrick, Sir Marcus, Sir Marcus Scipio, Sir Pedivere


Weekly Recap

Sir Dagonet’s Jest (Funniest Moment)

Paul – The knights’ embarrassed discomfort as poor Sir Marcus Scipio was publicly dressed down by Sir Amig.

Bryant – Pedivere becoming melancholy not once but twice. The aftermath, not so funny.

Incursion of the Fae (Eeriest Moment)

Paul – Desperately trying to establish who had the magic potion with Sir Henry’s life on the line.

Bryant – Realizing how much damage the blow the saxon beserker actually did to Sir Henry

Sir Dalan’s Charge (Best Heroics)

Paul – Sir Pedivere throwing his own safety to the wind to continue fighting in the naval campaign.

Bryant – no arguments but also dubious

Hunting for Glatisant (Dubious Decision)

Paul – Sir Marcus Scipio used subterfuge instead of a direct approach in his investigations. However it might have turned out, he ended up being second-guessed and upbraided by his superior for it.

Bryant – Sir Pedivere wanting to engage in battle knowing that even the smallest amount of damage could have been disastrous

A Dream of Camelot (Best Roleplay Moment)

Paul – Despite Sir Renfrew being on death’s door, Sir Marcus Scipio used a gentle line of communication and inquiry to get needed facts.

Bryant – There were a couple, The two that stuck out were Henry, Pedivere and the admiral talking about Pedivere staying in reserve and prior to that Pedivere and Marcus being yelled at by Prince Madoc

Wily in Wylie (Luck of the Irish Award)

Paul – Sir Henry for the GM asking a question of Pendragon’s creator yesterday, reading the answer this morning, and then have a perfect scenario regarding that question drop into his lap tonight (along with the necessary in-game item around to justify it).

Bryant – whoever didn’t participate in the naval missions

Leap of the Macsuls (Luck of the Polish Award)

Paul – Sir Marcus Scipio got the help he needed…and probably regrets that it ever arrived.

Bryant – Henry, Pedivere, Marcus & Kendrick for making shitty rolls/decisions at the wrong time

Honoring Those Who Honor Us (Pat on the Group Back)

Paul – Easily the most brutal and traumatizing session for our heroes. The aftershocks of this one will be felt for some time. I look forward to seeing how you roleplay the tale moving forward.

Bryant – Tom for stepping up to run the battles.


Family Legends

Sir Finnian
Finnian really must have the luck of the Irish. He was the only one who didn’t go mad or end up on death’s door.

Sir Henry
Sir Henry’s bravery and courage were tested in the final battle, where he was knocked unconcious and fell into a coma. His companions tried reviving him with a magic potion, but it had no immediate effects.

Sir Kendrick
When Sir Kendrick could think of no way to spin the year’s events in a light favorable to him, his lamentations were heard throughout Shrewton. His thoughts rested melancholy for months upon end with the memory of his noble squire Aaron, half-brother of Sir Marcus Brodrig, who died defending the two knights during their petty squabble. Sir Kendrick had sworn to teach Squire Aaron the right path to knighthood, and by his sacrifice and death Aaron had proven his teacher a failure.

Sir Marcus
What Have I done? I swore to bring them back safe and instead made a giant mess. Never again will my focus be swayed from the true threat. By trying to bring one comrade to his senses I not only pushed him further away I have caused damage that can perhaps never be mended. Even worse because of this a brother died and a comrade was crippled. My Failure. I blame myself, but even more than that I blame Madoc!

Sir Marcus Scipio
Remind me, brother, never to use clever commoners as proxies, because they are too clever by half. I encountered a band of abductors that deceived me handily. They deceived me so well that they put me off until a larger host joined me, and, in pursuit, we did not catch up with them until they were within a hen’s flight of their master’s gate. If they were less cunning, I might well have been provoked to route them in the woods where I first found them. What a glorious slaying would have been lost then!

No, do not use clever commoners, if you can help it, for any sensitive purpose. Put your primary reliance on the dullard nobility, in war and in peace and in all things in between.

With a Heavy Heart,
Your Brother,
Marcus

Sir Pedivere
War is Hell? In the family retellings, the nature of the squire reciting the history of Pedivere Fournier (as all who squire under the Fournier Coat of Arms must recite the entire family history) at this point comes plain — do they decry Sir Pedivere’s abandonment of conflict as unbecoming of a knight, or do they recognize within him the precursor of a greater chivalry whose seeds had yet to sprout?

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