The Story So Far
The knights found themselves acquitted of treason, but still guilty in the eyes of Logres…not of kidnapping the king’s son, but of being responsible for the banishment of Merlin. In a strange twist of fate, Merlin’s exile left the realm ill at ease. It was his coming that heralded the end of the reign of evil Vortigern and Merlin’s name was attached to the greatest victories since Aurelius Ambrosius returned to Britain. Now he was gone and a collective sense of vulnerability set in like a damp chill in the winter.
The start of the year offered little to lift the gloom. An uneven season brought tragedy to Tisbury, where Sir Annan lost a son, and Baverstock, where Sir Henry lost both his beautiful wife and newborn daughter. In Stapleford, Sir Marcus the Roman gained a daughter but at the cost of her mother’s life. Lady Indeg, that fierce, powerful courtly force, had finally entertained one dalliance too many. The situation on the eastern border strained further when Sir Owain Creamer, whose marriage to Lady Grately was a source of tension, was felled by a “hunter’s arrow” during a hunt.
In the absence of Merlin, it now falls on King Uther and his other advisors to secure continued peace and strength for Logres. Pentecost Court that year would be in Silchester, realm of the king’s most powerful advisor, Duke Ulfius. From there, orders would be given and the direction of Logres charted.
Sir Aldwyn, Sir Annan, Sir Finnian, Sir Henry, Sir Keith, Sir Marcus
Sir Dagonet’s Jest (Funniest Moment)
Paul – Sitting there for a while wondering where the hell Gabe was and then remembering that he told us last week that he wasn’t going to be there tonight. Whoops.
Zach – Tom’s “Do you even intrigue?” comment.
Incursion of the Fae (Eeriest Moment)
Paul – Sir Keith mentioning to the group that there were three Saxon envoys that he saw, and then when they looked over, only two were to be seen.
Zach – Realizing that we were about to be ambushed by the saxons.
Sir Dalan’s Charge (Best Heroics)
Paul – Sir Keith picking his fingernails with his dagger as Sir Blains attempted to needle Earl Roderick.
Zach – Sir Henry deciding not to go plant his axe inside the saxon diplomats’ skulls.
Hunting for Glatisant (Dubious Decision)
Paul – Earl Roderick was perhaps unwise to bring Eisenhelvi north with him to Nohaut’s neighbor.
Zach – Agree. Einsenhelvi probably shouldn’t have made its way so far north, unless the plan was to draw out the saxons.
A Dream of Camelot (Best Roleplay Moment)
Paul – Sir Annan shared an unexpected moment with King Uther that I quite enjoyed.
Zach – Perhaps Sir Marcus Broderig is maturing? Less whoring, drinking, and debauching, more apple bobbing and activities that can be spoken of in decent company?
Wily in Wylie (Luck of the Irish Award)
Paul – Not many knights can claim fame to being excellent at apple bobbing contests, but the Little Giant can.
Zach – Sir Henry didn’t have another daughter this year…
Leap of the Macsuls (Luck of the Polish Award)
Paul – The Macsuls join the Ciociolas in morning the death of their matriarch. Lady Gladys (and daughter), RIP.
Zach – …because Lady Gladys died during childbirth.
Honoring Those Who Honor Us (Pat on the Group Back)
Paul – It was good having Bill back. There’s always a “next level” dynamic to all the interplay when Finnian is actually present. Plus, I’m liking how the subtle changes are playing out in the seating arrangements and will continue to tweak that as characters come and go.
Zach – I think everyone did a great job with the court (as always) as well as handling the saxon diplomat situation.
Once again our formations face northwards for lord, for king and for God. So it has been for all the days of my generation, but we must not be the first to grow weary. We have sacrificed too much for any of it to have been in vain.
Pedivere once told me, “If you wish to see the health of an empire, look closely at those who advise it”. Observing Pelinore and Uther and their lands, I think you need not look so far.
A foul wind blew all year. Saxon lords that should be dead escaped their confinement to raise their battle standards again. Wives and children died. In struggling to hold his head above the muck, the Centurion King latches on to the very vermin that pushed him down into the mud in the first place. But in the midst of these disgusting events, Finnian saw an oath upheld and a sword reforged. By the might and mercy of god, that which breaks can be reforged.
Sir Henry’s grief from the loss of his wife and child was channeled into his rage towards the Saxons. Somehow, he staid his hand when in the presence of the Saxon diplomats, but unleashed his rage during the ambush in the woods.
So Keith was sent to Eburacum a second time to win the pledge of the Centurion King. And a second time he failed.
Things seem to be going from bad to worse. First, we are accused of treason and then Octa escapes. The Saxons are reinvigorated and war is upon us again with an ally whose loyalty is questionable. All we can do is fight and hope for better days!