Intervening years between sessions 1 and 2:
Year 475: year of the Great Hunt, when the young lordlings proved their mettle, especially Sir Alein. ;) Divisions between certain lords become more apparent.
477: AElle, a new saxon king, lands in southern Britain, and takes over the area we now know as Sussex….He names it south saxony. Aurelius Ambrosis, the Pendragon, High King of the Britons, marches to vanquish this new foe – but AElle’s forces are reinforced at the last moment by Kent’s saxons. Ambrosius is lucky to escape with his army.
478-9: The British Army goes a raiding by sea with a fleet of vessels, destroying the Saxon fleets as they lie birthed on the beaches of Britain, finally landing in Frisia, doing great damage to the saxons there. Earl Roderick went raiding. Ulfius too – and their friendship deepens. Saxon raids increase in Britain in revenge. New, harsher raids happen in Salisbury in 479…. how do these affect your lands and people?
479: Earl Roderick marries Ellen, daughter of duke Ulfius. Sir Blains misses the wedding. A deadly feud develops between the two men.
480: Saxons sail up the Port River into Salisbury. Ambrosius is poisoned by a false doctor whilst preparing for battle. he still rise to war, with Uther, his younger brother at his side. Ambrosius confronts them head on, whilst Uther attacks their rear, burning their ships, and then attacking their unprotected rear columns. Ambrosius dies in the conflict – but it is a great victory for the Britons. Uther is crowned King of Logres. Countess Ellen gives birth to a daughter, lady Jenna.
481-483: all is quiet with the saxons.
484: Saxons invade the North in great numbers, laying seige to Eburacum. Uther marches an army up north as fast as possible – but marches into a trap and a desperate battle- from which he is lucky to escape with his life. Many brave men die that day. Later that evening, Uther and his surviving men make a sneak attack under darkness on the Saxons as they lie around feasting and drinking, slaughtering them to the last man. Uther claims a great victory at the Battle of Mt. Damen. Lady Ellen gives birth to a son, Lord Robert.
485: more heavy Saxon raids. Uther has called for men of courage to gather at Windsor Castle. You (your lordlings) have been ordered to it to be knighted by Uther himself in a great ceremony! You are about to be knighted!
The young squires Alein, Sedwyn and Owen gather at Vagon Castle to get their latest intructions and training from Castellan Sir Elad. First of all he puts them through their paces with a new fangled thing called jousting – it is not a major past-time yet – but you get the hang of it. Lord Owen’s skills on horseback quickly leave him to drop Sedwyn to the ground – but his jousting with Alein goes on for over an hour. Eventually, with both of them fading fast from exhaustion, Owen manages to smash Alein from his saddle into the dust. Huzzah lord Owen!
Elad calls for an early lunch after cooling down the horses after all that exertion. He then issues you new instructions; to investigate the village of Imber, to find out where their taxes have gotten too – they are overdue. Sir Geraint, some of you recall, is the local knight.
You spend the afternoon travelling there, getting to the bridge outside the village before dusk. Seeing carrion birds circling the village, Alein and Sedwyn charge their steeds forwards, onto the bridge, when out from under it leaps a giant Bridge Troll. The horses all start to panic…. A few of the travelling retinue along with Alein fail to control their horses, with Perin and Bernard thrown from their saddles. All hell breaks loose! The troll lashes into Alein, nearly breaking an arm….Bernard gathers himself, as does Nic Rivers to attack the beast hand to hand, whilst Sedwyn and later Owen manage to manoeuver their steads on the bridge in front of their enemy to valiantly fight alongside Alein. Perin gathers his wits and starts feathering the beast with arrows….. and finally after everyone has made a cutting blow against the monster, and with 3 arrows sticking out from its hide, Sedwyn shouts loudly and with a burst of energy and strength, ploughs his blade into the creature’s armpit and skewers it.
Riding into the village the party finds a sorry site: the villagers are still hiding in fear, and are feint from hunger. Somehow they organise a brief hunt to get meat for a feast to celebrate the death of the troll. Their lord died from the pox or something he caught between the sheets no doubt. The young squires demand to know where the taxes money has gone… and eventually Nic Rivers is instructed to go and search for it under the bridge – which he does – and he finds it intact there, along with the bones of various other folk.
The next day, the young squires set off for Vagon Castle and then Sarum to tell their tale, [and to revel/ modestly accept the glory their deeds bestowed unto them. And they were happy – for they had smote the hoary troll from the woods which lied in wait beneath the Bridge at Imber.]
From there, they travelled to Windsor Castle where they, and the other local squires from Salisbury were knighted by Uther himself, King of Logres.
The next day they go hunting in the woods around Windsor -and Alein and Sedwyn manage to hear and see the infamous Questing Beast (a lizard like creature) and then Sir Pellinore from Gales (Wales), who has been chasing it for several years now, with no care for the niceties of polite conversation, falconry or simply managing his estates, let alone defeating the Saxons. Alein and Sedwyn gain some glory.
& it is from Windsor that our tale will continue – in 2 weeks at a guess!! Uther you know is amassing an army in Silchester to go and fight the Saxons in late summer! You are hoping he includes you!
Please add to this any other musings! :)