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Year 489: Ballad of Sir Baglan

Court early in the year 489 is held at Cirencester. Uther is in attendance with the Dukes of Lindsey and Silchester. Sir Julius is still missing from the skirmish at Lindsey in 487. The knights that are there, Sir Cynlas, Sir Moelwyn, Sir Cerdoc, Sir Rodric and Sir Alafon are with their wives and take the opportunity to walk the grounds.

Sir Moelwyn, with his wife Lady Lydia of Clarence, wander the grounds and talk of the future. Sir Mabon, the Marshall of Clarence and Lydia’s father approaches Sir Moelwyn. The Marshal explains that his eldest son, Edern, who is 14 this year will need a squire place in the new year. Sir Moelwyn graciously accepts the boy as his charge for next year and Sir Mabon introduces him to his son. The Salisbury knight asks the lad if he has used a sword before, Edern, who is a little shy said yes and took the blade that Sir Moelwyn offered him. He was a little limp wristed in using the weapon and clearly showed a lack interest. Sir Mabon explained that his men have tried to school him in war but it doesn’t seem to have gone in. He hopes Sir Moelwyn would be able to get through to the lad.

Sir Rodric also takes in the grounds with his wife, Lady Bronwen. On his walk he comes across the Lady Meg, the wife of his enemy Sir Baglan. He inquiries to how she is and seems happy when she said things were fine.

News at the feast centres on a Saxon army pillaging in the north lead by two great warriors, Octa and Eosa. They are raiding in Malahaut at the moment explains Sir Brastias. He explains that Duke Lindsey has been keeping them out of Logres so far. Prince Madoc asks that all vassals of the king must report for war this summer with 40 days food. Duke Ulfius brings news from France where Praetor Syagrius’ army has lost to King Claudas.

The feast is the usual fayre and the knights are eating and drinking quite merrily. Sir Rodric, however, is disturbed by Sir Baglan who accuses him of bedding his wife. Naturally Sir Rodric denies this and a fight to the death is organised for the morning. Sir Baglan wanted a fight with blunt swords and to three strikes but this was not acceptable to Sir Rodric who brings the matter before an annoyed Earl of Salisbury. Salisbury is fuming at Sir Baglan and forces him to accept the terms who be exiled.

The rest of the meal passes reasonably uneventfully. Sir Rodric does go off with a serving girl again though.

In the morning Sir Rodric is ready on the field in front of Cirencester castle and waits patiently for Sir Baglan. The young household knight of Salisbury shows and is clearly in a foul mood. He grabs his sword from his squire and then kicks the poor lad out of the way. The herald explains the situation and that it is a fight to the death and the two knights start by circling each other. Sir Rodric gets the upper hand for the first few strikes but is unable to get past Sir Baglan’s armour and shield. This goes on for a few minutes until Sir Baglan manages to get a strike in. Unfortunately he doesn’t draw any blood. This seems to inspire Sir Rodric who calls on his love of family and attacks back, Sir Baglan is caught off guard and is forced to the ground by a powerful blow. Wounded he gets up as Sir Rodric waits for him to be ready. Sir Rodric then forces Sir Baglan to ground again who, as he is falling, twists his ankle. In the crowd Sir Cynlas comments to Sir Baglan’s wife that it could be over soon. Sir Baglan is giving the time to get up and he clearly is in some pain. This spurs on Sir Rodric who wounds him, but this time his opponent does not go to ground. Both knights stare at one another and Sir Rodric attacks again and finds a way through his defences. Sir Baglan collapses onto his knees and Sir Rodric dropping his shield swings two handily to take his nemesis’ head from his shoulders. Victoriously he strides from the ground.

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