Neal's GPC

Sir Cerdoc’s Year 486

Sir Cerdoc was not able to meet up with the other knights in 486 and so had some other tasks to attend to.

Bishop Roger, Bishop of Salisbury has tasked Sir Cerdoc to clear Chute Forest of bandits, the Earl has given his permission. Sir Cerdoc enlisted the help of his bastard brothers, Sir Alban, Sir Samson and his cousin Sir Mathew as well as a few of his household men-at -arms.

The posse of Knights and their retinue head north from Amesbury and spoke to numerous peasants in order to garner the location of the bandits. It appeared they were using an abondoned village north of the river and just on the outskirts of Chute Forest. Sir Cerdoc sent out his squire Luc to scout ahead. He came back with the location and a rough guess of twelve bandits. Sir Mathew, Sir Samson and half the men-at-arms are sent across the river further to the east in an attempt to cut off any attempted escape of the bandits. Sir Cerdoc and Sir Alban head into the camp and a skirmish ensues. The bandits do not leave and the knights are left with no choice but to attack. One man-at-arms is struck by an arrow when he walked into the village but luckily he survives what was a near fatal belly wound. The battle only lasts a few moments with the bandits not putting up much of a resistance. A few are alive at the end and are marched back to Amesbury to a very pleased Bishop Roger. He has also managed to gather up some of the goods that they had stolen and returns those to the Bishop.

Bishop Roger calls Sir Cerdoc aside for a special matter and the family knights head home.

The Bishop explains that his sister has a beautiful daughter whom she wishes married to a knight. Bishop Roger is intrigued whether this would interest Sir Cerdoc. Sir Cerdoc believes he is not worthy but accepts the kind offer. The girl has only a small dowry of £2 but is pious and goodly. Her name is Blodwen ferch Alec and she is fourteen. Alec is the blacksmith in Sarum and fashions a new sword for Sir Cerdoc as part of Blodwen’s dowry. The wedding takes place at Sarum a few weeks before Christmas. Sir Cerdoc, being a pious man himself, abstains from trying for children due to his new bride’s young age.

Year 485: It starts...

In this journal I will be reporting on each of the sessions I am running of the Great Pendragon Campaign. Hopefully this will be useful as a reference as we move forward through the years.

The year began with six squires being presented to Roderick, Earl of Salisbury to be knighted. These were:

Alafon of Pitton, played by Pat; Alafon is a cruel young man of formidable size. He is skilled with a sword but also courteous when he needs to be.

Cynlas of Bedwyn played by Dave; Cynlas is a reckless young man who looks good but is not so good in a fight. He is a Pagan.

Moelwyn of Pewsey played by John; He is strong with a high constitution and is known for being vengeful, he is also a Pagan.

Rodric Cadfannen of Tisbury; Is a lustful young Pagan, he is equally skilled with a blade as he is with romancing young ladies.

Cerdoc of Dinton; He is a stout British Christian who cares more for God than himself. He shaves his head due to a scar suffered as a child. He is very pious.

Julius Paulus of Shrewton; Our soul Roman Christian. Julius is merciful and is known to be good at hunting and gaming. He is equally skilled in sword and lance.

Roderick knights each of the men in turn and they rise as his vassals, having pledged their allegiance to him. There is much celebration and merriment. Sir Rodric, our lustful Pagan takes to bed with a young serving girl by the name of Mai.

Court this year is held at Leicester in Lindsey. Those present include Prince Madoc, son of Uther and Duke Lucius of Caercolun.
Prince Madoc stands onto a table and gives a speech “Spies say another Saxon army has landed in the east. Is there no end to these devils? His name is Aethelswith, but we don’t know his plans. The king has ordered Duke Lucius of Caercolun to be ready. But our army isn’t going to be distracted. We’re going to attack King Aelle, as we’ve planned, even though certain of our cowardly vassals are not reporting. Disloyal bastards, that’s what they are. Caercolun won’t be there but that is at the king’s orders. But that Cornwall, he’s the worse of the lot”. Conversation then turns to how they will defeat the saxon dogs and more drink is consumed.

Uther summons his army to meet at the city of Sarum in early summer. Our young knights report and are put in the rearguard with Sir Amig, the old knight that taught them battle skills. Duke Gorlois of Cornwall has not shown himself. The knights all ride out for sussex and come across a large Saxon host at Mearcred Creek.

The battle of Mearcred Creek seems to go okay for the young knights, none suffer too many wounds and survive. Despite their battle going okay, elsewhere it is not so successful. The battle ends after several hours at a stalemate. Both sides agree to collect their dead and depart the field.

Over in Colchester Duke Lucius meets King Aethelswith and a battle ensues. The fighting is fierce but the Saxons take the day and the duke retreats behind the walls of Colchester. British refugees flee into the Quinqueroi Forest but are pursued and enslaved in their hundreds.

The Christmas Court at Salisbury is a sombre affair. There is still much drinking but the mood is not one of celebration. The Earl is in a pensive mood and stresses the need to keep up the practice at arms for all of his knights.

The winter phase sees Sir Rodric and Sir Alafon suffering lean harvests and living as poor knights. Sir Rodric hears word that the serving girl gave birth to a daughter called Kaerwen. Sir Rodric is a father. Sir Cynlas has some success with his harvest as does Sir Moelwyn. Sir Cynlas puts to work cutting down some of the forest near Bedwyn to hopefully bring some capital in should next years harvest full short.


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