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    Once upon a time wrote for Enclosure #2. Semi-professional game writer for Paizo and a few other companies. Copyeditor for Goodman Games. Started gaming with my dad in the early 80s.
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  1. This is correct. Carlisle is its capital and Cambenet straddles the Wall.
  2. No. In 1E it drowned early in the campaign, before Arthur became king. Welsh stories have Taliessin in the 540s (before 547) as the foster son of Gwyddno's son Elffin, but Elffin is living in what KAP calls Gomeret, suggesting it happened before then.
  3. The Cymric form of Nuada is Nudd. Nudd is sometimes also called Lludd, and was the brother, in the Mabinogi, of Caswallawn, the man who fought Julius Caesar...!
  4. Of course, one could also link it to the Alans, to which it has also been connected... I like the idea of there not being a canon in the game for its origins.
  5. In Perceforest, the British take the sword of Crocea More and make it into needles, which are later incorporated into the styluses (as was thought in the Middle Ages) used to stab Caesar in the forum.
  6. 1. That's a deviation between the GPC and Malory. There are a number of them in the Downfall. Benwick and Ganis have been independent of the French since 536-7 so there's an inconsistency here in the campaign; no reason is given for the French king recovering these lands, which had been usurped from Lancelot's father and uncle. Certainly Brittany, Normandy, Anjou, Maine, and Poitou are vassals of Arthur in the Lancelot-Grail, chronicles, and Malory, and owe no fealty to the French king (the model is obviously the Angevin Empire, though without the problem of being held from France). Moreover Lancelot's cousins are inserted in several sources as ancestors of Charlemagne (the Merovingians being ignored). 2. These maps are misleading. The petty kingdom of Lyonesse is a vassal of the King at Totnes/Cornwall. Check out the map on p.88 in Book of Sires for a clearer representation.
  7. I'd recommend getting out your Malory, as in some cases there is more detail than the GPC. 1. I'd put Cameliard in a different shade of the same color as Logres, I think. (I'd do the same for Joyeuse Garde) 2. Tristram defeats characters identified in several verse romances with the Counts of Nantes and Rennes in almost all versions of his story (it's Earl Grip in Malory). They were warring against Duke Hoel. Tristram does this prior to wedding Isolde of the White Hands.This is in 536-7. 3. The list of realms parceled out by Lancelot are in Malory and are essentially most of western France, excluding the land of King Guntram (Merovingian Burgundy) and King Sigisbert (Austrasia). 4. Lancelot has a considerable fief in as much as it's a half day's ride from the river and hermitage that marks its boundary to the castle itself in the Vulgate, which comes across as huge. 5. People ride from Cornwall to Lyonesse, so your interpretation may encounter some issues. Most of the places mentioned in the Prose Tristan and the few places put there in Malory correspond to real places in Penwith.
  8. 'Lancashire' exists and is in the hands of Gareth by this date. Cameliard is independent of Logres. Guinevere rules it on her own, through stewards. Nantes is in the hands of the Duke of Brittany (Tristram killed its ruler for him). Surluse is a separate kingdom from Gorre. You may want to note the realms granted by Lancelot to his followers in the Downfall in the 560s, as these were former parts of Arthur's empire, taken during the war against Claudas in the 530s. Joyeuse Garde seems to be separate from Garloth as Lancelot's personal domain. It's southern Northumberland. Also you have Lyonesse missing.
  9. Would it be fair to have Holaya 'recognized' as Redalda by the remnants of the proto-Tarshites in this area, they having lost their identity, in a profound sense, from the EWF? I don't see what is later Holay as empty, and of course Arim is an Orlanthi. The Tarshites are Alakorings, I think. If so there may be a union between Holaya's tribe and the remains of that group. This re-encounter triggers the reawakening of long gone wyters, perhaps...
  10. Yes, and it's good that you do so. KAP sits astride both the 'real' (roleplaying with modern humans) and the the literary (myth, really). Mordred's a problem.
  11. So she was still a child when she became Queen Holaya?
  12. This story takes place in the 940s? Of course the ghost/wyter of Re[y]dalda could have joined with Holaya's people and helped them when they entered Saird.
  13. Mordred is supposed to be an object lesson for why these things are bad. You're thinking of him as a modern fictional character, rather than a symbolic figure from a legend. Incest is a major preoccupation of religious writers and storytellers at the time (as the most outrageous of iniquities that pagans and evil kings did - compare Vortigern and Maelgwn), and the consanguinity rules are consistently justified because they were a part of ecclesiastical power, but they also reinforce norms against exposure of infants. There's also a whole cohort of folkloric kings who wish to imprison and molest their daughters or who marry their mothers. But these are also things that happen in reality, so in a way it's still acceptable to have the symbolic Mordred and combine him with a perverse modern interpretation.
  14. In the Morte (the French source Malory relied on for part of the ending) Mordred and his brothers hate Lancelot with a passion. By 'taking possession' of his lover (and thus subjecting her to legal violence) he humiliates Lancelot further (and Arthur, but that's secondary). Mordred could have thought his father was dead already, I suppose, and realized that Lancelot would be his main threat in his father's absence, but by forcing Guinevere to marry him Lancelot would be forced to come to Britain and fight a war against Mordred at a disadvantage.
  15. Yep. Of course if Mordred is motivated by the desire to 'be' and 'best' his father at the same time the Oedipal thing might be driving him.
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