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  1. Crossbows were used for hunting as early as the 15th century, and the Queen's hunting parties were a deliberately conservative past-time. https://todsworkshop.com/products/15thc-hunting-crossbow Crossbows are very accurate. I'd make them a standard piece of hunting gear for men and women for the Grail and Downfall periods. Crossbows are not used by knights when in battle, but are definitely used by them when hunting.
  2. Note that women did use crossbows (and bows) while hunting, if you have lady characters. https://books.google.com/books?id=-FNAAQAAMAAJ&pg=RA1-PA107&lpg=RA1-PA107&dq=queen+elizabeth+I+crossbow+woodstock&source=bl&ots=R-8RTkRA50&sig=ACfU3U0Zcw3b_Mfb1N3DhXt5_iYcalVz0w&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiii6jy3MfpAhWGrZ4KHauOC40Q6AEwDHoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=queen elizabeth I crossbow woodstock&f=false
  3. I think 510 makes sense. You could start with the 'tourney' at London before Arthur draws the sword from the stone and the PCs could witness it as the first adventure. You can steal most of the story from Boorman's Excalibur and most of the players will get into the story right away. Have them help Arthur search for a sword for Sir Kay.
  4. That's true. Welsh genealogies have Llew (Loth) and Arawn (Nentres) as the brothers of Urien and thus sons of Cynfarch.
  5. If the name is from MS 3859 then he's direct descendant of Llew hen ap Gwydion... which would make his ancestors interlopers in the North, presumably claiming rule via a female line. In the Guiron cycle, Lot is illegitimate, and his legitimate sister is the Lady of Nohaut. He is descended from one of the followers of Joseph of Arimathea, Perron, in the Lancelot-Grail. I would make him at least 30 in 510 to give his insult against the 'beardless boy' some meaning. Uriens has adult bastard sons in 510 so he would have to be about 40 in 510 and since Lot was his superior and seeming elder it
  6. What's strange is that the original hundred in medieval Wiltshire was Chalke hundred. I wonder if Churchford derived from a messy piece of handwriting Chalkhill > Churchford could look pretty similar, particularly if scribbled in pencil.
  7. In the Downfall period mercenaries abound (in parallel to not only Mordred's use of them, but also the 15th century and 'bastard feudalism'). Now the Wasteland might have been one reason for this, and the rise of a cash economy, but are there sound mechanical reasons for it in KAP?
  8. Though I can't share more I have worked on this region. Here's something I can fairly tell you: If you are featuring Listeneise you may want to read the Estoire du Graal and the Queste, not just the abridged story given in Malory. Needless to say, the Grail Kingdom is not a peaceful place in the centuries and decades prior to Uther and Arthur's reign, starting with the death of King Lambor onwards. You may also want to read the commentaries on the Conte du Graal written by Pickens (Perceval and Gawain in Dark Mirrors) and Cazelles (The Unholy Grail). Chretien depicts a kingdom devastated
  9. AS a Cornish AND Welshman I am a master of all the fighting arts.
  10. As a Cornish person I must disagree. Our martial arts involve wrestling giants and ambushes out of hidden fogous.
  11. Possibly second marriage, of course. Keep in mind, however, that the likely original of Leodegran is Ogyfran Gawr, 'Jackdaw the Giant' and his daughter's name, Gwenhwyfar, in Welsh means 'Beautiful Phantom'. Guinevere and her father were originally fairies. An aged king with a magic table and a supernaturally beautiful daughter and heiress are fairy tale rationalizations of this.
  12. Could be. As I recall, however, Guiomar first appears as Leodegran's ally and vassal (along with his brother Sadoine) in the Estoire de Merlin. As a vassal of Cameliard he's more likely to be part of Leodegrance's line than his wife's, as Leodegrance presumably married outside his kingdom (like most medieval rulers). In some romances, however he's specified as the Queen (Guinevere)'s nephew. This is chronologically improbable in KAP as he's already a knight in 510. But it also suggests that he is related to Leodegrance in the mind of the author, as he would have to be Guinevere's sister (
  13. Guinevere also has a first cousin named Guiomar, obviously by Leodegrance's younger sister, as he isn't a contender for the Cameliard throne. He was the lover of Morgan briefly in the 510s before Guinevere ordered them to break it off, embittering Morgan against her forever.
  14. You'll note that Badon is also Arthur's first great crisis without Merlin, who disappeared only a year or so prior. He _has_ to step up, and maybe Merlin's retirement/death is a deliberate decision by the wizard.
  15. Don't worry. It'll be good. I know the person you speak of.
  16. As arms of the Holy Roman Emperor, these arms were retroactively assigned to Classical emperors (and to Constantine the Great). At some point the Julio-Claudians were assigned personal arms (the medieval heralds loved anachronisms like this) but they all feature the eagle, the undifferenced one being supposedly Julius Caesar's personal coat. The coat of arms of Aeneas is often shown as a variant of the Hapsburg coat in the early renaissance because that family claimed unbroken descent from him (Or a lion rampant Gules). Brutus is assigned the three gold crowns on blue, in bend, sometimes impal
  17. The white and green on the Welsh flag comes from the livery of the Tudor family and is wildly anachronistic for Aurelius, though of course any heraldry is, so I'd prefer the white or even better a golden shield to match his brother. The dragon itself is associated with Cadwaladr in Welsh tradition, who is the descendant of Maelgwn, but Aurelius adopting one makes sense. However there are arms assigned to Aurelius/Emrys in rolls of arms. W. Gurney Benham, in "Ancient Legends connected with the Arms of Colchester," in The Essex Review, v.9, on p.216 illustrates them (see below). They allud
  18. The RTK knights drive the narrative, and most of them are not kings, great nobles, etc. By having too many great nobles, it distracts from them. In theory, the RTK is an equal brotherhood under the king and quite possibly a counterbalance to the magnates.
  19. In KAP canon, he's related to Igraine, and his son and probably he are Arthur's cousins if you read carefully. There'll be more detailed official information in the future. He's clearly not Gorlois' son in the game or it would have been mentioned in the same statements. In various non-game sources he's Gorlois' son, Gorlois' cousin, Arthur's cousin, the son of Geraint ab Erbin (who is identified as a son of Constantine, but this is not the case in KAP), the brother of Mark (see this Cornish pedigree: https://books.google.com/books?id=DRwiAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA230&dq=alanus+becket+cornwall
  20. Here's just how "afforested" medieval (as opposed to Dark Age) Hampshire was... Though some of this pasture, moors, and unfortunate villages... http://info.sjc.ox.ac.uk/forests/ForestIndexSouthCentral.html
  21. N.B. Camelot Forest covers the the west and northwest of Camelot's surrounds if the romances are anything to go by, as it must be traversed by knights travelling from Cornwall, Cambria/Gales and Cumbria/the North.
  22. Originally this comes from Chretien's Cliges, if I recall correctly. Count Angres was identified (at least in Greg's older stuff) with the Count of Silchester.
  23. Ladies frequently introduce quests and lead knights on adventures: look at The Tale of Gareth and The Triple Quest. This is a canon aspect of the stories that isn't reflected in the existing adventures. I suggest making the lady not just a heiress, but a dispossessed heiress (like of Rydychan in the GPC). They can plan the recovery of their own lands, and potentially get involved in intrigues, scouting the lost castles, and seeking out still-loyal retainers. To make a Lady work you have to give them an equal importance to the knights, which means making them have goals beyond 'a good
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