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  1. I've been looking forward to this year - the adventure of the Grey Knight - one of my favorite of the published adventures. Definitely a bit 'cutscene' heavy, but lots of fun! Year 515 - Part I The realm enjoyed a fine harvest and a mild winter. Sir Ysabel Starling and Sir Bedivere spent their honeymoon training, as the two knights enjoyed testing each others skills. Sir Alfred concocted an elaborate plan to propose to Lady Jenna on a local hilltop overlooking Stonehenge one morning, but when the moment came, the blood rushed to Alfred’s head, and he fell into a faint – awakening on
  2. Although they are written up independently here, when we played I was jump cutting between the three.
  3. More set pieces this year, but everyone loves a wedding! The random rolls for feast courses could not have worked out better. 🙂 Year 514 Back in Salisbury over the winter, the knights kept busy. Sir Lucas appealed to Earl Robert to be matched with a wife suiting his station. Earl Robert, though, was apparently unimpressed with Lucas’ station (as happens when you fail a courtesy roll) – finding him wanting, when compared to his illustrious father. Lucas stalked off, angry at the Earl, and even more resentful of his father. At Imber Manor, Lucas received word that his father had reconc
  4. More battle fun this week, and many knights earn their glory. 513 The knights of Salisbury headed to Leicester in the spring for Arthur's court, happy to catch up with one another after a long winter at their manors. Sir Caoilfhionn had spent the winter negotiating with Sir Luc's former valet over back pay that was owed to him. Sir Lucas shared that Earl Robert had engaged a tutor for him to 'better educate him in courtly ways'. Though Lucas rolled his eyes in the telling, in truth, he did appreciate the Earl's attention. In keeping with King Arthur directives around knightly duties
  5. Yeah - I agree. I think in the GPC the player's might meet up with him again as part of the Wastelands adventures and the Castle of Joy arc, so that's all I'm currently planning for with him - just so he becomes a recognizable face instead of some other random knight (which there are a lot of 🙂 )
  6. Let's finish off the year...we added a new player - hopefully she enjoys it and sticks around for a bit. She's new to RPGs so I started her off as a household knight so she didn't have to worry about a manor as well as her character. Still lots of 'cutscenes' in this one, but they were good ones for building up the world. 512 - Part 2 What did King Pellinore do?!? As the knights set off for the ford that King Pellinore guarded, they were accompanied by a young knight - Sir Bellana. Countess Ellen had assigned her to Sir James when he was appointed chancellor and James was eager
  7. Things start getting a little 'cutscene' heavy at this point of the GPC. The players are still excited to be hanging around Arthur, though - so they haven't minded getting into the backstory - so far I've tried to interweave it with a regular court scene or as part of a feast. Sir James has entered semi-retirement, and I'm using him as more of an NPC now, as that player now has James' son Lucas as his primary knight. 512 - Part 1 Over the winter, rumours abounded that Queen Margawse was pregnant. Sir James, quickly doing the math in his head, frowned whenever he was near King Arthur.
  8. You could have them join Lot’s alliance. Arthur does have a habit of befriending those he conquers (Galagantis, Uriens, even Gawaine and the Orkneys). Might be interesting for this generation to fight on the other side.
  9. A bit of a quieter year after the battles of 510. Huzzah for the Book of Feasts! 511 As the knights returned home it became apparent that Salisbury had suffered raids from Saxon marauders while the army had been gone to the north. Most of the knight’s manors suffered relatively little damage. Though Fittleton Manor had suffered worse than others, Sir Penelope Starling's valuables were safe in her vault, which the Saxons did not discover. Sir Caoilfhionn returned to Woodborough Manor, now in charge of the manor after her father’s ‘absence’. She remained steadfast in her belief in
  10. This was my attempt at a boss fight. The five goddesses were all 'trapped' on this giant tree - they were represented by the five horse skulls. It was a bit of a tactical 'battlemap' kind of fight as an experiment - went over fairly well, I think.
  11. Yup - they went disorganized - it was hell! Yes - this is the same Saxon Laece that has been plaguing them all along - the same one that killed off Esmee. I wanted to do something more with the 13 Treasures in the campaign, so I'm loosely going with Merlin urging them to all be found and gathered before Badon (although the players don't know about that). Should also play into the Grey Knight which is coming up soon! 🙂
  12. Our epic year of Arthur continues...and then I threw in a little more Merlin. 510 - continued As King Arthur led his army on to the field outside of Carlion, his inexperience compared to King Lot could be felt by his knights. Nevertheless, Sir James led the knights of Salisbury as they charged some veteran northern knights and smashed through them. However, when James collected the unit, it was noticed that young Sir Caoilfhionn, in her first battle, had been knocked off her horse, unconscious. Sending a squire to find her, she was safely dispatched back to camp to seek medical atten
  13. That's probably a good way of putting it. They (the players) were probably a little star struck since we've been playing for a year and now Arthur has finally popped up. Also - I think they're ready for a high king again after the craziness of the anarchy.
  14. Are you ready? This is it - time for the Boy King to make an appearance. We blazed through 509 and got right into the Sword in the Stone. Lots of 'cutscenes' but everyone enjoyed meeting Arthur. It feels like it has given a new burst of energy to the campaign as we enter this new phase of the GPC. 509 As spring came, Robert, the countess’ son, a young man of 18, demanded that he be knighted. He was determined to take control of Salisbury in its time of greatest need. Countess Ellen acquiesced and directed her council to collect the monies that would be needed from her vassals both fo
  15. (All battle all the time this week - Netley Marsh. Sometimes the battle system feels like a bit of a muddle, but sometimes it works great. This was a good one - the players had the feeling of fighting against overwhelming odds - and mostly surviving. Sir Archer is going to feel bad about his choices for some time though.) 508 At Christmas, Sarum was abuzz. King Nanteleod had been at court for all of December and rumours swirled that he was courting Countess Ellen. A huge feast was held and much merriment was had. Amongst the squires being knighted this year was Edwin, Sir Esmee’s old
  16. As long as there is sufficient warning for the feast, then I go with yes - valets and wives (or whoever they might like) are available. If it's a feast after a battle, or some other spontaneous thing - then no.
  17. The liberation of London this week! Everyone seemed to have fun leading their own squads in the attack - it felt like that made it easier to give focus to each knight during the battle. 507 The year began with the annual Christmas Feast at Sarum. Amongst the squires being knighted this year was one Bellana of Sarum, knighted by Countess Ellen as one of her household knights. She successfully made the leap after her knighting ceremony and was the talk of the feast for much of the evening. At the caroling contest, it was obvious that Sir Katherine Starling had been practicing something
  18. (A quiet year of diplomacy and skirmishing) 506 Sir Elisabet's funeral was a small affair, with mostly only family members present - the uncertain future of Seend Manor weighing heavily on their minds. Sir Katherine Starling spent most of the summer on the streets of Oxford after her bout of madness. One afternoon, while begging in Cornmarket street, the local watchmen appeared, having been ordered to clear out the streets and start beating the local beggars. Katherine was knocked unconscious. When she awoke, the blow to her head seemed to have restored her memory, and standing
  19. 505 Over the rest of the summer, life in Salisbury returned to some semblance of normality. The damage from the Saxon and Cornish raids was minimal, with sheep herds seeming to have been the main target and loss. Disease visited Coombe Manor and several of Sir Archer’s family succumbed to a Pox. At Woodborough Manor, Sir Cedric returned to find someone had been illegally logging the woods of his estate. He posted an outrageously large reward for information about who was responsible and spent the rest of the summer listening to stories from the multitude of peasants who sought t
  20. A bit of a straightforward military year this year as a setup to Nanteleod's rise to power. I think a more courtly bent will be seen next year, plus I have to figure out some kind of faerie contest - read on for why! 504 Over the rest of the winter more controversy was visited upon the families of Salisbury as Sir Luc's older brother Guilaume started a bit of a feud with the Starlings over rights to Seend Manor, seemingly centered around his dis-favorable opinion of Christians (and thus Luc’s oldest son Henri, with Rose). He instead favored Luc’s daughter (who's mother was the water
  21. James and Cedric are both still around. Just a typo. I wanted to ratchet up the pressure on the players. King Cerdic is more comfortable in his position by now and starting to assert himself, was my reasoning. I like the ward angle - good idea.
  22. 503 As the old year wrapped up, news trickled in about the Saxon civil war as King Aelle and the others challenged King Cwichhelm of the Angles in his claim to be bretwalda. The two sides met at the Battle of Hertford where the Angles were driven from the field, but Aelle called off any pursuit back into Anglia. In what seemed to be the Cymric civil war, King Nanteleod and Duke Corneas of Lindsey spent the summer marching and countermarching near Lambor and Bedegraine but never engaged in full battle. As spring arrived in Sarum, the city was busy with diplomacy. Duke Corenas' so
  23. There wasn't a dry eye on the house! Fortunately, some of the players enjoy hamming it up.
  24. Year 502 As the year ended, rumours of Sir Luc's miraculous seeming recovery made the rounds of Salisbury, and he found himself stigmatized. People would cross the street when they saw him coming and his friends and neighbours, while courteous, were cold. Perhaps it was in an effort to combat this, or perhaps to console his friend Sir James, who had missed his wedding while spending the balance of the year addled and destitute on the streets of Catterick, that Luc hosted a great feast at his estate – Roberto the valet designed new feast outfits for all of his friends (The valet has been a
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