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The Great Pendragon Campaign Part 3

Washing the dirt of the road away so be presentable is the first task, after which Owain will attempt to try and get a pulse of the court by mingling with those others that are present. After the first day he’ll be loosening his muscles and practicing sword drills in the training yard every morning. Sitting around at court is a sure way to grow lax, and the events on the journeys to Londinium and into Cambria have shown how dangerous it can be grow idle and complacent.

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Balen continues his observations watching the horses, arms and armour of those arriving at court.

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Dylan will take the time to do some extra training with his squire, Twyla.
When not with her, he will take the opportunity to practice up some of his courtly skills (making small talk with any knights and courtly people looking to pick up information about the king, Discussing the differences between the heraldry in cambria versus that back in Logres).
More importantly to him, Dylan will also ask around to see if there are any local ‘experts’ in regards to the fae - someone he can talk to regarding the recent events he has undergone.

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The stables in the walls of the castle are full and visitors, yourselves included are leaving your horses in a pasture nearby the castle walls, with this information, could you go into a little more detail as to exactly what Balen is doing to keep track of these details, and how rigorous he is with his observations - i.e. does no noble visitor go unobserved, how does he keep a record of the comings and goings of an important kings court, does he try to remain unseen or at least his purpose unseen?

Taron, let’s have a Gaming check please, an Indulgent check and a Courtesy check

Owain, let’s have a Courtesy check, an Intrigue check and a Sword check please

Balen, let’s start you off with an Awareness check, more to follow

Dylan, go ahead and make a Squire roll for Twyla, a Courtesy check and an Intrigue check, and let’s have a Fae Lore check as well.

Balen is simply looking for differences in the horses and armour of those who arrive. Is there anything that a man from Salisbury would find different or intriguing. Whilst doing so he is also legitimately overseeing their own horses and supplies.

Awareness vs 8 d20: 3

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Dylan rolling:
Squire check for Twyla: d20: 18 vs 15 (I believe)
Courtesy check: d20: 13 vs 7
Intrigue check: d20: 1 vs 10
Faerie Lore check: d20: 5 vs 1

Taron rolling

Gaming= d20: 6 Vs 14
Indulgent = d20: 18 Vs 6
Courtesy = d20: 15 Vs 14

Ullin takes to heart the words Sir Alain had spoken. He does not wish to seem impatient about waiting for the King, and thus decides to keep himself occupied. The first thing he has done is have his squires tend to his gear and have his best clothes ready, just in case they are called on short notice.

He also will spend time conversing with members of the court to learn of what news there is in Cambria, and how it fairs this season. He takes special care to be considerate and attentive to what is said. He will also take particular note of the heraldry of those he speaks with (or if no one speaks with him, who he comes across) committing it to memory by comparing arms to those he knows already. Recalling his vision in the cave and the battle of Lindsey, he decides to spend some time riding outside of the castle around the local countryside as he does not wish to get rusty on his riding skills.

While his squires are not tending to him, he will ask them to keep an ear out on any stories relating to ‘Sharp-eyes the Boatman’. He figures it is just a story based on the current information he has heard and does not want to be seemingly hunting for information on the subject, but if it were to arise, he would like to hear what was said.

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Owain rolling
d20: 11 vs 20 Sword
d20: 4 vs 12 Courtesy
d20: 14 vs 6 Intrigue

Ullin, make a roll to Courtesy, a roll to folklore and a roll to heraldry

Balen, make a further roll to horsemanship and folklore

Balen

Horsemanship vs 15 d20: 2

Folklore vs 2 d20: 10

(Should have posted the other way round.)

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Ullin

Courtesy 15
d20: 4

Folklore 2
d20: 3

Heraldry 15
d20: 20

Pulling all those tests together,

There are a great many knights and nobles here, from all across Southern Cambria, mostly here to declare fealty to Canan, but not only this, there are men of the hill tribes here too. They are not permitted to enter the castle and you do not find out where they are staying after they leave their hill ponies in the surrounding meadows, but they have flocked to the King’s court in significant numbers.

The arms and armour of the Cambrians is excellent, it far surpasses the craftsmanship of Logres. Of course, there are excellent blacksmiths in Logres, any of whom could produce better than what you see here, and there are terrible smiths of Cambria whose work would not be permitted to be used in the name of Salisbury, but the average is much higher. However, arms and armour is not the only measure of a knight. Their skill is excellent too, on a par with that of Logres, even in spear which you are famed for.

The court is blessedly free from plotting and intrigue, there is a genuine feeling around the place that Estragales is a new, exciting political force for the good of Southern Cambria, and Cambrian allies, including Logres, and Uther who is spoken of highly by all you meet. There is much talk that Canan is set to dominate the politics of Britain for the future, and bring about a new era of peace, and that he will be elected High King of Britain unanimously, as every other leader in Britain will understand that the old way, of war and destruction is not the future.

Of course, drink flows and the food is excellent and you all, no matter how much you try to restrain yourselves find yourselves falling into a routine of staying up late singing and dancing, then nursing a hangover, soothed by splendid breakfasts come the morning.

Of the Fae you met on the bridge, there are many similar stories, some speak of the creature having limbs cut from him and fighting on, others speak of trying to cross the river beside the bridge and terrible curses. They are all mere stories however, and no knight tells it as if it were the truth. Many give interpretations of the stories, fables and lessons to learn, but nothing that rings particularly true.

You hear nothing about Sharpeyes the Boatman however, beyond it being a childrens story from the North of Cambria.

On the next day, you are summoned to the king.

He sits on a simple stool in his private chambers, surrounded by papers and maps laid out on the floor - maps you note, of Lincoln and the Northern borders of Logres and Malahaut. He stands to greet you and embraces you each in turn to welcome you to his court, though it is not a hug of emotion, but politeness and perhaps a little weariness of duty.

“I apologise, sincerely for your wait, tell me, how is King Uther and the Countess Duchess?”

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((Is this very unusal, asking after the King, and Countess Ellen but not Roderick, or am I misunderstanding?))

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(( It’s because the rules of noble rank means that Ygraine is a Countess ((Edit - she’s a duchess)). Calling her Queen is incorrect, but done in Logres because Uther does so. Outside of Logres, no-one calls her Queen. ))

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((Ah, I thought she would have been called Duchess or Queen - thanks for the clarification!))

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I had meant duchess!! Typo in the GPC book that I replicated!

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Dylan will greet the King as courteously as possible - a little awed that he was greeted personally. While waiting for Uther’s message to be delivered, he will take the time to observe Canan(Is he an old king or a young one?) and the court (Are there any other courtiers/servants around?), trying to note their demeanors, especially when mention is made of Uther.

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Balen will wait until all present have presented themselves before wanting to deliver the message.

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