Friday, November 14, 2014

The Fall Tourney at Lincoln Castle

The Song of Arthur and Merlin Campaign rolls on.  Welcome dear reader to the continuing tales of the stalwart knights of the Lion's Den.  It gladdens my heart overly much to recount the joyous celebration of mine birthday with fellow gamers of long standing.  Harken unto the digital pixels of an evening of feasting and merriment.  Marvel at the tales of a great tourney held on the green lawn before Lincoln Castle - home to the aged Aeron of Lindsey.
The King's retinue from Salisbury begins to arrive at Lincoln Castle and the Duchy of Duke Aeron of Lindsey.  The jousting list has been prepared in anticipation of mighty deeds of arms.  The herald accounts for the following warband retinue and the attending lord that appertain there unto. Lord Terry and his warband of Sir Morhault, Sir Lanvil, and Sir Robin the Stout Hearted doth arrive and assign a pavillion of silk tents unto and take their pleasure in the fine green space before the castle walls.  Lord Jon Haworth arrived anon and his retinue did contain the infamous knight of the red lance, Sir Timor of Catterick - Warden of the Northern Marches, Sir Dwailyn the Imp, and Sir Elan.  The herald spake unto them thuswise, "welcome noble lords and kinds sirs.  The peace of Arthur and the realm dictates that all sportsmanship and conduct will be as becomes a gentle belted knight of Britain."  And after awhile did lord Bill arrive with his knights and esquires Sir Bradwen and Sir Rhun.  And in the late afternoon did arrive Lord Kenneth of  the Greenwood, and his knights and esquires three in all, Sir Kenneth the Paladin, Sir Connor - son of Aeron, and Sir Cadlew a lesser son of Duke Aeron.  And after a pace did arrive Lord Nick and his retinue of knights and esquires two in number, Sir Osric Wulfhere, and Guy Galardoun.  And finally Lord Ted made his appearance on the road into Lincoln castle with his retinue of Baron Schleich, Sir Arnold Von Wald.  And the herald did great each and all in turn as they arrived and each was assigned a place of honor appertaining to their worth under the walls of castle Lincoln and the peace of Arthur.

And during that time of year the calendar marked this time the Feast of All Souls and in a short space of time the birthday celebration of Duke Aeron of Lindsey.  In preparation for these events the duchy prepared a grand feast.  The herald announced to the assembled retinue of guests from Salisbury and the King that there would be a parade of helms and that each knight that would bare arms in the lists should prepare himself in all martial array and proceed in the march on the lists to be judged by the assembled court of the duke and his family and close friends.  And in that event there was a multitude of banners and silk and crests divinely wrought in all manner of beasts and heraldry.  And the gamemaster of the Song of Arthur and Merlin did require all players to roll 3D6 and he spake thuswise to the assembly, "count your successes and take one chivalry for each success.  I will record these successes and your place at the Feast of All Souls will be determined thuswise and appertain to your seat of honor and participation in further gentle festivities within the grand hall."

The parade of helms and the royal court of the Duke of Lindsey.

The Feast of All Souls in the grand hall.  This festivity and gentle adventure was likewise full of chivalry and the ability to affect the social standing of your knight.  We did a series of toasts to long dead RPG characters that we had played in the past.  These characters that we had brought to life through imagination and game nights were celebrated and toasted in their turn by all players.  This was good for quite a few stories and toasts to old friends.  The game master did require that each player would roll 3D6 and count the successes and report out that score for chivalry appertaining there unto and the quality of the story on the court and lords and ladies.

The feast also included a madrigal dance.  Each knight was invited to this event as his score dictated by the parade of helms.  The ladies of Lincoln held sway in this event and their vote of quality and attention to the knight would bring fabulous honor and awards in special skills and magical items.

Lady Millicent was a very gregarious demoiselle and courted quite a few of the knights attention. 

The following morning the populace gathered at the tourney fields for a grand joust and test of arms.

The four rounds of the event listing the starting  combats and all of the tilts to up to the winner there of.

Sir Timor of Catterick, Warden of the Northern March and known also as The Red Lancer.