489 - Guard Duty in Lindsey

The year was a typical one for the knights, save for a few incidents. It began with Uther marching to meet with Duke Gorlois of Cornwall to address his rather erratic behavior towards the king. The Duke and the King met with their armies near Cornwall, both prepared for battle, argued for a good while, until Merlin seemed to whisper something to Uther. The King then drew the Excalibur, mesmerised sir Gorlois, who then swore loyalty to the King. Both armies let out a sigh of relief nad feasted together until early morning, during which sir Gorlois departed with his army.

The knights were then sent to Lindsey territory, in order to guard a village at a critical crossroards from wandering Saxon raiders. The knights spent their entire summer there, organizing a hunting competition between themselves to gather food for a great feast. The knights quickly won the villagers on their side, with Pellogres even felling a small giant during his hunt!

During the hunt, Sir Plaine claimed to have a mysterious encounter in the forestwith an extraordinary creature that was part lizard, part lion, part goat and quite a bit more. It was pursued by a knight, who peculiarly rode through the forest in full armour, or so the lord of Tisbury claimed.

The summer was fairly uneventful, with the knights solving a local dispute between a farmer and the miller. In the last week, they woke up before the sun rose, to a Saxon raiding party, who had already set fire to a cottage and were beating up a farmer in the middle of the road. Sirs Plaine and Morris were quick to remember the fates of their fathers, who both were sworn enemies of the Saxons, and rushed out with only sword and shield in hand. Sir Pellogres remained to don his armour before joining the fray.

The ensuing battle was mighty chaotic, with the three knights fighting no less than seven Saxons, with the flickering light of the burning cottage being the only light. When morning finally dawned, it revealed the situation: Every Saxon was reduced to not much more than a bloody pulp, but choking on their own blood and guts were also the bodies of sirs Pellogres and Morris.

Sir Plaine tended to the wounds of sir Morris first and saved him from the worst, but was so badly exhausted by the ordeal that when he tried to heal some of the injuries of Pellogres, he managed only to worsen his condition. Sir Pellogres was dying and sir Plaine dumbfounded by his own actions. It would have been a certain death if not for the actions of Pellogres's squire, who quickyl rushed to his master with a vial of a peculiar liquid which he smashed open and poured down the knight's throat. Sir Pellogres quickly regained his breath and seemed to stabilize.

As usual, the knights spent the latter part of the year laying in bed, recovering from their wounds. Earl Roderick gifted everyone with a charger who did not already have one, in order to be fully prepared for the major offensive against the Saxons next year. Sir Morris, noticably frailer than before, further raised the morale and eagerness to take the fight to the Saxons, not to mention his own worth in the eyes of the Earl, by composing a mockery song about the Saxons during Christmas court .

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