491-1 The Battle of Terrabil

The previous year, Duke Gorlois had been kept close by Uther for far longer than custom dictated. Rumours flew about the court as to why that may be: some saying that the king was wise to keep such a mighty warrior close, while yet others suggesting that perhaps there was another reason Uther was so eager to keep the Duke and his wife around…

At the end of the year 490 in the cold of winter and the dark of night Duke Gorlois and his entourage fled from Uther’s court in violation of hospitality. Sir Brastius tried to pursue them to bring them back, claiming that they had given great insult to the king - but a great wintery storm buffeted anyone sent to pursue, and they were prevented by snow and hail and biting wind.

Uther’s mood turned viciously sour, and he would rant to anyone who would listen that Gorlois was a traitor, that he had spat on his king and made off like a thief in the night. Thus were laid the foundations of the next year’s conflict - the army of Logres marching west to Cornwall to lay siege to Tintagel (where duchess Igraine was holding out) and Terrabil, where a force of men lurked under Gorlois’ command, ready to sally forth and do battle with Uther’s men should they fail to cover their flank.

The heroes of our tale went to Terrabil, where they were placed under the command of Prince Madoc, Uther’s son. They waited out the garrison of Terrabil, letting them exhaust their supplies in a protracted siege until one night the Cornish knights rode forth in a surprise attack! The Logres knights were unprepared and took time to equip themselves and mount their horses as the battle raged around them. The field was a scene of devastation and confusion - and although the Cornish were greatly outmatched, the element of surprise made the result of the battle far from certain.

Slowly crossing the field to where Prince Madoc stood fighting Duke Gorlois, the company of sword lake were forced to bear witness to the Duke’s blade biting deep into Madoc’s chest, practically slicing him in twain and getting dreadfully stuck.

Caring not for the state of Gorlois’ weapon, Sir Maelfin strode forward and struck the Duke down - two great lords felled in the same day.