492-2 Against Sir Blaine

The knights returned to Salisbury and Sarum after their long months garrisoning Terrabil, once again showing their faces at the court of their liege, Earl Roderick. Those who understood that he had played such a pivotal role in defending their honour from the accusations of the wrathful Sir Brastius were duly grateful, and compelled to seek service to their liege as thanks.

Once again he gave them free reign to act as they wished, but many troubles beset the great county of Salisbury - Sir Blaine had once again raided the border villages, but this time the steward of Levcomagus had made a tactical error: he had raided the holdings of Sir Hywel, who announced that he would be counter-raiding the perfidious Silchester knight. There were other troubles too, of course, in the West there was talk of strange green “bogeymen” terrorising the populace near Vagon, and in the south peasant girls had been disappearing due the the presence of a great monster - a fearsome unicorn!

What’s more, Earl Roderick was apparently so pressed for capable warriors that he invited a Saxon knight - Sir Hunláf - to join the party of The Knights who Condemned Merlin, and he immediately argued the benefits of raiding the west country: heading to Somerset or Jagent to loot and burn.

The Knights were almost swayed by his promises of loot and glory, but their distaste for raiding fellow cymri eventually won out, especially when Islwyn was so passionately arguing that they lend their aid to Sir Hywel instead to punish the county’s quarrelsome neighbours in Silchester.

And so the knights rode north to West Lavington and Hywel’s holdings - joined, surprisingly, by a small company of knights who bore similar devices on their shields to Sir Islwyn, or whose features reminded him to those who saw them. This was his family, (his four brothers and three cousins) whose liege-lords had been paid great wealth to pardon them of their duties and allow them to range north with their kin.

His ranks bolstered by these doughty warriors, Sir Hywel’s company numbered perhaps a score of knights - a fearsome number, sure to strike woe into any Silchester village that saw them approach. They roved across the countryside, burning what they found - until they were engaged by Sir Blaine himself, leading a company of similar size!

The first engagement was inconclusive, with grievous wounds on both sides, but as raiding continued the two forces once again met on the open field: only this time the Salisbury knights gave those from Levcomagus a bloody nose, forcing them from the field just barely.

The Silchester steward thus humbled, Sir Hywel wisely called a retreat before news reached Sir Blaine’s liege the earl of Silchester - or even the Duke - and they quit the field feeling proud of their accomplishments and thanking their allies for coming in so great a number.