493-1 Let's get married

In the wintertime as Christmas court approached, it seems that alliances were on the minds of our valiant knights. Sir Islwyn took the opportunity of meeting Sir Hywel once again at Christmas court to suggest a firmer alliance between their houses: citing the fact that if Islwyn were to marry his daughter Ffraid they would be family, and Islwyn’s brothers and cousins could ride to Hywel’s support without their respective lieges needing to be paid, as all knights great and small recognise the value of family. He also swore to be a diligent protector of his cherished daughter - the only child of Sir Hywel’s beloved wife. To widespread rejoicing, Sir Hywel consented to the marriage: and Earl Roderick gave it his blessing.

With such an eligible bachelor as Sir Islwyn removed from the pool of unmarried men, the high ladies of court were turned to those that had perhaps earned slightly less fame in their time in earl Roderick’s service.

Sir Arpád, for instance, flirted with any and all heiresses he could put his hunnic hands to: gifting Lady Gwiona with a great pendant but failing to win her love. He tried again with Lady Adwen - and when she rebuked him, he went dolorously to earl Roderick to ask for a wife who owned a manor, such that he would not have to rely any longer on his liege for his upkeep. Clearly moved by the knight’s sincere desire to be responsible for his own upkeep, Earl Roderick arranged a marriage between Arpád and Gwiona - and after their earlier exchange such a turn of events was cause for much merriment at the expense of the hun’s embarrassment.

For his part, Sir Wade made an attempt to woo the ladies of court with his musical inclinations - and while most were unimpressed, his youthful vigour caught the eye of lonely Lady Indeg - who was free to choose her own husband, and glad to take the vital young peasant hero, raised to knighthood for saving Earl Roderick from a fearsome boar.

Following their marriages in the last days of 492, the knights once again gathered together to at last investigate the rumours of bogeymen terrorising the western parts of the county - and while suspicions were raised by some of the happenings, the knights saw off the bogeymen, slaying their leader and taking their leader’s magnificent scale armour for one of their own number.