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Don't have a party image this time since I have to update it after one player left (for reading ahead in the GPC) and another joined in. Picture is Sir Rhodri's crest. #Pendragon game time!

The end of the year 491. Owain is 31, Rhodri and Cranog 26, and Abel 21.

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Uther has successfully crushed the "rebellion" of Duke Gorlois of Cornwall. Back in Salisbury the player knights have been at the funeral of Prince Maddoc are getting ready to attend the wedding of King Uther and Lady Igraine, though Sir Owain and the newly knighted Sir Abel have chosen not to go due to their distaste for the affair leaving Sir Rhodri and Sir Cranog as the only ones going. Sir Rhodri himself received an actual invitation due to his deeds in Cornwall. Meanwhile there is an inheritance dispute over the estates of Lady Indeg (Rhodri's wife) who died last year in childbirth with unfounded rumours being spread by the family of one of her previous husbands that it was murder and not misfortune which ended her life. Sir Cranog grows more eccentric on his personal estate, dedicating his efforts to surveying his lands for fortifications and building dovecotes. Sir Owain has to confront his family with the fact of his cowardice in the siege of Terabil and subsequent disappearance, a family whom he must rely upon to hide a terrible secret from the court which could destroy him. Meanwhile, Sir Abel settles into life as a knighted man, though his peers at court consider him to be anti-social and many whisper he would not have been knighted were it not for Sir Rhodri's sponsorship.

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3 months earlier. The Battle of Terabil.

During the night as the knights of Salisbury were gathered in the camp of Prince Maddoc's army there was a terrible commotion. From the direction of the castle there came the sounds of armed combat and the screams of the dying. The knights quickly made the decision to head to their tents and don their armour before aiding in the defence. Duke Gorlois had made a surprise attack on the army of Logres against far superior odds, but the success of his assault became obvious as they did not have enough time to mount their chargers before the sounds of the gnashing teeth of battle were enveloping them from all directions.

No sooner had he stepped out of his tent than Sir Cranog was pierced in the side by the spear of a Cornish knight on foot. Unable to hold in his shock and feeling weak he falls to the ground severely wounded. Exiting from his own tent Sir Owain witnesses this, as does Sir Rhodri, and both of them are distraught by the apparent death of their close friend. Terror fills Sir Owain's open mouth and open eyes, unable to erase the image of the spear striking right through Cranog's maille, unable to conceive of the terrible fortune that has beset them. With no thoughts other than to be away from the sight before him he flees the field.

Sir Rhodri witnesses the whole scene unfolding before his eyes and his heart is filled with a far different response. His hand grips the hilt of his sword and he cries out in great rage as he draws his family's honoured blade. To the spearmen's side he catches sight of the giant knight descending upon him and manages to get his shield up in time, but it does little as the sword sunders wood and metal, passing right through flesh and bone as well. Having lost his arm the Cornish night falls atop Cranog's body in a faint.

The squires of each knight stand around in fear and confusion. Rhodri sees them all and orders Hedwyn and Cranog's squire to attend to Sir Cranog and secure their camp. To his squires, Bryce and Gwyddno, he calls for them to follow him.

Across the battle Sir Rhodri fought in a tremendous fury, cutting down every foe he met until he found Prince Maddoc's banner. To his great concern the man holding the banner was Prince Maddoc himself, cut off from the rest of his bodyguard by the intensity of the fighting around him. On foot he was, facing an enraged Duke Gorlois on horseback calling out for the blood of the king who had betrayed him. He turned from the Prince who looked crestfallen when he saw Rhodri ride alone. Something passed from his lips that was not heard. Rhodri moved to help before a knight of Cornwall came at him with lance couched and he was forced to deal with him.

Once he had snapped the lance aimed at him the knight rode off, perhaps to gain another, perhaps to find an easier target, and Rhodri witnessed the end to Maddoc's fight. The Duke's sword came down and split Maddoc past his collarbone. The banner fell from his hand and he fell to his knees. Victorious, the Duke cried again for the whelps master, for King Uther to come and face him.

Fuelled by his impassioned state the young knight charged the Duke, pulled forward as his sword still stuck in the Prince's body. "Here's your King!", he cried as he stepped forward.

Gorlois was taken aback as Rhodri's sword, swing at his head, cut deep into his shoulder. The anger of the two men was renewed as the wound was not great enough to bring an end to the fight and Gorlois let go of the sword, reaching instead for the axe at his belt. Behind him two of his personal bodyguard were riding up, swords at the ready.

With a final great effort Sir Rhodri brought his sword back again. Swinging it round his head in one full movement he brought it down deep into the Duke's neck, reaching there only due to his tremendous height compared to men of his era. The light flew from the Duke's eyes, but his victory was not complete as he had ignored his defences against the other two knights who now descended upon him. One blade pierced his mail and sent many rings scattered across the muddied earth. Another blade crashed against his helm, aiming for his cheek but deflected by the guard he had recently fitted there. The force of the blows against him was still enough to send Rhodri reeling to the earth. Another sword cut deep across his chest as he fell backwards.

He hit the ground with a dull thud he could scarcely hear. His ears were ringing and his body would no longer listen to him. Somewhere he could hear a horn ring and the ground shook with hoof beats.

Rhodri felt a hand on his shoulder, and then a face came into his vision. The Prince had crawled over to where he was and was visibly pale.

"Tell Katrin... I...", he managed before faltering and collapsing upon Rhodri's chest.

Rhodri too faded out. Later he and the Prince were found together and he was treated by the Prince's own chirurgeons. They thought it was impossible that he could survive the battle though they did the best they could. They stabilised his condition and prayed that he would survive, as they prayed for so many knights on that fateful night. Two days later Rhodri awoke. Cranog was also alive. Owain, however, could not be found until months later when they, as temporary guardians of the castle Terabil, rode the woods around the battle searching for their lost comrade.

Duke Ulfius of Silchester had come in at the end of the battle to finish it, although with Duke Gorlois' death the Cornish forces melted away before him. He won the glory of taking the castle and taking it's treasures. Sir Owain meanwhile was lost in the woods and fell ill, hallucinating many a thing in that treacherous place. Eventually he was treated by a druid who restored him to health and mind. It was as the two of them had begun travelling to Salisbury that they were found by Sir Rhodri and squire Abel. Bandits were fought off and Owain and Rhodri embraced. They met up with Sir Cranog who was praying over the ground where Prince Maddoc had been killed and entered the castle.

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So some context. Rhodri was critically impassioned by Cranog's wounding and Owain fumbled. We ruled that it was a bit different to a normal battle since it was a very brief series of encounters so Rhodri's passion kept up for the whole battle. Even with that he should have died. Sir Cranog had enough health points to live just fine if he was rescued, but if Gorlois hadn't had just a regular partial success against Rhodri's critical then it would have been a very likely critical which would have ended in a tie before Rhodri was struck down.

Particularly ridiculous were the wounds Rhodri suffered. He was brought to -6 health. He had to be brought to 0 health by only one chirurgery roll, which would have to mean both a critical success and a 3 on a d3. We watched on as this happened. He even scored a 7 on his aging roll and so left the battle with no negative consequences.

He now has 4041 glory at 26. I don't have everyone elses numbers right now but the lowest (before counting the new guy) is 2500 or so.

Hope you guys enjoyed the story.
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Jeremy Downey

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Someone posted this link in another community. Seems like it would possibly be of interest to Pendragon GMs:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/48602

The Early Norman Castles of the British Isles, by Ella S. Armitage, with pen-and-ink maps
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Good stuff. Thanks.
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Jonathan Smith

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This weekend my Knights will experience the year 495... Any suggestions for making it epic?
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The #Pendragon  session for april is done! No TPK or players who went through several characters in one go, but exiting nonetheless. The tensions in the royal family seem to be heating up and the PKs are dragged into it. On the upside, High King Uther seems to be on an unbreakable winning streak. But for how long...?
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Het gaat goed met de Pendragon-campagne! We hebben de Great Pendragon Campaign nu grotendeels losgelaten. Wat volgens de GPC eigenlijk de anarchistische periode moet zijn, zijn nu eigenlijk de gloriedagen van Koning Uther. Hi...
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Shannon Mac

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PENDRAGON FANS: for about the next 13 hours the 5.1 PDF is only $4. ‪#‎FYI‬ ‪#‎KAP‬ ‪

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Haerthorne

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A little picture of how our game following the Grand Pendragon Campaign has been going. First time playing Pendragon and just figured out the Book of Battle rules. Happily looted the Saxon camp and each knight served with valour and distinction. Now planning to take revenge upon a particularly nasty Saxon living nearby, which our more vengeful knights are particularly excited by.

Really great system, Greg!
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Very cool illustrations.
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Todd Rokely

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Ran my PK's, apparently to the ground. The first deaths in my GPC has resulted in a TPK....







So, after being accused of aiding and abetting the wizard Merlin in the kidnapping of the King's son, the players were dragged before the King and Queen to answer for their crimes. One of my PK's, Sir Isaac, was particularly distressed, as he had Passions of Loyalty to Uther, Loyalty to Merlin, and Love (Igraine). He pleaded his case extremely well, but his passion for Igraine (crit on his Passion roll) let him to throw himself at her feet and vow to find her lost son, or die trying. It was a great speech and very powerful scene, so Igraine accepted his quest and sent the knights out to reclaim her son, as well as their own lost Honor. 

I really had no idea what to do, but it was far to fascinating a scene to not follow up on, particularly since the official adventures involve more negotiations and wanderings about. So, I stole from the Anarchy period and used the Forest Sauvage story ideas. Yeah, technically this shouldn't be in effect yet, but damn if it wasn't a cool idea. The PK's heard rumors that "Uther's son" was in the Forest, and that Merlin was a known visitor to these woods. The PK's have had a few run ins with the Fey so far, and were naturally reticent to enter these haunted lands, but their quest drove them forward. They attempted multiple incursions, always either being repelled (Tibault adventure) or simply Lost. They finally found a kindly hermit (actually Merlin in disguise, the players had always been loyal to him and SMART about following his instructions, so I figured if the completed the quest, he would reward them with a basic run down of what he did and why, though of course he'd never reveal the babe to them) he was wiling to guide them towards Sir Gorboduc, the Fiend. The kinghts bravely confronted this demonic tyrant, but, alas, their strength was not sufficient to the task, and both were slain. 

My players actually really enjoyed it, and like that they're characters died doing something heroic, while also being a small part of the legend of "what happened to the boy?" Rather than creating cousins, they'd prefer to play their heirs, and fast forward to their coming of age. While it loses some of the drama, I'm ok with this as the new characters wouldn't have had the prestige and clout to fully "sandbox" Salisbury during the Anarchy, and I think playing a more ground level game in that time could work. Has anyone else "skipped time" in campaign? Are there any issues I should be aware of? Any cool adventures I should think of for starting out the new knights? I'll probably let them be knighted a bit early, on the basis that Salisbury needs as many fighting men as they can, so 19/20 year olds are eligible, as well as to give them a few years of Anarchy fun before the Boy King period starts. 
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Having run a game that faltered eventually, I'll say that anything to keep the game going and the spirits up is great. So skip time anytime you want!
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Words from the king!
I was interviewed in a GenCon panel in 2014 by the inestimable Kenneth Hite. This interview covers some of the same ground as the Origins page, but also includes the Q&A section from the panel.
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Shannon Mac

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Well, I went and did it. #PurchasedBookOfTheManor
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Peasants hiding their children from the lord. Also all the salt from feasts fall on the earth and render land useless.
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Alex Schroeder
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Another group getting into it!
 
Got an awesome group that is trying out The Great Pendragon Campaign. We are all interested in doing this for the long haul and we're cracking out the maps, digging into Fifth Century history, and building out coats of arms and family trees. My daughter +Lilith White is the least enthusiastic of us, the rest of us are all 80s gaming nerds who've been wanting to try this for 20 years. She is mostly looking on with amusement as we geek out.

Matt Picone set us up with a set of maps with 24-mile and 1-mile hex overlays so we can see just how close everything is. Mark Smylie dug into the history of Pitton, his character Sir Aeron's randomly-generated manor, and tweaked his family ability to match the historically rumored link to royal mews that is associated with the manor.

We did character gen last week, with each player making a primary and a backup (good thing, too, see below), and then had our initial session this week, Year 485, the Battle of Mearcread Creek. Our three knights, Sir Florentina, Sir Galmwr, and Sir Aeron brought their household knights, mostly cousins, siblings, and uncles, to face the Saxons under King Aelle. The battle was inconclusive, with some moments of individual heroism, and a first session knight death. 

Sir Florentina was slain by a Saxon Thegn and her sister Eleanor bravely pulled her body from the field. Sir Aeron later faced the thegn and captured him in battle. Sir Galmwr's favorite cousin died defending him from a Saxon axeman, and Sir Galmwr went mad with grief (failed a passion roll), going into a frenzy on the battlefield and being taken away by Saxons, later to flee into the woods, surprising the hell out of his Saxon captors. Eleanor was knighted for her heroic actions, inheriting the manor of Dinton.

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hi! congrats.
I will start running it this Saturday. The introductory scenario in the rulebook seems to be a good warm up to the big chunk...
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Ronald Redmond

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Hey everyone, has anyone ever done a Pendragon PbP? We are looking to start one on Unseen Servant. If anyone is interested, please come and take a peek!
(Putting this in Discussion, as I didn't think it really belonged in Events)
Thanks!
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Hah! Wouldn't have been able to put it in Events anyway! ;)
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Jonathan Smith

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Anarchy! How have others implemented the Grudge system. I'm not quite sure how this is meant to work. 
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Some people here like to use extra books to resolve all these questions using game mechanics. I was frustrated at first but then resolved to solve these things narratively. Essentially it made no difference except provide color. Is your knight a caring knight willing to protect his people? Willing to sacrifice his wealth for the good of Salisbury? That then colored future encounters and events. 
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Shannon Mac

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My KAP hardcover came just before my run of The Great Pendragon Campaign tonight. #RPGNow  
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Shannon Mac

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For those who have played/GMed The Great Pendragon Campaign this is a great Youtube. If you plan to play in GPC someday don't watch this one. #GPC  
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Todd Rokely

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So, in my game, the PK's have died, and we'll be starting up with them playing their heirs on the cusp of their knighting. In the mean time, what would happen with their manors? Their mothers are both still alive--would the Earl arrange them to remarry (and so new Knights now hold the lands),  would the younger brothers of the original PK's take the land, would their mothers be responsible for fulfilling the manor obligations via bachelor knights, or would their Uncles (younger brothers of original PK's) only hold the lands until the new PK's come of age?
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I would create new characters (21-26 years old) following the character generation in KAP. Each new character belongs to the family of each deceased knight, they were made wards of the deceased knight's son(s) by Earl Roderick (or Countess Ellen or Earl Robert, depending on the period). This way, each player can play a new knight while the sons grow up. When the sons reach adulthood, you create them as knights and follow along the bloodline. I hope this was clear.
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Todd Rokely

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Any good "civil war" adventures for previous editions? I've decided to "time skip" my game and stick the new PK's as squires in the midst of a desperate civil ware between Countess Ellen of Salisbury and her new husband, Sir Blaines. The leader of the rebellion will be Sir Jaradan (retroactively turned into Earl Roderick's nephew). Not sure which side to stick the PK's on inititaly. Maybe start with them having to choose? 
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Nice, civil war turning brother-knight against brother-knight! Do let us know how it plays out! For causes, perhaps a difference in rules of inheritence between the factions. Knights could stand to gain or lose a lot if they can or cannot inherit from some family member.
This could give an extra edge of greed to joining with roman law/ alliance with saxons or British law/ resistance.
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Shannon Mac

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UPDATE: there was a prelude I ran in which the group were squires. Tonight we did 485-87 in about 6 hours of game time. One player was really unlucky as he died twice when critically hit. He then used a passion for his third character on something that wasn't necessary and fumbled. That's KAP, baby!

Besides killing a lot of Saxons (or Saxons trouncing them) they helped Merlin bring about something "special" and began to understand that the main character is their dynastic family, not their current character.

In the next session it will be a small turnout so one knight will enter the Sauvage Forest to find the knight who went mad. After that it's an invasion into Frankland a la 488 AD.

‪#‎GPC‬ ‪#‎KAP‬ ‪#‎AvoidThatCriticalHit‬
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Don't feel obligated. ;)
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My setup for the Pendragon battle system. The Knights of Salisbury are going to do battle vs the Saxons of Kent outside of London in 503.
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I had a notion to do this at one time. Glad to see you made it a reality! Looks amazing!
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Doyle Tavener
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My fellow knights, check out this new page from Lord Stafford!
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Significant improvement!
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Another month, another #Pendragon session! The group is still struggling with the aftermath of the election of Uther as High King. And then things are complicated by the arrival of someone very unexpected. 
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In deze sessie hebben we een gastrol. De zoon van een van onze spelers speelt mee. Hij speelt met Brikus, zoon van Sir Benno. De speler van Sir Benno heeft dit karakter al eens eerder gemaakt, omdat Sir Benno natuurlijk al wa...
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+Norbert Sztakovits Read the whole thing first. Then, re-read only the phase you're into. It is a lot to absorb but this will keep things light. And if you go against the metaplot, either by accident or intent, no one will go to your house and put you in the stocks. :-)
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