A Wicked Winter
With the matter of the water leapers settled and the King now free to move on Cornwall, the knights had returned to their own seats to see to their manors.
Sir Saravinus Arilius was once again confronted by angry travellers. The priest chastised the previous year for blocking a stout roman road had taken a step further, and had removed a whole section of the road itself. Riding out with a band of picked men, Sir Saravinus was quick to remind the lay preacher that whatever the needs of his family, and however glorious God might be, tearing up the kings road would not be tolerated. With the purpose of the priest in mind, he held back, and called for one of his men to remain behind. The preacher, with whatever help his family might offer, would be taking up the craft of road building, and repairing the damage done in recompense.
Sir Cynwrig Kellen was confronted by a group of irate peasants hauling forward a trader they claimed was dealing with bandits, selling them weapons and supplies so they could defy their rightful lords rule. On questioning, the merchant denied any such dealings, even stating that the knight was welcome to search his house for any evidence as he might want. Dispatching a group of his men, it wasn’t long before Sir Cynwrig had an answer… and a new problem to deal with. The men had searched the house with zeal, and then put torch to it, to ‘make sure nothing was hidden there’. Heaving a sigh, Sir Cynwrig ordered the men to cover the damages from their own pocket, going so far as to apologise for his mens behaviour. He sent the merchant away less displeased, not out of pocket, but out of house and stores.
Sir Eris was confronted by a simple enough matter in his first year as lord of the manor; a woman claiming sanctuary at the holy tree in the nearby village square. An angry mob had surrounded her, parting before their lord. The woman sobbingly confessed to the theft of a mirror, and promised that if he will spare her, she will do whatever the lord commands. Pausing a moment in thought, Sir Eris announced that if she would swear an oath upon the Green Knight of his family, she would serve as his servant until he released her from that service or she should commit a second crime. Then her life and very soul would be forfeit. In token of a fatal punishment and to satisfy the locals crowding around, he ordered that before she began her service, she be birched before the sacred tree, so that no one would think him weak, or merciful.
Sir Brychan Eurion was revisited by old challenges; A death amongst the shepherds sons, strangled with fishing line. Dreading that he might be right but knowing it would be so, he rode out the village where the two families lived. questioning the fathers confirmed that they had held to their promises, and so had their sons… so far as they knew. One of the fishermens boys however turned and fled at the pointed questions put forward by the knight, and the culprit was found. Interrogating the young man, Sir Brychan was told that the murder was committed from passion: the killers sister had (so she claimed) been raped. Overcome with rage, he had gone out and killed her attacker. Torn between justice for the murder and reluctant acceptance of the justice of the murder, Brychan gave the man a weak sentence, and sought out the sister. Troubled by her less than sincere emotions, he nontheless left his punishment as it stood. It would bring no comfort to the grieving father or the ashamed brother to know that the young farmers death was in vain.
Sir Tomas was presented with a conundrum on his return from Somerset. The woman he had believed lost in the snow had not perished, but was alive and well in the village. Departing at once to discover her side of the story, he was forced to sternly remind her of the crime in concealing evidence of a death by foul means. She confessed that the man had died at her door, and she had been too ashamed to confess the circumstances. The man had been ‘friendly’ to her for some time, bringing gifts when they met. Then in the winter time, he had come around without a gift, and tried to force himself on her. She had clouted him with a pan, and discarded him unconscious by her door, expecting him to crawl away to his own home when he awoke. Alas, he never did. In light of this, Sir Tomas ruled that she had killed, but not murdered the man, and should pray in penance. She dropped to her knees on the spot, and began fumbling with Sir Tomas’s belt! When he demanded her explanation for such a lewd act, she said this was how she had been taught to pray by the lay preacher. Gathering all his calm, he showed her the proper Christian method of praying, and then set about discovering the whereabouts of a preacher who would so befoul Gods own words…
Maelgwyn was presented with a case of a runaway bride: Her brother had not agreed a marriage for her, but she had run away with another man, not even a knight, and they had been married under sight of God. The brother demanded the marriage be annulled – the womans dowry was not promised to the man she had chosen and no agreement with lord or ‘father’ had been made, in which place stood the brother. To settle the matter without recourse to the church, Sir Maelgwyn took on the new husband as a squire. He would pay his tuition to Maelgwyn, and the dowry would go towards that. At least then the young lady would have a knightly husband… If he survived as long as that.
in happier news, Earl Roderick hs been blessed with s son this year, named Robert. may years of joy, peace health and prosperity follow him all the days of his life