503AD (the first attempt): Battle of the Prize

The year opened with uncertainty. There was a feeling in the air that things were beginning to move towards the chaos that preceeds the end of a storm. The various forces in the land were positioning themselves for advantage. The native Kings were battling it out amongst themselves, as were the Saxon Lords. In time, those that are victorious will face each other...

Duke Ulfius had sent Sir Uffo to Salisbury to seek reinforcements. Apparently King Aesc of Kent and King Aethelswith of Essex were advancing up the Thames, collecting glory and riches on the way. Could it be that they were planning to march on London?

King Nanteleod had also sent a herald (a cousin of Sir Alain de Carlion) seeking support. Nanteleod now has the support of many of the barons and lesser kings towards the north - including Bedegraine, Clarance and Lambor (see 501AD parts one and two ). Word has come from Lindsey (via Sir Lane) that the King of Malahaut is preparing to march on them. Nanteleod is considering going to help. Would Salisbury consider supporting Nanteleod?

After discussion with the Countess Ellen, Sirs Gaelavin, Erec and Gwyn were sent to Lindsey to join Nanteleod. Nanteleod, it was thought, was a potential ally, and if victorious in battle and if the need was such, perhaps he could be persuaded to ride with them to London to meet the Kings Aesc and Aethelswith. When they finally arrive, Malahaut has Lincoln, where Duke Corneus and his men have retreated, under siege. Meeting them, the challenge is made that Nanteleod and Malahaut meet on the fields outside Lincoln, and the victor in their battle wins Lincoln. All agree...

As a group, we are fortunate enough to be able to be involved in playtesting Greg Stafford's latest battle rules for Pendragon! The rest of the session was devoted to running this battle using them. Unfortunately we stumbled over the rules and had to seek clarification... Consequently, we abandoned the battle as played out this session and started again next time we met