491AD (Part One): Tintagel Castle

The escape of Duke Gorlois - more to the point one suspects his ravishing wife Lady Ygraine - left Uther fuming last year. With the coming of Spring, despite the threat of further Saxon raids to the south, Uther insisted on dragging his army across Llogres to Cornwall to wreak his revenge. Rumour has it that Prince Madoc was none to pleased and had rowed with his father. On reaching Cornwall, Uther split his forces sending the majority to the Castle at Terrabil to lay seige to the Duke himself and his men, whilst Uther took a smaller force to raid Tintagel where Ygraine and the Duke's treasure lay hid. When given the choice as to where to go, Erec and Gaelavin persuaded Roderick to join Uther. A tactical decision? Some may say so, but I suspect that it has more to do with Ygraine and their pagan lusts…

Tintagel. It was soon clear that this was to be no push over. The castle is on a small island joined to the mainland by only a narrow causeway - three cover travel abreast, no more. Time and time again Uther sent units across to try and force their way in, but everytime the archers forced them back, or they fell upon the castle defences with little success. As the day wore on, Uther grew more and more impatient, more and more furious…

Uther's plans gave our knights a moral crisis - loyalty to their King was tempered by their knowledge that despite all that Uther said, he was in the wrong in this feud. It was his lack of self-control that had lead to this face-off, and that the Cornish had killed no one as they fled him last year.

After much debate they devised a plan. They would cross the causeway claiming to be deserters from Uther's men, desiring to join the Cornish because they knew of the King's deception and wickedness. From within they would attempt to open the gates when Uther's men attacked the following day. In the cover of a clear night they crossed slowly. Calling upon their relationship with Lynette and her squire, they attempted to convince the Cornish of their good intentions. As they did so, however, an unnatural mist descended over the causeway. Erec had gone ahead to parley, and was ushered into the castle. Before they could join him, Gaelavin and Dylan were passed by a galloping horseman, Dylan caught unawares and knocked to the ground. Was it the Duke himself? That's what it looked like, but how could this be? He was under siege at Terrabil!

The knights were taken in and led in the excitement to some quarters where they could sleep under watch of footmen outside the door. Their sleep was undisturbed. Visions of battle, blood and dragons filled their dreams. Erec woke at dawn, hearing the sound of horses hooves. Running to the window he saw the same mounted figure leaving again, crossing the causeway, the mist leaving, dispersing in his wake.

Rousing the others, they went to the coast to look over the King's forces on the other side. As they did so they noticed a rider from inland race into the camp as Uthers men stirred…

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