494AD (Part Two): The Betrayal of King Canan

What a tiresome wait it was for a response from King Canan. It got to the point that it seemed as if he did not exist - on business Sir Orcas kept saying - he will give a response in due course. Over the days of waiting the bore Sir Orcas took the knights on a hunt with Canan's sons Sir Dirac and Squire Lak. At lease with their interest in the outside world they brought some life back into proceedings. There was also a horse race with a scruffy local on a pony - Dylan accepted, and did surprisingly well! Turned out that it was none other that the king of Ystrad Tyi, a bunch of hill savages allied to Canan.

Still no answer after that, but another move, this time to Castle Tenby to catch up with King Canan. After dinner he announced that he was intending to give a favourable reply to Uther's request. He would write a letter. More waiting in order then...

Yet another move, now to Carmarthen, and another dinner. This time King Canan was feasting with the knights. During the feast, however, tragedy struck. Young Dirac passed a goblet of drink to Canan, who it typical fashion downed it in one, only to moments later stagger to his feet, clutching his throat in despair and fall to the floor dead!

The quick consensus was that young Dirac had murdered him father in order to take the throne, certainly that was the contention of Sir Orcas, but our knights were not so sure. Challenging Orcas to single combat to prove his innocence, they proved their contention. Having saved Dirac's life, they soon left, aware that their work was done here and that it was up to others to keep the peace...

Returning to Llogres and Salisbury via a brief visit to King Nanteleod, it transpired that things had not faired well in their absence. The Saxons led by Octa and Eosa were coming south attacking Lincoln and Duke Lindsey. Things do not bode well for the coming years...

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