Knights of Salisbury
Sarum’s Household Knights
Sir Bledri: (Seneschal) Younger brother of Sir Blaen. A quiet and thoughtful man who manages the affairs of Sarum with the same skill with which he managed his brother’s affairs in the town of Wilton.
Sir Ysgarran: (Constable) A former mercenary who took service with Sir Tanicus, Ysgarran was knighted after protecting his master’s body from Saxon raiders. He is renowned for his honesty.
Sir Tancred: Cousin to Sir Balian, a firm and dedicated man with a keen sense of justice but an unfortunate fondness for wine and women.
Sir Hedwen: A cousin to Sir Maelgwen, knighted in 505 A.D. and pledged to the countess’s household. Somewhat headstrong, he is given to boasting and has made trouble for his cousin before now.
Sir Marchlin: A former squire to Sir Blaen, and a close companion of Sir Bliant. Knighted in 505 A.D., he is seen as a capable man with a wise head on his shoulders. He has a particular hatred of Cerdic and his men.
Sir Bliant: Sir Blaen’s son and heir to his expansive estates. Bliant is a quietly confident young man who is an excellent horseman, a fine steward and a promising leader of men. He is also more personable than his father, though no less determined. Inherited the title of banneret of Witton from his father in 506 A.D.
Sir Balian of Benwick: Formerly a knight of the Occitanian lands, Balian came to Salisbury in the wake of the British assault on the continent, leaving his troubled family history behind him. A fine swordsman, he has distinguished himself in the service of Salisbury. Made banneret of Uffington in 506 A.D.
Banneret of Devizes
Sir Bandig: Younger brother to Sir Banderlaine, and a notable knight in his own right. Made Banneret of Du Plain in 510 A.D.
Sir Trentius: Nephew to Sir Tanicus, Trentius is a warlike young man, whose proudest possession is a legionary banner which he keeps in his halls. However, he is also argumentative and overproud and tends to disdain the good advice of those much older than he is. His manor is Melbury Abbas in the west of the county. Following his uncle’s death, he has also taken the manor of Chute Standen. Made Banneret of Upavon in 510 A.D.
Banneret of Warminster
Sir Landlin: Lord of the manor of Brogue, Landlin is a local knight who was driven to Cornwall after his father was slain at the instigation of Sir Bellicus, former lord of Warminster. He returned with Sir Coel and Sir Myrdral and has been warmly welcomed by his people. Made Banneret of Ebble in 513 A.D.
Banneret of Tilshead
Prince Gwair: Second son of King Gwynne of Somerset, Gwair is handsome, wild and reckless and all too fond of seducing any fair lady he meets. Nonetheless, he is loved by the common folk and his fellow knights for his valour and generosity. Married the Lady Jenna of Salisbury in 514 A.D. Made Banneret of Devizes in .
Sir Bliant’s Men
Sir Eudaf the Vain: A knight of Hampshire newly come into Blaen’s service, Eudaf is a young knight eager to prove himself. Unfortunately, his arrogance has already gained him some enemies at court.
Sir Bledri the Savage: Although young, Sir Brendan’s brother already has a reputation as one of the fiercest knights of Salisbury. Utterly without fear, it is to be hoped that his skills will grow to match his daring.
Sir Bruyant: Sir Bradwen’s only son is an easily led man, slow of thinking but patient and prudent in the extreme. He has a fine singing voice, though there are few who have heard it. Dead at Badon.
Sir Brandis: Grandson of Sir Bledri, by Bledri’s illegitimate son, whom Sir Blaen ensured was never made a knight, Brandis is an ambitious and talented young man, both swift with a sword and hardy enough to fight a whole day through. His cruel streak has been noted, but in all other ways he is close to the ideal of knighthood. Bliant has channelled the resentment he feels over his father’s ill-treatment and has promised him a fief of his own in return for his loyalty.
Sir Gestias: Formerly squire to a knight of Winchester, Gestias offered his service to Sir Bliant after Netley Marsh, where he played a part in rescuing the lord of Witton from where he fell. Driven by his ambition, he is a tall and lean man who is quicker of mind than Brandis, with whom he has struck up a firm friendship. To his secret shame, he has a brother who is a knight in Cerdic’s court, and he fears that one day they may meet on the battlefield. Dead at Badon, in combat with his brother.
Sir Rhodri’s Men
Sir Leodan: Only son of Sir Leo, Leodan is cut from the same cloth as his father, who he strives to emulate in every way. Father and son have a close bond, and the birth of Leodan’s first child, a boy, has only strengthened their family. Dead at Badon.
Sir Ferdia: An Irish knight who has served as a mercenary in Lothian, Malahaut and Gales, Ferdia has become besotted by the Lady Selene and is determined to woo and win her. He holds a particular hatred for the men of Dal Riada, and although a poor horseman has great skill with both sword and spear. In addition, his swiftness is exceptional. He took service with Sir Leo in 505 A.D
Sir Medwyr: Medwyr’s father was a Salisbury knight who wed a lady of Cornwall long ago. Medwyr, as a landless second son, has fought for Idres, mostly on the continent, but left his court after he was refused permission to wed. Having a fine head for battle and a suspicious nature when it comes to the Cornish, he is a dangerous man to cross, all the more so when his family’s honour is questioned. He took service with Sir Leo in 505 A.D. Dead at Badon.
Sir Balian’s Men
Sir Morganor: A former squire of Maelgwen’s late father, Sir Erran, Morganor was knighted for his service and accepted into the lord’s household. An impatient man, he spends much of his time riding the bounds of Uffington, seeking distractions.
Sir Rhun: Born in the land of Malahaut, Rhun was knighted for deeds of valour on the field, but without a lord to support him, had to fall into the life of a mercenary. A renowned warrior, he saved Sir Maelgwen’s life on the field of St. Albans and was rewarded with a position in his household.
Sir Trevus: A knight of Hampshire, formerly steward of the household of Sir Darvan, Trevus is of Roman blood and proud of it. Unusually for a knight, he reads and writes, and is learned in the arts of stewardship. Dead at Badon.
Sir Cynwal: Deposed from his lands in Norgales by the usurpers, Cynwal has since roamed the lands of Britain seeking battle. Tall and red-haired, he has fought for several lords as a mercenary and is deadly with both spear and sword. Arrogant and prideful, he is a poor judge of the minds of others. However, he is faithful to his oaths and does not suffer his word to be questioned. He became Maelgwen’s man after the tourney of 505 A.D. Dead at Badon.
Sir Aelran the Younger: Nephew to Sir Maelgwen and son of his elder brother, also called Aelran, Aelran the Younger has been made heir to Maelgwen’s estates. A more dynamic figure than his uncle, he is restless and eager to prove himself, and sees the older generation as too cautious in dealing with its enemies.
Sir Bandig’s Men
Sir Gildas Minor: Only survivor of the ambush in 503 A.D., in which Lady Jenna was taken. Dead at Badon.
Sir Rufus: Brother to Sir Domitius and former thrall of the White Lady of Heddenmere.
Sir Nelian: Son of Sir Nerthaid. A fine hunter and tracker. Now holds his father’s manor of Godshill Green.
Sir Landlin’s Men
Sir Huw: Former squire to Sir Gheryd.
Sir Amlyn: A knight of Hampshire, formerly of the household of Sir Darvan, Amlyn is an older knight, well versed in battle lore, who escaped the fall of his lord’s lands. He has a particular hatred for Cerdic.
Sir Daig: Driven from his father’s land in Dal Riada after a dispute with a cousin turned fatal, Daig fought first for, then against, Nantleod during his wars in Gales. Stout and bearded, he has won renown in battle and lost all he earned through his profligate generosity. A fine horseman, his steed is his most valuable possession, as his armour is poorly cared for. His squire is young, as Daig has lost several squires through misadventure.
Sir Allard: A knight of Occitan and a giant among men, Allard is as unlike his civilised countrymen as could be imagined. Once a mercenary fighting for Dorset, he is now Gheryd’s man.
Sir Gracian’s Men
Sir Tamlin: A Christian knight who hails from Cameliard, his parentage is a matter of dispute. He now holds the manor of Hart’s Hall in Wuerensis and is wed to the Lady Iblis, daughter of the Lady Verlayne.
Sir Moriens: Second son of a knight of Rydychan, Moriens is an ambitious and canny warrior. Somewhat disinclined to take advice, he has not yet suffered too much for his headstrong ways. Short of stature but powerful, he strikes a good balance between refinement and the wildness of a true warrior.
Sir Rellius: A new-made knight, formerly squire to Sir Gracian, who took his service in 506 A.D. Cautious rather than headstrong, he is nonetheless valorous, if somewhat overfond of the attentions of women and wine.
Sir Domitius’s Men
Sir Caractacus: A knight of Hampshire, formerly of the household of Sir Darvan, Caractacus is a lean man who displays little of his Roman heritage in his daily life. A fine hunter and woodsman, he has an old Roman blade in his possession, sacred to Mithras (whom he secretly reveres).
Sir Isatis: Former squire to Sir Varocher, Isatis is a young man brought up on the tales of shining Rome and the glories of the continent. He bears a great hatred for the Saxons, who slew his family and stole his lands. Tall and sandy-haired, he was found as a young boy by Varocher and has prospered under his tutelage, though he remains a poor horseman.
Sir Trentius’s Men
Sir Coel’s Men
Sir Edward: Despite his name and his Saxon looks, Edward is a Cymric loyalist through and through, whose hatred of the Saxons is almost unmatched. Tall and grim, he is known to despise excesses of gluttony and hold a loathing for the church of Rome.
Other Sworn Knights
Sir Melias the Modest: Manann’s second brother is a quietly efficient steward who listens more than he talks. Not so assured in battle as either of his two brothers, he shares their love of horses and excels in courtly surroundings. Dead at Badon.
Sir Alan: Alan’s father and grandfather both served in the household of the earl, and he has pride in continuing this tradition. Well versed in the ins and outs of court life, he is often trusted with delegations to other courts, despite his youth. However, he won the seat of Venhall in 499 A.D. and thus ascended to the rank of vassal knight.
Sir Dewi of the Green: A knight whose lands seem perpetually blooming, Dewi is a noted hunter and wise in the old ways. He spends little time at court, preferring to remain at home with his young wife and their growing brood of children. His manor is Fern, near Berwick St. John.
Sir Ceredig: A poor knight of the hill country to the north of Salisbury, Ceredig is a watchful and suspicious man. Very loyal to the lord, the current status of the county worries him greatly, and he listens to all the news he can garner of the lands around him. He holds the manor of Marden.
Sir Molacus: A Roman knight and a Christian, though a poor one, Molacus is the elder twin brother of Sir Metunus, whom he resembles in every way. Their father, who died at St. Albans, split his two manors between his sons, who compete in every way, usually without establishing a decisive difference between them. His manor, Sleight, is just south of Devizes.
Sir Metunus: A Christian Roman knight, Metunus is the younger twin brother of Sir Molacus, whom he resembles in every way. Like his brother, he constantly seeks to differentiate himself from his twin, usually without particular success. He holds the manor of Conholt. Dead at Badon.
Sir Aurel the White: A fervent Christian, Sir Aurel has taken to having his weapons and armour blessed and has tithed much of his wealth to the church. It required the intercession of a priest to persuade him to marry, and his children are certainly being brought up to match his fervour. His manor is Chisenbury.
Sir Rhun: Younger brother to Sir Rhodri, Rhun resembles his elder sibling physically (though he is not so imposing) but is an altogether more intelligent man. Having converted to Christianity in his younger days, he earned his manor as a result of his deeds in the Battle of Lindsey. His manor is Everley, in the south and west of Salisbury.
Sir Gorthyn the Wise: Gorthyn’s father was a household knight of old Sir Erran, but he himself is the earl’s man and has kin across several kingdoms and counties. A man well-versed in the ways of the world, he views the dissolution of Logres as inevitable and hates the Saxons all the more for this. His manor is Rushall in the north of Salisbury.
Sir Hwyel the Lean: Sir Hwyel is a cantankerous elder knight, whose skill at arms has faded somewhat, but whose appetite for strife has not. A follower of the old ways, he has a young wife who is reputed to be a witch and who has provided him with a son and heir in his declining years. His manor is Minchington, near Ebble.
Sir Herlews: A young knight, distant cousin to Sir Elad, Herlews is an idealistic young man who is much swayed by Sir Leo’s talk of righteousness of behaviour among knights. Christian but not fanatical, he has the skill at arms to champion his idealistic notions. His manor is Tarrant in the south west of the county. Dead at Badon.
Sir Darvan: Eldest son of Sir Dernas. After the battle of Chichester in 501 A.D., he and the other survivors became Errant Knights, and found themselves in Sarum during 502 A.D. He subsequently received the manor of Bishopstone. Badly wounded at Badon.
Sir Madrigal of the Forest Sauvage: A knight who owns no master and dwells within the eaves of the Forest Sauvage, nigh to Hart’s Hall. Knowledgeable about the fey and perhaps possessing a portion of their blood, he is an excellent horseman and hunter but better with a spear than with a sword. He hopes to gain a wife to bear home with him but would be a staunch ally for Salisbury if attached to it by marriage. In 505 A.D., he became a knight of Salisbury through his marriage to the Lady Angharad. Dead at Badon.
Sir Nythaid the Shrewd: Although still a young knight, Nythaid has travelled widely. His father was a mercenary and he himself won his spurs from a grateful lord after deeds on honour on the battlefield. He has fought for many lords, both Saxon and British, and knows as much about their disposition as any man living. He has foreseen the need to band together and knows that in the great battles to come, mercenaries will be expendable – thus his desire to settle down. Accomplished with all weapons but a master of none, his greatest weapon is his ready wit. In 505 A.D., he became a knight of Salisbury through his marriage to the Lady Ydaine.
Sir Gadwen: Hailing from the border of Malahaut and Lindsey, Gadwen was driven from his lands as a young knight, and since then he has borne a grudge against both Malahaut (for driving him out) and Lindsey (for failing to support him). Now seasoned, having spent much of his life fighting in the Saxon wars, though never for the Saxons against Britons, he means to settle again. A superb swordsman and lancer, he lacks only speed to make him a truly fearsome foe. He won the hand of the Lady Rowena in 505 A.D. and became a knight of Salisbury. Dead at Badon.
Sir Selivant the Staunch: Whether through mischance or carelessness, Selivant has rarely left a battlefield unwounded. Where some might see this as evidence of his poor fortune, he prefers to see it as proof of his ability to survive any danger. Dead at Badon.
Sir Eudaf: Son of Sir Eiddur the Bloody Handed and former squire to Sir Trentius, Eudaf is a young knight eager to make his name. He shares the passionate nature of his father but is more refined due to Trentius’s influence.
Duke Ulfius: The Duke of Silchester is the most powerful noble in Logres after the king and is his loyal follower, as he has been since his youth. He is also fast friends with Uther and it is fair to say that his first allegiance is to the man rather than to the crown. An intelligent and energetic young lord, he has made his duchy one of the strongest and wealthiest in the kingdom. Dead at Badon.
Sir Gwydion the Black: A wealthy banneret knight of Silchester, loyal to Duke Ulfius and feared in battle, due to his command of some of Silchester’s finest knights, all equipped with good mail and fine steeds. Badly wounded at Badon.
Sir Galerant: Steward of Levcomagus and a foe of Earl Roderick while he lived, Galerant is a bitter and greedy man, all too happy to enrich himself at the cost of others. His three sons take after him and have a poor reputation outside the court of Silchester, where they are favourites of Ulfius. Dead at Badon.
Sir Galwyr: Eldest son of Sir Galerant, Galwyr is a proud and prickly knight, who holds Silchester as the heart of Britain and his kin the most loyal knights in the land. Although capable in battle, he does not suffer being given orders well.
Sir Bairam: A proud knight noted for his skill with a lance, Bairam is loyal to Duke Ulfius but has little time for his troublemaking sons.
Count Padren: Disreputable cousin of Tathren, he took over the fief of Marlborough, bolstering his claim with his mercenary knights. Aggressive and avaricious, he is an ambitious man of no mean cunning. Dead at Badon.
Sir Pellogres: Lord of Mildenhall, young and fair. Son of Sir Perrin, a noted knight who died in the slaughter at St. Albans. Renounced his oaths to Count Padren in 503 A.D., after the death of Sir Maine. Dead at Badon.
Sir Perrin: Younger brother of Sir Pellogres. Noted for his valour. With his brother, declared himself forsworn yet righteous in 503 A.D.
Sir Emedius: Lord of Wandborough. Took over his fief after the death of his father, Blaen the Tall. Suspicious and vain, he fears knowledge of his usurping of his father’s seat becoming common knowledge.
Sir Arnold: A vassal knight of Sir Emedius. Cautious and honourable, yet caught in a difficult position.
Sir Eliot: Lord of Chippenham. A cynical knight, whose loyalty has been tested by his lord’s poor rulership in recent years. He has recently gained a son, named for himself.
Sir Dwyi: Household knight to the Duke of Clarence. A surly man, who longs for battle and the opportunity to prove himself. Dead at Badon.
Duke Derfel: A warlike and impatient young man, Corneus is aware of the impoverishment of his realm and sees conquest as the best way to improve it. However, he also suffers from a fatal lack of decisiveness and daring.
Sir Edwin: A middle-aged vassal knight of Lindsey, who retains his eagerness with regard to battle. He is known for his hate of Saxons and takes delight in using their own axes against them. Dead at Badon.
Sir Agraine: The young nephew of Sir Edwin, Agraine is, if anything, even more eager than his uncle to face the Saxon foe. Like Edwin, he uses an unusual weapon, in his case a heavy mace, which his great strength allows him to wield with crushing effectiveness.
Sir Amlyn: Known as the Fisher Knight, for his family symbol of three salmon and the stream which runs through his fief, Amlyn is a staunch foe of the Saxons wherever they might be found, having faced them in battle many times and suffered from their wiles. Dead at Badon.
Sir Richard: A young knight at the court of Lindsey, Richard has seen more battle in his short life than most will ever see. Devoutly religious, he raised the cry of “The Sword!” at the great tourney and was one of the first to swear fealty to Arthur.
Sir Galonors: Banneret of the city of Winchester. A courtier rather than a fighter, he holds his lands in trust from the earl and his main duties are to host a fine court once every few years. Now serves Cerdic as vassal. Dead at Badon.
Sir Bastig: A knight of Winchester, now part of Cerdic’s court, where he has thrived. Dead at Badon.
Earl Estram: Marshall of the loyalist knights of Rydychan, Estram is a foreigner but one who has managed to gain the trust of the exiled countess and her closest attendants. A skilled battle-leader, he has a mysterious past which he speaks little of. In 501 A.D., he became Earl with his marriage to the countess.
Sir Gram: Youngest of the three loyalist Wallingford brothers, Gram is also the most ambitious. He despises his eldest brother’s caution and his other brother’s foolishness, believing that he alone can guide their kin through the troubles that currently afflict them.
Sir Miles the Swift: The impulsive youngest brother of Sir Manann, Miles is determined to make a name for himself. Newly knighted and as yet unwed, he will confidently push himself to the fore of any venture, even if it be beyond his capabilities.
Sir Brugyn: Lord of Dunsford and a vassal of Sir Bellius. His eldest soon, Barrett, was slain by Sir Gheryd, and although wealthy, he is bitter and unhappy at heart. Dead at Badon.
Sir Bradwen: Son of Sir Brugyn.
Sir Ieuan: Son of Sir Llewyl and cousin to Sir Gwyrfelling. A serious and sober young man, a fine huntsman and staunch Christian.
Sir Gwyrfelling: Son of Sir Gwanon, an angry and belligerent knight who has no time for treating with those he sees as foes. A fine warrior and leader, his unrelenting nature can lead him astray. Dead at Badon.
Sir Rabel: An errant knight of Gaul, now sworn to Rydychan. A swift horseman, his courtly ways are finer than those of the rough knights of his adopted land. Now Seneschal of Oxford.
Sir Madog: A young knight of Rydychan, pious at heart but a fine lancer and spearman. His feats on the battlefield belie his lack of years.
Sir Cynon: A keen-witted knight who allows little that is false or deceitful to escape his gaze. Relentlessly just, he has come into conflict with many of the other knights of his homeland. Dead at Badon.
Sir Rhugyn: A knight of Oxford and a former vassal of the usurper knights, it was he who led the move to expel them after they hired a Saxon poisoner. Now he has sworn to the Countess, though he remains a focus of much suspicion. Dead at Badon.
Sir Uren the Lesser: A cousin of the lord of Shirburn, Uren rankles under his given name, which he shares with a more famous uncle. In an attempt to win glory, he passed into the Forest Sauvage and there became the thrall of the Lady of Stevington Well.
Sir Owain: A knight known for being willing to say whatever is necessary to ensure that matters turn to his advantage, Owain has taken full advantage of his high birth. Not a notably valorous man, he surrounds himself with those more capable.
Earl Dinaunt: A Christian lord of a mostly pagan realm, Dinaunt suffers from a wasting sickness and has grown harsh in his illness. Elderly and woeful, he is without an heir after his son vanished in the wake of St. Albans. Dead after Badon.
Sir Albanus: A knight of Roman lineage but no Roman habits, Albanus is a Christian knight often trusted by his liege lord with matters of the highest import. He owns several manors in Bedegraine and holds the rank of Banneret. Dead at Badon.
Sir Gwenabwy: A massive knight of middle years, who has repeatedly got himself into trouble through his keenness for blood and slaughter. Fortunately, he is canny and skilful enough to survive the trouble he heaps about himself.
Baron Elias: Lord of the secluded land of Brun, Elias is a lazy and suspicious man, fond of the finer things in life. His liegemen are not too numerous or particularly martial, but they are loyal, as their lord treats them well.
Sir Garmon: Castellan to Baron Elias, Garmon is energetic to a fault, driving his servants and lesser knights to distraction as he gives them one pointless task after another.
Sir Nelgyr: An unusually scholarly man for a northern knight, Nelgyr is somewhat overweight but has a keen mind and a careful temperament. Dead at Badon.
Praetor Jonathel: Lord of Dorchester. Dead at Badon.
Sir Balantine the Cautious: Commander of one of Dorset’s numerous seaside fortresses, Balantine lives up to his nickname by keeping his lands safe from Saxon raiders. He does not believe that the Saxons can ever truly be driven from Britain and thus is looking for a means to cope with their threat over the long term. Dead at Badon.
Sir Briant: Son of Sir Balantine, a wary man like his father but proud of his heritage.
Sir Guy: A loyal vassal to the Earl of Hereford, Guy was given the task of rousing support for his embattled land after the arrival of the Angles, but his was an impossible task.
Sir Jordans of Thettenhall: A knight of Wuerensis, who dwells near the King’s Road. Elderly but hospitable. Dead at Badon.
Sir Coelric of the Silver Chain: A lordless knight who dwells on the eaves of the Forest Sauvage. He slew his former lover, the Lady Gloris, and now does penance as servant of her sister, Lady Selene of Heddenmere.
King Alain de Carlion: A young knight of Estregales, trusted by King Nantleod. Well-travelled across the lands of Britain, his is the epitome of the civilised warrior, as fearless in battle as he is polite at court. Son of Nantleod, he became king after the death of his father at Netley Marsh.
Sir Rhys: Steward to King Nantleod. A wily knight, whose best fighting days are behind him but who nonetheless can wield a sword with some skill. His eldest son, Rhodri, is a young knight who has already gained some renown in his king’s service.
Sir Daffyd the Mighty: A renowned knight of Gales, who is famed for his prowess in battle. He is constantly at the forefront of Nantleod’s forces whenever they face their enemies, wielding his massive sword in a single hand. Dead at Badon.
Sir Gwegon: Herald to King Nantleod, and then to King Alain, who carries his master’s word to courts across Britain.
Sir Sawel: Nantleod’s siege master is growing old and fat, but he yet performs his duties well. Dead after Badon.
Baron Llanfar of Afon Wysg: A loyal vassal to King Alain, Llanfar is a brutish man who jealously guards the privileges of nobility. Although often sunk in dissipation and lechery, he is a potent warrior when roused.
King Lak: Younger brother of Dirac and younger son of Canan, Lak is a promising young boy keen to learn about the greater world beyond his home kingdom.
Godber: King of Ystrad Tyi, one of this hill tribes subject to King Canan. A sly lord who both chafes under Canan’s rule and is proud to be valued by so capable a ruler. Nonetheless, he enjoys pricking the pride of visiting knights. Dead at Badon.
Sir Hyfaid: One of King Canan’s household knights and a fine swordsman, Hyfaid is also comfortable on the water and captains his own raiding vessel, upon which he has led raids against Canan’s enemies.
Sir Daid: A young vassal knight in service to King Canan, Daid is hungry for glory in battle to raise his family’s position. Not yet married, he is ambitious but honourable.
Sir Colcu: A red-headed and fiery-tempered banneret knight who is fiercely loyal to King Canan. He thinks little of Prince Dirac and believes young Lak would make a better king, suitably advised of course. He has little time either for Sir Orcas, who he describes as a “mewling milksop of a man.” Dead at Badon.
Duke Edar/Escan: Duke of Gloucester and an independent lord, Edar is keen to solidify his hold on the lands he rules. However, his two sons cause him to despair with their endless bickering. Dead at Badon.
Sir Edern: Red Banneret of Glevum. A jovial man who enjoys his wine and his meat, Sir Edern is good company but bitter when together with his twin, Sir Eudaf. Dead at Badon.
Sir Eudaf: Green Banneret of Glevum. A thin man with a distinctively wry outlook on life, Eudaf is good, if sober, company. However, he despises his elder twin, Sir Edern. Dead at Badon.
Sir Graid: A stoic knight of Gloucester, Graid is one of Edar’s trusted household knights, and often rides the border patrols. A fine horseman, he hopes to gain lands for his sons, who are squired to several notable knights.
Sir Cynrain: Steward for Duke Edar, Cynrain is a knight of half-Saxon blood and is thus untrusted by some. He would prefer to be on the field of battle, wielding his favoured axe, but Edar chooses to keep him close instead. Dead at Badon.
King Gwynne: The king of Somerset is a canny ruler who has maintained his independence against a number of greater kings, though he now grows old and fears for the future of his land.
Sir Sawel: King Gwynne’s siege master. A knight now too old and infirm for battle, he is a competent organiser of logistical matters but overly traditional in his ideas. Dead after Badon.
Duke Escan: From his seat in Carduel, on the western edge of Hadrian’s Wall, Escan watches over the small realm of Cambenet. He offers homage to Lot but as yet not fealty. Much of his time is spent fighting off raiders from Rheged, and as such, he is a battle-hardened, warlike lord.
Sir Plenivore: Banneret of Penrith and loyal servant to Duke Escan.
King Uriens: Married to Morgan LeFay in 501 A.D., Uriens is one of King Lot’s most loyal supporters, having been squired to him at one stage. He has a strong hatred of the Picts but is more cultured than most of the kings north of the wall.
Sir Imchad: A heavy, stoic warrior who wields a greataxe taken in battle from a Saxon chief of Diera, Imchad is ever at the fore of Gorre’s armies. Dead at Badon.
Sir Baeth: A slim and handsome man, Baeth is a fine singer and harper and has used these talents to his advantage when it comes to wooing ladies.
Sir Cudno: A heavily-built warrior who enjoys wrestling and drinking as much as anything else, Cudno is more approachable than most in his land. However, the death of his sister at the hands of sea raiders has given him an implacable hatred of the Irish.
Sir Geddin: A veteran knight of Lothian. Dead at Badon.
Sir Grandig: Eldest son of King Lot’s warmaster, Sir Gamelon, Grandig is a sociable if overproud young man of no mean ability. Utterly fearless in battle and convinced of the glory that awaits him, he is the leader of a like-minded group of northern knights who have dubbed themselves “The Terrors of the North.” They are all loyal to Lot and convinced that he will be the next High King of Britain.
Sir Nithian the Grey: Cousin to Grandig, Nithian is the calm voice that counsels caution, tempering Grandig’s reckless pride. Despite the fact that his own family is wealthy enough, he dresses in drab grey most of the time and rarely boasts of his own deeds. He harbours a savage hatred for the Picts and for the Saxons of Deira, having lost his father and elder brother in a battle against their alliance.
Sir Calogus: A hulking warrior in the true tradition of the north, Calogus’s fierce demeanour hides a surprisingly gentle side. A fine hand upon the harpstring, he has a capacious memory for song and a talent for stringing together his own compositions. For all that, he has little ambition or cunning of his own and happily follows the lead of Grandig in most things. His mercy has been noted, but so has his lack of patience with matters that trouble his thoughts.
Sir Craterus: A proud veteran Roman knight of Eburacum, loyal to the Centurion King.
Sir Tennilix: A young knight of Malahaut, Tennilix has taken on a worldly and cynical attitude that belies his years. Wealthier than most, he longs to rise in the sight of the Centurion King, whether through battle or otherwise.
Earl Morvis: A former mercenary who gained his Earldom after several years of faithful service with the Duke of Lindsey. An exceptional leader of men in battle, especially footmen, he is uncomfortable on horseback and prickly when his honour is called into question.
Sir Eldrid: Earl Morvis’s right-hand man, Eldrid hides an acute mind under a rough exterior. A canny judge of men, he holds loyalty and steadfastness as his highest qualities. Made banneret of Bowes in 514 A.D. Dead at Badon.
Baron Domitius: Banneret of Vagon, a Roman knight and one of the finest battle leaders in the land. Made Marshall in 510 A.D. Made Baron of Appleby.
Sir Barrus: Once a famed warrior, Barrus has been brought loyal by gout. Now obese and slowly dying, the lord of Whelp accepts no word of criticism from anyone. Dead after Badon.
Sir Valwyr: Son of the old banneret of Brough, who died at Terrabil, Valwyr has gained his father’s position through his loyalty and skill-at-arms in the service of the new lord of Appleby.
Sir Garreth: A new-made knight of Appleby, the younger son of a vassal slain at Terrabil, he gained favour in his new lord’s eyes by defending the hall against bandits in 514 A.D.
Sir Galerant: Son of King Nentres of Garloth, he now serves Arthur in the hope of advancement and is notable for his skill and chivalry.
Count Erbin: Lord of Devon and liegeman of Idres after 498 A.D.
Earl Tegfan: Lord of Jagent and liegeman of Idres after 499 A.D.
Prince Conall: A proud and handsome young man, of the wild British form of Christianity. Proud of his ability with a spear and his conquests of women, he seems to some to be too frivolous to ascend his father’s throne. Dead after Badon.
Sir Colvin the Younger: Grandson to the Sir Colvin who was Ygraine’s protector but has now taken up priestly robes, Colvin is a new-made knight as of 506 A.D., in service to the King of Lyonesse. First son of the banneret of Archlin, he is reckless and proud but convinced of his righteousness and fearlessly honest. He has also developed a passion for the Lady Nia, first daughter of the famed Sir Banderlaine. Dead after Badon.
Sir Travistar: A knight of Cornwall, close to a renegade even in Idres’s court for reason of his fierce temper. Currently exiled, due to his killing a courtier in a duel, he is a close companion of Prince Mark, whom he keeps informed as to the passage of events in Britain. Despite his status, he suffers no insults to either Mark or Idres and has the ability to back up his temper.
Sir Samwell: Likewise exiled from Cornwall, Samwell shares Travistar’s fierce temper but has little of his skill at arms. What he does have is a bitter and biting tongue, which he freely uses to castigate any who displease or cross him. A slothful and overweight man, he shares Travistar’s fierce loyalty and is all the more eager to return home for having spent time elsewhere.
Sir Saul: Elder brother to Samwell, Saul has spent years serving as Idres’s loyal man on the continent. There he has gathered to him some of the finest knights of his day and equipped them as well as his ample plunder can manage. All of them ride chargers (he himself has three) and are garbed in the finest reinforced mail. As Idres’s elite cavalry, they have turned many battles, and Saul himself has covered himself with glory. His loyalty to his kin is renowned, as is his unflagging valour in battle.
Sir Senius: Loyal servant of King Bors of Ganis, Senius is an experienced and capable warrior. More hardy and less affected than his fellow Aquitanian knights, he appreciates the appetite for battle of the men of Logres.
Knights Errant and Mercenary
Sir Hervis de Revil: A landless knight but one of the finest men of Logres.
Bishop Roger of Sarum: The Roman Christian bishop of Sarum, Roger is loyal to both Roderick (his cousin) and the pope. A good man, who cares deeply about his flock, he sees promoting godliness and good behaviour in knights and lords as his duty.
Thomas the Fair: A travelling bard and minstrel who frequently passes through Salisbury, Thomas has a fine voice and an excellent memory for tales. His store of lore concerning the fae folk is likewise extensive.
Lady Verlayne: A witch dwelling near Ambrosius’s Dyke, north of Salisbury. One of the Ladies of the Lake.
Lady Selene of Heddemere: The White Lady of Heddenmere, north of Wandborough, and mistress of Sir Coelric.
Taliesin: The most gifted and famed bard in all of Britain, Taliesin is elderly now but has travelled all across the land and performed at every court. It is said that he knows all the tales of Britain, even from the earliest days, though there are many that he does not speak of.
Brother Aeddon: A black monk at St. Paul’s in London, Aeddon is responsible for overseeing the Sword in the Stone, which is an easy enough task for this amiable man.