History Post Rome

A summation of most of the prior century. This is summarized from the Core Rule Book as well as The Great Pendragon Campaign.

439

Heavy Saxon Invasions begin along the southern coast, with Saxons gaining foothold in the region that will become Kent.

United kings drive the Irish out of Cornwall, a major battle occurs at Carlion this year.

440

King Constantin of Logres is murdered this year by one of his own guards (they are Silchester Knights).

There are heavy Pictish raiding this year.

441-442

Duke Vortigern of the Gewessi urges the High Council to chooses Constans, the young son of Constantin, as king. He relies on his uncle, Duke Vortigern, for advice.

There are heavy Irish Raiders this year in retaliation for the Battle at Carlion in 439.

443

Young Constans is murdered by his Pictish bodyguards, Duke Vortigern is elected as the next King of the Britons.

This year Pope Germanus visits Britain to condemn British Christianity.

444-445

Massive Pictish Invasion, north is occupied completely, raiders in large numbers come all the way to Logres. King Vortigern orders troops to garrison in homes and holdings during this invasion.

446

King Vortigern realizes he needs assistance, employs the assistance of Hengest and Horsa. Two leaders among the Saxons. Marching with the army of Vortigern, they take the fight to Lincoln and defeat the Picts in a great battle.

447 - 449

Using the Saxons, much of the Britons are spared as the Picts are driven out of the north, once again beyond the wall. Many Saxons start to arrive in Briton, including Hengest's daughter Rowena.

News from the continent, a new threat is invading the land of the Saxons, the Huns - thought to be half demon, half horse.

450

King Vortigern marries Rowena, Cantiacii Civatus is paid a bride price, it is renamed Kent. Dissent amongt Britons, Vortigern favors the Saxons more than loyal, native Britons.

451

Huns march to Rome, they do not get past the walls and turn on Gaul instead. Vortigern sends knights to aid Aetius de Gaul, driving the Huns from Western Europe. Cerdic is born to Vortigern and Rowena.

452-454

Irish colonize Dal Riada in numbers, Vortigern organizes raids over these few years into these newly settled lands.

455-456

Vandals sack Rome, sending the Western Roman Empire into disarray.

Vortigern moves Cornovii warriors to Dumonia, and Votadini to Cambria; they expel the Irish.
Vortigern allows Saxons to settle under Hengest's sons Octa and Eossa. With their settlers, they found Nohaut and Deira. More Saxons arrive in numbers to these new theods.

457

Eastern Britons rebel against Vortigern. The King marches against them, aided by Saxons. Battle ensues in Kent, the rebellion is crushed. Vortigern gives the lands of the Kantii tribe to his loyal Saxons. Many Britons move to Brittany to escape the rule of Vortigern.

458-459

More migrations to Brittany

460-461

Relative quiet

462

Rebellion against Vortigern, led by his eldest son, the court of Salisbury joins the Rebellion.

463

Night of Knives - Vortigern and Hengest call Britons to council at Stonehenge to seek for peace. It is a ruse, and the Saxon's murder all knights that come in attendance.

464-465

Vortigern with his Saxons march across Briton to exact tribute and plunder.
There is a turning, Vortigern escapes from some Saxons that have turned, to seek refuge at Gomeret - Merlin makes his appearance here.

466-467

Aurelius Ambrosius, son of King Constantin, brother of Constans, arrives with an army from Brittany. He summons discontented nobles and former rebels to ally with him. Vortigern is chased to Carlion, where many of his Saxons that remain depart as well. As they moving back to Kent, other allies begin to abandon Vortigern as well.

468

The Carlion Castle of Mount Snowdon is beseiged, the last holdout of Vortigern. Aurelius defeats and kills Vortigern. The High Council elects him High King, he takes the title Pendragon.

469-472

Aurelius consolidates. He seeks peace with Saxons, Picts and Irish, despite their raids. Though fewer than in prior years, the raids continues. Uther, Aurelius's younger brother makes a name for himself countering these raids.

473

The Saxons march into the Thames Valley, King Aurelius raises an army but is defeated at the Battle of Windsor.

474-476

More Saxons come to Kent, they raid and pillage the land, only fortified places are safe. The peasants suffer horribly in these years.

477

Aelle, a Saxon King arrives in southern Britain. He claim the southern area west of Kent, renaming it Sussex. King Aurelius marches against him, but before he can mount a victory, at the last moment Saxon's of Kent reinforce King Aelle, Aurelius narrowly escapes.

478-479

With years spent quietly building a fleet of ships, Aurelius sails the channel, a portion of the fleet raiding along the Saxon coasts of Britain, destroying ships there, as well as ships in the shipping lanes.

The bulk of forces land in Frisia, the native home of the Saxons, and deal a devastating blow to the Saxons in the hopes of repelling further migrations. The Saxons of Britain retaliate with viscous raids in the realms.

480

Saxons sail up the Port River towards Salisbury. Aurelius is nearly poisoned by a false doctor, but recovers. He meets the Saxons at Menevia while Uther marches a large army behind the Saxons, they are cut off and a great victory is won. Aurelius dies in the battle, Uther is named the new Pendgragon.

481-483

Saxons are quiet during this time, only minimal raids occur.

484

More Saxons arrive and settle the land of Diera, south of Nohaut, aided by Saxons of Britain and some northern Britons, they attack Malahuat. They proceed to siege Eburacum. Uther is eager to relieve the inhabitants, but is drawn into a trap. He narrowly escapes, suffering a great loss.

Upset at this defeat, Uther leads knights under dark to attack celebrating Saxons at Mt. Damen. This is a great defeat of the Saxons, but at a great loss of life among the knights.

485

Suffering losses, all squires are ordered to Windsor to be knighted by Uther.

Battle of Mearcred Creek: Uther summons Knights to Salisbury, and an invasion under Sir Amig presses into Sussex. It is a great battle, but fought to a standstill.

King Aethelswith of Kent sails a new contingent of Saxon settlers to Maldon, they prevail forcing the Duke to retreat to Colchester. Refugees flee into the Quinqueroi Forest, but are caught and enslaved.

War continues in Southern Caercolun (Anglia), Duke Lucius comes out to battle the advancing Saxons under King Aethelswith, but is defeated near Ipswich and is killed. Uther sends Sir Bastias to settle the area, he raises enough of an army to stop the advances by the Saxons. He reports more victories to the court, the court knows otherwise.

486

487

Embassies sent to Lindsey and Malahaut.

Taking some knights, Prince Madoc leads the fleet along the Saxon Coast to destroy ships, winning victories at Pevensy, Dover, Maldon, East Saxons and Wash.

488

Invasion of Frankland, raiding along the Coast.

489

Uther marches north to threaten Octa and Eossa in the North. The Cornish Army is gone. Raiding is had in Lindsey against the Saxons.

490

The Saxon army gathers to defend Lincoln in Lindsey, a great battle is had (7K Britons, 2K being Knights agains 10K Saxons). Octa and Eossa are captured.

491

Uther marches on Cornwall to render its submission. There are two strategic castles and forces are split between these two locations.

The bulk of the forces go to Terrabil. It is a devastating battle with much carnage, but the Royal Forces prevail despite heavy losses.

Tintagel Castle. The castle is taken, but Prince Madoc is killed in this battle.

No Duke of Cornwall is appointed under Uther again, Sir Thebert de Marlboro is appointed Warden of Cornwall.

Prince Madoc is buried near his uncle, Aurelius near Stonehenge.

Uther is wed to Ygraine this year.

492

Double Wedding at Tintagrel - King Lot marries Maragawse, King Nentres marries Elaine, daughters of Queen Ygrain (pregnant)

King Pellinor of Norgales is missing, the region is in chaos (Cambria).

493

Octa and Eossa escape from prison.

494

The Saxons come south out of Nohaut, lead by Octa and Eossa, they sack Lincoln.

495

Battle of St. Albans, the forces of Uther meet with those of Octa and Eossa as they continue to advance south this year. Victory.

At the Victory feast, the wine is poisoned. Uther is killed.

Much of Britain is controlled by Saxons/Picts/Irish (see map 495 prior to Anarchy Period) in the wake of this infamous feast

496

There is no King, a miraculous appearance of the sword in stone (anvil) is reported by Sir Brastias.

497

King Cedric invades Wight, conquers and gives command to his son, Prince Cynric.

Idres, King of Cornwall and Brittany invades Tintagel, a messenger seeks Queen Ygraine, but no help can be mustered.

498

King Idres continues his war in Cornwall, against Count Ebrin, eventually concluding with the siege of Exeter city, where the Count surrenders the city.

499

Kind Idres continues his war, marching against Jagent, eventually seizing Ilchester from the Earl.

Saxons warlords from the mainland are coming to seek terms with the Saxon kings, all spell doom for Logres/Briton.

All four Saxon Kingdoms in turn, seek alliance with Salisbury, knowing a war is pending between them to decide who is their high king of the Saxons in Briton (the bretwadda).

500

War in Dorset: King Irdes invades Dorchester in Cornwall, some knights go to help, though eventually the Cornish withdrawn before a major battle takes place.

Internecine War: King Aelle marches against King Jutes of Kent, mercenary knights are hired in force. Aelle wins, but his paymaster refuses to pay, until the matter is brought to Aelle himself, who insists payments be made.

War in Gales: King Nanteleod of Escavalion (vassal of Uther) pushes war against King Brycheiniog, with a quick defeat here, the King marches against Estregales, defeating the Irish settlements there.

A huge Saxon force lands off the Caercolun Coast. The Duke of Caercolun marches to battle, but the numerous saxons defeat him, then assault Norwich, and proceed to starve out Buckenham and Theftord. Any refugees fleeing are enslaved by the Saxons. Cwichelm is the King of this force, it is later learned he is of the land of Angli, the Angles have arrived.

501

The Angles continue to spread, claiming more lands east of Logres.

A large Saxon invasion in the south, Cerdic is defeated, under a chief named Port.

502

Saxons War - Aelle and others challenge the King of the Angles to claim to be bretwadda. King Aelle is victorious, but does not pursue or harass their territory after this defeat.

King Nanteleod gets the support of the rest of the Gales (Cambria).

503

King Aesc of Kent and King Aethelswith of Essex march armies upon the Thames Valley. Not known to bring siege engines, they employe Sir Helifer the Mercenary to come with so theymay besiege London. Defeated, the city is not sacked, but claimed by the Saxons.

King Nanteleod allies with Clarence of Lambor. They go to Bedegraine to forge this alliance.. The King of Malahuat marches south, joined by Elmet, making war in Cambria. King Nanteleod returns south with three leaders, joining with Duke Corneus of Lindsey, and they prevail in a great battle, driving the Saxons north once more.

504

King Idres continues his advance, laying siege to Wells, the city eventually surrenders.

505

Fighting continues in Somerset as Idres presses his war.

King Cerdic marches north against Salisbury. With him is King Port, but not King Aelle. Everyone in Salisbury is ordered inside, the Saxons pillage everything, find little food and lay siege to Sarum. They continue north.

King Nanteleod moves south towards Salisbury, the Salisbury knights join with him and they persue Cerdic to the northeast.

There are three decisive battles fought in this campaign.

The Battle of Levomagus, King Cerdic is outmaneuvered and quickly retreats.

The Battle of Royston (in Hertford), King Nanteleod moves east, meets up with Duke Ulfius. Kind Cerdic escapes, but they drive out the Saxons.

The Battle of Herford, King Nanteleod meets up with Duke Corneus of Lindsey, they move south from Hertford towards Essex. The meet with the armies of the Angle King, Aethelswith, and defeat the Angles soundly.

506

King Nanteleod moves west towards Cornwall to fight against King Idres. There is lots of maneuvering for position this year, but no engagements between the armies.

507

Duke Corneus of Lindsey besieges London, defeats the Saxons and the city is finally liberated.

King Nanteleod returns to Sarum, then west toward Wells, where he meets with the King of Somerset. Together, they besiege the towns taken by King Idres, winning back all of those in Somerset, though Idres refuses to be drawn out into battle. Idres is pushed back into Cornwall.

King Lot marches the Picts and the Cymri into Cumbria, Malahaut is invaded. The Centurion King defends, but few battles are had of note.

508

King Cedric marches north, King Nanteleod comes south. They meet near Windsor, the Battle of Netley Marsh ensues. One of the biggest battles to date in the realms. Near the end of the battle, a band of Saxons lead by Prince Cynric attacks from the flank. King Nanteleod is killed in this battle, it is a decisive victory for Kind Cedric. King Aethelswith is killed as well, the Angles are defeated.

509

News from the High Council, a tournament to be held next year. Possibly to determine a High King to unify Britain. The Countess de Salisbury has her son, Earl Robert, knighted.

510

The First Tournament … the first of its king, non-lethal combat only. It never concludes as news of the sword being pulled from the stone interrupts this. The sword is returned, other knights try again and fail. There are a series of assemblies beyond the city in which Arthur pulls the sword from the anvil again and again, other knights try and fail. Acknowledged as the King, Arthur takes the title Pendragon.

King Lot is dissatisfied with this, there is a battle between Arthur and Lot later that spring. Merlin joins the battle, Lot is favored by the numbers alone. The tides turn when Arthur draws Excalibur. This occurs in May.

In July, the two armies clash again in Bedegraine. This is a two day battle, King Arthur earns an indecisive victory as the enemy chooses to withdraw from the conflict.

Later, in Autumn, King Ryons of Norgales besieges King Leodegrance of Cameliard. King Arthur moves north to defend King Leodegrance.

Far in the north, beyond the wall, Saxons land and raid, there is a large battle at Wandesboro, King Lot defeats the Saxons.

511

A year of rebuilding, many castles in Logres are repaired. King Arthur personally sees to the repairs at St. Albans.

512

Word spreads to the kings not yet loyal to Arthur, to secure their support.

Malahaut is invaded by King Arthur, a major battle occurs at the borders, the Battle of Bassus River. The Centurion King, Barant de Apres is killed early in the conflict by King Pellinore. King Nentres of Garloth is defeated and killed as well in this battle. A decisive victory for Arthur, he takes parts of Malahaut for his own, as well as the whole of Garloth.

513

King Lot rallies and moves south to fight against Arthur once more. The armies meet near Castle Terrabil. There are two battles this day, the first happens just after first light. The enemy at this battle is lead by Sir Nero.

As Sir Nero is defeated and before Arthur can pursue, the army of Lot arrives by afternoon. Overwhelmed, many of the injured try to fight in the next battle. Luckily, King Pellinore arrives with his armies, to assist Arthur. They defeat Lot, who is killed in this battle.

Arthur orders the construction of a tomb to for the graves of the twelve enemy Kings slain in these battles.

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