(514-05-21) Melee First Charge Round 1 Part 1
Summary: A portion of the events that transpire during the 1st round of the grand melee
Date: 514-05-21
Related: Grand Melee Melee First Charge Round 1 Part 2
aeryn aeron glaw bryce acwel 



A field outside of Carlion is set aside for this spectacle. Hundreds of knights are dressed on each side of this melee. Those of Logres under Sir Kay move to line up upon one side, while those under Lord Knight Edryd of Cameliard line up along the other side. Both knights are making last minute checks over their knights as the marshalls line up over the field itself. Spectators gather of course, lining the sides, well beyond the lists for this event. No one wants to be close at hand should some control be lost with so many horses and men in armor in the chaos that is about to unfold.

Arthur, Guenevere and Leodegrance sit in a box close themselves, along with officers of both Kings. They have made choices for this event and the can too enjoy the festivities. White to yellow clouds drift lazy this spring day, a quiet settles over the field as both sides make ready for a first charge. Once the commanders seem ready, the field ssems clear and marshalls indicate each my charge the field. Both give signal of ready to their hundred knights, spurring thier horses to lead the first charge of the grand melee, the event of the Wedding Tourney officially now under way.

Glaw has leaves instructions for Cadfan, his squire, before he too is pulled into the ranks of the hundred knights to line up for that intitial charge. Thankfully his injuries from the Joust are much better now, and while he aligns his lance to judge, roughly, who he may meet in the initial clash, he does at least not recognize any famous coat of arms this time. Whew. When the signal comes, and the horses are spurred, Glaw does as well, barrelling down the field with his brothers and sisters-in-arms even as the field widens so horses may pass each other. Soon one of the opposing knights will veer slightly to the right into his approach, shields aligned, lances pointed….

First Charge Battle Commanders Roll:

Success
You make a check for Sir Kay Battle Commander Roll at 19, you rolled 8.
Success
You make a check for Edryd Battle Commander Roll at 19, you rolled 15.

Follow’s Fate, First Charge:
Failed.
You make a check for Robert Follower Fate First Charge at 15, you rolled 16.
Critical Fail!
You make a check for Olyver Follower Fate First Charge at 15, you rolled 20.

Round 1 Melee
Battle Unit Roll

Robert:
Melee Roll: 9 (organized)
Success
You make a check for Robert Unit Battle Roll Round 1 at 15, you rolled 8.
Olyver
Melee Roll: 6 (-10, Outnumbered)
Failed.
You make a check for Olyver Unit Battle Roll Round 1 (-10 outnumbered) at 5, you rolled 9.

Success
Glaw checked his lance of 12, he rolled 10.
Success
Nalia makes a check for Glaw's Young Knight at 13, she rolled 7.
Glaw rolls 6d6 and gets (2 2 5 4 5 4) for a total of: (22)
Failed.
Nalia makes a check for Glaw's Young Knight Horsemenship at 10, she rolled 19.
Success
Glaw checked his battle of 10, he rolled 9.

Aeron sits atop his charger, squire not far off, as the knights posture and prepare. He lowers his visor, secures his shield, and readies his lance before he starts to spur his horse into action with the other knights of Salisbury in the Vanguard, storming across the field at the wave of enemy knights coming right at him, trying to aim that lance at the knight that happens to line up opposite him!

Atop her horse, Aeryn has a lance in hand and shield at the ready. This is the closest tournaments ever got to real combat, so she's extremely focused on the knights across the way. When the go is given, she rides hard into the melee, finding a knight and charging in.

Failed.
Aeron checked his lance of 10, he rolled 16.
Critical Success!
Bradwyn makes a check for Aeron's Notable Knight's Lance at 16, he rolled 16.
Bradwyn rolls 6d6 and gets (2 3 2 3 4 1) for a total of: (15)
Success
Aeron checked his horsemanship of 15, he rolled 8.

Failed.
Aeryn checked her lance of 15, she rolled 18.
Success
You make a check for Aeryn's Opponent's Lance at 15, you rolled 5.
SirKay rolls 6d6 and gets (6 6 6 1 6 6) for a total of: (31)
Success
Aeryn checked her horsemanship of 15, she rolled 2.

Riding down to meet his opponent, Acwel hefts his lance, his horse Saint galloping as he lowers his head, preparing to strike his opponent right in the chest with the lance. Though he feels like it, he does not call out his family's motto, instead opting to be respectful of a fellow countryman as he gets ready to slam the guy on the torso with his weapon.

Bryce de Baverstock sits on his black stallion Devil, lance aimed as he spurs his steed on, shield held in his other hand; singling out an opponent in the other team's ranks his dark eyes narrow as they focus on his target.

His opponent, a fresh-faced knight bearing a coat of arms from Logres, calls out, "You will be defeated by Sir Eadwyn the Bold!" Apparently, the younger knight has not been told that hubris is an enemy of perfection.

Success
Bryce checked his Lance of 15, he rolled 11.
Success
You make a check for Bryce's Average Knight Lance at 15, you rolled 14.
SirKay rolls 6d6 and gets (6 4 4 1 4 6) for a total of: (25)
Bryce rolls 1d6 and gets (2) for a total of: (2)

Success
Acwel checked his lance of 13, he rolled 12.
Success
Nalia makes a check for Acwel's Young Knight Lance at 13, she rolled 4.
Acwel rolls 6d6 and gets (1 6 6 6 4 6) for a total of: (29)
Failed.
Nalia makes a check for Acwel's Young Knight Horsemenship at 10, she rolled 11.

Perhaps Glaw has learnt something from his early drop out from the Joust. Make that first charge count! With his lancepoint aimed just right, the poor young knight that has come at him is struck, and the horse rears enough to drop him to the ground while Glaw barrels past them, to the other side. Glaw does not hesitate, peering around to find his squire where he told him to be, tosssing down the unbroke lance of his to meet Cadfan, giving him a nod as the squire hands him his spear to replace the weapon, and with a quick turn, he seeks to reenter the fray, to find his next opponent.

Aeron meets Sir Notable with lances, failing to connect his own, and taking a solid hit in return, which rocks him yet fails to unseat him from his horse. Once that initial compact is made, and the cobwebs are shaken from his head, his sword being produced next.

The knight Bryce was aiming at in his charge keeps his lance pointed at the Baverstock. There is a loud clang, when lances hit shields, and Bryce feels himself suddenly being catapulted out of the saddle. The Baverstock flies through the air, but tries to absorb most damage from the fall with his agility. Soon he is on his feet again, drawing his sword as the melee commences.

The two columns collide with one another in a tumultuous meeting. Its a display of power and might certainly, even by the younger knights of the realm.

Aeron meets a knight that hits solidly, taking him from his horse. The rider turns to draw sword and stays with the group to press the melee.

Aeryn's knight does the same, pushing at her until she is off her mount and amongst the fallen scrambling for a horse before capture.

Glaw makes quick work of his young opponent, changing weapons to press for his side.

Acwel the same, showing the knights of Cameliard what Salisbury is about.

Bryce, however is knocked from his horse.

All told, the spectators can see, nearly half the Salisbury knights have fallen from their horse and are scrambling for one of the many horses on the field. However, the Cameliard team has fared far worse. Only a quarter of them remain in the saddle. The field is halved for the moment as teams scramble for horses to join the melee that unfolds. A dozen or so from each team move to remount, others still scrambling in the chaos as weapons being to ring out in the clash.

Success
Acwel checked his battle of 15, he rolled 1.

Bryce rolls 1d6 and gets (3) for a total of: (3)
Success
Bryce checked his Horsemanship of 10, he rolled 1.
Success
Bryce checked his Battle of 12, he rolled 6.
Bryce rolls 1d20 and gets (19) for a total of: (19)

Aeryn rolls 1d6 and gets (4) for a total of: (4)
Critical Success!
Aeryn checked her horsemanship of 15, she rolled 15.
Critical Success!
Aeryn checked her battle of 10, she rolled 10.
Aeryn rolls 1d20 and gets (18) for a total of: (18)

Success
Glaw checked his battle of 10, he rolled 9.

Aeron rolls 1d6 and gets (6) for a total of: (6)
Critical Fail!
Aeron checked his battle of 15, he rolled 20.

Bryce has barely managed to grab a riderless charger and swing himself into the saddle, when his dark eyes single out the standard bearer of the opposing team… and this is the direction he will spur the steed onto. To bring that banner down!

A dozen knights each on either side return to horses, Marshalls begin the work of determining who is out or captured as the melee continues. Robert Signals his group to stay focused on the remaining knights fo Cameliard as Edryd tries to keep them rallied on him for now. The commanders call the reserves to the ready, seeing how this first encounter plays out before directing them where to go on the field.

Falling off.. well that wasn't expected, and Aeryn quickly searches around for a horse. A charger, there! Hurriedly, she runs towards it and makes an epic leap, claiming the horse before another unhorsed knight could take it. Looking towards the others, she draws her sword and rushes into the melee, swinging towards an opponent, to try and knock them down.

Success
Aeryn checked her sword of 15, she rolled 11.
Success
You make a check for Aeryn's Opponenet Sword at 15, you rolled 11.

Failed.
Bryce checked his Sword of 13, he rolled 18.
Failed.
You make a check for Bryce's Opponenet Sword at 15, you rolled 17.

Acwel's charge is successful - while the other does bring his shield to bear, the Woodford knight's charge succeeds in dismounting his opponent in this opening move. Unfortunately for Eadwyn, he is thrust off of his horse, falling on the floor with a groan. Then the time comes for the Woodford knight to draw his sword and gallop towards his enemy, swinging the weapon in a wide arc.

Success
Acwel checked his sword of 15, he rolled 1.
Success
Nalia makes a check for Acwel's Young Knight Sword at 13, she rolled 5.
Nalia rolls 4d6 and gets (4 3 4 5) for a total of: (16)
Success
Acwel checked his horsemanship of 12, he rolled 1.

Aeron has taken a moment to get back into the fighting following the charge, finding one of the younger knights outlying the main body to enage in this fight, sword in hand as he goes in to start engaging the fellow!

Success
Aeron checked his sword of 15, he rolled 11.
Success
Bradwyn makes a check for Aeron's Young Knight's Sword at 15, he rolled 1.
Aeron rolls 4d6 and gets (2 4 2 1) for a total of: (9)

Critical Success!
Glaw checked his spear of 15, he rolled 15.
Success
Nalia makes a check for Glaw's Notable Knight Sword at 17, she rolled 11.
Glaw rolls 4d6 and gets (1 1 1 6) for a total of: (9)
Success
Nalia makes a check for Glaw's Notable Knight Horsemenship at 16, she rolled 4.

Her opponent was prepared, had seen Aeryn coming and so what ensues is a sword fight. The clanking of metal on metal echoes through the field, swords clashing with each other, then meeting shields, a duel, it seems, and the Winterbourne Stoke is dedicated, concentrating on the swordwork.

Unfortunately Acwel's attack was not quick enough — it slammed against the opponent's shield, who then proceeded to attack him. It would have threatened the Woodford knight's balance on horseback, but he holds steady and wheels around, ready to try and knock the enemy down on the next pass.

As Aeryn engages her young opponent, the two enter a duel of swords, their horses jostling about each other as blows ring off of one another's shield or are deflected by sword.

Bryce engages the standard bearer of Cameliard, it seems a hard fight as the man turns to face the knight of Salisubry, both aiming to have a good position versus striking the other.

Glaw takes his opponent perhaps by surprise fighting with a spear, the other knight can barely defend, but thankfully his shield is their to kepe the tip away.

Acwel takes a blow but stays on his horse.

Aeron is pressing against his knight.

The melee rages.

Rejoining the throng of riders as they turn to head into the melee with the remaining horsed opponents, Glaw soon finds himself with a much more skill, and while he skillfully threads his spearpoint past what little space the other, more skilled knight allows him, to strike against the shield, but the push is hardly enough to face the oppenent, whoe merely moves out of range for a moment, before closing in for another go at Glaw, who rolls his shoulder with a slight wince. Perhaps that injury from the joust is holding him back afterall.

Bryce swings his sword against the standard bearer, but it seems both he and his opponent are subjected to the unpredictable phenomenon of melee hysteria, as the blades of both he and the other knight miss their target by mere inches.

Failed.
Acwel checked his sword of 15, he rolled 19.
Success
Nalia makes a check for Acwel's Young Knight Sword at 13, she rolled 9.
Nalia rolls 4d6 and gets (4 3 5 5) for a total of: (17)
Failed.
Acwel checked his horsemanship of 12, he rolled 13.
Acwel rolls 1d2 and gets (1) for a total of: (1)
Success
Acwel checked his loyalty for lord of 15, he rolled 13.
Acwel rolls 1d6 and gets (6) for a total of: (6)

Failed.
Glaw checked his spear of 15, he rolled 18.
Success
Nalia makes a check for Glaw's Notable Knight Sword at 21, she rolled 5.
Nalia rolls 5d6 and gets (1 3 1 2 5) for a total of: (12)

Critical Fail!
Bryce checked his Sword of 13, he rolled 20.
Failed.
Bryce checked his Battle of 12, he rolled 19.
Success
You make a check for Standard Bearer against Bryce at 21, you rolled 15.
SirKay rolls 5d6 and gets (3 2 1 2 2) for a total of: (10)

Success
Aeron checked his sword of 15, he rolled 6.
Failed.
Bradwyn makes a check for Aeron's Young Knight's Sword at 15, he rolled 18.
Aeron rolls 4d6 and gets (4 5 4 4) for a total of: (17)
Failed.
Bradwyn makes a check for Aeron's Young Knight's Horsemanship at 10, he rolled 17.

Seems his knight got wise to him, as he easily ducks the spear thrust this time, to move his horse into Glaw's reach and even bypass his shield to strike chainmail, though the swipe glances off his shoulder, barely able to transfer any force into Glaw, who just steers his horse to take a step sideways to wheel around to bring his spear back to bear for the next go.

Failed.
Aeryn checked her sword of 15, she rolled 18.
Success
You make a check for Aeryn's Young Knight at 15, you rolled 8.
Aeryn rolls 4d6 and gets (5 6 3 2) for a total of: (16)
Success
You make a check for Aeryn's Young Knight Horsemanship at 15, you rolled 7.

Unfortunately for Acwel, this second pass proved disastrous — his sword sailed too high, missing the opponent as he gets struck in the chest, knocked off his horse. He, however, does not feel deterred by this. "FOR SALISBURY!" He shouts, gritting his teeth as he finds his sword on the ground and prepares to attack the Young Knight, even if on foot.

Aeron continues to engage in melee with the knight he's dueling, swords clashing, his own clanging against the armor of the other knights once already, and he brings in a stronger swing this second bout of engagements, hitting the young knight hard and sending him toppling to the ground!

Glaw and his knight press on in their combat.

Aeron dethrones his opponent (he has won his round, is good until round two).

Acwel falls for the round, may find a horse in round two and re-engage, he invokes his passion for the remainder of the grand melee.

Bryce drops his sword, focuses on filching it up the lanyard while the Standard Bearer focuses on him. He hits the others shield at least, leaving Bryce mounted to regain control of his dangling sword.

Bryce's sword connects with his opponent's shield in a loud CLANG, and somehow the weapon slips from his hand. "Sweet Lord above!", this exclaimed both in exasperation as well as to summon the Lord's blessing down onto him. The Baverstock could certainly use it. The sword of his opponent comes down on him but is luckily deflected by shield and armor.

Aeryn bashes her knights shield, the younger one cowering at her swings, unable to rebuttle with sword.

And the fight continues. Aeryn is fairly evenly matched with her opponent. Hits, misses, blocks, the battle to unhorse goes on. The charger beneath her not hers, but seems capable, he doesn't throw her at least. Her sword sturdy in her hand as she continues.

Success
Bryce checked his Sword of 13, he rolled 4.
Success
You make a check for Standard Bearer against Bryce at 21, you rolled 15.
SirKay rolls 5d6 and gets (4 2 1 1 6) for a total of: (14)
Failed.
Bryce checked his Horsemanship of 10, he rolled 11.
Fall from Horse:
Bryce rolls 1d6 and gets (4) for a total of: (4)

Success
Glaw checked his spear of 15, he rolled 10.
Success
Nalia makes a check for Glaw's Notable Knight Sword at 21, she rolled 4.
Glaw rolls 4d6 and gets (4 2 4 1) for a total of: (11)

Failed.
Aeryn checked her sword of 15, she rolled 19.
Success
You make a check for Young Knight against Aeryn at 15, you rolled 14.
SirKay rolls 4d6 and gets (6 4 4 3) for a total of: (17)
Critical Success!
Aeryn checked her horsemanship of 15, she rolled 15.

Failed.
Acwel checked his sword of 15, he rolled 17.

Clang, Clang! Glaw is back on the offensive, wheeling the horse around, thrusting at the other knight's shield and blade, keeping him on the defensive now with the marginally higher reach, but even so the other knight refuses to even give him the satisfaction of struggling with his hold on his horse and command of keeping in the saddle, and Glaw laughs at the other knight. "You better just topple already, lest we're here till sundown!", he dares to taunt. Yep.

As Aeryn takes a swing, she shows her skill on horse again by deftly staying atop her horse, while Glaw and his opponent. Glaw remains atop his horse, giving a push with his spear for the moment as knights move and fall about them. Bryce had the Standard Bearer, but the man proves why he was chosen to bear the banner.

Aeryn and Glaw continue their personal fight this melee round ….

Failed.
Glaw checked his spear of 15, he rolled 18.
Success
Nalia makes a check for Glaw's Notable Knight Sword at 21, she rolled 17.
Damage to Glaw:
Nalia rolls 5d6 and gets (5 1 5 3 1) for a total of: (15)
Failed.
Glaw checked his horsemanship of 14, he rolled 15.
Fall from Horse:
Glaw rolls 1d6 and gets (4) for a total of: (4)

Failed.
Aeryn checked her sword of 15, she rolled 17.
Success
You make a check for Aeryn's Young Knight Sword at 15, you rolled 6.
Damage to Young Knight:
Aeryn rolls 4d6 and gets (5 5 1 2) for a total of: (13)
Failed.
You make a check for Aeryn's Young Knight Horsemanship to stay mounted at 10, you rolled 15.

Well, apparently that taunt did it for the other knight, and when the sword comes swinging around this time, it is a solid ringing of chainmail that can be heard in turn, enough to make Glaw's charger spook and between the shove and the moving horse he soon finds himself in the mud instead, to make a solid crunching noise when he hits the ground, but soon struggles to get back on his feet, lest a marshall spots him and surely there are plenty of horses in the sea! Wait. You know what he means!

Glaw presses with his knight, but the man returns against the spear wielding Glaw and overcomes. Aeryn turns the tide against her young knight, sending him to the ground.

Aeryn and Aeron remain with Robert in their unit, the remainder of the knights find themselves squabbling for the horses that run about during the chaos around the groups engaged. As the battle continues, Sir Kay lines up the other two teams, preparing them to enter that chaos. It would seem Cameliard is doing the same with their reserves.

Bryce swings his sword at the banner bearer, with grim determination to bring him down, but alas, fate has other plans; while his own sword barely grazes the shield of the other knight, the banner bearer brings his own sword down on the Baverstock, and drives him out of the saddle! A low curse is muffled through gritted teeth when Bryce lands on teh ground pain rushing through his limbs from the impact. When a knight falls from a horse, it hurts! A fact Bryce can attest to now, doubly, after being unhorsed for the second time in this first charge.

The full outcome of Round One remains undeclared, so the other knights have a chance to finish their charge and round.

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