County: Salisbury
Religion: Pagan
Motto: Glory. Pride. Honor.
Colors: Gold, Red and Black
Liege: Liege (Earl Robert)
Starting Glory: 369

Passion (Picts - 10)
Passion (Saxons - 8-16)

Head of House: Sir Roaman de Burcombe
Predecessor: Sir Rhydian de Burcombe
Heir: Sir Caerwyn de Burcombe

Manor Overview

The Burcombes are the black sheep of the Salisbury knights. Most Burcombes hold steady to the old ways of the pagans, they are generous with the fruits of their land, often sponsoring or hosting events for the pagan gentry and commonfolk during Beltaine, Yule and other pagan holidays. Known for their stubborn belief in themselves and their own ways, many of the Burcombes are famous for contrary behavior - they are set in their habits, marching to the beat of their own drum and indulging in what they believe is right for them. Nonetheless, they are loyal to the Earl's ways - though infamous for their shrewd deviousness and their fearsome fighting, their hostile behavior has largely been directed towards the Saxons and other enemies of the state.

Though the Burcombes follow the old ways and the old gods, the heir, Caerwyn de Burcombe, has recently been revitalizing trade at the manor. Due to their prime location by the Free City of Wilton, the manor of Burcombe is slowly starting to become associated with fine woodwork and carpentry (due to their easy access to good lumber from the forest surrounding the nearby sacred grove of Faefyre, just south of Burcombe manor) and jewelry and masonry from Burcombe quartz from nearby quarries. They also share enmity with several houses - many good Christians look down at what they see as the ferocious wildness and uncivilized lusts that so many of the Burcombe line indulge in.


It is said that the Burcombe clan has never been truly defeated. When the Romans landed on the evergreen shores of Britannia, the ancestral roots of the Burcombe line - a collection of wild, midnight-haired and black-hearted Picts and Irish (Black Picts and Black Irish, so to speak) who had made it onto the island of Britannia and conquered by iron, blood and salt - were there to meet them. Unruly savages, they had once been called, their people intermixed with the local Cymric natives until the resulting bloodline - the Burcombes of today - could be tentatively called civilized. The Romans had bribed them into civility, if not submission, and when the first Earl of Salisbury had knighted the Burcombes and gifted them the manor, he gave them the choicest of lands near the Free City of Wilton. Oftentimes, when thieves and bandits could not sell in the city proper, the Burcombes bought their contraband cheap, and the Earl turned a blind eye more than once. They settled down to trading with their neighbors rather than just raiding them, including the Baverstocks across the river whom they enjoyed a fierce rivalry with, as well as the Dintons further downriver.

The Burcombes of olde were valued for their fierce loyalty and fierce fighting; donning war paint and chainmail blackened with charcoal dust, they rode silently under the night's cover and guarded the flanks in the wars Earl Salisbury fought. The Burcombes were a motley lot who held to the old ways, no matter the new infusion of blood; a century previous, some had married the Frankish maidens and manservants accompanying a retinue come across the Channel by boat, but it seemed as if the Burcombe way was adamant; glory, pride and honor, their motto read. It led many of them to be stubborn-headed and vice-riddled, as their Christian counterparts thought. But Burcombes were convinced in their beliefs - in the old pagan gods and the way of blood and flesh. Even with mass Christian conversions, they kept their way of life simply by being the most terrible on the battlefield - who would dare question it if the Morrigan saw fit to grant Burcombe grace and strength in war?

Two generations ago, Sir Rhydian had been the head of the Burcombe manor, and fought back the very Picts in the 440 raids that the Burcombes shared ancestors with. He was an imposing man who sired three children, all of them capable in their own right. Sir Roaman was his eldest - a terrifying force of nature on the battlefield, he became known as Roaman the Dark, not for his coloring, but for his explosive temper. Sir Roaman married a lady-in-waiting to the Earl's mother, a renowned, catty beauty known as Lady Aelian de Salisbury. Sir Rhydian's second son was an intemperate, lusty fighter, a man named Sir Alwyn, who finally settled down with a fierce pagan woman named Mairwen, who had the will to match his. His daughter, Gwyneth, married for love, eloping with a son of Steeple Langford, Sir Galwain, causing a vendetta that has torn the two families apart. The enmity between the houses lasts to this day.

By the time Sir Rhydian fell in the Battle of Windsor, he had lived a relatively long, satisfying life. Sir Rhydian was an indulgent man who, when he chose to do something, did it. His wife had been a common girl of uncommon beauty - to hell with what others said. His son Roaman had inherited the lands as well as a blood-fueled anger he kept in check just barely. He had proven his mettle in several battles, having given birth to fraternal twins in 465; more sons followed after. A quiet man who spoke low and bided his time, Roaman did not have to raise his voice to make a point; often enough, his sword arm was enough. He controlled himself and his urges in other places, followed the old ways, was a good man by pagan standards. He protected his own. He fought fearlessly. And when the priests said he needed to lay with a woman on Beltaine, he did. He was a man who was ruled by stern rules; where no rule had been set, his will was the way.

Tonight, he rules Burcombe with an iron gauntlet, with the support of his people. Burcombe may prosper, thanks to the stewardship of his heir, Caerwyn (who preferred the luxuries in life, a habit inherited by his mother and Roaman's wife), but it is the heir's twin, Catryn, that strikes forth to claim riches beyond Salisbury's borders for Burcombe. His brother's children have largely supported his rule. The Burcombes have often been unpopular for their indulgences and their shrewdness. While often choosing to take advantage of others when it benefited them, the Burcombes nonetheless still show a fierce loyalty to the Earl. They may question the Earl at times, seemingly the mavericks of the county, but their questioning has oftentimes led the Earl to consider possibly better alternatives.


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Political Relationships

Allies and Rivalries

durnford The Burcombes and the Durnfords share faith and perhaps some distant blood relation as well. Recently, the heir's twin sister, Sir Catryn, was betrothed to Sir Cynrain of the Durnfords. Their history is relatively short, but on the times they have met, they rallied together on the battlefield.
pitton The Pittons are another recent ally to the Burcombes; with the betrothal of Sir Rozenn to the second-born of the Pitton family, it seems apparent that the alliance - carefully cultivated over the years by the Head of House, Sir Roaman, in conjunction with his brother - has been long in the making, a result of tentative trade and traffic between the two over the years.


Noble Family Members



Sir Roaman de Burcombe

Current Head of house


Lady Aelian de Burcombe

Lady of the Manor

Rickard de Burcombe
rickard Son, age 22. Pagan knight. (age 22)


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Family Timeline
439 Battle of Carlion
440 Garrison: Pictish Raids, Passion Hate (Picts): 10
443 Died defending Garrison
460-461 GF Knighted
464 GF Married
465 Son Born (with Twin Sister)
473 Battle of Windsor, GF Died in Battle
485 Father Knighted/Battle of Mearcred
488 Invasion of Frankland
490 Battle of Lindsey
491 Battle of Terrabil
495 Battle of St. Albans/Attended Infamous Feast (on duty, not at feast)
500-501 War in Gales
503 Siege of London
505 Battle of Levcomagus
507 Liberation of London
508 Battle of Netley Marsh
512 Battle of Bassus River
512 Morning and Afternoon Battle - Terrabil/Caerwyn Knighted
514 Catryn Knighted
Starting Glory for Burcombe: 369
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