An Exploration of the Heraldic Achievements of Arms borne by the various Knights of the Round Table
An Exploration of the Heraldic Achievements of Arms borne by the various Knights of the Round Table – prepared by Dunamace Strongarm, Nord-Draco Herald-Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary, Royal College of Heralds
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Called the Knight of the Fountain
Sir Cynan’s achivement features the fountain from his most famous quest, over which is lightning fr
Sir Cynon’s achievement stems, we believe, from the tale that gave him his knightly title. Despatched on a Quest to aid a drought-wracked land, Sir Cynon learned of a sacred fountain which could summon storms.
In order to gain this blessing, Taranis, Lord of the Skies, demanded tribute from Sir Cynon, and sent the Lightning Knight to duel. Sir Cynon defeated the champion of Taranis, and brought rain to the dry land.
This act earned him renown and his place in the Order of the Round Table. He later married the Lady Yvaine, twin sister to Sir Ywain the Lion Knight.
Sir Cynon was killed during the Queen’s Champion’s flight from Camelot. Having heard the fight between the Champion and Sir Agravain, Sir Cynon followed the Champion to the boat launch and challenged him there. Having been roused from sleep, Sir Cynon wore no armour, yet fought the Champion to a stand-still in only his bedclothes.
He was killed, alas, when Sir Elyan and Sir Safir arrived at the boat launch.
Sir Cynon is believed to have been a descendant of Clyddno Eiddin.
Called Sir Elyan the White
Sir Elyan’s achievement feature’s her father’s boar, winged, in flight. Displayed also is Sir Elyan’s achievement with abatement.
Sir Elyan, daughter of Sir Bors, the People’s Knight.
Sir Elyan attained her knightly name, the White, through her fair complexion and pale silver-white hair.
Sir Bors, being exceedingly protective of his only daughter, was known to have scoffed loudly when Elyan announced her intention to take up sword and shield and live the life of a knight.
His famous remark, that she would gain her spurs “when pigs fly” inspired Sir Elyan to, upon being elevated to the Order of the Round Table, take as her personal sigil her father’s boar, wing’d, and in flight.
Sir Elyan’s achievement is displayed proper above, and displayed with abatement.
Sir Elyan aided the Queen’s Champion in his revolvt against the Throne. With her sister-in-arms, Sir Safir, she spilled the blood of her brother-in-arms, Sir Cynon, during the Champion’s flight from Camelot.
Sir Elyan was killed during the War with the Champion. She died without heir or issue.
Sir Dinadan Goodfellow
Called Sir Dinadan the Trickster
On the left, a horn wielding faun at play. On the right, a rendering of Queen Guinevere holding King Arthur’s achievement.
Sir Dinadan Goodfellow, the histories tell us, was famed for his love of tricks. A dedicated follower of the teachings of Puck, Sir Dinadan was known for his quick wit and his often scathing humour.
One of the tales recorded recalls Sir Dinadan’s composition of a slanderous ballad about Mark of Cornwall, and his paying troubadours to play it around the Duchy. The ballad has sadly been lost to time.
Another tale mentions Sir Dinadan’s famed dislike of the Queen’s Champion. Known to prefer revels and feasts to battle, Sir Dinadan was nicknamed Sir Dinner-Dance by the Champion. The Champion implied that Sir Dinadan’s love of celebration was borne of cowardice.
Sir Dinadan retorted by composing, with his good friend Sir Tristan, the Ballad of the Prancing Knight – a tale of a knight with a wilted lance, unable to woo his own lady, who resorts to dressing his squire as the lady, and dancing with him. So the story tells us, the Queen’s Champion lost his famous composure and flew into a rage.
This rivalry was made worse when, some time later, the two knights were to face one another in a joust. Sir Dinadan won the advantage by appearing in the lists dressed as Queen Guinevere, which threw off the Champion.
Sir Dinadan is the only knight known to have taken a second achievement, with the specific aim of shaming a rival.
Called Sir Lucan the Castellan
The three salmon of Hoiuse Salmo. Alongside, Sir Lucan’s personal achievement – the silver towers of Camelot, guarded by white lions, and golden chains denoting his servitude to the Pendragon Throne.
Sir Lucan of House Salmo served as Castellan of Camelot to the High King Arthur. One of Arthur’s three chief officers of the Realm alongside Sir Kay the Seneschal and Sir Bedivere the Marshal.
Sir Lucan was responsible for the Royal Household. Responsible for the security of the Royal Capital, we have learned from the histories that Sir Lucan blamed himself for Camelot’s guards failing to stop the Queen’s Champion from fleeing with Queen Guinevere.
Sir Lucan remained loyal to Arthur throughout the Champion’s Revolt, and the War with Sir Mordred.
With his brother, Sir Bedivere, Sir Lucan was one of the few Knights of the Round Table to survive the Battle of Camlann, though he died of his wounds not long after the battle.
Called Sir Bedivere the Faithful
The three salmon of House Salmo. Alongside, Excalibur, denoting Sir Bedivere’s marshalcy and service to King Arthur, on a field of fleur de lis, referencing his home of Lyonesse.
Sir Bedivere of House Salmo served as Marshal of Albion to the High King Arthur. One of Arthur’s three chief officers of the Realm alongside Sir Kay the Seneschal and Sir Lucan the Castellan.
Sir Bedivere was responsible for the Marshalling of the King’s Armies and the Knights of the Round Table. Though not the strongest warrior or most skilled fighter, Sir Bedivere was a brilliant strategist and tactician.
A knight of great faith, Sir Bedivere accompanied Arthur on the Quest to Arcadia.
In the wake of the Battle of Camlann, Sir Bedivere returned Excalibur to the keeping of Lady Nimue. He would be a great mentor to King Arthur II, and his political strategy would outlive him, founding the Great House Karlennon.
Sir Catherine Ragnelle
Called Sir Kate, and also the Loathely Lady
Sir Kate’s achievement features a sleeping fox, patiently waiting ‘neath the eaves of a Greenwood Oak.
Sir Catherine Ragnelle is famed in the histories for being the Loathely Lady – a woman of hideous countenance who bound the High King Arthur into a promise that, should she give him aid, he would give her his breavest knight to wed.
She wed Sir Gawain, and in a story recorded elsewhere, a curse was broken and she became a beaufitul maiden.
However, her fame stems less from this, and more from being the first woman to attain a knighthood and join the Order of the Round Table. Sir Catherine became an inspiration for women all over Albion, many of whom took up sword and shield, and travelled to Camelot to petition to be taken in as Squires to the Round Table.
The histories tell us she chose her arms to represent the time she had patiently waited in the Greenwood, full-knowing that one day her curse would be broken.
Called Sir Bors the People’s Knight
On the left, the hound of House Canis. On the right, an example of canting arms – three boars, alluding to Sir Bors. Sir Bors, the histories tell us, was known to many as the People’s Knight. He spent a great amoung of his time defending the common folk, but also representing their interests at the Royal Court.
This earned him the love of the people, and the knightly name he proudly bore.
His daughter, Sir Elyan the White, was his greatest supporter.
Our research tells us that his heart never recovered from her betrayal during the Champion’s Revolt. He blamed the Champion for bewitching her somewhow.
He accompanied Arthur in the War against the Champion.
Sir Bors died at the Battle of Camlann.
A Knight of the Round Table
Sir Catigern’s achievement featured a lion couchant, displaying the skull of his enemies. This would become the sigil of the house he founded, House Correntein. We believe this may be a forebear house to House Charenten. Sir Catigern was the son of Vortimer, thereby the grandson of the usurper warlord Vortigern, whose deeds did much harm to Albion. Vortigern and Vortimer were killed by Uther Pendragon.
Sir Catigern was fostered with various noble houses of Albion, and after being duly tested and tried, achieved a seat at the Round Table.
He earnestly quested his whole life, in order to wash away the stain of his forebears deeds from his own name.
Sir Catigern died at Camlann, fighting alongside his sovereign and commander, Arthur Pendragon.
Called Sir Tristan the Gallant, and the Mariner
The crow of House Hroc, into which Tristan was adopted after being disinherited from House Garrulus. His personal achievement refernces his adoptive house, as well as the harp for which he was famed. We hardly need say aught of the famed Sir Tristan, for his deeds are still spoken of even today.
He was famed as a skilled mariner, and famed as a wonderfully talented bard. With his close companion, Sir Dinadan, he would entertain the Royal Court and the common folk alike.
His ill-fated love for Iseult of Erin is well-known, and their tragic ballad, penned, we believe, by Sir Dinadan, is still sung today.
Sir Tristan fought alongside Arthut in the War against the Champion. His hatred of the Champion was well-known.
Sir Tristan died of a poisoning, some time before the Battle of Camlann. He is buried on the Isle of Sarnia, alongside his true love, Lady Iseult.
Called Sir Gonsman the Strong
The Hound of House Canis. Alongside Sir Gonsman’s personal achievement referencing his strength of arms and tourney victories. Sir Gonsman of House Canis was called Sir Gonsman the Strong, and for good reason, so the histories tell us. Our research has indicated that Sir Gonsman was famed across Britannia for entering into melee tourneys, and soundly defeating his opponents by numerous crushing blows.
A cousin to Sir Bors, he served as the Head of House Canis until his death.
Sir Gonsman disappeared during the War against Pelllam, His body was found after the war had ended, cloven nearly in twain, struck dolorously.
Upon his body was a simple message: “I am everywhere – in the land and in the heart of it’s people. I am Albion’s spirit and you cannot bind that which freedom will make undone.”
Called Sir Morien the Mighty
Sir Morien’s achievement features three black lions, allegedly a rare breed of the Southlands, on a blood-red field. Sir Morien the Mighty was a Prince of the Southlands, who accompanied Sir Palamides and his daughters to Albion, to serve the High King Arthur.
It is said that Sir Morien was so strong that nought but the strongest blows could do him any harm. He is said to have been able to strike arrows and spears out of the air if they were thrown or shot towards him.
A skilled warrior, Sir Morien was one of the few Knights of the Round Table to survive the Battle of Camlann, having fought against the forces of Sir Mordred.
After the death of the High King, it is said Sir Morien lost all hope, and set sail once more for the Southlands, never to return to Albion’s shores.
Called Sir Dagonet the Bard
Sir Dagonet’s personal achievement – another example of canting arms – a chevron in sable on a field argent, with, as one book notes, a “dag on it”
Some call him Arthur’s court jester, and in truth Dagonet had perhaps the greatest sense of humour of all Arthur’s knights. His story telling could hold a room enraptured, and then have them all collapse in fits of laughter.
Sir Dagonet is recorded to have been involved in many battles of notion – that is, verbal duelling. It is said that his tongue was as sharp as his sword.
Accompanying Arthur in the War against the Champion, it was Sir Dagonet who rallied the Lords of Lyonesse to support Arthur in his hunt for the traitorous Queen’s Champion.
Sir Dagonet died at the Battle of Camlann.
Called Sir Madoc the Mad Dog
Sir Madoc’s achievement, a griffin, passant, on a field Or and Sable. We believe this references a now exinct noble house. Sir Madoc was a cousin to the High King Arthur, and one of the first to rally to his banner when he pulled sword from stone.
Known for his frenzy in battle, Sir Madoc became known as King Arthur’s Mad Dog.
Sir Madoc was killed during by the warlord Erof the Cruel, not long after the founding of the Order of the Round Table. The histories record little of him, alas. But a lament for him was written, we believe, by the great bard Taliesin. This can be found in the Book of Taliesin.
A copy has been included alongside these rolls for your persusal.
Called Sir Villiars the Valliant
The Arms of Sir Villiars, recognisable as the arms still used by the noble House de Vere. Sir Villiars of House de Vere was known as the Valliant Knight.
Exaclty why this is the case, we are genuinely unsure. Though there is nothing written to suggest Sir Villiars was anything other than a good Knight of the Round Table, we have been unable to discover any particular records of his quests and deeds.
Let alone any that would explain being granted such a noble epithet.
There are records of Sir Villiars accompanying the High King Arthur in his many battles, however nothing that marks him out as particularly valliant.
There are one or two references, however, to his generous support of bards, troubadours, and players. It is entirely possible that his name came from fame gained through bardic endeavour.
Sir Villiars is known to have fallen at the Battle of Camlann.
A Prince of the Southlands
The achievement of Sir Palamedes references the night hunting of the Southland Eagle, along with a Southland Scimitar. Sir Palamedes wes a Prince of the Southlands who travelled to Allbion to serve the High King Arthur.
Sir Palamedes, we believe, was responsible for introducing black tea, from the Southlands, to court. He may also have been responsible for bringing the leaves of the red bush, from far Kongasa.
His twin daughters, Sir Esclabor and Sir Safir, were his proudest achievement – he trained them in the knightly arts from a young age.
When his daughter Sir Safir allied herself with the Queen’s Champion, Sir Palamedes gave up his sword and became a monk.
He took up his sword once more at Camlann. He died during the battle.
Called Sir Johanna the Fearless
Sir Johanna was called the Fearless for good reason – the histories tell us that she faced off agaisnt many threats and dangers in her time, with the utmost bravery.
She came to Camelot seeking knighthood, and was squired to Sir Kate. She became the second woman to gain entry to the Order of the Round Table.
Hailing from Carlisle, she acted as Castellan when Arthur held his court from that ancient City. This is somewhat evident through the inclusion of the Keswick Rose and the colours of Carlisle in her achievement.
Sir Johanna’s deeds were numerous, but she was perhaps most famous for defeating the Nightmare Lords who dwelled in the Great Barrow, near to Tewkesbury. Her epithet, it is written, was well-earned at this time.
It is believed that the words of Carlisle, “Be Just and Fear Not” were first spoken by Sir Johanna. Sir Johanna fell during the Battle of Camlann.
Called the Knight of the Fisher King
Sir Tor’s achievement shows the marks of the Fisher King. Fish, of course, and the Poisoned Chalice. All gifts from the Fisher King have a price. Sir Tor, we have discovered, was not only a devout sdherent of the teachings of the Fisher King, but, according to some tales, was in fact the adoptive son of the Fisher King.
He came to the Court of Camelot to help guide the High King Arthur through the teachings of the Fisher King.
He served as a Knight Arthur of the in Round many battles.
Table, and fought alongside
Sir Tor perished in the War against the Champion.
Called Sir Ector the Bold, and the King Maker
The Bear of House Ursus. Alongside, Sir Ector’s personal arms, alluding to his role in bringing Arthur to The deeds of Sir Ector are well-known, and should require little expounding here.
Sir Ector, of the House Ursus, was a prominent figure at the Court of Camelot, having raised the High King Arthur as his adoptive son, and paved the way for his accession to the Throne.
Sir Ector served as one of the King’s chief advisors and most loyal supporters.
With Arthur in all his important battles and deeds, Sir Ector was killed at the Battle of Camlann.
Called Sir Kay the Seneschal
The Bear of House Ursus. Alongside, the crossed golden keys of the Realm. Sir Kay the Seneschal served as one of Arthur’s chief officers, alongsdie Sir Bedivere the Marshal and Sir Lucan the Castellan.
Raised to regard Arthur as a brother. Sir Kay of House Ursus once held Arthur in service as his own squire. Upon Arthur acceeding to the Pendragon Throne, Sir Kay was entrusted by Arthur with great powers and responsibility for the management of the Realm.
For who else could the High King trust more than his own brother?
Sir Kay remaind unwaveringly loyal to the High King for all his days. He stood alongside him in every shield wall, and rode with him on every charge.
Sir Kay was killed at the Battle of Camlann.
A Knight of the Round Table
The achievement of Sir Alymere makes very plain her allegiance to the Lady of the Lake, showing Nimue’s arm holding Excalibur aloft. Sir Alymere was a knight in service to the Lady of the Lake. She was marked in the rolls and histories as a great and loyal knight.
She arrived at the Royal Court after the War with the Champion. We believe, from our research, that Sir Alymere was sent to replace the previous knight of the Lady of the Lake, who had fully failed in their duty.
We have discovered some references to the Queen’s Champion being known also as the Knight of the Lake. Some of the histories even suggest that he was the foster son of the Lady of the Lake.
Whatever the truth, She we was know killed for certain a the Battle that Sir of Camlann.
Alymere was a great knight.
A Knight of the Round Table
Sir Aglovaile’s achievement shows the Hand of Taranis. Sir that he Aglovaile was a was devout a Knight servant of of the Taranis, Round the Table. Sentinel We know of the from Skies, several and records the Master of the Wheel of the Year.
Sir Aglovaile served for some time as the King’s Remembrancer, in charge of the Royal Calendar, the passage of time and marching of the days being a particular point of faith for Taranites.
Sir Aglovaile was, we believe, due to marry a relation of Sir Morien the Mighty.
This match, however, never occured, for Sir Aglovaile was slain by the Queen’s Champion during the War where the High King led his armies over the sea to hunt the Champion down.
Called Sir Agravain the Steadfast
Sir Agravain’s fate is an unfortunate one. The histories tell us that Sir Agravain, from the very start, disliked, and was suspicious of, the Queen’s Champion. Their rivalry is recorded in more detail than any other.
We have learned that Sir Agravain was guarding Camelot when the Champion arrived to take Queen Guinevere. Sir Agravain waylaid the Champion, and was the first Knight of the Round Table to fall to the Champion’s lance.
These arms appear to have been granted posthumously. We believe the red lance here not to be an abatement, but a bloody mark of the sacrifice of Sir Agravain.
Sir Agravain’s blood was shed by his brother-in-arms, a fell and accursed act under the oaths of the Knights of the Round Table.
Sir Agravain stood fast against the Champion, and was laid low.
Called Sir Brunor le Noir
Sir Brunor’s achievement features the chequy lion of his father, on a field sable, from which he took his name. Famed in jest for his badly-cut coat, having arrived at court as a young squire wearing his father’s armour and surcoat, which were far too large for him.
Sir Brunor was a companion to Sir Mordred, and the pair went on many adventures together. A squire at the same time as Mordred, Brunor watched him grow from a feeble and arrogant child, into a knightly man. Brunor was perhaps best placed to observe the strange changes that had overcome Mordred, and take note he did, bringing his concerns to the Merlyn.
He continued to be a companion to Mordred at the Merlyn’s bidding, but renounced his friendship with Sir Mordred when his deeds and actions grew too much for the knight to bear. He took news of Mordred’s deeds to the King and the Merlyn, and, recounting them, saw how they unnerved the King, who wanted to see nothing but promise in his heir.
On the field of Camlann, Sir Brunor was killed by his old friend, Sir Mordred.
A Knight of the Round Table
Sir Azrael served as a Knight of the Round Table.
Sir Azrael recieved the Mark of the Raven upon his achievement for service to the Lady Morgana. Above his achievement is rendered with the sable bar and the Red Lance of Treachery. This mark of trason is recorded due to Sir Azrael supporting Sir Mordred at the Battle of Camlann, and spilling the blood of his brothers-in-arms.
Sir Azrael was believed to have perished at the Battle of Camlann, however he was seen in recent years accompanying the corrupted shade of Lady Morgana.
Called the Knight Stalker
The guardian wolf of Sir Gawain, whose achievement features also the Green Knight’s axe, whom Sir Gawain did defeat.
Sir Gawain is known by many to have been the first true were. He is also famous for being the husband of Sir Kate, the Loathely Lady. He is also recorded as being the greatest of Arthur’s Knights, though some sources attribute this to the Queen’s Champion.
Sir Gawain was a great supporter of the women who had come to Camelot seeking their spurs, and was known to take them as squires.
He retired from the Court of Camelot prior to Arthur’s invasion of Arcadia, entering the Chapel Perilous to serve the Hunter.
Sir Gawain returned once more to Arthur’s service at the Battle of Camlann, descending on Camlann from the Greenwood at the head of a vast wolf-pack.
Sir Gawain was one of the few knights to survive the Battle of Camlann.
A Knight of the Round Table
Sir Lanval was a skilled fighter, near unsurpassed on foot with sword and shield.
She crafted her achievement around her many tournament victories. one fleur-de-lis for each victory, and a great star for winning the melee at the Great Tournament held for the High King’s marriage to Queen Guinervere.
Sir Lanval accompanied the High King on his invasion of Arcadia. She was believed dead, for she did not return to Albion with the King’s party.
She emerged from the Mists of Avalon some years later, accompanied by a shimmering and beautiful fae maiden.
The histories record that Sir Lanval had become lost in Arcadia, and happened upon the fae maiden, and protected her from attacking beasts. They had fallen in love, and were married in Arcadia. Though they stayed in Camelot for a time, Sir Lanval and her wife returned to Arcadia.
Sir Lanval only returned to Albion once more, riding out of the Mists with a host of Fae Knights, to join the Battle of Camlann. Sir Lanval broke Mordred’s shield wall, but perished in the Battle.
Called Sir Esclobar the Scorpion of Night
The Scorpion was a personal sigil of Sir Esclobar, for her skill with poison and propensity to attack by night.
Sir Esclobar was the elder daughter of Sir Palamedes, and elder twin to Sir Safir.
Where Sir Safir threw her lot in with the charming and devious Queen’s Champion, Sir Esclobar remained loyal to the High King Arthur.
When her father, Sir Palamedes, hung up his sword, Sir Esclobar vowed to track down her sister and bring the King’s justice to her.
Sir Escolbar accompanied her King in the War against the Champion.
She fulfilled her vow to bring Sir Safir to justice, but died doing so.
Called Sir Galleron of the Greenwood
The achievement of Sir Galleron makes many references to his home within the Greenwood. Sir Galleron of the Greenwood arrived in Camelot with his companion Sir Arrok. Both were Greenwood rangers before travelling to Camelot to seek a place at the Round Table.
Whereas Sir Arrok was a master archer, Sir Galleron was a master woodsman, and was famed for entering the fray wielding an enormous axe, the haft of which was made from a tree. A young tree, we presume, but a tree nonetheless.
Sir Galleron, it is recorded, was responsible for the legendarily beautiful gardens of Camelot. Sir Galleron was, so the records tell us, the first to be tasked with the upkeep of the Sacred Groves of Albion.
Sir Galleron was one of the few knights to survive the Battle of Camlann. He returned to the Sacred Grove, and was never seen to leave, but seeminly disappeared entirely.
A Knight of the Round Table
Sir Degrave’s achievement is another example of canting arms – two spades and a skull, ready to “dig grave” – the raven is a reference to service to the Lady Morgana.
Sir Degrave served as a Knight of the Round Table.
Sir Degrave recieved the Mark of the Raven upon his achievement for service to the Lady Morgana. Above his achievement is rendered with the sable bar and the Red Lance of Treachery. This mark of trason is recorded due to Sir Degrave supporting Sir Mordred at the Battle of Camlann, and spilling the blood of his brothers-in-arms.
Sir Degrave was believed to have perished at the Battle of Camlann, however he was seen in recent years accompanying the corrupted shade of Lady Morgana.
A Knight of the Round Table
Sir Safir’s achievement features the Southland Sun in splendour, over the dueal scimitars she was famed for wielding. Where her sister, Sir Esclobar, preferred to work by knight, Sir Safir worshippeed the Sun. This, and their sharing the same face, led many to joke that Sir Esclobar and Sir Safir were one knight who changed their name at dawn and dusk.
Ever earnest for glory and ambitious to a fault, Sir Safir threw her lot in with the Queen’s Champion.
She broke her vows to the Round Table by cutting down her brother-in-arms, Sir Cynon, during the flight of the Champion and Queen Guinevere from Camelot.
Sir Safir died during the War with the Champion, struck down by her twin sister Sir Esclobar, to whom she also delivered the killing blow.
A Knight of the Round Table
Sir Oswyn’s achievement depicts boxing hares above a sleeping fox
Sir Oswyn served as a Knight of the Round Table.
Sir Oswyn recieved the Mark of the Raven upon his achievement for service to the Lady Morgana. Above his achievement is rendered with the sable bar and the Red Lance of Treachery. This mark of trason is recorded due to Sir Oswyn supporting Sir Mordred at the Battle of Camlann, and spilling the blood of his brothers-in-arms.
Sir Oswyn was believed to have perished at the Battle of Camlann, however he was seen in recent years accompanying the corrupted shade of Lady Morgana.
Sir Bohart Eusebes
Called Sir Bohart the Pious
Sir Bohart’s arms depict the Hand of the Architect wielding his chief tool and symbol, the compasses, above a shining white city speading the illumination of order into the darkness.
Sir Bohart Eusebes was a Knight of the Round Table who served at Camelot as a Chaplain of the Architect.
His role in Arthur’s Court was to aid with the design and construction of the High King’s new realm.
Sir Bohart was known to be exceedingly pious. The name he was granted by the Order of the Knights Templar, Eusebes, means Pious. This was also his knightly epithet. Thus, his name means Sir Bohart Pious the Pious.
Sir Bohart unfortunately perished on a quest into the Greenwood. The loss of Sir Bohart and his company helped the Pendragon Throne see that not all the Wild Places should be tamed and civilised.
Called Sir Arrok Strongbow
Sir Arrok came to Camelot having spent his early life as a Greenwood Ranger. He was known to be a magnificent shot with a bow, thus marking him out from the other Knights of the Round Table.
Sir Arrok was instrumental in battling the plague of chaos serpents which had spread across Albion, claiming the life of Sir Tristan and the arm of Sir Caradoc.
His inclusion of serpents in his achievement makes reference to this, alongside his proficiency with a bow, and the star marking out his championship at various tourneys.
Sir Arrok was killed during the War with the Champion.
Called Sir Urien the Winter Heart
The Arms of House Winterheart, alongside the personal achievement of Sir Urien, the Winter Heart.
Sir Urien, alongside Sir Leodegrance, was one of the few Knights and Warlords to immediately support King Arthur, having been a companion to Uther Pendragon.
He was known to be a close companion to the Lady Morgana, evidenced by the inclusion of the ravens in his personal achievement. However when she threw her support behind her son, Sir Mordred, Sir Urien made it his goal to strike her down.
Sir Urien and his men-at-arms fought their way through Camlann to where Lady Morgana stood weaving her magicks. She fought Sir Urien, which broke her magicks long enough for the Merlyn to restore balance to the battle.
Sir Urien was killed by the Lady Morgana. It is said she wept over his body, and fought her own warriors who tried to loot Sir Urien’s corpse.
Called Sir Ywain the Lion Knight
The Arms of House Winterheart, alongside the personal achievement of Sir Ywain, the Knight of the Lion.
Sir Ywain was famed for being a great and good knight, but moreso for being always accompanied by a lion.
The histories do not records exactly where Sir Ywain found a lion, nor exactly how he tamed and trained it. As far as we can tell he simply arrived one day at Camelot, with a lion, and no-one seemed to question it.
Over time, Sir Ywain became a close companion of Sir Mordred. Some records allude to Sir Mordred revealing something of importance to Sir Ywain. Though we know not what it was that Sir Mordred said to Sir Ywain, it was enough to sway him to the Black Dragon’s banner.
Before the battle of Camlann, Sir Ywain threw himself upon the King’s mercy, and fought against Mordred at the final battle.
Sir Ywain, and his lion, were both killed during the Battle of Camlann.
A Knight of the Round Table
The achievement of Sir Lamorak rendered proper, and rendered with the treacherous abatement.
Sir Lamorak is recorded as a Knight of the Round Table of exceptional martial prowess – not, perhaps, as skilled as Sir Gawain or the Queen’s Champion, but skilled enough to merit mention.
He was, it is recorded in the histories, a companion to Sir Mordred. According to some sources, Sir Lamorak was instrumental in rousing popular support for the young Sir Mordred as Heir to the Throne.
Sir Lamorak was killed by Sir Mordred, prior to the Battle of Camlann. It is believed that Sir Lamorak had grown uneasy with Sir Mordred’s ambitions for the Throne.
Soources indicate Sir Lamorak was in favour of a peaceful transfer of power from the older King. Sir Lamorak asked to meet with Sir Cador near Poynton Keep. It was here that Sir Cadoc discovered Sir Lamorak’s body.
Perhaps he was seeking to return to the King’s favour. His arms bear the Red Lance, regardless.
A Knight of the Round Table
Sir Cador’s personal achievment depicts a rampant gryphon on a halved field of green and white.
Sir Cador of House De Orabye was younger brother to Sir Leodegrance, and a firm and fervent support of the High King Arthur from the very beginning of his reign.
He was the father of the Lady Elaine of Astolat, to whom was married the Queen’s Champion, making Sir Cador the grandfather of Sir Galahad.
After the death of his elder brother, Sir Cador assumed the headship of House De Orabye. He became so zealous in his desire to protect his King from further intrigue and threat, he established a battalion of whisperer’s around the Realm.
He was appointed by the High King as the first Lord Provost. Through Sir Cador’s whisperer’s, Arthur’s knights became aware of the treachery of Sir Mordred, which forced Mordred into the field before he was ready.
Sir Cador fell at the Battle of Camlann.
A Knight of the Round Table
Sir Leodegrance bore the familial achievement of his House, the House De Orabye. He did not wield a personal achievement.
Sir Leodegrance of House De Orabye was the father of Queen Guinevere. As such, he became an important figure at the Court of Camelot.
Sir Leodegrance was one of the seniormost leaders of the realm before Arthur pulled sword from stone. When some knights and warlords refused to accept a boy as King, Sir Leodegrance immediately pledged himself to Arthur. He is recorded as claiming to all, “If a Boy has been chosen, a Boy shall be King.”
One of Uther’s most leal knights, Sir Leodegrance was a fervent supporter of the Pendragon Line. The records state that he was heart-broken when his daughter betrayed the High King with the Queen’s Champion.
He rode forth in the War against the Champion, but the loss of his daughter robbed him of all his will. The scholars record that he died of a broken heart some years after that War.
A Knight of the Round Table
Sir Maleagant’s arms depict a horn and sun, with the Mark of Morgana within the sun. We believe these to be the Arms of an extinct House.
Sir Maleagant served as a Knight of the Round Table.
Sir Maleagant recieved the Mark of the Raven upon his achievement for service to the Lady Morgana. Above his achievement is rendered with the sable bar and the Red Lance of Treachery. This mark of trason is recorded due to Sir Maleagant supporting Sir Mordred at the Battle of Camlann, and spilling the blood of his brothers-in-arms.
Sir Maleagant was believed to have perished at the Battle of Camlann, however he was seen in recent years accompanying the corrupted shade of Lady Morgana.
Called Sir Caradoc the Scribe, also Caradoc Short-Arm
Sir Caradoc’s achievement makes reference to the tale in which he lost his right arm to the venom of a poisonous serpent.
By the time Arthur pulled sword from stone, Sir Caradoc was already in his middle-years. He served as one of the High King’s chief counsellors, and his Royal Scribe.
Sir Caradoc vacated this role when he lost the lower portion of his right-arm to a magical, venomous serpent. He was able to chop his own arm off before the venom spread too far into him, and was called, thereafter, Sir Caradoc Short-Arm.
The timing of Sir Caradoc’s arm loss corresponds with the death of Sir Tristan – we believe this suggests they both fell victim to the same plague of magical serpents released around Albion by the servants ot chaos.
It is believed Caradcoc was a descendante of Cerdic, of the Sais, whose invasion of Albion was foiled by Ambrosius Aurelianus, elder brother of Uther.
Sir Caradoc fell at the Battle of Camlann.
Sir Galahad Callesd Sir Galahad the Pure
The Arms of Sir Galahad depict the Golden Falcon of his father’s house, overlaid with the Red Lance of Treachery Sir Galahad is known to have been a great knight.
His mother, the Lady Elaine of Astolat. was a cousin to Queen Guinevere, and, according to the tales, shared much of her look. Court rumour suggests this is why the Queen’s Champion married her.
Sir Galahad would father several children with a fae maiden of Arcadia. One of which would grow to be Sagramor, a Lord Regent of Albion to King Edward III Pendragon.
Sir Galahad’s restless shade was, allegedly, discovered and fought around ten years ago.
Sir Galahad was one of the few Knights of the Round Table to survive the Battle of Camlann., though he left the fielded magically wounded.
Part way into King Arthur II’s reign, Sir Galahad retired from Court to an Abbey of the Architect, wherein he died at a grand old age. He was buried with the Banner of the High King Arthur.
Called Sir Percival the Grail Knight
Sir Percival’s achievement depicts the healing grail which saved him and his people, winged, on a sky blue field. This would become House Penhaligon’s sigil.
The tale of Sir Percival’s addition to the Round Table is best sought in the libraries. After Arthur healed him with the Grail, Sir Percival dedicated himself to the healing arts.
At the battle of Camlann his powers kept Arthur’s forces hale and hearty.
After Arthur’s invasion of Arcadia, Sir Percival toured Albion, using the Cup to heal the land
He founded the House Penhaligon and made his home in Cornwall, taking the name of the land where he built his keep as his family name.
Sir Percival was one of the few Knights to survive the Battle of Camlann. He was a loyal supporter and mentor to Arthur II. He died peacefully, in his keep, surrounded by those he loved, some time towards the middle of Arthur II’s reign.
Called Sir Mordred the Black Dragon, and the Ruinous Prince
The foul deeds of Sir Mordred are well known.
In truth, all records of his arms have been destroyed. We have created these attributed arms based on the epithet by which he was known – the Black Dragon.
We have displayed his arms proper, and inverted – the ultimate abatement, signifying total dishonour, a mark of high treason.
The Royal College of Heralds argued for several days over the inclusion of these arms. Some amongst our numbers believed it blasphemous and irreverent to our new King to recreate the arms of the Arch-Traitor. The impetuous child who profaned his blade with the blood of his King and his Kin.
Eventually it was agreed that, for academic purposes, and indeed for the security of the realm, the Sign of the Black Dragon should not be forgotten.
Sir Ywain of Caerleon
A Knight of the Round Table
The Arms of Sir Ywain of Caerleon, we believe, were the arms of an now extinct noble house.
Sir Ywain of Caerleon served as a Knight of the Round Table.
Sir Ywain of Caerleon recieved the Mark of the Raven upon his achievement for service to the Lady Morgana. Above his achievement is rendered with the sable bar and the Red Lance of Treachery. This mark of trason is recorded due to Sir Ywain of Caerleon supporting Sir Mordred at the Battle of Camlann, and spilling the blood of his brothers-in-arms.
Sir Ywain of Caerleon was believed to have perished at the Battle of Camlann, however he was seen in recent years accompanying the corrupted shade of Lady Morgana.
A Knight of the Round Table
The achievement of Sir Marrock depict a rampant wolf. We believe he may have been of Norscan descent. Sir Marrock served as a Knight of the Round Table.
Sir Marrock recieved the Mark of the Raven upon his achievement for service to the Lady Morgana. Above his achievement is rendered with the sable bar and the Red Lance of Treachery. This mark of trason is recorded due to Sir Marrock supporting Sir Mordred at the Battle of Camlann, and spilling the blood of his brothers-in-arms.
Sir Marrock was believed to have perished at the Battle of Camlann, however he was seen in recent years accompanying the corrupted shade of Lady Morgana.
Called Sir Peredur Longspear, and Sir Peredur the Elder
Sir Peredur Longspear was a Knight of the Round Table well known for his prowess with a lance, often the reigning champion of the tourney circuit around Albion.
Sir Peredur retired his lance and took up the quill, in order to record some of the histories and deeds of the Knights of the Round Table and the Court of Camelot. It is from his writing that we have been able to discover so much about the Knights.
His achievement depicts a lance, tipped with a quill, referencing both things he was famed for, but also, we suspect, differentiating enough from the Red Lance of Treachery. We believe also that this is why Sir Peredur’s achievement features a Bend Sinister – a heraldic device unobserved in the arms of any other Knight of the Round Table.
Sir Peredur picked up his lance once more in order to fight in the Battle of Camlann. He was one of the few knights to survive.
He should not be confused with Peredur the Younger, believed to have somehow lengthened his life, and to be responsible for the corruption of the spirit of Lady Morgana into the Unliving Lich fought by the Harts some years past.
High King of Albion
Knight Commander of the Order of the Round Table
The Achievements which are attributed to the High King Arthur, Pendragon of Britannia, Sovereign and Dread Liege of All Albion, are numerous.
Just as the deeds and tales attributed to Arthur are numerous and great. Too many to record in one place, should you wish to view them, seek out the Book of Arthur in the library at Brighthelmstane Academy.
Though, permit me to say, I suspect you won’t need to read them, will you, Lord Echo?
Upon the page opposite we have rendered those most commonly recorded or described in our records, or the records of the archives at Brighthelmstane Academy.
We believe that the most commonly attributed arms must be the closest to the achievement which the High King used most often – the gold dragon on red.