Concerning House Falco – from the Vermillion Elves 1106
During the first age of Camelot, Arthur’s court was based on Glastonbury Tor in Cornwall. Here Arthur was advised by seven trusted knights, a tradition carried over from the time of the seven tribes of Albion.
By the time of Arthur’s court the tribes were long since gone although their descendants were still organised mainly by blood into noble houses. Representatives from each of the houses had a seat on the King’s council held on the Tor where quickly became referred to as Arthur’s Round Table.
This council was arranged so that it could not be called unless each of the knights or their appointed seconds and Arthur were present. To the first age of Camelot the number seven was all important, just as seven swords had come together to form Excalibur, seven knights would come together to serve the King.
The first knights of the Round Table were Sir Ector of the House of Ursus, Sir Gonsman of the House of Canis, Sir Gawain of the House of Cervus, Sir Tristain of the House of Garrulus, Sir Bedeviere of the House of Salmo, Sir Galahad of the House of Hroc and the Queen’s Champion who was of the House of Falco.
The end of the first age of Camelot came if anything because Arthur’s rule had solved all the problems of his lands. His knights had become bored due to lack of directions to turn their energies. Without heroic deeds to speak of, the houses bickered and tried to score points against each other. Much of their activity was aimed at the Queen’s Champion. Many of the courtiers were envious of his skill at the tourney and his friendship with the King. At first, this was limited to harmless nicknames such as Sir Prance a Lot, Sir Lance a Lot and Sir Dinner Dance but as time passed this progressed to lies and falsehoods designed to curtail his popularity if not outright bring his downfall.
The worst and therefore eventually the most popular of these tales concerned a relationship between the Queen and her Champion. Arthur didn’t respond to the rumours because his fundamental beliefs would never allow for even the remotest possibility that either would betray him. His love for Gwenhyvar and trust in her Champion was complete.
Unfortunately, Gwenhyvar could not simply turn the other cheek. Unable to bear the rumourmongers and her husband’s unwillingness to stop them, Gwenhyvar fled Camelot with only her always loyal Champion for protection. She journeyed long and hard before eventually settling in the land of Estragales.
Arthur was left childless and heartbroken. In such depression he fed on the lies and gossips of the rumourmongers of his court including his own sister Morgaine. Still unable to feel anything but love for Gwenhyvar and blinded to his own role in her departure, Arthur’s anger and blame turned to that of her Champion.
In a fit of rage, Arthur destroyed the family crypts of the Champion and swore a curse on all of his treasures, against the Champion’s house and any of its future descendants, swearing never to aid them again. He exiled the house of Falco and barred them from holding a seat at the Round Table.
Against the Queen’s Champion himself a cruel curse was constructed. Arthur made a pact that removed the Champion’s name from Existence. He would lose the credit for all of his deeds, no one would be able to speak his name and none could speak of the matter again.
Such powers cannot be called upon lightly, however, and from sheer use a new power arose. For her part in her brother’s downfall, Morgaine was gifted with a son by the name of Mordred.
The histrpies only disagree with this on a single point, they tell that the queen eloped with her champion. The notes here would tally more with the tone of the histories up to that point (in fact they sound practically word for word).
Perhaps you would help me with my own research into that particular knight.
” Unfortunately, Gwenhyvar could not simply turn the other cheek. Unable to bear the rumourmongers and her husband’s unwillingness to stop them, Gwenhyvar fled Camelot with only her always loyal Champion for protection. She journeyed long and hard before eventually settling in the land of Estragales. ”
I would have said that meant they eloped – but I can see the other side too.
perhaps, but “elope” has the implication that her Champion was her lover where the rest of the passage implies this is not the case.
“Arthur was left childless and heartbroken. In such depression he fed on the lies and gossips of the rumourmongers of his court including his own sister Morgaine.”
The queen was innocent and fled with a loyal champion and Arthur wronged them both by his actions (in which case I do not know what should be done in order to rectify the situation as the Betrayer was struck from existance).
The queen and her champion were guilty and the latter half of the histories which say that he listened to lies and rumour are wrong, and King’s justice was served.
As I said above, I am beginning to research this particular knight, so I would like this part of the story all tidied up.
Light guide your steps
Solarian Ap Galahad
“Sir Galahad of the House of Hroc”
I am not hugely up on my history but something doesn’t sound right about this. I would be interested in combining efforts on this research. Is the document scribed from a vision or from witness?
The document was passed directly to me by the Vermillion Elf oracle. I do not know how he came about the information, however. I would also wish to pursue the investigation of this, and would be very grateful for any assistance.
Thank you Lady Falcon, would be honoured to offer assistance.
Thank you very much Dante, I suspect there is more to this document than meets the eye.
I had the spurious honour to speak with Galahad’s spirit a few years ago when we retrieved the Banner of King Arthur.
He spoke to me when he saw my colours saying that, “your family took me in when i came to albion”, he didnt elaborate further on this and soon after attempted to tear my pattern from my body.
His was a terrible tale and i do not know if any store can be put in his words, but the information may be of some help to those who are interested.
If you could pass on this information I am sure this would be very helpful.
I feel that, at least, the tale of House Hroc taking him in are true. I do not understand why anyone would speak an untruth, although I realise that people do. Perhaps you could tell me his tale. If Thenni hapens upon this, perhas she could tell me her rememberances too.
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