The Gathering of 1096 AF
The Gathering was hosted by King Gustav of the Vipers in Teutonia.
Friday 23rd August 1096 AF
DROW GATE COLLAPSES UPON SIR HUW
Upon leaving the Tarantulas compound the gate tent was demolished by the Blue Troll and this left me dazed. The Drow showed little if any concern. Mormegil and Lord Lynx when they found out later were annoyed at the negligent treatment of the guards. Courtesy to guests is important. At least some of the Drow understand this.
Past Mid-night, Duke Caradog accompanied by Lord Canaris Gereshen arrived at the Gate of the Harts Command Tent. They asked to be allowed to sit out of the rain but pushed past the guard and walked around as if they owned the place. It was not until Lord Canaris was within the tent that he was recognised as being a Drow as his features were covered by a spell of disguise. This caused the High Elves within the tent to become on their guard. Lord Calin with his bodyguards Talistar and Cerian confronted him. After many threats to kill Talistar and a very long exchange that traversed the centuries of animosity between the Drow and Elves, he left. Both sides claimed verbal victory. During the conversation, Annias played with his death mat. This caused much amusement to the others present.
TIGER MOTHS CAUSE FURORE
The Tiger Moths raided the Wolves, the Bears and the Harts. These thieves in stealing personal property as well as gold and valuables caused much damage. The militia dealt terminal justice to the Tiger Moths on the Saturday.
A Shapeshifter was involved in a number of robberies from various factions, including the Harts accompanied by a motley crew from other factions. With the invaluable assistance of the Unicorns High Command most of the Hart’s property was returned. One of the culprits was executed as witnessed by Baroness Zircon. The Shapeshifter was proved a compulsive liar, thief and cheat. From his own mouth he condemned himself to being sort by the Bears, Harts, Unicorns, and Mages Guild to name just a few. Lady Lysandra recovered most of the contents of the War Chest that had been stolen. No-one asked of her where this came from.
The Duke of Dal Riada (better known as Baron Lachlan) and Lord Fig fought a duel. They both died almost at the same when the Duke had invoked the Spear and cut down Lord Fig. He broke his sacred promise with Danu. The Hunters closed ranks around Lady
After a small ritual held in the Gryphon camp a mythical figure appeared and presented to the Army Commander a sword. He collapsed in agony. He was revived by several healers and the Blue Mage. Lord de Wilfsbane retrieved the sword unharmed. Despite claiming not to believe in “foolish Peasant superstitions,” Lord de Wilfsbane was concerned about the strange occurrences.
Jarl Harold of the Wolves and Jarl Magus Magnusson of Bears are the joint leaders of the Orkneyjar folk. These met against the wishes of their faction leaders. Many of the peoples of Orkneyjar variously align to the Bears and the Wolves but have dwelt there for many generations with much intermarriage. A full council of all Orkneyjar folk was agreed upon. This showed the Orkneyjar folk wanted no part in the War clearly in the minds of their Faction Leaders. They issued a decree that they would not fight each other, nor accept any agreement from their factions arising from battle.
On the Saturday, the Elidari were out mugging people. In the true tradition of the Elidarii, they were less than successful.
Despite the many threats from the Drow, Talistar stole into the Tarantulas camp and walked freely around for over an hour. For about half hour with a number of other Hunters he even joined the Tarantula Guard until a roster was called and they made their escape. Only when, he was leaving was he challenged. This was however too late for the Drow to do anything.
Sunday 25th August 1096 AF
GOBLINS MUG SIR HUW???
The Goblins caused much trouble during the weekend trying to enforce collections. Sir Huw was involved in a little confrontation outside the Unicorns camp but despite requests no assistance came from that camp. After some minutes where chocolate was exchanged I was left alone unmolested as they realised I had nothing else of interest.
At noon on the Sunday the Lia Fail Stone (“Screaming Stone” ) was recovered by Marit Stormcrow when the body of Fig was taken into the wood. Only the True King could stand upon this stone otherwise the pretender is struck down. Only after three Dragons tried this test did Earl Ash come forth and he was chosen as the new King of Erin..
On Sunday after much work by Ambassador Shar of the Tarantulas and Lady Akijah Na’Shaar of the Harts, Lady Karlennon graciously agreed to meet with two of the Matron Mothers from the Tarantulas Sacred Council.. This occurred at 5 O’clock on Sunday.
Lord Arcane declared Cornwall as historically part of Cymrija. A Celtic discussion ensued as witnessed by Baroness Zircon where all ranks were allowed to speak. The rank and file stated clearly that they wished not to fight the Harts as they have so many friends there. Their good sense prevailed. A war was thus avoided between Albion and Cymrija.
Lord Wraith was unaware of the true significance of the Lias Fail Amulet that he had been worn for some time, Those that sensed it reported that it radiated great ancient Caledonian Incantor based magic. It was also noticed by others that Lord Wraith signed with a signature identical to that of the high king long ago. The Morrigan, Queen of Caledonia and Goddess of war, was having increasing difficulty controlling her berserk rages. Eventually, it became clear that her imbalance was due to the long reign of the Cerridwen in Caledonia. Hence, Lord Wraith transferred the power to the Morrigan from the Cerridwen. Lord Wraith used the amulet, together with the scroll of Queen Rebirth to transfer the essence of the Goddess from the Cerridwen to the Morrigan, as they knelt before him.
While on the Island of Skald, Thomas Finn was attacked by the Demon of Time. This aged Thomas by twenty years. Mangus Magnusson conducted a ritual upon his broken pattern to summon this Demon. He forced the demon to restore Thomas Finn’s youth, and then made a pact with the Demon to gain some power over time.
Lord Calin excused himself from the Council of War at midnight on Sunday and assumed command of the Guard Marquee. Sergeant Bimble was instructed to put some order into the unruly motley collections of Lords and Ladies from the Hunters. Amongst these were Lord Calin, Count Annias, General Tarn, Baron Malik and others that were not below Vassal Knight. Cerian of the Hunters was given charge of the Command Tent. I assisted him as best I could.
Late on Sunday night three Assassins tried unsuccessfully to kill Lord Calin of the Hunters. These were apprehended immediately. They were executed on the Sunday night. It was not until the Monday before the battle that it was it was discovered that they were members of the Fellowship of the Full Moon.
The Ritual performed by Mephisto McSnagga made Hamish McBeth of the Bears the physical manifestation of Nuada Silver Hand. The power of this ancient hero flowed through him, giving him incredible strength, but eventually it was too much for him and it is thought to have overcome him in the battle.