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Oath of Crows

Let your enemies become your friends

489

Let your enemies become your friends

If a crow were to sit at a particular windowsill in Sarum during the winter of 489, said crow would have been witness to two men sitting and talking calmly with each other some might even say affectionately. This in and of itself would have been nothing worthy of note but if one were to consider the fact that the two men talking was one Sir Cadry, lord of Tisbury manor, and the other man was a certain Sir Leo, a noteworthy household knight in service to Count Roderick of the Rock, one might have been a little more surprised. The surprise would in that case stem from fact that the aforementioned men were known to loath each other and had often exchanged harsh words.

The men were drinking beer together and their conversation at this moment concerned children, sons in particular. The two men both had young sons that they were discussing what should be done with. The boys weren’t in any particular trouble at the moment but it would only be a question of time. Both Yraen, the son of Cadry, and Sulwyn, the son of Leo had as of yet mostly taken after their fathers in regards to courage and recklessness and had so far to demonstrate any other character strengths derived from their fathers. Both fathers had high hopes for their sons and fully intended to make sure that the boys got the best possible opportunities that this world could offer. It would some years before any of the boys would serve as squires but that didn’t seem to stop the two men as they were laying out the future. The merits of different knights in Salisbury were being discussed and their capabilities as teachers were being discussed and examined in great detail.

A lot of rumours would come to circle at the court of Sarum in regards to the sudden change in relation between the two men. Some claimed that it was that proud pagan Sir Cadry who had seen the errors of his ways and had finally seen that Sir Leo was the better man. Others scoffed when they heard this and pointed out that Cadry was still a man full of himself and would hardly stoop to humble himself much less admit that any man was his better, certainly not common household knight. Others stated that Sir Cadry, being closely connected to the druids, even the court sorcerer Merlin himself, had paid one of warlocks to enchant the good sir Leo on his behalf.

What the rumours could agree on was that the men seemed to have gotten over their former enmity and that Sir Cadry had changed in some ways. He demonstrated a keen understanding of the laws of the land, especially the older laws that had been in place since the dawn of time. He also had a newfound interest in seeing justice being done. He started speaking out at court against injustices both large and small and his voice was often quickly joined be his former enemy Sir Leo. Some of the more arbitrary knights a court found the men insufferable but the could seldom dismantle the keen arguments being put forth.

At the end of a very late evening the men rose from their seats, both a little more drunk than they wanted to admit. They shook hands and from a certain windowsill, the crow could note that there was warmth in the handshake.

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