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Oath of Crows

The lingering traces of faerie

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The lingering traces of faerie

They say that Tisbury manor is a strange place indeed, situated as it is deep in the forest of gloom. Some say that this reputation had long rested over the manor and the strange Cellydon family who had claimed it as their seat since time immemorial. Others however, claim that the rumours began in truth during the spring of 489. That was the year when the lord and lady of Tisbury had been missing for half a year and suddenly had returned in the middle of the Count of Salisbury’s winter feast. Lord Tisbury told a strange tale of how he and his wife had been lost in faerie and how he had to bargain with a faerie princess in order for him to regain his wife and return to the mortal realm.

Had this event been a singular occurrence maybe the rumours and gossip would have died down after a little while. This turned out to not be the case however. It was said that the enchantments of faerie followed the Cellydon’s home.

The good knight Sir Jaradan, when speaking of his visit to his good friend Sir Cadry of Tisbury, told that the man in question seemed much like himself at first glance and in casual conversation but when delving into more serious matters changes had occurred in Sir Cadry’s personality. Where he had once been a rather arbitrary man mostly concerned with his own doings and that of his friends, he now seemed much more concerned with finding out what was the just and righteous thing to do in all things. Sir Jaradan also spoke of the affection and love that lord and lady Tisbury shared for each other. Their love had even before their disappearance been strong but after their return it was almost impossible to separate the two from each other.

Sir Jaradan, being a man not given to poetry, nevertheless described the love he had seen shared between the two was like a fire or light that almost seemed to glow around the couple when they were together. He also claimed that lady Brangwen, who admittedly had been known for her beautiful voice even before her disappearance, had become an even better singer during her stay in faerie for she could now bring tears to the eyes of even a cold hearted man with but a few words.

Some, hearing Sir Jaradan’s account, didn’t pay it much heed since he was well known for being a boastful man who often embroidered his tales. But even these sceptical minds found it hard to ignore the tales that were recounted by other visitors to Tisbury manor.

A peddler who often travelled in hillfort hundred claimed that when he stayed the night at Tisbury after having brought fine ribbons to sell to lady Tisbury, he woke up in the middle of the night hearing strange music. He believed it to be the lady who was playing but when he looked around the hall he could see both lord and lady Tisbury sound asleep in their bed as was the rest of the household.

The arborist serving Sir Gamond had reason to pass by the manor during spring when the first flowers had begun to sprout. He claimed that he had smelled strange smells emanating from flowers growing around the manor. When later asked he said that he had identified at least three different species of rose and two species of orchids that could not possibly grow in these lands but grow they still did. With the lord’s permission he picked a few samples and dried them to preserve evidence of this otherworldly growth.

A squire serving Count Roderick rode out in the woods to give a message to Sir Cadry, told his lord that when he had delivered his message and was riding on to the manor of Sir Melkin he had witnessed strange lights shining out in a clearing. He almost went to investigate before remembering what had happened to lord and lady Tisbury the previous year. He later swore that he had heard voices calling after him and laughing at him when he hasted away.

Sir Melkin, who had himself grown up on Tisbury manor mentioned to one of his friends that time seemed to pass strangely when he had spent a couple of days in the company of his foster brother. He could swear that he had only been there for two days but when he returned home, three days had passed.

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