The Mysterious Manor

The Mysterious Manor

After making camp at the battlefield and celebrating their victory the army was ordered to march north to seek Saxon foes. Count Roderick chose the crow knights to scour the lands in search of Saxon raiders and deserters, a task they all joined in with great mirth. After days of traveling and fighting they came upon the manor of Sir Blaise; a sour and unhospitable lord that begrudgingly offered them room and food for the night. Joining in a small feast the knight ate and drank cheap wine and burnt boar finding no joy or respect in the dreary hall. As they started to retire during the knight Sir Cadry chose to seek the company of a serving wench called Agatha for such is the pagan way.
In the morning the knight were roused from their cots and slumber by armed men and brought before the scowling Lord. He accused Sir Cadry of murdering the serving wench he had spent time with last night and refused to listen to reason from the knights. When it seemed there was no other way out but to slay the lord’s champion in a trial by combat the beautiful daughter of the lord implored her father to reason. She said that it was surely better to let the accused knights prove their innocence and avoid bloodshed. The stubborn lord yielded to his daughter’s wise words and allowed the knight one day and one night to prove their innocence.

The Crow Knight begrudgingly set to their task, for no man of honor should have to stand for such accusations let alone have to disprove them himself, and spoke to many servants and maids in the lord’s hall. They found out many secrets and plots resting in the manor of the unjust lord and solved many of them. They found that the sinful lord had fathered a child with poor Agatha and still loved her even though she often found pleasure with other men. Yet the murdered alluded them. As the day grew old the knights felt sorrowful for it seemed that they would have to slay the lord’s champion. This was until they confronted the doughy cook of the manor. Underneath his bed they found insignias from knights hostile to Sir Blaise and in a stream they found the cooks knife that had brutally robbed Agatha of his life. When the cook found himself caught he reveled himself to be a sorcerer most foul and turned himself into a screaming and squealing rat. At this sight even stubborn Sir Blaise could not deny the truth and apologized to Sir Cadry and his friends.

Even though Sir Blaise offered the knights to stay they, as faithful as ever, knew that they still had tasks to attend to while the knights of the north rested and turned their thoughts to merriment.

As recorded by Maelgwyn of the Tarren

The Mysterious Manor

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