Campaign of the Month: August 2016
Oath of Crows
The Earthborn rises
As the climate continues to change, thick woodlands arise and with them forest creatures like red deer and wild cattle, which are hunted with bow and arrow.
Under the rule of Llud the world was populated by the “earthborn”. They are often called “giants,” but this term actually includes all the earth-born whether they were huge or not. The earliest inhabitants were members of the Earthborn who followed Lord Albion, a giant of the race.
Tribes of hunter-gatherers reach every corner of Britain. They are lead by fearsome priest that use rituals to commune with the spirits in the natural world around them.
The British Islands are formed
The sea reaches its latter-day level, and Britain is now an island, separated from the Continent by a narrow sea.
Early groups of farming people appear.
Other advancements, such as handmade pottery emerge.
Flint mining begins, most notably in latter-day Sussex.
Monuments are constructed
The first monuments in Britain are built on the Salisbury plain. They are communal tombs (called long barrows) and enclosures are used for feasting, funerals, and rituals connected to the sun and the afterlife.
Tisbury hill is dug for the first time to bury ancient warriors.
Other forms of ceremonial sites are constructed—many are long, rectangular enclosures known as ‘cursus monuments’—near latter-day Avesbury and Dorset. Elaborately decorated pottery is now being made.
The Henges appear
The first henges (circular enclosures defined by a ditch and bank) are built in North Yorkshire and Orkney. The first timber and stone circles are raised Cumbria.
Giants who roam the Salisbury plains demand tribute from many of the local tribesmen, they receive it in the form of goods. In order to be able to keep up with the high demands for tribute, many tribesmen on Salisbury Plains start to trade with other tribes.
Brutus arrives on the Islands
One day there appeared off the shores of England (in those far off days called Albion) a vast fleet of ships, Trojan vessels of magnificent design, bearing with them all manner of merchandise and precious jewels from the ancient worlds of Greece and Troy. With them came warriors and craftsmen, their families and servants, seeking a new land. Leading this great expedition was one Brutus, a Trojan General of renown who had won for the Trojans freedom from their Greek oppressors.
They spread through the island, fighting here and making peace there. Brutus had three sons who divided the island among themselves and gave their names to it. The oldest was Logres, and he had many sons as well who settled within his realm.
One of Locris’ sons was named Salis, who settled in the Land of Five Rivers. He wooed and wed the local queen, an earthborn, named Sorviria (Willow). She was the daughter of a great queen who lived inside a hill up the Avon River—Silbury Hill.
Salis’ people built a settlement to celebrate their king’s marriage. Salis named it after his wife. She divided the city into five parts, one each for the druids, the merchants, the farmers and the warriors; and in the center, the nobles. Her younger son, the one who did not become lord, built the walls that divide the city into quarters.
Salis befriended a wise and powerful magician named Sarronius, and gave him a daughter named Eurytion to be his wife. Sarronius who taught Salis’ people the local worship. His son was named Druis, and and founded the sacred order of the druids. Bardus, son of Druis, was the founder of the sacred order of bards. He taught the Trojans how to worship in the sacred hill top shrines of the earthborn.
Hill-forts are constructed
Several hill-forts are built in the region of Salisbury Plains
Warriors of latter-named Hillfort begins to gather at a hill to solve disputes.
Julius Caesar invades the Islands
Julius Caesar invades Britain twice, but does not occupy it.
An invasion is averted
Three Roman legions are ambushed and slain by the German chieftain Arminius at Tuetoberger Wald. The loss forces Emperor Augustus to cancel his planned invasion of Britain.