Campaign of the Month: August 2016
Oath of Crows
Nothing is more important to the knight than his horse. A common saying amongst some knights is “I can always find another wife, a good horse is expensive!”. Since breeding is not commonly known, there are hundreds of shapes, sizes and variations of colors, but for simplicity, here are the common types of horse you will find in these periods.
- Horses come in many colors with bay being the most common by far.
- Other colors can be up to twice or three times as expensive: dun [brown with black mane], chestnut [fux(reddish brown)], roan [constansgrey], buckskin [yellowbrownish] or sorrel [fux].
- Prices for white [white], black [rapp(oily black)] or grey [spotted grey] horses are *3, or up to *10 for perfect examples
Horse size vary a lot, but are mostly small by modern comparison. The greatest horses are around 16-18 hands tall, a normal riding horse around 15. And a cart-horse or donkey around 10-12 hands. See chart.
This is a large, heavy, battle-trained steed, the knight’s warhorse. Most chargers are hybrids of native British ponies with the great horse or other large foreign breeds. The charger is a war horse, and is seldom used to actually ride or carry any gear except wargear. When you reach the battle-field you want it fresh and eager. Charger are rare and very expensive. They cost around £20-30 pounds in the country, but you can find one in a city for £20.
The rouncy is the standard riding horse (though normally combat-trained as well, since they are a knight’s riding steed), relatively slow and small, yet comfortable and hardy. The rouncy is the horse you normally ride on, or if you can afford it your squire. A rouncy costs £2 in the country, or £1 in a city.
The sumpter is the common name for a pack horse or pony. It can be of many breeds depending on region or season. They are almost never combat trained. This is a horse that carries your gear. A sumpter costs 200d in the country, or 100d in a city.
The palfrey makes an excellent riding horse, often preferred over the rouncy by noblemen. Some are noted for their gentleness and easy handling, making them favoured women’s mounts. These gentle beasts are sometimes classified as amblers, trotters of pacers. It’s not unheard of, but they are seldom combat trained. This is another version of the riding-horse, perhaps something for your wife or a long journey. A palfrey costs £8 in a city and cannot be found in the country in this period.
The coursers is a large horse bred for speed, often used as a knights riding animal. Coursers are usually trained either for battle or for the hunt (and sometimes both). A Courser grants +5 to Horsemanship to offset any negative modifiers, when riding in WOODS and OPEN WASTE. This is another version of a riding horse, especially good for hunting or riding in forests. A courser costs £16 in the country, or £12 in a city.
The hobby is a small and agile horse usually ridden by some cavalry. They are often found in the hills of Wales or deep in wet areas since their agility makes them good in these terrains. A Hobby grants +5 to Horsemanship to offset any negative modifiers, when riding in SWAMP and HILLS. This is another version of a riding horse, especially good for travelling or riding in rough terrain. A courser costs £16 in the country, or £12 in a city.
The mule is common amongst servants and entourage for a rich knight. It is a cross between a male donkey (jack) and a female horse (mare) (GM note: Sometimes a “mule” is a derogatory term for a child born of a low class male, with a high class lady). THe mule is known for it’s stubbornness and great balance. You would not dare to ride a mule, it’s beneath you, but they are good for your servants. A mule costs 100d in the country, or 80d in a city.