Rumours 489

As peace is brokered in the west, and the rebellious Duke Gorlois renewing his vows of Homage peace sets in the realm. The Saxon of the north and the west is still a threat. But at least there will not be a civil war.

In Court hopes are high to finally defeat the saxon threat. The army is larger than it has ever been.

Conversations at the court

Women gossip by the fire

“Well I’ll say, isn’t that duchess a piece of something! I’ve heard she was just a peasant girl who Gorlois picked up because of her beauty. It’s all makeup, you know.”

“That’s a lie. She’s from noble blood going back thirty mothers. The Queen of the Land Under the Waves was her ancestress. That is why she is so pretty.”

“And have you tried to talk to her? Her household kept me away like I was a goblin or something! What presumption! I’m from queen’s blood too, way back.”

“Don’t you think there are more important things than gossip about that witch? That Saxon army, the one led by giants, is even closer! The king’s so worried that he has the whole army here!”

“But not just to guard us, dearie. They are going to go fight the Saxons and settle this one and for all. Don’t you ever talk to anyone but us?”

“Yes, of course I do. But don’t you think it’s too dangerous? What if he loses? We’ve lost plenty of times before, you know. Lose, win, lose, win, and then have men killed but don’t lose the battle. How does that work?”

“Listen, darlings, I am sure this will be the last one. All the dukes will be here. By this time next year, we’ll either be at peace or working as Saxon slave girls. But just go to Mass and pray for them instead of standing here and keeping us from talking about the duchess. Say, did you see the worn hem on that white satin outfit?”

Prince Madoc speaks his mind

“Those damned Saxons, Kings Octa and Eosa, are still at it. They’ve driven Malahaut to the ground and have pillaged the countryside. But Uther isn’t like those Northern kings to hide in a castle!”

Ulfius makes his voice heard

“Hengest’s son Octa is a great hero, and it’s said his cousin Eosa is so big that he can’t ride a horse. Plus, I heard the merchants saying that their army doubled in numbers last fall when a whole new fleet of ships arrived from Saxony.”

Count Roderick speaks

“The Saxons must have already suffered many losses. My knights brought back many heads from the North while they cowered in their castles.”

Royal Conversation

“There has never been a stronger army for battle. We are going to strike and destroy them this year. We are ready, they are impatient. Fight bravely, Sir Knight. Your day is dawning.”

Current Fashion and trends

Men’s fashion in 489:

Clothes: War is fashion again. This year most knights wear heavy tunics and bring their battle-hoses tied up to the table.
The most popular colors this year is practical grey and brown.

Hairstyle: A long thick braid on the side, old-school. Inspired by cymric war heroes.
Currently, dark hair is popular.

Women’s fashion in 489:

Clothes: Women mimic the wonderful Duchess from Cornwall, who has caught everyone’s attention. Long white satin dresses, expensive.
The most popular colors this year is white, all white.

Hairstyle: Long hair let out, cut over the eyes.
Currently, blonde hair is popular.

Rumours at court

The Duchess of Cornwall is so beautiful that people dear not speak to her.

The Duchess of Cornwall is protected by ten knights at all times.

The Duchess of Cornwall made a man leap to his death.

The Duke of Cornwall is a lucky man.

Sir Melkin, the Roman, didn’t visit his own grandmother’s funeral. Rude.

There is a man with three balls and a magic wand visiting Sarum, they say he can impregnate any woman. Even cursed ones.

War against the Saxons next year?

Someone at court is farting a lot.

Intrigues at court

[Intrigue 5+] A maid disappeared from the Court of Cornwall a few years ago, they say she served the queen. Rumour has it she died.

[Intrigue 7+] A knight in Hillfort cut of his own balls last winter.

[Intrigue 10+] The two Saxon kings have come because they want to get Uther’s magical sword. One of them has an enchanted weapon of his own, and he wants Excalibur as a gift for his brother king.

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