Campaign of the Month: August 2016
Oath of Crows
Sarum is the capital town of the County of Salisbury.
Sarum during Uther Period
Sarum during the Roman Period
Life in Sarum
Life in Sarum during the Uther Period
Life in Sarum during the Roman Period
Places of note
This place is a small abbey of the blacks monks of the Benedictine Order. It’s was built in stone, funded by Rudderch, Dominus Sorviodunum, the monks of the abbey currently serve as teachers to Robyn, the lord of the rock and his family. In exchange, they recieve generous donations. Many nobles visit the abbey when they seek advice.
Castle (a.k.a. The Rock)
A fortified Manor stands in the middle of the town, surrounded by a deep ditch whose dirt made much of the mound. Around the outer edge of the mound stand a stone wall. Entry is possible only through the causeway with its drawbridge, on the east side of the castle. Inside are several buildings, especially the Great Hall. Note, too, the kitchens, guest house, stable, and other buildings.
The Abbey of the Rock and the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary: [under construction]
The Abbey of St Mary was established here by Gravaine, a follower of Josephe. They settled in the Druid’s Quarter. After the Romans destroyed the druids, the quarter became largely Christian. The head of the abbey was later made a abbot-bishop, and a cathedral began construction. The last parts of the cathedral has been difficult to finish, since it’s become harder and harder to find skillful engineers since the romans left. As of the Uther period, the cathedral has been left half-finished.
The town is surrounded by a massive ditch and mound surmounted by a palisade. Two gates pierce the walls, each protected by a gate tower.
The town requires a garrison of 100 to fully man the walls.
In this, the international market, stands a large statue of an eagle that used to speak to the lords of the Belgae. It was a gift of King Belinus, the conqueror of Rome. The market is of great pride to the inhabitants of the town. It has long been a tradition, that if anyone disturbs the eagle, they are immediately beheaded by the local militia. This has sometimes become a bit of a hassle, since the sheriff of Llud’s hall has forbidden executions outside the law. Luckily no one has tried to test the limits of the local lord’s patience yet.
The eastern gate is called the Fool’s Gate because Queen Cordelia granted living quarters in the ancient gate tower to the fool who helped her crazed old father, King Lear.
An old tradition is that whenever you pass through the gate of the Fool, you leave your pride at the gate. Many beggars and lost sit near the gate, hoping for the old Fool’s blessing and the generosity of the rich. Tradition say that rich men who choose this gate should give something to the poor that stay there. Most nobles ignore this tradition, no matter what gate they take. But it doesn’t stop the poor from trying.
Rudderch had a fondness for fools, and was known to walk down to the gate from time to time, and if any poor was able to make him laugh. He brought them up to the feast to entertain his guests. If they failed to make his guests laugh, they were usually flogged. his son Robyn or his son Count Roderick of the Rock haven’t as of yet taken up the tradition.
Abbey on the Rock:
This is one of the oldest Christian abbeys in Britain, where many russet monks of the Alban order reside. They usually do not take heed to nobles in town, but focus their efforts spiritual things.
Four walls divide the town into quarters. None have gates but all are open at both ends to allow passage.
Damas was a son of Velanus, and the first Belgae lord of this town and castle. The town thrived so much that he opened the western wall to have this second gate to double the market available to his people.
This Cistercian abbey of white monks has a many of monks, servants and workers. The white monks usually do not reside in large settlements, and the monks (mostly consisting of commoners) mostly keep to them selves. They often travel to the smaller white monk monasteries in the region, and supply them with food and resources.
The first inhabitants here were the giants, long before any people came here. Ancient earth beings — faerie folk and their ilk — were always residents since they are a part of nature.
When Brutus came to Britain, he and his legions destroyed the giants and took the land. Salis was a brave warrior in the Trojan army. When the island was partitioned, Brutus gave Salis a vast area for his own. While Brutus was busy building London, Salis went to his land and killed the local giant here, and then threw the bones to the giant’s own dogs.
Salis freed hundreds of slaves of the giant, and their queen was named Sarum. She was the daughter of a great queen who lived inside a hill up the Avon River — Silbury Hill. Salis married Sarum, and the people built a town to celebrate their marriage. Salis named it after his wife, and it is still called Sarum to this day. She divided the town into five parts, one each for the druids, the merchants, the farmers, the visitors, and, in the center, the nobles. Her younger son, the one who did not become earl, built the walls that divide the town into quarters. When Salis died, he was buried far outside the town under a mound, and that is why the plains are called Salisbury. His nobles adopted the same customs and were also buried there, and the area became famous as a burial ground for a long time. Out there now are still thousands of tombs of all types, including the Royal Graveyard of Stonehenge said to have been raised by an ancient magician.
King Eburacus, who performed many great deeds, later ruled Britain. (He lived a about the time of King David’s rule in Judea.) His son Assaracus led eighteen bands of Britons to the continent and conquered the people there. They became powerful and included many tribes who, collectively, called themselves the Belgae. About the time of Romulus and Remus, when Rome was founded, Britain was ruled by King Lear. When he went mad, the fool who tended to him came from Sarum. The king was sheltered here. Afterward, his daughter Queen Cordelia rewarded the town by having a fortified hall built for the nobles.
Much later, Dovulus, the son of Lord Dalogmius of Sarum, was the first warrior over the walls when the Britons sacked Rome. King Belinus rewarded him with the Eagle Statue that is in the market square.
Later, Velanus was a powerful king among the Belgae on the continent. He came to the island to hear the music of King Beldgabred and in the end married one of the king’s daughters. When his brother-in-law — the heir to Beldgabred — died, war broke out over the succession. Velanus was instrumental in helping noble Eldol to become king. As a result, Eldol gave Velanus lands to rule. Later, many of the Belgae from the continent came to live in his lands that are today called Hampshire, Salisbury, Clarence, and Gloucester.
The Belgae here fought fiercely against the Romans, but were eventually defeated. The Romans established a military camp in the town of Sarum, taking over the Visitor’s Quarter and laying out Roman buildings there. They also took over the fortifications, of course, as a barracks and headquarters.
The first Christians here were monks who established the Abbey on the Rock, founded by Josephe (son of Joseph of Arimathea, and first Bishop of Britain.) When the black monks came, and later the white monks, they too got space for their abbeys. Despite the presence of these, pagans still populate the countryside, including many manors.