What you know:
Aetheling(prince) Aescwine, son of King Aethelswith of the East Saxons in Essex, arrived in Salisbury demanding tribute. He was paid.
Early summer in 496, word arrived that Hampshire was under attack and that all the knights of Hampshire were destroyed and the city of Hantonne was taken. Prince Cynric invites the Knights to visit his father, King Cedric of the Gwessi (Saxon and British descendants of King Vortigern) in Hantonne and he remains in Sarum to guarantee the knights safe return. King Cedric asks Salisbury to join him and informs them that he intends to take Britain.
Aetheling Aescwine of Essex and Prince Cynric of Wessex(formerly Hampshire) returned and both asked for tribute. Tribute was given to Aescwine, but refused to Cynric.
Aescwine implied that Duke Ulfius would be allying with Essex, but further rumors indicate that Duke Ulfius may have allied with another Saxon King.
The Isle of Wight, south of Hampshire refused tribute to King Cedric and was conquered and all nobles killed.
The holdings of Sir Barwyn and Sir Theodorric in Cornwall were siezed by Count Tintagel, and if they would swear to him, the holdings would be returned. King Idres of Brittany has invaded Cornwall.
Three brother usurped the Countess of Rydychan and took control of the county. The Salisbury knights worked with Clarence to help retake the county and bring Rydychan back to rightful control. This task was completed in 497 by Clarence after a combined effort from Salisbury and Clarence was able to take Wallingford Castle and rescue the Countess. Additionally, vital support was ensured by the actions of the player knights and the power of the brothers fell apart from the inside.
North East of Rydychan, Merlin alerted the player knights of a threat to the realm, more pressing than anything else. A demon, Sir Gorboduc, was stopped and his tower was destroyed. A Druid named Llewellyn, Druid of the Blue Sward was met and he helped heal the surviving knights with a healing salve.
The player knights visited Carlion as Sir Niclas responded to the call of Lady Brianna of Estregales. Her father and brother were taken hostage by Cymric tribesmen . The player knights spoke with Sir Alain(a friend of the players) and were introduced to King Nanteleod in Carlion. Nanteleod, speaks with the player knights at length about the Saxons and state of Salisbury and the other places the knights have visited. Nanteleod in turn tells the knights of the state of Cambria. Estregales has descended into anarchy and the mountain tribes are no longer united after the death of King Canan in 494 (the players witnessed his poisoning). King Nanteleod offers to pay the ransom if the Players brave the mountain and deliver a message to the Chieftain holding Lady Brianna’s father and brother. The players are successful.
King Nanteleod ass the players to tell Countess Ellen to hold out as long as Salisbury can against the Saxons. As soon as he has Pushed out the Irish invaders and reunited the Mountain Tribes, he is going to turn on the Saxons.
What you have heard:
Sir Brastias: tells the knights abut a mysterious sword in London, he says, “It has writing on it that says, ‘Only the king will pull me out,’ or something like that. It didn’t budge for me!”
He also mentions, “Saxons everywhere are moving. They are in small groups, so we ought to fight them. The King of Malahaut sends word that Pict scouts are being seen all across the north. Merchants say that Irish ships are massing in the west, the Saxons are already on the march in the east, and that bastard Idres from Brittany is going to attack from the south.”
Courier from Duke Ulfius: “We need a king. A legitimate one, not that nonsense about the sword. The Collegium is going to meet at Silchester. The candidates are coming from all across Britain. Duke Ulfius is largely recovered from his wounds.”
Ultimately, the Collegium met, but was unable to elect a High King. Also, more reports of Pict movement in the north was repoted.
Almost everyone paid tribute, even Duke Ulfius and Duke Lindsey. Duke Ulfius is still hurting from wounds he received at the battle of St Albans.
Word reaches Salisbury that Duke Ulfius eventually allied with King Ælle of Sussex, rather than King Aethelswith of Essex.
There was a small battle last year between the East Saxons and the knights of Caercolun, and the Saxons lost!
King Idres of Brittany conquers Tintagel.