The Huntington Campaign
Vassal Knight, Lord of the Fell Marches
Player: James P.
Current Glory Ranking: Famous Knight
Culture & Religion: French Christian
Family Name: DeLoure
Sir Turpin is the son of Sir Jacques and the Lady Estribeth. Jacques was a blacksmith’s apprentice in the County of Anjou, France. After his blacksmith mentor was killed in a bandit raid, Jacques decided to take up the life of a footsoldier and joining the army of the Count of Anjou. At one point he was knighted on the battlefield by the count of after rescuing the count’s favorite horse from a group of barbarian warriors, killing four of these warriors in the altercation. Nevertheless, the count did not bring Jacques into his household, causing him to undertake the life of a mercenary knight. As such, he eventually migrated to Britain with his family.
Estribeth was a farmer’s daughter and married Jacques when he was still a blacksmith’s apprentice. She claims she was once raped by an incubus while lost in the woods. She believed that her son, Turpin, is actually the son of this demon and not her husband Jacques. The whole situation gradually drove her insane and, when Turpin was still a young teenager, she was committed to the care of a group of Benedictine nuns at Holy Faith Convent in London. Jacques once told Turpin that he does not think she really encountered a demon, but that it was a delusional fantasy. For the record, Turpin looks like both his parents. Prior to becoming a squire, Turpin tried to visit Estribeth but she cried uncontrollably and refused to look at him.
480: Birth of Turpin in Anjou to Sir Jacques DeLoure and Lady Estribeth.
493: Jacques hears that Earl Dafydd of Huntington County, Logres, is hiring large numbers of mercenary knights to assist in his battles against Saxon encroachment. Wanting to take advantage of this opportunity, Jacques takes Estribeth and Turpin to the town of Beale Valet and begins his employment for Earl Dafydd.
Estribeth’s mental state declines to the point that Jacques has her committed to the care of the Benedictine nuns of Holy Faith Convent in London (see the above “Origins” for details).
Later that year, Jacques is killed by a berserk when Saxon forces free kings Octa and Eosa from their imprisonment in a castle in the Duchy of Silchester.
495: Squired – Turpin becomes an original member of the newly formed Company of the Crimson Hawk (Town of Beale Valet). Mentored under Sir Edam. As a squire, Turpin participates in the Battle of St. Albans, protecting the supply wagons of the forces of King Uther Pendragon from a Saxon attack. He also attends the funeral and burial of Uther at Stonehenge.
496: Meets the daughters of Sir Galadorn.
497: Investigates the haunting of the Manor House of Lonely Elm.
498: Battles Saxon marauders in the forest near the Village of Langster.
499: Participates in an event known as “The Honorable Challenge of the Squires,” which pits the Company of the Crimson Hawk against the Company of the Iron Fist (i.e., some squires from the Barony of Brun). The challenge includes non-lethal combat (in which Turpin defeats Marrand) and other tests of skill. Huntington proves to be the winning side at the end of the day. The Honorable Challenge of the Squires eventually inspires the concept of bohorts featured in tournaments.
During this same year, the witch known as Lady Ester used an enchantment to seduce Turpin. Although Turpin experienced the entire encounter as a dream, it resulted in the begetting of triplets.
500: The Lady Ester, now known as Queen Ester of Boston, gives birth to triplets (two sons and a daughter). Their names are Konwen, Loic and Maellis. Although the official story among the people of that enigmatic city is that they are the children of their king, Darrowmere, their father is actually Turpin.
Travels to Sycamore Castle to assist in ransoming Sir Emeric (the father of Dragan) from the Saxons. Emeric relates how Sir Taurinus, the father of Donecus, was imprisoned with him, but he escaped in 494 after believing that he would never be ransomed, and declaring the life of a mercenary knight to be foolish. Emeric does not know the whereabouts of Taurinus.
501: Attends a fancy dress ball with Lady Solei. Turpin is dressed as a duck and Solei is dressed as a unicorn.
Knighted by Earl Dafydd of Huntington. Sir Turpin becomes a bachelor knight residing in Beale Valet.
502: Assisted in freeing villagers from Regmar the Bandit King and his band of elite rogues known as the Black Shields. Regmar uses demonic magic to ensure he is not captured.
503: Participated in the Quest of Raul the Foole.
504: Landed – Earl Dafydd gives Turpin the Estate of the Fell Marches as a grant (located in Huntington County near its border with the Anglian Hills). At this point, Turpin becomes a vassal knight.
505: Marriage – Weds Lady Solei.
506: Birth of the son of Turpin and Solei. They name him Jacques after Turpin’s father.
Turpin joins a mission to finally put an end to Regmar the Brigand King and his band of outlaws known as the Black Shields. Turpin and his allies manage to find and enter Regmar’s secret lair, and in the ensuing battle, Sir Donecus stabs Regmar with his magic sword which possesses a slaying power applicable to Regmar and any of his blood descendants. Although the special power of the weapon greatly wounded him, Regmar was able to resist its full effects and he strikes Donecus unconscious with his own enchanted weapon, the Mace Malevolence. Sir Damahaut, picks up the slaying sword and kills Regmar. When Regmar’s helmet is removed, his identity as Sir Taurinus is revealed, being the father of Donecus who has been missing for years. Donecus now knows that he, himself, is susceptible to the slaying power of his sword.
507: Turpin attends the 1st Banbury Fair (Barony of Tribruit).
508: Battle for London – Turpin assists in capturing Lud’s Castle from its Saxon occupiers.