Castles and Houses

This document gives a basic overview of the types of residences associated with nobility (minor and major) and royalty.

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Stone Cottage
Defense Rating: Bad
Availability: Phase 1
Construction Cost: 3 L. (annual maintenance of 1 s.)
Construction Time: 1 month
Minimum Garrison (if a noble’s residence): 6 soldiers and 2 sergeants (who report to the bailiff). They are housed in separate barracks.

Stone cottages were typically adorned with thatched roofs. Both wealthy commoners and low ranking nobles may have such a residence.
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Standard Manor House
Defense Rating: Below Average
Availability: Phase 1
Construction Cost: 20 L. (annual maintenance of 2 s.)
Construction Time: 2 months
Minimum Garrison: 8 soldiers and 2 sergeants (who report to the bailiff). They are housed in separate barracks.

A standard manor house is constructed from stone, wattle & daub, or a combination of both. The roof is usually tiled. Only members of the nobility (typically vassal knights and possibly bannerets) will have a standard manor house as a home.
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Large Manor House
Defense Rating: Average
Availability: Phase 1
Construction Cost: 50 L. (annual maintenance of 4 s.)
Construction Time: 4 months
Minimum Garrison: 10 soldiers and 2 sergeants (who report to the bailiff). They are housed in separate barracks.

A large manor house is normally build of stone walls and a tiled roof. Most vassal knights and bannerets have a large manor house as their main residence. While members of higher nobility usually have at least a motte & bailey as a main residence, some may have one of more large manor houses on their lands in other locations.

Picture above is Stumperlowe Hall of Sheffield England
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Motte & Bailey
Defense Rating: Above Average
Availability: Phase 1
Construction Cost: 70 L. (annual maintenance of 8 s.)
Construction Time: 3 months
Minimum Garrison: 20 soldiers, 2 sergeants and 1 captain. They are housed within the bailey.

A “motte” is a hill (usually manmade) and the term “bailey” refers to a fortified enclosure. A keep, usually made of wood or wattle & daub, is located on top of the motte, enclosed within a wooden palisade. A palisade likewise encloses the bailey. A motte & bailey is the most basic type of castle in the Pendragon game.

The enclosure contains the sort of buildings needed for the maintenance of the entire motte & bailey and the lord’s family (i.e., barracks, stable, kitchen, well, blacksmith, etc.). In the Huntington Campaign, the dwellings and workers within the bailey are considered part of the castle and not the hamlet or village that shares the estate.
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Shell Keep & Bailey
Defense Rating: Good
Availability: Phase 1
Construction Cost: 110 L. (annual maintenance of 10 s.)
Construction Time: 8 months
Minimum Garrison: 20 soldiers, 2 sergeants, and 1 captain

A shell keep & bailey has the same basic design as a motte & bailey (cf.). The difference is that the shell keep and bailey has a stone keep surrounded by a stone wall (at least as far as the Huntington Campaign is concerned; the situation concerning actual historical shell keeps could vary).

Sometimes the Pendragon rulebooks refer to a “reinforced motte & bailey.” In the Huntington Campaign, such references are understood to be a shell keep & bailey.

Pictured above are the remains of the shell keep of Restormel Castle in Cornwall.
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Small Castle
Defense Rating: Exceptional
Availability: Phase 2
Construction Cost: 200 L. (annual maintenance of 20 s.)
Construction Time: 3 years
Minimum Garrison: 40 soldiers, 4 sergeants and 1 captain

Illustrated here is Pendennis Castle in Cornwall.
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Medium Castle
Defense Rating: Superb
Availability: Phase 2
Construction Cost: 400 L. (annual maintenance of 60 s.)
Construction Time: 6 years
Minimum Garrison: 60 soldiers, 6 sergeants, 1 captain

Illustrated here is Warkworth Castle in Northumberland, England.
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Large Castle
Defense Rating: Incredible
Availability: Phase 2
Construction Cost: 800 L. (annual maintenance of 100 s.)
Construction Time: 9 years
Minimum Garrison: 80 soldiers, 8 sergeants, 1 captain

Pictured here is Caerhays Castle in Cornwall.

Castles and Houses

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