The Huntington Campaign
Vassal Knight, Lord of Rook's Watch
Player: Ron W.
Current Glory Ranking: Extraordinary Knight
Culture & Religion: Cymric Christian
Damahaut is the son of Sir Mahaut, a Cymric mercenary knight from Salisbury County (Logres), and Lady Nirad. Mahaut, a fanciful storyteller, claims that Nirad was a mermaid and his only companion while shipwrecked on the uninhabited Mediterranean island of Tavolara (off the coast of Sardinia). Mahaut’s friends tell a different story, stating that Tavolara is not uninhabited, and that while shipwrecked he stayed in a small fishing village. Nirad was either killed by seafaring Saxon raiders (while Mahaut was away hunting), or returned to the ocean depths as a mermaid, depending on which story about her fate you believe.
480: Birth of Damahaut on Tavolara Island (off the coast of Sardinia) to Sir Mahaut and Lady Nirad.
482: Death of Nirad (Damahaut’s mother), or her return to the submarine life of a mermaid (see above description for details).
487: Sir Mahaut & Damahaut leave Tavolara Island and spend the next few years living in various parts of mainland Europe (wherever Mahaut can find mercenary work). Damahaut is basically the medieval version of an “army brat.”
493: Sir Mahaut 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, and having a desire to finally return to Britain, Mahaut takes Damahaut to the town of Beale Valet and begins his employment for Earl Dafydd. Later that year, Mahaut 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 – Damahaut becomes an original member of the newly formed Company of the Crimson Hawk (Town of Beale Valet, Huntington County). He inherits his family’s ancestral sword, a blessed ancient bronze sword called Infernus Praeco (“Hell Herald”). Damahaut is mentored under Sir Edam. As a squire, Damahaut 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 Damahaut defeats Pavain) 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 inspired the concept of bohorts featured in tournaments.
500: 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: Attended a fancy dress ball with the Lady Joanette. Damahaut is dressed as a bear, and Joanette is dressed as a lamb.
Knighted by Earl Dafydd of Huntington County. Sir Damahaut 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 Damahaut the Estate of Rook’s Watch as a grant (located in Huntington County near its border with the Anglian Hills). At this point, Damahaut becomes a vassal knight.
505: Marriage – Weds Lady Joanette, daughter of Sir Galadorn.
506: Birth of Galehaut, the son of Damahaut & Joanette.
Damahaut joins a mission to finally put an end to Regmar the Brigand King and his band of outlaws known as the Black Shields. Damahaut 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. 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. Donecusnow knows that he, himself, is susceptible to the slaying power of his sword.
507: Damahaut attends the 1st Banbury Fair (Barony of Tribruit).
508: Battle for London – Damahaut assists in capturing Lud’s Castle from its Saxon occupiers.