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The Normans

Starting roster, Campaign Season 2

Campaign Season 2

The harsh winter had left Normandy weaker than before, while other nations were becoming stronger and richer. The cost of the poor harvest had even meant he had been forced to temporarily dismiss some of his men. As a Norman, it felt uncomfortable to be in such a position. Funds had to be raised, and so Sybald readied his forces for war. Some of those enemies had also been weakened by the poor harvest, and were ripe for raiding. Sybald, prudent in the ways of war, had spent the winter making his plans. Emissaries were sent to the strongest and most battle-tested of the nations, the Norse Gaels - an alliance would make them both stronger in the year ahead. And he had just received word from Leif, accepting his proposal. He smiled. It was time to raid into wealthier lands across the sea.

The Normans choose to raid the Anglo-Saxons in East Wessex.

Roster after raiding East Mercia, Campaign Season 2

The Raid on East Mercia

With the Anglo-Saxon army busy in the north of that land having attempted to capture the city of Jorvik, and in the hope that the south of that nation would be poorly defended, Sir Sybald gave the order for ships to be laden with men, horses and provisions and to set sail for that land. After a calm crossing the Norman army landed on a beach in East Wessex and moved inland towards the town of Hastings. But in the time their fleet had been made ready, the cunning Anglo-Saxons had learned of these plans and brought their army back to the south as hurriedly as possible. Aethelflaed, keen to prevent these raiders from making off with any Anglo-Saxon wealth, ordered valuables to be transported inland to safety, under the protection of her warriors.

Thus Sir Sybald, accompanied by his knights, their retainers, and a motley bunch of peasants hoping to cash in on the adventure, found themselves face to face with a warband led by the Lady of Mercia herself, accompanying a wagon train laden with gold. He ordered the attack immediately, but the response from his men was slow at first; there were rumours that those who allowed the convoy to pass would be paid off by their enemy, and a few Normans, hopeful that this might be true, were hesitant to commit. Realising that delay would not help a Norman victory, and there was little time for complicated tactics, Sir Sybald ordered a general attack across the line. Time and again his horsemen threw themselves against the enemy line, but the shieldwall in front of the baggage held, and many a brave knight died on their enemy's spears.

Sir Sybald himself, in the front of the line, was among the last to fall. Barely surviving, this brave knight who had led the attack in person, was dragged off the field later by some of his surviving retainers. The Normans were unable to prevent the enemy from escaping with their hoard, and, carrying their wounded with them, they returned to their boats and home.

The Normans gained nothing from their raid. They lost 2 Hearthguard and 2 Warriors, but replaced the 2 Hearthguard in their post-battle recruitment. Sir Sybald, severely wounded, permanently loses one attack dice, and the Normans must now defend during Campaign Season 3 while he recovers from his wounds.

Roster at the end of Campaign Season 2

Instead of rolling on the Fate Table Sir Sybald chose to roll on the Far Traveller table. His travels increased the reputation of the Normans as explorers and they gain +1 point of Reputation.

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