"History of Logres"
This is a typical year for its era: The Saxons raid heavily
but are driven off by the noble knights of Briton. Of
special note is the fact that an heir is born into your family
some time during this year — your father, eldest son of your
During this year, King Constantin is murdered by one
of his own guards.
At the urging of Duke Vortigern of the Gewessi, the
High Council chooses Constans, the young son of Constantin,
as king. Constans is a young, bookish type, however,
so he relies on his uncle, Duke Vortigern, for advice.
Young King Constans is murdered by his Pictish bodyguards.
After much debate, Duke Vortigern is selected to be
the next King of the Britons. The younger brothers of King
Constans are taken away to Brittany in secret.
Also this year, a prelate from the pope, the saintly
Germanus, comes to Britain to condemn and combat British
The Picts stage a massive invasion, with their armies
occupying much of the north and bands of raiders penetrating
all the way into Logres. Rather than risk a great loss,
King Vortigern orders his armies to dig in and garrison
their homes and holdings.
King Vortigern realizes that he needs assistance against
the furious Picts and, in good Roman fashion, hires new barbarians
to fight the old barbarians. The Saxon kings Hengest
and Horsa come from the Continent with their bands of
warriors to join Vortigern’s army. Thus reinforced, the Briton
army marches north against the Picts. Battle is met near the
city of Lincoln, and it is a great victory for the British.
During this time, King Vortigern spares his own army,
using the Saxons to drive the Picts out of the north. More Saxons
come to Britain, including many families, and Hengest’s
daughter Rowena becomes a favorite at Vortigern’s court.
News from the Continent is persistent in saying that new
foes, the Huns, are defeating the German tribes right and left.
These savages are thought to be half demon, half horse.
Vortigern, impressed with the battle prowess of the
Saxons and even more so with the talents of Rowena, the
daughter of the Saxon chief Hengest, marries her this year
in a lavish celebration.
News comes from the continent that the Huns, led
by their king, Attila, reached the walls of Rome itself but
were unable to storm or besiege it. Some say the Huns were
stopped because they lacked siege engines, others that they
failed because of the pope’s piety.
The lands of Britain are relatively quiet. Yet many Britons
complain to Vortigern that he is falling away from their
noble ways and selling the country to the Saxons. If your
grandfather still lives at this point, decide whether he was
one of those who complained or not.
News arrives that Rome, the center of the civilized
world, has been sacked! The tribe of Germans called the
Vandals has done the impossible and brought Rome low.
The Western Empire is finished.
The eastern Britons rebel, protesting the policies of
King Vortigern. The king summons his army, including the
Saxons, and marches against them. A great battle ensues at
Kent, in which the rebels are crushed. Vortigern gives the
great lands of the Kantii tribe to his loyal Saxons. Many
Britons pack up and depart the land, moving to Brittany to
escape the rule of Vortigern.
Many dissident Britons depart from the island, moving
with their families and possessions to Brittany.
The rule of King Vortigern has proved unwise and very
oppressive, often favoring his Saxon mercenaries (and inlaws)
over his lawful subjects. Many nobles have talked of
rebellion, and when Vortigern’s eldest son (by his first marriage)
agrees to lead the nobles, general rebellion breaks
loose. The Count of Salisbury is among the rebels to fight
in the Battle of Cambridge.
Ostensibly to bring peace to all sides, Vortigern and
Hengest call a council of all combatants to meet at Stonehenge
for a feast of peace. Seeking reconciliation, almost
all British knights attend. The Saxons prove their worth
through great treachery, though, and the majority of the
nobles of Britain are slain in the “Night of Long Knives.”
In the subsequent confusion, a large part of their armies are
dispersed or slain. The Earl of Salisbury is among the dead.
Vortigern, with his Saxons, marches back and forth
across Britain, extracting tribute and plunder. Many more
Britons flee the land. Your father, a young knight, remains
in his lands, tends to his manor, and waits with his lord.
Vortigern escapes from the Saxons and takes refuge in
Gomeret, attempting to build a fortress. The youthful Merlin
makes his appearance and begins his career here.
Aurelius Ambrosius, son of the former King Constantin
and brother of Constans, lands in Hampshire with an
army from Brittany. He carries a great banner with a red
dragon upon it. All across the land, discontented nobles
muster their armies and join him. Vortigern seeks to escape,
but his Saxon allies go back home to Kent, and many
other allies desert him.
After besieging a portion of Vortigern’s army at Carlion,
Aurelius Ambrosius marches through the entire island,
accepting the submission of those loyal to Vortigern.
Aurelius Ambrosius and his army pursue Vortigern and
besiege him in his new castle on Mount Snowdon. A battle
ensues, at which Vortigern is killed and his army scattered.
Aurelius Ambrosius summons the High Council, and they
elect him High King. He takes the title of Pendragon (“high
dragon” or “head dragon”), derived from his great battle banner.
Many Saxons come over from the Continent and settle in
Kent under their king, Hengest. High King Aurelius Ambrosius
maintains an unsteady peace with the Saxons, Irish, and
Picts, despite their raiding. His younger brother, Uther, makes
a name for himself as a great warrior in countering these raids
and leading picked warriors on raids into enemy territory.
The Saxons of Kent roam and pillage the land. Only
fortified places are safe, and the peasants suffer terribly.
Another Saxon king, Ælle, lands in southern Britain
with a large army and takes over the area. Many of the
peasants flee, but others are captured and enslaved. Ælle
renames the land South Saxony, or Sussex.
Aurelius Ambrosius marches with his army to oppose
the foe, who is reinforced at the last moment by the Saxons
from Kent. Ambrosius is lucky to escape with his army. The
For years, Aurelius Ambrosius has been building a fleet
of ships in the ports of his western lands. In this year, he
musters his army and sets sail, sweeping around the southern
coast, where he destroys the fleets of the Saxons in
Britain. Then he sails to the Continent, destroying all the
hostile shipping as he goes.
The British army lands in Frisia, doing great damage to
the Saxons there, and winning a battle against the barbarians.
The Saxons in Britain begin vicious raiding in retaliation.
An army of Saxons sails up the Port River into Salisbury.
While planning for the battle, Aurelius Ambrosius is
poisoned by a false doctor. Despite his illness, Ambrosius
marches with Uther against the enemy, whom they meet at
Menevia. Ambrosius confronts the foe while Uther takes
his army around to the Saxons’ rear and cuts them off from
their ships, attacking them with great vigor.
It is a great victory for the British, but Ambrosius is
killed in the fighting.
The Saxons are relatively quiet during this time, with
small bands raiding here and there but no armies marching.
It is reported that many of their women and children have
now settled in their lands.
This is the current year