Solo GPC

Heavy Weighs the Crown
535

Because we started Loholt out as a wet-behind-the-ears squire, I sometimes forget how young he is. I’ve been waiting to see him come into his own; this was the year, as it turned out. And in true Pendragon fashion, it came about in a fashion neither one of us saw coming.

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Roses and Thorns
534

This year’s session was, for the most part, a “solo” Pendragon game in name only, as we were joined by two guest players! D. and S. are from our regular weekly group, and as that week’s regular game was cancelled, we decided to run Pendragon instead. The players both had characters from a campaign Des had run last year that ended, coincidentally enough, right around the same time as the current GPC continuity, so we did our own version of FLAILSNAILS and brought in Sir Blaine and Sir Madog for a guest appearance for the main portion of this year’s events.

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Ah, Paris
533

A short session this time, but a fun one.

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To Be A Queen's Knight
532

At the great mound of Carn Brea in Cornwall, a giant with cascading waterfalls for eyebrows shook itself from its winter slumber and stood. Stretching, it loosed a great rumbling yawn that sent a flock of nesting sparrows flying from its tangled beard. Absent-mindedly scratching its bottom, it ambled off in search of sustenance. Far to the east, a young knight also rose, looking out on the snow-covered streets of Camelot…

Yes, kids, it’s time again. Time to delve back into the tale of the Broughton clan, in particular of Sir Loholt of Camelot, son of the High King and Romantic Knight par excellance. What strange and glorious adventures lie in wait for our intrepid young knight this year? Read on and find out…

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Two Weddings and a Tournament
531

The arms of Sir Loholt

And so the Romance Period begins. This year, 531, used to be the default starting time for a “by the book” Pendragon campaign. Although I didn’t start playing Pendragon in earnest until shortly after 5th edition came out (with its default starting year of 485), the majority of my campaigns, both as GM and player, have ended up centering around this time. So Des and I are in familiar waters.

It’s easy to see why 531 used to be the default starting year. If you’re going to start out during Arthur’s reign, it’s a good time to start. This is when chivalry enters its full flower, when tournaments replace battles as the venue to demonstrate a knight’s courage, when heraldry and pennants and trappers turn those tournament fields into a riot of colors. Fortresses finally start to look like what we think of when we hear the word “castle.” The land is at peace, Adventure and Quest rule the day, and things haven’t started to go down the toilet yet. Soon enough. In the meantime, it is morning in Britain again and our hero is a young knight out to fill the shoes of his father and win the heart of his true love. To Adventure, then!

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Adventures on the Emerald Isle
530

When we last left off, our hero Loholt – at the tender age of 18 – had been made a knight. More than that, he had been recognized as one of two potential heirs to the throne of the kingdom, bastard though he may be. So did the newly-minted Sir Loholt’s first full year as a knight live up to expectations? Read on…

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Coming to a Head
529

Oh dear, another intolerably long gap between updates. Blame my starting up a regular tabletop campaign for my group; that sort of thing does tend to eat up one’s spare time…

When we last left off, plans were afoot for Loholt, after several notable adventures around the environs of the Vale of the White Horse, to finally receive his knighthood. Sir Malcolum, Baron of the Vale and recently returned from the Roman War, had decided to take Loholt and Ieuan (Malcolum’s other squire) to London to have them knighted by the High King himself at the Pentecostal Tournament.

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In the Service of Lancelot
528

At the conclusion of this year’s adventure, Des told me she’s really been enjoying these short squire adventures. By necessity, they can’t be very epic or terribly deadly due to Loholt’s below-average stats (although they’re quickly catching up to normal levels). I agreed; they’ve been a nice break. I also mentioned that shit’s going to get real soon enough, to which she replied, “Oh, I know!” with a wicked gleam in her eye. But we’re definitely enjoying this slight change of pace before we get back into proper full-on knight action. And so once again we join Loholt at Uffington Manor. What will another year in the life bring to our plucky young squire?

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White Horse Vales
527

Here’s an adventure I’ve been looking forward to running not just since the inception of the GPC but basically since I first bought the Pendragon 4th Edition rulebook. Included in that tome (oddly in two versions, one short and one long) is a scenario called the “Adventure of the White Horse”. Ever since it became evident that we’d most likely be starting with Loholt as a squire or very young knight, I’ve been planning on running this adventure for him. Truth be told, it’s the whole reason I had him squired at Uffington (the fact it made narrative sense for him to be sent to study under the father of Countess Katherine was only icing on the cake).

So after all those years of anticipation, how did it measure up? Read on…

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A Squire's Life
526

For this first installment in the new phase of the campaign, I decided to cheat a little bit. There’s a little introductory scenario that comes in the back of the Pendragon core rulebook; I think everyone who’s played Pendragon is familiar with it. I’ve run it before (although not for Des) and she’s run it for me (twice, in fact!). Yet, because the GPC starts out (way back in 485) with a different intro scenario, the adventure had so far not featured in this particular campaign. I felt this was a shame, as it’s such an iconic Pendragon experience. I asked Des if she’d mind playing through the adventure since she’d only experienced it from a GM’s perspective. She had no problem with this, and so we faded in on the Vale of the White Horse on a breezy early summer morn…


The arms of Baron Uffington

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