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In the Year of Our Lord 517, Arthur, son of Uther Pendragon and Ygraine of Cornwall, pulled his father's sword from the stone in the ancient hill fort at Camelud not far from the old abbey at Glastonbury Tor. By removing the sword — as so many had tried but failed — Arthur revealed himself to be the True King of the Britons.

Several years have passed since then. Years of civil war and years of border wars. Arthur is still a young man, leader of the most powerful war band in the country. The Warriors of the Way are mounted men, fighting with lance and long sword. They are sworn to uphold the law and mete out justice. They sit in council as equals to advise the king, and they have taken to calling themselves cnyhts — an old word that means servant, for they are the servants of the king's justice.

Over the years of his rule, Arthur has repaired and fortified the old stone fort at Camelud. A small town has grown up around the walls, all contained within a wooden palisade. The wooden walls and the stone are painted white and can be seen on the hill for miles around. It is the capitol city of Arthur's kingdom — what is left of Britain in the West. To the East the Saxons threaten. Welsh tribes are to the north across the Severn Sea. And the Francs raid continuously along the shores to the south.

Although his kingdom is shrinking and will one day be no more than legend, right now, in the early years of the sixth century, Camelud is an important, independent city in the British Isles. Envoys and supplicants, petitioners and justice seekers find their way here every day to speak with the king, or the wizard who stands at his shoulder. The come to win influence, to seek favors, to learn new arts, or just to see — and on day tell the tales of the Court of King Arthur and his Knights.

Each of the Player Characters is arriving at Camelud this day. It is the second Thursday after Easter — at the very beginning of the New Year — the ninth year of King Arthur's rule in the year 526 Anno Domini as the Roman Church reckons such things.


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