Honour, Kingdom and the Lady
The thunder of hooves, the clink of mail, the sounding of horns: a great cacophony accompanies an army of knights riding to war. Yet steel and sinew are nothing without valour. These noble fighters crusade for faith, for virtue, for their beloved Lady - yet most of all, for the honour of their home, the Kingdom of Equitaine.
A nation established on noble principles, yet built on a foundation of peasant labour and sweat, Equitaine is a land of myth and superstition. Yet it exerts tremendous military might - Crusades for the lost Grail have brought the Lady’s grace to many foreign lands.. In all things, Equitan nobility is expected to lead from the fore, and victory often rests upon their individual successes. These are lessons for the young king to learn, and learn well, if his dynasty is to endure against other strong, noble Houses and the perils that lie beyond his lands.
The Kingdom of Equitaine is sometimes seen as three different armies in one. One option is to play as a mixture of Knights and Infantry, where one half of the army shoots or engages the opponent in place till the other part comes in to smash the enemy, usually with powerful cavalry. Another option is the are armies where only cavalry is used, these excel at bringing so many mobile threats on the table that they are able to catch the opponent where they least suspect and try avoid them everywhere else. That concept is brought to the extreme when cavalry is mixed with their flying units of Pegasus Knights! In every playstyle the Kingdom of Equitaine relies on their characters to do some fighting, and to lead their armies from the front.
Lore of Kingdom of Equitaine
The Demise of the Duke of Gasconne
King Louis: My dear Cantemont, how glad I am to see you well. But where is our Commander, the Duke of Gasconne? Is he still in the field?
Cantemont: Sad news, my liege. Gasconne is slain.
L: By the Lady, our nation is so much the poorer for his loss. What news from the Crusade? Is the traitor deposed? C: My duty lies heavy upon me. But I will endeavour to be direct. 4,000 knights followed us to Avras. Fewer than 400 return with me. And many of them are decidedly the worse for wear.
L: Surely it is not true. Were you not prepared for General Fontaine and his meagre troops?
C: Indeed we were, my liege. At first we sent a summons to parlay, as my lord instructed. But the villain would not even treat with us. Immediately we closed upon the city from the West, for the honour of the Lady. But we weren’t expecting…
L: What? Tell us!
C: We weren’t expecting the zombies, your Grace.
L: Forgive me, did you mean to say zombies?
C: Yes, my lord. Very much so. We found the approaches to the city impassible, as things pulled men and horses beneath the murky water. We believe there may have been some kind of necromancy in play. A beautiful woman floating above the filth and laughing at our efforts confirmed our suspicions. But when our dear friend Gasconne sought out the fiend it did not go well for him. She devoured him in front of us... A most unpleasant business.
L: My Lady! And yet you outnumbered them, did you not? After all we spent...
C: Indeed. But our knights were driven into the swamps by magical curses, and our horses became mired. We were exhausted after a long march and our heavy armour was ill-suited to the boggy terrain. It was at this point that a considerable number of our fallen countrymen began to rise from where they’d fallen... Then of course there were the nightmarish wraiths…
C: Something of that ilk, I’d rather not go into detail.. Many who were not slain took their lives in madness.
L: By the Lady... I must retire to prayer. Give the survivors food and water. You are dismissed, Cantemont. Go back to your family.
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