Our first game of Lion Rampant the new medieval skirmish rules from Osprey.
Murder and Mayhem at the Market Fair
Northern England near the Scottish Border, Spring 1313
Two retinues have attended the May Fair at this sleepy northern village for generations. Sir John the Great and his men see themselves as English and hail from a nearby Castle, loyal to the Percy Family. Sir Brian the Blessed’s family come from North of the border, though with lands in both England and France, their loyalties lie closer to Scotland.
Tensions have been increasing between the two retinues over the last few years. Each year there is a tournament with a fairly brutal Melee at the May Fair. This is where each side has traditionally settled old grudges without recourse to all out conflict. This year however both sides have come prepared for more and tempers have flared after a Yeoman was killed in a tavern brawl the night before. Whilst the villagers and visiting merchants prepare for the annual market all out conflict begins between the two retinues.
The story of our battle is retold in the gallery above. Eventually both sides reached a stalemate. The English ransomed Sir Brian and left the field of battle whilst the Scots held their ground and retired to the Inn to drown their sorrows but with much reduced funds to do so. So Honours even and both sides planning to restart hostilities at the earliest opportunity.