The Battle of Fornham, 1173

It is October 1173 and parts of East Anglia has risen in revolt against King Henry II under Earl Hugh Bigod. Furthermore he has been joined by an invasion force led by the Earl of Leicester, Robert Beaumont, and his wife Petronilla. Had they not brought 300 Flemish mercenaries with them things might have not been so bad for Henry!

Unfortunately Leicester failed to take the port of Dunwich, whose citizens put up a spirited resistance against the invasion. Joining with Bigod the two men planned to march east towards Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge, planning to rendezvous with men from Leicester itself and then turn on London.

Unfortunately Leicester's beautiful wife Petronella fell out with their ally Hugh Bigod's wife while at Framlingham Castle, Bigod's home. While Bigod and his men prepared to march on London, it was necessary for Leicester to move on quickly, and raise his own vassals in the East Midlands.

Between Leicester and his goal stood a small group of loyalist knights led by the Justiciar Robert Lucy, but more and more knights rode out as the Abbot of Bury St Edmunds sent his 50 knights to the block the rebels crossing the River Lark, and Bury shut its gates against the invaders & rebels.

As they tried to head east towards Risby and Cambridge they met the forces of Sir Hugh de Bohun, High Constable of England, who took up positions to guard the river crossing at Fornham. Battle was now inevitable.

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Take on a character and command of a body of men, and fight for or against Henry! The rules are normal Ars Magica, with groups. This is 1173 as it might have been in the world of Ars Magica though, so be prepared for anything!

Rebel Characters

Commands 4 groups of trained knights (36 knights)

Has a bodyguard group (4 knights)

  • DIGGO OF KASSEL,leader of the Flemish Crossbowmen mercenaries Dan March

Commands 5 units of crossbowmen (100 crossbowmen)
and 2 units of archers (40 archers)

  • MENFRID OF GHENT, leader of the Flemish spearmen Phil Jenkins

Commands 5 units of spearmen (100 men)

Loyalist Characters

  • BROTHER SAMSON OF BURY ST EDMUNDS Guy

Commands 5 groups of knights (25 knights) and 10 groups of Bury Townfolk (1,200 untrained men with improvised weapons)

  • RICHARD DE LUCY, JUSTICIAR OF ENGLAND Hugh Wake

Commands 12 groups of knights (96 knights) and 3 groups of untrained spearmen (120 men)

Commands 10 groups of knights (90 knights)

Commands 5 groups of knights (30 knights)from Essex

  • WILLIAM D'AUBIGNY, EARL OF ARUNDEL

Commands 5 groups of knights (30 knights) from Castle Rising, Norfolk

Commands 5 groups of knights (30 knights) from Bristol

  • REGINALD DE DUNSTANVILLE, EARL OF CORNWALL Rob Smith

Commands 3 groups of knights (15 knights) from Truro

One group of himself and bodyguard (3 knights)'''

ODD BALLS

A little girl & her brother'''

An elderly lady out collecting sticks

  • JOCELIN OF BRAKELOND

A monk in the wrong place at the wrong time

  • LUCIAN OF GUERNICUS

A Quaesitor on important business!

A lady of Fornham St. Martin who has not fled her home.

His house is in the battlefield, but he seems strangely distracted!

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