Dunstrand Rising - Gallants Ride Again

Gallants Resurrected
Gallants Resurrected

A Brief History of the Lowland Rebellion
[Baron]
In the year 9163, Baron Robert Wheglin of Osmail Mark begins a rebellion of his own against Berithor Aelishan, in the Lowlands of Bar-Innis. He has the support of Dierdre Aelishan – pretender to the title of Earl of Bar-Innis. With the backing of the other lowland knights, Viscounts and Barons, and the Lowland Council, a seemingly hopeless set of battles is fought – with the aid of Gide’s Gallants sent by Dierdre’s camp. The Gallants help the Baron to a stunning set of victories against Umbakian troops sent to aid, soldiers of Berithor, mercenaries and the forces of faith hostile to the Wyld Faith of the lowlands. During this time the Gallants come and go, responsible to higher authorities and their general attitudes toward the cause of freedom and ultimately the safety of Dunstrand devolve into personal ambition and fortune seeking. In the previous year, seeing the direction of the civil war in Bar-Innis, the Baron instructed his most trusted aide and senior herald, Grace Peregrine, to put together a band of operatives loyal to Bar-Innis, the Baron, and Dunstrand – with roots in the community, its faith, and peoples.

The Final Battle For The Lowlands
Wheglin’s Irregulars are nearly wiped out. Over-bold and overwhelmed, they defend the left flank (by the baron orders – they are the bait!) against Umbakian regulars, along with 2 platoons of lowland infantry. Their position is overrun, but only right before the rest of Berithor’s army is soundly defeated. The Umbakians retreat orderly from the field and return to Bergen – leaving Berithor’s remaining mercenaries and regular troops to be butchered or captured by the Lowland Army. The Irregulars learn a valuable lesson in working together and terror.

The Evil in Braddon Bog (death of the Gallants)
When the Gallants nearly all perish, including their leader and namesake Gide, the remnants – camp followers and those who had not taken the formal oath, return from West River Run with the news of their demise. Stopping first at Braddon Bog, Taqwill receives their remains and buries them. The memory of the Gallants may have faded had it not been for Grace. Hearing the news of their demise, she is sent to deliver the Baron’s eulogy and best wishes. Learning how much remained of their amassed fortune and loot, Grace quickly formulates a plan to use the name, fame, and items to continue the fight under a reformed group – with total allegiance to the local authorities. Though Taqwill refuses to relinquish most of the Gallants equipment, he is eventually persuaded to collaborate in her scheme to resurrect them. Taqwill swears he will release the goods once a new group is formed, but he desires to have his say as well – he insists that his apprentice – Sustreynus Gim – become part of them.

A new issue of the Dunstrand Herald’s Quarterly

< CY 9163, Month 11, Day 21 >
Third Quarter, CY 9163

The Gallants Ride Again

Grace returns swiftly with news to the Baron, who sees an opportunity and begins the sing the praises of the Gallants, while at the same time grooming his own operatives to take their place. Within a week, the fame of the Gallants grows even more and they quickly take on heavy responsibility. Assembled now, a new Gallants must swiftly deal with the strange threat uncovered near Braddon Bog and get back into the fight against Berithor.

< CY 9163, Month 11, Day 24 >
> “Inauguration” – Assembling in Osmail Mark (to drive home the point of their lord, the Baron), the Gallants are given a speech and once again repeat their banner-man’s oath and are each inducted into the newly formed Gallants. In a ceremony held in secret, Griebbe is inducted first and then takes the oaths of loyalty from the others. In doing so, each man gives up his old identity (part of the new code) and takes on a new name – one he will be known as to the others. The group is given an official charter.

< CY 9163, Month 11, Day 25 >
> “Clandestine Meeting” – A note is given to Griebbe, passed on by one of the baggage train staff, asking for a meeting and signed “Dierdre Aelishan”! The Gallants leave their old ways and lands under the cover a morning mist. Griebbe asks the party to wait while he makes a last offering in the Beastwood. Under cover of mist and early morning darkness he meets with Brandon Gale who reveals a terrible secret – Dierdre is actually dead! “My mistress Christianna trusted the past leader of the Gallants – Gide; told 9163, Month 8, Day 17 – with this and only a few know of it. There is one potential heir, a daughter – the result of Berithor’s rape of his sister and the reason she was sent to Monaides in the first place. Her name is ”/campaigns/dunstrand-rising-gallants-continued/characters/cyseley-cy-aelishan" class=“wiki-content-link”>Cyseley (“Cy”) Aelishan – goes by last name of “Teclaud” to mask her identity. She is almost 7. She does not know who she really is, but was told that she is the daughter of a close friends of Dierdre who died in childbirth and whose father passed from illness when she was a child. Christianna is her closest friend – “auntie Christi”.

> “Words of Gide” – “Books” reads from the annals of the company as they start their march towards their new fate. [From the march in 9163, month 10; spoken by Gide.] “We are Gide’s Gallants. It’s each of us as individuals, working as a team, taking care of each other, that makes us a threat to our enemies not the trinkets and magical baubles that we find along the way.”

Reviewing the Commitments of the Gallants

< CY 9163, Month 11, Day 26 >
Books has read through the entire set of journals at the direct order of Grace and the Baron in order to find what oaths or promises or debts were incurred. Following the credo of “all debts fulfilled”, Books reads aloud the many travels and adventures which the new Gallants must face to repay the debts others have incurred:

  • The Duke of Dunstrand > Oust a local lord; politics
  • Defeat the Umbakian crusade > Porthias’s charge to Gide’s Gallants
  • Sir Gilhed, “hound” of Berithor > Geri’s rape
  • Baron Chervold G’marne of Westmere in county Faer > Possible job
  • The Bullaine family of Westwick Downs > Stood up for Taer, Geri and Xar; saved their lives
  • The people of Braddon Bog > Been through hell
  • The relatives of Xar in Bergen > At least a personal visit to explain Xar’s death
  • Christianna Vonelus and http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/dunstrand-rising/characters/dierdre-aelishan > Keeping Bar-Innis in the fold of the Duchy
  • The Thindle family of Monaides > Supported the Gallants and we failed the Lord and owe a debt of service
  • A being of power under the remains of the church in Braddon Bog (only shared with Griebbe) > It must be dealt with the make the area safe
  • The lich Aruna > A stain on the honor of the Gallants – who came from the tradition of the Band of Crows
  • Anwin – a magus hored by Twin River Council to keep the peace in Cerran’s Grant > No one, NO ONE, messes with the Gallants and gets away with it

On the Road with the Gallants

The Gallants, despite many of their more “civilized” backgrounds, have shed their trappings of what it means to be anything but a Gallant. They laugh, they joke, and fight with each other like family. Although many have ties outside the group, Books has made the company standard to heart and soul of the group. His nightly readings from the annals of the history of Band of Crows, Brave Companions, and Gide’s Gallants have formed a group beyond what Baron Wheglin anticipated. The Gallants see the,selves as part of a fine tradition of service stretching back 30 years.

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