The Oath of Crows
The Oath of Crows is our personal campaign setting of The Great Pendragon Campaign, it is GM:ed by Ikabodo and played by several players in real life location in Sweden.
The story centers around five families from the Hillfort hundred who by destiny or chance was forced into an oath with a dark lady. The Oath was sworn by Cadwallon, Ceiwyn, Edern and Bryn in 463 and it gave them an extension of their lives, allowing them to rush to their homes and save their families. The Reward: Extended lives until the dawn, enough time to save the family lines. The Cost: Swearing the Oath of Crows, swearing that the descendants uphold it.
The Pendragon Roleplaying Game
Pendragon, or King Arthur Pendragon, is a role-playing game (RPG) in which players take the role of knights performing chivalric deeds in the tradition of Arthurian legend. It was originally written by Greg Stafford and published by Chaosium, then was acquired by Green Knight Publishing, who in turn passed on the rights to White Wolf Publishing in 2004. White Wolf sold the game to Stewart Wieck in 2009. Wieck formed Nocturnal Media, which has since updated and reissued the 5th edition originally published by White Wolf.
Pendragon has a literary basis, in this case the fifteenth-century Arthurian romance, Le Morte d'Arthur, and it studiously avoids fantasy RPG cliches in favor of its source material. This has caused it to become something of a cult game, even within the narrow confines of the RPG market.
Adventures are often political, military, or spiritual in nature, rather than dungeon crawls, and are often presented as taking place congruently with events from Arthurian legend. An important part of the game is the time between adventures, during which player characters manage their estates, get married, age, and have children. Typically, the characters will have one adventure per year, and campaigns often carry over across generations, with players retiring their character and taking the role of that character's heir. This is quite different from most role-playing games, where one set of characters is played fairly intensively, and there is typically little consideration made of what happens to their family or descendants. The influence of this idea can be seen in the Ars Magica RPG, which also encourages stories taking years or decades to unfold (and which is also set in medieval Europe).
The default Pendragon setting is a pastiche of actual fifth- and sixth-century British history, high medieval history (10th to 15th centuries), and Arthurian legend. The political forces are roughly those actually present in sub-Roman Britain: Celts fighting Germanic, Irish, and Pictish invaders in the wake of the collapse of Roman authority. Technology and many aspects of culture, however, progress in an accelerated fashion, such that King Arthur's Britain is depicted as thoroughly feudal. Knights bear unique coats of arms, jousting in tournaments, follow chivalric customs, and pursue courtly love. In effect, many trappings of the milieu in which the Arthurian romances were composed are projected backwards. Many of the campaign events and personalities come from the great mass of Arthurian literature composed from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. That being said, it is also possible to run a Pendragon campaign set firmly in the Dark Ages or in a more fantastic vision of Arthurian Britain.
The Great Pendragon Campaign
For 1500 years King Arthur’s story has been told around campfires, in noble courts, in taverns, books and movies. The Great Pendragon Campaign is a massive (432-page) hardcover scenario book which details events, adventures and characters from Uther Pendragon's reign in 480 through to the end of the Arthurian era. This is the basis for this campaign, although much of it has been expanded or changed.
The Great Pendragon Campaign begins during the reign of Arthur’s father King Uther, when player knights can participate in the events of Arthur’s conception. Eighty years of campaign detailed year-by-year provide the background, on-going events and adventures that define structure of King Arthur’s glorious reign.
Special thanks to
The most glory of course goes to Greg Stafford who created one of the greatest roleplaying games of all times. His games are sold by Nocturnal Media and can be bought at DriveThruRPG as print on demand. Also consider visiting his personal pages at http://www.gspendragon.com/ and http://www.staffordcodex.com/.
Friends and fellow nerds at http://www.nocturnalmediaforum.com for patience, inspiration and love for Pendragon.
Thanks to Obsidian Portal who inspired me to create my first online wikis of my campaign. My stories has since then grown too big for that medium, but it was a good time. We were campaign of the month there, and it gave us all a good boost!
Thanks to Isarra for the basis of the skin i used at MediaWiki.
Thanks to all our fans at Obsidian portal:
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