Chronicles of the East Kingdom

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The Chronicles of the East Kingdom is a single page document discovered among the files of the East Kingdom Historian. It purports to describe the founding and first year or so of the East.

From the reference "...El of the Two Knives as Chancellor of the Exchequer, a post he has held under every monarch since." we can place the time of its writing to before October 1972, when Wilhelm of Bothnia took over the job of Exchequer.

The document does not end cleanly, so we can only assume that this is just the first page of a longer manuscript.

Document Text

The Chronicles of the East Kingdom

    In the second month of the third year of the reigns of the kings
of the west, two came from the land of the mists, eastward to realms
which had heard little of the feats of arms of the men of the west
nor of the skills of their smiths and artisans. Finding those among
these peoples yet unaquainted with civilization who were willing to
listen to the code of chivalry and to learn the rudiments of proper
behavior and honorable warfare, these missionaries, y-clept Walter
and Elfrida of Greenwalls, did much to bring enlightenment to what
was a wilderness.

    By the second of June of that year, enough people had been con-
vinced of the virtue of their ideas to hold an outdoor revel on the
grounds of a local castle. The heavens opened upon that day and the
revelers were forced to seek shelter within the castle. The castellan
declaimed that permission had only been granted for the use of the
grounds, then rapidly flooding, and that they could not continue into
the castle. They were forced to flee homeward, as storming the castle
and punishing this vile peasantish discourtesy was as yet beyond their

    On the twenty-first day of July of the same year, a tournament
was held. Weapons were forged by Eiolf and those who were called
Baru Go-ren and Bruce of the New Rock.  Robert of Fort Hill, Peter
of York, and Elfrida of Greenwalls provided music while Bruce
slaughtered all comers to win the crown of the East. King Richard
of the West dispatched an embassy of congratulation. An invitation
was extended and upon the second day of the fifth month, King Henrik
of the West knighted our victor Sir Bruce of Clove, being the site
where he had won his victory. 

    Following a tournament five days before All Hallows, at which
he was crowned, King Bruce I set about forming a government. His
first thought was the defense of the kingdom. On Twelfth Night,
seeing the armourers to be honourable and skilful fighters, he
dubbed them Sir Eiolf Eiriksson and Sir Rakkurai of Kalakura.

    Within a fortnight he had selected his help in the work of
creating a viable kingdom. Among them were Lady Elfrida, later 0.L.,
and Walter of Greenwalls as seneschal, and El of the Two Knives as
Chancellor of the Exchequer, a post he has held under every monarch
since. A meeting was scheduled for one week after Groundhog’s Day at
the seneschals' country retreat.

    Snow fell that day. By dawn carts were impeeded in their progress.
By the time of the meeting, the snow had reached the cuisses of the
knights, and even His Majesty's chariot, with its team, could not
reach the site. The snow had reached the waist of his subjects of
giant blood by sunset. At this time, the fourteen travellers attempted
to reach their homes. Despite serfs to clear the roads, none completed
their trip that day and some had disappeared from ken of mortal men.

    On Whitsunday, returning from a tournament, a small party of ladies
of the kingdom, escorted by Sir Eiolf and Koppel f. Lachsfalk, was
attacked by a band of nine brigands. While Lachsfalk held the thieves
in a narrow defile, Sir Eiolf shepherded the ladies to safety then
returned to help. By the time he reached the defile, the robbers had
fled; Lachsfalk lie bleeding on the ground. He gave him into the hands
of the chirugeons who forewent bleeding him on the grounds that the
blackguards had done such a superlative job.

   Despite certain machinations of a group of self-inflated peasants,
the Midsummer tournament occurred on schedule and the MacGregor of
Götr-Karlsberg, having won the day, was named knight and heir-apparent
to King Bruce. Scriveners for chronicles of neighboring duchies spread

Discussion / Notes

About the second to last paragraph, Steffan writes:

"That's the incident when Koppel, returning from an SCA event/practice on the NYC subway with some other folk, was mugged. He was wearing most of his armor and had his sword. He held 'em off while the ladies dashed up the stairs. Legend has it that's what he was knighted for, but he was already a knight."