A tale of Blood and Honour
Sir Merwyn, the Steward of Tisbury
First born son of Cian the Pup
Son number: 1
Liege Lord: Lord Tisbury
Current Class: Squire
Current Home: Tisbury Estate
Distinctive features: Darting gaze
Known for: Known for his chastity, his energetic nature, his temperance, his suspicion of strangers , his bravery, his fealty to his lord, his hospitality and his honour. Merwyn is also recognized as a swordsman.
Notable possessions: Tooth of St. Amphibalus (+3 Spiritual Trait Relic).
Forms of adress
Personal: Merwyn (or more polite: Sir Merwyn)
Colloquial name: Sir Merwyn
Formal: Sir Merwyn, steward of Tisbury
Optional Suffix: -
Served as a squire to Sir Brynmor , a vassal and butler of King Leodegrance up until Brynmor’s death at the Battle of Terrabil. Raised mainly by his grandmother Lady Eleri prior to her cloisterisation. Tutored in British Christianity by brother Pertoines prior to his journey to Oxford.
St. Albans Prayer:
Early in his childhood, Merwyn was taught the prayer of Saint Alban by his mentor Pertoines and is often found repeating the words to himself when faced with challenges.
Among the roses of the martyrs brightly shines Saint Alban.
We thank you for this place built to your glory
and in memory of Alban, our first martyr.
Following his example in the fellowship of the saints,
may we worship and adore the true and living God,
and be faithful witnesses to the Christ,
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
Pray for us Alban, pray for us all Saints of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
493-496: Born and raised in the household of his father Sir Cian the Pup.
496-498: Left in the care of his mother, father away on a dead-end quest to find Merlin.
498-500: Mother leaves Merwyn in the care of his grandmother.
500-501: Brought into the care of brother Pertoines at King Leodegrance’s household.
501-507: Serves as page to a number of knights at the King’s court.
508: Appointed squire to Sir Brynmor, King Leodegrance’s butler.
511: Sir Cian (the Pup), father of Sir Merwyn died during the winter. Froze to his death despite his squire’s attempt to keep him warm. (Inherited glory 400)
513: The 1st Battle of Terrabil.
513: The 2nd Battle of Terrabil.
513: Knighted at Earl Robert of Salisbury’s winter court.
514: Scaled the walls of Vagon castle. Saved the church from looting during the siege.
514: Attended the royal wedding between High King Arthur and Queen Guinevere, rescued the maidens during the Beast Fights of the wedding games and thus was awarded a seat of the king’s high table. Along this Sir Merwyn stood out among his peers as a knight who tended the ladies as he scurried a child to her parents and also entertained the ladies with his musical talents on the harp.
514: Was given the title of Steward of Tisbury by his lord Carangeir.
514: Married Gwenda, daughter of Sir Pryce, a household knight of Earl Robert of Salisbury.
Sir Merwyn’s teachings to his squire
To a knight, courtesy involves moo than merely following rules of etiquette. ‘tis above all an attitude, the way we as knights present ourselves to the ordinary. Knights shouldst carry himself proudly, maintain self-control, and accept ill-manner’d portance with grace. The knight is always polite and shouldst be deferential to cater-cousins and strangers alike.
But understand that yea though ye are ask’d to be polite and accept others foul manners, thou shouldst nev’r stand to see thy good name and hon’r stain’d by those who slander thou, seek justice.
A knight shouldst nev’r knowingly insult ’r slander another person, yea his greatest foe. if others engage in insults ’r slander, the knight walks aroint. Behave with dignity. a knight refrains from emotional outbursts, excessive eating and drinking, foul language, and other boorish acts.
Sir Merwyn’s code of conduct
- “Do not sayeth what thine mind is thinking, and do not be too hasty to act on what thou thinketh.”
- “Be gentle to people but do not overdo it.”
- “Once thou’ve test’d out thy cater-cousins and found them trustworthy, hold onto them. But don’t waste thy time shaking hands with every new person thou meet.”
- “Doth not be quick to pick a mortal arbitrament, but once ye are in one, hold thy own. "
- “Hark to many people, but talk to few.”
- “Hear everyone’s opinion, but reserve thy judgment. "
- “Spend all thou can afford on clothes, but make sure they’re quality, not flimsy, since clothes make the man.”
- “Don’t borrow chinks and don’t lend it, since when thou lend to a cater-cousin, thou oft lose the friendship as well as the chinks, and borrowing turns a person into a spendthrift.”
- “Above all, be true to thyself. Then thou won’t be false to anybody else.”