A tale of heroism at Pennsic XXXVI

Baron Gregoire de Lyon of the Barony of Cynnabar in the Midrealm relates a tale from the Pennsic War of the heroism of Sir Nigel, General of the Ealdormerian Army.

His Excellency writes:

Here do I, Gregoire de Lyon, Baron of Cynnabar, held in fief to the crown of the Middle Kingdom, relate to you the greatest feat of melee prowess I have ever beheld.

It was the final day of battles at Pennsic War in the two thousand and seventh year of Our Lord, when my eyes fell upon the personage of Sir Nigel, general of the Ealdormerian army. Knowing of his prowess upon the field I watched as his men stood behind him and they faced the Dragon Host. Sir Nigel lead his troops back and forth across the field, pressing back against the advancing foe whereever they were needed most.

As the Eastern defenses began to crumble, I saw a group of men form themselves into a column and align themselves directly at the flank of the Ealdormere army. Alas, I did not recognize their livery, but it was clear that this assembled host had received word from their commander, and straight for the Trillium did they charge. Sir Nigel alone saw them coming and rather than sacrifice his men, he did the unbelievable...

There upon the field did the General cast aside his spear, set his feet and meet the first man of the charge head on. Sir Nigel embraced the man's large shield and with all his might dug in. Though he slid back three! Four! Five feet! Sir Nigel never faltered in his resolve to save his troops flank.

At last the the column ground to a halt. Not satisified with his heroics. Sir Nigel cast the first man of the column aside, took up his spear from where it lay and proceeded to slay those who would dare face him.

I stood upon the crest of the hill, overlooking the battlefield where my wounds were being tended and was struck nearly dumb. When at last my voice returned to me, all I could do was utter "Oh my God" over and over. A truer act of prowess I had never seen. Sir Nigel has inspired me to a new level upon the field of battle.

Later, I sought out the General in his camp to congratulate him on his super-heroic feat. Much to my surprise and further astonishment none of Sir Nigel's camp mates, including his lovely lady, had heard this tale. Again, I was inspired by Sir Nigel, this time by his humility off the field.

I submit that Sir Nigel is a true knight and an example of what we should all be striving to achieve - foremost in battle and yet humble in his heart.

Signed this day,

Gregoire de Lyon, Baron of Cynnabar
Squire to Sir Straum von Bairzog

Originally posted on the Armour Archive.