Post by Caerleon (Tristan) on Dec 11, 2015 1:55:01 GMT
Prior to the Arrival of the Caerleon Family
There is little known of this period as the people of the Caerleon province lived a simple existence with little organisation and no recorded history. What we do know is that the people, mainly fisherman eked out a meagre existence, generally gathering enough during the warmer months to tide them over the winters.
Early historians have noted the existence of ruined and burnt out villages and surmised that the coast was regularly raided by reavers, likely from the then un-civilised Hibernia or the frozen north.
The Arrival of the Caerleon Family
The Caerleon's are a cadet branch of the Carleton family who travelled from Gaul with the first wave of preachers spreading the word of the One God to Hibernia. When the convoy of ships was struck by a late summer storm and broken up the sloop carrying Terrance Caerleon and his personal retainers was driven far the east to the shores of Caerleon.
Their ship foundering and seeing before them only the forbidding cliffs of the southern Angelsea Isle the Bran Caerleon and his men prayed to the One God for salvation. Moments later a great swell picked up the ship and drove it towards the rocky shore at a great speed. The men, fearing that they only had moments to live made their final peace with God and then in answer to their prayers a gap in the cliffs opened and the ship was driven up onto a sandy shore in a well sheltered cove.
The Caerleon's wasted no time disembarking from the wrecked ship, keen to get their feet on solid ground. The men, their lives spared wasted no time in giving thanks to God but before they could even give their thanks they heard on the wind the unmistakable sound of battle.
Never ones to shirk from combat they gathered their arms and travelled quickly up narrow paths to the bluffs overlooking the harbour. Their they spied raiders attacking a small village. With a great battle shout the Caerleon's charged in and quickly routed the bandits, taking a full score of them prisoners.
After wards, hosted by the grateful residents of the village of Aberffraw, Bran Caerleon resolved that as God had bought them here, here they would stay.
A full two generations passed between the arrival of Bran Caerleon in Aberffraw and the next momentous occasion and in this time the Caerleon family where not idle. Bran Caerleon quickly pacified the isle of Angelsea, slaying the many monsters that had bedevilled the villagers and driving out the bandits and miscreants who had raided their harvest. Marrying the daughter of the Chief of Aberffraw he was selected as the new chief of Aberffraw in time.
Branson, his eldest son took the active legacy of his father even further. Taking a mere 20 men and a large fishing sloop he travelled to each of the many fishing villages that dotted the coastline, slaying bandits, hunting monsters in their lairs and rescuing maidens and children from foul witches. Before he would die Branson would be elected King Caerleon by all the chiefs who named the new kingdom in his honor.
The Arrival of Saint Columba
The arrival of Saint Columba is a event of great magnitude in Caerleon and is celebrated each year during the spring. According to the histories Saint Columba arrived at the beginning of spring on a boat that had travelled from Hibernia during the tail end of the spring storms (an almost unheard of happening).
His boat, having landed on the shores below the village of Pwlldefaid came upon a scene that is all too common in greater Albion, the village having been suffering through the spring with the wasting sickness, was full only of gaunt men and women. The elderly and almost all the young having already died from the sickness. When the Saint arrived but 3 children still lived, those children of the Elder Madrigal, who at the first sign of the sickness had quarantined his family in the hope that they might be untouched, the Elder now despairing as all his precautions had only delayed the inevitable and his children now lay on deaths door.
The Saint Columba, a man of courage and compassion, heedless of the risk to his own person spent 7 days and 7 nights tending the children. Seeing to their needs and praying continuously for the intercession of the One True God on the innocents who where ravaged by this sickness.
On the 7th day Saint Comunba emerged from the dwelling with all three children, not only having survived the illness, but hale and hearty and bearing a strange new birthmark upon their chests, the holy sign of the One True God. This great miracle so inspired Elder Madrigal that he gave all his land to the Saint Columba for the establishment of a temple to the greatness of God, and he became a wandering preacher, spreading news of the greatness of God.
The Period Between
Missionaries of the One God travelling from Caerleon to the east into Camelot, and to the south into Gawant ushered in an age of prosperity for Caerleon. Shared belief helped draw Caerleon and her neighbours closer together and along with multiple marriages of minor nobles between all three realms the foundation for historic cooperation and good feeling where founded, indeed since this time Caerleon has never fought a battle against either Camelot or Gawant.
In line with warming relations with the neighbouring realms, pilgrims travelling to the temple in Pwlldefaid bought prosperity to Caerleon. As many returned with their families to make permanent residency within Caerleon. During this time Caerleon grew from a tiny kingdom of scattered villages to a more prosperous realm of it's current size with Aberffraw taking in most of the new immigrants and growing in size to be considered a prosperous town, the only one in Caerleon and one of the few on the western coast of Albion.
The Two Dragons of Camelot, Uther and Arthur
The reign of Uther Pendragon had a significant effect of Caerleon, as Uther became more and more distrustful of magic, until such time as he banned all magic within Camelot, Caerleon had an almost diametrically opposed relationship with magic. Long a stronghold of the faith of the One God and having a deep reverence for the divine magic practiced by the faithful and a legal system that had grown in line with this. This mean that when Uther expelled all users of magic from Camelot that those faithful to the One God predominantly settled in Caerleon.
As Uther's reign continued and his paranoia about magic deepened it began to strain the relationship with Caerleon, and what had been one of the closest relationships of the Five Kingdoms began to fall apart.
In recent time Caerleon has been an inward focussed realm, the long period of illness that the late King Daywd Caerleon suffered from before his passing sapped the realm of initiative and expansion. The ascension of Jessica Caerleon to the throne has been seen by many as a chance for Caerleon to grow, strong and faithful again.