Background: Duke of Gasconne

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  • Duke of Gasconne

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    The Duke of Gasconne was reported slain outside of Avras around 960 A.S. [1]


    [1] Transcript of proceedings at the Court of Equitaine, 960 A.S. (Main Rulebook)

    You said it could never be pierced!
    — Last words of Duke Gabriel de Gasconne

    [1] wrote:

    King Louis: My dear Cantemont, how glad I am to
    see you well. But where is our Commander, the
    Duke of Gasconne? Is he still in the field?
    Cantemont: Sad news, my liege. Gasconne is slain.
    L: By the Lady, our nation is so much the poorer
    for his loss. What news from the Crusade? Is the
    traitor deposed?
    C: My duty lies heavy upon me. But I will endeavour
    to be direct. 4,000 knights followed us to
    Avras. Fewer than 400 return with me. And
    many of them are decidedly the worse for wear.
    L: Surely it is not true. Were you not prepared for
    General Fontaine and his meagre troops?
    C: Indeed we were, my liege. At first we sent a summons
    to parlay, as my lord instructed. But the
    villain would not even treat with us. Immediately
    we closed upon the city from the West, for the
    honour of the Lady. But we weren’t expecting...
    L: What? Tell us!
    C: We weren’t expecting the zombies, your Grace.
    L: Forgive me, did you mean to say zombies?
    C: Yes, my lord. Very much so. We found the approaches
    to the city impassible, as things pulled
    men and horses beneath the murky water.
    We believe there may have been some kind of
    necromancy in play. A beautiful woman floating
    above the filth and laughing at our efforts confirmed
    our suspicions. But when our dear friend
    Gasconne sought out the fiend it did not go well
    for him. She devoured him in front of us... A most
    unpleasant business.
    L: My Lady! And yet you outnumbered them, did
    you not? After all we spent...
    C: Indeed. But our knights were driven into the
    swamps by magical curses, and our horses became
    mired. We were exhausted after a long
    march and our heavy armour was ill-suited to
    the boggy terrain. It was at this point that a
    considerable number of our fallen countrymen
    began to rise from where they’d fallen... Then of
    course there were the nightmarish wraiths
    L: Wraiths?
    C: Something of that ilk, I’d rather not go into detail..
    Many who were not slain took their lives in madness.
    L: By the Lady... I must retire to prayer. Give the
    survivors food and water. You are dismissed,
    Cantemont. Go back to your family.
    — Transcript of proceedings
    at the Court of Equitaine, 960 A.S.

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