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<< Minden, Graf Theodoric's Winter Camp // Saturday, October 12, 482 Anno Domini (2 weeks after the Massacre of Verden) // 20:48 // Cold; 37° F >>
The icy wind howls as it tears its way down from the north sea, across the moors, bogs and forests of Sachsenland. The tent shakes in the wind, rattling its poles and ropes. The roughly cut wooden "planks" that make up the floor of the semi-permanent cloth structure are slicked with half frozen mud. They are so splintery that no one can afford to take their boots off inside. The only "furniture" in the twelve by twelve foot space are four straw "mattresses" bound together with cheap twine and a small iron brazier for burning wood on the floor in the center. The walls are made of hides stitched expertly together and strung over wooden poles.
Three new knights, from far flung parts of Charlemagne's great empire sit around around the smoky brazier with a large jug of cheap wine. They've only just been assigned together, each part of the new conscripts that were called up to serve in the forces that fought at Süntel. None of them saw any of the fight that day, but in the chaos afterward the three of them were formed into a unit. Mounted men would be scarce until spring, so the three of them would have to serve alone for now. Their horses are tethered just outside the tent, their stamps and snorts can be heard reassuringly ever so often. The three knights were told that they would receive a new assignment in the morning, and that they had the night to do as they pleased. But they'd better be at the church bright and early for Lauds.
Okay, introduce yourselves and make friends (or not).