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All In The Past

Dark Age Illumination

731AD, Jarrow, Northumbria, England. The day is coming to an end as the monk, The Venerable Bede, is also coming to the end of his book Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum (in English, The Ecclesiastical History of the English People) and in doing so gains himself the title 'Father of English History.

As the sun sets his fellow monks come and remind him that it is time for evening prayer.

The book is considered to be one of the most important original references on Anglo-Saxon history, illuminating this 'dark age' and has played a key role in the development of an English national identity.

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Nædercynne Docks

The docks at the City of Nædercynne are key to the cities prominence amongst the neighbouring kingdoms. The neutral state is able to keep its own independence largely due to its historic religion and guileful traders.

With the nations around them dependent on the traders from Nædercynne passing on the worlds riches through the habour and on across the four seas and land.

The natural deep sea harbour allows the ocean going ships to anchor in the protected bay. The Nædercynne barges busily take the cargo loads from the docks warehouses to the ships.

Bit of cross catergory (Stay Felxible & We Need a Hero) going on here as well with the cape borrowed from my son, I'm mean Furno XL.

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Nædercynne Túr, Nædercynne

At the mouth of Nædercynne River by the harbour is Nædercynne Túr. The imposing structure looks out across the harbour and towards the sea allowing the guards a good view of any threats from the oceans.

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The Isle of Ely

Secret Hideout
1071AD, Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire, England. William The Conqueror has largely conquered England. However there are rebels resisting his sovereignty.

In East Anglia, Hereward The Wake is joined by a small army led by Morcar, the former Saxon Earl of Northumbria who has been ousted by William. William has subsequently sent an army to deal with the rebels. They are forced to retreat and make a secret hideout on The Isle of Ely. The Isle is marshy and has many secret paths and rivers making it an ideal stronghold.

The Normans at first made a frontal assault along a timber causeway, but This failed. They then tried to intimidate the English with a witch and this was also unsuccessful. In the end one of William's knights bribed the monks of the island to reveal a safe route across the marshes this resulted in the Isle of Ely's capture. Hereward The Wake escaped however Morcar was taken and imprisoned,

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They made no small slaughter

Arthurian Scene

491AD, Mount Badon, England. Following the departure of the Roman forces from England, Anglo Saxon warriors have come to the island (possibly from invasion or as employed mercenaries).

With the Anglo-Saxon's growth in power and increased land in the islands, the Briton Kings (Romano-British) joined together under a war lord named Ambrosius Aurelianus (Arthur) and formed an army. Meanwhile Aelle of Sussex pushed further west with his Saxon army threatening to take more land.

The two armies met and fought at Badon Hill, where Arthur inflicted a severe defeat on the Saxon army. The victory stopped Saxon expansion for the next fifty or more years, giving the island a rare interlude of peace and prosperity.

Exactly where the battle was fought, how it was fought, the composition of the armies, and exact details of Arthur (Ambrosius) are open to interpretation. I have taken the date from Bede's 'The Ecclesiastical History of the English People' and the story line is heavily inspired by Bernard Cromwell's trilogy on Arthur.

This scene shows Arthur and Aelle in the final moments of the battle.

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We're on the war path!

Custom Faction

491AD, Sussex, South Saxon Kingdom. Ælle has recently won an important victory at Pevensey and his leading his war band against the Britons.

There are two sources that name Ælle, The Ecclesiastical History of the English People and the Anglo Saxon Chronicles.

The Anglo Saxon warrior was feared for his infamous battle axe, whilst his shield was made from lindum wood and covered in hardened leather.

The Arthur triology by Bernard Cromwell also played a part in inspiring this 'build'.

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Ærsceaft Brycg, Nædercynne

A Child's life

Every year in Nædercynne the children take part in the bridge jumping competition off of Ærsceaft Brycg into the Nædercynne River.

During the warmer session in Nædercynne (the city is a in a tropical climate and stays warm all year round) the competition takes place from the highest bridge over the river. It has been long tradition after an ancestor of the city Aldin and Ælle had a jump off shortly after the foundation of the important trading city. Over the Ældus (centuries to you and me) the jump off became tradition and today is enjoyed by those taking place as well as their parents who joke about past competitions. Some mothers don't enjoy quiet as much these days.

Once the children have done their jump into the deep river they have a short swim down to the harbour.

Ærsceaft Brycg is one of the oldest bridges in the city connecting the two main parts of the city. Today the bridge connects the fortreding, where the poor live, to the Anwealda's castle. The bridge remains closed through out the year other than for this competition.

(Anyone familiar with Stari Most, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, may notice where I got my inspiration from!)

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