bound to be confusing. We've done the best we can.
Merlin (Myrddin) was a great mage many years ago who knew of the
old myths of the Universalis Senshi and how she created the
senshi. He himself sought to create senshi using life energy, as
the Universalis Senshi had. In this way he created the Knights of
course, when Merlin did this, he didn't anticipate the chaos it
would cause, because during this time there existed senshi in the
area, the Celtae Senshi. The center of this whirlwind was Arthur:
by birth he was a Celtae Senshi, but by Merlin's tampering he held
the powers of the Knights. This made him easily the most powerful
senshi. Thus the seeds of the great battle were sown.
half-sister, Morgan, became the leader of the Priestesses of
Avalon. At first she helped Arthur, but when Arthur chose to
identify himself with the Knights, Morgan's tune changed and she
sought to return him to his rightful place: with herself and her
sisters and the rest of the Druidic clans. Arthur was able to keep
her at bay for the most part, up until the final battle, when
Morgan and her sisters reclaimed the wounded Arthur and took him
Arthur died forsaking senshidom for the remainder of his life, but
the descendents of Morgan and her sisters and those of Merlin
continued the feud. The world changed around them, developing into
its present-day state, and somewhere along the way the Celtae
fractured and killed one another.
before the beginning of the rpg, Merlin's descendents have retaken
Excalibur, previously held by the Sisters. The Grimoire, an
enchanted book which contains in it the sum knowledge of the
generations of Merlin descendents, has foretold the return of the
Knights and of the Celtae Senshi. The ownership of the legendary
sword Excalibur and of the Holy Grail is now a major issue.
the story opens, the Sisters have taken Excalibur again and broken
it into pieces, knowing that if Arthur returns, the lack of
Excalibur, his Knightly symbol, might force him to their side.
Senshi Group Information
The lowdown on the various groups in England and
their relation to one another. VERY IMPORTANT!
Here's the tricky part.
(As if all of the above weren't tricky enough...) The game in
England currently has three single set locations for senshi; Bath,
London and Colchester. Due to the travel-and-locate nature of this
storyline, you may find yourself and your character located -
temporarily or otherwise - to different locations across the
country. In the first part, most stories will take place in these
three locations, with possible beginnings to branch out as things
march on. Many Avalonians, obviously, will live on the isle of
Avalon, and it is very possible some stories will take place
This means finding a copy of a map of England will be essential
to story-writing. (Avalonians, don't worry; you will be
able to magically get to where you need to go. For the rest of you
poor bastards, there may be a lot of travelling in cars.) There
will be at least one group of caravan-like senshi; you may want to
consider creating a character who can easily adopt a transient
Why these three locations you ask? First of all, they are all,
more or less, southern England. This cuts down travel time for
this opening leg. In fact, Colchester and London are only an hour
apart by train. Bath is off to the west. Secondly, all three are
rich in history, modern, and easily accessible. Besides,
ironically, a lot of them have links to ancient cultures and
London – Come on, folks. You all know London. The
capital of England, a cultural high spot, home of dozens of
tourist attractions, a great starting point for any exploration of
the country. The
Underground and the city’s system of buses can get you
virtually anywhere. Museums, universities, theaters – you name
it and you can find it. Look around; you’ll find plenty of
information about this city. Just remember – The City of London
is only actually a square mile in the center of it all. The rest?
Itty bitty villages, once upon a time, that were absorbed as
London bustled. This is why you can easily be from Greenwich,
London or Hampton, London. Lots of opportunity and lots of
Colchester (in Essex) – Another ancient settling
place, slightly north of London, Colchester is a smaller city that
is actually the oldest recorded city in England. Founded as
Camulodunum in about 5AD. It actually just missed being the
capital of the Romans’ English territory and chances are we can
blame Queen Boudicca and the Iceni tribes for that. After all, who
wants to stay somewhere that a handful of “heathens” regularly
kick your ass. The ruins of the Temple of Claudius, a Norman
castle on top of that, ruins of a monastery, old Dutch
settlements, and the still-standing remains of a wall that still
has bits that the Romans would’ve been familiar with, Colchester
has a rich history of battles and ancient ritual. Now it is an
adorable city, nice for a break from busier locales but easily
accessible by using its regular train services.
By the by, Angie spent her junior year of college here at the
University of Essex. Plug, plug.
Bath (in Somerset) – Our third in Really Old Places,
Bath started life as a Roman spa and steadily made its way on into
the future, serving in the process as a defense against the
Vikings, a religious center, a resort town, and now a must-see in
many tourist guides. It owes its existence to naturally occurring
hot springs, the only ones in England. It has been viewed with
respect since ancient Celtic days when the springs were
consecrated to the goddess Sulis. Steeped in such a beginning of
belief, it was only natural that, over time, it has hosted a large
Saxon monastery and a Norman cathedral. It also continued its
reputed healing waters for centuries; people were still streaming
in until the eighteenth century and beyond. Today it is quite
different – less known for its religious fixtures as for its
perfectly kept Georgian architecture. You might know it best as
one of Jane Austen’s favored locations, a place of gentility and
leisure in her books.
Information And Links
Help de-Americanize yourself with these handy tools!
The Sugar Quill's All
Things British (a guide to basic British life)
to British Schooling
Tannahill Weavers' Scots
The Knowhere Guide
isn’t always grammatically sound, but shows what the people who
live in the UK think of the real, living places. Though you’d
best take a grain of salt with everything. After all, anyone can
submit info for this site.
The official English
The Story Of London
one-stop site for history and the current life of the city
The London Tourist
Remember how we suggested you take a peek at maps?
that should be all of it. Good luck!