In the year of our Lord 1178, I, Sir Eothian of Latimore, do submit this missive to His Majesty, King John the Younger, with all of my loyalty and honor to the power and service of the Crown.
Your Majesty, it is with great pleasure that I inform you that I have arrived at the Isle of Evermore. Your father, King John the Elder, may God rest his soul, foresaw in his great wisdom the plentiful bounty of this small isle, and very pleased was I to find the great bridge and the fortifications of the castle are well intact and in good repair.
I have surveyed the plateau to the south and west, and my miners inform me the iron deposits are plentiful and will produce a great harvest of the metal in time. The forest shall provide amply the planks of wood you have requested, but we shall have to be wary, indeed, as there are reports from the hunters that the woods are inhabited with both wolf and bear. But there are also great herdsof deer, and the level ground around the castle shall provide well for the cattle I have brought with me on the journey, so we shall sustain ourselves well, I believe.
I will begin production of the armaments you have asked of me as soon as possible, my King, but there is one more thing I must confide to you. The state of lawlessness that you are diligently addressing in your reforms have reached even this far away land, your Majesty. My scouts have suffered the attacks of roving brutes who will, in timeI fear, attempt to disrupt our noble efforts here. But rest assured, Your Highness, I will bring order back to this land, although I fear I may be forced to leave a small garrison here to protect our interests on the isle.
Thankfully, the wars are finally over, and by the grace of our Lord you are secure in your seat upon the throne of your father. Our efforts will be laborous, but I am confident in your abilities to lead us in these trying times. I will send word when the shipments are ready, Your Majesty, and may God keep you well until my return.
This is Part I in "The Reconstruction" series of maps.
Part II: Kensington Castle