Along the border regions of Westphalia and Saxony lie the ruins of St Mary’s Monastery. This once glorious complex was a thriving center of commerce and learning located at a strategic road crossing along the Lohne River. Sacked by pagans many years ago, it is now nothing more than a pile of rubble. His Majesty has dispatched you, Leopold of Carinthia, to this site to lay the foundations of a new city. The region is ripe with fertile soil and abundant game to support your budding population. Timber, stone and ore are plentiful in the nearby hills. Knowledge seeking monks will once again be drawn to chapels built from the beautiful white stone quarried here. With such good proximity to the crossroads and river, trade will flourish.
However, Henry, Duke of Saxony (the Wolf), has recently been stripped of his possession of Westphalia. He has protested that St Mary’s Crossroads lie within the borders of Saxony. He is not at all pleased that construction of this project is going forward. Rumor has it that the Wolf has allied himself with the King of Jutland and plans a revolt. You must be prepared to defend yourself in event this evil plan comes to fruition.
His Majesty has agreed to supply you with archers to bolster your defense in the event of an attack by Henry of Saxony. In return, he demands a shipment of gold, weapons and food be sent to the capital.
Leopold of Carinthia, if you succeed in accomplishing this mission, fame and fortune will be yours. If you fail, His Majesty will be sorely displeased and you would rather wish for death than endure his wrath.
This is a ‘Place Your Own Keep’ invasion scenario. You have thirty game years to accomplish your objectives. You do not have the ability to build fletchers or buy bows. This scenario is designed for players of average skill levels. If you find one site for your keep is to easy, try another. The game will play differently depending on where you place your keep. As always, I hope you have as much fun playing this scenario as I have had creating it. I welcome constructive criticism and feedback.