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The English Civil Wars

Sometimes during the many alterations of the space-time continuum that our adventurers have to do, things go wrong. When it does they end up in some strange times and places. We have provided some links below so that you can see what happened when they became involved in what was going on when they by chance they "landed" in a strange place and strange time !

The English Civil Wars: An Event in 1650

On the 30th April 2001, during an attempt to use a special portal, members of the Troupe managed to get themselves confused over its operation, and found themselves embroiled in a sequence of events that took place during the English Civil War in 1650.

A detachment of forces belonging to Cromwell was sent to the peninsular village of St. Maures by one of Cromwell's generals (General Fawcett) with firm instructions to capture a Traveller who was known to be carrying incriminating documents to France.

The Village of St. Maures

The documents and if possible, their courier, were to be returned to Fawcett. It was known that the courier was expected to board a ship due to leave St. Maures for the continent at any time. It was also known that a small number of other travellers might board the ship, including a Portuguese Priest and his accompanying English Monk, a lone Priest, and an aninymous traveller accompanied by a large dog.

The detachment Major (Carter Kinsgley) ordered his men to march north into St. Maures along the main roadway, but to leave two men on the swamp bridge, and six men at the crossroads (between the ford and the ferry).

On arriving in the village centre, Kingsley booked his leading two senior officers and himself, and three guards into the local Inn, and ordered the rest of the men to make a spread camp along the beach, and to watch and listen for boats, as well as unprovocatively attempt to establish any information about possible boarders for the boat. The guards were ordered to observe the other occupants of the inn, and report any likely travellers.

The local squire and lady innkeeper seemed, if not definitely friendly, at least neutral. The lady innkeeper helpfully informed us of occupied rooms, and allocated six rooms to the officers and guards. During the evening, the Portuguese Priest and his Monk were questioned, and it was deemed unlikely that they carried the documents.

The traveller with the large dog was staying at a guest of the local Squire and willingly spoke to us. He was apparently carrying documents but there was no immediate way open to question him further.

Kingsley decided to search the room belonging to the lone Priest immediately after the inn lockup time at midnight. This was done and the Priest declared that he was carrying a sealed letter and clay document flask to France from Cromwell. The seal seemed legal, but Kingsley opened the letter, which seemed to be as stated. However, when he opened the flask, those documents were in several languages, and were plainly not representing the Parliamentary view. We therefore bound and gagged the Priest, and dressed one of our guards, Joshua Blean, who was of very similar build, in his clothes, and took the Priest to our room, leaving Blean in his place.

After some time, we became aware of shots and commotion at the front and rear of the inn. Deciding that we may not survive, we executed the Priest and burned the documents. We also unlocked the main door to the inn but did not go out.

At the rear of the inn there was audible commotion, and we decided to cause a distraction and then run from the back door to swim the estuary to escape.

Despite being fired on twice and being hit once by a flank gun, we reached the estuary and escaped.

We later learned that two of our five sub commanders had switched allegiance after they realised that an expert detachment of royal forces were descending up on them from the north and were likely to overcome them. Kingsley swore that he would wreak revenge on every member of those troups and their subcommander as soon as he had reported the oputcome of his mission to Cromwell's General Fawcett.


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