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Strongoak is loosely divided into Households (based roughly on geographical location and mundane relationships). Not all of these people are actually members of the Far Isles, but they all turn up at revels from time to time. And not all the locations have any basis in the mundane.
|Sian ferch Rhianneth||
Chief (self-appointed dictator for life) of Strongoak and the original founder, having fled the battle of Arderydd in 573 via druid mists, eventually ending up in Camber's Well. Ten years on, she still doesn't like Christians much, but has acquired a liking for the panhistoric good things in life, especially those that she thinks make her look wealthy and powerful. (Recently, this seems to have been Big Sleeves: previous ideas have been Big Hats, Beads, bright colours, and low neck-lines. Quite possibly all at once. Her sense of taste and decorum is still that of a sixth century peasant.)
Cook, autocrat, needleworker, warrior of sorts, would-be archer. Guildmistress of the Cartographers and Navigators (but she still believes the earth is flat). StrongOak Pirate (fender)
Also High Alderman of the Far Isles
Peasant from Anglesey, period vague (born in the summer after the brown cow died). Known to dislike Normans, nobles and authority. Charioteer and recipe-tester to Sian, sometime wood-worker. Navigator to the StrongOak Pirates. Now spends much of his time guarding Beccel's Ford.
Retired Dark Age warlord, now Sian's Legal Advisor. Listens carefully and sympathetically to all legal matters, and passes on as much as she needs to know.
Spent a short period as bee-keeper to the Church, but was rapidly sacked for squeezing the bees. Research into fur restoration and honey-removal is on-going.
|Bank, The Gold-eating Pig||Found at Coronation, when Sian attempted to present King Guy with a chest of gold as her taxes for the year, only to find that the chest contained no gold, but a small pig with gold trotters. Suggestions that the Pig be placed in the treasury, since he now contained the taxes ("he'll be perfectly happy there, and he's got no homing instincts at all, honest", Sian assured the Treasurer) were turned down, and the Pig (now named Bank) is cared for with the rest of the Strongoak Herd, while remaining the property of the Crown.|
Young bear wth ambition: Junior Apprentice Cook, Junior Apprentice Herald ("page"). Very proud of her Camcairndryth tabard.
The Parish of St. Nicholas
Stevenage: where one may find Christopher's Tree, the Brewery, and of course the Church.
|Christopher of Kent||Celtic Christian priest raised in Wales, moved to Kent, then visited the
Far Isles and 'requested' to 'convert' the village of Strongoak by Prince-Bishop
Theophilus (as was). Has built the St. Nicholas church and the StrongOak
Brewery, at least one of which is a popular addition to the village.
Reeve of Camcairndryth, taking over from Rhys, who took over from Dafydd, who took over from Sian...
|Diane||Pictish lady, daughter of a Greek slave. New addition to the Strongoak Corps of Archers.|
|Auntie Snoutie||Mythical beast, gossip columnist, eater of termites.|
|Bobo||Not a member of the Far Isles, Christopher insists, but a very welcome guest at two revels so far. A well-travelled bear, with a taste for sending e-postcards to his friends from far-flung locations.|
The Silver Fox Household
Home of the Warband. Was based in "The Towers", an abandoned Roman fort
on a hill above the main Village, but they have now relocated closer to
Portugese (probably), washed up on StrongOak shores with head injuries and not much memory of his past. Rescued and adopted by Meredith as one of her pets.
Now Strongoak Village Warband (and Area Marshal!), Firelighter, Head Porter, Senior Metal-Basher, Poet Laureate, and Pig-Counter.
6th Century Pagan Celt. Strongoak Village Animal (and Warband) Handler. Also welcomes our guests...
Meredith is moving up in the world: she is a good friend of the High Marshal, and Lady-in-waiting to the Grand Duchess Lady Jane Fairbourn, no less! Maybe that's why she keeps appearing in grander and grander Tudoresque dresses?
The Pig and Apple Tree
A tavern central to StrongOak life. Mundanely, the landlord is "about" to move from Leicestershire to Royston (or so he's been saying for the last year or so).
|Boggy Stone-Hugger||Sword and bow for hire: recently won ownership of the Pig and Apple Tree in an archery competition. ("He was competition, so I shot him".)|
The SmithyWell away from the main village in case of accidents (mundanely, Luton, and Sian's parents)
|James of Wanborough||
14th Century itinerant (incompetent) blacksmith, StrongOak Village
|Helga||Dark Ages Viking, moderately wealthy thanks to former association with Viking raider, now long-suffering housekeeper and companion to James of Wanborough.|
Kept by a Japanese mercenary turned swine-herd and his assorted friends. (In the mundane, this is Dean Wayland's Fight School, based at the John Henry Newman leisure centre in Stevenage, plus Dean's pet pigs)
Was the northern-most branch of Strongoak, home of two of the StrongOak Pirates
Norman merchant, former swine-herd, one-time scout.
Pilot to the StrongOak Pirates
|Helena||Assistant StrongOak Pirate.|
|Estelle||Junior Master Cook|
The House in the Hat Field
A little place we built for King Guy as a Coronation present, since the
Pig and Apple Tree isn't quite up to his standards as a place to stay
when he visits us. In the extreme south of StrongOak.
In the far north, home of our latest arrivals
|Gaeldricha||Norse lady of many talents and unusual ancestry.|
|Storm||Her hand-maiden: also Anvil Herald.|