Freeform

OK, the freeform has changed from my original idea! If you have prepared costume or anything for that role, I apologise – and encourage you to use it anyway.

The new freeform is set in the Covenant of Puck's Dell, hidden in the Woodchester valley in the South West of England, within the Stonehenge Tribunal.

Everyone is encouraged to take part!

What is a Freeform? [Edit]

A Freeform is a type of roleplaying game somewhat between action orientated Live Action RPG (LARP) and traditional table top games. Think of it as a rpg played moving around the venue, where you are given a character sheet and background that tells you all about your character, your goals, and any special powers you may have – and most importantly your secrets! There is no physical contact, no running, no fighting, and the plot unfolds driven by character actions as you try to meet your characters special objectives.

Should I Play? [Edit]

Definitely. I tend to assume unless I hear otherwise that everyone will give it a go. If you don't want to play, and a few people usually don't. then you don't have to and there will be other things to do in this time slot. However we really encourage you to give it a go...

Do I Have To Dress Up? [Edit]

No! However it is really nice if you can. I doubt many of us have a full suit of chain mail, AND PLEASE DO NOT BRING REAL WEAPONS under any circumstances. However, with a scrap of material most people can fashion a cloak, and many of us will remember Kevin Sides heroic efforts to finish Lloyd Graney's costume a few years back even as the game began!

What is it about this year? [Edit]

There is a little background here, with links to public background on some of the characters (which will be updated over the next few days) and who is playing who.Watch this space!

Things are peaceful in the Covenant of Puck's Dell, deep in the English countryside. Within the tower four Gifted magi make there home: Cedric of Verditius, Eleanor of Jerbiton, the enigmatic Geron of Bonisagus, rarely seen outside his lab, and the elderly and powerful Archmagus Cornelius of Bremen, a Mercere. Another maga Alice of Jerbiton is away on protracted business in the Theban Tribunal, but occasionally appears by magical means and communicates with her sodales.

Also present much of the time are two redcaps, “postmen” of the Order who travel from covenant to covenant carrying mail and goods: Stephen and Guido. Also present are the apprentices: Lugh, Cedric's wild spirited Irish apprentice, who shows a magical affinity with fire magics, and Boniface, a young man trained by Geron, and only just starting out in the ways of magic, and the oldest apprentice Axel of Mercere, another Gifted Redcap.

All are home today, for tonight is the Feast of the Founder, the night when three hundred years ago the covenant's founder Tyrone of Merinita defeated a powerful faerie in a riddling contest and took possession of the idyllic vale and it's powerful magical aura. A feast and a telling of the old stories, always take place on this night, by ancient custom.

The Covenfolk (servants) and Grogs (guards) are also present of course, as is Eleanor's mother the Lady of the manor Marguerite de Uley and her other daughter, Eleanor's twin Isabella de Uley, as well as two of her knights, Sir Pagan and Sir Robert, as well as the village priest Father Gerard.

The Covenfolk are headed by the unusually named Bobius Candlewick the Seneschal, who keeps the accounts, organises the stores and conducts all day to day dealing between he magi and the covenfolk, and Serjeant Blunt, commander of the grogs,and a great horseman. His best warrior is the muscular Great Henry, but he is always glad to have the cunning Alan of Winchcombe by his side. The head of the serbvants is the eccentric Black Tom, a skilled carpenter and builder who suffered a terrible tragedy which has left him strangely scarred. Only his friend Rufus the Chef is not unnerved by him these days.

The Feast of the Founder however traditionally involves unexpected guests turning up, and before the midnight hour comes round you can guarantee that many strange and odd events will come to pass. A visiting magus Hairy Breeks Ex Miscellanea is shock enough – but no one has ever seen a knight like Sir Pharisee, another visitor who has just arrived before. More welcome is Madeline the Fair, a travelling minstrel. Extremely unwelcome is the powerful noble, Baron Guy of Leeds, who has shown up like a bad smell.

What You All Know [Edit]

Easy to read guide to ALL Public Information - by Ivan Hartley - this saves you clicking through all the links...

Cast List by Player [Edit]

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Freeform group picture

Bolded characters have already been emailed to their player. The rest will follow shortly.

1. Marguerite de UleySheila Thomas
2. Lugh the Apprentice - Nick Galaxy
3. Sir Robert - Anders Håkon Gaut
4. Cedric of Verditius- Kevin Sides
5. Serjeant Blunt- Daniel Vandenburg
6. Eleanor of Jerbiton - Laura Knighton
7. Isabella de Uley - Becky Smith
8. Father Gerard - Lloyd Graney
9. Hairy Breeks Ex Miscellanea - Mark Steedman
10. Alice of Jerbiton- Kirstie Sceats
11. Sir Pharisee - Thomas Nowell
12. Great Henry - Ivan Hartley
13. Bobius Candlewick - Andrew Oakley
14.Geron of Bonisagus - Barrie James
15.Sir PaganLuke Price
16. Baron Guy of LeedsLeif Olav Josang
17. Madeline the FairTaryn Walton
18. Alan of WinchcombeNick Meredith
19 Cornelius of Bremen Andrew Sceats
20 Stephen the Redcap Dan Mascall
21. Guido the RedcapAVAILABLE
22. Boniface the Apprentice - Neil Taylor
23. Black Tom - Barry Cowden
24. Rufus the Chef - Mark Stanhope
25. Axel of Mercere- Karl Trygve Kalleberg

Storyteller CJ, up to 25 players.