arthurian knight

orcish-mechacavalier  asked:

Do you have any recs for a post-apoc-esque game of Arthurian style knights doing knightly stuff but also mecha? Something with enough granularity that individual mecha can be differentiated, they have explody limbs, but not so much detail combat isn't a long drawn out affair. Something less crunchy than BattleTech, but definitely not Camelot Trigger.

Hoo. You’d think “lighter than BattleTech and crunchier than Camelot Trigger” would be an easy target to hit, being as like 80% of all games ever published fall into that spectrum, but most of the mecha-centric games I’ve actually played definitely land in the “tabletop wargame with roleplaying bits bolted onto the side” bin, which it sounds like you’re trying to avoid.

(Okay, to be 100% fair, Silhouette CORE is technically reasonably light in terms of actual combat resolution, but statting up your mech in the first place is sufficiently complicated that the point-buy math involves cube roots, so.)

Hmm… it’s a bit old school (and by “old school” I mean “the most recent edition was released 25 years ago”), but have you considered Mekton Zeta? It might strike the correct balance between not being a full-featured tabletop wargame and not being a rules-light storygame, depending on what point on that continuum you’re after.

(Just, uh, ignore some of the more… enthusiastic promotional text; it hit the shelves the year before Neon Genesis Evangelion aired, and being into mecha anime was legitimately an obscure niche interest at the time.)

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King Arthur + Knights of the Round Table

“When the reign of King Arthur became thus entirely established, and when the renown of his greatness began to be known to the world, many men of noble souls and of large spirit and of highly knightly prowess – knights who desired above all things to achieve glory at arms in Courts of Chivalry – perceived that great credit and exaltation of estate was likely to be won under such a king.”

To a few of my fellow Pendragons :) @fuckyeaharthuriana @quicklyhopefuljellyfish @ingoldamn @gawaincomic @snarkytroodon @arthurian-mythia @hollywriteyouressay @tostrive2seektofind @doingthingswithabby @skaterjordan12

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It is New Year’s Day at King Arthur’s court, and a mysterious knight in green arrives at the holiday feast with a peculiar demand. He challenges anyone present to strike a blow against him with his fearsome great axe - but on the condition that, in one year’s time, he may deliver the same blow in return. 

The Green Knight Kickstarter is live! Help me put my comic in print:

kickstarter.com/projects/emilycheeseman/gawain-and-the-green-knight

The print edition of Gawain and the Green Knight will be a 64-page, 8 x 8” hardcover book with 64 full-color interior pages, with a clothbound cover inspired by vintage storybooks (and stamped in green foil!) A digital PDF of the complete story is available to all pledge tiers, and I’m also offering other rewards like stickers, a gold foil print, and a mini comic of another story starring Gawain.

Your support is greatly appreciated! If you’ve read the web version of the comic or you’re a fan of Arthurian stories, check out the project or spread the word if you can! I have 30 days to reach a goal of $7000 to produce these books - this has been a passion project over a year in the making and I’m super excited to see it go to print. Thank you!!

Coats of Arms of (some) Knights of the Round Table from a 16th century French manuscript, including most of our favourite Merlin knights.

From left to right:

Galahad, Percival, Lancelot du Lac, Bors

King Arthur, Gawain, Tristan, Lionel

(H)elyan the White, King Bagdemagus, King Edern, King Rience, 

King Carados, King Clariance, Duke Chaliens of Clarence and (H)ector de Maris.

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Remarkable freehand adornment on a Golden Demon 2013 entrant Green Knight painted by thebrushbrothers.blogspot.co.uk

Lore, from wikia.com:

“The Green Knight is a well-known figure of Bretonnian folklore - a common character in puppet shows and plays performed for peasants and kings alike, he is bedecked in strange ivy-covered armour and intones his famous line: ‘None shall pass!’ The traditional nemesis of the valiant Questing Knights, the Green Knight challenges them to duels so that they might prove their worth to the Lady herself, and thus sip from the blessed Grail. Little do most realise that these stories are bound in fact. The Green Knight is the sacred protector of Bretonnia, and his spirit-essence is intertwined with the land and the Lady of the Lake herself. He has appeared to many Questing Knights. They speak of the sky clouding over to create the darkness of twilight, and a green mist seeping from the earth, slowly taking the shape of a figure riding a snorting steed. The warrior brandishes a glowing blade, his eyes ablaze with fey light.

The Green Knight is the champion of the Lady of the Lake, and protector of the sacred sites of Bretonnia. As well as materialising to test Questing Knights in their faith, the Green Knight will appear when these sacred places are defiled by those with evil-hearted intent. Amongst the beast herds of the tainted forests, he is known as Shaabhekh, literally the ‘Soul-Killer’, for he has slain untold thousands of their kind throughout the centuries. He bursts from within the bole of the most ancient trees, or gallops furiously from still lakes or rushing waterfalls to wreak his terrible vengeance against those interlopers. As quickly as he appears, so too will he fade into mist once his righteous slaughter is complete. In some tales, he will disappear in one place only to reappear behind the enemy, slaying them without mercy before again disappearing and reappearing elsewhere.

He appears to those questing for the Grail and guards the mysterious glades, lakes and stone circles where the Lady of the Lake appears. He challenges any Questing Knight who seeks the Grail to mortal combat. This is the last and final test of the Grail quest. If the Questing Knight can match the Green Knight, he will eventually reach the Grail. Any Knight with a soul unworthy of the Grail will fail in his duel with the Green Knight and will either flee or be slain. The Green Knight himself cannot be slain, no matter how grievous the wounds inflicted on him.

Weapons have little effect on the Green Knight. Some say that blades and arrows pass straight through him as though he were as insubstantial as morning mist. In one epic tale, a Questing Knight cut the Green Knight’s head clean from his shoulders, but the spirit simply picked up his head and rode away.

What the Green Knight actually is has been much debated, and no one in Bretonnia, save perhaps the Fay Enchantress, knows the truth. Some believe that he is the spirit of Bretonnia given physical form, while others swear that he is Gilles le Breton himself, having devoted himself completely to the land and the Lady for eternity after he was taken from this world.

The Green Knight myth has its roots in Arthurian legend, most notably the 1300s poem ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’.

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♛ Morgan le Fay +  books  {5/ ∞}

le morte d’arthur  (sir thomas mallory)    

“ “This is the oath of a Knight of King Arthur’s Round Table and should be for all of us to take to heart. I will develop my life for the greater good. I will place character above riches, and concern for others above personal wealth, I will never boast, but cherish humility instead, I will speak the truth at all times, and forever keep my word, I will defend those who cannot defend themselves, I will honor and respect women, and refute sexism in all its guises, I will uphold justice by being fair to all, I will be faithful in love and loyal in friendship, I will abhor scandals and gossip-neither partake nor delight in them, I will be generous to the poor and to those who need help, I will forgive when asked, that my own mistakes will be forgiven, I will live my life with courtesy and honor from this day forward.” 

Le Morte d'Arthur (originally spelled Le Morte Darthur, Middle French for “the death of Arthur”) is a reworking of existing tales by Sir Thomas Malory about the legendary King Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere, Morgan le Fay and the Knights of The Round Table. Malory interprets existing French and English stories about these figures and adds original material . Le Morte d'Arthur was first published in 1485 by William Caxton, and is today one of the best-known works of Arthurian literature in English. Many modern Arthurian writers have used Malory as their principal source (x).

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It’s tarot tuesday again! I took last week off because I was on holiday, sorry (see my last post).

Today’s card is the Cavalier of Wands. More often referred to as a knight, I went for a synonym here to allow the face cards to be known by distinct initials (as the Knights and the Kings both start with a K normally). This card represents an ongoing search or effort in service to an envisioned goal - its imagery calls to mind a mounted arthurian knight in search of the Holy Grail. Coincidentally, the next suit I’ll be illustrating is the Cups!

previous : PAGE OF WANDS <<<<       >>>> next : QUEEN OF WANDS 

“For I have promised to do the battle to the uttermost, by faith of my body, while me lasteth the life, and therefore I had liefer to die with honour than to live with shame; and if it were possible for me to die an hundred times, I had liefer to die oft than yield.”
― Thomas Malory