The Caerwent Campaign
Saxon/Germanic Pagan. Born 448. A Powerful Warlord.
Distinctive Features: Pale and expressionless eyes, Thin face
Notable Traits: Energetic 18, Generous 18, Honest 16, Proud 16, Valorous 19
Notable Passions: Hospitality 18, Honor 20, Hate (Huns) 16
Notable Stats: SIZ 18, CON 16
Notable Skills: Awareness 18, Boating 16, Courtesy 15, Orate 18, Battle 21, Sword 23, Javelin 21, Dagger 18
Aethelswith comes from a line of kings; he can trace his ancestry to Seaxneat himself, the Saxon god of swords and war. He is noble-minded in the Saxon manner; generous and loyal to his kinsmen and followers, ferocious and unrelenting towards enemies. He is known for his tendency to always keep his word and to never harm guests and ambassadors in his hall. Though Britons often describe him as a bloody-minded reaver, the conqueror of Caercolun is revered as a great and magnanimous man among Saxons.
His old homeland in the continent was greatly ravaged by Huns in their retreat from the defeat at Chalons; even now the domains of Aethelswith’s ancestors are largely desolate and ruined, forcing many to seek livelihood elsewhere. Through fame, deeds and generosity, he managed to attract a large number of warriors under his banner, and led them to seek a new home beyond the waves. Aethelswith led his heorthwerod and other followers to Britain, and took control of Caercolun county after the Battle of Colchester in 485. His further attempts to conquer Caerwent were unsuccessful, though he managed to rout the Briton army and slay Duke Lucius in the Batle of Ipswich in 486.
Aethelswith has several children with his wife, a kinswoman of King Hengest of Kent. Their oldest son is named Aescwine.