The Acts of Justice Claret
Prentice Dolphin, the footmen and Acolyte David, could not know the trials and acts of Justice Claret and his men as they fought for life and limb and God and right against the slobbering mob of heretical Barbary. However, once reunited, in the wake of battle, the tale would be related, so that one hearing would live to say it told.
Desiring to take the Barbarians from behind as they assailed his footmen, Justice Claret and his 12 knights took a goat path little-used by even the denizens of Barbary. It’s peril rook the 3rd Knight of Soliloquy and his destrier over the chasms to their doom. Likewise, the 11th Knight of Soliloquy lost his destrier and continued afoot.
At the place—a roost of goats and goatherds—where the goat-path met the Hinterroad, Justice Claret and his men, came upon a conclave of Barbary Clans, numbering scores of warriors, armed with axes, spears and knives and clubs and armored only in hides. Sweeping down among the heretics with cries to Archangel Martial, the twelve knights made a great slaughter in six headlong charges. At last, at Mid Morning, when the heretics broke and ran up the three roads, Justice Claret had lost his 2nd Knight and the 12th, slain with their steeds, along with the 9th Knight of Soliloquy being sore wounded.
With heretics now before and behind them, the 9th, 11th Knights of Soliloquy stood their ground at a narrow defile to grant the un-harried passage of Justice Claret in his pursuit of the skulking barbarians. They were heard from no more, nor did those they stood to oppose come upon the rest thereafter.
Suffering ambuscades and boulder traps and pitfalls along the Hinter Road, the 1st Knight of Soliloquoy and his horse, and the 10th Knight, but his destrier being spared, were lost along the day-long way. All of the Barbary murderers so encountered were put to the sword, their women and children tossed from the heights rather than put to rapine and sword, due to the need for haste in relief of the footmen.
Hence, as Prentice Dolphin and the remainder of the footmen were being sorely pressed by the heretics at the hamlet called Mountain Door, Justice Claret and the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Knights of Soliloquy, accompanied by one empty saddle whose horse would fight without its rider—so sanguine were the destriers of the Order—a wedge of fury numbering 7 destriers and 6 riders, would break from the covered road out of the blue pines and charge to the relief of their beleaguered fellows before Mountain Door.