Pendragon on the Humber
The chief city in Salisbury is located on the
Salisbury Plain near the last navigable part of the Witham
River. It is a stop on the Royal Road, and also the seat
of one of the legates of the Supreme Collegium
The first inhabitants here were the giants, long
before any people came here. Ancient earth beings —
faerie folk and their ilk — were always residents since
they are a part of nature.
When Brutus came to Britain, he and his legions
destroyed the giants and took the land. Salis was a
brave warrior in the Trojan army. When the island was
partitioned, Brutus gave Salis a vast area for his own.
While Brutus was busy building London, Salis went to
his land and killed the local giant here, and then threw
the bones to the giant’s own dogs.
Salis freed hundreds of slaves of the giant, and their
queen was named Sarum. She was the daughter of a great
queen who lived inside a hill up the Avon River — Silbury
Hill. Salis married Sarum, and the people built a
city to celebrate their marriage. Salis named it after his
wife, and it is still called Sarum to this day. She divided
the city into five parts, one each for the druids, the merchants,
the farmers, the visitors, and, in the center, the
nobles. Her younger son, the one who did not become
earl, built the walls that divide the city into quarters.
When Salis died, he was buried far outside the city
under a mound, and that is why the plains are called
Salisbury. His nobles adopted the same customs and
were also buried there, and the area became famous as
a burial ground for a long time. Out there now are still
thousands of tombs of all types, including the Royal
Graveyard of Stonehenge said to have been raised by
King Eburacus, who performed many great deeds,
later ruled Britain. (He lived a about the time of King
David’s rule in Judea.) His son Assaracus led eighteen
bands of Britons to the continent and conquered the
people there. They became powerful and included many
tribes who, collectively, called themselves the Belgae.
About the time of Romulus and Remus, when
Rome was founded, Britain was ruled by King Lear.
When he went mad, the fool who tended to him came
from Sarum. The king was sheltered here. Afterward,
his daughter Queen Cordelia rewarded the city by having
a castle built for the nobles.
Much later, Dovulus, the son of Earl Dalogmius of
Sarum, was the first warrior over the walls when the
Britons sacked Rome. King Belinus rewarded him with
the Eagle Statue that is in the market square.
Later, Velanus was a powerful king among the Belgae
on the continent. He came to the island to hear the
music of King Beldgabred and in the end married one
of the king’s daughters. When his brother-in-law — the
heir to Beldgabred — died, war broke out over the succession.
Velanus was instrumental in helping noble
Eldol to become king. As a result, Eldol gave Velanus
lands to rule. Later, many of the Belgae from the continent
came to live in his lands that are today called
Hampshire, Salisbury, Clarence, and Gloucester.
The Belgae here fought fiercely against the Romans,
but were eventually defeated. The Romans established
a military camp in the city of Sarum, taking
over the Visitor’s Quarter and laying out Roman buildings
there. They also took over the fort, of course, as a
barracks and headquarters.
The first Christians here were monks who established
the Abbey of Saint Josephe (son of Joseph of Arimathea,
and first Bishop of Britain.) When the black
monks came, and later the white monks, they too got
space for their abbeys. The old church has been rebuilt
and is now the cathedral, overseen by a bishop of the
British Church. Despite the presence of these, pagans
still populate the countryside, including many knightly