Pendragon - the whole damn dynasty
THE CITY OF SARUM Sarum is your home base, sitting upon a steep, wind swept mound amidst the rolling Salisbury Plain. Educate Latin-speaking persons call this city Sorbiodunum. Its o Cymric name is Caer Caradduc. Sarum was ﬁrst settled centuries ago during the time b fore iron was used, in the days when people still worshippe the sun at Stonehenge. A series of concentric rings surroun the city: a massive ditch on the outside, then a huge rampar then another large ditch and another rampart. A great curtain wall perches on the inner rampart an overlooks the inner ditch. The wall is 12 feet thick and 4 feet high. Battlements give its top a serrated shape, made b merlons (the upright stone) and crenellations (the breaks o indentations between the merlons).
Two gates, to the east and west, pierce the walls. They are defended by towered gateworks, each with its huge iron- reinforced portcullis, murder holes, and drawbridges. As with all cities, these are closed at night and normally admit no one. In the center of the city is a great motte, or artiﬁcial mound, upon which sits the large castle of the earl (Salisbury Castle. Four ditch-and-rampart spokes radiate from the castle almost to the outer wall, and divide the city into quarters. The north- western quarter is given over to the magniﬁcent cathedral and church buildings, a part of the ﬁef of the Bishop of Salisbury. It is occupied by churchmen and the bishop’s ret- inue. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Mary, the Mother of God. The city occupies the rest, and it serves as the outer bailey for the castle. It is large and relatively rich. It serves as the trading center for the entire county and the earl re- ceives rich revenues from its taxes, part of which go to the High King. A royal mint is here stamps out silver pennies that show King Uther’s image on one side and the name of mint and minter on the other. The earl receives no income from this source.