©Farwestern Photo by Gregg M. Erickson
Good evening, one and all! Only ten chapters away from the end of the first draft now. My progress hasn’t been as planned this week, due to a requirement to drive long distance Tuesday, Wednesday and a continuing viral infection! (Poor old man, I hear you say!) Well, it’s not been too bad given that I wrote over 2000 words today. And it’s time for a blog post as well, another character feature!
Lord Montgomery: Gaz’s commander and feudal ruler of a stretch of land on the border forming part of the county of Montgomeryshire, Powys and some of Shropshire. Montgomery has his base in the town which bears the same name (Trefaldwyn, or ‘Baldwyn’s Town’ in Welsh). The castle you see above is the one built by Roger de Montgomery, a Norman Marcher Lord who was a supporter of William the Conqueror. The town was established around this stone keep, but was destroyed by the Parliamentarians in the Civil War.
How appropriate, then, that this becomes a stronghold for a New Marcher warlord in Dragon Line. Having rebuilt the castle as a fort, he nominally swore fealty to the neo-feudal Duke of Powys (through, ironically, Roger de Montgomery himself eventually became Earl of Shrewsbury during the Eleventh Century). In this scenario, Montgomery came under the political control of Powys, though the reality for Lord Montgomery himself was that he often took a neutral position between that of his master and the futuristic 'Duke of Shrewsbury'.
With the arrival of the Ironsides and the fall of both self-styled Dukes, Lord Montgomery maintains an uneasy truce with the invaders. This may eventually change, as he is very fully aware. Thus he has planned accordingly.
A short, stocky male with greyish hair and an oval face, he maintains the regality of his office but, unlike his contemporary Hodnet, is pragmatic. His encounter with Patrick and his comrades, however, brings a different perspective on his situation…..
Until the next time….