Camlann

Larp for 40 players about forgiveness

Larp CAMLANN is happening at 430 AD, during the Quest for the Holy Grail.

Players are representing different characters: mages, priests, kings, queen, damsels, knights, and servants. Each one of them faces their own struggles. The gameplay is a single day, and at the end of the day, each on of them has to make an important decision.

Everything revolves around Tristan and Isolda who took refuge at King Arthur’s castle, hoping Isolda won’t have to marry King Mark. But King Mark is coming for his bride. And he is not the only one.

Flow

  • Organizers introduce the game
  • Organizers explain the rules
  • Participants select their characters

Organizers can use the rest of the games for workshops supporting the gameplay

The whole game is based on theatre and dialogues. Any conflict which might arise should be only theatrical. 

10:00     Start

  • All players meet in a circle and say out loud what is generally known about them (see their Character Sheets)
  • Bard Taliesin (one of the organizers) reads the Prologue: Chronicles of Albion
  • Participants are divided into Starting Groups

11:00     Arrival of the kings 

  • The whole court gathers
  • Arthur is making an official welcoming + gives them time to look around

12:00     First official meeting of Kings

Oficial structure:

  • Arthur welcomes everybody
  • One by one, Arthur listens to their demands. Kay is calling who is talking.
  • Arthur takes time to think it through

13:00     Lunch 

  • Lunch is happening in a big feasting hall in the style of the Swedish table (a lot of small snacks and fruits recommended).
  • Seated order is according to the group, but people can move around. 

15:00     Second official meeting of Kings

  • Space for negotiating
16:00     
  • Official weddings. official Christian weddings celebrated by Patrick for anybody who decides to do so
  • Duels. Knights can challenge other knights for a duel.
  • Death zone. Since now, it is possible to kill other playable characters. 

17:00     Meeting of the courts

  • All players gather in the circle facilitated by Taliesin (organizer present in a role of bard)
  • Each player has a 1-minute monologue of what they intend to do and why
  • Taliesin draw an epilogue based on it

18:00     End of the game

  • big dinner recommended
  • party at night
  • the reflection is the next day
 

The next day is dedicated to reflections. Will be specified. 

Characters

Supreme King Arthur
50 years old Supreme King of England
He carries on his shoulders a hard task to keep together the kingdom which is slowly falling apart.
Gaming experience: Playing mainly outside. Good for extroverted players who are able to give public speeches, be in the spotlight. He has an opportunity for acting out inner struggles. He has the most things for remembering. 
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King Mark
60 years old King of Cornwall
You raised your motherless nephew Tristan and how did he repay you? He stole your fiancee Isolda. Ever since Arthur came to power, you have been supporting him, and how did he repay you? He shelters the traitor! All you ask for is justice! To get your wife and to punish the traitor.
Gaming experience: Mark will have a lot of opportunities for machinations. Good for gamers. Plays mainly outside.
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King Claudas
60 years old, a king without a kingdom
Saxon, former king of Benoic who lost the war with King Arthur and had been chased out of his country.

Gaming experience: Have a lot of inner pain that can be played out. At the same time, there is space for a lot of politicking, or loud expressivity, if desired.
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King Lionel
42 yo, oldest brother of Lancelot and Bors
Newly appointed king of Benoic, knight of the Round Table.

Gaming experienceThere are a lot of negotiations and political fights in front of you if you are to protect your throne. 
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Queen Elaine
34 yo, Queen of Corbenic
From childhood, you were hearing stories about knights, princesses, and dragons. You were lucky enough to get your own prince. But he left you the next day, alone and pregnant. You are not a kid anymore and you will get what is yours. 
Gaming experience: There is a lot to play outside.
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Queen Morgause
58 yo. Widowed Queen of Orkney, Arthur’s half-sister, sister of Morgana, Mother of Gawain
Ever since you were a child, you have been nothing but a toy in the hands of men. A tool for a good alliance for Uther Pendragon, a factory for kids for King Lot, a caretaker for your sons… But who is using who, my dear?
Gaming experienceShe has a place for political machination, as well as playing her inner struggles. 
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King Galeholt
43 yo. 
The son of a giantess, Lancelot’s good friend
Gaming experienceHe has many inner struggles. It requires an active player who is seeking opportunities by himself. 
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Lancelot du Lac
40 yo, the best knight in Albion
Raised by the Lady of the Lake, learn that he is a prince of Benoic. Vassal of King Arthur. The most famous knight of the Round Table, beloved by women, admired by men, full of passion, but haunted by his sins.
Gaming experience: Lancelot can play both inside and outside. Tortured romantic souls.
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Tristan
25 years old, the nephew of the Mark, king of Cornwall, his liege, and the knight of the Round Table
You have been sent to deliver Isolde, the Marks fiancee, from Ireland, but you fell in love with her. You run away with her to seek refuge in Camelot. You are a great fighter, great poet, and player on the harp.
Gaming experience: Tristan is playing both inside and outside. He needs to be active in his role.
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Galahad
17 years old, son of Lancelot, Knight of the Round Table
Son of Lancelot and Elaine of Corbenic, pure as a priest, strong as the greatest warrior, and so damn brave. Your path must be guarded by angels for sure.
Gaming experience: There will be a great inner struggle for you. Playing mainly inside. Require an active player.
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Gawain
42 years old, Knight of the Round Table, nephew of King Arthur
You are one of the greatest knights of the Round Table and successor to the throne in case Arthur will remain childless. You also swore to revenge the death of your brothers. That is what you do, anyway – you are revenging your blood your whole life.
Gaming experience: Has an opportunity to play both inside and outside.
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Mordred
33 yo, king of the Round Table, advisor of King Arthur, son of Morgana
You are the knight of the Round Table, related to Gawain, Morgause, and Morgana. 
Gaming experience: Mordred had been wronged and he carries inside of himself a lot of anger and hate, both coming from the pain. He has a lot to play inside and he has a great field of playing outside.
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Bors
41 yo, older brother of Lancelot, younger brother of Lionel, knight of the Round Table
You choose the path of Christ and Chivalry. If someone should find the Holy Grail, it will be you, and Galahad. But is it truly what you are after? 
Gaming experience: Bors will be playing mainly inside. Requires an active player. 
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Balin
52 yo, Knight of the Round Table
You have been unlucky your whole life but it seems that luck has finally smiled at you: you are a knight of the Round Table, you got a piece of land, you will be getting married… but all you have can be easily taken away. 
Gaming experience: Can be playing both inside and outside.  Requires an active player. 
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Dinadan
50 yo, Knight of the Round Table called “Knight from a Dung”
You are a mere commoner who befriended the king and had become a knight. You own all your happiness for others. But to whom should you stay loyal?
Gaming experience: He is playing mainly inside, and behind the scene, and his decisions might strongly influence what will happen.
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Claudin
31 yo, son of a Saxon king Claudas of Benoic
You are a son of a king without a kingdom. Princ without a heritage. You were raised in the temple as a God’s knight ready to march on his crusades. And you are also a man. So you are being torn into three sides – of your soul, your heart, and your body.
Gaming experience: Can be playing both inside and outside.
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Pellinore
60 yo.
“Wandering knight” they called you, but they had a respect for you as you used to be one of the most fearsome knights of the kingdom. Hero of many wars, spend years in the saddle while hunting a Quenching Beast. You used to be a danger to all villains and women. Now you wish only to find who killed your son Lamorak.
Gaming experience: Can be playing both inside and outside.
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Hector
30 yo.
On of the strongest knights in the Camelot, carrying a terrible secret. 
Gaming experience: he will be playing mainly inside, require an active player. 
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Morgana
52 years old, queen of Orkney
Half-sister of Arthur, queen of her country, but loyal to Arthur. You studied magic from Merlin himself. Even though you are a mere woman, you enchanted many men, spoke with ghosts, gave advice to the king, and have an insight into everything that has been happening in the country.
Gaming experience: You will have a space for a lot of manipulation of others, playing mainly outside.
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Merlin
age unknown, wizard, advisor of King Arthur
You are very old and very tired. You are also very powerful. Merlin, the son of Satan, the biggest druid and the mightiest wizard who has ever lived. But you were gone for a long time and you need to catch up and understand what is happening on Arthur’s court. There seems to be a lot happening.
Gaming experience: fitting for people good with words, ready to amaze others. At the same time, he will have almost detective work and task to discover what is happening around. 
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Nineve
age unknown, Lady of the Lake, lover of Merlin
You are Lady of the Lake. You used to be powerful but that time is long ago. Christianity is coming. Your life is at stake.
Gaming experience: this character is playing both outside and inside. It gives a lot of space for personal creativity. Better for more experienced players.
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Viviana
age unknown, Lady of the Lake, foster mother of Lancelot
You are Lady of the Lake of Benoic. You are slowly dying.  But you don’t mind that – it is your time. You are old. You only wish to protect your foster son – Lancelot.
Gaming experience: She will be playing mainly inside. You can’t make political decisions but still, you can be very influential. 
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Patrick
55 years old, a Christian priest coming from Ireland
As a kid, you found God in your heart and started evangelization. You always tried to help and always believed that love is the biggest manifestation of God. But what if love can lead to the death of thousands?
Gaming experience: Has a lot of to play inside and outside and a lot of opportunities for one-on-one interactions.
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Gariole
50 years old, astrologer, advisor of King Mark
You want the best for your country, Ireland, and your king, Mark. And you know that what’s best for you is also the best for the country and the king.
Gaming experience: Playing mainly inside, you can influence others with your wisdom.
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Eivyn
35 yo. Eivyn is Camelot’s priest and scribe
You are present at all important meetings at the one who records them. You are also accepting confessions, giving absolutions, leading ceremonies, and prayers. Despite your relative youth, you are one of the most respected people in Camelot.
Gaming experience: You have a lot of opportunities to be playing outside. 
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Percival
16 yo. Squire of sir Lionel, low blood
An orphaned boy from the woods who desires to become a knight. His head is full of ideals… but he is soon to find that life can be painfully realistic. 
Gaming experience: Percival has a lot to play outside. The player will need to be actively searching for opportunities. 
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Aoife
Young, but age unknown.
One of the ladies at Guinevere’s court. 
Gaming experience: Aoife has a lot to play both inside and outside.
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Roisin
40 yo, Isoldes maiden.
You buried your husband and kid. But you raised another child – Isolde. You are the middle person between her and King Mark. And you fell in love again…
Gaming experience: Roisin can play both inside and outside.
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Seraide
young, age unknown. Servant of Vivian, Lady of the Lake
Being a servant of Lady of Lake since childhood, you learned a trick or two. Loyal and clever, yet, somehow, all the time only serving for the good of others. What about your own good?
Gaming experience: Meant to play mainly inside. 
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Elyzabel
42 yo, cousin and servant of Guinevere.
The cousin and faithful servant of the queen since childhood. You have been captured and tortured by King Claudas. 

Gaming experience: Meant to play mainly inside but can mix the cards a lot.
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Glewlwyd
35 yo, low-born, usher, Master of Ceremony, deliverer of letters (can’t read), the right hand of Kay
Gaming experience:
plays mainly inside, but his decisions can greatly influence the story
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Clarissant
20 years old, servant at King Mark’s court
Clever, ambitious, fearless – not your typical servant girl. Your family is the main source of your inner drive, even if from the outside it looks like you don’t have a family at all.
Gaming experience: Playing both inside and outside.
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Dagonet
45 years old, the fool at Arthur’s court
You are known to be ridiculous, witty, and even outrageously provocative. Almost no one gets to see what’s behind that facade.
Gaming experience: You might be expected to make a fool out of yourself for the entertainment of others. No one really expects much more from you. You might choose to surprise them. Plays greatly outside, but there is a lot happening inside as well.
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Queen Guinevere
45 yo, queen, wife of Supreme King Arthur
A woman, seen as nothing else but an oven for making kids, kicking for her own happiness. 
Gaming experience: great space for machination, and playing both inside and outside.

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Isolde
18 yo. Irish princess, run away from home.
As a daughter of the king of Ireland, you had always been destined to marry the man they tell you. You wouldn’t even dare to resist – until the moment Tristan came. And you fall in love. And you had to do something, otherwise, you would die. 
Gaming experience: The Isolde character is somehow the stereotype of a “lady in need” who is to be rescued. The Player definitely does a lot of rescuing herself but it needs a proactive approach as she will have to create the most of the connections on her own. 
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Kay
Older step-brother of Arthur, the majordomos of Camelot, the right hand of the king.
After Arthur (and Guinevere) the most important person in the kingdom. A famous brute. 

Gaming experience: Has a lot to play inside and outside.
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Meliodas
Age unknown, self-proclaimed King of Thieves and Vagabonds
He came to Camelot and demands his own land to rule with a small army of Saxon vagabonds in front of its gate. A little scary, a little mad, a little mysterious, a little laughable, and a little fearsome, because a guerilla party might not be able to conquer the Kingdom but it can make it burn.
Gaming experience: Has a lot to play outside.
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Ragnelle
35 years old, wife of Sir Gawain
You worry about your marriage. What a surprise; after all, your husband is one of the most famous lover-boys in the country. 
Gaming experience:
Can be playing both inside and outside. 
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Perse
30 years old, wife of Sir Hector
A wife of Sir Hector who has big plans on how to rise to power. 
Gaming experience:
Has a lot to play both inside and outside. 

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Malehaut
37 years old, wife of King Galeholt
You care a lot – about your friends, about family, and about religion. You believe it is your task to redeem the Camelot. 
Gaming experience:
Is playing mainly outside. 
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Only for organizers

Quest of Holy Grail
for everybody

Prologue: Chronicles of Albion

  • history + timeline 
  • Benoic war

False Guinevere Conspiracy
for selected

The charade of the Holy Grail
for selected

Fairy Business
for selected

Lamorak’s Death
for selected

Civil Wars
for selected

False Guinevere
for selected

 

  • 9 bottles with liquid (poison)
  • 2 same necklaces (1 for Pellinore, 1 for  Percival)
  • 20 theatrical knives (possible to use them for back-stabbing)

Gamified elements

Weddings

official

  • official weddings are happening at 16:00
  • has to be done by Patrick or Eivyn
  • they must accept Christianity to get officially wedded

 unofficial

  • celebrated in secret, not acknowledged by the state
  • celebrated by any priest/mage (Nineve, Viviana, Morgana, Merlin, Patrick, Eivyn)

 

 

Poisons

  • 1x Morgana, Morgause, Merlin, Nineve, Viviana, Roisin, Guinevere, Elyzabel, Seraide
  • 9 bottles with liquid
  • Instruction:  needs to be poured into someone else’s drink. When they take at least a sip (but they need to drink something!), you announce to them they were poisoned
  • Characters  that cannot be poisoned: Arthur, Merlin, Viviana, Nineve 

Mirror of Truth

  • a polaroid camera
  • it shows what truly happens (if captured)

Necklace of Honesty

  • 1x Nineve, Viviana, Seraide, Merlin
  • 4 necklaces
  • had to be accepted and put on voluntarily
  • if it is on, it can be taken off only by the person who put it on you 
  • if you wear it, you are unable to lie (eg. you are telling only the truth)

 

 

After 16:00

  • possible only during a time dedicated for the duels
  • possible only with the King’s permission
  • have to be watched by court
  • according to traditional rules
  • the challenge can be refused
  • another knight can take your place in a fight, but the loser has to accept the consequences (including death)

List of characters who can fight + their lives 

  1. Arthur 5
  2. Mordred 5
  3. Lionel 4
  4. Galeholt 5
  5. Lancelot 6
  6. Tristan 6
  7. Galahad 3
  8. Gawain 5
  9. Bors 4
  10. Balin 5
  11. Claudin 4
  12. Pellinore 4
  13. Hector 5
  14. Percival 5
  15. Kay 4
  16. Meliodas 5
  17. Dagonet 2
  • 2 organizers are still with Arthur as his guards
  • It is not possible to fight with the guards
  • If Arthur decides so, you can get locked in the prison (still can be visited by basically anybody)
  • It is impossible to escape the prison unless Arthur allows it
  • Arthur cannot imprison anyone with the status of a king or a queen

Any character except Arthur can be killed after 16:00

The character can be killed by the following means:

  • if in prison and ordered to be decapitated (only by Arthur)
  • poison (if he drinks the poison)
  • dies in a duel (or his redundant dies and he is therefore decapitated as well). Duel is the only way how to kill Arthur! 
  • stabbed to back
  • you need to have a special dagger (theatrical dagger with hiding blade)
  • you need to stab the person to the back. No fighting allowed!
  • keep in mind if seen while backstabbing, it can be told to the king who can have you imprisoned and decapitated.
  • if the group of 3+ jumps down a single person (and no one intervenes), the assaulted had been beaten down. You paint his face with bruises so his humiliation is clearly visible (get make-up from organizers)
  • after 16:00, if you have a dagger and the person is beaten down, you can stab the person to death
  • “beating” should be theatrical. An assaulted one can attempt to run away, but if he is touched by one of the 3, then he has to stop. Continues theatrical beating at least for 30 s (groups count to 30)
  • If anybody intervenes, the beating has to stop