1. #11
    As we return to the story, we see Robin Hood as he receives the message from Sir Guy of Gisborne and Sir Maurice de Bracy. It is addressed to both him and Ivanhoe, demanding that the two of them come alone to the ruins of an old castle, not far from Sherwood. It also says that if they don't come before sundown or bring anyone else with them, Marian and Rowena's lives are forfeit. Little John and the others suggest that they think about this for it could be a trap, and they also wonder why Rebecca isn't mentioned in the message since she was with Marian and Rowena. Robin and Wilfred already suspect that it's a trap, but still they have no other choice but to do as Gisborne and Bracy say. Before they do, however, they and the others go to the pond where the ladies were bathing to see if anything happened to Rebecca. They find no body anywhere, so they assume that there is still a chance that Rebecca is alive, but for now their concerns should be for Marian and Rowena, so both Robin and Wilfred ride off for the ruins.
    Next we see Robin and Wilfred as they approach the castle ruins. After they dismount, they soon hear moaning and then spot Marian and Rowena tied up and gagged, but they don't see Gisborne or Bracy anywhere. Now knowing that it's a trap, the two of them split up; Wilfred walks straight towards the ladies while Robin goes around the ruins to see the captors could be hiding. Meanwhile, both Gisborne and Bracy lie in waiting on the top of a wall that is covered by a tree, with bow (Gisborne) and crossbow (Bracy) at the ready. When they only see Ivanhoe, they become suspicious. Soon Robin spots them, but instead of using his bow and arrows, he climbs up these vines on the wall. Once he reaches the top, he says "Hello gentlemen" and then shoves both Gisborne and Bracy off the wall. After hearing them shout as they fall and hit the ground, Ivanhoe rushes over with sword drawn while Robin drops from the wall and draws his sword. When they get back on their feet, Gisborne and Bracy back away before drawing their weapons. Robin and Ivanhoe then demand to know where Rebecca is and at first neither of the villains answer, but then Gisborne decides they might as well know since he and Bracy are going to kill them anyway, and tells them that he had Winkelbrand take her to Templestowe where Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert is waiting for them. Then the fight commences, Ivanhoe fights Bracy while Robin fights Gisborne. Before the fight Gisborne tells Bracy not to kill Ivanhoe but soften him up a bit so that he can deliver the fatal blow. The fight lasts a while until we see Ivanhoe wounds Bracy, who drops his sword and ends up with his back against the wall and Ivanhoe pointing his sword against Bracy's throat. Meanwhile, the fight between Robin and Gisborne continues until Robin impales the mercenary right through the chest. We hear Bracy shout Gisborne's name as he watches his comrade fall. Then when he notices Ivanhoe has turned his back to see what happened, Bracy sees his chance and makes a break for it. When Ivanhoe is about to give chase, Robin tells him to let Bracy go for now since they have other things to worry about. So the to heroes untie the ladies and take them back to Sherwood Forest.
    Back at the hideout, the outlaws, Assassins, and their allies try to hatch up a plan to rescue Rebecca from the Templars at Templestowe.

    To be continued...

    I have it down that the player has to have Robin ride all the way to the castle ruins along with Ivanhoe and also have him sneak around the place and find Gisborne and Bracy waiting in ambush. Finally the player has to have Robin confront Gisborne in a boss fight and kill him once his energy bar has run out.
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  2. #12
    Back to the story, Robin Hood and his friends and allies are waiting at their hideout when Will Stutely and Hal of the Keep arrive with news from Templestowe. According to them, Rebecca is to be tried for witchcraft, and by no other than Sir Lucas de Beaumanoir, the Templar Grand Master himself. They also mention that Sirs Brian de Bois-Guilbert, Albert de Malvoisin, Hugh de Grantmesnil, and Ralph de Vipont, the Bishop of Hereford, and the Prior of Aymer are there along with Sirs Conrade de Mountfitchet and Herman of Goodalricke who are also on Robin's list. As for Baron William de Wendenal, the Sheriff, he's busy collecting taxes back in Nottingham and Sir Maurice de Bracy, he and Sir Louis Winkelbrand are out recruiting more men into the Free Lancers. Knowing that storming Templestowe wouldn't accomplish anything, Ivanhoe comes up with a plan to save Rebecca. On their way, he explains that the plan is for him to go there and challenge the Templar judgement to a trial-by-battle. Also knowing that the Templars can't be trusted to play fair, he asks Robin for him and his men to stand by and intervene in case they try anything. Wilfred is especially suspicious that Sir Albert de Malvoisin will try something since he and Robin killed his brother Sir Philip at Torquilstone. To this Robin agrees, and so he and Ivanhoe along with the others ride out for Templestowe. Cedric and Isaac also come along, and as for the women, they accompany them as well in spite of Robin’s objections.
    Now we come to Templestowe where we see Rebecca being tried for witchcraft. Although there are some who are testifying on her behalf, things aren’t looking good. Meanwhile, Robin and Ivanhoe who arrive with the others just outside the fortified temple, once again go over the plan, which is for Ivanhoe to challenge the judgement of the Templars to a trial-by-battle and for Robin and the others to intervene if anything goes wrong. Now Ivanhoe, his father Cedric, Isaac of York, and Friar Tuck go into the temple alone, while Robin has his outlaws and Assassins split into three parties and sneak into different sides of it. Robin and his party (which includes Wat o’ the Crabstaff, David of Doncaster, Will Stutley, Allan-a-Dale, and Arthur-a-Bland) take the left while Little John and his party (which includes Will Scarlet, Much the Miller’s Son, Hal of the Keep, Stephen Gamwell, and Will Scathlock) take the right. The third is made up of Lady Rowena, Maude Lindsay, Ellen o’ the Dale, Margaret Whitehand, and Winifred Gamwell with Maid Marian as the leader, and their job is to get Rebecca to safety if anything does go wrong and Robin and his men have to intervene. As they go along, they take out any guards they come across with both hidden blades and arrows. Meanwhile, at the trial it is decided that Ivanhoe will face Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert in a fight to the death on Rebecca’s behalf, and their choice of weapons is the sword and shield.
    Finally we come to a scene where both Robin’s and Little John’s parties are each looking through a window and watching as the duel rages on. Marian and the other women hide and watch elsewhere behind where Rebecca is standing. Meanwhile, after a minute or two of fighting, Bois-Guilbert suddenly grabs Ivanhoe, restrains him, and calls for Sir Albert de Malvoisin, who draws a dagger and comes forth to stab Wilfred from behind, determined to avenge his brother’s death. Seeing what they’re up to, Robin springs from the window, swings on a chandelier, and pounces on Sir Albert, who has already turned around, and is about to plunge his hidden blade into him when the Templar suddenly grabs his wrist preventing him from doing so, and saying “so Brian was right, you are an Assassin, Robin of Locksley” before kicking him off. The Bishop of Hereford, meanwhile, informs Sir Lucas of who the intruder is, to which we hear him say “Robin Hood, in my temple? Kill him” as Little John and the others spring on the rest of the Templar Knights. When both men are back on their feet, Robin and Sir Albert each draw swords, and when Ivanhoe finally breaks loose from Bois-Guilbert’s grip, both he and Robin are soon back-to-back saying a few words before jumping back into action. Little John, meanwhile is fighting Sir Hugh de Grantmesnil and Will Scarlet is fighting Sir Ralph de Vipont (oh yes I've made up my mind that Little John will kill Grantmesnil and Will Scarlet will kill Vipont). Cedric also joins in the fight while Isaac makes for cover. As for Marian and the other women, they grab Rebecca and get her to somewhere safe.
    As the battle rages on, Sir Lucas soon flees along with his squire Damian, the Bishop of Hereford and the Prior of Aymer. Sir Albert, meanwhile, still determined to avenge his brother, continues to fight Robin who is equally determined to end the Templars' injustice. As for de Bois-Guilbert, he is soon wounded by Ivanhoe and is now looking up at his opponent's blade. Suddenly, Ivanhoe is then sprang upon by Bois-Guilbert's squire Baldwin de Oyley, as for Bois-Guilbert himself, he is carried off by Sirs Conrade de Mountfitchet and Herman of Goodalricke. Robin keeps fighting until he manages to kill Sir Albert, but before the Templar expires Robin manages to get the name of the Templar who was given Loxley, and it was no other than Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert. Then when he catches his breath Robin soon notices Ivanhoe being strangled by Baldwin. He rushes over and then angrily slugs the squire off of Wilfred, meanwhile, Little John and Will Scarlet both manage to kill Grantmesnil and Vipont. They then rush over to Robin who explains what had just happened to Wilfred. Little John is about to kill Baldwin who shakes with fear at the sight of the angry giant and begs for mercy, but Will Scarlet stops Little John and asks the squire his name. After Baldwin reveals his name and profession, Scarlet tells him to go back to his master and assures him that they'll meet again soon in battle, but before he leaves, Robin grabs the squire and demands to know if it's true that his master de Bois-Guilbert was given Loxley. Fearing for his life, Baldwin answers that it is true, and Robin shoves him away. As the squire runs off, Robin, Little John, and Scarlet help Ivanhoe (who tells Robin that they both now have a special interest in de Bois-Guilbert) back on his feet and the four Assassins then rejoin the fight which soon ends when the surviving Templars retreat and evacuate their own temple.
    Before he and the others leave the temple themselves, Robin finds an interesting looking message on Malvoisin's body.

    To be continued...

    I have it down that the player has to have Robin infiltrate the temple, along with the others, and kill any guards who stand in their way until they reach the window where they have to watch and wait. The player also has to do the same with Little John and Marian. Then the player has to have Robin leap from the window, swing from the chandelier, and pounce on Sir Albert before he can reach Ivanhoe, then have him face the Templar in a boss fight and kill him once his energy bar runs out. After that, the player has to have Little John do same with Sir Hugh, and Will Scarlet with Sir Ralph. Finally the player has to have Robin kill a few more Templar Knights before they finally retreat.
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  3. #13
    When last we left the story, Robin Hood had found a message on the body of Sir Albert de Malvoisin which he found very interesting. That night, after he and the others return to Sherwood Forest, he reads the message aloud. It speaks of a woman alchemist known as Maudlin, the Witch of Papplewick, whom was once affiliated with the Templars. According to the message, she was given the task of acquiring the Staff of Merlin, a mysterious Staff of Eden which was believed to have great powers. Once she did acquire it, however, this Witch of Papplewick went rogue upon discovering the staff's power and wanted it all for herself. She even turned on the Templar Knights who accompanied her. Cedric has heard of this witch, and he says that she had been cast out of the village of Papplewick even though no one could prove she was witch. Friar Tuck has heard of her as well, and he says that after she was cast out, she swore she would have her revenge on the entire village. Robin decides they must go to Papplewick and warn the villagers, for he fears that she might just take her revenge now that she has the Staff of Merlin. So he takes Marian and Little John and rides out for the village.
    Meanwhile, back in Nottingham, both the Sheriff and Prince John, who happens to be visiting, are furious to hear that Templestowe is lost. By now, King Richard is being held for ransom, and instead of paying it, John is looking to form an alliance with King Philip II of France, an enemy of his brother. Sir Lucas and the others also inform him of Maudlin and the Staff of Merlin. Bois-Guilbert even tells the prince that he saw Robin Hood take the message about Maudlin from Sir Albert’s body. Knowing that Robin will probably go after her, the Sheriff convinces Prince John and tells his followers to let Maudlin be for time being, for he knows that Robin wouldn't dare to harm a woman, even if she is evil. Prince John easily catches on and decides to let Maudlin take care of Robin and his Brotherhood first, thinking she might actually be the one for the job, and then hunt her down.
    By the time the reach Papplewick, Robin, Marian, and Little John are too late for they can some mysterious power flashes and explosions coming from within it, they can hear many screams, and some of the village houses are even on fire. Robin asks one of the villagers what is happening, and the villager says, or screams, that Maudlin, the Witch of Papplewick is on a rampage, and points at some figure in a cloak and hood causing major destruction with some odd looking staff. Robin then dismounts and shoots an arrow at the mysterious figure, who then creates a shield with the staff and deflects it. He tries another shot and she deflects it again. Then right after he fires a third arrow, Marian shoots another one and the figure dodges it after deflecting the other, then loses balance causing the hood to fall off, revealing the face and hair of a beautiful lady. Once she regains her balance, the witch is about to retaliate when she see two wanted posters with pictures that look exactly like Robin and Marian. She then remembers hearing rumors among the Templars that Robin was leading an Assassin Brotherhood. She even then sees the Arrow of Eden in Robin's arrow quiver, and fearing that it might be powerful enough to break through her shields, she decides to flee for now. Meanwhile, Robin is mesmerized by Maudlin's beauty, and Marian stares at her too but only in disbelief that someone as beautiful as her could be so evil. Once they come back their senses, Robin and Marian along with Little John help put out fires, and when it's all over, the three of them decide to return to Sherwood since it would probably be difficult to track the witch down at night, and they take the villagers with them in case she comes back. (Aside from the shields, I haven't quite figured out what else the staff can do, like how Maudlin caused all that destruction)
    Back in Sherwood Forest, Robin allows the people of Papplewick to take refuge until the witch is dealt with. The problem is, however, that Robin doesn't know how to deal with her because in spite of being an Assassin, he cannot bring himself to harm a woman, even if she's evil. Marian understands this, and she doesn't want him to kill the witch either because it might break his spirit and it would ruin his reputation, so she decides that she will do it. Aside from her gender, the other problem is the staff, for as long as she poses it even touching her would be difficult, be it up close or from a distance. Then suddenly Marian looks at the Arrow of Eden in Robin's quiver and figures out why she fled instead of using the staff's power against her and Robin, which leads her to believe that the arrow could be exactly what they need to relieve her of the staff, especially since Robin is known to be the greatest archer in all of England. Knowing that it could be their only chance, Robin agrees and it is decided that they will hatch up a plan first thing in the morning. What they don't know is that Maudlin is hatching up a plan of her own to lure them into a trap so she can get her evil hands on the Arrow of Eden.

    To be continued...

    I have it down that the player has to have Robin, along with Marian and Little John, ride all the way to Papplewick, fire the first two arrows at Maudlin, help put out all the fires, and maybe lead all the villagers to Sherwood.
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  4. #14
    Before we continue with the story, I'd like to talk about the outfits I have in mind for the game, for Robin Hood that is. First there's the Crusader Outfit, which Robin where's at the beginning of the game, you know the whole chainmail and sleeveless tunic surcoat thing, and possibly a cape. Then there's the Lincoln Green Outfit, an outfit made of green colored woollen cloth, and as for the headgear, Robin can either wear his usual bycocket hat or a hood. Then there's the Jousting Outfit, although it is similar to the Crusader Outfit, only the tunic surcoat will be green and will have a black shield with the Assassin symbol on it, and also a helmet with maybe an eagle on top. Also there's the Nobility Outfit, the Hunter Outfit, the Yeoman Outfit, and the Forester Outfit, although I don't have all the details for those yet. Oh and I almost forgot to mention, there can be plenty of side quests in which Robin and his men can steal from the rich and give to the poor, be it money or food. I almost forgot to mention that the disguise Robin wears at the archery tournament will also be included as an outfit.
    Also, I just came up with some new ideas concerning the assassination targets Caspar Steinkopf and William-a-Trent:

    Now in Pierce Egan's novel, Caspar Steinkopf is shot in the eye and killed by Robin Hood while attempting to rape Will Scarlet's soon-to-be wife Maude Lindsay. Well to avoid plagiarism, I'm going to give my own version in which after Will Stutley is rescued and recruited into Robin's Merry Men and Assassin Brotherhood, the Sheriff has Steinkopf arrest Maude and her brother Halbert along with Stephen and Winifred Gamwell (Will Scarlet's siblings) after hearing from a spy that Will Scarlet is actually a member of the Gamwell family and that he and Maude Lindsay are betrothed. The Sheriff plans to hold them prisoner until Robin and his men surrender, however, Maid Marian, who is acting as an informant at the time, gets wind of this and alerts Robin, who rounds up his men and prepares for an ambush, for they know that Steinkopf will have to pass by Sherwood Forest before he reaches Nottingham. Soon we see Steinkopf and his men-at-arms, each one with a crossbow at ready, coming up the road with their prisoners. The Lindsays and the Gamwells are being transported in a wagon. Also in the wagon are four crossbowmen, two are keeping an eye on the prisoners while the other two keep watch. Robin has Will Scarlet and some others hide in the trees so they can jump some of the guards once they get below, and has Little John and the rest hide in the bushes with their bows at ready to take care of the rest. As for Robin himself, he hides elsewhere and readies his bow.
    Soon we see one of the guards get shot through the side of the neck by an arrow and fall off his horse. Then we see Will and his party drop down on some of the others, while Little John and his party take care of the rest. Robin takes out two of the crossbowmen in the wagon, giving Halbert Lindsay and Stephen Gamwell the chance they need to jump the other two, while the ladies take the wagon driver. Meanwhile, Little John and his party take care of the As for Steinkopf, Robin shoots him in the torso, causing him to fall off his horse. Once he is on his back, Steinkopf looks up and soon sees Robin looking down on him, and before Robin finishes Steinkopf with one more arrow to the heart, he confesses that it was Sir Guy of Gamwell's steward who revealed that Will was a Gamwell and was Maude Lindsay's betrothed. Then before he and the others leave with the Lindsays and Gamwells, Robin sees something glowing in a pouch on Steinkopf's body. He looks inside the pouch and finds a Ring of Eden (like the one Connor Kenway found which once belonged to William Kidd the pirate).
    When they return to Gamwell Castle, they tell Sir Guy about the steward. At first he doesn't believe it, but then Robin discovers a Templar cross on the steward's person, proving his guilt. When the steward attacks Sir Guy, Will Scarlet throws a dagger into his chest, killing him. Back at the hideout, Robin recruits the Lindsays and the Gamwells into his Merry Men and his Brotherhood, and then examines the ring and its power.
    Now as for William-a-Trent, pretty much every story has Little John shooting him with an arrow, but under different circumstances. Now since one of the stories portrays him as the Sheriff's best runner I'll portray him as a messenger and part-time tax collector. Anyway, it begins where we see Maid Marian arriving at the hideout in Sherwood Forest and informs Robin and the others that William-a-Trent is on his way from Templestowe with a message and some sort of key and map, along with a few heavy taxes he collected along the way. Knowing that Templestowe is where the Knights Templar reside, Robin can tell that what the rider is carrying must be important. With that, he and Little John go alone to the road where they will wait in ambush.
    Next we see William-a-Trent riding down the road at a full gallop, Robin and Little John meanwhile, are waiting in the brush. As soon as the rider passes by Robin lets Little John take the shot, and the big guy shoots an arrow which strikes William-a-Trent in the back. As soon as the messenger falls off his horse, Robin and Little John rush over to see what he carries. While Little John tries to fetch the horse, Robin goes through the messenger bag and finds the message, the map, and some other object which must be the key. Before William-a-Trent expires, Robin tries to get answers out of him, but the messenger knows nothing. As soon as Little John gets a hold of the horse, he and Robin both head back into the forest. (I haven't figured out exactly what the key will be yet.)
    Back at the hideout, Robin reads aloud the message to the others:

    My Lord Sheriff,

    This map will lead you to the secret treasure trove of the infamous viking Thorkell the Tall. There you will find an important object, which will be of great use to us and may help further our cause. It is said that Thorkell acquired this object during one of his raids, in a hidden chamber somewhere, and before he died, Thorkell left this object in a secret chamber along with along with his great battleaxe as well as half of his treasure. After Thorkell was killed, the vikings had taken map to Scotland where it was hidden. Our predecessors had searched the Highlands for it for over a century until now. You must obtain this object as soon as possible, as you can see on the map, the chamber is not far from Greenwich, where Thorkell met his end. Once you have it, bring it to us at once, and as for the rest of the treasure bring that as well, we can use it to support our cause.

    Signed,

    Sir Lucas de Beaumanoir, Templar Grand Master

    Now before we go any further, the rest of this will have to wait because I still need to figure out some of the details. As for Wat o’ the Crabstaff, I’m still not sure as to how he should be recruited, I mean whether he should be recruited the same way he was in the stories or some other way. Anyway getting back to the story, it is morning and Robin and Marian are trying to come up with a plan to take on Maudlin, the Witch of Papplewick. They have the Arrow of Eden part down but their's still the matter of how Marian will defend herself against Maudlin and the Staff of Merlin. Suddenly Robin remembers the Ring of Eden he found on Caspar Steinkopf. By now he's figured out it's power; that it can block any kind of attack (which is the same as William Kidd's). He gives it to Marian, saying that it will protect her from anything Maudlin throws at her.

    To be continued...
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  5. #15
    Before we continue with the story, here are all the places and locations I have down so far (in England that is):

    Nottingham
    Sherwood Forest
    London
    Doncaster
    Papplewick
    Torquilstone Castle
    Templestowe
    Rotherwood Castle
    Ashby-de-la-Zouch
    Trent Castle
    Greenwich
    Avalon
    Loxley
    Derby
    York
    Dartmouth
    Canterbury
    Chichester
    Bramber Castle
    Essex
    Norwich
    Winchester
    Salisbury
    Tamworth
    Kirklees
    Wakefield
    Hereford
    Greenwood Forest
    Forest of Essex
    Kent
    Bedgebury Forest
    Haldon Hills
    Camelot
    The Blue Boar Inn
    Mansfield
    St. James' Church
    St. Mary’s Church

    Anyway, getting back to the story, Robin and Marian ride out back to Papplewick, but before they get there, Robin begins to suspect that Maudlin might be waiting for them and has set a trap, so he and Marian split up. While Marian heads straight into the village, Robin goes around it while undercover. After she dismounts, Marian slowly walks forward while putting on the Ring of Eden and grabbing her bow. Little does she know that Maudlin is watching from one of the abandoned houses, and is waiting to make a move. When she doesn't see Robin anywhere she acts disappointed since he had the Arrow of Eden, but once she catches a glimpse of the ring on Marian's finger, she decides to take that instead. Meanwhile, Robin dismounts his horse and sneaks into the village from the side and quietly makes his way to St. James' Church where he climbs up the bell tower where he waits with his bow at the ready. Back on the village street, as soon as Marian is close enough, Maudlin tosses a vial of some kind of potion or something which explodes in front of Marian once it hits the ground and knocks Marian, who drops her bow, down on her back. Then Maudlin runs over and pounces her as she tries to get back on her feet, and then tries to strangle Marian with her bare hands. However, Marian manages to knock her off, and then chases Maudlin as she rushes back to the house she was hiding in. Once Marian reaches the house after Maudlin does, a strange light flashes and sends her flying, then Maudlin re-emerges from the house with Merlin's Staff and removes her cloak, revealing her lovely long hair and an outfit similar to Marian's Lincoln Green one, only it's a different color and is more fancy, but her legs are uncovered. After being hit a few more times, Marian remembers the ring and uses it to block Maudlin's attacks. Then once she retrieves her bow, Marian starts shooting at Maudlin who blocks every arrow, while Robin is up on the bell tower trying to get a good shot with the Arrow of Eden. Then Marian remembers that Maudlin wasn't able to block both he arrow and Robin's at the same time, she tries firing two arrows at the same time, but that also fails because unlike last time, Maudlin saw both of them coming. Then when Marian tries firing three arrows at the same time, instead of waving the staff to create a shield, Maudlin holds it up and creates a bigger one to block all three. Seeing this gives Marian, and then uses the same trick again before calling to Robin to take the shot. When he hears her and sees his chance, Robin shoots the Arrow of Eden which penetrates the shield and knocks the Staff of Merlin out of Maudlin's hand. The staff lands halfway between the two women while the arrow lands into a wall of one of the houses. Then both women come running towards the staff and Marian leaps on Maudlin before she can reach it and stabs the witch with her hidden blade. Before she expires, Maudlin tells both Marian and Robin what the Templars intended to do with the staff, as well as her side of the story concerning the people of Papplewick. Out of pity, Marian closes Maudlin's beautiful eyes for her once she passes on. Then Robin spots two Templar Knights about to snatch the Staff of Merlin and then shoots one of them in the hand, and then covers the other before he can draw his sword. He then has Marian retrieve both the staff and the arrow, and tells the two Templars to leave and tell their masters that the witch is dead and the staff is no longer their concern, for it is now in the hands of the Assassins.
    After the Templars leave, Robin and Marian bury Maudlin outside the village and then ride back to Sherwood Forest. Then we see them arrive at the hideout and tell the people of Papplewick it is safe to return home for the witch is gone. As soon as they're all gone, Robin and Marian show the staff to all their comrades and tell them of it's power. Meanwhile, at Nottingham Castle the two Templars report to Prince John and the Sheriff, they even say that it was Marian who killed Maudlin. Not only are they furious, but also disappointed because they missed out on a fight between two women, thinking it would've been interesting to watch. Back at the hideout, we see Robin receiving a message from Altair informing him that King Richard is being held for ransom by Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI. The amount the emperor wants is 150,000 silver marks, and knowing that Prince John will do nothing to ransom his brother, Robin decides to take matters into his own hands.

    To be continued...
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  6. #16
    As we return to the story, Robin, Ivanhoe, and the others spend the next month gathering as much money as they can to pay King Richard's ransom. For starters, they gather what loot they have left in their store cave and then have Friar Tuck collect as many donations as he can. Knowing that wouldn't get them enough, they try to think of other means to get the money. Instead of robbing the Sheriff's tax collectors, which they only do for the poor, they decide to raid Templestowe, which has been abandoned since their last visit, and also Trent and Malvoisin Castles, which have also been abandoned since their masters were killed, although the Templars intend to use them as bases. They even go back to the remains of Torquilstone Castle where they find a secret door to Front-de-Beoff's hidden treasury, which they heard rumors about. They even receive donations from Sir Guy of Gamwell and Sir Richard of the Lee. Although they've managed to gather 30,000 silver marks worth of money, it is still not enough to pay the ransom for King Richard. Soon we see Sir Richard of the Lee arriving at the hideout with a message for Robin from Marian telling him to come to the Blue Boar Inn alone with all haste. He asks Sir Richard what this is all about but the old knight says he was asked to do so and that Robin will have to find out for himself. Knowing he has no other alternative, Robin mounts his horse and follows Sir Richard to the Blue Boar Inn.
    When they arrive at the inn, Sir Richard takes Robin to the room where Marian is staying, where he finds her no other than the Queen Mother Eleanor of Aquitaine. Robin and Wilfred neile before her and kiss her hand. She says that she has heard rumors that they have been collecting money to pay for her son Richard's ransom, to which they reply yes. She then tells them that she has been doing the same thing since before they were and asks if they will donate all they have gathered to what she has, to which they agree. But that's not all she came for, she also came to ask them if they could deliver the ransom money to a ship in Dartmouth, which is to set sail for Germany, where Emperor Henry VI rules. She asks them to perform this task because she believes that they are the only ones she can trust due to their great loyalty to her son Richard. They willingly accept the task and arrange for the Queen Mother to rendezvous with them at the church where Friar Tuck resides the next morning. Little do they know that a spy, who is under the employ of Prince John's scoutmaster Hugh Bardon, is listening in on them and slips away.
    Back at Nottingham Castle, the spy and Hugh Bardon himself inform Prince John, the Sheriff, and Waldemar Fitzhurse of what the Queen Mother is up to. Instead of sending soldiers to the rendezvous, they have Gilbert o' the Red Cap and Eric o' Lincoln to Dartmouth along with Sir Louis Winkelbrand and a squad of Free Lancers (Sir Maurice de Bracy is still away recruiting more mercenaries), where they'll prepare for an ambush before Robin and Ivanhoe arrive with the ransom money. Eric o' Lincoln, of course, is hoping that Little John will be with them so he can finally get even with him. They also tell them to bring back the ring, the arrow, and whatever other Shards of Eden Robin and Ivanhoe have on them, before they leave.
    Next we see Robin and Ivanhoe at Friar Tuck’s church loading all the ransom money into a wagon after receiving it from Eleanor of Aquitaine, whom we also see with Marian and Friar Tuck, when suddenly we see Little John and the others come riding in. They bring news that one of them spotted Sir Louis Winkelbrand heading for Dartmouth along with Gilbert o’ the Red Cap, Eric o’ Lincoln, and a number of others, to set up an ambush no doubt. Seeing that this changes things, Robin has to come up with a fool proof plan in order to get past them. Then he has Will Scarlet and Sir Henry of the Lee, along with the others, put on disguises and ride on ahead. The plan is for them to enter Dartmouth while posing as travelling merchants and then spread out and do a reconnaissance to find where each of the ambushers are posted and then jump them.
    Before we continue with the story, I just found other ideas for other legendary weapons, like aside from King Arthur's Excalibur there's also his spear Rhongomyniad, his dagger Carnwennan, and his other sword Clarent (which Sir Mordred used against him), and they can be Isu weapons as well. Also there's Sir Gawain's sword Galatine, Sir Lancelot's other sword Secace, and Sir Tristan's bow Fail-not.
    Anyway, back to the story, we then see Will Scarlet and the others riding towards Dartmouth while disguised as travelling merchants. As they enter the town, they keep their eyes peeled to see if they can spot any ambushers. They manage to get past Winkelbrand's men who actually fall for their disguises, and they also spot a few of them along the way. Some are on the roofs of certain buildings while others are on the ground. As soon as they find a place to stop, they split into two groups; Will Scarlet takes one party and takes care of those on the roofs while Sir Henry of the Lee takes the other and handles those on the ground. Winkelbrand, meanwhile is at the local tavern along with Gilbert o' the Red Cap, Eric o' Lincoln, and a few other Free Lancers.
    Next we see Robin along with Wilfred, Marian, and Little John entering the town by wagon. Even though they already planned ahead concerning the ambush, they still remain alert in case there are any Free Lancers left. Unfortunately there is only one left, and when he tries to communicate with his comrades on one of the roofs, he gets suspicious when he hears no response. He goes up to investigate and finds them all dead, then he checks one of the alleys and finds those hidden there dead as well. Now he realizes that the traveling merchants were actually Robin’s men in disguise, and hurries to warn those in the tavern. When he arrives there and tells them that Robin and the others are coming, Winkelbrand demands to know why he is not at his post. The Free Lancer then tells him about the traveling merchants and that the others are all dead. We then hear Winkelbrand shout “Why is it that they are always one step ahead of us? Can nothing stop these bloody Assassins?” Then we see Gilbert o’ the Red Cap and Eric o’ Lincoln finish their drinks and then tell Winkelbrand to let them handle it as they leave the tavern. Eric then tells Gilbert to get on of one of the rooftops and shoot them when or if they get past him, course he knows that they will get past him because his real intention is to only get Little John.
    Meanwhile, Robin and the others are riding down the street still keeping alert for any other tricks Winkelbrand has in store for them. Suddenly Eric o’ Lincoln appears and blocks their way. When Robin demands to know what he wants, Eric says that he wants to settle his score with Little John, and that he might let them pass if Little John agrees to fight him. To this Little John does agree but not before Robin asks “How do we know this isn’t a trick of some sort?” to which Little John says that there is no time for that right now and to ride on ahead as soon as he gets Eric o’ Lincoln out of the way. The two of them fight with quarterstaffs and Little John manages to shove Eric out of the street giving Robin, Wilfred, and Marian the chance they need to make a break for it.
    As they continue on to the docks, we suddenly see Gilbert o’ the Red Cap on one of the rooftops getting ready to shoot. Then we see Sir Henry of the Lee who spots Gilbert and shouts a warning. When they see him, Robin and the others take cover as Gilbert shoots, only managing to hit the wagon. Before he can shoot another arrow, Robin draws the Arrow of Eden and shoots it right into Gilbert’s torso, causing him to fall off the roof. After Robin retrieves the arrow from Gilbert’s body, he and the others continue towards the docks.
    Meanwhile, Little John is still fighting Eric o’ Lincoln. Eric has a special quarterstaff made from Ash, one of the hardest woods in England. It is a long fight but Little John eventually kills his opponent and then takes his quarterstaff with him. Next we see Robin, Wilfred, and Marian at the docks where the ship’s captain is waiting for them. Then we see Sir Louis Winkelbrand shouting “No, that money must not reach that ship, stop them” as he and what’s left of his men rush towards the docks, but then Will Scarlet, Sir Henry of the Lee, and the others bar their way. Seeing that they are outnumbered, Winkelbrand and his men run off and make for the horses. As soon as the ransom money is loaded into the ship’s cargo hold, Robin and the others bid the captain farewell and watch as the ship sails away.
    Back at Nottingham, we see Sir Louis Winkelbrand reporting to Prince John, the Sheriff, and Baron Waldemar Fitzhurse about what happened in Dartmouth. Furious over this failure and the loss of Gilbert o’ the Red Cap and Eric o’ Lincoln, the prince angrily orders Winkelbrand to report back to Sir Maurice de Bracy. Knowing that his brother’s return is now imminent, Prince John decides that it is best that he and Baron Waldemar return to London for the time being.

    To be continued...

    I have it down that the player has to have Robin, along with the others, raid Templestowe, Trent Castle, Malvoisin Castle, and the Front-de-Beuff’s secret treasury and ride all the way to the Blue Boar Inn. Then the player has to have Will Scarlet, along with his party take to the rooftops and take out all the mercenaries. Then the player has to have Robin drive the wagon into the town and keep going until they get to where the one Free Lancer spots him and the others. Then once Little John gets Eric o’ Lincoln off the street the player has to have Robin and the others continue on and then, after the next cutscene, have Robin kill Gilbert o’ the Red Cap with the Arrow of Eden. Finally the player has to have Little John fight Eric o’ Lincoln in a boss fight and kill him as soon as his energy bar runs out.
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  7. #17
    Before we continue with the story, I have more ideas for legendary weapons, like the Spear of Calgacus, the Spear of King Cassivellaunus, and Caratacus' Axe. Just so you all know, Calgacus and Caratacus were military leaders who fought in the Roman Conquest of Britain alongside Togodumnus and Boudica, and King Cassivellaunus was a British tribal chief who led an alliance of tribes against Julius Caesar and his second expedition to Britain during the Gallic Wars, although he eventually surrendered.
    Anyway, back to the story, it is now the year 1194 and King Richard still has yet to return from his captors. Robin Hood and his friends are trying to figure out their next move when they suddenly receive an unexpected visit from no other than Lady Isabella of Gloucester, the wife of Prince John himself (first wife that is). She brings them news of what her husband and the Templars are up to. She says that they intend to obtain King Arthur's sword Excalibur, which Prince John intends to use against King Richard upon his return. They also plan to obtain Arthur's spear Rhongomyniad, his dagger Carnwennan, and his other sword Clarent (which Sir Mordrid used against him). All these weapons are at Avalon where King Arthur is buried, and they are locked away in Arthur's tomb. To obtain the weapons, however, they require the swords of King Arthur's knights, including Sir Lancelot's swords Arondight and Secace, Sir Gawain's sword Galatine, and Sir Galahad's Sword with the Red Hilt. Also they require the Staff of Merlin, which Robin and the others now have in their possession. As for the swords, they hidden somewhere in the ruins of Camelot, King Arthur's old kingdom, along with other weapons including Sir Gawain's Axe and Sir Tristan's bow Fail-not, and only Merlin's staff can locate them. Knowing that those weapons could be very dangerous in the hands of Prince John and the Templars, Robin decides that he and his Brotherhood should obtain them first, so he tells Ivanhoe and the others to get plenty of sleep, for they are going on an expedition to Camelot on the following day.
    The next morning, we see everyone preparing for the journey to Camelot. Robin has Marian and Lady Isabella go fetch Sir Richard of the Lee, Lady of Verysdale, and Sir Guy of Gamwell, thinking they might be interested in seeing King Arthur's old home, and to meet them at the ruins where he and Ivanhoe fought Gisborne and Bracy. Lady Isabella remains with them because it is 135.3 miles between Nottingham and London, therefore her husband Prince John must know by now that she has betrayed him. Then Robin goes into the store cave and fetches the Staff of Merlin which will show them the way to Camelot. Once everything is ready, Robin, Ivanhoe, and the others ride out to the ruins where they meet up with Marian, Lady Isabella, Sir Richard, Lady of Verysdale, and Sir Guy are waiting for them. Sir Cedric also comes along because he to is interested in seeing Camelot as well as Avalon. When they are all together, Robin takes the Staff of Merlin and raises it high, and with the light of the sun it creates a beam that points towards the northwest, and with that, they head in that very direction. It is a long journey, but not as long as it is from Nottingham to London, still Robin keeps using the staff to make sure they are going the right way.
    Next we see Robin and his party as they approach the ruins of Camelot. They all look at it in aw, and we even hear Sir Cedric say "Aaah Camelot, the once proud kingdom of King Arthur himself." In spite of the fact that the Saxons were enemies of King Arthur, Cedric has great respect for him. Then Robin uses the staff to show them where the swords are, and it creates a beam that points to no other than King Arthur's castle, or what's left of it. They all follow the beam into the castle, and continue to follow it all the way to a room where the beam lands on no other than the legendary Round Table. However, the swords are no where to be seen so everyone looks around to see if they are hidden somewhere. Suddenly Robin discovers a secret switch in the form of a candle holder on the wall and pulls it down, opening a secret entrance under the Round Table, revealing a secret stairway. Then Robin lights a torch and leads the others down the stairway. They follow a tunnel all the way down to a huge door (after having to go through a number of obstacles of course). Then Robin finds a mechanism where the Staff of Merlin has to be placed in order for the door to open, so he takes the staff, places it in the hole, and turns it counterclockwise until he hears a click, and the door opens. Inside they find a room where they see statues of Sirs Lancelot, Galahad, Gawain, Ector, Kay, Percival, Tristan, Geraint, Lionel, Bors the Younger, Lamorak, Ywain, Palamedes, Bedivere, Dagonet, and Caradoc, King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table (or at least eighteen of them since there are different numbers of knights in different stories) and below their feet are the swords they are looking for. Both Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad each have two swords at their feet; Arondight, Secace, the Sword with the Red Hilt, and the Sword with the Strange Hangings. Some of the knight statues have other weapons next to the swords; next to Gawain's sword Galatine is the axe he used to kill the Green Knight, next to Lamorak's sword is his spear, next to Tristan's sword is his bow Fail-not, next to Bors the Younger's sword is his mace, and next to Sir Kay's sword is his dagger. Robin and the others gather all the weapons and then exit the room before closing the door again with the Staff of Merlin.
    When they get back to the horses, Robin then uses the staff to show the way to Avalon. It leads him and his party to a lake that is covered in mist, the Lake of Avalon itself. They find an old ferry lying at the edge of the lake, possibly the same one that transported Arthur’s body to the island. Since it is not big enough for everyone, they cut down some trees and build an extra raft, along with a few poles for rowing. It takes them until after sunset to build the raft. Then as soon as it is finished, they push it into the lake and most of the party boards it while Robin along with Marian, Ivanhoe, Cedric, Rowena, Little John, Winifred, Isaac, Rebecca, and Friar Tuck board the ferry, and they all shove off heading straight into the mist, which surrounds the island. They keep torches lit as they go through the fog, and once they reach the island, they tie both vessels to a post. Lucky for them the light of the moon also works on the staff, and so they follow the beam straight to King Arthur's tomb. At the end of the beam they find twenty stones forming a big circle. Each stone has a hole in the shape of a blade and in the center of the circle is another hole, and on other side of the circle is the tomb, as Little John points out. Robin soon figures out that in order to gain access to the tomb, they must insert a sword in each stone as if it were the Round Table, and then insert the staff into the center. As soon as all the swords are in place, Robin inserts the staff into the center and then stands back with the others. Suddenly two glowing lines appear creating two circles, then twenty more appear going straight from the stones to the center. Then pictures of shields appear in each of the triangles made by the lines, representing each knight of the Round Table, including Arthur and Mordrid. Finally, the staff glows and creates a beam which hits some mechanism above the doors of the tomb, causing them to open. Then a second beam points through the doorway and Robin and the others follow it inside.
    They follow the beam all the way to a huge room where they see King Arthur's coffin, but the beam is locked on to a mysterious looking vault of some sort right behind it. Robin then finds a few big mirrors which he uses to direct the beam to a mechanism above the vault and it opens, revealing the two swords Excalibur and Clarent, the spear Rhongomyniad, and the dagger Carnwennan. They obtain all four weapons and leave the room, but not before paying their respects to the late King Arthur Pendragon. Then they re-obtain the twenty swords and staff (which causes the tomb to close), reboard the ferry and raft, and leave the island.
    Once Robin and his party reach the mainland, however, they are soon greeted by some unwanted company. It is Hugh Bardon along with the Prior of Aymer and his brother, Giles de Mauleverer, Lord of Middleham, as well as a number of spies and soldiers. They demand for Robin and the others to hand over all the Arthurian weapons at once. Robin then demands to know how they found them, and the Prior of Aymer says that they were following them the whole time; they figured it out that Lady Isabella had gone to warn Robin and his Brotherhood and decided to let them retrieve the weapons for them. When Lord Giles catches a glimpse of Marian, he reveals that Prince John gave her land to him, to which she is outraged. When Sir Cedric demands to know who took Rotherwood from him, they say it was de Bracy. After a few more words, the Templar affiliates once again demand for the weapons to be handed over, along with the Arrow and Ring of Eden, and of course, Lady Isabella, whom Prince John wishes to deal with himself. When Robin and the others refuse to do so, making it clear that they would have to kill them first, their enemies draw their weapons. Before they can attack, however, they suddenly hear a voice from behind them demanding that they stand down. They turn around and see three mysterious figures in a cloaks and hoods on horseback. When they demand to know who dares to give them such orders, the figure comes forward, while accompanied by a number of other cloaked figures who emerge from the woods behind him. Once close enough, one of the figures removes the cloak, revealing himself to be no other than King Richard the Lionheart. The second one removes his and reveals himself to be Altair while the third one is revealed to be Maria Thorpe. The others do the same and reveal themselves as returning crusaders from the Holy Land. Everyone, both good and bad, is in shock at what they see. Robin is even more surprised to see his old friend Altair actually in England, while Marian is surprised to see Maria Thorpe, who is a childhood friend of hers and was like a sister to her. Once again, King Richard demands that Bardon, Aymer, and de Mauleverer to stand down and surrender for they are now surrounded by both his party and Robin's. Instead of obeying their rightful king, the three villains decide to fight their way out and a battle ensues. During the fight, Lord Giles falls off his horse, once it is spooked, and soon engages in a duel with Marian, who is determined to kill him for taking her land away. The duel ends with Marian cutting down Lord Giles, and when the Prior of Aymer realizes that his brother has fallen, he rides over and knocks Marian to the ground. Then when he dismounts and is about to hack her to pieces Maria Thorpe tries to stop him but is thrown to the ground next to Marian. When the prior is about to finish them both off, Robin, whom has already noticed this, rushes over and springs on the prior, stabbing him with his hidden blade. As Robin then helps both Marian and Maria up, Altair approaches him and comments on how much his old friend has improved since the Third Crusade. The battle soon ends when Hugh Bardon and what's left of the spies and soldiers retreat and ride off for London to warn Prince John. King Richard decides to let them go, and then thanks Robin, Ivanhoe and the others for everything they've done in his absence, as they all bow down to him.
    Later, Robin and Ivanhoe present King Richard with Excalibur and insist that he should use believing that such a weapon should be used in the hands of a true king. King Richard holds the sword and says "I never thought I'd be holding the legendary sword that once belonged to the great King Arthur himself, and what fine king he was!", but he declines and tells them to keep it, for he is just glad to have seen it, and is even more glad to know that Avalon truly does exist, as he looks upon the misty island in the lake. Then Robin goes to Altair and expresses how glad he is to see him again, even though it has only been two years. He then introduces Altair to all the members of his Brotherhood (with the exception of Ivanhoe since they already know each other) who are very glad to meet Robin's one time mentor. Marian and Maria, meanwhile, embrace each other while showing tears of joy, and express how much they’ve missed each other.
    Back in London, we see Prince John feeling quite disturbed by the news Hugh Bardon brings of his brother Richard’s return, and even more disturbed to hear that Robin and his Brotherhood have all the Arthurian weapons as well as the loss of the Prior of Aymer and Lord Giles de Mauleverer. He then orders Baron Waldemar to send word to Baron William de Wendenal, Sir Maurice de Bracy, Sir Lucas de Beaumanoir, Sir Brian de Bois-Gilbert, and Sir Lachlan Maclean-de Corzon, Baron of Ak’ham and tell them to gather their forces and report to London immediately, and also tells the baron to prepare his own troops as well.

    To be continued...

    I have it down that the player has to have Robin along with the others, follow the Staff of Merlin to Camelot and then to the Round Table. Then the player has to have Robin find the secret switch to open the secret door and lead the others down the tunnel as well as avoid the obstacles. Once they get to the door, the player then has to have Robin use the staff to open it and then have him gather all the weapons before retrieving the staff again.
    Now the player has to have Robin and the others follow the staff to Avalon and then have him gather some of the materials to build the raft. When it is finished the player has to have Robin help the others push the raft into the lake and then head for the ferry. Then once they are on the island, the player has to have Robin and the others follow the staff to King Arthur’s tomb and then have him insert a sword into each stone and the staff into the center of the circle. Once the tomb doors are open the player has to have Robin and the others go inside and then have him along with Little John, push the mirrors into place to open the vault and finally gather all of King Arthur’s weapons, that is before going back outside and gathering all the swords and staff.
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  8. #18
    Now before we get back to the story, I believe I mentioned something about a treasure that belonged to the viking Thorkell the Tall. Well, let's continue where we left off with that first. Now after killing William-a-Trent and obtaining the map, Robin, along with Little John, Will Scarlet, Much the Miller's Son, Will Stutely, Arthur-a-Bland, and David of Doncaster, follows it the very spot where the treasure is hidden. As Sir Lucas de Beaumanoir said in his letter to the Sheriff, it is located no far from Greenwich where Thorkell was murdered. Now Robin and the others take a couple of wagons because there is no telling how much treasure Thorkell left there, however, they have to where disguises safe due to the price on Robin's head, which means they can't afford to attract any attention especially if there are any soldiers along the way. They follow the map all the way to a pile of rocks that is nearly three miles away from Greenwich. Lucky for them, it is very well-hidden so they won't have to worry about being spotted. They all remove the rocks and find a hidden door in the ground, which they open and see a stairway going down. They each take a torch and go down the stairs, then they have to follow a tunnel and get past any obstacles that stand in their way, like booby traps. At the end of the tunnel they find a room, and inside the room, they find a great amount of gold, silver, jewels, and other loot. Among the treasure, they find a great battle axe that once belonged to Thorkell himself and a chest that seems to have something glowing inside it. Robin breaks off the lock and opens it, and finds a mysterious crystal skull which he can easily guess is what the Templars are after. He closes the chest and takes it along with the battle axe, while the others each take other chests. They take them back to the wagons and then go back down for more and as soon as they remove all the chests they gather what's left into sacks. Once the trove is empty and the wagons are full, Robin and the others cover up the treasure and head on back to Sherwood Forest.
    Back at the hideout, they unload the wagons and stash all the treasure into their store cave. They plan to donate some of it to the poor as usual. As for Robin, he takes a look at the crystal skull and tries to figure it out but he comes to no avail, so he leaves it in the store cave for the time being. By the way I’m thinking about maybe adding other viking treasure troves as well. I also have more ideas for legendary weapons; Stephen of Blois' Battle Axe, Odo of Bayeux's Mace, and the viking Eric "Bloodaxe" Haraldsson's Battle Axe. Speaking of Eric Bloodaxe, his treasure trove will be the next after Thorkell's, and it will be located in a cave somewhere in the Pennine Mountains (another location) where he was killed in battle. We'll just say that his men hid half of his treasure and his battle axe in a secret cavern or chamber inside the cave. As for the map, Robin and his men can find it during their attempted jailbreak in which Ralph of the Scar is killed. Oh and I almost forgot, I even have it down as to how Robin will come about killing William I de Ferrers, 3rd Earl of Derby. De Ferrers, who is conspiring with de Bois-Guilbert and Front-de-Boeuf, will try to murder Ivanhoe and Robin will save him by shooting an arrow into de Ferrers' chest (this is also where Robin puts the longbow to the test for Altair).
    Anyway, back to Eric Bloodaxe's treasure, the search for it will take place after the Battle of Torquilstone, and this time Robin will have even more companions than the he had on the first treasure hunt. It begins one night when Robin shows the map to Ivanhoe, Cedric, and the others. They examine the map and judging by the picture and the mark, they can tell that the treasure is located in the Pennines, a chain of mountains in Northern England. Robin remembers his father telling him about a battle which took place there in a place called Stainmore, which means that it must be the hidden treasure of Eric Bloodaxe. Cedric remembers hearing stories about such a treasure, and that after he was betrayed by Osulf I of Bamburgh and killed by his conspirator Maccus, Bloodaxe's followers hid his treasure in a cave somewhere in the Pennines so the traitors couldn't get their greedy hands on it. Cedric is actually interested in finding this treasure, for many a Saxon has been searching for it for more than two hundred years, plus he is not anxious for it to fall into the hands of the Normans or the Templars, and neither is Robin for he has a feeling that there may be another Shard of Eden among all that gold and gems. So it is decided that they shall leave for the Pennines the next day once the preparations are made.
    Next it is days later and we see Robin and his entire party including Ivanhoe, Rowena, Cedric, Isaac, Rebecca, and Kirjath, approaching the Pennines. Some are on horseback while others are driving wagons (seven total), some loaded with empty sacks and barrels marked with the word ALE, and they're all disguised as peddlers to avoid any guards they come across along the way. They follow the map to a deep dark cave where they come to a stop. Robin goes inside along with Marian, Ivanhoe, Cedric, Little John, Rowena, Winifred, Friar Tuck, David of Doncaster, Arthur-a-Bland, Isaac, and Rebecca, while Will Scarlet and the others stay behind and keep watch. With torches lit, they search the entire cave from top to bottom, but they also watch out for bats. They keep on searching until Robin finds a big rock or boulder that seems to be covering something, so he calls over Little John, Ivanhoe, and David of Doncaster to lend him hand. The four of them pull hard with all their strength until they successfully remove the rock, revealing a secret entrance through which everyone sees a light. Robin goes in first and finds a hidden cavern filled with gold, silver, gems, etc., and there is a lot more than there was in Thorkell's treasure trove. He calls to the others to come in, and once they do they all look in aw for neither of them has ever seen so much treasure. Robin has Friar Tuck go and fetch the rest of the group while he and the others take a look around. They all search the treasure to see if they can find anything the Templars may have been looking for, and soon Robin opens a small chest and finds a mysterious medallion with some strange markings similar to those on the Ring of Eden. Behind the chest, he finds the battle axe that once belonged to Eric Bloodaxe himself. Next we see Robin's party emptying the cavern; first the take out the chests and then they fill the sacks and barrels with the rest of the treasure. As soon as the cavern is completely empty, they cover up the wagons filled with sacks and chests, and then mount up and head south back to Sherwood Forest.
    Now we are back at the hideout where some of Bloodaxe's treasure is placed in the store cave with what's left of Thorkell's while the rest is distributed to the poor peasants and to the Jewish refugees as well. Robin places the medallion next to the crystal skull, but plans to try and figure out its power later.
    Anyway, getting back to the story, one night at the hideout we see Robin showing Altair all the Pieces of Eden he and the others had collected over the last two years. Altair is quite impressed with his one-time student's work and congratulates him for it, saying that he had done well. He is also impressed with Robin's base of operations for it is very well hidden, not to mention beautiful and close to nature. Robin then promises Altair to take him hunting on the following day, so they can catch up on old-times. In the meantime, they join the others in celebrating King Richard's return with a feast as well as song and dance.

    To be continued...
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  9. #19
    Back to the story, on the following day we see Robin along with Altair, Marian, and Maria out hunting. Altaïr, of course, is a bit anxious to see England's wildlife and the rest of Sherwood Forest. By now Altaïr and Maria are members of both the Merry Men and Robin’s Brotherhood, but only for the time being (you see, I wanted to include a Saracen member of the Merry Men like the other contemporary versions of the story, and decided for it to be Altaïr. First they go hunting for deer but then Altaïr wants to take on one of the most dangerous animals there is in the area, and that is the Wild Boar. To this Robin agrees, and they manage to track down a boar, a really big one too. Both Robin and Altaïr try with their bows but it's not enough and the beast gets angry. Now they have to face it head-on, so they draw their swords and get ready to fight. After a long battle, the boar finally falls and Robin gives Altaïr the honor of delivering the finishing blow. Before they and the women can pole it up, however, they suddenly hear a howl and are soon surrounded by a pack of wolves who have also been hunting the boar. The four of them take a stand and fight off the wolves who soon retreat when Little John, Will Scarlet, Much the Miller's Son, and a few others come and intervene. Some of the wolves are killed including their packleader, whom of course is killed by Robin. Once everything settles down, Little John helps Robin and Altaïr pole up the boar while the others gather the dead wolves and fetch the horses.
    Back at the hideout, we see King Richard sitting and waiting with Cedric and Isaac when Robin, Altaïr, and the others suddenly return, all in a cheerful mood as they bring in all the meat they got. King Richard is amazed by the size of the boar and congratulates Robin and Altaïr for a job well done. Next we see everyone having a feast, for the boar has already been cooked along with wolf meat and venison. As they eat they are trying figure out what their next move will be now that the rightful king has returned, plus they pretty much have every Isu weapon they could find. Later, on the following day, they soon receive word that Prince John is gathering what forces he has left and is preparing for a defense. The Sheriff, Baron William de Wendenal, has already left Nottingham with his men and Sirs Lucas de Beaumanoir and Brian de Bois-Guilbert have already reached the Tower of London with a large force of Templar Knights, plus Baron Waldemar Fitzhurse is gathering his troops as well. There are also two other forces that still haven't reached London yet, Sir Maurice de Bracy and his Free Lancers and Sir Lachlan Maclean-de Corzon, Baron of Ak’ham and his force which includes Templar Knights, men-at-arms, and foresters. De Bracy is coming from the north where he has been recruiting more mercenaries and by now has nearly a thousand or more in total. Sir Lachlan, meanwhile, is coming from the west, only his force is not as strong as de Bracy's. Both forces are to meet in Nottingham and then head straight to London. This being the case, and since de Bracy has to pass through Sherwood Forest before he can reach London, Robin decides that they should take care of him first. King Richard agrees since it is best to take on the bigger threat before the other. Robin's plan is to ambush them the same way they did Caspar Steinhopff and his men when they took the Gamwells and the Lindsays prisoner, once they reach the forest, only this time with the entire Brotherhood and also use a few other tactics which they didn't use last time. While some are all for it, some of the others don't agree since they don't have enough people to face a force that large, but Robin has already thought that through. He then tells Sir Guy to go back to Gamwell and rally every able-bodied man he has including serfs, Sir Richard of the Lee to go a gather those same knights who helped them at Torquilstone, Kirjath Jairom to round up the Jewish refugees, and Sir Cedric to get all his Saxon friends again, as quickly as they can and meet them at a certain point on the road to Nottingham where it meets Sherwood Forest, and should the fighting commence before they arrive, the Brotherhood will hold de Bracy there until they do. They four men agree to do so and ride out as quickly as possible. Then Robin sends Friar Tuck over to Nottingham to see if he can convince any of the villagers to come to their aide as well.
    Next we see de Bracy and his lieutenant Sir Louis Winkelbrand leading their Free Lancers down the road. Then we see Will Stutely who is keeping watch, and once he spots de Bracy and his men he rushes back into the forest to warn the others. Meanwhile, we see Robin hiding in the brush along with Ivanhoe and King Richard, waiting for Sir Guy, Sir Richard, Kirjath, Cedric, and Friar Tuck to arrive with their reinforcements. By now everything is set up; some are waiting in the trees while others are waiting on the ground, and also a few booby traps are set up, most of which are made from logs and tree trunks, just in case their enemies arrive before the reinforcements do. Soon, Will Stutley arrives and informs them that de Bracy and his Free Lancers are approaching, and Robin then tells him and the others to get ready for them. They wait until de Bracy and his men reach a certain point, and then Robin gives a signal and some of his men push down a big tree trunk in front of the enemy blocking the road and forcing them to stop. Then they give the mercenaries a shower of arrows taking down a number of them. After that, they use the booby traps which include swinging logs and boulders, a log roll trap where a bunch of logs come rolling down a hill, and even some wooden spike traps. They hold de Bracy and his Free Lancers long enough until finally the reinforcements arrive, to which King Richard gives the order for everyone to come out of hiding and join the fight. After killing a few, Robin spots de Bracy and then knocks him off his horse by springing on him and the two soon engage into a sword duel (but not before saying a few words), while Will Scarlet spooks Winkelbrand's horse causing him to fall off. When he gets on his feet, Winkelbrand clashes with Will and is eventually killed. Meanwhile, Robin is still engaged in a fight with de Bracy, which continues until he manages to thrust his sword into de Bracy's body, killing him.
    With both their leaders dead, the remaining Free Lancers decide to retreat and head for home. When everyone starts to cheer over their victory, Robin tells them that their's no time for that, for they still have to deal with Sir Lachlan Maclean-de Corzon and his men. Now they must set up another ambush, only this time in Nottingham, but first they must take Nottingham Castle because even though the Sheriff has left along with most of his men, there are still some guards left behind to protect the keep, and there's no doubt that they'll try to interfere.

    To be continued...
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    Before we return to the story, I have a great idea as to how Robin and the others can achieve the spears of Cassivellaunus, Calgacus, and Boudicca and the Axe of Caratacus. They need to win them in four side missions that involve Celtic Warriors. Each weapon will be kept by the leader of a certain Celtic Clan which means there are four clan leaders altogether. To obtain the weapons, the clan leaders have to be defeated in battle, however, Robin only faces one of them, while Little John, Will Scarlet, and Maid Marian have to face the other three. Now it's like this; Robin has to fight for Spear of Cassivellaunus, Little John has to fight for the Axe of Caratacus, Will has to fight for the Spear of Calgacus, and Marian has to fight for the Spear of Boudicca (her opponent by the way, is a woman). The weapons aren't the only thinks they are trying to win, they're also fighting the clan leaders it to achieve an alliance with each clan, in other words, get them to join their cause.
    I’ll get to the details later, anyway back to the story, instead of storming the Nottingham Castle at full strength, our heroes decide that it would be best to have a small party slip into the keep and take out all the guards. So Robin himself goes into Nottingham along with a small party made up of Altaïr, Ivanhoe, Little John, Will Scarlet, Maid Marian, Maria Thorpe, Lady Rowena, Maud Lindsay, and Winifred Gamwell (making it a party of couples). Once they reach the castle, they climb the walls and then quietly take down every guard they come across, and save the two outside the gate for last. They also release any prisoners that are found in the dungeon and recruit them into the Brotherhood. Once it is finished, they report back to King Richard who is waiting outside the village along with the others.
    With the castle now secured, Robin, Ivanhoe, King Richard, and the others set up for an ambush around the village square where Sir Lachlan is supposed to meet up with the late Sir Maurice de Bracy. They have all the non-combatants take refuge in the castle so they’d be safe from harm. Most of Robin’s Brotherhood take to the rooftops and the high walls while others like Little John and Sir Henry of the Lee remain on the ground. The rest of the forces take positions in both places high and low and wait for the enemy to arrive.
    Next we see Sir Lachlan entering the village with his force behind him. He looks around and starts wondering why there isn’t a soul to be seen. The Templars in his force are on horseback while most of his men-at-arms (except for their captain and his staff) and the foresters are on foot. Then as he approaches the village square he becomes suspicious, for he was expecting de Bracy to be there already. As soon as his entire force is in the village square, Sir Lachlan calls out for de Bracy, and then King Richard gives the signal and everyone reveals themselves. Sir Lachlan’s force is now completely surrounded, and Richard then demands that he either surrender or perish like de Bracy and his Free Lancers. The Templar refuses to surrender and orders his men to stand and fight and after the first arrow volley a battle ensues. Everyone on the rooftops and high walls aim for the those on horseback to avoid hitting their own comrades, but they also have to take out any foresters who try to return fire. After taking a number of Templars, foresters, and the men-at-arms’ captain, Robin soon spots Sir Lachlan attacking King Richard. He manages to knock the Lion Heart on his back and then dismounts. Then he stands over King Richard and gets ready to impale him with his sword, but before he can Robin shoots an arrow into his chest. Sir Lachlan then looks up and sees Robin, who is standing tall on the rooftop, then we hear him groan "Robin...Hood." As soon as Sir Lachlan falls to the ground, Robin and the others come down from the rooftops and high walls, and join in the hand-to-hand fight. While killing many enemies, Robin makes his way to the dying Sir Lachlan and finishes him with his hidden blade.
    Soon the battle is over, and those of Sir Lachlan's men who survived are all locked up in the dungeon of Nottingham Castle, except for one who manages to escape and rides off for London to warn Prince John. In spite of this victory, however, King Richard and Robin had lost a number of their own men during the fighting, more than they did when they ambushed de Bracy. This being the case, Robin sends out riders to summon the four Celtic Clans he formed an alliance with. Now before we go any further with the story, I want to identify where each Celtic Clan is located. First the clan who possesses the Spear of Cassivelaunus is located somewhere in the North York Moors in North Yorkshire. Second the clan who possesses the Axe of Caratacus is located in the Maulden Wood in Bedfordshire. Third the clan who possesses the Spear of Calgacus is located in the Cheviot Hills in Northumberland near the Scottish Border. Fourth the clan who possesses the Spear of Boudicca is located in Arbury Banks, a hill fort in Hertfordshire where it is believed that Boudicca's army was defeated.
    Anyway, back to the story, in London we see Prince John discussing tactics and strategy with Baron Waldemar and the others when the lone Templar who escape from Nottingham bursts in and informs them that the forces of Sir Maurice de Bracy and Sir Lachlan Maclean-de Corzon have both been defeated and that Nottingham Castle has been taken as well. Prince John is furious at the sound of this news, but Baron Waldemar calms him down asks the survivor if there is anything else, to which the man says that from what he saw, King Richard and Robin Hood had lost a number of men during the ambush on Sir Lachlan. He also says that he ran into some Free Lancers who survived the ambush on de Bracy and learned how many they lost in that. This news seems to brighten Prince John's face a bit, for he now thinks that he may still have a chance of taking the thrown, but he still advises Baron Waldemar to try and gather more reinforcements and advises Sir Lucas de Beaumanoir to send for the Knights Hospitalier.
    Now it is days later and all four Celtic Clans have arrived in Nottingham. We see them kneeling before King Richard, for they know that he is a just king. Robin informs them that it is time to put an end to Prince John's tyranny, which means they are taking the fight to London. The Celtic leaders agree this, for wherever Robin Hood and his men will lead, they will follow. Since their Celtic allies had come a long way, Robin, King Richard, and the others decide to let them have a well-deserved rest, and that they would start for London the next morning after breakfast.

    To be continued...
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