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 wound 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...
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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 intervene in case they try anything. 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 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, then when he catches his breath he 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, but Will Scarlet stops him 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. As the squire runs off, Robin, Little John, and Scarlet help Ivanhoe 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...
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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 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.
    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 and 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...
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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.
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