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Mousillon

Heraldry of Mousillon

Landuin was the first Duke of Mousillon and the second of the Grail Companions of Gilles le Breton during the Twelve Great Battles that freed and unified Bretonnia.[1a]

HistoryEdit

Landuin was the lord of the Bretonni of Castle Mousillon and the surrounding lands by 975 IC, when the lord of Bastonne died and his son, Gilles le Breton, joined forces with him and Thierulf of Lyonesse to repel the greenskin armies attacking their territories. He was by then already known as the finest knight in the realm, and bore the device of the fleur-de-lys, an ancient symbol of purity and devotion.[1a] Soon thereafter, Gilles and his friends were visited by the Lady of the Lake, who blessed them and turned them into the first Grail Knights.[1f]

The Companions spent the following two years campaigning throughout the lands of Bretonnia, joining forces with the other eleven lords of the realm and fighting a series of clashes with greenskins, Undead, Skaven and Beastmen that became known as the Twelve Great Battles. They were victorious in each, and earned much honour, glory and renown. The deeds of the Companions became the epitome of aspiration for all knights, and these battles formed the basis of countless Bretonnian tales in later years.[1a][1b][1c]

In the Second Battle, Landuin struck down the bloated Orc Warboss that was invading Brionne while Fredemund of Aquitaine slew his monstrous Wyvern, winning the day for the Bretonni.[1b]

After the Eighth Battle, the Companions turned west, towards the fairest land of Mousillon. Unfortunately, the realm of Landuin's family had been ravaged in his absence - his land had been turned to smouldering ruin, cattle lay slaughtered in blackened wasteland, and the once pure river was dark with foulness. A bilious stench carried up from swamplands where before virgin glades stood proud. The Companions rode in grim silence through the gates of Mousillon for to join with the remnants of Landuin's family and Folgar, the neighbouring Lord of Artois. Together they defended Castle Mousillon against a great Undead host marching under full moon. Beset by beasts and living dead, the Companions fought as chatelains, one to each wall, there to hold out alone against the foe. The Companions found triumph when Landuin struck down the foul Vampire that had called the dead forth from their peace, and the beasts fled howling into the darkness of the forest.[1c]

After the securing of all the lands of the Bretonni tribes, a great meeting took place in the home of Folgar of Artois. Here, the formal dukedoms were created, and the Bretonnian calendar was introduced - thus, year 979 of the Imperial Calendar is considered year 1 of the Bretonnian one. Each of the great lords of the Bretonni, the fourteen Grail Companions, including Gilles le Breton, were named Dukes. The Dukes swore oaths of allegiance, and Bretonnia was formed.[1e]

In 1003 IC, Landuin and Thierulf, always competitive, had a major falling out, with some believing that the cause was over Thierulf's wife, Rosalind of Bastonne. A challenge was fought between them, with Landuin coming out victorious, inflicting a wound across Thierulf's face.[1e]

Landuin was found dead in his bed in 1045 IC.[1e]

SourcesEdit

  • 1Warhammer Armies: Bretonnia (6th Edition)

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