Francois le Noir

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Francois le Noir, leading his army.

Francois le Noir, was the Duke of Lyonesse during the early years of Louen Leoncoeur's rule. [1b]

A mighty Grail Knight, he fought against against a force of High Elves of Ulthuan. [1b]


During the visit of an envoy from Karl Franz of the Empire, Siegfried Wagner, Dragonships of the High Elves, who claimed the ruins of the ancient elven colony Athel Menya, landed on the Dukedoms coastline. The Elves leader, Lord Aenur claimed that the land belonged to Ulthuan and that they had come to reclaim long lost relics left behind after the War of the Beard. [1b]

Insulted the Duke rejected the claim of the Elf and both sides decided the situation was to be sorted by a tournament. Aenur meeting on the field the the champion of François, none other than Sir Edward, the Duke's own son. The tournament ended wih Edward being flung from his saddle by the Elf Lords lance and Edward left the Dukedom in shame, vowing to perform a great deed to make amends. Francois conceded and gave Aenur's army access to the ruins. [1b]

François was later told by his court magician that the Elf had used a magical Lance and the Duke protested indignantly against this violation of the commandments of honor and chivalry that held true with Bretonnian tournaments. He demanded that the result of the tournament was annulled and led his army to the ruins and demanded that the cowardly Elf apologize and provide compensation for his dishonorable behaviour. [1b]

The High Elf replied bluntly that on Ulthuan, no such regulations prohibited magical weapons in a tourny, and that a defeated Warrior had no right to make demands. The Duke was of course outraged by this overbearing behavior, and soon a battle raged between his Bretonnians and the armed forces of the High Elves. [1b]

The Phoenix Guard slaughtered the young Knights Errant, whilst the Elves famed Silver Helms were defeated by the Bretonnians Knights of the Realm, fleeing from the battlefield whilst being cut down. [1c]

After a fierce and hard fought battle, both sides disengaged. Francois met with Aenur, who had managed to survive the battle and they agreed that he would return in a years time to duel his son once more but this time following the rules of chivalry of Bretonnia. The Elf Lord agreed and presented Francois with an enchanted sword and a chest of jewels in recognition of the prowess in battle of his opponents. [1d]

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  • 1: White Dwarf 204 (UK)
    • 1a: The Sword and the Shield, pg. 97
    • 1b: The Sword and the Shield, pg. 101
    • 1c: The Sword and the Shield, pg. 106
    • 1d: The Sword and the Shield, pg. 107
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