Oriel

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Oriel was the warhorse of King Guillaume of Bretonnia and said to be the most magnificent warhorse that ever lived. [1a]

History

The 332nd verse of his chanson tells how Guillaume chanced upon a band of Orcs attacking the Wood Elves of Athel Loren, upon the hilly lands of the Massif Orcal.[1a]

Without a thought for his own safety the fearless young prince charged straight into the fray, skewering five Orcs upon his lance within the first attack alone. In the bloody struggle that followed, Guillaume and the Wood Elves eventually drove off the Greenskins. The elves were grateful to their rescuer, for one of their party was Eoth, a Prince of their kind. In thanks for his help, the Elves gifted Guillaume with a white colt to replace his Warhorse, which had been slain during the intense battle. [1a]

Within a year, the white colt had grown into a magnificent stallion, bigger and more beautiful than any horse in Bretonnia. It was named Oriel, and in battle it was like a raging wind, so proud and furious that the King's enemies would run in terror at the mere sight of the massive horse and its mighty mailed rider. [1a]

The horse lived to a great age, siring many foals and the greatest white stallions ridden by Bretonnian Kings can still be traced back to Guillaume's own mighty steed. [1a]

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