I’ve posted this question on a more appropriate message board, but I’ll probably get more responses here.
I need to get a girl from here to there. The actual adventure will be something that happens along the way, but there has to be a plausible reason to get her out the door.
Harn – An island similar to England, but about as big as Texas. Technologically about like England of the 11th century.
Kaldor – A large powerful kingdom in the East of Harn.
Melderyn – A more powerful kingdom South of Kaldor.
Chybisa – A tiny, inconsequential kingdom in between Kaldor and Melderyn. The three kingdoms do not abut, there is a lot of dangerous wilderness in between. Both larger kingdoms have claims on Chybisa’s sovereignty. Either one could make a move on that front, but not without pissing off the other. The nervous king of the tiny kingdom is trying to play both ends against the middle. His throne is at stake.
Kanday is a large kingdom waaaaaaaaaay over in the west.
Sarkum is an Earldom waaaaaaaay down in the southwest of Kanday. The earl’s eldest son is king. (His late wife was queen). His daughter, the princess, was recently wed to the crown prince of Melderyn, thus strengthening an alliance.
More details on request.
What I need is a reason for a lowly lady knight from Cybisa to go see the Earl of Sarkum. It’s an extemely long and potentially dangerous journey. Distance-wise, it’s like going from Huntsville, TX to Presidio, TX. On horseback. In Winter. One doesn’t make that trip merely to borrow a cup of sugar.