House Bael journeyed to the Crown Lands to the ancestral seat of House Manning, Helm Crest.
Kevan Manning was due to be married to Sylvie Harte to end generations of tensions between House Manning and House Harte. House Bael arrived at Helm Crest and met their relatives, they also met members of House Harte, including household knight Etan Hogg. Hogg refused to spar with Aemon Snow as he clearly disapproved of Aemon’s bastard status. The members of House Bael then enjoyed a fine welcoming meal with the rest of the wedding party. During the welcome meal Sylvie Harte fled the table seemingly ill. Sylvie’s sister Eilene voiced some concerns for her sister’s health whilst conversing with Mia and Aneurin.
The day of the wedding saw the men of the house embark on a hunting trip. Aemon did not attend as he prepared his armour and equipment for the afternoon’s tournament. Darren Manning and Aneurin (being of a similar age) hunted together but soon became lost in the forest. They disturbed a boar, which killed Darren’s horse and was about to finish off the boys when Etan Hogg appeared and killed the beast. Meanwhile Borys conversed with the elder lords of both Houses to find out anything interesting. It was clear that the lords of both houses had arranged the marriage due to the loss of sons and a desire to continue the line – House Harte in particular had no male heirs left.
In the afternoon, Aemon Snow participated in the joust and defeated a hedge knight called Berreck and a member of House Tyrell, Ser Davidian. Etan Hogg defeated Darren Manning with a vicious hit to the neck of the boy. Darren survived the hit but was severely hurt. Etan then defeated another member of the Harte’s household in a seemingly easy tilt. Aemon faced Etan in the final and after three tilts Aemon was declared the victor. Etan was not pleased. Aemon however, now had enough ransom from his vanquished opponents to afford better equipment for future tournaments and battles.
Before the wedding began, Eilene approached Mia with a secret – she had discovered that Sylvie was taking medicines that ease morning sickness – she was concerned about this as Kevan had not shared a bed with her sister. Mia had Borys convince Eilene that she should keep this information to herself so that the wedding could go ahead. The wedding ceremony began but was interrupted by Etan Hogg as he objected to the marriage on the grounds that Sylvie was pregnant with his child! Etan knocked out Kevan during a scuffle at the altar and produced a hidden sword in order to ward off the other wedding guests.
Aemon (seated at the back of the chapel) was able to run off and collect his sword. He challenged Etan to surrender himself but Etan would not take threats from a bastard. He repeatedly refused to yield during the fight and was eventually slain by Aemon after a long swordfight.
The wedding descended into chaos as Lord Harte and Lord Manning began screaming at each other. The Hartes beat a hasty retreat from the wedding as Lord Bael attempted to calm down the lords and prevent bloodshed. Borys suggested that Kevan Manning marry Eilene Hart instead but Kurtis Bael dismissed this idea as tactless given the current situation. Military action was discussed proposed by some members of House Manning but nothing came of it due to Lord Bael’s intervention.