The Rogue Legacy

Follow-up from the last Shadownight Legacy. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE, this is going to be awesome! :o


15. 8.v - Thomas's Conclusion

The rest of the extract is lost or incomplete. Needless to say, Maryanne Rogue didn't die. But, as it happened, Ruben did. The story runs as a folktale now, of "Ruben Hude", sung as a ballad by a handful of minstrels and an armful of sailors - and each will tell you that Ruben was an honourable man.

The song goes like this:
“...Vile Lord Monro came riding by,
Down, down, down. Down to Locksley.
On horse he sped, and sword held high -
Down, down, down. Down to Locksley.

“By the Hude's door he lands,
Knock, knock, knock. Down in Locksley.
And - by God - cutlass held in both hands -
Chop, chop, chop. Down in Locksley.

“Ruben Hude, bravest of all knights,
Fought, fought, fought. Down in Locksley.
But o'erpowered, the dust he bites -
Down, down, down. Down in Locksley.

“Vile Lord Monro, cold as brass,
Down, down, down. Down in Locksley.
Stole the Hude's wife and lass!
Away, away, away! Away from Locksley

From all this... What we can assume is that some of Maryanne's neighbours must have heard the noise from their homes and called the town guard. It makes sense that Ruben would be murdered where he stood - drunk as he was, and angry as he was, and about-to-kill-his-wife as he was. But the story of “Ruben Hude” seems to go on after Ruben's alleged death. Robberies, the eventual death of Lord Monro in Nottingham (yes, the names and places in the song are all wrong. Ruben Locksley of Hude - that was his name, the lout - lived in Nottingham), and even the unseating of a certain king you might've already read about in a different story...
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