||The Story So Far:
Amid battles and adventures, deeds of courage and of treachery, striving against tyranny, fighting for the weak against the strong -- stealing from the rich so that the poor might be fed, stands a young man dressed in Lincoln green; a bowman, a poacher, and notorious outlaw; a Saxon... Robin of the Wood
England was in the grip of tyranny, brought by William and his conquering Norman hordes. Saxon nobles were dispossessed and often killed, lowly villagers taxed to the point of starvation. The only ray of hope for the future of the Saxons of England lay in the strong arms and keen eye of Robin.
Robin of the Wood was the very spirit of the Ancient Forest which covered this fair land.
The Sheriff had in his possession a certain arrow, made of solid silver, engraved with characters as ancient as the very forest. It was indeed the 'Shaft of Power' of the Saxon nation, symbol of freedom and peace, more precious than the crown of the Kingdom itself to the Saxons. Yet it was with this arrow as bait that the Sheriff planned to capture this mysterious 'Robin of the Wood'. He well knew of the importance of the Silver Arrow to the peasants of his domain, indeed to offer it as a prize, as though it were a mere trinket or bauble, appealed to him as a prime insult to the serfs, and worthwhile simply for that reason. When he realized that such a prize, while meaningless to him, would be certain to attract Robin to the contest, he finally decided: There was to be a great archery contest -- the prize was to be the Silver Arrow -- and for the Sheriff, the main prize was to be the death or capture of Robin.
On the day of the contest the woods were swarming with Norman soldiers -- the Sheriff's men. They had orders to shoot on sight, and shoot to kill.