Duke William meets with Vital (Vitalis de Canterbrie), returning from a scouting mission on Telham Hill. Vital was a tenant of Bishop Odo and held lands of St. Augustine’s. He is clearly shown as having command of the scouts of Duke William’s army. Notice the great prominence given to Vital in this scene .Here we see William carrying a club. The fire-hardened wooden club known as a Baculus, Latin for staff, appears not so much as a weapon, but rather as a symbol of office. Club, a simple wooden weapon designed to inflict concussion. Cudgel, forerunner of the trundgeon the cudgel was often spiked with nails. Maul, a very heavy hammer-like mace.