This AAR will be very loosely based on my old "The Catholic King". Emphasis on very--most of the similarities will be the setting and some familiar characters around 1492.
(Thanks to Birger Jarl for the shield)
15 December 1418
Sancho, a petty nobleman from northern Catalonia, sat in a hallway of the palace of Alfonso V, King of Aragón, wringing his hands. What does His Majesty want with me? I am just a simple nobleman. I have done nothing famous or infamous.
"His Majesty will see you now."
Sancho was led into a side room. King Alfonso nodded and the servant left the room, closing the door behind him.
Sancho bowed. Alfonso waved him to a chair, which he sat in as Alfonso began speaking.
"I brought you here--because I am a good judge of talent. You are, I believe, the best administrator in my kingdom. I have had word that you, two years ago, quelled a potential rebellion in your lordship without use of military force or concessions--merely through speaking alone. And that is only the least of your feats.
"I have a position for you, a very good one. I wish for you to become my prime minister--the man who will have the third most power in my realm, behind the Pope and myself. Do you accept?"
"Gladly, if you truly believe me to be that good."
"I do. You shall begin working in your position upon the First of January in Anno Domini 1419."
Sancho rose, bowed, and left.