Welcome to Burgundy: Origin of the Free Company.
This will be a plot driven, ongoing story that features RPG interaction among characters, their surroundings and historical events.
For those of you who are familiar with the concept from my Papacy AAR, then no further explanation is required.
For newcomers who wish to partake, or just plain read for enjoyment, you'll find the closest thing in similarity will be D&D. I will play a year at a time and record events. From there I will sketch out storylines and introduce the elements which the writers will work from. Typically one writer will do a piece and leave a 'hook' so someone else can step in and carry on.
Stories will range from war, campaigns, political situations, quests, battles, even marriages. They will be serious and lighthearted, gripping, sad, and funny.
The only rules are: Stay within the spirit of the story-telling (i.e. - no silliness or totally OOC posts) and no killing off another person's character unless prearranged. Additionally I ask that dates/times be used in the headings for continuity sake, and finally, try to accompany all OOC posts with a legitimate post, even if it's a few lines. I want to try and keep the thread size down relative to the content, if you get my drift.
As before, I will create a web-page with as much back-ground information as possible. I will continue the tradition of campaign and battle maps and other maps of interest.
In advance I want to thank Derek Pullem for helping me gather as much information for the time period as possible. I'll take full responsibility for any errors
This AAR will be structured like a novel, so characterization is as important as story telling. Keep the backhistories of your characters to a minimum and bring them out slowly. It makes for better reading when motives and conflicts are only hinted at.
If people wish to comment, or add historical suggestions or insights, then please do. While attempts will be made to keep this as accurate as possible, screwups will happen, whether accidental or planned.
While contributers are always welcome, and encouraged, please understand that this AAR is complex and fast paced. So if you wish to join, please do it with the intention of hanging in for the long haul. There's nothing more disappointing than fitting a person's character into the story, only to have the author drop from the face of the earth.
Unlike any other AAR, this one is catered to the serious writer. I encourage anyone who wishes to hone their craft to give it a try.
Reading this from the beginning is not neccessary if you wish to join. Every effort will be made to bring new writers up to speed as soon as possible. Sometimes it suits the new character better if they don't know the backhistory.