Now to introduce many of the characters that will be playing a role in the coming drama.
Zavie de Toulouse proclaimed himself King of Aquitania on July 26th of 1107 after successfully ruling both the Aquitaine and Toulouse duchies and participating in a glorious Crusade to the Holy Land. While not much to look at in the stats or traits department (I admit that I didn't role play him very well, I was focused on uniting the Aquitaine and Toulouse. I will try to do better in the coming monarchs), he is considered to be one of the foremost princes of Christendom. Rich, pious and prestigious, the sky is the limit to where Zavie might lead his newly forged kingdom. Notice that he is getting advanced in the years and desperately desires a direct male heir.
Now lets take a look at the women in Zavie's life, starting with the earliest.
Raisenda d'Aquitaine, Countess of Auvergne, was his first wife and maternal aunt. I was not paying close enough attention at the time to realize this and was soon rewarded with a batch of deformed children, five in all. Most died in infancy, but I had high hopes for Gervais, who started out a hunchback and survived until he was 13 when he became a leper and died. This left Zavie without a male heir. Raisenda died of natural causes.
Marguerite Capet, oh the hopes I had for you. She had good stats, ties to the French crown that I had hoped to use as the pretext for my rebellion, and wasn't bad looking either. Unfortunately, she became Zavie's rival almost the day after she came to court and things went downhill from there. She was always hitting me with the "buy me clothes event" and I frankly got sick of it. She was also unable to produce a male heir, only bearing 3 daughters of which two survive. The divorce event from Bopack saved me the trouble of assassinating her and added some flavor and roleplay to my game.
Rosa of Bordeaux is the hope of the future, since you can see she is pregnant! Great stats, a pretty face, and fertile. If she produces a male heir, my worries will be gone and it will be one less thing to lose sleep over for Zavie. I'm excited to see how this turns out.
Doumenge is a conundrum wrapped inside an enigma. What to do with the only living male issue from my king? Things can go a few seperate ways for this bastard. Depending on events, I might consider putting him into the line of succession, especially if I don't have a legitimate male heir in a few years. Second option is to open up the succession to women, so that the daughters I had with Marguerite become my primary heirs and Doumenge is superfluous. It will be interesting to see what happens to him.
Dolca de Toulouse would be the primary heir if I open the succession up to females. She seems up to the job and would make a decent ruler and I could always marry her to a cousin to produce pure de Toulouse children (hopefully with no inbreeding!). Events in the next few years will tell me whether I will go this path.
Azalais is my spare female heir if I open the throne up to women. Not a whole lot I can say about her other than that. She and her sister might be useful pawns to secure marriage alliances against France if it comes to that.
Now for my vassals, we can see who I have dealt out the country to.
I gave my Toulouse title to this guy, who is something like my second cousin. He is actually the closest thing to an heir I have right now under Salic Primogeniture. So he may even see the throne pass to him and his progeny. Otherwise, not much to say.
The Duke of Poitou is my cousin through a maternal aunt, one I didn't marry. Look at that Intrigue score! Yikes! Seriously though, he seems a decent enough sort and is loyal to suit me fine. I don't think we will have any trouble with him.
Raolf de Foix was a fosterling at Guillaume de Toulouse's court and fell in love with Zavie's sister Agnes. I wanted to marry the two of them, but there was a difference of six or so years. So Agnes got to marry some Italian chump and Raolf eventually got a duchy. He was a crusader as you can see and will be right behind me if the call goes out again. He is the heir presumptive of the county of Foix.
I only gave this kid the duchy because he was the only one who had territory that could be considered part of it. He seems to be a decent sort and I may marry Dolca to him if I have a son by the time they both mature. All around decent stats.
If I have a vassal that will give me problems, it will be this guy. He strangely got himself excommunicated, by event I guess. Good thing he doesn't have any vassals to rebel against him and he seems to like me enough. It wouldn't surprise me if I got a message from the Pope to take him out though.
This man is married to one of the granddaughters of Guillaume de Aquitaine, the original Duke of Aquitaine who couldn't sire a real son and passed his duchy on to Agnes, my first duke's wife (confused?) Anyway, I thought that it would be nice to have him rule under me with that title.
This man got his post after serving as my marshal during the Crusade. I got the event "You have grown close to your marshal on campaign etc...." and I decided that Zavie would reward him with custodianship of Antioch, our prize for the Crusade. The new count swiftly got the religion to change to Catholic (nice going man!) and I am feeding him money to build improvements in the province. Antioch is a really rich territory and I want to get as much out of it as possible.
So thats all folks, you met the cast of characters that you will be following for the next little while. Stay turned for a gameplay update tomorrow!