Preußenlied - An SRI HTTT Brandenburg AAR
Ich bin ein Preuße, kennt ihr meine Farben
Preface:- The State of the Margraviate
All is not well in the Margraviate of Brandenburg, we are ruled by a foolish member of the von Luxembourg family, Jobst, the Duke of Luxembourg itself, a relative of the Bohemian Emperor. The von Luxemburg family was granted the title so as to ensure that a von Luxembourg Emperor would ascend to the Imperial Throne.
The Duke is naught but a fool, who has relied upon his family connections to ascend to power, he has no authority, over the Nobles, the Burghers of the Hansa or even over the Serfs who inhabit the land, all of whom are beginning to talk of rebellion against the Duke. Recently Duke Jobst was made aware of this treacherous talk, and granted the nobles of the realm more powers, however this just annoyed them more, as all the powers actually ended up in the hands of the councils, which were mostly filled with Burghers and minor noble families, who were also not satisfied, as they could not actually use the powers, due to the lack of a central authority, who would hear cases in the area and who would adjudicate on any conflicts which would arise in the councils.
The Duke has in effect, strengthened the resistance to his rule, by allowing the government to become decentralised, and by increasing Brandenburg’s resolve to resist the Luxembourg’s rule, and to find a new Margrave from within the existing noble families. I am not one of those nobles in contention, as whilst I am a noble, I am from a junior branch of the von Mecklenburg family.
My father is a landholder on the border with Pommerania, and claims descent from the noble Saxon Crusaders who fought the pagan Slavs and drove those who would not convert away from the Christendom. His land lies a few miles up the River Oder from the city of Stettin, which is a large Hanseatic Port, and as a result, my father is a very rich man. Unfortunately, I am the youngest son of 3, and have two sisters, whom are both younger than me, and are in my care at the Margrave’s court in Berlin.
My name is Klaus von Anhalt-Stettin, and I was born in the year of our Lord 1380 on the 17th March, making me 19 years of age at the moment. I am a knight in the service of the Margrave of Brandenburg, which as mentioned currently sits, with Duke Jobst, but hopefully this will not be the case for much longer, as my sister, Katherina could do a better job at ruling than the fool.
MY two sisters, Katherina and Ingrid, aged 10 and 5 respectively were both sent to join me in Berlin with me after the death of my mother, giving birth to another son. My father sent them to me as he claimed that both of the girls looked so much like my mother that, he could not bear to look at them any longer, my eldest brother, Friedrich, serves my father as a knight, and my 2nd brother, Lukas, took the oath to the Virgin Mary and joined the Teutonic Knights, leaving only me to care for my sisters, as opposed to them being sent to a nunnery.
I serve under the Marshall of Brandenburg, the man who acts in the stead of the Duke, Leopold von Mecklenburg-Stettin, a noble House of the same lineage as my own. He is a generous and very Christian lord, whom is well known throughout the Reichstag as an honourable, if somewhat dull man. The treachery planned does sit uneasy with him, but he does recognise it as being necessary to release Brandenburg from von Luxembourg’s lecherous and gluttonous grasp. Of course there are several members of the court who would prefer to murder the Duke rather than simply depose him, from the title of Margrave, however Leopold has a tight grip on these people currently and has let them know not to even bother attempting an assassination, or he will personally hunt them down. A rebellion is planned within the next few years, but although Leopold cannot be seen to give his support to the rebellion, he has allowed his soldiers to fight for the rebellion. This includes me and I can not wait for the chance to wet my sword with Waloon blood.
Welcome to my second AAR, my first died prematurely as a result of a corrupted save game, hopefully this will survive longer. The AAR will be interactive, if enough interest is generated, as I will be playing and updating at the same time, more or less. I will be using SRI for HTTT in this AAR with a few personal modifications, which will be used so as to develop the story a bit more accurately, as the AI has a nasty habit of disagreeing signifcantly with the players ideas.
The aims of this AAR are as follows:-
Obviously these aims can change in game, depending on what is accomplished.
- Regain Brandenburg's independance from the von Luxembourg family.
Conquer Pommerania to gain sea access.
End the noble House of von Luxembourg.
Feel free to post your thoughts and any constructive criticism you may have.
Chapter 1 - A Change in Fortunes
Chapter 2 - A Humiliating War
Chapter 3 - The Battle of Waldenburg