This is Shaun. He’s the Duke of Swabia and my neighbour. We had a little disagreement a couple of years ago when he married my sister and she mysteriously died, so I’m keeping an eye on him. His new wife is a hunchback. She’s also my wife’s sister, so Christmases at their place are always a bit awkward.
To my north, I have the cooly-named Magnus Muffin as a neighbour. He’s much more friendly. He’s always sending me baked goods to the castle. He’s not married yet, but all the girls love a good cook, so it won’t be long.
My most powerful vassal (and therefore my most dangerous rival) is the improbably named Pole, Gabriel D’Oraz. His wife, Magarit, is a Hungarian.
Ben here is the Duke of Bavaria. He’s lucky enough to be married to an older woman, the niece of William, the King of England. We’ll see what comes of that.
Now, across the river is this guy. Kadvael got a first class degree at Bologna University, but he has some weird ideas. I’m no fan of priests, but even I’m smart enough to put a few reichsmarks in the collection plate every Sunday. Not Kadvael. I stick to talking about the weather when I’m with him. His wife’s name is Hedwig (like it matters).
Duke Nicholas here has a cushy spot in the south of France. He’s also got a great beard, which he must have used to bag the peasant girl he married, Mathilde.
Thuringia is ruled by someone named Stefan. I don’t know him that well, but he seems like a decent enough guy.
Lucius Sejanus (a suspicious name if ever I heard one) is a Greek. God only knows how he ended up in Austria, but he doesn’t know who his mother was, so I should take it easy on him. His wife is called Adelheim.
And lastly we have Duke Iain Van Der Aarlander of Meisen. He’s a little young to be that bald, and a little Scottish to have that name. His wife, Adela, is Dutch. I bet her parents were disappointed when they found out.
There are a few more kids hanging around, though I’m not so worried about them taking my job. Still, you can never be too careful.
The Count of Holland is called Willem. His family is as large as his surname, since he has seven brothers and sisters. He’s just married a German called Hedwiga.
Shaun has to put up with this guy as a vassal. He has the squarest head I’ve ever seen. No wonder he’s still single.
This is Fausto, Shaun’s brother-in-law. Despite his club foot, he’s managed to get his wife pregnant already. Nice.
Guilliame here is count of Besancon. I only gave him the job recently, but already he’s complaining that he’d asked to be in Belgium than Alsace. I’ve told him to take it up with the royal cartographer. No pleasing some people.
And I don’t know what to make of this dude. Guttrom is, apparently a Viking. He can’t prove who his dad is, so I’m not sure whether to believe him, but he does get a weird look in his eye sometimes that just screams ‘bezerker’.
Oh, and this is my wife, Berta. She’s also Faulco’s sister. Remember, Like Shaun’s wife? It’s a small, inbred, incestuous world, sometimes, isn’t it? She’s pretty hot, no? There are some perks to being the Emperor, after all.