Capetan Glory - A French AAR
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, noblemen and whatnot to my very first AAR! I shall be honest: being my first attempt at storytelling in English, and being my native tongue Spanish this may not be a masterpiece or a mind-blowing tale: in fact, it may just be a crude compilation of incoherent garbage that I unsuccesfuly may try to glue together without even deserving being posted here.
So, dear readers: bear with me! Should you have any criticism, - as long as it's polite, mind you - I will gladly hear it and try to improve upon what you see as flaws on my narrative.
Before I begin I would like to say why I picked this country - despite being a popular choice, I think it's nonetheless worth saying why I did - and why I may rely more on words and not screenshots for representing the events that will transpire in the game.
The reason behind this is Maurice Druon's great masterpiece: The Accursed Kings' series! The downfall of the Direct Capet lineage and the rise of the De Valois and the beginning of the Hundred Years' War is beautifully narrated in these seven volumes that neatly and accurately depict the palace intrigues, the personality and ambitions of each character and how all of this is intertwined to give birth to the very essence of Medieval Europe:
Nobility and its whims.
So, my tale, while not being a CK-like epic will try to be a blend of all this: of state management and dynastical affairs, of grand scale campaigns and individual plots, of massive and destructive wars, as well as dreadful palatial schemes.
That said, I am not very good at taking screens, and since I do not think is pivotal for a succesful narrative, being sometimes the latter overlooked by the former, I shall resort to them only whenever necessary.
One last thing to consider: I'm beginning my AAR in 1399, as the game started, but since I'm currently in the end of the 1400s and some details I may not remember very clearly - for I decided to write this only later - will perhaps make the first chapters somewhat vague.... but trust me, once the story hits the 1500s everything will be alright.
With these disclaimers being pointed out, let us procceed onwards, to the story:
Background: France - 1399: Charles VI de Valois:
France, 1399: the eldest son of the late Charles V de Valois rules the Realm: or at least a portion of it: for the modern state of France as we know it is but a fractured nation, composed of semi-independent landlords who owe allegiance to Paris, but in truth rule their feuds as they please, paying little to no heed to the whims of Paris.
In this tumultous reality this inept sovereign rules the realm: Charles VI de Valois, also known as "The Mad" was the feeble ruler we now know as the one who was the greatest undoing of France: had not a rebellious peasant girl appeared on stage years later only god knows what fate would have had in store for the Kingdom and people of France...
So, let us see how he and his descendants fare in this tale!