Dark Lieutenant of Sauron
- Oct 23, 2002
Apocatastasis / ἀποκατάστασις : Restoration, return to the original condition
Apocatastasis / ἀποκατάστασις : The controversial theological term that implies as found in Acts 3:21 that no eternal punishment would be delivered but at the end of times 'all things' would be pardoned, even the devil itself, and would be restored to its pristine and absolute good and graceful origin and condition. Such interpretation was dennounced as heretical several times, as punishment had to be eternal for the sinful, and that the meaning could only mean the restoration of the bodies of the people of god, the good and/or the chosen people of Israel
"The whole city [of Constantinople] is full of [arguments about Theology], the squares, the market places, the cross-roads, the alleyways; old-clothes men, money changers, food sellers: they are all busy arguing. If you ask someone to give you change, he philosophizes about the Begotten and the Unbegotten; if you inquire about the price of a loaf, you are told by way of reply that the Father is greater and the Son inferior; if you ask 'Is my bath ready?' the attendant answers that the Son was made out of nothing."
—St. Gregory of Nyssa, On the Deity of the Son
Hello and welcome to my new project in AAR land, so long ago after my last and exhausting project. I am currently already writing an AAR in the Spanish forum using my beloved House of Barcelona from their humble origins as Counts of Roselló, written in a 'historical essay' and 'gameplay perspective' style, but I was craving to write something more narrative after so long. That AAR is also being written after actually finishing the whole campaign with it, and it's currently half finished.
Unlike in that AAR there are two significative differences. First, I am going to write the AAR as I play. When I pose next the first chapter of this AAR that lasts 7 years of gameplay that will mean I will be just at that point in the game, or just a bit more along the way as I am just playing the next following years already. Also, from the gameplay perspective I swear myself and I give my sacred word to no save scumming. I will repeat the magical mantra 'Losing is Fun' and I will endure whatever fate holds against me. Not that I plan to lose. I have played two full campaigns with the Byzantine Empire before this one and I think I have got the hang of it. It is my oppinion that the Byzantine Empire start in the 867 start is a pure behemoth made of awesome. And the reward of re-creating the roman empire is just... too good to be true, granting you a trait that all but guarantees safe successions and very few civil wars, specially when united to the also quite broken 'born to the purple' trait. With a bit of luck I will be able to demonstrate it.
I will also try to convey the traits of the characters to the narration, without the need to overcharge the story with screenshots of the characters themselves. I must warn, anyway, that I am not an English native speaker and I fear at some times things might read a bit... odd. But I try, I promise
But let's begin the story...