- May 14, 2011
THE HOUSE OF SOMERSET
Raedwulf of Somerset, Eorl of Somerset
Raedwulf of Somerset, Eorl of Somerset
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The Letter said:To the most prestigious Eorl Rædwulf of Somerset,
My father, back when he was of sound mind and body, oft told me of your family and their prestigious accomplishments during and after the campaign for unification. He loved to regale me of how he turned to your father for the creation of the illustrious banner which flies over my fair holdings. Word has reached my realm of your ambitions, as I am sure mine yours, and I find your cause to be a most noble, and even sympathetic, one. My father is not long for this world, and soon the fiefdom shall lay in my hands. In this time of crisis, and for my and your ambitions to come true, it is my belief that it is necessary for us Eorls to band together. As such, I wish to extend to you an offer of friendship and assistance in the coming years, and hope that this extension is reciprocated. It is my most noble wish to rekindle the old friendship between our houses, and welcome you and your dignitaries to join me in my court at Lothian.
May you reign long and healthy, Regent Alfred of the Realms of Lothian and Tweeddale.
*A response is quickly returned*Friends in High Places Part 1
A courtier arrives in Somerset, his clothes worn and tattered from several days of travel, bearing a letter from the Eorl of Lothian. He refuses to hand the letter over to anyone except for the Eorl of Somerset, Rædwulf himself. Upon giving the letter over, the dignitary moves elsewhere, where he awaits a response.
*A reply is returned.*A letter arrives from Buckingham:
To the Earl-Regent Alfred of Lothian, Protector of the North,
I send this regarding the ill news from the royal court. Although I have no doubt word has long since reached your realm, I fear that news of the king's sudden illness still has yet to truly take hold in most of England. His reign has been ongoing for longer than most of us have been alive, and even in my own court there's almost a sense of denial: No-one will outright say it, but there seems to be this unspoken assumption that he will recover shortly and bless us with another hundred-years of rule.
I, however, fear this is not the case, and with Prince Æthelheard's elevation to heir being so recent I fear he may not be ready to hold the crown. It's for this reason that I write to you, hoping to find an ally in my attempts to keep this realm united should the worst take place and we lose our dear king: The prosperity that Æthelbald's reign brought us has made us far richer than any of our predecessors, and I believe we owe it to him to keep his kingdom united even after his passing.
Leofræd, Earl of Middlesex
The messenger graciously accepts the reply, but before retreating he freezes as he catches a glance at the text. His face starts to turn a deep crimson as he fumbles through his pouch, and he freezes as he finds the proper letter.*A reply is returned.*
To the Earl of Middlesex, Deliverer of Poorly-Addressed Mail,
While I am in support of such efforts to maintain unity in the trying times ahead, I shall not easily lend my arms to those who disrespect and sully my position by failing to address me in the manner befitting my position. Know that we shall remain loyal supporters of the Kingdom of England, and that we shall forge that path only with those who operate in the sanctity of good spirits, the strength of humility, and an unyielding strength.
In proper order,
Eorl Raedwulf of Somerset.