- Feb 3, 2011
My king, my name is Ferdinant II de Almeria, former merchant, admiral and grand admiral of the kingdom and head of the ATC. I ask you if you can free me from the prison I have been put in for 7 years now, without evidence. I have been tortured to almost immobility in this prison. Their only evidence was based off me not going to church sometimes, but I was an admiral and I am often at sea, so I cannot go to church when in the middle of the ocean. I do pray in a small church on my ship.
So that's why I ask you, my king, to free me from the prison I have been unrightly put in.
Ferdinant II de Almeria
Queen Caterina read through the letter, ensuring it was something the king should see. A man wrongly imprisoned by the Inquisition? She vaguely remembered the incident, but had not King Ferran III supported it? Perhaps it was best to leave the issue alone. Knowing her husband, he'd start getting suspicious again if he learned the Inquisition was imprisoning men without cause. With the threat of heresy on the horizon, conflict with the Church was not needed. Unity between the Crown and Church would keep a kingdom strong. With that decided, she went to burn the letter in the fireplace.
"What's that? A letter for me?" King Alfons VII said as he stepped into the room.
The queen plastered on a smile and turned to face him. "It is, but nothing you need to be concerned with. You already have far too many problems to deal with."
"Nonsense. Let me see it."
Queen Caterina considered withholding it, but that would only spark suspicion towards her. The king had to be handled with care. His paranoia was growing with every day. He spent days at a time in his room contemplating plots and schemes. On several occasions he had had guards sweep the palace for assassins. None were ever found, but it only spoke of the king's paranoia. The queen grudgingly handed over the letter.
King Alfons VII read over the letter and stiffened as he did. "Why is this man in prison if no evidence of heresy was found?"
"You father did not think it wise to dispute the Inquisition's judgment," Queen Caterina said. "Perhaps following his example would be best."
Alfons scowled. "I am not a tyrant who lets men be imprisoned for no justifiable reason. The nobles would have my head if I set that precedent."
"Well, my dear, it's not that sim--"
"Enough!" the king said. "I want this man released at once."
The queen nodded and said, "Of course, if that is what you desire." She left the room, a scowl on her face.
By royal decree, it has hereby been decided that Ferdinant II de Almeria shall be released from the Inquisition's prison.
- His Majesty, Alfons VII de Trastámara, King of Aragon and Protector of the Greeks
((Okay Dreumel, you are free now. You haven't been reinstated as a merchant or admiral, but you no longer have to IC from prison and can resume your duties with the ATC.))