- Feb 3, 2011
Your Imperial Majesty,
My name is Ruy Felipe Pena de Castro, and I am one of the natural philosophers that came here after the University of Valencia opened. I know I am a newcomer to the court, but I would like to offer my services and show that I am worthy of your trust. I studied law at the university, but since then my interests had expanded to the field of natural philosophy. I am in correspondence with some of the brightest European minds and I can humbly offer my advice in scientific topics to the court.
Along with this letter is sent a device I constructed a year ago in Salamanca. It is an improved version of the telescope built by Johannes Kepler, allowing to see distant things like if they were close with great clarity. Normally this devices invert the image, but I managed to keep it straight while also keeping all the advantages of the keplerian version. I hope it will amuse Your Imperial Highness.
Your humble servant,
Ruy Felipe Pena de Castro.
All men of learning are welcome at the palace in Valencia. It is men of great intelligence who keep this empire ahead of our competitors, for each innovation leads to greater prosperity and victory over our rivals. It is also good to hear that the University of Valencia is already enlightening a new generation of intellectuals.
The gift is most appreciated. I'm afraid that I have not been one much for stargazing, but perhaps I will give it a try. If you require any assistance from the Crown in pursuing the creation of more inventions, you just need to ask. We are always willing to patronize innovative thinkers.
- His Imperial Highness, Francesc I de Trastámara, Emperor of Hispania, Caesar of Rome, & Protector of the Greeks
((Also welcome to the iAAR. Forgot to say that earlier. ))