The realm rejoices as Paradox Interactive announces the launch of Crusader Kings III, the latest entry in the publisher’s grand strategy role-playing game franchise. Advisors may now jockey for positions of influence and adversaries should save their schemes for another day, because on this day Crusader Kings III can be purchased on Steam, the Paradox Store, and other major online retailers.
((Just a suggestion: If you get a low-stats King, I think you should play him as a complete idiot with narcissistic, aggressive, tendencies, whose actions directly go against the good of Hispania. Most of the kings have either been great, or indifferent, and while I think you communicate that difference very well, the Court has never really had to oppose the King. It would add drama, and a reason to coup.... ?))
((I do try to RP the emperors based on their stats, but I mostly focus on their personality as best as I can, which of course is determined by their stats. So low stats don't necessarily mean narcissistic or aggressive, and actually some with higher stats can be worse than those with lower ones. Ferran V was 2/5/5 but was incredibly full of himself, while his father Francesc I was only 3/3/3 but led with a firm but capable hand. Blame the game for giving me perfectly average stats for most of our emperors for them being so decent or indifferent. However, I will say that there is a certain child in line for the throne who may be the most inept monarch we will ever see. Speaking of that.... ))
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Crown Prince Pere de Trastámara sat down with his Saxon wife Heidi, watching over his two little boys. He had just walked his daughter Clara down the aisle, marrying her to a distant cousin. Now he could enjoy watching his two boys, Alfons and Jaume, grow up. At the moment, Jaume, only a year old, was lying in his cradle, cuddling with a stuffed horse made of cloth that one of the servants had sewed up for the child. Alfons, who had just turned six, had a wide collection of toy soldiers laid out before him, setting them up in mock battles. Pere noted that these battles mostly involved bashing the soldiers together rather than any sound strategy, but then again the boy was only six. After a minute though, Alfons threw the soldiers aside, bored of them already. He shyly eyed his parents as he edged towards the crib of his younger brother. Alfons watched his brother coo and gurgle as he snuggled his horse. A glint appeared in the older boy's eye, and he suddenly snatched up the horse, holding it tight to his chest. It took but a moment for Jaume to start crying.
"Alfons, don't take your brother's toy!" Heidi said, strutting over to her son.
Alfons cowered as his mother approached. His lip quivered as he said, "But why does Jaume get a stuffed horse and I don't?"
"Because your brother is a baby," Pere said to his son. "Play with your soldiers."
"But I've played with them so much," Alfons said. "I want a stuffed horse!"
Heidi patted her son on the head. "I'll get the servants to make you one then."
"But I want this horse!"
Heidi hummed and hawed for bit. "I suppose we can make another for Jaume then."
Pere growled under his breath at his wife's submissiveness. He rose of his seat, and said with a firm voice, "Alfons, that toy is your brothers. Return it to him this instant."
Alfons jumped at his father's command and dropped the horse back in the crib. Jaume took a moment to notice its return, but quieted down once he had his arms wrapped back around it. When the baby was settled down, Pere grabbed Alfons by the arm and dragged him from the room.
"Alfons, you will not treat your brother like that. You will not take his things."
The boy started to whimper and tears formed in the corner of his eyes. "You're so unfair! I should get all the toys, not Jaume!" Without another word, Alfons ran from the room in tears.
"You're too hard on the boy," Heidi said as she entered the room.
"And you're too soft on him," Pere said. "The boy needs to grow a backbone and stop taking things that aren't his. Did you know that one of the servants reported that a locket of theirs had gone missing? I found it in Alfons's room. He's got light fingers, apparently."
"He's still young," Heidi said. "It's just a phase."
"I certainly hope so."
It is good to hear that my concerns are shared by others. My brother is too concerned with appeasing everyone that he refuses to see the consequences of such an action. Not everyone at court has Hispania's best interests at heart. Those living on the fringes of the empire do not know what is best for it. We must turn back to the Iberian heartland and strengthen the core of Hispania. Only then will the empire be strong. I assure you that I will continue to oppose my brother's misguided attempts at decentralization, and if I require support in such endeavours, I will make certain to contact you. I can only hope that you will be as willing as I am to take drastic measures if necessary.
- Crown Prince Pere de Trastámara, Duke of Murcia & Count of Alicante
i know you are a enemy of decentrilazation and in this special moment i share your concerns.
The concentration of power for the steward is something that will destroy our empire soon enough. we have to work together to stop this idiotic and bad law.
Sancho de Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange
Grandmaster of Hispania
Count in Provence,
Only legit prince of Orange,
Prince of Aux-en-Provence
Baron of Greoux les banis
Your Royal Highness,
Of course you can count on my support, no matter what it will require of me. I shall try and siphon away some TATC funds, in case we will need them, be it for forged documents, assasins or even in the worst case scenario, escape from Hispania, if we would be discovered.
Alexis Cyril de Saint-Pierre,
Grand Admiral of Hispanai, Head of the Trans-Atlantic Trading Company, loyal serveant of the Crown and Empire of Hispania