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It is about time that I address the issues that have arisen at court. I believe that such arguments must be brought to an end with us embroiled in the midst of war with Castile. I cannot allow the nation to be distracted by such matters.

I shall first start with this call for an investigation of Duke Luigi Castelozzi in regards to charges of heresy. I recognize that the Inquisition has the authority over such matters, since it is a religious affair, but this is not the time nor place. I request that if the Inquisition feels the need to investigate the Duke, that they at least postpone their investigation until after the war is over. The last thing we need is one of our most skilled generals distracted by petty squabbles and possible charges while in the midst of battle. I consider this a reasonable request and expect the Inquisition to respect my decision. ((The investigation of Castelozzi will be conducted after the update tomorrow.))

As for the matter of the duchy of Navarra, which the Cortz has brought before me, I fear there has been a misunderstanding. Years ago when the Etxeto family was chosen to govern over Navarra, it was intended that they would be given the title for the county of Navarra. Perhaps due to the fact that the region was a small kingdom, and thus the title of county and duchy overlap, there was the unintended assumption that the ducal title had been handed over as well. This is not the case. The title for the duchy of Navarra has remained in my family for many years. My father was originally married to the Queen of Navarra, after all. I thus request that Bartolo Llorente Sancho Etxeto desist from using the title that does not belong to him and I shall forgive him for using it up until this date, since it was not clarified earlier. He shall maintain the title to the county of Navarra, and perhaps one day his family will be granted the ducal title as well. Today is not that day.

- His Majesty, Ferran II de Trastámara, King of Aragon and Naples, and Protector of the Greeks
 
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((Since the oldest pope to be elected was 79 and the oldest pope to die was 93 I think we should set a reasonable age cut-off for cardinals and popes. I was thinking either 80 or 85.))

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ages_of_popes))

((I assume you're saying that players who are over 80 shouldn't be appointed to those positions and not that they should die at that age? That seems reasonable enough to me, since I assume that cardinals are appointed and obviously the Pope is elected from the cardinals.

While I remember and since it's related to age restriction, I'm thinking of making it so that any general over 80 that the game kills off will not be added back in, regardless of whether or not they died in the iAAR. I think it's reasonable to assume that men in their 80s aren't the best people to be leading our armies. :p))
 
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After heavy thought, Juan set his musings into action.

Dear your honourable highness,

I fear i made a mistake on my previous persumptions of the interpretation of the letters hereby presented to us.

Thereby i wish to amend my vote from a appeal against Duque Castelozzi's trial, to abstaining from the affair, i am unlikely to impact greatly on predeedings, thus i feel it will be better my confliction over the appropiate course of action results in me taking no course of action, lest i displease my brothers friends or my brothers in cloth.

Yours faithfully,
God bless,
Priest Juan de Soneta of Pirineo.
 

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My King

My votes go as follows:

Chancellor's plan: Yes
While the Kings of Portugal never really helped us in our wars, they were a big deterrent for Castille. I fear that they would be willing to get their lands back if we can't get the Portugese in a defensive alliance, since it might well be that we'd lack the troops to strike both back.

Representative of Byzantium's plan: Yes
((I'm surprised that no-one has noticed this before me, but you can't place a relative on the throne of a March, just on the throne of a regular vassal. And since the plan includes creating a March, the initially disputed part becomes redundant.))
I thought we were creating a march? Marches are practically free to marry whoever they want, and I'm sure no-one would even let you propose someone for the Byzantine throne. And for the March part, I think we could really use more military, even if it is military that doesn't completely belong to us.

((OOC Vote: Yep))

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((I'm surprised that no-one has noticed this before me, but you can't place a relative on the throne of a March, just on the throne of a regular vassal. And since the plan includes creating a March, the initially disputed part becomes redundant.))

((Oops. I guess that comes from being on 1.11.4 due to my AAR. Guess my time in 1.12 was not enough to notice this. Well, what now?))

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To the Inquisitors,

After the war, do whatever you need to. I have nothing to hide, as I am a true believer. If one cannot understand simple sarcasm, what I am already known for for what? 40 years? Then it is very regrettable, but not a sign of any heresy. I only act for the good of the kingdom. Search what you want, you will not find any true evidence. I just implore you to act rapidly, as I want to get my name cleared before my death at my advanced age.

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Whilst I am disinclined to believe the Duke's indiscretions are a symptom of heresy, it is vital for a man of his standing to be above reproach. If he has nothing to hide then let us put these rumours to bed. May God be with him.

((Investigation of Luigi Castelozzi: Yes))

- Archbishop de Vivar y Sastre

((Vote changes:
Chancellors plan: Yes -> Abstain))
Byzantine plan: Yes -> No))

Letter to Luigi Castelozzi

Your Grace,
The treasury has received your donation, I am sure the King will be delighted with your patriotism at this difficult time. It appears, however, that you sent the wrong sum, I can only presume this was a mistake on the part of your subordinates, and have had the excess returned.

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The Tribulations of House Etxeto; II
Bartolo was not a happy man. The King had made a ruling and decreed that he, along with the House, were but lowly counts, as per his right. The success of his father Tomas was undeniably lessened now that the House were so much lower on the aristocratic scales. However, no matter his disappointment or dissatisfaction, he was a noble born of His will, and as such will take this setback in stride. It mattered not anyways, as the sands of time would be on the side of the House, and not that of those that sought to diminish the House.

Finishing up his letter, Bartolo gave a flourished signature. The Duchy would return to the House, and so would their dignity, but until then Bartolo could only act like a Duke should, proving the undeniability of the House.

To the King of Aragon and Naples, Ferran, Second of His name,

I must humbly thank you for your intervention into the issue. Truly such division in the aristocracy during a war could not serve any greater purpose than dividing the nation. To which I must, for my father, my house, and myself, thank you for your generosity in your forgiveness of us. Such openhanded charity to the Etxetos cannot be forgotten.

Sincerely,

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((I've never used a march in-game, so I had no idea. I checked the wiki and you seem to be correct. Well I imagine that makes a big difference if we can't even place a relative on their throne, since I imagine that is what most people are voting against. Since I know I won't have time to play past the war today, I'm going to extend the vote to tomorrow at 12pm PST. This will give people the chance to change their vote if this new information makes a difference. So now the Byzantium plan is solely for turning them into a march, without the placing a relative on the throne part. You may change your vote for the other two issues up for debate, but I may have accidentally gone through with parts of the Chancellor's plan during the rest of the war playthrough, as you'll soon see. My bad. :D))
 

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1498-1501 - Revenge (Part II)

With the consent of most of the court, King Ferran II dedicated the full power of Aragon to crushing the Castilians. With such a large enemy army in the north, Ferran’s first order of business was hiring 5000 mercenaries to bolster the army. He hoped that the slight increase in numbers would give Aragon the advantage. Also, with enough funds in the treasury, construction of barracks was put underway in Valencia to provide a housing and training area for the army.

As expected, the French army was unable to hold ground in Vizcaya, although they still inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. As the French army fled home, the Castilian army started moving south. General Sebastián de Loarre, currently besieging Castilla La Viega, made the decision to abandon the siege and retreat south to Toledo. The Castilian army was too large and he’d have to wait for reinforcements. He sent correspondence to Generals Luigi Castelozzi and Jean Charles de Fidèlle, requesting they march north to aid in a possible defence. Both generals obliged and abandoned the siege of Cadiz to ensure Castile did not break through. After a Portuguese force retook Caceres and the other main army took Vicaya, the Castilians marched all the way to Madrid. By then nearly the entire Aragonese army was in Toledo. Instead of engaging, the Castilians abandoned Madrid and marched north. Castile didn’t dare to test Aragon’s army.

It turned out later that the Castilians were responding to another threat instead. The other French army had arrived in Vizcaya and was attacking the smaller English force there. Knowing that Castile was undoubtedly heading to reinforce, the entire Aragonese army was ordered up to Vizcaya. A small Portuguese army sacrificed itself to stall the march. Despite that, France did manage to defeat the English before the main Castilian army arrived. At least that gave the French a few days to prepare a defensive for when they arrived.



And arrive they did. The Castilians marched into Vizcaya with superior forces. The Aragonese army tried to intervene, but the Portuguese had slowed them down too much. They did not arrive in time to save the French, but they did catch the weakened Castilian army before it could flee. Low on morale and with lower numbers, the Castilians faced defeat. With the Castilian force fleeing far south, the Aragonese army moved to siege. General de Loarre returned to Castilla La Viega, General de Fidèlle moved onto Madrid, the mercenaries were stationed in Soria, and General Castelozzi headed for Caceres to ensure the Castilians didn’t break back north. A French army of over 12k men was in the area too, so they had to be ready to reinforce if Castile made a move. The Castilians did manage to retake Sevilla, so they could start heading north soon, although a large contingent was satisfied to stay in Cadiz.

A minor setback occurred back at home when a comet streaked across the sky of Aragon. The peasants thought it a sign that the war would be lost and starting stirring up trouble. King Ferran could only curse and wish he lived in more enlightened times.



Soria was the first province to fall, followed by Madrid. Castile did send its army in Cadiz after the French, but the French outran them, joining up with Aragonese forces in central Castile. Castile instead settled for sieging Toledo, while the mercenaries and army under General de Fidèlle moved north to take Vizcaya and Burgos. Once Caceres fell, General Castelozzi joined up with de Loarre in Castilla La Vieja to ensure the Castilians didn’t overrun the position.

In the summer of 1498, the army reformer Aragon had hired to improve troop morale passed away. Needing a replacement to ensure the army was in top condition, one Mamert Delpuech was hired from Roussillon. Originally a Frenchman, he was known for being a master of ensuring supply chains were maintained during war and that the army always had what it needed. This was crucial for the success of the army’s efforts.

Some welcome news came in the form of Burgundy declaring war on England. Ferran wasn’t sure how they would be able to hurt the English with Calais occupied and England’s navy preventing an invasion of the British Isles. Hopefully they could at least provide a distraction. When Burgundy later requested military access, Ferran was glad to oblige.

With the navy of such supreme importance, actions were taken to build up infrastructure for the navy, as well as the many ships that traded in Aragonese ports. This, along with the strain of the army on finances, forced Aragon to take out a loan.



In September, the Castilian army in Sevilla started moving north. They moved on Madrid, taunting the siege army in Castilla La Vieja, before moving to Soria. In the meantime, Vizcaya fell, followed by Burgos. Portugal did finally make a move in Africa and take Melilla, but it did not have the forces available for an attack on Fez.

Castile retook Soria and scouts reported they were planning an attack on the armies in Castilla La Vieja. However, word must have reached them of possible French reinforcements, since they abandoned that attack and moved to Madrid, reclaiming the province. As they then marched west, General de Fidèlle was ordered to take back Soria. However, this was interrupted as reports revealing that the Castilians were trying to march around the army in Castilla La Vieja to get at a smaller French army in Leon. That could not be allowed. Instead of heading for Soria, de Fidèlle and the mercenaries marched west to reinforce the French. They arrived in time to keep the French from collapsing, but things weren’t looking good. They’d lose unless more troops arrived. General Castelozzi marched to help, leaving de Loarre to siege alone. Even then, the Castilians had better morale and discipline. Defeat seemed imminent. Then the massive French army that had been aiding de Loarre moved to intervene. That tipped the odds and brought about victory, but at a heavy cost. Castile may have lost half their men, but Aragon and France had paid heavily in blood for that victory. On the positive side, Castilla La Vieja finally succumbed.

With that success, the armies spread out to siege. Forces were ordered to Galicia, Asturias, and Braganca. Another 5k mercenaries were hired to ensure the front did not break, thanks to the earlier loan. They were moved to Cantabria. However, a new threat presented itself as the English retook Toledo for Castile and moved north. They attacked a French army in Leon and it was feared they would soon start picking off the divided Aragonese armies. Even as Asturias, Cantabria, Galicia, and Braganca all fell, King Ferran II sent an offer of peace to England. He requested that the two sides agree to a white peace to end hostilities. Fortunately a reply reached Aragon before the English army could attack the army in Asturias. England had accepted the offer. They were out of the war, and thus so was the 20k English men still in Iberia.



With the bulk of the enemy force out of the war, Aragon moved its armies south. General de Loarre engaged the Portuguese army Porto. With the assistance of some mercenaries and General de Fidèlle, he easily crushed them. Elsewhere, General Castelozzi went after Madrid, while some mercenaries coordinated with the French to take Soria back. The French also managed to take Salamanca for Aragon.

In May, Castile sent its first offer of peace. They were willing to give up Murcia and Gibraltar, as well as pay war reparations and a hefty sum. Ferran laughed in the emissary’s face. It wasn’t about money. Aragon would get revenge by taking as much land as they could. Castile would pay.

Even as Castile begged for peace, the French were moving in on the last Castilian army in Cadiz. General de Loarre rushed south to aid their effort, while General de Fidèlle remained in Portugal. He arrive quite late in the battle, but just in time to inflict serious damage on the enemy. The Castilians fled to Algarve in Portugal, where Aragon could not reach. General de Loarre was content to retake Sevilla while waiting for them to make a move. Elsewhere, General Castelozzi focused on retaking Toledo, with mercenaries working on La Mancha.



Even as the war raged on, conflict existed in other forms. Documents had been found revealing that parts of Ceuta had originally belonged with Melilla or Fez. This presented Aragon with a claim on the province, although Ferran was not eager to press it. He accepted the documents as genuine, but stated that the focus was on taking down Castile this war, not antagonizing the Portuguese through land grabs. To ease the minds of the Portuguese, the King sent them a peace offer. He was willing to end hostilities with Portugal if they renounced their alliance with Castile and paid a small sum to make up for the inconvenience they had caused. Portugal was more than willing to oblige with Aragonese troops outside Lisboa. Now Castile was alone in Iberia, with only the Pope at his side, although he just sat around in Abruzzi.

As La Mancha fell, word arrived from Byzantium that Bulgarian Separatists had risen up in the provinces conquered from the Ottomans last time. The King was incredibly irate that the Greeks could not keep their people under control. He promised to send aid when some men were available, but for now Byzantium would have to handle it alone. Ferran wondered if the Swedes were having similar problems with their recently conquered lands.



As Sevilla fell, the French made a move on the Castilian army hiding in Algarve. General de Loarre moved to intervene. With his aid, the Castilian army was eliminated. With no more forces, Castile was wide open. Armies were moved into all available provinces, which included Cadiz and Toledo, after Jaen was reclaimed. A mercenary army of 5k men was placed on ships and set sail for Byzantium. King Ferran would not let the Greeks succumb to rebels.

With the Aragonese navy now busy near Greece, the Papal State made a move. They attacked a French navy in the Gulf of Almeria. The navy sailed back to intervene, but the Papal navy snuck up through the northern Mediterranean before Admiral Ernst Wilhelm Lübecker could catch them. Instead of going back to port, they made the mistake of attacking the Neapolitans and then trying to head into the Adriatic. This time Admiral Lübecker caught them. Not a single Papal ship escaped. They would not be harassing Aragon’s allies now.



Matters in Byzantium were not going that well. Silistria had been retaken and the Greeks ordered an attack on one of the rebel armies. The mercenaries were ordered to aid the effort. However, the other rebel army intervened. Outnumbered, the Greeks stood no chance. They fled to Athens to recover.

Back in Iberia, Toledo was retaken, leaving only Cadiz left. Perhaps the imminent defeat of Castile, or the loss of their navy, finally convinced the Papal State to consider peace. All ties with Castile were forcefully cut and a small “gift” was requested to make up for all the lives lost. To show that he intended to earnestly use it for the people, King Ferran ordered the lowering of taxes for the next 5 years to let families recover.

With the Papal State out of the war, the army in Naples was sent back to Greece. Despite seeing no conflict the entire war, General Stefano von Thun was given an important role. It was his duty to aid the Greeks in any way he could to rid them of the rebel scum. When the Greeks were able to corner one of the rebel armies alone, he marched to intervene. His aid was crucial in eliminating the threat. Now only one rebel army remained.



Genoa was now stirring things up. They had managed to annex their vassal Crimea, strengthening their position in the east. However, Ottoman Separatists were threatening their provinces in Anatolia, not that King Ferran complained. It’d be much easier to take the land from the Ottomans than the Genoans if a move was ever made.

After Tarnova was captured in Greece, the combined forces of the Greeks and General von Thun’s army moved on the final rebel force. The threat was finally eliminated, removing Byzantium’s rebel problem for now. Who knew when more would show up? For now General von Thun could return to Athens and wait for the end of the war.

Over in the west, the remaining mercenary army was sent to take Oran, Castile’s recently claimed African province. The other mercenary force, after its loss in Greece, had been disbanded to cut down on costs. It did not take long to occupy the province.

In January of 1501, Cadiz finally fell, leaving all of Castile’s Iberian provinces under Aragonese control. Not wanting to prolong the war by going after Castile’s territory in the Atlantic, King Ferran enforced a peace. As promised, he took plenty of land. In total, Murcia, Sevilla, Cordoba, Gibraltar, Jaen, Cadiz, and La Mancha were all claimed. Castile was also required to pay war reparations and a sum of ducats. After much hardship, revenge had been achieved. It seemed unlikely that Castile would be a serious threat ever again.



The Aragonese administration was seriously taxed trying to administer these newly conquered lands. Serious administration could only truly be put in place in five of the eight conquered provinces, and it would take some more time to get to the rest. Forts in Girona and Roussillon were mothballed, although the ones in Valencia and Granada were not to prevent rebel problems, as well as Fez since an army was not present. Now Aragon had two new forts in Cadiz and Murcia, although the one in Cadiz was mothballed due to overlapping with Granada’s protective efforts.

Despite the fact that the Chancellor’s plan had been disputed, when Portugal took the initiative to ask for an alliance, King Ferran accepted. He suspected most of his subjects were not against his idea already, and now with Portugal cutting ties with Castile, they were more useful. The loan taken out earlier was also repaid using funds taken from Castile, emptying the treasury.

Relations with the Papal State also had to be repaired. Diplomat Llorenç Alfons María de Agramunt was sent to meet with the Pope and hopefully smooth things over. The last thing Aragon needed was a conflict with the Papacy.

With manpower so low, King Ferran ordered an effort to bolster recruitment efforts across Aragon. Manpower was raised in Teruel, Tarragona, and Barcelona. Now the realm just had to recover. It would take time.



((Have some delicious spam.))





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Presenting His Majesty, Ferran II de Trastámara, King of Aragon and Naples, and Protector of the Greeks.

We have done it. After our failure half a century ago, we have bested the Castilians and crippled them. This will be put down in history as one of our greatest accomplishments. I personally wish to thank all our generals, who assured us victory over the Castilian scum. Our position in Iberia is secure thanks to all of you. Now we can rejoice in our success and enjoy the spoils of war.

But first, we must also handle the many issues that follow a war. While the new provinces will be a burden to administer for some time, I have made note of another problem involving the fortifications. There is currently a fort in Cadiz, one that serves almost no purpose. Our fortifications in Granada defend all provinces that the one in Cadiz can reach. It serves no purpose other than to waste our money. Perhaps we should consider dismantling it. At least the fort in Murcia keeps La Mancha safe, with its precious gold mines. There has also been talk of dismantling other forts before. The one in Messina serves little purpose, since with our massive navy, Sicily has never truly been threatened. Even if someone were to land there, would keeping them occupied with sieges serve much purpose? Perhaps the funds would be better spent elsewhere. Then there is Roussillon. The fort in Girona protects us just as much, while the one in Roussillon wastes our money. It is not as though the French are about to invade. If anything, we need a fort in Navarra or Pirineo to keep armies from marching past. We have had too many enemies use that gap against us. At a later date, after we have given some time for things to settle down, I will officially put the issue before the court, but for now just keep it in mind.

I do have some joyous news to announce. My brother Joan is to remarry after the loss of his wife five years ago. We have found a suitable match in the young Germaine de Foix, a distant cousin of ours. May their union be happy and prosperous. ((She historically married Ferdinand II of Aragon, aka Ferran II, so it makes sense to marry her back into the family.))

Oh, I almost forgot. It would seem that Prince Alfons now has a baby boy, who he has wisely named Ferran. Congratulations to him. Now excuse me while I go taste some of the wine down in the cellar.

((This update is a little different, since we already have plans so there’s nothing to really vote on, other than the extended vote for the Byzantium plan. I’m just going to go ahead and play some time in the next few days. As for the forts, I’ll deal with that after the next update. I’ll try to write something up for the investigation of Luigi Castelozzi, but I have plans later in the afternoon that might keep me preoccupied for most of the day. We also have two more cardinals, stolen from Castile, so I'll get around to announcing who is appointed. For now I shall list those collecting pensions:

@TrueProd
@EmperorBasilius

@Tzuf23, your character is over 100 and will die the next update. Feel free to create a new character if you’re still around.))
 
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It is the prerogative of His Holiness that Archbishop Manuel de Vivar y Sastre be appointed to the position of cardinal. We shall appoint another cardinal from the kingdom of Aragon at a later date. ((I don't know if any of our other archbishops are active at the moment.))
 

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Thanks to the war Maxime became quite rich, because of all the soldiers in need of new weapons, shoes and food. Thing were going great. Now to make his trade company bigger... But how? He sat in his mansion thinking. After few hours of thinking he thought that the best option to increase his trade network was to make contacts with the nobles of Aragon. And one of the best ways to do it was a feast! With his new wealth organizing a ravishing feast wouldn't be hard. And it so happens that Aragon has just won a war! The opportunity is golden!

A letter to every Aragonse noble, courtier, and clergymen:
I hereby invite you for a feast in my mansion in the county of Foix to celebrate the glorious victory that Aragon has achieved! I shall provide the fines food and drinks that the world has to offer and I promise to bring the best artists from Europe! If you are unable to come from various reason I will not judge you. So come and celebrate this victory with me!
Maxime de Saint-Pierre

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Your Majesty,
I would like to invite you to a feast that I'm organizing to celebrate your glorious victory over Castille! I hope you will be able to come and enjoy the banquet. I have made sure that nothing will disturb this feast and the safety of all, and especially you is ensured.
Maxime de Saint-Pierre,
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((A glorious victory. Now to the inquisition - but what I want to say is there's a small confusion in the update: In the peace, you mention the Pacific, even if no European knows of that ocean yet :p. I think you mean the Atlantic :rolleyes:. Hopefully we stay clear of the Peasant's War, even if it would be interesting.))

((Thank you for pointing that out. I mix them up from time to time. I also tend to swap east and west a lot, so don't be surprised if that happens. And I was wondering when someone would notice the peasant's war. :D

As for the investigation, Keinwyn has requested that I do the roll and allow the clergy to then write up IC that reflects the roll. Anyway, here are the results:

The Inquisition found a big, whopping pile of nothing.

Any member of the clergy is free to write up IC for the investigation, but they cannot include any evidence implicating Luigi Castelozzi as being a heretic, besides the evidence presented already. I will allow the clergy until Wednesday at 9am to vote on whether they believe Castelozzi is guilty of heresy or not. Any member of the clergy is free to vote at any time between now and the specified time.

Luigi Castelozzi Guilty of Heresy?: Yes/No/Abstain))

Thanks to the war Maxime became quite rich, because of all the soldiers in need of new weapons, shoes and food. Thing were going great. Now to make his trade company bigger... But how? He sat in his mansion thinking. After few hours of thinking he thought that the best option to increase his trade network was to make contacts with the nobles of Aragon. And one of the best ways to do it was a feast! With his new wealth organizing a ravishing feast wouldn't be hard. And it so happens that Aragon has just won a war! The opportunity is golden!

A letter to every Aragonse noble, courtier, and clergymen:
I hereby invite you for a feast in my mansion in the county of Foix to celebrate the glorious victory that Aragon has achieved! I shall provide the fines food and drinks that the world has to offer and I promise to bring the best artists from Europe! If you are unable to come from various reason I will not judge you. So come and celebrate this victory with me!
Maxime de Saint-Pierre

A letter to King Ferran II de Trastámara:
Your Majesty,
I would like to invite you to a feast that I'm organizing to celebrate your glorious victory over Castille! I hope you will be able to come and enjoy the banquet. I have made sure that nothing will disturb this feast and the safety of all, and especially you is ensured.
Maxime de Saint-Pierre,
a merchant

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I will gladly attend your feast, as well as the rest of the royal family if you will have us. We must celebrate our victory, after all.

- His Majesty, Ferran II de Trastámara, King of Aragon and Naples, and Protector of the Greeks
 

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Your Majesty, Ferran II de Trastámara,

If this letter reaches you, I must first say congratulations on your victory against the dirty Castilians! This is truly a day to celebrate and praise the almighty Lord Jesus Christ for this fine accomplishment. Secondly, I suggest that after we fully recover from this war, we fully or at least heavily invest into discovering the fabled West Indies (Cipangu, the Orient, etc.) so that we can become even more powerful across the entire world.

Fernando Magalhães

Founder and Owner of the Magalhães Cartography Company, Ltd.
 

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My King

Good news that the loss of Alfons V. has finally been avenged. My father, may peace be upon him, has always described him as a brilliant man with a bright character. Now on to my plans: I would like to stick to my last plan about the army composition, but I'd like to have all forts mothballed until an uprising is on the horizon ((80%, in in-game language)). The funds gained from there might be small, but sometimes even small piles of cash can bring us wealth and victory.

Your loyal subject
Stefano von Thun
Count of Zaragoza
Marshal of the Realm

((A letter to Maxime de Saint-Pierre))
A feast to celebrate our victory? You can count me in, I've heard French wine has had a decent taste this season and I wasn't yet able to get even near wine in the times of war. A warm "thank you" from

the Count of Zaragoza
Stefano von Thun

((A letter to Viceroy D'Este))
Now that the war is finally over, may I ask you to come to the feast of Miss de Saint-Pierre? It would be a shame to let such an opportunty for chatter pass without taking it, especially since I haven't seen Càrlo since his marriage between your daughter Maria Anna and himself. How is he doing on the academy even? Obviously, I wasn't quite able to care about such matters in our camp.

Stefano von Thun