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Miserando Atque Eligendo

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Preface:

Welcome to my third AAR on this Forum. Hopefully, this AAR will be better than the last two. HOPEFULLY. In this AAR I play as the head of the Holy See after the repaganization of the world in the 21st century.The Holy See has been declared a terrorist organisation after the victory of the Pagan Gods against the Monotheistic God in the Belli Deum or the War of the Gods.

Table of Contents:

Prelude I

Prelude II

Prelude III

Prelude IV

Prelude V

Prelude VI


The Pontiffs of Rome :

Pope Francis

( Jorge Mario Bergoglio )
 
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Prelude I

" Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, "

Rome, 25th of August, Anno. Domini. 2016 ( Feast day of Saint Menas of Constantinople )

" In Nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen " The Incense filled room which had just recently only been filled by the Priest's voice was invaded by the sound of a Projectile exploding on one of the Eternal City's many streets. The Priest continues on apparently unfazed by the explosion and the screams of those unlucky enough to be caught out on the streets " Introibo ad altare Dei ". A squad of Italian soldiers burst into the crowded church. A Sergeant shouts in Sicilian accented Italian " Stop in the name of the Caesar. You are ordered as citizens of the Empire of Italia to stop this illegal worship ceremony which violates the treaty of Olympus or face reprisal from his Imperial Majesty's Army." The Congregation continues on chanting in Latin seemingly unaware of the Italian soldiers behind them. The Priest is the first to be martyred as an arrow pierces straight through his heart making him fall onto the altar. By the time the Italians clear out of the church there is not one man, woman or child left alive.

Athens, 18 October, Anno Domini 2015 ( Feast day of Saint Asclepiades of Antioch )


Theodora Manika walked down the street happy as all. Alexandras Petralias ( The hottest boy in class) had asked her out to the movies never had Theodora even dreamt of going out with the hottest boy in school. Well maybe she had dreamt of it but she certainly hadn't expected it to actually happen. Praise Aphrodite the goddess of love and her son Eros for it must have been one of Eros' arrows that had pierced the heart of that hunky rugby player for how else could she land a hot date with him. The next thing she knew all was pitch black darkness. She opened her eyes to the most beautiful face she had ever seen staring down at her from above. Theodora got on her feet and warily stepped back terrified of the women's beauty ( for the beautiful face belonged to a woman who had the body of a goddess ). The women laughed ( even her laughter was strangely pleasing ) " Do not fear my presence for I am she who rose from the foam I am both Aphrodite Ourania and Aphrodite Pandemos your benefactor the Goddess of Love ". Theodora almost laughed at the beauty's face then wisely stopped herself for who else had such blindingly beautiful features other than the Goddess of Love. Theodora knelt before the Goddess. " Permission to speak Ma'am but why are you here? and of all people Why Me ? ". The Goddess laughed again " Ma'am? what am I your teacher ? as for your questions I am here to give the people of Greece a message to return them to the worship of the Dodekatheon as for your other question we the Dodekatheon have decided to reward your loyalty by giving you a boon ". " A Boon? you mean anything I want? " The Goddess now looked a bit impatient " Yes girl obviously it is a boon after all ". Theodora's cheeks grew pink in embarrassment " I wish for the boon of Immortality ". Aphrodite smiled and then waved her fingers over Theodora then everything went pitch black again.

Edinburgh, 18 October, Anno Domini 2015 ( Feast day of Saint Gwen (Wenna) of Talgarth )

Sitting on the bus reading a book Muhammad al Kareem was annoyed when the bus he was on suddenly stopped. Is the bus driver mental? who the heck stops in the middle of the road. Before Kareem could stand up to investigate he was thrown off his seat into the old lady sitting opposite him. Crushed underneath the old lady's groceries he managed to get up to the window to see a huge man ten times his size towering over the Bus holding a giant spear. Feeling desperate Kareem recites a verse from the Quran he thought he had forgotten. " Bismillaah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem Allahu la illaha illa hu wal Hayyul Qayyum ". The man turned around and seemed to be disturbed or irritated by something. Encouraged Kareem continues to recite the verse " La ta' huzuhu sinatun wala nawmun Lahu ma fissemawati wa ma fil’ardi Men thallathiy yeshfe’u indehu illa biznih Ya’lsmu ma bayna aydiyhim " At this point the Giant begins to run away from the bus " wa ma halfehum wa la yuhiytuna bishay’in min ilmihi illa bima sha-a wasia kursiyyuhu samawati wal’ard Wa la yauduhu hifzuhuma wa hu wal aliy ul aziym " The Giant drops his spear and throws a Toyota at the bus " Saddaqallah hul Azim ".The Toyota smashes into the bus crushing Kareem along with the other passengers.


Authors Note: This is all fictional.This wasn't made to offend anyone. Its just part of the story .
 
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Prelude II

The Gods


"Narrated Samurah ibn Jundub: The Prophet (peace be upon him) named our cavalry “the Cavalry of Allah,” when we were struck with panic, and when panic overtook us, the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) commanded us to be united, to have patience and perseverance; and to be so when we fought.
Sunan of Abu-Dawood – Book 14 Hadith 2554

The World was peaceful apart from a few wars and minor conflicts humanity seemed to have come a long way. Then the " Resurgence " occurred the once forgotten Pagan gods of Old had returned announcing the defeat of the Monotheistic God. The gods demanded the allegiance of the mortals and ordered them to renounce their false God. The pagan gods it seemed had formed an alliance against the Monotheistic God and had finally overcome him. The King of Saudi Arabia denounced the Gods as imposters and hypocrites the next day his body was found strung up outside the Ka'aba. The newly crowned King immediately bowed before the gods and renounced Islam. Queen Elizabeth met with the representative of the Gallic Pantheon Ambisagrus intending to negotiate with the gods only for her and her entire family to be murdered by Belatucadros the god of war. The Gods began to fight over land until in January 2016 the Olympian gods organised a council of the gods where they agreed to a treaty. The Treaty of Olympus would split Earth accordingly. The Middle East was split between the Egyptian gods and the Dual gods of Light and Darkness ( Zoroastrianism ). Germany and Scandinavia were given to the Norse Gods. Britain, France, Spain and Portugal to the Gallo-Celtic gods of which there was an abundance. Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and the Balkans were given to the Pantheon of Perun ( Slavic Gods ). Tengri and his fellow nomadic gods were given Turkey, the Stans and the other Turkic Nations of the steppe. The Trimurti of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma gained stewardship of Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. The Shenist gods split China between those that followed Lao Tze and others who followed Confucius. Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore fell under the Jurisdiction of the Trimurti ( much to the annoyance of the Shenist gods ) while mainland Southeast Asia and Tibet remained in status quo under the Buddha's enlightened rule. The Pagan gods, however, were not done they took away everything that humans had worked towards for the past thousand years reducing them to the technological level of the Middle Ages. Millions perished as the gods took their revenge on the humans who had betrayed them for God/Allah/YHWH. For a few months, the peace seemed to hold. Then God/Allah/YHWH spoke through his Saints, Prophets and Imams. War was declared on the Pagans. By this time though the Pagan alliance had begun to fracture and wars began to break out between pantheons. By unspoken agreement, the Gods did not fight on the ground in the wars and instead fought in the souls of humans battling for their worship.
 
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Prelude III

"Thy friend has a friend, and thy friend's friend has a friend; be discreet."
- Talmud Yerushalmi

Rome, 25th of August, Anno. Domini. 2016 ( Feast day of Saint Menas of Constantinople )


" Il Papa you must hurry! we must not delay Caesar's troops have already entered the city " the Pope contemplated not moving just to annoy Cardinal Guillen but thought better of it. The Pope dressed in jeans and a T-shirt sat astride a steed of Arabian breed with two Swiss Guards dressed in Medieval chainmail to accompany him on their own steeds with other important members of the Holy See to ride behind. The Argentinian raised a hand in farewell to the crowd that had gathered to bid farewell to their Pontiff " Do not feel sorrow for I leave only momentarily for I shall return another day to restore the Eternal City to Christ's path ". The Pontiff and his guards rode off leaving the sorrowful crowd to disperse lest they are caught by one of Caesar's projectiles. The Pontiff and his guards rode speedily reaching the sandy shores of Santa Marinella beach in no time. Awaiting the pontiff was a galley flying the flag of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The Pontiff dismounted from his steed with the help of the two Swiss guards and stepped aboard the galley. The ship's Lieutenant stood nearby awaiting the Pontiff " Good morning sir welcome aboard the GDLS Saint Casimir ". The Pontiff raised his eyebrows the Lieutenant had an American accent " Sir? ". A blush crept up the Lieutenant's pale Slavic features " I'm Protestant your Holiness forgive my misconduct but we have to leave and leave fast the Italians will be looking for you when they find you not in Rome all snuggled up waiting to be sacrificed to Zeus or god knows what these pagans worship ". The Pontiff nodded " Yes I agree with you, Lieutenant ...? "." Robert Grudzinski ". The Lieutenant smiled " I was originally on USS Hurricane in Bahrain before the.... Resurgence but when Horus came to clear out Bahrain of all modern technology we refused to surrender the ship.As punishment for our insolence, he scattered us around the planet as a punishment. Next thing I know I'm in Lithuania of all places and well the rest is history and now if you'll let me I'll show you and your guards to their rooms." The Pontiff and his entourage followed the American down below deck to their rooms.


A Coruna, 5th of September, Anno. Domini. 2016 ( Feast day of Saint Charbel the Martyr )


" Robert! Robert !! Robert Grudzinski !!! " Robert stopped in his tracks just long enough for an Indian woman in a fine silk sari to catch up to him. " What are you doing here Prabhjeet !!! " Prabhjeet a Sikh woman officer aboard the USS Hurricane had been one of his closest friends in the navy. " After the incident, I found myself in Barcelona !!! standing in the middle of a street thank the gods the gods took cars away if not... I could see the headlines right now Crazy Indian Woman Appears in Barcelonan Road Crushed to Death in Traffic Accident ". Robert frowned did she just say gods instead of God ?. " Well I was teleported to Vilnius of all places in Lithuania then I signed up for their navy and here I am in Spain ". Now it was her turn to frown at him. " Vilnius? isn't that part of the Catholic Holdout?". Robert backs away before breaking into a run back to the GDLS Saint Casimir. Robert barked in harsh Lithuanian " Faster get the ship moving we've got trouble ". A couple of sailors that were walking around near the docks rushed back to the ship. After what felt like forever the ship began to move away from the docks just in time to escape a bolt of lightning that flashed past the ship's mast. A crowned god astride a fast-moving Indian Elephant shouted in fast paced Hindi " त्रिमुर्ती के नाम पर शिपिंग जहाज पर रोकें ". The god pointed a sceptre at the ship from which lighting burst out heading straight for the ship. One of the many priests from the Pope's entourage began to chant in Latin soon the entire crew began to follow suit. Now the ship's fate lay in God's hands. When the Lightning reached the ship it rebounded onto the Indian god striking him down.

Klaipėda, 30th of September Anno Domini 2016 ( Feast day of Saint Jerome )

Awaiting the Pontiff at the port of Klaipėda was the Acting President of the Bishop's Conference of Lithuania Gintaras Grušas a crowd of excited citizens and a group of reporters with sketch artists in place of the usual photographers. When the Pontiff stepped down from the ship's deck the Lithuanian Bishop greeted the Pontiff in Lithuanian a tongue the Pontiff had yet to learn " Jėzaus Kristaus, Gelbėtojo vardu, mes sveikiname tavo Šventenybę Lietuvos Didžiajai Kunigaikštystei " and then the Bishop switched to an accented English " Your Holiness the Grand Duchess awaits your Holy Presence in Vilnius we have a vehicle suitable for your stature that we have procured for you ". The Pontiff and his entourage followed the Bishop to a couple of heavily modified Volkswagens ( With papal and Lithuanian flags ) tied to four horses with a chair glued to the boot of the car for the driver. A Lithuanian soldier sat in the seat holding the reins of the closest car. In heavily accented English, the driver said: " We must move the Duchess say you there must two days ". As the Pontiff's entourage of Volkscarriages moved out of the port a couple of angry gods stared down at the insolent humans who had refused to worship them. Dievas' angry scream echoed throughout the Earth and the countless heavens of the different pantheons of the Realm of Gods. Christ's Laughter rebounded throughout the Heavens into the Baltic Pantheon silencing the King of the Baltic gods.
 
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Prelude IV

Qais ibn Sa’d reported: A funeral passed by the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and he stood up. It was said to him, “It is a Jew.” The Prophet said, “Was he not a soul?”
Vilnius, 2nd of October Anno Domini 2016 ( Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels )


Once one of the most beloved leaders of modern times the Father of the Catholic Church never expected to sit before the Grand Duchess of the newly proclaimed Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Never mind that there hadn't been a Grand Duchy before the resurgence. The Pontiff had reached Vilnius the day before and had settled into the finest Hotel in Vilnius which by pre-resurgence standards was at best a 2-star Hotel. The very next day he and his entourage were escorted by a platoon of Grand Lithuanian Tartar Guards to the Grand Ducal Palace. Outside the Palace, the new Lithuanian flag flew on a pre-resurgence metal pole. After being checked by a Tartar Guard for weapons outside the Duchess' refurbished Throne Room the Pontiff entered the room. There sat the Duchess not on her throne but in a seat behind a desk piled to the top with reports and files. The Duchess looked up from a report and beckoned the Pontiff to a wooden chair.


" Good Morning your Holiness I hope you had a pleasant stay at the Kempinski Hotel? ". " Good Morning your Grace the Hotel was good but let us get down to business, shall we? " the Pontiff stood up from his chair. A couple of weary Jesuits materialized a large map on a wooden board into the room with a couple of thumbtacks of various colours scattered around the map. The Pontiff pointed to a white thumbtack " This white thumbtack means the country or place follows a monotheistic religion or has a monotheistic regime which means they would be potential allies " stopping to sip from a glass of water he pointed to a black thumbtack " this means the country has a religious division we could use or has a ruler we could convert back " pointing to a red thumbtack " this here means the country is pagan and most likely Anti-Christian ". The Grand Duchess stood up slowly careful not to damage her crinoline by elegantly evading the former presidential desk. " I see Latvia has been marked with a white thumbtack your Holiness I recommend it be removed as a state of war currently exists between the Grand Duchy and the Principality of Latvia ". " And when did this ' State of War ' begin to exist Duchess? and by whom was it declared? yours or the Prince of Latvia? ". Before the Duchess could respond one of the Jesuits that had carried the board answered " At 2.30 p.m. the 20th September declared on Lithuania by the Prince of Latvia your Holiness " then realising his mistake " I - I - I'm sorry your Holiness it was an honest mistake ". The Duchess turned her Iron face towards the insolent Priest " And you are? ". " Juliusz Polkowski Madam ". " Madam? I am your Grand Duchess address me in the proper manner if you will! " The Priest sent the Grand Duchess a stare that if looks could kill would kill the Grand Duchess ten times over and still some " Sorry Madam but if you think I'll be calling you Grand Duchess anytime soon you'd better think again Madam. Just days after the Resurgence you crackpot dictators and good for nothing politicians started crowning yourselves Kings, Queens, Sultans and whatever and bowing before the gods. Democracy destroyed and serfdom reinstituted with you despots hiding behind the gods !! ". The Duchess glared at the Polish priest " You should teach your clergymen better manners". The Pontiff sighed " Father....? ". " Juliusz Polkowski your Holiness please forgive my insolence your Holiness but I- ". " I understand Father Polkowski but the Church must not alienate our supporters even if they are as you put it crackpot dictators or good for nothing politicians. Cardinal Evaristo please place Father Polkowski here somewhere in my time slot for tomorrow " the Cardinal Secretary of State hurriedly wrote a note down on a piece of paper before answering the Pontiff " Yes your Holiness would 3.00 p.m. be acceptable to your Holiness ". " Yes, Cardinal Evaristo that would be good now let us continue on with more pressing matters ".

The Grand Duchess still glaring at the priest turned her attention back towards the Pontiff " Yes your Holiness let us continue but I don't think we'll be friends with Latvia anytime soon ". The Pontiff nodded in agreement " Yes, it seems that way sadly what about Estonia than? ". The Duchess' steel face softened a bit but only a bit." We have an Alliance between our two nations via my son Prince Kesgaila's and Princess Pōim of Estonia's betrothal we were hoping the ceremony would be performed by your Holiness ". The Pontiff smiled " Good it seems even in times of persecution and terror the greater Christian family can work together for our common benefit ". The Pontiff's finger fell upon Finland and the Seceded Russian provinces in the area of Greater Finland which all had white thumbtacks " Protestant Finland will be our Greatest Ally but our second greatest ally will be the Orthodox Church which has set up its headquarters in Ääninen I will send a Papal Nuncio to the Ecumenical Patriarch if you have no objections? " The Duchess shook her head " I have none but I doubt Finland will be our greatest ally Finland has been taken over by a group of radical Lutherans ". The Pope let out a weary sigh " Just as I was hoping that... well, what can you expect from humans ". " The gods have not been better you know. When Dievas found out you were here a tornado almost destroyed the countryside if not for our Lord Jesus Christ it would have destroyed the entire Duchy ". The Pope took another sip from his cup before replying " They are false gods what did you expect? Civilized behaviour? our next potential ally though holds some truly disturbing views " setting his cup down he pointed to an area between Syria and Iraq labelled the East Syrian Caliphate. " ISIS? you want us to ally them? "." No, the Lord knows I don't want to work with them just as much as you do they disgust me but they did defeat Horus and he's one of the strongest gods in the Egyptian pantheon ". The Duchess looked at the Pontiff in a funny way as if to see if he had become a Lunatic while she wasn't looking " I don't think they would even listen to us I think they would behead the first messenger we'd send to them ". " We should send one anyway ". The Duchess pointed to the Indian Subcontinent where every country had a white or black thumbtack " India and Sri Lanka? I expected Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Maldives but why India and Sri Lanka? ". " Because from what the Jesuit's say while the Hindus in India are under the rule of their beloved Trimurti. Indra and the other Ancient gods have been taking out their anger on the modern Hindus who don't revere them as much. Shiva and Vishnu aren't too happy with Indra and his lackeys and it seems like there might be a civil war in the Pantheon ". The Duchess nodded in agreement " Interesting we should find a way to exploit this somehow we have one more potential ally though Israel ". The Pope chuckled " Don't worry about Netanyahu he's already agreed to join us the Lord told him through that Jewish prophet Elyaniv to join our Alliance. I guess I've talked about everything we've come here to talk about unless you have something else, your Grace? ". The Duchess sat back down in her pre-resurgence plastic chair " As a matter of fact I do have something to ask of you your Holiness. It would greatly help Lithuania's cause if we were to receive support both moral and economic from the Holy See ". " Come out with it Dalia you want money and God's help ". The Duchess nodded " If you would be so kind as to give such support to the Grand Duchy...". This time the Pontiff nodded " I'll see what I can do but I think it is time for me to head back to the Hotel your Grace ".



 
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Wonderful worldbuilding all around, quick question though is the Greek pantheon the most powerful amongst the revived pagan religions? And do the gods themselves draw power from the belief of their followers? That seems to be the only explanation I can think of that can explain how ISIS was able to defeat Horus.
 

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Time for the Pope to roll up his sleeves, as it were.
 

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Wonderful worldbuilding all around, quick question though is the Greek pantheon the most powerful amongst the revived pagan religions? And do the gods themselves draw power from the belief of their followers? That seems to be the only explanation I can think of that can explain how ISIS was able to defeat Horus.
1. No. The Greeks are actually one of the weakest and thus had the most to gain from the Treaty of Olympus.
2. Yes mostly from their belief but also from the number of followers they've got too


Time for the Pope to roll up his sleeves, as it were.
Indeed

Events are moving very quickly!

Just a note on the actual writing. I'm enjoying the story but those big paragraphs are a bit hard to read. It can be difficult to see when the speaker changes in a conversation.

Thanks for the Advice. I'll try to stop myself from doing that.
 
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Prelude V

Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our G-d, the Lord is One
Raqqa, 1st of October Anno Domini 2016 ( Feast day of Blessed Saint Edward James )


Zechariah Weizman glowered at the bearded Arab across the table " We came here in peace and your men treat us like dogs ". The Arab grinned " Good you are a Kafir dog and only deserve to be treated as such ". The Jew still glaring at the Arab took out a pack of cigarettes " Will you allow me to smoke at least? ". Muhammad al Iraqi warily looked around the empty room breathing a sigh of relief when he found no hidden comrades of his lurking in the shadows " Give me one of those if you please ". The Israeli frowned and then he remembered that ISIS had banned smoking and imposed the harsh punishment of beheading on those caught doing so. Zechariah gave the Arab a cigarette lighting it with a match. Muhammad inhaled the sweet tobacco and relaxed against the hard metal chair he was sitting on. Stupid goy, you just gave me the upper hand " Well Mr Iraqi it seems like our little talk here is over " the Arab frowned in incomprehension " what do you mean yahud-i oh ". The Arab staring down at the cigarette in his hand swore in harsh Arabic " Sneaky Jew you think you've got the better of me what makes you think the others will believe you over me? ". Zechariah thankful for his Mossad training shrugged " If they don't believe me, they'll believe that cigarette in your hands ". The Jew's seeming confidence seemed to convince the fearful Arab " What do you want you goddamned jew ". The Jew leaned back in his chair and made as if he was thinking " Well why don't you start with releasing my men and the ambassador ". The Arab stood up and walked out of the room slamming the metal door behind him. Ten minutes later he returned " I have done what you have asked for now what else do you want? ". The Jew now truly confident gave a few demands. The next day he and his men sat safely inside the new Embassy of the Kingdom of Israel to the Islamic Caliphate of East Syria.

Raqqa, 2nd of October Anno Domini 2016 ( Feast day of Saint Leodegar of Poitiers )


The ambassador to the Caliphate of East Syria his excellency Osman Kassab sat at his newly acquired desk busily filling out a report. Writing slowly in his bad Hebrew he finished the report in an hour he put the report away into a neat file before heading out to get a cup of coffee. The ambassador takes a small detour to his room to change into his brown thawb before continuing his quest for the divine liquid. Leaving the building two guards from the embassy's security personnel move to accompany him one Israeli and the other Palestinian. The ambassador and his two guards walk past a small synagogue maintained by a small community of Middle Eastern Jewish refugees who Ironically despised the Israelis as heretics. A Jew walking out from the Synagogue waves at the ambassador and his guards before walking back to his home ( or more likely to an underground shisha bar ). The ambassador waves back before continuing on in his quest. Finally, the ambassador reaches his destination a small shop with a sign in Arabic with the words " Salman's Cafe ". The ambassador stepped inside the bustling cafe filled with the morning crowd. The Pakistani ambassador sits at the back of the bustling cafe sipping a cup of tea with the de facto Vatican representative Bishop Nicholas Boulos Nassif.

Omar walks over to his colleagues grabbing an empty chair from a nearby table to sit on " Hello your Excellency's would you mind if I sat here? ". The Pakistani ambassador a Pashtun named Bakhtawar Umar Khel waved at a pretty waiter " Boy if you could fetch a cup of Yemeni coffee for the jew " before the waiter could escape to the safety of the counter the Pashtun slapped the waiter's ample buttocks. The waiter runs back to the counter muttering angry curses in Arabic. A minute later a noticeably heavier, less pretty waiter puts down a rich smelling cup of coffee on the table. Nicholas glares at the Pashtun " It bewilders me to no end why they don't just arrest you ". The Israeli chuckles " Before all of this if you did that in Israel you would be in jail for sexual harassment well before all of this we never would have met ". Omar glared at the Israeli " We can't bring back the past no matter how much I hate it we have more important enemies than " the Pashtun's voice lowered to a whisper " Daesh ". The Bishop nodded in agreement " Yes for a starter those Egyptian so-called gods ". The Israeli sipped his cup of coffee " What have you heard about his Holiness? ". The Bishop's question surprised Omar " Nothing much have you heard anything? ". The Bishop ignored the Jew instead ordering a piece of chocolate cake from a waiter before replying " You must excuse my rudeness but the authorities in the region have spies and must preferably be kept as ignorant as possible of the church's dealings ". The waiter returned to the table with the piece of cake " Thank you Kamran ". The waiter smiled before heading off to another table to take another order " Just a few hours ago I received information from the Jesuits that the GDLS Saint Casimir was seen on the Baltic coast. As you know the Jesuit order is the most extensive of the Orders and thus is useful in matters of Intelligence ". The Israeli smiled " Yes that is true the Jesuits are quite a force but if this is true then I must head back to the embassy at once to send the news back to the King ". The Pakistani ambassador nodded before standing up himself and heading back at a fast pace no doubt to inform his Monarch. The Israeli waved goodbye to the Bishop before leaving with his two guards.
 
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So an angle we have not previously seen. One senses matters are about to come to a head.