Pirates of the Mediterranean! - The County of Corsica
Or, the very long story of how a small county turned into a Mediterranean-spanning empire! Maybe.
Alberto looked out over his lands. The beautiful county of Corsica! How different the life of a landed gentleman was from his days out at sea as captain of a mighty pirate ship! How Alberto loved the life of pillage, loot and debauchery, that was until a fateful day when he realised there was something missing in his life, a wife and a child to carry on the Obertenghi name.
It was that same day his ship did battle with three warships from Cagliari. Alberto had almost lost his life and was forced to flee north to Corsica. This pleasant land looked so inviting and the peasants, counting and moving filth, so happy. The local noble had even welcomed them and signaled them ashore, happy talk about the news of the day.
It was then Alberto had an amazing idea! Why not buy this island off the noble and establish himself a Mediterranean dynasty to last the test of time!
"Gaar!", Alberto exclaimed.
"Err, yes, indeed", the noble had replied.
"I be wanting your land! 1000 gold coins!"
"You want my land? But, oh, heck, that's a lot of money, but I just don't have that much to pay you to take it off my hands!"
"No, you not be understanding me, garr! I be wanting to BUY your county!", said Alberto.
"You.. you actually want to buy this piece of... this fine real estate?", said the noble.
"Yaarrr, it be a luverly! Do the peasants and holdings come with it, garr?"
"You mean those two flea-ridden scum over there and their dog, the filth piles and the small mound I jokingly call a 'hill fort'?", said the noble.
"Yarr, them all!", shouted Alberto
"Yes, why not! And.. I will take 1000 gold and your ship, and not a penny less!"
"Ye strike a hard bargain ye scurvy land lubber! But I be loving this paradise, so the deal be done! Yaar!".
Surprised, happy, excited, the noble packed up his possesions and his family and boarded the ship within the hour, handing the titles to Alberto on the dock. Soon the noble was sailing off with those among the crew not inclined to stay, Alberto was surprised to discover this was a great many of them.
But no matter! He was now a Count, of no clear parentage, with a piece of the Mediterranean of his very own! How soon would his empire, his pirate empire grow! Garr!