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The Foundling

Chapter 1

There were three deaths that year, the year of our Lord fourteen hundred and nineteen. Three deaths, and each of them significant in its own way for the Margrave of Meißen. First came the death of Rudolf III Elector of Saxony, in the month of June. Then the came the death of King Wenceslaus of Bohemia, with all the terrible events that that passing unleashed. And finally there was the death of my father. Each, as I say, significant in its own way for His Excellency the Margrave.

His Excellency the Bleeding Margrave, I should say perhaps, in honour of my dear departed father. That is how he usually referred to his overlord, if he referred to him at all, and he generally avoided doing so. A tyrant he called him, the Tyrant of Misni, referring to the Castle of Meißen where the Margrave lived. And if he could avoid paying his taxes and tributes at all he did that too. "What does that tyrant care for us, Johann?" he would ask me. "What has His Excellency the Bleeding Margrave ever done for us?" I, barely into my teens, had no answer to give him. I therefore accepted the judgment of my father. Little did I know then what part the Tyrant of Misni was to play in the story of my own life.

Rudolf III's successor as Elector of Saxony was his younger brother Albrecht, who became Albrecht IV of Saxony. Rudolf had died leaving only two daughters and no sons. Albrecht was not even married. Everyone knew that the House of Ascania was rapidly dying out. The Margrave, Friedrich IV of Meißen, had already inherited some of the Ascanian lands, but now his hopes were quite obviously set on the Electorship itself. However there were the Hohenzollerns of Brandenburg to contend with on that score, and it was the Emperor Sigismund himself who would obviously decide in favour of one candidate or the other. The Tyrant of Misni would evidently have to find some means of worming his way into the Imperial favour.

The death of the Emperor's brother, King Wenceslaus of Bohemia, provided a less than perfect opportunity for winning the Imperial favour. For with that death all hell broke loose in Bohemia. Wenceslaus had tolerated the Hussites, even taken their side on occasions, but as for his brother the Emperor Sigismund - ah, that was another story! It was he who had signed the death warrant that had sent Jan Hus to be burned at the stake four years earlier. This man was now to be crowned King of Bohemia. Over the Hussites' dead bodies, as they say.

And if the Emperor could only be crowned King of Bohemia over the Hussites' dead bodies, then so be it, said he. There would be death aplenty in Bohemia. But the heretics were strong, and the Emperor needed all the help he could muster. A less than perfect opportunity, as I have mentioned, for His Excellency the Bleeding Margrave.

But these deaths were distant and unimportant to me. The son of a mine-owner in Freiberg, what did I care about the heresy that was tearing Bohemia apart? Or indeed about the Electorship of Saxony and whether a Wettin or a Hohenzollern would win the Imperial favour when the Ascanians were no more? My father had a business to run, and I was just at the age when I was being called upon to take my part in running it too.

I had never particularly liked the mine. Those square dark openings in the hillside had always held a vague fear for me. I still remember the first occasion that my father had taken me to accompany him on one of his routine visits to the mine. Our house was not far from the diggings, and the autumn sun shone as we walked up the track to the main tunnel entrance. Nevertheless I felt a vague uneasiness, a fear of the unknown. Nor did our lamp-lit tour of the underground chambers that day do anything to dispel my unease. I gazed with a fascinated horror at the diggers who sweated and laboured all day long like worms eating into the bowels of the earth. I clung fearfully to the rickety ladders as we clambered up and down the narrow shafts, often having to go for a time without light. I shivered in the damp cold that reigned everywhere in those subterranean chambers where the sun's rays could never penetrate. And all the while the "slosh-gloop" of the pumps, the creaking of winches and the rumble of wagons added to the impression that we had descended into an altogether different world. When we finally emerged into daylight once more, I heaved a sigh of relief to see the sun and breathe the free air again.

I had been back a number of times since then, and had begun to learn all about the mine. I now knew the foreman and some of the workmen too. I had learned a lot about mining and metals. My father's mine was a silver mine, and I now knew something of how silver was found in veins under the earth, and how tunnels and shafts could be dug to get it out. I knew about the problems of water accumulating in the tunnels, of the noxious air that sometimes built up, and about the dangers of carelessly erected timber supports. It was certainly no easy way to make one's fortune, digging it out of the ground.

Then came the fateful day in October 1419 when my father took me, as it turned out for the last time, to pay a routine visit and inspect the diggings. We were nearing the end of the visit and were waiting at the foot of a shaft while a load of ore was winched up before climbing the ladder ourselves. I suppose the rope was frayed and must have snapped. In any case we suddenly heard a fearful noise above our heads and could tell that the load was hurtling down upon us. Each of us dived in different directions, I deeper into the mine, my father toward the entrance to that tunnel. The load crashed down smashing into the side of the tunnel beside my father. Perhaps one of the timbers gave way and then a whole section of the tunnel roof and part of the side of the shaft caved in. I fell under the impact of a load of rocks, but was spared the brunt of the collapse. The lamp I had been holding was smashed and I lay in the pitch blackness for some moments with the noise of the falling rock ringing in my ears. Then I gradually heaved my legs from under the rockfall. Miraculously I seemed to have escaped with only cuts and bruises, and could get unsteadily to my feet.

"Father!" I cried into the darkness. "Father! Are you all right?"

There was no answer. At that moment a cold chill crept into my heart. Surely my father could not be dead? I stumbled forward in panic, only to find my way impeded by a mound of rock. Then a terror seized me. Not only was I all alone, I was trapped, buried alive in the depths of the earth! Feverishly I began to heave and pull at the rocks, but to no avail. Some came loose but more just came sliding down.

"Father!" I cried again, and now I could hear the terror in my own voice. "Father! Answer me!"

Still nothing but an awful silence, with a sound of distant dripping further down the tunnel. We had just come from the end of that tunnel, which was not far away, and I knew there was no-one else there. I was cut off from the rest of the world by an immovable pile of rock.

"Help!" I cried, and now I was truly sobbing. "Help! Father! Someone!"

But whether anyone heard or answered, I could not tell. I could certainly hear nothing in reply. Slowly I sank to my knees.

"Oh God," I whispered, "Please! Please get me out of here!"

And what if God himself could not hear a cry from the depths of the earth?

"Please!" I shouted then at the top of my voice, "Please! Get me out of here!"

Then I collapsed to the ground again sobbing, and there I lay for how long I do not know, in an exhaustion of terror, surrounded by the dark damp chill of the mine, my cheeks wet with tears and my legs now hurting badly from the wounds I had received. And all the while there was no sound at all, save for the horrifying drip, drip, drip of water.


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GAME NOTES

I am playing as Meissen (which I have written as Meißen in the story so as to be more accurate) with version 1.09, AGCEEP 1.39. Meissen begins as a one province German minor, and in case anyone is wondering I chose this country at random, as I prefer to do, from the starting countries available in the AGCEEP Grand Campaign. The first interesting thing that happens is that Bohemia breaks apart in the Hussite Wars, so that pretty soon the neighbourhood of Meissen looks like this:



Hesse is my ally and Alliance Leader. Meissen gets a ten-year CB on the Hussites when they appear​

I thought a one province minor would be a bit of a challenge but I soon noticed that Meissen annexes its one province neighbour Saxony by event in 1422, so that makes things a little easier!

This AAR is going to be nothing like any of my previous AARs. As you will have spotted, it is an attempt at a serious work, and I am not at all sure that I am going to be able to pull it off, but I wanted to have a go nevertheless. Let me say right away that it will CERTAINLY NOT span 400 years. I have played just eight years and already there is enough material in my notes to spin the story out to a full-length novel, but what is more likely is that we will follow the story of Johann through his lifetime, perhaps sixty years or so. In any case I reserve the right to end the AAR anytime I feel like :p my only promise being that I will try to bring the story to a satisfactory conclusion whenever that time comes.

My intention is that it will be roughly 50% totally made-up story, 50% following the events in the game, the two being woven together as much as possible. That way I can create an interesting plot for my characters and yet still claim it is a "real AAR"!
 

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Well, of course it is a real AAR. And it's by Farq which is doubly good! Nice to see you right back at it with another, and especially good to see you working in the narrative form more seriously. So far it's quite good. Let's hope young Johann gets some help soon. And smart to try to do only 60 some odd years out of the 400. I'm looking forward to where you go with this. :)
 

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Well... these kinds of AAR are not really my taste... but since it's you, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt ;). Good luck.
 

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A serious AAR?

YOU!????

Okay! Where is Farq, and what did you do with him!? :mad:

:D A well written start, Farq. I enjoyed it! Good luck with this!
 

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Wonderful start. A surprising deviation from your classic style, though I have no doubts it will be a brilliant read, having read a novel by you in the past (for reasons far beyond my recollection, but it's on my harddrive as a pdf).

As for only covering (at most) the lifetime of your narrator, this is how I'm writing my new Genoa AAR as well. Writing a 400 year narrative would be hard.
 

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A new style Farquharson AAR? Cool, I'll stick around to see what you can make of it. Anyway, So far, so good. :)
 

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Wow, Farq. Good luck on your new venture, though it seems that you are obviously quite well-prepared for it!

Lord J. Roxton said:
having read a novel by you in the past (for reasons far beyond my recollection, but it's on my harddrive as a pdf).
!
 

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Meißen? Never heard of. Good luck. :)
 

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coz1: I'm beginning to think even sixty years could make a massively long story. Well we'll see. I may complete one then think more in terms of a separate "sequel". The main thing is I don't want to commit myself now to completing a "mega-opus"! :eek:

jwolf: Thanks. My first AAR ever was Brandenburg which was a fun game. So far I've found it fairly easy to write in a new style. The trick is keeping the audience! ;)

Grundius: The real trouble is, they're often not really my taste either! :wacko: But of course zany ramblings about undead diplomats, UFO abductions of Gujarati Sultans, etc are not some really other people's taste... The danger is that some people who might be interested will see it and say "Oh, more mindless drivel from that Farquharson guy, no need to even open the thread..." :D

CatKnight: Heh heh, I knew this would cause a stir. But I swear, it's really me!

Lord J.Roxton: Thanks. Actually your Genoa AAR (and how well it was written) was part of my inspiration to try this!

J.Passepartout: Indeed! Like I say, I hope I can pull it off. All feedback, positive and even negative, welcome!

Specialist290: Thanks!

Talkingdonkey: Great to have you along!

Duke of Wellington: I hope so. And yes, Germany is certainly an interesting place - plenty of events both scripted and simply generated by the ebb and flow of power in the region.

Hajji Giray I: It's true, I did write a novel, which I completed six years ago. I enjoyed writing it, although it was hard work. I suppose I'm harking back to those days with this. The novel is called "The Bronze Ladder" and is about some early Christian martyrs in North Africa. You can get it from Amazon here. (Shameless self-promotion! :rolleyes: )

Snake IV: You've probably never heard of Meißen it because it's only in AGCEEP and usually morphs into Saxony in 1425. Blink and you 've missed it!

OK folks, Chapter 2 is ready.
 

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Chapter 2

"There is a mine for silver, and a place where gold is refined.
Iron is taken from the earth, and copper is smelted from ore.
Man puts an end to the darkness;
he searches the farthest recesses for ore in the blackest darkness.
Far from where people dwell he cuts a shaft, in places forgotten by the foot of man;
Far from men he dangles and sways.
The earth, from which food comes, is transformed below as by fire;
sapphires come from its rocks,
and its dust contains nuggets of gold.
No bird of prey knows that hidden path,
no falcon's eye has seen it.
Proud beasts do not set foot on it,
and no lion prowls there.
Man's hand assaults the flinty rock
and lays bare the roots of the mountains.
He tunnels through the rock;
his eyes see all its treasures.
He searches the sources of the rivers
and brings hidden things to light.

"But where can wisdom be found?"

The Book of Job, 28:1-12

How long does it take you to die of starvation in a dark cold subterranean tunnel? Was the dripping water I could hear in the distance drinkable or would it perhaps poison me? Do men in such circumstances choose to take their own lives anyway rather than face a slow and horrible death? These were the morbid thoughts that drifted through my mind as I lay in the noiseless blackness, straining my ears for any sound at all but the drip of water.

Surely they knew we were trapped? We - I still held out some hope that my father was alive. Perhaps he had even got out. Could they so quickly have given up hope, and left me to my fate? Why was nothing being done to try to move the rock fall? Every now and again I fell to shouting, but it began to feel like I was alone in an ocean of emptiness, shouting to no-one. I was surely wasting my breath.

And then, after what seemed like interminable hours, there came a faint noise. Faint, but yet it made my heart leap with hope. It was a muffled rasping noise, perhaps of rocks being heaved aside. It was followed by several moments of agonizing silence. I held my breath. And then, yes, there it was again. Then came hammering. And was that even voices I could hear? I leapt up and began shouting once more, as loud as I possibly could.

All the noises ceased, as did my shouting. Then I gave one more bellow: "HELP! I'M HERE!", then I listened. There was the unmistakable sound of a voice shouting back, though I could not make out the words. They had come to rescue me, and now they even knew I was alive. Surely I would soon be safe!

I waited a few moments, and then I began gingerly feeling for rocks in an attempt to try to move them myself and thus speed the process of clearing the debris. But without light it was impossible to do anything sensible. As often as not more rocks fell as I heaved something out of the way, and I realized I was putting myself in more danger. Instead, I sat down to wait impatiently for my rescuers to reach me.

It was many hours later when they finally did, but oh, what a blessed moment! Suddenly a glimmer of flickering light appeared through a crack. Then the crack grew larger, became a hole. I shouted through the opening:

"Hello! I'm here!"

At this, a face appeared, obviously straining to peer into the darkness on my side.

"Herr Beckmann? Is it you?"

"It's Johann, his son! Is my father not with you?"

"No, was he not with you?"

I think it was at that moment that I realized the terrible truth. If my rescuers knew nothing of my father, then surely he had been buried under the rock fall and could not have survived.

In just a few moments more the hole was big enough for me to crawl through with some difficulty, and then I was free. I stared around at my rescuers and found to my surprise that for the most part they appeared to be soldiers, not workmen from the mine. There must have been a dozen of them, some armed with shovels and picks, others busying themselves filling a wagon with rocks. In a daze I was led limping painfully along the tunnel to emerge finally in morning sunlight. I had spent all night in my underground prison.

I blinked, temporarily blinded by the light. After some moments I could take in the scene before me. And there sitting astride a fine grey mare with a group of more soldiers around him, and gazing down at me, was the unmistakable figure of the Margrave of Meißen. Apparently His Excellency the Bleeding Margrave had done something for us at last. In confusion I dropped to one knee.

"My Lord!" was all I could find to say.

"This, I take it," said the Margrave in an irritated tone to the soldiers who had brought me out, "is presumably not Herr Beckmann. Who are you, boy, and what are you doing here?"

"Herr Beckmann…" I began but my voice was hoarse from the dryness of my throat. "Herr Beckmann is my father, sir."

The Margrave turned to the soldiers.

"Have you not found Herr Beckmann yet?" he asked.

"No sir," replied one, "There is still a deal of debris to clear. We are working as fast as possible, sir."

With that the soldiers hurried back into the tunnel, leaving me with the Margrave. I felt I should say something.

"We are very grateful to Your Excellency," I began, still stubbornly refusing to accept what I now knew to be almost inevitable, "for coming to the aid of your humble servants."

"Don't mention it," replied the Margrave dryly. "I happened to be passing last evening and came to request billets for my men for the night. In addition, I thought to investigate personally some… slight anomalies with regard to Herr Beckmann's tax returns."

At these words my heart sank. I had been rash enough to begin reassessing my impression of the Margrave, imagining him to be in reality a benevolent lord, ever ready to come to the aid of his poor subjects when disaster fell upon them. I now saw that this was not the case at all. Moreover, I could well imagine what sort of anomalies the Margrave might have discovered in my father's tax payments. Nevertheless I made a valiant effort to reply civilly.

"I am sure my father would be glad to clear up any misunderstandings," I ventured, "I only pray God you may have the fortune to be able to speak to him in person, alive and well."

"Have no fear," said the Margrave with a cruel sneer, "Dead or alive, the fortune will be mine."
 

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Great writing. An generic evil person would try and trick a slightly naive rescuee into thinking he is heroic and benevolent. It takes a detestable person to simply cast our narrator aside and announce intentions to steal Herr Beckmann's fortune.

I'm honoured that you thought of my AAR while writing this. I think I've sort of tried to copy stnylan and In Memory of France a little bit (not that I could ever come close to writing that well) with the first person narrative. Having a character narrate the story makes it easier to get away with rambling about emotions and stuff. Sort of like lyric poetry.
 
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The fortune will be mine. - an interesting double play on words and a clear statement of intent from an amoral man, indeed.

You've always given us excellent writing, Farquharson, but this looks like your best yet. I look forward to more with great anticipation.
 

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Well, Johann is saved. But his fate looks little better if the Margrave plans to nick his father's fortune. I wonder if you placed the quoting from Job up front to suggest that Johann too will have a life full of trials.
 

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I'm still here Farq.... ;)