- Sep 19, 2013
It is a pleasure to see so many volunteers for sparring with a new generation of athanatoi.
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.
Even Bubba would agree that a heresy that rises up against Rome should be crushed like Xenoi. The fact that they are heresies is not Bubba's objection, but rather, that they dared revolt against their Roman protectors who, remember, recently passed laws protecting all Christians from slavery and welcoming anyone, even Catholic laymen, to come under her holy banners.I smell heresy. Intensified heresy...
With lessons on poland's alternate history of bromance and mercenary contracts with imperium romanum.I wonder... do Poland and Lithuania have the decision to form the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth? This would be awesome. Think of it! Pro Fide, Lege et Rege: This Is Madness Edition!
Night, 6 November 1539
Chamber of the Imperial Council, Sacred Palace, Konstantinoupolis
Three men are standing beside the heavy ebony table standing in the middle of the chamber. No servants or eunuchs accompany them, nobody is pouring water or wine to the empty golden chalices put on a nearby tripod table. Darkness of the night is kept away from the chamber by candles in silver candelabra, which cast casting long shadows on the floor and walls. On the table lies a small map which is devoid of any decoration and appears to be very old. Despite that the attention of men standing beside the table seem to be attracted to the map with a great force, such is the intensity in their gaze.
One of them, a short man with grim expression on his smooth face rises his eyes from the map and turns his head to the left. Candlelight dances on golden embroider on his white silk robes.
DAVID GABRAS: Is this accurate?
Balding man holds his turban in his left arm, blue like the paludamentum he's wearing. With his right hand he's scraping golden brooch of Megas Droungarios encrusted with sapphires.
JAVIER ESPINOSA: I searched in every church, monastery and library on Ceylon for anything which would disprove this map. I didn't find it.
The third man straightens up his imposing posture looking at Espinosa above the map with his muscular arms folded across his chest. He wears no armor under his red chlamys. The ring of Megas Domestikos shines in the dark when the man strokes his beard.
DOMENICO MARTELLI: We should have known the moment the statue was discovered.
Megas Droungarios shows his teeth.
JAVIER ESPINOSA: There is a fine line between knowledge and heresy. Our actions can't be based on legends or myths.
He points with his turban at the map.
JAVIER ESPINOSA: The evidence however...
Gabras, now looking at the map, asks another question.
DAVID GABRAS: Have you told the Emperor?
Espinosa shakes his head.
JAVIER ESPINOSA: I've just received it from my servants. It would be unwise-
Martelli turns toward Megas Logothetes.
DOMENICO MARTELLI: What do we do?
David Gabras looks at both of his companions and starts to roll up the map.
DAVID GABRAS: I will tell him. I need both of you in the Palace for the foreseeable future, make the necessary preparations.
With map in his right hand he turns to Espinosa.
DAVID GABRAS: Notify the Senators. I want all of them to arrive in the City by the end of the year.
JAVIER ESPINOSA: With pleasure. May I ask why? The Senate session was not yet called by His Imperial Majesty.
Megas Logothetes looks at the map in his hand before answering.
DAVID GABRAS: He will.