Sunday 24th July 2005 - Session 4 - Western Shores Campaign
Current Game date - 12th of May 3250
Start of campaign Game date - 5th of May 3250
The town of Prenzlau in Uckermark, a Barony in the March of Ostmark
The Duchy of Irolo is made up of 2 duchies, 4 counties and 2 marches (a march being a more warlike county because it is on the border). Politically a Duchy is higher ranked than a March, which is higher ranked than a County.
Each of these areas has a number of Baronies and other fiefdoms. A Barony being a fiefdom ruled by a Baron outranks other kinds of fiefdoms (which may be ruled by sheriffs, or controlled by the ruler of the county/duchy/march until they assign a new person to take over).
The ruler of the entire Duchy of Irolo is the Grand Duchess Lorelia. But the ruler of Bayern merely addresses her as Duchess.
Recent raiding by Dornican pirates on the coast of Bayern infuriated the Duke Ludoldus to such an extent he petitioned Duchess Lorelia to mobilise the Bayern standing army, and what navy it had to destroy these pirates.
Lorelia did not want to get involved herself and Bayern mobilized anyway.
Irolo yet again suffered a minor civil war when the other regions mobilised troops to stop Bayern from exercising independent sovereignty without Irolon legalisation. It was during this time of war that Ostmark failed its feudal obligations for providing troops and funds. The Erbmarkgraf and son of Theodoric Willesuindis Recared, was in charge of this (as part of his training to be the next Markgraf).
During times of war, failing to fulfil feudal obligations is a treasonous act, but someone notified the erbMarkgraf before the troops could arrive for his execution, and he fled.
The conflict with Bayern has stopped, the Markgraf died in slightly mysterious circumstances, and now his niece, Freifrau Constantia has taken over as Markgrafin.
The Weeping Prince, an unknown Elf of tremendous magical power was seen of the coast of Bayern recently, alone on a half a boat. High Priest Albrecht warded the coast in time, but the Prince was seen to ignore the holy barriers.
The Hand of Loki has been quiet in the Duchy of Irolo for quite some time now. There have been no new acts of heretical terrorism against the Church and State for well over a month now and people are becoming nervous. They are expecting something to happen ever since the calling card of Varin the Serpent was seen in Bayern. It’s rumoured that this assassin was once a pirate and in league with the Dornicans.
Kartar is mobilizing. Several church seers which diligently watch the boarders to that foreign land have mentioned buildups of forces. They may start the Days of Death and Fire all over again.
Zylistan seems to be suffering from a series of civil wars. Better those lizards kill each other than look at us again.
The Church has once again brought up an Alchemist on heresy charges. The Hand of Odin (The Inquisition) has now increased the penalties for dabbling in longevity potions. Summary execution and damnation of the soul for tempting the Gods and defying their will.
Last year a dragon was reported to have flown over Irolo, in the Duchy of Irolo. The Duchess herself thought it was an omen, but at this anniversary date, there have been no further developments.
Last month there was a minor earthquake. No buildings fell down in this upheaval. But folk say the Gods did smite those of Ambria hardest. Especially in the north.
Halay steel has now doubled in price - very little is coming out of Zylistan.
There are various means of tracking things down that your characters will know of :-
Sages, Church officials/seers (the highest church official in Uckermark is the Patriarch of Odin), Private investigators, the Sheriff (Graf) and guards (The Graf of Uckermark handles most day-to-day legalities without bothering the baron.)
There are less legal avenues to explore as well. The town you are in is on the north shore of a lake, BTW.