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Adrogans
Jan 15, 2011, 01:04 PM
Thank you for the apology. I can't answer for the rest of your queries - no pun intended.

The you was meant more as the Council not as you the player.

Ekolite
Jan 15, 2011, 01:05 PM
To the Council of Minors, Others

Holy Gate hereby puts forwards Archibald Tarsenusis as a candidate for the Regency in the next election.

If elected, I would place at least one minor house in Imperial Office. Which position(s) are as yet undecided, but I would ask the Chamber of Minors to nominate whom should receive the office from amongst themselves. I am happy to discuss this item further with a representative of the COM.

Concerning the RKV's, I would continue with the project although if a better alternative was proposed I would reconsider.

My main priorities would be the symbiot threat, and the plague of E2. The Holy Gate will continue to lead, support and co-ordinate the development of a cure for the disease as it has been doing thus far.

I do not support changing the Imperial Charter, unless deemed absoultely neccessary.

I ask that you debate the merits of my candidacy amongst yourselves.

mgsmuhammad
Jan 15, 2011, 01:08 PM
Unless i'm deeply mistaken, the Council only ever asked for 2 posts.

...
Or do you consider the Church a part of our organisation?

Because i'm sorry to say, but it's not.

Nonetheless, if a negotiator was demanding three positions for minor houses, then we shall gladly find a suitable way to deal with the offending party once sufficient evidence is provided.

- Remi Remillard

Toteone
Jan 15, 2011, 01:22 PM
We were not going to name names as that is not our way, the tone was set because instead of operating from a position of give and take you devolved it to a position of take and take. This is not negotiation.

We believe a good compromise is one that leaves all sides disappointed but not angry.

We stand by that we acted as a messenger and portrayed the opinions accurately (how it came about as a demand for Bossheim, the Church or 3 offices I don't understand... I only asked for 2 houses or 1 minor house and the Church and sent some lists as suggestions (I think I even included the word suggestion and proposition in some of them, and asking for his opinion which maybe I should have called 'orders' though I think the Council would've given me flak for that). We have also been open with our actions in council and suggested in council that a speaker be elected, but until such it is necessary for someone to take initiative and we announces that we would send you messages in council. If House Query dislikes our language for their own reasons that is fine, but we insist that despite the lack of official messenger status we did our task well, coagulating opinion both actively and facilitating communication. We sincerely doubt negotiations could have become focused otherwise, though perhaps another house would be more suited to speak with Query.

In short, the Council was essentially making soft demands of give and take that were misunderstood. House Naprous made it clear to the council it would contact Query in return and subsequently transmitted these opinions with some agreement and no protest.
We feel we have done our job well, and that there appears to be 1) a difference in opinion between Query and the Council and that 2) our give-and-take was misunderstood because Naprous and Query's leaders have different personalities and language. Other houses certainly have no difficulties understanding our attitudes at different times, but we have had difficulties with Query before.

While we believe this was primarily a series of misunderstanding and are not the only one to blame we apologize for whatever we did wrong in our part of this.


To the Council of Minors, Others

Holy Gate hereby puts forwards Archibald Tarsenusis as a candidate for the Regency in the next election.

If elected, I would place at least one minor house in Imperial Office. Which position(s) are as yet undecided, but I would ask the Chamber of Minors to nominate whom should receive the office from amongst themselves. I am happy to discuss this item further with a representative of the COM.

Concerning the RKV's, I would continue with the project although if a better alternative was proposed I would reconsider.

My main priorities would be the symbiot threat, and the plague of E2. The Holy Gate will continue to lead, support and co-ordinate the development of a cure for the disease as it has been doing thus far.

I do not support changing the Imperial Charter, unless deemed absoultely neccessary.

I ask that you debate the merits of my candidacy amongst yourselves.

While Naprous will take no further active part in any discussions whatsoever we hope Holy Gate will be elected as we certainly have a productive and upstanding history of diplomacy. We appreciate not being vilified for example when last year there were some efficient negotiations then a defense complication and a subsequent compensation. That is, we think Holy Gate is reasonable and communicative and understanding of at least our communicative tone and informative to us as of likes and dislikes and misunderstandings. They are also an extremely pious and upstanding house.
Good luck and May the Pancreator bless your standing for the Regency!

germanicus12
Jan 15, 2011, 01:49 PM
House Eekin feels the CoM has betrayed their founding principles, we will not list them here in respect of the current members but we have left the CoM and will no longer be affiliated with such a corrupt organization.

Toteone
Jan 15, 2011, 01:57 PM
House Naprous is leaving the CoM as well, not because we find flaws with it but because we hope to campaign for integrating the CoM and the House Records in order to avoid communicative issues (though we believe we expressed ourselves well as a medium if not with sufficient florid/humble prose and sensitivity in the particular case). We believe the Empire should communicate in a shared House Records and share in offices roughly proportionate to the numbers of scepters held, with a preference for noble houses, and in particular major noble houses --- as has been our position all along.
That is all we have to say on these matters, and as we are without a vote and do not wish for any office due to our lack of a scepter and the ongoing plague we are done with these matters until the next cycle, and extend our best wishes to the CoM, and our hopes for the election of Holy Gate or a reelection of Klorin to the Regency, and politely until then state this one time, firmly, that we hope to see the House Records allow minor house participation, though we are firmly loyal and without rancour regardless.

Kentharu
Jan 15, 2011, 01:59 PM
House Eekin obviously didn't read the founding principles or really any of the discussion taking place in the CoM. We were not talking about voting as a block, nor were we forcing anyone to do anything. It was a discussion of candidates as far as I'm concerned. It is rather silly to leave on a whim because you what, didn't get a position? Get over it.

germanicus12
Jan 15, 2011, 02:07 PM
We do not need to command the Fleet, nor do we need to command anything. I never asked to be placed in command of anything for my vote. You just put me in there. I just found it insulting that you after you placed my name as Fleet commander you immediately turned around and replaced my name with another house... a Major one at that without even consulting with us, it is not an insult we will forget so easily, and it could have been forgiven and even accepted had you brought this up with Eekin first.

Since you did not bring up the other issues I will remain quiet on those. But I will mention that I fully did understand the founding principles of the CoM, you explained them to me and it was the reason I ended up joining. Now those principles are not followed as much anymore... and for what? Votes? You want power... by all means go ahead and get what positions you can. Just do not expect me to show you compassion when you find out you are in over your head. Emperor Vladimir and our house suffered for our power hungry ways and we have learned since then. Do not make the same mistakes we did.

spryllino
Jan 15, 2011, 02:12 PM
Nobles of the Empire, listen if you will listen to nothing else to self-evident good sense! The Council of Minors has not done anything. We have not solicited the candidacy of any Major Houses, and any such soliciting of candidacies was not in keeping with the resolutions of the Council, as no resolution has been made. We really can't see why you couldn't all hold your fire until the Council had finished discussing the matter, and leaving in disgust when nothing has happened is not appropriate or productive. Noble Eekin, note that House Naprous, which has now left the Council anyway, was not speaking for the Council in laying out those plans, and we have no desire whatsoever to see house A or B placed in a position at the expense of your House, and we have no doubt that no other Minor Houses seriously do either given the reputation of Houses A and B.

We do hope you will rejoin, because not only did we not have any founding principles to break, but we did not actually resolve to do anything at all with regard to the election that might have broken them even if they had existed. We would never have resolved on anything that might have met with your pronounced objections, and we desire and request you to return. While there may be the occasional House pressing overenthusiastically and entirely selfishly for Imperial positions, we assure you that, while politics is not beneath the Council, and we ourselves entirely approve of its political potential, you would not have been pressed into voting for anyone, nor could you have been, and you stood and still stand to lose nothing and gain much from membership in the Council.

House Naprous is not considered by House Texier to have had any authority on the matter of electioneering, nor to have done its assumed task well at all.

In short, we can only say that literally nothing has happened to make anyone get cross. We urge you to return to a state of normal calm as befits your pedigrees and personal reputations.

OOC: For goodness sake, Adrogans, stop it. You do this too often and it wastes space and time and ruins the game. Besides, it is entirely characteristic of nobles to keep on politicking in times of crisis.

Diamondeye
Jan 15, 2011, 02:13 PM
Currently, things are going too fast for the whole council to be in on what is being discussed. We ask for time for people to respond to the latest developments in the debate. A group such as the Council of Minors needs time for its members to all discuss and agree upon things, and these last, hasty developments in the communication with House Query, the related misunderstandings, and the fact that House Eekin has now left the Council are results of hasty and non-representive action. While House Naprous no doubt made their efforts to further the interests of all the Minor Noble Houses, we can now see that they have not done so adequately. Please note that this is not a critique or distancing move - and that I am not currently speaking for the Council of Minors, but only my own opinion.

The Council of Minors should not be regarded as a rigid organization that forces the hand of any of its members; It is a place of discussion and coorporation for the Houses Minor. Nowhere in the Charter of the Council is it demanded that the Chamber votes in unison; The idea to do so to win more influence in proceedings is a natural extension of the spirit of coorporation, but is in no way absolute.

This is the view of House Bossheaim only, and not the opinion of the Council of Minors.

Kentharu
Jan 15, 2011, 02:15 PM
We do not need to command the Fleet, nor do we need to command anything. I never asked to be placed in command of anything for my vote. You just put me in there. I just found it insulting that you after you placed my name as Fleet commander you immediately turned around and replaced my name with another house... a Major one at that without even consulting with us, it is not an insult we will forget so easily, and it could have been forgiven and even accepted had you brought this up with Eekin first.

Since you did not bring up the other issues I will remain quiet on those. But I will mention that I fully did understand the founding principles of the CoM, you explained them to me and it was the reason I ended up joining. Now those principles are not followed as much anymore... and for what? Votes? You want power... by all means go ahead and get what positions you can. Just do not expect me to show you compassion when you find out you are in over your head. Emperor Vladimir and our house suffered for our power hungry ways and we have learned since then. Do not make the same mistakes we did.

You are an idiot.

Diamondeye
Jan 15, 2011, 02:19 PM
You are an idiot.

I do in no way mean to "play moderator", but I really think we should keep this civil.

Kentharu
Jan 15, 2011, 02:21 PM
I'm being civil. Can't a civil person state facts?

Northen Wolf
Jan 15, 2011, 02:23 PM
IC
House of Hyppean finds these talks of giving minor houses seats of Power to be equal to blasphemy. Minor houses are "minor" for a reason.

However House of Hyppean is willing to let Lady Sleeping to become leader of the Imperial Garrison again. House of Hyppean's main concern is that Empire is lead by those who are capable currently and have proven to be capable in the past.

/OOC I see no IC reason why should I support "minor" lords. However I MAY vote for minor houses. Depending of what other major houses believe.

Toteone
Jan 15, 2011, 02:25 PM
House Naprous apologizes for its part in supporting Eekin for fleet and then suggesting another house. We did not believe we would offend anyone as we thought we were laundering ideas, and we noticed a lot of hunger in different houses for position and were hoping to, through active discussion to arrive at a common point acceptable to all and with skillfull and experienced commanders in all positions.
We maintain this would not happen with a joint forum for political discussions.

If it is acceptable to all and would help the situation then please consider House Naprous to also* have resigned from the CoM over its role in this event and borne the burden of its mistake in the part of acting a messenger.

*other than as a statement of communicative unity

Darksaber1
Jan 15, 2011, 02:25 PM
:wow::dubious: What the Halibut?

Kentharu
Jan 15, 2011, 02:28 PM
You don't have to resign. The point was to discuss stuff. If you don't give people a chance to discuss anything then you are just doing a disservice to yourself.

IC:

House Kilgore believes that House Hyppean can shove it.

Kyzarc Fotjage
Jan 15, 2011, 02:32 PM
As the founder of the CoM I would like to say that most if not all negotiation done between any members and the Major Houses has been purely speculative and the Council has merely been discussing potential candidates, not trying to force any candidates to vote a certain way. There has not been any vote taken and we don't have something even close to a plan yet. We haven't been discussing getting Position purely for political power, we've been examining each candidate mostly for their suitability for the job. Each candidate, not each House. While we want a Minor House to have an Imperial Position, we feel that is more because of the Minor Houses have a larger selection of nobles, some of whom have very specific skills that would be very effective in a position.

edit: and any decision we do come to wouldn't be forcing a Regent candidate to put certain nobles into power, something which would prove impossible as once a regent is elected he could simply place whomever he wants in for the next four years. House Quin will forcibly dissolve the Council if the Council does attempt to coerce the Regent in such a way, as it we feel that it would be violating the founding principles of both the Council and the Imperium. A puppet ruler is useless to everyone.

Ekolite
Jan 15, 2011, 02:33 PM
House Hyppean, what is more blasphemous? Allowing a minor noble a place in office, or endangering the unity and stability of this Empire by prohibitting it?

Kentharu
Jan 15, 2011, 02:34 PM
As the founder of the CoM I would like to say that most if not all negotiation done between any members and the Major Houses has been purely speculative and the Council has merely been discussing potential candidates, not trying to force any candidates to vote a certain way. There has not been any vote taken and we don't have something even close to a plan yet. We haven't been discussing getting Position purely for political power, we've been examining each candidate mostly for their suitability for the job. Each candidate, not each House. While we want a Minor House to have an Imperial Position, we feel that is more because of the Minor Houses have a larger selection of nobles, some of whom have very specific skills that would be very effective in a position.

^This

Toteone
Jan 15, 2011, 02:36 PM
You don't have to resign. The point was to discuss stuff. If you don't give people a chance to discuss anything then you are just doing a disservice to yourself.

If you say so we will rejoin fortwith. However if accepted we will keep a low profile as we are sorry that our attempt to communicate effectively with Query by making loose proposals and noting the variable degrees of support has led to upsetting Query and Eekin by enormous misunderstanding and being too proactive... even though we seem to get on well with Klorin, Holy Gate, Bossheim, Remillard, Tsedeq, and the Guilders, so perhaps it is not just our fault.

OOC: On that note I am going to bed, since I have to sleep and do some work and stuff tomorrow. I'll stay out for the next week and try not to muck anyone up.

Northen Wolf
Jan 15, 2011, 02:41 PM
House Hyppean, what is more blasphemous? Allowing a minor noble a place in office, or endangering the unity and stability of this Empire by prohibitting it?

As I said before, House of Hyppean sees no reason claim initiative to start voting for minor house. However, if minor houses present a strong enough canditate and other Major houses agree that minor houses offer is better than what "rightful" houses have to offer, we will vote for minor house.

Ekolite
Jan 15, 2011, 02:44 PM
OOC: Only the Regent is an elected role, the other offices are then appointed by the regent.

Northen Wolf
Jan 15, 2011, 02:53 PM
Never mind me.

thomas.berubeg
Jan 15, 2011, 03:24 PM
From the Desk of the Imperial Regent:

We ask that all take a deep breath and stop this bickering in light of the more important issues affecting the Imperium. Should the Plague get off E2, there will be no-one left, and should the Symbiots break through from Stigmata, again, these petty issues will be Nothing. The Fall of the Great Republic to the Symbiots will be nothing compared to the doom which will envelope us all. Imperial positions are to be given to those who would best hold back the tides of evil threatening to overwhelm us. Some people are naturally Gifted at certain tasks, and should be placed in those seats, regardless of the political clout they bring to the table. However, Human Nature being what it is, the product of a flawed perfection, we tend to forget these facts for the sake of more power. That being said, while, in principle, we believe that the church should exist for the sake of our spiritual guidance and protection, if any of their Scepter holders obviously outperforms potential candidates from the houses, then they should be appointed the position.

On the Matter of Minor Houses, we wonder whether they have truly thought through the implications of holding an imperial Position. The duties and responsibilities of the Imperial Offices require complete attention, leaving no possibilities for the guidance of their own house. This would clearly leave the houses of the holders of an Imperial position in a state of chaos, as there would be little guidance from the top. The Major houses, on the other hand, have the Leadership manpower necessary to control their houses as well as hold offices. However, as previously stated, we believe that the imperial offices should go to those most qualified, as long as they are willing to put their all into the task at hand.

Additionally, though we had contemplated not Running for Regent again, the troubles and trials of the time, as well as the words of good friends, have convinced us that a change in power and policy would be dangerous for the continued safety of the Imperium. As such, We, Dain Kawalen Klorin, Imperial Regent, Protector of the Phoenix Throne, are running for Imperial Regent again.

We plan to Continue the creation of RKVs, to smite the Symbiots from their toehold within our space. We also hope to increase the strength of the Imperial Fleet, so as to ensure the safe travel of all within the Boundaries of the Imperium. Additionally, We plan to centralize power within the Imperium, so that the taint of Republicanism never stirs us from the Path of the Pancreator. While we recognize that this very taint was what colored our first term, we have learned from our mistakes in trying to Amend the Imperial charter.


OOC: I do think, though, that this politicking is entirly in character for nobles jockeying for power.

Darksaber1
Jan 15, 2011, 03:30 PM
OOC: I do think, though, that this politicking is entirly in character for nobles jockeying for power.

[OOC: I agree most wholeheartedly.

Besides, all I want is a Regent and Post-holder that will prevent use "getting eted up" by civil-war and Symbionts.

And the thing right behind your head.

spryllino
Jan 15, 2011, 03:37 PM
OOC: We Minors do have two ACCs each, thomas.

spryllino
Jan 15, 2011, 04:00 PM
House Texier declares its candidacy for the Regency.

We would be competent and energetic organisers as ever, with our renowned capacity for neutrality, tact, and etiquette. We would intend to be scrupulous in our running of the Regency and we would not enrich ourself at the Regency's expense; we desire nothing but the glory of serving the Empire well, and we have so few temporal possessions that it can be scarcely imagined that we would dare to hope to become the greatest of Houses merely through that.

We would take a more active role than House Klorin has been doing in organising the actions of the Empire and coordinating the Imperial Offices. We would install candidates in the Imperial Offices on the basis of merit, and we promise not to amend the Imperial constitution nor interfere in its workings. We would, however, supervise the actions of the Office holders and ensure that they were not ways for houses to enrich themselves.

We intend a conservative agenda, and we desire that our Regency would bring about a Ciceronian concordia ordinum whereby both Major and Minor Houses would, within the current constitution, hold power in cooperation, trust, and mutual supervision, without the need for radical reform from a Minor perspective or the need for anyone to worry about the monopolisation of offices by Major or Minor Houses. In short, with a Minor Regent, Minor Houses need not worry about their lack of power, and with Major magistrates (we intend), Major Houses need not worry about them losing power to the Minors.

In essence, electing a Minor Regent would quell this absurd partisanship that has been infecting the Empire recently by removing its root cause, the potential of either type of House to monopolise power. We do not want to reform government if elected.

From the perspective of the Church and guilds, you may expect that this same stability, coordination, and competent government that we can offer will be of the utmost profit to your trade and stability.

Adrogans
Jan 15, 2011, 04:41 PM
The Query respect the Regent's request and since discussion with several minor houses on the subject it appears most of this was the result of the messages being sent and how they were as opposed to actual intentions of this council.

Diamondeye
Jan 15, 2011, 05:46 PM
While we are certainly flaunted by your compassion in making known the burden that an Imperial Office would heave onto those who seek to lift its responsibilities, we are still interested in the prospect of a minor house assuming the mantle of one of the Imperial Offices. We concur that these positions should be given with merit rather than gain in mind, and we are still interested in the prospect.

It is the opinion that the best candidate for each Imperial Office is as follows - and we hope that you will all recognize it for what it is, great honours, and not be insulted by any of the suggestions or have petty quabbles that "you are a better candidate" - we are merely stating our own opinion for others to consider.

For the Imperial Fleet, we recommend all would-be Regents the honoured Garik Harnoth, current Garrison Commander and member of the Major House Hyppean.

For the Imperial Eye, we recommend Tebryn Arbandi XII of our own Minor Noble House, who has shown his noble spirit and dedication on several occassions and is proving his worth providing relief efforts on Errovus Secondus even as we discuss this.

For the Imperial Garrison, we recommend Judy Sleeping of the Brothers Battle. She has shown her dedication and mettle in the position earlier and would be an ideal candidate.

We are currently not determined as to who we will choose to support as Regent; We will weigh each option carefully and would very much like to hear every Candidate's proposed array of Imperial Officers.

Ekolite
Jan 15, 2011, 08:48 PM
The Holy Gate plans to give the garisson to Judy Sleeping if elected Regent, we feel she is best suited to the role.

Kyzarc Fotjage
Jan 15, 2011, 09:24 PM
The three best choices that House Quin sees for Fleet Commander are as follows
# Sir ‘Hellwind’ Eekin ( scepter-bound) space fleet command experience, grimson legion command experience, military training, pious follower of Brothers Battle crusader code, industrialist
# General Iferius Bliel (scepter-holder): military fleet command experience, tactician, officer training, impolite, unpious, honor-bound (arrakis)
# Dante Labis (sceptre-holder), personal weapons training, military command training, fleet command experience, political and diplomatic liability, unpopular with nobility, reformist, current imperial fleet commander, willingness to sacrifice

All three are skilled combat leaders and have a great deal of experience in fleet command. As Dante has proven himself an able commander during the defense of Stigmata and changing such a vital position in the middle of a major fight is dangerous we agree with Tebryn of Bossheaim, he should stay on as Commander.

germanicus12
Jan 16, 2011, 01:19 AM
Of the above list we feel Dante Labis would be the wiser choice given his more wider experiences. But his recent responses against the Symbiot and Pirate threat does raise several questions, we are willing to overlook this and even work Dante Labis if he would allow Eekin space-ships to work with the Imperial Fleet under their Authority. The distinct lack of Space Fleet Command may be the reason why his response to the threats above but this alone should not be the main reason. He is still one of the more capable officers we have in the Imperium and we should not so easily overlook such a man.

The second more wiser choice we believe would be Sir Hellwind Eekin, as stated above he does have Space Fleet Command, and should Judy Sleeping be placed in command of the Garrison, would have two pious followers of the most warrior-oriented sects in the church and follow the warrior's code, thus allowing their leaderships in these troubling times to show their colors and inspire their individual commands to rise up and exceed their challenges. Sir Hellwind Eekin, if given the position of Fleet Command, would accept it with a heavy heart, but we also expect that if given the command that upon the successful conclusion of the Symbiot war that the Regency accepts our resignation and search for a replacement.

We have no other candidates, General Iferius Bliel, while a good commander lacks the necessary resources to wage a short and victorious war with minimal casualties, (note I expect that either one of us who commands the Fleet will lose a lot of good men, and without trying to discredit such a great leader, we feel he does not have the necessary "smarts" to command a large fleet in space.) He may prove us wrong and we love to be proved wrong when it helps the Imperium as a whole, though it may hurt our warrior pride. :p

This is just our opinions of the overall picture should Judy Sleeping be appointed as Garrison Commander. Though even if the Garrison Commander remains in the same hands our opinions still do not change much. If anyone is insulted in the above list Eekin apologizes, this is our version of the skills the three candidates will bring to the position if they were asked to take it and our poor attempt at seeing the future.

spryllino
Jan 16, 2011, 05:11 AM
House Texier largely intends to maintain the current officers in position (so Dante Labis, Garik Harnoth, and Helena van Hersula), as have all done their jobs perfectly well so far, although we may consider an alternative for one office, in which case we may see the virtue of Tebryn Arbandi XII for the Eye; we might even consider some kind of joint holding of that office, and anyway it strikes us as an excellent idea that if two people held the same office, and both received the Eye's intelligence, which is, of course, of supreme importance to the security of the state, the intelligence could be much better considered, examined, and acted upon. Equally, two commanders holding each other in check would make sure that no-one could suspect that they are abusing their position. We would certainly choose no more than one Minor House because we desire a balance of power and the concord between the Majors and Minors that has been so lacking recently. However, generally speaking, those currently in position have done their job perfectly well and changing the officers would achieve very little.

Of course, this is an opinion we may well change as we have more or less reason to trust the officials in question on the basis of their future actions.


As for actual policies, as I said before, we intend non-intervention in the runnings of the Imperial Office. We intend to zealously ensure that they are not acting at cross-purposes, but yet we also intend to allow them to devise the agenda. On the other hand, we will take a more active role in coordinating the actions of Houses on the thread and attempting to settle any disputes that might arise. In short, we will not be more active in our Regency but also less pushy, and we will try to rule by the consent of all the Houses.

Therefore, we will not hold a policy on the Symbiots (apart from that it goes without saying that we will fight them) because this is the job of the Garrison or Fleet commander, and we will not hold a policy on the plague for now because it may well have radically changed by the time we take up office. Our general policy is one of not changing the constitution and generally acting in a conservative manner.

Immaculate
Jan 16, 2011, 11:46 AM
From the Collective Cardinals and Archbishops of the Universal Church of Celestial Light
To All:

We hereby recognize the Holy Gate faith as a sect of the Orthodoxy. As such, we hereby appoint the Patriarch of the sect, Archibald Tarsenusis, the rank of Archbishop within the Church of Celestial Light.

Further, we recognize the sect of Holy Gate as an archbishopric with Archibald Tarsenusis as it shepherd.

Walk in Celestial Light.

Amen.

LDiCesare
Jan 16, 2011, 11:52 AM
it strikes us as an excellent idea that if two people held the same office, and both received the Eye's intelligence, which is, of course, of supreme importance to the security of the state, the intelligence could be much better considered, examined, and acted upon. Equally, two commanders holding each other in check would make sure that no-one could suspect that they are abusing their position.
(...)
Our general policy is one of not changing the constitution and generally acting in a conservative manner.
If I hear you well, changing the constitution to have 2 people in charge of a single office is not changing the constitution?

House Tsedeq strongly disagrees with this idea. It is a Republican idea and should therefore remain in the grave it deserves. The annals of the Grand Republic tell of the battle of Kann where the Republic army was led by two generals, to check each other as you suggest. The result was that the least competent general, Varro, was in command when the Symbiots attacked, and the nobler Paullus was unable to defeat the Symbiots. This wouldn't have happened had he been put in charge alone. Splitting powers is not the way of the Imperium and suggesting that such a split is not a major change to the Imperial Charter is laughable.

spryllino
Jan 16, 2011, 12:01 PM
No, it's not a change to the constitution, it's just giving two people the same job, and there is no sense whatsoever in which it's republican. Why should it not be entirely beneficial for the state for two magistrates to be in such a position of importance so they can consult with each other on all matters? The Constitution remains, as ever, a wholly monarchistic one, and having one more minister does not affect that at all. Besides, this is the Eye and not the Garrison. The Garrison having two commanders is absurd for reasons peculiar to the Garrison that do not apply to the Eye, where consultation can only improve the execution of that office.

We have not, in any case, decided our firm support in the matter, and in all matters we do hold and intend to continue to hold the Houses' opinions in the highest esteem, and our plan clearly relies on the support of Bossheaim and Holy Gate, which we have not yet received. We are sure that if all three of our noble Houses do not see this as improper, that it must have some reason behind it in eyes other than our own, and we are sure that it will consequently fall at the first hurdle if it is widely unacceptable to the Houses. We intend to rule by consent, in this matter as well as others, if elected, and that is the most important principle that we will nominate officers by.

Adrogans
Jan 16, 2011, 12:03 PM
Why create a conflict where none is needed? One person per Imperial position is all you need. This prospect seems more about garnering votes than actually getting the job done.

We have all seen the danger of having too many generals stirring the same pot. Why do this with the most important positions in Humanity?

Immaculate
Jan 16, 2011, 12:09 PM
EDIT; Ignore me.

Diamondeye
Jan 16, 2011, 12:21 PM
House Bossheaim dislikes the notion of two people maintaining the same position of command synchroneously. We would like to point out that Tebryn Arbandi XII would be more than willing to put his person of use to the commander of the Imperial Eye as an advisor, though, should he not assume the office after the election.

spryllino
Jan 16, 2011, 12:24 PM
We withdraw our suggestion in the face of opposition, in the spirit of ruling by consent, and we should be glad to invite House Bossheaim or House Holy Gate to the House Records as an official adviser to the other one instead, which is also satisfactory, if elected.


We assure you, if all we wanted was to garner votes, there are better ways. For one thing we would have asked the houses in question what they thought of the idea before suggesting that we might do it. :p

Adrogans
Jan 16, 2011, 12:25 PM
EDIT; Ignore me.

But you are so Important that we cannot ignore you!
:lol:

Ekolite
Jan 16, 2011, 12:27 PM
Holy Gate believes in compromise, and so would not be opposed to a kind of power sharing arrangement with regards to the Imperial Eye. In fact, the Eye being shared between a major and a minor house would allow both to keep the other in check and therefore tame any fears that the Eye's assets could be used in a hostile manner towards themselves or their allies.

Kyzarc Fotjage
Jan 16, 2011, 12:36 PM
and if both wish to use an asset? Having two commanders can have benefits, being able to deal with twice as much as before, but at the risk of total paralysis. A disagreement between the two commanders can bring the entire branch to a halt as they bicker, if I recall correctly a common problem in the Republic's Senate. Having a single commander, while limiting the Eye a bit, would make certain that the Eye is able to respond with speed and a united power to internal threats to the Imperium.

Ekolite
Jan 16, 2011, 12:40 PM
If there is a disagreement, the Regent could have a casting vote I suppose? The way I see it the two commanders would not use assets individually, they would decide what to do together and then carry it out between them.

Terrance888
Jan 16, 2011, 12:41 PM
I propose that an Imperial Commander, with consent of another ACC, can make said ACC his or her deputy in expanding the function of said Imperial Command for emergencies. The deputy shall be compensated or not depending on whether he/she volenteer, how well the job is done, and the opportunity cost to the ACC's house.

Diamondeye
Jan 16, 2011, 12:41 PM
We believe House Quin has phrased our worries accurately.

spryllino
Jan 16, 2011, 12:43 PM
We believe we have already settled the matter of what our policy should be on the issue by incorporating House Bossheaim's excellent proposal into our manifesto. :p We believe that that suggestion solves most of the same issues that having two commanders would solve, while it does not have many of the problems that having two commanders might create.

Kentharu
Jan 16, 2011, 12:53 PM
We have no other candidates, General Iferius Bliel, while a good commander lacks the necessary resources to wage a short and victorious war with minimal casualties, (note I expect that either one of us who commands the Fleet will lose a lot of good men, and without trying to discredit such a great leader, we feel he does not have the necessary "smarts" to command a large fleet in space.) He may prove us wrong and we love to be proved wrong when it helps the Imperium as a whole, though it may hurt our warrior pride.

The General would like to point out that the fleet has its own resources, including funding and ships. Resources are not that much of a mitigating factor. That being said, the General does not care any position but the Eye, and he does agree for the most part with what House Eekin has to say. If, however, he is appointed he will serve to the very best of his ability. If not appointed, the General doesn't really care about that either. :p

hbar
Jan 17, 2011, 03:07 PM
To all Houses, Guilds, and Sects;

House Sanctious'Als has just been elected as Chairman of the Council of Minors. As such, I will be the official spokesperson for the Council, and all Council diplomacy should go through me. Of course, you are free to conduct diplomacy with the individual minor houses as you see fit.

I look forward to working with all of you. Walk in Light.

Ophit'Al of the Sanctious'Als

Darksaber1
Jan 18, 2011, 11:09 AM
Sooo, any Ideas on When?...

Diamondeye
Jan 18, 2011, 11:14 AM
I had the idea "immidiately", but Immaculate might not share it :p

Immaculate
Jan 18, 2011, 11:29 AM
Not for a bit- so sorry everyone.

thomas.berubeg
Jan 18, 2011, 11:54 AM
ah, cruel people tricking us.

hbar
Jan 18, 2011, 05:13 PM
The Manor on the Hill

The night came, and she went wandering again, the cool desert air holding her thoughts like a vial, keeping away the terrors that came in her dreams. She had not slept for nearly a week, and her vision swam and spun in a hypnotic pattern. She walked for the sake of walking, for the calm it gave, and for the chance to escape the palace that had become her prison. She walked to think, and she walked to forget, forget the words of her ministers and advisors.

"Belgit," they said, "your brother will likely die."

The plague had ripped though their holdings on Errovus Secundus like a rumor through a slum, and yet he insisted on opening the gates and aiding the wounded. With every noble on E2 sealing their fortresses and shunning the freemen, Ophit had insisted that he do God's work and help heal the helpless. On his last transmission, he had looked pale and ragged, but he would not quit. I will do His bidding until He lays me to rest. Belgit's eyes welled with tears when she turned over his last transmission to her like an hourglass, the words falling like sand. It is the only way to know we are redeemed.

She walked the dusty streets and alleys of Ter'Als, safe in the anonymity of a mourner's cloak, following the path that her feet laid before her. She came to a hill topped by an old manor, possessed with the stately decay of a Noble's forgotten hideaway, unused but untouched for fear of an master no one remembers. The windows of the spire that topped the tallest turret shone with a light that pierced through the melancholy shroud of Belgit's mood. Intrigued, she strode up the path and tried the door. It opened to a dark room, furniture draped in heavy cloth and covered in years of dust. On the far side was a stairway, bathed in the same light as the turret. Climbing the spiral staircase brought her to a room of windows and light, looking over the valley beyond the hill. The light was the first rays of dawn, reflecting and refracting through the glass, like a beacon in the pre-dawn darkness. As she looked out over the eastern valley, a voice spoke into her mind.

Belgit, child of light, House of sinners redeemed. You will build Me a house here, a grand monastery of stone and glass. You will study My light and teach My word, for I am the dawn and the dusk. You will learn of fire and light, of sin and punishment, and you will carry the power of my Sun against those who would harm you. Do this for Me, and your house will be saved.

The words burned in her mind like the afterimage of the sun as she fell, slowly, to the floor. In a small room atop a tall tower, the girl slipped into a cool, calm sleep, unassailed by dreams for the first time since the darkness of the plague settled upon her brother's house. As the last threads of consciousness unraveled, she murmured aloud, "Wait out the night, dear brother. Dawn is coming."

Immaculate
Jan 18, 2011, 05:23 PM
Dice say otherwise Hbar.


Oh- and I REALLY like your story- lots of flavor.

spryllino
Jan 18, 2011, 05:25 PM
But... I don't want this plague to be proven to affect sceptre holders. :(

Seon
Jan 18, 2011, 05:27 PM
But... I don't want this plague to be proven to affect sceptre holders. :(

Read Authorithy's diplo few pages back.

Immaculate
Jan 18, 2011, 05:27 PM
Not finishing rolling dice yet but so far there are three dead ACC, all with scepters- can't say what they died from though.

Seon
Jan 18, 2011, 05:28 PM
We will do as best we can with our ravaged infrastructure.

cough,Garren Grimkill

Ah yes, here it is.

Terrance888
Jan 18, 2011, 05:28 PM
Wow... Wonder if a pirate 'House' will try to form?

spryllino
Jan 18, 2011, 05:30 PM
Ah yes, here it is.

:lol: I see.

Seon
Jan 18, 2011, 05:31 PM
I bet 2 firebirds that Garrim dies this turn.

hbar
Jan 18, 2011, 05:37 PM
Dice say otherwise Hbar.

:'(

Well, he was the moral compass of my house, so maybe now things will get a little more ... interesting. :mischief:

Adrogans
Jan 18, 2011, 05:51 PM
Please Immac I hope it isn't the ACC I just spent all that time doing a story on :please:

Ekolite
Jan 18, 2011, 06:12 PM
Out of interest just what exactly happens when a sceptre holder dies? Do you lose the sceptre?

Adrogans
Jan 18, 2011, 06:16 PM
I believe they get transfered in your House/Guild/Church per your internal structure.

Seon
Jan 18, 2011, 06:18 PM
Unless they get stolen/lost in space/destroyed. I think.

Toteone
Jan 18, 2011, 06:26 PM
They should be pretty difficult to even damage.

Immaculate
Jan 18, 2011, 08:16 PM
No scepter has been destroyed yet but then again, no one has tried to destroy one yet either. they do survive bumps and scratches though.

When a scepter-bound dies, anyone else can begin binding to the scepter (basically just spend a lot of time in very close proximity). Within 4-5 years, the scepter and individual are bound and that individual ceases to age, gains protection to poison and disease (ncluding oddly enough genetic diseases they may already be suffering from), heals faster and can use the scepter to communicate with other scepter-bound at a distance. They also gain the ability to vote anonymously using the scepter.

Northen Wolf
Jan 19, 2011, 04:50 AM
Not finishing rolling dice yet but so far there are three dead ACC, all with scepters- can't say what they died from though.

Obviously 2 of those 3 are my ACC who were in fighting symbiots.

Diamondeye
Jan 19, 2011, 04:53 AM
As long as the third is not Tebryn Arbandi XII.... :sad:

hbar
Jan 19, 2011, 10:28 AM
Immaculate, the location of my ACCs has been switched at some point. It is currently
Action-Capable Characters:
Ophit’Al (sceptreholder): garrison combat experience, hardened, honorable, very pious, beloved of the Blossoms, distrusts the charioteers (arrakis)
Belgit’Al: loyal, chivalrous, pious, very generous (errovus secondus)

But at the beginning of the game, it was (yay copypasta!)
Ophit’Al (sceptreholder): garrison experience, hardened, honorable, very pious (errovus secondus)
Belgit’Al: loyal, chivalrous, pious, inexperienced

Since you've hinted that one of my characters is headed for an unpleasant end, I want to make sure it's the right one. Ophit'Al has been on E2 this whole time (with my scepter, unfortunately), and his sister, Belgit'Al, remains on Arrakis.

That is, unless they pulled the 'ol switcheroo on me without my knowledge.

Immaculate
Jan 19, 2011, 10:31 AM
They'll show up correctly in the stats posted with the update.

So sorry Hbar.

Toteone
Jan 19, 2011, 10:44 AM
Remillard has aging machines though, they sound pretty neat (they can't make you younger than 30 though?).
This devestation makes me feel a bit better about being so foolish as to borrow the use of a Frog Yacht when I sold mine off coz I thought it was dangerous...
But otoh its bad for the Imperium. I hope at least its not infighting.

Immaculate
Jan 19, 2011, 03:52 PM
Some people cannot see the maps. If you cannot see them, please say so- this has led to some problems for the Bossheim who thought their fiefs were on the eastern continent on E2.

If you cannot see the maps, try:

E2: http://i54.tinypic.com/2hcq7ep.jpg
Stigmata: http://i53.tinypic.com/53sl68.jpg
Hubbard: http://i51.tinypic.com/rlgm7p.jpg
Assimov: http://i55.tinypic.com/35a69fs.jpg
Clarke: http://i56.tinypic.com/1424hfl.jpg
Arrakis: http://i52.tinypic.com/jzid0k.jpg
Incellia: http://i52.tinypic.com/15d98r4.jpg

IF you can't see the maps, get someone to e-mail them to you or something.

Diamondeye
Jan 19, 2011, 04:36 PM
They are on the eastern side of the main continent, though. I actually think that's what I meant :p

But still, thanks :)

Immaculate
Jan 19, 2011, 04:37 PM
OH- my bad.

I have to go and rewrite part of the update. DAMN- i read too fast.

thomas.berubeg
Jan 19, 2011, 08:55 PM
hehehe... there I was, hopeing that seeing your name there meant it was here :(

Toteone
Jan 20, 2011, 10:24 PM
It'll be there when it's there...
(I only wanted to try saying that once :'D ... lol, only reason I don't mind for this update is coz of my temporarily heavy homework and diplo fiasco incident atm.)

Immaculate
Jan 20, 2011, 11:56 PM
Twenty-Three Hundred and Three ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDztrw_0N8M)



Fighting Monsters

On Stigmata, Cannon Private Rage Song of the Brothers Battle has been assigned to Garik’s assault on Hive Nysrough.

January, 2303 Saint Baelius has seen fit to send me forth once more, to do battle with the demons that are the symbiot for the glory of my soul and my brotherhood. Pancreator willing, I will die bringing flame to the enemy. The only problem is that we must wait almost 180 days for Tenith Erona of House Hyppean to arrive from Arrakis.

Until then, I must be patient.


Bleached Bones

On Arrakis, Houses Vanarii and Xicier continue to develop their capacity for large-scale trade. This attracts minor nobles, serfs and bandits, all eager to make some money. The Stormwind tribe are one such group of desert raiders.

February, 2303 The Stormwind raider kept his cowl tight around his face and squinted into the blowing sands. In his hands he gripped the assault rifle loosely, his finger near but not on the trigger. But today his mission was not to attack; he was merely a scout. Below him, in the valley, following a cracked and dry river-bed, Xicier engineers were digging a trench and fitting it with cables and a pipeline. He knew that the cables would bring Xicier power to the Vanarii and that the pipeline would bring Vanarii oil to the Xicier. Not far behind the trench were the men laying rails for a new track. Every twenty to fifty miles, depending on the terrain, they would build up a small station, a sort of depot for the soldiers and builders to hide from the heat in and at which they could organize their efforts. Someday they would be small villages no doubt.

No. For now the raider’s job was not to attack. He had merely to watch.


At the Bazaar

The following takes place at the Bazaar of Mam in Inverary, Klorin fiefdom, Incellia. Keer Belfop is a minor Klorin noble, a younger son of a minor branch.

February, 2303 Keer was at home amongst the twsting lanes of merchant stalls and tents that were the Bazaar of Mam. While his family’s fiefdom was an agricultural one near the shores, they also owned several warehouses and his father had often taken him on business to the Bazaar. He would leave Keer alone with his brothers while he would conduct meetings and visit with the women of the Courtier’s guild. And so Keer knew these streets.

And he knew when there was something going on. Many of the aristocrats, the younger sons included, knew of Ragel Naprous’s kidnapping, and they knew too of the code-phrase that the shrillers would have to cry to make the pirates aware of the cooperation of the noble houses. Indeed, only a week ago he had heard the shrillers cry, “No Tears for Ragel” and known that the pirates would be promised their ransom.

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Of more interest to Keer was the activity of the bumbling Eekin operatives. In late January there had been a sharp rise in people asking ‘questions’ and his minor network of informants had been quick to relay that someone was trying to ask discreet questions about smuggling and contraband operations and they were spending a lot of money on bribes and greased palms. Unfortunately, the agents were not terribly discreet and Keer had heard more stories of individuals making up stories to feed the agents, which quickly were determined to work for the Eekin, for a few firebirds, then actual information regarding smugglers or pirates.

But the Bazaar was the place for it. If it could be bought or sold in the Known Worlds, it eventually showed up here. The Charioteers trade routes brought metals and oil, fish and textiles, even coffee, but they also brought all sorts of exotics. Was it possible they brought pirate-seized trade goods? Keer didn’t know.

Suddenly he felt a tug at his waist; this pick-pocket was heavy-handed and inexperienced he thought and drawing his rapier, he turned and stabbed the would-be thief through the heart. “Stupid serfs,” he spat, stepping over the body of the rag-clothed man; Keer hated the poor.


The Diary of Deacon Areta Osnabruck

Orthodox Deacon Areata Osnabruck was born and has lived her entire life on Holy Errovus, hearing of the sinful dens of Errovus Secondus and the outer planets only from the lessons of the chartophylax or the eulogies of priests who had served missions beyond the safety and comfort of Holy Errovus. Now she has been assigned to assist in the quarantine of Errovus Secondus under the command of Cardinal Leonid Mirmah, High Protector of the Patriarchal Forces

March 6th, 2303 Today we jumped. Or was it three months ago? Regardless but by the grace and mercy of the Celestial Light, three months ago we entered the jumpgate of Holy Errovus and today, what feels like mere hours ago, we arrived at Errovus Secondus.

Though I cannot see them from my cell aboard the Lextius Sandal, I have heard from the Brother Unlthan, a monk of the Penitent Order, that the fury of the Demon’s Cough has engulfed much of the continents of the nobles’ capital. The planet has descended into chaos. Their order tell of how the wild-lands between the noble, imperium and authority fiefdoms are littered with unburied corpses, bloated and crawling with larva, many succumbed to the disease but many others dead, even after surviving infection, from starvation or poison as they are forced to drink the rain-water. Chaos reigns; the authority leadership is sick or in hiding; Grimkil himself has long ago succumbed to the plague and a new head of the planetary authority has not yet arisen from the chaos. Without strong leadership, their ships are afraid to dock and gather food from the great granaries of the Authority continental fiefdoms for fear of spreading infection amongst their crews. And so they drift at sea, continent to wait out the apocalypse. Brother Unlthan told of the rampant assimovian hull rats that cover the streets, growing fat and numerous on the corpses of the dead. The survivors of Demon’s Cough are succumbing to the miasmas spread by the rats and the festering dead; typhoid and plague abound. And with absence of clean water, the cholera too spreads. I must pray for them; sometimes I wish I was amongst the penitents that I might work the will of the Celestial Light and purge my soul of sin through righteous deed but oftentimes, I am happy to serve far from the surface, safe aboard the Sandal.

It is time for prayer.

March 14th, 2303 An imperial garrison ship attempted to activate the jumpgate today. The captain claims that its hold, full of soldiers bound for stigmata, are clean and uninfected but Cardinal Mirmah’s orders are absolute and so we turned the ship back. I must pray for the wisdom of Saint Horace for the commanders of the Imperium. Do they not realize the danger they place the entire worlds in by potentially sending this deadly virus to Imperial troops on Stigmata? One ship very nearly handed the keys to the jumpgates of the Known Worlds to the Symbiots. I can only be thankful that the Church was present to stop the madness.

One ship from planet we have allowed to leave. An imperium bat arrived from Assimov three days ago and this morning, after after gathering samples from the Texier and free-lands, already set out for Assimov. Cardinal Mirmah did not force it to await the Eekin escort as the ship’s stealth is great and the need to get the samples to the labs of the Eye and Apothecaries even greater.

Other ships have also arrived. The Nobility of Man imperium ships, the yachts of Ghilda, that witch of House Thana who pretends herself a Creator, and Cav. Commander Desiree Jeltat of House Kilgore have already converged. Cardinal Mirmah will not allow them to leave however and holds them until the Eekin Fist of Baelius and Sir Hellwind Eekin can arrive to escort the combined fleet to Assimov. The also await Alex Black of House Querry who like Sir Eekin arrives from distant Clarke. And so the ships wait, the nobles and scientists held within growing impatient.

On planet the tales of the chaos and disorder grow by the day. Between the plagues, hunger, and poison mass cities the size of entire Holy Errovus provinces lay desolate, without a single living soul, overrun by rats and carrion birds.

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When Brother Unlthan and his brother legionnaires landed, their first job was to establish massive pyres to burn the bodies and slow the spread of secondary infections. From some survivors they heard an unlikely tale, that the Sanctious’Als House had opened its doors to the freemen and serfs, disdaining to hide amongst their keeps and manors, behind high walls and guns, they have flung open their doors and invited the sick and desperate to their estates. Brother Unlthan has heard nothing of the north or the other continents.

I must pray.

March 19th, 2303 I have only now returned from mass. Bishop Hextiul, commander of the Sandal provided a public briefing of the affairs occurring on the planet below. Surely the pancreator has turned his back upon this plagued and poisoned planet, punishing man for their hubris and greed. Noble Houses Thana and Remillard, the imperium regency itself, and even our brothers of the Holy Gate, whom had once been free of plague, have succumbed to pestilence and their nobles and officers have been forced to retreat to inner sanctums as their fiefdom is overrun by sickness and chaos like the majority of this accursed world. The majority of the fiefdoms already infected are only getting worse. Starvation and secondary infection are carving huge swathes from the serf population of the Eye, Garrison, Fleet, Koriate, Klorin, Eekin, Hyppean, Quin, Bossheim, Xicier and Vanarii.

Thankfully Tsedeq seem to have been able to turn the corner on the cough. According to Bishop Hextiul, they have employed Charoum theurgists to manipulate the winds and force back the miasma from the sick. Armed forces made up of the survivors of their infantry have been able to quarantine subsections of the fiefdom and maintain order. Food and water purification depots, are under guard though the serfs may be dying of plague, they are not drinking sewage or starving. Indeed Mortimer Tormah is even said to have bribed minor Authority guilders more greedy then afraid of plague to deliver his fiefdom foodstuffs, and though it has cost their house dearly, it has ensured an adequate supply of food and the stability of their fiefdom.

The Texier too are securing their fief’s stability. They have turned the areas of their fief previously not exposed to the plague into secure areas, guarded by soldiers already recovered from infection. Here the nobles and aristocrats have taken refuge. From there they have steadily expanded the quarantine zone, admitting only those who have recovered from the illness or who have not been exposed. The area is fortified and infected individuals seeking to reach the safety of the interior who attempt to force their way in are shot. And so while much of the fiefdom is overrun by chaos and pestilence, an ever-growing center of order and relative stability is growing within the Texier fiefdom.

On the eastern portion of the largest continent, Tebryn Arbandi has been placed in command of bringing relief to the masses. He has established walled relief centers and is distributing food and water taken from carefully guarded water purification plants. His soldiers are equipped with biohazard suits and these they use to limit exposure to the crowds while still being able to bring them food and water and even some clean bandages and medicine. Brother Unthan and the Penitents legions are doing something similar not far south-west of the efforts of the Bossheim.

In the north of the central continent, the Naprous are also experiencing some success. With a plague-free area growing its own food and adequate supply to an organized military force, they have been very systematic in preventing incursions into their fiefdom and have even begun distributing bio-secure armor to their soldiers to that they can make excursions into the feelands. Their gates, however, have seen repeated assaults by the desperate and sick as they attempt to reach the relative safety and grain stores of the fiefdom.

The largest pocked of uninfected remains the Querry fiefdom where high walls and well-trained and numerous soldiers have been able to prevent the infected from entering. Fighting along their borders has been fierce with many peasants so desperate as to attack men with guns with their own make-shift weapons. Attrition and the occasional high-tech weapon claims its dues however and it is not a good time to be a House Query border guard. Within the walls, food stores are said to be depleting rapidly.

Regarding the Sanctious’Als, its seems the rumours are true. The wise man sees the madness around him and he attempts to keep himself from it. But the truly devout, the truly charitable, sees the madness, the hunger, the sickness, and he opens his doors wide and shares of his lot. Such is the actions of Ophit’Al. He has opened the doors to his fiefdom and invited the sick and dying. Together they pray for penance for their sins so that they might die with a clean soul. His soldiers, dying and sick also, provide what comfort they can, the food and water of their vaults, medicines for infection. But not all who come to the Sanctious’Als come for prayer and salvation; some come to take advantage and many warlords have raided the food and medicine stores of the noble house. With the chaos raging around them, the ‘Als have burned the dead in great Holy Pyres and produced medicines to treat the Typhoid and the cholera. It is said that the Blossoms of Mercy have flocked to the fiefdom to assist in whatever ways they can and together they have transformed their estates and manor houses into hospitals.

A Ranger’s Campfire

Nihj Rever is a Quin serf and a jungle ranger, a member of the Monks of Vader.

March 2303: There was a certain strangeness, a reverence amongst the canopy during the long night (remember that Assimov is a moon and its planetary body causes an eclipse that plunges Assimov into total darkness for over 50 days at a time and partial darkness for longer then that) that Nihj, though born on Assimov, had never truly grown accustomed here. He wondered at that. Was it the Pancreator’s will that man should sleep and eat in cycles of 20-30 hours? Is that why the planets orbited the way they did? Then what of Assimov? Was it meant for man? Nihj almost doubted it- if it was then surely he, who had been born here, would be used to it. It was eternally alien, strange, its jungles too immense, too unknowable. So then, if Assimov was not for man, who had made the jump-gates if not the Pancreator? Like a globis nectar trap flower, his mind shut that train of thought. The words of Alexis Gabella were poisoning his mind.

And where was Lady Gabella? Many of the rangers had heard that she had gone south, into the mountains, searching for plants suitable for her home of Hubbard. From what he had heard from the rangers assigned to protecting her, she was quite the philosopher; she made you think twice about, even doubt, those things you took for granted. Was she a heretic? Best not to think of that.

Nihj spoke quietly, “Luc, you awake?”

Luc stirred in his sleeping bag, “Not really. I can’t seem to get used to this darkness. I worry there will be another Xyall attack.” The Xyall had taken advantage of the long night to launch several full-scale attacks on a wide front. They had quickly learned of the new Quin weapon. To complement the heavy rangers armed with mortars and wire-guided missiles, rangers had been outfitted with ‘Marks’, devices derived from Bossheim technology that would explode when its wearer died or willed the explosion. They had been very useful against the Xyall who were forced into range of the explosions to mount their own attacks. Now a ranger who found himself stuck by webs and soon to be carried into the jungles would await the Xyall’s approach and at the right moment, activate the marks. While the Quin had not been able to take the offensive against the creatures, they had inflicted very serious casualties in most major Xyall raids. Nihj himself carried a ‘Mark’, though he knew (or thought he knew) that it was fake, meant to confuse the intelligent giant insect/snake creatures. He also carried the new ‘stims’, combat drugs purchased from the Apothecaries that sharpened his senses, focused his mind, and sharpened his reflexes.

“I think we’ll be okay. They took heavy losses in their attacks. They’ll need to regroup. And they’ll need to harvest more of their glass-web cacoons,” The cacoons were a major factor in the Xyall arsenal. Nihj didn’t know where they came from. The Quin scholars had studied them extensively and provided some to the Apothecaries but little was known as of yet; whatever animal made the cacoons had been removed by the time the Xyall used them in combat. Some rangers suggested that they might be the cacoons of Xyall larva themselves, others some sort of giant insect. Most simply accepted that they would not know without some major mission into the jungle to retrieve their own. The fibers were a bounty of biotech possibilities however. Materials suitable for weapons, for high-tensile, high-temperature resistant materials. Perhaps the strands could be woven before hardening?

Luc was a quiet man and true to form, he withdrew into himself, listening to the rain fall on the dark and fathomless canopy far overhead, trickling and tumbling in streams and rivulets thousands of feet to the jungle floor. Lizard-like creatures, their eyes wide and reflecting the campfire light scampered through the branches, starring at the interloping humans before moving on. Large moth-like creatures with six wings, phosphorescent in the night, flew by, leaving trails of delicious smelling pheromones that lulled the rangers into calm. Nihj knew their wings were very dangerous, the sedatives extremely strong and capable of killing him if he brushed them with his bare skin. He drew his thin scarf closer to his face. Somewhere, way above the canopy, the forces of the Reagent were hunting the pirates.

Word had spread quickly amongst the Monks of Vader. House Klorin had volunteered their yacht, and had jumped into Assimov orbit from Errovus Secondus. It had been a trap however and despite its weak exterior, the yacht had not been a transport for noble VIPs, but full of 10 of the most deadly and dedicated soldiers in the entire Known Worlds, 10 hand-picked elite Phoenix guard. True to form the pirates, operating from the stealthy cricket-class frigates had fired upon the yacht and disabled its engines. Marauder infantry, again dressed in the spider heraldry for which they were becoming known forced their way through the airlock. Once inside they were confronted by the Phoenix guard, who, in their trance-like state had moved with superhuman speed to disarm and apprehend the pirates so that they might later be questioned. But the pirates were having none of it; through unknown relays, they soon realized the fate of their boarding party and choosing to cut their losses rather then risk capture, fired upon the yacht at point-blank range with everything they had, killing both the Phoenix guard and their own forces. It is said that as they did, many communications stations throughout Assimov received an encrypted message but that none were able to decipher or translate it. Nihj had heard that the Eekin were also hunting the pirates. Indeed there were Eekin agents at the Lan docks, and presumably at most major trade hubs throughout the Known Worlds, making discreet inquiries into any smuggling or contraband movement.

Caught in mid-reverie, lulled by the moth’s sedating pheromones, Nihj had not noticed the stealthy approach of a Xyall from directly above. Luc had however and activating his stims, he was a flurry of motion, launching a short-range guided missile at the closest possible range. The air exploded into heat and fire then Nihj too activated his stims and the night was a blur of violence and blood.


Bleached Bones

April, 2303 The raiders were gathered in camp, a narrow canyon cut into the hard rock of the local desert by some ancient seismic activity. The oiled their weapons, watered their horses, and they spoke of the attack that other desert nomads had made upon the southern provinces of the Xicier. The raiders had been largely unsuccessful, the Xicier somehow able to determine with pinpoint accuracy where the raiders were attacking from, even in the open desert. Some spoke of Xicier maggicks, others of the ancient fortress system that seemed to spread like a web through and under the Xicier fiefdom and beyond.

Regardless, the Xicier had had to respond with their airforce and army and presumably would not be prepared for the assault they were about to make. The railroad had attracted many minor nobles who would turn the desert and their oases into minor agricultural fiefdoms. They had brought resources and money that the raiders were going to take for themselves. Yes, now was the time. The target was busy elsewhere, it airforce strafing distant sands.

The raiders mounted their horses and checked their weapons one last time. Pulling their scarves tight around their faces, they rode into the valley. Across the ancient radios and in the air he heard the call to arms. There were thousands of raiders and they were striking en masse. From his left he heard a dull ‘thush’ as a missile was launched from a portable launcher into the heart of the Xicier infantry patrol. The raiders were quick, easily overrunning the limited local defenses and making off with grain, metal rails they could smelt into weapons, slaves and a variety of more exotic goods. On the horizon a single fighter quickly approached, responding no doubt to distress calls and serving as a scout. Another team took aim with a surface to air missile.

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As the fighter fell to the ground, no more then fiery debris now, the raiders cheered. If the Pancreator willed it, they would have many such victories in the months to come.


Passing

April, 2303 In January the Scepter-holders of the Known Worlds had felt it, the connection of a scepter with a living creature had been broken. A scepter-holder had died. It was quickly realized that Garren Grimkill had succumbed to the Devil’s Cough. Now, suddenly, the world felt it again. A scepter-bound had died. Those caught in between gates, in the process of jumping from one world to another, for a brief moment, became aware of the passage of time, felt a euphoria like no other, a semi-religious sensation, saw colors vivid and unlike any they had seen before, imagined friends, family, those who had passed away long ago and heard them speak to them. And felt it fade.

Ragel Naprous had been killed and his scepter remained in unknown hands.


Amongst the Dust, Books and Skin

The library of Amur is located in Falkirk, at the Klorin fiefdom on Incellia. Ronny is the personal assistant and clerk to Lady Embra, a noble of house Klorin.

May, 2303: The library of Amur had not always been on Incellia. There was a time when it had been on Holy Errovus. But it had been moved, had followed the Klorin in bits and pieces as they had migrated over the hundreds and thousands of years. Some said there were books here over 3200 years old. Lady Embra’s clerk, an orc named Ronny, wasn’t sure if that was true, but he certainly didn’t doubt it either.

Ronny was a simple lad, not educated enough to help the scholars, not ambitious enough to attempt to make the best use of his proximity to noble lords. But he was loyal and he knew how to keep his mouth shut. And he was an orc. For all those reasons Lady Embra seemed to take a fondness to him, to keep him close and to rely upon him.

He had seen other major nobes amongst the halls of the library as well. Ludenard Akatas of house Koriate was haunting the great halls of scrolls and books as well, well-protected by lethal looking men and women with perfect uniforms and perfect toothy smiles.

The inquisitional scholars were here also, sifting through the books and scrolls, ensuring that the Worlds were safe from forbidden knowledge. He wondered how many secrets they destroyed. He had no idea. One book a year? One book a month? A book every few hours? Was the library growing? Was it shrinking?

Lady Embra, today, was very excited; she had found evidence of the spider-crest. It had belonged to a minor branch of the Querry house, one of the many diverse tribes that great house had risen from, in ancient times, long before the Emperor had united the houses, even before the great emperor wars had begun. The House had made their home on a planet that had been called Oghma, named after the mists and clear high mountain peaks that seemed to perpetually plague it. She had sent the information to Sir Hellwind Eekin but what he would do with the information, Ronny was unsure.

With a grunt, Lady Embra made it clear that it was time to go. It was time to visit the elf’s second skin.

Immaculate
Jan 20, 2011, 11:57 PM
Bleached Bones

May, 2303 The raiders had struck repeatedly at the Vanari-Xicier rail and pipe lines, stealing vast sums of both state and privately owned goods. The Xicier Red Coats had struck back but been hampered by lack of soldiers capable of braving the deep desert. It was lucky for the raiders that they had not yet developed rangers to chase them back to their bases. Their infantry was too dependent on their rail and minor depots.

Despite their successes, the raids had drawn considerable attention. The bulk of the main Xicier army had moved north and periodic flyovers by Xicier fighters would occasionally wreck havoc on the raider groups. More recently however, the Xicier had somehow been able to predict the movements of the raiders with high precision. Just as the raiders would be ready to race down into a valley a train full of soldiers would arrive and fighters would scream overhead, strafing their ranks and sending the horses running. The raiders had moved north, eager to avoid the precognition of the Xicier defenses. The Vanari depended mostly on their new Railroad Institutional Control Army, mostly composed of fast light armor units with air support. After a few engagements, they had learned that if they could pin-piont and force a confrontation with the raiders, they might have success but without the precognition of the Xicier, they were unable to adequately defend their long miles of rail. The raiders were not able to take as much goods anymore but they struck at the rail itself, forcing repairs and slowing construction, or sneaking into depots at night and stealing the rails and concrete themselves.

Ultimately the raids were very expensive in terms of human and horse life and lost guns, especially the later raids against the Xicier, but they had also enriched themselves significantly.


Fighting Monsters

June, 2303 Finally noble lady Tenith has arrived. As we wait, we train, and we pray, the enemy rebuilds their forces, grows stronger, readies themselves to strike again. But finally the time has come.

I am at the forefront of the attack upon the Imperial Fleet orbital spaceport, in the first dropship. We arrive without incident, rendezvousing on the outher surface of the orbiting spaceport. Carrier-carried stingers and dauntless provide support and finally when the comm.-links signal that it is time, we use explosives to blow a hole into the port.

The battle lasts three days. The human inhabitants of the spaceport have all been parasiztized, send tentacles and blades at us. Some even use our own weapons or grimson legion armor and these prove an unexpected difficulty. In space I cannot draw upon Saint Baelious’s blessing and so we must fight the creatures as the grimsons and scarabs do, with guns and fire. When it is over, we have lost hundreds of our brothers but we have won back the spaceport. Everywhere there is ash; tendrils of symbiot plant-like roots had woven themselves into every crevice, every ventilation shaft, every crawlspace, every munitions armory, every computing or navigational control center. Rebuilding might take years. But for now at least we have regained access to the all-important fuel and ammunition that the fleet needs to combat the symbiots. It is Tenith’s first command of grimson legions or of combat in space, but I must avow that she is blessed by the saint of fortunes himself for her orders were inspired and effective. Despite our losses, I feel she and we, did an excellent job we can be proud of.

And so after some rest and recuperation and with the ships newly refueled and outfitted, it is time to take the assault to the symbiots. It is the first such assault in three years and I, for one, am bordering on religious ecstasy at the chance to burn symbiots in their own homes. It is time to finish the affair with Hive Nysrugh that we began so long ago. The hive is best known for its abundance of low-complexity forms that are continually sent at our forces. The Symbiots here are the least organized that we have encountered but their stupidity often makes them dangerous. They behave erratically, often not waiting to organize themselves.

When we are ordered forward, it is raining with gale-like force. We can see massive explosions as both the fleet and our own Vengeance-class artillery open fire on the Hive as well as the surrounding vegetation. Noble Garik Harnoth, commander of the Imperial Garrison is amongst ust, urging us to walk into the barrage, to, as he said it, “feel the purifying heat of the Fleet’s bombs”. I did not know it at the time but later heard that the imperium fleet had been involved in vicious though ultimately short-lived battle with void-spanning jelly-fish like symbiots. Fortunately they had been depleted in the last attack and the fleet forces were able to clear a path for their bombarding Sun-Class destroyers. Garik entreats us to go on, move forward. Over the commlinks we are ordered to identify the location of hive entrances and provide the coordinates to the Fleet ships and to our artillery. As we do so, much of the jungle comes alive, the symbiot connection in the plants causing them to shape-shift and grow blades, fire acid, and to entwine about us. As we turn our flame-guns upon the awoken plants, I call upon the blessings of the Saint of Fortune and the plants nearest me drop to the ground, suddenly inanimate and an easy target for my brother’s flamegun. I am ecstatic with the thrill of battle. Around me many of the grimson legionaires are activating their stims the sound of their focused, hyper-aware covering fire is like a sweet lullaby.

The hive begins to spill tens of thousands of small creatures, lizard-like in appearance but with a strange rolling gait, each spouting blades and spikes and threatening to overtake us. Garik orders us to fall back. We do and they pursue. It is then that Garik orders the trap triggered. He had ordered bombs and grid-pattern artillery fire to fall upon the entrances to the hives and only waited for the arrival of these creatures for the real slaughter to begin. And slaughter it is. I revel in the fire, knowing the Pancreator smiles upon me this day. As the bombs and explosions begin to subside and all we can see is ash and glass, the Boar tanks join us and together we begin our advance. The symbiot numbers are heavily depleted and though we lose a few hundred grimsons, we can tell that the enemy has no real defenses left. We gain the entrances and using theurgy, paralyze them and are into the hive tunnels. We use flames and gas in the deep tunnels, dependent upon canned air for hours at a time. Combat within the hive is lighter than I had expected. I see for the first time the birth of a new symbiot organism, it rises from a strange pink and grey soup deep under the hive. We burn the soup and plant explosives, small tonnage nukes, throughout the tunnels.

Again Garik orders a retreat and somewhere, deep inside the Garrison fortress, someone pushes a button and the entire hive explodes. I know it will take days to clean the atomics from my armor and that nothing will grow here for hundreds of years but I am jubilant.

We gather our wounded, treat them as best as we can, load the dead into trucks and return to base. We have to hurry. Hive Caym is launching an attack. We hear of razor wasps incoming even as we return.

Praise the saints. Praise fortune. Praise the Celestial Light. Today we are victorious.


Its all Too Easy

The section takes place at the Imperial Eye fiefdom on Assimov. Doctor Kortof is an imperium eye scientist specializing in infectious diseases. By birth he is a Querry freeman from Arrakis but has been working for the Eye for almost twenty years.

July 2303 When he had hear that plan, that a bat would be sent to Errovus Secondus to pick up the samples and return to Assimov with them, Dr. Kortof had wondered why they had not simply sent one of the yachts from E2 instead. Was it not a waste of nearly three months time to send transport from Assimov? But it was not his place to ask questions of the Imperium Eye commander; at the time he had promised himself to work that much faster when the samples did arrive.

And arrive they had. Two small canisters on dry ice, two bodies packed in liquid nitrogen had slipped through the pirate’s net and landed at his lab. His lab! The responsibility of stopping the Demon’s Cough had been his. He had known that nobles and scientists from Houses Thana, Querry and Kilgore would soon be arriving but for the first 3 months or so, he would be working on the samples with only his team. He had been thankful for that. Helena had visited his lab often but understood that his work required focus. She had spent tens of millions of firebirds expanding his labs, training new technicians, producing the centrifuges, incubators, animal and slave facilities his work would require. The sheer amount of funds made available had been impressive. The scientists had spoken in hushed tones of the funds raised, over one-hundred million firebirds. The number was staggering.

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But when the samples had arrived, within ten days, he realized his work had already been done for him. While the bodies and one of the vials had contained the deadly Demon’s Cough virus, one of the vials, the one apparently that had been intended to poison the Texier house nobles with, had contained a vaccine. A vaccine! He had been jubilant. The vaccine itself was a live virus very similar to that of the Demon’s Cough but once it infected a cell, it did not progress to replicate and destroy that cell and spread. Instead, it just produced the proteins that body could recognize and respond to. Doctor Kortof had a wide variety of cell culture at his disposal and he found he had been able to propagate the virus in a cell line derived from an Apothecary sample. Very soon he was swimming in vaccine.


Passing

July, 2303 Again a scepter-holder has died. All those bound to a scepter knew it when it happened, felt the precise moment when the scepter was severed from its brothers. Again those caught between worlds felt time passing, felt the pull of hallucinatory euphoria and religious-like significance.

Olphit’Al had died.


Amongst the Dust, Books and Skin

July, 2303 Ronny did as Lady Embra asked, fetched her tools, reports, food. He had grown incredibly fond of her. She was gruff but wise, physically imposing but emotionally generous. She reminded him of his mother, though his memories of her were distant.

Lately they had been spending a lot of time at the Library of Amur and the labs of the Klorin scholars. They had examined the elfen body and compared it to the reports the regency had prepared for House Klorin, or at least that was what he was told. Lady Embra was very careful about security and never let Ronny look at either the scholars’ or regency’s reports. She made a lot of ‘ah-ha’ noises and had her scholars test several hypothesizes. Today she seemed particularly focused however and had little time for Ronny or the other clerks. She spent a lot of time in thought, prayed to the saints in her own way, the way she said that her people had prayed for thousands and thousands of years, a blade in her hand. Finally, with a look he had not seen on her face before, she drew forth her scepter and made an announcement, “The skin of the elven spy found in the Bazaar of Mam two years ago bears striking similarity to the virus unleashed on Errovus Secondus. My research most certainly confirms that the virus was made by the same elves who made the ‘living skin’ disguise.”

Lady Embra stood up and went to the window, opening the panes wide, and stared at the sinking sun, fainter now then even five years ago. On her cheeks were tears.


Its all Too Easy

August 2303 With the construction of vaccine truly underway and a huge research budget remaining, Doctor Kortof left the mass production of the vaccine to his subordinates and began to study the virus in earnest. He knew that his results would be a matter of politics and diplomacy, perhaps even war throughout the Known Worlds and so he was very careful, double and triple checking every observation.

Quickly he realized that the virus genetics had major segments taken directly from Apothecary research materials, plasmids ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plasmid) and cells. It was most certainly artificially made and most probably either by the Apothecaries or by people using apothecary-derived materials.

While Helena Van Hersula and a team of doctors and soldiers returned to Errovus Secondus aboard the Bat, nitrogen tanks full of vaccine virus with them, he made contact with the scientists of the Apothecary guild. They too had made findings similar to his. The second vial was a vaccine. The virus was man-made. The materials were most certainly derived from Apothecary-derived biotech. The scientists and the guilders were adamant however; they had never developed a virus like Demon’s Cough- had never sold the materials to do so to anyone, were not involved in any way.

And so Doctor Kortof prepared his report. The Thana, Querry and Kilmore would be here soon, and while they had missed the ‘fun’ of true research, they would want to be involved in the production of the vaccine. He began to organize his team, outwardly proud to have a chance to share his lab with such high-ranking nobles but inwardly frustrated by the chaos and ignorance they would bring.


A Ranger’s Campfire

September, 2303: Nihj was able to walk on his own now. Behind the make-shift hospital many of the rangers who were recovering from the Xyall’s May offensive had built a massive bonfire and had gathered around it. Most were more comfortable outside then in the thin-walled hospital with its still stagnant stinking air and hospital sound beeps and electronic voices. And so they took the opportunity to celebrate their survival, their victory over a determined and clever foe by getting some fresh air. Some village girls from a nearby minor fief had heard of the hospital and whether they came to celebrate with their saviors or had come because they knew the rangers would have money to spend didn’t matter. And so, even if Nihj was missing an arm and would never see from his left eye again, he was happy. On his one good arm he had a smiling brunette and in his one good eye was mirth and cheer. Yes- they had won. Nihj could walk again, many thanks to the Pancreator and the hospital staff.

Tonight nobody was speaking of the dark night in May, at the tail end of the long night, when the Xyall had attacked en masse, over a wide front, raiding deep into the villages and plantations, distant from their familiar jungle canopy. They had claimed many lives and destroyed many homes, farms, and plantations before the rangers had finally driven them back with the help of the Jungle Patrol fighters and bombers. The nobles, despite the losses, had been happy. Two years an attack of that scale would have overrun the entire Quin House. Now, with their new weapons, they had been turned back. Indeed, they now had thousands of Xyall bodies and cacoons to study, though the rangers had no idea what they would learn from them.

No, tonight anything but the May attacks were on the rangers’ minds. Most were caught up in celebration, but there was also some gossip. Some spoke of Sir Hellwind Eekin’s assault on the pirate frigate. It had happened less then a month ago. A cruiser, three destroyers, a dropship, grimson legions and two frigates had jumped to Assimov escorting three yachts of various noble houses come to assist in the production of the vaccine. The Fist of Baelious arrived first, the Valant Sun-Class destroyer larger then any ship that had visited Assimov in a long time. It did not detect any pirate activity. More ships arrived and though none were fitted with extensive sensors, none-the-less, one frigate was able to catch the signature of a stealthy cricket-class frigate as it attempted to drift away under low-power so as to not attract attention. There was a firefight and Nihj had heard wildly differing tales from several other rangers but all seemed to agree that the Cricket was knocked out early despite being able to damage one of the Raptors. An attempt to board the Circket using Grimson Legions ended in some sort of draw and further damage to the Cricket who’s orbit quickly collapsed and was forced into atmosphere. In an uncontrolled descent the pirate ship quickly burnt up, its passengers jumping for safety as Helana of House Holy Gate had done the year before. As it did, the pirates transmitted a strong radio emission, again in an encrypted code.

Sir Hellwind had searched high and low for the ship but been unable to find it to date, knowing only that it landed near the equator in the thick jungle of the island continent nearest to the Apothecary fiefdom. He did recover one of the marauder-armor wearing soldiers however. All the rangers wondered if the pirate had been an elf, and many swore they had heard it was. Others swore otherwise. Nihj guessed that he would have to await the official report from the nobles to ever know the truth.

In the meantime, there was this brunette that wanted to dance with him. Nihj figured it would be good for his recovery.


Hear The Sheep’s Bells Ringing in the Valley

Acolyte Guillaume is a minor orthodox monk assigned to the colonists of Klorinheim on Hubbard.

November, 2303: For a long time I was worried that Klorinheim would fail, collapse for lack of food and resources, the serfs to scatter to the four winds. When my stomach was tightest, when I had eaten naught but thin soup made from local grasses and weeds, throwing up much of it for the poisons they contained, I often thought I would join them. I can only tell you what a great and joyous day it was when the Regency Royals Guild Fleet freighter landed and unloaded tens of thousands of sheep. Brother Cabil had told us to be prudent, to organize ourselves and not to slaughter all the poor mutton, but there were no soldiers to enforce his will and we had eaten naught but grasses and the occasional bird for more then a year. We are not goats. We are men. And so the mutton was butchered in vast quantities and we ate like kings. More mutton were herded into the hills by rebels who declared their independence, claiming that the Klorin had lied to them, had starved them worse then they had on Errovus Secondus, that they owed their nobility nothing. And without soldiers, the nobility was powerless to stop them, indeed, many a noble was, I am sorry to say, made a lesson to others.

And as quickly as the mutton and the Regency Royal guard had come, they left, taking Brother Cabil with them. It was not until last week that we learnt of their mission.

And in the meantime, Klorinheim splintered and fractured. The sheep were our only treasure and we fought over it, slew one another, and squandered our souls in petty disputes for land, herds and power. Warlords rose and with their followers set off into the hills. The nobles tried to form bands of loyal followers and had some success but they could not stop the warlords who through force of numbers took what they wanted.

When brother Cabil returned last week he did so with building tools, materials and importantly, food-fish and flour to last years. It is said that the Houses Thana, Holy Gate and Koriate were much enriched. He also brought seeds… and soldiers. Suddenly with order and food, building materials and leadership things are getting better.

I pray everyday that the worst of the bad times are behind us. Today we are planting seeds. Shepherds are finding new pasture. And we know that we are protected. Things are getting better but many of the people cannot forget the chaos and hunger they felt and Brother Cabil will have to work hard to launch this fiefdom if he is does not want to see it collapse.


The Diary of Deacon Areta Osnabruck

November 2nd, 2303 What horrors Errovus Secondus has endured. Oh diary! Oh Pancreator! The old power structure has collapsed and in its wake the warlords and gangs are so much more aggressive and desperate, wild men with only thoughts of finding food, water, and medicine. The serfs and clergy alike suffer horribly.

The already over-stretched fiefdom of the Koriate House, its soldiers too few, its raging population of sick too great, has completely collapsed. The food vaults have been overrun, the nobles have been put to the sword, starved or died of disease. There remains no organization amongst their lands whatsoever. This is despite the best efforts of the Penitent Legions who are operating less then 200 miles distant. The legionaires, sometimes speaking with clam military detachment that frightens me claim that the Klorin House lands were too large to defend, their military too small, their location too central to too many sick and desperate.

Klorin nobles are under siege, protecting the last area free of plague, despairing in their rapidly dwindling food supplies, forced to drink polluted water as their purification fails for lack of power. Their fiefdom has become a playground for looters and the mad. They have even been struck by cruise-missile fire from the neighboring fallen authority fiefdom, the reason for the launch probably never to be known. Holy Gate is not far behind them though their area of control remains larger and their stocks of food are greater, much of this directly attributable to the actions of the Penitant Legions and Bossheim who have set up relief centers not far from the Holy Gate borders. The Hyppean, Quin, and Remillard share the Holy Gate’s resilience and proximity to the Penitent Legion and Bossheim activity and though they suffer, their forces command several secure areas from within which they guard their nobles, and even care for some of the serfs. The Bossheim themselves have survived fairly well, their house well organized and protected by active military armed with bio-protective suits. House Thana, far from the protection of the Penitents or others, has been forced to fend for themselves, reliant upon soldiers who themselves are dying of the plague for their protection. It is only due to the self-sacrificing actions of the Andruil's Huntresses, working in conjunction with their airforce who were able to strike at the leadership of the warlords raiding their fiefdom that their food-stores and medicines were not completely overrun. The Vanari were attacked by multiple well-armed gangs, some even deploying anti-aircraft weapons and surface to surface wire-guided missiles. Their fiefdom walls have crumbled long ago and the desperate and the sick, looters and hungry have rushed in. It is unfortunate but their Aries-class armor have been forced into the thick of it, setting up clean areas by killing any living creatures larger then an insect which attempts to enter. Similar to the Vanari, the Xicier have been forced to make due on their own and without strong leadership. The desperate have overrun their walls, pillaged and looted their lands and forced the nobles into hiding. The Eekin have had some small protection from the Penitent legions but have for the most part had to rely upon the Red Guard. Like most houses they have pulled back to their last bastions of defense, their food rapidly depleting. Their serfs have been struck particularly hard as well, suffering greater then usual causalities to disease and Brother Unlthan says that the typhoid first appeared here.

Our own orthodox fiefdom, oh Pancreator! I am afraid to say was overrun very early as much of the sickness and chaos first appeared here. The Penitents have set up a secure area however and it said that many of the deacons and acolytes will be deployed to surface to assist in reconstruction and organization.

All imperium fiefdoms continue to suffer, their leadership decimated by the sickness and their serfs suffering not only from lack of local food and water but the usual delivery of resources from Arrakis and Hubbard that can no longer take place.

The Tsedeq plan continues to provide layers of protection to their fiefdom while their relative proximity to both the Bossheim and Penitent relief centres draw off much unwanted attention from the violent gangs of the free-lands.

The Naprous take some time to get organized, outfitting and training their troops in fighting both raiders and the plague. When the open their gates, they clear the desperate sick from the area with artillery and aerial bombardement, not taking any chances regarding the entry of Demon’s Cough into their fiefdom. With this show of force their masked soldiers use intimidation and occasionally violence to carve out a larger area of the slum cities, fortifying the perimeter and finally, when everything is secure, providing food and water from their fiefdom first by aerial drop then by truck convoy. The desperate unwilling to be patient, as well as warlords leading raids on the convoys are met with roof-top snipers and mortar fire. As the secure area is brought under contol, Catherine Naprous orders its expansion again and again until a sizeable provincial territory is brought to security and order. The Naprous are not afraid to kill thousands if it means the imposition of security and order over more and more of the freemen. Wherever they encounter recovered populations that have survived the virus, they force them into service as ‘Immune Militias’ who, armed with clubs and swords, greatly assist the rate at which the Naprous can impose greater territorial security. Amongst the clergy and freemen, the Naprous are cursed for their cruelty and callousness but the nobility and many a serf, secure behind guns and concrete walls, are only thankful for their heavy-handed control of a desperate situation.

As for the Sanctious’Als, all that remains are the survivors of the plague. The brave and selfless Ophit’Al is not among them. I pray for his soul. It seems that when all is darkest, the light of the Pancreator returns. The Penitents, perhaps because of the selflessness displayed by the Sanctious’Als have been using their fiefdom as a central headquarters on the surface and their serfs have received sufficient clean water and food to flourish. Also, perhaps due to the sacrifice of the Sanctious’Als, the Blossoms of Mercy have converged upon this fief, utilizing what little theurgy they can to provide comfort and protection. For the nobility however, the actions of Olphit’Al are next to treason; he has endangered them and many have lost their family and friends. “Why could Olphit not have done as the Texier and most others did and provide them, the best of humanity, protection at least?” they wonder aloud to any who will listen. In the saints name, I am glad that Olphit has done what he did; he has renewed humanity’s faith in the selflessness.

I have written all this, dear diary, so that you may know the worry and fear that I feel, the conviction of the prayers I offer to the Celestial Light.

But it is also so that you may know how thankful I am, for today Helena Van Hersula has returned from Assimov with a vaccine.

There is much to mourn for and much to be thankful for; I must pray.

Its all Too Easy

December, 2303: Doctor Kortof prepared the report of his findings. He knew that many of the noble houses were eager to explore the actual science of the vaccine, the plague virus and of the production of mass quantities of vaccine. Many thought that their own scientists might learn something, and, many would.

He had known that the Thana, Querry, and Kilmore scientists had taken very detailed notes of everything they had observed and would not have been surprised to learn that intelligence agents were amongst their teams. That had suited him just fine. They had all sent considerable funds to assist in the effort with their scientist and those had been put to good use- he was happy to have quiet, observant nobles to teach instead of pushy, superior nobles to order him around.

All in all, it had been a good year. He could only hope that Errovus Secondus would recover.

Maybe now was a good time to ask Helena for a raise? She was known to be very generous to those who helped her after all.

Immaculate
Jan 20, 2011, 11:57 PM
The Diary of Deacon Areta Osnabruck

December 6th, 2303 The Celestial Light be praised! I write not from the Sandal but from my new permanent home on Errovus Secondus. I am to be a priest of a small parish within the central Orthodox fiefdom. Truly have the saints smiled upon me; it is my time to cleanse the souls of sinners.

The vaccine developed by the Imperium Eye has been widely successful and the Naprous and Querry fiefdoms, the only ones to remain uninfected, the various pockets of uninfected throughout the nobles’ houses have largely been vaccinated. I myself have been vaccinated and gone to the surface, walked among the ruins and the piles of charred skeletons rising high into the sky. A few freemen who have been hiding in basements and bunkers, surviving as best they can in various ways have come to us, to the Penitents, to the Bossheim and the Naprous and have been vaccinated.

The Orthodox fiefdom on the central continent has begun to be rebuilt already. The warlords do not dare send their gangs against the Penitent Legions with their grimson armor, flame guns and theurgy. I am safe here to do the will of the Pancreator, to welcome the flock back to the guidance of the shepherd’s crook.

I hear grim news from the distant continents however. None have begun to distribute the vaccine to the smaller continents. The Thana, Killgore, and Querry will return in January however and we can only hope that they bring enough vaccine to distribute far and wide when they return.




In Other News

House Query continues expansion of Aquaculture development
House Query continues expansion of the Thana-Query Academy in Vysotsk.
New factories continue to be developed at Koriate capital of Cappricidia.
Development of oil wells and refineries on schedule for house Hyppean.
House Tsedeq develops off-shore oil wells on Clarke.
Alexis Gabella continues directing research amongst mountains of Asimov
House Vanari learns to make aquaculture algae taste much better at their Biological Research Facility
Construction of New Theurgic Monastary attracts Eskatonics, scholars to Sanctious’Als fiefs, inspires new rituals
House Kilgore expands Arrakis oil-fields
Lady Ysyrin Eekin organizes development of materials and energy research facility
Reeves deliver IP-III-Class Freighter to Remillard fiefdoms on Incellia


Rewards

House Vanarii organizes its operations well. (+1 MF)
House Sanctiuos’Als has a moment of quiet medition (+1 physics, +1 biotech)
Tsedeq learn much from books (+1 physics, +1 social)
Xicier organize their military forces (+2 social)
Koriate study chemistry (+2 biology)
Naprous excellent administrators (+1 MF)
Bossheim philosophize (+3 social)
Bossheim soldiery dedicated (+1 MF)
Query organize plague control (+2 biotech)
Klorin engineers design frigate designs (+3 physics)
Query organize new fiefdom (+1 MF)
House Sanctious’Als considers their faith (+1 physics, +1 biotech, +1 social)








New Trade Routes:

Tsedeq Mammon Clarke-Arrakis-Hubbard Run
1 VK-II-Class Freighter

(not really new, just modified)

Dock at Prospector’s spaceport on Clarke, load Prospector’s metals, Tsedeq fish and aquaculture. Jump to Arrakis. Land Xicier fiefdom, unload metals, load textiles, Vanari manufactured products, ceramasteal, Jump Hubbard, land at Bossheim fiefdom, unload food, textiles, manufactured products, ceramasteal, load metals, Jump Arrakis, land Xicier, unload metals, load tea, coffee, textiles, Vanari manufactured products, ceramasteal, Jump Clarke. Land Prospectors’s port. Refuel. Unload tea, coffee, textiles, Repeat.

Value: 11MF (could be increased with spaceports at other jump-sites)
Tsedeq: 3 MF
Fishers: 1 MF
Prospectors: 2MF
Xicier: 2MF
Vanari: 1MF
Bossheim: 1MF

New Designs:

Mark Rangers
Cost: 2 MF for 1 Battalion
Tech Requirements: 3 physics, 3 biotech, 3 social
Other Requirements: 2 intrigue quality
Developed In: 2303
Developed By: House Quin
Usable By: Houses Quin
Light Weapons: 3
Heavy Weapons: 1
Stealth: 1
Unit size: 800 Soldiers

Armed with assault rifles, mortars, and submachine guns as appropriate, the Rangers specialize in combat in extreme jungle environments. In addition to standard ranger methods, they also wear a ‘Mark’ which explodes violently with their death or when triggered. The Mark rangers are the most dedicated and loyal forces of the Quin ranger forces, willing, even eager to suicide themselves to destroy enemies of House Quin.


Notes:

Orders

Please submit orders exactly as outlined on the first page.

Importantly, you should provide a point by point review with limited text to describe your spending. This is different then the specifics of your spending which can be explained in your ‘actions’ section. Also, please don’t forget to write the costs of everything. If you are buying a white sky cruiser or some other units, I should not have to look up the price of the unit- that should be listed in your spending break-down.

Consider the Goals aa the ‘What’ of your orders. The Spending is the ‘How much” of your orders. The Actions are the ‘How’ of your orders.

The cost of scribes to provide this information to your nobles and serfs is expensive:

Klorin: -3MF
Koriate: -3MF
Holy Gate: -3MF
Thana: -2MF
Remillard: -2MF
Naprous: -2MF

Please also note that providing orders, even standing orders, to an army group, or redeploying forces from one area to another requires a character action (though it can be part of a greater action that encompasses several efforts within a cooperative theatre of action).

Orders are to be submitted, whenever possible by e-mail to philgob(at)hotmail(dot)com.

Additionally, there are twelve months in the year, please try to provide me with some time within the year that the events you are undertaking start and finish in.

Maps

Maps will be submitted tomorrow or on the weekend, so too will the revised populations for E2.

Stats

Complete.




NPC Diplo

To be completed tomorrow or on the weekend.

thomas.berubeg
Jan 21, 2011, 12:25 AM
Great update, though I didn't manage to capture any pirate frigates :(

Seon
Jan 21, 2011, 12:28 AM
Interesting. Would details of what exactly happened to certain characters appear by PM?

Immaculate
Jan 21, 2011, 12:30 AM
yes seon but not tonight as it is time for bed.

If any of you have specific questions about the update, please e-mail me (NOT PM)
philgob(at)hotmail(dot)com

Northen Wolf
Jan 21, 2011, 12:33 AM
Go Go Imperial garrison!

Adrogans
Jan 21, 2011, 12:34 AM
Hmm. Well that effing sucks.

thomas.berubeg
Jan 21, 2011, 12:36 AM
How much of E2 is devastated?

Edit: also, what do you think that human ships should like? Blocky and Industrial looking? Sleek and thin? Sorta of smooth and organic? (though I'd shy away from the last, because human aesthetics would tend away from anything symbiot looking)
if you have any other suggestions? (or Sci-fi aesthetic traditions?)

Toteone
Jan 21, 2011, 01:26 AM
Fantastic update! Very well written.

Personally most everything went very well for me.
I thought the freemen would be happy about my use of force to save and shelter as many of their behinds as possible (quantity over quality approach) combined with the delivery of free food and water... too much of an iron fist? There wasn't really any way to deal with the gangs and cade breakers others by killing them.
Outside of the priests are the ones complaining the gangs/warlords, family members of people who endangered the greater community and freemen who are outside the rescue zone, or is this something worse?
Oh and lol on the scribes joke. ^^ (I know the fine isn't a joke.)



To Remillard: We need to organize a schedule for our Passenger Liner. You are in 70% ownership. I have not found a name to christen it with, so feel free to decide on both. Our help is available of course if you desire for the minority shareholder to help with the planning. ~ Cathrinn Naprous

To Houses we haven't contacted directly today on the matter as we believe you will not be interested: If you in fact are interested H. Naprous is pleased to announce that we have garnered the interest of the Muster Guild. We have also settled on three designs (Infantry V (Infantry IV with more squad weapons and other equipment, could be considered heavy Infantry), Artillery I (Artillery Batallion), and BC or NBC Infantry) Infantry V, Artillery I and NBC Infantry which will cost 30mf. We will take responsibility for announcing project abandonment or if we go ahead this year to be project guarantor. We will accept as many minor participants as are willing.
At this moment involvement in the design project and access to all three designs will cost 6mf for a minor participant.

Thomas: Everyone but some pockets here and there, Query, Naprous and a couple of minor houses I think; nice to be on a peninsula for once.

Diamondeye
Jan 21, 2011, 05:24 AM
Nice update! I liked the storytelling flavour of it (and a nice touch with a mention of Gabella :D).

And Naprous; Respect for the ironfisted approach. Had I had enough soldiers to do likewise, I think I would have.

Northen Wolf
Jan 21, 2011, 07:28 AM
Edit: also, what do you think that human ships should like? Blocky and Industrial looking? Sleek and thin? Sorta of smooth and organic? (though I'd shy away from the last, because human aesthetics would tend away from anything symbiot looking)
if you have any other suggestions? (or Sci-fi aesthetic traditions?)

Tried to do a spaceship. Not happy with it... Made in like 40 minutes (that's alot of time for so low poly object)


http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/5576/immacupersonal.png

http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/2751/immacupersonal1.png

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Ekolite
Jan 21, 2011, 08:51 AM
To Inceilla-based Houses:

In these dark and deadly times, the Empire faces threat from all sides and angles. The symbiots amass against our good men on Stigmata, who can barely hold against their onslaught. Lurking in the deepest space are a pirate menace which destroy our ships as they choose and murder our people. The great plague of Seccundus has only just been brought under our control, and in the furthest reaches of the known worlds, who knows what other enemies could await us.

Inceilla is a populous, beautiful world, it is our home and our sacred land. Throughout history, entire planets have been decimated, burnt or infested to the point where there can be no return, to the point where the land is bare and desolate. A wasteland.

They said Seccundus was too great to fail, too populous, too rich, too great. But no, nowhere is immune. Nowhere is safe for sure.

For this reason, I, Archibald Tarsenusis of the Holy Gate propose a Union. A Union of the houses and peoples of Inceilla so that planetary defence and security can be assured. This Union of Inceilla would promote shared rule of Inceilla, a rule by consensus amongst all of its noble houses to promote planetary causes which affect us all. This Union would also strive to secure peaceful economic development and trade on Inceilla to improve the quality of life of our people, and the wealth of our houses.

This Union would govern through informal voting amongst its members and consensus building, and would operate from a headquarters on Inceilla which would present a forum for communication and decision making between our members. The Holy Gate suggests that any funds the union may require are levied informally, and purely voluntarily, from its members on a case-by-case basis with it's larger economies providing the majority.

Union funds will not be spent on personal projects for a single member, but on world-wide projects only. The benefits of these projects would be received by all members of the Union.

Summary of Proposal:

Aims to promote

- Security and Defence of Inceilla
- World-wide Peace
- Economic Development of all members in projects which benefit all members equally.

Works by

- An informal consensus building

Funded by

- Voluntary donations from members
- There is no annual taxation of members

Offers of Membership

- Those houses with substantial fiefdoms and populations on Inceilla (as opposed to small colonies): Holy Gate, Klorin, Koriate, Thana, Remillard
- Regency may observe the Union, but does not have voting rights.

This is not Republicanism because

- The serfs do not have voting rights
- The serfs receive no more power then without a union.


If at least three Houses of Inceilla support the proposal, further discussions and negotiations will take place if required. If you agree in principle to this proposal, but there are specific points which you disagree with then these points can be negotiated. Once this has been done, the union shall be formed. [Please quote this post in your reply, and add your (Inceilla-based) House name to the list below:]

In Support of the Proposal

1. Holy Gate

Against the Proposal

1.

thomas.berubeg
Jan 21, 2011, 09:01 AM
To Inceilla-based Houses:

In these dark and deadly times, the Empire faces threat from all sides and angles. The symbiots amass against our good men on Stigmata, who can barely hold against their onslaught. Lurking in the deepest space are a pirate menace which destroy our ships as they choose and murder our people. The great plague of Seccundus has only just been brought under our control, and in the furthest reaches of the known worlds, who knows what other enemies could await us.

Inceilla is a populous, beautiful world, it is our home and our sacred land. Throughout history, entire planets have been decimated, burnt or infested to the point where there can be no return, to the point where the land is bare and desolate. A wasteland.

They said Seccundus was too great to fail, too populous, too rich, too great. But no, nowhere is immune. Nowhere is safe for sure.

For this reason, I, Archibald Tarsenusis of the Holy Gate propose a Union. A Union of the houses and peoples of Inceilla so that planetary defence and security can be assured. This Union of Inceilla would promote shared rule of Inceilla, a rule by consensus amongst all of its noble houses to promote planetary causes which affect us all. This Union would also strive to secure peaceful economic development and trade on Inceilla to improve the quality of life of our people, and the wealth of our houses.

This Union would govern through informal voting amongst its members and consensus building, and would operate from a headquarters on Inceilla which would present a forum for communication and decision making between our members. The Holy Gate suggests that any funds the union may require are levied informally, and purely voluntarily, from its members on a case-by-case basis with it's larger economies providing the majority.

Union funds will not be spent on personal projects for a single member, but on world-wide projects only. The benefits of these projects would be received by all members of the Union.

Summary of Proposal:

Aims to promote

- Security and Defence of Inceilla
- World-wide Peace
- Economic Development of all members in projects which benefit all members equally.

Works by

- An informal consensus building

Funded by

- Voluntary donations from members
- There is no annual taxation of members

Offers of Membership

- Those houses with substantial fiefdoms and populations on Inceilla (as opposed to small colonies): Holy Gate, Klorin, Koriate, Thana, Remillard
- Regency may observe the Union, but does not have voting rights.

This is not Republicanism because

- The serfs do not have voting rights
- The serfs receive no more power then without a union.


If at least three Houses of Inceilla support the proposal, further discussions and negotiations will take place if required. If you agree in principle to this proposal, but there are specific points which you disagree with then these points can be negotiated. Once this has been done, the union shall be formed. [Please quote this post in your reply, and add your (Inceilla-based) House name to the list below:]1.

In Support of the Proposal

1. Holy Gate
2. Klorin

Against the Proposal

Darksaber1
Jan 21, 2011, 09:19 AM
To Inceilla-based Houses:

In these dark and deadly times, the Empire faces threat from all sides and angles. The symbiots amass against our good men on Stigmata, who can barely hold against their onslaught. Lurking in the deepest space are a pirate menace which destroy our ships as they choose and murder our people. The great plague of Seccundus has only just been brought under our control, and in the furthest reaches of the known worlds, who knows what other enemies could await us.

Inceilla is a populous, beautiful world, it is our home and our sacred land. Throughout history, entire planets have been decimated, burnt or infested to the point where there can be no return, to the point where the land is bare and desolate. A wasteland.

They said Seccundus was too great to fail, too populous, too rich, too great. But no, nowhere is immune. Nowhere is safe for sure.

For this reason, I, Archibald Tarsenusis of the Holy Gate propose a Union. A Union of the houses and peoples of Inceilla so that planetary defence and security can be assured. This Union of Inceilla would promote shared rule of Inceilla, a rule by consensus amongst all of its noble houses to promote planetary causes which affect us all. This Union would also strive to secure peaceful economic development and trade on Inceilla to improve the quality of life of our people, and the wealth of our houses.

This Union would govern through informal voting amongst its members and consensus building, and would operate from a headquarters on Inceilla which would present a forum for communication and decision making between our members. The Holy Gate suggests that any funds the union may require are levied informally, and purely voluntarily, from its members on a case-by-case basis with it's larger economies providing the majority.

Union funds will not be spent on personal projects for a single member, but on world-wide projects only. The benefits of these projects would be received by all members of the Union.

Summary of Proposal:

Aims to promote

- Security and Defence of Inceilla
- World-wide Peace
- Economic Development of all members in projects which benefit all members equally.

Works by

- An informal consensus building

Funded by

- Voluntary donations from members
- There is no annual taxation of members

Offers of Membership

- Those houses with substantial fiefdoms and populations on Inceilla (as opposed to small colonies): Holy Gate, Klorin, Koriate, Thana, Remillard
- Regency may observe the Union, but does not have voting rights.

This is not Republicanism because

- The serfs do not have voting rights
- The serfs receive no more power then without a union.


If at least three Houses of Inceilla support the proposal, further discussions and negotiations will take place if required. If you agree in principle to this proposal, but there are specific points which you disagree with then these points can be negotiated. Once this has been done, the union shall be formed. [Please quote this post in your reply, and add your (Inceilla-based) House name to the list below:]

In Support of the Proposal

1. Holy Gate
2. Klorin
3. Thana


Against the Proposal

1.


House of Thana supports this proposal.

Prinny
Jan 21, 2011, 09:35 AM
Great update. I like.
But this seems a bit too complex for me. Please take me off the waiting list. I'll just lurk.

Toteone
Jan 21, 2011, 09:52 AM
Nice update! I liked the storytelling flavour of it (and a nice touch with a mention of Gabella :D).

And Naprous; Respect for the ironfisted approach. Had I had enough soldiers to do likewise, I think I would have.

Thanks, you're always so kind.
Truth be told I think I either got a poor popularity roll, was harsher than Immac expected (initial reports were leadership and order would be much appreciated) or it was flavor text on how I took a harder line than everyone else.
And I won't forget your kindness in helping fund this humanitarian relief and security effort!

Ekolite
Jan 21, 2011, 09:55 AM
Kindness which was largely provided by the Regency if I remember correctlly... :p

Toteone
Jan 21, 2011, 10:24 AM
Actually the operation cost 18 for Infantry, 16 for Infantry Mods, 5 for Truck Mods, and 5 for an extra gate to serve as a Bio-Lock, so the costs totalled 44 (albeit the infantry remain our property). Donations were at 20-22 total (15 from the Regency Relief Fund). Naprous took a loan from the Reeves to the tune of 15mf (but we got a very good rate thanks to our high profit). Still, this operation remains profitable on a very long-term scale for our house as the freemen in the House Naprous special economic zone will need new leadership to avoid the creation of a new urban slum.

Otoh there is a very noteworthy element to the funding you mention. The contribution came indirectly from the Regency at Bossheim's initiative.
Klorin is fiscally honest to a degree that more than impresses House Naprous accountants... ; )
... let's just say he hasn't passed the Piracy Relief Fund act yet.

Dain even went so far as to pay equal to above average prices for the sheep and now did the incredible thing of setting up his own yacht as bait!! (Cathrinn needs to talk to him more... *sigh* the way she talked to... Ragel... Daddy!!!!!! I never should've told him to go face his fears...)

Also, I notice Brother Cabil is depressed. ;_;

Seon
Jan 21, 2011, 11:38 AM
House Koriate gives it's support for the Inceillian Union.

Terrance888
Jan 21, 2011, 11:45 AM
Ah yes, Heifel now hates "Sea Salad"

Toteone
Jan 21, 2011, 11:51 AM
wut? ^^
Was he the guinea-pig of some aquaculture cuisine?

Oh, the Incellian Union looks nice!

mgsmuhammad
Jan 21, 2011, 11:58 AM
Whilst we must confess we are concerned by your promises of "shared rule" of Incellia, consider House Remillard tentatively in.

- Remi

Kentharu
Jan 21, 2011, 12:05 PM
House Kilgore are amused that they are not included in this so-called "world-wide peace" on Incelia. Might there be a reason?

mgsmuhammad
Jan 21, 2011, 12:08 PM
We're slowly cutting you off from all possible support, so we can smother and destroy you through a series of non-violent, yet highly illegal, "settlements" within your borders, annexing your former holdings for ourselves. :satan:

[/OOC]

Ekolite
Jan 21, 2011, 01:22 PM
@Kentharu: The only reason is that you're fiefdom is less then 1 million people, and so I figured you would object to forking out for any Inceillan projects. You don't have much of an investment on the planet. It's also likely that you would disproportionately benefit from them as a result. We will discuss this as a group, but my view is that your fief should be considered a colony under the protection of the union but not part of it.

thomas.berubeg
Jan 21, 2011, 01:35 PM
House Klorin and the Imperial Regent would like to bring the attention of the Houses to one of the most dangerous and deadly aspects of our Existence. For Eons, we have lived in the light of the Suns and the Pancreator, but in the recent centuries, the stars have faded noticeably. Winters are longer and the fertile summers produce less food to feed ourselves and our people. This needs to be addressed, or we will die, as surely as the Evvis are Heretics.
House Klorin pledges to search through our great library to Look for Maggicks to rekindle the stars.

Immaculate
Jan 21, 2011, 01:38 PM
The new planet populations have been posted for E2. All populations plummeted except Naprous and Querry, with Naprous population rising significantly. Other populations, Tsedeq, Texier, Bossheim, others, dropped but did not plummet as greatly as most.

LDiCesare
Jan 21, 2011, 02:49 PM
House Tsedeq wishes to express its congratulations to Garik Harnoth of House Hyppean and the Imperial Garrison for its success on Stigmata.

House Tsedeq also congratulates Sir Hellwind Eekin for his noble operation against the pirates. We would love to hear more about the prisoner his troops managed to capture.

House Tsedeq asks the Regency and the Church to lift the embargo on Errovus Secundus. We believe that the plague is under control and that spaceships should be allowed to leave Errovus Secundus. We think that checking that all the ships passengers have been vaccined should be enough of a protection for the other worlds, along maybe with a short quarantine period. We also believe that, more than ever with the piracy problems, our frigate should be allowed to join the Mammon freighter in order to protect the ship and its trade route.

To the Regency:
House Tsedeq will gladly send researchers to the Library of Amur in order to investigate the Fading Suns issue.

Ekolite
Jan 21, 2011, 02:56 PM
The Imperial Eye suggests the blockade remains for one last turn to ensure full extinction of the disease before regular interplanetary travel begins once more.

spryllino
Jan 21, 2011, 03:14 PM
House Texier congratulates House Hyppean, House Eekin, and the Regency for their successful actions this turn.

We suggest that the embargo is not lifted for another turn.

We would also like to request the delivery of suitable supplies of vaccine, and we ask that vaccine be delivered to the safe area of our fiefdom.

We congratulate the founders of the Incellian Union for their commitment to unity and cooperation.

Jyut Texier

Adrogans
Jan 21, 2011, 03:21 PM
I would suggest that the regency allow supplies be delivered at the very least. We understand not letting the population leave for anther year, but foodstuffs and basic necessities are as needed as the vaccine.

Guy Fye, Scepter Holder for The Query

spryllino
Jan 21, 2011, 03:28 PM
We do believe that imports of necessities should be allowed as long as no-one at all leaves the planet.

LDiCesare
Jan 21, 2011, 03:40 PM
An additional year of quarantine is totally uncalled for. A frigate or yacht carrying a dozen or more people can easily be checked for safety. Furthermore, our frigate wouldn't even land for at least 6 months, and we can very easily ensure the total safety of the air of our ships through thaumatury if necessary. Such degree of protection wasn't available to the ship sent to Assimov, yet no plague outburst happened on that planet.
Except for operations like mass transport of serfs, freemen or troops, there is no reason to keep blocking Errovus Secundus.

Grounding our yacht for one more year would prevent us from helping the Regency find out reasons and solutions to the Fading Suns issue and would therefore only hurt men, orcs and gnolls in the known worlds.

Immaculate
Jan 21, 2011, 04:08 PM
From Cardinal Glory Herinus,
To the Scepter-Bound of the Known Worlds,

Let it be known that after official discussion amongst the Curia of the Church of Universal Light, we have decided that the actions and miracles performed by Olphit’Al of House Sanctious’Al make him worthy of canonization.

We know that the Pancreator holds Saint Olphit’Al close and that Olphit’Al answers our prayers through the grace of the Universal Light.

We can all but hope to one day emulate the selflessness servitude to the Pancreator exemplified by the Chruch’s newest canonized saint.




From Seraed Aekraiah,
To the Nobles of Errovus Secondus

We are not yet prepared to deliver goods and trade with Errovus Secondus as we are unsure of the safety of landing on this diseased orb. Furthermore, we do not believe Errovus Secondus currently possesses the infrastructure needed to collect or distribute trade goods even if the planet was not diseased. As such, we will be continuing our trade with leagueheim instead of Errovus Secondus.




From Kareem Kelter, Guild-Master of the Authority Guild
To the Nobles and Imperium of Errovus Secondus

Let it be known that although the Authority has suffered nearly as badly as the Koriate as a result of the diseases of Errovus Secondus, we are already beginning to recover. Our forces are in command of the northern Authority continent and much of the Authority military forces.

Some of our farms have even been sowed this year and we believe we will, with some luck, be able to distribute food to the shores of the continents free of disease by March of the Holy Errovian calendar. We also expect all vaccines produced meant for distribution to the Authority to be delivered onto us so that we might re-establish the distribution systems of Errovus Secondus and bring food and trade goods to all corners of the planet.

Also let it be known that the pretender to the seat of the Guild-Master who holds the Authority spaceports as well as Garrim’s scepter which rightfully belongs to me is an enemy of the Authority and we would not look kindly upon any that do business with her. We also remind you that the military affairs of the Authority guild are an internal matter and any involvement by outside forces would be considered a breach of neutrality and cooperation and result in appropriate consequences.



From Duscha Sehryi, Guild-Master of the Authorty Guild,
To the Nobles and Imperium of Errovus Secondus

The Guild WILL recover, IS recovering. Already we have converged many of the survivors of the plague at the planetary and orbital spaceports and we are training new personnel to operate the spaceports and make imports and exports from Errovus Secondus possible for all. Our forces are working on developing structure and organization of the western continent and we hope, by years end, to have re-established control of the farmlands and military assets of these lands.

It is I, Duscha Sehryi that is the rightful heir to Grimkill’s legacy and the Authority Guild. I have already begun the binding process and soon I will wield a scepter as befits my position.

There is the small matter of Kareem Kelter however. He pretends to my position but is nothing but a violent bully, no better then the warlords and bandits that pray upon authority and noble lands. This imposter wishes to take my life and overrun the spaceport but we cannot let this happen. Join me in stopping him; I am afraid the military is loyal to him and I need your help.



From Cardinal Quelus Heventi,
To The Nobles of Houses Thana, Killgore, Querry and the Imperium Eye

In the name of Saint Hombar the beggar, disciple of the great prophet, we beg of you to provide us with your newly manufactured vaccine. The souls of the men and women of Errovus Secondus have never been under threat as they have been lately and they require a strong ecclesial presence to guide and protect them. For this we need your vaccine. We hope that one of your first destinations upon reaching Errovos Secodus is our fiefs.

Walk in celestial light.



From Cardinal Quelus Heventi,
To The Koriate

Your lands on Errovus Secondus have fallen and been overrun by gangsters and warlords who know no order and no mercy. We would bring them to the Celestial Light and to our flock but we also recognize that, by virtue of your nobility, the lands they squat upon belong, correctly, onto thyself. We would ask that you provide them to the Church as an act of faith and mercy so that we might better work the miracles of the Pancreator within these fallen lands. We would offer (10MF) as compensation.

Walk in celestial light.


From Cardinal Leonid Mirmah
To the Tsedeq

We will allow your frigate to leave the quarantine on the following conditions. You provide yourself with food and water to survive several months in orbit without landing, you wait in orbit for two months and if after two months there is no indication of contamination, you may leave.

We will allow the delivery of food and trade goods to Errovus Secondus but the export of people or trade goods will have to await the New Year on Holy Errovus (2305). This includes the soldiers bound for Stigmata. The danger of spreading disease to our first and primary defense against the Demons of Stigmata cannot be endangered for any reason.

Walk in celestial light.


From Cardinal Claude Remillard
To the Nobles and Imperium of Errovus Secondus and the Query in particular

We intend to expand our mission of mercy to the northern and eastern continents of Errovus Secondus in the coming year and we will need a base from which to operate that possesses some stability and piety. We demand in the name of the Holy Flame that you provide us with this base so that we can work the will of the Pancreator and bring deliverance to the masses.

Be Penitent of thy sins that you may not be burnt in the hells or by the the Holy Flame.

Adrogans
Jan 21, 2011, 04:13 PM
The Query would more than welcome the use of our Fief in your mission of mercy. We will set aside an area for your use during this time as a base of operations. We would need to know what resources and manpower you are sending to have an appropriate area designated for your use.

Guy Fye, Scepter Holder for The Query

spryllino
Jan 21, 2011, 04:30 PM
To the Authority
From House Texier

Are you by no means willing to accept any form of compromise? We know you are hard-headed businessmen of the best sort, and that a civil war can be by no means in either of your interests. Is it even in the interests of each of your leaders' pockets to fight each other? We might like to suggest that you might put the matter to the arbitration of House Texier, noted in its ability in such matters, which will be glad to send you its finest diplomats, or even to the whole Empire, to the Church, or to the League of Guilds. Let us remind you, you are the most responsible of guilds. You have the oceans and the food supply to maintain. Your serfs are dying, and every minute you procrastinate and interreign you are losing profits and preventing the saving of lives.

If you will not listen to this, perhaps you might even separately contemplate a business deal. As we said, you are hard-headed businessmen and, as your Authority, even if not quite in ruins, is in quite a situation, perhaps you might welcome more investment and alliance with a noble House? In principle, House Texier would be quite willing to offer Guiss Texier to fulfil the post and to offer both present claimants ample power within the Guild. We are not particularly desirous of your agreement to this, but nevertheless if you were to agree it could not fail to please us. Perhaps this suggestion is not to be countenanced, in which case don't countenance it, but nevertheless it behooved us to make this suggestion which seems potentially to be in your interest.

At any rate, our goodwill and sympathy lies, as ever, with the good men of the Authority in this dreadful time, and we desire but that they should spread the goodwill they are ever owed for their invaluable services as the tradesmen of the planet to the serfs who would profit so much from the present distribution networks that are stagnating increasingly on account of the Authority's disputed leadership.

May peace and prosperity be with you all by the power of the Pancreator,

Jyut Texier

Immaculate
Jan 21, 2011, 04:43 PM
From Kareem Kelter, Guild-Master of the Authority Guild,
To Jyut Texier of House Texier,

We would be willing to negotiate if Merchant Duscha Sehri shows that she is willing to accept our authority and hand over the spaceport and scepter.

From Duscha Sehryi, Guild-Master of the Authorty Guild,
To Jyut Texier of House Texier,

We would be willing to negotiate but fear that merchant Kareem will not do so in good faith and would never recognize my rightful rule of the Guild.

Seon
Jan 21, 2011, 04:44 PM
To Cardinal Quelus Heventi,
From The Koriate

Our former holdings on Errovus Secundus is now no more than ravaged and blasted land, filled with the hopeless. But if you can give them hope, and provide them with relief, I shall accept your proposal at 70% of what you had offered me.

-Ludenard Akatas.

spryllino
Jan 21, 2011, 04:58 PM
To the Authority
From House Texier

Do you not think that it might be better to come to some power-sharing arrangement so that you each recognise each other's control over the guild in exchange for the other's recognition of yours, and then you can work out mutually exclusive roles for yourselves within the guild?

Kentharu
Jan 21, 2011, 05:28 PM
I will be fine with being left out of the treaty so long as you don't gang rape me. Thats the impression I was getting.

mgsmuhammad
Jan 21, 2011, 05:33 PM
OOC: Is cool, brah.

Immaculate
Jan 21, 2011, 07:28 PM
Houses Remillard, Naprous,

The Church of Universal Light would be most pleased if you would rent them their IP-III-Class Freighter for a period of two years. We can provide 14MF as payment.

Bursar Bishop Ulritk on behalf of Cardinal Gorgeous Feryst and the Celestial Church Syncullum

thomas.berubeg
Jan 21, 2011, 07:45 PM
He Stood at the Window, arms crossed at his back. The View from the tallest tower of the Imperial Palace was a devastating one. Smoke streaked the sky, tinged red, reflecting the fire that raged below. With a sigh, Dain Kawalen, Imperial Regent, Scepter Holder, and Patriarch of House Klorin turned from the apocalyptic view and faced the Crowd, his scepter clasped in his hand.

“Ladies and Gentlemen. I have sat in prayer and meditation for the past day, and unfortunately only one option has come to me. The Situation on Errovus Secondus is untenable, the Governance of the Imperium and the Known Worlds has become Nigh Impossible from this blighted world. Errovus Secondus will always have a place in the heart of the Imperium, but Time has come to move on from this Forsaken world, until it can be reclaimed for the governance of these world. The Plague has left in it's wake a world full of Sickness and Crime, where death rules absolute. As such, until this world again becomes a beacon of Light in the darkness of the universe, The Imperial Throne and Offices will be relocated to the world of Incellia.”

The Crowd buzzed with questions, and Dain could feel the inquiries of the other sceptre holders pushing at his mind, pressing him with questions, but he shut them out, knowing that there would be more time to answer later.

“My reason for choosing Incellia are many. It is the most populous world of the Imperium, with the Strongest economy. Incellia also houses many of the premier houses of the Empire. While I realize that for all ages, the Imperium has sat on Errovus Secondus, and that even the Great republic was headquartered on that world, it has currently become much to chaotic to rule from effectively. This decision has been made with the full accord of the Union of Incellia, and will last until the Regency is confident that Errovus Secondus can effectively rule the Empire. Imperial Assets and bureaucracy will begin moving this turn.”


Diplo
To ALL: The Imperial Offices are relocating to Incellia this year.

To all sects of the Church: We Invite you to establish cathedrals on Incellia with which to lead the masses

To the League: We invite you to open trade Holdings on Incellia.

Ekolite
Jan 21, 2011, 08:30 PM
The Union of Inceilla fully supports using Inceilla as an Auxillary Capital, and is discussing the proposal.

Toteone
Jan 21, 2011, 10:31 PM
Most Graced Church of Universal Light

We must defer to the majority shareholder of Remillard, but we are positive to your proposal and hope the noble house will accept.

~Cathrinn Naprous Klorin


To the Imperium Eye
Our house is currently in control of 21,78% of Errovus Secundus' population, and our distribution network is solid and vibrant and will not buckle under the riots that may occur elsewhere from news of the vaccine. Regardless we understand that there are others more deserving than us, but we note our significant financial expenditure (even unto debt) with the help of donors and the numerous lives we are attemting to save and as thus hope we are on the short list.
PS. We have solved the mystery of the anger of freemen against our house. Apparently the 17 million freemen we saved are listed as serfs, and as thus were described as happy with their security, shelter and supplies. ^^ It appears to be the freemen outside of the borders who are angry with us. (I was horrified and thought maybe just the 2.1 million I started with were happy.)


E2 Population Figures
Actually the above made me curious about the exact details of E2s population. So I've gone and added them up again. (They used to be 390+88 million for a gross total of 478 million I think, not counting militaries, unless I made a mistake way back when.)

Total Population: 87.71 (in millions) Total Survivors: 18,35%... holy sheet...
Freemen: 42.90 ... Total survivors: counting the 17 million you helped me rescue... 59.9/390 = 15.36% survival rate
................................... Non-Freemen Survival Rate (not counting the 17 million freemen): 50,90% ... hmmm not bad.
Naprous: 19.10
Query: 12.20
Other Houses: 3.24
Authority: 1.36
Orthodoxy: 0.17
Imperium Offices: 7.74 (6.60 Regency, 0,70 Fleet)

Military date is not available but my forces seem to have taken casualties to the tune of: 17,6% infantry (3 out of 17), 40% special forces (2 of 5), 14.3% armored (1 of 7), 0% airforce (0 of 11)... and of course most factions have spent a whole lotta money.

Adrogans
Jan 22, 2011, 12:35 AM
The smoke columns of artillery strikes rose into the early dawn’s red sky. Another strike shook the ground as it landed amidst the fortress. Soldiers ran throughout the chaos of the battle line carrying orders and reports.

Boom!

The ground shakes and dust rises again as another artillery unit fires at the fortress continuing to wear it down as they had for the last few hours. Platoons rush forward and take up positions relieving their tired compatriots.

Through it all one woman in a black and red general’s uniform stood immobile watching the sky above the fortress. She silently checked her watch and then resumed her quiet vigil as the ground in front of her feet erupted as a round burrowed into it. Finally a faint red flare shot out from the gates and the general sprang into action. She waved the fresh platoon forward and shouted something which went unheard in the din, but all the officers had been waiting for it and knew as the general began running forward and drawing her awe inspiring deep crimson blade, the Charge order had been given.

Thousands of Marauder Legionnaires rushed at the slowly opening gates, all their visors drawn closed and weapons at the ready, they were too slow to overtake the General who screaming with rage had lost herself to the anticipation of combat and rather than draw a pistol she kept her long blade drawn and poised to strike.
By the time the gates were fully open the mad rush of black and red soldiers were upon them. They ran right over the slain gate guards and continued into the Fortress with mad screams of fury and rage.

The defenders stood with a make shift defensive line not far from the gates as though they were unprepared for them to open. Both sides open fire. Soldiers in both ranks fell screaming for their wives, mothers, or quietly without the time to do so before they died. Through the hail of bullets charged the Crazed General who finally swung the blade upon the first soldier clad in green she came across and his chest opened from right shoulder to mid chest as if he had been in nothing more than cloth. The charging Marauders reached the enemy line before they had time to recover from the shock of the General reaching their lines untouched by their bullets as if protected by the hand of the Pancreator.

Viscera, blood, bone, and random limbs flew in all directions in an orgy of carnage. The few enemies clad in green who tried to surrender were merely cut down. In a matter of minutes thousands of green clad soldiers lay dead among the courtyard of the fortress. The red and black clad soldiers regrouped around their General who shook her head as if to clear her thoughts as she surveyed the small town in front of them. The last foothold of the Evvis in reclaimed space.

The General spoke one sentence into her com.

The red and black clad soldiers surged forward and began lobbing grenades and slaughtering every resident as the General calmly walked forward. Mothers begged for their children while weeping, old and young men alike tried to surrender, they were all cut down by the blades and bullets of the soldiers. Finally in the center of the town the General stood watching what she had ordered be fulfilled, a man clad in finery approached her and she waved for her forces to let him approach. He ran forward and began to yell at her as she was removing her helmet.

“How did you get an agent in here? There should have been no way your kind could get an agent in!”

“Your kind?” She finished removing her helmet and laughed at the expression on the Evvis noble’s face. “Hah did you think a woman could never beat you my lord? Or is it something else?” She then proceeded to make surprise the last expression the noble’s face would ever have. “That is for my father Lord Dantian who was killed defending humanity from the symbiotes your kind unleashed! It is fitting you die by his blade, ‘Crimson Dawn’ in the hands of his heir.” She then began to laugh and now it was hysterical as the town was burning around her…

The General was being shaken by someone and slowly opened her eyes as she realized they had been memories in dreams not the current moment. It had been many years since she had thought upon that day.

“Wake up please.” Whispered her fifth husband, Justin Tremaine-Black, in her ear. “You are shaking and mumbling in your sleep.” She sat up and drew the sheet with her.

“I was?” She took a moment to slowly gaze around the bedchamber as if to remind herself of where she was. “I must have been, that was long ago.” She murmured to herself.

“What was it this time?” Justin’s voice was hesitant, unsure if he would get an answer.
Alex turned and looked at him with the shadows of one who has lived too long and done too much in her eyes. “It was the last Evvis stronghold we knew of in reclaimed space. The … The Query were destroying it, I led the forces.”

“I have to ask what it was you were mumbling, it sounded like an order.”

She looked at him and hatred such as he rarely saw glowed in her face, a hatred reserved for only one group, the Evvis. “Yes they were orders. I ordered them to kill everyone and burn the place to the ground. And I laughed while we did it."

LDiCesare
Jan 22, 2011, 04:22 AM
From Noble House Tsedeq
To the Regency, Noble Houses

House Tsedeq questions the Regency decision of leaving Errovus Secundus.
You basically confess you want to leave Errovus Secundus as a world, your words, "full of Sickness and Crime, where death rules absolute".
Instead of fighting this crime and death, you act as a coward and run away!
Several houses: Query, Texier, Tsedeq, for instance, managed to maintain order in their fiefdoms. House Naprous, the poorest of all houses, even managed to expand their protection and bring some order to the freemen, bringing some of them under their noble rule.
Kareem Kelter has started rebuilding and reorganising the Authority fleet, trade and works on dike maintenance.
The planet is recovering, and is in needs of a strong lead, but it is the time you decide to run away and flee?
I have to ask: What kind of Regent are you, who runs away and leaves his capital in ruins, waiting for warlords to take over it? Do you expect all of the noble houses to chicken like you, run away and leave the planet to freemen warlords so we'd be cut from Holy Errovus?
What are you going to do of the fiefdoms of the Regency on Errovus Secundus? Abandon them? Relocate them? How would you carry your serfs to Incellia? Will you free them so they grow the masses of lawless freemen?

Furthermore, all noble houses but one had holdings on Errovus Secundus, whereas Incellia is only the home of a few noble houses. This makes that planet totally unsuited to be the capital of the known worlds. In order to be able to come and visit the Regency and offices, most noble houses would have to establish some holdings on Incellia, otherwise we would be unable to attend to the court according to our standing.

Also, you state that "This decision has been made with the full accord of the Union of Incellia". This means you consider they are worth consulting but the other noble houses are not. This is an insult we cannot let pass or ever pardon.

And what kind of message are you sending to the hated Evvis? That even though we manage to stop their plans of poisoning us with deadly diseases, they, not us, emerge victorious of this confrontation? Do you really believe it befits a Regent to send the message to Evvis that they can continue striking us? When they attack Incellia you'll fold and run away to Clarke or Hubbard? Why don't you directly flee to Stigmata? It's devoid of the freemen you fear, wouldn't it be a nice place for you to hide in?

We consider your decision to be that of a coward licking the boots of Incellia noble houses and unworthy of Regency. A noble house doesn't run away and flee in face of adversity but stands its ground, fights and restores order.
Abandoning Errovus Secundus to freemen so they can create a new republic and cut the rest of the known worlds from holy Errovus is an abomination house Tsedeq will never allow.

LDiCesare
Jan 22, 2011, 04:36 AM
From House Tsedeq
To Kareem Kelter, Guild-Master of the Authority Guild
House Tsedeq congratulates you for reorganising the Authority fleet and northern holdings. We are glad to learn that your farms are rebuilding and look forward to doing business with you again and restoring the Capital of the Imperium to its former glory.
We support your request that the vaccine be distributed to the Authority so you can distribute it where needed, as your ship captains proved during this time of crisis that they were able to ferry goods where they were needed.

From House Tsedeq
To Duscha Sehryi
As you stated, the Guild is recovering. However, from what little we saw during the past months, you didn't do much to actually help anyone else on Errovus Secundus.
You haven't even been able to restore order on the western continent despite the absence of freemen warlords threatening you.
Your obession with the spaceport when trade from the planet is impossible for safety reason doesn't strike us as particularly sound. It would have been more clever to make sure fields were sowed and people could eat.
Your seizing of Grimkill's sceptre doesn't make you a worthy leader in our eyes. When you are not even able to control your own armies, you can't claim to organise the Authority and the business on the planet.
We urge you to rescind and recognise the leadership of Kareem Kelter, in order to bring unity to the Authority and help restore Errovus Secundus.

Toteone
Jan 22, 2011, 04:40 AM
We find Duscha Sehryi a wise, beautiful, elegant woman with the air of nobility to her and we ask the Imperial Community to allow us to deal with the situation, as after all, the Authority and Naprous are old friends.

As for Garren Grimkill... he was a man who refused to budge an inch on allowing completely safe maritime trade during Errovus Secundus' greatest disaster ever and offered to take over Naprous when we asked for an MPP. We're surprised to hear that he ordered any cooperation at all on ferrying goods around. But if that is so then we offer our congratulations on successful trade. However we ask that Kareem Kelter refrain from any aggression in the hope that he will be a better leader than Grimkill ever was.

Diamondeye
Jan 22, 2011, 06:47 AM
House Bossheaim mirrors the sentiment of House Tsedeq on the topic of the removal of Regency Offices from Errovus Secondus. We will consider it an atrocious and cowardly act worth no Regent, no noble, no man. If our soldiers were as spineless as these nobles, the Symbiotes would already have wiped out the civilization we know and love.

Immaculate
Jan 22, 2011, 07:08 AM
We find Duscha Sehryi a wise, beautiful, elegant woman with the air of nobility to her and we ask the Imperial Community to allow us to deal with the situation, as after all, the Authority and Naprous are old friends.

As for Garren Grimkill... he was a man who refused to budge an inch on allowing completely safe maritime trade during Errovus Secundus' greatest disaster ever and offered to take over Naprous when we asked for an MPP. We're surprised to hear that he ordered any cooperation at all on ferrying goods around. But if that is so then we offer our congratulations on successful trade. However we ask that Kareem Kelter refrain from any aggression in the hope that he will be a better leader than Grimkill ever was.

OOC: he didn't do business with Grimkill. He did business with military officers loyal to Kareem.

Toteone
Jan 22, 2011, 07:08 AM
Wait, what? REMOVE THE OFFICES?
OK, I agree with you guys. This is what I get for not paying attention.
Down with the proposal!

OOC: Oh, that was fast. Impressive. I didn't even know Grimkill was loosening his reigns last year. I foolishly thought the cough was a joke up until two-three days before the update. ^^

Ekolite
Jan 22, 2011, 07:53 AM
It is my understanding that Inceilla will act as capital as a temporary measure, and that the offices will later return to E2 once the dust has been cleared, order resumed, and economy restored.

I suspect that the Regent will invite the other houses to set up embassies on the planet.

LDiCesare
Jan 22, 2011, 08:55 AM
We see no reason for such a temporary measure. Instead of wasting money and energy to move whatever needs be moved to Incellia, the Regency should spend efforts restoring its fiefdom and the free territories of Errovus Secundus.
Furthermore, the Church asks us to stay in quarantine for 2 months in orbit before leaving Errovus Secundus, and our ships only carry the personnel needed to man them, they are escort personnel and pilots. If the Regency wanted to send people from Errovus Secundus to Incellia, they would have to wait in space for the same period of time too, and wouldn't be doing any useful work while in orbit, which means they would waste even more time, food and energy better spent on the planet.

The Regency dared say Errovus Secundus is "Forsaken". That it's a "world full of Sickness and Crime, where death rules absolute".
This is a lie, or gross exaggeration at best.
Are the lands of Naprous and Tsedeq full of sickness? No.
Are those of the Authority and Texier overcome with death and devoid of living? No.
Are the fiefdoms of Query and Bossheim overcome with crime? No.
But the Regent would go to Incellia, and its crime-less Bazaar of Mam? He wants to just wait it out, hoping that the Pancreator will resolve all the issues without human intervention?
This is not the way in the Creation. The Pancreator helps those who help themselves. It is our duty to restore the Creation to its former state, to restore order to Errovus Secundus. It is our duty as noblemen and faithful followers of the Church of Eternal Light to stand firm and remove crime from the planet, to eradicate the diseases and bring life back to the world.

Had the Regent decided to withdraw while the disease was at its worst, we might have understood the reasons for that, even though it would still have been cowardly. But now that the worst liees in the past, such an attitude simply cannot be justified.

hbar
Jan 22, 2011, 10:32 AM
Regent Klorin

Your proposal is an insult to those who lost their lives in the Evvis plague. You, sir, are a coward and a charlatan. Though the Sanctious'Als have lost nearly everything, we are staying to rebuild. What, exactly, did you lose?

Ophit'Al

Darksaber1
Jan 22, 2011, 10:50 AM
House of Thana understands the concerns of all Houses on this Proposal to Move Office, however, it is our understanding that this is not to be a permenante move, rather the Administorium redundances on Incillia, so as to ensure the safety of their work. The Regents words in his address may have been poorly choosen, but we belive that he means well.

It is not asked that the Noble Sanctious'Als, Naprous, Texier and others abandon Errovus, rather they should be commemerated for thei willingness to remain. House of Thana will fully attempt to aid in re-constrution as well.

As well, building infistructre could help in the event of The Worst; Incillia is farther from the curse of Stigmata.

hbar
Jan 22, 2011, 11:04 AM
This talk is stealing defeat from the jaws of victory. Not a single reason has been given for this move that doesn't invoke the spectre of this disaster happening again. For E2 to be threatened by the Symbiots, both Stigmata and Hubbard would have to fall. Is the regent so certain of the inadequacies of humanity that he is giving up before these battles are even fought?

Incillia is a planet of last stand. If the Symbiots reach it, the battle will be lost. All the Regent is accomplishing with this move is ensuring he will be the last to die.

Finally, the Regent seems to have forgotten that Errovus Secundus is the guardian of the only gate to Holy Errovus. To abandon the gate to the most sacred of lands sounds dangerously close to heresy. That you would so casually abandon the Pancreator's Cradle is incomprehensible. A regent does not exist to protect himself, but to protect his empire. Dain Kawalen, you are our Regent. Please, act the part.

Kyzarc Fotjage
Jan 22, 2011, 11:19 AM
Quin also thinks this plan isn't fully thought out. While E2 has been badly damaged by this and was on the verge of collapse, it is now stronger. As much as we hate to say it the plague has solved problems on E2. The vast overpopulation problem is mostly gone. The byzantine infrastructure can now be rebuilt better then before. The world won't be fully dependent on a single body to keep it supplied. There still are serious problems obviously, but these are temporary at worst. With time and money E2 can be remade better then before. The straining terraforming engines can be fully repaired. The dead can be buried. The burnt shells of buildings can be torn down and rebuilt and roads fixed. We now have soldiers trained to fight off this kind of horrific attack. The vast freemen population can now be slowly incorporated into the Houses and put to productive work.

Ekolite
Jan 22, 2011, 11:25 AM
The planet is ruled by warlords, and could well become a free-for-all land grab amongst the Houses that own land there in the coming years, as Naporous has already done this year.

The Union of Inceilla has agreed to foot the bill for the temporary transferal of power until stability and security on E2 is restored. I really don't understand the objection to this plan.

thomas.berubeg
Jan 22, 2011, 12:25 PM
The planet is ruled by warlords, and could well become a free-for-all land grab amongst the Houses that own land there in the coming years, as Naporous has already done this year.

The Union of Inceilla has agreed to foot the bill for the temporary transferal of power until stability and security on E2 is restored. I really don't understand the objection to this plan.

Neither do I. you are all acting as if this was a permanent move.

spryllino
Jan 22, 2011, 12:31 PM
We object to the Regent's plan because we feel that the Regent should actually be active and actively restoring order by force and personal prestige, not running away. Only if the Regent is too lazy to do his job and see to it himself that the problem is sorted out should he move out of E2.

Furthermore, the Regent should be sorting out the Authority. Their behaviour is clearly unacceptable and if they will not compromise the Regent should be on E2 to sort them out, by force if necessary, with full use of Phoenix Guard and other personal forces. The Authority has responsibilities and treaties with the Empire to fulfil that they are breaching, and the prevention of such breaches is the utmost responsibility of the Regent.

There are so many problems on E2 for him to sort out that the Regent cannot decently leave without accepting that he is the least auspicious, laziest, and most cowardly first Regent the Empire could possibly have.

OOC: Immac: when may we expect player PMs?

LDiCesare
Jan 22, 2011, 12:46 PM
We object to the Regent's plan because we feel that the Regent should actually be active and actively restoring order by force and personal prestige, not running away. Only if the Regent is too lazy to do his job and see to it himself that the problem is sorted out should he move out of E2.

Furthermore, the Regent should be sorting out the Authority. Their behaviour is clearly unacceptable and if they will not compromise the Regent should be on E2 to sort them out, by force if necessary, with full use of Phoenix Guard and other personal forces. The Authority has responsibilities and treaties with the Empire to fulfil that they are breaching, and the prevention of such breaches is the utmost responsibility of the Regent.

There are so many problems on E2 for him to sort out that the Regent cannot decently leave without accepting that he is the least auspicious, laziest, and most cowardly first Regent the Empire could possibly have.

We agree that the Regent leaving in fear instead of staying to sort things out is nto acceptable. Whatever energy would be spent moving files, people, material, would just be wasted and could better be used in rebuilding.
Regarding the Authority, the Regency doesn't have to intervene. There's already a leadder who proved himself able to organise the fiefdoms and another one who has jsut seized a scepter. Things will likely sort themselves alone.
However, the Regency should help take care of the freemeen. Much as it is a noble's duty to take care of their serfs, it's the Imperium duty to take care of its population. Fleeing the planet is not going to get the job done. Once again, it will be up to the nobles to do the Imperium job.
And most importantly, the Regent should realise the message that he is sending by retreating from E2. He is telling the Evvis or whoever sent this plague that they have the power to cause him to run away in terror. He is sending a message of weakness that they will exploit. Instead of seeing their plans to destroy E2 defeated, the enemies of the Imperium will have their morale soar and will become even bolder as they see the Regent runs away at the first threat.

spryllino
Jan 22, 2011, 12:53 PM
Regarding the Authority, the Regency doesn't have to intervene. There's already a leadder who proved himself able to organise the fiefdoms and another one who has jsut seized a scepter. Things will likely sort themselves alone.


We agree with you apart from this. It is utterly unacceptable that this guild should do this and be allowed to get away with it. They have engagements to fulfil. They are responsible for E2's food supply. They must compromise, and if not, they must be crushed, or heavily fined at the end of it to compensate the families of starved serfs. And if they do sort themselves out, they will sort themselves out in blood and fire and gunshots! Really, this cannot be allowed to sort itself out. In addition, Grimkill himself said last year that the Authority was on the point of collapse on account of the plague, when it had only been around for one month. Surely a civil war cannot leave the distribution networks so integral to E2 safe? There is every reason for the Regent to intervene, and it is his responsibility to ensure that there is no civil war in the Empire, and that the distribution networks of the Authority are restored as soon as possible.

For goodness' sake, what's the point of a government if it can't prevent armed conflict within its borders?

LDiCesare
Jan 22, 2011, 01:16 PM
From what information we have, I fail to see what issues the Authority would face. Their military forces are loyal to their leader, so is their fleet and the northern continent. There's only a bunch of people hiding in their spaceport who refuse to acknowledge their new leader.
It looks like that, if noone intervenes, Kareem Kelter forces will take out the rebels in the spaceport and the authority will be restored with very little bloodshed.

As for armed conflict, it's much more likely to come from, and last in, the freemen lands. This is where the Regency should intervene. If the Regent fails to do so, the noble houses will have to do it themselves once more.

mgsmuhammad
Jan 22, 2011, 01:24 PM
Remi sighed as he gazed out through the frosted windowpane, over the Incellian estate.

He felt a slender hand on his shoulder. It was Renee. It figured that she'd be the only one able to ghost up to him like that.

"What's wrong?"
"N-Nothing!" Remi blurted out, not wanting to trouble her with his thoughts.

But she saw right through him, in the way only she could.
She didn't say anything, but he could tell that she'd guessed enough that it would now be worse if he didn't explain.

"I-It's about the plague.. On Errovus Secundus."
"A tragedy, I agree, but hardly new news. What's really the matter here?"
"...
The Texier.. For all their high talk of "diplomacy" and "neutrality", they're being awfully one-sided.."
"Why? What have they done?"
"They're condemning the Regent's choice to move the Auxiliary capital to here."

She stood awkwardly in silence for what seemed like an eternity, trying to avoid meeting his eyes. It wasn't hard. Ever since he'd first noticed her presence, he'd returned to watching the sky through the window.

"Th-That's not exactly an uncommon vie-"
"Yes, I know it's not an uncommon viewpoint! That still doesn't justify turning guns against your fellow man!"
"Wh-What?!"

After a long pause, Remi managed to say, in a cold, grim tone:
"They say that order should be restored on Secundus. Even if force is necessary.
They... Also recommended using the Authority for the job."
"Buh-But they're still in a power struggle!"
"I know. Their past performance record hasn't exactly been built on a bed of roses, either... If this goes through, their fight might easily spread to all of us on Secundus.."

Renee wobbled slightly, as if searching for support.

Remi continued, with the anger slowly building in his voice:
"I don't understand! What in the Pancreator's name is Jyut Texier up to?! I thought he was supposed to be the poster boy for diplomacy, yet he's acting more hawkish then those damned Kilgore pirates!"

With that last flourish, he had shoved his fist clean through the window pane.

As he examined the damage, the sudden, chill breeze through the hole felt suprisingly bracing against the bloodied hand.

Renee was aghast, pale with fear and eyes wide.

"S-Sorry. I just.. I just can't stand the thought of the fools starting a conflict to drag all of us into. Who needs the Symbiotes when we can kill ourselves just fine?"

She embraced him. "It's... Okay. Your heart was in the right place."

He was stunned by how easily she'd forgiven his outburst... The times may be troubled, but she deserved better than this. He softly kissed her forehead, and led her out of the rapidly cooling room.

spryllino
Jan 22, 2011, 01:57 PM
It was approaching dusk, and it was raining on the convervatory of Palace Texier; above the roof, vultures swooped down. Miles within the safe area the Palace may have been, but yet vultures came in this far looking for prey. Jyut sat up uneasily on his couch and took a sip of orange juice.

"Guiss... do you think those birds can transmit the plague? Is that a breach of the quarantine?"

"Doubt it."

"Do sit down; plenty of food to be had, you know... what with all this chaos some mad peasant might be coming through the roof any time; you never can tell these days. Have some food before some vultures come in through the hole in the roof."

Guiss sighed at his uncle, and reached out for a handful of nuts.

"I am sitting down."

"Oh yes, so you are. Now, what was that that that fellow, you know, the clerk... what's his name... Literyn? yes, him; what did he say?"

"He said the Regency was moving to Incellia. And the Authority's having a civil war of sorts"

"Really? I'm not surprised."

"What do we do about it then?" said Guiss, sitting up on his couch ever more than before. "why don't you tell them to compromise?"

"Hm yeah. That's neutral and diplomatic enough. We shall also say that the Regent should stay and sort it out if they won't, which, knowing them, they probably won't."

"What about all the people that might randomly think we were trying to impose order on the planet with the help of the Authority, sir?" piped up a junior official from the corner.

Jyut Texier drew himself up on the couch a little, and smiled momentarily, and then gave him his most inimitable face of utter contempt.

"Well, they'd be idiots, wouldn't they?" he exclaimed at the twenty-or-so-year-old man, with his insipid temper boiling under his placid facade. "Given that we're suggesting, on the contrary, that the Regent should intervene to prevent the Authority from destroying order on the planet, and therefore he shouldn't leave the planet. Where is this boy's tutor? Take him out of my sight and tell him to listen to people better."

The room subsided into quiet as all the officials bowed and sidled out one by one. The sky cleared, and the night was calm and black; the circular roof of the conservatory was purple as the tablecloth, but for the red of the bowls of cherries and apples. No-one remained but Jyut and Guiss and the little boy sitting with his legs hanging over Jyut's on the end of the couch.

"Now we're alone. Another thing that I've been thinking about: you know that person who tried to poison me, supposedly?"

"Yeah, we locked him up and he locked himself down." Guiss laughed at his own witticism. Jyut gave him a hard stare. The boy looked up at Jyut and giggled at his face. There was a slightly awkward silence before Guiss volunteered,

"Well, what about it?"

"Well, he tried to poison me with a vaccine."

"Yeah?"

"A vaccine. That meant he didn't want to kill me at all, didn't it?"

"Wierd. Anyway, I'm going to go to bed. Those blasted commandoes are giving me yet another report at nine o'clock on the state of the quarantine." He got up and walked out. Jyut sighed at his nephew's powers of reasoning, stretched out his legs to the end of the couch, got up again, turned the main light out, and lit a candle by his couch as he got ready for bed.

Toteone
Jan 22, 2011, 02:04 PM
The Authority has responsibilities and treaties with the Empire to fulfil that they are breaching, and the prevention of such breaches is the utmost responsibility of the Regent.

Verily!! We have naught but the highest praise for your wise words, Texier. The rogue guilders need to be taught their lost art of diplomacy and given protection.

Diamondeye
Jan 22, 2011, 02:18 PM
On Saints and Shirkers
Sitting at the table was a young man. His body had barely reached maturity, but his eyes were already numbed by the inevitable pain that forces us to make hard choices in life. He has seen his share of evils in the world; far more than most sons of the Noble houses, indeed.
Walking the room was his uncle, Tebryn Arbandi XII. He was venting his frustration, waving his arms around him every now and then, his sceptre in a fastened grip. The young man's eyes shifted to the sceptre; he knew what power it granted. If there was one thing Piter-Rosier Agari wanted, it was power. That was how he was raised.
Looking at Tebryn, he knew to himself; this was a powerful man. Some of his power - some would say most of it - came from the sceptre, but Piter-Rosier knew better. Tebryn Arbandi knew what happened in the medical labs of the Regency, sometimes before the regent. He knew what Piter-Rosier's letters home said before they arrived, without ever touching them. Piter-Rosier respected and awed Tebryn Arbandi for this, and that was why he was listening so attentively. Tebryn was usually calm, almost too calm. Yet now, in private, he had some anger to vent.

"-Moving the whole Regency to Incellia! Moving the Regency - unthinkable! And the worst part is, this is not just some zany idea of the Regent's - all respect, some of them, like the RKVs, show promise - others, like Klorinheim, not so much. It's not just like one of his bad ideas; Several of the other noble houses have ratified the move. I even heard that House Holy Gate approved of it!"
Tebryn seemed particularly upset at this particular event, so Piter-Rosier carefully ventured; "Why is that so bad, Sire Uncle? That House Holy Gate is behind it, I mean, Sire?"
"Let me tell you something - something extremely important about the House Holy Gate which they seem to have forgotten themselves."
"House Holy Gate originates from a certain sect of the Church of the Pancreator, an ancient faith, patronized by Saint Sabel. This is the reason why they have their own Archbishop, among other things. But what is important in this case is this: The Legend of Saint Sabel."
Piter-Rosier sat upright. Usually, stories bored him, but he took any chance he could of learning more about his rivals. Tebryn continued.
"The Legend of Saint Sabel reaches back into the mists of time. The story goes that a people known as The Bannor, devout and zealeous warriors one and all, were trapped in Hell itself. Saint Sabel was the woman who fell to hold off the demons when a gate finally appeared and the Bannor could leave. Sabel stayed behind in Hell and died as a martyr that her people might live."
Piter-Rosier immidiately caught on. "But House Holy Gate are not staying, are they? They are running with their metaphorical tail between their legs."
Tebryn hammered his fist against the wall in emphasis. "Exactly!"
He was silent for a second, then he, too, sat down.
"I can't believe it. Have they all gone insane?"

OOC Notes:
1) Ugh! Right in the religion! Cheap shot, eh Thomas?
2) Man am I good at coming up with sinful names
3) I intend to write more about Piter-Rosier. I think he's the political shooting star of House Bossheaim :)

Ekolite
Jan 22, 2011, 02:33 PM
OOC: I strongly object to the view that this is in any way ''running away''. The way I see it, it is a temporary measure until order can be restored on E2. Now that we are over the worst of the plague, there are more important priorities for the Regency such as the fighting of the symbiots and the pirates. The move will allow the Regency to better combat these threats without the constant troubles of E2 interfering. The Noble Houses involved can help regain the staus quo on E2, and when stability is reassured, the Regent will return there. I also object to the argument that this will be prohibitingly expensive or a waste of money (the IU is paying).

Diamondeye
Jan 22, 2011, 02:37 PM
OOC: Those are expressions (and impressions) of my characters, nothing more. I'm just commenting on how it looks. And it looks, in the eyes (and words) of Tebryn Arbandi, as "insane". ;)

LDiCesare
Jan 22, 2011, 03:02 PM
Mortimer Tormah Tsedeq played with his brooch.
It looked like a common brooch. Well, a natural brooch at least. It wouldn't befall a noble to wear an ordinary brooch. So this small jewel was made of gold and emeralds. It looked like it was extraordinarily expensive: It had been crafted in the shape of a bird, wings wide open, its golden talons clutching the gems.
It was, indeed, extraordinarily expensive, and therefore looked totally in its place as part of the garment of one of the richest men of the Known Worlds.
Except it was more than another priceless jewel.
Mortimer couldn't resist. He put his finger on the bird's beak when a knock resounded at the door.
The Tsedeq elder stood up and called
"Yes, come in."

Leoncello, his majordomo, opened the door, and Sir Eliot, one among the multitude of Mortimer's grandsons, entered the room. He bowed, and cleared his throat.

"Speak, Eliot, what did you want to ask of me?
-Grandfather, ..."

Eliot stopped as Mortimer cast him a glance so cold it could have frozen him.

"-Lord Mortimer, I wanted to ask you why you kept saying Kelter is the Authority guildmastter when the situation is not that clear-cut?
-Eliot, sighed Mortimer. You know we paid the Authority to make sure their boldest captains would ship food to our fiefs.
-Of course, milord. I myself traded with Captain Embarah Silton on...
-And who does Captain Silton report to?
-Well, Kelter, milord.
-And how many captains, how many ships are loyal to that what's her name?
-Duscha Sehryi, milord. None that we traded with I am afraid.
-You shouldn't be afraid. It's a good thing for Errovus Secundus in fact.
-I don't understand...
-Eliot. This Duscha Sehryi controls a spaceport on a blockaded planet. She doesn't even control the whole continent the port is on. Kelter controls all the Authority armies and, most importantly, its navy. If no noble house intervenes, he will take over Sehryi easily and the Authority will be able to get back to work faster than if they're busy waging a full-scale war.
-But she will defend her holdings.
-Of course, but can't you see neither of them wants a compromise? They both want all of it, Eliot. They won't yield. The only issue for the planet is this crisis to be solved quickly, and that means backing up the stronger player.
-And that is Kelter?
-Exactly. The nobles must either remain neutral or even help him so the Authority doesn't waste energy on sterile infightings. We need Kelter's food from the northern continent. And by we, I don't mean the Tsedeq. I mean the whole planet. So we need him to stop fighting to get control over the rest of the Authority and start distributing food and vaccines.
-Do you trust these vaccines, do you? It looks weird that they'd have given us a vaccine at the same time they struck us."

Mortimer answered with an enigmatic smile, and waved his grandson away.
As Eliot closed the foor, Mortimer mumbled "trust", and shook his head. He grasped his brooch again, and touched the beak.
"Why would I need a vaccine when I have this?"
A soft breeze ran through the room as Mortimer Tormah Tsedeq stood up and called his majordomo.

Toteone
Jan 22, 2011, 04:38 PM
Actually, if the move is just temporary then maybe we are overreacting. As long as the major houses help in the rehabilitation of the freedmen lands and our fiefdsom and move back as soon as it's properly administered (and as long as it is back before the next election) I don't see why there should be any problem as such as their facilities are currently non-operational anyways.
If the Majors indeed have no such plan to make Incellia the new center of the Empire, and will sign papers unto that effect and promising funds for redevelopment of all affected parties then I'm ok with it.

Darksaber1
Jan 22, 2011, 04:54 PM
Actually, if the move is just temporary then maybe we are overreacting. As long as the major houses help in the rehabilitation of the freedmen lands and our fiefdsom and move back as soon as it's properly administered (and as long as it is back before the next election) I don't see why there should be any problem as such as their facilities are currently non-operational anyways.
If the Majors indeed have no such plan to make Incellia the new center of the Empire, and will sign papers unto that effect and promising funds for redevelopment of all affected parties.

[You mean before the Election of the Third Regent, correct? That's still only 4 turns to get everything runing, but plausible]

Toteone
Jan 22, 2011, 04:58 PM
That is correct. We would be much more suspicious to a medium-term move such as 8-12 years.

Immaculate
Jan 22, 2011, 08:23 PM
OOC: Immac: when may we expect player PMs?

Every single one of you got an e-mail or PM this turn. If you (Or anyone else) didn't get a message (either complaing about your orders, providing a spy's intel report, clarifying something, or whatever), please make me aware of it and i'll try to fix the situation.

As of now i think i got everything taken care except maps and the story bonuses (which might have to wait a bit to be honest).

Again, if you are missing anything, i would ask you that you kindly resend or remind me. Its probably my bad- i am sometimes horribly disorganized.

Immaculate
Jan 22, 2011, 09:16 PM
ELECTIONS

Dain Kawalen assumed the regency on January 1st 2301.
This means elections will be held December 31st, 2304.

I will handle this as follows:
A regular turn will take place for 2304 until December 30th 2304. You can spend money, ACC actions, etc, whatever.

Then we'll have a mini-turn that will encompass December 31st, 2304- no spending, no actions, etc. And then you'll know who the regent is. He/she will then assign the imperium positions and turn 5 (2305) will take place with the new regency/imperium positions in place.

Immaculate
Jan 22, 2011, 09:27 PM
OOC: to Eekin (and the fleet?)

Repair of a ship requires a spaceport or drydocks. Using a planetary spaceport is only possible for ships that can land on land and costs +25%. Using an orbital spaceport increases the cost by 15%. An orbital drydocks does not affect cost.

Immaculate
Jan 22, 2011, 09:56 PM
From Cardinal Philip Crent,
To the Nobles of the Known Worlds, and to our Imperium

You know me as the head of the Universal Church’s Inquisitional Synod, a man of faith, of the Universal Light, of conviction, a bearer of the holy flame that burns away the liars and the heathens, the flame that reveals TRUTH.

Know that the Inquisitional Synod agreed, in December 2302, to investigate the source of the Demon’s Cough plague but our investigation was held by request of the Church Curia. They asked that we await for the Imperium and nobles to determine the source of the plague and to prepare an official report of the source and to prepare a suitable punishment for those responsible.


And so, by the grace of Saint Alamedes the Knight and the mercy of the Universal Light of the Pancreator, we now expect the Imperium and nobles to provide an official report of the source of the plague and how the guilty will be punished.

If we receive no report or if, by the Pancreator, it proves disappointing, we will take action ourselves to determine the cause of the plague.

If we have to, we will investigate the matter beginning with:
The Apothecary who is said to have been the source of the materials to make the virus
The Quin and Imperial Eye labs who may have infiltrated the Apothecaries and stolen their goods and made the virus
Lady Embra and her ‘elfin skin’ lab
Regency holdings where the shoot-out occurred.
The texier fiefdom on E2 where the vaccine was ‘found’.
Unfortunately, our own fiefdoms where the plague seemed to orginate.

The construction of the plague virus is the worst act of heresy I have seen in my life. There is no penitence in this life that will every forgive the guilty party.

Northen Wolf
Jan 23, 2011, 08:23 AM
Every single one of you got an e-mail or PM this turn. If you (Or anyone else) didn't get a message (either complaing about your orders, providing a spy's intel report, clarifying something, or whatever), please make me aware of it and i'll try to fix the situation.

As of now i think i got everything taken care except maps and the story bonuses (which might have to wait a bit to be honest).

Again, if you are missing anything, i would ask you that you kindly resend or remind me. Its probably my bad- i am sometimes horribly disorganized.

I sent you two e-mails, one asking about Raum and one asking ~10 questions. I only got one reply about Hive Raum. I have not got any other messages.

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I'm having 39 C "central heating" in my body, so my replies might be late.

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Northen Wolf
Jan 23, 2011, 08:37 AM
House of Hyppean thanks everyone who congratulated our success against Symbiots. HOWEVER There is a minor problem. Each attack costs us many soldiers, many more than Imperial Garrison can hire. Last attack costed us IIRC 20 Grimson Legions, while we could buy only 14 (and on this turn, we'll have even less MF to play with) grimson legions as replacements.

We need land fortifications on Stigimata and we need to be strong. We can not relay only one "superweapon", what if something goes wrong? So this is my request to everyone:

Unless we get more funding, we will slowly lose Stigimata Fortress. There are several ways how to help:
- If you can donate, you should - House of Hyppean will.
- Even small donations are good, 5-6 MF per house would generate nice sum of money. That would help us to keep Symbiots at bay.
- If you have no money to give, but you can Conduct trade with Imperial Garrison + Imperial Fleet, do so!

Any money that is gained through donations, will be shared fairly between Garrison and the Fleet.

House of Hyppean is willing to continue leading Imperial Garrison. But gaining some funds would help any future leader of both Garrison and Fleet. We do not care making money usselves, but we do care that symbiots would not destroy our beautiful colonies.

I hope this request is understandable /ooc: Sry for poor English.

Diamondeye
Jan 23, 2011, 11:37 AM
From Cardinal Philip Crent,
To the Nobles of the Known Worlds, and to our Imperium

You know me as the head of the Universal Church’s Inquisitional Synod, a man of faith, of the Universal Light, of conviction, a bearer of the holy flame that burns away the liars and the heathens, the flame that reveals TRUTH.

Know that the Inquisitional Synod agreed, in December 2302, to investigate the source of the Demon’s Cough plague but our investigation was held by request of the Church Curia. They asked that we await for the Imperium and nobles to determine the source of the plague and to prepare an official report of the source and to prepare a suitable punishment for those responsible.


And so, by the grace of Saint Alamedes the Knight and the mercy of the Universal Light of the Pancreator, we now expect the Imperium and nobles to provide an official report of the source of the plague and how the guilty will be punished.

If we receive no report or if, by the Pancreator, it proves disappointing, we will take action ourselves to determine the cause of the plague.

If we have to, we will investigate the matter beginning with:
The Apothecary who is said to have been the source of the materials to make the virus
The Quin and Imperial Eye labs who may have infiltrated the Apothecaries and stolen their goods and made the virus
Lady Embra and her ‘elfin skin’ lab
Regency holdings where the shoot-out occurred.
The texier fiefdom on E2 where the vaccine was ‘found’.
Unfortunately, our own fiefdoms where the plague seemed to orginate.

The construction of the plague virus is the worst act of heresy I have seen in my life. There is no penitence in this life that will every forgive the guilty party.

To Cardinal Philip Crent and the Noble Houses
From Tebryn Arbandi XII

We believe the situation makes an inquisitional investigation needed.
We would like to make known that a man I trusted very much died in the attempt to locate a case of files which makes it directly proven that the Regency, under command of the Regent, is behind the Cough.
Furthermore, we regret to draw our dear friend Catherine Naprous into this, but we have received information that she has been visiting the Regency labs with an alarming frequency, threatening scientists under penalty of death to "disappear" or "retire", probably that they may work on a secret project.

We hope that the light of the Pancreator may reveal the entire truth about this case, punish the guilty and cleanse the names of those wrongly accused.

Walk in Eternal Light, Friend.

Tebryn Arbandi XII.

thomas.berubeg
Jan 23, 2011, 11:55 AM
To Cardinal Philip Crent, The Noble houses, and Most especially Tebry Arbandi XII

We agree that the need for the Inquisitional investigation is obvious, and all our labs will be open to investigation by the Church.

That Being said, The Regency performed it's own investigation of the labs suspect, and found that there was no connection between them and the Demon Cough. However, we did apprehend and execute a man skulking around within the labs, just generally being suspicious. As we are wary of infiltrators, especially Elvish, which have been proven to have Highly effective infiltration techniques, my Men Shot first and asked question later. Catherinn Naprous Klorin was leading this investigation, determining which scientists were leading the rogue symbiot cell project.
Finally, Lord Arbandi, you have regularly attempted to besmirch the Honor of the Regent and House Klorin. We ask that you retract your insulting words, or meet us on the field of honorable single battle, for a duel to the death.

May the Light of Pancreator bless us all

Lady Embra, Matriarch of House Klorin, Scepter Holder, and speaker for the Regent.

Diamondeye
Jan 23, 2011, 12:13 PM
To Lady Embra, speaker for the Regent
From Tebryn Arbandi XII

Our intentions have never been to slander the Regent. We only faithfully report the truth as it should be known to any who carry a sceptre. We will not retract the truthful words that have been spoken on the subject of the plague.

Should you want to address my person in combat, I am sorry to disappoint you; I am no barbarian and will not partake in those primitive ways of determining right or wrong.

Should you or indeed any other representative of the Regency seek to take my life for daring to speak the truth, you will be met with a hail of bullets from the bodyguards that surround me at all times.

We forgive you your infant-like ways of expressing wounded pride, for we believe you are acting in good spirit to protect a perpetrator of evil.

May the light of the Pancreator shine upon your path,
Tebryn Arbandi XII

thomas.berubeg
Jan 23, 2011, 12:43 PM
To Lord Tebryn Arbandi XII Bossheim

Despite your claims at not slandering the regent, no one has seen proof supporting any of your ridiculous claims. In fact, evidence has been found disproving your petty attempts to Harm the reputation of the Regent. The Virus and the vaccine both are products of Elvish genetic engineering, and, unless you believe the regent has a sweatshop of enslaved Evvis in a lab somewhere slaving away producing deadly plague to kill his own people and constituents, the Regent cannot be involved. The Second Skin, if necessary, will be given up to the Eye's lab on Assimov, to confirm this.
The Elves are our true enemy, and this division of the houses is likely what they seek to do to bring us down, tear us apart from within.

Walk in HIS light in peace
Lady Embra

Immaculate
Jan 23, 2011, 12:49 PM
Spry and Northen,
I sent e-mails... i think i might have lost your questions; you might need to resend them.

Immaculate
Jan 23, 2011, 01:07 PM
From The Reeves on Behalf of the Society of Engineers
To the Imperium Regency

We are informed that the RKV will be completed slighty ahead of schedule and can be deployed as early at September 2304. Would you like it delivered to Hubbard or elsewhere? Will it fall under Regent or Fleet imperial control?

Also, originally we had spoken about the purchase of 3 such vehicles and you have purchased only 1. While we understand that the plague on E2 has severely limited your capacity to purchase these vehicles, we wonder if you would like to place a down-payment on the construction of future units?

thomas.berubeg
Jan 23, 2011, 01:10 PM
The RKVs will be under complete control of the Fleet.

Terrance888
Jan 23, 2011, 01:17 PM
Jonas Hadrel-Aries is a freedman mechanic that maintains the algae experimental growth machines in the biological facilities of Cdit. The Hadrel family started as a serf family trustworthy to the House Wendres-Aries south of Cdit., being the source of their house guards for generations. The head Sir Trevor Hadrel managed to gather enough pillage and pay from various desert wars to buy himself and his direct families freedom. Now, they serve as specialized mechanics in the northern section of Romei, and as well as important contributers to the RICA maintenance crew.

John looked at his lunch. It was, once again, a result of a experiment. He took out a receipt that spoke thus:
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John sighed. According to the back, this was experiment XDca- 892, with the first number based on algae and the second on preparation. He looked at the plate again. He poked it with a fork and it jiggled. Good Pancreator! It should be illegal to eat one-celled monstrocities! He scowled as he took a small bottle of mouth wash out and placed it to one side.

Cautiously, he forked one of the dumplings and examined it. In the cafeteria, he can already hear his brother, Mark, retch at his algae meatloaf. At a closer look up, Jonas realized the texture is rather smooth, not grainly like before. Also, he smelled the steam and noticed that it DOES smell like creamed beef, and not like some alchemical horror.

He placed the dumpling into his mouth… and didn’t throw up. That single fact made him spit out the dumpling. However, the favor was amazing and the texture edible and not grainly. Jonas ate the rest of the dish and filled the receipt out. He left the cafeteria of testing the only one humming.

He realized that it tasted much better than the ‘dessert’. Good Pancreator! It should be illegal to eat anything other than that type of algae food!

http://img.21food.com/userimages/lvyangfood/lvyangfood$5171759.jpg

Immaculate
Jan 23, 2011, 01:20 PM
very funny Terrance!

By the way, they would have become minor nobles if they had a fiefdom.

spryllino
Jan 23, 2011, 01:32 PM
We echo the thoughts of House Bossheaim on the notion of a duel. Whoever heard a senior noble ever propose something so infantile and mediaeval? People who shoot first and ask questions later, as House Klorin shows increasing propensity to do, do so in contempt of the Pancreator.

We certainly do feel that an Inquisitorial investigation is necessary, and Inquisitors shall have full access to Texier fiefs and will be admitted to visit the locked-down person who attempted to place vaccine in my food.

We assure you that we cannot possibly have tried to vaccinate ourselves, because if we had foreknowledge of the plague, we would not have needed to use a spy to do it, and we would not have reported it, and we would have taken action beforehand to exclude the plague from our fiefdoms; so any suspicion along those lines is absurd. We have no idea why someone would want to do something like that though.


House Texier retains a certain amount of the vaccine from when its use was attempted on our patriarch, and we intend to begin reproducing it on our own facilities. We ask that the Eye provide us, if possible, with instructions on how to do so.

Kyzarc Fotjage
Jan 23, 2011, 01:43 PM
The Quin and Imperial Eye labs who may have infiltrated the Apothecaries and stolen their goods and made the virus



Cardinal Philip Crent,
We will of course give full access to our labs on Asimov. We hope that you can get to the bottom of this horrific affair quickly.

Immaculate
Jan 23, 2011, 01:49 PM
Since its come up twice now (one in private chat and once in here), making vaccine requires biotech 4.

thomas.berubeg
Jan 23, 2011, 01:54 PM
OOC: what kind of feudal society does not do duels? :p

Seon
Jan 23, 2011, 01:57 PM
OOC: what kind of feudal society does not do duels? :p

This one, apparently :p.

Immaculate
Jan 23, 2011, 02:01 PM
nobles in many houses, hyppean especially DO duel.

Seon
Jan 23, 2011, 02:05 PM
nobles in many houses, hyppean especially DO duel.

In that case, I can accuse Texier and Bossheaim of being pansies, right? :p

thomas.berubeg
Jan 23, 2011, 02:06 PM
In that case, I can accuse Texier and Bossheaim of being pansies, right? :p

Seconded. Cowards more interested in saving their own skins than defending their honor. :p

Diamondeye
Jan 23, 2011, 02:40 PM
Seconded. Cowards more interested in saving their own skins than defending their honor. :p

Cowards who believe their own life and their efforts for the Empire more important than some infantile game of life and death to settle a bloated case of wounded pride ;)

thomas.berubeg
Jan 23, 2011, 03:06 PM
So, unfortunatly, this story didn't happen, but Immac wanted me to post it:


"You Will be pure of heart and strong of body.”

None of us remember our Childhood. None of the Men and Women who surround me have any real memories of anything before the Training academies of the Phoenix Guard. Some whisper, in the bunks at night, when the lights are out, of vague memories, or memories of memories, of softness, of happiness. But those memories are secrets, unveiled only by the perfect darkness. By day, we are perfect Killing machines, seemingly bred for the sole purpose of being the perfect soldier. We are taught utter loyalty, administered with drugs to increase our strength, trained in every manner of weaponry and survival, every method of Killing, from the old Martial arts of Errovus itself to the most modern of Guns and blades, Encouraged to breed among our numbers, so that our blood does not die with us, we are Tools of the Imperium, Tools which continue giving even upon our death.
Why is it, then, that Fear is the only thing which our training cannot fully overcome? But we are taught to Use the fear. To channel it into a perfect fighting form, or at worst, to suppress it.
I stand, here, On this Yacht, ready to lead exactly 149 of my Comrades, ready to launch myself into space when the signal comes.

“You Will be untainted by doubt and unsullied by Pretension.”

Space is the great emptiness between stars. Perhaps it is that which causes fear, the utter magnitude of the emptiness, and of humanities tenuous hold on these rocks given to us by the Pancreator.
A klaxon. The Signal. The Yacht's hold doors open, and we launch ourselves into space, jetting towards the imposing bulk of the Pirate Ship. I know that the enemy is clearly doing the same, drifting through the emptiness towards me. Towards us. But, for a single second, I do not care, for my mind is hypnotized by the great emptiness. I see and understand the Pancreator, and, for the briefest of instances, I wonder whether the Symbiots have a God. Heresey, of course, and I stamp the thought down, but, it is an intriguing thought.
And then the Enemy is upon us. As a single unit, my comrades and I open fire. The flash of the weapons, designed to operate in the empty vacuum of space, cuts a swath of death through the enemy, taken unawares.

“You will be bright stars in a firmament of battle, Angels of Death whose shining wings bring swift annihilation to the enemies of The Imperium.”

Like a leaf on the wind, I land on the hull of the Frigate, and surrounded by my comrades, make my way to the various airlocks of the ship. Cutting our way into the Pirate ship, we storm through, heading to our objective. I lead a squad of ten men and women to take the ship's Life Support, both to prevent the pirates from venting their prisoners into space and to control the ship's lifeline. I know other squads are going to take the other command nodes of the ship, seizing it's nervous system, and purging the pirates like the disease they are, removing their blight on this world.
The Dark corridors of the ship seem to go on for eternity. Ironic, as we giving those aboard the ship an eternity to contemplate the mistakes they made in life. In time, I am sure the Pancreator will accept them to his embrace, but certainly not in this age of the world.
And Finally, we hold our objective, with reports of the same coming from my comrades throughout the ship. As it should be, for we are the Phoenix Guard. The Best, The Strongest, the Smartest, Sworn to defend the Imperium and the Regency.

"So shall it be for a thousand times a thousand years, unto the very end of eternity”

Immaculate
Jan 23, 2011, 03:59 PM
The Church Curia has agreed to allow individual Cardinals and Archbishops to speak openly with the nobilities and Imperium regarding the issue of moving the Imperium offices, even temporarily, to Incellia on the condition that it is made clear by them that they are speaking on behalf of their own TEMPORAL opinions and not that of the larger church or in relation to spiritual or Ecclesial matters.


From Archbishop Alij Jetnl (Orthodox archbishop of Incellia):

In my opinion the movement of the Imperium offices to Incellia is the only sensible thing to do. Errovus Secondus is not only a planet devastated by disease, violence and chaos, it is a planet depleted of all the major resources required to build a new foundation. If the Imperium were to rebuild Errovus Secondus, it would have to import everything of value from other planets, greatly increasing the cost and making the Imperium dependent upon the Charioteers and Tsedeq when they would otherwise not have to be.

It is best, from a practical perspective, to move the Imperium offices to Incellia where the construction of new facilities, even the construction of new armor for imperium soldiers and new ships for the imperium fleet and the feeding of imperium staff will not require that every single ore nugget, every single grain of flour be imported.

The relocation of the Imperium offices to Incellia has the support of the archbishopric of Incellia.


From Cardinal Xavier Crescent (Orthodox archbishop of Errovus Secondus):

It is my opinion, the Pancreator guide me, that it is unacceptable that the imperium relocate its offices whatsoever, to run from hardship no matter how great like a dog with its tail between its leg.

There is the issue of capability:

Dain Kawalen, we have seen your attempts to force the migration of good serfs. Tell me, how long did your serfs on Hubbard eat soup made from harsh steppe grasses and drink naught but rainwater caught in buckets? How many people starved? How many people frustrated at your inability to organize the migration abandoned you despite their vows of servitude and loyalty?

There is the issue of plague and disease:

And I do not just refer to the demon’s cough but to the typhus and cholera that arose as a result of the plague. Do you not think that moving the imperium offices, of packing men and women like sardines of Clarke destined for some guilder’s plate on Leagueheim will not serve as a perfect breeding ground for all sorts of diseases? Do you really want to bring the death and chaos of Errovus Secondud offworld?

There is the issue of finance:

How will you pay for this migration? Do you think moving people is cheap? Life-support en route, new lands once arrived. Protection from barbarian tribes and wild animals.? Once you get there you will need to construct new homes, new churches, the offices you spoke of. You’ll need to develop your own spaceport for if you do not you will give the Koriate a stranglehold on Imperium politics. And in the meantime you will continue to fund the Guilds’ construction of RKVs? You will fund an investigation of the plague’s source? You will fund the soldiers and ships needed to hold off the Symbiots? You will fund the reconstruction of the Imperium , noble and freemen’s homes on Errrovus Secondus? Or will you appeal to the generosity of the noble houses? And for how long? You have already stretched yourself too thin and you think you can stretch yourself further. No. You must focus and that means you must stay and rebuild Errovus Secondus as is your responsibility.

You claim your move is temporary but then why would you waste such vast sums for something temporary. No, this doesn’t sit well with me whatsoever.

There is the issue of responsibility:

The freeman, nobles and church depend upon you for leadership and compassion, to lift them through the worst of times. Will you do so or will you flee your responsibility? To move the imperium from Errovus Secondus to elsewhere will remove the primary reason for the success of Errovus Secondus? Will you leave the second mother of humanity a broken and poisoned orb of concrete and corpses? No- you must nurture her and repair her. Lands must be reclaimed for use as farmland. The seas must be cleansed and fish must be re-introduced. The project is massive and requires the full attention of the Regency, which you can only do while here.

We would normally quote the Omega Gospels, and illustrate how the great saints would not abandon their people, but this is a temporal matter not spiritual and I will instead quote a noble fellow who spoke best:

” If our soldiers were as spineless as these nobles, the Symbiotes would already have wiped out the civilization we know and love.”
(spoken by house bossheim)

Finally,

No, movement of the Imperium offices away from Errovus Secondus is not only the act of a foolish man, but of a criminal. The archbishopric of Errovus Secondus has spoken.

Immaculate
Jan 23, 2011, 04:24 PM
story rewards are out.

LDiCesare
Jan 23, 2011, 05:03 PM
A picture of the Nobility of Man task force to ease the atmosphere a little bit.
http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/5153/nobilityofman2.png
I hope the ships look like their descriptions. I used galciv2 ship editors to make them, but that game really lacks turret-mounted guns. Phasors were the best I could come with.
The big one is the White class cruiser, while the smaller ships are rabid destroyers and raptor frigates.

A close-up of a Raptor-class frigate
http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/2107/raptorq.png

I'll have to try other races and color schemes to see if it gives anything good.

thomas.berubeg
Jan 23, 2011, 06:29 PM
Huh. I imagined the frigates more along these lines:

http://forums.civfanatics.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=244085&stc=1&d=1266965506

http://images.wikia.com/masseffect/images/f/f6/Turian_cruiser_01.jpg

But I can go with that.

Terrance888
Jan 23, 2011, 06:50 PM
Maybe they have different styling for different people?
To All
The House Vanari will prepare to retake their fief on E2 (didn't realize I can spend money there w/o acc). And need transports for the following: Aries Medium tank, 1 acc, at least 2 divisions. Money is offered. Also offered are our Algae Aquaculture machines that produces good food from dirty (but non toxic) water and air.


To Authority
Permission asked for large amounts of water needed to run these machines and provide food.


NOTICE
These machines also need a secondary machine for extracting the algae from purified water, and other usefull tools in a third is needed for using the various products. However, we will set up industrialized food production to ease the strain of food. Extra machines with auxillary equipment will be for sale. Transport is negociated by the buyer, but samples should fit in yatchs. (exactly how big are they?)

Ekolite
Jan 23, 2011, 06:57 PM
To all,

The Imperial Eye has reason to believe that the Regency is behind the creation and release of the plague. We can also confirm that his wife, Catherine Naporous has been frequently seen in Regency labs, although whether she is connected is as yet unknown.

We have also heard accusations from the Regent's his own wife that our good lord Dain Kaswellan, has become mentally unstable and plans to use nuclear weapons on the world of Errovus Seccundus, and transfer Regency funds into a personal account. He must be stopped before he can enact further destruction on this planet.

The Imperial Eye demands that the Regency abdicates and is taken into custody immediately. If he is found to be guilty for the release of the plague, and the subsequent deaths of millions of his own citizens, the death penalty is the only suitable punishment.

Helena van Hersula

Toteone
Jan 23, 2011, 07:01 PM
We will provide immediate physical proof House Naprous and my own body knew nothing of the Plague, merely that we were contacted after the fact and asked to help cover it up. Given my position with Dain, I felt it best to keep an eye on the Regent.
It is a good thing I did.
The Eye, which we have been keeping in contact with, will be able to confirm this as soon as we deliver the evidence.

Kyzarc Fotjage
Jan 23, 2011, 07:06 PM
...
...
that...
actually explains quite a bit.

Seon
Jan 23, 2011, 07:08 PM
to all,

the imperial eye has reason to believe that the regency is behind the creation and release of the plague. We can also confirm that catherine naporous has been frequently seen in regency labs, although whether she is connected is as of yet unknown.

We have also heard accusations from his own wife, catherine naporous, that our good lord dain kaswellan, has become mentally unstable and plans to use nuclear weapons on the world of errovus seccundus, and transfer regency funds into a personal account. He must be stopped before he can enact further destruction on this planet.

The imperial eye demands that the regency abdicates and is taken into custody immediately. If he is found to be guilty for the release of the plague, and the subsequent deaths of millions of his own citizens, the death penalty is the only suitable punishment.

Helena van hersula

what.

what.

what?

Terrance888
Jan 23, 2011, 07:22 PM
This....

This is outrage! What reasons to believe are used? What is all that? Can you please put to public forums the tapes (take pictures of pms) and evidence?

What is more outragous, though, is that the Regent did do it! How far has humaity fallen if a crisis is used as a reason to gain more. We must work together Pancreator Burnit!

Toteone
Jan 23, 2011, 07:23 PM
Regarding the current weapons program we have had a great amount of interest in it, and we will be able to immediately share Infantry V this round pending the completion of negotiations with Duscha Seyhri, in return for negotiatinng a peace (Seyhri is the closest to currently controlling the ICBMs Klorin intends to take over to nuke his own labs), as well as the two other designs we are completing.
As soon as the Eye can confirm our evidence (that is as soon as Immac arrives) we believe our reputation will be shining, and as such hope recent turbulent events won't damage our current projects due to investor fright.

mgsmuhammad
Jan 23, 2011, 07:26 PM
Even if you are not canonized, i'm certain my friends in the Church will make Dain burn for this heresy..

Once we see the evidence, of course.

Terrance888
Jan 23, 2011, 07:27 PM
I have full confidence in House Narpous.

Toteone
Jan 23, 2011, 07:28 PM
Certainly Remillard. Thank you Vanari, we appreciate the vote of confidence in these difficult times.

OOC: I gotta sleep in today, but I'll be on some minutes every several hours to answer questions for y'all if there's any.

edit: We might also inform we were constantly asking Klorin for more information on the nature of the cover-up they wished us to aid in but they refused to send us files until the actual moment of action. As thus there was no benefit up until now to add to the chaos of E2 for weak accusations, but it can no longer wait due to the actions they've informed us they are planning to take. Oh and we weren't paid, we were assumed to do this for the utter loyalty we expressed to Klorin around the time of the marriage, (I might note for example the alleviation funds went to Bossheim, and not us.) before we discovered these crimes.

thomas.berubeg
Jan 23, 2011, 08:07 PM
The Regent was a broken man. Perhaps he had been so for ages, but had hidden it well. Certainly even his younger brother, Cabil, had not noticed anything amiss, nor had Lady Embra, despite her great wisdom and knowledge. But now, there he stood, shaking as his world collapsed around him, the secrets he had kept, even from those closest to him, now threatened to fall upon his head.

There was a knock at his door, and he smiled sadly, as he welcomed his guest, Lord Anthony Callier Klorin, Feiflord of Novamuritia, House Klorin's holding’s on Errovus Secondus.

“My Lord regent,” He said as he kneeled, “I came at your immediate behest.”

“Rise, Callier. You impressed us during these times of crisis. You held together Novamuritia even as hordes of the sick attempt to knock their way into the holdings. Even when the Authority fired at your lands, you kept everything running as smoothly as possible. You are charismatic, the serfs love you, and you, my friend, will become the next House Klorin Scepter holder.”

“But, my lord. I had not heard that brother Cabil was sick, and to be honest, Lady Embra is too formidable to catch even the smallest of colds. Did we recover the Naprous scepter?”

“No, Callier, Listen to me. The Imperium has turned on me, I who should be sainted! This world was Cancerous with freemen, each more sickly than the last. They were starving each other, and living a life of suffering. A suffering I have ended. But the Imperium will never realize this. Instead they prefer to mock and insult each other, and turn on those who seek to go above and beyond, to make this world a better place. They are like dogs, stabbing each other in the back. Even my dear wife is part of this rabble, she who stood by my side, fully knowing as I released this plague, and soon as people started to question, betrayed me!”

“My lord. You are sick, rest, sleep, you'll feel better in the morning.”

“Don't patronize me, boy. I have NEVER felt better. The energy I feel, not having to lie. Yes, I, Alone, created the plague, and freed the lost of Errovus Secundus to a better life, both now and in the hereafter. I am a saint. Yes, here in this world, they will revile my name, But I will stand by the Pancreator's side in the next. This world is a better place because of my work. Take the Scepter and Go, now. Leave me, and, as you leave, tell the Gentlemen from the eye and the church waiting outside to step in.”

Dazed and shocked, Anthony Callier grasped the scepter, so lost in his thoughts that he did not even feel the slight tingle as nanites produced by the scepter entered his skin to begin the long bonding process. Seeing the Church and Imperial Eye agents sitting awkwardly in the atrium, he gestured them in to the room he had just left.

Dain smiled at them as they filed in.

Coughing uncomfortably, the Representative from the eye spoke, “My Lord regent, you are hereby...”

“No, I don't think so. I know what your respective organizations have in store for me, as they cannot see the good I have done for this world, and I cannot allow it. I am Lord Dain Kawalen Klorin, Patriarch of house Klorin and Imperial Regent. I will not disappear within the dark catacombs of the church's inquisition, to be broken like a commoner.”

“My Lord, are you resisting arrest?”

“No, Nothing so mundane. I am taking leave of this world, to join the Pancreator's perfection in the next.”

Dain Kawalen turned towards the great oaken desk, on top of which lay an ancient sword.

“This sword has been part of my inheritance, going down the line of ancestry to Errovus itself. According to legend, The metamagic runes on it's blade makes it one of the few weapons able to sever the connection between a scepter and it's wielder, so long as the break is intentional. It is an elegant weapon, from a more civilized age. Gentlemen, I regret you must report your efforts to apprehend me have failed. Good day, and may the light of the Pancreator shine upon you and your descendants.”

And, even as the Church and Eye officials rushed forward to stop him, he Took the sword and plunged it into his own belly, pulling upwards. The Runes flashed green once, and Dain Kawalen Klorin died.

Toteone
Jan 23, 2011, 08:11 PM
OOC: Immac tells me I have to transfer the evidence to Ekolite over the turn. As such I'll need opinions from the investors on whether you wish for me to freeze the weapons development program until after the inquisitional synod, or to go ahead with it this turn.

Immaculate
Jan 23, 2011, 08:18 PM
From Cardinal Philip Crent,
To the Nobles of the Known Worlds, and to our Imperium

You know me as the head of the Universal Church’s Inquisitional Synod, a man of faith, of the Universal Light, of conviction, a bearer of the holy flame that burns away the liars and the heathens, the flame that reveals TRUTH.

Know that the Inquisitional Synod agreed, in December 2302, to investigate the source of the Demon’s Cough plague but our investigation was held by request of the Church Curia. They asked that we await for the Imperium and nobles to determine the source of the plague and to prepare an official report of the source and to prepare a suitable punishment for those responsible.


And so, by the grace of Saint Alamedes the Knight and the mercy of the Universal Light of the Pancreator, we now expect the Imperium and nobles to provide an official report of the source of the plague and how the guilty will be punished.

If we receive no report or if, by the Pancreator, it proves disappointing, we will take action ourselves to determine the cause of the plague.

If we have to, we will investigate the matter beginning with:
The Apothecary who is said to have been the source of the materials to make the virus
The Quin and Imperial Eye labs who may have infiltrated the Apothecaries and stolen their goods and made the virus
Lady Embra and her ‘elfin skin’ lab
Regency holdings where the shoot-out occurred.
The texier fiefdom on E2 where the vaccine was ‘found’.
Unfortunately, our own fiefdoms where the plague seemed to orginate.

The construction of the plague virus is the worst act of heresy I have seen in my life. There is no penitence in this life that will every forgive the guilty party.

To all,

The Imperial Eye has reason to believe that the Regency is behind the creation and release of the plague. We can also confirm that his wife, Catherine Naporous has been frequently seen in Regency labs, although whether she is connected is as yet unknown.

We have also heard accusations from the Regent's his own wife that our good lord Dain Kaswellan, has become mentally unstable and plans to use nuclear weapons on the world of Errovus Seccundus, and transfer Regency funds into a personal account. He must be stopped before he can enact further destruction on this planet.

The Imperial Eye demands that the Regency abdicates and is taken into custody immediately. If he is found to be guilty for the release of the plague, and the subsequent deaths of millions of his own citizens, the death penalty is the only suitable punishment.

Helena van Hersula


From Cardinal Philip Crent
To the Nobles and Imperium of the Known Worlds

In view of the accusations of the Imperial Eye and others, we request a formal explanation regarding the making and release of the plague, the decimation of the plague, covering up the release of the plague, knowledge of the plague, plans to use atomics against humanity and anything else of interest from

The Imperium eye Helena van Hersula,
The Regency and House Klorin,
The House Naprous,
The Authority (both sects), and
The Apothecary Guild

We may expand our investigation to others very soon.

(OOC: send formal open diplomacy in thread or secret but formal diplo by PM or e-mail)

Kyzarc Fotjage
Jan 23, 2011, 08:19 PM
I'm all in favor of continuing with development.

Immaculate
Jan 23, 2011, 08:22 PM
Holy crap thomas!

Seon
Jan 23, 2011, 08:22 PM
Jesus Christ! :eek:

Toteone
Jan 23, 2011, 08:24 PM
Thank you Vanari. ^^

Oh, and we just finished concluding a deal with Duscha Sehyri, and she will send us the Jet Fighter technology (I could've chosen Infantry V which she coincidentally had, but Jet Fighters seem more useful).

As such there will be no difficulty dispersing the tech design of Jet Fighters for immediate use this turn to our investors. If any of our investors doubt us we will have Duscha wire it over rather than our house. We will also continue with the designs to a lesser extent capability while cooperating with the Inquisitionm, but we believe the Jet Fighter design will pull up the slack.
As for payments then, it seems to be the only factor necessary for suspension, so those who wish to remain in the program but await payment, that will be fine, though we will add a small surcharge of 1mf for tying up our capital ahead of time.
Otherwise prices look to be staying the same at the 6-5mf level or dropping to 4-5 due to great participation.

OOC: Ummm, wow, that was a helpful story Thomas. But I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop...
*sigh* He had style.

Seon
Jan 23, 2011, 08:26 PM
I kind of like this new Authorithy under Duscha Sehyri. Just handing over weapons tech like that... where can I sign?

Immaculate
Jan 23, 2011, 08:28 PM
OOC: She made a deal with toteone not knowing he as going to sell it to others. and besides, toteone promised the support of the regency and now thats not gonig to happen so maybe the deal is off.

Toteone
Jan 23, 2011, 08:33 PM
OOC: Well, it was right before I knew his plans to nuke his own labs. She better stick with it, a deal is a deal and I'm sure the recent developments will turn favorable as Imperial focus is redirected to E2 we can keep the Authority war from going nuclear (she is right next to the ICBM network Dain was going to Phoenix Guard jump as I suggested he do in order to secure it for me for deterrent only-purposes and to avoid accidents (it seems the suggestion gave him the idea of nuking his own labs)).

Immaculate
Jan 23, 2011, 08:34 PM
You shoudl continue this in PMs.

Seon
Jan 23, 2011, 08:36 PM
OOC: Might be a good idea to take diplomacy 101. I have sessions tomorrow evening, if anyone's interested.

Immaculate
Jan 23, 2011, 08:37 PM
you have class notes?

Seon
Jan 23, 2011, 08:45 PM
you have class notes?

Yeah.

For example, if you find a secret of somebody else that the guy would rather not have it fall into another's hand, there are usually two ways how one may be able to resolve the issue.

Numero Uno: Spray it out into the wind. It will most certainly kill the guy with the secret, which may be beneficial. In addition, it might give you points with some other people. Good example is Naprous's telling of the world Klorin's crime. The cause was for justice, of course. The souls of millions of Erebus Secundus must be avenged. And now, Naprous would be hailed as a hero.

Numero two: Blackmail the guy because you are an evil *****.

Nuff said about number two. I believe that part is self-explanatory.

Tune in next time to listen to a discussion about Discretion: How to say something A while you mean something B, but saying it in such a way that a person C eavesdropping upon your conversation do not know what the **** they are talking about.

Darksaber1
Jan 23, 2011, 10:46 PM
A garbled message confirmed to be from the Sceptre possessed by Rodwen Thana, appearently in an Incillian Old Tongue:

A-tiel haasam dbruin, a’ha ghiel amiam porieen? A-tiel pruviem dasruir? A-tiel haasam dbruin, a’ha ghiel amiam porieen? A-tiel pruviem dasruir? Why? Why? A-tiel haasam dbruin, a’ha ghiel amiam porieen? A-tiel pruviem dasruir? A-tiel haasam dbruin, a’ha ghiel amiam porieen? A-tiel pruviem dasruir? How could?

[Message continues, more of the same]

[Approximate translation: What evils come, that even madness cannot explain? What source beyond the Light?]

[OOC: A real story (and explanation) tomorrow.)

LDiCesare
Jan 24, 2011, 01:30 AM
Huh. I imagined the frigates more along these lines:


Well, the description of the ships don't fit with that. They are all full of rotating turrets. I guess the Millenium Falcon would fit the description.

LDiCesare
Jan 24, 2011, 01:37 AM
From house Tsedeq
To all noble houses except Klorin, the Garrison, Fleet and Eye Commanders, the Church
If Duscha Sehri holds ICBMs, she must immediately deliver them to the Garrison, who are the only ones to have any need of them.
Not doing so, or even asking any kind of paiment in exchange, would be a crime of the worst kind.
Devastating E2 even more, either to follow Klorin wishes or her own selfish interests, is inacceptable.

From house Tsedeq
To all sceptre-holders
We believe a new election for Regency is in order right now.
We think each candidate should clearly state what they want to do with the legacy of house Klorin. In particular, how should the ICBMs be dealt with, and what stance take regarding the Authority split-up. The situation on Stigmata and the pirates problems must be addressed too.
We hope noone will talk about the madness of moving the Imperial Offices to Incellia again, as this was proved to be a measure to run and hide from one's own destruction plans.

Diamondeye
Jan 24, 2011, 03:17 AM
OOC: Well played, Thomas. Now, I must... resist... urge...
I told you so!

To Lady Embra
From Tebryn Arbandi XII

Dear Lady,

You have my sincerest compassion in the light of the latest development vis-a-vis the Regent. We hope that with this sickness removed, the House Klorin will once again be ready to move forward and coorporate with the rest of Imperium to repair the damage done by the late Dain Kawalen, and atone for his sins.

Furthermore, I fully expect of you, as a Lady of honor and virtue, your sincere apologies for daring to question the truthfulness of my claims against the late Regent and your most uncalled-for personal insult of a proposal of settling the issue by martial means.

May the Pancreator guide you in these hard times,

Your friend,
Tebryn Arbandi XII

Ekolite
Jan 24, 2011, 04:07 AM
To Naporous,

I am not quite sure why you want to turn evidence over to me. It is the Church that is investigating this sorry mess, they are the one's you should show your innocence to.

The Eye

Ekolite
Jan 24, 2011, 04:18 AM
To All

In the light of these terrible crimes against humanity and our nation, we have come to believe that any talk of moving operational bases to Inceilla or anywhere else are entirely inappropriate.

If elected, Holy Gate will scrap this idea, and instead we will work tirelessly to combat the plague and rebuild our capital city, as we have already begun in earnest with the development and delivery of the vaccine to Secccundus. Our leader Archibald Tarsenusis will go to Seccundus himself to lead the efforts there.

In the light,

Holy Gate

Diamondeye
Jan 24, 2011, 04:41 AM
This is most reassuring. We are glad to see that House Holy Gate looks like it has come to its senses.

To all space-faring institutions or Noble Houses
House Bossheaim will need to gate to Assimov from Errovus Secondus and back as soon as the quaratine on Errovus Secondus is dispersed. Due to the thread of pirates, we would like to know if any other fleets with an escort is planned to travel the same route that we may accompany them and thus be kept safe.

Darksaber1
Jan 24, 2011, 06:05 AM
Well, the description of the ships don't fit with that. They are all full of rotating turrets. I guess the Millenium Falcon would fit the description.

You mean they DON'T look like turian ships? Aww.

Toteone
Jan 24, 2011, 06:40 AM
To Naporous,

I am not quite sure why you want to turn evidence over to me. It is the Church that is investigating this sorry mess, they are the one's you should show your innocence to.

The Eye

Right you are. Sorry, we are a bit unclear on Imperial matters of a judicial nature. So far we've found a very great degree of understanding among noble houses, something we didn't expect and are very grateful for. However initial communications the Church appears to be much less understanding of the ways of intrigue and why it was necessary to delay approaching authorities for a year in order to better gather evidence and to avoid any sudden (in fact the sudden dispersal of this information might have been an impulsive mistake as I freaked out when he mentioned using nukes, as he is now no longer available for interrogation) clashes with Klorin-led Regency forces against the hundreds of millions of angry serfs who would go ballistic under the circumstances. It might also have disrupted focus on finding a cure.

At any rate we hope the Eye will argue based on the evidence and our work with the Eye on the matter, as well as the essential gentle pressure of noble opinion. Regardless I may be burned, but life is short and fast, and we do what we must because we can*.
~ Cathrinn Naprous


To Embra Klorin (assuming she is now House Matriarch?)
It was necessary to work to expose Dain and we hope you will bear no grudge against our house. We hope investigations will prove he compartmentalized the Klorin resources he used for the atrocities perpetrated by the Regency under the leadership of Dain Kawalen Klorin, and we hope that Klorin house will be calm, cooperative and unhurried in its affairs as the investigations proceed.
House Naprous intends to pioneer a transparent budgeting method similar to that of corporations of the past (i.e. open release orders of spending), and we hope that once the your investigation and our inquisition is over respectively, that if you will we can together engage in such a new noble practice.


*that's two references in one day!

Seon
Jan 24, 2011, 06:47 AM
Just send the evidence to the Church, Naprous. I am certain that the inquisitors will be understanding. You did swear that you knew nothing, no? So here is an excellent, excellent way to prove your innocence.

Dain Cawallen. That poor man. He sometimes came to me to confide in me his fears. He was absolutely crazy too. It must have been very hard to live with a man like that, Naprous.

Diamondeye
Jan 24, 2011, 06:57 AM
Posted with the consent of Toteone

As Tebryn stepped out of the armoured vehicle, safely within Naprous lands and surrounded by the large mutual escort that had accompanied him on the way, he spotted a solitary female figure, standing in the doorway of a manor of some size. He redoubled his pace towards the doorway, his escorts stumbling for a moment to keep up with him. When he arrived, he bowed with an official air.
"My Lady Catherine," he hailed the single figure before him.
"Milord Tebryn Arbandi," she answered, she too keeping her voice calm and unmoved, although Tebryn saw that it was harder for her.
"Come inside that we may speak in private," she said and gestured to him. He nodded to his escort who took up places outside the door, and entered behind the Lady Naprous.

She turned and looked past him, asking in a distant voice, "So what honour do I owe your visit, Arbandi? Is it the joint military projects, or th-"
He cut her off. "No, Catherine. I came because I am worried about you. You have been through a hard time, losing Ragel first and now your husband."
Catherine's features stiffened. Tebryn continued.
"I wanted you to know that I am still here for you."
He put his hands on her shoulders. Although not a large man, he still stood a couple of inches taller than her. He tried to catch her glance.
"I am your friend, Catherine. I understand better than most what it means to lose those you love. If you ever have need of me, you need only call. I am here to keep you safe. Do you understand? If you need to talk... Or cry. Supressing such needs can be a terrible agony."
Tebryn's own face was a mask of trained calmness, his eyes black. Catherine's own facade of aquired calm began to crackle, and as her eyes swimmed over with repressed tears of loss, she almost collapsed into Tebryn's arms. For a long time, they remained locked in the silent embrace. Tebryn looked ahead, feeling Catherine's tears soaking the part of his shirt that covered his left shoulder.

Finally, Catherine detangled herself, her eyes no longer running but her face red and rugged from crying.
"Thank you, Tebryn. I know I can trust you, my friend."

Toteone
Jan 24, 2011, 07:22 AM
Just send the evidence to the Church, Naprous. I am certain that the inquisitors will be understanding. You did swear that you knew nothing, no? So here is an excellent, excellent way to prove your innocence.

Dain Cawallen. That poor man. He sometimes came to me to confide in me his fears. He was absolutely crazy too. It must have been very hard to live with a man like that, Naprous.

We will. The Church will hopefully be understanding of the way in which we chose to foil his plans. Unfortunately while Dain was scrupulously honest when speaking with Cathrinn and also in regards to Imperial Funding (until his plans for this year), he was also very closed and would not speak of what he would use most of the Regency funding for. He was also very closed and only last year began to speak with me about vague past actions and future strategic goals without giving out specifics, and began to speak of his future actions this year. I'm just glad I didn't have a scepter as otherwise it'd be hard to prove my action plan, but as I didn't there is recorded correspondance and it should be all right thankfully.

And indeed it was difficult (it is still a difficult nightmare of summarizing the intel on the details of coverup I had to help him with to stay in cover (as in I just gave him an action, but the actions were in his orders)). The gifts* he would bring as a surprise were a bit too surprising. I thank you for your sympathy and similarily give you mine.

*one of the tertiary reason for releasing the plague seems to have been to put Naprous in a good position...:


Dain Kawalen's Motives (as far as I've figured out), as this is one of the few things many have been curious about:

1 (Primary)) The reduction of Errovus Secundus' Population
(He truly believed it was a good thing, personally I think moving them to Errovus if we'd ever get the Church to agree and/or organize it and control the aftermath entirely would have been preferable. Also, maybe that could be a way to solve overpopulation in the future?)
2 (Secondary)) The devestation of Guilder Influence, in particular the Authourity Guild
(The Regent and other political factors were much opposed to the Guilds, in particular the Authority, though I doubt anyone else would approve of such a method to curbing their influence, plus in my opinion such guilds as the Reeves and Charioteers and Musters are very nice even though Garren Grimkill was quite evil Duscha Sehryi seems very nice... I don't know about Karrem, but he talks the way Grimkill did if you asked him to be allowed to ship goods during a crisis or about signing an MPP.)
3 (Tertiary)) Boosting Naprous
(I'm not sure how he managed to avoid getting Naprous' fiefs infected though (other than it being at the end of a peninsula, with a bottleneck), if he tried to avoid it.)
3 Move to Incellia? (This is just conjecture.)

thomas.berubeg
Jan 24, 2011, 11:36 AM
OOC: Well played, Thomas. Now, I must... resist... urge...
I told you so!

To Lady Embra
From Tebryn Arbandi XII

Dear Lady,

You have my sincerest compassion in the light of the latest development vis-a-vis the Regent. We hope that with this sickness removed, the House Klorin will once again be ready to move forward and coorporate with the rest of Imperium to repair the damage done by the late Dain Kawalen, and atone for his sins.

Furthermore, I fully expect of you, as a Lady of honor and virtue, your sincere apologies for daring to question the truthfulness of my claims against the late Regent and your most uncalled-for personal insult of a proposal of settling the issue by martial means.

May the Pancreator guide you in these hard times,

Your friend,
Tebryn Arbandi XII

Dear Tebryn Arbandi XII

I whole heartedly apologize for my Insult. I in no way believed Dain to be capable of such actions against the Sanctity of Human life. As such, I hope you will forgive my rash words, and that the friendship between our houses will not be much affected.

Dain often spoke of leaving this world a better place, but I do not know when this ideal was twisted the way it was. House Klorin will move forward, hand in hand with the rest of the Imperium to wipe this shame from our past.

Yours,
Lady Embra

Immaculate
Jan 24, 2011, 12:09 PM
ELECTIONS

Dain Kawalen assumed the regency on January 1st 2301.
This means elections will be held December 31st, 2304.

I will handle this as follows:
A regular turn will take place for 2304 until December 30th 2304. You can spend money, ACC actions, etc, whatever.

Then we'll have a mini-turn that will encompass December 31st, 2304- no spending, no actions, etc. And then you'll know who the regent is. He/she will then assign the imperium positions and turn 5 (2305) will take place with the new regency/imperium positions in place.

With the departure of the reigning Imperium Emperor, the Custodians of the Regency request that the election of a new Imperium Regent take place immediately so that a new Reagent can lead the imperium’s own inquiry into the plague, assist in reconstruction and provide leadership vis-à-vis the Symbiot and Pirate threats.

As such, those who will stand for election must announce their candidacy immediately. Voting will take place on January 15th, 2304 (15 days from present).

In real-world time, you will be given until Friday to campaign however you like and finally on Friday, January 28th, 2011, you must provide your vote and if you wish, you may use 1 of your ACC actions to represent something you have been doing from January 1st to January 15th as long as it is related to this time frame.

thomas.berubeg
Jan 24, 2011, 01:16 PM
To: Lady Catherinn Kawalen Naprous
Re: Karma Naprous Kawalen Klorin

In light of the Terrible events of the past few days, we realize this comment may be slightly offensive. Regardless, We require House Naprous, which currently has custody of Karma Naprous Kawalen Klorin, last heir to the Kawalen Line, to turn him over to Anthony Callier, to be raised by House Klorin.
Our reasons for this include:

We do not wish for the political blowback, which is sure to engulf House Naprous because of it's close ties to Dain Kawalen, to endanger the Scion of the Kawalen Line.
As the Heir to Kawalen Line, Karma must be educated in the Noble House klorin Tradition
Having betrayed your spouse, one of the greatest crimes under the Light of the Pancreator, we believe you to be too unstable to correctly raise a child. - Note, we realize that the crimes of the regent were many, but we cannot beleive that you, who stood by his side throughout it all, did not know what was happening. you waited until the most opportune to betray your husband.
House Naprous Holdings are notoriously unstable, and too small to properly raise the Heir to a Major Noble house

As such, House Klorin trusts you will turn over Karma Naprous Kawalen Klorin at the earliest possible time.

Thank you for your Cooperation.
Anthony Callier, Scepter bound.

LDiCesare
Jan 24, 2011, 02:13 PM
Duscha Sehryi seems very nice... I don't know about Karrem
A matter of opinion. I find Sehryi rude, impolite, and a beggar who hasn't proven her worth at doing anything but retrieving a sceptre from a dead man. On the other hand, Kelter played a role in fighting the disease, reorganising the Authority and ferrying food around.

LDiCesare
Jan 24, 2011, 02:20 PM
From House Tsedeq
To House Klorin, copy all noble houses
We haven't yet heard any apology from your house for the atrocities your leader unleashed upon the words.

We expect that, at the very least, all the goods, money, serfs and worldly possessions of the late Regent be given in paiment to the other noble houses, as it is clear these should constitute the strict minimum that can be expected for said atrocities.

We expect the next Regent to determine whether repairs should be paid by the Regency and the Klorin house or not, depending on the knowledge these had of the madman's plans.

thomas.berubeg
Jan 24, 2011, 03:07 PM
To House Tsedeq:
From House Klorin:

It appears you are attempting to profiteer from this tragedy. We do not regret to inform you that you will not receive House Klorin funds as "reparations," as this is clearly Greed speaking in this time of tragedy.


To House Naprous:
From House Klorin:

Due to recent events, we have been going over the finances of House Klorin in recent years, attempting to determine how far back the Late Regent's Madness dates, and we have come upon a disturbing fact. You have still not payed us back for the lose of the Frog Class Yacht borrowed from House Klorin by Ragel Naprous. We regret to inform you that we require either a new Yacht or the monetary equivalent within the year. Should you not be able to pay it back, we will of course allow you to extend the payment period for a 50% increase in the amount owed per year.


To all Noble Houses:
From House Klorin:

We wholly apologize for the actions of the Late Regent. We did not know of his madness, nor of his capabilities, and are truly repentant for the trauma and pain these worlds have suffered.

spryllino
Jan 24, 2011, 03:32 PM
We desire to know what Holy Gate proposes to do about the problem of the chaos in the Authority if elected.

House Texier officially announces its intention to stand for the Regency. We reiterate that, much as we ourselves trust Holy Gate and shall not be at all disappointed if they are elected, we believe that a Minor house like ours with so few assets would, despite following much of the same agenda as Holy Gate, be more trustworthy and acceptable to many Houses and therefore we believe we are able to run a more stable administration, with more universal trust than Holy Gate is able to muster.


We congratulate Holy Gate on their scrapping of the move to Incellia, and we, of course, would not countenance such a move either if elected.

Kyzarc Fotjage
Jan 24, 2011, 03:35 PM
Just to be perfectly clear: these ICBM's have high-yield nuclear warheads, not something nice like white phosphorus or some chemical agent. Why was the Authority allowed to set these up?

To lighten the mood somewhat, from a CoM thread:
The Clarkian girls do it for pearls,
And the Arrakeen for water!
But if you desire dames like consuming flames,
Try an Incellian daughter!

Seon
Jan 24, 2011, 03:37 PM
Because the Authorithy is Authorithy?

thomas.berubeg
Jan 24, 2011, 03:43 PM
Essentially because the authority was the most powerful faction on E2.

Kentharu
Jan 24, 2011, 03:48 PM
House Kilgore officially desires House Klorin to be consumed by the raging firese of hell for their treachery.

Immaculate
Jan 24, 2011, 03:49 PM
From the Desk of Kareem Kelter, Guild-Master of the Errovus Secondus Authority,
To the Nobles of Errovus Secondus

It has come to my attention that the pretender Duscha has been negotiating the use of the military of noble houses against that of the Guild Authority. Let me make this perfectly clear to all involved. The Guild Authority is protected by a treaty between your people and mine that you would not take to the seas or send your forces into or over the two farming fiefdoms of Errovus Secondus. If you break this treaty, two things will happen. Firstly, we will sink your ships and shoot down your petty propeller-driven planes you call an air-force and secondly we will retaliate with the full force of not only our own military but that of the League of Guilds both on Errovus Secondus as well as on planets beyond. There is absolutely no reason under any circumstance in which you should be involved in an internal dispute with a rebel faction within my guild.

And if you think Duscha, should she ever not require your protection against the guild authority forces would remain loyal unto you, you are absolutely mistaken. How do you think she has prospered so well without the support of the military or farmers in this time of strife? I’ll tell you, she is a snake, a lying manipulator who will sleep with anyone, double-cross anyone and cheat anyone to achieve her goals. I am a simple man. I live for the guild. I live for loyalty to the league. I am an honest man who says what he means and means what he says and if I make a deal I will keep it.

You should know by now that I am not Grimkill. His inflexibility towards the nobles had always been a source of contention between us. And so, as a sign of good faith and as a means of establishing beneficial support between the merchants and nobles of Errovus Secondus, I am willing to accept the use of MERCHANT navy craft on the waters of Errovus Secondus provided that those that do not approach the shores of the south-western and north-western Authority fiefdoms. This is to allow you to better transport much needed food and medicine between your fiefdoms. This allowance will be made possible for a period of twelve years or until the plagues and diseases are cured, whichever occurs later. After that time you will be allowed to continue but will have to pay a small tariff just as minor nobles operating throughout your lands and seas must pay you a tariff for the privalege.

Our agents are everywhere. If you build a naval vessel, we will know it. If you launch a naval vessel into our seas and there is one gun or fighter on that ship, we will know it. And we will respond as would be our right.

We hope that despite our tone, you not consider this a threat; it is merely the words of a man who is desperate to rebuild what he has lost and to return his labor of love, his life's work to the glory it deserves. And thats something I think we can all do TOGETHER.


From the Desk of Kareem Kelter, Guild-Master of the Errovus Secondus Authority,
To the Nobles of House Tsedeq

We thank you for the kind words you have spent on our behalf. Know that your kindness is noted and that Kareem is not a man to forget a friend.


From the Desk of Kareem Kelter, Guild-Master of the Errovus Secondus Authority,
To the Archbishop of Errovus Secondus, Cardinal Quelus Heventi,

Know that the efforts of thee Universal Church of Celestial Light for the people of Errovus Secondus be they noble’s serf or struggling freemen does not go unnoticed by us. We look forward to working with you and once our crops are in, we will do what we can to provide you with flour and food for the people of Errovus Secondus who need it so much.

Immaculate
Jan 24, 2011, 03:50 PM
OOC: In regards to the nukes, the authority inherited them from the grand republic days during the scramble for tech of the emperor wars.

thomas.berubeg
Jan 24, 2011, 04:02 PM
To: Kareem Kelter and Duscha Sehryi
From: House Klorin

House Klorin will remain completely Neutral on the matter of the Civil war within the Authority, As we like the friendship of the league, and believe that this matter should be resolved internally.

germanicus12
Jan 24, 2011, 07:20 PM
This is most reassuring. We are glad to see that House Holy Gate looks like it has come to its senses.

To all space-faring institutions or Noble Houses
House Bossheaim will need to gate to Assimov from Errovus Secondus and back as soon as the quaratine on Errovus Secondus is dispersed. Due to the thread of pirates, we would like to know if any other fleets with an escort is planned to travel the same route that we may accompany them and thus be kept safe.

House Eekin's Fist of Baelious and the Fleet's Nobility of Man still patrols the area, we will continue to provide convoy protections as long as the convoys group at the gates and await the fleet's arrival.

If the Nobility of Man has been moved or removed from my command I will need to know so I can change orders as necessary. As it stands I am assuming they are still under our operational command until further notice.

Also we need a trustworthy native of Assimov to assist us in decoding a possible dead language which possibly originated from Assimov. As well as native guides to help our Grimson Legion search the jungles of Assimov for a destroyed Pirate Frigate that crashed landed somewhere on Assimov. Thanks.

Seon
Jan 24, 2011, 10:10 PM
Also we need a trustworthy native of Assimov to assist us in decoding a possible dead language which possibly originated from Assimov. As well as native guides to help our Grimson Legion search the jungles of Assimov for a destroyed Pirate Frigate that crashed landed somewhere on Assimov. Thanks.

The Imperial Fleet also would like to hear a report on this, if House Eekin receives the information.

Seon
Jan 24, 2011, 10:32 PM
Diplomacy 101 2.

Now we return to diplomacy 101! Saying something A so that it sounds like saying something B so that eavesdropping personnel C does not know what the **** you are talking about!

This is surprisingly a useful tool. You can use it to secretly mock others. You can use it in such a way that it acts as a damage control if the guy you are talking to REALLY didn't know about what you were talking about.

Most importantly, however, is the fact that conversations leave evidence in forms of records. Records that your evil coversationee may try to take advantage of. Therefore, it is necessary to almost always veil your intents until you are absolutely certain that the opposite party will never betray you. Even then, it is never good to be TOO blatant.

Let's see an example here. *Note: The following is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. Especially you -censored for sensitive info-, you crazy ****.

Me: So, Toteone.

Toteone: hey.

Me: The plague really sucks :(.

Me: I think everyone in my fief is doomed.

Toteone: heh.

Me: At least overpopulation problem is going away :p.

Toteone: Yeah. I think I actually like how things are going now.

thomas.berubeg has joined the conversation.

thomas.berybeg: Hey guys. Just had absinthe. It was interesting.

Toteone: what the hell is an absinthe?

Me: some kind of alcoholic drink, I think.

thomas.berubeg: Yeah, it's like you are floating over your prone body laying on top of a laptop. It's like an out of body experience.

Toteone: k001.

Me: Yeah, yeah. Hey, thomas. About that plans for the Death Star you mentioned to me...

Me: Hello?

Me: hellllloooooo...

Me: Oh dear I think he passed out.

Philipe has joined the conversation.

Me: Hey Immy. You are a doctor right? Do you know what to do if a person you were talking to over the internet just collapsed?

Philipe: Now's not the best time, Seon.

Me: Oh. What's wrong?

Philipe: Well I just stumbled into a conspiracy by the milkmen, the mailmen, and the pizzaguy to kill me and steal my money.

Philipe: they planned to shoot my wife in my bed, along with a dummy pizzaguy, chop them up in the bathtub, shoot me with a dart of cocaine to knock me out, and the bury the body in the rose bush.

Philipe: Just intercepted their plans.

Me: Woah.

Philipe: I was just gnawing on their bones to reduce evidence.

Or something like that.

I planned to write more, but then I forgot where I was going with this whole metaphor.

Toteone
Jan 25, 2011, 12:40 AM
To: Lady Catherinn Kawalen Naprous
Re: Karma Naprous Kawalen Klorin

In light of the Terrible events of the past few days, we realize this comment may be slightly offensive. Regardless, We require House Naprous, which currently has custody of Karma Naprous Kawalen Klorin, last heir to the Kawalen Line, to turn him over to Anthony Callier, to be raised by House Klorin.
Our reasons for this include:

We do not wish for the political blowback, which is sure to engulf House Naprous because of it's close ties to Dain Kawalen, to endanger the Scion of the Kawalen Line.
As the Heir to Kawalen Line, Karma must be educated in the Noble House Klorin Tradition
Having betrayed your spouse, one of the greatest crimes under the Light of the Pancreator, we believe you to be too unstable to correctly raise a child. - Note, we realize that the crimes of the regent were many, but we cannot beleive that you, who stood by his side throughout it all, did not know what was happening. you waited until the most opportune to betray your husband.
House Naprous Holdings are notoriously unstable, and too small to properly raise the Heir to a Major Noble house

As such, House Klorin trusts you will turn over Karma Naprous Kawalen Klorin at the earliest possible time.

Thank you for your Cooperation.
Anthony Callier, Scepter bound.

Sure, I knew what was happening, but only for a year, and it was necessary to wait in order not to have hundreds of millions of serfs go to war with the Regency in the middle of a pandemic.
Yes, you can have her (it is fair, though I will miss her) as long as I can have visitation rights once this passes.
Also, we disagree that we are unstable or betrayed our husband. Most houses would react the way we did, hoping to deal with his insanity patiently until atomic strategies were mentioned.
We'll turn her over to you by next year.

Sincerely,
- C. Naprous


To House Naprous:
From House Klorin:

Due to recent events, we have been going over the finances of House Klorin in recent years, attempting to determine how far back the Late Regent's Madness dates, and we have come upon a disturbing fact. You have still not payed us back for the lose of the Frog Class Yacht borrowed from House Klorin by Ragel Naprous. We regret to inform you that we require either a new Yacht or the monetary equivalent within the year. Should you not be able to pay it back, we will of course allow you to extend the payment period for a 50% increase in the amount owed per year.

This is fiscal loan sharking over an object which you agreed to loan to us, to which the borrower was asked no fiscal guarantee. Furthermore both houses had equitable agreed to share 50% of the losses each, and in fact you owe us 1mf from the weapons sales to wit we have not bothered requesting with everything that's going on we felt it was better to forget about it.

Our answer is no.
Sincerely,
- C. Naprous


Just to be perfectly clear: these ICBM's have high-yield nuclear warheads, not something nice like white phosphorus or some chemical agent. Why was the Authority allowed to set these up?
As others have said, because the old Authority was evil and completely unable to compromise in any direction whatsoever (hmmm reading new diplo it seems Karreem is maybe not as completely awful as Grimkill, though this is not saying much and also probably because he's weak. Where does he get off insulting our military forces?)
Honorable Noble House Tsedeq, did your House inform Kareem of the angle of developments? If not we apologize. We feel Kareem's latest reply aptly illustrates that he is at least much like Grimkill, except in a much weaker position. Regardless it is perhaps a good thing if you did inform them as we now know such military intervention would involve the Guilds of Leagueheim and as thus we need to include them in negotiations.

thomas.berubeg
Jan 25, 2011, 12:52 AM
This is fiscal loan sharking over an object which you agreed to loan to us, to which the borrower was asked no fiscal guarantee. Furthermore both houses had equitable agreed to share 50% of the losses each, and in fact you owe us 1mf from the weapons sales to wit we have not bothered requesting with everything that's going on we felt it was better to forget about it.

Our answer is no.
Sincerely,
- C. Naprous


Intersting. Not only is Catherinn Naprous a traitor, but also a rat.
We are sorry to Hear that you will not pay us. Honor dictates that you reimburse us for assets lent to you, and then lost by you. As such, we will be forced to appeal to higher standards than your own, and to turn towards those who are true friends of house Klorin, those who stood by us in these trying times, and understood that the regent's madness was not reflected on the rest of the house.

May the Pancreator's light dimly on your future.
-Anthony Callier


To House Killgore

You have insulted house Klorin. Withdraw said insult now.

Toteone
Jan 25, 2011, 12:59 AM
Intersting. Not only is Catherinn Naprous a traitor, but also a rat.
We are sorry to Hear that you will not pay us. Honor dictates that you reimburse us for assets lent to you, and then lost by you. ...those who stood by us in these trying times, and understood that the regent's madness was not reflected on the rest of the house.

You must be referring to hypotheticals who if they existed would not raise the lights on the genocides that have occured. I believe I did the best for Dain, a husband who turned out to be a mass murderer, and I am in my way grieving for him, for he had style and in a twisted sense, compassion and loyalty.
As for the financial matter of the yacht, we agreed on it, and this is merely an attempt to punish us for blowing the whistle. We also believe you are not considering the diplomatic, judicial and even fiscal horror it has been to be dragged by one's husband into a katamari of murder and mayhem. However we understand feelings are going high and are willing to ignore your insult of our House. We ask that other houses do not react diplomatically to this matter in our favor, we really do wish to let bygones be bygones.

thomas.berubeg
Jan 25, 2011, 01:12 AM
You must be referring to hypotheticals who if they existed would not raise the lights on the genocides that have occured. I believe I did the best for Dain, a husband who turned out to be a mass murderer, and I am in my way grieving for him, for he had style and in a twisted sense, compassion and loyalty.
As for the financial matter of the yacht, we agreed on it, and this is merely an attempt to punish us for blowing the whistle. We also believe you are not considering the diplomatic, judicial and even fiscal horror it has been to be dragged by one's husband into a katamari of murder and mayhem. However we understand feelings are going high and are willing to ignore your insult of our House. We ask that other houses do not react to this matter in our favor, we really do wish to let bygones be bygones.

It is not so much the treachery that bother us, but rather the fact that there is no way Catherinn Naprous Kawalen, who stood by her husbands side for these past years, could not have known. In fact, In my last words to him, the Late regent mentioned you by name. Had Catherinn Naprous truly been aghast at the horrific destruction caused by the late regent, she should have spoken up about it earlier. Perhaps the tragedy could have been averted. Instead, she waited for the Most self servingly Opportune moment at which to speak up. Based on her actions before and since the death of the regent, there is no way any sane individual can believe Catherinn Naprous did not know.
However, As to the Matter of the yacht, it was never agreed that you could take it and not pay for it's destruction. In fact, we repeatedly asked you to pay us, and you put it off, pushing it back, promising us you could pay us in 3 years.
[11:46] thomasberubeg@live.com: considering I lost both my yacht in actions for you, do you think you could possibly buy me a new one?
[11:47] Teotone: I'm in debt, and I also didn't request the second one, though that was VERY nice of you. gah... I'd help anyway, but I AM in debt...
[11:47] Teotone: I have an idea though
[11:47] Teotone: I can try to raise antipiracy funds, but I think the best shot is
[11:47] Teotone: Piracy Relief Act!!
[11:47] Teotone: You and Holy Gate can get together and buy a couple of new ones : )]
[11:48] Teotone: Plus oh that's right
[11:48] Teotone: u can use my passenger ship ^^
[11:48] Teotone: I have 30% of one
[11:48] Teotone: 15000 passengers
[11:48] Teotone: no problem ^^
[11:48] thomasberubeg@live.com: I WONT use regency assets to improve myself
[11:48] Teotone: 50k actually
[11:48] Teotone: I know I know I just posted about how ridiculously honest u are
[11:48] Teotone: but it's not just you
[11:48] Teotone: I mean it is a LEGITIMATE imperial problem
[11:48] Teotone: and actually
[11:48] Teotone: Im surprised u didn't use an imperial yacht
[11:49] Teotone: This was imperial business
[11:49] Teotone: it should be completely refundable in ure case
[11:49] Teotone: As me and Holy Gate were in fact acting for ourselves
[11:49] Teotone: you were acting on behalf of the Imperium
[11:49] Teotone: it shouldn't be a problem, even WITHout the PRA
[11:49] Teotone: ahh dammit I timed on Risk ;P
[11:49] Teotone: Anyway I cn buy u a yacht
[11:49] Teotone: in like 3 years
[11:49] Teotone: from now
[11:50] Teotone: but right now I have no money
We are very sorry to make this a public matter, but we need the funds, and as you are obviously being dishonorable and backing down from your financial obligations, we insist that you pay. And if you refuse to pay now, we demand interest, as in any reasonable operation.

Anthony Callier

Toteone
Jan 25, 2011, 01:16 AM
Sincerely, House Klorin... that was an offer you did not take. Your response was not yes, it was 'we need a yacht right now (dammit*)!'.
Also blowing the whistle a year earlier, as we have explained, would have led to the mass pandemic being directly attributed to the Regent for more than a day... and subsequently hundreds of millions of dying serfs making Regency fiefdoms their dying target.

We will be directing our biohazard troops to assist other houses this year, as well as assist economically in development aid. The Imperial community will just have to accept our aid to them rather than acceeding to Klorin's demands.

*not sure if I remember this bit correctly

thomas.berubeg
Jan 25, 2011, 01:23 AM
Sincerely, House Klorin... that was an offer you did not take. Your response was not yes, it was 'we need a yacht right now (dammit*)!'.


What we said, actually was " We need it sooner, dammit" to which you recommended House Klorin use Imperial funds to buy itself a Yacht.
These communique transcripts are available for public viewing, should anybody want to read them. They support House Klorin's case admirably.

Anthony Callier



Also blowing the whistle a year earlier, as we have explained, would have led to the mass pandemic being directly attributed to the Regent for more than a day... and subsequently hundreds of millions of dying serfs making Regency fiefdoms their dying target.


Entirely Illogical. We believe that the phoenix guard, as well as whatever forces the church and the eye could have moved in could have repelled the serfs. Additionally, as has been proven by the eye, a vaccine was created. Had you broken the news earlier, this vaccine could have been replicated much earlier, saving thousands of lives. Additionally, other Noble houses could have closed their gates to save their people, as house Naprous did. However, since you did not, thousands died, and house Naprous is poised to be the most powerful house on E2. Obviously, again, House Naprous Profiteering.

Sincerely yours, Anthony Callier

Toteone
Jan 25, 2011, 01:47 AM
Sincerely, House Klorin, we suggested you pass the Piracy Relief Act on one hand. On the other hand we suggested that if you did not wish to pass the Piracy Relief Act that you could at least pass a partial act of compensating Imperial combatants against piracy and thus renege on your charity of donating your own property for Imperial business, thus drawing a clear line would also make houses much more willing to combat piracy with their own forces.
Furthermore you did not make any such claims upon us until you sent your Phonix Guard to their untimely deaths, and blamed us for the loss of the yacht, even though if you had just let us know of your plan we could have told you, the same as many other houses might have, that the pirates would of course just open fire on the Yacht.
This witch hunt is just making you look bad. Sure, there are materials you can release which would hurt our house, but not without the consequences of utterly destroying yours (by the full context of them as we expose their full context, and of materials we will release in return by memory), even though unlike you we did not meticulously keep records (OOC: I would have IC, but I'm ADHD and obsessively keep my inbox clean) of any going in betweens at all we have an excellent memory.
All in all your house seems supremely unrepentant, as if it was only Dain Kawalen who was guilty, which we indeed think is the truth...
you act as if you do not think us to have been an agent, but we take this merely as a compliment of our skill.

If it will behoove your House's ego we will make our donations to the Imperial Community in your name.
Lastly, any such further discussions should either be a release of the materials you wish to release or be taken to other diplomatic channels, not because we are ashamed but because we are monopolizing the communication waves.

PS. If your house's great trump card is that Naprous would embezzle small sums steadily over time (we already have made little secret of this to most houses in existence) rather than if in power going from total fiscal honesty for genocidal program to 100% embezzlement in one year, rather than say, murder 400 million people and nuke itself, because you feel miffed we don't want to pay for something we already agreed upon despite already giving up our own daughter... then go ahead.
The custody of Carma Klorin and making donations in your name, which we doubt you plan to make independently, is as far as we will go.
If you desire a full on PR war with House Naprous to satisfy your incongrous feelings of slight, then so be it. You will bite our heel, but we will crush your head.

PPS. Maybe I'd be more frightened at the accusation of knowing about a vaccine you touched on briefly once or twice if you'd actually ever fed me proper detailed information while we were conduction our espionage on your ill doings and if we knew how medicine at large works rather than saying 'do this, do that', 'this set of actions will be provided to you, these agents will swallow this vaccine which will protect them, but I will not inform you properly until the exact moment of action' and so forth. We would have to be excused for not knowing a vaccine could be mass copied (OOC: I'm an English Bachelor and don't know about this kind of stuff) in factories or summat, if those are even functional and available on E2. However, ignorance is not a crime (and even if we'd known I'm sure the full on mega-riots destroying the Regency medical fiefs you later planned to nuke would've made distribution/copying difficult (I dunno, maybe it doesn't need medical facilities to copy vaccines, or maybe those aren't good enough, could be either way, but I presume since you made that accusation it'd be quite easy) and the saved lives might have turned into violent deaths). We did our best as a spy and the Imperial Community believes us.
Honestly, your House's behavior at the moment is making us worry about the mental health of Carma Klorin if we turn her over to your house. Rather than keep going on about this vaguely in public we'd prefer a full release or for it to go away.

As it stands we will give you custodianship under the condition of allowing her to visit us once every two years for two months when she turns six years old AND making DONATIONS in your NAME, something you could sincerely use at the moment.
However if your preference is to try to embaress us at the cost of your own house rather than, say, start to make amends to the Imperial Community than we will keep Carma for our own and we will take our limited damages, much of it in the service of the Imperium, and maximise yours. We are tired of intrigue even if it has been in the name of Imperial well-being and security and unity.
- C. Naprous

Also, we regret asking other houses, if they are present later, not to react diplomatically in our favor. Please do so to the effect of asking Klorin to focus on making amends for the moment and accept our gift of custodianship and making donations to the Imperial community in their name for the precious lost yacht that was kamikazed on the pirates without our knowledge and that other yacht we lost while borrowing and agreed to share the loss on.
We know we have your faith, as we day by day release more information in the appropriate venues (here and elsewhere).

PPPS: I, Cathrinn Naprous, hereby challenge Embra Klorin to a duel under Imperial auspices for honour wronged. Let the Pancreator decide wheter Embra or I hid information for selfish reasons. We are proud and stand for our actions, and if we are accused of guilt we will not run away like Dain Kawalen. We expect this challenge will be accepted as Klorin has accused our friends in the past for cowardice, and we expect there will be no cheating. As for whether it is a fair match or not, I have combat experience, Embra has self-defense classes from fleet command I expect as well as an Orc's staunch constitution.[/spoiler]

Northen Wolf
Jan 25, 2011, 02:49 AM
To: All houses present on E2, Imperial Regent, Imperial Fleet
From: Garik Harnoth, leader of Imperial Garrison, Noble from House of Hyppean.

I, Garik Harnoth, Imperial Garrison commander from house of Hyppean, have heard many of you muttering words of taking Regent monetary holdings to rebuild Errovus Secondus. I find these ravings of the madmen "slightly" foolish, if not to say, completely idiotic and equal to treason. Well, I do have rights for my opinions and my own thoughts, sorry for speaking out loud, but now atleast you, pitiful masterless dogs, do listen to me..

While you, minor and major nobles argue over who should get money, that is located in the Regents vaults, we From house of Hyppean are risking everything for our future... For our future, for YOUR future! What does it matter to save a single planet, when all might fall? How does a little penny here help you, if Stigimata is defeated? Will your coin buy you safety from symbiots? Will your luxurious bedrooms make you cocubines to these creatures? Will you hope to be safe without having to work and sacrifice for safety? I can understand pressure that comes from threats of uprisings and your "compassionate feelings" for E2 nobles, who now demand money from you, but there are MORE THAN 20 MAJOR FIEFDOMS ON E2 while there are only two, who directly fight to defend this world from threat known as Symbiots.

I, personally, believe that Situation on E2 is not a bad as it looks - before the plague, you had to feed half a billion worth of mouths, now that number is in few millions. Before the plague, threats of uprisings were significant, if not immediate, now there is simply not enough population to organize an uprising. This plague, yes, destroyed most of your holdings, as it did with ours, but now there is a chance to rebuild - to build thinking few steps ahead and create more religious more planet that would survive hardships that are ahead of them.

The Church is glorious and servants of the God shall help you to rebuild Errovus Secondus. Some of you ask, How could you you do with less or even no funds from regency? I say, that you can only rebuild, as much as Pancreator wants you to rebuild - and I believe, everyone has to work hard to earn themselves in the eyes of Pancreator. You cannot relay on outside help to fix your internal problems, your poor contageous plans, your pathetic farming strategies, your greedy and destructive expansion plans. But we, Both Imperial Fleet and Garrison are forced to relay on outside help to defend you all. As you are both on our outside and on our inside. We, from the fleet and garrison, are your warriors, your swords and your shields against the symbiots and any other threat, that we may face. We protect you from harm, but even we need a good blacksmith and new hands that hold our weapons, to be able to do that.

So I remind you: it is your duty to care for and protect all citizens of this world not only E2 and if sacrifices are needed to be made - even needed, should need to sacrifice one planet to save all other planets rise - we would sacrifice the planet in question, even if we would lose most of our profits in the progress. Currently, both Fleet and Garrison desperately require funding - before we run out of funds and face final defeat - and Regents funds would prove very useful to us, if not to say ... essential. I trust fate and future of E2 and its citizens into hands of the Church and its followers(you), as you have trusted Imperial Garrison into my hands. But I urge you to think more important matters at hand than one plague-raved planet that has countless of houses, together with Holy Church, helping it.

Signed
Garik Harnoth
House of Hyppean
Leader of Imperial Garrison

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From: House of Hyppean
To: Authority

Should your inner circle fighting threaten lives of Errovus Secondus citizens, this includes burning or destroying farms, sinking aid-ships or stopping peace-keepers from doing their duty, we will be forced to interfere. However, If your inner inner fighting does not damage Citizens or future of E2 we (Hyppean and the Garrison), will remain Neutral, until issue has been solved.

Signed,
Tenith Erona,
House of Hyppean, currently fighting for Future of our worlds on Stigimata.

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From: Imperial Garrison
To: Church, House who develop and share vaccine

Tell us, where our swords can aid the fight against rebellious warlords. Tell us where our hands could help in providing food, water and healing to those who need it. Tell us where our medics could provide vaccine to the sick and treat wounded. Tell us the areas, which you have most trouble with, so your Imperial Garrison brothers on Stigimata and Hubbard could pray for Pancreators blessing. We are the Imperial Garrison, most of us may be off-world, but we still are the sword and your shield of The Holy Church and Pancreator.

Not all of us are able to sign this, as our duties are heavy, but their signatures are sent directly to Pancreator, through their prayers.

Signed
Many leaders from Imperial Garrison, Including Tenith Erona and Garik Harnoth

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From: House of Hyppean
To: House Tsedeq, House of Eekin, Sanctius'Al (incase you have action capable ACC present on E2)

House of Hyppean would like to ease the suffering on on Errovus Secondus. Due to reason that two out of three of our nobles are busy defending this world from incursion and Yannis Arenoth is busy on Arrakis as he is too inexperienced to help the masses on E2. We have a proposal to any (or all) of you:

We are offering covering up to 75% of your costs with maximum expenses of 25 MF (total), if you help in constructing a farming area South of Hyppean fief. Our primary goal is to plant some quickly growing plants, with future expansion in mind.

You could drain your long coastline of swamp and plant crops there if you can build dykes, start desalting the earth, establish proper irrigation, etc

This Farming area would greatly benefit happiness of workers and give both freemen and our serfs something other to do than die. Our funding will be given, only if House of Hyppean gets at least 50% of share of the new farms. OOC: Create shared farms that border our lands and yours.

Signed
House of Hyppean Nobles on E2

Toteone
Jan 25, 2011, 03:44 AM
cleared

Kentharu
Jan 25, 2011, 04:30 AM
To House Klorin

We've heard some stuff about your mother to.

Diamondeye
Jan 25, 2011, 05:23 AM
House Bossheaim feels the need to side with Cathrinn Naprous in this disagreement. We find the demands of House Klorin to be disrespectful and unrealistic (50% interest - seriously?).

We are also worried that our friend Cathrinn has reacted in too great haste in proposing to duel the Lady Embra. Therefore, as we consider our relations with both houses as being good, we will volounteer to mediate between the two sides of this disagreement.

We are suggesting the following solution to the current dispute:

I: The Child Carma During her upbringing, Carma will spend every other year with her mother, Cathrinn Naprous, but will enter the House Klorin upon reaching maturity, to secure the Kawalen lineage.
II: The Yacht / Financial recompensation: House Bossheaim will hand over their personal yacht to House Klorin immidiately, on the condition that both House Naprous and House Klorin will help them gather the funds to afford a new yacht within four years.
III: The Duel: There is to be no duel to solve this case, as death only breeds stronger animosity. Cathrinn Naprous will retract her challenge and apologize to Lady Embra in person for insulting her honour, and in return, she will live.

We consider this fair on both parts and would like to know the opinions of the implicated parts.


---In Other News---

We fully support House Hyppean's claims; The Imperial Ressources should first and foremost be directed towards the military efforts against the Symbiote Threat.

Seon
Jan 25, 2011, 06:44 AM
I: The Child Carma During her upbringing, Carma will spend every other year with her mother, Cathrinn Naprous, but will enter the House Klorin upon reaching maturity, to secure the Kawalen lineage.

I fear that this kind of insane life would drive the poor child to brink of insanity. I believe that it is one way or another.

Right as of this moment, I prefer that she be given to Klorin due to mother's willingness to give her away.
II: The Yacht / Financial recompensation: House Bossheaim will hand over their personal yacht to House Klorin immidiately, on the condition that both House Naprous and House Klorin will help them gather the funds to afford a new yacht within four years.

I fear that this will not solve the animosity between the noble houses Naprous and Kloron. Besides, I believe House Klorin will never agree to this.
III: The Duel: There is to be no duel to solve this case, as death only breeds stronger animosity. Cathrinn Naprous will retract her challenge and apologize to Lady Embra in person for insulting her honour, and in return, she will live.

This is true. Do not let the child suffer the deaths of both parents so soon. OOC: because Catherine really doesn't stand a chance :lol:

---In Other News---

We fully support House Hyppean's claims; The Imperial Ressources should first and foremost be directed towards the military efforts against the Symbiote Threat.
Thanks.

Immaculate
Jan 25, 2011, 09:15 AM
As such we ask houses to pressure Duscha Sehyri and Karreem to acknowledge free merchant activities on E2s oceans. Duscha Sehyri has signed (and will be pressured to follow) its agreement with House Naprous to allow it access to oceans, but with the modification that ALL Imperial entities will have full naval and merchant access to the oceans, and that we should also all pressure Karreem to accept this. The remainder of the treaty we have signed with Duscha is merely that she will transfer most military technologies held by the Authority to Naprous, from which we will share the Jet Fighter technology with all for free (it'd be more but she's already unhappy about the Jet Fighter tech sharing), and secondly preferential trade with her and thirdly that the Eastern Continent fief and Klorin fief would be given to the Regency, the central continent fief to Naprous, and the two remaining fiefs as independent Authority guilds split from each other. Karreem could be further compensated by House Klorin reperations to the Authority as well as everyone else. This will strengthen the Regency on E2 and allow for one strong faction each on the northern (Karreem), western (Duscha), central (Naprous) and Eastern (Regency) continent and avoid the monopolization of Authority power in the past while keeping the still healthy Authority continents under Authority control and avoiding conflict with the League.

It is not us that reneged on any contract, which was never finilized and which you reneged upon. You reneged when you lost the cooperation and facilites of the Regeant; you cannot physically provide the level of military protection you were initially offering anymore with the loss of the regency. Let it be known that there is NO CONTRACT between Duscha and the House Naprous and her consistent pestering and strong arming tactics have only made an enemy of the TRUE authority.

There is NO deal between us and it is because you attempted to FORCE us (and think you can continue to do so).

We are looking elsewhere for assistance- to houses with a more realistic sense of history.

The politics and organization of the Guilds, all Gulids, is of no concern to a Noble house. That you should presume to dictate our affairs is insulting and violates the seperation between nobility, guilds, and church. Next you'll be dictating the affairs of the archbishop.

Duscha, The Authority Guild