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Title: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 19 February, 2013, 10:40:55 AM
Giulia arrived in Andernach in the early morning, february, 17th, 1313.

An untouched lush forest all around her. What a wonderful place for her new life!

However, she spent there only few moments to set down her belongins in a suitable ground for her new hut, field and herbalist shop.
After she left again towards Brugge for some imminet commitments.

Just enough the time to see Lord Orso, awake and with an axe his hand, and give him a nod. She would be back in few days with Sir Michele, Sir Cagliostro  and others.

She was very proud of Lord Orso,  she recently met in the Duchy of Milan... a man of the north, strong and resolute, a warrior, really committed in the project of the Count Harald.

Maybe sometimes just a little dismissive and rude manner with respect to she had been used in Italy, her country of origin.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Orso Björnsson on 19 February, 2013, 11:20:57 AM
Orso was running out to build his hut, not as beautiful as those of the city, but perfect for him, solid and simple, when a noise startled birds, Orso put the axe on his shoulder and annoyed went to see what had frightened the birds. .. and saw a wagon ... and Lady Julia in tow.
"And so it was already there ... soon others would follow". He greeted her with a nod, and he was not accustomed to such formalities, but he knows he will always be indebted to Lady Julia for everything he has done for him.
But it's time to think about building Adernach now.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 28 February, 2013, 11:03:24 AM
February, 28, 1313

Giulia had returned to Andernach  in the early morning, as usual.
It seemed a long time had passed already from the morning of her first arrival.
Indeed, she spent  few days in Brugge, then there was the Scotland campaign, and then again a couple of days in Brugge to construct and to study at the TG.

But now, from the Liege hills she can admire the valley of Andernach and the river that flowed beside it, her new home.

She is really proud to see all her friends, Lord Orso, Bartolomeo, Cagliostro and Katerina, all hardly working to build the market. The first key issue of their new settlement in Andernach.
Leirin and Michele are expected as soon as possible.

Just the time to deposit her belongings and she will take the work hammer too.
How many hours? No matter about!

In the same time she have to think about the party organization for this evening .... the first of many, but the most important,
since she wants to thank all her friends that shared with her a dream.

So, who's going to play?

Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 28 February, 2013, 09:09:50 PM
In the afternoon, during a break from the construction work, Giulia walked along the bank of the river to rest and freshen up a litte bit.

But at some point she felt observed, turning quickly herself, she saw three kids, probably from the nearby rebel region of Mainz, scared and curious at the same time.
The youngest, a little girl with blonde hair, had a basket, the older a rudimentary fishing rod.
Gulia smiled and motioned them to approach.
She  had to seem them a little extravagant with her long red hair loose and curled, and improperly dressed for the hard building job, but not many words was  needed to exchange all the fish with blackberry pie that Katerina cooked in the morning.

Returned to the village, followed at a distance by all the kids, she prepared the table led by Bartolomeo under the big oak tree near her hut.
She called Katerina to cook one time more those soups about which she was so famous in Brescia.

Cagliostro, Orso and Michele looked intrigued, but a serious look of Giulia was enough to make them understand that before attending the party they would have to clean up for good: the working day has been very very hard for all of them and noy yet ended.

Leirin was very tired due to her journey, but she would heard music through the windowd of her hut, at least.

Later it would be necessary  for Giulia to accord her old lyre.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 01 March, 2013, 01:07:00 AM
Harald started his journey early in the morning as he was used to do every time he has to travel for a while.

This journey wasn’t one of his longest, but the roads weren’t so easy, even for a good horse like his one.

The Guard Captain forced him to increase the number of his guards. Andernach was under the control of the County since a short time, after a rebellion was defeated by the Flemish Army with a bloody battle, and the Captain was afraid of some revenge.

The winter wasn’t so cold during these days and the journey was very pleasant. The column passed through forests, wonderful valleys with a mantle of snow and the landscape was an amazing one.

At the dusk the column arrived upon the hills that overlook the river and the valley of Andernach. The sight was really nice and Harald thought that it was a very good place to live in.

Harald and his men arrived at the village when the stars were yet shining. He saw the fire burning under the big oak. The snow covered the sound of his boots and those of his men. He smiled. Near the fire he saw some people. He recognized Lady Giulia and Orso Bjornsson, the northern men he met in Brugge.

Using his thundering voice he said “I hope that deer is ready! My stomach can’t wait any more!
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 01 March, 2013, 08:07:01 AM
The fire was burning under the big oak, all the people around. A good rest after so much hard work.

Giulia was playing her lyre, her gaze lost far away, the mind lost in old memories...

During a little rest, she saw something gleaming along the path down the hill. He nodded to Cagliosto, but it was already gone, and he shook his head since he didnt  see anything.

But the air around was changed, under the pretext of a drink, she  approached Lord Orso. "I remember you have caught a deer yesterday. Ask to Katerina to help you to start to cook it, please. At least, it will serve for tomorrow. Another  long and hard day wait us."

Then she returned to her seat under the big oak tree near the fire, the night was getting cold.

Suddenly, she smiled, she was not wrong: that was the voice of the Count Harald!

She nodded to Michele  and Bartolomeo to bring more wood for the fire.

Then she took a horn from the table, dipped it into the barrel of ale and she ran to the Count.
Smiling she handed it to him - "My Lord,..." - there was no need for words, her offer  was enough to show her joy and gratitude for his unexpected arrival in Andernach.

The party around the fire would last much longer.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Orso Björnsson on 05 March, 2013, 10:06:35 AM
Orso had a good hunt, the deer was a fine specimen caught adult that would be enough for several days.
Katerina had helped to cook, and all were to see him cook with hungry eyes, all except Orso.
He always turned back to the fire not to be blinded by the light in case of attack. A habit that he brought with him from the numerous battles in which he participated.
Suddenly he heard a loud voice well known, and the Lord of Flanders, Count Harald had arrived!
Their eyes met and shook the forearm as do the men of the North in greeting.
He was glad that the Count was there, he had his own blunt way of speaking, even if not as rough to bear.
Orso got a nice piece of leg of venison and brought it to his mouth, eating hungry.
He looked up and saw that some looked at him puzzled, others laughed ... he said, still chewing, "Well? What is there to watch?"
"Nothing nothing," said Lady Julia, still smiling, "but watching you eat seems really a bear!"
The laughter increased in volume and in the end everyone was laughing, while Orso clamoring beer for everyone.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 06 March, 2013, 12:26:05 PM

Giulia smiled to Lord Orso, the smel of the roasted deer was really delicious.
She hoped that the Count would appreciated in the same way.

"You eat like a bear, Lord Orso!
But, I'm just joking....
I well know the qualities of the man under that thick fur coat.

Spring is coming, tomorrow you will find on the table under this big oak a small gift from me to all of you."


Giulia sat down by the fire and began to gently play her lyre, again.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 06 March, 2013, 12:59:49 PM
Harald smiled to the young red lady when she brought him what seemed to be a great, fresh ale.
"My Lord,..."

Thank you my Lady. The journey was long and I’m really, really thirsty, if you mind what it means for northern men..” he said blinking to the girl.

The fire was hot, the winter was leaving space to springtime, but nights were always cold in Flanders, and really cold among the hills of Andernach. Harald kept his fur cloak on his shoulders.

Then he saw the greetings of the young northern man he met in Brugge and replied to him “At de gamle Gudene i Nord velsigne denne brannen og dette måltidet!”*

Then he sat around the fire like he was used to do during his hunting games when he was a young, wild boy in Viken. Memories of the past.

He was awaked from his thoughts by Lady Giulia that was saying

"You eat like a bear, Lord Orso!
But, I'm just joking....I well know the qualities of the man under that thick fur coat.
Spring is coming, tomorrow you will find on the table under this big oak a small gift from me to all of you.
"

While the people were listening to Lady Giulia words he stood up. People fall silent. He looked them in their eyes, one by one, without speaking.

Then he said “People of Andernach, it’s my will to thank you all for your hard work here. You have made a great effort in building up the market and barely finished the tavern in a very few time. I’m impressed of such a commitment. You are honoring our People, the People who now you belong to, with a strong will and determination. You’ll be the southern stronghold of our Kingdom; you’ll be one of the pillars upon which we’ll build the County of Flanders. One of the pillars towards peace and prosperity for our People. Don’t forget it. We’re doing this entire job to let people live in peace and follow their own dreams. Only together we’ll reach our own target, isolated we’ll get lost. I’m proud of you all ladies and men of Andernach. I’m a man of the north with strong beliefs in what is around us. This night we are eating and drinking under the foliage of this mighty oak.” He rest for a short moment admiring the tree. “This great oak is the witness of your oath tonight. Being here tonight you silently swear your loyalty to this land and to its People. Gods are watching you; until this oak won’t be cut you’ll be blessed. May the Gods safeguard your path”.

He looked them again, one by one, and then he raised his jug of ale to the oak.

*May the Ancient Northern Gods bless this fire and this hall
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 06 March, 2013, 08:11:16 PM
Giulia stopped playing immediately seeing the Count standing up and she carefully listened him....
The silence lasted a long time, his voice echoing in the air. All strongly impressed by his words.

She looked at her friends all around the fire, then she watched for a while the flames crackle, giving the rhythm
of her breathing with them.

She stood up and, at the same time, she loosened her long copper hair with a clean gesture.
She tied the ribbon of light blue silk to the highest branch of the oak to which she managed to get there:
protect the oak, which she had chosen arriving at Andernach a morning of what now seemed so long ago,
was also her silent oath, and that color a special choice, too.

Then, she turned to the Count looking at his eyes and smiling.


Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 01 April, 2013, 07:41:53 PM
April, 1, 1313

Giulia had been far from Andernach for a certain period, before for studying in Brugge, then for a long journey around in Europe.
She was back saturday in the late afternoon, just in time for a pleasant conversation  about all the news with Leirin, sitting under the big oak tree.
The day after, Leirin would came in Brugge.
At first glance everything was in order - "Tomorow, I will check all in deep."
Giulia would stop in Andernach a couple of days to satisfy all  needs there with the products of her shop and to address other possible issues.
Then, she would came to Brugge for studing, too, but she asked to Leirin to deliver a letter to the palace for the Count on her part.
Sunday probably she would be able to meet Michele and Caio, always engaged in digging and cutting operations.
She was really curious to know from Michele what he sowed in his garden ....
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 01 May, 2013, 11:54:52 AM
May, 1, 1313

Giulia had returned to Andernach early that morning.
The journey was really quiet. She had just put into operation her stills and then she had gone to give her greetings.
Both Lord Orso, and Sir Bartolomeo were  early risers, too. She felt distinctly the sound of the hammer on the anvil comimg from the Orso's blacksmith and the one of the saw in Bartolomeo's carpentry.

Apart from this, the peace reigned over the whole village and Brivido was comfortably lying on a stone slab of the inn low wall to enjoy the sun.

The day was beautiful and Giulia decided to take a long walk, first along the river and on the forest edge.
Spring had now arrived and she needed some herbs stocking up - " I will ask to Leirin  checking for their drying on my behalf ... tomorrow I will leave again for one of my long journeys".
She glanced at her clothes - "For now it's still good, coming back I need to pass in the Katerina's workshop..."

But now she wanted to enjoy the walk and the warmth of the sun on her skin after the long winter months.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Orso Björnsson on 01 May, 2013, 12:22:53 PM
Orso beating the hammer on the anvil to forge a blade from the last hours of the night.
He had built the hut at the edge of the village where this ran along the dense forest, and in this way she would not disturb his neighbors too.
He saw the corner of Lady Julia and seemed almost ethereal as he walked in the small village with a satisfied air, all that could be seen was built thanks to her.
Orso thought that they could organize a nice lunch with everyone present; lately Lady Giulia was not often in Andernache and they had to do it.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 01 May, 2013, 08:13:01 PM
Giulia was pleasantly tired of her walk along the Andernach river and along the forest edge. The harvest of medicinal herbs was more than satisfactory, but there was still a lot of work to do to in order to provide for a proper storage.
Suddenly, a strange screeching caught her attention and she went deeper into the forest.

The call came from a bush, cautiously she parted the branches and what a surprise!
A baby peregrine falcon was lying entangled among the branches...
She took it very cautiously, not without a peck, and quickly laid it in the herb basket  covering his eyes with a ribbon.

Then, Giulia quickly went to the hut of Lord Orso - "Perhaps Lord Orso, thanks to his Nordic origins, saw how gyrfalcons are bred and  can do something to save and train a peregrine one".
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Orso Björnsson on 02 May, 2013, 11:10:30 AM
Orso was about to greet Lady Julia, when he exclaimed:
- En vandrefalk! - By dropping down the heavy hammer work.
Regardless of Milady taken, almost snatched the basket from her hand and placed it on the table.
- Is injured - he said, looking Lady Giulia
- and it's a female, are larger than males. To the north are migratory, here in Flanders live better. Can I take care of them?
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 02 May, 2013, 06:44:54 PM
Giulia gently smiled. It was just what she hoped for, but the light in the eyes of Lord Orso was much more than she had dared to imagine.
"Of course, Lord Orso. I was exactly hoping this. Do you want to try to cure and train it? Do you have any experience about this?...
It is really young and wild, but it's so beautiful.... and it's not the only one to be enjured."
Giulia looked at her hand, but it was nothing so serious to be worried about.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Orso Björnsson on 04 May, 2013, 01:20:57 PM
"Yes, I had a hawk in the north, Preya, given to me by my father, the only thing that ever gave me."
For a moment the eyes of Orso caught fire, immediately to return normal to the view of the hawk.
"But you are injured? And 'was the hawk? If he must immediately medicate, their claws dig deep"
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 07 May, 2013, 10:20:31 PM
Giulia did not fail to note Lord Orso  reaction at that memory of a distant past, but it was just for a moment and then she looked away  to dont embarrass him.

"Wonderful! I leave you this little falcon, sure it will be in really good hands. It will be necessary to find a name for her...
Maybe do you want to choose it only  after having tested her character?
Tomorrow, I will leave for a long journey, I hope that returning to find the falcon in better health. Only then you will tell me the name you have chosen. "


"But you are injured? And 'was the hawk? If he must immediately medicate, Their claws dig deep"

"No, Lord Orso dont worry, it's nothing really serious. Indeed, as  I told you one evening in Brugge,  I have some expertise in the care with medical herbs thanks to my nurse." - for a moment her thoughts were lost in the sweetness of the memory of Manaar...

"May I  get back the basket with my herbs, if you dont need it for the falcon? "- Giulia added, smiling a little bit ironically.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Orso Björnsson on 09 May, 2013, 09:30:54 AM
- The basket? Oh yeah, take it as well. I already have a name in mind, but I will confirm after I have seen him in action.
Took the hawk and the hill on a table near the fireplace.
Suddenly Orso launch the little axe which he always kept his belt and instantly decapitated a mouse who had the idea to come out,
and took the rat and approach the hawk did not think twice to grab it.

Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 11 May, 2013, 09:19:50 AM
Giulia watched the scene unmoved, carefully looking at the young peregrine falcon.

"A life for a life ...." - she tought that the hawk was proving deserving it until now,
her screeching in the branches, her vitality in heating the prey.

"Good look at both of you. I will be back in some days and we will see.
Thanks again, Lord Orso,  for all the care you will give her.


Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 14 May, 2013, 10:19:33 AM
May, 13, 1313

Giulia had returned to Andernach in the afternoon.... many issues to be addressed in Andernach before leaving for a new journey
outside the Kingdom.

However, she was really curious about two things: the peregrin falcon she had entrusted to Lord Orso and Sir Michele's greenhouse....

Sadly,  both men were at work, she would have to wait with some little patience for their.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Orso Björnsson on 14 May, 2013, 06:44:16 PM
Orso was beating hard on the hot iron when he became aware of a noise just outside the forge, seeing Lady Julia, he putted  the blade that was manufacturing plunged it into the bucket of cold water to temper the blade. A large smoked was formed from which he emerged cheerfully Orso going to meet Milady.
-It 'a joy to see her, lately I see a few people, only Triskele and Katerina, sometimes Bartolomeo, but I bet she's here for another reason - and smiling harbor two fingers to his mouth, emitting a shrill whistle.
Within a few seconds a shadow darkened the sun and went down briefly in a breakneck speed ....Orso took his arm up and expect the hawk going on it.
-Lady Giulia I present Hela! - The hawk start to preen by cleaning the dried blood giving a quick look at Milady, then lowered his head on the feathers.
-She likes you, otherwise he would have issued a squeal flying away.What do you think about her??
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 16 May, 2013, 11:24:40 PM
Giulia smiled to Lord Orso, finally meeting him  -"How are you? .... Oh, is this one the falcon I left you some days ago?
I'm proud of you, Orso. Excelent care and an excelent training in a so short time".
She took from her bag the pen she used to write and gently stroked the breast of the falcon with it, whispering her name.
"Hela? Which is his meaning, I'm not sure to rembember it exactly...."
"
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Orso Björnsson on 17 May, 2013, 09:04:23 AM
-Hela is the queen of the underworld, daughter of the evil Loki.
The name means hidden or death, and I gave this name to hawk his ferocious hunting skills. It seemed appropriate.
Go away now, from today I'll must work hardly for the castle's costruction.

And saying so he did fly off the hawk.
-News from Brugge Milady?

Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 25 May, 2013, 12:44:34 PM
Giulia smiled. Orso was a warrior and Hela was a name absolutely appropriate to for his peregrine falcon.
She admired the elegance with which Hela had flown away. She was perfectly healthy and Giulia really glad about.

"Brugge? Oh, everything is fine. Lots of work and foreigners come to buy at the market quite often or to study. But now we have also much work to do here, all together."
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 25 May, 2013, 01:05:29 PM
May, 20th, 1313

Giulia had returned that evening, after a long journey.
From the hill overlooking Andernach she saw as the work for the Caste was going very fast.
Arrived in town she noticed also that some fellow citizens were at work even at that hour helping themselves with some torches, although it was quite late yet.

"Very impressive" - she thought.

Tomorrow she would have given her contribution,  checked that all  was right, and talked with King Harald about the journey and possible issues, but now she needed to rest.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 25 May, 2013, 01:30:13 PM
May, 24th, 1313


The construction of the castle was over. The Flemish citizens had made a ​​considerable effort to complete the construction in a so little time. King Harald was really satisfied.
Now the atmosphere was joyful, everyone reading the satisfaction  in the faces of all the others, after a so much hard work.

Giulia looked at the castle for a while, then she went to the big oak tree of Andernach.
She recalled the night of the first party around the fire some months before,  the unexpected arrival of the King, and his impressive words ....

"People of Andernach, it's my will to thank you all for your hard work here. You have made ​​a great effort in building up the market and barely finished the tavern in a very few time. I'm impressed of commitment to longer available. You are honoring our People, the People now who you belong to, with a strong will and determination. You'll be the southern stronghold of our Kingdom, you'll be one of the pillars upon Which we'll build the County of Flanders. One of the pillars towards peace and prosperity for our People. Do not forget it. We're doing this entire job to let people live in peace and Follow Their Own Dreams. Only together we'll reach our own target, isolated we'll get lost. I'm proud of you all ladies and men of Andernach. I'm a man of the north with strong beliefs in what is around us. This night we are eating and drinking under the foliage of this mighty oak. This great oak is the witness of your oath tonight. Being here tonight you silently swear your loyalty to this land and to its People. Gods are watching you; until this oak will not be cut'll be blessed. May the Gods safeguard your path. "


She remembered also her silent oath of that evening. She stayed a long time under the big oak tree reflecting on what she would say publicly tomorrow and on the future.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 01 June, 2013, 10:14:22 PM
May, 31th, 1313

Giulia was back in Andernach on the day before, there were many things to take care to.
The desk full of scrolls and registers kept her occupied for a while ...
but at a certain moment her gaze was lost out the window, looking down to a courtyard lit by the sun ....

"Yes, that is the right place, while the other court will be devoted to the warriors training.
I have to talk with Sir Michele about climbing roses there and fruit trees on the village's borders." - she thought to herself.

Without waiting anymore,  she took a scroll  and began to write.

"Dear Sir Michele,
I hope you are come back from Brugge.
I would like to discuss tomorrow morning about the garden design as just I told You.
Lady Giulia"

Sealed the scroll, she called a guard asking to deliver it as soon as possible.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Michele Degli Uberti on 02 June, 2013, 09:45:48 PM
May, 1th, 1313

He arrived near the castle of Andernach to be able to meet Lady Giulia as her had asked to him the day before.

You introduced the permission to the watches  to be received.

While it was waiting for answer it started thinking to how much a long time ago that castle was only a project and how many things were changing in so little time. It seemed so far him the time in Brescia and Milano.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 03 June, 2013, 10:04:11 PM
A guard knocked on the door and announced the arrival of Sir Michele.

"Good morning, Sir Michele.
Thank you for coming so early in the morning, is the ideal moment in the day.
But please, have a seat. I will explain briefly my projects. Then we will spend some time doing a direct inspection."- Giulia said gently smiling to him.

"I have seen the results of your flower cultivation  and I was really admired. I would  like your advice in designing a courtyard here at the castle for me. I need an outdoor place in which to reflect in all quietness.

It's in the south part, I think this should be the ideal exposure. I was thinking to some climbing roses, mainly.
However,  also a little corner for the cultivation of some medicinal herbs is required. I need them for herbalist lab."

Giulia paused, looking at Sir Michele. How much he had changed since the days in Milan.
Always shy, albeit polite... but now the self-confidence could be read on his face.

"However, the more complex project concerns the village's borders. I would like to have there  some fruit trees and also to prepare a place outside for the cultivation of medicinal herbs, mayble nearby Leirin's inn...
Which types of trees you recommend? Which men we can entrust from the execution of this work between the villagers?

Of course, I would greatly appreciated  that you personally look for the project execution. 
I have full confidence in you, Sir Michele " - Giulia concluded always smiling to him.

Surely, results would have been more than excellent.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Michele Degli Uberti on 16 June, 2013, 11:06:11 PM
He listened to all the applications of the Duchess in silence, as always. Him not movements muscle until her had not ended. Its laying showed more always the on to be military even though its nature of miner was betrayed by some hit of cough, typical of who had the bellows full of dust of stone.

"my Lady, everything is possible, you only have to have patience. the court will have, with your permission, my yellow and black tulips. In the south angle, among south wall and you seem west, where the sun of the morning arrives, I will put your climbing roses... for those will want us some time. Less time us will take for the small cultivation of medicinal grass"

Slightly smiled then "for the other your project, I would have thought to a circle mine Mrs.. The tree of flower peaches, surrounded by the orchard. In the middle of this a table of stone to seal the date of your ascent to Duchess."
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 19 June, 2013, 11:56:57 PM
"my Lady, everything is possible, you only have to have patience"

For a short moment, Giulia smiled ironically, thinking -"Patience? In this period, it seems that this is the most important gift required to me...."
But immediately changed her expression,  the matter was not petaining Sir Michele, so carefully listening him about the project he was describing.

"I see.... Tulips are your preferred choice and I fully agree, but I would like to have also an earlier flowering in the courtyard. Maybe  we can consider also other flowers in this respect here?
Finally, remenber to look for different colours in choosing climbing roses, Sir Michele" - Giulia said him with a pleased smile.

She thought for a while and then added - "The project for the orchard is really very beautiful, I like so much the flowers of the peach tree... but just the Andernach coat of arms will be engraved on the stone with the date. The orchard will serve to all Andernach citizens, not only to the castle.
Of course, I would greatly appreciated  that you personally look for the project execution, when required.
You well know as I'm very confident in your abilities, Sir Michele" - Giulia concluded always smiling to him.

Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 31 August, 2013, 11:17:12 AM
August, 31th, 1313

Giulia was back in Andernach.
It has been a very busy time, she didn't remember how many different journeys and tasks and it was a very long time she didn't have any time to write memories at the castle.

That early morning she went to the garden courtyard, admiring delighted the late roses blooming there.
"A wonderful and amazing job in a so short time. I really have to thank Sir Michele", she weaspered to herself.

Then she picked up some wild  white roses, smiling graciously, lost for a moment in distant thoughts.

Sir Andries, the retired guard capitain, appeared at the entrance, "Forgive me, Milady..."

She gently smiled to the old man, "Sure, Sir Andries, shall we go? The court  is in progress and I do hope it will be finished in a very short time."
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 03 September, 2013, 03:59:40 PM
September, 3, 1313

Giulia was looking at the Court construction site, together with Sir Andries.

"Excellent! I have to write to the King and to start organizing for celebrations, soon, really soon", she exclaimed, smiling proudly in seeing how much effort all around.

Turning her gaze to the old retired captain she added, "Sir Andries, ask Andernach artisans to come to the castle at sunset, please."

Then she walked toward the castle stables, followed promptly by Sir Andries.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 04 September, 2013, 08:37:21 PM
Giulia had gone to castle stables with Sir Andries.
They was waiting for a merchant   in charge of bringing some horses to be evaluated.
Giulia carefully observed those specimens. "What do you think, Sir Andries?", she asked him.

The retired captain approached a mighty black horse first and Giulia nodded silently to his choice of Freisian horse. Then he approached  other two, but he seemed unsettled.
"Maybe  the bay Shire, Sir Andries?", she added.

The captain nodded and Giulia left them alone to finalize the deal, she had to meet the artisans of Andernach.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 04 September, 2013, 09:00:25 PM
September, 4th, 1313

It was early morning, Giulia was checking the fief's books when suddenly she realized that there was no more sound coming from the Court construction site.
She looked out the window and saw the builders exulting. The Court was finished.

She smiled proud of the commitment they all put into.

She sat at her table, qwickly she wrote a message to be read in the main square and, more carefully,  another scroll  which her seal.
Finally, she call a guard giving  order that the scroll as immediately sent to Brugge at the Royal palace.

Quote
My Lord, it is my pleasure to announce You the successful completion of the Court of Andernach.
Everything is ready as planned.
We are waiting for  Your arrival to begin the celebrations.

Sincerely and respectfully
Yours
Giulia

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Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 06 September, 2013, 05:46:21 PM
Harald was travelling south through the wooden hills of the Liège region followed by his Royal Guards.

He received a letter from Andernach a couple of days before. Few words indeed, but pleasant ones. The Vassal of Andernach, Lady Giulia, the young, red hair Lady told him that the Court has been finished.

Harald known about the great behaviour of the citizens of Andernach, their dedication, their commitment towards their homeland, towards their Lady. But the completion of the court in a such short time was impressive, even for an hard working Kingdom as Flanders actually is.

The day was a beautiful one of late summer. Fresh breeze and warm sun. The green light of the grass and of the trees all around. The next day in the morning he would have reach Andernach and its people. A nice opportunity to evade from the King's duty.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 07 September, 2013, 12:48:53 PM
September, 7th, 1313

It was early morning, but the courier had announced the King was arriving in Andernach.

Everything was ready for celebrations, but Giulia went to check everything personally, once again.
In her apartments, Meinsent was finishing embroidering some linen shirts, "They are almost finished, Milady."
"Time is pressing, Meinsent, be fast, but not less accurate. I suppose apartments for the King to be ready, right?"


Then she went in the castle kitchen, the hunters had brought a lot of game, the oven gave off a almost intolerable heat, it had been on all night long, and the spits was already turning for some time. She checked all she believed could be of particular liking for His Majesty and, with the same aim, she came down in the castle cellars to control the drink supplies, with a slight wry smile in her eyes.

She went out into the courtyard, throwing a quick look at the stables, she entered the armory. The swords was gleaming on their supports and the attendant had just finished polishing her one.
She returned to the main staircase going into the audience hall. A beautiful chair, with carved armrests, was there, brought the day before by the master carpenter purposely for the King's arrival. Behind it, on the wall, some flags, the lion of Flanders and the crossed keys of Andernach in the middle, those of Liege, Koln, Mainz, and Julich on their sides.

A tapestry as hanged on the wall representing the last battle of Mainz during the spring, in front of it, between two windows, a chest,
that Giulia opened it to look inside one time more. She leave her gaze going all around and smiled at Sir Andries waiting on the hall threshold, "Are the housings for King's guards ready, Sir Andries?"


The old captain nodded promptly and  they went to the main square of Andernach, where the great oak was.
Giulia closed her eyes for a while, remembering that night of the past winter when they celebrated their first settlement, under the fronds of which the King had spoken to them and they all had sworn to devote themselves to the new land. A blue ribbon hanging still from a branch, intact despite the rigors of winter. She looked around and whispered, "How many things have changed, as this place has become prosperous thanks to everyone... "

She smiled with satisfaction, "Thank you, Sir Andries, for your commitment. It seems to me that everything is ready and
the arrival of the King is imminent. We will have an official ceremony, but then also a party for all. Our King loves to have  his people beside."

After taking leave of him, she went into her garden courtyard inside the castle, a quiet moment to herself before celebrations began. She took her lyre and began to play softly, surrounded by the scent of roses, enchanted for a while in distant thoughts, she smiled sweetly.


       

7 settembre 1313

Era mattina presto, ma la staffetta aveva annunciato che l'arrivo del Re ad Andernach era imminente.
Tutto era ben predisposto per le celebrazioni, ma Giulia si recò a controllare personalmente ogni cosa.
Nei suoi appartamenti, Meinsent con altre due giovani stava finendo di ricamare delle camicie di lino, "Sono quasi terminate, Milady".
"Il tempo stringe, Meinsent, siate veloci, ma non meno accurate. Gli appartamenti per il Re suppongo siano già pronti, vero?"

Si recò poi nelle cucine del castello, i cacciatori avevano portato molta selvaggina, il forno emanava un calore quasi insopportabile, era stato acceso tutta la notte, e gli spiedi già giravano da tempo. Controllò quanto riteneva potesse essere di particolare gradimento a Sua Maestà e con il medesimo intento scese nella cantina del castello a controllare l'approvvigionamento delle bevande, un lieve sorriso ironico negli occhi.

Uscì nella corte, gettando un'occhiata veloce alle stalle, per entrare nell'armeria. Le spade rilucevano sui loro supporti e l'attendente stava finendo di lucidare la sua.
Rientrò per la gradinata principale recandosi nella sala delle udienze. Una bellissima sedia dai braccioli intarsiati campeggiava nella sala, portata il giorno prima dal mastro falegname appositamente per l'arrivo del re. Dietro di essa, appese al muro, le bandiere, il leone delle Fiandre e le chiavi incrociate di Andernach, ai lati quelle di Liege, Koln, Julich e Mainz.

Lungo la parete era appeso un arazzo raffigurante l'ultima battaglia di Mainz in primavera, di fronte tra le due finestre una cassapanca, che Giulia aprì per guardare all'interno un'ultima volta. Lascio poi scorrere lo sguardo tutto intorno e sorrise vedendo Sir Andries sulla soglia della sala in attesa, "Gli alloggiamenti per la scorta del Re sono pronti, Sir Andries?"

Il vecchio capitano annuì prontamente e insieme si recarono nella piazza principale di Andernach, là dove sorgeva la grande quercia.
Giulia chiuse gli occhi per un attimo, ricordando quella sera dell'inverno passato in cui avevano festeggiato il loro primo insediamento, sotto le cui fronde il Re aveva parlato loro e loro tutti avevano giurato di dedicarsi a quella nuova terra. Un nastro azzurro pendeva ancora da un ramo, intatto nostante i rigori dell'inverno. Si guardò intorno e sussurrò, "Quante cose sono cambiate, quanto prospera è diventata questa terra grazie all'impegno di tutti..."

Sorrise soddisfatta, "Grazie, Sir Andries, per il vostro impegno. Mi sembra che tutto sia pronto e l'arrivo del Re è imminente. Ci sarà una cerimonia ufficiale, ma poi anche festa per tutti. Il nostro Re ama avere accanto il suo popolo."

Congedatolo, si recò nel suo giardino all'interno del castello, un momento di quiete per se stessa prima che le celebrazioni cominciassero. Prese la sua lira e cominciò sommessamente a suonare, circondata dal profumo delle rose, incantata per un poco in lontani pensieri, sorrise dolcemente.




Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 16 September, 2013, 06:01:56 PM
Late, that morning Harald's little column arrived up the hills that surround Andernach and its forests.

Harald stopped the column for a while; even if their trip was started not so long time before that morning. He stood to admire the landscape. Under the rising sun the colours were soft and mild in the fresh morning air.

He saw the Castle and all the new structures built up there in the last months. He saw a grown community, bigger than it was during his last visit there.

He moved forward down the hill, slowly. No trumpets to annunce his arrival to the People, no courrier sent to announce him to the Ladies of these lands.

The column entered the village from the northwest road unnoticed, Harald smiled.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 16 September, 2013, 07:11:09 PM
Giulia stopped for a moment to play her lyre, looking at the sundial to figure out what time was, she had lost all notion of  elapsed time.

At that moment Sir Andries appeared in the doorway of the garden courtyard.
Giulia smiled and asked, "Any news about  the King's arrival, Sir Andries?"
"No, not yet, Milady," answered the old Guard captain.
"Send someone to Liege, please", she replied smiling and starting to play again.
Shortly after she didn't notice the sound of footsteps.

       

Giulia smise per un attimo di suonare la sua lira, guardando verso la meridiana per capire che ora fosse, aveva perso la nozione del tempo trascorso.

In quel momento Sir Andries si affacciò sulla soglia del giardino.
Giulia gli sorrise e chiese "Notizie dell'arrivo del Re, Sir Andries?".
"No, non ancora, Milady", rispose il vecchio capitano della guardia.
"Mandate qualcuno verso Liege, per favore", replicò sorridendo e riprendendo a suonare nuovamente.
Poco dopo non si accorse di un rumor di passi.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 17 September, 2013, 01:27:38 PM
It seems that to enter into the Castle of Andernach doesn't require a particular skill, neither an army to take it, if a tall man as I am can freely reach the private rooms of the Dukess herself

Harald said looking at the young Lady using is lower baritone voice
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 17 September, 2013, 03:06:18 PM
It seems that to enter into the Castle of Andernach doesn't require a particular skill, neither an army to take it, if a tall man as I am can freely reach the private rooms of the Dukess herself

Giulia was startled in surprise, being so focused on the melody she was playing, but she recognized his voice.
She got up, one hand still holding the lyre, and bowed to His Majesty, "My Lord,..."

A flash of pride went in her eyes for a short while, then she replied to the King, gently smiling, "Maybe, You're wearing a cloak woven with threads of  fjords fog of your lands, as gray as Your eyes, My Lord...."
 
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 17 September, 2013, 04:33:26 PM
Harald saw the first surprised reaction of the young Lady My Lord,...

Than, she recovered her self control and continued Maybe, You're wearing a cloak woven with threads of  fjords fog of your lands, as gray as Your eyes, My Lord....

Harald looked at the young Lady in front of him for a while

The fog could be dangerous my Lady, very dangerous. Only northern men know how much it can be of peril. Increase the level of attention of your men my Lady, we're living in trouble times, things are moving on in Central Europe and you must be careful.

He saw Lady Giulia has understood his admonition and smiled to the young Lady.

Anyway, I have to be fair and say that your music was quite soft and gentle, an appropriate armony for this beautiful day here in Andernach. How things are going on my dear Dukess? is the People of Andernach satisfied? I'll gladly meet some of them to hear their words.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 17 September, 2013, 08:49:01 PM
The fog could be dangerous my Lady, very dangerous. Only northern men know how much it can be of peril. Increase the level of attention of your men my Lady, we're living in trouble times, things are moving on in Central Europe and you must be careful

Giulia nodded listening his admonition, "It will be done. Our borders are carefully controlled, but I will check my orders in
person, once again.
I know, I'm really young and You trust so much in me, My Lord..."

Anyway, I have to be fair and say that your music was quite soft and gentle, an appropriate armony for this beautiful day here in Andernach.
How things are going on my dear Dukess? Is the People of Andernach satisfied? I'll gladly meet some of them to hear their words.


Giulia smiled, gently touching strings of her lyre, and said "I'm glad You liked the melody. This lyre is a gift of my tutor, a men of nordic
origin that had traveled widely, like You. There are some facts of my childhood and early youth I don't believe never told You, My Lord...
Maybe in the future there will be a proper occasion, but now you are asking me about the fief".

Giulia waited until he sat, then she began to tell him in detail every news. She stopped for a moment, gently smiling, looking at the King for his approval. Then she asked "What do you prefer, to have some rest here, visit the town, see the audience hall and gifts for the appointend nobles? The ceremony will take place in the afternoon, there is still some time before, My Lord", waiting for his reply.


Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 18 September, 2013, 10:24:43 AM
It will be done. Our borders are carefully controlled, but I will check my orders in person, once again. I know, I'm really young and You trust so much in me, My Lord...

Harald listenned to Lady Giulia's reply and slightly nodded. He known that the young Lady was one of his best Nobles. She was young, true, but she was also organized and prepared, and she owned the rarest attitude to think for the future, to have a complete vision of the whole Kingdom; something unusual for a such young Lady.

I'm glad You liked the melody. This lyre is a gift of my tutor, a men of nordic origin that had traveled widely, like You. There are some facts of my childhood and early youth I don't believe never told You, My Lord...
Maybe in the future there will be a proper occasion, but now you are asking me about the fief


You mentioned something some time ago, but never went through it. It will be my pleasure to share with you your ancestor inheritance. To talk about my land is always a pleasure to me.

What do you prefer, to have some rest here, visit the town, see the audience hall and gifts for the appointend nobles? The ceremony will take place in the afternoon, there is still some time before, My Lord

Let's go to the town, my wish is to see how it has been grown, and talk with the People. Do you?
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 18 September, 2013, 03:43:08 PM
You mentioned something some time ago, but never went through it. It will be my pleasure to share with you your ancestor inheritance. To talk about my land is always a pleasure to me.

Giulia smiled pleased and amused at the same time, she was well remembering her "improper question" to the King
after their lunch at the Palace, some months ago. "Sure, My Lord, it will be my pleasure to lissen about Your lands and have the privilege to tell you about my inheritance, it's a singular story, indeed."

Let's go to the town, my wish is to see how it has been grown, and talk with the People. Do you?

Giulia nodded, gently smiling to the King. At once  she beckoned Meinsent to put hes lyre back in her rooms and walked in the opposite direction to that from which the King had entered, "No, My Lord, by this way, please".

Giulia wanted to show to the King the town first from the borders, starting from the orchard of peach trees to the right of the castle along the river. Then they would come to the Rhine gate nearby to the barracks and then in the main square where the court had just been completed and where  the great oak of Andernach was.

Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 19 September, 2013, 01:31:52 PM
Harald followed Lady Giulia in her little round trip of the town of Andernach.

Starting from the town borders they passed through a magnificient peach orchard.

This is something absolutely astonishing for me my Lady. I've seen something like that during my past life of merchant while I was in the south of Italy or in Spain, but to see peach trees so north is absolutely fantastic. May I know who is the master of that? you Lady Giulia?
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 19 September, 2013, 02:34:05 PM
This is something absolutely astonising for me my Lady. I've seen something like that during my past life of merchant while I was in the  south of Italy or in Spain, but to see peach trees so north is absolutely fantastic. May I know who is the master of that? you Lady Giulia?

Giulia smiled brightly and replied "You are right, My Lord. A little italian taste in Flanders lands. I do hope next winter will not be too harsh.
By the way, I have to thanks Sir Michele for this wonderful corner. He helped me in choosing and supervisioning.
Do you remember, he comes from Italy too. A silent man, but very reliable".
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 20 September, 2013, 11:36:37 AM
You are right, My Lord. A little italian taste in Flanders lands. I do hope next winter will not be too harsh.
By the way, I have to thanks Sir Michele for this wonderful corner. He helped me in choosing and supervisioning.
Do you remember, he comes from Italy too. A silent man, but very reliable
.

Harald didn't reply to Lady Giulia still capatured by the beautiness of the peach orchard. Sir Michele degli Uberti became a true Flemish after his migration from the south long time ago.

Harald met him on the battlefields, always ready to fight against the Flanders' enemies, always ready to support his companions. He has joined the Kingdom's call for new settlers in Ostfriesland to let that Fiefdom grows like Andernach.

Yes, I know about him. Lord Robrecht and I, we are in touch, and he update me on the progress of the Fiefdom and Sir Michele is always ready and really committed; a great support for Lord Robrecht.

Very well Harald said smiling to young Lady, which is our next step? another surprising one as this one?
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 20 September, 2013, 12:56:37 PM
Very well. Which is our next step? Another surprising one as this one?

Giulia smiled brightly, bowing a little for thank His Majesty. Then, she replied, "I leave You any judgment, My Lord.
I think we could see the Baracks now. I have well undestood your admonition about. They are nearby the Rhine gate, not so far from here".

Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 23 September, 2013, 04:27:33 PM
I leave You any judgment, My Lord. I think we could see the Baracks now. I have well undestood your admonition about. They are nearby the Rhine gate, not so far from here

Harald smiled to the young Lady.

Very well my Lady, show me the way and the new Barracks of Andernach. I'm curious to see how our men train themselves here.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 24 September, 2013, 11:42:30 AM
Very well my Lady, show me the way and the new Barracks of Andernach. I'm curious to see how our men train themselves here.

Giulia gently smiled to him in turn - By this way, My Lord.

She didn't have a true concern about, but it was a really sensitive matter, maybe even more after the previous joke of the King in the garden courtyard.
Thus, she began to report him overall organization - I truly rely on Sir Andries, the retired old captain, for all what concerns fief order. He spent here in Andernach his whole life, so he knows every place and everybody, peasants, warriors, gentry.

I mean, My Lord, I'm a young lady, he is the most proper right-hand man for me  - she added, with a irony flash in her eyes, thinking about how many journeys she had done actually alone.

She paused for a moment  in front of the Andernach barracks - The new Guard Captain, Bartolomeo Dandolo, is mainly focused on warrior's training, helped in this by Sir Orso, the Lieutenant. Two very reliable men and valiant warriors. I'm really proud about them and I'm sure you remeber them pretty well.
Finally, we are addressing young people to training for Kingdom border control, My Lord.

Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 24 September, 2013, 05:15:19 PM
Harald followed Lady Giulia along the river to the Rhine gate and the nearby Barracks construction.

The river was quite, its waters among a deep blue and black. Rivers have always given Harald a peace feeling.

The building was not big, but made of stones and well crafted, giving it a solid look.

I truly rely on Sir Andries, the retired old captain, for all what concerns fief order. He spent here in Andernach his whole life, so he knows every place and everybody, peasants, warriors, gentry.

I mean, My Lord, I'm a young lady, he is the most proper right-hand man for me


Harald thought for a while to the man Lady Giulia was talking about. he fought against the Flemish Army when Harald leaded the Leger van Vlaanderen to the south to secure the southern borders of Flanders. The battle around Andernach wasn't so cruel and the nobles there accepted the new course quite quickly. What happened after that defeat show them that their decision was the right one.

The new Guard Captain, Bartolomeo Dandolo, is mainly focused on warrior's training, helped in this by Sir Orso, the Lieutenant. Two very reliable men and valiant warriors. I'm really proud about them and I'm sure you remeber them pretty well.
Finally, we are addressing young people to training for Kingdom border control, My Lord.


Harald nodded to the young Lady.

Very well my Lady. Stick on that, and be sure our borders and the Fiefdom, both would be well patrolled.

Harald looked at the Barracks building once more and satisfied nodded again.

Well, next?
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 24 September, 2013, 11:00:05 PM
Very well my Lady. Stick on that, and be sure our borders and the Fiefdom, both would be well patrolled.
Well, next?


Giulia gave him a radiant smile, she was glad the King appreciated the building and her choices.
She felt he has gone back with his memories to some past battle, but she didn't know which one. 

"I think we can get going on the road down there, towards the Andernach main square.
You will see the town, some workshops and the new Court. I'm sure you will remember that place, My Lord", she replied thinking for a while to the Andernach oak and to a special evening during the past winter. Then she whispered, really low tone, "A nice place to live... A wise King..." and smiled trustful to him.


Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 25 September, 2013, 11:50:36 AM
I think we can get going on the road down there, towards the Andernach main square.
You will see the town, some workshops and the new Court. I'm sure you will remember that place, My Lord


Of course I did Lady Giulia. But I'm really curious about the changes that occurred in your Fiefdom. I have heard voices about the beautiness and great changes of Andernach since my last visit.
Many foreigners coming from the south and the east told me about that. This is a good chance to see if they only wanted to faltter me, of if they were honest.


Harald said smiling and blinking to the young Lady.

They walked through the paved road down the hill entering the town center from the north. Harald admired the great change Andernach had during the last months. The small, dirty village has gone, and a beautiful and clean little town has arisen. Shops, inns, the market, stables, ranches for animals and many more new feature make Andernach an amazing little Brugge.

Harald smiled, fascinated by the great effort made by the Flemish People there. People looked at him, surprised. They were used to see their Duchess going all around, but the King was an unusual sight, especially because no trumpets, no flags, nothing announced his arrival, and now he'was walking among them, as one of them. Only a couple of Royal Guards remind them who he was.

Indeed my dear Lady you made an astonishing job here. Those voices were true at the end, but they didn't pay the right tribute to the tremendous effort you made here. Andernach is really a wonderful place to live in, your citizens should be proud of their Duchess as their King is.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 25 September, 2013, 03:38:47 PM
Of course I did Lady Giulia. But I'm really curious about the changes that occurred in your fiefdom. I have heard voices about the beautiness and great changes of Andernach since my last visit.
Many foreigners coming from the south and the east told me about that. This is a good chance to see if they only wanted to faltter me, of if they were honest.


Giulia smiled pleased lissening the King's words. She was used to travel quite often and each journey was gaving opportunities for new acquaintances and new relationships. Thus, she replied, slighlty bowing him, "Thanks, My Lord. I had several guests here in Andernach, indeed.  I hope merchants will begin to pass more often for this area in future. You have well taught me as trade is one among souls of Flanders".

While walking to enter the town center, Giulia noticed how the King was looking pleased all around, every detail, every building, all people.
She remained silent, noticing how much people were surprised to see him among them in so simple way and as the King was little amused about this.
She smiled gently, remembering their first meeting at the Brugge market long before, when she was struggling with a dodgy dealer and he had come to help her, not yet the King, but just a King in behaviour.

Finally they arrived at the main square, in which middle the new Court was, its white stone enlightened by the late summer sun.

Indeed my dear Lady you made an astonishing job here. Those voices were true at the end, but they didn't pay the right tribute to the tremendous effort you made here. Andernach is really a wonderful place to live in, your citizens should be proud of their Duchess as their King is.

Giulia blushed a little, glad to his praise and replied, "It was my duty, My Lord, toward You and toward all Flemish citizens. They deserve all my efforts, taking into account their commitment. And You, You know...".

Then she crossed the threshold of the court and motioned for him to go up the wide staircase, "By this way, please. I would like to show You the judge office and codes in the related library. Justice is one among the most important pillars of Your Kingdom, My Lord".


Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 25 September, 2013, 06:27:22 PM
By this way, please. I would like to show You the judge office and codes in the related library. Justice is one among the most important pillars of Your Kingdom, My Lord.

Sure Harald replied looking at the recently completed Court building I gladly take a look over there.

Harald followed the young Lady into the Court looking at the precision of the blocks, sign of the great builders skills.

Lord Prometeo Cagliostro is the Judge, isn't it? Tell me, why have you chosen him as your Judge and Lord of the Fiefdom?
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 26 September, 2013, 03:48:21 PM
Lord Prometeo Cagliostro is the Judge, isn't it? Tell me, why have you chosen him as your Judge and Lord of the Fiefdom?

Giulia thought for a moment before replying, "It's not a simple answer, My Lord... Surely, I made my decision after a long reflection. I know him from the beginings, as many others, indeed. He is not just a reliable man, but also a well-round and fair one, reason for which I have chosen as judge".

She paused again, looking at the King, "Finally, I strongly believe that he shows the proper attitude and spirit that Lord role is requiring. I observed him and learned him in recent months, little by little, each time discovering how much was natural for him to understand my reasons and helping me in".

Then, Giulia turned her look to the window, from which the main square of Andernach may be seen. Preparations for the evening were in progress, quickly. She smiled cheerful, looking at the King, and added, "Preparations are well under way for evening, do you want to go see, My Lord?"
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 26 September, 2013, 04:02:46 PM
Harald nodded to the young Lady hearing about the reasons that drove her to chose Lord Prometeo as Judge and heir of Andernach.

Preparations are well under way for evening, do you want to go see, My Lord?

Of course he replied is it the same place where the great oak tree grows?

Harald thought for a short moment to the great and mighty oak tree he found in that place; the power of the Old, Ancient northern Gods was great there, he felt it during those winter night.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 26 September, 2013, 04:56:51 PM
Of course. Is it the same place where the great oak tree grows?

Giulia nodded readily, "Sure, My Lord". She smiled gently, but some toughts was passing in her eyes.

Down in the main square, they looked all around, pleasantly walking towards the center of the square where  the big oak of Andernach was. Once beside it, Giulia looked into King's eyes and said, "Do you remember, My Lord?..."
Then she looked down, almost blushing slightly. After a moment she came back to look at him and added, "My Lord, may I...", her voice nearly a whisper, while handing her joined hands him.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 26 September, 2013, 06:28:32 PM
The main square of Andernach was dominated by the great oak tree in the middle of it. Impossible not to see it. Harald was fascinated by this amazing sight, sometime nature can show its power with something really beautiful instead of terrible disasters.

Do you remember, My Lord?...

Harald nodded to the young Lady looking at the mighty oak. Yes, he remebered very well the feelings he had the first time he saw the tree. The connection between northermen and nature was still strong, something that more civilized people has lost following new Gods.

My Lord, may I...

Harald was still looking at the oak when Lady Giulia approached him whispering her words. He turned his glaze towards the young Lady with an inquiring look. Her hands joined.

Tell me Lady Giulia, what would you like to say? or ask to your King?
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 26 September, 2013, 07:19:40 PM
Tell me Lady Giulia, what would you like to say? or ask to your King?

Giulia smiled gently, then her eyes became serious and she said, "As for you, My Lord, this tree has a special meaning. It's the symbol of the powerful bond with Nature ruling our lives, joining underground mysteries to sky shining light, our most distant origins to our highest aspirations".

She closed her eyes for a while, feeling  the sound of her last words like echo. Words said some time before resurfaced to her memory.
Looking at him straight in the eyes again, she added, "I believe it's right I renew here the oath I made on the Kings stone in Brugge, My Lord..."

When the King took her joined hands in his ones, she goes on.

"I swear to put my mind, my heart and my sword at Your sole service, My Lord, and in Your name at the whole People of Flanders.
I swear to administer  fief lands with fairness and justice, according to laws You gave to the Kingdom.

To You I offer my complete loyalty and my most sincere devotion,
to You the right to ask for my help at any juncture.

In Your hands I place my young life".

There was no need to ask for any other witness, just the King, she, and the big silent Oak. Then, she bowed her head to the King.

Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 27 September, 2013, 12:31:58 PM
As for you, My Lord, this tree has a special meaning. It's the symbol of the powerful bond with Nature ruling our lives, joining underground mysteries to sky shining light, our most distant origins to our highest aspirations

You're talking like a northern woman Lady Giulia, don't forget this bond. Never. Harald said looking at the young Lady.

After a short moment in which seems that the young Lady wasn't breathing, she continued I believe it's right I renew here the oath I made on the Kings stone in Brugge, My Lord...

Harald smiled understanding what the young Lady would like do under the oak. Looking at her joined hands he took them.

I swear to put my mind, my heart and my sword at Your sole service, My Lord, and in Your name at the whole People of Flanders.
I swear to administer  fief lands with fairness and justice, according to laws You gave to the Kingdom.

To You I offer my complete loyalty and my most sincere devotion,
to You the right to ask for my help at any juncture.

In Your hands I place my young life.


After swear again her oath in front of him and of the great oak, she bowed her head, silently.

Harald put his left hand upon her head.

At de Gamle Gudene i Nord beskytte deg og folket i Andernach.

Måtte ånd av denne mektige eik velsigne landet og gjøre det fruktbare.

At åndene av dine forfedre til å guide deg på veien til rettferdighet.

Måtte din vei alltid bli opplyst av solen, og tåken, du aldri sperrer for utsikten.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 27 September, 2013, 02:28:26 PM
At de Gamle Gudene i Nord beskytte deg og folket i Andernach.

Måtte ånd av denne mektige eik velsigne landet og gjøre det fruktbare.

At åndene av dine forfedre til å guide deg på veien til rettferdighet.

Måtte din vei alltid bli opplyst av solen, og tåken, du aldri sperrer for utsikten.



Giulia listened King's words, due to her tutor she knew enough of his native language to understand their meaning.

Then she remained silent and still, as if this special atmosphere should not be broken yet. Then, just a slight whisper in reply, "Thanks, My Lord,..."

Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 27 September, 2013, 06:01:40 PM
Thanks, My Lord,...

A little whisper from Lady Giulia. Harald smiled, proud of this young Lady. Than, he looked at her, seriously.

Lady Giulia, you have made your oath twice. On the white stone in front of the whole Flemish People, and in the presence of the great oak.
The Gods are looking at you, otherwise you couldn't done what you did here. But be careful. God's blessing can easily be turned in rage.
The Ancient Northern Gods are benevolent whit those who respect their will, but their fury could destroy everything you made.

Renewing your oath here you're entering in a Old, Ancient world, made of Gods, spirits and mistery. Northernmen are aware of this world 'cause they live inside it till their birth, but new one... be careful my young Lady... be careful.


Harald left the young Lady to reach the oak. He touched the tree with the same left hand. He felt the life in the tree. He fondled the oak bark perceiving all the tree's knots, the grooves. Looking at the oak apex the tree seemed even more bigger, its crown seemed to embrance the whole world around them.

Harald stopped his turn around the oak in front of a bark completely smooth. He closed his eyes and whispered

Stor Eik, styrker røttene dine med dette landet og beskytte håret med dette Folket.

Ta vare på dem før de vil ta vare på deg.

At de Gamle Gudene velsigne deres mektige ånd.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 28 September, 2013, 04:23:39 PM
Lady Giulia, you have made your oath twice. On the white stone in front of the whole Flemish People, and in the presence of the great oak.
The Gods are looking at you, otherwise you couldn't done what you did here. But be careful. God's blessing can easily be turned in rage.
The Ancient Northern Gods are benevolent whit those who respect their will, but their fury could destroy everything you made.

Renewing your oath here you're entering in a Old, Ancient world, made of Gods, spirits and mistery. Northernmen are aware of this world 'cause they live inside it till their birth, but new one... be careful my young Lady... be careful.


Giulia looked up, listening carefully King's words and nodded silently.
She was aware for her gesture, for meaning that both gave it. She was deeply struck by the intensity of his words. She knew her eyes were openly showing her feelings, so she didn't say nothing more.


Stor Eik, styrker røttene dine med dette landet og beskytte håret med dette Folket.

Ta vare på dem før de vil ta vare på deg.

At de Gamle Gudene velsigne deres mektige ånd.


She smiled quietly, not surprised about that prayer. She knew how much the King loved his lands, how much his people.
She waited until the air ended to vibrate around them, until he turned towards her again. There was a place she would like to show him, but  now it was too late, the place too far from there, "Maybe, if I will come back in Brugge with Him,..."


Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 30 September, 2013, 03:37:25 PM
Harald gave a last glaze to the great oak and smiled smoothly, than he turned to the young Lady.

Very well my Lady of Andernach, the King is hungry, maybe is it time for some exquisite food?
He said smiling. But he saw that Lady Giulia was still thinking to something.

Uummhhh, it seems that the Royal stomach must need to wait a bit... is there anything you would like to say my Lady?
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 30 September, 2013, 04:45:21 PM
Very well my Lady of Andernach, the King is hungry, maybe is it time for some exquisite food? He said smiling.
Uummhhh, it seems that the Royal stomach must need to wait a bit... is there anything you would like to say my Lady?


Giulia smiled amused, "No, My Lord, the Royal stomach don't need to wait more. True, there is a place that I would like to show you.... but it's in Liege region. Maybe, when you will come back Brugge... Please, by this way, My Lord"

Giulia came back to the castle together with the King. In a smaller room, just close to the audience hall, the table was ready for the lunch. She waited up looking for his approval.

Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 01 October, 2013, 12:38:27 PM
No, My Lord, the Royal stomach don't need to wait more. True, there is a place that I would like to show you.... but it's in Liege region. Maybe, when you will come back Brugge... Please, by this way, My Lord

In Liège? very well. You'll come with me when I head back to Brugge.

Arrived to the Castle they reached a smaller room, a comfortable one indeed. A table ahs been prepared and ready to host its guests.

Uummhhh, it sounds good my Lady. My stomach is thankful to your kindness. And the taste I'm smelling seems to be very interesting... what offers the Tower's Kitchen this evening? Harald asked smiling.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 01 October, 2013, 05:33:55 PM
In Liège? very well. You'll come with me when I head back to Brugge.

Giulia nodded, gently smiling, "Sure, My Lord. It will be a pleasure".

Uummhhh, it sounds good my Lady. My stomach is thankful to your kindness. And the taste I'm smelling seems to be very interesting... what offers the Tower's Kitchen this evening?

Giulia struggled to hold back a laugh and bowed slightly to hide the expression on her face. Standing near the door, she motioned to a servant, the she replied, slowly, "I believe that Royal stomach may have a small preview of tonight's dinner,... but just a little, My Lord.... First, we will have an afternoon full of commitments.... Maybe, better that His Majesty have a little rest and enjoy only some deer and beer..."

Then she smiled quite innocently and added, "Forgive me, My Lord....".
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 02 October, 2013, 12:38:06 PM
I believe that Royal stomach may have a small preview of tonight's dinner,... but just a little, My Lord.... First, we will have an afternoon full of commitments.... Maybe, better that His Majesty have a little rest and enjoy only some deer and beer...

Than smiling she added Forgive me, My Lord...

Ah! ah! Gods help me! Harald laughed My Dear Lady, it seems your King is loosing his mind... maybe you're right and I need some rest... well, deer and beer will be enough right now

Than looking at the young Lady he continued Some folks reported to me that into the stables of Andernach is growing a new race of magnificent and mighty horses, is it true my Lady?
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 02 October, 2013, 09:00:14 PM
Ah! ah! Gods help me! Harald laughed My Dear Lady, it seems your King is loosing his mind... maybe you're right and I need some rest... well, deer and beer will be enough right now.

Giulia laughed graciously, in turn, waiting for the King had his sitting at the table.

Some folks reported to me that into the stables of Andernach is growing a new race of magnificent and mighty horses, is it true my Lady?

"Indeed, My Lord... Baron Berton, the Constable of the Aragon Kingdom, gave me recently a wonderful gift, two magnificent palfreys, a couple of arabic horses. Their elegance and nimbleness are really impressive. You well know how much I enjoy riding in my jouneys. Soon we will try mating them  with more  mighty horses. Dexterity is also important in battles, I mean..."

She paused for a moment, looking at the deer on the table, and added, "Do you would like just to see them or do you would like to try, My Lord? It's a wonderful sunny day..."


Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 08 October, 2013, 04:02:27 PM
Indeed, My Lord... Baron Berton, the Constable of the Aragon Kingdom, gave me recently a wonderful gift, two magnificent palfreys, a couple of arabic horses. Their elegance and nimbleness are really impressive. You well know how much I enjoy riding in my jouneys. Soon we will try mating them  with more  mighty horses. Dexterity is also important in battles, I mean...

Aaahhh, Baron Berton. A good man and a great knight. Arabic horses eh? Harald thought for a while to his many business trips towards the iberian Kingdoms, his great mate the King of Castilla, Giovanni, and Fabio Massimo the King of Aragona, another very good friend of his. I know this horses, I lived in Castilla for a while serving as Scretary of Commerce and Treasury under King Giovanni; I've seen them yet and you're right, they're among the best horses in the whole Europe.

Do you would like just to see them or do you would like to try, My Lord? It's a wonderful sunny day...

Uummhh, I have rided this morning to come here from Liège, maybe it would be a nice ride on my coming back to Brugge.  Harald smiled Well my Lady, where do you bring your King now?
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 09 October, 2013, 05:46:01 PM
Aaahhh, Baron Berton. A good man and a great knight. Arabic horses eh? Harald thought for a while to his many business trips towards the iberian Kingdoms, his great mate the King of Castilla, Giovanni, and Fabio Massimo the King of Aragona, another very good friend of his.
I know this horses, I lived in Castilla for a while serving as Scretary of Commerce and Treasury under King Giovanni; I've seen them yet and you're right, they're among the best horses in the whole Europe.

Uummhh, I have rided this morning to come here from Liège, maybe it would be a nice ride on my coming back to Brugge.   


Giulia smiled gently, "Forgive me, My Lord, I forgot for a while your past in Castilla. Sure, it will be my pleasure to accomagny you back in Brugge".

Well my Lady, where do you bring your King now?

Giulia burst into a silvery laughter, then her glaze became more serious again, she was wondering if that was a proper idea, to show him... But she was confident in her King, so she added,  "By this way, My Lord. But this is the last place, I have juste one life, indeed".

They came back to the castle, rising up to the top of the Der Runde Turm. Giulia took a small key to open the door and they entered a large room. Some wide windows was allowing the sun light enlighten the place. On the table and tied to the walls all around there was a lot of scrolls, with several drawings and sketches of figures, objects and buildings. She diverted King attention from those about figures and pointing to the others she said, "I know, My Lord, quite unusual in some sense... it's part of my heritage indeed... but, now that we have completed Andernach buildings I need new projects. You well know as I am.... Have a look, and tell me, please, My Lord".

Giving him the time to look around, she appoached one window, her thought being deep, far way both in space and in time.



Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 11 October, 2013, 12:22:05 PM
By this way, My Lord. But this is the last place, I have juste one life, indeed

The young Lady drove Harald up the tower of the Castle. The stairs small and steep to let only one man to pass at a time, a good defensive tactic.
Then the Lady opened the door with a key, a small one well hided in her dress.

They entered into a big room with an high ceiling and rounded by great windows. The sunlight stepped in with a brightly power.

He saw a lot fo things all around. Sketches of human bodies, several objects and building projects.

I know, My Lord, quite unusual in some sense... it's part of my heritage indeed... but, now that we have completed Andernach buildings I need new projects. You well know as I am.... Have a look, and tell me, please, My Lord

He was attracted by a project of a strange building... frowning his brows he started Well Lady Giulia, it seems I have just discovered an unexpected side of your behaviour said still looking at the project, What is... while asking information about the project on the paper Harald attention was caught by another paper on the table

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Harald took the paper and looked for a while to the picture. He raised his glaze on the young Lady, that started to seemed a little bit at discomnfort. He looked at the young Lady with a great intensity.

Do you know what is this my Lady?
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 11 October, 2013, 09:38:12 PM
Do you know what is this my Lady?

Giulia was near a wide windows, looking outside, her thoughts being deep, far away both in space and in time.
Awakened by King's words, she turned her glance on him. Surprised in feeling intensity of his look, she approached him.

Looking at the paper she recognized the latest sketch she drawed by herself, after having forgot the original in Venice at the Cardinal palace, few month ago.
Suddenly, she remembered as Cardinal Friedrich von Luxemburg warned her about... "Vi consiglio di mostrare con oculatezza questo disegno, Madame. Specialmente ad uomo di Chiesa. Non è raro che possa essere male interpretato."

She tought for a while, but she was trusting in him... Thus, she replied, "I found this symbol during one of my journeys, far away at North. Until now I just know it's a very ancient mythological figure, but no so much more...."

She paused, her voice lowering in tone, but her eyes shining by curiosity, "Do you know more, My Lord..."

Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 14 October, 2013, 04:09:55 PM
I found this symbol during one of my journeys, far away at North. Until now I just know it's a very ancient mythological figure, but no so much more....

Harald didn't change his glaze while listenning at Lady Giulia.

Do you know more, My Lord...

Still serious Harald winked his eyes.

My Lady, I warned you yet. Be careful, you're approaching a strange world. A world not so used to forgivness. The Old Ancient Northern Gods are not known to be the most indulgent at all.

Harald saw that his words were kicking the young Lady, so he relaxed himself a bit.

You are a very curious Lady, and this, is a precious quality in our world, but you have to be more careful to manage it.

Harald closed his eyes for a short moment. He remembered the old tales and the old beliefs the sacred men told him while he was a young northern boy. A picture jump back to his memory. One he disliked.

I was a little boy, 7 or 8 years old I don't remember right now. He started to say looking outside the northern window. As most of the boys at this age, curiosity drove my behaviour and my days. It was a period of starving for our lands. The winter has been one of the coldest ever seen, animals died and the lands were still frozen even if it was springtime.
I was part of a little wild bunch of young boys, we were 7; among us there was a nice one, his name was Olaf, he was one of my best friends.


Harald interrupted his tale for a while, his sight lost towards north just like he could see something more than the horizon.

They told us that he was sick and we believed them. One day at the sunset we were in the middle of the forest. We heard about a ritual, a not usal one. Our parents told us to stay away from the middle of the forest... but, as always, young boys are not known to be so obedient. We followed our parents into the forest. We found a good place to oversee the ritual, from the top of a tree. We saw ministers burn herbs, sang strange songs never heard before from us. And we saw a stone. A grey one with a strange form. We were smiling for our gesture until we saw our friend, Olaf, escorted by two of the ministers. He was blindfolded.. and he was shuddering. They let him lie down on the stones. They tied up his arms and his legs... than they spilled his blood from his wrists. The blood pured the land. Once he finished to move they beheaded him.

Harald let his words stay on the air for a while. Than, turning to the young Lady he added

I don't know what happened then. Three days later an uxpected warm wind arise from the south and the land flourished again. The famine ended three weeks later.  Miðgarðsormr was defeated once more. The snake that surround the world Harald picked up the picture and show it to the young lady is the first and most terrible enemy of Thor, the northern most prominent and beloved of our Gods.
Thor is the God of the men, the one we love more, the one who oversee to our future and the one we'll miss more after the Ragnarök will come.
It's written that Thor will die during the Ragnarök after he kills Miðgarðsormr, the enemy of mankind.

One of the symbol that Thor loves more is the oak tree. Do it means something for you my Lady?


Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 15 October, 2013, 10:00:22 PM
One of the symbol that Thor loves more is the oak tree. Do it means something for you my Lady?

Giulia had lissen King's words, silent.  No expression on her face revealed her deepest thoughts.
Maybe he tought she has been stricken, but the subject was really more involved...

So, she took some time more, trying to divert King's attention and she simply asked,"Tell me more about Thor and his oat tree, please, My Lord".
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 18 October, 2013, 06:26:45 PM
Tell me more about Thor and his oat tree, please, My Lord

Harald listenned to Lady Giulia's new question, than he turned his sight out of the northern window, again.

The Oak Tree is the hallowed Tree of Thor. It represents the connection between the world of the Gods and the land, the mankind. The Oak is strong, strong with its roots deep in the ground.

This is why oaks are soo important for us northern men, why they're so deep in our mind, why they are outside our Sanctuaries in the forests.

Harald left his words go away. Than turning again his glaze to the young Lady he continued You found a big Oak in the middle of the town square. What a sign!

We are deep in our Gods' minds, and they're deep in ours... the oak let ours world to be in touch.

Than he gave the paper to the young Lady.

Let Thor to deal with Miðgarðsormr. The son of Loki is not your business. He always tryies to find a door open and this he said looking at the paper on Lady's hands could be one... one you could regret for the rest of your life.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 19 October, 2013, 08:06:53 PM
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The Oak Tree is the hallowed Tree of Thor. It represents the connection between the world of the Gods and the land, the mankind.
The Oak is strong, strong with its roots deep in the ground.
This is why oaks are soo important for us northern men, why they're so deep in our mind, why they are outside our Sanctuaries in the forests.
You found a big Oak in the middle of the town square. What a sign!
We are deep in our Gods' minds, and they're deep in ours... the oak let ours world to be in touch.


Giulia gently smiled for a while, King's words was again milder, even if not less impressive.
She thought it over very carefully, then she replied, "I have always admired oak tree, My Lord. Probably, I inherited this love from Vilfred, my tutor.
He was a man of Nordic origin, indeed. When I arrived in Andernach in last winter, I saw this tree and immediatly I chose it as the center of our new settlement. My first house is still in front of it, oriented to the Sud."

Her voice lowered in tone, "Probably, I still miss him...". After a while she added, "I think the oak tree is a symbol of the powerful bond with Nature ruling our lives, joining underground mysteries to sky shining light, our most distant origins to our highest aspirations. Human mind needs some symbol for representing its challenges, My Lord..."

Let Thor to deal with Miðgarðsormr. The son of Loki is not your business. He always tryies to find a door open and this could be one... one you could regret for the rest of your life.

She was still lissening the echo of her feelings in herself, deeply touched by those memories, when the King gave her back the paper.
She looked at him, silently, no expression on her face, no matter about he could believe she was worried or not...
Finally, she replied, nodding, but with an enigmatic smile, "I see, My Lord. Nevertheless, it's amazing consider as the same symbol, the circle, can represent evil and good in different cultures..."

Then, she lowered her look, seemingly embarrassed, but for the truth she was thinking about how much she was missing the ancient greek culture in present times.

Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 21 October, 2013, 02:56:46 PM
Harald listenned to Lady Giulia's answer

I see, My Lord. Nevertheless, it's amazing consider as the same symbol, the circle, can represent evil and good in different cultures...

Harald raise one eyebrow. Still serious.

My Lady, I have travelled the known world long enough to appreciate the different cultures we have. Although I wasn't talking about the circle, that in the northern beliefs means nothing of evil.

I was talking about the evil that always surround mankind and human being. We must be able to recognize its signs, and avoid it to enter in our lives.

Than looking to the young Lady he added

Don't be too eager in satisfying your curiosity. Not all the answers are made for men, otherwise we would be Gods ourselves.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 22 October, 2013, 10:42:53 PM
My Lady, I have travelled the known world long enough to appreciate the different cultures we have. Although I wasn't talking about the circle, that in the northern beliefs means nothing of evil. I was talking about the evil that always surround mankind and human being. We must be able to recognize its signs, and avoid it to enter in our lives.

Giulia nodded at King's words. She was well aware how much he had traveled in his past, "Sure, My Lord."
Then she smiled, slightly amused, and added, "Forgive me, My Lord. Probably I didn't explaim me in proper way. Indeed,
I was not saying that is evil in one culture and good in another one, but rather that circle seems to be a reference symbol for both good and evil....
In fact, you made reference right now to it, by using the the word surround..."


Don't be too eager in satisfying your curiosity. Not all the answers are made for men, otherwise we would be Gods ourselves.

Giulia lowered her look, blushing a little. The subject was quite difficult, even if she was also a little surprized. "He know how far I'm from any religion...", she tought in herself. 

Then, she started to replied, "I will take in deep consideration you advice, My Lord. Since, I know this is my nature and my heritage... They push me to this behaviour, but..."
She paused for a while, then she added, looking again at him, "But, curiosity is neither thoughtlessness nor presumptuousness. It's simply a question of human mind, My Lord. It could don't find any answer, but it's still there..."
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 23 October, 2013, 02:54:29 PM
But, curiosity is neither thoughtlessness nor presumptuousness. It's simply a question of human mind, My Lord. It could don't find any answer, but it's still there...

Harald smiled to the young Lady.

Indeed my Lady, he started, and your heritage is one of the most interesting, for sure, since you seem to be always in search of something new.

He smiled again. Knowledge is the most precious value we need to look for, don't stop to nourish it.

Than, turning serious again for a while he added But there is a limit to the human knowledge, the limit is not to beg for answers, the limit is the time.

He saw the young Lady hesitant. The limit I refer to, is the right time to have those answers. Some answers aren't made for men living on earth.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 23 October, 2013, 08:29:45 PM
Indeed my Lady, he started, and your heritage is one of the most interesting, for sure, since you seem to be always in search of something new. Knowledge is the most precious value we need to look for, don't stop to nourish it.

Giulia smiled brightly, "Thanks, My Lord..."

But there is a limit to the human knowledge, the limit is not to beg for answers, the limit is the time. The limit I refer to, is the right time to have those answers. Some answers aren't made for men living on earth.

"Sometime I look at the time as a long rope made by hands, mankind hands... nobody see the beginning, nobody see the end... this is the mankind limit, but its also the manking strenght... or at least, I believe this...."

She paused for a while, then she added, "I think the same could be said about human curiosities, as well as about aspirations of wise kings..."

Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 24 October, 2013, 02:51:27 PM
Sometime I look at the time as a long rope made by hands, mankind hands... nobody see the beginning, nobody see the end... this is the mankind limit, but its also the manking strenght... or at least, I believe this...."

I think the same could be said about human curiosities, as well as about aspirations of wise kings...


Harald smiled to the very last words of the young Lady.

Wise Kings... I haven't ever met a wise King... than, winking to the young Lady he said I have met wise men for sure, but aspirations are not made for Kings... a King can't allow himself to have aspirations he needs to stay aground.

Harald thought for a while to Lady Giulia's last words, than turning again to window he said Time... time has no limit at all. We, men, we are those who needs to put limit to things, otherwise our comprehension would be affected. Limitless concepts aren't made for men.

The circle of life repeats itself again and again, into an everlasting present without any time limit, this is why the evil is succeeding in enduring among mankind, this is why we need to be careful in managing our curiosity.


Harald left his words to stay in the air for a while.

The sun is going down. It seems our discussion has taken more time than what we thought..
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 25 October, 2013, 06:00:10 PM
Wise Kings... I haven't ever met a wise King... than, winking to the young Lady he said I have met wise men for sure, but aspirations are not made for Kings... a King can't allow himself to have aspirations he needs to stay aground.

Giulia smiled, but without adding nothing. She looked at him for a long while, she was always trusting in him and no other words were necessary. 

Time... time has no limit at all. We, men, we are those who needs to put limit to things, otherwise our comprehension would be affected. Limitless concepts aren't made for men.
The circle of life repeats itself again and again, into an everlasting present without any time limit, this is why the evil is succeeding in enduring among mankind, this is why we need to be careful in managing our curiosity.

The sun is going down. It seems our discussion has taken more time than what we thought...


Giulia nodded seriously. Thhat was his point of view and she had to take it into account somehow.

But then she burst into a silvery laugh. Then she said, "Sure, My Lord, and not for the first time, indeed. I hope you enjoyed this little pause from your usual duties. I really liked this opportunity to share with you some of my thoughts for the future and some about my heritage...
But duties are calling us now. I believe the time of the ceremony is approaching..."


Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 05 November, 2013, 03:06:48 PM
Sure, My Lord, and not for the first time, indeed. I hope you enjoyed this little pause from your usual duties. I really liked this opportunity to share with you some of my thoughts for the future and some about my heritage...
But duties are calling us now. I believe the time of the ceremony is approaching...


Harald looked one last time to the northern window. He smiled to the young Lady.

Of course it did. It's always a pleasure to talk about my ancestors beliefs and my lands... Than he turned serious... but it's a sad pleasure, 'cause it reminds me what happened to my land...

After a short moment in which he thought to his beloved sister and the rest of his family, he continued

Very well Lady Aldobrandeschi, let's go to the ceremony to show the People of Andernach what it means to be Flemish he said winking to the young Lady
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 06 November, 2013, 10:23:21 PM
Of course it did. It's always a pleasure to talk about my ancestors beliefs and my lands... Than he turned serious... but it's a sad pleasure, 'cause it reminds me what happened to my land...

Giulia nodded seriously, remebering what he told her about some months ago. In silence, she left him the time to come back to the present.

Very well Lady Aldobrandeschi, let's go to the ceremony to show the People of Andernach what it means to be Flemish

At those words Giulia smiled glowing, "By this way, My Lord".
They came down to the audience hall, suitable prepared for celebrations. Sir Andries was waiting on the treshold and bowed promptly to the King. While entering the hall, Giulia gave a last look all around, going toward the new beautiful chair with carved armrest, in front of the Kingdom and fiefdom flags.

She stopped on its right, standing. Looking at the King and gently smiling she said, "I think all is ready, My Lord. I hope all is set according to Your wills".


Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 07 November, 2013, 10:39:43 AM
By this way, My Lord

He followed the young Lady down the stairs, back into the audience hall again. The hall has been prepared for the ceremony while they were walking around the town and talking onto the upper tower room.

Harald looked all around well impressed by the quick organization. The hall wasn't so big, but it could easily contain up to 200 people. Big windows on the upper side of the hall let the sunlight coming in, giving the whole space a manigficient warm light.
The treshold was on the middle of one of the longest wall. Under the windows amazing tapestries with war and hunting scenes adorned the above wall. In front of it, under the windows, all the flags of the Kingdom.
On the treshold a simple but beautiful chair, the Lady's one.

At its feet a man was waiting. His posture, his dignity revelead Harald he was a warrior. He bowed to Harald. Harald stood in front of him.

Please Sir Andries, stand up. The man stood up looking with pride into Harald's eyes. Harald smiled. Than he posed his right hand on the man left shoulder. The man was surprised by this, unexpected, gesture. Harald smiled again.

I know who you are. I know who you were. You were one of the most noble knight of these lands. You fought with bravery and courage against us long time ago. Your honor is well known througout the whole Kingdom. Harald gave the man a short moment to catch his words. Than he continued. Your service here is again a great sign of your dignity and nobility. That's why I have decided the following things: Even if you'll stay at Lady Giulia's service you'll be made Lord Protector of Andernach bearing, since today, the title of Lord and all the rights in it included. And, from today till the end of your days you won't bow to me anymore.

Harald looked the man for a short moment than, smiling, he left him open mouth and turned to Lady Giulia. While he was talking to Sir Andries, she went on the treshold and stood on the right side of the chair.

I think all is ready, My Lord. I hope all is set according to Your wills.


Harald looked at the young Lady. Yes, it is. Than he sat on the chair.

Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 09 November, 2013, 01:02:07 PM
Giulia listened smiling King's words to Sir Andries. She had learned to trust in that old man for some time: not so many words, but a deep experience and great balance in judging men. There were a few occasions when she needed to be not alone, most proper manner as much she could be independent.

All was ready outside the audience hall and inside.  Between windows, the chest was now open with her gifts inside. The rack on her right just a little behind the chair, covered by a velvet drap embroidered with the lion of Flanders.

Yes, it is.

At King's words, she nodded to Sir Andries and he came to the threshold. Local nobles, artisans and peasants began to enter the audience hall, a hum of voices in low tone, but joyful.  After some while, she looked all them and silence was out, in the waiting of the ceremony. A solemn moment before the evening party.
Smiling she turned her glance on these three men, standing beside the Mainz tapestry. They also were ready for their appointment and she gave them a nod.

Finally, looking again at the King she said, "My Lord, it's my pleasure to introduce you, once again, our warriors Bartolomeo Dandolo, Orso Björnsson, and Prometeo Cagliostro."


Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 18 November, 2013, 06:24:04 PM
My Lord, it's my pleasure to introduce you, once again, our warriors Bartolomeo Dandolo, Orso Björnsson, and Prometeo Cagliostro.

Harald knows those men. He knows their loyalty, and their devotion to the Kingdom and to their Lady. Long time ago they put their trust and lives into their Lad's hands, and she drove them towards north, into an unknown land to build a new future.

Very well Lady Aldobrandeschi. Introduce to me your Fiefdom bearers.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 18 November, 2013, 08:28:57 PM
Very well Lady Aldobrandeschi. Introduce to me your Fiefdom bearers.

Giulia gently smiled, nodding to to the King. Then she made a gesture to Sir Andries.
He took a step forward, his face serious, his posture proud, but a flashing joy into eyes, she noticed, glad about.

"The Andernach appointment ceremony begins.
Lord Bartolomeo Dandolo, it’s your time to swear your oath in the hands of your Vassal Lady Aldobrandeschi"
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Bartolomeo Dandolo on 18 November, 2013, 11:09:32 PM
Bartolomeo era emozionato; lui che era considerato da tutti una persona fredda e dal carattere non facile a stento tratteneva le lacrime.
Gli venne in mente il giorno in cui Lady Giulia gli propose di venire in quella terra allora lontana e a lui sconosciuta; l'entusiasmo era tanto, ma era tanta anche la paura di non farcela.
Andernach allora era un piccolo villaggio di confine, ora era una città rigogliosa.
Bartolomeo fissò attentamente Cagliostro ed Orso, i suoi compagni di mille avventure; sapeva che insieme a loro non avrebbe mai permesso a nessuno di fare del male a Lady Giulia e che avrebbero difeso il loro feudo fino alla morte.
Era il momento di fare il giuramento, per vincere l'emozione Bartolomeo guardò l'arazzo della battaglia di Mainz, ricordava bene la violenza di quello scontro ed un brivido gli percorse la schiena; il suo sguardo divenne serio e fiero e con passo deciso si avvicinò a Lady Giulia.
Fece una riverenza al Re e poi si inginocchiò ai piedi di Lady Giulia, chinò il capo e le porse le mani e disse: "Lady Giulia: Voi mi avete voluto al Vostro servizio, mi avete sostenuto nei momenti difficili e mi avete dato la possibilità di sentirmi utile ad una causa; ecco, io metto la mia vita nelle Vostre mani, disponetene a Vostro piacimento".
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Bartholomew was excited , and he was considered by all a cool person and character not easy barely held back the tears .
He remembered the day when Lady Julia asked him to come in that land far away , and then he did not know the enthusiasm was so , but it was so much the fear of not succeeding.
Andernach was then a small border village , was now a thriving city .
Bartholomew looked carefully Cagliostro and Bear , his companions of many adventures , knowing that together they would never allow anyone to hurt Lady Julia and that they would defend their feud to the death.
It was time to take the oath , to win the emotion Bartholomew looked at the tapestry of the Battle of Mainz, remembered the violence of the collision and a shudder ran through his back, his eyes became serious and proud and with a firm step is approached Lady Julia.
Curtsied to the King and then knelt at the foot of Lady Julia, bowed his head and held out his hands and said : " Lady Julia: You have wished me to your service, you have sustained me in difficult times and you gave me a chance to feel useful to a cause , behold, I put my life in your hands , disponetene to your liking . "
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 19 November, 2013, 12:18:43 PM
Giulia took in her hands  Lord Barthlomeo's hands and her face impassive, she listened his oath.

"Lady Giulia: You have wished me to your service, you have sustained me in difficult times and you gave me a chance to feel useful to a cause, behold, I put my life in your hands, disponetene to your liking".


She nodded and turning to the King and then to all people in the room she answered - Lord Bartolomeo Dandolo, I accept Your oath and I take in my turn the responsibility it entails.
My Lord, Nobles and citizens of Andernach, I call you all as witnesses of His oath and my consent.

She took a short break during which Sir Andries discovered the rack to the right, took one of the swords in flat way and a servant took a bundle of cloth from the chest.

Motioning for Lord Bartolomeo to get up, she took the sword offered to her and continued - With this sword, today I appoint You Knight of Mainz, the southernmost region of the fiefdom of Andernach and of the Kingdom. May this blade in your hands be always in defense of that land and its lifes, today and every day of Yours.
From today I grant You the right to bear of Mainz coat of arms, as embroidered on this shirt  - she said, pointing to her right.
May the white of its linen remember You the clearness of Your conscience and Your loyalty today to all Flanders. Finally, due to Your services, Your expertise and Your bravery, I appoint You as Guard Captain of Andernach, shield of the entire fiefdom.

She paused, looking him straight in eyes, as for weighing the effect of her words and smiling she added - At the end of the ceremony Sir Andries will show You the war horse which I'll personally gift You. I believe it will have no difficulty to hold the weight of your armor and it has been personally trained by Sir Andries for such a purpose.

Then she turned  to the King, gently smiling, so that he could ratify, in person, with his consent the words she just pronounced.

       


Giulia prese fra le sue le mani di Lord Bartolomeo, il viso impassibile ascoltò il suo giuramento.

"Lady Giulia: Voi mi avete voluto al Vostro servizio, mi avete sostenuto nei momenti difficili e mi avete dato la possibilità di sentirmi utile ad una causa; ecco, io metto la mia vita nelle Vostre mani, disponetene a Vostro piacimento".

Annuì e rivolgendosi al Re e poi alle persone nella sala rispose - Lord Bartolomeo Dandolo, accetto il Vostro giuramento e mi faccio carico a mia volta della responsabilità che comporta.
Mio Signore, Nobili e cittadini di Andernach, chiamo voi a testimoni del suo giuramento e del mio consenso.

Fece una breve pausa durante la quale Sir Andries scoprì la rastrelliera alla sua destra e prese di piatto una delle spade e un servitore un involto di stoffa dalla cassapanca.

Facendo cenno a Lord Bartolomeo di alzarsi, prese la spada che le veniva porta e continuò - Con questa spada oggi io Vi nomino Cavaliere di Mainz, la regione più a sud del Feudo di Andernach e del Regno. Che la sua lama nelle Vostre mani sia sempre a difesa di quella terra e delle sue vite, oggi e in ogni giorno della Vostra.
Da oggi Vi assegno il diritto di fregiarVi dello stemma di Mainz, come ricamato su questa camicia  - disse indicando alla sua destra.
Che il bianco del suo lino, Vi ricordi il nitore della Vostra coscienza e della Vostra fedeltà di oggi alle Fiandre tutte. Infine, sulla base dei Vostri servigi, della Vostra perizia e del Vostro valore, vi nomino Capitano della Guardia di Andernach, scudo dell'intero feudo.

Fece una pausa, guardandolo dritto negli occhi, come per soppesare l'effetto delle sue parole e sorridendo aggiunse ancora - Al termine della cerimonia Sir Andries vi mostrerà il destriero di cui Vi faccio personalmente dono. Credo che non avrà difficoltà a reggere il peso della Vostra armatura ed è stato addestrato personalmente da Sir Andries allo scopo.

Si volse poi verso il Re, sorridendo, cosicché lui in persona convalidasse con il suo consenso le parole appena pronunciate.

Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 21 November, 2013, 04:07:00 PM
Harald stood up from the chair and went near Lady Giulia.

Lord Bartolomeo of Mainz he started you sweared your loyalty to the Kingdom of Flanders and to the King and, today, you swear your oath to the Fiefdom you belong to, and to your Vassal.

Looking the man he continued Your arm, your sword will be the strenght of the Fiefdom, the shield of the Kingdom here in the south. Be brave Lord Bartolomeo and never retreat in front of the enemy! the People of Flanders rely on you and so the King.

Than, placing is hand on the right shoulder of the man Harald said May the Gods bless your sword.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Bartolomeo Dandolo on 21 November, 2013, 09:14:13 PM
Bartolomeo era molto fiero dei riconoscimenti ricevuti: Cavaliere di Mainz e Capitano della guardia di Andernach; quando era arrivato nelle Fiandre era solo un umile falegname, ora era un nobile del Regno, molto più di quanto si sarebbe mai aspettato.
Le parole di Lady Giulia e del Re lo avevano emozionato ed una lacrima gli solcò il viso.
Prese i doni di Lady Giulia e disse: "Mia Signora: non mi aspettavo questi doni, Vi ringrazio di cuore".
Poi rivolgendosi al Re aggiunse: "Mio Re: avrei difeso il Feudo ed il Regno anche a mani nude, ma con una spada di codesta fattura sarà molto meglio".
Allontanatosi un pochino brandì la spada e la fece roteare, il sibilo che emetteva lo elettrizzava; avrebbe voluto gridare a tutti la sua gioia, ma la cerimonia doveva continuare, quindi si fece da parte pensando che una volta finito tutto avrebbe potuto vedere il suo cavallo ed avrebbe sfogato le sue emozioni galoppando per le campagne.

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Bartholomew was very proud of the awards received: Knight of Mainz and captain of the guard of Andernach, and when he arrived in Flanders was just a humble carpenter, was now a noble of the kingdom, much more than you would ever expect.
The words of Lady Julia and the King had excited and a tear gleamed across the face.
He took the gifts of Lady Julia and said, "My Lady, I did not expect these gifts, Thank you so much."
Then, turning to the King added: "My King: I defended the Feud and the Kingdom even with bare hands, but with a sword Of this bill will be much better."
He went away a little bit brandished his sword and swung, the hiss emitting electrified him, he wanted to shout to all his joy, but the ceremony was to continue, then stepped aside thinking that once you have finished all he could see his horse and he vented his emotions galloping through the countryside.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 22 November, 2013, 07:37:32 PM
"My Lady, I did not expect these gifts, Thank you so much"

Giulia smiled in turn, the feelings of Lord Bartolomeo were sincere, as his emotion was witnessing.
She watched as he swung the two-hands sword as a boy's one and nodded in satisfaction.

Later let me know what name you will give to the Shire bay awaiting you in the stables, Lord Bartolomeo - she said always smiling and then she made again a gesture to Sir Andries, who promptly called - Sir Orso Björnsson, it is your time to swear in the hands of your Vassall Lady Aldobrandeschi.

       

"Mia Signora: non mi aspettavo questi doni, Vi ringrazio di cuore".

Giulia gli sorrise di rimando, i sentimenti di Lord Bartolomeo erano sinceri, la sua emozione lo testimoniava.
Lo osservò roteare la spada a due mani come se fosse una spada da ragazzi e annuì soddisfatta.

Fatemi poi sapere che nome darete allo Shire baio che vi attende nelle scuderie, Lord Bartolomeo - aggiunse sempre sorridendo e poi fece nuovamente cenno a Sir Andries, che prontamente chiamò - Sir Orso Björnsson, è il vostro momento di giurare nelle mani del Vassallo Dama Aldobrandeschi. 

Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Orso Björnsson on 25 November, 2013, 04:14:39 PM
Orso si avvicinò alquanto innervosito, era oltremodo evidente il suo disagio in una cerimonia formale come questa; diede uno sguardo fuori dall’enorme vetrata della sala, vide volteggiare Hela e un poco si tranquillizzò.
Non si era vestito in maniera particolare per quell’occasione, non vedeva il motivo di apparire diverso da ciò che era, perciò era abbigliato come al solito, con l’immancabile ascia sulla schiena.
Arrivò davanti a Lady Giulia e si inginocchiò al suo cospetto:

-Styrke og ære Lady Julia, sono qui davanti a voi oggi per fare il mio dovere.
Possa Thor donarmi la sua forza per sconfiggere tutti i jotuns nel mio cammino,
siano essi giganti del mondo, della mente o del cuore.
Aiutami a fare il giusto per Andernach, la mia gente e per chi lo merita.
Io metto la mia ascia al vostro servizio, possa essa sempre essere affilata.


Detto questo, non alzò gli occhi verso la sua Milady, ma rimase immobile in attesa.

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Orso came pretty nervous, it was exceedingly clear his discomfort in a formal ceremony as this; glanced out the huge window of the room, he saw Hela and he calmed down.
He was not dressed for the occasion in a special way, saw no reason to look different from what it was, so he was dressed as usual, with the inevitable axe on his back.
He came to Lady Giulia and knelt:

Styrke-og Aere Lady Giulia, I'm here in front you today to do my duty.
Thor can give me the strength to defeat all jotuns in my way,
whether they are giants of the world, of the mind or heart.
Help me do the right thing for Andernach, my people and for those who deserve it.
I put my axe at your service, it can always be sharpened.


That said, he did not look up at her Milady, but stood waiting.


Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 25 November, 2013, 09:31:56 PM
Giulia looked at Sir Orso, kneeling in front of her, and her face impassive, she listened his oath.

- Styrke-og Aere Lady Giulia, I'm here in front you today to do my duty.
Thor can give me the strength to defeat all jotuns in my way,
whether they are giants of the world, of the mind or heart.
Help me do the right thing for Andernach, my people and for those who deserve it.
I put my axe at your service, it can always be sharpened.

She nodded, taking his hands in her ones, and turning to the King and then to all people in the room she answered according to the ritual - Sir Orso Björnsson, I accept Your oath and I take in my turn the responsibility it entails.
My Lord, Nobles and citizens of Andernach, I call you all as witnesses of His oath and my consent.

She took a short break waiting Sir Andries gave her a sword in flat way and a servant took another bundle of cloth from the chest.

Motioning for Sir Orso to get up, she took the sword offered to her and continued - With this sword, today I appoint You Knight of Koln, the fiefdom's region closest to your nordic soul. May this blade in your hands be always in defense of that land and its lifes, today and every day of Yours.
From today I grant You the right to bear of Koln coat of arms, as embroidered on this shirt - she said, pointing to her right.
May the white of its linen remember You the clearness of Your conscience and Your loyalty today to all Flanders.
Finally, due to Your services, Your expertise and Your bravery, I appoint You as Lieutenant of Andernach, second in command to Lord Bartolomeo Dandolo.

She paused, looking him straight in eyes, and finally smiling brightly she added - A long time ago I offered you another gift, asking for help. The patience and care that you've had show the qualities of your heart.

She looked at the window and saw Hela impatient circling in the sky.

Then she turned  to the King, gently smiling, so that he could ratify, in person, with his consent the words she just pronounced.

       

Giulia guardò Sir Orso, inginocchiato di fronte a lei, il viso impassibile ascoltò il suo giuramento.

- Styrke og ære Lady Julia, sono qui davanti a voi oggi per fare il mio dovere.
Possa Thor donarmi la sua forza per sconfiggere tutti i jotuns nel mio cammino,
siano essi giganti del mondo, della mente o del cuore.
Aiutami a fare il giusto per Andernach, la mia gente e per chi lo merita.
Io metto la mia ascia al vostro servizio, possa essa sempre essere affilata.

Annuì, prendendo le sue mani nelle sue, e rivolgendosi al Re e poi alle persone nella sala rispose in accordo al rituale - Sir Orso Björnsson, accetto il Vostro giuramento e mi faccio carico a mia volta della responsabilità che comporta.
Mio Signore, Nobili e cittadini di Andernach, chiamo voi a testimoni del suo giuramento e del mio consenso.

Fece una breve pausa in attesa che Sir Andries le porgesse di piatto una delle spade e un servitore prendesse un altro involto di  stoffa dalla cassapanca.

Facendo cenno a Sir Orso di alzarsi, prese la spada che le veniva porta e continuò - Con questa spada oggi io Vi nomino Cavaliere di Koln, la regione del feudo più vicina al vostro animo di uomo del Nord. Che la sua lama nelle Vostre mani sia sempre a difesa di quella terra e delle sue vite, oggi e in ogni giorno della Vostra.
Da oggi Vi assegno il diritto di fregiarVi dello stemma di Koln, come ricamato su questa camicia - disse indicando alla sua destra.
Che il bianco del suo lino, Vi ricordi il nitore della Vostra coscienza e della Vostra fedeltà di oggi alle Fiandre tutte. Infine, sulla base dei Vostri servigi, della Vostra perizia e del Vostro valore, vi nomino Luogotenente di Andernach, secondo in comando a Lord Bartolomeo Dandolo.

Fece una pausa, guardandolo dritto negli occhi, e infine sorridendo radiosa aggiunse - Molto tempo fa vi ho offerto un altro dono, chiedendovi aiuto. La pazienza e la cura che ne avete avuto mostrano le doti del vostro cuore

Volse lo sguardo alla finestra e vide Hela volteggiare nel cielo impaziente.

Si volse poi verso il Re, sorridendo, cosicché lui in persona convalidasse con il suo consenso le parole appena pronunciate.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 01 December, 2013, 12:05:54 AM
While Lady Giulia was replying to the man in front of her, Harald was looking outside the window, his sight attracted by what seemed to be a beautiful hawk flying in the blue sky.

Harald turned his sight to Lady Giulia and he saw her smiling, probebly he lost his minds again in his ancestors' land. He stood up and went in front of the northerman.

He looked the man for a moment, direct into his eyes, than he asked Bror, hauk der ute, hva gjør du?*

*Brother, the hawk outside, what does it means for you?
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Orso Björnsson on 24 December, 2013, 07:17:22 PM
"Bror, hauk der ute, hva gjør du?"

Orso looked  Hela and smiled :"Det hauk, og jeg er bare å være"
"Once, in the lands of the North had a hawk, I found him wounded and taken care of me ever since we were inseparable, it was an extension of me, thanks to him, my eyes had no boundaries ..... until during a battle was mortally wounded.
I promised myself not to have any more beside, too dangerous and too painful to be around me.
But one day, when Lady Julia took me to this little washboard wound, I felt a thrill, and from that day I Hela and we are all one".
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: (RIP) Harald Magnusson on 27 December, 2013, 06:24:18 PM
Harald carefully listened while the northern man narrated his own history.

It seems our Ancient Northern Gods are favoring one of their sons. They sent to you the wisdom of Veðrfölnir twice.

The hawk upon the eagle upon the tree of the world will let you see the path. It seems you have to do something here… Harald said looking the man whether to protect this land or doing something else, it will be up to you to find the way, but Gods are at your side. Don’t forget their favor, be brave and bring honor to this sword.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 15 February, 2014, 10:24:52 AM
Giulia continued to observe Hela's flight while the King and Sir Orso was talking about, as she was really captured by the spectacle of her elegance and power.
She turned back to the two men and smiled, feeling their pleasure in speaking their native language - They will have time to talk more later at the party - she murmured.

Just one last oath was remaining. Giulia looked at the tapestry of the Battle of Mainz. Standing beside it, Lord Prometeo was waiting quietly.
Giulia smiled, full aware as under that modest air, not common tenacity and self-balance were hidden. So many times she had proof of them.
She nodded sure of her choice and motioned to Sir Andries, who promptly called - Lord Prometeo Cagliostro, it's your time to swear in the hands of Vassal Lady Aldobrandeschi.

OoC I apologize for the delay in the tread, but the fiefdom history needs to be registered in its timeline.

     

Giulia continuò ad osservare il volo di Hela mentre il Re e Sir Orso ne parlavano, come catturata da quello spettacolo di eleganza e potenza.
Si volse di nuovo verso i due uomini e sorrise percependo il piacere di entrambi nel parlare la propria lingua natale - Avranno di che discorrere più tardi alla festa - mormorò.

Rimaneva un ultimo giuramento. Giulia guardò verso l'arazzo della battaglia di Mainz. In piedi, Lord Prometeo attendeva silenzioso.
Giulia sorrise, ben sapendo come sotto quell'aria modesta, si celassero una tenacia e un equilibrio non comuni, di cui così tante volte aveva avuto prova.
Annuì sicura della sua scelta e subito fece nuovamente cenno a Sir Andries, che prontamente chiamò - Lord Prometeo Cagliostro, è il vostro momento di giurare nelle mani del Vassallo Dama Aldobrandeschi.     

OoC Mi scuso per il ritardo, ma la storia del feudo deve essere registrata nella sua sequenza temporale.
Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Prometeo Cagliostro on 18 February, 2014, 01:20:12 AM
Lord Prometeo was a quiet man, affable manner and resolute when it was necessary to take

decisions. It certainly was not accustomed to such ceremonies, and it was very far away

from everything that was beyond the essentials.
But in his heart he had never been so happy as this time to assist, along with his

friends and brothers of all time, the party of his fief . He had seen parading in front

of him, his companions of many adventures and many battles , was genuinely happy for them

for the rewards they had received and could not wait to be able to celebrate, later ,

privately with them in the famous tavern of Andernach ..
When it came his time Lord Prometeo looked around , glad to see once again that place

which is his home , walked with small steps before the King and Vassal who were waiting ,

looked at them for a moment in his eyes as usually done with people you admire and

respect. The king , while maintaining the solemn tone demanded that the ceremony seemed

very at ease and stared Cagliostro with a slight smile ; Lady Aldobrandesch is , however,

was very polite and formal attitudes . You could see he was nervous and kept us that

things goes without mishap ; Lord Prometeo now knew for a long time and knew how

important it was for her. Therefore, without further ado, he knelt down in front of them

and all of a single breath , he said: "
I swear
 
 before the King and the Spirit Almighty ,
to all the symbols that represent them and
Flemish entire People
my sword , my soul and my heart
by this time will be serving
Vassal  of the Kingdom of Flanders
Lady Julia Aldobrandeschis, which will dispose of
as it deems appropriate as she
will guide my every gesture searching
Divine Light and justice;

I swear
 Loyalty ' and I pay tribute to my Vassal
and the Crown of this Kingdom ;
I swear to be a good and fair knight,
reverent and generous, shield the weak, obedient to my lord ,
first in battle, courteous at all times ,
sample of what is right and good.

I swear
 I will brave every Flemish brother ,
that virtue, truth and honor become names
with whom you can call me and with them ,
combined with all my mates ,
I will fight to defeat the abuses
and any enemy of the Flemish people .

I swear
 that even when I have to resort to violence
will not hurt to drive my hand
but the Almighty wants to take my life
if by this I will instigate .

I swear
 who will fight always to respect this oath.

I swear . "

And with his eyes and moved his gaze sincere Lord Prometeo tried yet those in whose ever

had just put his entire life ...


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Lord Prometeo era un uomo tranquillo, affabile nei modi e risoluto nel momento in cui

occorreva prendere decisioni. Non era certo avvezzo a simili cerimonie ed era molto

lontano da tutto quello che era oltre l'essenziale.

Ma in cuor suo non era mai stato tanto felice come questa volta di assistere, insieme ai

suoi amici e fratelli di sempre, alla festa del suo feudo. Aveva visto sfilare davanti a

lui i suoi compagni di mille avventure e di tante battaglie; era sinceramente felice per

loro per le gratificazioni che avevano ricevuto e non vedeva l'ora di poter festeggiare,

in un secondo momento, privatamente  con loro nella famosa taverna di Andernach..

Quando giunse il suo momento Lord Prometeo si guardò intorno, felice di vedere ancora una

volta quel luogo che è casa sua, si avvicinò a piccoli passi dinanzi al Re e al Vassallo

che lo stavano attendendo; li guardò per un attimo negli occhi come solito fare con le

persone che ammira e stima. Il Re, pur mantenendo quel tono solenne che la cerimonia

richiedeva, sembrava molto a suo agio e ricambiò lo sguardo di Cagliostro con un sorriso

appena accennato; Lady Aldobrandeschi invece era molto compita e formale negli

atteggiamenti. Si vedeva che era nervosa e che ci teneva che le cose filassero senza

alcun contrattempo; Lord Prometeo oramai la conosceva da tempo e sapeva bene quanto

questo fosse importante per lei. Pertanto, senza indugiare oltre, si inginocchiò davanti

a loro e, tutto d'un sol respiro, disse:

" Giuro
 
 dinanzi al Re e allo Spirito Onnipotente,
a tutti i simboli che li rappresentano e
all'intero Popolo Fiammingo
che la mia Spada, la mia Anima e il mio Cuore
da questo momento saranno al servizio
del Vassallo del Regno delle Fiandre
Lady Giulia Aldobrandeschi, la quale potrà disporne
come riterrà più opportuno poichè Ella
guiderà ogni mio gesto alla ricerca
della Luce Divina e della giustizia;

Giuro
 fedelta' e rendo omaggio al mio Vassallo
e alla Corona di questo Regno;
giuro di essere un buono e giusto cavaliere,
riverente e generoso, scudo dei deboli, obbediente al mio signore,
primo in battaglia, cortese in ogni momento,
campione del giusto e del buono.

Giuro
 che ogni valoroso Fiammingo mi sarà fratello,
che virtù, verità e onore diverranno i nomi
con cui mi si potrà chiamare e con essi,
unito a tutti i miei compagni,
combatterò per sconfiggere i soprusi
e qualsiasi nemico del popolo Fiammingo.

Giuro
 che anche quando dovrò ricorrere alla violenza
non sarà il male a guidare la mia mano
ma voglia l'Onnipotente prendersi la mia vita
se da questo mi lascerò istigare.

Giuro
 che lotterò sempre per rispettare questo giuramento.

Giuro."

E con gli occhi commossi e lo sguardo sincero Lord Prometeo cercò ancora coloro nelle cui

mai aveva appena riposto la sua intera vita...



Title: Re: [ORP]Andernach memories
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 18 February, 2014, 11:11:58 AM
Giulia looked at Lord Prometeo, kneeling in front of her, and her face impassive, she listened his oath.

"I swear
  before the King and the Spirit Almighty,
to all the symbols that represent them and
Flemish entire People
my sword, my soul and my heart
by this time will be serving
Vassal  of the Kingdom of Flanders
Lady Julia Aldobrandeschis, which will dispose of
as it deems appropriate as she
will guide my every gesture searching
Divine Light and justice;

I swear
 Loyalty ' and I pay tribute to my Vassal
and the Crown of this Kingdom;
I swear to be a good and fair knight,
reverent and generous, shield the weak, obedient to my lord,
first in battle, courteous at all times,
sample of what is right and good.

I swear
 I will brave every Flemish brother,
that virtue, truth and honor become names
with whom you can call me and with them,
combined with all my mates,
I will fight to defeat the abuses
and any enemy of the Flemish people.

I swear
 that even when I have to resort to violence
will not hurt to drive my hand
but the Almighty wants to take my life
if by this I will instigate.

I swear
 who will fight always to respect this oath.

I swear."


She nodded, taking his hands in her ones, and turning to the King and then to all people in the room she answered according to the ritual - Lord Prometeo Cagliostro, I accept Your oath and I take in my turn the responsibility it entails.
My Lord, Nobles and citizens of Andernach, I call you all as witnesses of His oath and my consent.

She took a short break waiting Sir Andries gave her the sword in flat way and a servant took another bundle of cloth from the chest.

Motioning for Lord Prometeo to get up, she took the sword offered to her and continued - With this sword, today I appoint You Knight of Liege, the fiefdom's region you deeply know the value. May this blade in your hands be always in defense of that land and its life, today and every day of Yours.
From today I grant You the right to bear of Liege coat of arms, as embroidered on this shirt -  she said, pointing to her right.
May the white of its linen remember You the clearness of Your conscience and Your loyalty today to all Flanders.
Due to Your services, Your expertise and Your deliberateness, I appoint You as Judge of Andernach, sure how Justice belongs to Your heart.
But for the same reasons today I will also appoint You as my successor and my heir. Any fate, both pleasant or fatal, the future shall reserve me, my heart and my spirit trust in You. Such a modesty that makes you feeling the duties that this entails, is the same one on which my unconditional trust is based on.

She paused, while a servant gave her a coffer, then looking him straight in eyes she claimed solemnly - From today I appoint You Lord of Koblenz. Here you have both seal and keys of the city. May Koblenz flourish under your leadership.

Then she turned  to the King, gently smiling, so that he could ratify, in person, with his consent the words she just pronounced.

 
          


Giulia guardò Lord Prometeo, inginocchiato di fronte a lei, il viso impassibile ascoltò il suo giuramento.

" Giuro
  dinanzi al Re e allo Spirito Onnipotente,
a tutti i simboli che li rappresentano e
all'intero Popolo Fiammingo
che la mia Spada, la mia Anima e il mio Cuore
da questo momento saranno al servizio
del Vassallo del Regno delle Fiandre
Lady Giulia Aldobrandeschi, la quale potrà disporne
come riterrà più opportuno poichè Ella
guiderà ogni mio gesto alla ricerca
della Luce Divina e della giustizia;

Giuro
 fedelta' e rendo omaggio al mio Vassallo
e alla Corona di questo Regno;
giuro di essere un buono e giusto cavaliere,
riverente e generoso, scudo dei deboli, obbediente al mio signore,
primo in battaglia, cortese in ogni momento,
campione del giusto e del buono.

Giuro
 che ogni valoroso Fiammingo mi sarà fratello,
che virtù, verità e onore diverranno i nomi
con cui mi si potrà chiamare e con essi,
unito a tutti i miei compagni,
combatterò per sconfiggere i soprusi
e qualsiasi nemico del popolo Fiammingo.

Giuro
 che anche quando dovrò ricorrere alla violenza
non sarà il male a guidare la mia mano
ma voglia l'Onnipotente prendersi la mia vita
se da questo mi lascerò istigare.

Giuro
 che lotterò sempre per rispettare questo giuramento.

Giuro."


Annuì, prendendo le sue mani nelle sue, e rivolgendosi al Re e poi alle persone nella sala rispose in accordo al rituale - Lord Prometeo Cagliostro, accetto il Vostro giuramento e mi faccio carico a mia volta della responsabilità che comporta.
Mio Signore, Nobili e cittadini di Andernach, chiamo voi a testimoni del suo giuramento e del mio consenso.

Fece una breve pausa in attesa che Sir Andries le porgesse di piatto una delle spade e un servitore prendesse un altro involto di  stoffa dalla cassapanca.

Facendo cenno a Lord Prometeo di alzarsi, prese la spada che le veniva porta e continuò - Con questa spada oggi io Vi nomino Cavaliere di Liege, la regione del feudo di cui bene conoscete l'importanza. Che la sua lama nelle Vostre mani sia sempre a difesa di quella terra e delle sue vite, oggi e in ogni giorno della Vostra.
Da oggi Vi assegno il diritto di fregiarVi dello stemma di Liege, come ricamato su questa camicia - disse indicando alla sua destra.
Che il bianco del suo lino, Vi ricordi il nitore della Vostra coscienza e della Vostra fedeltà di oggi alle Fiandre tutte.
Sulla base dei Vostri servigi, della Vostra perizia e della Vostra ponderatezza, vi nomino Giudice di Andernach, sicura di come la Giustizia dimori nel Vostro cuore.

Ma per le stesse ragioni io oggi vi nomino anche mio erede e successore. Qualsiasi sorte, lieta o funesta, il futuro mi riservi, il mio cuore e il mio spirito confidano in Voi. Quella stessa modestia che Vi fa sentire le responsabilità che ciò comporta, è la medesima su cui si basa la mia incondizionata fiducia.

Fece una pausa, mentre un servitore le porgeva uno scrigno, poi guardandolo dritto negli occhi affermò solennemente - Da oggi Vi nomino Lord di Koblenz.
Qui avete il sigillo e le chiavi della città. Possa Koblenz prosperare sotto la Vostra guida.

Si volse poi verso il Re, sorridendo dolcemente, cosicché lui in persona convalidasse con il suo consenso le parole appena pronunciate.