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Anne De Courtney

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ORP: The Sword & Quill Tournament 1319
« on: 17 September, 2019, 08:04:58 PM »
Lady Anne was looking at the sunset from the balcony of Vexin castle, when she noticed a mysterious stranger lurking in the shadows. A vagabond perhaps? Vexin was a quiet rural region, peaceful at night, ideal as an alternate location for the tournament of the Sword and Quill. There would be no fair challenge in a tournament based on fighting ability alone, but her husband Marquis Però, had conceived a brilliant idea; a tournament in which the contestants must praise each other, whether by poem, song or prose. Judges would assess the literary quality. Anne worried about security, such events tend to attract vagabonds and thieves.

She surveyed the list of contestants; all respectable people, but what about the hangers-on? Merchants were starting to arrive at Vexin and York, along with their apprentices and servants. Anne herself had agents watching both locations, looking for Intelligence about meetings between rival factions who might encounter each other at the tournament.

Donna Anne stava guardando il tramonto dal balcone del castello di Vexin, quando notò un misterioso sconosciuto in agguato nell'ombra. Un vagabondo forse? Vexin era una tranquilla regione rurale, tranquilla di notte, ideale come luogo alternativo per il torneo di Sword and Quill. Non ci sarebbe stata una sfida equa in un torneo basato sulla sola abilità di combattimento, ma suo marito il Marchese Però aveva concepito un'idea brillante; un torneo in cui i concorrenti devono lodarsi a vicenda, sia per poesia, canzone o prosa. I giudici valuterebbero la qualità letteraria. Anne preoccupata per la sicurezza, tali eventi tendono ad attirare vagabondi e ladri.
« Last Edit: 24 September, 2019, 08:20:02 PM by Anne De Courtney »


Ernesto Strozzi

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Re: ORP: The Sword & Quill Tournament 1319
« Reply #1 on: 24 September, 2019, 08:28:29 PM »
One such visiting merchant was Sir Valentino Strozzi, from Lucca, elder brother to Pontifex-elect Luke II. Having returned from Rome, Valentino arrived at Vexin with a retinue of household servants, and mounted guards, taking over one of the guest houses in Abbey de Saint Mathieu. He was greeted by Prior Paulus, who asked after the health of the Pontiff and if the keys of the Holy See had yet been found.
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Re: ORP: The Sword & Quill Tournament 1319
« Reply #2 on: 25 September, 2019, 10:27:08 AM »
Anne greeted Sir Valentino and Prior Paulus. She maintained friendly relations with all religions, in keeping with the Mystic philosophy of peace and harmony.

“Welcome Sir Valentino. So good to see you again! Your presence here is a great encouragement to Pero and I. How is dear Father Ernesto, or should I say, His Holiness Luke II?”

Anne had heard rumors of some delay in taking office at the Holy See, despite the election results being published.


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Re: ORP: The Sword & Quill Tournament 1319
« Reply #3 on: 29 September, 2019, 09:55:41 AM »
Valentino replied:

"My brother, Luke II, is in the chapel of Rome, praying for the whole church, and waiting for the Holy See to be re-opened so that he may set certain administrative tasks in hand. Indeed it seems that there is a peculiar slowness to the administration of the election and handing over the keys of office. Nevertheless he sends his greetings and a warning.

No doubt you have heard of the mysterious outlaw known as Lorien the Wanderer. He is a hooded man who lives in the shadows. No-one knows which country he belongs to if any. Our  intelligence has heard rumours that he plans to disrupt the tournament in some way. We also suspect him of secretly destroying many of the vacant church buildings."

Valentino rispose:

"Mio fratello, Luca II, è nella cappella di Roma, pregando per l'intera chiesa e aspettando che la Santa Sede venga riaperta in modo che possa mettere in atto alcuni compiti amministrativi. In effetti sembra che ci sia una lentezza nell'amministrazione delle elezioni e nella consegna delle chiavi dell'ufficio, tuttavia invia i suoi saluti e un avvertimento.

Senza dubbio hai sentito parlare del misterioso fuorilegge noto come Lorien il Vagabondo. È un uomo incappucciato che vive nell'ombra. Nessuno sa a quale paese appartiene. La nostra intelligenza ha sentito voci secondo le intenzioni di Lorien di interrompere il torneo in qualche modo. Sospettiamo anche che abbia distrutto segretamente molti degli edifici vuoti della chiesa. "
« Last Edit: 29 September, 2019, 09:57:53 AM by Ernesto Strozzi »
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