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« Reply #120 on: February 11, 2012, 05:10:59 PM »

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Let me refine what I said above a little bit.

The Papacy was, historically, a poor manager of resources.  The Papal States were rarely under any sort of effective control, and wealth was either squandered on constant struggle between various communes and local nobles or frittered away on luxuries for the Pope and his Curia.  Southern Italy benefited from Greek and Arabic influence in agriculture and administration, Northern Italy prospered because of maritime power and the wealth it brought to independent and forward-thinking communes, but central Italy was left a backwater under a stagnant ecclesiastical administration, its poverty made all the more glaring by the contrast to what it had once been.

It is true that Rome in 1152 is not the most "optimal" starting location, were you to pick anywhere in Europe to try and raise a city to prominence.  It does not have silver mines or a textile industry or a perfect harbor like the Venetian lagoon.  It is weak, yet coveted - the Pope and Emperor both want it for one reason or another.  Rome does, however, have resources and strengths of its own.  It has the prestige of the Imperial City; it has churches and relics people from all over Christendom will come to see; it has grand architecture and a massive amount of marble; it even has a uniquely angry populous.  It may have other things that you have yet to discover or things you already know about but have not yet begun to utilize.  The challenge of this game is, essentially, to find, control, and utilize these resources, whether they be mercantile, religious, social, or whatever, in an attempt to do better than your historical counterparts.  The historical rulers of Rome did this poorly; your challenge is to do it well.  If I handed all these things to you on a silver platter and made you as rich as Venice, it would not be the kind of game I would like to run and I suspect it would not be as interesting to you.

To sum it up, the pessimistic statement I made in the last post is reflective of the situation as it exists in the Autumn of 1152.  I am not saying that situation cannot change, nor that you lack the power to change it.  Indeed, you must change the situation if you hope to survive.  You must pursue these things, however; they will not be handed to you.


Ok. My comments were informed by this concern: I did not want to go off and do something terribly self-defeating. I enjoy the challenge and the depth that the game is set up to give. My confusion was in the initial description of the game as a "do what you want" game juxtaposed with several reinforcements that trade was "extremely excessively difficult" and that Polycarp had not been prepared for us to be discussing trade; which made me wonder if the goal of the game was either (a. maximize my stats and power) or (b. confront whatever challenges are thrown at Rome--a responsive game). And I also wondered how close we were adhering to history for the very reasons that you brought up above. Adhering close to history would make an Arnoldist reformation impossible, and from what you describe, Rome as a trade port impossible-there is just too much arrayed against those possibilities. Thank you for the clarification.
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« Reply #121 on: February 11, 2012, 05:15:26 PM »

Letter to Senator Manzinni

Thank you for supporting my bid for Consul, and for making me aware of this offer from Roger of Sicily. I will be sure to open diplomatic talks as Consul of the Exterior. Next there is the matter of securing safe port for Roman ships, you had made the suggestion of Portus or Gregoriopolis I believe. Enquiries will be made in regards to this.

Letter to Senator de Vinti

At your request my diplomatic powers will be exercised along with my military ones. However first and foremost the Papal Alliance must be undermined. Autumn is not the season to be on campaign anyway.

Letter to Consul Basile

During the Summer months Oddone Fragipani made it known discretely to the Consuls that he will remain neutral in the coming conflict between us and the Papacy in exchange for Pierlioni. I have made some attempts to do so but perhaps with your influence as Consul of the Interior you may have more success. This is why during the Summer I claimed Pierlioni as a son of Rome, to put him at ease.

Now as matters for the Consul of the Interior, I believe that the aquaducts should be repaired. Should Rome come under siege in the future they will prove quite valuable. Next I think the Roman militia needs more training, perhaps made a permanent force similar to the Legions of old? The veterans of Tivoli make an excellent starting point for this. As Consul of the Interior the Colonna affair is yours to be delt with as you wish.
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« Reply #122 on: February 11, 2012, 05:33:45 PM »

Letter to Senator de Vinti

Your congratulations are most welcome, Senator. It is good to know that you are a man of substance, and I appreciate your support for my initiatives. Your donation to the coffers of Rome will not be forgotten. I will of course do my utmost to ensure our militia stays home for the remainder of the year, it would be unwise to initiate another campaign so soon, as I am sure Consul Calafatus is aware. You are right, we do have enemies within the walls of the Eternal City, and I intend to deal with them. As you no doubt know, I have organized days of drill for our militia, which should go some way to increasing their staying power on the field. I trust in future you are a man I will be able to rely on, Hugo.

Consul Roberto Basile

Letter to Senator Manzinni


Senator Manzinni, I could not have done it without your help. I am most humbled by your show of support. Our discussions have given me much to think on, and I will see to it that all our talk was not for naught. All the waters of the world should lead ships to our glorious city, but, alas, they do not. We have no port, and few vessels. I would very much like to see your vision become reality, but I fear it is some years off.

Your Friend,

Consul Roberto Basile


Letter to Consul Calafatus

Consul Calafatus, I do not think I have congratulated you yet on your victory, so, congratulations. And most intriguing. This does explain your unusual degree of support for our former Patrician. As you have initiated this arrangement, I will leave it to you for now. However, if significant violence is to occur on the streets of Rome as a result of your handling of this situation, I will be taking matters into my own hands.

As to the Aqua Virgo, we are in concurrence. I expect to secure the services of an engineer to evaluate what must be done in this regard quite soon. As you of course know, I have instituted mandatory days of training twice a year for the militia, which should to some degree aid the capability of our force. And a permanent, professional military? That would be quite something, I will say. But as of yet I do not believe we have the wealth, or the support necessary to create such an entity. It is something to be kept in mind for the years ahead.

Consul Roberto Basile


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A Speech to the Mob

People of Rome! For too long have we tolerated the greedy grasping hands of the sinners who mock their sacred duty as Vicars of Christ. Their spirits are weak, having fallen to cares only of worldly pleasures and possessions! As the wise Friar Arnold would say, they are no true priests, and have forgotten their duty to God! We are left with no choice! We must chastise these false men of God, before the fever that has seized them destroys us all!

Eugene has called foreign mercenaries to walk the streets of Rome in his stead, to enforce his will on your friends and neighbours! This I cannot abide. Let us emulate the bold example of Consul Calafatus, and bring ruin to our enemies! We shall root out these traitors, and drag them from their dens of vice to visit justice upon them! Onwards then, brave Romans! Free your city from tyranny! To the Lateran!

Attack on the Lateran and Southeastern Rome


When: To take place on the third day of militia training.

- Make a speech near the Colosseum to the mob of Rome, attempting to incite them to violence against the papists and mercenaries in Southeastern Rome. Disperse my own trusted men among the crowd to attempt to maintain some sense of direction and purpose, have the mob head along the road from the Colosseum to the Lateran. Spend no more than 1 wealth on this.

- Gather my own private militia on the Esquiline Hill simultaneously to that of the mob at the Colosseum, and have them march to the Lateran via the main nearby route, attempting to catch the palace defenders in a pincer movement. Co-ordinate departure with a smoke signal to be started as the mob begins to move, additionally send a swift rider, in case the signal should be unobservable.

- Call in the quarter of the Urban Militia that is training on the day of the attack to pacify the eastern part of Papist territory near the Basilica Heleniana, reinforcing my private militia near the Lateran if necessary.

Notes: Pacification of non-belligerent Roman citizens is to be kept to a minimum. No holy relics are to be taken from any churches, and any found in the Lateran Palace are to be delivered to my estate, later to be distributed to other churches. Roberto will receive the majority of wealth recovered to a level of 65% of total wealth or 3 Wealth, whichever is greater (assuming there is that much). Any remaining wealth is to be deposited into the treasury of Rome.
 

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« Reply #123 on: February 11, 2012, 06:14:27 PM »

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My confusion was in the initial description of the game as a "do what you want" game juxtaposed with several reinforcements that trade was "extremely excessively difficult"

I understand your confusion.  The thing is, "do what you want" does not necessarily mean that whatever you want can actually be accomplished.   I make an effort to accommodate the interests of every character, and I absolutely do not think that trade is not a worthwhile pursuit, but there are limits, and you will find them when you push up against these limits.

Just because the game has limits, however, doesn't mean you shouldn't approach them.  A historical character does not know he is in a game.  The Albigensians and the Hussites did not know that there was a "no reformations" rule in play.  The bottom line is, if your character wants trade, pursue it; if your character wants to reform Christianity, pursue it.  If it turns out to be impossible, then think about what your character would do and try something else.  Things like reforming the Church in the 12th century and challenging Pisa at the height of its power are going to be very difficult, that's true, but there may be other ways to get what you want - and if your character's goals absolutely, positively require him to fight the Papacy to the death, so be it.  You might meet a tragic end, but hopefully you will enjoy the game in pursuit of that tragic end, as will the rest of us.
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« Reply #124 on: February 12, 2012, 09:54:15 PM »

 Letter to Roger of Sicily

Greetings Your Majesty

I have been informed by your cousin-in-law, Senator Manzinni, that you are willing to open talks with our fair city of Rome. He proposed a trade for protection at sea for Roman vessels, is salt a resource you would accept in trade? If not, are there any other negotiations you would be willing to enter with?

 Letter to Margrave of Verona

Greetings Margrave,

As you say, my personal opinions aside Arnold of Brescia has the support of the Roman poor. The man is extremely popular, and as such I must give him my support for now. But know that I will try to resolve the situation before Frederick arrives in our Roman city. We are as ever loyal members of the Empire.

Fortis Calafatus

 Letter to Tolomeo(Ptomely II)

Greetings, Tolomeo Prince of Latium.

This new season sees you in dire financial trouble, as Consul of the Exterior of Rome and a fellow noble I am distressed. If there is anything you wish, do not hesitate to ask.

 Message nailed to the gates of Tre Fontane

Hear me monks of Tre Fontane, you have refused the protection offered by House Calafatus. The sentiment against the wealthy clergy is increasingly negative and aggressive, I offered protection out of good faith and was summarily rejected. As such, Tre Fontane will suffer what God wills and there will be no protection from Rome so long as I am Consul of the Exterior and there is no redress.

 Letter to Consuls of  Perugia

Thank you for your Support, a suitable residence will be arranged for you come this Spring.

Fortis Calafatus, Consul of the Exterior.

 Letter to Duke Welf

Greetings Duke Welf IV

As Consul of the Exterior I would like to open negotiations between yourself and our fair city of Rome. Is there anything you would have from our fair city?

 Letter to Patrician Pierlioni

Greetings Patrician,

You still refuse to to meet with me. I have publicly proclaimed you a Son of Rome to be trusted and you doubt me. Now then how about we meet at the border of your domains and I publicly escort you back to my home for a supper to discuss the future of Rome and your involvement in it. Tivoli joined to papal alliance and payed for it dearly, with a Roman army raising their city to the ground and destroying their fields, led by none other than myself. Rome does not stand on such a terrible precipice and you envision. So, meet with me and we can further resolve this situation. Feel free to bring a small escort if you do not feel safe alone.

Fortis Calafatus, your friend and Consul of the Exterior.

 Letter to City of Ardea

Leaders of Ardea, the Roman star waxes high and we wish to extend the hand of friendship. Feel free to send an a delegation in the coming Winter or Spring to begin negotiations with our fair city.

Fortis Calafatus, Consul of the Exterior

Orders Autumn of 1152

-Assemble house guard favoring the recruitment of veterans from Tivoli from the  popolo minuto. Arm them very well and implement a daily training regimen, spending no more than 2 Wealth
-Create a barracks capable of housing my entire house guard with their families, and permanently hire all of the recruited  popolo minuto. If done increase training to twice weekly.
-Send team to Greece to gain knowledge for improved Siege equipment, to return with books/tomes and actual engineers if possible. Offer compensation to any Greeks to are willing to come to Rome. Spend no more than 1 Wealth
-Search Rome for any tomes, scrolls or knowledge relating to the logistics, armament, siege equipment and other related misc info about the Roman Legions.
-Send a surveyor to assess the coast west of Ardea and east of Portus for a suitable place for a coastal port. Key points are deep harbor, defensible position, dry land (non-marshy). To make sure this is finished spend no more than 1 Wealth.
-Send letters to rulers of Ardea, Roger of Sicily, Tolomeo, Margrave of Verona, Pierlioni, the Ten Consuls of Perugia and Duke Welf.
-Have my nephew Ricardo nail the message to the gates of Tre Fontane.
-Use my entire House Militia to escort Pierlioni to my estate if he accepts.
-Secretly tell Oddone Frangipani when the meeting will be and arrange a body double of Pierlioni. Turn Pierlioni over to Oddone and send his body double back to his quarters. If this does not work, kill his escort and hand him over to Oddone regardless, proclaim an attempted assassination on myself by Pierlioni to the mob and that he died in the attempt.
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« Reply #125 on: February 12, 2012, 10:06:31 PM »

I was waiting for stargate to reply to me, but seeing as how Llum has a placeholder for Tre Fontaine above:

Discussion with Fortis

Regarding Tre Fontaine, I have spoken with Arnold and he does not counsel putting the Monks to the sword--he does not enjoy their great wealth, but if their wealth can be used to help the people, it seems he will likewise tone his rhetoric towards the Holy Monks--they can have wealth to manage their lands, but ostentation can be denied.

I believe we can negotiate an agreement where they donate some of their wealth to the people of Rome, for construction of an Aqueduct- the one that is planned for the city--and that Aqueduct can serve both the Lateran City and the People's City. The gift should endear them to the people and in turn we will leave them in peace and be allowed to travel to and from their alley as they wont- as they are allowed to keep some of their wealth and to be left unmolested by Arnold.

Discussion with EE's Character

I have heard that your family came from Spain originally; was it from the region of Barcelona? If so, do you still have contacts in that area? I have heard much of Barcelonian Iron. Is it truly as valued in wrought chainmail armor? And what might those in Barcelona desire in return for purchases of the mail? I would like to pursue better arming our Roman citizens in defense when our enemies again assault the walls.

Updated OOC orders 2 pages back.

Polycarp: "A historical character does not know he is in a game."

Yes, but a historical character is also unlikely to do something cravenly stupid. I would like to avoid planning and then doing something that is extremely foolish due to lack of knowledge about this historical period in Italy. I did find your "no reformations rule" comment amusing. smile

Maybe the trade map you designed could be added to the 1st page with the maps? Thanks!
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« Reply #126 on: February 12, 2012, 10:19:56 PM »

Discussion with Senator Manzinni

I agree with the counsel of yourself and Arnold of brescia. I would never put the monks to the sword, however they rejected my honest offer for protection. There is a large sentiment of anger directed at the wealthy clergy, mainly because of our friend Arnold, and Tre Fontane is the nearest display of that lavish excess so I feared for their safety. They have rejected it out of hand so now I will simply state that they will be left to suffer what God wills unless they come back and ask humbly of House Calafatus.

Also, I have begun negotiations with your cousin-in-law, Roger of Sicily. I cannot say what will come of it, but Rome should have a safe sea-faring future. Secondly I have begun the survey of land to find an ideal location for a new defensible port town of our own.
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« Reply #127 on: February 13, 2012, 02:13:29 AM »

Light Dragon

I was waiting for stargate to reply to me, but seeing as how Llum has a placeholder for Tre Fontaine above:
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I completely missed it!


Reply to Manzinni

Tre Fontane is more than a monastery, it is my home. That they throw in with the pope is an annoyance, and an insult. If we can negotiate further a declaration from them supporting us, or a condemnation of the pope's misdeeds and failings, then we might be on to something. I have a vested interest in their protection, as they are the centerpiece of my hometown. They need not fear their cardinal as long as I am alive, at least... Militarily.

If we can squeeze that from them as well, the better. However, I do like the proposal. As I am the one proposing the notion, I would like to accompany Fortis into the negotiation chamber.
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« Reply #128 on: February 13, 2012, 10:40:11 AM »

Thanks.

Llum- add to my previous mention to you that "Di Fontane also expresses a wish to accompany you into the negotiation chamber."

(Feel free to read his whole reply to Manzinni above, because I would have communicated it to you in essence.)
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« Reply #129 on: February 13, 2012, 08:59:18 PM »

Now that all orders are in, this turn is closed.  You may not edit or add any orders unless you clear it with me first in chat or PM.

The update may or may not come tonight.  It's sort of a big one, so please be patient.
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« Reply #130 on: February 13, 2012, 09:05:55 PM »

To Calafactus

Re: "Thank you for supporting my bid for Consul, and for making me aware of this offer from Roger of Sicily. I will be sure to open diplomatic talks as Consul of the Exterior. Next there is the matter of securing safe port for Roman ships, you had made the suggestion of Portus or Gregoriopolis I believe. Enquiries will be made in regards to this."

Your actions are most appreciated, honored Consul. The easier it is for pilgrims to come to Rome, the less we need to tax our citizens; and the easier it is for ships to travel to Rome, the more safe the city is should its enemies surround it.
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« Reply #131 on: February 14, 2012, 09:48:07 PM »

Anno Domini MCLII
Autumn has passed into Winter…
Winter seldom brings snow to Rome, but the cold winter winds are accompanied by sudden storms.  Floods are still a danger, and only the most reckless mariners try their luck at sea this time of year.  In the countryside, vines are pruned and firewood is gathered, while craftsmen huddle indoors making and maintaining tools and equipment for the coming year.  The people fast through Advent before feasting at Christmas, upon a pig slaughtered in late autumn if they can afford it, and on wild game if not.  Epiphany is celebrated in January, and the date of Easter is announced to the people.

Our Consuls: Fortis Calafatus and Roberto Basile
Our Pope: Eugene III
Our Rage: Fuming!
News from Abroad

Word has reached Italy of the Imperial Diet of Würzburg, a general assembly of the Princes, Ecclesiastics, and Free Cities of the Holy Roman Empire.  Here on October 13th, Frederick Hohenstaufen, King of the Romans and King of Germany, swore to complete the plans of his predecessor Conrad III – to march upon Rome and restore his Imperial rights in Italy.  He has sent word to his German vassals to prepare their forces and finances and make ready to depart in no more than two years.

News of Latium

The free communes of Nepi, Civita Castellana, and Viterbo, along with the Bishopric of Sutri, have sworn to a pact of mutual defense and assistance.  Though the aims of the so-called Faliscan League have not been explicitly stated, most assume it is a reaction to recent Roman aggression against Tivoli.  Viterbo and Sutri in particular have feuded with Rome for years.

Rumor has it that bands of Sabine marauders from Rieti have crossed the ill-defined border of the Papal States and raided lands held by the Abbey of Farfa.  Whether this is the result of some local squabble or a deliberate policy of aggression by the Commune of Rieti is unclear.

News of Rome

The people of Rome talk of little else but Ottobre di Sangue, “Bloody October,” which was the month of a costly battle for the Lateran and three days of rioting and street fighting following the St. Ignatius' Day Massacre at the estate of Consul Calafatus.  It is estimated that a thousand Romans have died in the space of twelve days.  Though Papal forces are no longer in the city, the disorder is greater than ever, with the Senate house itself burned to the ground in the chaos.  While the bloodshed has polarized various factions even further – the Arnoldists vs. the Papists, the Consoli vs. the Patrizi – there is an increasing number of Romans, particularly among the popolo grasso, who urge the Senate to back down from the brink of anarchy and find a negotiated solution to the turmoil.

Pietro Colonna has come to an agreement with the Commune and has departed the city, though his palazzo remains under his ownership and guarded by his armsmen.  Rumor has it that he has left for his estates in the Alban Hills, and taken his most valuable possessions with him.

It rained quite heavily in November, and minor flooding forced some families living near the Tiber to abandon their homes.  Hopefully the worst of it is over.

The Gates of Janus Open!

Rome was at war this season past, and herein are detailed the accomplishments of Roman arms.



Senatorial Inquests

Senators that requested information or launched endeavors have the results of their efforts listed here.  This information is private, but you may certainly choose to share it with the Senate.







HEY YOU, READ THIS

Hi there!  This turned out to be a monster update and went in a very different direction than I originally anticipated.  You can thank sparkbot for some of that, and my creative ways of interpreting sparkbot's results for the rest of it.  Anyway, the update is not yet done - I have not updated the front page stats or the maps, nor have I responded to some very important letters that need responses.  You may go ahead and post if you like, but I would refrain from posting OOC orders or anything particularly decisive until I complete the update later tonight.

As before, please let me know if you find any errors or omissions here.  I hope that I overlooked some order or expenditure, but I also wouldn't be surprised.Thanks!
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« Reply #132 on: February 15, 2012, 01:27:55 AM »

Other Political Issues of the season:

What I'm reading from Polycarp's post, in addition to the posted issues:
1. “Lord Jesus, stop the slaughter!”
2. “The Emperor is coming!  Who will defend us?”
3. “Pierlone must pay for this treachery!”
4. “Arnold of Brescia is a great man.  We should protect him.”
5. “Consul Calafatus is too bloodthirsty to lead.”

We also have:
1. 2 Senators (kidnapped?)
2. Defense Fund (more money in, spend it now, spend it on what?)
3. Aqueducts and Building and rebuilding the city
4. Pierleoni in Western Part of City
5. Mercenary Captives (100) what to do with them?
6. Roman Senate Judges
7. New Place for Senate to Meet
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« Reply #133 on: February 15, 2012, 02:26:29 AM »

Next Update

I believe everything should be just about updated now.  If there are any letters I've missed or other issues, let me know.  The due date for orders is now Wednesday, February 22nd.  As ever, contact me if you need more time, and I will accommodate you.

To the Senate

Citizens of Rome,

We have received the entreaties of the people of Rome and must first lay aside their errors.  Surely the Romans must know that the Imperial crown is bestowed not by the grace of men, but by the grace of God alone.  In offering it, they ostentatiously presume a power which they do not possess, and an honor that is not theirs to bestow.

We are informed that His Holiness Eugene III is still barred from the city of Saint Peter under threat of his life, denied his lawful patrimony and shamefully excoriated by rebels and schismatics sheltered by the Roman people and their councilors.  The belligerence and disloyalty of the Romans belies their peaceful words and conciliatory gestures.

We intend to receive Our rightful crown in Rome at a time of Our choosing, regardless of the will of Roman councilors, and at that time We will reward the faithful and punish the rebellious.  If the people of Rome desire to reconcile themselves with their lawful lord before We arrive to pass Our judgment, they may dispatch at once their chosen representatives to the city of Konstanz, make there the submission of their city to Us, and offer an explanation for their shameless behavior.  If such representatives are not sent, We will understand that no explanation exists.

His August Majesty Fredericus the First, by the Grace of God King of the Romans and of the Germans.

To the Senate

The cloak of lies has been cast aside, and the treacherous and vile intentions of Fortis Calafatus have been laid bare for all to see.  I have only to wonder whether the Senate of Rome was complicit in this monstrous attempt at the life of a patriot of Rome, or whether they were kept in the dark by this malefactor.  I presume it to be the latter, for I do not wish to think ill of the August men of the Senate.  Regardless of their intentions, however, their reputation has been blackened by the actions of a man who uses their title of honor to cover for his murderous deeds.

The very idea that my brother intended to kill the Consul is laughable on its face.  He came under the promise of reconciliation with no more than thirty men into the Consul’s own estate, deep in the Commune’s territory, while the Consul had more than a hundred armsmen waiting there.  The worst kind of fool would not look at this and think that my brother had been planning an assassination.  In any case, the Consul is hardly known to us, and we have no reason to kill him – but all have heard how hungry Calafatus is for glory, and it is not hard to see that he thought to further glorify himself as the conqueror of our House.  A man who would stop at nothing to accumulate power for himself is a man dangerous not only to his enemies, but to his “friends,” for they will be quickly dispensed with once he has what he wants.

My brother was preparing an offer of reconciliation with the Senate and was prepared to present it at the meeting he expected to have with Consul Calafatus.  I will give it to Consul Basile instead, and he may do what he wills with it.  I personally have no mind to reconcile with a Senate led by such a man as Fortis Calafatus, but these are my brother’s wishes, and I will carry them out until he has regained his health.


To Consul Calafatus

Consul,

My foremost wish is that you refrain from aggression against my territories.  I have been brusque with certain Senators in the past but I am willing to lay that aside so long as the Romans confine their aggressions to their enemies and not make attempts against what is mine.  As the host of His Holiness, I find it unseemly to engage in further dealings with the Senate as long as he is unwelcome in Rome, but I presume that you will not interpret this as hostility on my part.

Tolomeo, Count of Tusculum, Prince of Latium

To Consul Calafatus

Consul,

We feared only that the “protection” of sword-bearing men in our cloisters would differ very little from banditry.  If the Senate of Rome will guarantee our independence in our affairs, allow our monks to visit the city on their errands as they please, and refrain from garrisoning soldiers in the walls of our abbey, we will pay an annual tribute of [1 Wealth].

Tre Fontane

To Consul Calafatus

Consul,

I have no particular needs of Rome and doubt my city has anything to offer you.  If you believe me mistaken, I will entertain your suggestions, but if it is an alliance you wish I am uninterested in conspiring against His Holiness the Pope.

Signore Crescentius Caetani, Lord of Ardea
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« Reply #134 on: February 15, 2012, 03:11:53 AM »

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Other Political Issues of the season:

I would add to this only that the Senate needs to find a new place to meet.  That should be done this turn.
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