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« Reply #195 on: February 19, 2012, 03:08:06 PM »

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And more correctly, I believe Fortis had all the spears he needed. It was mail hauberks that he was lacking.

It was (and is) equipment in general.  I mentioned mail specifically since it is the most labor-intensive, but the point is that heavily-equipped soldiers take time to equip given Rome's limited capacity for arms manufacture.
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« Reply #196 on: February 21, 2012, 04:23:51 PM »

To Senator Basile, Privately

I am heartened to know that you have been in conversation with the Pierleoni about a negotiated solution to the recent problems. I trust that you will handle it expertly, Roberto.

You will be gladdened to know that I have already acquired a shipment of crossbows from Sicily, anticipating demand. I regret that Rome's defense fund is already spent, but I am sure that the expenditures were for the best good of the Eternal City. My proposal, perhaps could have been worded more adroitly. It is this; if Rome is willing to purchase these crossbows at 2 wealth as an outlay, my ships would take on the risk of acquiring additional crossbows for Rome. Currently, the waves are dangerous and every ship that sets sail risks never returning. The people of Rome would not pay for a shipment that never arrives, but the people of Rome would pay a premium for a new tool that will give them expert defense.

Now, going forward, if some system of insurance for shipments of valuable goods to Rome could be established, that would be appreciated and there would be little need for upfront payment. But, I fear the popolo and the Senate may find that hard to accept--thus my proposal of upfront investment, which is more valued by the people since there is already a demonstrable product.

Given that the defense fund has already been allocated, I can wait till another season when Rome is more secure. In the mean time, I will set my artisans and several friends who are engineers to work at analyzing the tool and how they may best manufacture them in Rome in the future. If the City is not willing to offer monetary or physical protection to ships that venture far to acquire objects at great risk, then it is best that the City manufactures the objects here. Of course, the process of examination and modification will take several seasons, but at the end, the crossbows will again be available and with luck, Rome will benefit from gaining knowledge of its own on how to manufacture the devices.

You have already seen with my votes for you and with my actions in the Senate, directed at rebuilding the city, negotiations with foreign leaders, inquiries as to the strength of foreign forces, that I believe in Rome's defense. And, to better serve the defense, I have been laying groundwork for and I seek to build up a system to acquire not only these crossbows, but also other tools... tools that perhaps may be rarely found in Rome, but that may be more easily located in Afrique and other realms more distant. I have contacts abroad and investments abroad and I believe that Rome can mightily benefit from some certain opportunities that I am organizing... but it is difficult to find someone as willing to take risk as yourself when a venture is so speculative, and it is dangerous to speak publicly of a planned venture, lest Rome's enemies discover the plans and set themselves against us. When my questions in Afrique are answered, I will have more details to relate.
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« Reply #197 on: February 22, 2012, 03:19:45 PM »

This is the last day to change orders.  If you do, please notify me by post or PM, as the update is currently in the works.  My guess is that it will not come today, but hopefully it will be done by tomorrow.
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« Reply #198 on: February 22, 2012, 04:05:58 PM »

Well then, as a quick IC that's barely in character

Suggestion to the Lesser Council

A possible compromise on the location of the new courts that Consul Basile suggests could be that we locate the courts at the Curia and the senate at the Pantheon, or vice versa. I bring up this option for discussion. I will support what ever solution manages these tasks: 1. It is a decision that strengthens and protects Rome both long and short term; 2. Husbands Rome's resources in the most efficient manner; and 3. It is a decision that will not limit Rome's options in the long term, either by having a chamber that is too small and inadequate, or by choosing a chamber that is controversial and that Rome is not prepared to defend- if Rome is prepared to defend the choice of chamber, then I can support it-especially if use of a chamber is clearly for but a temporary time. But without a plan to assuage critics, I am concerned about utilizing certain options.

Essentially Vittorio has less of an issue with the Lateran if it's obvious to the public that the use is only temporary. He doesn't mind if we occupy it, but he's concerned about potential political ramifications of still being there when Frederick comes.
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« Reply #199 on: February 23, 2012, 04:46:51 AM »

Anno Domini MCLIII
Winter has passed into Spring…
Spring in Rome is awaited with great eagerness, for it is Holy Week leading up to Easter in which the great annual flood of pilgrims pours into the city.  While some are barefoot and penniless penitents, others are wealthy knights and burghers from all over Europe coming to marvel at the churches and relics of Rome and pay through the nose for accommodations, guides, and souvenirs.  In the fields, peasants are clearing ditches, fixing roofs damaged in winter, and planting summer crops like millet in fallow fields.  In the pastures, the sheep are shorn before the flocks return to the hills.  After Easter comes the traditional “campaign season,” lasting until late summer when the peasants are needed back on their fields for the harvest.

Business is good on Holy Week!  During this season, all non-noble Senators will gain 1 Wealth.

Our Consuls: Fortis Calafatus and Roberto Basile
Our Pope: Eugene III
Our Rage: Seething

This Season’s Top 5 Popular Issues

1. "The Emperor is coming!  Who will defend us?"
2. "Would the Faliscans dare interfere with the Holy Week pilgrimage?"
3. "Arnold of Brescia is a great man.  We should protect him."
4. "Pierleone must pay for this treachery!"
5. "The Senators and their courts are corrupt."

News from Abroad

All is quiet abroad.  Perhaps we will hear news of foreign lands when the ships sail again and pilgrims arrive from far and wide in the spring…

News of Latium

The Pope has granted the ancient fortress of Tusculum and the surrounding town to Pietro Colonna, patriarch of the Colonna family and Lord of Palestrina.  Tusculum only fell into the Pope’s hands last year, when debt forced Tolomeo II, Count of Tusculum, to sell the property.

Even in winter, the struggle in the valleys between Farfa and Rieti smolders on.  The Abbey of Farfa retains several significant fortresses in the region, however, that will make it difficult for even the toughest of mountain banditti to do much more than despoil the Abbey’s outlying territory.

News of Rome

Tensions in the city remained high through winter, but only exploded once.  In early February, the “Marcellan Riot” broke out when a mob of Romans formed on the Capitoline hill and began marching towards the Theater of Marcellus.  Fearing that the riot might damage the truce between the Senate and the Pierleoni but with no time to call the militia, Consul Basile intercepted the mob with scarcely fifty armsmen of his house and a few other Senators who he happened to get messages to.  Though heavily outnumbered by the angry mob, the Senator interposed himself and his men between the Theater and the mob.  In an admirable display of courage and acumen, he managed to talk down the crowd and disperse the mob without violence.  Though skirmishes continued in the area for several weeks, there was no major breach of the peace between the two sides.

In other news, the Curia Julia has been chosen as the Senate’s new location.  In January, its ancient bronze doors were opened to the Senate of Rome for the first time in seven centuries.  Some restoration work was funded by Senator Sismondii, though most of his investment went towards cleaning up the Forum grounds nearby, where piles of trash and rubble had made the area unsuited for anything but cattle grazing.  Though the area looks much nicer, it is hardly glorious, and there are few other buildings standing in the Forum.

In late February, representatives from Rieti and Perugia arrived in Rome.  The Reatini were led by one of their Rectors, Damianus Truffa, while the Perugini were led by Fulco Ferrante, the nephew of Camerarius Ildebrand Ferrante, the leader of the Consular government of Perugia.

The Curia Senatus, the new Senatorial justice system of the Commune, has had a rocky start.  Though the popolo grasso responded positively to the idea, a series of systemic problems need addressing.  The first is that the Commune lacks a coherent legal authority – the city previously relied on canon law, administered by ecclesiastical courts, but most Senators cannot read Latin (and a fair number cannot read anything at all) and most of them are completely unfamiliar with canon law.  The “Justinian Law” had been proposed in the Senate, but no complete copy of the Corpus Juris Civilis exists in the city.  The source of most scholarship on Roman law is in the city of Bologna, the site of Italy’s first and only “university.”

The Curia Senatus was also hampered by its location.  The Lateran was repaired and prepared for use as a courthouse, but most of Rome’s people live near the river on the Field of Mars and resented walking all the way across the city to bring cases and respond to summons.  The Senators were no more fond of the location, and many instead held court in the Curia Julia, in outdoor theaters, or even in their own estates.  This created some opportunity for abuse, with many complaining that they were prevented from meeting a summons because they couldn’t figure out where to go, or that Senator-judges had taken advantage of their “private courts” to exact unfair fines or demand payment in exchange for sympathetic rulings.  The implementation of the “justice system” led to several scuffles and riots; the so-called Jus Politia had the dubious distinction of being routed in its first attempt to bring order, chased from the river to the Colosseum by two hundred rock-throwing Romans.  The people, not very well versed in Latin, had initially called the mercenary-peacekeepers vigili (watchmen), but by the end of winter the preferred nickname had become vigliacchi (cowards).  Policing the famously unruly Roman people, it turns out, is not an easy job.

Expeditions


Finances

The interior Consul has provided the Senate with a report on the status of the treasury.

Treasury: 0 Wealth
  • Defense Fund: 2 Wealth

Income
  • Tribute, Tre Fontane: 1 Wealth/year (Paid in Autumn)

Expenditures
  • Jus Politia Upkeep: 1 Wealth/year (Paid in Winter)

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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.








DEAR SENATOR

As always, the update is not yet complete.  The following items have not been completed until I cross them out:
  • Maps
  • Front Page and Population Info
  • Letters
As usual, please inform me if I have made an error, failed to address one of your orders, or (once I post letters) have forgotten to respond to one of your letters.  Regarding Justice orders, there were several inquests from different players and most of that info has instead been combined into the relevant news item.
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« Reply #200 on: February 23, 2012, 11:27:06 AM »

Hi!

I don't know if you saw the updated OOC that I gave; particularly my questions about the crossbows and my questions about the picture book for a tourbook. (I did address the literacy question).

Also it doesn't appear that the wealth has been updated yet for non-noble characters in the first post.

Unaddressed(?) OOC is below. (I doubt that there is any response to the Abbot thing, but it also had some late additions (on Monday).
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« Reply #201 on: February 23, 2012, 11:47:03 AM »

Speech to the Public


Romans! Friends!

Spring is upon us! And what better time is there for new efforts? As always, I listen to what the people of Rome have to say, and in so listening to such wisdom, it is often of great ease to determine what must be done! It seems, as they say, that my eyes have been bigger than my stomach! The Lateran Court is indeed far from the people of Rome, and it's main toll seems to be tired feet!

Romans, this will simply not do. I have heard of other courts, held at private residences by our Senators out of their own... generosity. But we cannot so impose upon their hospitality any longer. Henceforth, I promise, all trial will be held where eyes can watch! The Forum has been cleared, and such a space, under the eyes of God and the people of Rome, will serve most admirably.

To speak of watching. I have also heard of the welcome you have given our new vigili. But as we know, the enthusiasm of the Romans is not an easy gift to accept, particularly for those so unused to our affections! It is no simple job, surely, to keep us safe from thieves and murderers, and so I ask only that you give our watchmen some small measure of your co-operation, and I am sure we will all be glad for it!  

And finally, a gift, from me to you! Free, tasty, and sweet. Remarkably easy to eat. An orange, from Basile!

*Roberto has several of his men crack open a few barrels of oranges, and distributes them to the crowd*


Speech to the Senate


It is a new season, Senators! Breathe that fresh spring air, and rejoice for God's gift that you are Romans.

The Curia Senatus has had no easy start, to be sure. And that is my error as much as any other man. The Lateran is too distant from the people of Rome, and most will not come. And so I see that is not the solution I had hoped it to be. But I said I would be watching, and that I would stand for no malfeasance! Court will not be held at your Pallazos, Senators! Though I am sure your intentions were noble, it is no boon to the people, they become unsure as to the proper place of Justice, and begin to doubt the ethic of our Law. From this point forward - barring exceptional circumstance as determined by your Consuls - the Justice of Rome may only be dispensed on the grounds of the forum, or in the halls of the Curia Julia, and that is my final word on this subject.

But all is not cause for consternation. The truce I have secured with the Pierleoni holds, and with God's will, we will soon have reconciliation. Holy Week is nearly upon us, and we all prepare to welcome our Christian brothers and sisters from all corners. So too have our friends from Perugia and Rieti arrived, and Consul Calafatus and I confer with them to ensure security of the interests of our peoples. Indeed, those who have spoken of defence, do not fear, for your words have not fallen on deaf ears! The walls of Rome have long been neglected, but this should not be so, for they keep us safe from those who would do us harm. Thusly, this season I will make effort at their repair my primary priority, the better to see us through what may come.  


Conversation with Fulco Ferrante and Damianus Truffa over Dinner


Ah! Fulco, Damianus. A wonderful spread, was it not? But now that we are through with one meal, let us get to the meat of our business. Perugia, Rieti, and Rome. Three great cities alike in dignity. But we have more in common than that, no? Strong and brave folk. Friendship, surely. And those who would see us ill....

The ecclesiastes would see us all back under their thumb, of that there is no doubt. But as we know, they have no business in the ordering of a city. We can see to matters of the mundane ourselves, I should think. Farfa has yet to learn its lesson, it seems. And we have other enemies. The Faliscans and their so-called League. They say they organize purely to see to their own safety, but their lies will not fool us. Viterbo and the others.. long have they looked upon us with envy and spite, waiting for their chance to pull us down. But we cannot give them such opportunity.

Fulco, on the Senate floor you spoke of a strengthening of the bonds between us, and assuring our own independence. Rome finds itself in complete agreement. We must band together! With our combined strength, our foes would think twice before bringing challenge to us. If others form Leagues, then why should we not? Let us make a League of our own, a League of the Tiber. Together, and with the Grace of God, we will prosper. Think on what I have said. Enjoy the sites and hospitality of Rome. I would not rush such a momentous arrangement.

Orders for Spring 1153


- Using my Consular authority, declare that judicial court will now only be held in the Forum, or the Curia Julia. (held elsewhere only by special Consular writ, as given by the Consul of the Interior)

- Spend 1 of my own wealth and 1 wealth from the defence fund to make repairs to the most damaged sections of the walls east of the Tiber - that is, the areas north of Quirinal Hill, and east of the various baths - paying special attention to areas where they have fallen to near ruin. Clear such areas of debris and the remains of the former walls, and in the gaps raise earthen berms faced with stone - the same stone gathered from the clearing of damaged sections, and if that is not sufficient, nearby ruins. (or any method of repair that is suitable and cost efficient, really)

- Make use of a wing of the Lateran Palace as a hostelry to host wealthy - and paying - pilgrims come to Rome on Holy Week. Any excess funds so gathered are to be placed into the Defence Fund.

- Send an agent to the University of Bologna to attempt to have a copy made of the Corpus Juris Civilis for use by the courts of Rome, offering a copy of a suitably rare book taken from the library of the Pope in trade if necessary.


Will edit with further orders etc. once letters have been posted or whatever.
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« Reply #202 on: February 23, 2012, 04:20:22 PM »

Light Dragon, the matter of the Abbot was just awaiting letters (see below).  I'll examine the others later today.

Magnus, I fixed your inquest!

Letter to Consul Basile

The following has been brought to the Consul by the two previously abducted Senators...

Consul,

My brother has informed me that you have found my offer to be acceptable.  Given what has occurred since I penned it, I must add the additional stipulations.

One, the Senate shall enact a general pardon for me, my armsmen, and my family, that none of us may later be prosecuted or fined for deeds done during the events of October or at any time prior to the date of our formal agreement.

Two, as I find it impossible to serve a man who currently and falsely claims that I attempted to murder him, I require Consul Calafatus to retract his accusation against me and swear that no attempt was made on his life by me or my guardsmen on Saint Ignatius’ Day.  This he must do personally, before the entire assembled Senate of Rome.

As a demonstration that these negotiations are done in good faith and no compulsion is exerted upon the Senate, I have released the Senators in my custody and requested that they bring this missive to you.

Patrician Giordano Pierleoni

Letter to Senator Manzinni

I appreciate the gift, Senator, but I believe I will decline the invitation to travel.  The roads are altogether too rough for an old man like me.

Pietro Tusculani, Benedictine Abbot of Subiaco

Speech before the Senate

Senators,

It is my pleasure to speak before you today.  I and my colleague from Rieti are thankful for our generous reception.  I believe I speak for both of our delegations when I convey my dearest hope for a relationship between our cities that strengthens our bonds and assures our independence.  We intend to remain until after Easter, to experience the Roman Holy Week personally, and to make ourselves available for discussions with the Senate and Consuls as to the particulars of our association.

Fulco Ferrante di Perugia, with Rector Damianus Truffa di Rieti

Arnold addresses the masses...

Let us give thanks to God for all that he has given us, and further thanks for his justice upon those who despise his law and love iniquity.  The Romans have reclaimed their city from the misguided princes of the church who would rather be baptized in silver than with the Holy Spirit.  Such is the nature of the man who claims to be the heir of Saint Peter!  Who among you can show me the palazzo of Christ, or the great estates of the Apostles?  God grants no power in His name to those who hoard worldly goods and yet claim to be His priests.  Woe to the man who accepts sacraments from the bejeweled hands of the Pope's vicars and thinks himself saved!  Woe to him who believes the false doctrines perpetrated upon the people by gluttonous charlatans who call themselves your servants but act as your masters!  Let the Romans be wary not only of these men, whom we know all to well, but of foreigners who remain still in the thrall of the gilded clergy and come to our city to give them treasures and honors.  Do not be fooled by any parade of foreign princes and wealthy men, who come only to bribe and corrupt the servants of God, who believe the great and unjust earthly power of the Pope and his cronies is a thing to be admired and praised, that it should burden the Roman people like a millstone hung from their necks!

The crowd roars its approval!

Due Date

I still need to touch up a few order issues and update the population figures, but this update is otherwise complete.  Orders for the next turn are due by Thursday, March 1st.  As usual, let me know if an extension is needed.
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« Reply #203 on: February 23, 2012, 05:21:47 PM »

Letter to Fulco Ferrante

Greetings Honored visitors from Rieti.

As Consul of the Exterior I wish to extend my warmest regards. I would also like to enquire into the nature of your dispute with the Abbey of Farfa, what causes such unrest between your two towns? What can fair Rome do to help settle the dispute? Rome looks to form a Tiberian league, would the Republic of Rieti be willing to form alliance?

Fortis Calafatus, Consul of the Exterior

Letter to Formello


Fair greetings, as Consul of the Exterior I would like to point out that although there were rumors of war that no one marched upon your fair city. Indeed, the Falscian league to the north expressed the utmost interest in the well being of your city. Do you seek to join the Faliscan league in the north? Perhaps you would rather look south for allies. Rome looks to form a Tiberian league, would the city of Formello be willing to form alliance?

Letter to Pietro Colonna

Congratulations on gaining the formidable Tusculum. Having prospered so much from the recent misfortune of your nephew Tolomeo II, I wonder, what is your disposition towards him? Are you content with your new gains or do you seek to become the strongest branch of the Tolomeo family?

Fortis Calafatus, Consul of the Exterior
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« Reply #204 on: February 23, 2012, 07:47:59 PM »

Bernardo: Speech to the Senate

Esteemed Senators.

I must say I like our new home. It is perhaps not as bustling as one would like it, but such is the nature of movements of entire seats of government. We sit now on the ancient forum and, as is traditional for my first speech of the new season, I come to talk about money. *pause for laughter* The forum could be used as a marketplace once more. With its central location and open ground, it would make an ideal spot. If we charge a small fee for every market day from the stall owners, it will make a nice addition to our coffers, promote business, and not anger the already annoyed citizenry.

Further, there is room here to expand. I propose we either fund the construction of or repurpose a nearby building for the courthouse, in addition to the Lateran. Further, we end the practice of holding court wherever we please. Since we have no extant copy of the roman law, I will be sending out messengers and couriers to bring back legal systems from across the world, in addition to finding a copy of the Corpus Juris Civilis. Rome will once again be the legal forefront of the world.

Message/Letter to my renters

Esteemed friend,

Though you have not been paying rent to me for long, I wish for you to know whom it is that owns the land you rent. I am Bernardo DiFontane, and I would be pleased to meet you in person at [time] and [place] to discuss your work. In celebration of the holy season, I will also be continuing your rent holiday throughout the Holy Season. One has much more important things on their mind than paying rent in this time of the year.

ORDERS

-Talk to all my renters. For the poorer ones, and peasants, I do this in groups of maybe 20-30 at dinners. I meet with the wealthiest, most prosperous of my renters in person, one on one, and discuss their rent situation and business. Though I got the land shadily, I want to make sure it's run efficiently and cleanly under my administration. Spend nothing large enough to register on the wealth scale for this.
-Survey Gregoriopolis, and talk to the locals, for the areas that seem least hit by Malaria during the summer. Find an unoccupied area near the salt flats that meets these criteria and build and claim a salt farm with the living quarters on that site. Recruit disenfranchised people of Rome to travel and work there.
-Send my men to Bologna, Genoa, Venice, as well as Paris, London, and Constantinople to find and acquire copies of any legal code their courts, libraries, or monasteries may contain. While they're at it, have them feel out the cities for large demands that Rome may be able to fill at some point in the future.
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« Reply #205 on: February 23, 2012, 08:00:44 PM »

These sentiments are expressed both in meetings with the senatores consiliarii and Consul Basile over dinner.

Rector Damianus Truffa and the Reatini

It is not the church we should be most wary of, but the German King, and his allies in Farfa - for Farfa is an Imperial abbey.  It was the Emperors that gave Farfa independence from the Diocese of Rieti, and since then they have spent generations taking advantage of Imperial favor to amass "privileges" and usurp our land.  They have tried to pry themselves away from Roman domination for hundreds of years; they will be no more likely to embrace it now that Rome has Consuls instead of Popes.  Consider what they own - they claim the cities of Alatri and Civitavecchia as fiefs, as well as 14 villages, 82 mills, 315 hamlets, dozens of strongholds, and hundreds of churches and convents, all of which enrich their abbey and help no-one else.  The Romans aided us after the Normans sacked our city, but from Farfa, our neighbors?  Nothing.

When the Germans come, what do you think Farfa will do with its great wealth and many fortresses?  They will be put at Frederick's disposal, for more privileges, more land, and more silver.  They will sell any man out to win greater favor from their Imperial protector.  They may not threaten you with words, like the Faliscans, but they are a greater threat to us, and to Rome.

Fortunately, we still have time to act.  The Abbey maintains castles in the Sabine hills that block the Via Salaria between our cities, castles that we cannot take with mere raids.  But together, we would have the strength to overcome them.  Let us march this season against Rocca Sinibalda, a fortress that is key to their defenses there, and land the first of the blows that will cripple this Imperial ally so their wealth and power will not be a weapon placed in Frederick's hands!

Fulco Ferrante and the Perugini

Senators, we must not be so rash as to rush into war.  We support Roman independence, of course, and wish to frustrate the designs of Viterbo and their confederates, but the Faliscans are in a strong position and cannot simply be overrun.  Furthermore, Perugia is not at all interested in any conflict with Farfa; it is the League that offends us, not some territorial dispute between Rieti and its neighbors.  The Camerarius counsels patience, that we may build our strength and in good time face the Faliscans with superior might on both sides.

Other letters...

A Letter to Consul Calafatus

I do not wish to become involved in the disputes of the Faliscans and the Romans.  This business of "alliances" will only end in trouble.  I welcome peace with Rome and look forward to the upcoming pilgrimage season; I also welcome peace with the Faliscans.  So far, the two of you have yet to fight and merely posture, which I hope will be the limit of this animus.

Signore Martino de Corso, Lord of Formello

Oops

After a little more genealogical research I realized I goofed on Pietro Colonna - he is in fact Tolomeo's first cousin, not his uncle.  Not a big deal for the game, but just so you know.

A Letter to Consul Calafatus

Consul Calafatus,

Of course I take no pleasure in the difficulties of my cousin.  His Holiness decided that I would be best suited for the lordship of Tusculum, and I happen to agree.  I wish Tolomeo the best and hope his is able to rectify the dire straits in which he has found himself - and of course, if he requests my aid, I am happy to grant it.  We must always be generous with our family and friends, don't you agree, Consul?  A shame that dear Tolomeo is a bit too proud to ask me, but I shall certainly be there to lend a dutiful hand in the spirit of brotherly cooperation.

Pietro Colonna, Lord of Palestrina, Tusculum, Castrum Columna, etcetera and so forth
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« Reply #206 on: February 23, 2012, 09:14:19 PM »

Letter to Giordano Pierleone


Patrician Pierleone,

It is good to hear that you are well. The families of our missing Senators rejoice at their return, and the rest of Rome's Senate is relieved to see their colleagues alive and well. To your first condition, of course. Events have a way of escaping the grasp of even the wisest men. The proclamation will be issued, of that have no fear. We all regret that Bloody October, and as long as it shall live in memory, we cannot allow it to happen again.

But as to your second, I am afraid it presents some difficulty. Consul Calafatus refuses to eat his crow. He has intimated to me that he will not recant, and I suspect he will not change his mind. His influence with the popolo is too great, and there is naught that I can do in this regard. But I would still see peace between us. Roman cannot fight Roman. We have enough enemies as it is, I should think. Take comfort in the fact that Fortis may not be Consul forever, for that is all I can offer you on this matter.

But perhaps it is not all I can offer. You know as well as I that law must be restored to Rome, but to restore law, men are needed to do so. I would offer you the additional title of Magistrate of Trastevere, and with it, a right to half of all fines you levy in the execution of Roman Law in your jurisdiction. Your judicial decisions that concern that section of the city would be unimpeachable by any other in the Judiciary.

All other terms of your previous offer would stand.

I have acted in nothing but good faith, Giordano, and the success of our truce has brought me much joy. I would hope that that, and my offer, is enough to reconcile us one to the other, and to again be as brothers, in the eyes of the Romans and in the eyes of God.

Consul Roberto Basile


An Aside to Fulco Ferrante


Fulco, do not be concerned. Rome is no warmonger, hastily rushing into battle. Our each and every decision is carefully considered. Rome too supports the independence of Perugia, and we would not see her suffer for the careless mistakes of her friends. There will be no war with the Faliscans until all is prepared, of that you can be assured.

As to Farfa, Rome does not expect you to commit your resources to any such potential expedition. Declare nothing in this regard, I would say, and stand back. But Rome must consider the wellbeing of her other friends, of course, and we may yet stand with our Reatini brothers in their dispute, if such is God's design.

When the time is right to strike to the heart of Viterbo's machinations, know that Rome will be ready, and their League will be sundered.


An Aside to Damianus Truffa


The German is ever on the minds of Rome's Consuls and Senators, and know that we do not underestimate the threat he poses to our continued independence. If action is appropriate, you can be assured that action will be taken. But that is not a matter for me to decide, no matter how much I might agree that Farfa must be cut down to size for their presumption. Speak with Consul Calafatus. When it comes to matters military, there are few minds that can match him.

Enjoy your time in Rome, Damianus.

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« Reply #207 on: February 23, 2012, 11:35:33 PM »

A Letter to Consul Basile

Very well - with the caveat that, so long as he refuses to acknowledge the truth, I am excused from any duty to follow orders from or place myself under the command of Fortis Calafatus in whatever Senatorial position he may find himself in, Consular or otherwise.  With your assent to this, I will ratify our agreement.

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« Reply #208 on: February 24, 2012, 12:18:28 AM »

Letter to Damianus Truffa

I am no man of war and my duties are rather those of the craftsman and the builder yet I have ears for your plight. Rieti has ever been a true friend to Rome and in such troublesome times friends must support each other lest they both stumble on the path. I have reports from my own men of the scoundrels that plague your lands and while I have not the authority to order Rome to your aid I nevertheless offer you my support as it is. I shall do my part as I can to stress the urgency of Farfa, you stand not alone. If god so wills that there is to be alliance amongst Rome and Rieti and war with Farfa then I and those with me will stand ready to fight. Yet there is much more to be discussed and considered in the days to come I am sure. For now let us celebrate and be merry, giving thanks to god. I offer then to you an invitation that at your convenience, if you would be willing to honor me so, that you should come and partake of the hospitality of my table. I am sure there is much to be discussed between us.
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« Reply #209 on: February 24, 2012, 12:38:50 AM »

A Letter to Giordano Pierleone


Your caveat is noted, and accepted. You will not be required to serve under Fortis Calafatus, regardless of what position he should hold. I will have papers drawn up immediately, and our agreement shall be sealed. I look forward with great anticipation on all the good that together we will bring to Rome.

Consul Roberto Basile


A Speech Before the Senate


Senators! Hearken to my words, for I bring auspicious news!

We have peace with Patrician Pierleoni, and once again he numbers among the true citizens of Rome!

He has pledged loyalty to our Senate, and to the People of Rome, and keeps the Leonine City to ward it against our enemies, and has agreed to take on the role of Magistrate of Trastevere, the better to enforce the Laws of our Judiciary! So too does he make tribute to us for his privileges and honours, and I can assure you such wealth will be put to good use for the betterment of our City. So enjoy this new season of peace, Senators, and walk the streets safe in the knowledge that all Romans work for one common cause!

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