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« Reply #585 on: June 20, 2012, 09:28:58 PM »

LD, considering the situation, I'll allow you to hire out his guards this turn.  After this turn they'll go with him into retirement.

Also I must insist that all WP be spent in integer values - that is, no fractions.  My sanity is fragile and if you make me keep track of fractions of WP, you will break it sad
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« Reply #586 on: June 20, 2012, 09:50:33 PM »

Thanks. Fixed.
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« Reply #587 on: June 20, 2012, 10:00:12 PM »

At the Lesser Council

Now now Manzinni, I sense a sort of anger in your words. No decision has been made concerning the use, lease or sale of the Theatre of Marcellus. No need to rush to conclusions.

Indeed it is often good to have a debate, especially on so serious a matter. I do not disagree with the fact that the Theatre's location is pretty much... central, and would no doubt benefit from hosting military personnel. But it is too soon to appear aggressive. What Rome needs right now is to straighten up and loosen the huge amount of pressure that's being exercised on it.

Once that is done we can move on to a more expansionist agenda. I invite you to submit a lease offer for the Theater of Marcellus to my office if you wish to use the building anytime soon, but I can't guarantee anything.

Letter to Vittorio Manzinni

Vittorio,
I write to you because I feel it is important that you know that I stand with you on this question of hosting military personnel somewhere. I'm sure many others, Calafatus among them, would support such a move.
The Theatre indeed is a good prospectus, location-wise and size-wise.
But should we make such a bold move right now, Frederick might think, and the Pope too, that we are preparing for an invasion of sorts. It is simply not in the best interest of Rome to appear so aggressive at such a critical time.

That being said, and I hope it will relieve you at least a bit, I wonder; have you acquired any forces?

And on the side, it has been a long time since I inquired about this, but do you still have those crossbows, at least fifty?

Your friend,
Hugo De Vinti
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« Reply #588 on: June 20, 2012, 11:56:41 PM »

Letter to DaVinti

Indeed I still do possess the crossbows; are you still interested in acquiring them?

Regarding personal forces; I have recently started training my masnada in the use of armor and spears. I do not intend to keep a standing army but given the sadly constant tensions in Rome and the lack of a neutral force to keep the peace, I have provided payment for training 60-70 men during the Winter. Unless unrest occurs in the Spring, they will likely be de-mobilized. I dislike the idea of holding arms except when necessary. It is a sad day when disagreements are settled by force rather than by debate.

I had not thought that the Pope or Frederick may see the utilization of the Theatre for those purposes to be such an intimidating gesture, but it is as you mention- very plausible they could react in that fashion and if they were to react in that fashion, then the consequences could be most dire. Still, the militia is training somewhere currently, no? Would it not be more efficient if they were to train in a centralized location?

On a side related note- it seems that Frederick is restoring the old rights and titles and powers. This indicates that the people dispossessed by the Senate will have their rights restored... Farfa, the Lateran Palace, and more along with recompense. The Senate should have a clear plan for how to react to such an attempt to assail the status quo. It may be worthwhile to plan with Fortis how to deal with this situation, seeing as he acquired many locations that may otherwise be ordered returned when Frederick wills.

Note; will respond to Da Vinti's other statement later. *Edit. No apparent need to respond to his statement.
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« Reply #589 on: June 21, 2012, 03:56:13 PM »

Private to Manzinni

Dear Senator Manzinni,

Thank you for this proposal. May it be the start of a long and profitable business relationship!

I will be happy to guarantee the exclusiveness of this relationship: I hereby promise not to take on smithing contracts from anyone related to the hospitality business other than Senator Manzinni, Senator DeRosa, and their agents. This promise will be reneged only if:
- Senator Manzinni and Senator DeRosa no longer require my services;
- Senator Manzinni explicitly revokes it; or
- I no longer deem it expedient, and give Senators Manzinni and DeRosa six month's notice of this.

I already wrote to DeRosa to offer him my services but he has not (yet) replied to me. Since you asked, I will write him again, but if you deem his involvement to be important perhaps you will have better luck writing him yourself.

Sincerely,
Romolo Vannetti

Since the above is a reply to a post that is already a few pages back, I have included the letter I am replying to here for reference:

Private to DeRosa

Dear Senator DeRosa,

A while back I wrote to you offering my services as a goldsmith to your restoration projects. At Senator Manzinni's suggestion, I now add to that an offer to construct golden decorations for your hospitality houses. At Senator Manzinni's request, this offer comes with a promise of exclusiveness: I will not do similar work for anyone other than Senator Manzinni or yourself unless we agree otherwise.

Please let me know if you are interested.

Sincerely,
Senator Romolo Vannetti

Orders for Winter 1155

- Now that I have made a long-term deal with Manzinni, perhaps I can actually make some of it into an investment this time? I certainly seem to have claimed one of the biggest contracts that is likely to be around in the near future, thus improving the long-term prospects for my business as well. Anyway, my approach is as usual: if I can make any part of this deal into an investment, I will (i.e., spend any money up to 12 WP on investments related to this deal). Otherwise, I'll take the short-term profits in cash (at least this will hopefully generate some extra cashflow the next few turns).
- Given the drought of investment opportunities in either smithing or lending, it is time to try to branch out. Let's investigate the possibilities for investing in the silver trade (I imagine spending 1WP should be enough to do any investigations needed). How exactly does silver get to Rome from Pisa? Are there silver traders going between Pisa and Rome or are Pisan traders or even mine-owners in charge of this? If the former, would they be interested in working for me (for a regular income) instead of living off the profits of their trade directly?
- I'd also like to learn more about Basile's work, the possibility of the Pope coming back to Rome, and any restoration work he might have done if this happens. I keep two ears out for news on this as often as I can spare them. I'll write to Basile once I learn a little more about the intentions of everyone involved.
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« Reply #590 on: June 21, 2012, 04:36:13 PM »

Túrin (and anyone else who doesn't know yet), Elemental_Elf has informed me that he will not be able to participate in RR for the time being because of IRL issues.  Hopefully he will return to us when he's less busy, but until then I will be retiring Senator DeRosa (more specifics on this in the coming update).
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« Reply #591 on: June 21, 2012, 05:39:04 PM »

Orders for this turn

-Send two agents, one  in the open and one secretly, to Aredea to see what the weaknesses/needs/strengths/political climate/any other relevant info of the city
-Send two agents, one  in the open and one secretly, to Nettuno to see what the weaknesses/needs/strengths/political climate/any other relevant info of the city
-Agree to the land deal with the Tusculani, renting their land for a period of 2 years for 10 WP.
-Send an agent to keep tabs on Senator Manzinni to see what he is up too.
-Invest as many WP as possible in blacksmiths and carpenters.
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« Reply #592 on: June 23, 2012, 02:48:46 AM »

Anno Domini MCLV
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 pasturelands, 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.

Our Consuls: Hugo Da Vinti and Fortis Calafatus
Our Pope: Adrian IV
Our Rage: Fuming!

This Season’s Top 5 Popular Issues

1. "The Emperor is coming!  Who will defend us?"
2. "The Senate must act to save us from anarchy."
3. "Arnold of Brescia is a great man.  We should protect him."
4. "Down with the English Pope!  Death to the foreigners! "
5. "Manzinni is a puppet of the Papal Curia!"

News from Abroad

Frederick von Hohenstaufen, King of Germany, has spent the winter in Lombardy campaigning against the intransigent commune of Milan and its allies.  The Imperial army seized and destroyed several Milanese castles but declined to attack the city itself, approaching no closer than the city of Monza a few miles away.  There, at the Basilica of St. John, Frederick was crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy, formally assuming the title rex Italiae, King of Italy.  From Monza the King proceeded to Turin, where he was welcomed by William V, Marquess of Montferrat.  Together with William’s troops, the Germans then marched on the rebellious cities of Asti and Chieri, whose residents fled before the Imperial advance.  Both cities were burned to the ground.  The King marched next to Tortona and demanded that the city renounce its alliance with the Milanese.  The Tortonesi refused the King’s ultimatum, and King Frederick and Marquess William besieged the city on February 15th.

News arrives from abroad that Stephen, King of England, is dead, and the throne has passed to his great rival Henry of Anjou, now Henry II of England.  Henry already owns more of France than the French king himself, making him undoubtedly the richest monarch in western Europe!

War has broken out between the Provençal House of Baux and the Catalan House of Barcelona, with both houses claiming the County of Provence as their own.  Though Lord Hugh of Baux has been recognized as the rightful Count by his nominal liege, King Frederick of Germany, the Catalans currently control most of the territory.

News of Latium

In January, the newly elected Pope Adrian IV relocated the Papal Curia from Tivoli to the Faliscan city of Viterbo.  Some claim it is a sign that the Pope is conspiring with the Faliscans, while others argue that the Curia is merely relocating to a more secure position, or perhaps positioning itself to intercept Frederick’s army before it reaches Rome.

Pietro Tusculani, the elderly abbot of Subiaco, has died.  He has been succeeded by a member of the Papal Curia, Cardinal Simone Borelli, who is expected to be more friendly to the interests of the Pope than the intransigent Pietro.

News of Rome

A delegation from the Papal Curia arrived in Rome in mid-December for the burial of Pope Anastasius.  Though several cardinals were present, Pope Adrian IV was conspicuously absent.  The Curial party entered the city from the east with a armed guard of knights provided and led by Oddone Frangipane, who had not set foot in the city since the founding of the Commune a decade ago.  They were joined at the Lateran by many distinguished Senators and Equites, as well as Patrician Pierleone and Signore Colonna.  Anastasius was buried in the crypt below the Basilica of St. John Lateran in a marvelous red porphyry sarcophagus.  The funeral procession avoided the populated areas of Rome for fear of provoking a riot, and the Papal delegation departed the city that same evening.  Consul Hugo de Vinti was commended for his very proper handling of the ceremony and Roman escort, but the entire occasion was overshadowed by the tense state of affairs between the city, the Pope, and the coming King that still hovers over Rome like a black cloud.

Although Anastasius was buried peacefully, the anger of the Romans would not be denied for long.  On Christmas Eve, perhaps inspired by history – Charlemagne was crowned Emperor on Christmas Day – a rumor spread like wildfire through the city that Frederick had stolen a march on Rome and even now drew close to the city.  The rumor was taken seriously enough that a group of militiamen decided to grab their arms and rush to the Capitoline, and the sight of apparently mustering militia induced a general panic.  The events that have been dubbed the “Christmas Eve Riots” are more completely covered below.

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Finances

Treasury: 13 WP

Income: 2 WP
  • Duty, Patrician Pierleone: 1 WP
  • Tribute, Tre Fontane: 1 WP

Expenditures: 0 WP


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.







Updated!

Remember to check your finances as usual and let me know if there are any long-standing missions or reports you haven't heard anything on yet.  I know some of you have foreign missions you're waiting to hear back from; I'll be checking over those in the coming days but it might be good to poke me about them on chat or PM just to make sure I remember them.

I still need to do a number of things, such as posting the new year's population figures and correspondence.  Important correspondence!
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« Reply #593 on: June 23, 2012, 12:22:50 PM »

Argh, Rome is a mess.
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« Reply #594 on: June 23, 2012, 03:04:45 PM »

To Senator Basile

Senator Basile,

Despite our intractable disagreements on matters of the authority of the Holy Church, it is my belief that while misguided, you have a sincere interest in protecting the peace of Rome and the lives of its citizens.  Therefore I have decided to send you this advance copy of a bull which was been penned by His Holiness and is even now being circulated through the College of Cardinals to be formally subscribed.  Though it is always possible that His Holiness will withhold its release, I see no indication that he plans to do so, and I believe that its general publication is imminent.

A PAPAL BULL

It is with profound dismay and alarm that We have heard of the disorder in Rome which led to an attack on a Basilica of the Holy Church and the intolerable looting of other houses of prayer and worship within the City of Saint Peter.  The defiant and unrepentant rebelliousness of the Romans against the One and Apostolic Church is long-standing and well known, for they have countenanced attacks upon the persons and sovereign property of the Holy Church and continue to harbor a notorious heretic and rebel despite all commands to the contrary; this behavior can no longer be tolerated by faithful men.

Therefore, effective upon the publication of this bull, We do solemnly place the city of Rome under perpetual interdict.

HADRIANUS, Episcopus, Servus Servorium Dei
Subscribed this day in Viberbo by the College of Cardinals

Needless to say, I am not technically authorized to leak this document to you before its publication, and I hope you will return my courtesy by not revealing your source.

Enrico da Pisa

What is an Interdict?

An interdict is a Papal sanction that prohibits certain activities of the Church from taking place.  It is considered less severe than an excommunication, for it does not actually expel those it targets from the Church, but unlike an excommunication an interdict can be targeted at a region or city rather than one particular individual.  Rome has never before been placed under interdict in the history of the Church.

While under interdict, the celebration of sacred rites is forbidden.  The churches are ordered to be closed.  No mass is to be read, no religious ceremonies are to take place, and no sacraments are to be performed save for baptism and communion given to the dying.  People cannot even be properly married, and the dead cannot be buried in consecrated ground.  Aside from the dire religious implications of an interdict, it should be noted that if Rome’s churches are still closed by the arrival of Holy Week it will have a truly disastrous effect on the pilgrimage and thus the economy of Rome.

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« Reply #595 on: June 23, 2012, 03:59:03 PM »

Letter to Fortis Calafatis

Consul Calafatus,

Dire tidings! I have just received word from a source inside the Curia that it is highly likely that our Great City will imminently be placed under a Papal Interdiction! This could be catastrophic, should it interfere with Holy Week. Not to mention the rage of the people when they should hear of it. I pray that a path will open so that we might be delivered. I have transcribed the text for you here, and leave this matter to your wisdom.  

Senator Roberto Basile

A PAPAL BULL

It is with profound dismay and alarm that We have heard of the disorder in Rome which led to an attack on a Basilica of the Holy Church and the intolerable looting of other houses of prayer and worship within the City of Saint Peter.  The defiant and unrepentant rebelliousness of the Romans against the One and Apostolic Church is long-standing and well known, for they have countenanced attacks upon the persons and sovereign property of the Holy Church and continue to harbor a notorious heretic and rebel despite all commands to the contrary; this behavior can no longer be tolerated by faithful men.

Therefore, effective upon the publication of this bull, We do solemnly place the city of Rome under perpetual interdict.

HADRIANUS, Episcopus, Servus Servorium Dei
Subscribed this day in Viberbo by the College of Cardinals
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« Reply #596 on: June 23, 2012, 04:16:59 PM »

Polycarp-

Indeed, the grain message was notice to acquire ships so that I'd be ready in the event that you would require me  to acquire ships. If I didn't need to spend anything to acquire the ships now (because I had them easily enough in the older wealth system), then I think my wealth calculation should be as follows, which reflects your calculations. And I'll plan to set sail this turn.
-1 WP spent on EEs guards.
-1 WP on my own guards.
-1 WP for religious icons.
-1 WP to funeral of the pope.
+1 WP from the sale to Equites.

So your calculation seems correct.

question though; regarding the taking a few seasons to equip... then what was the benefit of buying the spears from Sicily a few turns ago? Wouldn't my equipment be a bit faster than otherwise? Say 1 season v. 2 seasons usually?
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« Reply #597 on: June 23, 2012, 04:31:43 PM »

Sent you a PM, LD.
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« Reply #598 on: June 23, 2012, 06:32:28 PM »

What does a green dot on the Italy map indicate?
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« Reply #599 on: June 23, 2012, 07:38:53 PM »

If you mean the Latium map, then it means a city belonging to the Abbey of Farfa.

If you mean the Italy map, I'm not sure... you may be referring to Genoa, which has its own color because it is pseudo-independent (like Pisa, Ancona, Venice, and so on).
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