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Bulletin Board Posts of Public Notices for Jan - Feb 2013.


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Message: 3/38                      Posted        Author
Habemus Abbam                      Jan 01 2013   Prior Matthew
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May 16, 5001:

Rejoice! We brothers and sisters of the Monastery of St. Palamedes the Redeemer have come together this sixteenth day of May and chosen a father to lead us and guide us. We have prayed and discussed, and the Pancreator has given us the grace to see that Father Agravain van Gelder is the best and purest man to lead our community.

All glory belongs to the Pancreator, his Prophet, and his Saints, and may they bless Abbot Agravain in his new vocation.
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Message: 3/39                      Posted        Author
Deus Vult: Claudius' tomb          Jan 01 2013   Hugh
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This message is posted up on boards and read out in public squares in Akko and elsewhere in the Crusader State:

Baroness Lysandra Decados of Claudius' Tomb, a border Baroness on the very spear-tip of the fight against the Kurgans, has pledged fifty of her armsmen and legionnaries for Revelation, while facing constant Kurgan threat in her own lands. May her dedication to the Crusade and the defense of the Faith be emulated by others!

Deus Vult!
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Message: 3/40                      Posted        Author
In Memoriam: William II of Gant    Jan 03 2013   Ysbrandt
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May 17, 5001

It is with great sadness that the Sovereign Baronetcy of Gant announces that Baronet William II of Gant has passed away in last hour of May 16.

Though the Baronet was a valiant warrior and beloved and fair ruler, he had been suffering from a problematic war wound for the past decade, and though he fought hard, in the end his fading health claimed the better of him.

Knowing that this day would come, though hoping it was more distant, William's son Ysbrandt has been preparing to take over the reins of the Baronetcy, as such the transition should be an easy one.

In both life and death, all glory belongs to the Pancreator, his Prophet and his Saints, and may they bless the late Baronet's soul and grant his son the wisdom to rule the Sovereign Baronetcy of Gant fairly.
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Message: 3/41                      Posted        Author
Momoko: Oathbreaker                Jan 05 2013   Hugh
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This notice is read out and posted up on public squares:

Momoko, Baroness of Haqq, has reneged on her commitment to the curia. Let it be known that she is an oathbreaker, and that her word is not her bond. As the appointed officer of the Curia, the Captain-General calls on her to honour her commitment, or to face Curial censure. By her actions she has spurned and damaged the Crusade. Let those who hold the defense of the Faith dear to them look upon her with anger.
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Message: 3/42                      Posted        Author
Crusade Appreciation Night         Jan 05 2013   Quinn
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The Sign of the Donkey has announced it is hosting a Crusade Appreciation night, with a poker tournament, music and drinks to be had. Half of all profits earned will be donated to a charity to retake Revelation.

Come and join in the festivities, show your support for the crusade at the Sign of the Donkey off Exodus Square.

(Come, join the party tonight, at 6PM PST, Today Saturday, 5th of January!)
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Message: 3/43                      Posted        Author
Deus Vult: Commitments             Jan 06 2013   Sir William
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17 May 5001

The Crusader State will support the captaincy of Hugh Justinian and his push to Revelation, and I hearby release all the volunteer companies of Pilgrim's Landing, Vaal Street, and the Quayside - some 1200 legionaries - to the Crusade. We will see to their defensive responsibilities with forces from the Southern Bailiwick and the Regiment of the Exodus, which will remain guarding the northern bailiwick as it always has. I have perfect trust in its commander, the Sword of Lextius Sir Garret Justinian.
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Message: 3/44                      Posted        Author
Auberry: Commitment                Jan 06 2013   Lyov
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The Twin Counties of Auberry and Maleband proposes an initial commitment of 150 Legionaires for a period of two seasons. This does not include commitments from any of her vassals and based on the needs of Marshal Cassius Hawkwood and Quarter-Castellan Hugh Justinian, exchanged for like military hardware or troops.

Additional commitments pending and conditional. Baronial commitments are pending.

No orphans of Revelation for the children of Auberry's armsmen.

Andrei Mikhailovich Obolensky Decados
Baronet Calliere
Auberry and Maleband Revelation Liberation Affairs Liason
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Message: 3/45                      Posted        Author
Deus Vult: Commitments             Jan 07 2013   Hugh
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This is read out on public squares and notices posted:

Renaud, Count of Leon, has committed 200 armsmen for the whole year to Revelation, and his vassals, Baroness Desideria and Baroness Katerine have each committed a 100. Leon has proved beyond doubt its love for the Crusade and zeal for the defense of the faith!

Countess Amber has pledged 200 legionnaires for Revelation - a large commitment, as she faces invasion on her own shares.

Joyeaux has committed 100 to Revelation, with a far larger commitment - almost the entire forces of the Count - to ohterwise advance the cause of the Crusade: proof that Count Antonio lives and breathes to fight against the infidels.

High Fen and Crow's Landing have both pledged 5000 firebirds scutage, and Baroness Haqq has pledges 2000.

Vice-Count Lyov has committed 150, with more possibly to follow from himself and his vassals.

The Brother Battle have also committed to Revelation several hundred armsmen and legionnaires, while the imperial commandos of Captain Edward Graves have committed themselves to wherever the Crusader State most needs them.

More troops are still needed for the defense of the faith. Deus Vult!
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Message: 3/46                      Posted        Author
Deus Vult: Caelwyn                 Jan 07 2013   Hugh
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The Lord General, Earl Caelwyn has committed a hundred men for Revelation, and the majority of his own forces for the defense of the Faith on other fronts. Let the peers of the Curia be shamed by this generous commitment by an offworld Crusader!
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Message: 3/47                      Posted        Author
Deus Vult: Gant                    Jan 07 2013   Hugh
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Baronet Ysbrandt van Gelder has made a grand contribution to the Crusade: 50 men, and 2500 firebirds. For a Baron, this would be a generous contribution. For a Baronet with fewer men and wealth, it shows an unmatched dedication to the Crusade, deepening Leon's already generous commitments to Revelation.
Deus Vult!
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Message: 3/48                      Posted        Author
Deus Vult: Momoko                  Jan 07 2013   Hugh
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Let it be known that there was a misunderstanding about Baroness Momoko's commitments to Revelation. Rather than an oathbreaker, she intended to commit more, not less to Revelation than originally intended. Haqq sends 50 armsmen and 7000 firebirds, a princely sum from a poor border Barony. She has truly showed that she is a champion of the Crusade!
Deus Vult!
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Message: 3/49                      Posted        Author
Ransom & Reward                    Jan 07 2013   Rutger Mortimer
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The cowardly pirate Zakaria al-Malik has stolen my daughter Else, and by reports already defiled her - but despite his perfidy, she is dear to me. I will pay fifty thousand firebirds to the man who brings her back to me, and another fifty thousand firebirds to the man who brings me Zakaria al-Malik's head.

Rutger Mortimer
Tyrant of Gilead
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Message: 3/50                      Posted        Author
Appointment of Cephus              Jan 10 2013   Amber
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In honour of his long service on behalf of the people of Yathrib and in recognition of his renowned good faith and moral rectitude, the most puissant knight, Sir Cephus Justinian, was asked to undertake certain tasks on behalf of the Crusader State. 
 
It is hereby declared that Sir Cephus has accepted these responsibilities, and will henceforth serve as High Almoner of Akko – revitalising the ancient position of honour with new efforts on behalf of those in need of charitable assistance. 
 
In celebration of his liberation from durance and his return to active efforts on behalf of the common good, Sir Cephus is also granted the title of Grand Count of the Midsummer Fair for this year's event, in expectation of our most renowned tourney champion helping to make the festivities both memorable and enjoyable for all. 
 
Signed on this day, the nineteenth of May in the five thousand and first year of the era, 
Eleanora van Gelder 
as Chancellor of the Crusader State
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Message: 3/51                      Posted        Author
Cry For Justice: Else Mortimer     Jan 11 2013   Nadira Nour
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Nadira Nour al-Malik, Protector of Hydessos, Countess Palatine of the Antipodes, Watch-warden of the Meridian Sea, Rose of Glory, Bearer of the Rod and Staff of State, She Whose Fury Makes Lords Tremble, Whose Smile Makes Lords Weak, to Eleanora van Gelder, Countess of Johburg and Standard-Bearer and Chancellor of the Holy City, Hail!

You have within your precincts the traitor and murdress Else Mortimer, who slew my cousin Haidar in cold blood, through deceit and malice and unholy ways. I beseech you, in the name of justice, bring her before the Court of St. Godfrey that she might be judged and executed for her treason. Blood cries for blood! Blood cries for justice! Hear my plea, Chancellor, and make my kin whole!

(The seal is proper, dated the 19th day of May, 5001 at Hydessos.)
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Message: 3/52                      Posted        Author
Priory St. Claude                  Jan 12 2013   Zebediah
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It is announced today by the higher command of the Brother Battle Order, that Sub-Prior Zebediah Hawkins, Adept of the Brother Battle, is hereby acting Prior of St. Claude's on the Rocks, taking over the duties from Adept Lucien LaGrange who has been temporarily called away to other duties.
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Message: 3/53                      Posted        Author
Deus Vult: Commitments             Jan 14 2013   Hugh
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Baroness Chiaka of Avenal sent the generous sum of 7500 firebirds for Revelation. Comstock sent a pittance of a thousand firebirds.

Baron HAssan ibn Abd Al-HAww ibn Al-Malik, lord of Helborg, has placed his famous cannon with crew, and 50 armsmen for the use fo the Crusade - may it rain Hell upon the Kurgan!

But it is the Exodites who have truly shown their colours: The Guild of St Maya has funded two hundred Muster hoplites for two full seasons of war, showing the undimmed zeal of Revelation's lost children to reclaim their home.
Deus Vult!
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Message: 3/54                      Posted        Author
Deus Vult: Arvin                   Jan 14 2013   Hugh
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Seraphine deMolay, Baroness of Arvin has made a grand commitment to REvelation: Five hundred armsmen in total, with two hundred serving during the first season, two hundred during the second, and a hundred the third. All praise her zeal for the Crusade! She has also offered her own services as logistician for the transportation effort.
Deus Vult!
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Message: 3/55                      Posted        Author
Bounty Notice                      Jan 15 2013   Quinn
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In response to the attacks on Muster Personell in the past days, the Muster Guild is issuing a bounty of 50 firebirds on any individuals responsible for attacks against Guild personnel, or information that leads to the succesful capture of these criminals.
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Message: 3/56                      Posted        Author
Chancery Review                    Jan 15 2013   Amber
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With the post of Chancellor having stood vacant for more than a year, it is perhaps no surprise that the Countess of Johburg is still in the process of settling into a role she's held for just a fortnight – but in the wake of the appointment of Sir Cephus to his new posts, other changes are taking place. 
 
Both the Grand Vintner of Akko and the Grand Forester of the Pale (a de Moley and a van Gelder, respectively) have been offered new positions within the Countess's own palace courts, freeing up a portion of the Chancery revenues for other purposes. It is rumoured that a review of other Chancery posts is presently underway – and that it is just one part of a full audit of current expenses. 

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Message: 3/57                      Posted        Author
Deus Vult: Final Commitments       Jan 18 2013   Hugh
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As the final commitments from the Curia, Baron Martin deMoley of Newbridge has sent in 25 armsmen and 5000 firebirds for the cause, rising above many of the other Auberry vassals. The Baron of Fenford has also showed his commitment to the Crusade by sending 50 armsmen.

Deus Vult!
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Message: 3/58                      Posted        Author
PSC Brevet Promotion               Jan 21 2013   Zebediah
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In the name of the PanCreator and with the authority given me by the Order of the Brother Battle in my investiture as Acting Prior of Port St. Claude, I have given a Brevet Promotion to Sub-Prior to Brother Moroko, Acolyte of the Order. This position does not come with an official promotion of rank at this time, but carries with it all the attendant privileges and authority of the position. He is thus authorized to speak in an official capacity for Port St. Claude when I am unavailable, and to conduct such business as is required to serve the goals of the Monastery. 
 
 Adept Zebediah Hawkins, Prior of St. Claude on the Rocks.
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Message: 3/59                      Posted        Author
A Laurel returned                  Jan 22 2013   Chiaka
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People of Yathrib, given that it has been proven a mystery knight who fought in my name used witchcraft. I am hereby handing the laurel of victory that was given me to Sir Rosario, his opponent. I did not countenance this mystery knight's championing of me beforehand, I was merely pleasantly surprised that someone would choose me to take a favor and give the laurel - with no knowledge of his witchery at the time, but I will not let my honor be tainted by witchcraft giving the victory. Knowing that now, I henceforth turn the Laurel over to Sir Rosario, whose feats of arms were amazing in spite of facing a Witch. I am to understand the man known as the Pale Knight, who I will continue to leave anonymous due to our honorable traditions of tournaments and mystery knights, will likewise be returning his prizes as well, and I hope they in turn shall be given to Sir Rosario as well. May everyone Walk in the Light.

Baroness Chiaka Iulia Theodosia Justinian, of Avenal
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Message: 3/60                      Posted        Author
New Mayor Rotdam                   Jan 26 2013   Aureliana
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Following a long bout of ill health, The Mayor of Rotdam has passed away, leaving his Deputy, Aureliana Harmon, to step into his place. The woman, known for being the Leader of the Reeves Guild in the city, is perhaps one of the younger mayors to step into the position, though she is well supported by the populace. 

The swearing in took place within days of the late Mayor's death, ensuring a smooth transition and ensuring the leadership of the city continues for the greater good of the people of Rotdam. There was little pomp and ceremony involved, the Mayor Harmon focusing the attention on a state funeral healed for her predecessor, ensuring the good man's memory was properly honoured. 

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Message: 3/61                      Posted        Author
Troops Leave for Revelation        Feb 01 2013   Hugh
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There was a parade of troops headed for Revelation through Akko, passing by the docks where the first transports were waiting to leave for the Holy City; besides Akko gunboats, Imperial aircraft carried out an overflight, displaying the commitment of the legion to protect the troop transports between the Holy City and Akko itself. As the first transports set off, Captain-General Hugh of Justinian gave a speech to those gathered on the docks, ending with a vow that: "We will not abandon Revelation in its hour of need." Indeed, given the size of the troop mobilisation in Akko, a great many troops will be headed to the Oultrejoyeaux this summer. By all accounts, the drive to secure commitments for relieving the Holy City has been a success.
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Message: 3/62                      Posted        Author
Auberry: Final Transmission        Feb 06 2013   Lyov
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The loudspeakers of Auberry broadcast this statement once before being unceremoniously cut off. The Vice-Count's personal effects and many of the exotic plants in his possession have been taken to the large Hawkwood landers that had landed in Saba a night ago, having arrived with Lyov's wife and daughter, and one of them rumored to be flying... not back to the jumpgate, but towards the west. Sathraist lands. His spiked crown was left bereft of his black pearls and even the new waterworks at the Palais Maleband were stripped of their copper wires. A copy of the Kurakin Archives, memorializing almost two thousand years of family annals, also taken. His tiger, it seems, was left behind.

People of Auberry:

By the time this announcement is aired, I will have been long gone from the halls of Palais Maleband and the Castle, and really all the realms watched by the Known Worlders or even the Kurgans. The Twin Counties of Maleband and Auberry need a leader. That person will not be me. This is not for a lack of love for Auberry. My words and actions in protecting the North and keeping it from being abandoned by the Curia shall stand as a testament to my dedication to the faithful of the North. My tax policies have been generous, my laws have been fair, and order has been kept in these troubled lands.

We are born. We die. It was my hope that things could have been better. It was my deep-seated faith that things would be different here on Yathrib. Having fought the excesses of the Emperor Wars, seen the atrocities we commit in the name of the Pancreator or the Emperor or our Prince... having committed those atrocities... our war against the Kurgans in the Holy Land of Yathrib was supposed to transcend our petty, ugly nature and to finally rise above our weaknesses and our lies and our greed and our infidelity to liberate this world from the infidels supposedly corrupted by those very sins and heresy, and more importantly, find peace amongst ourselves. But my faith was misplaced. We remain just as petty and small and ugly now as we were a decade ago during the Wars. No, we are more petty and small and ugly now that we fight in the name of the Pancreator.

There are no such things as second chances. Only new choices. In my time on Yathrib, I have missed many years of knowing my daughter... many years of, well, living. I will never get them back. It is with great regret, then, that I part so hastily from the land I had so desperately wanted to better, a land I had so desperately wanted to love me. History is a cruel mistress. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. We cling to faith that things will get better. We cling to faith that things will be different. But we are all fools destined to repeat our mistakes again and again. But sometimes, Destiny gives us a choice, and we can watch and dwell as everything slowly ebbs away or we can move forward and close a chapter of our lives.

Fate does not grant us equal affection. Fate picks favorites: the winners and the losers. Sometimes, we must make do with what we are given. Sometimes, we must step back and tell Fate we are not playing her wicked game. Sometimes, we must trudge on and place faith in ourselves. The Pancreator cares not for the whims of fate, but the courage of his faithful to fight when we must, and to do the things we hate to survive and fight another day.

My wife and I, and our beautiful daughter Anna, are no longer of this world. When we wake after this message has aired, we will breathe our first breath of free air from the base petty and small natures driven into the hearts of Yathrib. No more politics. No more lies. No wasted breaths. Old sins will be washed away, drinking from the River of Nepenthe, Good Bye Auberry. Farewell and be well.

Lyov Feodrovich Kurakin Decados, Esquire
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Message: 3/63                      Posted        Author
Worthy Knights and Captains        Feb 08 2013   Hugh
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Worthy knights and captains!

The war season is upon us - now is the hour to prove your mettle! The forces of Akko are marching to fight the Kurgan in the name of the Crusade, and are looking for able captains and knights. Whether you are a young knight errant out to earn his spurs or a seasoned commander with your own company, you are most welcome among those following the sacred quest to liberate Yathrib. We are looking not only for fighting men, but also healers, scouts, intelligence personnel, siege engineers and experts representing other support arms.

Hugh of Justinian, Captain-General 
OOC: Send me and Naima @mail if interested!
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Message: 3/64                      Posted        Author
Letter to Nobility                 Feb 12 2013   Momoko
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To Whom This Letter Reached,

        I wish to know of any and all information that you've learned about the war and the movements of our enemies so that I might devise a proper strategy to anticipate the movements of our enemies in Ghilat and better help Baroness Midare to protect her lands. I would appreciate your assistance in this matter. I hope this finds you all well.

Penned by hand,
Baronesa Momoko Adelaida Enishi



OOC: I'm not sure who all has information and so this is easier. And you don't have to respond to me. That's cool.
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Message: 3/65                      Posted        Author
Chiaka Speaks                      Feb 12 2013   Chiaka
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As many of you have heard by now, Sir Cephus was defeated by the Infidel Khan of Kerak in the duel to defend my honor.

As I warned you all, the Kurgans were never planning to keep their word. In the aftermath of our loss, I tricked them into admitting that. They wanted my man, but never intended to keep their promises if they lost. War in the North was inevitable. The Infidel Lord of Ash Shallat is also the man who ordered the assassination of Baron Arsuf. Can we trust an infidel? Let alone one who is an assassin? They executed that attack to put the North in chaos in preparation for their own advance! That is why I sullied myself by trying to trick them initially instead of turning over my man on the loss. So that I could be sure they were acting with Honor. They proved they were not.

Hark to the North, forces of the Faithful, Defenders of the Empire. For the Infidel is coming there too. But stand strong and dread naught! The Craglands stand in their way under the peerless command of Marquis Sidon and the Knights of the Axe and Fist. Our peerage is strong even with the Viscount's Departure, The Void Rose and warriors of Avenal will make Kerak dread my name! While even now men move to defend us, even now we prepare to cast back these honorless swine to the dark depths from wence they came.

House Justinian will not let the Infidel gain another inch in the North. And we shall liberate those lands for the Faithful. Who will join us!?

Next Year in Kerak!
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Message: 3/66                      Posted        Author
Of Lady Chiaka and Justinian Honor Feb 13 2013   Karl
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Let it be clear, Lady Chiaka's words are not those of House Justinian, and her example is not the way of our noble House.

Since the incident in the void that began the Baroness Avenal's rivalry with Kerak, I have given her support. Loyalty is the creed of our House, and to defend her man was just; we are not bound to the demand of heathens, and on any single day, I will fight them rather than give tribute or bend knee. However, we have also understood the situation she had caused to be one that would cost the County of Auberry heavily, and indeed threaten the crusade as a whole: her rivalry has drawn foes who would otherwise not enter the fight. To rectify this conflict, between the demands of honor and the practical considerations of war, a deal was brokered by the former Viscount Auberry in his father's name. A duel.

Although I do not know the Kurgan view of the tradition, among the faithful noble houses of Yathrib, and (I am to understand) throughout the rest of the Known Worlds, the duel is upheld as a means of resolution and justice for its total clarity. Whatever slight or wrong, whatever evidence, whatever recriminations, blade is matched to blade, and by the Pancreator's Will, a victor emerges, and the matter is decided. Beyond victory, no prior argument holds sway.

Lady Chiaka says she has tricked the Kurgans and revealed their treachery, but all she has really done is lie. Lie about the man she would have to surrender for her loss, and then claim trickery when her lies were revealed as the very thin sham that they were. Her actions have only shamed herself and demonstrated a lack of understanding in this most basic of noble arts. To settle her rivalry, for all the good of Auberry, her champion fought. Her champion lost. Though we may mourn this state of affairs, we cannot pretend that the circumstances were different. I do not deny her claim that the Kurgans are guilty of many crimes. It is my own opinion, and the cause for many of my own actions, that they were behind the assassination of Arsuf's former lord. But this prior crime, like every other prior argument, holds no weight over the outcome of the duel.

As the Lord of Sidon, as a member of House Justinian, I will defend the lands sworn to my care, and defend the Lady herself, for it is my duty. But let no man or woman think that the Baroness is an exemplar of our house, or even a suitable representative of the noble caste. She has shamed us all through her actions, endangered us for her limitless pride that would place her will above the results of just trial by combat, and should she wish her name to be known by future generations for anything but treachery and deceit, should she wish any respect amongst her peers going forward, she must accept her error and attempt swift remedy.
 

Karl Justinian,
Marquis Sidon

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Message: 3/67                      Posted        Author
Excommunication                    Feb 13 2013   Agravain
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                        DECLARATION OF EXCOMMUNICATION                        

In fulfillment of my solemn duty to protect the One True Faith and preserve the unity of the Church Universal, and my obligation to exercise vigilance as required for the salvation of souls, I, Agravain van Gelder, Priest of the Church Universal, by the Pancreator's grace Abbot of St. Palamedes the Redeemer, Inquistor of the Holy Synod, do declare as follows:

In a public statement, one Lyov Feodrovich Kurakin Decados, formerly Vice-Count of Auberry, has declared his intention to, and to my knowledge and belief has, departed the Crusader State in order to reside within the Sathraist Kingdoms of Yathrib, and, along with his family and other conspirators, he intends to take their infernal worship as his own;

It has been declared since the earliest days of the Church Universal that the so-called worship of Sathra is the most grave heresy, and endangers the soul. Furthermore, as Vice-Count, the aforesaid Lyov Feodrovich Kurakin Decados was responsible for the physical and spiritual well-being of his people, for the Nomocanon and the Omega Gospels teach that only through the reflection of those in high office may their vassals and the common person receive reflection;

This pertinacious denial of the truths of the Holy Mother Church, this grave schism, this endangering of the souls of the flock violates the teachings of the Church Universal, and the laws of the Patriarch and Ethicals from time immemorial.

Therefore, having given due consideration to the evidence, and with the Pancreator alone before my eyes, I, by this definitive sentence, do declare that Lyov Feodrovich Kurakin Decados has committed the canonical crimes of schism and pertinacious rejection of church doctrine. By his own actions, he has incurred, latae senteniae, excommunication from the body of the Holy Church for his schism. 

Let no minister of the faith grant him any absoltion from sin until he has repented and made amends. Let none of the faithful give him aid or succor. Let him, and those who have joined him, be anathema to the holy body of the Church.

Furthermore, the Inquisition shall investigate the root of these crimes, and shall seek out any remaining conspirators in this heresy. Let the innocent be succored, and the guilty fear the cleansing flame of the Pancreator. 

Given on this, the 14th day of June, the feast day of Saint Romuald, in the Year of the the Pancreator 5001, it being the 2278th year since the Prophet saw the Holy Flame, and in the reign of his Holiness Hezekiah the Elder, Patriarch of the Universal Church of the Celestial Sun, the 29th.

/s/ Agravain van Gelder
Presbyter Ecclesiae Universalis
Abbatis S. Palamedes Redemptor
S. Officii Sigillo tenentem Inquisitorial
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Reply to Excommunication           Feb 13 2013   Olivia
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Let it be known Father Abbot Agravain van Gelder's words and notification of the former Viscount Lyov Feodrovich Kurakin Decados' excommunication do not go unnoticed.  At the time the former Viscount gave his word he was leaving his post, his declaration caused
a few brows to rise within the Decados faction. However, that being said, Lord Lyov's decisions are his own and are no reflection of
the remaining Kurakin or Decados brethren who reside in Yathrib. 

We understand the Church will do as they must in order to conduct a proper inquisition of this situation, though I ask they first speak with me directly. There is currently a questionable situation in Auberry with the Viscount's resignation and a more recent disruption pertaining to the honor code of a duel. I will not allow the county to fall upon more discord as its citizens prepare for battle. 

Let this be a time for our factions to work together. I offer myself as an Ambassasor of Auberry and will answer to the Inquisition for my people.


Lady Boyar Olivia Decados
self proclaimed Ambassador of Auberry
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Message: 3/69                      Posted        Author
CROW'S LANDING: It is time.        Feb 16 2013   Julien
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Citizens of Crow's Landing,

Before your fief was taken by the infidels of al-Gesar, you were first vassals to the rule of the Royal House of Hawkwood, under the rule of my cousin, the late Baron Wilton Johnathan Hawkwood. A just man, by all reports, and a kind one. Perhaps this was what allowed the treachery that needed to transpire for the Kurgans to forcibly seize this fief from our family's hands, forcing several into abject misery and spitting in the face of the Pancreator.

Afterwards, the Decados, under the guise of an astute woman who happened to marry the al-Gesar fool, took the seat as their own without bothering to give the proper freedom our customs afford to you. You are now a taifa state, a word that originates from the language of the Heretics, an offense to this ancient and respected title that I shall now hold.


So to this I say: I have come to liberate you from the claws of Kurgan and Mantis alike and I will not stop until the lion rampant of House Hawkwood flies alongside the black crow on top of the castle.

And by the Pancreator's Grace and glory, I shall demonstrate to usurpers and heathens alike what true leadership is like.

To arms!


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Message: 3/70                      Posted        Author
Sermon on Alivere                  Feb 18 2013   Agravain
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Exerpts from a sermon given by Father Abbot Agravain van Gelder in Exodus Cathedral at the Restday services of June 21:

"News has reached us on swift wings of the great victory of the Armies of Akko and the Crusade at Alivere. We praise the Pancreator for His strength in this victory. But we cannot praise Him for what came after, for that was the work of men, men who showed the true darkness of their soul mirrors, and who debased even this fallen age with vile sin.

"These lands, within a generation, within even the memories of those still living, were part of the Crusader State. They are filled with men and women who share our faith, who worship the Pancreator, in secret. It is hallowed by the blood of martyrs for the faith, who were persecuted and died because they did not fall to heretical Kurgan worship. These are our people, the same as you and I, yearning for the return of the True Faith and Holy Mother Church. And too, there are those, too young to remember, who hew to the faith of their fathers and grandfathers, or who would return to it if shown the way. 

"Now, though, they shall not have that opportunity. Men put to the sword en masse. Women despoiled. Babes in arms ripped from their mothers, thrown down and crushed beneath the chainmailed heel of those who call themselves the army of God. I say to you now that this is not the Pancreator's way! The blood of Alivere stains the souls of those who murdered there. The souls of the dead scream out to the Pancreator for justice! And he will answer them, for he is merciful, and the source of all justice. 

"The Pancreator's eye turns from those who blacken their soul mirrors in this terrible sin. Woe be to you, murderers and rapists of Alivere, faithless and accursed! I call upon the Pancreator, and his servant, Saint Maya, the Scorned Woman. I call for justice, for retribution, for a balancing of the scales weighed so heavily with the blood of innocents and servants of the faith. There can be no true victory without the Pancreator, and you who have done these things will know his displeasure.
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Message: 3/71                      Posted        Author
Public Banns                       Feb 19 2013   Duchess Salandra
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20 June 5001 -- Byzantium Secundus

His Serene Highness, Prince Hyram Decados, is pleased to announce the impending nuptials of his vassal Lord Anatoly Feodorvich Kurakin with Boyar Olivia Elisabetta, lately of the holy world of Yathrib. In anticipation of her wedding, Lady Olivia's boyarship is declared ended and she is given the personal dignity of court baroness. Lord Anatoly is even now en-route from Severus to join his new bride, and His Serene Highness commands all loyal sons and daughters of the Mantis to begin preparing to celebrate their wedding upon his arrival.

Prince Hyram furthers offers congratulations to Count Feodor Kurakin Decados on his soon-to-be-daughter, and urges that the Count to embrace her and see in her a vehicle to forget and forgive the transgressions of his wayward other children.

(Signed and sealed with Prince Hyram's mark and in his name by his ambassador to the Imperial Throne)
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Unmentionable Party                Feb 23 2013   Anton
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Everyone who is anyone has received a small, white card with an engraved golden invitation:

        You are invited to to the Crooked Tower as guests of Prince Hyram Decados on the 29th of June, 5001. His Serene Highness' minister promises discretion, intoxicants, and entertainment; attire is negotiable, with unmentionables preferred.

(OOC: We will start around 6 PM Pacific.)
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Message: 3/73                      Posted        Author
Public Announcement                Feb 24 2013   Olivia
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1 July 5001

I am pleased to announce that Sir Julien Hawkwood has abandoned his claim to Crow's Landing; instead, he has proposed marriage to Lady Galena Kasandrov Decados, of Byzantium Secundus, who all know is the rightful baroness of Crow's Landing. She has accepted, and he has agreed to lead his men in her name to cleanse the remaining Kurgan taint from Crow's Landing. I have spoken to my future father-in-law, Count Feodor, and he is pledging a company of Kossacks to Sir Julien's cause, to better safeguard Crow's Landing for Lady Galena and of course for Countess Amber, the Landing's rightful suzerain.

Let us all praise Baroness Galena and her future husband Sir Julien, and welcome them as peers here on Yathrib.

Lady Olivia Elisabetta Decados
(signed and sealed in Akko for Count Feodor Kurakin Decados) 
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On Tafia Realms                    Feb 25 2013   Renaud
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This message is delivered personally by Count Renaud at Zatan, in the camp square - and repeated across the realm of Leon and in Akko itself by Criers. 

"Not a week ago, Julien Decados stood before us all and declared he was liberating Crows Landing from the Decados and the Kurgan in the name of his supposed cousin. Now he has slaughtered the Tafia citizens of that realm while wearing the face of the those he swore to drive out. 

He spoke and said 'Taifa' was a kurgan word. 

And he is right. It is a Kurgan word. 

But it's origin in our understanding comes from when whole realms of Pancreator worshiping men of Yathrib, known worlders, were allowed to live and were not slaughtered by the Kurgans. Whole realms which pay heavier taxes in return for autonomy and the right to practice our religion in peace. Whole realms that mean hope and safety for our people. 

Realms like Lattakieh, near Tyche. A fertile land, ruled by Baron Riven of the Van Gelder. A good man, known to care deeply for his people and his God. 

Realms like Quamish, ruled by Baronet Torin, near Malaga. A minor lord of major resolve who preserves the true church in the heart of the infidels. 

Realms like Fylos that lies near New Ruhk. Lady Kandaria al-Malik rules there with grace and charm. 

And Lord Mathew Hollingsworth-Hawkwood, a personal friend and someone who helped me escape when I was held by the Kurgans. He rules the Earldom of Favre, the largest 'Tafia' domain in the Pearl Cities, holding aloft the light of the Pancreator deep in heratic lands. 

These realms... they are all now in danger for the actions the Decados have taken. First in murdering the Tafia Baron of Crows Landing... and now slaughtering his people. When the Kurgan reprisal comes - their blood shall be on the hands of Julien Decados and those who cheer him on. 

War is war and we will fight it, we will win it, but barbarism, slaughter and murder are the tools of the unreflective enemy, and to use them legitimizes their use against those who cannot stand against them."


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Message: 3/75                      Posted        Author
On Perfidy and Greed               Feb 27 2013   Julien
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Stepping in the balcony of the estate of Crow's Landing with two Kossacks, Julien glances to the side before speaking to the contingent of Crusaders also present in the keep -- word has been filtered through town criers and heralds but especially through gossipping nobility in Akko:

Great, touching and faithful words by His Excellency, the Count of Leon. May those notables he spoke of remain in peace and untouched by the insidious ways of the Infidels despite their territorial captivity.

And yet...


These 'taxes' the Kurgans pay are bribery. Bribery to stall our hand from falling heavily upon them, while they bleed our cousins in the enemy territory dry and bereft of land in short order. As Ghilat's second battle has proven, Kurgans have no sense of honor. 

The matter here is economic; the good Lord Renaud is afraid of losing his many thousands of firebirds and men of dubious loyalty in tributes for suffering the infidel north of here to live.

If those realms he mentions have withstood bravely and courageously, an entire Earldom has, even, then they will stand for much longer. Fear of bringing total and complete war to the enemy weakens the resolve of those who seek to do the work of the Pancreator on the earth. After all, if our cause is Just, there is no reprisal to fear from the enemy.

You yourself said this to me in our first meeting, Count Renaud: the Pancreator has designs for us all. For better or for worse, we only come to understand them once we experience it. 

Why do you question the holy mission of our Crusaders, then?
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Message: 3/76                      Posted        Author
Proclamation from Haqq             Feb 28 2013   Momoko
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A town crier has his work cut out from him as he unfurls a rather lengthy scroll and broadcasts the contents to the people of Haqq and probably the known worlds, since The Lady Momoko herself is presently tied up in Ghilat. But before that there was a quick news segment along with an update from Ghilat made by Lady Momoko herself. Then it ends, the nervous town crier peering back into the video equipment for a second before swallowing and going forward.

To all whom hear it and may concern themselves with it,

The recent discussions over the state of Taifa territories and Kurgan citizens has piqued my interest. Usually this banter is followed by reports of crusaders shamelessly defiling their own hands with the blood of innocents, people who probably have never held a sword in their life let alone have thoughts of treason in their head. People who are happy to live a life in a hospitable place where outsiders, us, do not kill them at every turn or scorn them with looks of hatred. Simple folk in otherwords. Folk like me. We have one job, that job makes us who we are, that job completes us. It is that job that we find our meaning in.

I know a Kurgan farmer. He prepares most of my food. Does that make him a traitor? No. Not in the least. It makes him a good farmer, because I enjoy his vegetables and wheat. I enjoy the fact that he tends to put more effort into tending his crops than the other farmers around my township. Does that make me a Kurgan Lover? Maybe. Does that mean I won't kill my enemy? No. Does it mean I'm somehow sullying the name of the Pancreator? No. It means I'm a person who knows a kurgan who was here before me who has a great work ethic and produces delectable vegetables. This is all it means.

I have two taifa lords on my land, I trust them with my life. I have kurgan troops in my companies, they are treated the same way as my regulars. They are trusted. They do not wish me dead in some backwards alleyway, a knife in my gullet while the vagrants feast on my body. In fact, they would throw themselves upon a blade for me, as I would for them. This is how much I trust them.

I am tired of this bickering and Haqq will not stand for it. You will keep your warmongering and hatred out of my territories. From this day on, any crusader who kills a kurgan without due process forfeits his life. He will be hanged, outside the city, with a sign before his feet. That sign will read: Let the Pancreator Judge. Because that is where I'll leave that crusader's soul, up to the pancreator, but off of this world. I hope this is immediately clear to any who would come to Haqq to harm my people, Known Worlders or Kurgan. If you do, I will string you up. If you manage to escape, I will find you. Rest assured, somehow, someway, you will die for killing my people.

Additionally, as if this needed clarification, my Fiancee, Sir Feyd Al-Malik, is acting in my stead while I am gone. Should you have any issues within Haqq to bring up you may bring them to him.

Penned this day by the hand of Baronesa Momoko Adelaida Enishi,

And he turns it to show the seal.
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