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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #50 on: July 26, 2011, 11:10:40 PM »
Yep, we definitely have enough suitors to have a decent run at this, but I'm not adverse to more joining if they should be so inclined.

As also GP mentions, I am currently involved in Karibbean Dawn, and spending my time with that, and the other campaigns may prove this one to get pushed back. I will definitely sort something and try and find a date that suits the vast majority of participants. Also gives me an idea on just how to run this thing... :icon_wink:
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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #51 on: July 27, 2011, 04:25:54 PM »
You just dont want to admit the best match is the Sollander ;)
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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #52 on: July 27, 2011, 07:32:27 PM »
I couldn't find a picture I liked I will add one if I find one, so here is my late and hastily written entry into this contest :P


Marius Von Spur, first son of Otto Von Spur heir to the headship of the White Star Trading Company and a seat on the Marienburg Merchant Council.


Motivation: With his father Otto health on the decline, Marius is under increasing pressure to take a wife so he will in a position to step forward and take charge of the White Star Trading Company upon his fatherís death. Himself age 29, Marius has traveled extensively with his fatherís company and was pivotal in the reconciliation of his distant relative Marcello Alfonti (see Alfonti Principality Timeline to find full details). Following the reconciliation Marius traveled to Araby just prior to the first Arabian Civil War and witnessed the horrors of that war firsthand before being expelled following the Arabian Reclamation Pact victory and their embargo on foreign trade. Upon returning to Marienburg he spoke out against Dann Van Der Gast and his call for aggressive action against Araby and their Bretton allies.

Although the Barony of Sonnefurt is relatively minor compared to some of the other places in the White Star Trading Network both Marius and his father agree that it is time for their company to turn inward and attempt to strengthen trade connections with various parts of the Empire and a marriage to a local lady would be a logical first step. The Baronyís location would potentially allow the White Star Company to open overland routes through the Black and Grey Mountains as well as establish a foothold in Southern Wissenland.

Baroness Gains: A marriage with Marius would result in major investment in the Barony by the White Star Trading Company. After his arrival in the barony in the days leading up to the ball, Marius met with various local trading houses CEOs as well as various Dwarven Guild members and Mayor Gunter Funk. Although only rumour exist on what was discussed almost all signs point to the establishment of a new trading company office or the possibility of the buying out of an existing organization. The establishment of a White Star trading company office would offer ties to Altdorf, Nuln, Marienburg, Grodvin Kislev and Origianzo Tilea for both the export and import of goods and services. The Baroness would also receive shares in the White Star Company in her name with which she could do with as she sees fit.

Militarily, Marius has little to directly offer the Baroness other than the ability to supply coin to help fund the Baronyís defense. The White Star Company does employ mercenaries to protect it shipments and in times of dire straits these men could be hired to augment the townís defense. The size and composition of these forces would vary depending on the time of year and various shipments arriving and leaving the Barony. In addition all of the White Star river boats do feature some sort of armament and could be used to close the river if needed. Finally Marius travels with a small escort of 10 mercenary guards who accompany him on his travels; an additional 20 men would be hired and would augment the protection around the Baroness.

From a lineage standpoint the Von Spur family is a well off member of the Marienburg merchant class which can be traced back nearly three centuries. This has resulted in the intermarriage with various minor and moderate ranking noble families within Marienburg and other areas as well as some intermarriage with other merchant or trader families.

Finally the Von Spur family have a number of holdings in Marienburg and in almost every location where the Company has established itself. Should the Baroness be interested in travel, these holdings would be open to her use but they do not provide any sort of tangible land gain for the Barony.

Baroness Loses:
A marriage with Marius would result in a few direct consequences for the Barony but there may be a number of ripple effects that could cause some unintended turmoil. The investment from the White Star Company could result in pressure being places on local trading companies as their market share is cut into by the new arrival. This of course could result in unemployment and local political discontent within the Barony.

A second possible consequence could come from the presence of groups of mercenaries traveling with the White Star shipments. The presence of moderate numbers of mercenary forces within the Barony could be seen by some within the military as an insult to their ability to protect the local roads and a direct challenge to their authority.

Third, due to the Von Spurís position within the Marienburg trading hierarchy, should tensions arise between Marienburg and the Empire as a whole (not without historical precedent) it could place the Baroness in an awkward position of choosing between husband and land.

Finally, due to the commitment to the company, Marius would likely not be spending much time in Sonnefurt. If the Baroness was looking for her husband to be active in the ruling of her lands Marius may not be the ideal match.

Other Considerations:
A young maid who works at the Gilded Mare Inn claims to have cleaned the room of Marius Von Spur and seen a trunk full of exotic Arabian silks and spices in his possession. Additionally his rather extravagant spending in the inn's common room has won him many admirers.

Nuptial Agreements: The marriage would result in little direct change in how the barony is currently ruled. Due to his commitments with his company, Marius would likely spend much of the time traveling to various locales establishing or maintaining trade routes. After his fatherís death, Marius would also be required to sit on the Marienburg merchant council or to appoint a proxy to sit in his seat in his stead. As a result the Barony would remain under the direct rule of the Baroness.

The White Star Company would establish themselves within Sonnefurt and some of the surrounding villages which includes: providing funds for infrastructure improvements, providing funds to the local military garrison and the bulk purchase of local good for export. The Nuptial agreement would allow a short term provision of tax exemption for a period of 2 years while the company establishes itself and an agreement to allow White Star mercenaries to operate in a defense capacity within Barony.

The Baroness would also receive a 10% share in the White Star Trading Company but the controlling stake would remain with Marius and his various other siblings.

Marius would take her name in addition to his own but would primarily use it only within the Barony.
« Last Edit: July 28, 2011, 02:09:38 AM by fauthsie »
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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #53 on: July 28, 2011, 04:19:13 PM »
Aaah, other good suitor! This choice is going to be very difficult, and you're all going to have to be very persuasive... :icon_wink:

I'm very excited about this  :biggriin:
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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #54 on: July 28, 2011, 04:20:32 PM »
Very nice character you have there Fauthsie. But I cant have some scheming Marienburger taking business away from the Soll Shipping Co.!
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Offline Uryens de Crux

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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #55 on: July 28, 2011, 05:15:19 PM »
Maybe we loyal subjects of Karl Franz should show this wastelander his proper place in things...after all, its not like he is a proper noble is it, certainly not worthy of the good lady's hand... :dry:
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Offline Derek Contyre

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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #56 on: July 28, 2011, 10:25:03 PM »
Threatened Uryens?  ::heretic::
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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #57 on: July 28, 2011, 10:35:12 PM »
Nah,  I just wanted to link "loyal" and "De Crux" together in people's minds ;)

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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #58 on: July 29, 2011, 03:08:12 AM »
If you can't handle the competition maybe you should step aside...
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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #59 on: July 29, 2011, 09:00:30 AM »
I can handle the competition...besides, your not from Nuln so that's a step up by my reckoning ;)
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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #60 on: July 29, 2011, 06:34:18 PM »
Hey!
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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #61 on: July 29, 2011, 10:26:03 PM »
Well it is heartening to see that two thirds of the competition has already degenerated into petty name calling and false bravado............
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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #62 on: July 29, 2011, 10:32:40 PM »
And long may it continue, loving the banter  :happy:
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Offline Derek Contyre

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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #63 on: July 30, 2011, 01:49:29 AM »
Whos the other third part of the competition?
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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #64 on: July 30, 2011, 04:24:19 PM »
Well I may as well throw my hat into the ring.... albiet a strange choice but might be a cat amongst the pigeons. (literally perhaps)

Baron Anastazy Julian von Falkenhausen


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Baron Anastazy von Falkenhausen

Description.

A late wild card to the proceedings, Baron von Falkenhausen makes his appearance a few days before the suitor is to be announced. Arriving in a ebony coach pulled by four charcoal horses and with an entourage of six black clad horseman, who cover their faces with dark cowls, the Baron strikes an imposing figure. Appearing in his mid 30's with long flaxen hair, pale skin covers his slender tall frame. The Baron is dressed completely in black and purple the former state colors of his homeland and carries a silver wolf headed cane of dark wood. He immediately begs an audience with the Baroness to present his case for a proposal....

Motivation.

Anastazy brings with him a sheaf of documents and with them a sealed letter from the College of Heraldry at Altdorf, bearing the coat of arms of the Herald Ordinary of Wissenland, Averland and Solland. Summoning Lord Augustus to bear witness to the authenticity of the documents, Anastazy pleads his case to the assembled leadership of the Barony.

In 1932 IC the Wulstberg family by trade purchased the Barony. What was not known at the time was that Dieter Wulstberg, successful merchant and later Baron Wulstberg, was the estranged son of a Sylvanian noble family the Falkenhausens. From the records that Anastazy produces he shows that Dieter Wulstberg was actually Dieter von Falkenhausen, heir to the Barony of Falkenhausen. Although estranged from his family and never telling anyone of his past, their is no denying the implications of Wulstberg's inheritance. Although the Tol family were recognized as the legitimate heirs to the Wulstberg legacy it appears only recently that these records perhaps long neglected rotting away in Castle Falkenhausen were found proving Dieter as a member of the Falkenhausen line. The Herald Ordinary in Altdorf's letters confirm the the claim that the current Baron von Falkenhausen may make on the Barony of Sonnefurt, but is unwilling to press the legal arguments leaving it for Anastazy and the current local law makers to sort out.

Anastazy has no wish to cause uproar or hold the wedding up. His honeyed words talk of peace and the legalities of a long drawn out public debate... and with the growing unrest between traditionalist and other factions within Sonnefort puts forward a proposal so that certain complications can be kept to a minimum....

Anastazy proposes he marry Katrina and take the title of the Baron of Sonnefort, as he claims the title from his long dead relative. He will spend some time inside the Barony and Katrina is to spend some time north in Southern Sylvania where she can meet other members of the Falkenhausen family. Anastazy has been promised an audience with the Count himself upon his return who is quite anxious that from a successful marriage an heir could be produced to help link Wissenland and Sylvania Stirland.

Baroness Gains

A marriage bringing together the more traditionalist factions alongside the rule of the Baroness. It would only then be the Solland separtists that oppose the current political climate within Sonnefort. Anastazy has several connections with the Nuln and Stirland respective Courts and wields some influence with the Countess Leibewitz having been one of her suitors for the last several seasons in Nuln. Anastazy is quick to point out that if he was to travel to Nuln and act as an ambassador for the interests of Sonnefort then certain embargo's may be lifted.

Anastazy has no real wish to live in Sonnefort... his prime interest is adding another political feather in his cap and to spread the influence of who he represents.... which comes too.....

Baroness Losses

How it goes from here I would leave to your imagination..... but Anastazy could represent quite darker northern interests. What they are could be anything... from producing an heir that might be being groomed for something darker to ensuring that she becomes addicted to VERY deep claret blood!!!! like wine.... Ideas could spring of something buried... something long forgotten that the darker northern interests are after and they think it could be in the Dieten Hills inside an ancient barrow.... something that is very old... very powerful... very evil.

Nuptial Agreement

 Anastazy carries a letter hand written by Countess Liebewitz dated a few weeks prior suggesting her favors if he returns to Nuln. Anastazy wishes an heir.... a male.... who must be bought up in Sylvania and attend the family interests there. He has no wish for a daughter and if any are produced he is happy for them to pick their own destiny. As a token of his investment in the Barony he has a chest which contains several antique items that belonged to Dieter Wulstberg including his diary and a strange horn hilted dagger that Dieter mentioned discovering in the Dieten Hills... Anastazy also makes a very large deposit of ancient silver coins.... minted sometime in the 1820's worth a very considerable sum into the local Bank. Finally Anastazy offers probably the most interesting idea... for the past two hundred and fifty years every second child born into the Falkenhausen line has become a wizard of considerable skill, learning their craft in the College at Altdorf. He will point out the advantage of having a wizard born in the family...   



Even if you don't pick Anastazy.... hope this helped your project and introduced a more Empire wide feel with some and forgive the pun... fresh blood! I have no feeling for Anastazy being either a servant of Manfred or not... or on being a Vampire or perhaps waiting to become a Vampire if he succeeds in his mission to marry Katrina.... but the dark handsome sinister stranger with the wild card is always good for last minute wedding hilarity!

If not the papers can always be fakes and Anastazy can always lope off on all fours into the night as a wolf.

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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #65 on: July 30, 2011, 07:26:03 PM »
Wow, a very interesting entry...  :eusa_clap:

I like the idea of the papers, and the link with the family, this may come into play later on in my background or indeed during the wedding itself. If you're not successful however, the Baroness will be denouncing you as a fraud and you may be chased out the Barony by an angry mob of the Baroness' supporters...   :icon_wink:
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Offline Derek Contyre

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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #66 on: July 31, 2011, 08:49:11 AM »
Wow, a very interesting entry...  :eusa_clap:

I like the idea of the papers, and the link with the family, this may come into play later on in my background or indeed during the wedding itself. If you're not successful however, the Baroness will be denouncing you as a fraud and you may be chased out the Barony by an angry mob of the Baroness' supporters...   :icon_wink:

If that comes to pass, I know who you can talk to who happens to have a collection of pitchforks and torches nearby for sale. . . (hint hint his name rhymes with dire)
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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #67 on: July 31, 2011, 09:24:24 AM »
WOW!!! :Ohmy: :ph34r:
Well I'm screwed now!!! Going to have to Bring my A+++ game to this one but I can't help but get a sinking feeling of "I don't stand a chance!!!" reading all this! Even my best fluff ain't that good!

Btw I would offer Igun Wadmer van Dwi (newest char for A6 when it comes along) as a choice but I don't think the Baroness has a thing for Bright Wizards... :P

Anyway we should get starded soon. Can we Please? My fluff hands are tingling!
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Offline Uryens de Crux

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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #68 on: July 31, 2011, 09:55:42 AM »
Hmm, Sylvania you say...could be time to send for the Vampire Hunters....
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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #69 on: July 31, 2011, 03:06:04 PM »
Now Now..... Vampire is such a dirty word.... and why is being undead such a liability anyway to the Barony? And not every Sylvanian noble is a Vampire.... it would hardly be fun if it was.... some of them are just plain regular freaks like necromancers, werewolves, mutants and hedge wizards. As for breeding well... breeding with close relatives has its advantages.... at least you know their are no commoners in the family!

After all the Baroness is not that great a catch... didn't you read her entry? She has been on the sauce quite a bit.  :icon_eek:
Dawn is coming.... and Anastazy is getting hungry.... anyone for a glass of red?  :icon_twisted:

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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #70 on: July 31, 2011, 03:08:19 PM »

After all the Baroness is not that great a catch...

Damning words... :Ohmy
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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #71 on: July 31, 2011, 09:15:01 PM »
She may have a slight enthusiasm for the vino, but only because she has the coin to afford copious barrels to accompany her dinner, money you may be talking your way out of  :engel:
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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #72 on: July 31, 2011, 11:10:12 PM »
Did I mention the De Ceux family has good links with the vineyards of Estalia and has some fine Rioja cellared...
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Offline fauthsie

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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #73 on: August 01, 2011, 02:50:38 AM »
Did I mention the De Ceux family has good links with the vineyards of Estalia and has some fine Rioja cellared...

Hey... You had your chance... no adding things in :P
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Re: A Wedding In Wissenland
« Reply #74 on: August 01, 2011, 06:49:20 AM »
She may have a slight enthusiasm for the vino, but only because she has the coin to afford copious barrels to accompany her dinner, money you may be talking your way out of  :engel:

Actually I went back and did my reading on your blog... appears she loves the sauce and also has been hmmm a bit on the kissy kissy with the big brushy bearded marshal?!!!! Scandal I say! I demand satisfaction! How do I know the child is mine? :)

As for you other sniveling fools! Beware! certain elements of the Sylvanian nobility are taking note...:)

Enjoying the banter guys... :)