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Welcome to Aquitaine, an intermediate to advanced Alternate History role-playing game. This game takes place during the year of 1514 in the newly established country of Aquitaine and its European neighbours, and will eventually expand further into the future. There will be good times and bad times for the characters here as they enter a time rife with as much pleasure as there is peril. We hope you decide to join and become part of our RP-ing family!
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"Emma loved people, and if she could make them happy, that was good enough for her."
Emma Hirst is the youngest daughter of the Hirst family, and has never aspired to anything beyond her God-given station in life. Quiet and kind-hearted, the girl goes about her business in a compassionate and muted manner, entirely unaware of the ambitious plans being made for her by her family. A friendly, innocent person, she brings a balance to the more rough-around-the-edges characters prevalent on the board. No matter what's going on, one can trust that Emma will be looking for the silver lining of the situation.
Quote of the Week
The people, chaos, ran all around,
And no one could nail sanity down.
The building, it just burned to the ground.
You heard it here, the place is changed.
I'm telling you, the place is changed.
While recovering from a mauling in the field Commander Shaft's Iscariot Legion has set up camp near an old Monastery in England. During a routine trip to the nearby town for supplies their man Thurgold was assaulted and injured by highwaymen. One naive failed-monk, Galahad stepped in to play the role of good Samaritan and helped get the man back to his friends. Now the quiet and kind doctor must deal with the Iscariot's cold commander and its most eccentric scout, Ace, if he wants to continue his role as nurse and bring his healing touch to the ill-used men of the mercenary-legion.
Year of our Lord: 1514
Season: Summer Weather: This is the season where the sun is almost always out and shining. Sea travel during the Summer is much safer than during the Winter, and many take advantage of this fact. Expect hot weather, soaring temperatures, and even the occasional light shower.
Character Creation So you've read all the information in the above thread, have you? Think you're ready to tackle the dangers of the realm and also enjoy the pleasures it has to offer, hmm? Then step inside and create a character; only once you're approved will your story truly begin.
Bordeaux Newly established along with the new crown, Bordeaux is a city only just beginning to truly branch out into business. Previously the need for substantial wealth being drawn from the region had been less necessary, but now there's a country to be supported. With the funding from the English crown entirely gone, Bordeaux is beginning to step up as the chief centre of business within the Kingdom of Aquitaine, despite possessing a formidable defensive network. It is a city determined to turn into one of the significant hubs of Europe, regardless of the strong competition from their neighbours. Friendly relations with Spain has however, strengthened them substantially, sending them well on their way to the ultimate goal.
Perigueux The second city of Aquitaine, it has suffered plenty in it's time, and continues to do so. However, with resilient men the city has stood strong against years of French assaults, and in time has begun to find it's rhythm. With conquests occurring in the north, there has been a prominent lull, allowing the citizens more freedom from the city walls. Perigueux is an obstacle to any advances into Aquitaine territory, and although economically it provides very little, there is no greater fortress within the Kingdom.
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Mont-de-Marsan Second only to Bordeaux in commerce, this city boasts one of the most peaceful histories of them all, located between two fortress cities as it is. This security has led to a flourishing production of goods, usually exported back to England but now finding their way into Spain more than anywhere else. It is quickly becoming a main hub within Aquitaine, and promises to be a second city in the future, as well as a significant trading city despite the less advantageous water links as the capital. Still basic in appearance, the third crust of lesser businessmen inhabit the simple buildings, but unlike many other areas Mont-de-Marsan is changing quickly. The future looks promising, and incredibly grand.
Pau In the past Pau used to be the busiest of defensive cities, fending off attacks from both the southern French and the Spanish. With the treaties signed between the latter and Aquitaine, Pau has slowly become a peaceful frontier. Although forever standing at the ready, there is little for the brave troops to defend against with the French backing off for the time being. Strategically, the city is one of great importance, and shields all of Aquitaine from the Spanish border. There is little doubt the fortress will once again find itself assaulted, it's just a question of when and by whom.
Paris Despite the crown favouring quarters elsewhere, Paris remains the capital of the Kingdom of France, and an influential city. Like London, the positioning of the settlement allows for fantastic trade opportunities, and thus enriches the citizens. Not quite the forerunners of fashion, however plenty flock here to help distribute the new ideas coming from Italy. Just as magnificent as any other city, Paris is no backwater city, and stands proudly for the French that call it their capital.
Calais A fiercely contested harbour, the people of Calais are no strangers to war and violence. Their position on the north coast of France allows them plenty of links with those in the North Sea and England. The residents are well versed in both cultures, having been conquered by both time and time again. Now however, the city is in the hands of the French, having struck against their English foes to banish them from the continent entirely. It is the stepping stone to the English shores, and a major manufacturer of ships for the northern front.
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Marseille The most prominent city in the south, Marseille commands the French coast, keeping track of the roaming Germanics, Italians and rebellious Swiss. At the same time the harbour city looks out onto the turbulent Mediterranean, which while giving access to plenty of rich trade routes, also leaves it open to the attention of all of Europe. Considered the capital of the south, Marseille has numerous responsibilities while being crowded on all sides. However, it's position allows it to buy into the most up-to-date information and technology, and draws a rabble of wealthy individuals.
Madrid The capital and largest city in all of Spain, Madrid was established as such only a few years earlier with the unification of the two Kingdoms, Castille and Aragon. It is a place of beauty and extravagance. Following all the latest fashions, and keeping tabs on the newest trends on the continent the city is lavishly decorated in wonderful architecture, the populace always dressed to impress in the pleasant sunshine that often rains down on the buildings.
Zaragoza The old capital of the Kingdom of Aragon, Zaragoza has now been demoted to a border city. With it's previous nature, the city is brilliantly decorated, and is inhabited by upstanding citizens, considering the location. Thankfully, with their crown affording the neighbouring Aquitaine a peaceful hand there is little to worry about for now, but international politics are temperamental things.
London The great city of London has always been a significant trading post for all in Europe and beyond. It provides England with a strong economy, and the natural properties of the river has made it grow more important as the navy is relied on more and more. It is a hive of activity, and although it seems slightly behind compared to some other capitals, it's all too quickly becoming a vital place for all countries for resources.
Atlantic Ocean Believed to be part of one large, all-encompassing ocean by the ancients it's only recently been discovered that the Atlantic and Pacific are separated by the Americas; an unexplored land. The Atlantic leads to new worlds, as well as lucrative trade routes. However, it's a rough sea that has claimed many lives during its ferocious storms and high waves. This is not water for the faint-hearted.
Mediterranean Sea Man has long sailed this sea, from the Greeks, Egyptians and Phoenicians to the Gauls, Numibians and Latics. It is well charted, and easily the busiest sea in the known world. Its generally calm waters and lack of shifting tides make it altogether different from the other seas, and much more pleasant to sail upon. Like anywhere though, terrible storms can spark up and crush the wooden vessels easily.
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