3MA/Idle Thumbs Forum: Crusader Kings II Succession Game – part VII (Riadsala)

Duchess Elisa of Provence 1106AD

27 October

Dear Diary, today is the day my life begins anew. My father’s father’s brother’s son’s son has died and through either some quirk of fate, or the hand of the all mighty, I find myself Acfred’s titles. I find myself now Duchess Elisa, Countess of Provance, Forcalquier and Savoy, Barones of Grimaud and Nyons. While it is not a woman’s place to rule, there appears to be no other option, with Acred’s son, Acrfed being only nine years of age. And we are at war.

Meet the Bosonids

Meet the Bosonids

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3MA/Idle Thumbs Forum: Crusader Kings II Succession Game – part VI (SuperBiasedMan)

Duke Acfred of Provence 1102 – 1106

I immediately offer my services to the pope in his crusade, Jerusalem sorely needs our intervention to right God’s presence. While waiting on his acceptance, I discover that my liege is fighting his own holy war for the duchy of Sicili! He has a vast army raised but my own effort would surely be missed if I didn’t join in.

 

Marching to war

Marching to war

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3MA/Idle Thumbs Forum: Crusader Kings II Succession Game – part V (SuperBiasedMan)

Duke Acfred of Provence 1102 – 1106
I am Duke Acfred of Provence. Through my wife the Duchess Berchte I am also Duke of Dauphiné.

I have just been named as duke because father has now returned to god. I pray that he is well received above, in spite of his flawed character he did his best to raise me in a fitting manner.
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3MA/Idle Thumbs Forum: Crusader Kings II Succession Game – part IV (Gormongous)

Bertrand II: 1094-1102

As the learned Bishop Evrard of Aix tells me, it is spoken among the learned heathens of a man named Sisyphus, who was cursed by the devils that the ancients called “gods” before the revelation of Christ. For rebuke of his cleverness, which leads even the wise astray, Sisyphus had to push a boulder up a hill, in the full knowledge that it would roll down the other side once he had reached its crest. He was bound thus for all eternity, until we shall all made whole again with the Second Coming. Evrard is fond of offering to me this tale, when I meditate on the path that the line of Boso has taken down through history. He is a wise man, I know, because I appointed him myself. Continue reading

3MA/Idle Thumbs Forum: Crusader Kings II Succession Game – part III (Gormongous)

Bertrand II: 1072-1093

Count no man happy until he is dead. If that is the case, my child Garcia is now happier than I have ever been, after only six months of life. I am unsure if the infants of Purgatory are Catholic doctrine yet, but if they are, I wish him a swift passage through the darkness and to the throne of glory. Amen.

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3MA/Idle Thumbs Forum: Crusader Kings II Succession Game – part II (Gormongous)

Bertrand II – 1066-1071

Immediately I am already disappointed with my prospects. Nothing about my living situation says “royal” right now. I am married to Mathilde de Provence, a local noblewoman of no account either to me or to anyone else. The truth is, though I love my natural daughter, she was conceived out of wedlock and I married dear Mathilde, the most boring person under heaven, to preserve the honor of us all. Some years later, I am less than thrilled with my decision.

Meet my oh so lovely wife.

Meet my oh so lovely wife.

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3MA/Idle Thumbs Forum: Crusader Kings II Succession Game – part I (Gormongous)

[Editors note: this game was organised here]

1066AD

Meet Bertrand

 I am Bertrand of Provence. Properly, I am William Bertrand, count and marquis of Provence. Historians are not sure if my name was William or Bertrand, so they left me with me both. If it was the former, I am the fifth of my name to rule Lower Burgundy, and if it was the latter, I am the first or the second, depending on whether you count my father Fulk Bertrand as a Bertrand or a Fulk. Continue reading