Back in the year of our Lord 962 Otto the first of that name was crowned by Pope John XII and thus became the first emperor of an empire that would later come to span the globe. Otto’s rule was however long before that time. The young empire however gained ground faster than the other empires in Europe could have foreseen. And because France, Spain and England couldn’t allow another power rising from the ashes they each started their own plots to destroy the imperial throne, a mistake for which they would pay dearly. But that is a story for another time. However it is important to remember that the empire overcame the obstacles that were thrown in its way, growing stronger in the process.When the Saracens came to take the holy land they went and took it back, thus founding the holy kingdom of Jerusalem.
When the Italians revolted against the leadership of Maximillian the bloody the emperor raised an army and conquered the whole of Italy, bringing it back under Imperial rule. The pope in awe of his power and strength named him Petrus’s second coming and gave the key to the holy city. The emperor became more then, the worldly and unworldly power combined in a single soul.
When the Prussian princes sought to convert the empire to their heretical ideas the emperor saw to it himself that the heretics were driven back to the holes from which they came, which he then with the holy power of faith and monarchy raised to the ground. From then on it was decided that no longer the princes would choose who sat on the throne, instead the emperor would appoint his successor himself.
But the struggles didn’t cease there for the once friendly, Catholic France monarchy turned into a dangerous enemy overnight. In a sweep of violence these so called revolutionaries with their disgusting ideals purged the good king Louis and his family. It was an outrage Franz, whose holy wrath rains on all heretics until eternity, could not let stand. He gathered his armies and marched to Austerlitz where his armies met the heretical pretender emperor called Napoleon on the field. The battle turned into a glorious victory for His Celestial Majesty Franz, the one that scourged the earth in God’s name, crushing the pretender’s army underfoot. A mention must be made of the Italian commander Roman Borgia, from the once Spanish house Borgia. A family who stood by the imperial seat for many years and who still play an important role in his majesty’s government today.
Under the enlightened guidance of Franz the Imperial troops marched to the heart of Paris, crushing all resistance in their path, and occupied France. Eventually it took almost a century before the revolts ceased and marshal law could be lifted. This of course didn’t halt the march of Imperial progress. During the Iberian conquest lasting from 1839-1850 Spain was brought under Imperial rule. As were many eastern territories during the Russian/Imperial occupation. In which our Russian cousins so gracefully accepted to support us in our quest to mend the Western Schism. But even with Catholic and Orthodox faith once again on good terms the British Isles eluded us. Their fleet too strong for us to crush, their people taunting us with their wealth.
Which brings us to today. It’s the year 1939 and the Holy Roman Empire is once again on the brink of war, a holy war against the last bastion of heresy within Europe. Or so certain parties within the Imperial court would have you believe.
You’re one of the many scions of the Holy Emperor Arold the first of that name. You might have ambitions for the throne of your father or you might not. However since the bastard act of 1899 proclaiming that bastards can be appointed emperor and the Interim dictate of 1912 saying that the female side of the family can do the same everything is possible. Welcome to a world of power, wealth and extreme decadence, where being the favorite can deliver you the entirety of Europe and being denounced can see you transported to Siberia. Welcome to the Imperial high court.
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Diederik Hulsebos (Verus)
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