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Sent this to both Galmr and Katherina (separately). What do you think?
In a message dated 96-07-08 22:07:23 EDT, a friend Knight from Trimaris
<< Dear Bran,
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.........
The war was great in some respects the war was wonderful, in
others it was the worst. It will be tough to get the Trimarian
Knights to come back to a war with Atlantia. The problem was not the
majority of the Atlantian army but oonly about 12-15 guys who were
playing a different game.
We outnumbered the combined Atlantian-Meridian host by over
thirty fighters, but we lost virtually every battle except for the
bridge battle with archery. Every batttle came down to the same
thing, 5-10 of the same Atlantians and 10-20 Trimarians. The smaller
number of Atlantians would wade through the Trimarians and win the
battle without losing a man. After fighting these same guys, the
story is the same. They are playing a different game.
The culprits are the guys in Moose Lodge and their kin. The worst
of them are not the Knights but the wanna be's. Is that how one is
knighted in Atlantia? One of the most excessive was one lad who I
watched beaten to his knees and left for dead, he then rose like
Lazarus and jumped back into the melee. Kane was standing next to me
as I watched in horror, and proudly proclaimed that he was on the
short list for Knighthood after you new Prince. AHHHHHHHH!
In frustration I fought all these guys I could after the
battles. Anton called every blow I hit him with, Kane was pristine
and even gave much harder than he took. The worst of the lot in the
battles were those in this little incestuous little group who fight
in the same practices and play their own game.
After talking to many of the rest of the fighters in your
Kingdom that evening they supported my contention that these guys
don't play the same game as the rest of us, and commiserated that
these are the guys who win the lists and get all the recognition.
I took my concerns to one of the offenders and I was taken aback
by one of the main excuses for their blow calling being much higher.
He informed me that they were fighting in plate and thus should be
harder to kill! Yikes! When I inquired further I found that this
little heresy is one of the main mantras of the immortal known as
Bedford. So that is how it works.
I have a new respect for the adversity that you face in that
Kingdom. What is even worse is that these guys seem to run the show.
They only make up a small number of the fighters but they spread it
like disease, they show that it works and others join the sleeze.
Bytor was nearly in tears after the battles, he thought that
these guys were his friends and respected him, they may like him but
they don't respect him. He has learned a very hard lesson. In the
future he will be polite but he won't play the fool forr these guys
What concerns Trimaris more is the growing influence over Gulf War.
The Atlantian in group is in very tight with Inman, he even camps
with them. Their behavior at the "Friendship Battle" and the
political manuvering with the allies with be the death of this
wonderful war. Is winning that inportant?
There is a growing movement in Trimaris not to play with
Atlantia. Further, it is all due to about a dozen guys! I don't know
what to do. I like Atlantia, Iike most of the people, some such as
yourself are asset to the Society as a whole. I wan to continue to
interact with yor Kingdom but it is getting difficult.
Our Knights are undecided as well. Some of the many ideas put
forward are a special unit made to just knock these guys on their
ass, forget about trying to kill them. The problems with this idea
are that it would raise tensions and may lead to alot more animosity.
Another idea is to draft a public petition to send to the Knights of
the known world. We have dealt with dishonor before by shunning we
don't know if it would work with the known world. The third solution
is not to fight Atlantia or at least the element that is causing the
problem, unfortunatly that means not fighting Atlantia at all. I
doubt that the rest of the atlantian army would be willing to cutt
In other news, your Crown Prince made a very poor impression
after the event as he abused the waitress serving the meal to his
group that was next to us. He srikes me as more than a bit off a
red neck. Is fighting all you guys Knight for?
Hey, I still want to get a list of all the good Atlantian events
South of Virgina. I would also still like to come up and see you
and your group. Perhaps we can find a novel way to deal with the
above problems before they blow. >>
This letter makes me want to cry. In part, because I know this man speaks
for the majority of his Kingdom, but mostly, because I fear that his
assessments are entirely too correct. I serve Your Majesties with all of my
heart, but this is killing me.
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