Prosciutto – Hamming it up with the di Parmas… Part Sixteen


By Undercovergeek, 11 April 2013

The diParmas are back and it’s WAR!

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In Part 15 the War of Independence started proper. Oberto is 4 – 0 up in the battles, the heart of Matilda’s forces have been decimated and her castles lay open to siege. Now Oberto takes the war to Matilda’s coffers in a bid to pay for the war…………..

 

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Our Chancellor Biagio, with a skill level of 20 that has brought most of Southern Italy within Oberto’s grasp is dead – post mortem investigations will show ‘suspicious circumstances’ – a plot! Dammit

 

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I’m loathe to replace him with a Bonifacio – treacherous bastards they are – but I need the Diplomacy score. On the map Parma is sieged whilst we siege Brescia in return – our score is higher and we should break the fort first and then Oberto will march south to break the last will of Matilda at Parma.

 

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One of the junior Ladies with Talent (TM) is now mentor-less without Biagio, she’s passed to the new Chancellor for similar whilst less skilled training.

 

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The Spymaster goes next, severe stress says Quincy – I don’t believe him. Oberto looks shiftily towards Modena

 

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Cousin Conone – he’ll do, but he’s not rocking the Palpatine look as much as his predecessor

 

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We break off the sack of Brescia to end the siege of Parma – their progress is faring better than ours and I can do without the financial hit of the capital falling. Oberto moves south and all but ends Matilda’s armed resistance to our independence.

 

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Brescia falls and a pitiful 15 gold pieces top up our coffers – it’s enough to rent the mustachioed heroes of the East for another two months.

 

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The recently appointed Chancellor gets one in the back whilst horse riding. Damn but Mathilda’s good with the black ops!

 

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Whilst all this was going on the HRE were happily stomping all over my wife’s inheritance. Her Father got his ass kicked in Provence and seen as I have a spare castle or two (!) the in-laws and their court come over the Alps like a band of refugees. Good news is they all have awesome Council boosting stats – here a better steward…………

 

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…………..and here a decent Chancellor again.

 

In Part 17, Victory!!! And the aftermath

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