[Ansteorra] Noblesse Oblige alive in Bonwicke?

HE Kainin Tepesa kainintepesa at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 13 13:51:59 PDT 2007

Unto my good cousin of the great Barony of Elfsea,
Baron Armand Dragonetti, Lord Elfsea, greetings from
the lands of west,

Cousin, I must admit that your letter has caused me a
bit of confusion and wounds me a little at the same
time. I do not understand what has caused these
concerns of yours, but let me put them to rest.

First and foremost, good cousin, your information
seems to be confused at best. The mistress that you
speak of is none other than my own dear lady wife,
Baroness Oriana della Francesca who just recently was
elevated to the rank of Mistress of the Laurel, much
as your own lady wife was nearly a year ago. Mistress
Oriana is fair and beautiful to be sure and I thank
you for the compliments paid her but please correct
the news that you have heard because like the songs
say, she is a true Ansteorrian lady and there is steel
in her bodice.

As to your other charges,  I can assure you good
cousin that the Barony of Bonwicke and the whole of
the lands of the west are just as strong as they have
ever been. Yes we have been beset by various outlaws
in the past few years, but we are border lands and we
are used to these minor difficulties. The people of
the west are a strong and hearty lot, we have to be to
live in such arid and dry land and to constantly face
brigands and raiders. Worry not for the west, we don't
have the luxury of growing soft here.

As to the rest, I would wish to discuss this with you
in person dear cousin. Charges of currying favor are
unkind at best and an insult to my honor at worst. I
feel certain that you have misspoken.

I make my way to the Crown's Round Table this day, to
attend to Their Majesties duties, I hope that we get a
chance to discuss this further there.

In friendship,
Kainin Tepesa
Baron of Bonwicke

--- Lord Elfsea <lordelfsea at gmail.com> wrote:

> Unto my right noble cousin, Baron Kainin Tepesa,
> Lord Bonwicke, do I,
> Baron Armand Dragonetti, Lord Elfsea, by grace of
> Their Stellar
> Majesties Ulsted & Ebergardis, send warm greetings.
> Noble Cousin,
> Let me be direct. I am concerned for you and your
> lands. I watched
> most carefully as you renewed your oath of fealty to
> the Crown of
> Ansteorra, swearing to care and protect Their
> Majesties lands in the
> west. I could not help but wonder at the irony, but
> perhaps your idea
> of protection differs from my own.
> I love you cousin, and these words, painful as they
> are for me, are
> spoken out of genuine concern.
> I realize, as do we all, that you have a new
> Mistress who brings you
> much joy, but, and please forgive my forwardness,
> may I suggest that
> she does distract you a bit too much from your
> stewardship in the
> West? Tis true, your taste is exquisite, no faulting
> you there, but
> one must remember a bit of decorum. To cavort so
> publicly, is this not
> ill-advised?
> You also now seem content to focus on gentler
> pursuits, traversing the
> kingdom in an obvious effort to curry favor by
> chronicling the affairs
> of state for Their Majesties. Transparent cousin,
> most transparent.
> But more than that, do not these travels take you
> far from Bonwicke?
> It is this that speaks more closely to my *true*
> concern.
> In recent year's, I have observed your lands
> repeatedly besieged by
> brigands and nefarious upstarts. My generous nature
> attributed these
> difficulties to happen stance, but I now see that
> there was indeed
> cause. Your apparent lapse in judgment would
> embolden any rogue with
> sinister intent. The criminal Ruspoli was almost
> your undoing, and
> then his bereaved widow, out for vengeance?
> Bonwicke, that shining
> star of the West, nearly sacked by a woman!?! Heaven
> helps us.
> Now, as I take stock of Elfsea, assessing her wealth
> and
> fortifications, I am well pleased. My only concern:
> Instability in the
> West. Can you assure me, cousin, that you are indeed
> in command and
> have a formidable force at the ready?
> As much as I love you, dear cousin, I love Elfsea
> more and am not
> prepared to gamble her safety on inattentive
> brethren. I look for your
> swift reassurance.
> In the service of kingdom, crown and barony, I
> remain,
> HE Armand Dragonetti
> Baron of Elfsea
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