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Foundation: 1685-date T179-date
Capital: New Jerusalem in Quiche
Religion: Lencolar Christian

By Rob Pierce, updated by Martin Helsdon

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The Lencolar primacy.

The History:

Still to be written.

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1739-1740 T205
Sisters of the Rose: Diplomacy: Maya(mn), Tairona(ch), Brass in Ife(mn), Ipai(ch)/Popol Vuh(ch), Ponta Grossa in Cumangoto(ch)

Mindful of the necessity of attacking evil and the powers of the Ice in places both high and low, the Sisters gave generously to support the foundation of the Flowering Sun order in Tenochtitlan. At home, eager Caquetian volunteers crowded the churches and hostels of New Jerusalem, expanding the city to a 2 GPv.

Caquetio: Always ready to help, the Sisters built a fine new hospital in Ponta Grossa to lend aid and assistance to those maimed by the tidal waves.

1741-1742 T206
Flowering Sun: Fueled by substantial amounts of money from the Emperor and the Sisters, the Order attempted to establish itself in the central provinces of the Empire. They was much work to be done, and that meant Chiketl needed access to pious men and gold.

Azteca: Eager to appear busy, the Jaguar Legion descended upon the province of Nicarao and the city of Mixtlan with 23,000 men and knocked in every door, overturned every haystack to find a reputed nest of "Krorists" therein. They did, indeed, find some cultists, who were strung up like chilies and given the roast. The Sisters were very pleased that the Empire was finally taking the enemy seriously.

Sisters of the Rose: Diplomacy: La Raza in Cuna(ch), Pijao(ch), Brass in Ife(ca), Tipai(ab), Cumangoto(ch), Caraca(ch)
Aside from their usual efforts to help the indigent and the poor and the destitute, the Sisters invested a great deal of effort in bringing the Word to the Caquetians - converting the provinces of Chibcha and Caquetio (including New Hiquito) to the Lencolar rite. For herself, Kelly traveled up to glorious, decadent old Tenochtitlan where she blessed the efforts of the Knights of the Flowering Sun, and looked over their new fortress and buildings.

Caquetio: To the entire puzzlement of his ministers, Gimoc began to push legislation which would lead (in time) to the abolition of slavery within the kingdom. To most of them, this was madness as the failure of the Zionist revolt in New Granada had only shown how devisive an issue this was. In addition, anything weakening the nation (like the unaccountable disbandment of two entire regiments of light riflemen) would only lead to adventurism by the Knights of Saint John. However, Gimoc was adamant and entirely supported by the Sisterhood.

1743–1744 T207
Church of Rome: Concurrent with this, the Papal offices published an encyclical warning of disturbing lapses of faith within the Lencolar Church. Such lapses included forced conversion of loyal Roman Catholics in Caquetio, and rumors of aid and assistance from rogue Lencolar officials to several branches of “Animal Worshippers”.

Républica Popular de Espaná: The Jesuit seminaries, churches and farms were duly pillaged and burned to the ground afterwards. On the other hand, no one bothered the Sisters of the Rose when they opened a free school in Narbonne. At least, not yet.

Mali Ax: The Lencolar leader, sister Elizibeta, was attacked twice by brigands in the provinces of Nupe and Mixe. In both cases she managed to drive off the attackers with her “hittin’ stick” and Old Reliable, her .31 caliber Pocket Remington revolver. She’s a crusty one, is Elizibeta.

Aztec Empire: Large sums were disbursed to the Sisters of the Rose and Denmark.

Sisters of the Rose: Diplomacy Culhua(mn), Tula in Otomi(ch), Tres Lagos in Guahibo(ch), Caraca(ch)
Kelly expended a great deal of effort (and gold) to broker an armistice between Caquetio and the Knights of Saint John. She prayed the truce would hold and treachery would not rear its ugly head. Still, there was no denying the victory her sect had gained over the Catholics. Caquetio was lost to the Papacy, and peace restored in the south (well, not all of the south, but some).

An arrangement was reached between the Sisterhood and the Albanian East India Company allowing individual priests and priestesses to travel – free of charge – on Albanian packet ships and other transports. Efforts to establish a more formal trade relationship were stymied by the lack of Albanian facilities in the Amerikas.

New Jerusalem expanded a level. Following news of the armistice in the south, a great celebration (the day of Our Lady’s Peace) was held in the Lencolar city, with banquets, outdoor masses, praying and whooping and hollering.

Sister Ruth, traveling in the frontier districts between Aztec and Colorado, found herself subjected to constant, harassing attacks by Apaches, Krorist slavers and other neer’do’wells. She escaped no less than four attacks, but failed in her mission to bring the word of peace to the barbarians in those lands. She also ran out of ammunition for her Remington double-action and lost the rifle (cracking the stock over the head of an Apache as he swarmed onto the top of her armored carriage).

A very sullen little girl (Nima, the daughter of Gimoc of Caquetio) arrived in New Jerusalem and was straightaway enrolled in the Sisterhood School for Wayward Girls. The nuns there looked her over, tsked a few times and sent her down the junior girls dormitory. Nima was not pleased.

Caquetio: A substantial infusion of cash from the Sisters helped this effort immeasurably, as did the rising swell of public opinion against slave-holding. Feeling rather poorly himself – and faced with the necessity to take to the field with the Royal army – Gimoc appointed his second wife, Ladila Viceno, as regent for his children (even though both of the children in question had been packed off to foreign schools).

The Sisters continued their work, converting the (rather apathetic) citizens of Caraca (along with Teofilo) and Cumangoto (with Ponta Grossa) to the Lencolar rite.

1745–1746 T208
Church of Rome: Getting up a head of steam, Clement then dispatched letters reinforcing his earlier warnings to the Lencolar Sisters by remarking on increasing evidence of Lencolar toleration (and occasional direct support) of the Kror-worshippers. “If these errors of faith are not quickly and publicly corrected, we fear that the Lencolar Catholic and Roman Catholic Churches may once again be split by Schism. We urge the innocent followers of the Lencolar rites to examine their consciences and the doctrines espoused openly and secretly by the Lencolar heirarchy.”

The Sisters of the Rose: Diplomacy Tula(ab) in Otomi(Ch), Nupe(ch), Mixe(ch), New Hiquito in Caquetio(ab)
Though they remained optimistic (and would be exultant by the end of the turn, learning of the whoopass unleashed upon the Kror cult), the Sisterhood leadership no longer went abroad in the land without guards. Instead, they took to packing a brace of pistols and their cuaehuehueheuh[20] following close behind. Both sisters Elizabeta and Ruth were commended for their ‘straight shooting’ and unwavering determination.

Everywhere the sisters had a presence, they also spoke out against the pernicious influence of the Krorite cult and its imitators and spawn. “Vigilance is our shield against the darkness,” they said in high places and low. “Ever does the enemy seek to corrupt the hearts of men and work their influence into high places. You must be wary and watch always for signs of their malign influence. <They> are not so easily driven out, not so easily defeated.”

[20] The “elder eagles”, whose foresight and responsibility was well known.

Caquetio: The dedication of the Sisters of the Rose to the cause of peace bore true fruit in the declaration of a peace treaty (as noted above) and armistice between Caquetio and the Knights.

Knights of St. John: The holy father stifled a sigh, then settled in for a lengthy discussion of ‘why Catholic kings should not fight one another in these troubled times’. Nicholas only listened with half an ear. The Sisters had been filling his coffers with gold, and the Aztec quills were just as heavy and solid as those from the Papal bank.

1747–1748 T209

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Mali Ax: The Mixtecs were not alone in their efforts, for the Sisters of the Rose arrived in numbers (several hundred) and set about establishing a school, an orphanage and a hospital near the site of the ruined temple. Concurrent with these good works, the nuns circulated a letter from Mother Kelly:

Beloved Sisters and Brothers: Our Blessed Mother has, in her great goodness and mercy, allowed our brethren of Mali Ax to become the protectors of the province of Lydia. Lydia is a sacred land to us – it is the place Our Lady spent her last days on Earth, praying for the salvation of our souls. To this end, we will go to this holy land and restore to her name the shrines and monuments which have lain in ruins for so long. We will establish a school there to teach the young, so their spirit and mind may grow and mature in truth and love. All peoples, all faiths, will be welcome. We come in peace and love to make this land, so torn by war and hatred, a kinder, gentler place to live. We do not seek converts, only sisters and brothers who wish to join us in bringing peace. May the love of Our Lady of Tepeyac shrine upon us all.
~ Kelly, Mother Superior of the Order of the Rose of Christ

Aztec Empire: A great deal of money flowed out of the Exchequer to fuel the projects, intrigues and industries of the Sisters of the Rose, the Knights of the Flowering Sun and others.

Sisters of the Rose: Diplomacy Ax Tecoman/Kebbe(ch), Gao in Sudan(ch), Unita(ch), Riordana in Ute(ch), Lydia(ch)
Though very expensive efforts to finish the cathedral in Maya failed (again), the Sisters did not relent in their drive to see every village, town and district blessed with a school, hospital or orphanage. Missionary work advanced apace in Valdivia, Choco and Guahibo. An expedition was also dispatched to old Asia to assist the Mixtecs in their reconstruction efforts at Ephesus and the Artemision in Lydia.

Knights of St. John: The Franciscans were kept busy in Kayapo and Schucuru, rooting out the heretical followers of the Lencolar rite.

1749–1750 T210
Church of Rome: After a month of very bitter discussion, the attending nations (a number of powerful Catholic nations, particularly Sweden and New France, failed to send representatives, though the Sisters of the Rose – rather rudely – had a delegation present in the city and spent a great deal of time talking amiably with those attending the Council) fell out in this way upon these issues…

Colorado: The Sisters began a vigorous campaign of proselytization in Comanche, concurrent with a settlement program financed by the king.

Sisters of the Rose: Diplomacy Chichen Itza in Maya(ca), Hausa(ch), Xiucaxl in Zerma(ch), Unita(ab), Tlacotalpan in Popoluca(ch)
Aside from meddling in the great Catholic Conference at St. Georges, the Sisters kept a fairly low profile. Schools were built in Tuxtla, Tlacopan and Tuxpan. Missionary work continued apace in Valdivia (now converted after the Imperial Legions slaughtered all the Catholic priests they could lay their hands on), Choco, Caddo and Aser in Ulva. The dozens of schools maintained by the Sisterhood began to promote a rigorous science and maths curriculum among those attending. The Holy Mother backed up this new initiative with a substantial amount of cash.

1751-1752 T211
Church of Rome: Missionary work to counter the rising influence of the Lencolar Church (now in very poor favor due to their meddling in the Church Council) and the Hussites proceded on a global scale.

Carthage: The Lencolar citizens of St. Gustavus in Ghebel-Garib, pressured by ever-increasing government and church pressure, became Hussite.

Vastmark: The Stadholder returned to the capital (from his endless perambulations among the Senegalese townships) to meet with representatives of the Sisters of the Rose and to issue an Edict:

The Edict of Minden, AD 1751
Following the recent Conclave of the Church, and the worthy efforts of the Pope to encourage dialogue between adherents to the Church and the Lencolar Faith, The Stadholder has elected to follow this example, and invite discourse with the Sisters of the Rose in the hope that misunderstandings between our two peoples can be avoided in the future.
In the tumult that followed the birth of Vastmark some years ago, most of the people who chose to defect from the Mixtec nation retained their Roman Catholic beliefs. However, not all did so. The people of Minden in Ghana elected to abandon the Faith as set out in Papal Doctrine and adopt the ways of the Lencolar faith. Since then, their existence has been an uncomfortable one, as Vastmarki law has prevented access to clergy of their faith to minister to them.
In recognition of the peace that has held in West Afriqa for many years now, Vastmark has resolved to overturn years of mistrust, and has written to the Sisters offering the hand of friendship.
The people of Minden will no longer be forbidden access to the leaders of the faith, and the Sisters of the Rose now have leave to establish a presence in Minden to better minister to their followers.
This access is not, however, unfettered; for the years have not passed that all of the people of Vastmark can forget the suffering inflicted upon them by adherents of the Lencolar faith. The Sisters may only establish a limited presence in Minden, and may not use that presence to increase their influence - either secular or religious - in any part of Vastmark outside Minden. Only ordained servants of the Order and their administrative support may enter Vastmarki territory, and naturally the presence of military units on behalf of the Order will invite a swift and harsh response.
Vastmark is gratified that the Sisters of the Rose understand and have accepted these conditions in good grace. It is sincerely hoped that this initiative will open the door to further discourse, and ultimately friendship between the adherents of Catholicism and their Lencolar neighbors in West Afriqa.

Mali Ax: A Lencolar sister engaged the Catholic priesthood in Xiucaxl in a lively series of debates in '51, though her attempt to establish a local rectory failed and very few adherents joined the Sisterhood. Onogui in Teke, however, became Lencolar.

Tozompanctli: Their meager kingdom reinforced by in an infusion of Aztec and Lencolar gold, the Northerners expanded the cities of Tzompantlan (old Hûkar) and Oculinco (in Kaska). With some help from the Sisters, a shining new university was endowed and set specifically to the (very relevant) task of understanding the Ice and all its dreadful effects. Furs, dried fish and whale blubber was sent to the Aztec Empire in tribute.

A large number of Sisterhood nuns and monks arrived in Kayak, where they set about helping the poor and preaching the word of the Revelation of Tepeyac and the unity of the Mother and the Child.

Arapaho Texas: Closer to home, the Arapaho province of Caddo became Lencolar, which was rather unsettling to Arroweye, though he was pleased to see the hold of the paganistic Buddhists broken there.

Shawnee Empire: "We have allowed the Sisterhood of the Rose to remain in our lands, even though they are not of the Faith. Yet, what do they do? They cause trouble and mischief at the Catholic Council." Valeria looked down upon her ministers from the Throne of Gold with a serenely indomitable expression. "Remove them from Our lands, but do not kill or steal from them. Pack them up and escort them to the border."

Sisters of the Rose: Diplomacy Maya(ca), Valdivia/Qito(ch), De La Roche in Niete(ch), Totonac(ca)
Despite the rising tension between the Catholic clergy and the Sisterhood, Davias and her frugal, hard-working minions continued to tend to the poor, succor the helpless, heal the sick and otherwise do their good works. Missionary work continued apace in Choco, Chimu, Kayak, Asante and Caddo. A school and a hospital were build in war-ravaged Qito.

Knights of St. John: A veritable troupe of Franciscans arrived in Shucuru to drive out the Lencolar heresy which had taken root there.

1753-1754 T212
Republic of Spain: So dire were the straits of the rural population of Portugal that the arrival (in a small, well-armed fleet) of a large number of the Sisters of the Rose was barely marked upon, particularly as they immediately set about rebuilding local hospitals and orphanages.

Tzompanctli: The Baron was disturbed, however, when news reached him that a Sister of the Rose prelate known to be preaching in the backwoods of Kayak was found murdered. He ordered the local governor to find the miscreants immediately.

Colorado: Missionary efforts in Comanche failed, as the Catholics there were in no mood to accept the 'damnable heretic rite' of the Lencolar Church.

Aztec Empire: The Emperor showed uncommon generosity; dispensing large gifts in gold, credit and goods to the Tzompanctli, the Zacateca and the Sisters of the Rose.

Sisters of the Rose: Diplomacy Tuxtla in Kekchi (ch), Tlacotalpan in Popoluca (^ab), Kebbe (^ab), Three Crosses in Navajo (ch)
Much like the Empire, the Sisters were busy disbursing money to the faithful kings of Tzompanctli and Colorado. Missionary work continued in the south, with Choco becoming Lencolar. Despite pressure from the Catholics, the Sisters also refused to condemn the Lullite "heresy". "The pursuit of knowledge is man's destiny," they were wont to say. "To know the mind of God."

A long-standing series of discussions between the Shinto temple priests and the Sisters at last bore fruit with both parties releasing a series of quiet letters to their parish clergy, urging them to view the other as co-religionists and to work diligently towards a harmonious relationship.

Knights of St. John: The Templars were more interested in making sure the Lencolar vermin did not further infest Catholic lands during the 'disturbances.'

1755-1756 T213
Spain: The Sisters of the Rose opened a large hospital and public school in the most seriously damaged district of Lisbon. As ever, they offered their services without stint, fee or demand.

Church of Rome: Before departing, however, a public letter was released from Clement to the Sisters of the Rose:

With sadness, we hear of your close relations with the Shinto Religion. Regrettably, you continue down your chosen path of grave errors of faith. By your close association with pagans who do not recognize the Saving Grace of Our Lord, you drive the Holy, Apostolic Church farther and farther from you. Until you admit the error of your ways, and apply corrective actions, the doors of Holy Mother Church are closed to those who follow the Lencolar path.

Vastmark: An embassy from the Sisters of the Rose arrived in Minden by way of Senegal, looked around, consulted their maps and then gave up and had tea. Apparently someone had told them the province was Lencolar – which was very far from the truth.

Mali Ax: The local Sisters continued to practice their winning ways upon the citizens of Xuicaxl in Zerma, with steadily increasing success.

The Sisters of the Rose opened a large school in Gao, Sudan. Bad news came from Kebbe, where Sister Betsy had been attempting to establish a cathedral. Apparently the very elderly woman had succumbed to a heart attack.

Tzompanctli: Prodded by the Baron, the civil militia in the port of Azaton investigated the death of a Lencolar Sister two years previous. After about four weeks they abruptly ceased their investigation and refused to mention the matter again. Unfortunately for the militia chief, about four months after shutting down the case, Sister Margaret Mary O’Rourke – another Lencolar agent who had been traveling among the villages along the coast – was killed while swimming by a pod of orcas.

Shawnee Empire: The Jesuits and Benedictines in Quapaw found themselves instantly embroiled in a theological tussle with the Lencolar Sisters, who had also moved into the area – and converted ninety-percent of the population within a single year.

Arapaho Texas: Shawnee missionaries arrived to begin saving the souls of the Lencolar heretics in Caddo and Natchez.

Sisters of the Rose: Diplomacy Popoluca (^ch) / Tlacotalpan (^mn), Guahibo (^ch), St. Pauls in the Canary Islands (^ch), Three Crosses in Navajo (^ab)
A sea-wall was built along the harbor-front of New Jerusalem, and a number of dikes constructed to prevent future tidal waves from damaging the town. A medical school was opened in the secular part of the city, which soon became known as ‘Healton’. The faithful also turned out in Lenca to gather up the dead fish thrown onto shore – these eventually made their way a new fertilizer plant the Sisterhood had built downwind of Pachamaxl.

An Albanian cutter arrived in New Jerusalem to deliver a very large crate bound with cables. Curious, the Sisters opened the shipping container and found a fabulous machine inside… A great globe composed of fly-wheels, gears, numeric displays (on enameled racheted wheels), pistons and other sundry enigmatic devices. A brass plate on the side of the device declared it to be the “Ars Generalis Ultima”. There was an associated religious tract.

As part of efforts by the Knights of the Flowering Sun to improve their facilities in the Holy City, a park for the use of all was dedicated near the Order site. Some of the Sisters, though they know the faith and loyalty of the Order, had been less than comfortable with the martial nature of this new construction. The artistic use of colored stone and carvings could not disguise the fact that all of the ground floor windows looked very much like the apertures for weapons, nor does the presence of water flowers confuse anyone as to the nature of a moat. Also, the Sisters are not divorced from the realities of this world, and harbored no illusions as to why the Order had chosen the highest point in the city for the ornamental gardens.

The park was in two parts, each dedicated to a Sister who had given her life for the Light, while serving with the Order. The first to be opened was that dedicated to Sister Chaltique. The opening speech more closely resembled a teaching story than oratory.

In the aftermath of the first disastrous battle against the evil that was Georgia, the commanders of the shattered army of the Sunlands had met in a temporary camp during the bloody efforts to retreat to rally again. The highest commanders had spoken of their inability to break contact from the pursuing darkness, and of the desperate need for just a few hours, a half-day, of time to break free. A quiet but carrying voice spoke from the rear of the assembled generals: “Let the army leave in the hours before dawn. The Host of the Flowering Sun will remain here, to test the enemy stars in the ballcourt of fate, thereby purchasing the time needed.”

The generals turned to the small helmeted figure standing behind most of them. “Sister Chaltique, the airships of the Enemy control the sky. Half of your force is infantry. If you remain here, you will never be able be able to break free.”

A quiet reply came. “All of the Order will fight as infantry. You will take our cavalry's mounts to carry your wounded as you leave. As for breaking free, each member of the Order did that when they swore service to the Faith. Our souls are free now and evermore, and even the darkest and most powerful of the Damned cannot chain them. There is no other way. Waste no further time with words, but go to make your preparations, as the Order is already making its. Go with God, as shall we who stay.”

The necessity being inescapable, the commanders of the other contingents of the army simply bowed to or saluted the small calm figure, each according to their own custom. In the first hours of the morning, with the dust of the retreating army fading on the far orizon, the cloud raised by the advancing Enemy appearing from the opposite direction, and no airships as yet in view, Sister Chaltique briefly called the few thousands of her command from their entrenching. Her voice rang clearly to all.

“Behind us, the armies who serve the Light march to a place where they may fight again. Their journey through this bleak land will be longer and harder than ours. Let us all do our duty, and in only hours we shall all meet again, at our journey's end.

“Companions! Today this Host of the Flowering Sun marches to God!”

Sister Chaltique died near the end, killed by an airship's bomb. While the rest who still survived fought against the Enemy's last infuriated assault, carried out over the bodies the Order had strewn in front of its trenches from previous attempts the overconfident servants of the Dark had launched to clear this handful from their way, a few of the Order worked with desperate haste to wrap the body of the commander they had come to love as well as obey in the Host's banners, to place it on a makeshift pyre made from the wood of the bomb-shattered trees of the small copse that had been the only trace of green in this arid land. When the Enemy swept over the last of the Order, the sun was nearing the Western hills. The Order had spent their lives, but the Enemy had wasted time they would not be able to recover. Nothing but ashes remained in the center of what had been trees. There was nothing for the Enemy to defile.

What happened and was said after the main army had left is known because four Knights were permitted by the Lord of All to live. Wounded, unconscious, buried in a collapsed bunker, the four emerged two days later. Eventually, two would reach the advancing and now victorious armies of the Light, carrying with them a small jar, filled only with ashes.

This first park is shaped as a glen, with a clear, cool stream falling in a small cascade into a shaded pool. A single life-sized statue is in the glen, a figure shaped as if it were sitting, leaning back against mossy rocks, one bronze hand trailing in the water. A part of the ashes that the Four of legend brought back were mixed into the metal of the statue, the remainder buried beneath it. Sister Chaltique, who loved the sound of moving water, and the green of life, and who died in a desert, will, so long as metal and the Flowering Sun endures, always have what she loved. The park is a place of rest and peace for all. Order Knights often come to meditate, and to touch the statue.

Caquetio: Once in Tenochtitlan, Pardane was careful to visit both the Sisters of the Rose and the Order, bestowing lavish gifts upon each religious group in hopes of receiving their blessing. By these means he secured the Grandmaster’s permission and proposed to Malinal.

Knights of St. John: The civil authorities of Chamonix, a quiet port town on the French coast, were puzzled and a little disgusted to find the mutilated body of a Sister of the Rose (along with several Caquetian servants) scattered around a tawdry room in a harborside dive. The condition of the bodies were of such horrific aspect several of the gendarmes were forced to exit the building and spend an hour or so heaving their guts out in the street.

1757-1758 T214
Mali Ax: Veritably besieged by Lencolar missionaries, the Catholic city of Xuicaxl in Zerma finally succumbed and became Lencolar.

Colorado: Missionaries dispatched to Comanche to try and convince the Catholics there to accept female priests failed miserably and were whipped out of the province with sacks on their heads. Only the presence of a strong Colorado garrison in the region prevented outright revolt. After this sorry state of affairs, in an attempt to improve the religious prowess available to the High Kingdom, Fredrik granted the Knights of the Flowering Sun official recognition and set aside certain lands and properties for their maintenance in the kingdom.

Then, of course, the Sisters of the Rose missionaries arrived and the entire province was Lencolar by the end of ’58. Haw!

Ghostdancers: No one really noticed, but the realm became Lencolar in practice of faith.

Arapaho Texas: Missionary work continued in Caddo as the Benedictines attempted to reverse the gains of the Lencolar priests there.

Shawnee Empire: Missionaries (though not exactly the most vigorous or effective ones) were dispatched to Ifni in Quapaw, Anglia in England, Caddo and Natchez. General Running Bear – attempting to extirpate the last of the Lencolar believers in Infi – was killed in a brawl with penitents as he waded in to break up their demonstration against his policies.

Sisters of the Rose: Diplomacy Valdivia in Quito (^ab), St. Pauls in Canary Islands (^ab), New Hiquito in Caquetio (^mn), Gagnoa / Ax Aztlan (^ch)
Worldwide, the work of the Sisterhood pressed ahead, undaunted by the Ice, or the <others> or even the Corruption which plagued many of their enemies. Missionary work in Comanche, Quapaw, Tres Lagos and Guahibo had great success. Efforts to establish a cathedral in Popoluca, however, met with ever more government paperwork, contractor malfeasance and general failure – even with the Holy Mother herself trying to push the project to completion!

Great France: The clergy throughout Great France was put on notice that the Emperor would not countenance any Lencolar activity of any kind. Such transgressions against God would be punished by death.

1759–1760 T215
Mauritania: The Sisters of the Rose set up shop in the capital, opening a Hospital to tend to the sick and infirm. They did not seem fazed at all by the tenets of the Orangists, accepting their claims with equanimity.

Tzompanctli: With the assistance of technicians shipped up from Aztec, and funded by the Sisters of the Rose, the Tzompans began work on their own airship designs, all designed to deal with the terrible cold and the harsh conditions in the Ice.

Colorado: Missionaries were dispatched into Leoti to bring the word of the Sisters to the heathen Catholics savages there.

Ghostdancers: Missionary work by the Sisters began in Pawnee and found fertile ground there in which to grow.

Arapaho Texas: Shawnee missionaries were thick on the ground in Natchez and Caddo, where they were making steady, but slow, progress against the Lencolar adherents there.

Shawnee Empire: The Lencolar citizens of Ifni were the immediate focus of her anger. “These bastards have repeatedly revolted against Our authority and have murdered the Imperial Consort, my beloved Running Bear. Now we will end their rebellion.”

25,000 Shawnee troops poured into the city and every last Lencolar worshipper was dragged from their homes and slaughtered. There was much lamentation. Loyal, Catholic Shawnee settlers from across the river were waiting to move in, and by the end of ’60 all traces of the former inhabitants had been wiped away.

Aztec Empire: Old Trákonel, seeing his son and heir Nimulana was a useless thug and craven coward, decided to remove him from the scene, allowing his still-malleable son Zinicha to be taken into the care of the Sisters and the Tlahulli (who might make the boy a respectable Emperor).

Sisters of the Rose: Diplomacy New Hiquito in Caquetio (^ca), New Colorado in Comanche (^ch), Dallas in Coahuila (^ch), Three Crosses in Navajo (^mn), Gagnoa (^ab), Akan / Ax Knot (^ch), Togo (^ch)
Follow the guidance of their faith, the Sisters established new hospitals in Tairona (particularly to aid the victims of the recent eruption) and Sayyida Ifni in Idjil (to minister to those wounded in the North Afriqan wars). A School was opened in Popol Vuh.

The Order issued a statement in support of Prince Zincica of the Méxica being named the old Emperor’s heir – but then fell silent when the corruption of Mamexi’s Regency became apparent. Another statement was distributed, urging Lencolar adherents in Shawnee and Arapaho lands to leave as quickly and peaceably as possible. A very threatening letter had been received from those quarters, stating the intention of the Arroweye to slaughter every Lencolar he could find.

And, indeed, the massacre at Ifni only punctuated the threat.

Mother Kelly returned to New Jerusalem and found the entire city in an uproar over the revelatory nature of a certain Book which had been delivered in recent time to the keeping of the Librarian of the Order. Davias was not troubled or panicked by the wild claims being made, however, and took the time to read the volume carefully. Afterwards, she called a Church Council to debate the contents and decide what to do about them.

The Council was filled with vigorous discussion, but (unlike the recent Vatican Council) preceded rather smoothly.

“The heart of God is great enough to encompass all truth,” Davias announced upon the completion of the Council. “The Orangist faith has touched upon a truth drawn directly from the Hand of God. We accept them as our brothers and sisters in the light of the Revealed Sacrifice of Christ.”

After that, everyone went back to work building God’s Kingdom on Earth. This included missionary work in Chimu and Guahibo in South Amerika, as well as in the jungles of Asante in Afrika.

Knights of St. John: The military governor of Kayapo sent a series of blistering letters to Acroa, complaining about gangs of French priests marauding around the countryside of his province, burning down Lencolar churches and roughing up the parishioners.

1761–1762 T216
Al-Haggar Confedersation: His finances assured by Sisterhood, Norsk and Carthan gold, Ameur set about putting things to order in his arid domain.

Vastmark: Prince Daniel was widely blamed for young Henry’s death, causing him to attack the Coburgs openly, which in turn precipitated a counter-revolt by lord Nkwame and his pro-Mixtec faction in the army. Nkwame and the Eichstatt garrison marched on Chihuahua City and clashed with Daniel and the Stadholder’s Guard at Dioloulou. Despite being outnumbered (Daniel commanded 10,000 men against Nkwame’s 8,000), the general was a capable man and the prince was an idiot of the first water, particularly in military matters. Victory was fumbled and then lost, and the Prince’s army smashed and sent fleeing for the walls of Chihuahua City. Daniel was right at the front of the pack, too.

Chihuahua City was then besieged by Nkwame’s forces – which happened to include three thousand siege engineers. Of course, the capital was one of the most heavily fortified cities in the world – but then, Prince Daniel was once more in command! Emboldened by this, Nkwame launched into an aggressive siege of the city… and immediately got his tiny army badly chewed up. Even with the idiot Daniel in command, the defenders of Chihuahua City could savage any attacker. Fortunately for the Saxe-Coburg faction, Prince Daniel also decided it was a good idea to parade about on the battlements “to inspire the troops” and got his fool head shot off by a sniper.

With Daniel dead, Lord Ixtoc (being a far worse military commander, yet also possessed of some native wit) bowed to the inevitable and surrendered the city to Nkwame and his faction. A marriage was then arranged between Nkwame’s son, Kusar, and princess Raye Casimir of the Stadholder’s line.

Nkwame then declared himself Stadholder, standing on the steps of the Royal Palace, flanked by the Mixtec ambassador on one side and the prelate of the Sisters of the Rose on the other.

Mali Ax: In the provinces, missionary work continued in Dogamba and Gurma, where the remotest villages were visited by the Sisterhood, just to make sure not one Catholic had been left unconverted.

Tzompanctli: All of this trouble led to princess Chtuantla being shipped off to boarding school in the Empire, in the merciless hands of the Sisters of the Rose, in fact. An event which caused much crying, wailing and weeping on the part of the wee princesses’ little brothers, who would miss her.

Colorado: Efforts to bring the word of the Sisterhood to the Leoti clansmen failed miserably, leading to massacres, burning settlements and general religious ill-humor. Back in Coloradan lands, the newly crowned King immediately took his army into the field – to search out and destroy rumors of an infestation not of the Kror cult, but of their reptilian brethren, the Yigites. Raids were made by the King’s Men in various rural townships in Apache, yielding an apparently huge haul of covered wagons which were sent to the University at Three Crosses.

A Sisterhood priestess, Frances, was wounded in the course of one of these raids in Navajo, where a Yigite fanatic tried to lop off her arm with a woodaxe. This unfortunate event prevented Frances from visiting the faithful in Three Crosses and Tiwa.

Ghostdancers: Letters of mysterious provenance began to circulate in Ghostdancer lands, spreading the word to all of the Lencolar faith that a safe refuge existed for them – one with plentiful land – in the far north, in the Land of Skulls, for those brave enough to make the journey. This, however, did not distract the Ghostdancers from continuing their non-violent campaign to convert the Shinto of Pawnee to the Lencolar church.

Aztec Empire: The Emperor also dispensed largesse to his allies and tributary states with a recklessly generous hand – Nisei, the Sisterhood, the Tlahulli, Tzompans and Colorado all benefited.

Sisters of the Rose: Diplomacy Tipai (ˇch), Macahuil (ˇun), Gurma/Oztoma (^ch), Xiucaxl (ˇun)
While the Mother of God protected the Aztec Emperor with one hand armored in the Light of Righteousness, her servants were busy in Chima, Tres Lagoas and Akwaio, driving back the corrupt doctrines of the Catholics and leading the people to God’s grace. Hospitals were founded in New Hiquito, Grassland, Sion; and schools in Achi, Ax Knot, Sayyida Ifni and Choco.

Among the new arrivals at the Sisterhood’s great school in New Jerusalem was a mischevious, recklessly fearless young lady from the far, far north. The Holy Mother herself took a moment out of a very busy schedule to show princess Cthuantla to her dorm room in the first-year’s wing. The girl didn’t know who the elderly woman was, but was happy enough to see a smiling face and a firm hand to lead her up the twisty stairs. Of course, Cthuantla of Tzompan was in front of the School Prefect only a day later for beating a prissy girl from Tenochtitlán bloody after the Four-Hundred-Houses-born first year laughed at her for not knowing which of the four spoons to use first at dinner.

The Sisterhood also issued a writ condemning the rebel Aztec princesses Thuia and Shaira Su for their complicity in an evil cult. This missive also declared the Order’s firm support for the new Emperor Mamexi and his son, Tochtli.

Knights of St. John: Unaware of the situation in Caete, the Franciscans and Dominicans in the country concentrated on trying to drive the Lencolar sisters out of Terembembe in the north – an effort which met with great success.

1763–1764 T217
Trebizond: Not so far away, a Mixtec fleet arrived at Ephesus in Lydia an unloaded 15,000 colonists, fifteen pregnant priestess-acolytes of the Sisterhood, and one very seasick Princess Zinsa. The settlers were in no better shape and everyone raised a huge groan when told they would only be spending the winter in Ephesus, before heading on to the Persian Gulf and their new home.

Spain: While wild rumors swept Lisbon as the two armies approached, the city sewage workers were struggling to contain a dreadful cholera outbreak which killed thousands in two outlying districts. By the brutal means of burning infected houses and buildings, and shutting off the city water supply, the disease was stopped. Matters would have been worse, but a pair of Lencolar nurses from the hospital in Belem had noticed the symptoms within the first day of the infection and had immediately informed the authorities. Later investigations found decomposing bodies clogging the western and southern aqueducts.

Mali Ax: Meanwhile, the Emperor’s little sister, Princess Zinsa had been put aboard an extravagantly outfitted Mixtec warship, accompanied by the Imperial Eagle Guard and a gaggle of priestess-acolytes of the Sisterhood, and shipped off to the Church of Mary in Ephesus. Their squadron was accompanied by a fleet of transports packed with settlers for the nascent Mixtec colony on the Turkish coast. In the central jungles, the Sisterhood began missionary efforts in Borogou, despite the unremitting hostility of the native tribes.

Ghostdancers: Azurama’s government received a great deal of assistance from a newly arrived party of Sisterhood clerics, which was a relief to Geshin, as his own people were – in the main – warriors, and not well suited to pushing scrolls and clicking beads.

Sisters of the Rose: Diplomacy Macahuil in Tipai (^ch), Popol Vuh in Tipai (^ab), Three Crosses in Nava jo (^mn), Xiucaxl in Zerma (^ch)
The Holy Mother prayed for guidance, seeking some way to bring peace to a troubled and divided world.

Caquetio: The Sisterhood continued to work tirelessly in the provinces, running off a vestigal Catholic presence in Caracas and grinding away at the majority the Pope still held in Guahibo.

Knights of St. John: Franciscan missionary work continued in Potiguara and Thiat, trying to reverse the gains of the Lencolar Sisterhood.

1765–1766 T218
Vastmark: Takrur itself was settled back to 3 GPv as the Stadholder drew in supporters and co-religionists from the countryside. Brehmen and Chihuahua City also expanded, and the city walls and fortifications refurbished at their new extents. Just to show his strength, Nkwame purged his officer corps and confiscated many estates, particularly those of Lencolar or Orangist commanders. The usual gangs of Catholic priests preached in the countryside, trying to stem the Orangist tide.

Religious troubles continued to percolate just under the surface of Vastmarki society as the Orangist faith grew stronger and stronger in the north. Worse, whispers in the coffee-houses and public taverns began to circulate, suggesting that with the tide of Orangist believers, the Sisterhood should be allowed into the Principate, and even (when no one thought one of the Stadholder’s men was within earshot) Mixtec administration.

Mali Ax: Orangist efforts to influence Songhai were stopped cold by the Sisterhood and other Lencolar priests in the region.

Nisei Republic: Out on the eastern plains, while the Sōridaijin would not arrive in Dakota by the end of the turn (only reaching Teton before ’66 ended – hey, it’s a long damn way to walk! Where’s that railroad?!), Princess Yanma did and found that Zamori’s Frontier Command had launched a tardy and tentative raid into Oto and found the province abandoned by the Ghostdancers. “Victory!” They proclaimed, chasing off a gang of Lencolar missionaries who had wandered in from the south.

Colarado: A Lencolar hospital was opened in Karankawa, particularly to treat the victims of recent wildfires.

Ghostdancers: Priests and nuns of the Sisterhood also passed through, on their way to carry the Word to the heathens on the plains.

Arapaho Texas: Bands of Iroquois friars invaded Caddo (and also, further north, were in great evidence in Quapaw), remonstrating with the Lencolar priesthood and trying to win back the peasantry for the Church of Rome.

Shawnee Empire: Prince Gukukkun saw his cause was lost … his father’s army had been shattered in the ruin of Cahokia. He slipped away, the Lencolar bishop Panukan at his side, his ragged soldiers running behind. Nakos himself was overcome with horror to see the wreckage of the capital, and wept to find the Empress hiding in a cellar, armor stained and rusted with blood, her eyes dark with an enormous and abiding anger.

Sisters of the Rose: Diplomacy Nicarao (^mn)
Faced with what seemed to be nothing less than global catastrophe, the Sisterhood ramped up the construction of hospitals and schools throughout the Amerikas. At the same time, the Holy Mother issued a series of letters directing all monasteries, churches and schools to devote immediate effort to cultivating their own food supplies – “that the needy may be succored.”

With Chimu in the fold, the Sisterhood missionaries walked south (singing an uplifting hymnal) and began knocking on doors in Moche.

1767–1768 T219
Tzompanctli: Efforts to woo the Catholics of Azoton to the Lencolar path continued apace.

Colorado: “We would be marching even now to join the fight against them, had Valeria Mother-Killer not sent her army and that of her Arapaho lackeys against the GhostDancers. But given her actions, we dare not leave the Catholics in such a position of power. Surely the mad Valeria would come at us next! We must first avenge our Lencolar brothers and sisters before we dare weaken ourselves to send an army far from home.”

Gunthar paused to look around the table, and saw his staff in full agreement with him.

“Mobilize the Army,” ordered Gunthar, “we strike for God and Honor!”

Arapaho Texas: Apparently heedless of the risk of inciting a trans-Snake war, Lencolar missionaries infiltrated back into Quapaw to contest the efforts of the Catholics to recapture the faith of the province. The Arapaho, meanwhile, were similarly attempting to stamp out the Lencolar heresy in Caddo.

Aztec Empire: Missionary work in support of Sisterhood efforts on the Inca coast ramped up, particularly in Moche.

Sisters of the Rose: Diplomacy Nicarao (^ca), Navajo (^ch), Apache (^ch)
Though missionary efforts continued on the Inca coast, the Sisterhood now found itself grappling with die-hard Incan and French Catholic communities which simply refused to yield the faith of their fathers to the hated Aztecs.

The Holy Mother issued an encyclical calling upon all Lencolar believers to render all aid to any refugees feeling the menace of the Tzitzimime – even if those refugees were Catholic, Moslem or Orangist. In the same letter, she deplored the “unprovoked Shawnee attack upon the Ghost Dancers”, and called for a swift and peaceful resolution of the “matter in North Amerika.”

Working among the faithful in wind-swept Navajo proved too much for Sister Frances, who took sick and died in the fall of ’68.

1769–1770 T220
Tzompanctli: The foundations of a great fortress were laid just outside of the key port of Azoton, where the Lencolar priests were waging a slow, but ultimately successful struggle, to convert the town population to their faith. Sister McKenzie, who had been leading the Rose effort there, fell ill and died of pneumonia, but was swiftly replaced by another of the Southerners.

Princess Yesobelle

High Kingdom of Colorado: Princess Yesobelle (the well-monikered "Iron Skirt", see picture right) remained in the east, overseeing the evacuation of the Arapaho from Mescalero, escorting Averana's Ghostdancers to safety in the west and sealing the alliance - in her own inimitable way - by wedding the young prince Cold-Iron Averana. This blessed event was marred, unfortunately, by the open revolt of Gukkukun Averana and the chieftains of his 'faction' (that is, those 'dancer warleaders who had no stomach for a humiliating peace and exile in the west) including Blackhawk and Bishop Panukan (the Sisterhood legate) against Waylo Averana and Cold-Iron's leadership. As Gukkukun and his allies controlled the vast majority of the 'dancer army, Waylo did not attempt to oppose them. When Iron-Skirt offered to lead her Coloradans against the rebels, Waylo politely declined. "Gukkukun has his own destiny, and those who follow him have yet to learn wisdom. The Stormdragon will teach them, I think."

Sisters of the Rose: The Holy Mother dispatched a veritable army of clerks and administrators to assist the Aztecs in maintaining (an ever crumbling) hold on their empire. Hospitals were founded in Chimu and Gurma, while a school was built in Chontal. Charitable relief funds were also sent to the pious governments of Al-Haggar, Tzompanctli, Mauritania and Colorado - for their "good works."

These tasks complete, Davias then hied herself down to Guyami in time to learn of the destruction of the Aztec fleet at Lake Gatun, and to observe the arrival of the White Fleet. Despite these terrible events (and the madness which subsequently engulfed the city of Nan Chao) she kept her head and made a quiet withdrawl from the threatened area - until such time as the Tzitzimime and their human allies had passed onward. Then she, and the six-hundred-odd monks who traveled with her, returned to the province to succor the wounded and insane.

At the end of 1770, the Order was afflicted with a plague of martyrdoms. The Holy Mother herself, as well as Sisters Elizabeth and Reina, passed into the hands of God, all unexpectedly.

Holy Mothers

  • Amiya Goldenhair 1770-date
  • Kelly Davias 1739-1770

Players

  • T205-date (1739-date) Lisa Arnold

Last updated: 30 April 2005

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