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Foundation: 1739-date (T205-date)
Capital: Capital: London in Sussex
Religion: Roman Catholic

By Rob Pierce & Martin Helsdon

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A Roman Catholic religious order established near London in 1739. The members of this order are more commonly known as Jesuits. The first Vicar-General, Vladimir Tuchachevsky, was the last exarch of the earlier Swedish viceroyalty of Trebizond.

The History:

By Deborah Teramis Christian

Pro-Jesuit annecdotes, political, and cultural information can be viewed at: Society of Jesus web page

Spring 1769:

The Bluefeather Memorandae is made available to the public, being a compilation of meditational writings and prophecies by Father Ringo Bluefeather, recently deceased. Bluefeather hailed from Shawnee and was formerly rector of the Jesuit Academy at the Order House, Elmerland, Faeroe Islands. This priest's writings have been likened to those of Nostradamus, and there is rumor that he is under consideration for beatification.

January 1, 1769:

The Society of Jesus is going through huge changes in the upheaval that has followed the loss of their top leadership and much infrastructure following the recent attack on London.

  • Redfox is in transit in Afriqa, and thus - happily far distant from the epicenter of destruction - he is the only senior leader of the order's inner circle who survived the attack.
  • Capable senior persons have moved up from the ranks to fill the power vacuum in London, taking the helm in this time of emergency and working to put the Society back on its feet. The second-in-command in the order is now Lieutenant-General Michael Kobiak. Next in the chain of command is the doughty yet irritating Provincial Superior, William Westhaven.
  • The Society is undergoing structural changes; among these are changes of titles (for various ecclesiastical power-game reasons). Please note that henceforth the leader of the Jesuits is known as the Superior-General (i.e., Redfox). His second is the Lieutenant-General (Kobiak). Head of the Assistancy (the senior advisory council to the SG) is called the Provincial Superior (Westhaven).

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1739-1740 T205
Trebizond: His thoughts filled with bittersweet memories, Vladimir Tuchachevsky leaned on the railing of the RSN Porchovaka as the cutter pulled away from the harbor of Trebizond. His family crowded the aft deck, chattering and pointing, letting the sun fall on their weary faces. Packing up an entire palace - much less their mountain estate, or the town house in Amisus - had been a long and strenuous task. But now they were done, their fleet embarking around them, the sea covered with white sails, and soon they would be in a new home.

The Exarch wondered how his so-lately-adopted land would fare under it's new governor. The crown had made Trebizond - a motley collection of restive Moslems, Yaqui Catholics, Swedish settlers, Russian refugees, bits and pieces of every nation in Europe - from whole cloth. Vladimir wondered if the bold experiment would last, or if the tides of war lapping around the region would engulf the little state.

"No matter," he said, pushing away from the rail. He had a mountain of correspondence to review, and the clutch of cardinals inside would want to bend his ear, again, about the Hussite problem. He did not look back at the swiftly receding shore.

Great Britain: Aside from a veritable infestation of Papists (and what would old Cromwell I have thought of the Jesuits building an academy and administrative complex south of London? Turning in his grave, most like), peace reigned across green England. The King did enjoy the mysterious comings and goings of the Jesuits, and the rather kabalistic initiation rites for the Grand Master of the Order were quite fun.

Jesuits: Somewhere outside of the pestilential sprawl of London, amid green fields on a vast and well-ordered country estate, a conclave gathered in rapidly falling dusk. Countless candles and torches illuminated a long procession of potentates, kings, princes, priests from every corner of the globe. A simple shrine stood under the brow of a turfed hill, a gleaming marble statue of the Risen Christ standing alone on the altar, the dark, almost invisible shape of a simple wooden cross behind him.

The ceremony was short, entirely in archaic Church latin, and the man kneeling before the old priest bowed his newly tonsured head. "Do you accept the service of Christ, his Church and his people, forever?"

"I do," Vladimir Tukhachevsky answered, rising newly anointed, a prince of the Church, and now founder of the Society of Jesus. A white brand, a keen blade, by which the Catholic nations hoped to drive back the darkness and usher in a new, golden age.

Expansive support in gold, men, arms, materials (even entire corps of clerks, priests and librarians) were provided by all the Catholic realms save that of Judea, which was rather aloof from the proceedings. The Shawnee, however, more than made up for the lack - for the faith of the western kingdom was strong, and a bulwark against all darkness, be it of the Ice, or of Huss.

Papacy: Quite pleased, the Vicar sent a large delegation to England to assist (and guide) the foundation of the Society of Jesus. Clement hoped the order would prove a puissant weapon against the enemies of the Church and God.

Shawnee: A surprisingly large number of clerks and ministers who had (at some time or another) displeased the Stormdragon were packed up on boats and shipped off to London, where they were placed in the care of the Society of Jesus, who made them work harder than they had ever worked before in their entire lives. Back in Shawnee, their presence was not (in fact) missed at all.

1741-1742 T206
Jesuits: In a daring and unexpected move, the Jesuits took it upon themselves to send a powerful fleet south along the Afriqan coast (under the command of the Vicar-General) and to establish settlements in Senegal (Dakar), then across to the Amerikas, and St. Laurent in Camopi and St. Augustine in Calusa (the southern tip of Florida). Luckily for the Jesuits, the Caquetio were entirely distracted by the invasion of the Knights of Saint John, and did not overwhelm and enslave the settlers at St. Laurent.

Unfortunately, the cannibalistic Kror-worshipping tribes of the Calusa were not distracted and the Vicar-General had neglected to bring any troops with him. After building St. Augustine and clearing land and settling into a lazy life beside white beaches, the Jesuit populace was overwhelmed by a massive and unexpected attack by the tribesmen (who happen to be fond of ripping the beating hearts from Christians and offering them up to the black sky in a desperate attempt to sustain the sun in the face of the Four Hundred Enemies). Everyone was slaughtered, the fleet pushed off in a panic and Vladimir was hacked to bits by the Calusans.

A settlement on the Faeroes met with much greater success, improving those islands to (1i1).

Eventually news of the Vicar-General's death reached Sussex and the headquarters of the Order and there was some trouble. Vladimir had no son, and in any case the Jesuits were not that interested in electing their leadership through blood lines. Further, Vladimir's daughter Natasha had recently wed Jose Sancho de Leon and was now Queen of Navarre. So the upper ranks of the order put their heads together, consulted with the Pope and elected Martin Sawyer (a Jesuit, scholar and noted rapier-man) to lead them. This displeased Natasha, but she had her hands full in Spain anyway, so there was little she could do about it at the moment.

Papacy: Despite the moaning of the accountants, Il Papa disbursed considerable aid to the Republican Spanish, the Jesuits and the Swedes. A considerable tithe of grain, cloth and other goods was received from the Shawnee (bless them, they are strong in the faith!)

Vastmark: A large number of Jesuit scholars descended upon Chihuahua City to render aid, advice and assistance to the prince's government. He set them about cleaning up certain clerical records and making sure no one was embezzling or stealing government monies. They had a fine time, and more than one clerk found himself being dragged into a small, dark room with some grim-looking men.

More Jesuits were busy in Senegal, where they built a fine modern town on the coast at Dakar.

RSA: Some very late contributions to the formation of the Jesuit order were dispatched, along with a note of apology.

1743–1744 T207
Great Britain: Grain and other raw materials continued to flow into England from Shawnee (now a very valuable trade partner) and from various lands associated with the Jesuit order.

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On the other hand, a great many Jesuits were seen in the city, which led to understandable – but worrying – tensions between them and the Hussite citizens.

Society of Jesus: Diplomacy Great Yarmouth in Anglia(oh), Caete(oh), Susu(oh), Mahair on Arawak(oh)
Despite the horrible massacre in Calusa in ’42, the Jesuits continued their plan of building small religiously-planned cities at convenient locations. This time, however, they secured the assistance of local rulers, or provided protection themselves. In this way, the cities of Bissau in Susu (shared with Vastmark), San Augustine in Calusa and Portsmouth in Wessex (shared with England) were built.

Horchow’s fleet managed to establish a presence in Mahair on Arawak, but failed to convince the sugar-cane lord of Colon to do more than listen to him rant on for a couple hours. He then sailed to Calusa, where he met VG Sawyer and then took over administration of the province from the Shawnee.

Républica Popular de Espaná: The Jesuit seminaries, churches and farms were duly pillaged and burned to the ground afterwards.

Republic of Spain: And, while the Largoista armies had been entirely busy in the north and west, a daring force of African volunteers (mostly students attending the Universidad de Sevilla from Carthage, Mixteca, Vastmark and other southern nations) had marched up the eastern coast of Spain, capturing the provinces of Grenada (and the city of Cortez) and Valencia (and the city of Tortosa), which are now in SRC hands. Papal and Jesuit holdings were looted and – as in Estremadura – set afire, the servants freed, the priests sent to consult with their Lord from the end of a rope.

Church of Rome: The Pontiff also summoned the Curia and nominated Vladimir Tukachevsky for canonization. “He faithfully and loyally served Holy Mother Church throughout his life. A shield against the Muslims, victor over the demonic Icelords, founder of the Jesuits, and a Martyr to the Faith battling Satan in the hearts and minds of Cultists.” Miracles attributed to the saint include several cases of the blind seeing, and a chapel found behind the retreating Ice in Latvia with the Jesuit Seal engraved on the altar. The chapel was abnormally clean of debris, and had the sweet smell of roses throughout the nave.

Vastmark: The Jesuits built a town, Bissau, in Segu province with help from the Principate.

Mali Ax: Reports of a Jesuit agent among the natives of the Teke coast were confirmed after the local only-recently Lencolar chiefs stopped paying tribute to the Empire.

Republic of South Afriqa: On the other hand, relations with the HAC were excellent and a substantial tithe was sent to support the Jesuit order.

1745–1746 T208
Great Britain: The usual shipments from North Amerika had been interrupted by the civil war raging in Shawnee, and the Jesuits scarfed up what spare grain did reach English shores.

Society of Jesus: Diplomacy Iesuwayo in Mbundu(oh)
While the Vicar-General was busy playing general in the Americas, the rest of the Society was forced to dicker with various and diverse nations to keep the Catholic banks from collapsing under the weight of ill-advised Jesuit loans. Luckily, the Holy Father (and the Norsktrad) had deep pockets. The Society also issued a declaration of war against the Valerist Shawnee, whom they considered to be pawns of the “evil spirits” which had lately plagued the affairs of men.

Vastmark: Vastmark shipped grain to Carthage (though not as much as the northerners needed) and gold to Sweden and the Jesuit order.

The Jesuit-built city of Dakar in Senegal was placed – after an arrangement was reached between the prince and the Society – under Vastmark civil administration. The priests, of course, retained extensive facilities there.

Shawnee Empire: Both the adherents of the Lord of Eyes and the Papacy were dragged from their homes, tried and thrown in prison (for the Papists) or shot out of hand (for the Krorists). Thousands were so disposed of, and the Empress made sure her own, hand-picked men were put in their places. At the same time, a purge of her officer corps was conducted, with many men having ties to the Jesuit order being placed in chains or on foraging parties.

The bloody-handed work was not without cost, for the Empire needed men and women to spy, to administer and to command; but Valeria knew all of her enemies would throw their full weight against her come spring. Unfortunately for those who opposed the Empress, hers was a mind without parallel for intrigue, treachery and deceit. Among the immediate casualties of her brutal action was a planned coup by the under-officers of her army in Powhattan. More than one Jesuit agent was kicking from a rope before she’d cleaned out that nest of vipers.

Iroquois: Queen Taiya was only barely holding up – the pressure of rule and war against a sister who had always been smarter, faster and cleverer than her was telling. Still, bolstered by the advice and support of the Jesuits, the Church and others, she gritted her teeth and fought on.

1747–1748 T209
Society of Jesus: Diplomacy Giri(t), Malaga in Creek(oh), Penzance in Cornwall(oh), Basilhavn on Anticosti(f)
The Jesuits continued to keep their fingers in many pies. Some of the pies had teeth – as Karok Redfox found in Copenhagen, where the city fathers opened fire on his ship as soon as his business with them was known. The Society cutter was sunk, but Redfox was a good swimmer and managed to make it to Malmo with some help from a passing fisherman. Tribesmen in Colon took the life of father Quahcoatl with much the same kind of greeting. Other efforts met with more success.

Républica Popular de Espaná: Only days after electing to abandon the fight, Antone Beria (then the secretary-general of the SRC) was murdered by Jesuit ‘black-cowls’ in Limoges as he prepared to evacuate the city.

Church of Rome: The Church remained militant, sending Per Nunez and a strong force of Templars to fight alongside Largo in his conquest of the troublesome Lang’d’Oc provinces. Among the Templar troops were a large number of Jesuit and Franciscan priests, who pried and poked into every town, village, hogshed and parish sanctuary in the disputed regions. Oddly, they did not seem to be searching for heretics.

Shawnee Empire: A similar arrangement was concluded with the Iroquois rebels (with the intervention of the Jesuits, the Papacy and the Norsktrad, who were very, very interested in keeping Shawnee within the realm of the Catholic nations).

1749–1750 T210
Knights of Tabor: Things went far better for the Knights in Poland, where they were instrumental in the conversion of Kauyavia and in England, where their implacable opponents, the Jesuits, had decided to take a holiday.

Great Britain: Despite considerable payments of coin, bullion and paper notes to the Jesuits, Spanish and Iroquois, not a single ship laden with grain, potatoes, salt beef, tinned ham or doublemeat medley arrived in English ports.

Society of Jesus: The Jesuits minded their own business, much to the dismay of their allies.

Shawnee Empire: An arrangement to secure control of the Jesuit city of St. Augustine (and the province of Calusa) fell through, as the local Jesuit master had not been informed of anything like that by the central office.

1751-1752 T211
Society of Jesus: Determined not to lose England to the Hussite by sloth, the Society assigned the noted Italian Jesuit Merry del Val to gain the friendship of the Prince of Wales, James Stuart. If they could not keep the Hussites out of England, then at least they would win back their minds… also to this end, the Society began to distribute a tract entitled "De Rerum Novarum" which urged Catholic employers to pay their workers a living wage and provide sanitary and humane industrial conditions.

Aside from these philosophical counters, the Vicar-General himself undertook a stupendously daring mission to Poland, a veritable hotbed of the Hussite faith.

Poland: Worse, in Sopot, a group of Jesuits arrived and began construction work on a sprawling, modern school called the Christian Academy of the Archangels and St. John the Divine. A gray-bearded old church father supervised the construction, dealing deftly with the outraged local authorities and producing (at every turn) the proper documents, fees and settlements. Everyone agreed the Academy was a beautiful structure, showing a particular architectural elegance and logic which captivated the mind of the onlooker. Better (thought the parents of every child in the city), the Catholics promised free tuition and schooling of the highest caliber to all students (Hussite, Catholic or Orthodox) who passed the entrance examinations.

Great Britain: The English Catholic Church - ignoring the protests of the Jesuits and the Papacy - made many accommodations to mollify the Hussite community.

Though these concessions angered many and satisfied few, the general level of incipient religious violence in the south declined. The learned doctors of the Jesuit Order, rather than inciting pro-Catholic mobs to violence, now deployed themselves on the street corners as well, meeting the Hussite preachers with logic and reasoned disputation rather than threats and violence. In Wessex, in particular, both the Jesuits and the Franciscans were out in force, shifting the religious allegiance of that province back to the Church of Rome.

1753-1754 T212
Poland: Reflecting the ever-growing strain between Hussite and Catholic Europe, the recently established 'Academy of the Archangels and St. John the Divine' in Sopot was invaded by a huge force of Polish troops and Taborite monks, who threw the teachers in prison, sent the children home to their parents with a stiff note and confiscated all the books, apparatus and furniture.

All this despite a vigorous and pacifistic protest by local veterans, townsmen, Orthodox priests and other 'free-thinkers' who erected a series of barriers around the school, festooned with laudatory icons of the Ducal family, the saints and the revered dukes Augustus and Stanislaw.

Much to the disgust of the authorities, nothing of a fiendish nature was found. The University of Warsaw was very pleased to receive such a generous donation of materials from the Knights of the Order, however.

Society of Jesus: The Vicar General was not pleased to learn the Taborites and their Polish lackeys had destroyed the academy his followers were building in Sopot, but at least the six shiploads of freshly-minted nun-teachers he had dispatched were warned off by Swedish naval patrols in the Baltic.

1755-1756 T213
Poland: The religious trouble in Sopot did not die down as everyone had expected. Ducal troops sealed the town off and began searching every house, hayrick, barn, workshop, bordello and warehouse… apparently some “Catholic troublemakers” had escaped arrest at the Academy.

Great Britain: All of this made the religious situation even more tense, but the Catholics (inspired by a very fierce encyclical handed down from Rome, where Clement was getting a little fed up with the efforts of the Franciscans and Jesuits in the British isles) responded admirably, getting their clergy under tight control and adhering to the letter of the law. In this they were helped by being in the majority in most provinces. Indeed, they essentially reclaimed all the lost souls in Wessex by the end of ’56.

Society of Jesus: Minded their own business.

Shawnee Empire: Disgusted by the slowness of her people’s recovery from the ravages of the Ice and the civil war, the Stormdragon elected to better their fortunes by sending a fleet into the far northeast in support of the Jesuit Order.

Valeria pronounces this: “The Carthaginians see fit to try and steal land from the Holy Jesuits. Land settled by Shawnee and Iroquois in fact. At the request of the Master of the Society of Jesus I am dispatching a peace keeping force to Elmerland. We will keep the peace until this matter is settled.”

Missionaries were dispatched into Arapho lands, as well as the mountains of Apallach and among the Ghostdancers in Quapaw. 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.

1757-1758 T214
Poland: Stralsund expanded a level, enormous improvements were made to the agricultural situation in central Poland and the religious issues raised by the seizure of the Jesuit Academy were smoothed over (a little).

Knights of Tabor: The questioning of Vicar Grayhame continued:

“Who is number one?”

“There is no number one.”

“Be seeing you!”

Great Britain: The general confusion which had beset the Jesuits following the capture of the Vicar-General only helped the Taborite cause.

Society of Jesus: Even though the Vicar-General continued to languish in a cell on Mount Tabor (in the very jaws of the devil himself, from the perspective of most good Catholics), his subordinates in London continued to labor unceasingly. One effort undertaken in Grayhame’s absence was the promulgation of the rerum novarum which attempted to defuse some of the charges laid against the Church by the Hussite dogs; councils and unions were established for the lay people employed the by the Order, certain protections were granted to the workers and farmers on lands owned and operated by the Order, and minimum wages and schooling were mandated for all.

Attempts to recover the staff, books and other materials involved in the construction of St. John the Divine in Sopot failed miserably. Order representatives, including Vicar Redfox, arrived in Sopot with a number of ships and were turned away. Polish soldiers on the docks refused them landing and they were forced to retire to London in confusion.

Christian Sharifate of Mauritania: A lone emissary of the Jesuit Order arrived in Sayyida Infi in early ’57, bearing letters and gifts from the Vicar-Lieutenant in London to the sharif Ameur. Unfortunately for his mission, Father Odrade had arrived too late. Events had already swept past any hope of control. He was lucky to slip out of the city alive, given the near-hysterical fervor gripping the Mauretanian public.

1759–1760 T215
Society of Jesus: The Society remained quiet, still waiting for God to deliver the Vicar-General from his captivity.

1761–1762 T216
Society of Jesus: Still lacking their esteemed leader, the Society continued to languish.

Norsktrad: Continuing to draw a raised eyebrow from the Catholic crowned heads of Europe (at least those not on the ‘dole’), the banking arm of the Company disbursed substantial sums to the Jesuits, the Spanish, the Swedes, Vastmark, as well as Al’Haggar and Mauritania (as peace had been successfully concluded with the Orangist Berbers).

Vastmark: Catholic counter-reformatory missionary activity began in Senegal, where the Holy See hoped to roll back the tide of Orangist sentiment threatening to spread into the south. Progress, however, was very slow. Only Dakar, controlled as it was by the Jesuits, seemed immune.

1763–1764 T217
Knights of Tabor: And while Kassowitz marched south and west, Hajii escorted the notorious Grayhame south and east, eventually reaching the city of Ephesus on the coast of Lydia, where representatives of the Norsktrad mercantile house were waiting to handle the exchange of the Jesuit leader for other, Hussite, captives held by the Catholics.

Before leaving Mount Tabor and his cell, Grayhame paid the Grand Master a number of compliments and praised his hospitality during the ‘unfortunate misunderstanding.’

Society of Jesus: Diplomacy Corunna in Galacia (^op), Tharsis in Estremadura (^oh), Andalusia (^oh), Morocco (^oo)
Seeking to expand their presence in troubled Spain, where vigorous efforts were being made by all parties to expunge the heretical and doubtless infernal influence of the Golden Dawn, the Society established a ‘quarter’ in Corunna, expanding the city a level. The Society’s main efforts, however, were directed against the spread of the Orangist heretics in Africa (where they managed some gains in Gambia) and in South Amerika (likewise in Caete).

For his own part, Grayhame was freed by the Taborites into Norsk custody in Ephesus (with a heavy guard of Mixtec Jaguar knights looking on), and then made his way to Lisbon via Norsk packet boat, in time for the fun and festivities underway in Spain

The Vicar-General then put his holy foot directly in the soup by attempting to convince the battered Spanish churches and monasteries to yield a tithe to the Society – even though their resources were stretched to the breaking by the constant parade of calamities afflicting the peninsula. The effort foundered and then Grayhame was attacked on the streets of Lisbon by a pro-Bourbon mob, who stoned him to death after the news of the Shawnee invasion (and the Jesuit role in same) became widespread.

With the Vicar-General’s death, Redfox became leader of the society, though he was at that time in deepest Africa. The Vicar-Lieutenant had taken ship to Iusalem in the Republic to oversee the careful destruction of a Polytechnic League airship which had been acquired by the Republican air force – and it had been discovered to be powered by the entrapped souls of those sacrificed to the heathen gods worshipped by the Athenians. Unfortunately, in the course of exorcising the entire vessel, a large bolt plunged from a gas-cell girder and struck Redfox down. He was some time recovering from his wounds.

Strangely, a similar fate befell Reverend Father Woodrunner, who was working in the London parishes to extend Society influence in the local schools, abbeys and district church council. In his case, he fell foul of a Hussite street-gang, was knifed and then came close to death. He too, however, managed to cling to life.

Cruzadero Kingdom of Spain: As fate would have it, when the Jesuits delivered their dossier describing the perfidy and cultic connections of the Bourbons, the Legion consul Farspear had already received other confirmation of the depth of the corruption endemic in Spain. Too, he had already resolved to take advantage of the chaos in the old world to carve his own kingdom from the corpse of the decaying Spanish state.

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Having secured Asturias and the port of Bilbao, Farspear then marched his army (and fleet) west, sweeping into Corunna without even the slightest resistance. The walls had recently been torn down to allow the Jesuits to expand the city, and the Shawnee proceeded to establish the holy city as their capital.

Duchy of the Isles: The Red Kross ships held captive in Valetia were also released and their leader exchanged to Hussite hands in turn for the Jesuit vicar Grayhame.

Vastmark: The Stadhouse was tenanted not only by guardsmen from the hluVren sept, but also by an inordinate number of well-armed Jesuits.

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The heretics were, indeed, driven out of the city and the situation in the countryside seemed to be tipping in favor of the Catholics. In Dakar, however, despite a major Jesuit presence, the underclasses of the city stealthily took up the new faith.

Honorable Afriqa Co.: Back in Iusalem, representatives of the Republic, the Danish Empire (no one in Afriqa could quite stomach calling it a ‘Republic’ yet), and the Jesuit Order attended a ceremony devoted to the ritual cleansing, exorcism and destruction of a zeppelin recently acquired by the Honorable Company from the decredited (and destroyed) Polytechnic League. Though the Jesuit emissary was wounded in the processed, the cursed airship was completely destroyed – and hopefully the souls imprisoned therein were loosed from infernal bondage.

1765–1766 T218
Society of Jesus: Angered by the vile calumnies making the public rounds, Karok ordered the formation of an “Army of God” to punish the Cruzaderos and hunt down the idolators and devil-worshipping heretics in Spain. Reverend-Father Woodrunner was dispatched to the south of France with a small fleet and 6,000 musketeers to fight the rebel crusaders.

Father Kiernan, who had been dispatched to Spain as well, in an attempt to convince the Cruzaderos to “return to the light” returned in haste to London and then vanished abruptly. Nearly six months later, his body (or the decayed remains of same) was found in a Southwhark warehouse, stuffed into a barrel of pickled eels. Despite a vigorous police investigation, the murderers were not apprehended.

Cruzadero Kingdom of Spain: Despite the storm of accusations and falsehoods lodged against the Cruzadero leadership, the rank and file of their armies, and the Spanish peasantry under their dominion, obligingly paid tithe to both the Jesuit Order and the Papacy.

Indeed, a number of missives were dispatched both to London and to the Vatican, pleading with the Pontiff and the Vicar-General to see the truth – the Cruzaderos were loyal soldiers of God, fighting against a corrupt Bourbon regime riddled with heretics, idolators and now plainly allied with the heretical Hussites.

“How can we stand against Evil,” many priests and lay people in Spain began to wonder, “when the Holy Father allows the Hussites to strike at us with impunity? Does he countenance the murder of innocent Catholics? Is he in the pay of the Dane?”

More interestingly, rumors soon circulated that the mysterious man who had convinced the Iroquois and Shawnee expedition to take up the Cross and drive the heretical cultists from Spain (and to liberate the people from the tyranny of the Bourbons) was in fact a high-ranking Jesuit who had apparently broken with his own Order over the “Spanish Question”. Was the Church then divided in its own councils? How deep did this rot reach?

Events in Spain
May 1765: The Jesuit “Army of God” lands at Cimmura in Gascony.
June: The Jesuit “Army of God” marches across Gascony, heading for the Pyrenees. Woodrunner is appalled at the state of Catalũnan roads, which are little more than muddy tracks criss-crossing barely populated countryside.
July: A Jesuit priest (in disguise) visits with various members of the Cruzadero government in Corruna, questioning them closely about the events of three years previous. He was warmly welcomed and shown every hospitality.
The Jesuit army reaches the Pyrennes.
October: The Jesuit “Army of God” finally tramps out of the mountains, weary and footsore, and into Navarre and finds the province in Catalũnan hands. Woodrunner also learns of the defeat of Fernandez in Valencia and utters a long, long string of hideous curses.
November: In the woods of Navarre, in the snow, the Jesuit captain Woodsrunner and his “Army of God” clash with a fellow-Iroquois, Redfang, and his Cruzaderos. Outmaneuvered, outgunned and then out-fought, the novice Jesuit force is slaughtered by the Iroquois and Shawnee veterans. In the aftermath, Redfang is horrified to find he’d slaughtered 6,000 priests, novices and lay-brothers. “What madness!”

Republic of South Afriqa: The Vicar-General of the Jesuits, Redfox, was traveling in the Republic – attempting to establish a string of Order houses in Iusalem and Tashka – when he was wounded in an attack by tribal members who were, apparently, influenced by some Domincans also traveling in the area and preaching against the perfidy and corruption of the Jesuits.

1767–1768 T219
Great Britain: Despite this desperate measure, the gray mist was flung upwards by the convection of the flames - some particles were destroyed, but the rest fell as a dreadful ashy rain that slew as it touched. James himself died late that horrific night, as the city burned and the Hood ran aground in a Thames choked with boats crowded with the dead. The crew had succumbed. More than half of the city was annihilated, including the Jesuit College in Mayfair.

Society of Jesus: The Jesuits were content to pray and discuss theology, but other – more diabolical – powers had no intention of letting them enjoy the easy sleep of the just… the rain of spore-bombs annihilated the heart of the Order, destroying their administrative center and leaving the remnants leaderless and confused.

Norsktrad: A Jesuit brother traveling in Merrakesh, one Master Verteleaf, was stricken with a religious fervor while attending mass in a rural village – after taking communion he turned the most amazing color, began speaking in tongues and then – truly overcome by the glory of God – ascended to heaven on the spot. Later, his interred body was found torn from the ground and his head hacked off.

1769-1770 T220
Society of Jesus: The efforts of the English crown to restore viability to London and its suburbs (and to disinfect the corpse-strewn debris) was immediately assisted by the Jesuits.

A number of surviving orphans were taken in hand by the Order, and dispatched via the new courier-boat service to safe havens like Cimmura in Gascony and even further afield to Afriqa and Vastmark. The newly-confirmed Vicar Lieutenant Kobiak guided these efforts - which also included a secretive, but vigorous, campaign to rid London of the Hussite taint. This was met with fierce resistance in some quarters.

Those Jesuit scholars which had survived the destruction of central London were relocated to Kilborn, north of the city, where a recently purchased estate became the College of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Some of the more progressive members of the faculty then began to plan for construction of a "small" railroad between the town and London itself. At the same time, Father Westhaven (more about him later) attempted to conduct a census of all Order properties, staff and assets - but things were still in such an uproar (now exacerbated by a political struggle growing between the Old and New Guards among the Jesuits) - that he abandoned the effort in favor of raising two regiments of actual troops in down in Devonshire.

You can’t fault them for their devotion, the Father thought to himself. But at least they bring more to the table than that. Much more than those sorry excuses for soldiers that got themselves slaughtered in Spain…

The Sword Guards

The Provincial Superior of the Jesuits – a mercenary commander himself, before his calling to the cloth – looked over the troops in review at the parade field outside Penzance. There was no shortage of volunteers for military duty in the U.K., now, that was certain, not since the attack on London. Even with the strict requirements the Jesuit recruiters had announced, still they were turning men away and were able to pick the best. They stood mustered before him now: not a one under 5’8”; not a one without prior military service, recommendations from officers, and at least one bloody campaign under his belt. Each skilled with rifle and bayonet-spiked infighting; each a fusilier marksman and a grenadier, or capable of serving as one. They went to one knee en mass as Father William raised his hands in benediction. Each was, of course, a devout Catholic, and sworn to obey the orders of the Society of Jesus as well as those of their superiors. They were an impressive troop: they would be the Sword of the Lord, truly, and thus their name: the Sword Guards, the first of many more to come.

Rank upon rank kept head bowed as Westhaven intoned blessings upon their company and their new commander. Rank upon rank of gray and black uniforms looking impressively austere and nearly Jesuit in appearance – intentional, that, but also practical, for on the battlefield there was no doubt that men in this neutral iron gray hue were far more difficult to pick out as targets upon a battlefield than those more brightly clad. Experienced, devout, and now well led – you couldn’t ask for much more than that.

Westhaven ended his invocation. As troops rose to their feet, he turned to their commander, the blond, hard-eyed colonel of foot to his left. Emile Tukachevsky was a great-nephew of the Founder of the Society – no accident that he was offered this post, and that he had the military experience to bring not just competency but brilliance to his position.

“Colonel Tukachevsky,” Westhaven pronounced in formal tones, loud enough to carry to onlookers. “By the powers invested in me by the holy order of the Society of Jesus, I confirm you in your command and present to you, Sir, your troops. May you be the Sword of the Lord, in truth.”

Tukachevsky clicked heels and offered a short, sharp bow – a near-military courtesy for the black-clad priest. He turned, then, an abrupt left-face, and regarded his new command.

“Sergeant-Major.”

“Yes, Sir.”

“Order the troops. I’ll review them now.”

“Yes, Sir!”

To the surprise of onlookers – but not Westhaven – Colonel Tukachevsky stepped off the review platform then and there, and proceeded to walk inspection of the troops in their disciplined files and rows. Westhaven’s lip quirked in a half smile. The right man for the job, indeed.

Though this was promising, back in the suburbs of London, things had grown heated by the end of 1770 and the return of Redfox from Afriqa led almost immediately to an open dispute about Order policies and fiscal priorities between the elder priest and the much younger, and more vigorous, Vicar-Lieutenant Kobiak. It did not help Redfox's cause that he had just made a very long and tiring journey from Sud Afriqa only to find himself challenged in his own chambers at Loughborough House.

“Redfox - and Grayhame before him - have slept while the Society has rotted from within. Redfox hasn’t the vision to lead an order like this, one that could be truly great, and a force to reckon with. It’s time for the Society to reconsider its choice of Superior-General. We’re responding to a crisis, and so our ordinary policy of the Superior-General being appointed for life should, in this case, be reconsidered. The Society is fighting for its very survival, and Redfox is not the man to lead that battle…”

An exchange from Michael Kobiak to William Westhaven overheard by a servant, while they prepared notes to convene the Assistancy, the leadership council of the Jesuits, in late 1770.

Dismayed by this revolt, and truly exhausted, Redfox stepped down from his post and allowed the Assistancy to anoint Kobiak as the new Vicar-General. "So God wills," he muttered, shuffling off to Matins. "May he see clearly in these dark times..."

To Fr. Michalel Kobiak
Superior-General Societas Jesu
Loughborough House, London, U.K.
Re your latest inquiry:
No, my friend, the reports of my incapacity are greatly exaggerated. I was in a tapas bar in a disreputable district of Corunna when it happened. I know how these lower classes think, their manner of dress, their insouciant attitudes and lacksidaisical regard for authority. I was of course in 'civilian' clothing, at a glance - a travel-worn greatcloak over my cassock, hence not immediately recognizable, and a slouch hat of the manner we know has been worn by those purporting to be "black robes" here in the past. I am certain my incognito was impenetrable - that assurance comes from my earlier mercenary days, when I spent much time in such environs. My questions, I'm sure, were circumspect enough, but the folk here are extraordinarily ill at ease and suspicious of strangers, enough so to eclipse the famous Spanish hospitality, even when in their cups. When I left the bar I was followed - which I admit, I did not at first detect. My investigations have dangled tempting intimations of connections and leads before me, but none have turned into solid information or persons we could question more closely. I was thinking upon this troublesome dilemma, and was (I confess) rather lost in thought on the topic, when they jumped me near an alley mouth not far from the tapas place.
My ribs are bandaged still. It hurts to breath or twist in the torso, but no I did not suffer a punctured lung and I certainly did not scream to the night watch for aide, rumors to the contrary. I am fairly certain the attack was not personally motivated, but rather was aimed at what the brigands thought was simply a target of opportunity. It is unlikely that they could have had a notion that I was slumming in such a manner and as per ourearlier conversations I did not wish to draw such unwanted attention to me. The loss of my coinage I can withstand. I wonder, though, if I did not unwittingly prod some wasp's nest that has yet to rise in swarm. I am certain ill doings are afoot here in Spain. If you will grant me the time to investigate further, I am certain I or our brethren can ferret out something of interest.
Fr. William Westhaven
Provincial Superior
Society of Jesus
Wickham House, London
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

Norsktrad: Orangist preachers continued to infiltrate from the south, and converted nearly all of Morocco, while making minor gains in Graasland, before the Invaders came storming in to ruin everything. Meanwhile in Merrakesh, a team of Jesuits revealed evidence indicting a local priest in the recent troubles. Tourne Bomoko, a much honored and beloved local priest, fled into exile in Senegal. Searches of his ecclesiastical chambers have revealed evidence of the long suspected Commission of Ecumenical Translators (CET) – a group of rogue priests of diverse faith thought responsible for the compilation of the Orange Catholic Bible.

Bomoko’s closest followers reported that he refused to recant for his beliefs -- although at the end he did seem to admit the futility of the CET efforts. “We shouldn’t have tried to create new symbols. We should have realized we weren’t supposed to introduce uncertainties into accepted belief, that we weren’t supposed to stir up curiosity about God. We are daily confronted by the terrifying instability of all things human, yet we permit our religions to grow more rigid and controlled, more conforming and oppressive. Can a new religion really be created to unify the old? Can a cabal be created that can truly defeat the Dark through secrecy and intrigue? Religion must remain an outlet for people who say to themselves ‘I am not the kind of person I want to be.’”

RSA: The Great Iron Road received its first notable visitor - Vicar-General Redfox of the Jesuits suffered through a month-long before thankfully) taking ship to the north.

Regiments of the Jesuits

  • Sword of the Lord Guards of the Society of Jesus

Superior-Generals

  • Karok Redfox 1763-date

Vicar-Generals

  • Karok Redfox 1763-date
  • Gustavus Grayhame 1745-1763
  • Martin Sawyer 1742-1745
  • Vladimir Tukhachevsky 1739-1741

The Players

  • T220-date Deborah Teramis Christian
  • T216-T219 Autumn Hartwell
  • T211-T215 Sean Boomer
  • T205-T210 Kerry Harrison

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