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Foundation: 1739-date (T205-date)
Capital: Mount Tabor in Bohemia
Religion: Hussite Christian

By Rob Pierce, updated by Martin Helsdon


The Hussite religious primacy based at Mount Tabor.

The city was founded in 1420 by Jan Žižka z Trocnova on a steep hill near the castle where John Huss had retired in 1412. Named after Mt. Tabor in Palestine, it became the stronghold of the Knights of Tabor.

The History:

Still to be written.

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1739-1740 T205
Tabor: Despite great reservations about the ability of the Senate to implement anything other than a grog-drinking contest, the Knights lent the People's Republic (in Hussite solidarity) a great deal of money. Thiesman made a number of stern comments about 'sobriety' and 'building an economic base' before handing the bags of cash over to the Baklovakian ambassador. That fellow (remarkable for the size of his ears) nodded earnestly, then sloped off to discuss revolutionary politics in the local cafes and drink absinthe.

Three Isles: Church authorities in Sicily were stunned to learn a Hussite clergyman (in fact, a Knight Commander of the notorious and depraved Taboric Order) was a guest of the baron of Archimedea. They protested, and were politely told to mind their own business. The specter of Denmark loomed too large over the Duchy to be rude to Hussite guests.

1741-1742 T206
Tabor: Thiesman and his clerics worked ceaseless to serve their god, and the message borne by their prophet, who had raised his voice against the Great Satan and Mammon his servant. Strangely, however, the Knights did have some coin to spend, and built a new hospital in Paris to help the needy. Work also continued at Tabor (and in all of the chapter-houses and monasteries throughout the land) to implement the Lisbon Accords.

Knight-Captain Von Junzt - tasked with investigating some odd occurrences near Lake Constance - led a force of almost eleven thousand mercenary knights into Switzerland and overturned every house, barn, chicken-coop and church in the place. Then, while making a night raid on a "ring of standing stones" beneath the peak of Piz Buin he vanished into thin air. Or so it seemed to the landschnechts accompanying him...

Carthage: Though the Emirate abandoned any claims to the highland plains of Al'Hauts, the Knights of Tabor did not forget the Catholics roaming in the mountains with their flocks and herds. Many priests journeyed up into the sere, brown mountains to preach to the tribesmen. Many priests became martyrs.

RSA: Police authorities in Karratha, Yaralone in Austral took in a babbling, half-insane white man - a European by his teeth - found in the brush outside of the settlement. Apparently the fellow had been wandering in the Red Center, and barely escaped with his life. Most striking about the man was an intricate and elaborate tattoo entirely covering his body, from neck to ankles. The Afriqan priests who examined the hapless fellow recognized a few signs - mathematical symbols? - but nothing else.

1743–1744 T207
Poland: With the help of the Knights of Tabor, Danzig was converted to Hussite.

Tabor: Unfortunately, the Knights had chosen to concentrate most of their efforts in the Alpine cantons and in the Po valley this turn – which proved fatal for Sir Kenneth Faaceman and 5,000 Taborite infantrymen. Von Junzt, meanwhile, escaped from his Afriqan ‘protectors’ and fled in a small boat, eventually reaching Sorong in Irian. There, hiding out in a native hut, he began to transcribe a book from the dreams and phantoms he experienced while sleeping.

1745–1746 T208
The War Against the Daemon Sultan (AD 1743-1746)
January 1745: Lord Piket, commander of the Danish fleet at Heraklion on Crete, loses a bitter struggle with pneumonia and dies, leaving his ships leaderless in harbor. Luckily, a Taborite father – Karl Mohaim – was traveling to join the admiral and would be forced to assume the command as his own.
August: The Taborite father Mohaim (now commanding a sizable Danish fleet) completes the evacuation of the Danish garrisons in Faiyum, Meroe, Ghebel-Garib, St. Gustavus, Aswan and Dungunab. All of these provinces are now turned over to the Emirate of Carthage.

Tabor: Diplomacy Danzig(ch). Latium(mn)
Theisman found some solace in prayer – though the wrath of God seemed to have direly afflicted the chosen people – and took a mustard seed’s worth of satisfaction from the conciliatory letters he had lately received from the provisional Danish government at Thessalonika. “Far more humble,” he thought, “very humble indeed.” As a result, the Knights bent every effort to shoring up the shattered Danish provincial government. Their influence upon the policies of the Empire increased in equal measure.

Great Britain: The religious trouble in London spiked, resulting in violent rioting in Whitechapel and a number of Catholic buildings being burned by Hussite gangs. The Cromwell government sent Royal Army troops into the streets and crushed the rioters with mounted police (wielding iron-shod rods). In the aftermath of the “Easter Riots”, the Catholic clergy abandoned the city. Things were too ‘hot’ in the city, with rabid Taborite monks on every corner and the populace riled up to a dangerous degree.

Though king Oliver was half-sick at the sight of so many Londoners mangled and bloody, many killed in the crush of the fighting, he did not hesitate to order his Coldstream Guards to crush a subsequent riot and insurrection at the City of London University. Apparently some younger students had been corresponding with the Spanish Communards and sought to emulate them in rising up against the “facist overlords.” Nearly four hundred students were killed in the “Bakery Uprising.”

Frankish Commonwealth: A grateful Commonwealth finance ministry announced the Archon, in cooperation with the Knights of Tabor, would guarantee the various Frankish banks teetering on the edge of fiscal collapse due to the ‘Russian scandal.’ “The deposits of the people will be protected,” under-minister Chirac declared, though he was visibly sweating and looked a little queasy. “Everything is just fine.”

Only hours after this announcement was made, the Archon’s police raided every office, branch and holding of the central bank. Everyone – from the operating officers down to the janitors – was arrested and hauled off for questioning. A gimlet-eyed Security Police captain spoke to the press, revealing “certain foreign powers were involved in unspecified financial irregularities.”

1747–1748 T209
Tabor: Diplomacy Dijon in Burgundy(ab)
The orderly life of the monks on Tabor was disturbed in the winter of ’47 by the death of Grand Master Theisman. He was succeded – after the proper conclave – by Otto von Metz, a senior knight commander and former secretary of the treasury. One of Von Metz’ first acts was to sign orders lending the aid, assistance, treasure and manpower of the Knights to aid the Danish government, which was suffering something of a crisis.

Aldo Reichman, who had a mission of some import in Marseilles, was badly wounded by a failed assassination attempt. A ruckus had developed on a street as he was passing and a man among the shouting crowd had fired a pistol into his chest. The man was not caught and Reichman spent several months recovering in the local Knight hostelry.

1749–1750 T210
Poland: The profusion of Taborite and French church groups in Danzig and Sopot was subjected to a rather fierce government audit, though no wrong-doing, short-selling, JEDI-outcontracting or pre-leasing funny-business was discovered. Kauyavia became Hussite.

Tabor: Odd doings were afoot on Mount Tabor, where the Knights had closed off large sections of the sprawling city-fortress complex they called home. A ‘messenger’ had come from the east, bearing a gift and all their attention was devoted to some new, mysterious task. Their progress was unknown, though a number of hasty burials were made and there were rumors of an ‘accident.’

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.

1751-1752 T211
Arnor: Missionary work also continued in the Ajmer, though there were neither Moslems nor Hindus left there. With much fanfare, the Hussite Legion (under the disputative co-command of Princess Margaret of the Frankish Commonwealth and Ludovico Sfortza, not-so-ably assisted by Knight-Commander Grizlowski of the Taborites) arrived in Schwarzkastel in late '51, but found nothing to do but drink, eat, wench and generally enjoy themselves in the warm weather. They were also drafted (since war had not broken out with the Chandellas) to work guard duty on the steadily rising airship sheds and factories the Albanians were building in and around the port of Shcwarzcastel.

Tabor: DiplomacyUlm in Swabia(ch), Champagne(ch), Nivernais/Metz(ch), Ile De France(ch), Vermandois(ch), Sopot in Danzig(ch), Krakow in Bochnia(ch)
Shielded behind the might of Denmark (even though the Empire had fallen on hard times), the Taborites were very, very busy… particularly in southern England, where their priesthood was vigorously proselytizing throughout Cornwall and Wessex.

Danish Empire: At the direction of the Emperor (who was still busy trying to stitch the German provinces back to the fabric of the Empire), Admiral Schlechter (and some Taborite fathers) attempted to seize the city of Marseilles by surprise attack from the sea. With their lead elements disguised as visiting sailors, the main fleet attacked Catholic-ruled Marseilles in the summer of '51, supported by no less than ten steam-powered cruisers. Disastrously, the surprise landing failed (the Marseilles garrison being on alert due to Spanish finagling) and repelled the initial assault with heavy losses to the Danes.

Furious at losing a third of his force on the walls of the city, Schlechter ordered a second attack, this time after a sustained bombardment by the fleet. Again the Danes fumbled the assault, but the defenders were in equally poor shape, with the city on fire and their walls in rubble. This time Schlechter (who had moved his command post on-shore) was wounded by a sniper and command fell to the Taborite reverend Lombardy. The attack failed, driven off with heavy casualties.

Lombardy also elected to continue the assault (now into acres of burned out buildings and rubble) and again the Danish attack ground to halt and was then thrown back by the ferocity of the Catholic defense. "These Frenchmen have the spirit of lions," Lombardy croaked, nearly overcome by cordite and the smell of rotting bodies, as he was carried back (wounded) from the trenchlines. Now, at last, the Danish fleet withdrew to Genoa, a friendly port, and well equipped with hospitals. Nearly ten thousand Imperial troops had been lost in the disastrous campaign.

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.

Tabor: Diplomacy Poland(^ca), Ilé De France(^ab), Dijon in Burgundy(^mn), Vermandois(^ab), Flanders(^ch), Krakow in Bochnia(^ab), Little Poland(^ch)
The steady expansion of the Knights throughout the Hussite world was reflected in the 'city of God' on Mount Tabor, which grew a size level. Many of the holy fathers also turned their attentions to improving the rutted, muddy roads between Paris and Metz into something approximating a proper highway.

Great Britain: The city fathers of Great Yarmouth in Anglia were thrown into complete panic by the quiet arrival of a whole host of Taborite preachers in their quiet port and the surrounding countryside. The prospect of pitched London-style religious riots unsettled everyone. Indeed, within a few months of the priest's arrival a simmering disgust upon the part of the people suddenly flared into an outbreak of rabid anti-clericalism. "Down with the vampires!" Screamed thousands, rampaging through the streets of Yarmouth, London and a hundred little Anglian towns.

Priests of both Hussite and Catholic factions were dragged from their churches and beaten, parish halls were set alight and those who professed open belief were shunned and sometimes kicked as they hurried through suddenly hostile streets. All of the missionary efforts by all sides were set to naught in such an unsettled air.

While this amused the King (who had little patience with either the Pope or the Master of the Knights), the general public disgust with organized religion (even with God, in some parts) found a ready receptacle in the person of the Prince of Wales, James Edward Stuart, who - after losing his son two years ago - now lost his beloved wife Mary of Modena to tuberculosis. His disgust with the Lord of Heaven now grew without limit.

Jesuits: 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.

Danish Empire: Father Mohaim (a Taborite knight) took a squadron west from the siege of Marseilles to visit Gibraltar and speak with the masters of the Black Hand. After some discussion, the kaballists agreed to allow the Danish Navy to maintain a watering station just outside of the town.

Red Kross: Spearheaded by the Carthaginian government, an intra-national organization was founded in Alexandria to see to disaster and famine relief throughout the Hussite world. While the North Africans provided the bulk of the initial staff and budget, the East India Company, Duchy of Poland, Knights of Tabor, Frankish Commonwealth and the Danish Empire all pitched in to help establish organizational structures in their own domains.

1755-1756 T213
AEIC: The grain broker side of the house also saw a huge improvement in business as the factors laboring in Nikolas’ counting-houses shipped thousands of tons of wheat, rye, corn and barley the length and breadth of the Hussite world. Mauritania, Denmark, the Commonwealth, the Knights of Tabor, Arnor and the Southern League all became stitched together by Albanian shipping.

Tabor: Diplomacy Thessaloniki in Macedon (^ch), Silesia (^ch), Kauyavia (^ch), Berlin in Lausatia (^ch), Stralsund in Pomern (^ch), Burgundy (^ca), Innsbruck in Tyrol (^ch), Provence (^ch), Sopot in Danzig (^ab)
A large number of Taborite monks packed up and moved south, eventually making their way to Thessaloniki in Macedon, where their immigration (to aid and assist the Danish government) wound up expanding the city appreciably, making the ‘Priest’s Quarter’. At home, the holy city on Mount Tabor received its first walls, ramparts and guns. Aid was sent to succor the Danish, Frankish, Polish and Albanian governments.

Von Metz also decided to put on a full-scale push to expand the influence, position and (frankly) economic base of the Order. To this end, his agents were very, very busy in central Europe, reining in local clergy, enforcing a consistent set of doctrinal rules, rousing the faithful and – in the case of the notorious Von Junzt – taking the word to the masses in Marseilles.

Great Britain: An alternative tack was taken by a group of Iroquois priests who showed up in late ’55 and opened four soup kitchens in the poorest, hungriest parts of London. Though the Amerikan ‘friars’ displayed their religious affiliation proudly, they made no attempt to preach to or convert those they succored. They were very popular. The Knights of Tabor also adopted a similar strategy in rural Anglia, where they made good progress in converting the locals, as the Catholics were focusing on the cities.

1757-1758 T214
Poland: The knights of Tabor continued their effort to clean up the slums of Warsaw.

Tabor: Diplomacy Ilé de France (^mn), Normandy (^ch), Brittany / Brest (^ch), Marseilles (^ch), Provence (^ab), Corsica / Bastia (^ch), Heraklion on Crete (^ch), Pomern (^ch)
Determined the strengthen the Hussite nations against inevitable Catholic aggression, the Knights lent the Commonwealth and the Poles aid in cleaning up Warsaw and Paris, and in expanding Stralsund. A serious effort was also launched (to the detriment of the Albanian East India company, as it happened) to bolster the unsteady Danish government (which had taken just a few knocks of late).

The questioning of Vicar Grayhame continued:

“Who is number one?”

“There is no number one.”

“Be seeing you!”

Great Britain: Despite continued efforts by the King to suppress all missionary activity in the United Kingdoms, the Taborites continued to infiltrate more firebrands into the kingdom via merchant shipping from the continent. Anglia was the latest battleground, where the Hussites made good progress among the fen-people. The general confusion which had beset the Jesuits following the capture of the Vicar-General only helped the Taborite cause.

Jesuits: 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.

Frankish Commonwealth: Other foreign aid came from the Knights of Tabor, who knocked down a number of slums in south Paris and put up spartan, but homey public housing instead.

Great Britain: The Commandante was forced to send a letter of apology to the British government after a large troupe of Spanish monks became inebriated and made a violent scene in Portsmuth after being defeated by an equally loud group of Taborite preachers in a zenball game. The Taborites fled, however, before the arrests began. The Spaniards were so drunk on warm beer they could not escape the coppers.

Carthage: When eventually Yee Geema consented to appear in public, her marriage to Isketerol was a bit rushed, as all of the celebrants did need to return home eventually. Despite various dire warnings, no comets fell upon the happy couple, though there was a distressing event with one of the wedding presents. A pair of mechanical birds in a gilded cage had been sent by the Wazir of Saffirstan. Attempts to make the device work properly failed – the mechanism had been damaged in transit – so Knight-Commander Grizlowski of the Taborites, who accounted himself a handy fellow with a screwdriver, undertook to repair the damage. Which he did. The birds then sang a pretty tune, emitted a poisonous gas and instantly slew Grizlowski and nine of the palace servants.

1759–1760 T214
AEIC: Sir Thomas Musgrave, commanding the European mercenaries not dispatched to Afrika, found himself overseeing the construction of a fortress on the Hellespont termed “New Troy.” The guns of Navarone, I mean, New Troy, were ranged to cover the lower end of the Dardanelles and protect the approaches to Constantinople. The garrison, later reinforced by Argir himself, a kept a close eye on the Moslem populace, as Polish, Commonwealth and Taborite missionaries were hard at work preaching to the heathens.

The grain market at Naxos was also very, very busy, handling transactions between Mauritania, Carthage, the Southern League, Arnor and the Knights of Mount Tabor.

Poland: In Lausatia, Maksutov’s forces advanced cautiously, expecting to encounter Danish forces intervening in the Polish War, but they did not. Instead, Berlin was undefended save for some paltry redoubts lately erected by the Knights of Tabor. Again, sullen crowds greeted the victorious (and incredibly smug) Catholic army. Interrogations revealed the Duchess had waited for the Danes to come – but they had not – and she had decamped for Krakow in the south to establish a temporary capital.

Tabor: Diplomacy Ulm in Swabia (^ab), Heraklion on Crete (^ab), Crete (^ch), Macedonia (^ch), Thessaloniki (^ab), Constantinople (^ch), Denmark (^ch), Copenhagen (^ch), Slovakia (^ch), Komarno (^ch)
Expecting the storm to break in the east, the Knights lent what aid they could to the Poles – fortifications were built at Warsaw and Berlin – but they proved too little, too late to stop the Catholic juggernaut. Taborite fathers also labored at Constantinople to build defenses at that ancient city. Mount Tabor itself expanded and the public hostelries and churches there are clean and inviting. Though of late, Catholic tourists are not welcome.

The holy fathers on Tabor suffered a sick, sinking feeling as the Swedish army stormed across Poland, obliterating Taborite monasteries, abbeys and other sites with abandon. Kjell had to pay for his war somehow... luckily, Von Metz had launched a massive wave of expansion and – thanks to the ability and devotion of his lieutenants – much of it succeeded. Efforts in France, however, met with a steadily rising anger on the part of the citizens against clergy of any kind, and failed.

Von Metz, however, did not live to see the success of his grand plan. He managed to reach Tabor at the end of ’60, but had fallen ill on the road and died in his own bed before Christmas. His secretary, Father Kassowitz, was elected head of the Order before the New Year.

The dungeons of Mount Tabor were not cold dank cells. They were warm, well heated by numerous fires set at each guard station. The cells were widely spaced, though few in number. Each chamber with a bed, a small table, two chairs and a chamber pot. The Knights seldom had need of these facilities and the guards definitely wished they were empty just now.

It was not the Prisoner they minded, though he prayed constantly. It was the Interrogator they wanted to get shut of. There was something cold and distant about Theresa Voltaire that left a man chilled to his bones and nervous.

She exited the Vicar-Generals’ cell without a word. Looking grim, she paced away as the guards locked the door. Her deep alizarin cloak shadowing her face, though the dungeon was not badly lit.

A young Guard new to the post shook his head in disgust. “They let a Women interrogate the prisoners? What a joke! What’s she supposed to do? Seduce him?”

The Sergeant turned and looked at the kid; not much over nineteen with less then a year in the service. “Hines, my boy, you are the dumbest oinker I ever had serve under me. That includes my brother, who once stabbed his own foot for surprising him in bed.”

The sergeant squared himself, moving right into the kid’s weak face. “First off you don’t torture the Head of a religious Order.”

His cigar had gone out, so now he was getting really mad. “Second, if you want to find out what a man knows; seduction is a pretty quick way to find out. Once a man starts thinking below the belt he’s done for.”

The sergeant paused, tapping the cold end of his cigar into the boy’s chest. “Third, that woman is the most dangerous person you are ever going to know. And if she heard you mouth off right now you would be feeling her nails shred your still beating heart, and that isn’t an exaggeration.

“I’ve seen her do it back when they had that cultic business in Bern. Thing about that is, you’re screaming so much you can’t get out the words to let her know you’re ready to spill your guts.”

The sergeant relit his cigar and got the kids disbelieving face out of his with a heavy cloud of smoke.

“Hope you like the heat, boy,” Sergeant Ravston announced as he turned away. “I’m having you transferred. My brother is a Sergeant in an artillery company. You’ll spend the rest of your tour in the Kuch Islands, keeping India a safe place to get dysentery.”

Coming out of the dungeons, Voltaire came face to face with the only man in all of Mount Tabor she would rather avoid, including the fanatical Jesuit Grayhame. She was dissatisfied to have to spend hours with the Papist and leave him still breathing.

“Voltaire! What answers do you have for me?”

Theresa was quite pleased. Her hand had not even flinched, let alone drawn a knife and gutted the pompous cleric before her.

“Answers for you?” She snarled, looking over the food stained robe of the portly and unkempt Kassowitz. “You have no concern with the Jesuit matter or my progress. Focus your attention on the Laundries, perhaps that way you could manage a clean robe.”

Kassowitz purpled with rage. “You will not address the clergy in such fashion! You are an employee and will answer – urk!”

After three hours matching wits with Grayhame and his inexplicable refusal to explain his forged documents and his flight from the Polish Authorities, Teresa’s temper was on a short fuse. Now her knife blade was at the fat Priests’ throat.

“The only reason you will live out the day is because I couldn’t drag out your death long enough to get any real satisfaction. Speak to me again and I'll go to the bother of finding out.”

Abruptly she was gone, leaving Kassowitz gasping for breath, pudgy fingers at his throat. It was several minutes before he realized the danger had passed and a few more to realize he had stained his robes even more. Then his face turned nearly black with fury and he shuffled off towards his office in the Grand Master’s residence.

Frankish Commonwealth: Demonstrations in Paris and Brest startled Commonwealth officials – the common people came out in throngs to protest the clergy and the religious tensions which threatened to plunge France into the same kind of hell as Germany and Poland. Taborite priests were hounded from the pulpit, as were Catholic missionaries in the south – they were met by thrown rocks, bricks and offal.

“Let there be an age of reason!” The students at the Sorbonne chanted, casting the religious tracts of the Papists and Taborites alike into bonfires blocking the streets.

1761–1762 T216
Tabor: Diplomacy Ponthieu (^ch), Flanders (^ab), Brabant (^ch), Denmark/Copenhagen (ˇun), Macedonia (ˇun), Thessaloniki (ˇab), Provence/Marseilles (ˇch), Anjou/Bourges (^ch), Tours in Maine (^ch), Brest in Brittany (^ab)
Despite rumors of a peace in offing to keep Swedish armies from smashing directly into Germany, the Knights reinforced their garrison at Mount Tabor and expanded the city defenses. Too, the monks and lay brothers toiled to clear woodlands for a series of enormous hangars and the other appurtenances of a modern airship factory. With the governmental situation in Denmark solidifying, the thousands of Taborite clerks, managers and counting-men sent to bolster the Imperial government were recalled, though many in turn were devoted to helping the East India Company recover from its grievous scandal.

Elsewhere, the Knights continued their campaign to establish direct parish control over the Hussite lands of northern and western Europe. The threat of the Catholic powers was too great to ignore and all of those united by the vision of Huss would have to stand shoulder to shoulder… except for the Danishmen, who were notoriously fractious and difficult. Oh, and the Macedonians, who were disgusted by the swaggering way the Taborite priests lorded over the Greeks working in the government offices. Indeed, with the growing power of the Senate in the Imperial heartland, the common people were turning their faces from the Church.

At in some areas, such as southern France, the Taborites had brigands and ruffians of all kinds to deal with as well … Sideke of Arnor was waylaid in Lyonnais and murdered by men supposed to be lawless Occitanian bandits out of the central massif in Auvergne.

Great Britain: Religious tensions continued to simmer vigorously in the south, though the Taborites seemed to have lost interest in their widespread conversion campaign.

Frankish Commonwealth: Much to the consternation of the elite in the Paris cafes, the flood of Taborite monks and priests in government circles continued to increase, making some wonder (quietly) if the Commonwealth were truly ruled from Paris or from Mount Tabor. What was clear to all was the enormous influence and prestige the monks enjoyed at the court of the Archon.

Danish Empire: Despite the terrible conditions in the Wasteland, Danish settlement in Slovenia managed to raise that province to (0d6), Carinthia to a (0d7) and make good progress in Bakony, Illyria and Verona. The First Minister (for a change) remained at Thessalonika, seeing to ushering thousands of Taborite monks, clerks and filing assistants out the door and on their way back to Bohemia with a smile, a wave and a one-way ticket. He did, however, take a personal hand in cleaning up the messy little scandal the Albanians (as usual…) had generated for themselves…

The city fathers of Munich were grateful for the assistance of the Taborites in cleaning up ice-wrecked slums in their city and clearing the roads. The development of Vienna into a town of repute also heartened them, showing some stirring of civilization in the cold German wasteland. Grain was shipped off to the Ethiops.

After a closely contested vote (pressed by Venizelos and his party whips) the Senate announced the state would not impose any restrictions upon those professing the Orange Catholic faith within the Republic. This drew vigorous protest from the Taborites still in the city, and open alarm from the Catholic embassies. Venizelos, however, pointed out that the Danish state (whatever it’s constitution) had always maintained a tradition of religious tolerance. “This matter is no different,” he said firmly.

1763–1764 T217
Poland: Dovietski, however, spared little worry for the citizenry – he was too busy mustering fresh regiments of troops, ordering airship factories built in Krakow and inviting the Taborites and Albanians back in. A series of strict laws were promulgated banning all other religious organizations and missionary efforts.

Tabor: Diplomacy Denmark (^ch), Holstein (^ch), Stralsund in Pomern (^ch), Sopot in Danzig (^ch), Krak-de-Chevailers in Mansura (^ch), Ad’Diffah (^ch), Libya/New Oran (^ch), Tours in Maine (ˇun), Maine (^ch), Anjou (ˇun)
The sprawling complex of churches, seminaries, workshops, libraries, dorms and attendant inns, clothiers, laundries and the hundred other kinds of businesses necessary to maintain a modern city at Tabor expanded again. The holy city was a bustling, busy community designed along modern lines. The Knights controlled a vast network of supplementary churches, schools, farms, factories and mines – all of that needed a steadily burgeoning bureaucracy to administer, maintain and direct.

The Grand Master, having grown tired of sitting around in his office on Tabor, led the Knights out in bright panoply and south – to Provence – where the armies of Huss were engaged in a brutal campaign against the Catholics. 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.’

Jesuits: 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

Frankish Commonwealth: Finally, Prince Marcel and 18,000 Commonwealth troops – supplemented by an adidtional 2,000 Taborite knights – plowed south into Provence, determined to crush the ‘cultic infestation’ the Archon had declared held sway in the south. The feudal lords of Provence, Marseilles and Languedoc rallied agianst the northerners. Not a single man in the south expected anything else than a full-fledged Frankish invasion of the old Spanish frontier.

“We must defend ourselves,” Machir, the Exiliarch of Narbonne, declared, “against tyrants on every side. Free men of France, rise up!”

Some 9,000 southern Catholics and Hussites rallied to the Exiliarch’s call and contested Marcel’s invasion of Provence. At Avignon, the two armies clashed and Prince Marcel’s talents for war proved well-matched to the powerful force at his command. The southern Catholics were smashed, their army obliterated. Two months later, Marcels’ troops marched victoriously into a still-ruined Marseilles (which had yet to recover from the Danish siege and sack), where they were greeted by a large Carthaginian contingent which had captured the city some months previously. A number of arrests were made. The gateway to the southern sea was at last in Frankish hands...

1765–1766 T218
AEIC: A number of Taborite ‘auditors’ were introduced into the Company processes, in hopes they would prevent further corruption… unfortunately they had little sense for business, and made everyone paranoid about ‘spies, saboteurs and demonic agitators’.

Poland: Private agreements between the Duke and the Knights of Tabor and the Albanian company remained in force, giving both of those organizations a free hand in Polish territories.

Attempts by the Duke to engender an heir or two failed miserably, with his new wife dying in labor in ’66. This threw Ivan into a deep funk, and led to the consumption of far too much “Chernei Gyooz” vodka. Taborite missionaries, particularly those working to drive the last of the Catholics out of Stralsund, prayed daily for him. These efforts did spark resistance, however, and someone firebombed the Taborite missionary headquarters in the town, killing most of the priests and throwing their efforts there into disarray.

Tabor: Diplomacy Sopot in Danzig (^ab), Pomern (^ch), Stralsund (ˇun), Silesia (^ab)
Anxious to ensure the Order access to speedy means of transport, the Grand Master authorized an expansion of the factories and workshops at Mount Tabor, even though the banging of hammers and the rasp of saws disturbed morning prayers. Other servants went abroad to aid the Franks in securing Provence, and to keep the Danish bankers from foreclosing on the East India Company. Kassowitz also had his fingers in a great many intriques, some small, some great… and by mischance, poor luck and the willful vagaries of fate, they all turned sour.[3]

Even Klaus Hanneman, preaching against the evils of a revived “Earthsister” cult in Anjou, fell afoul of the fates, becoming embroiled in a dispute between local criminal gangs and the Commonwealth police. The priest was accidentally shotgunned by a nervous custom’s inspector and his body hidden for some time before being found by local farmers in a barn.

The Room was so intensely lit it hurt the eyes. But there was only one pair of eyes here now and they seemed impervious to the glare. There was always only one set. Theresa Voltaire worked best alone.

It wasn’t that she did not trust people. She trusted Sgt Ravston on guard outside to let only one person enter this room or be dead when anyone else did. She trusted her two attendants to remain aloof and non committal about their mistress and she trusted Von Juntz had a really good reason for being late.

Even being Rid of Greyhame did not ease her temper. Data copied was never quite as good as the real thing. Kassowitz was sure that she was quite wrong about the whole affair and had sent Von Juntz off on church business. She hadn't waited for his return to start ~ she had copies at hand, just not the original. She allowed herself a brief smile at the memory of getting Von Juntz recalled. As head of the Knights she'd never be able to kill Kassowitz but he didn't have to know that.

A small movement on the table caught her eye, Ravstons’ signal silent and nearly invisible that he was opening the door. Other guards at other times had rashly not taken precautions and died by such a simple act. Ranston even kept his eyes out of the room. He’d had this detail a long time and seldom wanted to see what any room Voltaire was in contained. A robed clergyman entered the room, his disfigured body heavily coweled. The lights didn't bother him either.

Voltaire took him in with a swift glance and motioned him to the rooms’ center. “Strip. We have work to do…”

Out in the corridor, Ravston lit a cigar. Smoking on duty was forbidden on this detail. That never stopped Ravston.The young guard next to him reached for his own tobacco. He dropped it suddenly when the Sergeants fist sunk into the pit of his stomach. “No smoking on duty,” Ravston growled around his cigar. He stepped away quietly and watched as the young soldier retched on the floor, unable to regain his feet for several minutes.

"Christ, you’re pathetic. You’re sure your last names not Hines?"

[3] Oh, poor Lorne! He sometimes gets just the worst sets of rolls!

Frankish Commonwealth: Taborite thugs burned down the last Catholic church in Marseilles and hounded the last of the Papists from the city. At the same time, Grand Master Kassowitz’ troops garrisoned Provence itself (now under the Orders’ rule) and that worthy priest-knight returned to Bohemia to consider certain privy documents lately acquired.

Events in Spain
April 1765: Taborite monks with axes try to murder Proconsul Longlance while he is at mass in Lisbon, but fail miserably. The Cruzadero guardsmen are too quick with their tomahawks for some sausage-eating Germans
June: Taborite infiltrators in Lisbon attempt to blow up various government buildings, but are seized by the rabidly-Catholic populace and torn to bits… though papers recovered from the scraps indicate the terrorists were working in concert with the Catalũnan rebels.

1767–1768 T219
Al'Haggar: The gains recently had by the Orangists in Mansura were now strongly opposed (and being ground back) by an ever-increasing number of Taborite preachers active in the province.

ARF: The air courier service rearranged its priorities and opened a number of new routes. AirPost mail traffic into and out of Rostov now included swift deliveries to Kiev, Semnan, Kingston, Astakana, Rome, Komarno, Warsaw, Baghdad, Valetia, Alexandria, Augostino, Bukhara, St. George the Defender, Mount Tabor, London, Corunna, Cimmura, Paris, Al-Harkam, Kabul, Riga and Cerkes.

AEIC: Things having returned to something like normal in the Company offices, the mercantile officers in the hierarchy now took great offense to the picking and prying and general incompetence (in matters of international trade and finance) of the Taborite monks who had come to “help” the Company clean house. After a bitter internal struggle, the Taborites were driven out, and good riddance too. They had even tried to give away the entire assets of Air Albania to the Danish government… for nothing! Fools.

Tabor: Diplomacy Calais in Flanders (^ch), Ponthieu (^ab), Tours in Maine (^ch), Macedon (^ch)
The Knights busied themselves with doing good works in such distant urbs as Alexandria, Stralsund, Marseilles (where they showed great piety by clearing the ruins and shoveling Catholic bodies into mass graves) and Munich. Temporal control of the region of Provence was turned over to the Frankish Commonwealth who now had, at last, their port on the Mediterranean. The garrison there – though ordered to join the Frankish attack on the Islander possessions in the south of France – did not leave their posts.

Further trouble unfolded on Tabor itself, where the students at the bible college nestled among the church buildings rioted against the weevily bread, unheated dormitories and the cruelty of the instructors. The Mountain Guard was called out and suppressed their pitiful insurrection with bayonets, clubs and grapeshot. Even in the hallowed halls of Huss it seemed the ideals of the SRC were not entirely dead. They were bleeding, however, though the murdered students were soon revered as martyrs.

A spate of revenge killings followed as the relatives of the murdered students exacted a bloody tithe from the Knight officials who had ordered the brutal suppression of their protests.

Frankish Commonwealth: Despite the hostile reception previously recieved in the Commonwealth, the Taborites continued to worm their way into the fabric of local life. The city of Dijon, in fact, expanded a GPv as thousands and thousands of monks from the east settled there in the existing monastic district just outside the south-eastern walls.

Knights of the Temple (Cruzaderos): While this seemed hopeful, even as the Papal delegates were putting ink to paper to seal the arrangement there was a scuffle on the road outside of Corunna as bandits attacked a Cruzadero arms caravan. The attackers were beaten off – not one man of the Cruzadero nation is not an accomplished warrior – and examination of the fallen found they were Germans – indeed, they were Taborite landshneckts in the garb of Basques.

Danish Empire: Amid the confusion of thousands of foreign soldiers in the streets of Alexandria (and no less than five nation’s armies were barracking, brawling and disputing national pride in the bars), the arrival of one Danish naval officer would have gone unnoticed save that he was embroiled in a shootout with Exarchate merchants within the week, set a house afire in the Canopos district, was arrested by the Emirate police, escaped, fell in with some Taborite thugs, shot one of them, escaped the police again and then found himself besieged in the Danish consulate, while a maddened mob of Hussite clerics demanded his head for profaning a shrine of Saint Oniko near the old Greek Theatre. Not a bad eighteen days work for Lieutenant Rosswald Gellar!

1769-1770 T220
Tabor: Particularly tight air-travel restrictions around Mount Tabor took effect, with the Knights deploying a rocket battery to protect the holy places. Zeppelins (as was the case in nearly every European domain and city) were not allowed within ten kilometers of the city walls. This applied particularly to the loathsome Arfen, banning them from a lucrative pilgrim market which now defaulted to the Albanians

This martial display was matched with an equal evenhandedness as orphanages were founded in Lybia, Macedonia and Dijon. A particularly grand estate was purchased in Burgundy to house the abandoned waifs of Dijon. Later audits by the church accountants discovered large sums of money intended for Silesia had been diverted to the much more cosmopolitan Commonwealth.

Grand Masters

  • Jucarl Kassowitz 1760-date
  • Otto von Metz 1747-1760
  • Walter Theisman 1739-1747

The Players

  • T205-date (1739-date) Lorin Bakke

Last updated: 22 January 2005

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