Letters Of An Aragonese Knight
Mod: Stainless Steel 6.3
Faction: The Kingdom of Aragon
Campaign Difficulty: Medium
Battle Difficulty: Medium
Unit Size: Small
My beloved sister,
I do not know when you will receive this letter, but I hope that when you do get it you will be relieved to hear that I am well. I know we havenít spoken in years ever since father took me to the mainland as a squire to serve in the Royal Army, but I want you to know that neither you nor mother have ever escaped my thoughts. I hope all is well in Palma, and that I am able to see you soon enough.
As you must already know, father passed away not too long ago. He died from the wounds he suffered helping our honored King retake the castle of Valencia from those dreaded infidel Moors who plague our southern border. I was with him in his final hours, and we shared many things together: our aspirations, our regrets, our hopes. It was his final wish for me to start writing these letters at the end of every year, whether they are to you, mother, me, or anyone else I found important enough to write to. He constantly reminded me how important it was to constantly write in order to become a learned man. Though I am not sure what he meant by that, I am obligated to honor fatherís last wishes and write as he would want me to.
You must believe me when I say that there is nothing more I would love to do than to go back home to be with you and mother, but alas, it seems that God has other plans for me. Father was a renowned knight of the realm, and a close friend and supporter of the King. His service to the crown has not been forgotten by King Jaume, who looks to honor fatherís memory by bringing the House of Encina into his royal court in Barcelona! As it is right now, I am to attend court with the King for the coming years, thus delaying my return to Palma.
Do not fret, however! This is great news! I may be young, but I am old enough to know that it is not every day that the King of Aragon invites an outsider family into the Royal Court. I am in a position to elevate our humble familyís name to unprecedented heights of renown throughout the realm!
Please sister, understand where I am coming from. You and I may have our differences, but know that I do this not for my own personal glory, but for the ultimate good of my family. I hope you can forgive me and father for leaving you the way we did all those years before. I hope we can one day I can rejoin you and mother back home and a family once more. Until then, I will do my best to keep you up to date with the affairs of the realm and my interplay in those affairs. Take care of mother, and I hope to see you soon one day!
Your brother Sir Jaime Encina