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    Default Re: The White Horse (Hanover AAR) Updated May 26 w/2updates

    Welcome back! Gustav may be free at last, but what will this mean for Hans? This war with Sweden sounds like a risky venture for Hanover, especially with a new threat from the east.

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    Default Re: The White Horse (Hanover AAR) Updated May 26 w/2updates

    It's great to see this going again, Scottish King!

    I was sorry Gustav was so traumatised he couldn't carry on, but I think you were right to do that - anything else would have been hard to believe. I'm interested to see where this goes next, especially with the changes you've had to make.






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    Default Re: The White Horse (Hanover AAR) Updated May 26 w/2updates

    Great work Scottish King. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

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    Default Re: The White Horse (Hanover AAR) Updated May 26 w/2updates

    Chapter 27: Back at it Again

    The sun set once again at the end of another day of drilling. Hans was back once again with the 2nd King’s Guard regiment. Everyone had heard about the Swedes and there was fear that they would swarm across the border from Denmark and occupy Bremen-Verden or worst. They might capture the capital and force the queen to abdicate. In any case, the army was preparing themselves for the inevitable clash with Swedish forces. Ten thousand new recruits were being trained to create the Hanoverian Grand Army. It was to replace the Hanoverian Expeditionary Force that had been shattered by the Austrians months before. Faith in the army that had been high following the capture of Vienna was almost non-existent. Most citizens in the capital feared that the Grand Army would meet the same fate as its predecessor. Fewer volunteers joined this time and conscription was introduced to meet the required number of men. Even a few members of the 1st and 2nd King’s Guard also didn’t return to duty and it for this reason that Hans found himself sitting in regimental headquarters with regiment commander.

    “Are you sure you do not want to change your statement?” the commander said looking Hans dead in the eye, his blue eyes searching his.

    “Um,” Hans started clearing his throat, “Yes, sir. There is nothing to change, sir.”

    “So if I send someone to your hometown to inquire about your friend…um…Gustav, they will find him to be dead.”

    Hans shifted in his chair. “Yes, sir.”

    “Quite a convenient story as your friend’s body is at the bottom of a deep pit. No matter I’ll send someone to look into it. We need every man we can get that means no deserters. If I find out you are or have in anyway aided your friend in desertion you will be severely punished. You understand?”

    “Yes, sir.”

    The commander leaned back in his chair. “You’re a good soldier lad in one of the best regiments of the kingdom. I expect nothing but courage and honor from you and your comrades. We’ll most certainly need it in the times ahead. You may go now.”

    Hans stood up, saluted and walked out of the headquarters into the cool night air and towards his quarters. Spring had arrived and soon the night would no longer be cold. It was a welcomed change.

    “Sorry about your friend.”

    Hans turned to see the Winking Soldier walking with his musket over his shoulder.

    “Yeah,” Hans replied. “I just wished I could have done more.”

    “I’m sure you did all you could. Once a person gets that low it’s hard for them to come back. Especially in our line of work. How are you doing?”

    “It has been difficult but with all the training and drilling we’ve been doing, I don’t get much of a chance to think about it.”

    “That can be a good and a bad thing. Just make sure you don’t let yourself follow in your friend’s footsteps. I’m always here if you need to talk.”

    Hans smiled and thanked his comrade. They walked the rest of the way back to the barracks where Hans was staying.

    “Do you by any chance ride,” the Winking Soldier asked as they stopped in front of the door to Hans barracks.

    “Yes, of course. I’ve ridden horses ever since I was a young child. Why?”

    The Winking Soldier leaned on his musket and thought quietly to himself for a moment.

    “Come to the regimental headquarters tomorrow at first light. I might have a special job for you.”

    “What is it?”

    “Come tomorrow and you’ll find out but tell no one.”

    “Of course, I’ll be there.”

    “I’ll see you there then. Goodnight, Hans.” And with that the Winking Soldier began to walk away into the darkness.”

    “Goodnight…wait.”

    The Winking Soldier stopped and turned. “Yes.”

    “Please accept my sincere apologies if you have, but I believe you never told me your name.”

    The Winking Soldier smiled, winked at Hans and slowly disappeared into the night.
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    Default Re: The White Horse (Hanover AAR) Updated May 15

    Ooh. Intrigue, mystery, and the Winking Soldier. I really want to know what will happen next.

    (I'm also interested to know what the investigation into Gustav's death will find - the authorities seem to be taking it more seriously than I'd have expected...)

    It's excellent to see this going again, Scottish King. Welcome back.






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    Default Re: The White Horse (Hanover AAR) Updated May 15

    Quote Originally Posted by Caillagh de Bodemloze View Post
    Ooh. Intrigue, mystery, and the Winking Soldier. I really want to know what will happen next.

    (I'm also interested to know what the investigation into Gustav's death will find - the authorities seem to be taking it more seriously than I'd have expected...)

    It's excellent to see this going again, Scottish King. Welcome back.
    Thanks Caillagh. It's good to be back. I've lost all the pictures I had associated with the campaign but I’ve managed to play back to where I was in the campaign so I should be fine on that front. I hope to get a rhythm going but we will see. I’m sure the investigation into Gustav’s death will confirm Hans’ story…or will it…
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    Default Re: The White Horse (Hanover AAR) Updated May 15

    Chapter 28: The Mission

    Hans arrived at regimental headquarters at the crack of dawn. Standing there was the Winking Soldier with two horses.

    “Hello, Hans. Come let us have a quick breakfast and then we will be on our way.”

    “That is very welcomed, sir since I didn’t eat this morning.”

    Hans and the Winking Soldier walked into the regimental headquarters and sat down to a breakfast of eggs and warm bread.

    “So what am I doing here?” Hans asked as he took another bite of his eggs. “I’ve been wondering what you’ve had in store for me all night.”

    The Winking Soldier smiled. “An important mission my boy. We’re going to Denmark.”

    Hans stopped eating. “Denmark? The army is going to begin marching to Denmark today?”

    “No, no. I don’t know when the army is going to be moving out especially with all that’s happened…”

    “What’s happened?”

    The Winking Soldier shook his head. “Not here. I’ll tell you on the way into the city. Finish your breakfast. We have to get going.”

    Soon Hans and the Winking Soldier were on their way. Once they had gotten some ways from the military camp the Winking Soldier began to speak.

    “Yesterday, Christian Raabe was found dead in his home.”

    “What! The commander of the Hanoverian Grand Army is dead. How? Was he-”

    “We don’t know yet. As of yesterday the doctor still had not reached a suitable conclusion to the matter. His death as of now is being kept secret. I expect you to repeat to no one what I say to you. Understand?”

    “Of course.”

    “Good. I trust you Hans. That is why I chose you for this assignment.”

    The two riders came to the top of a hill and the city of Hanover came into view. Most of the city was still in slumber but smoke from the ovens of those who had risen early could be seen rising from the roofs of the city.

    “What is the assignment?” Hans asked as they stopped to look at their beloved capital.

    “We are going to escort Otto Schiller, a diplomat to Denmark. We are going to make sure he gets there safely and back safely. With the possible assassination of the Raabe, there is obviously concern for his safety.”

    “Of course,” Hans replied. “But if I may ask a question?"

    “Go ahead.”

    “How does a common soldier like yourself come to be chosen to guard Herr Schiller? I mean no disrespect but do they not have men in their service just for moments like these?”

    The Winking Soldier smiled. “Of course they have men for a job like this. But how do they know they can truly trust them? I happen to know Herr Schiller personally. I am a man of many talents and they have brought me occasionally into contact with the men such as Herr Schiller from time to time.”

    “The more I get to know you the more I realize I don’t know you at all. For example, I still don’t-”

    “Come on lad,” the Winking Soldier shouted as he galloped suddenly away. “We don’t have much time. We need to be there by 8 o’clock.”

    Hans watched the Winking Soldier gallop toward the city. After a moment, he sighed and galloped after him. ‘What an interesting turn of events,’ he thought to himself. ‘What an interesting turn of events.’
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    Default Re: The White Horse (Hanover AAR) Updated May 18

    So Hans is going to be a bodyguard... I'm guessing that's likely to be dangerous, given the circumstances. I wonder if we'll get to hear any of the diplomatic negotiations?






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    Default Re: The White Horse (Hanover AAR) Updated May 18

    It's excellent to see The White Horse continuing! A mysterious death and a potentially dangerous diplomatic mission ... I'm excited to see what will happen in this new assignment.

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    Default Re: The White Horse (Hanover AAR) Updated May 18

    Quote Originally Posted by Caillagh de Bodemloze View Post
    So Hans is going to be a bodyguard... I'm guessing that's likely to be dangerous, given the circumstances. I wonder if we'll get to hear any of the diplomatic negotiations?
    You most certainly will.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alwyn View Post
    It's excellent to see The White Horse continuing! A mysterious death and a potentially dangerous diplomatic mission ... I'm excited to see what will happen in this new assignment.
    I hope I won't disappoint. Update will be coming soon. If not, by Friday, then after the Memorial Day weekend (US holiday)
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