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Our Father's Business (Western Atlantic only)

Postby Excalbia » Wed Sep 08, 2021 12:30 pm

(OOC: I expect that this will be a slow-developing RP involving a meeting of the General Synod of the Church of Excalbia. It's open to all Western Atlantic nations having churches that are part of the Excalbian Church.)

Bishop’s Residence
Citadel Excalbia


“Thank you, my dear,” Donald Slesers, the Presiding Bishop of the Church of Excalbia, said as he took the tray with coffee and cookies from his wife.

“I’ll leave you two alone to talk,” Alice Slesers said with a slight smile and a nod towards their guest, who like her husband wore a Roman collar with his light blue shirt.

“Thank you, Alice,” the guest, Blaine Repse, Bishop and Secretary of the General Synod of the Church of Excalbia, said returning the smile.

Slesers set the tray down on a table and poured two cups of coffee. “You take cream and sugar, don’t you, Blaine?”

“I do.” Repse walked over to the table and took his cup.

Slesers took his own cup and gestured to two chairs next to an unlit fireplace. “Let’s have a seat.”

After the two men sat and had sipped their coffee, Slesers set his cup down. “Everything is in order for the start of Synod next week?”

Repse nodded. “The bishops will start arriving this weekend.” The Secretary paused. “Are you absolutely certain you want to step down?”

“I am,” Slesers said. “I’m tired, Blaine. Tired of being a political figure,” he raised his hand, “despite my best efforts not to be. And I’m tired of politics. Especially church politics.” He sighed. “I’m looking forward to traveling with Alice, while we still can, and to just sitting in a pew and listening for a change.”

Repse nodded. “I understand.”

“You should put your name in consideration…”

Repse shrugged. “No. Definitely not. If the Synod wishes to keep me as Secretary…,” he shrugged again, “I am willing to accept. For one more year. But, no, I feel myself too close to my own retirement to take on your job.”

Slesers nodded. “I understand. But it’s too bad. I… fear that the… election will lay bare our divisions…”

Repse nodded. “Blumanis and Talbot will be going at it again for certain…,” he sipped his coffee. “And the Ajubans will back Blumanis.”

Slesers gave a wry smile. “And that’s no small part of why I’m ready to retire…”

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Postby Excalbia » Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:50 am

The Imperial Palace
Citadel Excalbia


With Lord Tariq’s move to Knootoss and Princess Christiana and her wife’s relocation to the city of Landing, Emperor Joseph had decided to transfer his official residence from Sweyn Castle to the much larger and more ornate Imperial Palace. It was a subtle break from the custom of his father and grandfather, and there were dozens of opinions about what policy changes the move might signal.

Tonight, however, was not about politics. At least not secular politics.

The Palace’s Grand Ballroom was filled not with politicians and diplomats, but rather with prelates and priests. Specifically, the bishops who had gathered for the General Synod of the Church of Excalbia, which would open the next morning, and observers from other religious groups.

Emperor Joseph, dressed in the mess dress uniform of the Imperial Army with a blue sash and cape, stood next to his wife, Empress Anna, and daughter, Crown Princess Elizabeth, to receive his guests. On the other side of the Crown Princess Presiding Bishop Donald Slesers, the retiring head of the Church, and his wife Alice also stood ready to greet the guests.


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