Saturday, November 8, 2008
Empress Maria Theresa recalls Admiral Graf Hopstadt
With the untimely death of the Imperial Sea Lord and the incursion of the Dey's Xebecs along the Dalmatian coast, Empress Maria Theresa ignored her advisers and has recalled Admiral Graf Rupert von Hopstadt to Vienna. In a private audiance, the Empress returned the Admiral's sacred sword and his many medals and decorations which she had keep for just such an occasion. Much to the chagrin of her advisers, the Empress invested Admiral Hopstadt with his long denied Order of Maria Theresa and appointed him her new Imperial Sea Lord. His first assignment is to reorganize the fleet and to secure the Dalmation coast. Imperial Sea Lord Hopstadt was seen smiling as he passed the bowed advisor who had plotted against him.