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.

6 comments:

Prinz Geoffrey said...

Death to the Dey. What a wise decision by her eminence.

Martin said...

Hey Cap'n Bill,

Good to see you posting again! The Admiral should invite the advisor on board for a cruise. Chancy things...voyages at sea...all kinds of accidents could happen on the midnight watch.

So as he was heading out of the Imperial Presence, was he humming a sea chanty like, "With a Yo-ho Ho and a bottle of tea, the sailing life is the life for me! And I never, never, ever do a thing about the weather, for the weather never, ever does a thing for me!"

The Dey should make sure his spiritual needs are up to date and current.

Capt Bill said...

Martin,
Now that I have rallied a little, I will try to post more often. Thanks for the kind thoughts...Bill

A J Matthews said...

Welcome back, Captain! And welcome too to the good Admiral. I agree, the advisor should be press-ganged forthwith and made to scrub out the heads. It'll free up a worthier individual to carry the fight to the Dey.

Oldsmoblogger said...

While one believes that justice has already been adequately served in this instance, one is amused by some of the additional advice offered herein. :-)

Frankfurter said...

Now Gentlemen, these ideas are hardly a suitable reward for the long service to the Empire which I'm sure the landlubber has provided. Perhaps, instead, he should be dispatched by sea on a fine commercial ship to the Spanish court on a diplomatic mission?
Rumors of a secret shipment of gold and jewels on the ship would be, of course, completely false ....
:)
A