Thursday, April 2, 2009
Ambassador Ostendorf relates harrowing adventure in Morea
Ambassador Graf Karl Ostendorf and Captain von Eickweist arrived at Reich Duke Wilhelm's camp near the frontier of the Margraviate of Carpania with a fantastic tale. The Ambassador related how King Basil's Hussars were ambushed and killed by a band of Kleftes. Wilhelm was astounded to hear that roaming bands of thieves and cutthroats would be so bold. Captain von Eickweist related how he and the Ambassador were also accosted by these Kleftes as they tried to leave Morea. As the Ambassador make a run for his life, Captain von Eickweist turned about to fight four of the brigands. His bravery allowed the Ambassador made good his escape. The good captain killed three of the Kleftes in single combat while the fourth coward fled into the forest. Although wounded, Captain von Eickweist was able to catch up with the Ambassador. They were assisted by a group of loyal Morean border guards. The Reich Duke was so moved by their harrowing adventure and the heroic action of Captain von Eickweist that he promoted von Eickweist to major. He further entreated Ambassador Ostendorf to return to Mystra and to resume his duties at the Court of Theofilia. Considering the extraordinary circumstances, Reich Duke Wilhelm instructed the Ambassador to inform young Basil that he would be pleased to have him join his entourage on the Grand Tour. To ensure Ambassador Ostendorf's safety, Wilhelm provided the Ambassador an escort of his personal body guard.