Monday, March 28, 2011

Oh, where are the snows of years gone by?

Mais ou sont les neiges d'antan ? ("Ballade des Dames du Temps Jadis": 'Ballad of the Ladies of Times Past').

Where is Direktorix Katarin Lahmia, who honored the Presipality of Monte-Cristo with a visit?

Where is Fiona MacGillicuddy, who was spying the Jacobites for the 'Hanoverian' King of Britannia?

Where are Ursula von Hetzenberg and her friend 'Schwester Bum' Mary Amadeus (the inventor of nitroglycerin)?

Where is Alisona now? Last time we heard of her, she had embarked a Gallian ship -for what destination again?

Where is the Duchess of Saschen-Vindow? Still alive and well in the Stagonian Palace? In such 'House of Madness' her life is hanging by a thread: maybe she would ask to be sent abroad as a 'charming legate' to better the Stagonian repute; for sure the Queen Mother would support such initiative, being jealous of her influence ('control' would be inappropriate: Ludwig is totally uncontrollable).
The Duchess could do worse than come to Monte-Cristo: we value independent-minded, strong-willed women, and -being ourselves often deemed 'freaks'- we welcome without prejudice foreigners preceded by a bad repute. All our visitors enjoy their sojourn and leave with fond memories; not a few of them are changed, receive a kind of enlightenment / illumination:
- a Cardinal from very far away (portraits before he left Pangaea and when he came back there) on his return relinquished all his secular / temporal dignities and turned his Electoral Archbishopric into a (People's) Republic. And raised an 'Amazon' bodyguard...
- another devout Cardinal is adamantly refusing to leave our Women's Jail,
- a (reputedly) vampire Lady (anonymity respected) discovered here and *enjoyed* sunbathing (admittedly, if a vampire indeed she already was a 'day walker', but nonetheless...).
In the two last cases (some whisper 'In all three cases') part of the blame can be put on our (in)famous zerokini.
Thus, we gladly renew our previous invitation (Jan.06."09 comment) to the Duchess.

Where are these Ladies, how are they faring? Will they remain nameless here for evermore?


A J said...

I can't speak for the others, Jean-Louis, but Mary A and Ursula will appear again. =)

abdul666 said...

For such Ladies in travelling / 'field' dress, Tradition / Willie [the 'riding' ones of Lady Pettygree - Milady de Winter fame] and 3D Models offer some, and Minden may promise some more if any 'hunting' set includes women.

ColCampbell50 said...

Fiona returned to Mississippi along with the other "Gentlemen Adventurers" and has been living quietly here. But there were rumors that she was seen around a tavern in Magaritaville during a daring pirate raid. If I can confirm the rumor (i.e., find the picture), I'll make a post on my blog, Col Campbell's Barracks.

She may also show up in the darkest forests of 'Murica for an upcoming action between the Britannians and Gallians and their colonial allies.


ColCampbell50 said...

I found a picture and the rumors were true - "Frivolous" Fiona was in Margaritaville during the pirate raid. See the brief report on Col Campbell's Barracks blog.


tradgardmastare said...

Well as for Alisona we shall see...
As for the Duchess I would check the vile Stagonian court out...

Gallia said...

Have you not seen Jean-Louis the Countess Alexandra Elana Volkanskaya here: (in the future)
She appears in several chapters after the one above.

abdul666 said...

For those believing in metempsychosis, Countess Alexandra Elana Volkanskaya appears indeed as the reincarnation of one of the bold females heroes ('heroines' scream and have to be rescued) of our mid-18th C.

littlejohn said...

The Grand Duchess of Grolstein is currently studying in her "map room" and perhaps planning her next adventure!

abdul666 said...

Then, what is the first name of the Great Duchess? It seems to be -like the Duchess of Saschen-Vindow's- a State secret. Are Grolstein and Saschen-Vindow neigbors and their rulers sharing some esoteric tradition: that knowing the 'true name' of someone allows to bespell her / him (fond memories of Dorotea Senjak)?

Fire at Will said...

Ilse Von Barner has certainly passed incognito through Monte-Cristo to sample its delights.


Principe dell'Estria said...


thank you for the travelling habit link. I very much enjoyed flipping through those bande dessinee style regimental images!
(including the ones that weren't naughty)

do you happen to have any more links like that?