Prince George was born last Wednesday morning as the heir to the throne of the British Isles, The Kingdoms. Both Queen Winifred and the young prince are doing well. This is the third time the seventeen year old Queen has given birth, but the first two did not survive. Unlike the other two times, a modern doctor was allowed to assist the queen with this birth. The clergy vehemently objected to the doctor’s presence, believing that it was God’s will that the first two children died.
The prince has been born during a particularly dangerous time in the island nation. King Alfred’s nephew, Bernard, long in exile, has returned and declared himself to be the rightful king. With his band of hired mercenaries, mostly Danes, Celts and Jutes from Bifrost, Bernard has managed to infiltrate deeply into the northern half of the country.
King Alfred has tried to leverage the power of the INSL to help put an end to the invasion. “Bernard is a puppet,” stated Duke Hadwyn, King Alfred’s emissary during his formal complaint to the INSL. “The Danes are merely using him as an opportunity to go Viking. And now they are burning villages, slaughtering the men, raping the women, and enslaving the children. Thousands perish as the INSL is shackled by ineptitude and bureaucracy.”
Despite Duke Hadwyn’s powerful speech, the INSL has still not authorized action against Bernard and his mercenary army. The reason for this lies with the Franks, who spoke against the measure. They stated that Bernard had a clear right to the throne. They argued that the British were engaged in a civil war, and were therefore outside of the INSL mandate.
Cynics might also point out that the Franks have opened their ports to Bernard’s armies in order to serve as a staging ground to strike deeper into Alfred’s territory. Gaining vast wealth from the mercenaries, as well as political favor from Bernard, the Franks have as much to lose by ending the war as Alfred has to gain.
Even with the influx of money, the Frank’s most powerful weapon against the British might just be the birth of the new prince. Francois Savil, an advisor to the Frankish King, recently denounced young Prince George, calling him “Lucifer’s child,” because his parents allowed a modern doctor to attend his birth. “This is another clear example of how King Alfred has abandoned God. The wicked ways of the Technophiles will corrupt his mind and soul as completely as Judas was corrupted by silver.”
Whatever occurs, the young Prince’s life is sure to continue to cause ripples throughout the world.