John Fairfax is an English Mercenary Captain who has been fighting
in Germany for 5 years. In early July of 1630 year Captain Fairfax
and his Mercenary company were employed by the Count von Wittingen
to bolster the small regiment of soldiers he maintained to defend
his modest land holdings. When, in late September, he determined
to travel to the city of Magdeburg to visit the Archbishop there,
Fairfax and his 18 men were selected to travel with him as his
honour guard. The journey was uneventful and the Captain and
his men had little to do. Within weeks of their arrival in the
city, however, this situation was to change dramatically when
the Catholic League forces under the Count von Tilly besieged
the city. As a result of the siege Captain Fairfax has lost
every one of his men, some in combat, others more recently to
disease and starvation. It is a desperate time and he is now
wondering whether he will meet the same fate.
the course of the siege he was constantly involved in the fighting
to defend the city and also night-time raids on the besieging
armies encampments. The Archbishop himself provided the Captain
with a personal letter instructing any subject of the Archbishopric
to provide him with aid should he require it.
native of the North German city of Wittingen Otto had lived
there all his life, although he was frequently away on business
in other areas of the Empire. The Count von Wittingen had been
a patron of his family’s business for many years and Otto's
father was one of the Count’s most trusted advisors. When
his father died three years ago the Count did not ask Otto to
take over his fathers role as he was still inexperienced in
many matters. However the Count continued to patronise his business.
Then, in the September of 1630, he sent a letter to Otto asking
if he would accompany him to the city of Madgeburg. The letter
explained that as part of his visit to see the Archbishop of
the city he wished to take a small trade delegation to improve
trading links between Wittingen and Magdeburg. Seeing this as
an excellent opportunity to improve business Otto accepted immediately.
He arrived in Magdeburg with the Count in late October, but
within weeks the city was besieged by the armies of the Catholic
League and he has been trapped there ever since.
the course of the siege Otto on occasion fought on the city
walls alongside the army and was also involved in efforts to
procure supplies of food and water from within the city and
ration those supplies. After seven months this job has become
Von Schloss Adler
von Schloss Adler is one of the Count von Wittingen’s
nephews. As a younger son of the von Schloss Adler family, his
father sent him to his Uncle’s household to learn about
the workings of a noble court, the running of a small state
and military affairs. The Count’s own sons were a constant
source of disappointment to him, while Riven proved capable
and eager to learn. As a result, over the course of the last
few years he earned the respect of his Uncle who came to rely
upon him in the running of his household and estates.
Riven's Uncle decided to travel to Magdeburg in October last
year he accompanied him as his personal aide and bodyguard.
the course of the siege Riven was involved in a great deal of
the fighting, often wherever it was thickest and most dangerous
alongside his Uncle’s mercenaries.
Kessler is a brigand with a handsome price on her head. Her
father was Otto Kessler a successful thief in his day, who died
when Annalisa was a young girl. When her father died, Annalisa
was taken in by Wolfgang Kellermann an old friend of the family.
Kellermann was also known as the Black Arrrow a brigand of some
note in certain parts of north eastern Germany. Eventually Kellermann
grew too old and slow and in an attack on a coach, lost his
assumed Kellermann's role as the Black Arrow and things carried
on pretty much as they had done for several years, until the
arrival a few weeks ago of a group of adventurers looking to
recover a gem called the Blue Flame, reputedly stolen by her
father 20 years earlier. The adventurers: Riven von Schloss
Adler, Captain John Fairfax, Otto Schumann and Monsieur Pierre
Pinoche, managed to defeat Annalisa's motley band of outlaws
and capture her. Fortunately von Schloss Adler took rather a
shine to the young and attractive Annalisa and asked her to
accompany him back to Wittingen; she in her turn accepted his
little over a year ago Monsieur Pinoche was sent by the Cardinal
Richelieu to the court of Count von Wittingen in order to help
bolster the Protestant cause following the Edict of Restitution.
As a Huegenot (French Protestant) Pinoche was thought by Richelieu
to be ideal for the assignment. Arriving in Wittingen he found
the Count to be a most amenable host and soon became good friends
with him. In September 1630 after some months at court, the
Count announced that he would be travelling to Magdeburg the
following month in order to visit the Archbishop who ruled the
city. There he intended to discuss with the Archbishop and other
visiting Protestant rulers how they were to proceed following
the invasion of the Protestant King of Sweden Gustavus Adolphus.
Pinoche was invited by the Count (and ordered by Richelieu)
to accompany him. Within weeks of arriving in Magdeburg, however,
the forces of the Catholic League had besieged the city and
Pinoche has been trapped there ever since.
the course of the siege Pinoche was involved in attempts to
get information out of the city to allies and parley with the
besiegers. In theory his diplomatic status would allow him to
leave the city unmolested, however, he was almost certain that
in reality this would be extremely unlikely to happen and as
a result he has stayed put.
than five years ago Gustav's older brother, Ludwig, travelled
north to join with the Protestant forces of Christian IV of
Denmark, in the fight against the Catholic Habsburgs. He was
unable to join Ludwig due to his commitments to the Duke of
Thurgau whom he served as a ‘Diplomatic Aide’. During
many months of campaigning Gustav received regular news from
his brother, even following the defeat of Christian’s
army at Lutter am Barenberge in late August 1626. However, when
Christian’s infantry were forced to surrender at Eutin
in September 1627 Ludwig's letters suddenly stopped. More than
two years passed and Gustav heard nothing. Finally, in the Spring
of 1630 he too set off north to discover the fate of his brother,
certain that he was still alive.
arrived in the German city of Wolfsburg at the beginning of
June 1631 with the city in the grip of fear following four brutal
murders. Part of his reason for visiting Wolfsburg was the letter
of introduction from the Duke of Thurgau to the City Warden
Karl Richthofen, an old friend of the Duke’s. The letter
asked Herr Richthofen to help him in any way he could. As it
happened, it seems that Gustav has been able to offer more help
the morning of the 3rd June, Herr Richthofen called Gustav into
his office and asked him to deliver a package to two gentleman,
Captain Fairfax and Herr von Schloss Adler, staying at the Red
Boar Inn and to offer them any assistance he could.