A trade delegation from The Reconstituted Byzantium is on the way to the Stollenian capital Krankenstadt! In celebration and welcome, the newly designed Grand Ducal standard flies above the royal place over the city as well as associated government buildings plus many merchants’ houses, their offices, and warehouses along the riverfront. Against the better judgment of and advice from his closest advisors, the Grand Duke Irwin-Amadeus II awaits on the quayside, wearing his well-known lobster costume minus the left claw, which was misplaced some weeks ago!
This evening, in honor of the establishment of formal trade relations with Reconstituted Byzantium, The Grand Duke will host a state dinner and ball at the palace for his reconsitutued guests. Those invited include a virtual who’s who of Stollenian personalities. Of course, Oberfeldwebel Klatschen will command a detachment of Leib Grenadiers, who will guard the palace and keep an eye out for enemy agents from neighboring Zichenau, still rumored to be operating in the city. Indeed, it has been said that the dastardly French mercenary General Philip de Latté will attend the ball incognito. Imagine! The brazened audacity!