The situation behind the build-up of Stollenian troops along the Lesser Zwischen is due to recent developments across the river in the Electorate of Zichenau. Yesterday, news leaked from Zichenau that Prince Ruprecht VII had been found dead. Since the prince left no known heirs, his mother, Princess Antonia of Tauroggen-Fiebus, assumed the throne and immediately sent troops to occupy several key points around the Electorate of Zichenau and along the Lesser Zwischen. By late Sunday afternoon, Colonel von Spasticus noticed increased enemy activity across the river and sent a courier to Krankenstadt, requesting additional troops.
After uncharacteristically brief deliberation, the War Ministry of Stollen agreed and issued orders for additional troops to assist Colonel von Spasticus. Few extra units are available, so it was decided to send a regiment of heavy cavalry – the von Schtumpffeldampfen Kuirassiere(uniform shown above) under General von Schpargel. Von Schpargel, while brave, some even say foolhardy, suffers from an extreme temper and has left several notorious scandals behind him, during his checkered military career. He and Colonel von Spasticus are widely known to hate each other, so how this assignment will turn out is open to speculation.
Possibly connected to these events was the strange arrival of a large, anonymous package at
Meanwhile, Stollen’s ministers and advisors to the Grand Duke have spent the afternoon accusing monarchs in the region, and even each other, of trying to poison Irwin-Amadeus II with fruits of dubious origins. Throughout the ongoing argument, Herr Heinrich-Schatzi von Pelznikkel has tried to point out that figs are not actually fruit, but the blossoms of the Fig Tree. Unfortunately, few involved in the discussion have paid any attention to him, the apparently single voice of reason in the whole affair.
-- Katrina Bettina von Heffelfinger, Der Krankenstadt Tageblat