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: The siege is going well? Stephen
: Monstrously well. Barely a month, and already the people are starving. They toss their dead over the wall by the hour. The stench is awful, but the smell of victory is sweet.
: I am here because god's work needs help, my lord king. Stephen
: If it were god's work, then he should do it himself. I am busy.
: Perhaps it is god's will that I should die to save the king. Stephen
: I've never understood god's will.
: That boy with the red hair. I want him dead by morning.
: I have no quarrel with the traitor's children. If you wish, you may join my army to prove your loyalty.
: As a knight, your majesty. Give him the knighthood and the title that he deserves. Stephen
: You're a bold woman. Perhaps you should join my army instead.
: God told me this would happen. Richard
: In a dream, your majesty? Stephen
: Heavens, no. He told me over dinner last night.
: You have my undying gratitude. Richard
: Thank you, your majesty. I humbly ask... Stephen
: I have no title to give you. Yet there's to be a crusade, and I need volunteers. I'll give you horse and armour and a squire or two if you kill some Saracens for me.When you return, we'll see what we can do about your father's title.
: There's Gloucester. Archbishop
: The king's bastard? He will never inherit. Stephen
: There's the king's legitimate daughter, Maud. Archbishop
: A child. And female. Stephen
: Then, I suppose, there's me. But I'm only the king's nephew. Archbishop
: And... grandson of William the Conqueror. This shipwreck puts you in direct line to the throne, my good Stephen, which we will support when the time comes. Since, unlike the king, you hold the Church in high esteem.
: Unfortunately, I gave Shiring to Percy Hamleigh less than an hour ago. Well, it's not official. Well, not yet. Present a strong argument for your case, and I might reconsider. Waleran Bigod
: We could rename the church after saint of your choosing, Your Majesty. St Stephen, perhaps? Or St Elmo, the patron saint of sailors lost at sea.
: [after Adam Courcelles has been killed in the trial-by-combat
] I trust I've proven my case? King Stephen
: Your opponent proved it for you, all too well.