Cardverse ExpandedAce: Heir to the throne through birth or adoption.Cardverse Expanded by *supergeek17
King: Chief ruler. Commander of the military in times of war, during which time that is their primary role.
Hearts: Ludwig Beilschmidt / Germany
Diamonds: Francis Bonnefoy / France
Clubs: Ivan Romanovich Braginsky / Russia
Spades: Alfred Fitzgerald Jones / America
Queen: Secondary ruler (primary in times of war)
Hearts: Honda Kiku / Japan
Diamonds: Erika Vogel / Liechtenstein
Clubs: Elizaveta Héderváry / Hungary
Spades: Arthur Kirkland / England
Jack: Close advisor to King and Queen, Minister of Financial Affairs
Hearts: Feliciano Vargas / North Italy
Diamonds: Basch Zwingli / Switzerland
[Bullet; Green] Clubs: Roderich Edelstein / Austria
[Bullet; Blue] Spades: Wang Yao / China
Tens: Ambassadors. Each kingdom has four ambassadors (three to the other kingdoms
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"Of course!" Italy confirmed, filling the shot glass and eyeing the golden liquid within. "It's like using a knife in the kitchen."
Germany's eyebrows lifted, but he didn't say anything—nothing to the effect of this isn’t how he expected to spend a Saturday night, or that this game and cooking were nothing alike when the point of the game was to deliberately take stabs at one's own hand. "Go ahead."
With a little hum, Italy laid out the tools of the game, the knife parallel to the edge of the table closest to him and the shot glass within reach. Then, to Germany's su
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Once Alfred accepted that no matter what he did, the Baltic Three would follow, he was eager to begin the journey. As the trio prepared food, water and other supplies for the journey, Alfred changed into travel clothes (the plainest he owned, at their insistence); per agreement before they parted ways, when these tasks were complete, they met up at the stables.
Alfred was the last to arrive, and as he stepped into the stables, the Baltics paused in their final travel preparations to give him nods of acknowledgement. Ravis leaned his satchel against the wall and lead a grey stallion by the reins to the prince. "This is Nicholai," he announced. "He was meant to be a gift for Ivan from Her Majesty, but given the circumstances—" He offered Alfred the reins—"he's yours for now."
Alfred accepted the reins and thanked Ravis before checking the horse's saddle. "Does Her Majesty know about all this?" he asked, almost casually.
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Not that he could have known it for certain, Alfred's day had been similar to Ivan's—scrubbed, spit and polished (try as they might, the royal barbers could do nothing about the crescent moon shaped lock of hair that stuck up, bold as brass, from the rest his blond hair); wedding suit fitted a final time; and a few final moments with his family before being left to his own devices. In Ivan's kingdom, this meant spending his time in a bedroom, in isolation and devout prayer. To his credit, he had offered God a prayer that the wedding, his and Ivan's coronation and the unification of their kingdoms would all go smoothly, but he was too excited to spend much more time devoting his thoughts to the divine.
No, his mind was focused on what was to come. He imagined, at length, what Ivan would look like in his own suit; how their first kiss as a married couple would feel (would it be any better than their first kiss in Ivan's forest glen?); how they w