Castle Falkenstein / One Dollar Sale
Greetings, Friends of Falkenstein!
Before I continue on with the Falkenstein Friday blog post, may I please direct your attention one last time to the One Dollar Falkenstein sale occurring right now at DriveThruRPG? Each of our wonderful supplements and Adventure Entertainments for Castle Falkenstein are on sale for exactly one dollar! However, if you wish to buy any of these books at this reduced rate you must act quickly. The sale ends today (12/22/2017)!
Now, with that bit of promotion out of the way, let us talk history! Specifically, a bullet point listing of events of consequence which occurred in the years 1870 thru 1875 in the world of Castle Falkenstein. This list may well jog your brain and help you develop a few new ideas for a campaign!
Each day, between now and the end of 2017, I will cover a different year in the decade of the 1870s, so please be sure to check back and comment!
I begin, of course, with 1870 itself.
Political and Business Events of Consequence in 1870
- In Spain, Isabella abdicated in favor of Alfonso XII. Prince Leopold of Hohenzollern attempts to take the throne but withdraws his claim following French protests due to Leopold's ties to King William I of Prussia.
- Bismark published the "Ems Telegram", a highly edited version of a dispatch describing a meeting between the French ambassador to Prussia and King William I of Prussia. Bismark's version is edited to make the meeting seem more insulting and confrontational than it actually was in hopes of pushing France and Prussia towards war. Taking the advice of Jules Verne and King Ludwig, Emperor Napoleon the Third does not fall for Bismark's provocation and war is avoided. As a result, the Second Empire of France does not fall and the Third Republic does not rise, as it did in our world.
- Western Australia is granted a the right to elect a government.
- Italians enter Rome and name it their capital city, further consolidating power in Italy as a single state by annexing the Papal States.
- Robert E. Lee, Confederate general, dies.
- John D. Rockefeller founds the Standard Oil Company.
- Fort Worth is named the capital of the Republic of Texas.
- The Comstock Silver Lode generates $36 million in silver.
- The Prince of Wales is called to testify in the divorce proceedings of Harriet Mordaunt and her husband after letters from the prince to Lady Mordaunt are found in a locked drawer. The letters do not indicate anything untoward occurred between the two.
- The United States Congress adopts the 15th Amendment, prohibiting states from denying a citizen the right to vote based on their race, color, or previous condition of ownership.
- Harper's Weekly begins publishing a series of political cartoons by Thomas Nast which bring to light the corruption of Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall in New York.
- Georgia becomes the last Confederate state to officially rejoin the United States.
Theatrical and Literary Events of Consequence in 1870
- Charles Dickens, perhaps the most famous author of his time, dies. His last work is the unfinished "Mystery of Edwin Drood".
- Alexandre Dumas, most famous for his historical biography of "The Three Musketeers", dies.
- Jules Verne publishes "Twenty Thousand Leagues Beneath the Sea", making public the existence of Captain Nemo and his Nautilus.
- Karl Anzengruber's anti-clerical play "Der Pfarrer von Kirchfeld" is first performed, depicting peasant life in the Austrian-Hungarian Empire.
- Benjamin Disraeli publishes "Lothar".
Academic and Philosophical Events of Consequence in 1870
- Heinrich Schliemann begins to excavate Troy.
- The First Vatican Council officially adopts the Del Filius constitution on Catholic Faith, which defines Papal infallibility.
Artistic and Musical Events of Consequence in 1870
- Corot debuted "La Perle".
- Fantin-Latour debuted "Un Atelier a Batignolles".
- "Coppelia", a ballet, debuts in Paris.
- The Societe Nationale de Musique is founded in France.
- Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet" denuts in Moscor.
- Wagner's "Die Walkure", the second of the Ring of Nibelung works, debuts in Munich.
Scientific and Technological Events of Consequence in 1870
- T.H. Huxley publishes the "Theory of Biogenesis".
- Adolf Nordenskjold begins exploration of the interior of Greenland.
- William Lions of Connecticut invents an efficient opener of tin cans.
- The Bone Wars, a rivalry between paleontologists O.C. Marsh and E.D. Cope begin when Marsh publicly points out an error made when reconstructing a marine reptile fossil.
Unusual Events of Consequence in 1870
- Steamboat passengers on Lake Champlain claim to spot Champ, the local sea monster.
- An unknown object is spotted in the skies above Warren, Pennsylvania.
- An unknown object is spotted above the ocean, halfway between Senegal and Brazil.
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FALKENSTEIN FOR ALL!
That is correct, dear Friends of Falkenstein! For the remainder of this week, digital copies of every single Castle Falkenstein product, from Curious Creatures to our Adventure Entertainments to our magnificent Variations are on sale for one single solitary dollar each!
You did, indeed, read those words correctly.
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