The Corsair…

It’s been a while since I introduced a new character from #WLT, but my Russian connection Karina just came through with some new artwork, so…

Ayla Hatun, or, Lady Ayla, is Mustafa Ali’s beautiful cousin and a leader of the rebel band known as the Ottoman Corsairs. Wily and resourceful, Ayla isn’t know for running into battle, but when Adrian needs information on activities in the Ottoman quarter of Civitate Dei, she proves an indispensable ally.

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Today is the 100th anniversary of JFK’s birth.

Normally you won’t find politicians’ images or videos on this site, but, in light of the poignancy and boldness of this speech, and the impact it has had on all of us who are inspired when we look at the stars, I thought it appropriate to share the full version of the famous address given at Rice University on September 12, 1962.


The hero…

Adrian of Tarsus is a Knight Hospitaler in the service of the Universal Church. Having seen his share of war and crusade, he now serves his Order and his Pope as the Militium Publicanus–military tax collector–aboard Mustafa Ali Pasha’s trading ship, the Miranda. It would be an easy life, were it not for Mustafa’s eccentricities and Adrian’s ever more desperate need to find a cure for his daughter Mariel’s strange affliction.

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