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Clay McConnell
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GENERATION I
My family patriarch began his legacy by marrying Jeanne with a natural proclivity towards business having grown up the daughter of a builder. With Jeanne’s knowledge, the couple was able to start-up their own foreign export venture. Though this foray into business was initially frowned upon, the family would greatly benefit from its financial success for years to come. The happy French couple was able to have one daughter and two sons. During the birthing of their youngest son, who would later turn out to be one of the most eligible bachelors in all of Europe, Jeanne passed away minutes after the birth of their third child. With the death of his beloved wife, the patriarch dedicated his life to his children and business.

His hard work and devotion was recognized as the French crown raised him to the title of Count. With his newfound status and business booming in the Iberian Peninsula, he picked up his family and spent several years expanding his export trade with the Spanish government stationed in Barcelona. His three young children immediately became conversation pieces in the Castilian social circles. Though there was interest, none of the established, affluent Spanish families would dare marry off one of their children to a foreigner without first knowing that this French family would truly embrace Spanish culture.

To mitigate this apparent concern and strengthen the family’s overall legacy, the patriarch arranged a marriage for his second-oldest child and eldest son. His son Henri was betrothed to the very beautiful Miranda. She came from very humble origins following a long line of gypsy fortune-tellers. Though it was a very risky maneuver to marry off his eldest son to a family of no status, the gamble would pay off. Henri truly loved his gorgeous wife-to-be and the gesture pacified the Spanish nobility which would allow Henri’s older sister and younger brother to enter the foray of Spanish high society.

GENERATION II
As the patriarch’s children reached adulthood in their late teens, Henri and Miranda formally wed and had their first and only child nine months later. A rather chatty daughter would keep their hands busy and left no time for more children. The youngest son quickly became the most sought after man in all of Spain due to his stunning good looks and charisma coupled with his father’s financial success. Philip quickly wed Maria, the stunning daughter of the Armada Admiral. It was a perfect match for the patriarch’s son as the marriage brought the entire family into the European aristocracy. Through the two deftly orchestrated marriages, suitors came flying for the patriarch’s daughter Helene. Her marriage to Javier left here wanting for naught for the rest of her days. Javier, though not one of the most attractive men in Spanish society, was the son of a wealthy governor with his own inclinations towards politics and social climbing.

With all three of his children married starting their own families, the aging Count was summoned back to Paris by the crown. The King personally charged the patriarch with the hefty task of increasing Franco-Russian relations by integrating French culture into their society. With a lifetime of experience in the field of building international relations, he was the perfect man for the task. Leaning on his past experiences, he felt that the best way to accomplish his mission while also bettering his family’s name was to relocate the family again to Saint Petersburg. Feeling too old and tired for the long journey, the patriarch charged his children to carry out this task on his behalf while he would remain in the French Court to provide updates of their successes.

Henri and his fortune-teller wife were adamant about remaining in Spain to raise their only daughter in the Spanish culture they had both loved. Philip, eager to please his father and assume the role as political-successor after his elder brother’s apparent lack of interest in European aristocracy, and Helene’s husband Javier were both keen to follow the patriarch’s directive to move across the continent. Helene and Javier made the long journey with their newborn daughter while also pregnant with their second child. While traveling the couple met with a fertility doctor in Munich, as they were concerned that the months of traveling would aversely affect Helene’s pregnancy. Helene, still haunted at the loss of her mother through pregnancy, did not want to lose a child for the sake of keeping up appearances. Though several of the French elite severed ties after catching wind of the consultation, Helene and Javier welcomed two more sons to their family by time they arrived and settled in St. Petersburg. The dapper Philip, now awarded the title of Marquis, could not depart with his sister as his exotic wife refused to have children so far from home. Much of the responsibilities rested solely in Javier’s hands for the first four years while Philip and Maria gave birth to a girl and two boys. While Philip remained in Paris during his wife’s pregnancies, he was able to assume the mantle of his father’s business. The family business, which originally reached only to the Iberian Peninsula, now spanned as far east as Turkey and Russia and west across the Atlantic to the American colonies.

GENERATION III
Henri and Miranda raised their only daughter out of the spotlight of Spanish high society and European nobility. Soraya, though not a member of the Castillian aristocracy, became very popular within the community due to her great people skills. Her parents’ humble upbringing taught her to treat everyone with the same respect and dignity regardless of their origins. Though never destined to marry a high-ranking official, Soraya found love in Miguel, an intelligent astrologer. With Soraya’s mother’s multi-generational knowledge of fortune-telling coupled with Miguel’s knowledge of the planets and stars, the couple revolutionized the industry by creating the first business in Spanish society dealing in horoscope readings. Though the business venture initially rubbed some members of Spanish Society the wrong-way, many nobles and debutantes would stop by their shop for readings. Soon, business references were circulating amongst all of the Iberian elite. Though not members of Spanish High Society as the patriarch may have once hoped, Soraya and Miguel had befriended many of the more influential members of society through their hard work and ingenuity.

Javier, eager to escape his father’s shadow and please his new father-in-law, jumped at the opportunity to assist Helene in integrating her culture within the Russian Society. While their children were still young, the King of France sent his son, the Crown Prince, to stay in their ward in Russia for two years to learn of the world. This honor not only helped further the couple’s cause, but also would create a lasting friendship between the Prince and their second oldest and eldest son Andre. When they reached adulthood, all of Helene and Javier’s children were able to secure successful marriages within the Russian elite. Andre was the first to tie the knot. His friendship with the now-King of France was the introduction he needed to meet and court Evgenia, the closest friend and confidante to the tsarina. The marriage helped cement the Crown’s desire to create a lasting Franco-Russian relations. To thank the King’s friend for his duty to the Crown, he appointed Andre as his Chief Advisor in international relations. Andre’s younger brother wed Olga, a young widow from a wealthy aristocratic family. Though her late husband died tragically in a duel, Jean lived out the rest of his days with the Russian beauty in her family’s ancestral mansion on Kotlin Island. With both of her brothers married to two Russian aristocratic beauties, the eldest child Mercedes was able to choose from a long list of suitors. Seeing her cousin’s success in marrying an intelligent scientist, Mercedes married the most promising scientist in all of Russia, Alexandr. Not only would he become one of Europe’s brightest minds, he also profited by his success allowing Mercedes to continue the lavish lifestyle she had grown to expect. Javier and Helene had spent most of their adult lives residing in a very distant land expanding the French Culture not only for the betterment of the French Crown, but for their children’s continued success and that of their patriarch.

Having arrived to St. Petersburg several years after his sister, Philip relied on Helene and her husband to push their father’s charge. He remained in the capital with his wife, but spent his days focusing on expanding his father’s business. Philip believed that expanding their export trade would be their family’s lasting legacy. As such, when his two sons reached adulthood, he sent both away to oversee their expansions in the furthest regions of their trade network. His eldest daughter, meanwhile, spent her days in the Russian court mingling with her cousins. To contrast her cousin’s desire to marry for love and intellect, Alise was more interested in enhancing her already outlandish, excessive social lifestyle. In one moment of unselfish frivolity, the couple donated a large sum of money for the construction of a grand garden in the center of the city. Though she married into a very prominent family, she married Maxim for his money. Being a State Treasurer, Maxim not only had plenty of money but his status within the government helped her cousins and their affluent spouses secure prestigious positions and investments within the country’s expanding ventures. Philip’s bravest and oldest son was sent off to the Americas to secure trade agreements for the colonies’ rich supply of tobacco. There, Marco met a woman just as brave as he was – Sarah. She was willing to speak out her opinions and views on American Independence despite both the uncouth nature of a woman voicing her opinions and the risk of being charged with treason by the British Empire. The latter was no real concern for Marco as neither he nor his family had any loyalties to the Empire. If anything, an American Revolution would weaken France’s mortal enemy. Not only was Marco’s marriage instrumental in securing tobacco trade agreements, but it was a large step in securing French aid for the American cause. For his service in brokering political talks between France and the fledgling American colonies, Marco’s cousins secured him the title of Dukedom to follow in his father’s footsteps of increasing noble titles. Marco’s younger brother, meanwhile, did not achieve any great political, professional, or social successes. Instead while stationed in Turkey dealing with local spice merchants, Francis spotted a beautiful tulip trader in the bazaar. Not soon thereafter, he eloped with Fehmi purely out of physical attraction. They did not share a common language, upbringing, or heritage. The one thing they did share was a long, loving gaze upon first sight, which was more than enough.

SUMMARY
The patriarch’s family legacy cannot be easily defined by one word or sentence. His family took many turns and paths, but the family’s cohesive focus for the betterment of their children is what kept their legacy lasting. If forced to look back and utter just one word to describe his handiwork, I am sure the patriarch would say “Success”



As far as game results go, this family took first place in a three-player game with scores of 73, 65, and 54.
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M.J.E. Hendriks
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Great read!
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Mike DiLisio
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Great session report. This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite games. It also plays really well solo.
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Thanks guys! The gameplay really lends itself to storytelling. The game oozes theme.
 
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