One year has passed since the Honorable Sir Reformentia made this announcement declaring the existence of Blackwater with the approval of Her Royal Highness. That announcement set the wheels in motion towards a different path than most travel in Digiterra. For the first time the Order of the Black Rose was making an attempt to expand the Rosular Kingdom. Our journey since then has been a unique one. With no office of Foreign Affairs, Absent of a tangled web of treaties, and free from the normal burden and set of expectations new alliances must struggle with, we have been allowed to grow and focus internally under the guidance of the Order of the Black Rose.
Over the past year Blackwater has trained and subsequently submitted to the Order of the Black Rose many supplicants which have been admitted to the Order as a Page. We hope to continue the trend of placing well-polished soldiers at the gates of the Order.
While Sir Reformentia is no longer with us in this world, I can only imagine if he were to walk in he would be pleased with the result. That - or rattle the saber a bit and ask why I'm wasting time drafting a announcement rather than training soldiers. Possibly a bit of both.
On a personal note, a few "Thank's" :
The Order of the Black Rose and our Queen: Quite obviously none of this would be possible without your guidance and expertise. You've afforded us a wealth of knowledge we wouldn't have been privy to under normal circumstances. Thank you for putting up with us grunts, we are forever grateful.
Blackwater members past & present: I appreciate your unwavering loyalty and willingness to train and follow orders without question. You go about your jobs never seeking personal accommodations, never looking for "OWF gratification", and rarely complaining. It's much harder to blaze your own trail rather than follow the beaten path. The path you have chosen is void of personal glory and recognition, not everyone can do that , and I commend you for it.
Today will be a day of rest & relaxation in celebration of our one year of successful existence. Tomorrow we will continue this unique journey we call Blackwater.
metal, Commander of Blackwater