At the request of the Imperial diet the Frei Stadt has committed to providing a contingent of troops to assist in fighting the Ottoman menace. Of course to help offset the costs the Frei Stadt has agreed a reduction in tolls on the Lower Elbe. Apparently the Austrians have sent an unemployed painter to record the exact details of the mustering of the troops. The painter appears to have meglomaniac tendencies, but has been easy diverted from his task by a local innkeeper Herr Braun and his daughter.
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