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The Battle of Hapsburg

1662. The War of the Cross rages across Eisen. With horrific bloodshed and destruction of property, Eisen will never be the same again. But always there is hope.

One such story is the Battle of Hapsburg, a small town in Fischler. While details are sketchy, it is said that a party of twenty Objectionists held off some hundreds of Vaticine soldiers, slaying most of them before the Vaticines withdrew.

The Objectionists should never have won. Yes, their position was defensible. Yes, their strategy was sound. But even so, defeat should have been certain. It was one of those cases where position and strategy coupled with heart (and no doubt more than a little luck) combined to mount a defence which is used in lessons at academies througout Eisen. It is not certain why the Objecionists chose to engage such overwhelming forces. There is a rumour that their number was somewhat greater than twenty, but that the remainder were badly wounded and unable to travel, but one of the twenty refused to abandon his comrades and managed to persuade his fellows to stand by him.

For some reason the names of these brave souls are not recorded, though it is said that in recognition of their daring Faulk Fischler gave each of the twenty a small Dracheneisen badge in the form of a sword standing vertically in front of a heart.

The battle has given rise to several expressions in Eisen and beyond:
To be a Hapsburger means, depending on context, to either display staunch Objectionist sympathies, or to show extreme bravery.

To claim to have been at Hapsburg, is to lay claim to having been one of the twenty Objectionist defenders. Also, to claim to be one of the twenty. Note that making such a claim often requires some proof as the names of the twenty are not known. While this can usually be resolved by displaying the badge that marks Fischler's citation, it has occasionally been known to be proved by combat.

To be like a Vaticine at Hapsburg is to suggest someone is marked for death. It can be used both of cannon fodder and as a threat of vengeance. Because they still feel the pain of the War of the Cross, this expression is not used often by Eisen.

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