The noble knights of Monaco stood fast as they laid waste to the invading horde that came from the landlocked highlands of Iberia.
Thrice these two principalities had faced off in the name of nations. Twice had Andorra claimed victory, including once in this fair hall and the lone time the red and white took the prize was so long ago in San Marino. Yet, let us not pretend, for the wants of princes have little to do with nation states. Instead, verily, this fine corner demanded they clash in the sphere of clubs which, while crude weapons for such regal hosts, served them well.
So the patrons stood and set forth upon these voyages for gold across Europe’s most elaborate courts, bedecked with the names of vassal houses and merchants of their realms. The toll keepers of these roads differed, preventing these houses from engaging in combat, for two strong years.
While the House of Grimaldi sought to lead the League of Champions, those serving the co-princes waded into the Cup of the Euro yet not Europe’s Cup. Grimaldi grimaced throughout, falling shy of gold twice before changing course for a new prize.
The lines were drawn before the leaves turned and while the skies still burned bright. Andorra and Monaco would engage yet the tides turned wildly. Though its journeys across the seas brought much treasure, the first act of defence ended in failure against those who march beneath the red star.
Thus great doubt was cast as the darkness of an approaching winter brought with it men clad in garb reflecting a night that controls the day. Presenting with the title of financiers, the Pyreneans brought great might with their footsoldiers but yet their artillery fell quiet. With balance across the units, the hosts kept their nerve and, once the horn to cease hostilities sounded, the field was theirs.
The winter draws nearer however and it will soon turn to the co-princes to mount a defence. Their mettle tested, the Monégasque shall seek to make a raid of their own and end any doubt over which house deserves prominence in this Cup of the Euro.