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In the year 1384, war was upon Europe. On one side stood the Catholic Church, and on the other, China. As the hills of Gascony burned, the confrontation between East and West and Heaven and Earth reached its zenith in the culmination of an epic duel.
Meeting face to face for the first time, Pope Urban XI and General Lu An engaged in a bitter jousting tourney to the death, on their respective beasts of burden. The King of Europe, merely a figurehead by this point, was forced to officiate the secret duel. Next to him were Duchess Myrrh of Sauvignon (sometimes known as ‘the princess of pink’) and Lord Sydnham of Bristol, who was secretly poisoning The Earl of Wellington at this time.
After three long hours, neither party proved victorious, and both were forced to retreat to their respective armies. Although the duel was never spoken of or even revealed by historians until very recently, detailed descriptions of it were found in a monograph later found in robes belonging to The Bishop of Dunkirk, by an American soldier during World War II, and separately, in a hidden compartment in the former imperial palatial estate of Nanjing, by a 17th century half-Dutch Mandarin.

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