To celebrate the birth of the immortal bard William Shakespeare, in our next gazetteer we meet Empires Rising’s own famous playwright, William Waggledagger.
William Waggledagger at the Triangle Theatre
The name William Waggledagger has become synonymous with the theatre. Every man, woman and child in Atalansia and beyond are talking about his plays and sonnets. Born and brought up in the sleepy village of Avonford-upon-Lanta, Waggledagger started his career as an actor, before turning his hand to writing. Within quick succession, Waggledagger founded a playing company, after receiving patronage from Lord Edwin Stork, the King’s viceroy. With the backing of a powerful patron, The Viceroy’s Men moved into the newly constructed Triangle Theatre in the heart of Lantaport, and Waggledagger was given a retainer that gave him a steady income and a house for him and his family to live, so long as he produced plays that favoured the current royal dynasty.
Amongst Waggledagger’s most famous plays are A Midwinter’s Day Nightmare, Hate’s Labour’s Won, The Miserable Husbands of Welvinine, The Merchant of Armon and Little Ado About Something. His most recent play, The Calm, has the critics in hysterics, and has been so successfully received, a national tour is being planned. Waggledagger has not only written comedies, as some of his plays are about historical figures, whilst others have been tragedies. Tarin the Butcher is a bloody play about the rise and fall of a tyrannical lord in Kerilan, and paints the Atalansians as saviours and heroes of the Kerilan people. The play is a masterpiece of propaganda, and misses out the atrocities committed by the Atalansian military and the bloody occupation that followed.
Significant Abilities: Backing of a Powerful Patron, Career as an Actor, Famous Playwright, Favoured by the Critics, Highly Spoken of, Relationship: The Viceroy’s Men, Steady Income, Synonymous with the Theatre.