Heads or Tails
Several years ago, the head of the von Jungfreud family, Graf Sigismund fell out of favor with the Emperor due to a land dispute with the ruling family in Auerswald. While tension between ruling families often occur and are usually left alone to work things out, von Jungfreud stubbornness in dealing with those in Auerswald, almost led to civi war costing the Empire much but possibly more importantly, during one of the battles his troops inadvertently damaged a silver mine which was part of Karl Franz’s personal fortune. As a result, the Emperor punished Graf and granted free city status Ubersreik effectively removing his from power and placing control in the hands of an electoral commission. However rumor suggests that the Emperor may have changed his mind and Ubersreik’s free city status may be revoked. As a result of this turmoil, most of the nobility, but especially the business class, have reduced their dealings with the von Jungfreuds and are frantically vying for the Emperor’s favor.
Despite their family status has been damaged, they remain one of the wealthiest families in the Reik and hold immense power with von Jungfreud’s in positions of power throughout the Reiksland. They work feverishly on restoring their former glory and some predict this cumulate in direct opposition to the Emperor, although there has been nothing done by the von Jungfreuds to suggest this.