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Frank Stone
Fictional Character
1632 series
POD: May, 1631
Appearance(s): Ring of Fire (anthology),
1634: The Galileo Affair
1635: The Cannon Law
1635: The Papal Stakes
Nationality: United States of Europe (born in the United States of America)
Date of Birth: October 1983/May 1984
Occupation: Businessman
Parents: Tom Stone (father)
Spouse: Giovanna Marcoli
Relatives: Ron Stone (brother), Gerry Stone (brother)
Created by: Mercedes Lackey

Faramir "Frank" Stone was the oldest of Tom Stone's three sons, and the only one who was definitely Tom's genetic child. He was also the most level-headed of the three.

In 1634, Frank Stone and his brothers traveled to Venice, with their father, who was the medical attache to the USE delegation there. While in Venice, he and his brothers connected with the local Committee of Correspondence. Unfortunately, this soon gave rise to the "zany" idea to rescue Galileo Galilei from the Roman Inquisition. Despite his best efforts, Stone became the de nomine leader of the rescue attempt.

While at Galileo's trial, he covertly spilled the priming from Marius Pontigrazzi's flintlock pistol, as he was concerned that Marius might hurt himself with it. This turned out to be fortunate when Marius drew the pistol and attempted to shoot Pope Urban VIII.

In 1635, he attempted to start a Committee of Correspondence in Rome, opening a CoC pub called "Frank's Place". He quietly began the CoC movement in Rome, serving pizza and wine, all the while talking about the politics of the day. The committee also started a public soccer league. He was quite angry with the various slanderous handbills being passed around Rome, making it known that they were not his, but the work of the Spaniard Quevedo. The inquisition of Rome was extremely uncomfortable when he would come in to complain about the slander. (He could not have printed them even if he had been inclined to, as he did not yet have a printing press, and was leery of using local printers for anything other than flyers promoting his business.) In linking the unrest in Rome to the Spanish, particularly Quevedo and Cardinal Borja, he may have inadvertently contributed to anti-foreigner sentiment in Rome, and even to the incident at Borja's villa, which Borja had wanted so he would have a pretext to send for troops.

Shortly after arriving in Rome, his wife Giovanna became pregnant

During Cardinal Borja's invasion of Rome, Frank and Giovanna were captured by the Spanish captain Don Vincente. They were then imprisoned, though it was not clear if they were prisoners of the Inquisition or of the military. Unofficially, Mike Stearns sent Harry Lefferts to retrieve them from their jailers.

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