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  1. Beyond the Veil of Night An expedition into the Haeseni forest Issued By; THE GRAND LADY 11th of Jula and Piov 518 E.S. The Haeseni are a hunting peoples. These lands that we inhabit are abounding with wildlife awaiting capture. God has blessed us, following the settlement of this land by the bygone King Georg I, with plentiful harvest each autumn and bountiful game to hunt. Amidst all of this game and fauna, something lurks in the shadows of the redwood. In the dead of night illuminated eyes watch those who dare travel under the cloak of darkness, far off guttural roars send flocks of birds darting off in different directions overhead, and the glimpse of a dreamlike ivory stag cantering through forest catches anyone’s eye. These are all sights not uncommon to the Haeseni redwood. — And thus, it is imperative we seek to gain what knowledge the forest hopes to give. We, the Courts of Hanseti-Ruska, call upon the citizenry of the Dual Kingdom to venture forth into great Haeseni forest in search of what lurks beyond the veil of night. Those seeking to join this hunting party please make your wishes known by letter to the Grand Lady. Under God’s watchful eye, HER EXCELLENCY, Marjoreya of Vidaus, Grand Lady of Hanseti-Ruska, Countess consort of Malkovya, Viscountess consort of Venzia, Baroness consort of Bethlenen, and Lady of Vitraval
  2. Winter’s Babe Twenty-first day of Wzuvar and Byvca, 518 E.S. A babe had been born, two royal children now born to the Barbanov Household and still the womb of the palace’s Grand Lady remained barren. Had her spirit been so unsettled that there was no place for a child to take root within her? Had she kept herself from pregnancy? Was she so far from God now that she could no longer foster life - what she was meant to do. Marjoreya prayed for a child, she petitioned the Patriarch to bless her womb and sought to pray alongside her small retinue of handmaidens at the break of dawn each morning and once more beneath the cloak of night. Though it was all for naught. Still she was without the thing she had wished for more than all else. She dreamt of her children; first a daughter who had hair similar to her own and eyes as verdant and bright as she - Marjoreya - and her siblings all bore. Second, a son, with tresses like his father’s and what she could only assume were strong Scyfling genes. She heard their jovial shouts and smelled the grass stains on their clothes. She could see them from the windows of Malkovya playing in the castle’s courtyard, the honey-yellow beams of light bouncing from their skin and reflecting from the puddles between which they jumped. This brought a smile to her face, one rarely featured upon her gaunt countenance. A warm and soft smile, one she pictured would have been present upon her mother’s face. Though, as a feeling so unfamiliar to her rushes down from her head and out to her fingertips. A feeling akin to the soothing warmth of a hearth from afar and yet as shocking as the cold of winter’s first day on one’s unready skin. Nonetheless she wakes. Her eyes rise to the dank walls of her suite at the Esrova Palace. The feeling she had dreamt of fell from her body and she sought to feel it once more, her eyes closed slowly shut as she formed her hands into fists as if to conjure the feeling up from where it rushed away, though her efforts were to no avail. She had been at court for many years now and seldom made trips to Malkovya in the country, however, after months of dreaming she was with child. It was as if she called forth the child from heaven and brought him here through sheer will. After a few short months of an arduous pregnancy, during which most of her time was spent locked away from the public eye, she wrote to the Lord Colborn of such news. Detailing the difficult few months she had been away from him and conveying her excitement for the impending birth of their heir. – Marjoreya sat, stony-faced, within the palace gardens, considering the perfectly-curated bed of roses that stood before her. Silence enveloped her for the first time in what felt like months, and she was left with only her sorrows for company. She reached toward a stem of roses – so beautiful and yet so embroiled in malice – as the grating sound of leather against gravel assaulted her senses. In the panic of the messenger’s approach, the Countess’s finger pricked a thorn in passing, and she cried out in anger. She thought to scold the approaching courier, with his haggard frame and frantic, breathless movement, but he soon pounded his fist to his chest and bowed before her. Mikhaila had fallen desperately ill, the courier informed Marjoreya. The physics were afraid she would not make it, and that the stress of childbirth might accelerate her descent. No sooner had the news been delivered than Marjoreya, in a fit of rage, ordered the courier to be gone from the palace. Pitifully, Marjoreya thought first of herself. Why had she been so forsaken by God? Why had He given Mikhaila a house full of smiling children - she who deserved none of them? And why had He given Marjoreya nothing? Crimson droplets of blood continued to drip onto the untainted snow, and all she could do was stand there idly, lamenting her misfortunes. – The labor was a harrowing ordeal, and it seemed God - despite her prayers - had been indifferent to her suffering. In the end, Marjoreya brought forth a pair of twins. An air of death hung over them, eerily familiar to the Count and Countess, though within her, however feeble she had become, pride lingered. She had made fools of all that thought her barren, all that doubted her. Her features were illuminated with the flickering light of a candle as her eyes languidly drifted across the otherwise silent room toward the screams of her children, her true pride was within them now. A faint smile crossed her pale lips as her eyes traced over the babies that cried across the room from her, their black tresses that resembled her own, but she felt unlike she imagined. The feeling was not as she had dreamt it to be, there was no warmth that swelled from within as if a hearth had been lit at her center. She felt cold. As she watched her children be prodded and examined by nuns, she felt herself begin to slip. Her eyes flickered shut and her breaths began to feel labored. Her chest rose and fell shakily as uneasy breaths dried her lips further and her shoulders began to sink inward. A hand shakily rose to press against her sweat-soaked face, and the room seemed to fall silent for only a second before it was pierced once more by the wails of the pair of newborn babes. Her eyes flickered shut and it felt as if her very life force was waning. She had brought two lives into this world, but at what cost? Was it her own life that she must pay in return? Finally her eyes remained shut and her breaths slowed, her hands fell to her sides and her head rested back into the pillows… To the citizens of Hanseti-Ruska, It is with great jubilation that the Comital House Colborn announces the beginning of its next generation.The first Colborn lord of his generation has been brought unto us by blessing of God after an arduous tenure of pregnancy. With immense delight we declare him Casper Colborn, born 21st of Wzuvar and Byvca to the Count and Countess Malkovya. Alongside the Colborn Lordling we celebrate the birth of a girl, born only minutes after her elder brother, Margarethe Colborn born 21st of Wzuvar and Byvca. With these letters we declare them our son and daughter as witnessed by Mother Vivienne. We pray to God for good health, safekeeping, prosperity, and preservation of them. Given under our Seal at Vitraval, Witnessed by us and Mother Vivienne on the 21st of Wzuvar and Byvca in the year of our Godan, 518 E.S.. Under the watchful eye of God, THE RIGHT HONORABLE, Cassian Colborn, Count of Malkovya, Viscount of Venzia, Baron of Bethlenen, Lord of Vitraval, the Protector of Scyflings HER EXCELLENCY, Marjoreya of Vidaus, Countess consort of Malkovya, Viscountess consort of Venzia, Baroness consort of Bethlenen, Lady of Vitraval, and Grand Lady of Hanseti-Ruska As witnessed by, Mother Vivienne of the West, Priestess of the Holy Church
  3. The Grand Princess' Ruthern-born companion lets out a sigh of relief, though upon gazing toward her own childless womb, her thoughts are clouded with envious rage.
  4. Caesonia Tiber, the foreign mistress’s mother, can’t help but smile from beyond the grave.
  5. “Crystals have nie power.” spat Marjoreya of Vidaus. “Let us publish more true rhetoric.” she grumbled, beginning to pen a letter to the Haeseni Koenas.
  6. Issued by the COMITAL HOUSE COLBORN On the 7th day of Jula ag Piov 511 E.S. Two Houses, both ancient in their standing, shall now be bound after many years living alongside one another. In times long past the two houses were bound once previously with the County of Metterden bestowed upon the noble House Ruthern by Eirik Colborn in the early 1500s. Despite the ongoing war in the East we may never rest. Life shall continue as it did prior and we shall continue to prosper as we did prior and as we shall once this battle against our anathematized foes is won. All of this to say, following a period of courtship a union is born between Count Cassian Colborn of Malkovya and Lady Marjoreya vas Ruthern to bring together two ancient Haeseni Houses. These nuptials are to be brought to fruition on the 13th of Grona ag Droba in the Everardian Basilica. Per Scyfling tradition, originating from days long past when the ancient Scyfling peoples first converted to Canonism, the pair shall proceed from the Grand Basilica to Malkovya where the ‘Wedi Bridlop’ may take place. T I M E L I N E The Jorenic Union Performed by the Patriarch Josef at the Everardian Basilica the couple is to be wed per the Jorenic Rite. Lord Cassian and Lady Marjoreya shall be bound with sword and cloak to conclude their courtship and thus binding them until death. The Wedi Bridlop Directly following the nuptials the newly wedded Count and Countess will proceed from the Basilica to their, now shared, seat in the Haeseni countryside to jovially celebrate their recent union. There shall be a feast, made with the Scyfling peoples of old in mind, served to the guests and tribute may be paid to the pair if the guests so wish. Signed, The Right Honourable, Cassian Colborn, Count of Malkovya, Viscount of Venzia, Baron of Bethlenen, Lord of Vorenburg, the Protector of Scyflings Her Ladyship, Marjoreya of Vidaus
  7. "See.." sounded Owynina, wife of a late Lord Sarkozic, "Of course he shall add this title to his signature. The fat man only grows fatter with greed." she advised her peers with raised brows.
  8. Adela of High Peak perked a brow, she is truly torn, though in the end proclaims her support for the now single King. Announcing such to the monks who had grown tired of the fugitive Queen living within their quarters..
  9. Marjoreya peruses the missive with narrowed eyes, a familiar scowl upon her countenance as the words weigh one-by-one on her mind. Her nostrils flare, tossing the parchment, which she had taken from the notice board upon which it was posted - believing it had a better place with herself, into the flames of the hearth. It was no doubt her grandmother's death would be public knowledge no matter her actions, whether she burned the announcement or not, though she believed - in some childlike way - perhaps it would be undone if she burned the announcement. Though, in her heart of hearts, she knew this to be a lie; her grandmother was gone.
  10. In secret, a girl with raven trusses peruses the document as she so often does, delighted to see her favorite Haeseni Ledi - Sonya - in the spotlight.
  11. "Some man comes to insult our King," spat Marjoreya vas Ruthern. "Then cries when he is served justice for his mockery." her features creased with contempt as she perused the document. "Do not put your head within the jaws of a lion and not expect it to bite." she intoned, eyes risen toward her father. [@ContestedSnow]
  12. EPOCHS OF HAESENI COUTURE ‘Ve Edlervik’ a painting by Fenika vas Ruthern Issued by Lady Marjoreya of Vidaus In celebration of Ehr Sigmunda 500 On this 17th day of Wzuvar ag Byvca of 500 E.S. Research revised by atavistic Haeseni scholars & extant human chroniclers. Research conducted over a period of four months. Contents I. Introduction II. The Early Kingdom III. Ottonian Era IV. Ruskan Renaissance V. Contemporary Rus VI. Amadean Couture VII. Valdevic Era VA BIRODEO HERZENAV AG EDLERVIK, Upon this momentous occasion, the five hundredth year (500 E.S.) of the Sigismundic calendar - and conjunctionally the five hundredth anniversary of the ascension of the Prophet Sigismund. In tandem with the many years of Haeseni history and the continuation of Royal succession, new eras of Haense implore new trends of fashion - not only out of experimentation but also from necessity. And thus, new silhouettes are crafted bringing about a new era of style for the people of Hanseti-Ruska. There lacks a proper written timeline of Haeseni fashion since the founding of the Duchy of Haense. However, many of the years prior to the elevation of the Dukes of Haense to Kings of Hanseti-Ruska are scarcely written of in such a manner and thus this compendium begins in the 1500s*, nearly fifty years following the beginning of the Sigismund calendar. *For ease of reading, all dates within this document are in both the Imperial format and an approximate Sigismundic format. Vydrian Era The Dukes of Haense Early to late 1500s | ~50 E.S. — In the times of St. Karl Barbanov, Haense was not yet a Kingdom, only a Duchy built up from the foundations of its Waldenic predecessor. For most of the earlier years of the Duchy of Haense, the realm was engulfed in war - namely the third Human-Dwarven war. A struggle between the Haenseni and the Dwarves for control of the realms mining and lumber left the Haenseni in economic strife though unlike the later ‘Great Fatigue’ the Haeseni people were easily excitable by their Duke and looked with elation unto the future of the Duchy. St. Karl was a fierce military leader and influenced his people as to be expected given how he is often portrayed in literature and soon after the Human-Dwarven war’s end, he began a conquest of pagans that had found a home deep in the hinterlands. This furthered the Canonist image of the Duchy of Haense, causing many canonistic motifs to appear throughout not only literature and art of the time but also within the pious fashions of the earliest Haeseni peoples. Even after the pagan conquest, war and invasions continued throughout the regency led by Haenseni Lord Tarcell Othaman with the Dukes’ War shortly after. During this era of constant war and strife, and later occupation of the Ducal lands of Haense by House Kovachev, the Haeseni people struggled to find their own image and culture aside from their contentious relationship with many of their neighbors. — Men and women alike of this era often donned dark and muted colors alongside their armor, however, these times were far less accepting of women in positions in war and they were often relented to lives awaiting their husband’s return. Still, most commonly in the time of Regent Tarcell Othaman, women donned a unique style of iron corset beneath their woolen frocks - likely due to the onslaught of constant invasions during the early years of the Dukes’ War. Alongside their iron corsets and woolen frocks, women adorned themselves with furs - albeit a far more humble depiction from what’s more commonly seen in modern times. The Early Kingdom First Kings of Haense, Court of Petyr I, Andrik II, Marius I, Stefan Late 1500s to mid 1600s | ~200 E.S. — Following their elevation to Kings of Hanseti-Ruska, and likely a massive influx of citizens within their city, the people of Haense set out to establish a culture of their own - juxtaposed from the southern imperials. The fashion of this era is derived from the staunchly isolationist culture of Haense from their imperial liege lords, and the frigid winters experienced in their northern settlement. The people of this era were rigid and firm in their somewhat unique style so much so that outsiders often remained that way, even in high-ranking consort stations. In this time, Queen Reza of Turov, was outcast from her husband’s court due to her friendship with Empress Julia of Oren and her contribution to the stylings of the era is minimal. Oftentimes the court of this era was dubbed a ‘Nest of Crows’ as their Ruskan culture was impenetrable by the outside empire. — The fashion is characterized as humble and simplistic. Most of the adornments, such as furs, hats, and coats, were strictly purposeful and even royalty donned less intricate ensembles. Popular styles for women of this era include long flowing frocks, oft lined with fur, clasped with belts that were likely made of leather or gold depending on its wearer’s status. It was common for noble ladies and common folk all the same to layer their frocks with woolen outer coats, most often dyed to be darker colors such as blue, red, or brown. Men of the early Kingdom of Haense dressed just as simply to their female counterparts, oftentimes seen in armor adorned with some sort of fur - likely hunted in the years prior. At public proceedings, both formal and informal, men remained clad in their armor that was oftentimes made of darkened steel; however in the comfort of their own homes they would exchange their sheathing for woolen tunics similar to the fairer sex. Ottonian Era Otto I, Otto II, Otto III, Karl II, Franz II, Sigmar II Mid to late 1600s | ~230 E.S. — Despite their isolationist tendencies, the people of Haense were eventually influenced by their imperial liege lords. In a time where the Kings of Haense were wed to foreign royals, commonly of neighboring vassals to the vast Orenian Empire, the Kingdom’s culture saw much of its traditions and day-to-day life influenced by Oren whether they liked it or not. Most notably during the time of Eleanor of Lotharingia, raised to Queen consort from her union to St. Otto II of Haense, the fashion saw lots of change as she was a catalyst for the Imperial influence. Much of her own influence likely came from her sisters, Empress Claude of Oren and Queen Marie of Courland, known for their unions of monarchs across the empire in rapid succession and thus, imperial fashion was brought into Haense quicker than ever before. Following the largely upsetting union of King Stefan I to Elizabeth of Courland only a few generations prior, historians believed the reign of St. Otto and his queen, Eleanor, to be similar; however it was vastly different given Eleanor’s familial differences to the loathed Queen Elizabeth. On her coronation alongside St. Otto, she was crowned in tandem with her husband - being the first Queen to ever be crowned with the King - donning a wide-set gown of Banardian descent. While this was a bit too extravagant for the humble Haenseni people, the style managed to influence them some. Later the Queen went on to boast many imperially inspired gowns furthering the infusion of Orenian fashions into the Kingdom of Haense. This era saw influence from both the Empire of Man, and the pertinax, but also from the Haute-Lotharingen style of Heartlander fashion. — This era’s stylings are identifiable through their corseted silhouettes for women. While fur was still somewhat popular, the people of this era found their warmth in layers and woolen underdresses beneath extravagant overcoats. Oftentimes overtop of their underdresses, women of this era would wear intricately decorated ‘foreparts’ which were triangular pieces of fabric placed where the skirt opened in the front. However, this tradition was mostly reserved for royalty and high nobility as these were difficult pieces of clothing to craft and wear. Similar to the women of the country, Haeseni men began to shift their style to closer align with their imperial brothers. Juxtaposed from their forefathers, the men of the Ottonian Era donned more formal vestments in exchange for armor. However, the vestments of Haeseni men still greatly differed from imperial fashion, unlike the women of this time period. Where men of the Empire traded in their trousers for breeches worn typically over hose, Haensemen continued to wear long trousers accompanied with flowing coats. Ruskan Renaissance Late 1600s to late 1700s | ~300 E.S. — This era, being the second longest of Haeseni fashion to date, saw the Kingdom’s departure from Imperial fashion and shift toward a distinctive style of their own. Following a long string of queens born to staunchly imperial houses, and even some of those who had previously rebelled and were married only by war-ending treaties, came a slew of Haeseni-born queens with only two being from foreign nations. However, unlike their predecessors, Grand Princess Valera of Adria and Queen Milena of Adria were of raevir houses, whose culture was somewhat similar to what Ruskan culture would later become. During what many historians note as ‘The Great Fatigue’ Haeseni national pride sank, the Haeseni Royal Army saw lower numbers than it had for years and what people believed to be a hopeless situation caused a drought in Haeseni nationalism. This was a relatively short era when it comes to fashion of the Haeseni people, seeing as consecutive reigns of queens Milena, Maya, Viktoriya, and Isabel - each compounding on one another - the Haeseni image returned to, and even surpassed, what it once was. In modern times we view this as foreshadowing for later independence gained under the reign of King Josef I and his wife Isabel of Valwyck. Following this fashion changed very little as the people of New Reza remembered their time in the empire and were reluctant to change their dress for some time, though it would be a slow burn from this point on to the culturally unique Haense we know today. The name of this era is derived from the later Queen Annika’s interest in the ancient folk-kingdom of Ruska. — At the earlier period of this time we see the humble notes of Haense return as much of the nation’s funds were sent into the war. The aforementioned ‘Great Fatigue’ had a very negative effect on national pride and fashion alike as the presumed hopelessness of the Haeseni situation caused a lull in the previously staunch isolationist qualities of the Haeseni people. Throughout the war, and until the mid 1700s, this era continued the exchange of armor for more formal attire in men and a high waistline in women. However following the Haeseni independence in the late 1700s, a rise in uniquely Haeseni fashion began. Still different from what fashion we know today, and even from the fashion of the Contemporary Rus era, groundwork was laid to accommodate a smooth transition between the once imperial vassal, to the culturally unique Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Contemporary Rus The 1800s | ~400 E.S. — Following the Kingdom’s separation from their imperial liege lords there was a short period where the people of New Reza were reluctant to dress differently than they had prior and their fashions reflected heavily their - now simply neighbors - Orenian counterparts. This short period of time saw high ‘empire-style’ waistlines accompanied by minor utilizations of fur as the climate of New Reza was far warmer than the later Karosgrad or Valdev. However, with the union of Queen Annika and King Heinrik a new force had taken hold of the courts and the new queen’s personal interest in the ancient Kingdom of Ruska - much like the future Queen Amadea’s personal heritage - influenced the court greatly. This new trend, and later staple of Haeseni fashion, spread quickly across the Kingdom as Annika was well liked and her influence held in high regard. Different from her successor, Annika’s Contemporary Rus style was far more ornamental and boasted dark colors throughout the nobility and common folk alike. Alongside this, colour played a very important role in fashion due to a notable decree by Queen Annika detailing the specific meanings the colours had throughout the court, though this decree was often taken in extreme directions by the fiercely competitive courtiers of the Nikirala Court. Throughout this era the court remained a cold place, many decrees were issued under the purview of the Mistress of the Wardrobe at the time that often stifled creativity among those who had little influence on these decrees as many simply abided by the rules put in place by the Queen’s Council. Following Annika was the revered Queen Emma, often monikered ‘the Golden’ due to the extreme success she saw during her reign alongside her husband Sigismund III. Most notably during Queen Emma’s reign she established the Karanina Accord which saw little change in fashion, of course, but was a pivotal moment in Haense history as it sparked a rise in women in positions previously held only by men. In tandem, this era saw a rise in influence from the council as a whole within the Kingdom and the rise of the Grand Lady as a seat upon the Aulic Council. Emma also established the wildly popular Lifstala season which transcended the Haeseni court and even went on to influence the Imperial Augustine Court with their ‘Social Season’. This was vital to Haense’s rise as an international power as it marked their, now, strong sense of national identity and was a pivotal moment since the independence of Haense from Oren as it further established the crow nation as its own entity and a force to be reckoned with. — Men of this period often donned furs far more than their predecessors in New Reza. The coats remained elongated though the colors of the lower class began to dull as the aforementioned decrees grew in frequency. Opposite the men with their elongated coats and furs-a-plenty, sashes became wildly popular throughout the Nikirala Court as well as - due to their impending ‘golden era’ and the rise of Haeseni national pride we saw an opulence in the fashion of ladies at court akin to the Empire. In the earliest stages of the Contemporary Rus, during the time of Queen Annika and Princess Royal Katarina, ladies donned corseted bodices with structured fabric skirts, though the sleeves differentiated it from the Ottonian predecessors. The latter portion of this period of Haeseni fashion history was dominated by Emma’s influence as she was widely beloved and her style and demeanor was often sought after among noble ladies of the Kingdom. During this time, juxtaposed from the styles of Queen Annika’s court, the ladies donned light colors and floral motifs saw a peak across men’s and women’s fashions. Across both distinct halves of this era fashion of the men remained mostly uniform as armor saw a rise once more since the Kingdom’s separation from the Empire and in tandem with the widespread national pride. Amadean Era | Hanso-Rhenyari Fashion Late 1800s to early 1900s | ~450 E.S. — Despite the greatly influential Queen Emma, and her Ruskan fashion, the Haeseni people later began to follow their new queen’s fashions as she - upon her union to King Karl III - began to take power within the court. Amadea of Susa, as her name suggests, was of House Basrid; though she was originally of House d’Arkent as daughter to Baron Wilhelm Carrington, she was later adopted by her mother’s family. Although she was wed in a time where tensions between the Empire and the Kingdom of Haense were on the rise, her childhood under the care of both Queen Emma and Empress Anastasia made it so she was viewed as a worldly and well-learned woman as opposed to an outlander as imperial queens were before her. While her blood carried with it only a small fraction of Basridi influence, her features juxtaposed those of her father and claimed strongly to her mother’s house and culture, Rhenyari. As she was well-learned in matters of her matrilineal culture, the Rhenyari way of life found a home within the Haeseni court easily. Following her nuptials to, at the time Grand Prince, Karl Sigmar, Amadea’s influence at court was great alongside her mother-by-law, Emma of Jerovitz. Following the death of King Sigismund III, and in tandem with Karl’s ascension to King of Haense, many courtiers began to emulate the style of Queen Amadea. However, unlike the widely known Rhenyari fashions, Hanso-Rhenyari fashion was unique to only the northern region the dual kingdom was nestled within. It is important to note that this was less of a cultural shift and should be viewed more so as a trend for the courtiers of the palace. — The Amadean Era consisted of silhouettes that boasted long flowing skirts, oftentimes layered over a tighter fitted woolen underlay. To withstand the cold climate of Karosgrad, the ladies of Haense often donned fur-lined coats over their silk, linen, or bamboo-derived fabric gowns. A popular trend of the Rhenyari culture was drapery; oftentimes women of this era would layer themselves with many of the aforementioned fabrics in true Hanso-Rhenyar fashion. Unlike the previously mentioned eras, the Amadean era saw little change with the stylings of the lords alongside their ladies. The men of this era often wore just as they had before, with elongated coats and fur pelts still dominating the styles of many Haensmen, noble and common alike. Valdevic Era Present Day — Since the reign of Sigismund III and Emma of Jerovitz the Kingdom of Haense had only increased in power, becoming now a true world power since the fall of the Empire of Oren. Throughout many years since their separation from the Empire, Haense has had a fierce battle with their Horenic counterparts - a power struggle of sorts - in population, military power, and even national pride. Even though Haense had likely grown far stronger even before Oren’s fall, it was the Harvest Confederation and the continuous instability in the south that acted as a catalyst to secure Haense as a world dominating power. This series of events, in conjunction with various movements and workings within the court, Haense’s culture and might flourished. Thereafter with the establishment of the Hyspian Viceroy during the reign of King Georg I, only adding to the wide array of cultures boasted within the modern Kingdom of Haense, and supported by the reign of Queen Amadea just prior to her son’s tenure as King of Haense, the new city of Valdev sports a wide variety of cultures influencing its constantly evolving fashion. However, in more recent times, with the reign of King Aleksandr II and Queen Amaya of Venzia, the city of Valdev has shifted somewhat closer to its Ruskan roots, though in a different way than prior. Juxtaposed from the strict courts of queens Annika, Emma, and Amadea, Haense’s current Queen, Amaya of Venzia, heartens a far more lax environment in the Crown City of Valdev. With influences of her own familial ties, the Scyfling House Colborn, Amaya brought about a new era for the Haeseni people. — Silhouettes of this era are identifiable by the influences of Queen Amaya’s Scyfling Bunad. Characterized by a corset-like bodice, usually worn over a white tunic of sorts, accompanied by an ornately embroidered skirt. While this style has remained somewhat unique to House Colborn, with the wild popularity of the Scyfling Queen, small intricacies of the house’s fashion have found their way into the wider Haeseni fashion. Still, more so now as the winters - and even summers - have become harsher than ever before, fur is a popular addition to any ensemble be it formal or informal. The male fashion of this age, similar to their female counterparts, is very relaxed with still very militant influences. Armor plates are commonly seen in combination with flowing coats. IV JOVEO MAAN, HER LADYSHIP, Marjoreya Vasiliya vas Ruthern, Scholar of the Esrova Prikaz HER EXCELLENCY, Roslin Annastas Baruch, Lady Palatine of Hanseti-Ruska, Duchess of Valwyck, Countess of Ayr, Viscountess of Voron, Baroness of Gant, Laval and Riveryn, Lady of Jorenstadt, Guardian of the Hanseti Coast HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Amaya of Venzia, Queen-Consort of Hanseti and Ruska, Princess-Consort of Bihar, Dules, Lahy, Muldav, Solvesborg, Slesvik and Ulgaard, Duchess-Consort of Carnatia, Karosgrad, and Vanaheim, Margravine-Consort of Korstadt, Rothswald, and Vasiland, Countess-Consort of Alban, Alimar, Baranya, Graiswald, Karikhov, Karovia, Kaunas, Kavat, Kovachgrad, Kvasz, Markev, Nenzing, Torun, Toruv, Valdev, and Werdenburg, Viscountess-Consort of Varna, Baroness-Consort of Esenstadt, Kraken’s Watch, Kralta, Krepost, Lorentz, Rytsburg, Thurant, Venzia and Astfield, Lady of the Westfolk, et cetera.
  13. The Haeseni Countryside For only so long can soup kitchens and herbal remedies protect the people of Hanseti-Ruska from this frigid fate brought unto us by evils unknown. It is in this time, more than ever before, that we must be resilient and look to our Lord above for answers. It is certain that this storm was not brought about through the all-powerful will of God, but instead by a far darker force. Thus, we must seek to return ourselves closer to His image. So, in conjunction with the Royal Esrova Court, a fast shall be issued for the following months. Often did the Exalted, to whom we ought to look to for guidance in all areas of life, fast and live in solitude - commonly prior to a great revelation. As we grow ever closer to our five hundredth year anniversary since Sigismund’s revelation, it is ever important that we return to humility and strip away the fineries and luxuries so common in Haeseni life today. I ask you, good people of Valdev, do not forget from where you came for then you shall lose sight of where you are going. – T I M E T A B L E The fast of Sigismund’s revelation shall take place between the months of [[OCTOBER 13 - OCTOBER 17]], though there stands still two major events that will happen in the midst of the four month long fast. Throughout the fast all are encouraged to participate, children aged sixteen and younger are advised to break their fast only at night as the conditions of the blizzard may be too severe for children alongside the fast. – Mass [October 13] | 3pm EST Hosted by Patriarch Josef, the citizens of Valdev are called to convene on this the first day of our most holy fast in the Everardian Basilica so that we may begin this fast where it ought to end - in prayer alongside our brothers and sisters in faith. A Pilgrimage [October 16] | 4pm EST Led by Priestess Vivienne of the West, the people of Valdev shall set off from the front gates of the city on an humble pilgrimage. As it is the midst of a fast, all that shall be available to those who choose to partake in this pilgrimage is warmed bone broth and wine. – Coinciding with the beginning of the 500the anniversary of Sigismund’s revelation festivities, the conclusion of this fast shall be the feast of St. Juliya where, finally, the people of Haense may break their fasts holier and closer to God than they were at its beginning. Her Reverence, Mother Vivienne of the West Her Royal Majesty, AMAYA OF VENZIA, Queen-Consort of Hanseti and Ruska, Princess-Consort of Bihar, Dules, Lahy, Muldav, Solvesborg, Slesvik and Ulgaard, Duchess-Consort of Carnatia and Vanaheim, Margravine-Consort of Korstadt, Rothswald, and Vasiland, Countess-Consort of Alban, Alimar, Baranya, Graiswald, Karikhov, Karovia, Kaunas, Kavat, Kovachgrad, Kvasz, Markev, Nenzing, Torun, Toruv, Valdev, and Werdenburg, Viscountess-Consort of Varna, Baroness-Consort of Esenstadt, Kraken’s Watch, Kralta, Krepost, Lorentz, Rytsburg, Thurant, Venzia and Astfield, Lady of the Westfolk, et cetera
  14. "This is not what he would have wanted." spoke Adela with pursed lips, her eyes cast skyward as she perused the document no longer.
  15. Amidst her escape, Adela spared a glance toward her lady-in-wait, her first lady-in-wait. Her heart filled with sadness, a fear washing over her that'd she'd not see the woman that'd become among her closest confidants again.
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