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  1. Published the 9th of Tobias’ Bounty, 1891 The Baron d’Artois was finally laid to rest after succumbing to his chronic illness on the 15th of Godfey’s Triumph, 1891. At just twenty-seven years old, Arnaud has left behind me, his wife, and seven children which were always so dear to him. My heart aches and refuses to believe that the charming boy, whom I met at thirteen years old, is gone. He had a love and fascination for poetry, dance, music and life all around. Though our relationship was not always perfect, he constantly put in extra effort to make sure that I was comfortable. I have never met another as caring and kind as Arnaud, it is a shame that he was taken from this realm so soon. Along with his family, he has left his ancestral home, Artois, into the hands of his eldest child and her regent. The young Lord was believed to have caught a fever, suffering for three years prior to his death. As he was conscious of his gradual deterioration, he prepared a contingency for the legacy of Halcourt. Originally he planned for me, Henrietta Halcourt d’Artois, to become Regent… but shortly before his death, I fell ill to the very same sickness which took my husband. Unable to muster the strength which is necessary to fulfill the tedious tasks of ruling, I resign from the position as Regent and grant it towards my late husband’s beloved sister, Béatrice Cateline Halcourt d’Artois. I have faith in her work and believe that she will do an exquisite job managing Artois. The Baronial title is now given to the late Lord Arnaud’s eldest daughter, Lady Nicoletta Anastasie Halcourt d’Artois…now dubbed the Baroness d’Artois. Until the eight year-old Baroness reaches the age of sixteen, Lady Béatrice Huntshill shall oversee the realm and take Baroness Nicoletta’s place in the seat of the Harvest Lords in Petra until her era of Regency reaches its end. My daughter, the Baroness of Artois, takes after her father. Not only has she adopted his characteristics, she has also developed his intelligence and love for writing. I have no doubts that once she is old enough, she will make a fantastic leader on the Commonwealth’s council. My blessings go out to my family. I pray that they do not catch this horrid sickness that has spread amongst my husband, my darling son and daughter, and myself. I pray for the health of the Halcourts and our future. My blessings are also sent to my love, Arnaud, may we be reunited one day in the Seven Skies. Que Dieu bénisse l’Artois. Que Dieu bénisse cette famille. SIGNED, BARONESS-DOWAGER, LADY HENRIETTA WILHELMINE HALCOURT D’ARTOIS
  2. Nastasiya, freshly recovered from the sickness that took so many of her kin, spent the consecutive days training-- striking dummies made of straw with her wooden sword. After each successful slash she would habitually glance to the side, seeking a certain raven-haired girl's exclamation of praise, the kind she used to receive from her best friend Milena... but the girl was no longer around. With the exception of the creaks of the old barn she trained in, and her heavy breathing, there was an unwelcome silence that resonated. Her arms finally went limp, weak after what felt like days of relentless beating. She had spent so long trying to distract herself, only for it to ultimately fail. The harsh reality had stricken her cruelly. . . Milena vas Ruthern was dead.
  3. Nastasiya shot an askance look to each youth she passed by from then on, wondering which one of them had snitched to her mother about her partying and antics.
  4. Carolina Temesch boasted a rather proud grin as she spied her husband's name listed amongst the special invitees, "A masquerade, how lovely, Paul! We must go," She finalized without awaiting the Count's approval.
  5. "Nie, nie. They have a point, there is an alarming lack of papej's," The scruffy Ruthern, Nastasiya, commented, jabbing a calloused finger towards the article she referred to.
  6. The Forest, painted c. 1885 by Casimira Antonia Halcourt THE CHIEF HIERARCHY OF THE COURTS Among its Old Regime, three are named chief to their organizing Circles. They are to the nobility of the Commonwealth as the Senate is to its knights; their organizing body, their theoretical leaders, and, of course, their best hosts. Her Excellency the Superintendent of the Courts, Countess Carolina Temesch et Moere The Superintendent of the Courts is given, above even the particular peers or their spouses of the realm, the ability to administrate in specific its noble affairs - the affectations of its events, the hosting of assemblies and worthy upkeep of its holds. She follows a tradition similar to the Chamberlains and Governors of the once-Empire, or the Royal Legates of its faded embers; acting both as the chief host of the Courts and as its steward, the Superintendent is regarded also as the primary matchmaker between those that seek the official approval of the Commonwealth in the continuing quest for unsullied bloodlines. She is traditionally expected to take a ward. The Mistress Keeper of the Privy Seals, Lady Casimira Antonia The Mistress Keeper is given the more specific duty of the promulgation of court documents, among them none so important as the genealogy of those houses yet recognized within the Commonwealth. She is the court’s chief liaison with the Bishop of Buron, as well as the determiner of morganatic marriage in the eyes of the Old Regime. The Mistress of Ceremonies, Lady Mathilde Cyprielle Pruvia The principal agent of celebration in the Petran River Basin, the Mistress of Ceremonies functions as the host of first refusal for events sponsored by the Commonwealth, both amongst the Old Regime and in the broader scope of its population. They also act as the primary accorder of court titles in ceremony, and trusted with the arrangement of the extravagant knighting ceremonies Petra so honors its gentry with. LESSER COURT POSITIONS OF THE COMMONWEALTH While many exist in the greater Commonwealth, and even more trace lineages linked near or far to its nobility, only those that hold the positions below may call themselves true courtiers of its Old Regime, a distinction held for greater clarity among its membership. Lady of Honor The unofficial fourth member of the Chief Hierarchy, the Lady of Honor is given the important duty of nominating members of Petran society to its court systems. Confessor of the Commonwealth A position given traditionally to the Bishop of Buron, the Confessor occupies a dual role in distributing alms to the poorfolk of Petra and in acting as a personal confessor to its Old Regime. Master of the Cellar The Master of the Cellar is charged with the confirmation of wine and spirit vintages, with introducing Almaris’ various vintages to the Petran court, and with introducing Petran vints to the Confederation and beyond. Additionally, they are charged with maintaining a respectable cellar for the Commonwealth. Chief Equerry Owing to its martial and chivalric existence, the Commonwealth has an extensive need of horses and their masters - As a resource well-acknowledged as of utmost importance to the continuation of both martial tradition among its nobility and equine culture among its people over-all, the Chief Equerry is most often a trusted knight of the Regime. Lady of the Chamber Once known more generally as ‘courtier’, a Lady of the Chamber is a woman specifically granted access to the household of one of the Commonwealth’s noble families, and thereby its ‘chamber’. Although each such house is allotted up to five, in practice these positions are maintained by the Superintendent and Lady of Honor. Gentleman of the Chamber Once known more generally as ‘courtier’, a Gentleman of the Chamber is a man specifically granted access to the household of one of the Commonwealth’s noble families, and thereby its ‘chamber’. Although each such house is allotted three, in practice these positions are maintained by the Superintendent. OBSERVED PRIVILEGES OF THE OLD REGIME AND GENTRY Of Taster To watch a courtier that has been appointed as a food taster test their food and drink for poison before consumption. The Bearing of Blades To wear an arm’s-length sword, sheathed in full leather, upon one’s hip whilst in Petran holdfasts and territories. Courtly Orbitals To be assigned or transferred, at the discretion of the Superintendent, subordinated courtiers such as Ladies of the Chamber. Private Audience To request of the Old Regime whilst in their holds, or at Petran court-sponsored events, a meeting in a more private space. The requester shall bring no more than their own person, while the noblesse requested is afforded two orbitals in such an exchange. ETIQUETTE IN BRIEF While the expectations of etiquette are to be taught and managed by the Mistress of Ceremonies, we recommend that the courtiers follow these basic rules to avoid embarrassment and ruin within the court. ♔ That courtiers respect their superiors within court at all times and address them by their proper titles when conversing. [See Titles & Addressment]. ♔ That one maintains a respectful demeanor, particularly in relation to how one carries themselves, at court. ♔ That courtiers are prohibited from wearing any diadem, crown, circlet, or tiara. ♔ That one refrains from physical contact outside of a private setting. ♔ That one begins and ends a proper conversation with a curtsy or a bow of depth according to the status of the addressee. RECOGNIZED HOUSES OF THE COMMONWEALTH AND THEIR TITLES House Temesch et Moere Headed by Paul Salvian, Third Count of Temesch House Novellen de Mardon Headed by Matilda Fredericka, First Countess of Mardon House of Halcourt Headed by Arnaud Godwin, Seventh Baron Artois House O’Rourke Headed by Sadie Cristonia, Seventh Baroness Halstaig TITLES AND ADDRESSMENT ♔ Count: “The Right Honourable [title or surname]” or “Count [title or surname]” in introduction, followed by “Lord [surname]” ♔ Countess: “The Right Honourable [title or surname]” or “Countess [title or surname]” in introduction, followed by “Lady [surname]” ♔ Children of Counts / Countesses are to be addressed as “Lady [First name]” or “Lord [First name]” ♔ Viscount: “The Right Honourable [title or surname]” or “Viscount [title or name]” in introduction, followed by “Lord [surname]” ♔ Viscountess: “The Right Honourable [title or name]” or “Viscountess [title or surname]” in introduction, followed by “Lady [surname]” ♔ Baron: “The Honourable [title or name]” or “Baron [title or surname]” in introduction, followed by “Lord [surname]” ♔ Baroness: “The Honourable [title or name]” or “Baroness [title or surname]” in introduction, followed by or “Lady [surname]” ♔ Children of Barons / Baronesses, Viscounts / Viscountesses are to be addressed as “Mistress [First name]” or “Master [First name]” SIGNED, THE RIGHT HONOURABLE, LADY Carolina Theresa Temesch et Moere LADY Casimira Antonia Halcourt LADY Mathilde Cyprielle Pruvia
  7. Nastasiya cheers for her friend, Lorence Arvid Colborn!
  8. Henrietta Halcourt could barely recall the distant memories she had of her great-aunt, whom she had never really had the opportunity to become close with. Despite the estrangement that she shared with that side of her family, the Baroness d'Artois sent her condolences to Eugenie's Preussens' offspring, feeling sympathy for her relatives.
  9. Nastasiya grinned arrogantly upon reading over the pamphlet, before boasting the fact (to her friends and family) that she had engaged in over five duels at just the age of thirteen. There was no one to say whether she won or lost though. . .
  10. Nastasiya vas Ruthern skimmed over the missive with pouted lips, her calloused hands thoughtfully massaging her bruised knuckles-- a result of the Princess and Falstaff's argument.
  11. A depiction of the festivities at the Petran Tourney Grounds, circa 1886 To the subjects of Almaris, with the dissolution of Oren, a new Commonwealth has been born– The Commonwealth of Petra. To celebrate the occurrence, we, the Courtiers of Petra, invite you to a welcoming revelry… There shall be many activities to entertain Petra’s guests such as a raffle and a joust. The Commonwealth’s finest seamstresses, artists and antiquarians shall all unite to distribute the prizes to those who have purchased a ticket. The Petran Knights and individuals attending the Palooza are highly encouraged to participate in the joust, the winner shall be crowned Petra’s Most Valuable Paloozian. Vendors from all over Almaris shall be presenting their wares. THE ASSEMBLAGE To commence the event, all guests shall mingle in the square of Old Vienne. Many merchants and local shops shall be open for the public’s viewing. Whilst waiting for the festivities to begin, it is hoped that the attendees shall make acquaintances with one another all while familiarizing themselves with Petra. Exotic Petran samples of wine, freshly made from the Temesch vineyards, shall be distributed. This would also be the time to buy a ticket, if you wish to purchase one. THE JOUST FIRSTLY, after convening in Old Vienne, a guide shall present themselves to guide those interested to the Tourney Grounds, where a melee will be held. Guests who deem themselves worthy enough will be sanctioned to test their efforts for this tournament, the victor will have their own statue displayed in the Petran Tourney Grounds and a mina prize. THE RAFFLE A fine arrangement of seamstresses, artists and artifacts from times both new and old have volunteered to contribute to the event. A list of items of prizes shall be displayed below. Tickets for the raffle will be sold at fifteen mina each. Everyone will be allowed to purchase multiple tickets for a higher chance at winning! RAFFLE PRIZES! Lady Béatrice Cateline Novellen-Huntshill (JaneJam#6497) - A custom outfit. Lady Mathilde Cyprielle Pruvia (slattador#2003) - A custom outfit. Lady Casimira Antonia Halcourt (niya#0008) - A custom outfit. Lady Carolina Theresa Temesch et Moere - A custom doll. Lord Ludwig von Preussens - A custom jewelry item. Empress Anastasia of Kositz’s Cross A Waldenian Chocolate Cake Adfectio Stone And possibly more! Those who wish to donate their work, seamstresses, art, artifact-collectors and anything of the sort should contact Lady Casimira Halcourt or fill out the following sheet. THE PETRA-PALOOZA SHALL TAKE PLACE ON THE 1ST OF THE SUN’S SMILE, 1886 ALL ARE INVITED! OOC SIGNED, THE RIGHT HONORABLE, Lady Carolina Theresa Temesch et Moere HER LADYSHIP, Casimira Antonia Halcourt
  12. Carolina Temesch pushed her spectacles further up the bridge of her nose as she closely examined the Constitution. The ghostly-pale ginger beamed a bright smile upon spotting her signature. Her bony hand reached out, extending a glass of Port de Province towards the ladies gathered around, "To a glorious future, with many opportunities!" The Countess toasted cheerfully, "Now let's get to work."
  13. Carolina eagerly read over the missive, beaming a broad grin before dipping her head in approval, "AVE PETRA!" Exclaimed the patriotic Countess, her periwinkle irises peering out a window in Temesch Hall, overseeing the vast beautiful fields that bordered the keep.
  14. Nastasiya never knew the name of the man, she didn't need to, she called him papej. Despite being aware of his passing, she didn't understand the permanence of death. The youth frequently found herself waiting for the man in the square of Karosgrad, her broad emerald irises desperately roving over the faces of those passing by, but even as time went, she never saw the face of Godric Adrian Colborn. The Ruthern's naive, innocent spirits were quelled as she realized that she may never see him again. . .
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