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  1. Issued by the Andromedan Court On the 9th of Peter's Folly, 60 BA As the Balainese people rebuilt within the lands of Aevos, so too were the courts reformed beneath Queen Andromeda of Ba’as. Taking on the new title of Palatiodora, Lady Serena d’Arkent built a court in the vision of the Queen which better represents the Culture and values of the Balianese. This new court settled within the Palatio Arancione shall be titled the Andromedan Court after the Queen herself. THE PALATIO ARANCIONE The Palatio Arancione is built upon an island to the south of Portoregne with the front of the Palace facing toward the city. The Palatio’s name comes from the exotic orange trees within the gardens which Queen Andromeda imported during the Palatio’s construction. The Palatio Arancione acts as the seat of power for the Royal House of Novellen as well as the home of the Andromedan Court. The first floor of the palace features an open floor plan with spaces designed for revelries and court gatherings which courtiers may move through as they please. The upper floor consists of the private chambers of the Royal Family, of which access is restricted to only the Royal Family and their trusted acquaintances. Surrounding the Hall de Giuan the Queen’s lush gardens house plants from the Crownlands and her homeland of Ba’as. THE QUEEN’S COUNCIL THE QUEEN-CONSORT The Queen-consort stands as the official head of the Andromedan Court, having the final say in all matters in relation to the courts or the Palatio Arancione. While the Queen holds official control of the courts, the vast majority of daily operation is managed by the Palatiodora, whom the Queen Consort appoints. The Queen-consort stands as a figurehead and is responsible for directing the Andromedan Court and representing the Balianese in the public eye, unlike the members of her council who manage much behind closed doors. The queen is responsible for ensuring the overall direction of the court properly matches the crown’s goals. Her Royal Majesty, Andromeda Ester of Ba’as THE PALATIODORA The Palatiodora of the Andromedan Court holds major administrative control over the Courts and Palatio Arancione, as well as any event in association with the Andromedan Court. While typically allowed near full control over the daily affairs of the court, the Palatiodora may be overruled by the Monarch, their consort, or the Princess Royal. Similarly, the Palatiodora may only be appointed or removed from their position by the Monarch or their Consort. The Palatiodora is tasked with ensuring all council positions are filled and properly managed, should a position be unfilled, the palatiodora shall take over the duties of said position until it is filled. The Palatiodora should strive for nothing less than perfection within the court, ensuring all staff carry out their duties appropriately and effectively. The Palatiodora is expected to hold vast knowledge of Balianese culture and traditions and as such, frequently acts as an advisor to the Crown on cultural matters. Her Excellency, Serena Viviana d'Arkent THE CAMAREIRO The Camareiro is appointed by the Palatiodora and acts as the second-in-command within the Andromedan Court. Should the Palatiodora be absent, the Camareiro would stand in for them at functions of the Andromedan Court. The Camareiro is responsible for ensuring the lesser court positions are occupied and effectively performing their duties while also encouraging the development and inclusion of Balianese culture within the works of the court. The Camareiro also acts as the bridge between the Andromedan Court and the Peers, tasked with communicating with the Peers of the Kingdom to ensure they are actively involved with court functions. Lord, Casimir Marius Vilac THE AMFITIRO The Amfitiro is responsible for the planning, management, and execution of the events and revelries of the Andromedan Court, both major and minor. The Amfitiro is frequently assisted by the other members of the Queen’s Council and the Palatiodora’s Advisors, but they typically bear the majority of the managerial responsibility of events. Should the Amfitiro see the need for assistance, they are granted the privilege to hire aid to assist in event planning and execution. These aids shall be known and Court Amfitirers. [OPEN POSITION] THE SECRETARIAT The Secretariat of the Andromedan Courts typically works behind the scenes, managing court publications and records. Unlike the other positions on the Queen’s Council, the Secretariat is prized for their strong skills as a scribe and record keeper, rather than their interpersonal skills. The Secretariat is responsible for ensuring publications by the Andromedan Court are legible and properly formatted, as well as assessing the quality of any written works produced by the lesser court. The Secretariat is additionally responsible for keeping accurate records of court history and appointments as well as managing the distribution of keys and apartments within the palace to courtiers as needed. [OPEN POSITION] PALATIODORA’S ADVISORS As the main executive of the Andromedan Courts, the Palatiodora frequently must make decisions that have major impacts on the culture and atmosphere of the nation. As such, the Palatiodora’s Advisors are to act as educated advisors to the Palatiodora so he or she may present the most accurate and appropriate information to the Queen. The Palatiodora’s Advisors are typically former members of the Queen’s Council, Princesses, or Consorts of the Kingdom’s Peers, though the Palatiodora may choose to appoint anyone of high status within the Kingdom. The only individuals to hold a guaranteed position as an Advisor are the Princess Royal, who advises in the interest of the Crown, and the Consort of any Ducal and Comital Peer, should they wish to hold the position. Her Royal Highness, Elena Casimira, Princess Royal of Balian & Countess of Rosemoor The Honorable, Sir Franz Sarkozic, Viscount of Pomperelia THE LESSER COURT The needs of the Andromedan Court frequently extend past that which may be provided by the Queen’s Council. To ensure that these needs are met, a series of lesser-roles have been established to aid in the day-to-day function of the court. These positions, known as ‘lesser court’ positions are managed by the Camareiro. The Camareiro may employ more individuals to the ‘lesser court’ as needed. The current positions are: Court Jeweler: Don, John Lothar d’Arkent Court Painter: Dona, Augustina Catella d’Arkent Court Alchemist: Her Royal Highness, Elena Casimira, Princess Royal of Balian & Countess of Rosemoor Court Magician: Huabei Court Poet: [Open Position] Court Chef: [Open Position] Court Huntsman: [Open Position] Anyone interested in providing their services as an aid in a position not listed above should contact The Camareiro. THE ROYAL HOUSEHOLD Each member of the Royal House of Novellen plays an important role in the function of the Kingdom of Balian and the Andromedan Courts. It is important that both citizens and courtiers alike know the members of the Royal Household so they may treat them with the respect their position grants them. HRM, Adrian I, King of Balian HRM, Andromeda of Ba’as, Queen-Consort of Balian HRH, Johanna Casimira, The Princess of Monterosa and Duchess of Abretta HRH, Alexander Casimir, Count of Pontazuro HRH, Sibyl Gwyneth, Countess of Senna HRH, Alexios Michael, Count of Pavino HRH, Elena Casimira, The Princess Royal & Countess of Rosemoor HRH, Lydia Antheia, Countess of Caluzzo HRH, Augustina Theorsia, Countess-Consort of Salia SIGNED, HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Andromeda Ester of Ba’as, Queen-consort of Balian, Viscountess of Eflen and Anatis, Baroness of Brucca, Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Costa Rubinissima, Atrus and Monterosa, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera Her Excellency, Lady Serena Viviana d’Arkent, Palatiodora of the Andromedan Court
  2. Issued by the MONTEROSA COURT On the 10th of Lothar's Gift, 52 BA THE SYMPOSIA PRAGMA ITINERARY THE MONTH OF GODFREY’S TRIUMPH Presentation of the Debutantes and Bachelors On the day of the debut, all wishing to present will arrive ten saint’s minutes early to iron out any questions or concerns before the actual presentation. They should arrive already dressed and ready to be set up into small groups. The debutantes and bachelors will present themselves alongside any debuting siblings before the dais before proceeding to the side to watch the following debuts. Friday, April 14th 6:00 PM EST THE MONTH OF PETER’S GLORY The Zodiac Ball As the opening event of the Symposia Pragma season, an honorary ball will be hosted within the Monterosa Palace. The theme of said ball will be that of the arcane zodiac, with guests and participants encouraged to attend on theme. Attached to this missive will be the reference guide to the arcane zodiac for attendees to decipher their own zodiac signs based on their date of birth. Saturday, April 15th 5:00 PM EST THE MONTH OF SUN’S SMILE Theology Lesson on Relationships Hosted by the Cardinal Armand Allobrogum, a theological lesson on life and the relationships formed within it will be held in the Basilica la Sorella. Participants are encouraged to attend this lesson in order to best stand the importance of friendships and romantic relationships alike and how they pertain to the Canonist faith and also how to move forward in life being aware of such. Sunday, April 16th 3:00 PM EST THE MONTH OF LOTHAR’S GIFT Open Month Anyone interested in holding an event during the month should contact the Governess of Monterosa. Monday, April 17th THE MONTH OF SIGISMUND’S END Open Month Anyone interested in holding an event during the month should contact the Governess of Monterosa. Tuesday, April 18th THE MONTH OF HOREN’S CALLING Into The Wilds The name day celebration of the Princess Royal Elena Casimira will be held during the Symposia Pragma as a way for Her Highness to display her devotion to the Kingdom of Balian as well as encouraging friendship and peace between all those in attendance. The celebration will be held within the ballroom of the Paltio Monterosa. See the missive below for further information regarding the theme and dress code for the event. Wednesday, April 19th 5:00 PM EST THE MONTH OF OWYN’S FLAME A d’Artkent Ball Held within the main hall of the Monterosa Palace, the Committal house of d’Arkent will host a masquerade ball themed on the colors of red and gold. As the Symposia Pragma continues on, it is important for participants to look beyond beauty and external appearances, and to focus more so on the true self of those they grow close to. As attendees adorn their masks, they are asked to remember who they are on the inside and the morals they stand for and seek out in a partner. Thursday, April 20th 7:00 PM EST THE MONTH OF GODFREY’S TRIUMPH The Palatio Pool Party With the boiling heat of the desert persisting through all months of the year, the Monterosa Court will host a poolside celebration for all to attend. Attendees should expect poolside beverages and horderves to be served, along with water games centered around keeping cool under the southern sun. Garments of light material are suggested to be worn and bathing suits are encouraged so as to not ruin the fine river if the attendees. Friday, April 21st 4:00 PM EST THE MONTH OF PETER’S GLORY Open Month Anyone interested in holding an event during the month should contact the Governess of the Monterosa. Saturday, April 22nd THE MONTH OF SUN’S SMILE The Royal Selection As the Symposia Pragma comes to a close, the newfound couples of the season are invited to a cocktail party within the Monterosa Palace where they shall mingle with the Royal Family. At the conclusion of the event, the Royal Family shall choose one couple whose wedding shall be sponsored by the Monterosa Court the next Saint year. Sunday, April 23rd, 5PM EST PARTICIPANT LIST Mainline Participants THE KINGDOM OF BALIAN Her Royal Highness, Princess Elena Casimira, Princess Royal & Countess of Rosemoor Her Royal Highness, Princess Lydia Antheia, Countess of Caluzzo THE KINGDOM OF AAUN His Royal Highness, Prince Henry of Aaun Her Royal Highness, Princess Adeline Johanna of Aaun THE PRINCIPALITY OF LIBOURNE His Serene Highness, Prince Christophe de Libre, Heir to Libourne THE ARCHDUCHY OF PETRA Don, Albéric du Lac (Albert Novellen) THE MARCH OF CLERMONTH Don, Yves Olivier Halcourt THE COUNTY OF SALIA Don, John Lothar d’Arkent, Heir to Salia Dona, Serena Viviana d’Arkent Dona, Augustina Catella d’Arkent THE COUNTY OF AQUILAE Dona, Kaira Vuiller THE COUNTY OF JEROVITZ The Right Honorable, Ileana Stefaniya Kortrevich, Countess of Jerovitz Don, Fabian Kortrevich THE BARONY OF CASTLELORENA Don, Carles Galbraith, Baron of Castlelorena THE BARONY OF VIRDAIN Don, Godfrey Laurene de Lewes Non-Mainline Participants THE KINGDOM OF AAUN Don, Caius Godwin Alstion THE HOUSE OF VILAC Don, Casimir Marius Vilac Don, August Vilac THE COUNTY OF AQUILAE Dona, Helane Vuiller Dona, Aurora Diana Vuiller THE COUNTY OF PACIDIA Dona, Blanca d'Abbassia Commoner Participants Segnor, Robert Joseph de Lyons Segnora, Elaine de Lyons Segnor, Godfrey Haverlock Segnor, Andreas Ironsword Sengor, Peter the Burnt Segnora, Abrielle Segnora, Bogdana Barrow Segnora, Zerlina Morovar
  3. Issued by the MONTEROSA COURT On the 12th of Horen's Calling, 51 BA From the bustling city of Atrus, the capital of the Kingdom of Balian, messengers and couriers would begin to stream from the gates of the Monterosa Palace, exiting the city to begin the long and arduous task of circulating the letters which they were given. Pieces of fresh parchment, sealed with wax which bore the coat of arms of the Governess of the Palace, would be handed out to each Canonist nation upon the realm of Almaris, fine script lettering it’s page which signaled its importance and formality. Letters would be handed out to commoners, nobles and Royalty alike, each page sparing no expense to address any and all who may read its script. It is with great happiness and excitement that the Monterosa Court would hereby invite yourself and all Canonist peoples across Almaris to the Symposia Pragma of 53 BA, held within the Kingdom of Balian. Like years past, all Canonist people are welcome within the walls of Atrus to attend such an event in hopes of promoting and creating long lasting peace and friendship between each human nation. Within the coming years, more information regarding the itinerary of the Symposia Pragma will be sent out, yet this invitation is the budding blossom of a magnificent time for the people of Almaris. In order to reserve your place for the Symposia Pragma season, you will need to RSVP to our invitation, while providing a bit of information about yourself in order for the organizational process of this event to go as smoothly as possible. As stated before, any and all Canonist persons are welcome to attend no matter their social standing. Attached to this letter will be your RSVP response and we encourage you to fill it out at your earliest convenience. We look forward to your reply. The attached RSVP may be filled out below: Signed, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, Princess Augustina Therosia The “Snapdragon Princess” of Balian, Dowager-Princess of Sedan, Countess of Salia, and Governess of Palatio Montersoa HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, Princess Elena Casimira, The Princess Royal of Balian, Countess of Rosemoor
  4. A Balianese Noblewoman proudly displays her various trinkets and jewels, befitting her status. They seem to be made of Gold, or Bronze, how curious, perhaps a wedding protrait? Penned by Don John Lothar d’Arkent, from the Office of the Court Jeweler extending on the Regalia Regulations Blessed are we to live in such a sophisticated Kingdom with guidelines on regalia and such in the Court. The dos and don’t, however, expanding further as is the duty of the Office Court Jeweler, I have seen fit to create further guidance and explanations for awards that will be given to our Peerage or the ones they wish to create for themselves. Just as our Noble Houses have great tales to tell and products they pride themselves on, such as D’Arkent’s martial prowess, boasting several Generals and High-Ranking Officers in Old Orenia, to their birth from Emperor Joesph of Marna, slain in the War of the Two Emperors to the Wineries of Selm though devastated by the Brother’s war. Or Vuiller, born of the blood of Saint Harald, a martyr who died for his faith as he was killed by an inferis that he had slain, their specialty in creating great politicians and economic power in recent years, holding the Lord Senschel Ledicourt, and Procurator Johanne Vuiller. I seek to personalize and customize each piece of assigned heirlooms to the House they are assigned to represent such. On Gold: Gold is generally worn exclusively by the Royal Family, this policy is largely kept to circlets, tiaras, and crowns, their emblems of power only. This being greatly loosened with broaches, necklaces, rings, or trimming - However, only with the blessing of the reigning Monarch may grant a comital or ducal peer the privilege to wear a circlet or tiara of gold, typically commissioning the Court Jeweler to make one personalized to the Monarch’s will. This privilege is intended to be granted for great deeds and decades of service to the Kingdom in lieu of simply giving promotion to one’s title or knighthood. This is to say; it is usually a reward given when one has earned it all or done a truly outstanding act. On Silver: Silver is the metal of the merchants and the persuasive or the truthful, silver-tongued individuals. Generally, given to Houses with an extended history of loyalty, or of a line of great leaders in the Royal Duana. Akin to Silver’s ability to resist rust, a House gave a gift of silver jewelry as assigned by the Court Jeweler and the Crown has been shown to never tarnish in their loyalty or dedication to the betterment of the Kingdom. On Ferrum and Black Ferrum: Though… An unorthodox metal to create jewelry out of, Ferrum possesses great meaning as it is the metal of the Warrior along with Steel. Regalia of Ferrum would be given to Houses with a long history of warfare or great military leaders in the Kingdom of Balian, or throughout their own history, should they not be innately native to Balian. Though, particular notice is given to those serving Balian or its predecessor, Old Orenia. Though this does not exclusively mean martial warriors, as the values of Scholars are also observed, those who fight hard for change in society, or remain unbending in their stance like Ferrum are granted gifts of Ferrum. On Anorum: A Trickey substance- It is unsure if this is truly a metal, but it is fit to create quite impressive jewelry out of, I find. The meaning of Anorum originates from its ancient times when Exalted Horen still roamed the earth. When the Betrayer sought to destroy Descendant-Kind, many-a humans turned to Anorum in times of resource shortage when Ferrum had become elusive . Those awarded Anoum should often consider the ironglass a great honour, awarded to notable individuals in times of great crisis by the Court. Alternatively, given the risky method of harvesting it, the daring may receive gifts of Anorum, rapidly emerging Peerage that have made great strides at the cost of great risks in aiding the Kingdoms are also prime candidates. On Platinum: Platinum akin to gold, is associated with the honourable and such- Knights, Judges, and others. Alternatively, Platinum is often given as a gift to another, as opposed to being purchased for one’s self. Though, this is not to dissuade trinkets of Platinum from being made as it is a wonderful metal, but merely a precedent I wish to set. Nobility, at marriages or other parties, could often exchange lavish gifts of Platinum, often giving Platinum for Platinum, given the expensive cost of the material. On Steel: Steel, like Ferrum, is an odd metal for gentry jewelry- But, amongst the most durable known to Man, whilst its composites being rather plentiful. The sort to wear Steel as Regelia are the Blacksmiths and other tradesmen of the Kingdom. Though, the Gentry who wander around in armour may feel more at home with steel jewelry. Though, it is not unheard of for Military or Knightly Orders to give Medals, or other awards of Steel, all holding their own meanings and values separate from the Courts. Another notable use of Steel is its collaboration with “colour stone” to produce a variety of colours while retaining lustre. Generally, like a Smith, one can make of this what they will. On Bronze: Like Steel, Bronze is an alloy of various metals, largely Copper and Tin. Thus, I have come to associate Bronze with Holy Matrimony. This can be taken as one may want to, personally, I’d see this as encouraging the wearing of Bronze during Balianese wedding ceremonies. Men have their trim of Bronze metal cloth woven into their clothing, with women having bangles of bronze around their arms. Extending to entire Circlets, Tiaras, and Rings being crafted for the ceremony as needed. These, of course, are merely examples, given that Balianese Culture is far from monolithic. Bronze has also been associated with the Akritian Culture, which undoubtedly has had an influence on our own. With their stories of their Ancient Warriors donning armour of Bronze, Bronze may take on a similar identity of Steel or Ferrum too. And, of course, a disclaimer, all families are free to craft and wear their own jewelry and regalia with whatever material they wish. As it is by no means my intention to hamper any's creativity or will. Though, when worn in court or Balian, one is still expected to follow the Regalia Regulations, especially on the matter of Circlets and Tiaras. Merely, the Metal Language allows for further customization and personalization of Peerage’s own jewelry, and further is the precedent on which the office of the Court Jeweler will follow when assigning and creating jewelry to the Peerage or at the whim of the Monarch.
  5. Issued by THE MONTEROSA COURT On the 13th of Sun's Smile, 49 BA Penned By: Her Ladyship, Serena Viviana of Arkent As the children of His Royal Majesty are beginning to enter adulthood, the Palatio Monterosa sees it fit that they each have their own staff to assist them in their day-to-day activities. The young Princesses shall take on a small entourage of dona’s maid and the Princes shall take on valets who shall work at the direct order of the Prince or Princess they serve or the Governess of Monterosa. DONA’S MAID A dona’s maid works directly as a servant to one of the Princesses of Balian, typically working at her direct command unless otherwise specified. A Princess would typically have two or three dona’s maids at a time to ensure that one is always present if needed. A dona’s maid is expected to be trained in skills that will allow them to best support their Princess, typically taking on crafts such as penmanship, sewing, embroidery, the culinary arts, or foreign languages. While a new dona’s maid is not required to hold one of these skills, it is expected that they hone their skills during their time in service. VALET A valet works as a servant to one of the Princes of Balian, working under the command of the Prince or his consort, as needed. Akin to the dona’s maids, a prince would typically have a minimum of two valets in their service at any given time. Valets are trained in skills that would best benefit their Prince or his household. Unlike a dona’s maid, on top of household skills, a valet is expected to be trained in crafts such as hunting or skinning which may prove to be useful to a Prince or his acquaintances. POSITIONS Anyone interested in working as a Dona’s Maid or Valet for the Prince and Princesses of Balian should refer to the bulletin of positions below and send word of interest to the Palatio Monterosa via bird or word of mouth. A Dona’s Maid or Valet actively completing their duties shall be compensated a sum of 15 mina per week and housed within the servant quarters of the Palatio Montersoa if a room is available. HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, Prince Hadrian Casimir, Prince of Monterosa, Duke of Abretta @ErikAzog [Open Position] [Open Position] [Open Position] HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, Princess Elena Casimira, Princess Royal, Countess of Rosemoor @Madyyy [Open Position] [Open Position] [Open Position] HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, Princess Lydia Antheia, Countess of Caluzzo @MunaZaldrizoti [Open Position] [Open Position] [Open Position] HER HIGHNESS, Princess Andromeda Ester of Ba’as @annanicole__ [Open Position] [Open Position] [Open Position] SIGNED BY, Her Royal Highness, Princess Augustina Therosia The “Snapdragon Princess” of Balian, Dowager-Princess of Sedan, Countess of Salia, and Governess of Palatio Montersoa Her Royal Highness, Princess Elena Casimira The Princess Royal of Balian, Countess of Rosemoor Her Ladyship, Serena Viviana of Arkent Scribe of Monterosa
  6. Issued by THE MONTEROSA COURT On 14th of Sigismund’s End , 46 BA Penned By: Her Ladyship, Serena Viviana of Arkent Since the foundation of the Kingdom, the citizens of Balian have loosely followed the guidelines set forth during the empire of ole when choosing what Jewels and Regalia to don. As we enter this new prosperous age, The Monterosa Court sees it fit to inscribe the rules of regalia within the Kingdom of Balian for all to read and obey. CROWNS The crown usage of a crow is reserved solely for the King or Queen Regnant, representing their sovereignty over the lands of Balian and its citizenry, as such, the piece is never to be worn by a consort or heir to the Kingdom. The crown is typically composed of a large band and four or eight arches that rise toward a point at the center. Beneath the arches would be a layer of velvet or fabric of the wearer’s choosing, which covered the wearer’s head. The Crown may be encrusted with any jewels of the wearer’s pleasure, typically reflecting their personality. During a King or Queen’s lifetime they would typically only wear two Crowns, one solely for their coronation and another for the rest of their reign. The Coronation Crown shall be used in all coronations henceforth and shall undergo no major alterations to its shape or design. The sovereign’s second crown is one of their own making, crafted to personally fit them and their tastes. This second crown is typically worn at formal events, yet a King or Queen may wear it at any time they please. The Crown of John I TIARAS Tiaras act as a symbol of one’s position within the Royal families, typically only gracing the heads of Princesses and their daughters. Unlike the Formality of Coronets and Crowns, Tiaras act as both an informal and ceremonial piece of Jewelry. Only Princesses of the Kingdom may commission a Tiara, commonly doing so alongside a matching Parure. A Princess or Prince may bestow tiaras unto their daughters for use during childhood and young adulthood, though a member of the extended household should never possess more than three to four tiaras for personal use. Upon marriage into another house, a member of the Extended Household would be expected to conform to the Regalia standards of their spouse’s household. The Ducal peers of the Kingdom hold the sole privilege for their mainline members to use tiaras during Weddings and Presentations of Symposia Pragma. Any other peers would be required to receive explicit permission from the Crown for any of their pedigree to don such Regalia. A tiara is defined by its lack of complete circular connection, typically resting upon the front of a Princess’s head with the support of the lower band. Due to Tiaras acting as both Casual and Formal pieces, they range greatly in design and opulence. The more complex a tiara, typically the more formal. The Saint Julia’s Sweetheart Tiara CIRCLETS Unlike Tiaras, Circlets have a complete circular connection, crafted to encircle the head rather than rest atop it. Within the Kingdom, only members of the Royal Family, Ducal, and Comital Peers may don a Circlet. The circlets of peers are distinctly different from that of the Royal as they are designed by the crown and distributed to a peer upon elevation of title. A second Circlet would only be made in the case of destruction or a house’s elevation to a ducal title. The Circlets of the Royal Household are known to have unique shapes and designs, typically featuring an abundance of rare stones, complex engravings, and shapes. Circlets of the Royal Household are the only circlets that may be crafted of gold. Amongst the Royal Household, a circlet is commonly seen as the male equivalent of a Tiara when attempting to distinguish one’s self, though it is not uncommon for a Princess to be in possession of her own Circlets. Circlets are only to be worn by peers in a formal setting, such as Royal Court or Balls, they are never to be worn as everyday wear. A peer may only possess one circlet at any given time and this item may only ever be worn by the current peer of the family. Amongst the Royal family, Circlets follow the same guidelines as Tiaras; the more opulent the design, the more formal. A Comital Circlet and The Circlet of the Prince Monterosa SASHES A sash is defined as a large, colorful ribbon, which drapes from the shoulder to the hip, typically composed of high-quality silks or other fabrics of the wearers choosing. Sashes act as a way to distinguish oneself position within the Kingdom and as such, may be worn by members of the Royal Family, Extended Household, and Peers and their Consorts. Sashes are meant to be worn as formal wear, typically making appearances at events such as galas, balls, and royal court. A peer and consort may hold a small collection of sashes, though they should all match the house’s colors. The usage of Purple within a sash is reserved for members of the Royal Family and Extended Household. During Presentations and Weddings, a sash may be loaned out by a peer to a member of their mainline family and any member of the Royal or Extended Household may don one as well. Unlike tiaras, a member of the extended household may continue to employ the usage of a sash, though their spouse may not unless they are a peer. The Snapdragon Sash & The Augusta Sash BROOCHES & PENDANTS Brooches are an accessory typically crafted as a base of metal and many gemstones or pearls inserted into their body to create intricate designs, typically attached to the wearer by a set of pins. Pendants hold the same designs as their Brooch equivalents but are attached to a chain or necklace instead of being pinned to the clothes. Brooches and Pendants are only to be crafted and distributed by the Monterosa on behalf of the crown. Brooches and Pendants shall be crafted to represent different positions within the Kingdom and distributed to citizens to honor their dedication to Balian. No one should don a brooch or pendant unless granted to them by the Monterosa or reciting explicit consent to do so. Brooches are reserved for usage during formal events while Pendants are worn casually or when one is wearing armor. Brooch of the Governess’s Council JEWELRY Items such as earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets are considered to be general Jewelry, meaning they may be worn by anyone within the Kingdom may adorn themselves with such items. Jewelry of the Royals and nobility are distinct due to their opulence and exquisite stones, while much of the jewelry a commoner has access to is far simpler. While there is no strict rule limiting the jewelry of the common class, due to the expense of opulent jewelry, members of the common class tend to possess a limited supply, with a common house typically only holding one or two sets of quality jewels. Nobility typically hold a wide array of jewels that have been purchased by their house over the generations, with the only limitation placed upon their collections being that all Jewels of Purple hues are reserved for the Royal Family and Extended Household. A Noble Jewelry Set HEIRLOOMS Due to Heirloom's unique history and importance within Noble Houses, exceptions are made for the nobility to don them for special occasions at the consent of the Crown. In order for the Palatio Monterosa to properly track and prove the legitimacy of these items, all regal heirlooms must be presented to the Crown Jeweler for approval and addition to Court documentation. A peer should keep the Crown Jeweler informed on the change of ownership of their heirlooms, without proper tracking of ownership an heirloom’s validity could become impossible to prove. SIGNED BY, Her Royal Highness, Princess Augustina Therosia The “Snapdragon Princess” of Balian, Dowager-Princess of Sedan, Countess of Salia, and Governess of Palati Montersoa Her Royal Highness, Princess Elena Casimira The Princess Royal of Balian, Countess of Rosemoor Her Ladyship, Nicoletta Septimia of Sarkozic The Lady Celebrant to the Palatio Monterosa Her Ladyship, Serena Viviana of Arkent Scribe of Monterosa
  7. Issued by THE MONTEROSA COURT On 9th of Owyn’s Flame, 46 BA Penned By: Her Ladyship, Serena Viviana of Arkent As the Kingdom of Balian enters a newfound age of Prosperity, the Royal Court of Monterosa deems it appropriate to redefine the expectations of etiquette within the court. Courtiers of the Palace should familiarize themselves with all expectations as lack of adherence could lead to ridicule. GENERAL ETIQUETTE While present in court, all courtiers must show the utmost respect for their superiors, particularly the Royal Family, their entourage, and members of the Duana and Governess’s Council. All courtiers are expected to address members of the court by their proper titles, both in reference and when conversing. One should hold themselves with a respectful demeanor, avoiding any behavior or conversations that may cause offense or is ill-suited to their station. Courtiers should avoid Public Displays of affection while attending court, such actions are reserved for private quarters. None other than on-duty members of The Company of Balian shall publicly brandish a sword or any weapon as it is seen as an insult or threat to the Crown and Royal family. The only exception is in the case of immediate danger to the courtiers of Monterosa. The Royal Family and Governess’s Council hold the final say over all matters of court. A challenge to them would be considered a challenge to the Crown itself. Courtiers are expected to dress to their station at all times. Dressing above one’s station could be seen as an act of vanity and dressing beneath one’s self would earn a courtier extreme admonishment. ROYAL PRESENCE A courtier must never touch the Sovereign, their Consort, or their immediate family. The only exception is to that of Ladies in Waiting, when it is required of their duties or when the Royal vocally permits it. Any comments or actions offending a member of the Royal family are to be avoided at all times as an offense to a royal would be seen as an affront to the crown as the Royal family is a representation of the crown and the divine right bestowed upon the monarch and their family. When the Sovereign or their Consort enters a room, all should stand and face them. Remaining seated or turning one’s back while in conversation or during any pronouncements would be seen as a disrespectful and intentional affront. Courtiers must curtsy or bow at the beginning and end of a conversation and address Royals by their proper title. One should avoid the use of nicknames in reference to the royal family outside of private engagements unless otherwise permitted. ROYAL COURT The dais shall remain unsullied by the general populace during the Sovereigns Court. Only the Sovereign's direct family and Seneschal should stand upon the dais unless otherwise permitted. The area directly before the dais shall only be occupied by on-duty members of The Company of Balian unless otherwise permitted. Courtiers should avoid speaking unless granted permission or in salute of an announcement or when the court opens to petitioners. When allowed to petition, one should be prepared to explain their request to its fullest extent before standing before the Sovereign so as to not hold the court for longer than necessary. Once a petitioner is dismissed, they should swiftly return to their viewing location within the Throne Room to allow for the next petitioner to step forth. ADDRESSMENTS Royal Household When directly speaking to the King or Queen it is important to remember to use formal address, especially in public. After first addressing him or her in a formal format, using Your Royal Majesty, it is at the discretion of His or Her Majesty if you may thereafter address him or her as anything else. The highest-ranking members of society are those of His or Her Majesty’s own household. The Royal Household includes His or Her Majesty’s brothers, sisters, and his or her brothers’ children. In the event of an Heir-apparent to the Kingdom, their family would also be included. All members of the Royal Family are to be addressed as His or Her Royal Highness in formal settings in a passive setting and Your Royal Highness in a direct setting. Although His or Her Royal Highness is used most often, in a less formal setting His or Her Highness is acceptable. Ducal Household This is the second highest ranking in society. Only the most esteemed pedigree within the Kingdom is granted a duchy. The correct way to formally address a Duke or Duchess is Your Grace. Between nobility, the Duke or Duchess of the title may be addressed fondly as Duke [Title] or Duchess [Title]. The consort bears the similar stylings of, “Duke/Duchess [Duchy]” and “Lord or Lady [Duchy]” or “My Lord/Lady” in less formal settings. They may also be addressed as Your Grace, the same as their spouse. The children will use the honorary title ‘Don’ and ‘Donna’ in front of their names. They would also be addressed as his Lordship or her Ladyship in writing or in conversation. For distant relatives of the house such as cousins of the main line, their stylage would be set as Segnor or Segnora. The children of daughters or sons besides the heir shall be also addressed as Segnor and Segnora. Comital Household The third highest ranking class in society is the Comital Household. Though in terms of addressment it is not much different from the Ducal Household. A Count or Countess is to be addressed most formally as “The Most Honorable [Name], Count or Countess of [County]”, or as “The Most Hon. The Count or Countess of [County]” on more written occasions. He or She may subsequently be addressed as “My lord or My Lady”, “Lord/Lady [County]”, or simply “Sir/Donna”. The consort bears the similar stylings of, “Countess [County]” and “Lady [County]” or “My Lady” in less formal settings. The sons of a Count or Countess may stylize themself as a Don, and all of his daughters may stylize themselves as Donna. For distant relatives of the house such as cousins of the main line, their stylage would be set as Segnor or Segnora. The children of daughters or sons besides the heir shall be also addressed as Segnor and Segnora. Viscomital Household Viscount (from the Flexio vicecomes, vice-count). A Viscount or Viscountess is to be addressed most formally as “The Right Honorable [Name], Viscount or Viscountess of [Viscounty]”, or as “The Rt Hon. The Viscount or Viscountess [Viscounty]” on more written occasions. He or She may subsequently be addressed as “My lord or My Lady”, “Lord/Lady [Viscounty]”, or simply “Sir/Donna”. The consort bears the similar stylings of, “Viscount or Viscountess [Viscounty]” and “Lord or Lady [Viscounty]” or “My Lord/Lady” in less formal settings. Children of a Viscount or Viscountess would be addressed in conversation as Don or Donna but they would not have the addressment his Lordship or her Ladyship. They would instead be stylized with the familiar “The Honorable”. For distant relatives of the house such as cousins of the main line, their stylage would be set as Segnor or Segnora. The children of daughters or sons besides the heir shall be also addressed as Segnor and Segnora. Baronial Household The Baron or Baroness is to be addressed in a formal setting as “His Lordship or Her Ladyship, The Baron or Baroness [Barony], Baron or Baroness of [Barony]”, or as “His Lordship or Her Ladyship, The Lord or The Lady [Barony]” on more cursory occasions. In a less formal setting a Baron or Baroness may be addressed as “My Lord or My Lady”, or simply “Sir/Donna”. A Baron or Baroness consort is to be addressed in formal settings quite similarly to their husband or wife, “Her Ladyship or His Lordship, The Baroness/The Baron [Barony]”, “Baroness or Baron of [Barony] '' or “Her Ladyship or His Lordship, The Lady or The Lord [Barony]” in a more hasty situation. The sons and daughters of a Baron or Baroness are not to use the stylings of ‘Don’ and ‘Donna’, instead donning a simple: ‘Segnor’ or ‘Segnora’ as well as ‘The Honorable’ stylings. For distant relatives of the house such as cousins of the main line, their stylage would be set as Segnor or Segnora. The children of daughters or sons besides the heir shall be also addressed as Segnor and Segnora. SIGNED BY, Her Royal Highness, Princess Augustina Therosia The “Snapdragon Princess” of Balian, Dowager-Princess of Sedan, Countess of Salia, and Governess of Palati Montersoa Her Royal Highness, Princess Elena Casimira The Princess Royal of Balian, Countess of Rosemoor Her Ladyship, Nicoletta Septimia of Sarkozic The Lady Celebrant to the Palatio Monterosa Her Ladyship, Serena Viviana of Arkent Scribe of Monterosa
  8. Penned by HL, Lady Nicoletta Sarkozic EST. 45 BA Foreword The History of Balian started when the Brother’s War began many years ago. A quarrel between two Princes led to the dissolution and destabilization of an Empire. Luckily, our first King- His Majesty John I of Balian- led the people to the South. The temperature was vastly different than what the Imperials had known before. Lost and looking for a new home, Balian was born. Subsequently, a new form of fashion alongside it. Within this missive, there will be detailed descriptions and art of what the culture provides. Ladies Attire Before, shoulders and arms were often covered and shamed if seen about. Now, due to the hot climate, loose and light layers are not only highly encouraged but a must. Ladies, on the other hand, wear flowy and delicate layers often draped over each other to keep themselves cool during the day. Shoulders and arms are not scoffed at within the Kingdom, as long and heavy sleeves tend to lead to heat exhaustion. Male Attire For males, the guidelines are similar. Bright colors are worn and are very common within every class in Balian. Men don themselves in light linen like tunics, and loose airy pants. Some men even don robes and light tights to make sure they do not overheat on hot Balian days. Color Palette Customary colors found in Balian are as shown below. Purple being reserved for the members of the Royal Household only. It is more recurring for members of a noble house to wear brighter colors, while more neutral oranges and browns are found within more common families of Balian. Accessories Outfits are rather customizable within Balian, most plain dresses being complimented by a well made and colorful shawl or robe. The pop of color complimenting anything that may be considered dull. Tiaras, circlets, and crowns are reserved for the Royal household only. Head pieces such as veils though often are used to keep the sun from ladies necks, and come in all shapes and lengths. Veils are worn by any class, and are usually beige or white. Jewels such as lavish necklaces and earrings are reserved for the noble houses of Balian- most being family heirlooms or expensive pieces. Though, it is not unusual for a common house to own a singular heirloom jewel set passed down from generation to generation. SIGNED BY HL, Lady Nicoletta Sarkozic Lady Celebrant of the Palatio Monterosa
  9. Issued by The Monterosa Court 13th of Gofrey's Triumph 44 BA THE ITINERARY The Month of Lothar's Gift Preparation of Presentations Upon the evening before the debut, the Governess and the Lady Celebrant will be hosting a class in etiquette for the debutantes and bachelors who plan to appear the following saint’s day. The class will talk about what will happen the day of the debut, and the proper way to enter and present. There will also be a class on the art of small talk and dancing following demonstrations of debuting. Monday, February 13th 4:30 PM EST The Month of Sigismund's End 5:30 PM EST Presentation of the Debutantes and Bachelors On the day of the debut, all wishing to present will arrive ten saint’s minutes early to iron out any questions or concerns before the actual presentation. They should arrive already dressed and ready to be set up into small groups. The debutantes and bachelors will present themselves alongside any debuting siblings before the dais before proceeding to the side to watch the following debuts. Tuesday, February 14th, 5:30 PM EST The Month of Horen's Calling St. Julia’s Masquerade The day following the debut, the opening masquerade will occur with the theme of pink, white and red. Attendees are expected to adorn themselves with masks till the end of the ball, where all will be announced to reveal themselves. Not only will it be a celebration of presentation but also of Saint Julia, known for her guidance in matrimony and love. It will take place within the ballroom of the Monterosa where Balian cuisine shall be provided to all attendants. Wednesday, February 15th, 5:30 PM EST The Month of Owyn's Flame The Princess Royal’s Court The Princess Royal’s court will occur with the assistance of the Governess. The Princess Royal and Governess shall give a speech and thereafter the debutants and bachelors may bring forth concerns and petitions regarding Symposia Pragma. The attendees should also speak with one another and better acquaint themselves with each other. Following Court, the Palatio Monterosa shall be open for the families of possible couples to meet and discuss possible engagements. Thursday, February 16th, 6:30 PM EST The Month of Godfrey's Triumph Vuiller Murder Mystery Soirée A murder soiree by the Aquilae lake, bring a Canonist approved bathing suit to take a dip while being catered to by the Ruthern Bakery! While you enjoy the specially curated treats, a game of Town of Atrus will be played by the party-goers, dealing out suspicion, betrayal and perhaps breaking the bonds the Symposia Pragma has built! Friday, February 17th, 5 PM EST Kervallen Grilling Competition The Kervallen Family extends an invitation to all culinary enthusiasts to participate in a truly extraordinary cooking competition, to be held in the grand halls of the Ebon Villa. Dust off your aprons, sharpen your culinary skills, and gather your tools, as we shall provide the grills and ignite a competition unlike any other. This competition, based on a combination of luck and culinary acumen, will see you pit your skills against fellow enthusiasts and determine who among you shall be crowned the King of the Grill. Join us in this celebration of culinary arts, where you will be given the opportunity to showcase your skills, make new friends, and revel in the excitement of friendly competition. With the stunning backdrop of the Ebon Villa and the aroma of grilled delicacies filling the air, this will be an experience to be remembered for years to come. So, come one and come all, and let us celebrate the art of grilling and crown the King of the Grill! Friday, February 17th, 7 PM EST The Month of Peter's Glory A Night in the Elements As the Season comes to a conclusion, the debutantes and bachelors shall make a trek into the desert alone and spend a night beneath the night Sky. A traditional coming of age rite in which the youth of Balian must fend for themselves within the desert as their forebears did when migrating to the desert. Any couples that have formed throughout the season will be paired together to complete minor tasks to test their compatibility. Saturday, February 18th, 12PM EST The Darkwood Ball After much preparation within the County of Renduzzo, the comital family is pleased to host The Darkwood Ball. The theme would mimic that of a lush woodland forest and guests are encouraged to don darker colors and outfits which fit the natural theme of the event. The evening will be full of merriment and entertainment so those planning on attending should prepare themselves for an active night. Saturday, February 18th, 4 PM EST PARTICIPANT LIST Mainline Participants The Kingdom of Ba’as Her Royal Highness, Princess Asria of Ba’a The Republic of Vikela His Highness, Prince Cyrpien Loike of Vikela The Viceroyalty of Hyspia Her Highness, Princess Sofia Camila of Hyspia The County of Salia Dona, Marcella Josephine Novellen Dona, Mariya Elizabeth Novellen Dona, Matilda Vespira Novellen The County of Aquilae Don, Duncan Peter Vuiller County of Renduzzo The Right Honorable, Dona Theodeta Tulipa Darkwood Countess of Renduzzo The County of Hohengarten Dona, Carice Lucia von Augusten The Barony of Marsana The Honorable, Don Gaius Rosius var Ruthern Baron of Marsana The Barony of Tuvia The Honorable, Don Ephrem Kervallen Baron of Tuvia Don, Elijah Kervallen Dona, Emma Rosa Kervallen Dona, Enisa Tatiana Kervallen The Barony of Zvaervauld Don, Haus Weiss The Barony of Artois Don, Cedric Laurent Halcourt Non-Mainline Participants The Marquisate of Haute-Epine Dona, Laetitia Henrietta Rhodon de Rosius et Abbassia The County of Aquilae Don, Gabriel Harald Vuiller Dona, Ravn Casimira Vuiller Don, Alf Damianus Vuiller Dona, Madeline Vuiller The County of Varoche Dona, Julietta Varoche The Viscounty of Pavia Dona, Blume Herrlichkeit von Roa The Barony of Marsana Don, Josef Vladrick Ruthern The Barony of Tuvia Dona, A’lia Vershar Kervallen Commoner Participants Segnora, Chantria Marshall Segnora, Callista Lucia Rose Santis Segnora, Agnes Green Segnora, Valery Heartstring Segnor, Adam Randell Segnor, Reetus Herrlichkeit Segnora, Juliette Maleno Segnor, Toyoyomi Lekami Sir Milonir of Whitehall Segnor, Calderon Elias Ignacio Santos Segnor, William Leydon Dona, Agness Huntshill
  10. EST. 46 BA To the devout subjects of the Kingdom of Balian, a revitalized age of prosperity is upon Balian, and we as a culture are mandated to flourish for centuries to come through our exemplary adolescence. It is imperative that we, as a society, present the young people of the Kingdom who have the potential to become future leaders with high expectations because the future of Balian is upon us. In addition, it is the responsibility of the young, eligible nobility of the Palati Monterosa Court and those who are the same as them to ensure that the tradition of the ceremonious coming of age is maintained. Publicizing the Symposia Pragma, which includes reforms enclosing high society, merrymakings to adequately mark the transition into the tribulations of maturity, and advancements to facilitate the prosperity of love, is being done with an extraordinary amount of satisfaction. Symposia Pragma The Symposia Pragma is a collection of formal events that take place at least once every eight to ten years. These events are held in the interest of illuminating the illustrious noble houses of the kingdom, as well as everything that is included in such a high society. Although these events are subject to change from each tempore, there is a selection of events that are marked as traditions to the event itself that are to occur each time. The Presentation of the Debutantes and Bachelors is the most important of these events, which highlights the achievements of individual houses and brings young women and men from the Kingdom of Balian into the realm of high society. Such is to be assembled at the behest of HRH Princess Augustina or HRH The Princess Royal Elena, with consideration to the time frame as stated prior. Debuting An event of this nature gathers the young lords and ladies of the Kingdom to make their debuts according to predetermined timetables, just like the event that came before it, which was that of Syndesi Feare. To be eligible for participation, debutantes and debutants must be between the ages of eighteen and twenty-eight. However, women and men of younger or older ages are welcome to participate in the events of Symposia Pragma nonetheless (disregarding that of presenting oneself). Make note that the purpose of the tempore is to make debutantes and bachelors wear clothing of these colors, depending upon their station. Royals are to adorn themselves in purple, while those of Princely titles shall wear blue. Members of ducal and comital families should wear red and gold, while their viscomital and baronial counterparts shall represent themselves with Green and Silver. Any commoners taking part shall present themselves in Orange. Any debutante or bachelor shall be free to put on white if they do not feel comfortable wearing the colors of their station. It is sufficient for the article of clothing to have the assigned color in a conspicuous location rather than having it cover the entirety of the item (sash, trim, sleeves, etc.) Armor and uniforms are not permitted in any way, and the attire must be appropriate for a court setting both in terms of etiquette and finery. No debutante or bachelor is permitted to speak during the presentation unless specifically requested to do so by the individual to whom they are presenting themselves. Debutantes and bachelors will approach with their immediate family members. When one approaches the dais in front of which they are expected to halt themselves, it is customary for them to perform a curtsy or bow that has been well-rehearsed and shows a high level of sophistication. Upon presenting themselves, those debutantes and bachelors who the Governess and Princess Royal believe to be exemplary members of society shall be granted a Laurel Wreath. This wreath represents the best of Balian’s young and those who will lead us in the future. From all those presented with Laurel Wreaths, one debutante and bachelor will be selected and named the Swan and Osprey of the Season, respectively. Etiquette The expected etiquette of the formal events of Symposia Pragma is greater than that of traditional mannerisms of the Monterosa Court. As such, the Governess’s council and Royal entourage shall watch over the young Bachelors and Debutantes with a scrutinous eye at all times. Due to the varied familial traditions and purposes of events hosted by the nobility, Peers hold the executive power to enforce any level of decorum they wish at events hosted by their house. All guests, not simply the debutantes and bachelors would be expected to follow protocol set forth by the hosting Peer. While in attendance at courtly events of Symposia Pragma, all debutantes, and bachelors are expected to maintain an appropriate level of dress. One should always work to ensure their appearance fits their station, never presenting themselves beyond their means nor failing to uphold the standards placed upon the Nobility of the Kingdom. For a common woman would never adorn herself with a tiara, nor should a bachelor attend in a military uniform. Similarly, a woman of nobility would surely be reprimanded if she adorned herself in common cloth. Though all are expected to maintain proper addressment and introductions when speaking to members of the Royal family or Governess’s council, the appearance of informal greetings between acquaintances would not be frowned upon due to the understood informality within the Kingdom in comparison to the Imperial Courts of ole. Signed, Her Royal Highness, Princess Augustina Therosia The “Snapdragon Princess” of Balian, Dowager-Princess of Sedan, Countess of Salia, and Governess of Palati Montersoa Her Royal Highness, Princess Elena Casimira of Balian The Princess Royal The Most Honorable, Lady Nicoletta Spetimia of Varoche Lady Celebrant of Palati Monterosa
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