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  1. ☼ AN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ☼ ☼ THE DEPARTURE OF OUR PALATIODORA ☼ ISSUED BY THE ☼ THE COURT SCRIBES ☼ ON THE 9th OF SIGISMUND’S END, 87 B.A. IN THE ESTEEMED HALLS OF the Palatio Arancione, it is with both solemnity and gratitude that we announce the abdication of Her Highness, Princess Mischa, from her esteemed position as Palatiodora. Her decision to step down is met with understanding and respect from the Court, acknowledging the weight of her responsibilities and the sacrifices made in the service of the kingdom. Under her guidance, the court evolved into an exemplar of efficiency, decorum, and a paragon of the kingdom's values. Princess Mischa has been a beacon of dedication and tireless effort over the past decade, diligently fulfilling her duties with grace and wisdom. Her commitment to the well-being of the people of Balian has left an indelible mark on the hearts of those she served. Her Highness's hard work has not only shaped the present but has set a precedent for future leaders in the kingdom. The legacy of Princess Mischa will resonate through the annals of Balian's history, inspiring generations to come. Il Courta Cometa extends its heartfelt gratitude for the enduring impact she has had on the prosperity and harmony of our beloved kingdom. As Princess Mischa steps away from her formal role, we wish her tranquility and fulfillment in the chapters that unfold in her personal journey. May her days be adorned with the same spirit of benevolence and strength that characterized her time as Palatiodora. In accordance with the traditions of Balian, the Council of Monterosa will initiate the process of selecting a successor who will carry forward the torch of leadership with the same dedication and selflessness that Princess Mischa exemplified. May the blessings of the realm accompany Princess Mischa in all her future endeavors. ✧────────────⥼☼⥽────────────✧ A LETTER FROM HER HIGHNESS, Princess Mischa of Illatia ⥼ TO THE PEOPLE OF BALIAN ⥽ A painting of Her Highness performing. (Théodore Chassériau) As I pen these words, my heart is heavy with both sorrow and gratitude. It is with a bittersweet sentiment that I announce my departure from the esteemed court and beloved kingdom of Balian. The decision to step away from the role of Palatiodora has not been an easy one, but I believe it is a necessary step for both myself and the realm. When I first joined the court, I embarked on a mission to rework and rejuvenate it, aspiring to create an environment that could cultivate and inspire the wonderful people of Balian. The journey has been arduous yet profoundly fulfilling. I am proud to say that together, we have transformed a court that was in disarray into a bastion of unity, excellence, and magnificence. Each step we took, each challenge we faced, was a testament to the strength and resilience of the Balianese spirit. Now, as I bid farewell to the court, I do so with a heavy heart but also with the knowledge that the seeds we planted together will continue to flourish. The time has come for me to return to my tower in Haense and resume my role as the Court Astronomer. The stars have always been my guiding companions, and it is under their watchful gaze that I shall continue my work, ever dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and understanding. My love for the people of Balian runs deep, and the warmth and kindness you have shown me will forever be etched in my heart. Your welcoming spirit, your resilience, and your commitment to the well-being of this kingdom have been a constant source of inspiration. I am grateful to have been embraced by the Balianese as one of your own. Though I may no longer serve in the court, my connection to Balian remains unbroken. The tapestry of memories we've woven together will endure, and I carry the lessons learned and the bonds forged with me on my journey. The stars may guide me back to my tower, but a piece of my heart will forever remain in Balian. With deepest gratitude and affection, Her Royal Highness, SIBYL GWYNETH, Princess of Monterosa, Duchess of Atrus, Head of the Palatio Arancione Her Highness, MISCHA OF ILLATIA, Princess of Haense, Duchess of Greywyn, Countess of Florentine
  2. ☼ THE PALATIO ARANCIONE IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE ☼ ☼ OF A ROYAL HEIR TO BALIAN ☼ ISSUED BY THE ☼ PALATIODORA ☼ ON THE 11th OF OWYN’S FLAME, 85 B.A. On the 31st day of Sigismund’s End in the year 85 B.A., a spectacle unfolded as countless doves took flight from the Palatio Arancione, marking the joyous arrival of Her Royal Highness, the heir to Balian, Sybil Gwenyth's first born child. The grand Basilica La Sorella's bells echoed in triumphant celebration, officially heralding the birth of a royal heir. With swift and purposeful strides, the Palatiodora, alongside His Royal Majesty, emerged from the grandeur of the Palatio, ardently delivering the momentous news to all ears eager to receive it. In the aftermath of this monumental occasion, the esteemed Council of Monterosa, convened on the subsequent day, made the resounding proclamation of a grand festival, a joyous celebration meticulously crafted to pay homage to the arrival of the newborn child. ✧────────────⥼☼⥽────────────✧ THE EVENTS OF OUR JOYOUS DAY are as follows, I ⥼ TO BE HELD WITHIN BASILICA LA SORELLA ⥽ The Baptism of the Exalted Owyn. In the sacred halls of Basilica La Sorella, a moment of profound significance is poised to unfold as His Royal Highness, Alexandros Casimir, is to be ceremoniously baptized in a ceremony befitting his esteemed lineage. This auspicious occasion will be graced with the divine blessings of Cardinal Lotharia. The holy sacrament, a timeless tradition steeped in solemnity, will symbolize not only the spiritual dedication of the royal heir but also the continuity of a noble legacy. II ⥼ TO BE HELD THE PALATIO ARANCIONE ⥽ A rural Balianese Temple. Following the sacred baptismal rites at Basilica La Sorella, a regal celebration is set to unfold in the form of a majestic royal gala. The opulent affair is designed to commemorate not only the spiritual anointing of His Royal Highness, Alexandros Casimir, but also to revel in the joyous unity of the realm. Guests from far and wide, distinguished by their nobility and reverence, are extended an esteemed invitation to partake in the post-ceremonial festivities. In a heartfelt gesture of goodwill, attendees are graciously encouraged to bring tokens of affection and congratulatory gifts for Her Royal Highness, Sybil Gwyneth, and her cherished newborn. ✧────────────⥼☼⥽────────────✧ HIS MAJESTY, King Adrian I The people of the Kingdom of Balian HIS MAJESTY, King Aleksandr The people of the Kingdom of Haeseti-Ruska HER MAJESTY, Queen Catherina I The people of the Kingdom of Petra HIS MAJESTY, King Balon of Norland The people of the Kingdom of Norland HIS MAJESTY, Grand King Garedyn The people of the Kingdom of Urguan HIS HIGHNESS, Viceroy Cesar II The people of the Hyspia HER HIGHNESS, Princess Royarch Idril Sylvaeri The people of the Principality of Amathine HIS EXCELLENCY, Asulir Kolvar Uradir The people of the Haelun’or HIS EXCELLENCY, Primarch Lavaelyn The people of Nor’Aseth Count Johan Vuiller and his Esteemed pedigree Count Gabriel d’Arkent and his Esteemed pedigree Count Demetrius var Ruthern and his Esteemed pedigree Viscount Viktor Darkwood and his Esteemed pedigree Viscount Ephrem Kervallen and his Esteemed pedigree Baron John Galbraith and his Esteemed pedigree Baron Robyn de Lyons and his Esteemed pedigree Baron Casimir Vilac and his Esteemed pedigree Her Royal Highness, SIBYL GWYNETH, Princess of Monterosa, Duchess of Atrus Her Highness, MISCHA OF FLORENTINE, Princess of Haense, Duchess of Greywyn, Countess of Florentine, Palatiodora of the Palatio Arancione
  3. ☼ Coming of agE ☼ ☼ An insight on Balianese adulthood traditionS ☼ ISSUED BY THE ☼ Palatio Curadora ☼ ON THE 10th OF GODFREY'S TRIUMPH, 81 B.A. In every culture, regardless of ethnicity or background, the transition from childhood to adulthood is an immensely significant and pivotal phase in a person's life. The Balianese people are no exception to this universal truth, and they place great importance on this transformation. To honor and mark this profound passage, the Balianese have developed a rich tapestry of time-honored traditions and rituals. Incorporating a blend of cultural influences, such as those from royal and noble families, the Rhenyari, and Old Balthalite traditions, Balianese culture places significant emphasis on rites of passage. The celebration of key events, the exchange of meaningful gifts, and the Votive Sashes are all integral elements that vividly illustrate the richness of this culture. These traditions serve to commemorate an individual's growth during their youth and anticipate the promising future that awaits them as they step into adulthood. ✧────────────⥼☼⥽────────────✧ I ⥼ The Festival of AdulthooD ⥽ ~Youths Preparing a Festa de l’Edat Adulta~ Every eighth year, the sixteen to twenty four year olds will gather together and plan together the Festa de l’Edat Adulta, a festival that is meant to celebrate their joint transitions into adulthood. Held only once every eighth, representative of the eight years Saint Malcolm spent to become ordained as a priest. Three events will be held over three months, one to signify the unity of the nation, one to raise mina for the state as a show of loyalty and another to display the vibrancy of youth. There shall be no intervention in the planning of these events and it is purely up to the decision of the group what shall happen and when. During the events, each member of the ‘Consell de Festa’ is required to wear a sash with the colours of their familial house upon it be it noble or common. This sash makes it clear to those participating in the celebrations who are part of the Consell de Festa. Given a year to prepare the festivities, the Consell de Festa is given the full support of the Crown to ensure their experience of this once in a lifetime festival is enjoyed by themselves over any others. ✧⥼☼⥽✧ II ⥼ The Gift of Protection ⥽ ~A Young Noble Woman receiving her Regal de Protecció~ A disappointing staple of life as an adult is that combat and danger is never too far from oneself at all times. While the existence of the nation's guards lessens such a threat, it is a certainty that you will have to face an enemy at some point. With this matter in mind the Balianese hold the tradition of Regal de Protecció very close to their hearts. Both an appreciation of one’s adulthood as well as a sign of care from one’s family, this tradition was born from scripts of the Old Balthalite Empire describing the gifting of a paramerion to the adult boys of the culture. Once an individual reaches their eighteenth year of life, they will be gifted their Regal de Protecció, which is a dagger, made specifically for the individual in question. Often made to represent aspects of both the new adult’s personality and family, the dagger has no set design by any means. Commoners opt for designs with minimal decoration and a far more practical design, whereas the nobility of Balian choose to have a more decorative and exquisite blade for their child, sometimes less functional. ✧⥼☼⥽✧ III ⥼ Tapestries of LifE ⥽ ~Saint Lothar and his wife exchanging Votive Sashes~ A tradition dating back to the seventh of the Lothar Tablets series, which offers a unique glimpse into the culture and customs of the Old Balthalite people, Votive Sashes hold a significant role in documenting an individual's personal growth and evolving experiences throughout their lifetime. This practice was deeply woven into the lives of the Ancient Balthalite Empire's people, where families would bestow a votive sash upon their young members, often designed in their familial house colors. These sashes are typically embellished with small designs over time, reflecting the wearer's experiences and evolving personality. Such sashes are proudly worn during the Festa de l'Edat Adulta and may also be worn during a person's debut in the social season, if desired. Lastly, it is customary for a bride and groom to exchange their votive sashes on their wedding day, symbolizing their commitment to share their lives with one another. ✧────────────⥼☼⥽────────────✧ Her Royal Majesty, ANDROMEDA ESTER OF BA’AS, Queen-consort of Balian, Countess-consort of Monteres, Viscountess-consort of Pompourelia, Eflen and Anatis, Baroness-consort of Brucca, Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera Her Highness, MISCHA OF FLORENTINE, Princess of Haense, Duchess of Greywyn, Countess of Florentine, Palatiodora of the Palatio Arancione Her Royal Highness, SIBYL GWYNETH, Princess of Balian, Countess of Senna, Curador of the Palatio Arancione
  4. ☼ THE FOURTH ANNUAL ☼ ISSUED BY THE ☼ THE ANDROMEDAN COURT ☼ ON THE 10th OF HOREN’S CALLING, 79 B.A. The Symposia Pragma of Balian has been a tradition upheld by the nations courts for many decades now, often seen as a celebration of the life of the youth of the Kingdom and all those who attend from foreign nations. The intent of the Symposia Pragma encompasses the idea of life and coming into adulthood with a sense of purpose and confidence that is highly encouraged for all the youths of the Kingdom. To celebrate the love of life and the budding friendships that come with it has been the focus of celebration and therefore the Symposia Pragma has focused on fulfilling this celebration through unique cultural displays and matchmaking events to assist in the create of these connections and bonds that will only prove to be beneficial for these young adults in their future endeavors. Once called the CELEBRATION OF SOUTHERN HEART in Almaris, the Symposia Pragma proudly boasts its adaptation upon the lands of Aevos as THE SATURNALIA OF PROSPERITY. ✧────────────⥼☼⥽────────────✧ Like most celebrations full of pomp and circumstance, the Symposia Pragma is often seen as a way for the participants to emphasize their manners and their learned etiquette from throughout their youth. Apart from the traditional manners of imposing kindness and respect to those around them, the etiquette of Symposia Pragma chooses to push the envelope with an encompassing theme of PROSPERITY, specifically the colors which represent it. I ⥼ ETIQUETTE ⥽ A poised maiden of the last Symposia Pragma. The language and symbolism behind color is tricky as many colors stand for multiple houses or symbolisms depending on the culture or geographical location. This being said, the Court have researched several colors that are meant to stand out and represent prosperity, these colors being RED, PURPLE, GREEN, BLACK and BLUE. Throughout the Symposia Pragma, specifically during the presentation of the debutantes, participants are highly encouraged to use these five colors in their clothing as their own representation and interpretation of PROSPERITY. A major importance of the Symporia Pragma is understanding one’s surroundings and the respect that is due to those around them, specifically in regards to titles and the addressment of Lord’s and Lady’s who have earned their positions in society. To ignore one’s official honorific is to spurn them and their position in Balianese society so a simple guide of addressment is provided below. Should someone be unsure of one’s official title or honorific, it takes but a simple request of introduction to clarify any confusion: REGNE/REGNA - KING / QUEEN DUQUE / DUQUESA - DUKE / DUCHESS MARQUES / MMARQUESA - MARQUESS / MARCHIONESS CONDE / CONDES - COUNT / COUNTESS VISCONDE / VISCONDESA - VISCOUNT / VISCOUNTESS BARON / BARONESA - BARON / BARONESS DON / DONA - LORD / LADY CAVALIER - KNIGHT. ADDRESSED AS SIR. ✧⥼☼⥽✧ Akin to the Symposia Pragma’s of decades past, a list of eligible debutantes and suitors will be provided below for the public's perusal. This same list will be a guide to the renowned Symposia Pragma Promenade of presentations, held on the first day of the season for all to bear witness. All participants are encouraged to display their self expression in various ways, specifically through the colors of PROSPERITY, all while displaying the proper etiquette which is required for all those to maintain a proper air and to fend off any instances of insult which may occur should one not be mindful of their mannerisms. II ⥼ DEBUTANTES ⥽ Palace staff preparing for The Symposia Pragma. The Symposia Pragma Promenade, famously held as the opening ceremony of the season, is where all men and women will present themselves before the King and Queen of Balian or a member of the Royal Family should neither be present. As stated previously, this event is meant to act as a promenade where participants are encouraged to flaunt the grandeur or simplicity of their personalities to their fullest extent. The colors of PROSPERITY is the only guideline meant to be followed, save for the rule of wearing a tiara only when appropriate (one being an heirloom or the wearer being of Royal standing). Lined up in order of social class, debutantes and suitors will promenade through the Palatio Arancione hall to make their presence known and to act as a ceremony for coming of age into adulthood. Weaponry upon debutantes is frowned upon unless a ceremonial piece of significance. FIRST CHAPTER: THE ROYAL HOUSEHOLD OF NOVELLEN Her Royal Highness, Princess Sibyl Gwyneth, Countess of Senna Her Royal Highness, Princess Eirene Daria, Countess of Caluzzo THE COUNTY OF SALIA Dona Clementine Francisca D’Arkent THE COUNTY OF AQUILAE Don Johan Stor Vuiller Dona Rosemary Helena Vuiller Don Godric Harald Vuiller VISCOUNTY OF MIES Viscount Anthony Marcellus Temesch BARONY OF VALIO Dona Gwenyth Callista Vilac NON-NOBLE PARTICIPANTS Segnor Derek Saltmen Segnora Y'vette SECOND CHAPTER: THE COUNTY OF SALIA Dona Mary Aurelie d’Arkent THE COUNTY OF MARSANA Don Rhys Marcelo var Ruthern THE COUNTY OF FULMEN Dona Silvia Mida Roa THE VISCOUNTY OF TUVIA Don Ezren Elijah Kervallen THE BARONY OF CASTELORENA Baron John Augustus Galbraith NON-NOBLE PARTICIPANTS Segnor Arthur Constanz Glenn Segnora Asya Casimirivna Carmesía Segnora Colette Stroheim ✧⥼☼⥽✧ Not faltering from tradition and past Symposia Pragma’s, a calendar of events will be provided below for all participants to mark into their calendars. Events will be new and old to keep with tradition of the Symposia Pragma all while ensuring a new and exciting opportunity for the participants of the season, all while sticking with the theme of PROSPERITY which has been selected specifically for this season. III ⥼ EVENTS ⥽ An evening fest outside the Palatio Arancione. The schedule below is intended to make clear the allotted events which will be held during the Symposia Pragma, allowing participants to clear their schedules for the time being to be able to attend. Peers of the Kingdom of Balian have graciously offered up their time and home to host events that will cater to the enjoyment of the participants. All allies and friends to the Kingdom of Balian are invited to attend these events, although the main focus will be catered towards the participants of the Symposia Pragma. OCTOBER 14TH (SATURDAY): THE SYMPOSIA PRAGMA PROMENADE | @5:30 PM EST/10:30 PM GMT OCTOBER 15TH (SUNDAY): EL LABERINT DE LA FORTUNA | @5:00 PM EST/10:00 PM GMT OCTOBER 16TH (MONDAY): A BALL OF HISTORIC REVELRY | @5:00 PM EST/10:00 PM GMT OCTOBER 17TH (TUESDAY): A GRAND HUNT | @2:00 PM EST/7:00 PM EST OCTOBER 18TH (WEDNESDAY): MATCHES OF THE FATES | @4:00 PM EST/9:00 PM GMT OCTOBER 19TH (THURSDAY): THE DECEIVERS CHASE | @6:00 PM EST/11:00 PM GMT OCTOBER 20TH (FRIDAY): THE SNAPDRAGON TOURNEY | 5:00 PM EST/10:00 PM GMT OCTOBER 21ST (SATURDAY): BIRD OF PARADISE BALL | @5:00 PM EST/10:00 PM GMT The event of HOUSE TOURS will be introduced this Symposia Pragma which will begin after the opening presentation. This event, spanning the entire season, is the act of opening up ones home to welcome in suitors or friends who wish to show interest in furthering a relationship with the participant and their families. Participants are encouraged to uphold the tradition of HOUSE TOURS on their own time. Should one person hope to participate in this, they may simply send a letter informing the other participant of their intention of calling upon them, setting a time for both to meet and break bread. ✧────────────⥼☼⥽────────────✧ At its core, the Symposia Pragma is intended to bring individuals together to meet and form relationships that will surpass just initial meetings. Whether it be a friendship, marriage or familial alliance, one’s success during the Symposia will be up to themselves and the future path they have planned to follow. On behalf of the PALATIO ARANCIONE and the ANDOMEDAN COURT, we hope all in attendance enjoy themselves and we look forward to celebrating the lives of those around us. May GOD guide us. Her Royal Majesty, ANDROMEDA ESTER OF BA’AS, Queen-consort of Balian, Countess-consort of Monteres, Viscountess-consort of Eflen and Anatis, Baroness-consort of Brucca, Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera Her Highness, MISCHA OF ILLATIA, Princess of Haense, Duchess of Greywyn, Countess of Florentine, Palatiodora of the Palatio Arancione Her Royal Highness, ELENA CASIMIRA NOVELLEN-DE LYONS, Countess of Rosemoor, Baroness of Enderoca, Amiratus of the Kingdom of Balian, Lady Seneschal of the Crown and Chief Minister of the Royal Duana.
  5. ☼ THE FASHION ON OF THE BALIANESE ☼ ☼ INSIGHT TO THE MODERN MODES OF BALIAN ☼ ISSUED BY THE ☼ Palatio Curadora ☼ ON THE 7th OF PETER’S GLORY, 78 B.A. Originating from the Petrine Empire of Oren, the Balinese people embarked on a transformative journey southward, ultimately finding their home in the flourishing Kingdom of Balian. This migration, marked by cultural shifts and adaptation, became the catalyst for a fascinating evolution in their way of life. Immersing themselves in the vibrant tapestry of influences from the Southern Almaris cultures, the Rhenyari, and the grandeur of the Balthalite Empire, the Balinese fashioned a unique and unparalleled style that transcended mere clothing—it became a statement, a testament to their rich cultural amalgamation. At the heart of their distinctive fashion lies a meticulous craftsmanship that extends to exquisite jewellery, captivating attire, and innovative hairstyles. Each element is a brushstroke on the canvas of their identity, reflecting a harmonious blend of diverse cultural threads intricately woven together. As the Balinese people don these creations, they not only wear garments but also carry with them a narrative of their history, a vibrant mosaic of influences that have shaped their artistic expression. The result is a fashion aesthetic that stands as a testament to the richness of their cultural heritage, captivating observers across the vast continent of Aevos. In the grand tapestry of Aevos, the Balinese people emerge as the most vibrant and expressive community, their unique style resonating as a beacon of cultural diversity and creativity. In every thread, bead, and hairstyle, they proudly declare their individuality, making an indelible mark on the regional landscape. ✧────────────⥼☼⥽────────────✧ I ⥼ ROBA DE DONA ⥽ Across the annals of history, it is consistently women's attire that has garnered the most meticulous documentation and celebration, transcending cultural and national boundaries. Among these sartorial traditions, the women of Balian possess access to some of the continent's most dazzling and remarkable dyes. This abundance of vibrant hues has fueled the creation of numerous distinctive styles, drawing inspiration from both ancient history and their modern surroundings. ✧⥼☼⥽✧ [Skin by Melpomenne] Originally hailing from the blossoming Mihyaari city of Chaldees, the Mihyaari influence and the prominence of Ur-Zainab, a political figure in the southern region of Almaris, served as the inspiration behind the creation of the gown. This gown, transcending class boundaries, has become a favourite among commoners, nobility, and royals alike for its blend of fashion and practicality. Drawing parallels with the jackets of Northern Nations like the Dual Kingdom of Haenseti-Ruska, The Pirahan has been perfected to combat the unpredictable weather of the Kingdom of Balian. However, owing to the heat of the Southern Tropics, it incorporates lighter and thinner fabrics compared to its Northern counterparts, ensuring wearers remain unaffected by heat-related illnesses. The gown consists of an airy linen dress with a belt around the waist, providing a structured look. Embroidery is often employed to enhance the simplicity of the design, with a note that such embellishments should be restricted to the underdress or jacket to avoid being considered gaudy or an insult to the crown. Classless in its inherent design, The Pirahan gains distinction through the application of various hues to its fabrics. The royalty and nobility opt for expensive and rare dyes, imparting vibrant and bold colours reflective of their high status. Those with more modest means may choose creams or simpler dyes for their undergown and jacket. In adherence to etiquette, the bolder the hues, the more formal the gown is perceived to be. Hence, only the most exquisite variations are reserved for events like balls, Symposia Pragma, or engagements with royalty. ✧⥼☼⥽✧ [Skin by Marsllol] The Augustan is seen as a natural successor to the robe-like Atrusian gowns of Almaris, which were best suited to the arid, sandy conditions of the founding lands of the Kingdom. Named for the former Governess of the Palace, Princess Augustina Therosia, the gown is almost identical to its Atrusian predecessor, save for minor adjustments to combat the difference in weather patterns that Aevosian Balian experiences. A gown quite dissimilar to the others seen within Portoregne due to its lack of widespread popularity, it is considered to only be kept in style due to the favour of Palatiodora Lady Serena d’Arkent’s favour for it and later on the favour of Princess Sibyl Gwyneth. Identifiable through its characteristic simple silhouette with long stretches of fabric held in place by various knots, pins and similar forms of attachment. The dress portion of the outfit crumples at the hem, nearing the floor, due to its excess use of cloth and fabric, often causing it to drag behind the wearer when they walk. To shape the dress from its otherwise purely simplistic nature, shawls, sashes and other layerings are implemented, giving it a more grand shape upon wearing it. Patterning through embroidery plays a significant role in giving the dress more character and life, often taking the form of hatch or floral patterns on the underskirts alone. The true potential of this dress is only fully realised once the owner understands it’s full versatility and near endless options for styling it. Easy to style both up and down, the dress is comfortable for travelling and its use within both formal and informal settings in an elegant manner. ✧⥼☼⥽✧ [Skin by Ncarrr] A fashion that befits utility above all else, the Darian is believed to have been developed in the lands of Ba’as, seemingly gaining popularity after the Queen Andromeda Ester’s year long stay with her mother in the distant Kingdom. If rumours are to be believed then the Queen distributed pamphlets to her trusted counsell, who were enamoured by the beauty and sought to pursue such outfits. Often stylised as a clothing for both informal and travel wear, the modesty and mobility makes it fitting for a woman of high stature who is on a trip. The immediate and most obvious feature of this style is the replacement of the typical Balianese long skirts for a pair of elongated trousers, often considered oversized. These trousers vary between lady to lady, changing with the aspects of their standing in society, accompanying pieces and the chosen manner of expression that they wish to pursue. The trousers would be worn with the duo of a vest and a chemise providing both ample coverage and support for the upper portion of the body. Just as with the trousers, the vests employed by the ladies may vary in many ways, the design can change from simple colours to elaborate patterns with jewels stitched into the fabric. In the summer and later spring months, a woman may prefer a vest with shorter sleeves, if not sleeveless and a chemise fashioned with a lightweight fabric whereas in the winter months, a woman will choose a vest with longer sleeves and a chemise of a more durable and thicker fabric to combat the cold. It must be made a note of, that a woman should always maintain a close eye on how much embroidery and patterning she uses to decorate her outfit, as using an extensive amount is considered to be distasteful. ✧⥼☼⥽✧ [Skin by HIGH_TRANS & comatoseprincess] A style that is most definitely a newer one to the lands of Balian, the Sibylline Gown is an old Balthalite dress that has become the favoured of Princess Sybil Gwyneth who originally wanted such a dress to show off her extensive jewellery collection. While at first though it may come across as being named after the young Princess, it is actually named for its first known wearer, Empress Sybille of the Balthalite Empire, the Princess’s namesake. A dress that exudes a sense of elegance and simplicity, the Sibylline is one best suited to the hot weathers of the southern regions. The ensemble commences with an unconventional yet elegant lightweight dress known as a chiton, a simple and sleeveless garment that gracefully catches just above the ground. To elevate this otherwise understated style, a splendid silk shawl takes centre stage. Draped around the shoulders and secured with a decorative clasp, it cascades down the arms and envelopes the wearer's back. To introduce structure and definition to the attire, a substantial belt is cinched at the waist, accentuating both the outfit and the wearer herself. Finally, a delicate silk loincloth is positioned beneath the belt, adding the finishing touch that further enriches the ensemble's overall depth and sophistication. The colour of the chiton portion of the dress is most commonly a white or cream colour, an often understated and relaxed colour for the owner to wear, however it’s true beauty comes to pass with the additions made to it. The shawl is often dyed a rich hue, sometimes a red, blue or in some cases for royalty, a dark purple colour, allowing the silken fabric to radiate a sense of wealth and grace. The belt and loincloth that accentuate the chiton itself, are often embellished with various decorations with the belt featuring metal and jewel accessories and the loincloth having a dignified pattern to it. ✧────────────⥼☼⥽────────────✧ II ⥼ ROBA D’HOME ⥽ Using the same fabrics and colours as their counterparts, the men of Balian have diverged from the previously prevalent practice of wearing snug and warm attire, which was typical among the heartlanders. Instead, they often opt for lighter materials and don brightly coloured robes. This distinctive choice in clothing sets the Balianese men apart from the rest of Aevos, aligning their attire with the tropical climate of Portoregne and its higher temperatures. ✧⥼☼⥽✧ [Skin by Marsllol] Considered the male counterpart of The Pirahan, despite the Fustanella being developed into the Balian fashion a few years prior to The Pirahan. The outfit protects from the harsh salted weather peppering someone’s skin while also ensuring the outfit is airy enough to prevail comfortably within heat of the southern tropics. Originally being given as a gift to Lord Peter d’Arkent by Sarson Halgrim, emissary to the King of Ba’as however he misused it and created the offshoot accessory, the fusta. As the Rhenyari influence grew later on, more people within the nobility of Balian began to implement it in their outfits more often. A staple among the higher echelons of Balianese society, including high nobility and royalty, the Fustanella has one major aspect of it is the skirting for which the outfit is named after. Worn at the waist, the Fustanella is no different to the skirts of other cultures nor that of the other opposite gender, though it varies in length, anywhere between the knee and the ground. Compliment further by a vest with either long or short sleeves made of a lightweight linen fabric to ensure it does not cause any overheating for the wearer. Further accentuating the outfit would be a belt, comfortably sat upon the waist and contouring the outfit against the body in a simple yet strong manner. Finally, trousers may be worn under the Fustanella, however this is not compulsory should the skirting reach the feet or ground. Patterning on this outfit is not uncommon, however it is usually done upon the bottom of the skirting and the end of sleeves. Often a more basic patterning for those of a common background and a more complex and intricate pattern is preferred for people of a noble or royal heritage. Often using lighter colours, the wealthy will choose more vibrant dyes compared to the creams and sometimes dark greens of the less fortunate. ✧⥼☼⥽✧ [Skin by beeee] A set of robes for males, the Alexandrine takes its name from King Alexander I ‘The Just’ who is believed by scholars to have favoured the robes due to his fascination with the ancient Balianese culture, in particular Saint Lothar. A fashion mostly attributed to the desert conditions of Atrus in Almaris, it was mostly commonly worn by King Alexander I, Ledicort Vuiller and Rev Vuiller who preferred the outfit in order to exude a sense of strength and grace while conducting their diplomatic and political efforts. Composed primarily of three robes layered over one another, the Alexandrine uses extremely thin layers of fabric to create an airy robe that protects against any harsh substances in the air, such as the desert sand or the salt of the sea. The first layer is a simple garment of linen, often white due to its propensity to be unseen once the rest of the garment is put on. This layer is for both modesty and comfort as it protects from the elements while being lightweight enough to keep cool. The other two layers are far more beautifully designed, incorporating various different manners of embellishing be it through embroidery, dying or the addition of other such patterning to it. The final layer is often made of silk, a sign that it is an outfit for the wealthy who wish to show themselves off and their status in society. The robes are held in place with a belt, detailed and large or slim and simplistic, depending on the preference of the man. The Alexandrine is an outfit that above all else is a piece for the higher echelons of society, an outfit that radiates a sense of stature and importance. It is considered inappropriate attire for any manual labour and is instead used by people who are in formal and more relaxed settings away from any form of work. Often associated with wealth, prophecy and the arcane, a long cape may sometimes be added to the outfit with various motifs of the arcane. ✧⥼☼⥽✧ [Skin by teeylin] Named for the Saint that the Balianese have chosen as their own, Saint Lothar of Balian, the Lotharian is a simplistic and easily accessible outfit for all men who wish for a new outfit. Considered a far more casual and everyday outfit, it is used while working or in informal settings, and the lightweight nature of it allows for easy movement while in the often blistering heat of the southern tropics. The Lotharian uses oversized and baggy clothing, beginning with a shirt. Such a shirt is made from diaphanous materials with long sleeves that do not collect around the wrist, merely acting as a tunnel for the rare breezes to cool down the body while the man remains modest as does the long v neck of the shirt. The outfit is uplifted by the choice addition of waistcoat to create some more depth to it, often using a few different dyes and patterns should such be wanted. Similarly to the shirt of the outfit, the trousers would be very baggy, giving a lot of air between the skin and linen fabric, held up by a belt that seems more akin to a scarf in it’s design which is often used to hold weapons to one’s body. An often plain and uninspiring outfit for the working man, the Lotharian may be styled up and down should one wish to do such. Adding patterns to the vest and belt and employing various expensive dyes to the fabric, one can go from a simple commoner working a manual job to an impressive statesman. ✧────────────⥼☼⥽────────────✧ III ⥼ ROBA INFANTIL⥽ As vibrant and lively as their parents, the children of Balian have developed their unique fashion sensibilities, albeit under the influence of their elders. Given the region's warm southern climate and the natural exuberance of children, their clothing choices prioritise both durability and comfort. They employ robust fabrics, carefully layered to shield them from the elements while allowing them to engage in their active pursuits without risking weather-related illnesses. ✧⥼☼⥽✧ [Skin by xxRetro] A very much simple layered gown, the Johannian is named after the deceased Crown Princess Johanna Casimir, as it was her who was first seen wearing such a gown around Palatio Monterosa as a youth. Using multiple layers to provide protection to the more delicate children, while maintaining a diaphanous fabric in order to make sure that the child will not overheat while they play in the tropic heat. The Johannian is a dress that has little in terms of design aspect, it uses a simple gown with two layers, the first of which is a tougher material to protect the child from any injuries they may incur as they run around the land. The second gown is a much lighter fabric, used more to offer a sense of style to the outfit. Often using a variety of colours, the children who are considered to be more boisterous often wear darker hues in hopes that the dirt they accrue upon their cloth will not be too visible. The fabric may also be patterned if the child is of a noble to royal background, usually with images of flowers or a hatch design. ✧⥼☼⥽✧ [Skin by Zuziee] Attributed to Prince Michael Marcellus, th0ugh he is not known to be the first to bear such an outfit as an infant, the Michaellian is a simple outfit, akin to that of Fustenella of the adult males. Its lightweight design has been made more durable with the addition of stronger fabrics to ensure the child’s wellbeing and safety, but further stylised with a cape. Maintaining the skirting of the fustanella, the child will always bear trousers underneath it unlike their adult counterparts, almost always made of a tougher fabric so they shall not injure themselves in their daily activities running around the Kingdom. The outfit has a lightweight tunic with long sleeves, often decorated with a pattern towards the middle or end of the sleeve, of which is usually a hatch pattern. Finally a cape may also be added to the outfit, around the boy's entire body, not dissimilar to the Fusta as seen first by the Peter d’Arkent. Often using more neutral tones for the majority of the outfit, it would be the cape that actually adds a spark of colour to the ensemble, often using rich hues and dyes. ✧────────────⥼☼⥽────────────✧ IV ⥼ PENTINATS ⥽ Another fascinating avenue for self-expression and individuality among the people of Balian lies in their remarkable hairstyles. Dealing with the challenges of the humid, salt-laden air, Balianese individuals have devised ingenious methods to keep their hair in check. These distinctive hairstyles stand out among their peers, showcasing both creativity and adaptability in response to the demanding environmental conditions. ✧⥼☼⥽✧ [Skin by Marsllol] A braiding technique that uses several braids to make larger ones. It is a braiding technique associated with the Rhenyari people but has grown in popularity since the Ba’as influence has grown on the nation, both from Queen Andromeda and Sarson Halgrim’s earlier efforts. An intricate, difficult and ultimately impressive hairstyle, the Rhenyari braids are perfect for the heat as they prevent the hair getting frizzy and looking peculiar in the heat. To begin such a laborious technique you must first create three basic braids next to one another of equal size and shape. Once this is complete, one must then take all three braids and begin intertwining them in an Auvergnian braid to create a larger and far more intricate braiding. These braids are commonly associated with wealth due to their complexity and how long it takes to create one and as such the braid is more often not decorated. The decorations can take several forms, whether it be beads, ribbons, gemstones, flowers or other such items to compliment the woman’s natural hair colour within the braid. ✧⥼☼⥽✧ [Skin by Marsllol] First seen worn by Princess Imperial Constantia Irene in the earlier days of the city of Atrus, the Balianese bun is a staple of Balianese hairstyles. The polished and refined style emerged as popular very quickly as it both kept the hair from flyaways or frizz and also offered a sense of sophistication to the woman who wore their hair up like this. The formation of such a bun begins by separating both sides of the hair and pulling each side together to ensure they are separated. Then both the sides are pulled together and twisted around one another and coiled into the bun shape with a great sense of precision to form the neat and well structured bun. Once this is done, the bun is then held in place through either hair pins or hair ties, completing the refined beauty of the Balianese bun. This may further be embellished with decorative pins and for special occasions various fresh flowers would be placed in the hair. ✧⥼☼⥽✧ A simple yet elegant way to titivate one's hair style, the Perles of Balian are intricately and beautifully crafted metal beads with various designs upon them. This particular style has no known origin and seems to have developed over several years of the Balianese women making a smaller braids in their hair and placing the Perles in their hair to hold them in place. The Perles style is quite simple, consisting of various thin braids within the otherwise loose and long hair. These braids can be as complex and opulent or as simple and understated as one desires, however the beauty of them lies purely in how the lady chooses to decorate them. Often with designs based on the beauty of nature or bearing various random patterns upon it, the Perles are fit in various portions of the braid to adorn them in an elegant manner. It is considered that the more elaborate the design of the beads, the higher the status of the one who was wearing it. ✧────────────⥼☼⥽────────────✧ V ⥼ JOIES ⥽ The Balianese have emerged as trailblazers in the realm of importing and crafting intricate jewellery from distant lands. They employ the finest metals, alloys, and the most dazzling gemstones to create exquisite pieces of artistry. These creations serve as stunning adornments for the women of Balian, who proudly showcase these treasures not only within their realm but also across distant lands. ✧⥼☼⥽✧ An item of jewellery dating back to the earlier days of the Kingdom of Ba’as, the Perfoació del Ba’as is a ring piercing that is placed on a person’s septum. First introduced by Queen Andromeda and her sisters upon their arrival in the Palatio Monterosa. Such a piece has continued to be popular, especially amongst the denizens of the Palatio Aranciones, also being beloved by Princess Sibyl Gwyneth. In simple terms, the Perfoació del Ba’as is a ring piece of metal that has been placed in the cartilage of a person’s septum. The process for creating the hole for this piercing is very much the same as any other, but through the septum, an experience often considered more peculiar than it is painful. The ring would appear to be complete and near impossible to remove, however there is a catch in which one is able to break the ring of metal and remove it from their nose. The ring itself always symbolises statues, a tradition that dates back to the Old Balthalite empire, with the Queen of a nation always having the most elaborate piece and any peasantry having a near plain piece. Featuring beautiful gems and intricate metal shapes, the Queen and her children would bear the most gorgeous of Perfoaciós. ✧⥼☼⥽✧ The Torcadores are piercings of the ridge of the ear, otherwise known as the helix. Such piercings originate from the local tribespeople of the area of the Southern Almaris continent that later came to be known as the Kingdom of Balian. These tribespeople would implement several piercings across their body but it was the piercing of the helix that seemed to gain the attention of the Petrine diaspora that would soon found the nation. For the most part this would be a simple piercing, akin to that of a more common ear piercing, simply placed in the helix of the ear rather than that of the earlobe. Though considered a little more painful than that of the regular earlobe piercing, it is a relatively non-painful piercing to get. The piercings here are only ever rings and more often than not entirely plain rings of metal, though occasionally one may deviate from this and have some small decoration on the ring. The amount of rings upon one’s helix is often attributed to a number of things that they wish to keep track of, however what it is used to track is up to the discretion of the owner of the piercings. ✧⥼☼⥽✧ One of the biggest staples of Balianese fashion, the Polseras refer to the bracelets that the women of Balian adorn upon their arms. It is impossible to not notice the Polseras while in Balian for it is something all women wear, be they of high or low status in society. This fashion came to pass as the Balianese women began to wear shorter sleeves due to the heat that was felt in the nation, which allowed them to begin showing off more jewellery, leading to the invention of Polseras. The Polsera is a piece of jewellery sized specifically to fit one of various different portions of a woman's arm. The placement of them is not specific to any one place on the arm and many wear them on both the forearm and bicep at the same time. Often little more than a simple band with basic decor for the commoners of Balian, the nobility and royalty often pay significant amounts of mina to have specially crafted Polseras made sporting designs of great beauty and gems of rarity. Oddly, convention states that a woman may not sport more than four Polseras on her left arm, but may have up to six of the bracelets on the right arm, having more would be considered an insult to those in presence. ✧────────────⥼☼⥽────────────✧ Her Royal Majesty, ANDROMEDA ESTER OF BA’AS, Queen-consort of Balian, Countess-consort of Monteres, Viscountess-consort of Pompourelia, Eflen and Anatis, Baroness-consort of Brucca, Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera Her Highness, MISCHA OF ILLATIA, Princess of Haense, Duchess of Greywyn, Countess of Florentine, Palatiodora of the Palatio Arancione Her Royal Highness, SIBYL GWYNETH, Princess of Balian, Countess of Senna, Curador of the Palatio Arancione
  6. ☼ AN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ☼ ☼ MOVING FORTH FOR THE REGENCY TO COME ☼ ISSUED BY THE ☼ PLATIODORA ☼ ON THE 9th OF PETER'S GLORY, 85 B.A. IT IS NAUGHT BUT WITH A HEART FULL OF JOY that I, Princess Mischa of Haense, announce a new era for Balian. Gone are the lulled days of our previous queen, and on come the days full of splendour by our Princess-Heir Sybil, as the head of our court in place of the last. From the moment she joined my court as Curador, to the day she was announced as heir, I knew we had struck gold. She has both promised and delivered nothing but excellence. Our future Queen-Regnant will be one we will soon not forget—and with this—the ESTELLAN era begins. With the Princess-Heir’s rise as the Head of Court, much will change, but our principles will not. We maintain a vision for Balinese excellence, fostering a community for knowledge, creativity, and freedom to flourish. ✧────────────⥼☼⥽────────────✧ ⥼ THE CHAIN OF COMMAND ⥽ Chart drawn by the Princess Palatiodora. I. The foremost expectation within the esteemed Courta Cometa is the steadfast commitment to the established chain of command. All courtiers and officials are anticipated to rigorously observe this hierarchical structure, respecting the authority and directives of superiors with absolute fidelity. II. It is expected that every member of the Courta Cometa shall exhibit proactive engagement in their respective roles and responsibilities. Anticipate the needs of the court, anticipate the desires of the Crown, and take initiative to fulfil these obligations in a manner that enhances the Court's overall functionality and prestige. Those who fail will be removed and superseded. III. In the latest organisational overhaul, our establishment is undergoing a transformation into four distinct departments and two divisions to meet the demands of this new cultural mission. ✧ The Office of the Household will uphold the spirit of servitude, diligently attending to the needs and requirements of our esteemed patrons. This Office belongs to the Division of Servantry. ✧ The Office of Entertainment will focus on events, celebrating joy and revelry, ensuring that merriment and mirth are always in abundance. This Office belongs to the Division of Enlightenment. ✧ The Office of Enchantment is dedicated to safeguarding and cautiously educating individuals in the arts of the Arcane, Alchemy, and other mystical pursuits, ensuring their responsible and ethically sound application. This Office belongs to the Division of Enlightenment. ✧ The Office of Cultivation, devoted to safeguarding the Balianite culture, fostering intellectual pursuits, and relentlessly pursuing knowledge, all with the overarching goal of enriching the kingdom and nurturing the limitless potential of the human mind. This Office belongs to the Division of Servantry. As part of this restructuring, redundant positions will be phased out, making room for more relevant roles that align with the vision and goals of each division. This reconfiguration promises to bring about greater efficiency, productivity, and a harmonious balance throughout our court. V. Efficient and effective communication is an imperative expectation. Courtiers must employ clarity, transparency, and timeliness when conveying information, instructions, or reports to superiors and colleagues. This promotes synergy and ensures that the Court operates as a unified entity. VI. Synergy, the harmonious cooperation of all Court members, is of paramount importance. Expectation dictates that individuals shall work cohesively, transcending personal ambitions for the greater good of the Courta Cometa. Collaboration fosters an environment of excellence and ensures that the Court's collective endeavours surpass individual aspirations. VII. Every member of the Courta Cometa is expected to embody the highest standards of conduct and etiquette, both within the Court and beyond its hallowed halls. Uphold the reputation of the Court by exhibiting grace, decorum, and propriety in all interactions, demonstrating to the realm the pinnacle of sophistication and refinement. ✧⥼☼⥽✧ TO PROVIDE FURTHER ELABORATION, the duties of all positions within the court will also be outlined as follows: I ⥼ HRH, Sibyl Gwyneth ⥽ @HIGH_FIRE Head to all the courts. The Head of Court serves as the supreme authority to whom all members of the court are obligated to defer. The Consort wields direct dominion over the configuration, culture, operations, and established customs of their court, holding the prerogative to appoint individuals at their discretion. In accordance with their respective positions, the reigning Head shall exercise a more immediate authority than the Palatiodora. However, in instances where the Head’s presence is absent, the Palatiodora shall assume the responsibility of wielding this authority on her behalf. The current Head of Court is Her Royal Highness, Princess Sibyl Gwyneth, Princess of Monterosa, Duchess of Atrus. II ⥼ HH, Mischa Florentina of Florentine ⥽ @Melpomenne Head to the Council of Monterosa. Whosoever assumes this position shall be vested with the honour of becoming the preeminent member of the Council of Monterosa, entrusted with the formidable duty of stewarding the Court in the service of the Head of Court, actively contributing to its efficient administration and sustained well-being. In light of these weighty responsibilities, it is imperative that this individual not only possesses a comprehensive mastery of court protocol but also exhibits an exceptional and commanding capacity for leadership, as they shall wield the utmost authority within the Council. The current Palatiodora is Her Highness, Princess Mischa Florentina Lesanova-Barbanov, Princess of Haense, Duchess of Greywyn and Countess of Florentine. ✧────────────⥼☼⥽────────────✧ ⥼ THE HEADS OF THE COURT ⥽ A painting of the Palatio Arancione. At the commencement of a new epoch for the Council of Monterosa, a transformative mandate has been initiated. Beyond the traditional scope of providing counsel, council members are now enjoined to assume an active and substantive role in the efficient administration of diverse court departments. The prevailing expectation is that each council member shall manifest consummate mastery within their respective domains, thereby ensuring that their proficiencies and guidance concretely yield discernible outcomes. Through this paradigmatic reconfiguration, the council's function evolves into one of active leadership, nurturing a unified and meticulously structured governance. By seamlessly amalgamating their vast reservoirs of knowledge and experiential acumen into the management of various departments, the council shall play an indispensable role in cultivating efficacy, fostering synergy, and propelling progress throughout the realm. This progressive modus operandi embodies an unwavering commitment to attaining hitherto unparalleled echelons of excellence in every facet of the court's operational purview. The present era marks a profound departure from the longstanding tradition of reserving this esteemed position exclusively for consorts of the highest pedigree. Instead, it heralds a new paradigm wherein merit serves as the paramount criterion for the appointment to this illustrious role. Henceforth, candidates aspiring to assume this pivotal position must not only possess an impeccable understanding of courtly protocols but must also demonstrate a profound awareness of the intricate needs and aspirations of the Balian populace. A Royal Councillor is now tasked with maintaining a vigilant awareness of the realm's dynamic pulse, comprehending the nuanced challenges faced by both courtiers and commoners alike. By promoting individuals distinguished by their competence, sagacity, and empathy, the court endeavours to cultivate a governance that is both responsive and compassionate, meticulously tailored to address the genuine exigencies of the realm. This transformative approach holds the promise of endowing the court with a more cohesive and effective operational framework, thereby earning the respect and admiration of all its constituents. In congruence with the preceding prerequisites and responsibilities of the Councilors of Monterosa, a limited cadre of Royal Advisors shall be duly appointed to the council. Their primary mandate shall be to proffer counsel to the Consorts and the Palatiodora with a point of view outside the courts, whenever it is deemed necessary. These esteemed advisors shall be mandated to attend the Council's deliberations, yet it is to be explicitly understood that they shall exercise no executive authority therein. ⥼ HE, Peter Theodoric d’Arkent ⥽ @Majesticpasta Head to Division of Servantry, head to the Office of the Household. The Zelador assumes a paramount role in preserving the household's unity and operational efficiency. Their responsibilities encompass the supervision of the household staff, including the handmaids, management of the court's finances, and judicious allocation of palace accommodations, thereby upholding a position of elevated significance within the court's personnel hierarchy. Additionally, the Zelador exercises authority over the Office of Entertainment, guaranteeing that the Amfitiro is endowed with requisite resources and steadfast support. It is noteworthy, however, that their authority is superseded by that of the Queen and the Palatiodora in matters concerning the court's daily administration. Should both the Head of Court and the Palatiodora be absent, the Zelador shall stand in for them at functions of the Courta Cometa. The current Zelador is His Excellency, Lord Peter “Teddy” Theodoric d’Arkent. Those under the Zelador’s authority include; ✧ The Amfitiro: the duties of this position will be outlined below. ✧ The Court Physician [Lady Callista Kervallen]: A Court Physician occupies a pivotal role in the palace court, serving as the guardian of the health and well-being of the court's inhabitants, including the royalty and esteemed members of the court. ✧ Governors and Governesses: These courtiers are tasked with the care and education of both the children of the court and of the Royal Household. As such, they must be exceptional in intellect and know the virtue of patience. ✧ The Servantry: The long-standing neglect of servant duties should not obscure the crucial role they play in maintaining the Palatio Arancione's seamless operation. All servants are obligated to ensure the palace's pristine condition, with butlers, maids, and chefs ready to cater to the needs of events hosted within the Palatio Arancione. ⥼ HE, Casimir Marius Vilac ⥽ @LazyBacon220 Head to Division of Enlightenment. The Camareiro, in their august capacity, assumes a broad-reaching mandate that encompasses the supervision of all court publications and literary works, as well as the diligent oversight of the Office of Enchantment and the Office of Cultivation. Furthermore, their responsibilities have been thoughtfully expanded to encompass the guardianship of the intellectual arts and the preservation of the venerable Balianese cultural heritage, a task that is executed in close concert with seasoned historians of great repute. In this elevated role, the Camareiro occupies a central and pivotal position in the meticulous curation and preservation of knowledge, literature, and intellectual pursuits within the court's confines. Their profound expertise and wise guidance serve as the linchpin in nurturing a thriving intellectual milieu, thus ensuring that the court maintains its preeminent standing on the precipice of erudition and enlightenment. The current Camareiro is His Excellency, Lord Casimir Marius Vilac, Baron of Valio. Those under the Camareiro’s authority include; ✧ The Arch-Magus: the duties of this position will be outlined below. ✧ The Curador: the duties of this position will be outlined below. ⥼ HE, Dimitri Otto Kortrevich ⥽ @ElvenHuntress Head to the Office of Entertainment. The exalted office of the Amfitiro assumes the august responsibility of presiding over the entire spectrum of entertainment within the Palatio Arancione, an ambit that encompasses a diverse array of artistic virtuosities. The meticulous orchestration of grand events and soirées falls under their purview, ensuring that the court's revelries and festivities are executed with the utmost precision and finesse. With consummate skill and discernment, the Amfitiro adorns the Palatio Arancione's cultural tapestry with resplendent threads of artistic excellence, offering a resplendent tableau of diversion and delight to the discerning courtiers and esteemed guests who grace its opulent halls. The current Amfitiro is Lord Dimitri Otto Kortrevich. Those under the Amfitiro’s authority include; ✧ The Revellers: Revellers, as the Palatio Arancione's event planners, meticulously orchestrate gatherings and ceremonies, ensuring flawless execution and perfection in both planning and execution, spanning from courtly affairs to national events. ✧ The Bards: A bard occupies a revered position as the custodian of storytelling and musical artistry, enchanting the courtiers with tales of lore and melodies that resonate through the hallowed halls, whether it be during events or on their lonesome. ✧ The Jesters: A jester occupies a whimsical and cherished role, bringing laughter and levity to the often formal and serious atmosphere through their clever jests and jestful antics. ⥼ HE, VACANT ⥽ @vacant Head to the Office of Enchantment. The office of the Arch-Magus within the Courta Cometa is an exalted and solemn position, entrusted with the comprehensive management of the arcane and alchemical arts within our illustrious nation. The Arch-Magus is the vanguard of ethical and responsible usage of mystical knowledge, ensuring that the potent forces of the arcane and the transformative powers of alchemy are harnessed for the betterment of our realm. With a keen sense of wisdom and discernment, the Arch-Magus navigates the intricate webs of magical and alchemical practices, meticulously safeguarding against misuse or malevolence, and maintaining the court mages and alchemists as they spread their knowledge. Their solemn duty encompasses not only the preservation of ancient traditions but also the judicious exploration of new avenues of magical discovery, always with the welfare of our citizens and the integrity of our nation at the forefront. In their unyielding commitment to ethical practices, the Arch-Magus stands as a stalwart guardian, ensuring that the arcane and alchemy remain instruments of enlightenment, progress, and prosperity for Balian and her people. The current Arch-Magus is VACANT. Those under the Arch-Magus’ authority include; ✧ Court Mages: A court Mage occupies a prestigious position within the palace court, utilising their arcane expertise to safeguard the realm and enhance the wisdom of the royal court. ✧ Court Alchemists: The court Alchemist occupies a revered position within the palace court, wielding their profound knowledge of alchemy to offer transformative insights and solutions that transcend the ordinary boundaries of science and nature. ⥼ HE, Poppiya Sosina Amador ⥽ @Lirinya Head to the Office of Cultivation. The role of the Curador is comprehensive, entailing the supervision of all court publications and texts, as well as the preservation of Balianese culture. This role has evolved to encompass the realm of intellectual arts, involving close collaboration with esteemed historians. The Curador holds a central position in curating and safeguarding knowledge, literature, and intellectual endeavours within the court. Their expertise and guidance significantly contribute to the cultivation of a vibrant intellectual atmosphere, thereby ensuring that the court continues to occupy a leading position in the realms of knowledge and scholarship. The current Curadora is Her Excellency, Poppiya Sosina Amador. Those under the Curador’s authority include; ✧ Keeper of the Crown Jewels [Vacant]: The Keeper of the Crown Jewels occupies a position of utmost trust and responsibility within the palace court, safeguarding and preserving the treasured regal ornaments that symbolise the nation's heritage and monarchy. ✧ Royal Archivist [Vacant]: The Royal Archivist plays an indispensable role in a palace court, meticulously preserving and cataloguing the historical records, documents, and artefacts that embody the rich tapestry of the realm's heritage. ✧ Keeper of the Wardrobe [Annette Roelle]: The Keeper of the Wardrobe oversees the opulent attire and regal accoutrements within the palace court, ensuring that the sartorial splendour of the nobility remains impeccable and befitting of their esteemed stature. ✧ Royal Librarians: A Royal Librarian curates and safeguards the repository of knowledge that enriches the intellectual tapestry of the realm. ✧────────────⥼☼⥽────────────✧ If one aspires to become a part of the esteemed Palatio Arancione, it is advisable to reach out to the Palatiodora, who serves as the pivotal point of contact. Their guidance and direction will illuminate the path toward one's desired pursuit within this illustrious institution. Should one harbour an earnest interest in undertaking a wardship within any of the esteemed Offices, it is advisable to initiate contact with the respective head of the Office in question or, alternatively, seek an audience with the Palatiodora. These dignitaries serve as the custodians of opportunities and knowledge, capable of guiding aspiring individuals towards a path of erudition and service within the Court. Change Logs Her Royal Highness, SIBYL GWYNETH, Princess of Monterosa, Duchess of Atrus, Head to Il Courta Cometa Her Highness, MISCHA OF ILLATIA, Princess of Haense, Duchess of Greywyn, Countess of Florentine, Princess Palatiodora of the Palatio Arancione
  7. Issued by the Andromedan Court On the 17th of Lothar’s Gift, 73 BA To the Esteemed Citizens of Balian and the Distinguished Members of the Andromedan Court, I extend my warmest greetings to you all on this momentous occasion. It is with great pleasure and profound respect that I address you today regarding the appointment of Her Highness, Princess Mischa of Haense, as the new Palatiodora. Her ascent to this esteemed position marks a pivotal moment in the history of our beloved Balian and the Andromedan Court. Before I delve into the remarkable plans that Her Highness has for our illustrious city and court, I wish to take a moment to express our heartfelt appreciation for the dedication and service of the former Palatiodora, Dona Nicoletta Septimia of Sarkozic. Her tenure was marked by unwavering commitment and tireless efforts to uphold the traditions and values that define our realm. We owe her a debt of gratitude for her years of exemplary leadership. Now, as we look to the future, we must recognize that the appointment of Princess Mischa heralds a new era—one that promises to be as transformative as it is promising. Her Highness brings with her a vision that is both visionary and forward-thinking, and her period of power will undoubtedly be etched into the books of history. Princess Mischa's foremost objective is to breathe new life into our vibrant city of Balian and to rekindle the spirit of our people. She envisions a court that not only respects tradition but also embraces progress and innovation. Her plan is nothing short of revolutionary, aimed at creating a more harmonious and dynamic society for all. To achieve this ambitious goal, Princess Mischa intends to implement a comprehensive series of reforms within the court. Her initiatives encompass everything from education and the arts to infrastructure and cultural revitalization. Under her guidance, we will witness the restoration of Balian's rich cultural heritage and the emergence of a flourishing, diverse community that thrives on its differences. Princess Mischa's dedication to our people and her vision for a brighter future are boundless. Her commitment to inclusivity and her tireless efforts to promote social justice will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on our city and the Andromedan Court. We, the people of Balian, are fortunate to have such a visionary leader guiding our destiny. Together, we shall build a community that will stand as a beacon of progress for generations to come. Signed, HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Andromeda Ester of Ba’as, Queen-consort of Balian, Countess-consort of Monteres, Viscountess-consort of Eflen and Anatis, Baroness-consort of Brucca, Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera.
  8. Issued by the Andromedan Court On the 15th of Sigismund’s End, 65 BA After many years of dedicated service, it is with heavy heart that the palace must announce that Dona Serena is stepping down from her position as Palatiodora. A truly remarkable woman, Dona Serena has held true and provided important work for the court and its people. Which includes revamping the inner workings, repopulating court positions, and improving relations of international courts. The crown commemorates the services provided and wishes Dona Serena luck on all her future endeavors. Taking on the role is the Viscountess Pompourelia, Dona Nicoletta Septimia of Sarkozic. With past experience as Lady Celebrant under her Highness, Princess Augustina, her understanding of the inner workings of court made her a formidable candidate. It is her goal to denounce the negative connotation that lingers with the idea of court by influencing the peers and citizens of Balian to take action and garner excitement in supporting the Monarch’s inner workings. It is a privilege, not a chore, to serve within the ranks of our Monarch’s court. It has come in recent years that the assumed role of the court is frilly behavior amongst ladies to discuss fashion, etiquette and personal matters when this is far from the truth. To receive a peerage from the King is a great honor and to serve under his house within his workings is even more so. It is the duty of Peers to provide for the court and the Monarch’s house in atleast one way. With either representation or with their own kin. Signed, HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Andromeda Ester of Ba’as, Queen-consort of Balian, Countess-consort of Monteres, Viscountess-consort of Eflen and Anatis, Baroness-consort of Brucca, Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera.
  9. THE MONARCHS OF BALIAN A Completed Study and Report of the Past, Present, and Future Monarchs of the Kingdom of Balian Written and Edited By: Lord Casimir Marius Vilac 一 The King of Balian, or Balianese Monarch, is the absolute ruler and authoritative figure in the Kingdom of Balian. The only authority higher than the Crown is GOD. The King has the final say in all matters of state and has no equal in legal power. In order to effectively rule, the King of Balian elects a Duana, originally known as the Ducal Chamber, which is a small, trusted group of individuals that carry out specific tasks in the governance of Balian. The Duana contains the Constable, Legate, Censor, Magister, Procurator, and Amiratus. The Amiratus, or Chief Minister, is the King’s personal advisor and the penultimate authority within the Kingdom. The Amiratus also manages and runs the Duana. The King of Balian is never seen far away from His Queen. All Queen-Consorts thus far have been of noble lineage and hold equal titles to the King but not equal power in the Kingdom. However, the Consort does hold considerable sway in matters and helps run the kingdom effectively. The current ruling family in Balian is House Novellen. Once the Imperial House in the Holy Orenian Empire, the remnants marched South after the Brother’s War and founded the Grand Duchy of Balian under King John I. House Novellen has existed since 1753, after the Union between Joseph I and Anne I, and has a strong future ahead of it. 一一一一一一一一一一 I King King John I of Balian John Casimir Novellen 1817-1900 | 21 B.A. - 33 B.A. | 1867 - 1900 @Imperium Consort: Gwenyth of Karosgrad Children: Alexander I, King of Balian, Princess Royal Constantia Irene Novellan, Princess Augustina Therosia Novellen, Countess of Salia, Prince Constantine Antonius Novellen, Archduke of Petra, Princess Persephone Maxima Novellen-Vilac John Casimir, or John I, was the first King of Balian and the only Grand Duke of the Grand Duchy of Balian. Born in 1817 in the Holy Orenian Empire under the reign of Philip II, he was the second son of Prince Philip Aurelian Novellen, the Heir Apparent of the Empire. The early years of John I were unremarkable, to say the least, and he fell into the background as he was never meant to rule. But rule, he did. Growing up as a member of the Imperial Household, John Casimir had access to the finest education and became proficient in a multitude of fields, including Military Command, Politics, Economics, and others. However, he had a remarkable prowess for militarism, as was shown in the later years of his life. When the War of the Wigs erupted between Oren and Urguan, John served alongside his brother, Philip III, and fought in numerous battles, including the Siege of Haverlock and the Battle of Lower Petra, two major victories for the Imperials. Soon, though, the golden years of the Holy Orenian Empire came to a close after the tragic deaths of John’s brother, Philip III, and his wife. When the Brother’s War erupted between Prince Frederick Novellen and Peter IV, John sided with the Imperialists. After a decisive battle in New Providence, Peter IV is slain, and John Casimir rallied what little remains of the Imperialist forces. Facing utter defeat from the Royalists, John leads the remnants south, following the Star of Saint Lothar. Crossing oceans and wandering through deserts, John Casimir eventually landed upon a mount, which was named Monterosa. There he declared the formation of a new nation, the Grand Duchy of Balian, and the construction of a new city, Atrus. With the help of his Consort, Gwenyth of Atrus, John I built up the city of Atrus and led the Orenian remnants in creating a new haven for all. Still, the new Balianese found backlash and heartache from the original inhabitants of the land: the Nashifah Confederacy. In what would become known as the War of the Ruffians, the Grand Duchy of Balian, alongside their Norlandic and Hyspian Allies, fought against the Nashifah and secured their foothold in the southern deserts of Almaris. In the aftermath of the war, John continues to develop the Grand Duchy of Balian, implementing the Ducal Chamber and other changes. The Grand Duchy and its citizens flourished in the desert, and soon it would no longer be a Grand Duchy but a Kingdom. Finally, in 21 B.A., John Casimir Novellen is coronated as King John I of Balian, beginning his twelve year reign as King. His Queen-Consort, however, became more absent, shying away from the public. Though the two remained loyal till the end of their days, the public rarely saw the Queen-Consort. So much so that it was assumed she perished. John I, unwavering, continued to develop the Kingdom of Balian, issuing land permits to the Noble houses. Finally, in 1900, 33 B.A., John I fell ill and became bed-ridden alongside his loyal wife, Gwenyth Anaystasia. John I continued to try and govern the Kingdom alongside his Royal Chamber, but it was in vain. It was the Royal couple’s time to depart. The Queen-Consort passed on, and in the very next hour, the reign of John I, First King and Grand Duke of Balian, came to an end. 一一一一一一一一一一 II King King Alexander I of Balian Alexandros Casimir Novellen 1861-1921 | 33 B.A. - 54 B.A. @Shmeepicus Consort: Yelena of Marsana Children: Adrian I, King of Balian, Prince Alexios Michael Novellen, Count of Pavano, Princess Royal Elena Casimira Novellen de Lyons, Countess of Rosemoor, Princess Lydia Antheia Novellen, Countess of Caluzzo Alexandros Casimir Novellen, more commonly known as Alexander, was the firstborn child of John I and Gwenyth of Atrus. Born in 1861 in the Holy Orenian Empire, under the reign of Philip III, his childhood was a tumultuous one, filled with wars and violence. Living through near back-to-back wars, Alexander never had the childhood a child deserves. At the age of only 7, Alexander and his father, John I, led the Imperialist remnants south to rebuild after the loss of the Brother’s War. After establishing the Grand Duchy of Balian atop Monterosa, Alexander began to adapt to his new life in the South. During his teen years, it was common to see Alexander training with the Company of Balian among its officers. While he never officially took up rank within the Balian military, It was noted that he displayed remarkable proficiency with the bow on horseback. Some may say that Alexander’s training with the Company may have saved his life on numerous occasions. Alexander continued to participate in various skirmishes and battles as the Grand Duchy of Balian maintained its foothold in the South. He fought alongside John I in the War of the Ruffians, helping to secure multiple decisive Balian victories. At a young age, Prince Alexander began to develop feelings for Yelena Lorena vas Ruthern. Yelena had grown up much like Alexander in the shadows of the Brother’s War and retreated to Balian alongside the rest of the Imperialist remnants. As the pair grew closer in the Grand Duchy, they both fell in love and were wed in 1882. Alexander continued to help with the ruling of Balian, standing in for his father when needed. When the Kingdom of Balian was formed, Alexander took on the role of heir apparent, not to a Grand Duchy but to a kingdom. A king to be. Following the death of King John I in 33 B.A., Alexandros Casimir Novellen ascended the throne as King Alexander I of Balian, thus beginning a twenty-one year reign. In many ways, Alexander’s reign was marked by peace, justice, and prosperity. After the chaos of his childhood and the chaos that befell the Orenian Empire, Alexander led the kingdom of Balian into an era of opulence. That is, until tales of a vile beast began to spread around the continent. A name that made even the strongest of knights tremble in fear. Cloudbreaker Thus began one of the largest mobilization efforts in the history of Almaris. A war against the dead was about to be waged. As the forces of Iblees began to enact terror on the lands, the soldier King led the charge against it. Alongside his Duana, Princess Lydia Antheia, and Seneschal Ledicort Vuiller, a covenant was drafted that was named The Atrus Covenant. In one of the most spectacular accomplishments of the Kingdom of Balian, for the first time in what seemed like decades, the Descendants were united. From Urguan to Vortice to the Iron Horde, a united front was built with the singular goal of slaying the undead. And so, the day came. The sky above Atrus darkened, and the crackling of crimson lightning was seen throughout the desert. The Atrus Covenant stood ready to defend the city. As the Siege began, that vile beast was spotted—a cruel, imposing skeleton of what once might have been a majestic being. Undead flesh hung from the wings and bones of the creature. Teeth, the size of longswords lined it’s jaw, ready to crush a man in seconds. The drake flew towards Atrus, and the fight began. The soldier King stood with his men and even his children, organizing the effort to destroy the evil Cloudbreaker. The Atrus Covenant fought tooth and nail against the undead until, finally, victory was achieved and Atrus was saved from annihilation. King Alexander I had slain a dragon. Despite the incredible feat of killing the undead, Alexander became known for more than just fighting. After the events of the Siege of Cloudbreaker, the soldier King became no more. Instead, he began a dream. A dream that is shared by his son and heir, Hadrian. The dream of Pax Humanis. Even towards the end of Alexander’s rule, when the Adrian rebellion took place, he never wavered in his dream of peace. In the waning hours of his reign, Alexander I formed a new covenant, or a League. The Canonist League was formed, uniting much of humanity under one banner. As he grew older, Alexander came down with a terrible disease, much like his father. For two years, Alexander’s son Hadrian and Gaius var Ruthern ran the kingdom. Night befell the Palatio Monterosa in Atrus. Tales began to circulate within the palace that Alexander’s time had come. As his children and close relatives were called up to his room, it became clear what was happening. One by one, the visitors came and went, saying their goodbyes to their King. And as his chest fell still, King Alexander I, ‘the Just,’ of Balian joined his brother, mother, and father. 一一一一一一一一一一 III King King Adrian I of Balian Hadrian Casimir Novellen 28 B.A. - Present | 54 B.A. - Present @Parodies_ Consort: Andromeda of Ba’as Children: Princess Johanna Casimira Novellen, Princess of Monterosa, Heir Apparent to Balian, Prince Alexander Casimir Novellen, Count of Pontazuro, Princess Sibyl Gwenyth Novellen, Countess of Senna, Princess Eirene Daria Novellen, Countess of Caluzzo, Prince Michael Marcellus Novellen Hadrian Casimir Novellen, also known as Adrian, is the firstborn child of King Alexander I of Balian and Yelena of Marsana and the current King of Balian. Even with just under ten years of rule, Adrian I has led the people of Balian through some of the most troublesome times. Never far from his Queen-Consort, Andromeda of Ba’as, it is clear that the Kingdom would not be where it is today without their efforts. Born in 1895, Hadrian Casimir Novellen lived a relatively peaceful life throughout his childhood, quite the opposite of his father. During the Siege of Cloudbreaker, he and his sister, Lydia, took up arms against the beast and the undead. As Hadrian aged, he became more interested in the arts of alchemy, taking various lessons and learning a variety of skills, becoming one of the most skilled alchemists in the Kingdom of Balian. During his teenage years, the Prince became acquainted with the newly arrived Princess Andromeda of Ba’as. A striking and elegant figure, Andromeda quickly made a name for herself within the Kingdom and on Hadrian. Approving of the match, King Alexander I of Balian announced in a missive the eventual marriage between Hadrian and Andromeda, which was scheduled for the year 1920, 27 B.A. The wedding and celebrations took place, and it was soon known that Princess Andromeda was with child. As the years changed, it became clear that King Alexander would not see another year. Hadrian and Andromeda said their goodbyes to the aging king, and King Alexander passed away. Hadrian Casimir Novellen ascended the Balianese throne as King Adrian I of Balian, beginning his prosperous reign that is still taking place today. Before the coronation of Adrian I, Andromeda of Ba’as gave birth to the Heir Apparent of Balian, a spry Princess! Princess Johanna Casimira Novellen is set to inherit the Balian throne. Adrian continued his father’s wishes, condemning the Adrian Rebellion and continuing to build relations with other nations as well as strengthening the Canonist League. However, the most defining moment of Adrian’s reign thus far is soon to come. Whispers across the continent of Almaris began to surface of a new foe, stronger and more powerful than the undead faced at the Siege of Cloudbreaker. They were soon given a name. The Mori’quessir. As the Mori Invasion began to carve its way throughout the continent, the descendants banded together once more to put an end to this seemingly impossible foe. Skirmishes and battles were fought all across Almaris as every nation faced the threat with everything they had. But it soon became apparent: The Mori would succeed. Still, the descendants fought back, even after the Fall of Alisgrad in Norland and other strongholds, until the Mori began knocking at the gates of Atrus. A sandstorm kicked up, and Atrus came under siege. The Mori surged forward, and the Balianese, led by Adrian I, fought back. To some, it was reminiscent of Cloudbreaker. To others, it was hell. As the battle waged on, the Balianese saw that it was to no avail. Where one was killed, two took their place. An evacuation order was announced, and the citizens of the Kingdom took refuge in the ruins of Savoy. That was our last stand against the Mori’quessir. The time grew near, and the descendants gave it their all. Every survivor, soldier, woman, and child fought with everything they had. But it was no use. Adrian I led his people to safety, aboard ships that carried the survivors to new, uncharted waters. After a brief stop on the island of Failor, Balian found its new home on the continent of Aevos. There, King Adrian I and Queen-Consort Andromeda of Ba’as established a new city: Portoregne. The Kingdom of Balian is once again growing strong and prosperous. With the Adrian Rebellion resolved, the dream of Pax Humanis is on the horizon. King Adrian I of Balian is only just beginning his reign. With more to come in the future, Balian is entering a new golden age on Aevos. 一一一一一一一一一一 The Future Queen Princess Johanna Johanna Casimira Novellen 54 B.A. - Present @MunaZaldrizoti As the Kingdom of Balian looks towards the future beyond King Adrian I, understanding the Heir Apparent to the Balian throne is essential. Princess Johanna Casimira is the current Heir Apparent of Balian and the firstborn child of King Adrian I and Queen-Consort Andromeda of Ba’as. She is set to inherit the throne at the passing of Adrian I. Johanna is a young, energetic spirit, often seen running around the square of Portoregne alongside her trusted, furry companion: Tobias the Balianese Panda. In fact, Johanna and Tobias have developed such a trusting relationship that she sometimes rides Tobias like a horse! Johanna has even done this in battle, after chasing off a group of bandits who kidnapped and attempted to murder a traveler. Johanna Casimira is not hard to miss. Seldom not in a rush to get somewhere at speed, Johanna often yells “Basho!” to those who aren’t keeping up with her. It is also her battlecry! While still young, Johanna Casimira has begun trainings with Alberic du Loc, a trusted companion and cousin of the King Adrian I. While she is still young, the future of Balian seems to be in good hands. 一一一一一一一一一一 SIGNED, HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Andromeda Ester of Ba’as, Queen-consort of Balian, Countess of Monteres, Viscountess of Eflen and Anatis, Baroness of Brucca, Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera. LORD Casimir Marius Vilac, Patriarch of House Vilac, Camareiro of the Andromedan Court Ambassador of Balian to the Kingdom of Númendil
  10. Andromeda’s crew preparing the vessel for travel to Ba’as Published by THE ANDROMEDAN COURT 2nd the Horen’s Calling, 62BA The Crown and the House of Novellen are excited to announce the birth of the fourth child to His Majesty, Adrian I and Queen Andromeda Ester of Ba’as. The labor occurred across continents in the Principality of Ba’as under the watchful eyes of Queen Andromeda’s family, thus dated for the 2nd the Horen’s Calling, 62BA . The darling Princess, fourth in line to inherit and third daughter to the Royal couple has tresses of dark auburn and eyes like her mothers. Accordingly to her birth locality, she was named after the Queen’s mother, Princess Daria of Ba’as, and a Rhenyari styled first designation. She was later baptized by local canonist priests as the Queen wished GOD to be with her and her daughter on their voyage home. Hence, the Crown of Balian declares the birth of PRINCESS EIRENE DARIA NOVELLEN @Kholibrii AN ACCOUNT OF HER TOUR Andromeda began the journey to Ba’as by recruiting a few loyal courtiers, a crew, and a previous captain for her voyage. She faithfully wished her husband and three children farewell, entrusting the courts to her mighty Palatiodora and setting foot onto a familiar ship. It had been the same one that had taken her from Ba’as to Balian and later from Almaris to Aveos with safety. It was only right and safe to use the sea-hardened wood than a new ship that might have faults. Her capitan set a source home and she sent a letter to her mother, Princess Daria of Ba’as, informing them of her soon arrival. According to her, the winds pulled her across the sea with haste but roughly a month along the journey a terrible storm hit the water and lasted three days. It shook the planks and nails that held the great old boat together and all those aboard had to aid in heaving buckets of water overboard so the ship would not sink. The storm eventually subsided and the second Mate, a Ser Constance d’Louer, patched all remaining holes in the ship and successfully saved all aboard from impending doom. The rest of the voyage was uneventful and dull until the familiar warmth in the air greeted Andromeda and her crew, some of which had never experienced such heat. As they docked, they were welcomed by the royal houses of Ba’as and led to the palace. There, the crew of the ship were allowed room and board to recover as Andromeda dined with her family. At said dinner, Andromeda’s older sister, Asria, would reveal that through her medical studies she had become very knowledgeable on pregnancies and from the very first moment she spotted Andromeda, she knew the woman was expecting. It was decided that she would stay in Ba’as for the remainder of her terms for the health of the baby who had been disconnected from solid ground its entire life. Thereafter, Andromeda would spend the rest of her pregnancy resting in the warm deserts around Ba’as, adventuring in carriages with her younger sister, Princess Norah, but soon the baby came. Overseen by the best doctors in the principality and witnessed by the Queen’s mother and sisters, the delivery of the Balian royal went smoothly. She was baptized once the Queen had recovered her strength, she herself wrote about how beautiful the ceremony was in a letter to her husband. However the adventure came to a close par the request of the Monarch to see his newborn before she would not recognize her own father. Therefore the party of loyal courtiers, crew, captain, and Andromeda with her daughter would return to the ship. But this time, per the desire of Princess Norah, she would join the crew to Balian in an effort to explore the world further. So after yet another voyage across the seas, Queen Andromeda and her party would safely set foot in the capital of Balian once more. This time, returning home. Signed, HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Andromeda Ester of Ba’as, Queen-consort of Balian, Countess of Monteres, Viscountess of Eflen and Anatis, Baroness of Brucca, Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera. Penned by, Marlene K. von Alstreim, Ward to the Queen
  11. THE CONSORTS OF BALIAN, SPOUSES OF THE CROWN Or, A COMPLETED STUDY ON THE CONSORTS OF THE BALIANESE MONARCHS BY MARLENE K. von ALSTREIM INSPIRED AND DEDICATED TO THE HISTORIAN, IRENE C. SARKOZY THE QUEEN, ANDROMEDA OF BA’AS — The CONSORT, or officially the CONSORT OF THE BALIANESE MONARCH, is the spouse of the current sovereign of the realm, either married before the monarch’s accession or during their rule. A consort is not considered equal to the monarch in terms of authority and legal power, however, they still hold considerable strengths of the crown with the approval of the sovereign. They have also been traditionally in charge of the everyday functionality of the court, though the Governess carries out most affairs to disinterested consorts. In all cases the consorts, regardless of social standing or rank before they are married, have been titled with royal style and address equal to that of the sovereign. Thus, only excluding the traditional ‘-consort’ appellation attached to the title in question. As of 60 BA, all consorts have come from noble lineages, with one officeholder being ethnically from Haense (I), one officeholder being ethnically from Oren (II), and one officeholder being ethnically from Ba’as (III). Of the houses which have married into the royal family, a Raevir or Ruskan preference has been shown as most consorts of the state hail from Karovic lineages (I, II). Occasionally however there are cases of divergence, such as when the government’s political and cultural interests superseded the Monarch’s preferences (III). Notable officeholders include Gwyneth of Karosgrad (I) and Andromeda of Ba’as (III). ____________ I QUEEN Gwyneth of Karosgrad Gwyneth Anastasya Barbanov | Gweneth Anastasia Barbanov 23 - 35 BA | 1888 - 1900 AH @Disheartened Monarch: John I Children: Alexander I, King of Balian, Princess Royal Constantia, Princess Augustina, Countess of Salia, Prince Constantine, Archduke of Petra, Princess Persephone Gwyneth Anastasya (Common: Gweneth Anastasia), regally known as Gwyneth of Karosgrad and otherwise known as Gwyneth of Artus was the first Queen-Consort of Balian through her marriage to John I, King of Balian, in 1860. She was the only child of Prince Karl Demetrius Barbanov and his wife, Elizabeth Louise of Draskovic, and was born in 1830 in the capital of Haense, Karosgrad, under the reign of Heinrik II. Her upbringing was mainly befitting a woman of her station, having access to the same royal tutors as the other Princes and Princesses of Haense. After her birth, the Grandfather's rule was retracted, making her one of the only titled Princesses to the Crown. Despite her favorable circumstances of birth, Gwyneth still struggled with such things as creating friendships and her shy demeanor. It did not matter the tutor, lesson, or scolding she had, her introverted and bashful disposition would not change. Gwyneth was so good at being quiet that many of the Hanseni public knew nothing of her existence, even if they had seen her before. This passive lifestyle, one that she was fairly content with, lasted until her twenty-fifth year of life. Her father, ill and resolved to see his only child married, began to send out notices to lords of Karosgrad for Gwyneth’s hand in marriage. She would evade the onslaught of men for over five years until her mother stepped in and used her remaining connections to Oren to formally betroth her thirty-year-old daughter to the unmarried son of Prince Philip Aurelian Novellen, the heir to the Holy Orenian Empire. Gwyneth was initially unsettled, having to leave the comforts of the North to join her husband in the West. Despite being unsure, she’d found that John was a kind man, and her new company required nothing of her other than to bear children. Their first child, heir to the future Kingdom of Balian, would come a year later in 1861. This would be followed by three more children until the year 1866 in which the beginnings of the Brothers War would commence. The battles themselves did not begin until 1868 when her husband, Prince John, had been on the losing side. In the aftermath, John and Gwyneth would lead the remaining Imperial Loyalists south. They followed the star of Saint Lothar and John would establish the capital of the Grand Duchy of Balian, known as Artus. Buildings were raised from the ground up and soon a palace was created for Gwyneth, named the Monterosa. From the ivory towers, she would be able to watch the city under her and stay far from the life of the court. She’d allow her children to bloom in their own fashions, being a rather absent parent. Already in quiet solitude as a Duchess, when John ascended to King of Balian in 1888, she would be nowhere near the ceremony. Most assumed she had perished as she discreetly accepted the role of Queen-Consort. Her tenure as such was uneventful and left almost entirely to a Governess. In her older age, she would live on as a loyal consort to her husband throughout his reign of 12 years. In fact, they would lie together on their deathbed. Gwyneth went first, followed by John the very next hour. She was surrounded by her children and grandchildren, a loving family. Her legacy, although reserved, lived on through her gentle nature and shy demeanor. ____________ II QUEEN Yelena of Marsana Yelena Lorena vas Ruthern | Helena Lorena Ruthern 35 - 56 BA | 1900 - 1921 AH @Bee_ Monarch: Alexander I Children: Adrian I, King of Balian, Prince Alexios, Count of Pavano, Princess Royal Elena, Countess of Rosemoor, Princess Lydia, Countess of Caluzzo Yelena Lorena (Common: Helena Lorena), regally known as Yelena of Marsana was the second Queen-Consort of Balian through her marriage to Alexander I, King of Balian, in 1882. She was one of five legitimate children between her father, Ivan, Duke of Reutou, and Kathrina d’Arkent, and a twin to Ekaterina Maria, being born in 1863 as a member of the highly esteemed Ruthern house. She had three older siblings which resulted in little expectations placed upon her. Her family was greatly affected by the Brothers’ War, but Yelena was young and unknowing so when Prince John Casimir and his following appeared at the doors of the Duchy of Reutou, Yelena was one of the first to welcome them with open arms. Periodically, the adults would gather outside to defend against the armies of Prince Frederick, but they could do little and eventually lost the battles. Thus, all of the followers of Prince John would move south. Despite the move, Yelena was quick to adapt and during this time had constructed friendships with the children of the Prince. This eventually turned into a fondness and Yelena, along with her sister and Princess Constantia would establish the Honey Court. This early exposure to ruling, albeit pretend, along with her amiability with the heir to the Grand Duchy and direct bloodline connection to the Royal House of Barbanov made her the favored choice for consort at the mere age of ten. Yelena diligently continued her work in the Honey Court, becoming a junior writer and publishing three editions of The Honey Tea newspaper while simultaneously commuting to other nations to build relations with future generations which later became important alliances for the Grand Duchy. These publications eventually landed the adolescent on the Vuiller Council in 1880 and allowed her to gain further exploration to diplomacy and the innermost mechanics of the government. In addition to this, she had grown closer to the Duke’s eldest son and the pair shortly fell in love as they reached their teenage years. Although only young adults, Alexander proposed to Yelena and they would be officially wed in 1882. She took little time adapting to the Ducal lifestyle since her childhood was spent as the daughter of a Duke and eventually she would undertake the responsibilities of the Governess of the Monterosa Palace. Amid her tenure, she would host galas that reflected the political changes in Balian and ones that celebrated the separation of Balian from the Orenian Empire. Five years after her official appointment to the role of Governess, the Grand Duchy would be designated as a Kingdom. This was a small shock to the populace and especially one to the newly entitled Princess-Consort, claiming multiple times to her council that she was not prepared to be a Queen. With the sudden increase in pressure, the royal couple would struggle to produce an heir. For over fourteen years they would toil through marriage childless with most nobles ridiculing Yelena for the lack of one. The criticism began to wear at the Princess who had done most everything she could, but ultimately it resulted in her disappearance from public life. In 1896, the Crown finally announced the birth of the heir to the kingdom, Hadrian Casimir, and a baptism to lift spirits was held a month after. Yelena, driven from sociable society, made one of her final appearances at this ceremony. In 1900, King John finally succumbed to old age and Yelena’s husband, Alexander, would rise to the occasion of King. By then, she had given birth to a second son and was prepared to return to society during the coronation and take her place as Queen. Alexander was crowned following his fathers funeral in the Basilica of la Sorella as Yelena stood by the side with both of their sons. However, no such return occurred as she would develop an illness that kept her from fulfilling the full responsibilities of Queen. After the birth of her final two daughters, it would be decided that the roles the Queen would commonly do would be delighted to other members of the court and Yelena would be left to rest in hopes of her eventual recovery. In her reign and later life she functioned as a symbol of Balian royalty, creating a sanctuary for bees within the Monterosa palace and holding private gatherings with her husband whom she still loyally supported even if she could not do so publicly. Alexander would go on to rule for twenty-one-years and when he passed in 1921, Yelena would flee the palace in grief. Her own passing was never confirmed as a body was ever found before the Mori took over Almaris and turned the lands hostile to descendants' life. With the newly established Kingdom of Balian in Aveos, her daughters would rebuild her bee sanctuary to honor their lost mother. Yelena would continue to live on symbolically in the lives of the Balian people as a devoted and patriotic Queen, steadfast in the few achievements she managed to complete. ____________ III QUEEN Andromeda of Ba’as Andromeda Ester Rostampur | Anna Esther Rostampur 56 - Presently BA | 1921 - Presently AH @Annie_Ann Monarch: Adrian I Children: Princess Johanna, Princess of Monterosa, Prince Alexander, Count of Pontazuro, Princess Sibyl, Countess of Senna Andromeda Ester (Common: Anna Esther), regally known as Andromeda of Ba’as is the third, and current, Queen-Consort of Balian through her marriage to Adrian I, King of Balian, in 1920. She is a member of the Princely house Rostampur of Ba’as and the daughter of a fearsome matriarch. Andromeda was born on the fifth of the Sun’s Smile in 1896 to, at the time, Princess Daria Rostampur and her husband Lord Vasilis Lyraide. She was the second daughter of the couple, boasting an older brother and sister at the time of her arrival. In her youth, she was known for being the brightest of her siblings, honing the attention of her great-grandfather, Balthazar, Prince of Ba’as, upon her and her elder sister Asria. Both girls were educated on the traditions of Rhenyari culture and ways to honor it in daily life. However, more often than not, Andromeda learned such not from lectures but from following the Prince in tow to political gatherings or other occasions of note. In 1900 when Andromeda was merely four, her older brother Archaes would venture far beyond the safety of Ba’as and was cursed by the villainous Rudran Samraaj. Rudran was a sorcerer of some strength and had already begun brewing trouble for the principality, but the death of a prince was seen as a heinous act and a war soon broke out. Ba’as, although rich in culture, had little military support to back the battles and began to lose territory. In a last-ditch effort, Theophilus Safari, the second vizier to the Prince of Ba’as, would send a letter to the Kingdom of Balian. The letter contained a plea to the Almaris superpower for military aid against Samraaj, but in turn, promised a crown princess of Ba’as as a wife for the future monarch of Balian. Therefore, an agreement was arranged in 1902 and ships of men were sent to the coastline of Ba’as which would win the war in 1903. But for Andromeda, her entire life would change. After the war was won, Balthazar would retire from his station and named his granddaughter, Princess Daria, his heir. Thus, Andromeda and her sister both ascended to the role of crown princesses. It was decided that after Archaes’s death that Asria would be the heir to Ba’as following her mother's tenure, which left the sole duty of marriage to Andromeda at the mere age of seven. Most of her education now focused on preparing her for not only rulership but the vast journey across the sea to Balian when the time came to fulfill such duties. Andromeda struggled with the sudden influx of responsibilities, having never been explained why she had such a vital role in her people’s well-being other than it was her duty. Yet, as she grew, she began to take this duty very seriously. Through sheer dedication, she became a master in politics, religion, and cultural practices. Little room was left for anything else other than enacting her family's plans for her. Finally, in 1912, the eight-month journey from the eastern city of Ba’as to Balian began with Andromeda being escorted by her elder sister. The long stretches without land and living on rations were hardly an environment for anything of gentle birth, let alone the princesses of the Rostampur line. But the voyage went well, all things considered. Two governesses had kept the princesses as engaged as they could in affairs of the West. The captain and his first mate ensured a smooth and steady course on the good ship Shalagold as spirits were as high as could be, given many were curious to see what sort of world Almaris could be. It was only as they neared the shores of the new continent that trouble brewed. By the time they were within a day’s reach, black sails circled the galleon. Fearing the worst, the capital elected to send the princesses with the aloof dark elf that had kept to himself most of the trip. The three soon would find themselves ported into the town of Adria, laying over until they could take the next carriage and ferry south. Once the princesses had arrived in Balian, an abundance of the citizens gathered in the square to see Andromeda and Asria being escorted to the royal court and introduced to the King and his children, including the heir, Hadrian Casimir Novellen. All seemed cordial between the Prince and Princess upon their first meeting, and seeing as the King approved the match, a message was published to let the public know of the engagement. Said notice stated that the pair would be wed in 1920 following five years of travel that would connect the newly arrived Andromeda to the people of Almaris and Hadrian to her. Throughout these travels, Andromeda would begin to build a cult-like following. Her popularity stemmed from her upbringing, now set to be the first true-blooded Rhenyari queen ever. But despite this, Hadrian had little eyes for her and Andromeda became resentful. Once back from the excursion, Andromeda would take up guidance under Princess Augustina, the Governess of the Monterosa. Augustina would aid in filling the gaps of knowledge in Andromeda in preparation for her time as queen. As a part of the festival of springs coming, she would be instructed to host her first event known as the Vernal Ball of 1916. Met with great success, her prominence as the betrothed to the heir was mightier than the current Queen’s. The city was abuzz as the year 1920 approached and preparations for the wedding commenced. Andromeda wore a gown of Balian style, proudly donning purple in union with Hadrian. The ceremony took place in the Basilica La Sorella and the couple walked down the aisle together as witnesses held up gilded Lorraine crosses behind them. In tradition with Balianese weddings, they then drank from a glass of blessed wine and a prayer was said by the priest conducting the age-old tradition. After the ceremony, a large feast began with the Balianese Bard College performing at the request of Andromeda who enjoyed fostering the arts. Thereon, Andromeda was titled Princess of Monterosa and established her duties as consort with haste. She briefly aided in the curation of maids and valets under the palace along with the arrangements for the second Symposia Pragma. In 1921, Hadrian's father would pass and Andromeda would be raised to the title of Queen. Pregnant at the time, the coronation was put off until the birth of their heir, Johanna Casimira. The coronation took place the following year in 1922 after the complete recovery of Andromeda and was conducted by His Holiness, Sixtus V. It began with both majesties being anointed with holy oils and her husband, Hadrian, taking the regnal name Adrian. Thereafter both were crowned and relics were presented unto them by selected peers and members of the royal house. An addressment followed, aimed to uplift the already cheery spirits of those gathered for the monumental occasion. Her tenure as Queen was unlike any other reigning Queen of Balian as while both Yelena and Gwyneth attended their husbands, they unconsciously neglected the courts. Andromeda, almost invincible in her demeanor, guided her people through the torment of the Mori on Almaris and along with her husband established the new world of Balian in Aveos. She played a key role in the construction of the new capital and invigorating the spirits of her people. They looked to her for much guidance during the voyage due to her very personal experience on long travels, being from Ba’as. Her reign would see the destruction of the Monterosa palace and completion of the Arancione Palatio, later titled the Andromedan Court after her. It was located serenely to the south of the capital, Portoregne, and acted as the seat of power for the Royal House of Novellen. The first floor featured an entirely unique design, being open concept with spaces designed especially for revelries and the upper floors for the restricted access of the Royal Family and trusted acquaintances. Furthermore, the new palace also came with the firm establishment of a Queen’s Council that reworked the outdated and barren Governess system. Now Andromeda was in charge followed by a Palatiodora, Camareiro, Amfitiro, and Secretariat that made up the major council. The lesser court and advisors were also crucial parts in the newly vested courts. Currently reigning Queen ____________ SIGNED, HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Andromeda Ester of Ba’as, Queen-consort of Balian, Countess of Monteres, Viscountess of Eflen and Anatis, Baroness of Brucca, Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera. Updated last 1928 by; Marlene K. Von Alstreim, Ward to the Queen
  12. Issued by the Andromedan Court On the 7th of Owyn's Flame, 61 BA With the Kingdom of Balian settling into its new home, the final touches of the Palatio Arancione have been completed. The Andromedan Court sees fit to open the Palatio Arancione to the public for the first time in the form of an Inaugural Ball. The Balianese people have faced major hardship over recent years, yet we have persevered and found a new life for ourselves on La Costa Rubinissima. To honor this newfound prosperity, the Inaugural Ball shall be themed around the concept of rebirth. THE TIMETABLE THE MONTH OF PETER’S GLORY The Citrus Harvest As the Kingdom of Balian grows anew, so do the fruits of Rosemoor Rest. Seen as a symbol of Rebirth, fruits are the result of a year’s worth of labor by a plant to continue the cycle of life. Following Their Royal Majesty’s first Royal Court, the courtiers of the Andromedan Court are invited to the Citrus Grove to pick a fruit that they feel best represents them. Saturday, June 10th, 5:30 PM EST THE MONTH OF SUN’S SMILE The Inaugural Ball The Balianese People and their allies shall gather within the grand ballroom of the Palatio Arancione for the first official Ball of the Andromedan court. Guests should don clothes which represent the fruit they chose the previous Saint Day, either as the color of the fruit or some other physical representation. An abundance of fruit from La Costa Rubinissima shall be arranged for the guests to graze over while not on the dance floor. Sunday. June 11th, 6:30 PM EST THE FRUITS OF ROSEMOOR’S REST Each fruit from the list has been planted and grown within the gardens of the Kingdom. Guests can pick from seven different fruits based on their meaning. Guests should take an introspective view of their desires and aspirations to find which fruit resonates with them most. Orange: Representing the Queen of Balian, prosperity and happiness Grapefruit: Representing the King of Balian, balance and harmony Blood Orange: Representing the fighters of Balian, protection and good luck Lemon: Representing the medics of Balian, clarity and healing Yuzu: Representing the beginning of Balian, resilience and endurance Rubinissima Grapes: Representing the people of Balian, vitality and life Rosemoor Watermelons: Representing the future generation of Balian, joy and hope SIGNED, HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Andromeda Ester of Ba’as, Queen-consort of Balian, Countess of Monteres, Viscountess of Eflen and Anatis, Baroness of Brucca, Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera. HER EXCELLENCY, Lady Serena Viviana d’Arkent, Palatiodora of the Andromedan Court SEGNORA, Rosana Angela Solís Diaz Court Amfitirer
  13. Issued by the Andromedan Court On the 14th of Owyn's Flame, 66 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, Nicoletta Sarkozic, Viscountess-consort of Pompourelia 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. Lady, Irena Galbraith 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. Miss, Erzsebet van der Vervoren 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 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: Grimhildr Falkenrath Court Chef: [Open Position] Court Huntsman: Beyln 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 Eirene Daria, Countess of Caluzzo HRH, Michael Marcellus 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 ORGINALLY 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 UPDATED IN 66 BA Her Excellency, Lady Nicoletta Sarkozic, Palatiodora of the Andromedan Court, Vicountess-consort of Pompourelia
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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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