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  1. “An excellent establishment.. exquisite” Archchancellor was heard to say
  2. Full Name of Man - Simon Basrid Date of Birth of Man - 1701 Name of Woman - Khalila Rian Yar Date of Birth of Woman – 1713 Location of Ceremony - Church of St. Tobias, Ves Date of Ceremony (Year) - 10th of Sun’s Smile 1739 Name of Clergyman who performed ceremony - Boniface of Belvitz
  3. Between great affairs of state, Simon Basrid indulged in his ancestral hobby. ((mcname: dibbo9)) ((discord: dibbo#3625)) Name: Simon Basrid Age: 49 Relevant Experience: The tradition is maintained among all aristocrats of my homeland. I am eager to practice among colleagues.
  4. THE TAPESTRY OF MAN TO UNDERSTAND THE FABRIC OF STATE The 1st Statement of the Basrid Ministry We have that lucky fortune to witness a genesis in Orenian thought. The last century of turmoil and troubles has not yet concluded, and our country still suffers aggression - but in the face of such adversity, Oren yet innovates in a cultural landscape otherwise barren. Luminaries such as the veteran Premier Frederick Armas of Kaedrin in Letters From a Farmer in Kaedrin and Duke Joseph Clement of Adria in On Pessimism have made strides in awakening a national consciousness among the country - an understanding of why Oren matters. https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/186984-letters-from-a-farmer-in-kaedrin-174 https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/188082-on-pessimism/?tab=comments#comment-1750792 In the Novellen Palace reliquary one may find the Tapestry of Jrent, an illuminating scroll revealing the condition of man at the end of the thirteenth century. We see a world at the onset of literacy and recorded history, one that reveals the birth and ascendancy of St. King Daniel and the majesty of his council in re-uniting the various tribes and polities of that antiquity. The embroidered cloth ends with the saint in august glory, crowned REX DANIEL AVTEM AL KHAZAR. To our ancestors, the coronation was the pinnacle of human achievement, binding together man under one tradition for the first time since the days of yore. King Daniel’s Reign, 1303. An ancient excerpt of the Tapestry of Jrent revealing humanity united under the scion of Al’Khazar. And yet we were capable of so much more. The age of prophecy saw the ascendancy of man as preeminent power among the Descendents. Above all else, the legacy of Exalted is in that of their administration, crafting and preserving a state that no peer Descendent could not ever hope to mirror in political unity and diversity of culture and thought. In the periods of schism and divide under Vydra and Savoy, these traditions were honed and maintained into the art of renaissance - where chivalry and faith flowered, defining a high culture of humanity built upon the histories of our prophets and our empire. The Last Joust by Patrick Rudsen, 1690. An illustration of the 1519 Battle of the Blackwald - the artwork’s name reflects the battle’s role as one of the final glories of the medieval tradition. And from that place, the Johannians gave us the absolutism of state and the Pertinaxi mastery of modern war - and we begin to realize that the innovation espoused in the Tapestry of Jrent does not end in King Daniel’s coronation, but is an endless font by which we continue to weave a greater Tapestry of Man. The Tapestry of Man is Horen’s magnum opus, and we continue his work with our actions. We live in auspicious times by which a new grand chapter is at the cusp of authorship - a cabal of heroes in Haense, Helena, Curon, and Kaedrin bind together to tirelessly etch further legend into this great work. Our good Premier of Kaedrin defined it as such: “to be an Orenian means nothing other than to be a human.” Each and every act we take to benefit the Orenian nation adds to our tapestry and ensures the legacy of man is maintained. All should ponder how they wish to be revealed in this great tradition of history - a hero that performed diligence and sacrifice to elevate the condition of man, or a villain that traded the common good for petty spoils? Sabari March by William Napier, 1749 An illustration depicting the 1744 military parade helmed by Colonel Darius Sabari after his rescue of the Empress Lorena. I have faith that we live in good company, in spite of The Troubles and their harbingers. The arc of Oren and her imperials will continue to reflect innovation over indolence - the tapestry we guard that defines our fabric of state yet endures. HIS IMPERIAL EXCELLENCY, THE ARCHCHANCELLOR SIR SIMON BASRID, KCS
  5. THE SECOND GENERALISSIMO The Right Honorable Henry Rothesay, Count of Sundholt, Imperial Fieldmarshal. The War Office posthumously bestows the rank of Generalissimo, or six-star general, to the legendary sixteenth century strategist and general, Henry Rothesay. A scion of the cadet house of Rothesay, the young Henry cut his teeth into command after witnessing the Johannian hieromonk and Lord Seneschal Polycarp’s refusal to surrender the young empire to Midgor Ireheart’s harsh terms - the conflict that emerged from that defiance defined both his illustrious military career and the empire he served. The day after the event, Henry enlisted in the imperial officer corps and began building renown as one of the great outriders that defined conflict in the first seven years of raider warfare in the Eighteen Years’ War. Despite a dizzying cadre of capable senior generals tested from the Dukes’ War prior such as Jan Kovachev and the Duke d’Amaury, none balked at his appointment as Imperial Fieldmarshal upon the onset of the formal campaign of imperial retribution - the mythic commander anointed the Fifth Empire as worthy of imperial grandeur in his decisive victory at White Mountain, dispelling all lingering notions against Johannian legitimacy by his military achievement. From there, Henry Rothesay sealed his own person in imperial legend by becoming the first imperial general to conquer a dwarven hold in the Siege of Rhewengrad. His legacies rest in the art of campaign, where his strategic and tactical innovations ensured Oren could weather defeats and even thrive in the longevity of the conflict. Advances in military administration can also be attributed to successes, namely through legitimizing the newfound office of Imperial Fieldmarshal, a mainstay in military tradition from thenceforth. No other military commander has been able to maintain unity and excellence throughout a long and tested chain of large-scale engagements, an exceptional feat when considering abysmal state of feudal military coordination due to the Dukes’ War prior to the conflict. Furthermore, his work aside peer brilliant strategist Josef Vladov as notorious siegebreakers are unparalleled with no other fieldmarshal annexing as many holdfasts as him - in this way, he was a master of conquest and campaign, towering over his peers with a prodigious strategic insight that compels his country to name him the greatest general and military mind of the sixteenth century. Below is Count Henry’s official war record, for all services in command rendered to the Holy Orenian Empire. Skirmishes Against the Dunland Mercenaries, 1528-1535 As part of the Grand King Midgor’s efforts to collapse the nascent imperial state without committing to a formal army march, Dunamis mercenaries and dwarven auxiliaries raided the country for a seven year period. A young Rothesay proved valiant in its defense, eventually securing the crownlands from hostile presence and maintaining a firm enough supply line to begin a campaign in earnest. The Cascadian Campaign, 1535-1537 https://wikia.lordofthecraft.net/index.php?title=Battle_of_White_Mountain https://wikia.lordofthecraft.net/index.php?title=Siege_of_Rhewengrad https://wikia.lordofthecraft.net/index.php?title=Siege_of_the_Iron_Mountain The young empire was tested at the onset of the war, with many yet doubting the Horen restoration after centuries of the family’s obscurity. Rothesay’s triumphs at White Mountain and Rhewengrad reminded the world of the power in the empire by accomplishing a feat no human general had managed in recorded history with the conquest of the province of Cascadia. While repelled in the Valley of Flowers, the Emperor and Rothesay quickly maneuvered towards the isle of Avar and demonstrated adaptability in defeat. The Avar Campaign, 1541-1543 https://wikia.lordofthecraft.net/index.php?title=Battle_of_Hoar_Hill https://wikia.lordofthecraft.net/index.php?title=Siege_of_Kal%27Valen While the initial amphibious assault unto the isle was spearheaded by Josef Vladov’s triumph at Cape Bronson after Rothesay’s defeat at Iron Mountain, John I granted Rothesay the executive command to secure the island under imperial banners. In two bloody sieges, Rothesay and Vladov smash through dwarven defenses, with Rothesay himself clearing the breach in heroic triumph at Jarnstrand on Hoar Hill. The isle secure, Rothesay is afforded a second chance to honor himself and carve into the Valley of Flowers once more. The Mardanal Campaign, 1546-1547 https://wikia.lordofthecraft.net/index.php?title=Siege_of_Kal%27Ordholm https://wikia.lordofthecraft.net/index.php?title=Battle_of_Marnadal Yet in a stroke of misfortune, within the opening hours of the siege Rothesay’s vanguard is struck by dwarven artillery and the assault is driven into disarray, with d’Amaury and Kovachev forced to reign in the ensuing chao and maintains the siege. Rothesay awakens with a crippling injury of the ear that would lead to his trademark deafness and early retirement - his attempts at reinvigorating the siege fail as the fresh conscripts break to dwarven defenses. With his second failure at conquering the dwarven heartland, he is sidelined for the Archduke Augustus, who assures a decisive victory at Marnadal to push the warfront towards Dunland - with that, Rothesay is set home to guard the crownlands as a reserve general in disgrace, and is absent at the Siege of Fort Dunamis, where John I perishes and the imperial offensive concludes. Taxman’s Revolt, 1547 With John I dead, numerous Savoyard and Lotharingian aristocrats led by the Archduke Augustus d’Amaury’s successor attempt a coup on the throne amidst the succession. A grizzled Rothesay licking his wounds redeems his name aside half-elf Lord Mayor Mylas Amant by subduing the insurrection of Savoyard knights with local militias and the Rex’s honorguard who honored a blood-oath to the commander. Through their success, they secure the crown for John II and end formal Savoyard partisanship for some five decades until the reign of Philip I. A chronicle depicting the Taxman’s Revolt and the succession maintained. The Defense of Seahelm, 1547 https://wikia.lordofthecraft.net/index.php?title=Battle_of_Seahelm Having restored his honor by securing the succession, John Sigismund appoints Rothesay final command in ending the dwarven counter-invasion - despite his condition of deafness now notably inhibiting command, he and Lothar d’Amaury secure a decisive victory defending the port of Seahelm and end the war with triumph in the Peace of West Avar. Rothesay thus retires an imperial hero and is raised Count of Sundholt on the Isle of Avar for his service, where he maintained a small garrison in defense of the empire in future conflicts on Vailor. The Defense of Sundholt, 1556-1558 https://wikia.lordofthecraft.net/index.php?title=Third_Rurikid_Uprising While in formal retirement due to the crippling injury of ear sustained in the Mardanal Campaign, Rothesay played a role in maintaining the imperial garrison at Sundholt in face of Nordling aggression, refusing to surrender the province and maintaining masterful command of his garrison long enough for imperial troops to reinforce the island after the Battle of Dogger’s Bay. He passes not long after the quelling of the Third Rurikid Uprising and is granted a state funeral by the Archchancellor de Beaufort.
  6. From his retreat, the Archchancellor receives word of the Captain’s ascent and writes a small missive in congratulations, inviting him to a state function to deliberate the health of the capital. ((DM))
  7. A public missive circulates the realm in addendum to the Auditor-Tribunal’s rhetoric. The Basrid ministry stands behind the sentiment espoused in these articles – open miscegenation between pureblooded Descendants is an affront to Oren’s status as ‘land of the prophets’ and threatens the moral fabric of the state.
  8. The known mystic Simon applauded this initiative among his personal company, and writes a missive from the distant Orzo mountains to receive their Grandmaster aside the Cardinal Helena in Novellen Palace in the coming months. ((DM))
  9. Simon’s outbursts in the court of Helena at Duke Godric’s missives had long become a source of caricature within the empire. Younger officials had even begun to emulate and parody his critiques, both in respect and in jest at the aging Archchancellor’s rhetoric. That said, there was no ire heard from the fiery Rhenyari in reading the most recent missive – as he took time aside the Duke of Helena, the only words he had of the account soon sifted among court and country. “If our Nordling has given up on man, then he is truly lost.”
  10. I love to see this kind of energy on the craft, +1 Julius, thanks for showing some love to the community and I hope you receive it back in spades.
  11. Simon the Archchancellor reviewed the notice and had a courier send an open missive to the Sohaer’s office in response. “It does disappoint us to see your office slumber for a year at the blood of your people’s children but boil in outrage over natural warfare between bands of soldiers. All the same, we grieve for the “terrible instability” your realm faces in light of the victory of the 2nd Regiment. The high elves are too a cultured people in pursuit of knowledge and enlightenment, and this war is beneath us both. We still yet invite the Sohaer and the Tripartite to a clean peace so that we may move on from a decade long war over a piast royaume you too saw unfit for life.”
  12. Simon Basrid shook his head at sight of the pamphlet and unleashed a torrent of fury in the court of Helena. “How many times can one write the same letter – the same notes for eleven years. Mewling bureaucrats, humbled emperor...imperialism. Yet the Chief himself hides in his damp study, alone, scrawling out more of worthless kindling, as he wrestles some ill-made chimera of a realm into existence without tradition, mandate, or anything beyond a host of scavengers. Any invasion built on the back of elven and piast swords is worth no more than the branches and mud they build their homes with. The moment that Godric took the late princess’ head as a plaything and his Lotharingian knights butchered children like cattle in so-called Morsgradi Trial should have long forfeited any mandate of righteousness. And this all over some Piastdom of Auvergne that his own allies sent to the grave. What tripe. I pray he chokes on his lies and we can all be done with this wretched affair.”
  13. I enjoy a mystical and reclusive Cloud Temple – one that feels more as a crypt or ruin to reflect in before embarking on a journey. Beyond the utility of getting players out into the world at large quickly, it connects to what the space symbolizes of death and rebirth and that ominous process. I’d love to see it be one-way into multiple spawn points and find ways to inject CT item stalls into the economy or nations directly.
  14. Simon’s pride was plain on his face as he bore witness to his once patron’s ascent to white. He was not a zealous man, but he was well-read to know in that moment, the legend of Eidr Harraqa could not be forgotten – the Rassidi emigres who rose to be named Vicar of God.
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