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  1. THE COUNTY OF TEMESCH Est. 17 of Owyn’s Flame, 1719 Lo and behold, for you have stumbled upon the realm of the Count of Temesch, who rules the lands east of the great forest from his seat in Temeschburg! The city of Temeschburg is a predominantly human settlement built atop the plateau upon which stood the ruins of old Alderyn. With the indigenous elven people, the Alderfolk and the Irrinites, expelled from this territory, the Count of Temesch has established his own independent realm. Paying homage or obedience to no greater powers at the time of its establishment, the town is a neutral, metropolitan refuge - a land of opportunity for settlers seeking a better life. The personal sigil of the House of Arany-Bocsa c. 1719 Or a pale gules, a viper displayed vert entwined with a Hetman’s Baton Or. The county of Temesch is a nominally independent realm ruled as a domain under the vassalage of the Count of Temesch, who rules from his seat of Temeschburg. The realm adheres to the tenets of the Church of the Canon, recognizing the primacy of the High Pontiff in matters of ecclesiastical relevance, although it is also home clandestinely to various religious nonconformists within the monotheistic human traditions. Like in all human cities, a nonhuman minority can be found there. The first Count of Temesch, Francis Stephen de Arany-Bocsa, hails through a distant derivation from bastard stock of the House of Kovachev, and intends to maintain the Carnatian heritage of his ancestry through propagating settlers of that eminent descent. The progenitor of the House of Arany-Bocsa, Ferdinand of Bocsa (d. 1656), was the illegitimate son of Mihail Kovachev, himself the youngest son of a 17th century Duke of Carnatia, by a woman of the northern gentry nigh upon a century ago. Legend has it that Ferdinand of Bocsa cut his teeth as a mercenary general in the Horosid legions of Aeldin, where his reputation preceded him as a taciturn and silent military commander, implacable in his unquestioning obedience to whatever master he served at the time. When he died in a forgotten siege camp after an outbreak of cholera, his troops, consisting mostly of Haeseni expatriates, buried him with his fortune in an undisclosed location. This uncommon display of good faith and generosity from an encampment of mercenaries, who some say feared his morose wrath even from beyond the grave, would result in the appellation of ‘arany’ (The old Haeseni-language word for ‘gold’) to his baseborn surname, and so originated the House of Arany-Bocsa carried on by his heirs. To this day, the apocryphal legend of Bocsa’s gold and the curse that would originate from disturbing his rest carries weight as a recognisable ‘tall-tale’ in Aeldinic society. The Count of Temesch’s authority over his lands is represented by the golden hetman’s baton (Haeseni: bulava) that once belonged to Ferdinand of Bocsa. While this is a ceremonial instrument, it nonetheless embodies his rule and administration. The Count’s formal style is as follows: His Lordship, the Right Honorable Count of Temesch. He is addressed as ‘my lord’, or ‘sir’. THE TEMESCHINE COURT The government of the county of Temesch administrates this independent realm in trust to the Count, who ultimately maintains supreme control over his own personal domain. It is intentionally minimalistic in nature, designed to simplify matters of politics in eschewing the arcane and bureaucratic systems of the other various human realms and empires. It consists of: The Castellan of Temesch The castellan serves as the chief-most governmental authority over the territory, acting as the Count’s right-hand. He holds his position by appointment, and is expected to carry out his duties in variant matters of diplomacy (Both internal and external), stewardship, finance and administration. He also maintains the privilege to manage the Count’s personal household as his majordomo, and may also appoint under-castellans on a limited basis to assist him with the management of the city, taxation and customs. Accordingly, this position has a wide scope of authority and responsibility. The Bailiff of Temesch Though the Count is embodied in his own person as the commander-in-chief of any forces mustered by the county, it is an expectation that he delegate a portion of this authority for the command of the city’s guardforce and law-men. Though the Temeschine levy is not a particularly organized one, eschewing the pomp and ceremony of formal knightly orders and standing armies, a small force does exist in order to protect the city and ward away threats. The bailiff of Temesch maintains defense of both the county and the Count’s person, in addition to enforcing the domain’s laws, serving as a legal officer in this regard. He may also appoint deputies. The Justiciar of Temesch The justiciar of Temesch operates as the foremost judicial authority in the county, other than the Count himself. He is expected to interpret and apply the laws of the county, hearing cases (Brought to him by the bailiff or his deputies) both criminal and civil in the Count’s absence, or by his delegation. He is also in charge of the formulation of these laws, and is charged to conduct himself in a manner both fair and independent of fear or favour in his judgements. This role in writing laws also means that he is entrusted with the facilitation of all written documentation and record-keeping. The Bishop of Temesch The Bishop of Temesch manages ecclesiastical affairs within the county from the Basilica of Saint Otto. He is appointed by the High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon, and is expected to cater to the citizens of Temeschburg’s spiritual needs by both proselytizing the Canon and rooting out any unsavoury heresies before they take root. He is also expected to conduct masses and manage the poor of the city through the giving of alms to the destitute. Despite this, in terms of actual political authority, the bishop’s role is largely ceremonial. Together, these officers reside in the court at Temeschburg, ensuring the day-to-day operation of the polity. They are not formalized into any one authoritative ‘council’ body, but rather serve by virtue of individual mandate while simultaneously collaborating with one another. Besides these roles, the Count also may maintain several informal advisers on policy.
  2. i would like to roleplay, if possible

    1. Esterlen


      please tell me ur alive

      msg me bucko ive missed u

    2. roggvir42


      the turk crows at midnight    its not safe here     discord: latin_clyde7      479feb36b1bf1e9ef25a8c1d05f0e015.png

  3. rat.

    1. Esterlen


      away with you vile beggar

  4. Jack McCain reads the writing with some surprise, adjusting a pair of round eye-glasses perched upon the bridge of his nose. The Harrenite cannot help but feel flattered by the Farfolk, Haraccus’ words – indeed, he emits a grumble of excitement at the mere idea that the old Whiggish Harrenite philosophies are gaining traction within his countrymen in Ves. If only his friend Alfred still drew breath to witness such a thing!
  5. Jack McCain reads of the victory of their allies in his office on Sabo Square, adjusting his spectacles in viewing the narrative, “Tremendous, I dare-say. These Pertinaxi rebels will be done with soon, I should think.”
  6. Jack McCain celebrates the Harrenite verse. “God save Emperor Joseph and what-not,” he offers to no one in particular.
  7. PANDECTARUM MARNAM The Rights, Duties and Privileges of the Kingdoms of the Holy Orenian Empire PREAMBLE FOR THE MARNANTINE PANDECT ON KINGLY REALMS “There exists a social contract between the governed and the government. This is the foundation of our creed. But government, in its many forms, must not only be limited by principles and jurisdictions, but also divided up into determined realms, as per the needs and requirements of the governed. The authority of central government and provincial government must not, by inherent right, be in a state of conflict. With the codification of the rights and duties of such kingly realms, we Josephites may establish, in accordance with our most earnest principles, a solution to this eternal dispute, for the furtherance of the commonwealth of humanity.” -Lord Conrad de Falstaff, the Count of Leuven, 1715. THE ROYAL RIGHTS The kingly realms within the Holy Orenian Empire shall retain, in accordance with the natural law of man and the Josephite Creed, the following rights and privileges. THE RIGHT TO REPRESENTATION, in reference to the presence of a democratic, empowered and fair representation of the interests of the kingly realms within the legislature of the realm, THE RIGHT TO PROTECTION, in reference to the total and absolute protection of the kingly realms from all aggression, both internal and external, THE RIGHT TO PROPERTY, in reference to the maintenance of the rights of lawful property owners from molestation, THE RIGHT TO TITLE, in reference to the maintenance of the pre-existing kingly title, in accordance with the principles of agnatic succession codified by the Fifth Empire, THE RIGHT TO ROYAL LETTERS, in reference to the entitlement, upon those nobles who belong to valid noble families already possessing Imperial-issued writs of ennoblement, the royal letters which entitle them to hold landed nobility rank, THE RIGHT TO CONSULTATION, in reference to the consultation of the kingly governments by the Emperor for the compilation, codification, amendment and ratification of the Imperial Constitution, which enumerates the further rights, privileges, duties and jurisdictions of the commonwealth realm, THE RIGHT TO CHARTER, in reference to the capacity of kingly governments to create, as needed, their own knightly chivalrous orders. THE ROYAL DUTIES The kingly realms within the Holy Orenian Empire, on their understanding of union and commonwealth for the betterment of man, shall retain the following duties and obligations. THE DUTY OF TAXATION, in reference to the duty of the kingly realms to contribute, fairly and equally, taxation revenues to the Imperial commonwealth, subject to the approval of the legislature, THE DUTY OF UNITARIANISM, in reference to the recognition of the Holy Orenian Empire as a unitary state, for the furtherance of the commonwealth of mankind, with the recognition of the Holy Orenian Emperor as the constitutional embodiment and limited executive of the human race, highest in rank and warranting loyalty and obedience as part of the reciprocal social contract, THE DUTY OF ACCESSION, in reference to the recognition of the primacy of Imperial law and policy over provincial law, on the provision that this enacted Imperial law is consistent with the Marnatine Pandect on Kingly Realms, THE DUTY OF MOBILIZATION, in reference to the duty of the kingly realms to mobilize their armed forces, as directed by the Holy Orenian Emperor as commander-in-chief, and his delegates, in the event of a declaration of war subject to the approval of the legislature, THE DUTY OF MAINTENANCE, in reference to the duty to maintain, with earnest effort and upon its completion and ratification, the Imperial Constitution and the rightful succession of the throne, using all means possible. Let this be propagated upon the day of our Lord GOD, 20th of TOBIAS’ BOUNTY, 1715. GOD SAVE JOSEPH, HOLY ORENIAN EMPEROR AND PROTECTOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH
  8. Jack McCain, at once, orders the thesis printed at a ten-fold rate from his printing press, ensuring that the written words are disseminated throughout the realm for any and all to look upon.
  9. THE CREED OF THE JOSEPHITES Or The Rights and Liberties of Orenians “The Proclamation of Nenzing, acclamation of Emperor Joseph I and the victory of his supporters at Upper Rodenbourg marked the turn of the year 1715. The House of Marna, and their return to the throne, would be resisted by the Pertinaxi rebels who clung to the power they had held for the past century. That power that had reformed the so-called ‘empire’ of 1678 was hardly an empire at all. Apologists would point to a number in successes in wars, whether it was the Czena Confederation or the elven tribes they had been fighting. But the Pertinaxi are men of little education, no nobility of note (A historian I befriended years ago mentioned that they are an admixture of the House of Romstun and the descendants of the sixth son of Exalted Godfrey - who died three centuries ago - there are countless nobles of higher stock or closer lineage to the throne) and little interest in the nuances of administration or rulership. The ‘empire’, as it were, was a loose alliance of constituent realms who would rally their troops together for outside threats, but in the absence of this threat, were vicious in their attacks upon each other. Nowhere in that realm was the sense of a unitary state or a common, Imperial civic identity. The House of Pertinaxi were the most bloodthirsty of all. Their ‘dragon knights’, who violated every tenet of knighthood there was, killed their own people wantonly and for pleasure. Fear ruled over all and was what kept the vassals in line. The most preferred target were Vesian burghers, who had drawn up their own system of principles in 1706. Based primarily off the Gradic Rights of 1557, the golden liberties of Ves were many things - a code of beliefs, an operating philosophy and a vision statement for their greater understanding of the role of humanity in the world. It was contrary to the Pertinaxi philosophy: chaos, murder and absolutism. Emperor Anthony had done nothing of note in his decade or so of rule except for the enactment of an ‘abolishment’ that prompted the Proclamation of Nenzing in the first place. Rule was brutal, corrupt, autocratic and arbitrary, and there was a sense that the emperor nor his government were outright contemptuous of the commonwealth of humanity. There was, indeed, no effective government, judiciary, fiscal system or consistency of laws. Madness and bloodshed prevailed. Off the basis of the golden liberties of Ves, in 1714, Albert Macdonough penned The Republic of Man, within a chapter of which he would delineate his beliefs in a then-unnamed oath that he believed would educate and protect against the tyranny brought about by the Pertinaxi for a future generation. “That I, do solemnly swear, with GOD as my witness, That I shall protect the right of LIFE, so none will be taken to the Skies before their time, That I shall protect the right of LIBERTY, so none will ever be bonded by the shackles of slavery, That I shall protect the right to TRIAL, so none will ever be wrongly accused or punished when not charged and convicted by a trial of their peers, That I shall protect, and acknowledge, the social contract between the governed and the government, to which the governed are owed fairness, protection, patriotism, and the energetic pursuance of the commonwealth interest, and to which the government are owed obedience, assistance and participation, And that I shall protect the right of man to choose a representative, so that he may have a stake in that government, On this I kiss the cross, So help me GOD.” An excerpt from The Republic of Man, penned by the hand of Albert Macdonough, prior to the acclamation of the Proclamation of Nenzing. Macdonough, of course, was fully a republican, and he would die of pleurisy before the events of 1715, not living to see our proclamations. We are monarchists, for we recognize that humanity needs a ruler to embody and represent them, but he too is like any man, and must accordingly be subject to these constraints to prevent this Pertinaxi travesty from occurring ever again. We have adopted his oath, and for us, it is our rallying cry, the CREED OF THE JOSEPHITES.” In the name of GOD, LONG LIVE EMPEROR JOSEPH I, HOLY ORENIAN EMPEROR AND PROTECTOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MAN
  10. Jack McCain rejoices after the battle, doling out pallets of Johnsblood to the sick and wounded. It would be some time before he would meet the man he hailed as emperor, who until such time had been an obscure Marnantine princeling. All reports had him being strong, honest and true. Truth be told, he didn’t much care. He would have preferred a crooked emperor, anyone rather than one of the murderous clan Pertinaxii.
  11. “And so we toil, in our endless game, against forces of absolutism and tyranny, for the freedoms of the Orenian people. To every man his rights, to every man his liberties and to every man his happiness. A Renatian empire built on the bones of children, which, for the Commonwealth of the people, must be consigned to our storied history forever.” -Albert Macdonough, a Harrenite republican philosopher, from the foreword of his text The Republic of Man.
  12. You exist still. Hello.

    1. Esterlen


      Against all odds my friend.

  13. Esterlen

    The Rising Sun

    Jack McCain stresses over a series of ledgers in his counting house, having met the other Falstaff brother some years ago at a dinner party. They had exchanged pleasantries then and mulled over shared travels in Aeldin. The tight-lipped Harrenite sucks on his whale-bone pipe, musing over the thought of his return for but a moment.
  14. Van’ayla, filthy valah

    1. Esterlen


      Dear Mr. Bengtfors,


      I would like to speak to you at some point soon about Jimmie Akesson.


      Warmest regards,


    2. Jonificus


      The Prince that was promised.. One day, friend. One day.

  15. Arriving to you by way of the Empire of Man is a letter filled with intrigues concerning the ailing Pertinax line. To read it though, you must pay delivery – do you accept the 0.50$CAN charge?

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