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  1. Frederick Armas, a would-be Knight of the Petrine Order, is caught about with some other business, and so indicates his fealty to the Emperor when he gets the chance. “I swear to be true to the Emperor and the realm and not to maintain silence about any evil that I may know which is being contemplated against them. I swear to work tirelessly to the betterment of the Empire and the Orenian people that comprise it. I swear also not to eat or drink with traitors and not to have anything in common with them, and always to defend the honor of the gentlemen I serve. This I swear by the Holy Scrolls.”
  2. SUBPOENA 14 O.F, 1750 THE PLAINTIFF, Leopold Helvets, Represented by Frederick Armas, Esq. DESIRES TO SUMMON THE FOLLOWING PARTY TO COURT; The Estate of R. Kaedrin ON THE BASIS OF THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPLE(S), DOCTRINE(S), EDICT(S) OR ARTICLES OF LAW; “TABLE VI. On Patrimony, Obligatory Heirs of the non-Imperial and Gentry. The obligatory heirs are the male children and male descendants with respect to their parents and male ascendants.” “TABLE III. On Absence. Following a public absence, as decided by a magistrate or the Emperor, of eight years of more, it is the right of these parties to redistribute the patrimony of the absentee among his heirs.” In challenging the last will and testament of R. Kaedrin, Adrian I, which proclaims verbatim: “III. The Helvets Estate, being defined as the Duchy of Cathalon, the Varoche Palace, and the assorted intellectual and material properties hereafter referred to as the ‘Helvetii Vault’, are to be familial demesne of my sons Thomas Tancred, Peter Owyn, Leopold Guy, Robert Castor, Henry Frederick, and Richard Victor. IV. Until from amongst my sons one’s feats deems him worthy, as arbitrated by the attorneys of this will or a higher power, there shall be no Duke of Cathalon.” It is the opinion of the plaintiff that as he is, to the knowledge of the law (His elder two brothers having been absent for longer than eight years, thereafter declared deceased under Imperial law), the eldest surviving son of R. Kaedrin, Adrian I, under the system of Imperial law which considers patrimony and succession through the lens of cognatic male-preference succession systems, the peerage title of Duke of Cathalon and the associated privileges therein are his rightful property. The purpose of this claim is to arbitrate on that matter. Additionally, it is the opinion of the plaintiff that the estate’s fourth provision is in violation of these principles of succession in addition to being arbitrary and indeterminable. A ‘feat’ in this instance is not clarified, with complex and flexible parameters, and can not be expected to hold up within a court of law. Nonetheless, even taking this wish of the defendant’s estate into account, an objective viewer would determine that the plaintiff meets this criteria, having: Fought and defeated, in the field of battle, the dread pirate Antonius, in the service of the 2nd Regiment of Foot (Also known as the Commonwealth Grenadiers). Other services and actions rendered in service to the Holy Orenian Empire in his capacity as an ensign of the Imperial State Army. Accordingly, it is the conclusion of the plaintiff that under fair and sensible law, the peerage of the Duke of Cathalon is his rightful property. WITH THE TESTIMONY AND INTERPRETATION OF; Jasper de Sarkozy, Secretary of State of Civil Affairs Joseph Adler, Solicitor-General Henry Rovin, Governor-General of Kaedrin APPERTAINING TO THE JURISDICTION OF; The Eastern Circuit Court, ON THE DESIRED DATE OF; To be affirmed in pre-judicial arbitration, with the intention of avoiding a hearing in proper and settling before a trial is necessary. YOURS HUMBLY, The Plaintiff, Leopold Guy Helvets [Mordu#6495]
  3. “Finally, a burgomaster worth voting for,” offers Frederick Armas to an aide on one of his professional trips to Helena, “I have supported a paving initiative in humanity’s metropolises since I was a young man. That such advances in engineering are finally come to pass pleases me, I must say.”
  4. Imagine trying to defend this quality of “”RP””. You could find better on Fortnite or GMod dark RP.
  5. Me not that kind of orc!

    1. Esterlen


      >:: Hello, inquisitor. I hath come for thee. 

    2. Avacyn


      >:: Lord de Sarkozy. You have disrespected Lady Toov for the last time.

  6. The Premier of Kaedrin reads the missive, his flickered wig askew slightly. He strains against the writing, his already beady eyes squinting at it. “I should think to undertake a Morsgradi trial is as interesting an idiom as I have yet heard. You could say Franz Carrion undertook a Morsgradi trial upon himself...or perhaps John the Third, John the Fourth, and John the Sixth. A terrible thing, the old Morsgradi trial. My dear late wife, even, with her consumption, would have done well to undertake one as a remedy.” He pauses for a moment as Samuel de Langford fails to laugh at his joke. “We mustn’t speak ill of the dead, I agree.”
  7. “Ah, a decent proclamation by our emperor,” offers the Premier of Kaedrin to his secretary, “Though as their leaders are under the spell of the Great Deceiver, who wishes us to fight one another to serve his twisted aims, they may prefer war. I do not blame them for being so misled – he is a most tricksy demon, who we too have fallen victim to at times. But perhaps I am wrong, and maybe they shall elect to be something other than his puppet. After all, why is this nonsense even worth any elven lives at all?”
  8. hello argonian

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  9. @Trenchist The Premier of Kaedrin reads the missive in the Commonwealth’s secure situation room, tiny eye-glasses perched atop the bridge of his nose. His gnarled hands, messy with the salty juice from the Ruberni mud-crab he is sharing with Samuel de Langford, stain his copy of the parchment all over. “Ever read the Canon, lieutenant colonel? No? Well, somewhere in one of the apocrypha I remember reading a story on how the false priests of Harren prayed loudly on the street corners so that everyone might know how righteous they were.” He pushes forward the document, placing a handful of the succulent crab meat within his slack jaw. “These coalitionist gentlemen remind me of them, in their false humility. The Nordling chieftain will sign simply his name, making quite a loathsome song-and-dance about how humble and honorable and free of sin he is. He writes of the accursed, duplicitous southern lawyers and Helena politicians in nearly every sentence. Yet as with all of the Great Deceiver’s servants, he is to his core obsessed with meaningless sinecures and entitlements. In the very same breath, he preaches about the ‘theft of titles’ and ‘ancient rights’ as if some forgotten peerages are the most important thing in this world.” “It’s a damned strange thing, isn’t it? This is a fine missive from this Devereaux ruler. I never thought I would see the day when it was somehow shameful to show loyalty to your Emperor.”
  10. Esterlen

    On Telemari

    A letter is returned to Ser Loras’ return address in the mail. ”Dear sir, Your words do me great service, and I am pleased that you concur with my hypothesis on these wastrels. It would be my pleasure to donate any proceeds of this work to your foundation. Enclosed you shall also find a promissory note which you may redeem at the nearest branch of the Denims-Therving Bank, drawn from my account there. Warmest regards, A Friend to Augustus.”
  11. Esterlen

    On Telemari

    ON TELEMARI A brief guide C. 1745 What is a telemari? The term ‘telemari’ is derived from the apocryphal Kingdom of Telemar, which was well-known to chroniclers as the first reference to these people in history. A telemari is an anomaly. It is a person who belongs to a ‘civilisation’ (If you can call it that) with no history, no culture, and incredibly little of any worth. The primary means by which he gets what he wants is by begging. If that is not successful, he will swindle or rob you. He prefers to stab you in the back, and feels no shame in betraying you. Having a friendship with a telemari is comparable to having a friendship with a crazed and rabid dog - likely to be very brief, and you will inevitably get bitten. What is the character of a telemari? A telemari is, by his very nature, a parasite. He has never worked an honest profession in his life. He begs, lies, cajoles and steals. He has no loyalty to anyone except himself, no honour of code of ethics. He is illiterate, though, and typically rather cowardly. A simple census-taker is enough to scare him into hiding, possibly because he is deeply ashamed of his illiteracy or possibly because he fears apprehension for his crimes if his identity becomes known. What do telemari want? As they are to humanity as cockroaches are to the insect family, telemari are governed by their most basic urges. Coin and material goods are an example of such, but the most significant is their lust for titles. The telemari pursues titles, especially titles of aristocracy, that he does not deserve. He will imagine up that he is a ‘prince’, or an ‘archduke’, or the ‘lord high everything else’. Telemari never have real noble blood. They are imposters whose ancestors were of an unwanted, nomadic criminal caste for hundreds of years. Telemari are incredibly self-aggrandizing, and will name anything they can after themselves. This is also partially because they have no folk heroes, as they have no history or legends. In his pursuit of titles, he will go to the Great Deceiver for aid, an Ibleesian entity who will promise him the world while operating exclusively in the shadows. The Great Deceiver’s primary tactic is to promise the impossible, which appeals greatly to the telemari, as he covets what he does not deserve. If you do not give a telemari what he is begging you for, or perhaps you do not show him the respect he claims he is owed by virtue of his fabricated titles, he will become furious and violent with you. What else makes a telemari a telemari? The most defining aspect of a telemari (Other than his shameless behaviour) is that despite his claims otherwise, his people have no culture and no history. Until around sixty years ago, they were nomadic and travelled in caravans, lying, swindling and murdering. They had no systems of writing before that time, and no history that has not been fabricated after-the-fact. How do you tell a telemari by his name? Well, the answer is that you can’t by that alone. Telemari purloin their names from other cultures, whether they are Heartlander, Highlander, or Farfolk. Perhaps between themselves they call each other by arcane and mysterious true names, however, if this is the case, it is not known to us. They do this for two reasons: firstly, because they have no cultural heritage, no language, no names of their own to employ in the first place. Secondly, the telemari desires to blend in, to assuage his targets of their own security by presenting an image of familiarity. One must constantly keep an eye out for this insidious trickery. What faith do telemari profess? All sorts of faiths, but usually Canonism in contemporary times. No other faith can provide them with the necessary cover they need to stab as many victims in the back as they can, and steal as much from them as they can. They do, however, have no loyalty to this faith and would renounce it at a moment’s notice if it will help them get what they want, as they have no principles. What do I do if I encounter a telemari? Telemari must be avoided at all costs. The first thing you must do if you encounter a telemari is ignore him. Most likely, he will persist and beg you for money. If ignoring fails, you must turn to him, and you must say: “Go away, telemari!” with a forceful voice. If this does not work, you must defend yourself. Where do telemari live? They have a presence everywhere, but primarily live in the Gypsywood north of Kaedrin, south of Haense and west of Curon.
  12. ((What a wonderful and unique group you’re writing here! I have to say I like it a lot. Back in 2015 (Vailor) we had a Tatar-inspired culture for a little event-line we did called the Tarchary Crusade. It never really got off the ground as a player-group and was never intended to do so anyway, but hey, why not set up a connection between the two in some capacity? If you’re interested, I’ve got some links to some info for that whole thing.))
  13. “We are one empire, one country,” offers the Premier of Kaedrin to his honorable friends Colonel de Langford and the Count de Reden, while a chambermaid re-powders their wigs with a wooden hand-bellows, “These pagan and nonhuman marauders who seek to destroy humanity have tried hundreds of times before in history. Never have they succeeded. The gypsy always comes off short in the end – that is why he is the gypsy.” @Zhulik @Trenchist
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