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  1. Updated on 322 ((5/19)) Added A Study on the Lord Speakers by Georg Alimar and Otto Barrow ((Credits to @Piov)) Added A Study on the Order of Queen Maya and the Lily by Otto Barrow Added Prikaburren, National Fruit of Haense by Otto Barrow Added The Loss of Haeseni Culture by Amelya van Bihar ((Credits to @MikoMonster)) Added The Game of Lafsk by Sophia Baruch ((Credits to @Juli)) Added The Life of Dame Primrose by Duncan Kortrevich ((Credits to @Drew2_dude))
  2. ((Credits to @kipps for the collar and many of the coat of arms!)) “Lifst Hauruln Ovare Lifst Lanzi” Motto of the Order ‘To Love Knowledge is to Love Life’ ORDER OF QUEEN MAYA AND THE LILY Est. 322 ES | 1769 AH Or, A STUDY ON THE ORDER OF QUEEN MAYA AND THE LILY BY SIR OTTO THE TARCHARMAN HKML COLLAR DESIGN BY ANTON, CARDINAL JORENUS KML --- The ORDER OF QUEEN MAYA AND THE LILY (Naumarian: Ordeneo Koenas-Maya ag ve Luden) is a Haeseni order of chivalry granted to citizens for service in government, theology, science, and the arts. The honors of the order are bestowed by the Monarch of Haense in their capacity as the Patriarch/Matriarch of the Royal Family (van Bihar). All members of the order are considered of minimum gentry rank, granted the right to bear a coat of arms and use the honorary style of ‘Sir’. Induction into the order is done through a conference called the Ceremony of the Lily and held at the leisure of the Monarch of Haense. The order was created by the Royal Decree of 322 ES through order of King Sigmund II in honor of his deceased mother, Queen Maya. A renowned patron of the arts during her tenures as consort and dowager, Maya sponsored countless writers and artists during the era of Sigmund’s regency, and she was remarked as one of the most learned women in the entirety of Oren proper before her death. Some years later, her now of-age son Sigmund II established the order in commemoration of her love of learning, using the ancient proverb “Lifst Hauruln Ovare Lifst Lanzi” to accentuate the driving purpose of the body of knights: to honor those who have served with mind and pen. She was paired with the lily, a flower once used as symbol of the Josephites during the War of Two Emperor and now representing both liberty and intellectualism. As per royal edict, members of the order are granted the following legal rights and powers through the State of Haense, I - All members shall be granted the right to bear heraldic arms. II - All members shall be granted the right to bear arms of war within royal estates. III - All members shall be granted the right to wear and display the Collar of the Lily on their shoulders and coat of arms respectively. IV - All members shall be granted the right to display their rank of knighthood after their name. V - The Chief Officer of the Order (Naumarian: Valtakossar) shall be granted the right to sit on the Aulic Council as an Aulic Minister. VI - All members shall be granted to the right to royal solicitor when issued to court. The order is divided between three degrees which vary in seniority by rank. The ranks are as followed, marked by their degree, III - The Valtakossar, or Chief Officer, is the titular leader of the order and representative to the Monarch of Haense. By legal right, the Valtakossar is allowed to sit on the Aulic Council as minister. The Valtakossar is typically chosen from the most senior of the five Hauckossars. On paper, their titled is shortened to the initials VKML (Common: Grand Officer of the Order of Queen Maya and the Lily; Naumarian: Valtakossareo Koenas Maya ag ve Luden) II - The Hauckossars, or Knight-Commanders, are a body of five of the most senior members of the order. On paper, their title is shortened to the initials HKML (Common: Knight-Commander of the Order of Queen Maya and the Lily; Naumarian: Hauckossareo Koenas Maya ag ve Luden). I - The Kossars, or Knights, are the main body of membership of the order. On paper, their title is shortened to the initials KML (Common: Knight of the Order of Queen Maya and the Lily; Naumarian: Kossareo Koenas Maya ag ve Luden) As of 323, there have been sixteen individuals inducted into the order, with fourteen males and one female. Of the inducted knights of the order, two individuals have served as Palatine of the Realm (XXII and XXIII Palatin) and two individuals have served as Herzen of the Royal Duma (IV and V Herzen). Six of the sixteen individuals have served in the Royal Duma in some capacity, nine of the sixteen individuals have served on the Aulic Council in some capacity, and two of the sixteen individuals have taken clerical vows in some capacity. By social class, ten of the sixteen individuals are noble and five of the sixteen individuals are gentry. Seal of the Order “I, [First and Surname], hereby swear my service to the Monarch and State of Haense, in obedience to law and the dignity of the nation, as well as to the benefit of the Haeseni people. I swear to protect Jeremic Rights of Life, Liberty, Bearing Arms, Privacy, and Property through righteous action and pious defense, holding true in life and in deed the sanctity of my person and the state. With Godan as my witness, I do swear.” Oath of the Order --- KNIGHTS EXTANT Class of 322 - Sixteen (16) I VALTAKOSSAR Sir Terensz Mäu VKML Sir Terrence May VKML | Terrecius Maisis VKML - Class of 322 [Sigmund II] I Valtakossar (322-Present) XXII Palatin (285-286) Minister without portfolio (299-322) Dumasekra-Valwyk-Ayr (279-285) ‘For service as the twenty-second Palatine of the Realm and Aulic Minister from 285 and 286, as a minister without portfolio from 299 to present, as a representative of the Royal Duma from 279 to 285, and in furthering the arts of politics and legal philosophy.’ --- Erwin Barclay, 1st Herzen van Reinmar HKML Erwin Barclay, 1st Duke of Reinmar HKML | Erwinus Barklais HKML - Class of 322 [Sigmund II] XXX Hauckomandant (299-Present) ‘For service as the thirtieth Lord Marshal and Aulic Minister from 299 to present.’ --- Paus Otto Barrow HKML Friar Otto Barrow HKML | Otis Karovius Ludovicus HKML - Class of 322 [Sigmund II] I Zweimpalatin (321-Present) XXIV Haucepiskop (291-305) Minister without portfolio (294-305; 318-321) Dumasekra-Jorenus (294-305) ‘For service as the first Deputy Palatine from 321 to present, as the twenty-fourth Archbishop of Jorenus from 291 to 305, as a minister without portfolio from 294 to 305 and again from 318 to 321, as a representative of the Royal Duma from 294 to 305, and in furthering the arts of literature, mythology, Naumarian language, and history.’ --- Sigmar Baruch, 1st Herzen van Valwyk HKML Siguine Baruch, 1st Duke of Valwyck HKML | Siguinius Barucius HKML - Class of 322 [Sigmund II] V Herzen (286-306) Dumasekra-Valwyk-Ayr (285-306) ‘For service as the fifth Herzen of the Duma and Aulic Minister from 286 to 306, as a representative of the Royal Duma from 285 to 306, and in furthering the arts of politics, legal philosophy, literature, and journalism.’ --- Sir Siegmund Corbish HKML Sir Sigismund Corbish HKML | Segimondes Corbes HKML - Class of 322 [Sigmund II] Minister without portfolio (302-Present) Dumasekra-Alderman (269-289; 299-302) ‘For service as a minister without portfolio from 302 to present, as a representative of the Royal Duma from 269 to 289 and 299 to 302, and in furthering the arts of politics and legal philosophy. --- Sir Konrad Stafyr HKML Sir Conrad Stafyr HKML | Conradus Almanius HKML - Class of 322 [Sigmund II] XXIII Palatin (286-293) IV Herzen (276-286) Minister without portfolio (315-Present) Dumasekra-Nenzing (272-286) ‘For service as the twenty-third Palatine of the Realm and Aulic Minister from 286 to 293, the fourth Herzen of the Duma and Aulic Minister from 276 to 286, as a minister without portfolio from 315 to present, as a representative of the Royal Duma from 272 to 286, and in furthering the arts of politics and legal philosophy.’ --- Sir Edvard Amador KML Sir Edward Amador KML | Eduardus Amadeus KML - Class of 322 [Sigmund II] I Seneschal (305-Present) ‘For service as the first Seneschal of the Crown and Aulic Minister from 305 to present.’ --- Sir Rennard Amador KML Sir Rennard Amador KML | Rennardus Amadeus KML - Class of 322 [Sigmund II] I Komernsekretir (305-Present) ‘For service as the first Treasurer of State and Aulic Minister from 305 to present and in furthering the arts of economics.’ --- Anton Barclay, Kardnal-Haucepiskop wir Jorenus KML Anthony Barclay, Cardinal Jorenus KML | Antonius Barklais KML - Class of 322 [Sigmund II] XXVI Haucepiskop (315-Present) ‘For service as twenty-sixth Archbishop of Jorenus from 315 to present and in furthering the art of theology.’ --- Sir Osvald Barclay KML Sir Oswald Barclay KML | Oswaldus Barklais KML - Class of 322 [Sigmund II] Dumasekra-Alderman (312-Present) ‘For service as representative of the Royal Duma from 312 to present and in furthering the arts of politics and legal philosophy.’ --- Sofiya Baruch (vas Vanir), Herzenas-Zweimdr van Valwyk KML Sophia Baruch (nee Vanir), Duchess-Consort of Valwyck KML | Sophia Basinius KML - Class of 322 [Sigmund II] VII Haucpalatsaar (318-Present) ‘For service as Grand Peer of the Realm and Aulic Minister from 318 to present.’ --- Sir Otto Kortrevich KML Sir Otto Kortrevic KML | Otis Kortrevinus KML - Class of 322 [Sigmund II] ‘For service in furthering the arts of literature and Naumarian language.’ --- Viktor Kortrevich, 2nd Margravir van Korstadt KML Victor Kortrevic, 2nd Margrave of Korstadt KML | Victor Kortrevinus KML - Class of 322 [Sigmund II] ‘For service in furthering the arts of literature and journalism.’ --- Sir Diedrik van Jungingen KML Sir Dietrich de Jungingen KML | Dietricus Jungingisis KML - Class of 322 [Sigmund II] ‘For service in furthering the arts of poetry and literature.’ --- Sir Johann van Remsburg KML Sir John de Remsbourg | Johannes Remsburghisis KML - Class of 322 [Sigmund II] ‘For service in furthering the arts of literature and education.’ --- Sir Wilhelm Vyronov KML Sir William Vyronov KML | Wilhelmus Vironus KML - Class of 322 [Sigmund II] ‘For service in furthering the art of legal philosophy.’ ---
  3. Updated on 321 ((5/14)): Minor spelling and grammar fixes Added memoirs of the Herzens Added “The Royal Duma and the Common Man” by @Drew2_dude Added “The Desideratum of the Royal Duma” by @hippo Fixed a few historical points as noted by @MadOne and @Imperium
  4. The Tarcharman hears the news of the Scyflings through a toothless, old whaler, who missed three teeth and an ear. An army patrol found him stumbling along the road during their weekly marches down the Northmarch highway, drunkenly ranting in his native tongue. They took the fisherman into custody, transferred him unto Reza upon their return- the local guards immediately placed him in the stocks to dry off. They let the matter rest until another inmate of the stockades, a half-Kvenish man who missed three fingers for stealing bread in Rytsburg, claimed the old fool rambled about ‘Scyflings’. Presented now before the Deputy Palatine, he called for the local translator to interrogate. The Ildo-Kvenish Timothy H. MacDonough adjusted the dark grey wig upon his head, beating heavily on his tobacco pipe as he listened to the whaler’s testimony. The old man spat as he talked in the deputy’s office, which was a small inset in the crude older part of the royal palace and not much of an office, confessing all he knew in heavily accented Kvenish (he knew only paltry Naumarian, and no Common). “Longships, you say?” the kilted man asked. “Mitä muuta he tekivät?” The old man nodded fiercely, saying sharply, “Koko kylä... he tuhosivat kaiken, vannon Gormille yllä. Kolme alusta, yhteensä viisisataa miestä... hyvät miehet, sanon, hyvät pojat, kaikki tapettiin ilman selviytyjiä.” “I see...” Tim rubbed his brow of sweat. The Tarcharman perked his head up questioningly, “What did he say, Mister Madonvik?” After a few puffs on his yew tobacco pipe, Tim removed the wig off the top of his head and looked towards his employer, “He says...” He took another drag, “...Scyflings, sir, apparently alot of them. They killed a few fishing boats off the shore.” “Well, where are they now?” Tim peered to the old man, “They... do not know... they leave no survivors, deputy, as he claims.” The Tarcharman calls forth the guardsman and nephew Stefan, “Fetch the jailers and place Mister Jaarlajunilaan back in temporary custody.” The old man began to protest. “As you order, ser.” Ludovyk did as told, and through the affair the Kven-blooded Harrenite looked questionably to the Tarcharman. “What shall you do, Otto?” asked Tim. “Pray for Erwin, I suppose.” “Three of my great-uncles died fighting the Scyflings.” Tim blew another cloud of tobacco into the room. By now, the room was very smokey. “Do you think them allies with the Burning Bush?” “Perhaps.” The Tarcharman drummed his fingers upon his cane, “But it matters not what they are, eh? They are pillagers, thieves... what did you say earlier, that they preached about the death of the ‘Crow’?” “Yes, I did.” “They are not fit to live.” The Tarcharman boldly proclaimed, licking his dry lips. He called Stefan once more, “Open a window, lad, if you will...” Tim packed his pipe with another wad of leaves, “Can we beat them, deputy? Not even the saints could defeat them proper...” “Hmph... the saints did not have muskets and steel. They will be cut down where they stand, just like their affiliates of the Burning Bush.” “I hope you are right. The siege years ago nearly left us-” Stefan opened the window is a sharp screech, piercing the room something fierce. The monastic deputy swore upon his heart, “Haense will prevail, sir, I swear to you, it shall always live until the end of days.”
  5. THE SPEAKERS OF THE ROYAL DUMA, CHIEF OFFICERS OF THE LEGISLATURE Est. 234 ES | 1681 AH Or, A STUDY INTO THE ROYAL DUMA OF HAENSE BY OTTO THE TARCHARMAN & GEORG ALIMAR THE YOUNGER --- The ROYAL DUMA, or officially known as the ROYAL DUMA OF HAENSE AND THE CROWN, is the principal legislative assembly of the realm comprising the noble peerage and elected representatives, known as aldermen. The Duma scrutinizes bills that are introduced among its members or by His Majesty’s Royal Government. The primary responsibility of the Duma is to debate and provide consensus on legislative matters, revenues, and resolutions of state. The Duma is composed of both men and women, with a majority coming from the noble caste. Seal of the Speaker of the Duma --- Structure of the Royal Duma The HERZEN OF THE ROYAL DUMA, or colloquially known as the SPEAKER OF THE DUMA, is the presiding officer of the Duma. The Herzen is typically chosen from among the lords of Haense or a sitting member of the Duma and confirmed by the Crown. They are responsible for calling forth sessions during each term and facilitate in the deliberation of the Duma, and for delivering legislation to the Crown of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska to receive royal assent. Unlike the rest of their peers in the assembly, the Herzen is forbidden to adopt any formal political stance and must be ideologically neutral during their tenure in office (though exceptions have existed). As of 292, all Herzens have come from nobility or gentry and three officeholders have ascended to the Palatinate or held the title in conjunction with being Lord Palatine (II, II, and IV). There have been both men and women Herzens, with six being male (I, II, III, IV, V, and VI) and one being female (VII). The HERZENAV, or Lord Peers, are members who sit in the Royal Duma by right of their birth as vassals under the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. The patriarch of each noble family is afforded a seat on the Royal Duma, and in addition may appoint a designated representative of their fiefdom (as well as being a Haeseni citizen) to sit in their stead. The ALDERMEN and TRIBUNES, or Elected Peers, are members of the Duma, who by virtue of election, sit to represent the electorate. Both Aldermen and Tribunes are elected for four year terms, however the position of Tribune is reserved solely of those without noble or gentry blood. The following officials of the Royal Administration are ex officio, members of the Royal Duma: I - The Lord Palatine II - The Lord Maer The 285 ES COMMITTEE is the primary rules committee that governs the processes and structures of the Royal Duma. It is chaired by the Herzen and composed of appointed members of the Herzen to govern the legislative procedures (or standing rules) of the chambers. The BLACK BULAVA is the ceremonial mace of the Royal Duma, which is required to be present in all sittings of the Duma. The bulava represents the Duma as a constituent branch under the legitimacy of the Crown and is carried by the Lord Handler of the Bulava during the opening sessions of the Duma term. Sittings of the Duma in the absence of the bulava are considered legally unconstitutional. --- History of the Royal Duma The Royal Duma traces its origins to the traditional dumas of the Raevir and Raev-influenced cultures, carried over by the nascent Barbanov dynasty as heritage of their Carrion roots. Historically, a duma was an assembly of citizens, or more specifically, the ancient Raev peasantry known as streltzy, who would congregate in order to pass common law, pass judgement on peers in cases of trial, and represent their family’s interests to the village. Over time, this evolved alongside the Raevir’s growing nobility, soon to be dominated by aristocratic landowners and powerful gentry. By the time of Karl Barbanov’s ascent as the first ‘Duke of Haense’, the duma had already taken a modern approach of an assembly of knights, and in the early history of Haense it came to be considered a body of knights and veteran soldiery, or in some cases, a war council. Come the coronation of Petyr I in Ottostadt, this body of commanders would have amassed mass lands, becoming powerful landowners in their own rights, and with their military commands they would establish themselves as Haense’s first elder nobility (this would include families such as the Kovachevs, Vanirs, and Rutherns), represented to the crown through the duma. However, until 260, the duma would lack any permanent legal body, and instead be an informal calling of the nobility and important peers when the state required it. The Royal Commission on Oversight and Reform, called by King Sigmar I in 234 (1680) set out the inquiry on establishing a branch of government to formalize the assembly of the lord peers. The commission was co-chaired by Auditor Otto Ludovar and Lord Palatine Robert Bihar. Drawing from the precedent of the kings to summon the lords for audience and oaths of fealty, the commission established a formalized body that derived legitimacy from the Crown to carry out the legislative duties of the realm as a collective institution with the vassals. The Royal Duma Charter was published and given royal assent by the following year. By 260 ES, King Marius II codified the institution of the Royal Duma with the re-promulgation of the Royal Duma Charters and the subsequent appointment of Lord Edward Morris to chair the first session as Herzen. Notable dumas held before the official adoption of the Bihar-Ludovar Articles include: The Winter Duma, or the Duma of 139 (1586) - Held by the Lords of Haense (led by Sergey I Kovachev, Duke of Carnatia); deposed King Andrik II following the Deep Cold Uprising against the Holy Orenian Empire. Duma of 145 (1592) - Held by Palatine Charles-Siguine, Count of Bihar; proclaimed crown-enforced peace in the estates of the Kovachev and Brawm families. Duma of 154 (1601) - Held by King Marus I; formally declared war on the coalition forces of Tobias Staunton and the Kingdom of Courland, beginning the First Northern War. Duma of 163 (1610) - Held by the Lords of Haense; election for the monarchy of Haense following the Greyspine Rebellion, with Stephen Barbanov winning in a landslide vote. Duma of 219 (1666) - Held by then Palatine Franz Bihar; election for the monarchy of Haense following the Greyspine Rebellion following the death of King Karl II, with Franz Bihar winning following no-contest. The Peasant’s Duma (1666) - Held by Palatine Karolus van Rothswald; formally declared Karolus as Palatine and state under the rule of mixed commoner-gentry council, also denied entry of King Sigmar I into Markev though confirmed his election as king. Duma of 223 (1670) - Held by King Sigmar I; formally stripped the office of palatine from Karolus van Rothswald and had him beheaded, giving confirmation to the rule of King Sigmar after his march into Markev; signified Barbanov-Bihar as new royal line. --- I HERZEN Sir Edvard Morisz Edward Morris | Eduardus Morris 260 ES - 263 ES | 1707 AH -1710 AH Monarch(s): Marus II Palatine(s): Konstantin Ruthern, 3rd Herzen van Vidaus (XVIII Palatin; 260-262), Leopold Stafyr, 1st Komit van Nenzing (XIX Palatin; 262-271) Memoir(s): None Sir Edvard Morisz (Common: Edward Morris) was an Adrian statesman who was appointed as Herzen of the Duma. His speakership was dominated by the tensions that rose between the Golden City of Ves and the Imperial estates. He saw the passage of the Royal Scholarship Act of 1710 that promoted the arts and education for Haeseni commoners. He resigned in protest after the Sacking of Ves was condoned by King Marus II. --- II HERZEN Sir Georg Alimar (the Elder) Sir George Alimar | Georgius Karovius Alimius 263 ES - 271 ES | 1710 AH -1718 AH Monarch(s): Marus II, Andrik III Palatine(s): Leopold Stafyr, 1st Komit van Nenzing (XIX Palatin; 262-271) Memoir(s): None Sir Georg Alimar (Common: George Alimar) was a Haeseni statesman who rose to become Herzen upon the resignation of Lord Edward Morris. Under his speakership, the constitutional power of the Royal Duma was solidified as a central institution in the royal government. Prince Georg promulgated the Standing Rules of the Royal Duma which served as the standard procedure of the Duma that led to the creation of the 285 Committee. He saw the passage of the Rural Development and Fair Market Act, the Hallucinogens Ban, and the resolution to support the Nenzing Proclamation that sparked the War of Two Emperors. Upon the death of Lord Leopold Stafyr, Prince Georg was appointed Lord Palatine and resigned as Herzen. --- III HERZEN Lerald Vyronov, 15th Heren van Karnatiya Lerald Vyronov, Duke of Carnatia | Leraldus Vironus 271 ES - 276 ES | 1718 AH -1723 AH Monarch(s): Andrik III Palatine(s): Sir Georg Alimar the Elder (XX Palatin; 271-273), Himself (XXI Palatin; 273-285) Memoir(s): None Lord Lerald Vyronov (Common: Lerald Vyronov) was a Haeseni nobleman and the Duke of Carnatia. He served as deputy to Palatine Leopold Stafyr in the waning years of Marus II. Lord Vyronov succeeded Prince Georg Alimar as Herzen when the former was appointed Lord Palatine. Under Lord Vyronov, the power of the Herzen was enhanced. He saw the passage of the Mayoral Term Limits Act, the Medicinal Services Resolution, the Dissolution of the Office of Lord Bursar, and the Georg Stanimar Commemoration Act. Lord Lerald Vyronov is the only Herzen to have served concurrently as Lord Palatine. --- IV HERZEN Sir Konrad Stafyr Sir Conrad Stafyr | Conradus Alimanius 276 ES - 286 ES | 1723 AH - 1733 AH Monarch(s): Andrik III Palatine(s): Lerald Vyronov, 15th Herzen van Karnatiya (XXI Palatin; 273-285), Sir Terensz Mau (XXII Palatin; 285-286) Memoir(s): None Sir Konrad Stafyr (Common: Conrad Stafyr) is a Haeseni knight and statesman who served as Herzen of the Duma upon the resignation of Lord Lerald Vyronov. His speakership saw the further institutionalization of the Royal Duma within the government by sponsoring the creation of the 285 Committee. He oversaw the passage of the Grand Medical Reform Act, the Northeastern Infrastructure Act, the Medical Expansion Act, and the Mask Ban and actively used the power of the office to maintain impartiality. Ser Konrad maintained the institutional integrity of the Duma until his controversial decision to change the quorum rules without the consent of the 285 Committee. He stepped down as Herzen upon his appointment as Lord Palatine upon the resignation of Terrence May. --- V HERZEN Sigmar Baruch, 1st Herzen van Valwyk Siguine Baruch, 1st Duke of Valwyk | Siguinius Barucis 286 ES - 306 ES | 1733 AH - 1753 AH Monarch(s): Andrik III, Andrik IV Palatine(s): Sir Konrad Stafyr (XXIII Palatin; 286-293), Mark Kortrevich, 1st Margravir van Korstadt (XXIV Palatin; 293-305), Sir Georg Alimar the Younger (XXV Palatin; 305-307) Memoir(s): “The Royal Duma and the Common Man” (298 ES) Lord Sigmar Baruch (Common: Siguine Baruch) is a Haeseni statesman and noble who served as Herzen of the Duma after the elevation of his predecessor Konrad Stafyr to the palatinate in 285 until his resignation in 305. The longest serving Herzen to date, Sigmar’s tenure coincided with an expansion of the Duma’s power, spearheaded by a network of partisan lords and representatives called the Valwyk Pact. Unlike previous office-holders, who typically were avid supporters of the Palatinate governments, Sigmar butted heads on numerous occasions with his peers Mark Kortrevich, 1st Margrave of Korstadt (XXIV Palatin) and Otto Alimar, 4th Prince of Muldav (XXVI Palatin). Tensions with the former reached a head during the middling years of Sigmar’s tenure, going so far as to the serving representative Sigmar Ruthern (Common: Siguine) to controversially hold a vote of no confidence upon the Margrave of Korstadt (though this was later vetoed by the Crown) after verbal threats were made in furloughing the Duma. Sigmar’s achievements include the formal establishment of a central, federalized education system under the Educational Reform Act as well as the expansion of membership within the Duma, however much of the latter would be removed by the work of his successor the Margrave of Vasiland. After twenty years of service, Sigmar retired from the Duma in order to pursue affairs of his private estates and businesses. --- VI HERZEN Henrik Vanir, 1st Margravir van Vaziland Henry Vanir, 1st Margrave of Vasiland | Henricus Basinius 306 ES - 320 ES | 1753 AH - 1767 AH Monarch(s): Andrik IV, Sigmund II Palatine(s): Sir Georg Alimar the Younger (XXV Palatin, 305-307), Otto Alimar, 4th Prinz van Muldav (XXVI Palatin, 307-317), Petyr Baruch, 2nd Herzen van Valwyk (XXVII Palatin, 317-Present) Memoir(s): “The Desideratum of the Royal Duma” (318 ES) Lord Henrik Vanir (Common: Henry Vanir) was a Haeseni statesman and noble who served as Herzen of the Duma from 305 at the retirement of the Duke of Valwyk till Henrik’s death in 320. A former member of Sigmar’s ‘Valwvyk Pact’, Henrik rose to prominence as favorite successor to the political establishment of the Duma. His time as Herzen marked numerous reforms of the royal legislature, namely the removal of numerous seats within the Duma in order to consolidate its proceedings. These included seats of noble cadets, which had begun to overfill the body with minor members, and the seats of many appointed offices of the Crown. The benches of the Duma, divided originally among the Feudalist and Centralist parties, were also disbanded. A patron of burgher democracy with his legislative allies, he sponsored an effort under the direction of representative Osvald Barclay to establish the first solely commoner seats within the Duma, barring noble- and gentry-blooded individuals from occupying said positions. After a bout of illness, Henrik passed in 320, given full honors and state funeral after his death. He was succeeded by the daughter of his predecessor, Lady Marya Kortrevich (vas Baruch). --- VII HERZEN Mariya Kortrevich (vas Baruch), Margraviras-Zweimdr van Korstadt Mary Kortrevic (nee Baruch), Marchioness-Consort of Korstadt | Maria Barucius 320 ES - Present | 1767 AH - Present Monarch(s): Sigmund II Palatine(s): Petyr Baruch, 2nd Herzen van Valwyk (XXVII Palatin, 317-Present) Memoir(s): None Current Incumbent. ---
  6. wish I could be a skeleton now
  7. The Tarcharman nods as he read the work within his hermetic garden, “An excellent work by one of the Andrian Triplets, I hope to see more in the coming years!”
  8. Not sure if you remember me at all, but I used to be a noob grunt in the TO and was part of the Subudai for a time. I currently do mostly just world building and fiction writing (mainly for Haense) and it is always a pleasure to have another person to bounce ideas off of. My discord is yoppl the tarchar#5195 even if you just want to talk.
  9. ((Credits to @UnBaed for the pictures!)) PRIKABURREN (PRIKAZ BERRY), THE NATIONAL FRUIT OF HAENSE BY OTTO THE TARCHARMAN ILLUSTRATIONS BY ALEKSANDRIYA VAN BIHAR (or, PRINCESS ALEXANDRA OF HAENSE) --- Introduction The frontier hinterlands of Haense, while dominated by the agricultural Biharist society that has governed our state for over two-hundred years, are not known for their staple crops and iconic agricultural output. Indeed, any and all farming done in the rustic country of Haense remains almost strictly sustenance farming: agriculture specifically for production of food for the grower and nearby villages, rarely exported out and sold for profit. This mostly comes from the short growing seasons pertaining to living in the northern reaches of humanity, which limits the variety of crops able to be successfully cultivated. Grains such as wheat, barley, and rye, with the occasional Rhenyari maize in the southern reaches of the kingdom, are the most popular, with the more mountainous regions growing stock such as potato and small vegetables. As aforementioned, most of these are typically consumed by the nearby denizens, and the harvest which is sold can seldom compete against more fruitful plantations of other, more temperate provinces. This does not mean, however, that Haense lacks any and all staple produce that can vy in the horticultural markets. Thanks to the brisk, frozen environment that our realm resides in, there is a small minority of boreal crops which thrive in our environment, ranging from the famous ‘winter wheat’ or the gannuts of the Hansetian fir trees. But none are more famous, more important to the livelihood of Haeseni farmers, and more envied by the agronomical economy of greater Orenia than the Prikaz Berry (or Prikaburren), a fruit which has been grown and cultivated by the peoples of the highlands for over a thousand years. First propagated by the nascent agriculturalists of the Huns-Waldor basin, later spreading to the northern Hansetian and Slesvician tribes through rudimentary trade, the different subspecies of Prikaburren can be found in nearly every corner of Haense. In the cold autumn of the north, this small, vine-like plant thrives in the early snows, germinating only after the first frost and allowing a suitable food-source for the beginning of the winter season. Known for its variety of tastes, ranging from the sweet and tart Roberteoburren (Common: Robert’s Berry) to the more sour Vildoprikaburren (Common: Wild Prikaz), they are a staple in many Haeseni dishes or consumed commonly outright. Furthermore, wines, jams, and teas are also frequently produced from Prikaburren, making them also one of the most versatile produce grown in the Haeseni province. This paper shall summarize in brevity the mythological origins of this fruit, highlighting its cultural significance, and detail the different types of Prikaburren, including the ways to cultivate them, their taste and physical appearance, and their use in the production of secondary commodities. --- Mythological Origins of the Prikaz Berry NOTE: For a full list of references, please see Haeseni Mythologie. The thousand-year war between the Sun-Lord Asseran and his lunar son Nikul wreaked havoc upon the lands of mortals, leaving the earth desolate and decimated from the centuries of bloodshed between divinities and demigods. Every race and being chose sides in this celestial conflict, whether under the banner of the Solar Rays or the Crystal Gleen, from the mundane race of proto-men (the pryr) to the first mortal gods and children of the Celestials. There was little respite, little rest in any capacity for the non-divines, the pryr, who although sided with Nikul and fought with him courageously, aided with the assist for his voidal magick, they still suffered immensely. Without the light of the sun to nurture their crops, the lands became cold and barren, and naught wheat or rye grew in the once lush fields and valleys cultivated by man. While the gods and mortals fought, the third Celestial, known as the goddess Sindhor, heard the plights of the creatures which lived upon her and held sorrow in her heart. Lady Sindhor was the deity of nature and the earth, to her she considered nature her most prized child- this included the plants of the world, now dying from the lack of sun upon the earth. In wanting to save her precious creation, she brought a petition to her husband Asseran the Sun, demanding he return the solar rays back to the earth and allow the plants to feel its nourishing touch once more. Despite all her pleas, however, Asseran remained staunch in his resolve, not wanting to aid his former subjects who unrighteous rebel against his undisputed rule. Spurned by her lover, she left the solar halls in shame and grief. As she made way back to her abode within the earth, tears swelled in her eyes, shedding them one by one upon the frozen ground below. They dampened the dirt, and from it came forth by her holy power great vines, able to survive without the sun and bearing from its tips great fruit. The mortal pryr saw this, and in rejoice praised her name, and in great bushels harvested the first berries for cultivation. From this mercy given by the Goddess of the Earth, the proto-men were able to eat and feed their families once more. The early stages of the war, dominated by Meargost and his armies of Olwolki, began to turn in the favor of the mortals of Nikul, no longer hindered by mass famine and death by starvation. The pryr called the small berries ‘Precza’, meaning in the ancient pryr tongue ‘savior, salvation’ (through the transformations of the ancient tongue to the more modern Naumarian, the name has corrupted to ‘Prikaz’). After the war, when father and son mended their differences and divided the year into two, much of the world returned to the seeds of barley and rye to fill their fields, and in the southern lands the berries were all but forgotten. In the north, though, where the bite of winter still stung fierce even after the Great Deluge of St Joren slaying the wyrm Jylig and melting the great glaciers of the northern lowlands, the Prikaz berries remained a crucial crop in order to survive sometimes deadly winter months. In the pagan era of the highlands, a festival known as Sindapricza was commonly held upon the sprouting of the first Prikaz vine, remaining one of the most popular festivals among the northern Dulonians and Hansetians until its slow canonization process. Even after the religious and spiritual origins of the plant were all but forgotten, they have remained a staple of any Haeseni diet. --- The Four Types of Prikaz Berry There are four main strains of Prikaz throughout the northern lowlands and highlands, and though there are more exotic varieties, they remain the most common and widespread throughout the Haeseni state. Three of the four are domesticated specieses, cultivated in great numbers by farmers throughout the state, which include Rotprikaburren (or ‘Red Prikaz’), Hanzeoprikaburren (or ‘Hansetian Prikaz’), and Roberteoburren (or ‘Robert Berries’ / ‘Royal Prikaz’). The last variant, known as Vildoprikaburren (or ‘Wild Prikaz’), is typically only found in wild or semi-wild environments, though remains important for hunters and lumberjacks working deep in the untamed wilderness of the Haeseni state. All Prikaz typically grow on the sides of boulders (usually the specieses found in the wild) or on man-made posts created specifically for farming. It usually takes only a month till Prikaz first develops fruit, which is found on the end of the vines, however most farmers wait till three-four months when the berries are most abundant and ripe. The growing season for Prikaz usually begins at the beginning of autumn, though it can and is grown in the spring as well. When growing Prikaz, it is common to grow two different vines on one stake, in order to promote cross-pollination and have overall larger yield. For their names, I have also included the scientific Napierian name, written in Flexio, which can be found beside it. All Prikaz varieties listed belong to the genus Prescas. Vildoprikaburren (Wild Prikaz) | Prescas feroxi Place of Cultivation: Not Cultivated, mostly found in the lowland forests Color: Dull red Height: Around 4-5 ft. Yield per Vine: Around 0.5-1 lbs. of berries Taste: Slightly sweet (ripe), bitter/slightly sour (not ripe) Vildoprikaburren or Wild Prikaz (P. feroxi) is the most common species of Prikaz found in the wild. Due to any lack of proper domestication, Wild Prikaz is the most leafy of its peers, producing overall less berries in comparison and its vines containing bulkier foliage. In some variants, as well, thorns have sometimes been known to appear on the lower ends of the vines. The seeds within the berries themselves are also unable to be unconsumed (though not poisonous, they are very difficult to chew with their hard shells) and usually must be spat out upon consumption. The most common use for Wild Prikaz is by hunters and travellers in travelling on the road or in the frontier. They are also used occasionally in traditional medicine by the creation of Prikaz Tea (though Red and Hansetian Prikaz remain more common) in order to soothe headaches and dull pain in limbs and the back. Rotprikaburren (Red Prikaz) | Prescas rubri Place of Cultivation: Haeseni lowlands (incl. Capital Region) Color: Dark red Height: Around 7-9 ft. Yield per Vine: 12-16 lbs. of berries Taste: Very sweet (ripe), mildly sweet (not ripe) Rotprikaburren or Red Prikaz (P. rubri) is the most common species of Prikaz grown in Haense and is typically the stereotypical Prikaz when in the public’s imagination. Their leaves are the smallest of any other Prikaz (excluding Royal Prikaz, which only bears flowers) and they yield the most produce when tended to properly. Much like its deviant variant Royal Prikaz, the seeds within them are chewy and edible (and in some newer strains, nonexistent) which allows for easy cooking and consumption. Red Prikaz is used in nearly every derivative product that uses Prikaz, whether bakery goods, drinks, or even dyes. They are used to make Prikaz Wine, a fermented alcoholic beverage and the only wine produced in Haense solely from Haeseni produce, as well as commonly mixed in other drinks (such as Carrion Black to make Yopil, a common drink during Barovifest). Because of their sweet taste, Red Prikaz is also the most used in making jams and jellies. Red Prikaz is also the most common form of Prikaz (and fruit even) used in the Great Fruit Toss of Barovifest. Hanzeoprikaburren (Hansetian Prikaz) | Prescas hansei Place of Cultivation: Alpine Haense and northern frontier (incl. Almaanland) Color: Purple Height: Around 3-6 ft. Yield per Vine: 6-9 lbs. of berries Taste: Mildly sweet/sour (ripe), mildly sweet/bitter (not ripe) Hanzeoprikaburren or Hansetian Prikaz (P. hansei) is the variety of Prikaz most commonly found in the northern and mountainous regions of Haense. Their leaves are larger than their Red Prikaz cousins and require consistent pruning by farmers and cultivators. The seeds within them are harder though still edible, and compared to others produce the largest berries, while producing less berries overall. Hansetian Prikaz is used in cooking, usually in the form of pies, though not as often as their Red Prikaz counterparts. Usually they are dried and preserved in order to make dried Prikaz (much the common raisin made from a grape), which is a common staple in traveller’s diets and workers who are out in the frontier for long periods of time. Roberteoburren (Royal Prikaz or Robert Berries) | Prescas roberti Place of Cultivation: Haeseni lowlands, specially in gardens Color: Bright red Height: 5-8 ft. Yield per Vine: 8-10 lbs. of berries Taste: Very sweet (ripe), mildly sweet (not ripe) Roberteoburren or Royal Prikaz/Robert Berries (P. roberti) are the most recent variety of Prikaz, said to be created and cultivated by King Robert I of Haense himself. According to popular legend, they were first grown by the scholar-king in his grandeur Prikaz palace, whose walls were adorned by Prikaz vines on all sides. Unlike the other Prikaz, Royal Prikaz bears no leaves but flowers, which give a sweet and lively aroma when in full bloom. Royal Prikaz also bears no seeds within them and is a favorite of raw consumption. Due to the recent evolution of Royal Prikaz and its popularity among the gardens of the elite, they are most commonly only found in gardens, where they are used not specifically for their produce but rather their aesthetic appeal and cultural legacy of royal origins. Royal Prikaz is used to make a specific type of wine called Edeyvilse, found only in royal cellars and produced only by the most prestigious of vintors of the royal court.
  10. “Eirikssons, the only good Norlanders. I hope your family finds success and prosperity.” says the Tarcharman.
  11. Arthur the Atheist does a default dance, “Canonism fights among themselves! Hahahahaha”
  12. “Good thing I’m a secular humanist and atheist hahahaha” Arthur Callahan says then does a jig in his hideout bunker with fellow Harrenite Jakub MacDonough @Doggedwasupxxx
  13. Updated on 317/1764 ((4/28)) Created new section ‘Culture of Haense’ Created new section ‘Educational Works’ Created new section ‘Essays and Speeches’ Added Kolvyk and Rovyk, the Half-Brother Twins by Otto the Tarcharman Added Ethnicities and Subcultures of Haense by Otto the Tarcharman Added House Ruthern by Various Authors ((Credits to @Imperium)) Added The History of House Baruch by Sigmar Baruch ((Credits to @Drew2_dude)) Added Hansetic Knight and Its Current Flaws by Johann von Remsburg ((Credit to @Rudster))
  14. Updated on 317/1764 ((4/28)): Death of Otto Alimar, Prince of Muldav Appointment of Petyr Baruch, Duke of Valwyck Fixed format for easier reading Small grammar/syntax fixes
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