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  1. The Duke Sunholdt buys a new hat for court with the money that would’ve otherwise been spent on the Carrington’s service.
  2. FULL NAME: Nyseia AGE: 207 RACE: Wood Elf RELIGION: Canonist REGIMENT OF CHOICE: 1st Regiment ((MC name)): TangoIsPointless ((Time zone)): PST
  3. John did not know this, and if he would ever find out, he’d feel very embarrassed!
  4. A letter arrives at the Imperial Capital for those addressed, bearing this seal; <--------------><--------------><--------------> <--------------> <--------------> <--------------> -=- The Duke Sunholdt’s Petition for the Imperial Dragoons -=- An imagined charge of the Imperial Dragoons, circa 1752 Your Imperial Majesty, Peter III @ARCHITECUS Your Excellency, the Archchancellor, Simon Basrid @Cracker Your Excellency, the Secretary of War, Sir Darius Sabari @Maur I write to you from my estate in Selm, gifted with a fine home, a good family, and many honors bestowed upon me by you and our Empire. For decades now, I have given loyalty and diligence freely to the Empire. However, through the honors and trusts you have bestowed on me, despite all I have given, I am found in debt to the Imperial Crown once again. Thus, this is what I offer to further my proof of loyalty and conviction to the wonder of the Empire, that for which my entire being exists. I will have fought for the Empire for thirty years coming this next year, and I wish to do so in a capacity different than my previous penmanships and bureaucratic feats of statesmanship. My son, Peter Baldwin, feels strongly as well. His duty, loyalty, good nature and strength of character are beyond what I could hope to have even in my theoretically aged wisdom. As such, you have seen fit to grant him the rank of Ensign, despite his youth and lack of experience. My other sons, Daniel, John and Alexander, are eager to fight for the Emperor, and for their home in the Crownlands. Other men have flocked to Selm, finding solace in the jovial nature of it, and relishing in our fledgeling and elegant equestrian tradition. In my estate, the native horses are quite strong and durable, as are its men. Therefore, I propose that the Barony of Selm be home to the Imperial Dragoons. This would be a medium cavalry unit, stabled and garrisoned in Selm itself, to serve as wardens of the countryside. I propose my son, Peter Baldwin, would be the commander, and myself, as your 30-year long servant, would have oversight in whatever capacity you see fit, should you see it fit. I will personally fund the entire endeavor wherever it is legal for me to do so, as well as providing the horses in the same capacity. Selm will never become a town or a village, nor do we seek to see it ascend beyond a simple Barony. We seek not to curtail the glory of our wondrous Capital and it’s 1st Brigade, so finely administered by the honored Sir Darius Sabari and the Captain Alren my son Peter tells me such excellent things of. We hope to widen the net of potential recruits to the Imperial State Army. The result, we hope, is not only the strengthening of Selm, a vassal of most supreme loyalty, duty, and trust, but also the widening of the net for recruiting men into a soldiery led by the leaders of such a vassal. I wish you fair weather, comrades, and hope to see you in my gardens soon. Sir John d’Arkent KCHE Duke of Sunholdt, Baron of Selm Justice of the Supreme Court Peter Baldwin d’Arkent Ensign of the 1st Brigade
  5. -=- The Selm Periodical -=- A collaborative effort of the d’Arkent family. Volume II. A snake in the Bathhouse In the mid-afternoon this past day, the Baron of Selm and his daughters could be seen entering the square, inviting all from the Brothers of Malin to Brigadiers on duty to another fantastic day of carousal at the Palace of Selm, and its wondrous gardens. Despite protest from some less excitable denizens of the Capital, twenty men and women across the Empire began making their way to Selm estate. After a short tour of the estate for those who had not had it, the Duke John called for a swim in the spring. William Napier, Tiberius Barrow, Valandos the Elf, and others drank and caroused as others attended the bar on the terrace. Unfortunately, the joy of the pool ended when a potentially poisonous watersnake was discovered. Luckily the butler Francois has pledged to rid the estate of these persistent pests. Soon after, as the night continued, the Ladies Charlotte and Mary d’Arkent served drinks while the Duke and his son Daniel entertained King Andrik, Sir Tiberius, and Valandos in the library and his study, examining the murals and speaking politic. . As the evening progressed, and rumors of drunkenness on the terrace circulated amongst the fifteen or so guests left over, the Duke, his son Daniel, Sir Tiberius, and Jahan Basrid assembled for a wager on a game of Haeseni Chess. A game the Duke does not like, as one might see from the board state. Yet the game did not last, as it was taking far too long for anyone’s patience. They agreed to continue their wager on another day, and allowed Daniel Louis to keep their betting money on him. A questionable choice. Alas, another successful night in Selm ended with Duke John contemplating how to party harder. The Guest List; Duke Leopold Helvets Lord Markus Kortrevich Sir Terrence May Sir Tiberius Barrow Sir Alexander Pruvia Sir William Napier Jahan Basrid Richard Helvets Lady Natalya Devereux Lady Franziska Klara Andrik Tiberius Valandos the Elf, and his retinue Alaric Stafyr Adrian Orel Erik Berhal Sir John d’Arkent KCHE Duke of Sunholdt, Baron of Selm Justice of the Supreme Court
  6. -=- A Wonderful Night in Selm! -=- At the end of His Imperial Majesty’s court, members of the court were invited to partake in carousing in the Barony of Selm, a newly built pleasure palace across the River Ari. They were invited to celebrate the ascention to Knighthood of various honored guests, include the Duke John d’Arkent himself to Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Petrine Order of Humanity and the Empire. First, in two groups of ten, the family and staff of the Palace toured the estate with the noble guests, before retreating to the garden. The festivities began with drinks and hors d'oeuvres served by Francois, the estate’s butler, and Franz, a ward of House d’Arkent. Soon after, the Baron Selm invited his guests to the amphitheatre nestled between a babbling brook and a carefully carved stone, where a collection of Rhenyari musicians entertained the guests, soon also including the Emperor himself. Despite the Baron Selm’s request to see the Imperial Princess Anna Augusta and Duke Joseph Clemente dance during the minstrel’s traditional waltz, they refused entirely. Instead, Peter Baldwin, the Baron’s son, and the Imperial Princess Lorena Antonia took the dance. Interrupting the lovely dance, Valentina Ruthern appeared to the crowd, blackened of eye and bruised! The party was immediately dispersed to investigate the crime, yet not before a wonderful night of carousel and laughter! Only the first of many to come. The Guest List; Emperor Peter III Duke Joseph Clement Imperial Princess Anna Augusta Imperial Princess Lorena Antonia Duke Leopold Helvets Sir Konrad Stafyr Sir Terrence May Sir Tiberius Barrow Lady Valentina Ruthern Lady Chesna Kovachev Lady Natalya Devereux Lady Katerina Alimar Lady Anna Pruvia Lady Isabel Stafyr Hugo Wright Adrian Orel Sir John d’Arkent KCHE Duke of Sunholdt, Baron of Selm Justice of the Supreme Court
  7. Sir John considers how expensive it would be to have the famed baker create large pastry sculptures.
  8. The Opinion of the Court The Amber Cold, 1750 With regard to; HELVETS V. HELVETS The Court finds this subpoena’s intention to be subject to Judicial Review by the Eastern Circuit. Therefore it shall perform it’s duty in reviewing the case and delivering it’s ruling. Such judicial review requires no formal courthouse trial, except in circumstances when the Court determines it necessary. In absence of a Justice present in the Western Circuit, Supreme Court Justice John d’Arkent rules at the Circuit level for the purposes of this review. This review and ruling are, therefore, still subject to appeal to the Supreme Court. The following shall be dictated from the subpoena itself, with the Court’s commentary. “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. The Court affirms the items expressed here as universal stipulations of the case. 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. The Court finds these ‘feats’ to be of no extreme nature, as countless men kill bandits, pirates, and serve the Empire every day of their lives. However, with no alternative heir present, the Court believes it inappropriate to have a title held by a dead man withheld from his sons, in a state of nonexistence which has no legal basis. 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. The Court concurs. It is fair and sensible to award the requester the title Duke of Cathalon. In summary; A man’s will may not withhold a title in a state of non-existence or purgatory which has no legal premise or basis. Leopold Helvets shall be awarded the title Duke of Cathalon, by virtue of the Court’s interpretation of the law and the will of the deceased. Should the other potentially eligible sons reveal themselves to be alive they may appeal this ruling by the court for one year from the deliverance of this ruling. Sir John d’Arkent, KCHE Duke of Sunholdt, Baron of Selm Justice of the Supreme Court Ruling in absentia of a Circuit Judge
  9. -=- House d’Arkent -=- -=- The House -=- Patriarch, Sir John d’Arkent, Duke of Sunholdt, Baron of Selm, Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Petrine Order of Humanity and the Empire, legitimized son of Joseph Marna, Holy Orenian Emperor - Born 1699 (TangoIsPointless) His Wife, Vespira Helane d’Arkent, Imperial Princess, Duchess of Sunholdt, Baroness of Selm, daughter of Antonius Horen, Emperor of Man - Born 1710 (marinaemily) <-------------><-------------><-------------> The Line of John and Evie <-------------><-------------><-------------> A Princess of Curon, Evie Devereux and her two children were lost at sea approximately 1725, escaping persecution from the Pertinaxi reign at the end of the War of Two Emperors. Joseph Henry d’Arkent, son of John d’Arkent and Evie Devereux - Born 1720 (unplayed) Julia Esme d’Arkent, daughter of John d’Arkent and Evie Devereux - Born 1721 (unplayed) <-------------><-------------><-------------> The Line of John and Vespira <-------------><-------------><-------------> A Princess of the Holy Orenian Empire, and sister to Emperor Peter III, her marriage to John has been both lengthy and tumultuous. An unlikely union that brings the imperial lines of Joseph of Marna and Antonius I together. Despite often not agreeing, their undying love for their children drives them to create a united front, and a safer world for their future generations. Daniel Louis d’Arkent, son of John d’Arkent and Vespira Helane - Born 1727 Well tempered and jovial. A capable warrior, and heir to Selm. (Capace) John Sigismund d’Arkent, son of John d’Arkent and Vespira Helane - Born 1728 A rambunctious man with great martial prowess. (mcpancakes) Mary Philippa d’Arkent, daughter of John d’Arkent and Vespira Helane - Born 1729 Extremely ambitious and business savvy. (Ivorey) Alexander Joseph d’Arkent, son of John d’Arkent and Vespira Helane - Born 1730 Quiet, devoted, and eager to do good. (chaosgamer_) Charlotte Cecilia d’Arkent, daughter of John d’Arkent and Vespira Helane - Born 1733 A solemn woman. Determined and studious. (Koander) Peter Baldwin d’Arkent, son of John d’Arkent and Vespira Helane - Born 1734 Selfless, thoughtful, and dutiful to the extreme. (erik0821) <-------------><-------------><-------------> Other Lines <-------------><-------------><-------------> Henry d’Arkent, bastard son of Joseph Marna - Born 1701 (Happybirthday_J) George Leopold de Louvain, bastard son of Henry d’Arkent - Born 1736 (barducci) <-------------><-------------><-------------> Deceased <-------------><-------------><-------------> Ursula ‘Evie’ Devereux d’Arkent, daughter of King Wilhelm of Curon - Born 1702, Dead 1725 -=- Holdings -=- <-------------><-------------><-------------> The Duchy of Sunholdt <-------------><-------------><-------------> A titular title gifted to John d’Arkent by the Emperor Peter III for his undying service and lengthy tenures to the Empire. It has little historical significance besides the name being barely mentioned in Courlandic titles in some historical records. <-------------><-------------><-------------> The Barony of Selm <-------------><-------------><-------------> A landed title, created for and given to John d’Arkent by the Emperor Alexander I during John’s tenure as Archchancellor. It rests on the riverbanks of the River Ari, just across the river from the walls of Helena. It boasts Selm Palace, designed by Daniel Louis d’Arkent with assistance from his sister, Mary Philippa, and nominal assistance from the rest of the family. Selm also boasts expansive gardens, artwork, facilities,and is very much one of the finest pieces of architecture in recent memory. -=- Values -=- The House Words, “queti tempus,” translated to “no time to rest,” were chosen by John d’Arkent in his youth. Ironically, the flexio words can also be translated to “time to quit,” a veiled jab at the less successful. The House appreciates extravagance and eccentrics, finding them excellent mediums to display success. The House d’Arkent pride themselves on their industriousness, and respect merit and success above old noble names and blood. It is common to hear a d’Arkent disregard traditional noble etiquettes and marriage practices in favor of pragmatism. This is likely spawned of John d’Arkent’s personal disdain for such etiquettes, being born a bastard and unloved son of Joseph of Marna. It is common that the children and wards of House d’Arkent make competitions out of their goals. This fire of ambition and constant need to outdo each other come second only to an absolute respect for the family, and the desire to keep it safe and healthy. They consider their successes a gift, both from their family, and to it. -=- Wards -=- The House d’Arkent often takes in wards from distant relatives and other nobility and gentry throughout the Empire. These wards are raised as d’Arkents, on the principles of merit, competition, pragmatism, strong work ethic and pride in success. Aleksandr Vladov, son of Aleksandr Vladov (o_Grant_o)
  10. The Opinion of the Court With regard to; REQUEST TO THE SUPREME COURT FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW CONCERNING CITY RIGHTS We shall examine, piece by piece, the matters put for by this request, and deliver the Court’s opinion. “The Municipal Reformation Edict of 1743 details that the now defunct Office of Internal Affairs appoints the City Clerk of Helena.” The Court finds this evaluation of the Edict’s intention to be accurate for the context of this review. “The requester believes that considering the Office of Internal Affairs was split into the Office of the Treasury and the Office of the Interior, the City Clerk should rightfully be jointly appointed by both offices and beholden to the City and Lord Mayor as an employee alone to curb excesses of unilateral taxation.” In the context of the appointment of the City Clerk, the Court finds this evaluation to be generally accurate. In the Court’s opinion, the division of the Office of the Interior into the Office of Internal Affairs and the Office of the Treasury warrants the dissemination of the prescribed duties of that defunct office. In this case, they would share the duty and responsibility to appoint a City Clerk, as well as any other duties the Office of Interior was originally prescribed. If this arrangement were to be found ineffective, a bill by the Board of Ward Liverymen would be capable of remedying this by amendment to this section of their charter; The Clerk of the City of Helena is chosen by the Secretary of Internal Affairs for a tenure of four years. “The Gradic Rights had also enumerated that the populace of Helena shall dictate the taxation of the city as beholden to the Crown’s demands for tithes and taxation.” The Court finds the Rights of the City of Helena by virtue of the imperial assent given at the time of it’s passing, to be wholly applicable in this context. The Crown makes a request for taxation, and the city collects it, as described here within the Gradic Rights. VII. Hitherto does the populace of this town have the right to collect tax, tolls, and impose fees. “The requester believes it necessary that the Livery Board of Helena should be the regulatory body for all laws concerning taxation except for those explicitly outlined by the Municipal Reformation Edict pertaining to the City Clerk’s office, including but not limited to property appraisal.” The Senate is explicitly forbidden from legislation pertaining to a specific region, as described here; Legislation pertaining to or targeting a specific demographic or territory and not others. Therefore, the only body with the legislative authority to reform taxation of the City of Helena is the Livery Board of Helena. Thus, where the City Clerk is appointed by executive office(s), the Clerk is beholden to the legislation drafted by the Livery Board of Helena when performing the Clerk’s duties on that body. The Clerk does not operate at the executive discretion of the office(s) which appointed the Clerk in the instances where it conflicts with the government of the City of Helena, and the laws passed by the bodies that govern it. The Court’s opinion, in summary; When a defunct office’s duties are divided amongst new persons or bodies of government, any duty or responsibility not explicitly detailed are not inherited by those offices. They are instead completely abolished. In this case, no new legislation detailing the assignment of those duties exists. Despite lacking legislation detailing the duty, the Office of the Treasury has been appointing the City Clerk. The Court finds this action illegal due to the above ruling. In order to rectify this error, the Court rules that the City Clerk shall be selected by unanimous decision of the Secretary of Treasury and Secretary of the Interior. The City Clerk is beholden to laws passed by the Board of Ward Liverymen, and not the Senate. The Imperial Crown has the absolute right to impose taxes, duties, imposts and excises on the City and citizens of Helena through the Office of the Treasury. The City of Helena through the Board of Ward Liverymen has the absolute right to determine the methods by which taxation is collected, through the Gradic Rights. Taxes are collected by the City of Helena through the Board of Ward Liverymen on behalf of the Imperial Crown. His Grace, John d’Arkent Duke of Sunholdt, Baron of Selm Justice of the Supreme Court The Honorable, Waldemar Sarkozic Justice of the Supreme Court The Honorable, Indra Kentri Justice of the Supreme Court
  11. Full Name of Man - John d’Arkent Date of Birth of Man - 1699 Name of Woman - Vespira Helane Date of Birth of Woman – 1710 Location of Ceremony - Imperial Chapel Date of Ceremony (Year) - 1727 Name of Clergyman who performed ceremony - Forgot his name
  12. The Branches of Government Adrian de Sarkozy, John d’Arkent, Frederick Armas and Terrence May, discussing the potential formation of a Supreme Court, circa 1735 <--------------> <--------------> <--------------> <--------------> <--------------> None can deny the Empire’s change in these past decades. Once, feudal warlords and primitive despots decided the fate of our nation. Now, we have a robust system of legal recourse, a civilization in place of an anarchy, where even the lowest of peasants have the right to trial. In place of a dictator, we have a Senate which has been bestowed the power to legislate by the Emperor. None can deny the interest and progress that the Imperial Senate has made these past decades, innovating what it means to legislate and represent all of humanity. In place of oligarchs, we have a Cabinet beholden to the confirmations of elected officials. The Senate’s power over the executive authority of the Empire is a profound revolution in governance. The Cabinet of State executes not only the will of the Emperor, but the laws that the Senate passes. Yet the picture is not complete. Can the Cabinet be held accountable for defying the Senate’s law? Can the Senate be held accountable for passing bills in contrast to its foundation’s legal promulgation? For centuries, a Justice has been an instrument of the Emperor’s will. The Emperor drafts law with his voice or his pen, and the Justice does as the Emperor commands. If he does not, then the Emperor simply removes him, overturns his decision, and all is correct. In place of a despot, we have an Imperial Court. These courts are designed to run in stark contrast to the Cabinet of State and the Imperial Senate. The Emperor has bestowed us Justices with the power to rule in court in ways independent of direct influence. It is, then, our absolute duty to utilize our independence and become the final link between these arms of government. We shall set the precedent of legal recourse and the fine processes by which we determine the guilty and innocent, the legal and illegal. In this way, we complete our perfect circle. We shall not grovel at the feet of the Senate, reading their laws and nodding our head with complacency. We shall observe these laws as we do all things within the domain of our courts; with judicious suspicion. Should a bill pass the senate, or the Cabinet take executive action, they shall remain subject to judicial review in any court. If we cannot curtail any imbalance of power within the branches of our most glorious Empire, we are not only useless, but we are failures. <--------------> <--------------> <--------------> <--------------> <--------------> His Grace, John d’Arkent Duke of Sunholdt, Baron of Selm Justice of the Supreme Court
  13. Ser John attempts to recall his tenure as the first Vice Chancellor, but fails, as he was too drunk, both then and now.
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