The Folk Romanovich
“Godani jest wielk”
The village of Muscovy and its Ruskan population at it’s peak -Circa 1723
The story of the folk Romanovich is a nomadic tale, riddled with violence. It begins with a poor Ruskan couple, Sergei and Mila. Sergei was a hardworking farmer toiling away daily in the Curonian fields whilst Mila looked after their home. Sergei fought in the Curonian levies whenever the able bodied men were called upon, there was no feeling that could match the rush he felt during the heat of battle. A love he passed onto his children. In 1697, Mila gave birth to the couple’s first children, twin boys named Dragoslav and Milos. Mila gave birth to a third son, Konstantin in 1700, and their final son, Yugio, in 1704. Sergei took Dragoslav and Milos to work in the fields as soon as they were able, trying his best to instill a strong work ethic into his boys just as his father had done him. Sharing stories of battlefield memories fondly with his boys throughout their arduous days.
In 1707, the city of Avalain was raided by a roaming group of bandits. They had plagued Curonia’s countryside for many months and the local captain decided it was time to put a stop to their reaving, calling upon any willing able bodied men to assist the local guards. Sergei dropped his hoe and traded it for his axe and shield in an instant, joining the party of warriors. Sergei fought valiantly and played a crucial role in defeating and finally driving the bandits from Curonian lands, but suffered a fatal wound towards the end of the skirmish. He passed soon after arrival at the clinic in Avalain, his wounds proving to grievous. The loss rattled Mila, slowly driving her to madness. Dragoslav and his twin brother Milos did all they could at their young age to care for their younger brothers and deteriorating mother. The loss of her love Sergei proved to be too much for Mila to handle, she took her own life late one evening in the year 1714. Leaving her children to fend for themselves.
The Romanovich brothers packing their few belongings, preparing to leave behind their Curonian overlords and build a legacy of their own -Circa 1714
Seeing no reason to continue their fruitless, limiting service to Curonia and yearning for adventure, Dragoslav and Milos decided to pack what little they had left and lead their family in search of a home they could truly make their own. The four brothers and Dragoslav’s newly wedded wife, Nina, left Avalain early in the year 1714. Their travels brought them to every corner of the lands of Arcas, picking up other Ruskan men and women living under the reign of people foreign to themselves, amassing a considerable following. After many months of wandering, carousing, and raiding the brothers finally found a spot they thought suitable. They began building as soon as they arrived on an island in a small cluster of islands near Arcas’ Southern borders, they called this cluster ‘The Ruskan Isles.’ Muscovy was founded, the year was 1715.
Progress on the brothers’ village was rapid, drawing in many other Ruskan and Raev people looking to live free lives. Dragoslav had twins of his own with his wife Nina in 1716, naming them Nikoslav and Viktoryia. Young Konstantin fell in love and married a girl named Genevieve in the same year. Circumstances constantly improving for Muscovy and her people, who looked to the Romanovich brothers for leadership and guidance, idolizing the young men. Growing tired of raiding and looting the poor settlements around them, the brothers gather all their warriors and founded a company, Komanyia Muscovia, in 1717 and offered their services to the highest bidder. Signing a contract with the Marnantine emperor, Joseph, the warriors of Muscovy left behind their wives and children to enter The War of Two Emperors.
Muscovian Cavalrymen leading a Marnantine charge in a skirmish against Renatian forces outside the walls of Leuven -Circa 1718
The brothers and their comrades forged a valiant reputation for themselves and amassed as much wealth as they could during the war, staying with the Marnantine forces until the end in 1721. Returning to their home to celebrate their successes with their friends and family. The mundane nature of daily village life soon got to the warriors of the Kompanyia, suffering from an insatiable bloodlust after experiencing the pure rush of battle. They turned to raiding as a solution to this thirst, devastating most of the settlements surrounding their own and completely wiping out a breed of elf that called themselves ‘Sun Elves’ held up in a town known as Mir’asul. The Romanovich brothers and their comrades believed themselves invincible.
Late one night in 1727, Dragoslav woke to the strong stench on entrails and a thick cloud of smoke outside his home. Joining the defense of their beloved village, the Romanovich brothers and their remaining comrades finally drove the band of refugees from settlements sacked by the Muscovians back. Alas, the damage had been done. Many had died, including the Romanovich brother Konstantin, and much of their village and fields had burned. The strong and hardheaded population of Rus and Raev stayed in their village for as long as they could, but nothing was ever the same. With heavy hearts they abandoned their homes in 1739 and followed the Romanovich brothers back to the one place they knew they would be able to recover, Curonia.
The Rus and Raev followers of the Romanovich feasting and celebrating their ever strengthening circumstances around a cluster of their farmsteads -Circa 1742
Avalain was good to the Romanovich and their followers. Their wounds healed, their spirits lifted, and many soon forged prominent names for themselves with Curonia. Dragoslav was appointed First Minister of Curonia by her majesty, Ester I Devereux, which he quickly followed with the appointment of Yugio and Sergei, Konstantin’s young and competent son, to the Cyrillian Cabinet. The brothers took ownership of the Bear Cub Pub in Avalain with their business partner, Charles, and discovered a new talent, the production of Vodka. They drank, laughed, and led in Curonia for five fruitful years, but the desire for freedom never left their hearts.
Suddenly, in 1744, the Romanovich and their followers from Muscovy left Curonia to begin the search for a new home. Coming across a fertile valley placed by Godan between a forest in the East of Arcas and the Orcish Plains, they claimed the swath of land as their own and began building their lives in their new home. Rominsk is founded, the year is 1745.
Rominsk amidst the vast Muscovian March -Circa 1745