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  1. The aged Prince of Merryweather had the missive read to him over supper. Abruptly a fist smashed on the table as he heard what was written about Aaun "What?!" he screamed "They killed the King, his advisors, my father! And all the cowards do is send a letter to apologize?" the Prince's supper was furiously cast aside. Supper was ruined.
  2. PACT OF LA DORADA 8th of Sun’s Smile, 1978 ARTICLE I - SOVEREIGNTY The Heartlander Confederation and the Sovereignty of Hyspia, or henceforth ‘the signatories’, recognise each other’s sovereignty over their territories, titles, and vassals, including any of the three that the signatories may come to possess in the duration of the pact provided that they were acquired in good faith. ARTICLE II - NON-AGGRESSION The signatories pledge to each other to adhere to principles of peace between each other. They shall not wage war upon one another, nor shall they raise arms against one another, or try to bring harm to the integrity of one another’s realms. This includes but is not limited to: supporting mercenaries and/or bandits in attacks against a signatory; making claims about a signatory with the intent to ruin the reputation of its culture, people, or leadership; and using the well-intentioned articles of this pact to disadvantage another signatory. ARTICLE III - MUTUAL DEFENSE The signatories hereby pledge to assist each other in matters of national defense; an attack on either party by a third party shall be considered an attack against both. Any disputes between the signatories shall first be resolved through peaceful discussion among the leadership of both signatories. In the event that the territorial integrity of either nation is threatened in any manner by an external force, the two shall come together to discuss preemptive measures. ARTICLE IV - DIPLOMATIC PROTECTIONS The signatories shall abide by and uphold the privileges of diplomats. The privileges being these; diplomatic immunity, right of safe passage, inviolability of premises and inviolability of documents. For the signatories to break any of these privileges bestowed unto diplomats, shall be considered hostile action. ARTICLE V - TRADE AGREEMENT The signatories are to provide a free stall free of rent in their respective capitals for each signatory to promote economic growth and ties. Any tariffs that may have been imposed on the signatories beforehand are revoked, and the creation of new tariffs is forbidden for the duration of the pact. ARTICLE VI - EXTRADITION The signatories pledge to assist each other with extradition requests and shall not support evident criminals with hiding or otherwise escaping from the authorities of the signatory they transgressed in. ARTICLE VII - DURATION This treaty shall be in effect for a period of fifteen (15) years, after which the signatories may convene once again to discuss renewing the treaty. His Apostolic Majesty, JOHN I, by the Grace of GOD, Apostolic King of Aaun, Prince of Alstion, Duke of Vienne, the Lowlands, Balemena and Corazon, Count of Whitespire, Enswerp and Florentine, Baron of Blanchet, Protector of the Realm Her Royal Majesty, CATHERINE I, By the Grace of GOD, Queen of the Petra, Marquise de Val d’Estenou, Countess of Temesch and Moere, Viscountess of Mies, Baroness of Garmont, Valfleur, Vallagne-en-Petra, Eagles Peak, Brasca, Hrenthorne, Resmore, and of the Phoenixspire, Protector of the Meadows, Defender of Liberty His Highness, Johannes von Alstreim, Prince of Merryweather and the Rhine etc. High Commissioner of the Heartlander Confederation HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, RAMONA I, Sovereign Princess of Hyspia, Duchess of Pacazu, Baroness of Arenisca and Del’mar, Lady of Ladorada, Lady of Niseep, Gereon's Hold, and Ciudad de Plata, Gran Maestress of El Orden de Francisco, Protector of the Hyspian People, Protector of the Farfolk, Matriarch of House de Pelear Rafael Arsenico de Pelear Infante of Hyspia, Baron of Evaristo, Diplomatic Ambassador of Hyspia
  3. PARADISIAN ADVENTURERS GUILD FRESH BOUNTIES ISSUED BY GUILDMASTER VON ALSTREIM IN THE YEAR 1977 TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE GUILD, REGARDLESS OF CLASS SALUTATIONS, The situation in the north, regarding the Ailmere raiders has not been eliminated but subsided, for now the raiders remain silent. Surely there are nefarious things in the making, but now for the moment all adventurers belonging to the Guild are recalled home, where they are duly needed. In the future, once the Guild's assistance is needed once more, we shall answer. The clerks of the Adventures Guild have been hard at work in the Heartlands, collecting various bounties and information regarding newer troubles, some of which are yet to be unveiled to the public. As of this moment three new bounties have been published. More shall come as they have been registered by the clerks. As of this publishing the bounties are these: GOBLIN TAKEOVER! Goblins have seized a remote fortress that was under repairs. The Legion doesn’t have the manpower or time to focus on the isolated fortress. The Guild has been hired to go in and retake the fortress. CONCERNS OFFSHORE A ship has been spotted not far away. It is suspected to be a standard merchant ship, but it has laid unmoving now for weeks. The authorities are concerned and have hired the Guild to investigate. A ship has been commandeered, ready to take the Adventurers out to investigate. STALKING HIGHWAY BANDITS Deserters turned bandits prey upon the roads leading to the Capital. Their camp has been located nearby; inquiring with Royal Officials will lead you to it. VODNIKS ASHORE The fishermen of the docks have found themselves under increasing attacks from creatures that dwell under the waters. These monsters, most likely Vodniks, have been reported moving into the region, and are suspected of establishing a lair. Their Den has yet to have been discovered, so it is believed that the entrance lies under the waters, caution is advised for diving underwater when creatures lurk there. To pick up or inquire about a bounty speak to any official Guild Clerk, the vice-Guildmaster or Guildmaster. Any non-registered warrior or sorcerer who has stumbled upon this publication may inquire at the Guildhall for entry into the guild. Any and all hands are needed. SIGNED,
  4. Angstrom just walked out of Silenda Custodum satisfied with his rhinoplasty operation.
  5. Johannes von Alstreim read the news over a goblet of wine in Castle Ulrichsburg. His dear cousin's children robbed of life. He uttered a prayer for them and lit two candles.
  6. Balthasar

    Devotion

    DEVOTION HEAR ME AEVOS, And know my name, for I am Arpad of Styria, a son of Horen. When I was but a boy, a dream, a haunting vision came to me. It was both tragic and beautiful to behold. In this dream there was nothing, then a spark in the void and then an eye, an eye I have since become familiar with. Drawn by an irresistible pull I dared to venture to the frigid north unarmed and clothed in little, unprepared for what lay ahead. This journey would define my existence; there I found strength, guidance, beauty and archaic knowledge. But most important of all, I found purpose, true purpose. In those northern lands I passed the cold and entered the ashlands, where fire ruled and dragons of ancient times once ruled. There was no vision guiding me there, it was fate, it was divine will; preordination. My flesh now proudly bears marks of ordination, my blood has been spilled for the grand tapestry of existence. For a lifetime, I have been bound in service to the Black Titan, Azdromoth, his essence intertwined with mine as it is with all my brothers and sisters. Through this service we find solace, for our hearts beat in harmony with his divine essence. Azdromoth is our King. My brothers and the venerable Nephilim, we all pay homage to our King in various ways. Let this be my way. Around Aevos, the land bears witness to my devotion. Each brick laid, every drop of blood and sweat, every intricate carving fashioned by my hand, a testament to the Titan. A communion of mortal and divine. Three shrines I have built. Each made by myself. A place for descendant-kind to learn of Azdromoth and His ways. Each shrine is a place to meditate, to ponder over the past and future, to pay tribute. Find clarity in this place, seekers. Find the home of Dragons and walk the Golden Path with us. In Asioth’s embrace, you will find freedom. May your souls be ignited with purpose and destiny.
  7. Now this is based
  8. The Prince of Merryweather, Johannes von Alstreim had known for a while of the unification, but had been sworn to secrecy. He smiled widely in his office in the Hand of Horen as the news reached him "For a brighter future!" he cheered, alone, in his office
  9. Why not amend Dovra-Kul to allow heralds and azdrazi instead of a brand new spell?
  10. THE KNIGHTS OF VANDER DIE RITTER VON VANDER THE REFORMED VANDORIAN ORDER AND THE ORDER OF THE BLACK EAGLE First created during the times of Aesterwald in the form of the Vandorian order and the Order of the Black eagle, the Vanders were the premier example of those who would seek to embody the Vander Code and tenets. After the investiture on the part of Hans Rovin the Markgrafschaft Vanderfell to the Waldenic Diet, it is thus now the duty of the Diet to reinstate the legacy of Aesterwald and the Vandorian Order into the fold once more. By the will and patronage of the Waldenic Diet, the Chivalric Order of the Knights of Vander shall be formed thus, becoming the spiritual successor of those who called themselves Knights of the Black Eagle and the Vandorian Order. Recruitment shall be held locally, from the dynastical representatives of the Waldenic Electorates, as well as those who belong to a Waldenic bloodline. The Knights of Vander henceforth will be tasked with the protection of the Waldenic heritage, as well fulfilling a military role to upkeep the Sacred Law of Waldenia among the polities that belong to the Waldenic Diet. THE CODE AND TENETS OF THE KNIGHTS OF VANDER The Tenets of the Knights of Vander originate from the Vander Code and the code of conduct as it was laid out by the Order of Black Eagle by Saint Otto the Bald; Why do Vanders fight? ✠ To fear the Creator and maintain His Church ✠ ✠ To serve the liege lord in valour and faith ✠ ✠ To refrain from the wanton giving of offence ✠ ✠ To live by honor and for glory ✠ ✠ To despise pecuniary reward ✠ ✠ To obey those placed in authority ✠ ✠ To guard the honor of fellow Vanders ✠ ✠ To keep faith ✠ ✠ To persevere to the end in any enterprise begun ✠ ✠ To never to refuse a challenge from an equal ✠ ✠ To never to turn the back upon a foe ✠ HIERARCHY THE GRANDMASTER - DER GROßMEISTER Henceforth from the formation of the Knights of Vander, nominal leadership of the Order shall be invested unto the sitting Lord Vandalore, to act as the custodian of the Order, and the representative of the Waldenic Electorates. Upon the ascension of a Lord Vandalore from the diet, so too, shall they ascend as the Grandmaster of the Vander Knights. It is their duty to make sure that the Knights of Vander do not stray from their duties and tenets. THE KNIGHT-COMMANDANT - RITTERKOMMANDANT The Knight-Commandant, hand-picked by the vote of the Waldenic Diet shall act as the de facto leader of the Knights of Vander, acting as the Master of the Order. It is the Knight-Commandant’s solemn duty to ensure the safety of the Waldenic Diet during their conventions, and to ensure that the Order be adequately armed and manned by loyal Squires and valiant Knights. The esteemed Knight-Commandant, aside from the Lord Vandalore, is bestowed shall only answer to the collective decree of the Waldenic Diet during their tenure. THE VANDER KNIGHT - DER VANDER-RITTER The Vanders, revered and esteemed, are individuals who, after enduring rigorous trials and embarking upon perilous quests, have been graced with the sacred Oath of Knighthood by the venerable Waldenic Diet. These valiant souls are renowned for their unrivaled martial prowess and unwavering allegiance to the Sacred Law and the Vander Code. A Knight, in their esteemed station, possesses the power to enforce and report the Sacred Law to the territories of the Electorates, and they have the privilege to select a solitary squire, upon whom they shall bestow the sacred knowledge and teachings of the Order, pending approval from the Ritter-Kommandant and the Waldenic Diet. SQUIRE - DER KNAPPE Squires are those who have been deemed worthy of undertaking the tutelage under a Vander Knight, aspiring to ascend to the esteemed ranks themselves. Squires, regardless of age, are required to belong to a Waldenic bloodline, and are required to endure a demanding and arduous training, crafted to test their mettle and fortitude. Only upon successfully completing this rigorous regimen shall they be presented to the Waldenic Diet and the Lord Vandalore, who shall vote for their inclusion, and prescribe them their ultimate trial, marking their imminent transformation into a Vander Knight. TRADITIONS I. On Speaking of Words When in the presence of an ally, Vander Knights are to behave with kindness no matter the ill words spoken to them in accordance to what the Vander’s code says; “To refrain from the wanton giving of offense”. Vanders are not required to speak truthfully about personal quarrels when asked upon unless the security of the Waldenic Diet and people are involved. II. On Blackmarking Blackmarking is the old rite of stripping an oathed Vander of their rights and rank by putting them beneath those who have just taken oath into the Order. Blackmarking is seen as a last attempt for a Knight to save themselves and their name before being removed from the Order. The Blackmarked have no rights, no honor, and no name. They are to be referred to as Blackmarked. If needed to specify, they will be named by their appearance or a nickname. III. On Faults Faults are simply actions that are committed by a Knight who is in the wrong and are punishable, either through mental or physical labor. Faults generally exist under the cardinal vices: Gula (Gluttony) Fornicatio (Fornication/Lust) Avaritia (Avarice/Greed) Superbia (Hubris, Pride) Tristitia (Sorrow/Despair/Despondency) Ira (Wrath) Vanagloria (Vainglory) Acedia (Sloth) Faults can also be more specific. For example, harboring the condemned is a fault. If a great number of faults are committed, a Vander will be sought out for Blackmarking, or might be removed from the order entirely. OATH Beneath the mantle of the Vander Knights' embrace, I, [NAME], step forth in solemn grace. Chosen by destiny, to join their noble ranks, to safeguard Waldenic souls, in unity that stands. With resolute devotion, I pledge my sword, To honor the Sacred Law, by which we are moored. In service to the Vander Code, my heart aflame, I shall shield the Waldenic People, in honor and acclaim. Bound by duty, I stand as their stalwart shield, Defending the Waldenic Diet, our common weal. May the Sacred Law guide my steps, pure and true, As a Vander Knight, my purpose is forever anew. In unity with my brethren, an unbreakable bond, Together we shall defend, till eternity beyond. Issued and proclaimed in the name of the Waldenian People, Ausgestellt und verkündet im Namen des Waldenischen Volkes, LORD VANDALORE
  11. ✠ EIGHT WALDENIC DIET Second Session, 14th of Tobias’ Bounty, 1966 ACTHE WALDENTAG Zweite Sitzung, 14. Tobias’ Freigebigkeit, 1956 MERRYWEATHER-ALSTREIM REINMAR-SUTICA MINITZ VELEN MOTIONS ANTRÄGE REINSTATEMENT OF THE ELECTORATE OF HOHENGARTEN Vote: Reinstate Lord FRIEDRICH von AUGUSTEN, as ELECTOR of HOHENGARTEN FOUNDING OF THE KNIGHTS OF VANDER Vote: Found the reformed VANDORIAN ORDER and the ORDER OF THE BLACK EAGLE INSTATEMENT OF KNIGHT-COMMANDANT OF THE VANDER KNIGHTS Vote: Instatement of SIEGMUND von REUSS as KNIGHT-COMMANDER of the VANDER ORDER REINSTATEMENT OF THE ELECTORATE OF HOHENGARTEN During the first session of the eight Waldenic diet the patriarch of HOUSE von AUGUSTEN FRIEDRICH von AUGUSTEN approached the diet with a plea to have his ELECTORAL rights REINSTATED. The Diet took this into consideration and decided to speak further at the next session. At the second diet the Waldenic Electors voted unanimously to RETURN HOUSE von AUGUSTEN its ELECTORAL RIGHTS. VOTE: REINSTATE HOUSE VON AUGUSTEN AS ELECTORS OF HOHENGARTEN JA MERRYWEATHER-ALSTREIM REINMAR-SUTICA MINITZ VELEN Motion passed 4-0. HOUSE von AUGUSTEN will be restored its ELECTORAL RIGHTS FOUNDING OF THE KNIGHTS OF VANDER The second item to discuss was the reformation of the KNIGHTS of VANDER. The spiritual successor of the KNIGHTS of the BLACK EAGLE and the VANDORIAN ORDER. The KNIGHTS of VANDER are tasked with the PROTECTION of the WALDENIC HERITAGE, upholding the SACRED LAW of WALDENIA VOTE: FOUND THE CHIVALRIC ORDER OF THE KNIGHTS OF VANDER JA MERRYWEATHER-ALSTREIM REINMAR-SUTICA MINITZ VELEN Motion passed 4-0. The CHIVALRIC ORDER of the KNIGHTS of VANDER has been founded. VOTE: INSTATEMENT OF SIEGMUND VON REUSS AS KNIGHT-COMMANDANT OF THE KNIGHTS OF VANDER JA MERRYWEATHER-ALSTREIM REINMAR-SUTICA MINITZ VELEN Motion passed 4-0. SIEGMUND von REUSS is instated as KNIGHT-COMMANDANT. DE-FACTO LEADER of the VANDER KNIGHTS VOTE: MOTION TO ADJOURN THE SECOND SESSION OF THE EIGHT WALDENIC DIET JA MERRYWEATHER-ALSTREIM REINMAR-SUTICA MINITZ EINMONT VELEN Issued and proclaimed in the name of the Waldenian People, Ausgestellt und verkündet im Namen des Waldenischen Volkes, LORD VANDALORE
  12. I completely agree with this proposal. I'd even suggest making it 3 months. As is players can just walk in and get their wardren on day 1 and a few weeks later there's a new azdrazi on the block. I imagine the azdrazi community is happy to see new azdrazi CA's, but it devalues the CA if there's 30-something azdrazi running around with hardly any relationships or work with the community. (the community doesnt actually have this problem rn, but what if!!)
  13. A Herald of Raev origins awoke. Darting upright, as beads of sweat rolled from his forehead. He was disorentied, was it this dream. No... it wasn't a dream; he was there, he saw the Titan, He spoke to him. It was sublime and terrifying - This was the second time he had been visited like this in his sleep. The first time it had changed his life, how would his life change now, he wondered. Whatever was to come, the Herald would be there.
  14. REVOCATION OF THE BARONY OF BODBWODZ Issued and Confirmed by His Highness, Johannes von Alstreim In the year of our Lord, 13th of Sun's Smile, 1963 TO ALL THOSE CONCERNED, For many years now the lands once belonging to the Barony of Bodbowdz have lain empty. Ever since the passing of Baron Cunimund it seemed like his relatives fled the region and none ever presented themselves to the Princely council as the rightful heir of the title. Not since my father ruled and neither when I succeeded him. It is by this letter that I make it known that the Barony of Bodbowdz is revoked and placed into abeyance. The people of Bodbwodz were good to me and my father, there is nothing ill I can say about them. I wish them long and healthy lives wherever they may be - If there are any who still remain in the abandoned barony. They shall be given fair warning before the remaining buildings within the barony are demolished and cleared. Any religious buildings and graves shall remain untouched and remain cared for. GOTT MITT UNS, HIS HIGHNESS, JOHANNES VON ASLTREIM, Prince of Merryweather and the Rhine, Elected Margrave of Vanderfell, Landgrave of Alstreim, Baron of Corwinsburg, Lord of Blackwater, Lord Vandalore
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