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  1. LISTED KNIGHTS OF HANSETI-RUSKA KRUZAE ZWY KONGZEM In adherence with the Edict of Knightly Orders of Hanseti-Ruska, those dubbed with the honour and duties of Knighthood shall have their names, service and deeds recorded here. This list of Knights shall be considered the Chapter of King Josef Sigismund, recording all those who are recognized as Knights of Haense under his reign. This document shall serve to list Seated, retired or deceased Knights of the Kingdom. For the specifics of each Knightly Order and their duties, consult the Edict of Knightly Orders: LISTED KNIGHTS OF THE ORDER OF THE CROW The Crow Knights are the militant Knights of Hanseti-Ruska, who are aligned with the traditional values and duties of knighthood within the Kingdom. Those listed below shall be forever remembered with prestige and honour in the annals of Haeseni history as men and women who devoted their lives to the defense and betterment of the Kingdom. SEATED CROW KNIGHTS Ser Ivan Kortrevich “the Red Bull” Ser Marcus Erdhart RETIRED CROW KNIGHTS Ser Demetrius Ruther “the Young” Ser Osvald Barclay DECEASED CROW KNIGHTS Dame Karolina Barclay “the Giant”: Fought to repel the Scyfling Invasion of Haense, and perished in the First Battle of Vasiland when the floor of the burning keep collapsed beneath her. LISTED KNIGHTS OF THE MARIAN RETINUE The Knights of the Marian Retinue are the elite protectors of the Crown, considered the greatest honour and prestige of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska for those who embark upon the arduous but chivalrous path of Knighthood. They live not for themselves, but for the welfare of Crown, and therefore for the welfare of the Kingdom. SEATED MARIAN KNIGHTS RETIRED MARIAN KNIGHTS DECEASED MARIAN KNIGHTS Ser Robin Kartyr, Knight Paramount: Born a peasant, Ser Robin Kartyr served dutifully in the Brotherhood of Saint Karl from the rank of Initiate to Lieutenant. [Knighted] and for his service, was elevated to the ultimate honour of Knight Paramount. Most of his service took place during the Ruben War. Ser Robin Kartyr fulfilled his duties until death, and was killed fighting Scyfling infiltrators in the dungeons of New Reza when the invading heathens disguised themselves as Volik allies to infiltrate the city and take hostages. Ser Robin was killed in the final charge against the infiltrators that led to their defeat. Ser Wilheim Barclay, the First Baron of Freising, Marian Knight "The Stallion": Reformed the second Brotherhood of Saint Karl into its modern institution and stood as a stalwart protector for King Marius and King Andrik. He lived a full life, and died peacefully in his bed. LISTED KNIGHTS OF THE ORDER OF QUEEN MAYA AND THE LILY Knights of the Order of Queen Maya and the Lily are non-militant, and instead this title is an honorific bestowed upon citizens of renown who make significant contributions to society through non-military means, such as politics, sciences, arts, etc. While the title is honorific and there are no explicit duties, Knights of the Lily are expected to embody the best of the Haeseni people. Knights of the Lily do not sit on the Knight’s Table. KNIGHTS OF THE LILY Hauchkossar Konstantin Wick Hauchkossar Terrence May Hauchkossar Erwin Barclay Hauchkossar Otto Barrow Hauchkossar Siegmund Corbish Hauchkossar Konrad Stafyr Kossar Demetrius Ruthern Kossar Buck Dirtgrub Kossar Alexandria Karina Barbanov Kossar Ruben var Ruthern Kossar Edvard Amador Kossar Rennard Amador Kossar Anton Barclay Kossar Osvald Barclay Kossar Viktor Kortrevich Kossar Wilhelm Vyronov DECEASED KNIGHTS OF THE LILY Kossar Sofiya Baruch Kossar Johann van Remsburg Kossar Otto Kortrevich
  2. KNIGHTLY ORDERS OF HANSETI-RUSKA KRUZAE ZWY KONGZEM Throughout the steeped history of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, the title of Knight has always served as a badge of unquestionable honour, loyalty, strength of arms, and prestige. Those dubbed by the Crown represent the very best of what the Haeseni people are, from valour on the battlefield to contributions to the greatness and advancement of this Kingdom. It is the will of King Josef Sigismund that the duties of the Knightly Orders within the Kingdom be reaffirmed, alongside the process by which a worthy individual shall be dubbed a Knight, and thus the Aulic Council sees fit to publish this declaration. CODE OF CHIVALRY All Knights of the realm, be they newly-dubbed squires or grizzled veterans, are expected to comport themselves as paragons of virtue in adherence with the Haeseni Code of Chivalry: I: To serve your King, and God, in both valour and faith; II: To protect, and serve, the weak and defenceless from the evils of this world; III: To hold yourself in the light of God, and live by honour and for glory; IV: To guard the honour of your King, God, liege lord, and fellow Knights; V: To never refuse a challenge from an equal, and to not turn back upon a foe; VI: To prove one’s self through discipline, loyalty, and respect; VII: To respect the laws of the land you ride upon, and those placed in authority; VIII: To remain true to your blood, and to the land you’ve grown upon; IX: To be strong, true, and sworn to King Barbanov. THE KNIGHT PARAMOUNT The Knight Paramount shall be the chief Knight of the Kingdom, in charge of maintaining the Knights beneath him. The Knight Paramount, selected by the Crown of Hanseti-Ruska, is responsible for ensuring the protection of the Crown, the activity of the Knights, overseeing the training of squires, assessing candidates for knighthood through the Knightly Trials and advising the Crown on all matters related to knighthood. The Knight Paramount may also advise the Crown to revoke knighthood from an individual if they comport themselves with dishonour unbecoming of their prestigious station. THE KNIGHT’S TABLE The Knight’s Table shall be an official meeting of the Kingdom’s military Knights - the Crow Knights and Marian Knights - which shall be held at least every two Saint’s weeks. The Knight Paramount shall chair the meeting, in which Knights shall give updates on the training of their squires, squires ready to undertake the Knightly Trial, any discipline necessary, and to discuss any events or threats in the Kingdom that the Knights can undertake as Quests. Those deemed as active Knights of the Kingdom, who are charged with the consistent fulfillment of their duties, shall be deemed to be Seated Knights. Knights who, whether due to age, injury or other reasons, are no longer in active service are considered retired Unseated Knights, who may bear the title of Ser as honorary. ORDER OF THE CROW Championing the spirit of traditional knighthood and chivalry are the Crow Knights, chosen from the strongest, most loyal and honourable warriors of the Haense Royal Army to bear the mantle of Knight in defense of Hanseti-Ruska, her peoples, and her ideals. The Order of the Crow’s ideals and spirit originate as far back as Axios in the 16th Century, where King Andrik II first founded the Order of the Golden Gryphon in the city of St. Karlsburg, which was later reformed by King Otto II in Alban and eventually moulded into the first rendition of the Order of the Crow by King Andrik III. Today, the modern Order of the Crow, built upon this rich history of knighthood in the Kingdom, is composed of devout soldiers who are not only adept at arms, but also champion the spirit and ideals of the Haeseni people as men and women who always comport themselves with honour and excellence through their military service and dedication to the Crown and Kingdom. STRUCTURE The Order of the Crow is composed by no more than ten individuals who bear the title of ‘Ser’ or ‘Crow Knight’ in recognition of their strength of arms, honour and loyalty throughout their service in the Haense Royal Army. Once knighted, Crow Knights shall remain with their standard military unit and adhere to standard hierarchy, while charged with the duties of a Crow Knight. Once knighted, a Crow Knight shall be so until death, even once retired from active military service. Seated Crow Knights shall wear the below uniform as a badge of their prestigious station: DUTIES While Crow Knights are bound by the Haeseni Code of Chivalry that governs the conduct of all Knights, there exists duties and honours bestowed upon Crow Knights outside of their standard military service, which generally include: To comport oneself with honour and patience, and act as a role model for all Haeseni citizens; To undertake quests to ensure the Kingdom’s safety, such as slaying dangerous beasts within the land; To take on squires and to train and educate them as the Kingdom’s future generation of Knights; To guard and escort those in need; To champion and defend those unable to do so themselves, and ensure the weak are not exploited; To participate in tournaments across the land for the prestige of Hanseti-Ruska; To be the Kingdom’s finest warriors; BECOMING A CROW KNIGHT Soldiers of the Haense Royal Army may be recognized as aspirants for the Order of the Crow through squiring - mentorship under an existing Crow Knight - which can be done through two ways: Squiring by Birth: An existing Crow Knight may take on a squire, or be assigned one by the Knight Paramount - another soldier who is of noble and gentry birth and generally between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one. A Crow Knight shall be responsible for mentoring their squire in the ways of chivalry, culture and arms. After a minimum of two years of reputable service in the Haense Royal Army and squirehood, a Crow Knight may petition the Knight Paramount to have their squire assessed for knighthood. Squiring by Heroism: A soldier of the Haense Royal Army of common blood may be assigned to a Crow Knight as a squire in recognition of a heroic deed that distinguishes them as exceptionally skilled and honourable. Once a squire is deemed suitable for knighthood, they shall be subject to the Knightly Trials: Trial of Chivalry: A Knight must be a warrior of unquestionable honourable, and thus a squire must undertake the Trial of Chivalry. A squire shall undertake their Trial of Chivalry by travelling across the Descendant lands and visiting five cities, in each of which they must complete an act of chivalry for the populace, and obtain a signature from a leader of the city as testament. Trial of the Scholar: A Knight must be wise in the ways of Haeseni culture and history, and thus a squire must undertake the Trial of the Scholar. To complete this trial, the Knight Paramount shall question a squire on customs and history in Haense to assess their knowledge. Knights must also be assessed on how to address nobles and leaders not only within Haense, but across the land, and proper court and national etiquette, alongside language, so as always to represent the respect and honour of Haense. Trial of the Sword: A Knight must be skilled in arms to defend the Kingdom, and thus a squire must undertake the Trial of the Sword. In this Trial, a squire shall be required to duel several Knights to demonstrate their ability in arms. The Knight’s Quest: Once a squire has proven themselves in the Trial of Chivalry, the Scholar and the Sword, they shall progress to their final challenge - the Knight’s Quest. This Quest shall be assigned by the Crown or the Knight Paramount and consist of the squire being sent on a journey on their own to put their abilities to the test. The Knight’s Quest can be anything, but will often include tasks such as slaying a great beast, retrieving a fabled treasure, or travelling to an uncharted land. The squire must return to Haense with a trophy of their exploits as their final test. Once a squire has completed the Knight’s Quest and the Trials, they shall be deemed eligible for knighthood, and dubbed as a Crow Knight by the Crown of Hanseti-Ruska before the citizenry. DUBBING Upon completion of a Knight’s Quest, the aspirant shall be called before the Crown during a sitting of the Royal Court to recite the Vow of the Crow Knight before the Crown: “Do you, [Name] swear now upon the blade of Gaius Marius, the first Hochmeister of our earliest order, that all you say now is true, and that you have come to receive your knighthood?” Response: It is. “The truth is the burden of all knights, one that only the diligent can bear. Will you be true in all things, even if it may lead to your demise?” Response: I will. “To bear this burden, a knight must be strong. Will you be strong of spirit, and resilient to all forms of temptation?” Response: I will. “In order to be strong, a knight must be brave. Will you be courageous against your enemies, and to defend the helpless, even if it may cost your life?” Response: I will. “In order to be brave, a knight must have honor and loyalty, lest he fall to sinful ways. The knight must be above reproach, his honor and allegiance unquestioned. Will you be honorable and loyal to your king, your people, and above all else, to God?” Response: I will. “When you take this oath, you will no longer be a man. You will be a knight, invested with holy responsibility by God himself. Do you accept this burden that God has placed upon you?” Response: I do. “Do you swear to be brave, strong, and true, as all knights must be?” Response: I so swear. “Do you swear to be honorable and loyal, to never forsake your vows nor your allegiance?” Response: I so swear. “Finally, do you swear to uphold all which is holy and good, and to honor God in all your actions?” Response: I so swear. “Then I seal you to your oath, if you should part with it, may you part with your life. I name you Ser <Name> <Moniker> of the <Knight Order>. May God keep you and uphold you. Rise, now, as a Knight of Hanseti-Ruska.” THE MARIAN RETINUE Founded under King Marius II, the Marian Retinue forms the personal protectors of the Crown of Hanseti-Ruska. The Marian Knights, numbering between three and five, are personally selected by the Crown as their personal protectors, and as such, their strengths lie in mastery of arms but also unquestionable discretion and loyalty to the Crown. They are charged with their lives to protect the Crown at all costs, whether on the field of battle or within the confines of the royal palace. The Marian Knights are selected personally by the Crown in recognition of an individual’s mastery of arms, valour, loyalty and a bond of trust between the Crown and the individual in question. The Marian Retinue shall be composed of the Knight Paramount and at least two other Marian Knights. Marian Knights may be chosen at the discretion of the Crown, though if a non-Knight is selected, they must undergo the Knightly Trials before they can be appointed to the position as a Knight of the Marian Retinue. Knights of the Marian Retinue shall don the below armour as a badge to mark their station: THE ORDER OF QUEEN MAYA AND THE LILY Created by King Sigismund II in the city of New Reza, the Order of Queen Maya and the Lily was founded in honour of Queen Maya of Muldav, who sponsored knowledge and learning throughout her life. The Knights of the Lily are non-militant, and honoured for their contributions to the Kingdom through sciences, politics, theology, academics and art. Those accepted into the Order of Queen Maya and the Lily shall be known as Knights of the Lily, or Kossar - or Hauchkossar for those of particular honour. Knights of the Lily shall not take the title of ‘Ser’, though they may take the moniker ‘of the Lily’. Knights of the Lily are selected by the Crown in recognition of their extraordinary service and contributions to society in non-militant ways, such as renowned politicians and administrators, academics, explorers, artists, scientists, inventors and any other citizen of remark who has made a significant contribution to society through non-military means. Knights of the Lily are not charged with militant duties akin to those of the Crow Knights and Marian Retinue, but are expected to conduct themselves with the dignity and honour that their prestigious title demands, and represent the best of what the non-militant Haeseni population. DUBBING Knights of the Lily are dubbed by the Crown in an official Ceremony of the Lily, wherein Knights recite the following oath: “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.”
  3. Royal Decree of Council Reform, 323 ES Edict of Reform PREAMBLE In the advancing era of our day, and in humanity’s constant march towards progress and advancement, the Crown of Hanseti-Ruska has seen it prudent to reform its government in accordance with modern standards and customs in order to protect the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska and ensure the prosperity of its citizenry, in accordance with the powers afford to it, as a sovereign realm, by the Lex Aristocracia of the Oren Revised Code. In pursuit of its duties towards the Haeseni people, the Crown of Hanseti-Ruska has historically maintained a council of state dubbed the ‘Aulic Council’, tasked with the efficient governance and prosperous maintenance of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. The Crown has, however, concluded that the current structure of the Aulic Council is inadequate for contemporary use, and, by its Order, the Aulic Council is forthwith reformed and restructured in accordance with this Edict. The Aulic Council shall be staffed by the Palatine, the Speaker of the Duma, the Marshal, the Seneschal, the High Justiciar, the Minister of the Treasury, the Eye of Karov and the Royal Curator with permanent seats, while additional ministers without portfolio serving on an ad hoc basis. Positions once on the Aulic Council that are not mentioned within this edict shall have their offices and seats disestablished effective immediately upon promulgation. SECTION I - The Palatine; SECTION II - The Speaker of the Duma; SECTION III - The Marshal; SECTION IV - The Seneschal; SECTION V - The High Justiciar; SECTION VI - The Royal Treasurer; SECTION VII - The Eye of Karov; SECTION VIII - The Royal Curator; SECTION IX - Incumbent Aulic Councillors. SECTION I - The Palatine Pursuant to ORC 702.03, the position of the Palatine (Naumarian: Palatin) shall serve as permanent minister on the Aulic Council tasked with the role of head of government of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, serving at the leisure of the Crown of Hanseti-Ruska. The Palatine shall be referred to as ‘His Excellency’ (Naumarian: Zir Valtry) or ‘Her Excellency’ (Naumarian: Ziy Valtry). The duties and obligations of the Palatine shall include: I - To staff and manage the Office of the Palatine; II - To serve as President of the Aulic Council, tasked with management over the council and the fulfillment of their duties. III - To advise the Crown of Hanseti-Ruska on appointments to the Aulic Council. IV - To maintain the peace of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. V - To serve as regent when the Crown of Hanseti-Ruska is incapacitated or incapable of rule. VI - To represent the Crown of Hanseti-Ruska in times of crises. The powers and rights of the Palatine shall include: I - To summon citizenry of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska in accordance with their duties on the Aulic Council. II - To establish business charters. III - To create and enforce provincial taxes, tariffs, and embargos. IV - To nominate candidates of the Royal Offices to the Royal Duma. V - To command the Royal Army in times of crisis, with privilege of wielding the Golden Bulava of Office. VI - To subpoena records and works of note. VII - To establish and staff an Office of Palatine as deemed fit. VIII - To mandate, and amend provincial laws. IX - To bear noble arms. SECTION II - The Speaker of the Duma Pursuant to ORC 702.03, the position of the Speaker of the Duma (Naumarian: Herzen) shall serve as permanent minister on the Aulic Council, serving by election from the representatives of the Royal Duma. The Speaker shall be referred to as ‘His Honorable’ (Naumarian: Zir Kariav) or ‘Her Honourable’ (Naumarian: Ziy Kariav). The duties and obligations of the Speaker of the Duma shall include: I - To serve as chief officer of the Royal Duma, charged with maintaining its order, structure, and sanctity; II - To sit on the Aulic Council as the elected representative of the Royal Duma, advising the Crown of Hanseti-Ruska on matters of the legislature; III - To serve as acting Palatine when both the current incumbent and the Deputy Palatine are incapacitated or incapable of fulfilling the duties of office; The powers and rights of the Speaker of the Duma shall include, I - To summon citizenry of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska in accordance to their duties on the Royal Duma; II - To subpoena records and works of note; III - To bear noble arms. SECTION III - The Marshal Pursuant to ORC 702.03 and ORC 702.04, the position of the Marshal (Naumarian: Koengzhetmaan) shall serve as permanent minister on the Aulic Council, serving at the leisure of the Crown of Hanseti-Ruska. The Marshal shall be referred to as ‘His Excellency’ (Naumarian: Zir Valtry) or ‘Her Excellency’ (Naumarian: Ziy Valtry). The duties and obligations of the Marshal shall include: I - To staff and manage the Office of the Marshal; II - To sit on the Aulic Council as its chief military advisor; III - To serve as chief officer of the Royal Army, drilling and maintaining an active host of able soldiers; IV - To protect the peace and security of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska; V - To oversee all peace- and war-time policing efforts within the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. The powers and rights of the Marshal shall include: I - To recruit men and women to the Royal Army; II - To command all personnel of the Royal Army, with the privilege of wielding the Iron Bulava of office; III - To oversee and coordinate all military campaigns; IV - To arrest and detain those who stand to disrupt the peace and security of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska; V - To bear noble arms. SECTION IV - The Seneschal Pursuant to ORC 702.03, the position of the Seneschal is hereby established and shall serve as permanent minister on the Aulic Council, serving at the leisure of the Crown of Hanseti-Ruska. The Seneschal shall be referred to as ‘His Excellency’ (Naumarian: Zir Valtry) or ‘Her Excellency’ (Naumarian: Ziy Valtry). The duties and obligations of the Seneschal shall include: I - To staff and manage the Office of the Seneschal; II - To sit on the Aulic Council as its chief interior advisor; III - To oversee the interior administration of the Royal Capital; IV - To maintain records of property ownership within the Royal Capital; V - To maintain an efficient system of taxation with the Royal Capital; VI - To ensure the housing and service needs of the Royal Capital are sufficiently met. The powers and rights of the Seneschal shall include: I - To evict properties within the Royal Capital; II - To collect taxes within the Royal Capital; III - To sell property within the Royal Capital; IV - To renovate and expand the Royal Capital in accordance with its needs; V - To bear noble arms. SECTION V - The High Justiciar Pursuant to ORC 702.03 and ORC 606.02, the position of the High Justiciar is hereby established and shall serve as permanent minister on the Aulic Council, serving at the leisure of the Crown of Hanseti-Ruska. The High Justiciar shall be referred to as ‘His Excellency’ (Naumarian: Zir Valtry) or ‘Her Excellency’ (Naumarian: Ziy Valtry). The duties and obligations of the High Justiciar shall include: I - To staff and manage of the Office of the Justiciar; II - To sit on the Aulic Council as its chief legal advisor; III - To oversee the judiciary of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska; IV - To ensure royal decrees and legislation are lawful. The powers and rights of the High Justiciar shall include: I - To act as Chief Prosecutor on behalf of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska; II - To coordinate the efficient functioning of the Royal Prosecutors; III - To represent governmental entities of the Crown of Hanseti-Ruska in civil cases; IV - To bear noble arms. SECTION VI - The Royal Treasurer Pursuant to ORC 702.03, the position of the Royal Treasurer is hereby established and shall serve as permanent minister on the Aulic Council, serving at the leisure of the Crown of Hanseti-Ruska. The Royal Treasurer shall be referred to as ‘His Excellency’ (Naumarian: Zir Valtry) or ‘Her Excellency’ (Naumarian: Ziy Valtry). The duties and obligations of the Royal Treasurer shall include: I - To staff and manage the Office of the Treasury; II - To sit on the Aulic Council as its chief monetary advisor; III - To sustainably manage the Royal Treasury; The powers and rights of the Royal Treasurer shall include: I - To satisfy the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska’s debts and bills; II - To cooperate with other ministries in the payment of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska’s servants; III - To invest the Royal Treasury’s funds in public and private ventures for the benefit of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska; IV - To bear noble arms. SECTION VII - The Eye of Karov Pursuant to ORC 702.03, the position of the Eye of Karov is hereby established and shall serve as permanent minister on the Aulic Council, serving at the leisure of the Crown of Hanseti-Ruska. The Eye of Karov shall be referred to as ‘His Excellency’ (Naumarian: Zir Valtry) or ‘Her Excellency’ (Naumarian: Ziy Valtry). The duties and obligations of the Eye of Karov shall include, I - To staff and manage the Office of Intelligence; II - To sit on the Aulic Council as its chief intelligence advisor; III - To discreetly monitor and protect the interest of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska; IV - To alert the Crown of Hanseti of anticipated threats to its well being or that of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, and to act against such threats before they materialise; The powers and rights of the Eye of Karov shall include, I - To establish a network of agents; II - To operate in complete discretion; III - To arrest, detain and interrogate those deemed as, of affiliated with, potential threats; IV - To conceal the identity of all agents; V - To bear noble arms. SECTION VIII - The Royal Curator Pursuant to ORC 702.03, the position of the Royal Curator is hereby established and shall serve as permanent minister on the Aulic Council, serving at the leisure of the Crown of Hanseti-Ruska. The Royal Curator shall be referred to as ‘His Excellency’ (Naumarian: Zir Valtry) or ‘Her Excellency’ (Naumarian: Ziy Valtry). The duties and obligations of the Royal Curator shall include: I - To staff and manage the Office of Curator; II - To sit on the Aulic Council as its chief educational and cultural advisor; III - To promote the cultural heritage and values of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska; IV - To establish and direct educational bodies within the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. The powers and rights of the Royal Curator shall include: I - To host festivals and events pertaining to Haeseni culture; II - To mandate and oversee the operation of educational bodies within the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska; III - To publish and organize materials on Haeseni culture and history. SECTION IX - Incumbent Councillors Upon the execution of this Edict, the Aulic Council is forthwith reformed per its provisions and its seats filled as follows: Palatine: His Excellency, Petyr Baruch [@CaptainHaense]; Speaker of the Duma: Her Excellency, Marya Kortrevich [@MikoMonster]; Marshal: His Excellency, Erwin Barclay [@StillAMiniguy]; Seneschal: His Excellency, Edvard Amador [@HogoBojo]; High Justiciar: His Excellency, Konstantin Wick [@Xarkly]; Royal Treasurer: His Excellency, Rennard Amador [@Moosehunter123]; The Eye of Karov: His Excellency, Alaric Stafyr [@Pureimp10]; Royal Curator: His Excellency, Bishop Benedict [@Piov]
  4. THE ROYAL ARMY OF THE KINGDOM OF HANSETI-RUSKA HIS ROYAL MAJESTY’S 3RD ARMY OF HAENSE “Ea byk zwem zanyotsk ter ea byk denpetravesk.” "I would have perished had I not persisted." The Royal Army of Haense is the newly established soldiering force throughout the snow clad hills of the realm; Centralized in New Reza, it may be found patrolling all throughout the wildlands. Defending the trade routes between the crossroads and the wildland Kingdom as well as defending against all outer threat there is to the populace. Its Hanso-Ruskan culture brings this army excellence in military policing and mandating, allowing it to operate with its own food, dependencies, and revolving population. The hearty presiding citizenry of Markev enduring the cold throughout the winter months C. 1641, by Jakob Macdonough All standards and banners used in battle also fly the cross at the top-left corner, used to rally the army during warfare. Before battle, the is spoken, recited as follows; THE OTHAMANIC DOCTRINE The Tablet of Tenets that all within the Royal Haense Army must adhere by, or else face consequences. -You shall hold no other allegiance, and be pure to your oath. Be not corruptible. -Be calm, strong, polite, and resolute. Show valor in the field, and chivalry at home. -Never surrender yourself nor your brothers; bring your honor, or death. -Triumph through discipline. Submit to this law; First my orders, then myself. -Grasp the purpose of each duty, so you may one day take up the torch of leadership. -Against an honorable foe, fight with chivalry, but to the dishonorable, extend no quarter. -Keep true to your people. Offer your life in place of theirs. -Be strong, true, and loyal to his Majesty and the Haense Royal Army. BROTHERHOOD OF SAINT KARL The Army at its start consists only of the Brotherhood of Saint Karl, which makes up the Realm’s infantry, with small detachments of auxiliary cavalry encompassed within. The lower echelons of the Army are dressed in light leather and chain, primarily tasked with skirmishing and scouting duties. The weathered veterans, however, are armored in heavier plate and mail, acting as a heavy infantry wall to coming assaults and charges. The Army also acts as the Kingdom’s policing force during peace times, tasked with upholding the Orenian Revised Codex and the King’s decrees. Knights of the Crow are able to serve in the Royal Haense Army, but upon enlistment their titles and knighthood are rendered entirely titular, and subsequently must adhere to the hierarchy of the Army without fault. The battered Krag following The Sack of Vjorhelm, C. 1640, by Karl Rauen RANKS OF COMMAND “The man who runs from his enemy lives to see another day. The man who dies for his cause lives forever.” Osgod Colborn at the Battle of Curon Forest, 1580 GREAT CROWN COMMANDANT | HAUCHKOSSIN is the commanding head of the combined forces, a rank held in concert with the Palatine of the Realm, making both the Great Crown Commandant the highest politician and general in the realm, second only to His Majesty as King of the realm. The Great Crown Commandant serves as Marshal of all forces, and while a majority of actual command is arbitrated to the lessers of officership, the Great Crown Commandant holds the highest degree of power among the armed forces. An authority rarely used, only to ensure stability in tumultuous events. He wields the iconic silver bulava and is allowed to display the Karovic Baton upon their heraldry. The current Great Crown Commandant is Otto Sigmar, Grand Prince of Muldav [Pureimp10] LORD MARSHAL | HAUCHMARSKYAL is the penultimate authority of the military, chief general of His Majesty’s armed forces, and in the logistics of the central Royal Army, is de facto first-in-command of all military affairs. It is therefore expected that the Marskyal organizes the majority of duties and tasks to be dispatched to lesser officers, as well as coordinating the establishment of garrisons, patrols, training exercises and other large scale operations. The Hauchmarskyal also serves on His Majesty’s Aulic Council, being held privy to the inner machinations of the Realm. The current Hauchmarskyal is Erwin Barclay, Count of Reinmar [StillAMiniguy] CAPTAIN | OBERNIK is a commissioned officer awarded his own command. Captains often hold considerable sway within His Majesty’s forces, oftentimes dictating the state of morale within the ranks. Stationed within the central command of the Army they are tasked with the directing, arming, maintenance, and training of His Majesty’s forces. LIEUTENANT | LEYTNANT is a soldier who has proven a step above his peers. A Leytnant is an example of duty, diligence, competency, and a passion to serve. They are to oversee the behavior of their subordinates beneath them and assist any of their superior officers. RANKS OF FOOT "You are Brothers now. Trust the man to your right and to your left, and be ready to give your life for him, for he would do the same without question." Tarcell Othaman, 1502 SERGEANT | SERZHANT is the toughest of the enlisted men. As a veteran of various battles and wars, they are no stranger to combat, and have earned the respect that comes with the rank. They are armed with the finest equipment, and are expected to take active leadership roles in the Army through training, patrols, and upkeep of the men. ARMIGER | BRUSTYA is the veteran of the Army, who neither seek further promotions, or are incapable of receiving such. They typically operate in conjunctions with Sergeants, but bow to their authority in operations. Armigers are expected to lead from the front, take command in the absence of an officer, and be a role model for the men beneath him. ARMSMAN | OXTZEN is the tried and tested soldiers of the Army. Each Armsman has proven his mettle in battle, his steel sharp and his heart true. Comprising the bulk of the Army’s forces, it is from the vetted Armsmen that the leaders of tomorrow are selected, and the new steel of the North is tempered. FOOTMAN | NAUSAN consists of the bulk of the Royal Army; men who have passed their Initiate trials and have been deemed worthy by the Hauchmarskyal of being accepted as a fully fledged soldier of the Haeseni Royal Army. INITIATE | NAUMAAN is a recently volunteered or conscripted soldier, untested in battle and untrained in the art of combat. These recruits are not considered soldiers yet, and will have to undergo a series of tests and trials before they can be promoted to the rank of Footman. SPECIALIZED POSITIONS QUARTERMASTER is the man responsible for arming all of His Majesty’s soldiers as per their rank. The Quartermaster ensures that all soldiers requisitions are properly taken care of, as well as replacing broken or unusable equipment. PHYSICIAN is the officer responsible for the upkeep of soldiers’ health. In the case of disease or other injury from battle, the physician works tirelessly to ensure that the men receive the treatment they need. CHAPLAIN is a priest of the Church of the Canon who provides religious guidance for the soldiers in the army. Blessing men before battles, performing funeral rites and other religious ceremonies. MASTER OF ARMS is a specialized position in the Royal Army, men who have gone through a vigorous training regiment to learn mastery with a specific weapon. Soldiers ranked Footman and higher within the Army may take apprenticeship with an existing Master of Arms, and seek specialization in certain weaponry. BULLROARER | VERSANGKRUV is a specialized accolade given to the enlisted member of championed classification within the Army. They are posted upon the front lines as heavy infantry, and are devastatingly effective against opposing forces. STANDARD-BEARER | FAHNENBAR is entrusted with the sacred honor of bearing the Army’s flag into battle. A model soldier, patriot, and budding leader, these men claim the greatest glory of all, with the Army boasting only a single standard bearer. The second Battle of the Rothswood, c. 1678 PAYMENT, HONOURS AND MILITARY DECORATIONS The Royal Army of Haense will house, feed and arm all soldiers regardless of rank, as well as maintain appropriate conditions according to rank and stature. Monetary payments are paid by the State on an annual basis, with the payments increasing per rank. Each soldier is to find their salaries within a deposit box of their name, in designated areas. Those who have reached the Rank of Armiger are entitled to a supplementary issue of housing from designated lands, given at the retirement of said individual. Honorably discharged soldiers are entitled to tax breaks in their properties, and discounts on many other matters. Retiring soldiers are placed into special auxiliary Regiments and will be expected to answer calls in times of enforced conscription during war. The awards and merits given by the Army are listed below: GOLDEN CROW OF VALOR, for those who performed beyond what was expected, a miracle through God in service to the Golden Crow of Haense. It is the most supreme of the medals in the Haeseni Royal Army, a medal pinned by His Majesty personally upon its recipient, and additionally granted a sum of minas. The medal is composed of a Golden Crow upon a black field. CROSS OF ST. KARL, rarely awarded and not given to those who not only simply die in battle, but only for those who die as a martyr in service of the Kingdom. It is a medal awarded posthumously to the closest of kin. It is a reminder of Saint Karl Barbanov, the progenitor of the Haeseni State. The medal is composed of a Golden Cross, with the initials K.B. inscribed onto it. CROSS OF WOLDZMIR, awarded to those who have defended their brothers in faith against tremendous odds while facing those of opposing the religion, the Cross of Woldzmir is named after the famed warrior-woman Saint Emma Vladov and her strategic prowess during the Schismatic Wars of 1490. The medal is composed of a golden Hussariyan cross on a circular white background. SPARROW’S VALOR, awarded to those who have proven capable in the ability of leading men, Sparrow’s Valor is named after Saint Thomas of Gaekrin, the once Crown Prince of Kaedrin who led countless victories in conquering the Elven State of Malinor and defending against the invading Dwarven Armies in the First Human-Dwarf War. The medal is composed of a black, flying sparrow across a yellow shield. VYDRIAN BANNER, awarded to those men who rally up and defeat a greater force against all odds. Named after the late Orenian King Andrik Vydra, who took a broken Akovian people and lead them to victory against the violent hordes of Schismatic heretics, Orcish screamers, and Dwarven legionaries, a nearly impossible accommodation to achieve but a great honor. The medal is composed of a red gryphon on a black banner ordained in gold. BULWARK OF TOBIAS, Awarded to those who have shown great acts of valor during a defensive siege, the Bulwark of Tobias is named after the famous defense of Mount Augustus led by Tobias ‘Rosebud’ Carrion during the Orenian Civil War of 1456. The medal is composed of a red and black tower overlaying a grey shield background. For non-combative decorations: LABOR ACHIEVEMENT RIBBON, for those who have worked tirelessly for the maintaining of functionality. ARMY RECRUITMENT RIBBON, for those who have actively recruited men into the Army. RESOLVE SERVICE RIBBON, for those who have served a minimum of eight years within the Army. To my left I see my fellow brothers, to the right I see the same. For all in the world, we fight for the peace of this land. Through God, he gave us stewardship of the realm. Through stewardship, we gained the knowledge of diligence and prudence. Through diligence, we may conquer all without fault. And if I should falter in my course, send me never to the skies above. If I should succeed, bestow unto me His blessings, forevermore. For, now I march into a valley through which there is no path. And the stones cascade behind me, to seal my retreat. Though in this valley, I find my Brothers; Now I am named Guardian of My Homeland. Should I falter, my shield shall turn to ash; But I shall not falter. The Oath of Saint Karl ENLISTMENT The Army accepts all who have a desire to serve both King and Country, the one requirement being that they have seen a minimum of 16 winters. ENLISTMENT APPLICATION FOR THE 3RD ROYAL ARMY Full Name: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Race: Gender: Address [If not applicable; N/A]: Imperial Census Completed, [Y/N]: https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/189457-imperial-census-1757-1767/ Status of Blood [Nobility, Gentry, Commoner, Former Nobility, etc.]: State your purpose for enlisting: OOC Username: Discord:
  5. Royal Writ of Ennoblement Issued and Confirmed by His Excellency, the Lord Regent of Hanseti-Ruska Otto Sigmar 12 Wzuvar and Byvca, 313 ES VA BIRODEO HERZENAV AG EDLERVIK, By the Majesty and Grace of GOD, the Crown of Hanseti-Ruska rewards the service of our leal subject, Ruslan Amador, with titular enfeoffment to the Barony of Mondstadt. They and their legitimate issue are enjoined to maintain the law of Our realm, to abide peacefully by Our rule, and to rise to Our defense when necessary. IV JOVEO MAAN, His Excellency, Grand Prince Otto Sigmar, Lord Regent of Hanseti-Ruska, Grand Prince of Muldav
  6. LAWONZKYA AG DEKRETZ VOR KONGZEM EDAELEO AG KUSORAEV ☨ The Laws, Rights, and Decrees of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska Index Preamble Defining the Crown The Laws of the Realm The Book on Marriage The Book on Inheritance The Book on Land and Property The Book on Agriculture The Book on Commerce The Book on Crimes The Book on Judicial Procedure The Book on Execution of Judgements The Rights and Duties of Nobility The Rights and Duties of GentryI. The Rights and Duties of Burghers and Peasantry The Rights and Duties of Burghers and Peasantry Lexicon Preamble Since the foundation of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska in the year of our lord 1578 the largely feudal state of the highlanders has gone without a clear definition on the duties and rights of its people and has for decades followed the definition given by heartlander states without a regard to our own culture. This document is to ensure that the rights and duties of the nobility and gentry of Haense is clearly specified according to the Highlander spirit and history, that the rights of a commoner within our great kingdom is outlined based on its social and feudal status, combined with a clear definition on our legal system and laws. Defining the Crown The legitimacy of all legal and juridical framework originates first within the power of the Crown. For as GOD ordains men to wield the authority over men, the office of kingship derives first as a divine mandate. In this regard, the authority of the Crown is invested upon the accession of each lawful successor to exercise the temporal duties of a harmonious realm in the name of the Seven Skies. Where the ordained men of the faith place their confidence as GOD’s elect to devolve the rights and prerogatives of royalty and kingship, the man who is coronated in the presence of his peers with the Seven Skies as the divine witness is placed above all other stations and exercises an extraordinary charism to govern the realms entrusted to him by ancestral right. This power vested onto him is unalienable, thusly indissoluble from his person and lineage. In the investiture of this charism to rule, the Crown and the king to whom it is bestowed is compelled by all the powers of the heavenly emanations to convey the virtues of the Exalted and maintain the ordinance of the One whom this authority derives. Furthermore, the Crown rests above all, established by divine orders, and charged with dispensing justice, peace, and unity among his subjects for perpetuity. Regarding the authority of the King The supreme authority of all justice, legal, military and governing is that of His Majesty, the King. The Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska remains within that of an absolute monarchy and his authority is not to be questioned. The King may as he will increase or reduce the Crown authority, restricting the rights of his people and nobility accordingly. As this law is enacted the current state of Crown authority is considered that of High. The King only responds to the authority of that of His Imperial Majesty, the Holy Orenian Emperor or that of GOD and his representative on Arcas. The High Pontiff. No other man shall command any authority over the Crown of Hanseti-Ruska. Throughout the Realm, all its citizens are to pledge fealty to the Dual Crown of Hanseti-Ruska and its lawful King who according to the laws of inheritance has been granted the Crown. The King shall always love and fear GOD and no man who is not a follower of the Canonist Faith may assume the mantle of Kingship. If the King inherits his titles before the age of fourteen he shall be under regency of his Lord-Palatine until then. If there is no Lord-Palatine the regency falls down accordingly. Royal Exchequer - Lord Speaker - Lord Justiciar - Lord Marshal - High Steward. The King has the right to assemble any citizen of the Realm to serve as his councillor in the Aulic council. The King has the right and authority to dub any citizen of the Realm to a knight at his own behest, he also has the right to choose that of a Knight-Paramount to serve as the Commander of the Marian Retinue. With this the King also reserves the right to ennoble any family within the realm and grant them royal letters of peerage. The King has the right to strip any noble, gentry or commoner of his lands, titles and property with valid cause. With this he also has the right to strip any noble house of its status and reduce them to that of burgher or peasantry class. Valid cause shall be defined as the committing of any crime against the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. The King has the right to take any man to serve as his squires and pages. To train them according to the rules of chivalry and have them as his personal retainer. The King shall always hold the dual crown of Hanseti and Ruska. Two titles that shall be passed down and not being able by any right to be granted to any other man or woman. Whomever the King decides to marry shall be made Queen-Consort of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska and serve the realm at the behest of the King. The Crown shall be inherited according to the rules of Agnatic Primogeniture succession. Where the oldest Son inherits, if there is no living sons the closest direct male relative shall inherit. If no direct male relative exists the titles shall pass on to that of the sons of women directly related to the monarch. The King has the authority to call his nobles and order them to raise that of levies during times of conflict and war, if so any noble refusing to do such shall be called to trial for treason. The maximum punishment being Death. The King has the authority to alter, veto and revoke any legislation passed either by Royal decree or that of the Royal Duma. With this he also has the authority to at his own behest disassemble the Duma if needs be as they serve on his behest. The King has the authority to increase or decrease the Crown Authority and thusly alter this legislation. Any altering to this must be done through Royal Decree. LAWONZKYA VOR BIRODAL The Laws of the Realm The Book on Marriage The Book on Marriage defines all the rights, rules and laws regarding that of a legal marriage within the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska and is to be upheld by all its citizens. The laws of the Book on Marriage has heavily taken into account the values and virtues upheld by that of the Canonist Faith and the core principles of the Archdiocese of Jorenus. Ch. I. Regarding the rights of the Guardian and request of marriage I.I.§. If a man would wish to wed, then he shall request it to the woman’s guardian, he shall not with force or secrecy lure the woman into marriage. I.II.§. By right the father shall be the woman’s guardian and mother to give advice. Shall the father be deceased the right of guardian pass onto the mother that shall with friends consult the marriage. Shall both father and mother be deceased the right of guardian passes onto the closest male relative. I.III.§. Shall there be a dispute between that of the right of the guardian then the matter is to be brought to the court of the Lord-Justiciar and individually trialed. I.IV.§. There shall be no force or violence regarding the question of marriage. The man shall without any violence find a suitable agreement with the guardian of the woman and thusly both shall consent to the marriage. I.V.§. A man and woman may not be married without the written or oral approval of the guardian, if a marriage takes place without this then it shall be taken to the court of the Lord-Justiciar and trialed. I.VI.§. A man and woman may not be married before the age of sixteen and the marriage shall not be allowed to be consummated until the age of eighteen. I.VII.§. A woman without a proper guardian can request any elder male such as a friend or official of the realm to act as her guardian during the act of a betrothal. However this can only be done she has no living male relatives. Ch. II. Regarding who you may marry and situations where you may forcibly be wed II.I.§. A man may not take a woman as his wife if she is one of the following, daughter, granddaughter or great granddaughter and so on. Thusly a man may also not take a woman as his wife is she is mother, grandmother, great grandmother and so on. II.II.§. A man may not marry any woman that is any of the following, his sister, niece, aunt or great aunt. II.III.§. A man and woman are not allowed to be married if they are first cousins, exceptions can be made if written consent is given from His Majesty, the King, the Archbishop of Jorenus or his Holiness the High Pontiff. II.IV.§. Any man is not to take as his bride the widow of his son, grandson and so on. He may neither take the widow of his father, grandfather and so on. The same with the widow of his uncles or great uncles and so on. II.V.§. You are not allowed to marry that of any step-siblings by that of your stepmother, her mother, great grandmother and so on. II.VI.§. A man is not allowed to marry that of your in-laws in according to her mother, her sister, her cousin or her daughter. Exceptions can be made by written consent given from His Majesty, the King, the Archbishop of Jorenus or his Holiness the High Pontiff. II.VII.§. All said here about the man and husband is also included into that of the woman, the wife. But with that of the masculine form. II.VIII.§. People considered as in-laws is any kin related by blood to that of the husband or wife. Such as but not excluded to the father, mother, brother, sister, cousins, nephews, nieces, uncles and aunts. II.IX.§. Those who has bedded and conceived a child before that of marriage may forcibly be wed by demand of the guardian, however should the man refuse the matter shall be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being that of the man having to pay the full dower, dowry and forced to one saint’s hours in the stockade, for public humiliation. The woman may have her child removed from her to be granted to the guardians legal right and sent to convent for reschooling within the chastity of the Canonist faith. Ch. III Regarding betrothal, engagement and marriage III.I.§. Shall a betrothal occur, two witnesses must be present to verify that the man and guardian has come to terms. One from that of the man and another from that of the guardian. If the betrothal is arranged in any other form the betrothal may be considered null and the man and guardian may be presented to a fine of three hundred minas. And an equally sized donation is to be made to the church. III.II.§. A written document with the guardians signed consent may also be valid evidence to that of a legitimate betrothal. III.III.§. Shall a person impersonate that of a guardian to establish a betrothal. The offender shall be put to trial and the maximum punishment is that of a five hundred minas fine and one saints hour in the stockade for public humiliation. III.IV.§. Shall a man and woman arrange a betrothal without that of the proper proceedings and consent of her guardian, the man shall be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being that of having to pay damages to that of the guardian, with a maximum set amount of one thousand minas based on social standing and an hour in the stockade for public humiliation. III.V.§. Once a betrothal has occurred an engagement feast is to be held and arranged by that of the guardian, to celebrate the betrothal. During that feast gifts are to be presented to the betrothed, such as but not limited to furs, silk, minas and jewelry. Shall one of the betrotheds pass the surviving one shall retain and keep these gifts, should both pass the gifts are to be granted to that of the woman’s family. III.VI.§. If either the man or guardian would break the betrothal all engagement gifts are to be granted to the offended party and the offended party may bring the matter to court and damages up to one thousand minas based on social status may be paid. III.VII.§. The betrothal ends with the act of the wedding and can only be considered lawful if the ceremony is conducted by an ordained minister of the Canonist church. If a person is to impersonate a minister of the canonist church to conduct a wedding the offender is to be brought to court and stand trial. The maximum punishment being that of death. III.VIII.§. Once the wedding ceremony and following feast has been conducted the closest kin of the husband and bride shall accompany the two in a bedding ceremony. However, if the bride and groom would be under the age of eighteen the bedding ceremony is to take place once both has turned into legal age. If the ceremony does not take place the marriage may be considered invalid due to the lack of confirmation of consummation. III.IX.§. Shall the groom or bride run away from wedding the person can forcibly be returned and the marriage continue. If either party would refuse the groom or guardian may be brought to court for trial. The maximum punishment being that of paying the dower or dowry and damages to the offended party up to one thousand minas based on social status. III.X.§. Men born out of noble blood are disallowed to marry that of a non human woman such as elves, dwarves, orcs or other races. Nor may they marry any person not following that of the canonist faith. Ch. IV Regarding children born out of wedlock IV.I.§. A child born outside of marriage or betrothal shall be considered a bastard and lack any right of inheritance or legality within the realm. To legitimize a child born outside of betrothal or wedlock a royal decree must be published by the King, legitimizing the offspring. However this may only be done on those born out of noble blood. IV.II.§. A child born outside of wedlock but during betrothal may be considered legitimate once the marriage has been consummated and a fine of five hundred minas has been paid to the crown and another five hundred to that of the church as a donation. IV.III.§. Shall the woman bear a child to that of another man except the husband or betrothed the man shall be granted damages up to two thousand minas based on social status and the dower to be repaid or returned. The woman may be brought to court to stand trial for adultery. The maximum punishment would be a saints hour in the stockade for public humiliation, the shaving of one's head and to be sent to a convent to be reschooled within chastity of the Canonist faith. IV.IV.§. Shall the man spurn a child to that of another woman except the wife or betrothed the woman or guardian shall be granted damages up to one thousand minas based on social statusThe man may be brought to court to stand trial for adultery. The maximum punishment would be that of a saints day of prison labour and castration if the offense is repetitive. Ch. V Regarding unlawful weddings and betrothals V.I.§. If a woman would wed a man without the consent of her guardian. Her family has the right to disown and disinherit her. The man would be able to be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment would be that of a fine up to five hundred minas based on social status. V.II.§. If a man under guardianship of the same woman would be betrothed without the consent of the guardian he has the right to ensure that both would be disinherited and break the betrothal. V.III.§. Shall a wedding occur without the guardians approval, the guardian can validate the marriage by a written document with the husband combined with dowry and dower paid. V.IV.§. Any man who takes a bride whilst being married to another shall be considered unlawful and brought to court for trial. The maximum punishment being that of twenty lashes. Ch. VI Regarding the rights of the married VI.I.§. Once a man and woman has married, the husband assumes all responsibility of her guardian and shall ensure that her needs are met according to her social status and to provide for her. VI.II.§. Once a man and woman has married, the wed gains the right to live with one another under the same roof and share bed. VI.III.§. If the pair is of noble or royal blood the woman shall assume the mantle of consort and gain the female equivalent of any title he would hold. Such as baroness, countess, duchess or princess. VI.IV.§ If the husband is of gentry the woman gains the right to be called Mam and live during his protection in gentrified status. Ch. VII Regarding the dower and the dowry VII.I.§. Before the day of the wedding the family of the groom is to pay an appropriate settled dowry to the bride’s family. This dowry is to be based on the social status of the bride and her guardian. VII.II.§. During the morning after the first night the groom is to present a dower to that of the bride directly, generally consisting but not excluded to minas, land deeds, jewelry and heirlooms. To ensure a proper inheritance incase of the husband's passing. VII.III.§. Shall a dowry or dower not be paid the guardian of the bride can bring the man to court and trial where the crown can force the man to pay a suitable dowry and dower, refusal to this would be met with fines and potentially a maximum punishment of a saint’s day of prison labour. The Book on Inheritance The Book on Inheritance defines and restricts all matters of inheritance from that to noble titles such as but not limited to barons, counts and dukes. It also regulates matters of inheritance of land, property, minas and that of written testaments by the deceased. The book also regulates that of disinheriting and what happens if there is on eligible individual to inherit. Ch I. Regarding inheritance of Nobility I.I.§. Any title within the peerage of the realm is to strictly follow that of agnatic primogeniture inheritance. Meaning that the oldest son to the holder inherits all titles, shall there be no sons any brothers will then inherit, nephews, uncles, cousins and if there is no direct male relatives to inherit it shall pass to that of sons to female kin. I.II.§. A noble lord may disinherit his children if he has legitimate cause to do such. The disinherited son or daughter may then bring the matter to court for a ruling by His Majesty, the King to restore inheritance if the cause is considered invalid. I.III.§. Gentry, advisory and honorary titles can and will never be inherited and are for the Crown to appoint new once the holder has passed. I.IV.§. With the inheritance of a title all duties and responsibilities are also passed to that of the person inheriting. Failure to comply with these may result in the titles reverting to the Crown. I.V.§. The lord may before his passing distribute minor titles to that of other sons and male kin however primary held titles and all land shall automatically be inherited to that of the oldest son. I.VI.§. Shall no living male kin exist the titles and land held by the house will revert to the Crown automatically. I.VII.§. Children born out of wedlock are considered bastards and shall therefore not inherit any titles, land or property. A lord may bring the matter of legitimization to the Court to have the bastard made legitimized and therefore initiated into the inheritance succession as a trueborn son or daughter. However only His Majesty, the King may rule on the matter. I.VIII.§. Nobles who has taken in other children into their custody shall not be allowed to adopt. Any child in the custody of a noble lord shall remain within their birth name and also not allowed to inherit any titles, lands or property of that of a lord. Noble families who tries adopts other children will be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being that of their titles being stripped and two saints day of prison labour for the offender. I.IX.§. Only children that are of pure human breed are allowed to inherit any titles within noble peerage. Half breeds are struck out of the line of inheritance and can never retain the right of inheritance. Ch II. Regarding exemptions to inheritance II.I.§. Any housing owned within the confinements of royally chartered cities and settlements may not automatically be inherited. However a new deed with the new holder can be signed directly with a steward or other equivalent official. If not done the stewards shall seize the property and sell it to the highest bidder. II.II.§. Any landed lord can regulate the inheritance of any property such as housing within the borders of their land. II.III.§. Any man or woman may testament away ⅓ of all their material belongings to any individual that is a citizen of Haense, regardless of status. A testament must have the sigil or signature of the deceased and two witnesses to be considered valid. II.IV.§. The act of procuring a fake testament would be forgery and thusly punished according to the Book on Crimes. Forgery of the testament of a noble lord would have the maximum punishment of death. II.V.§. If one commits the act of murder to gain an inheritance the person commiting or ordering the deed will automatically be disinherited by royal decree. II.VI.§. If the deceased has any debt the estate shall be used to pay off any written debt. Once that has been done and signed by a city steward the remaining estate shall follow common inheritance laws. Shall no funds be available to pay off a debt it shall be inherited by the next of kin. Ch III. Regarding the rules of inheritance of common birth III.I.§. When a woman dies all of her belongings shall automatically be passed on to that of her husband. Shall there be no husband all inheritance shall pass on to her sons to be distributed equally. If she has no son her father shall inherit, after that her uncle, cousins, nephews or any living male kin. Shall no such exist it shall pass to her daughters or female kin. If there is no living kin nor testament the crown shall automatically be granted the inheritance. III.II.§. When a man dies all of his belongings shall automatically be passed on to that of his sons to be distributed equally. If he has no sons his father shall inherit, after that his uncle, cousins nephews or any living male kin. Shall no such exist it shall pass to his wife, daughters or female kin. If there is no living kin nor testament the crown shall automatically be granted the inheritance. III.III.§. If there is a dispute between the people inheriting the disputing parties may request assistance from the constabulary to settle the dispute. In that case the Crown’s verdict would be final and not able to appeal. III.IV.§. All cattle or other farm animals shall be inherited directly to the eldest son, if there is no son it shall pass to the closest living male relative. Shall no male relatives exist it passes to the local lord or Crown. III.V.§. An adopted child of a commoner shall always be considered after that of a trueborn child and therefore considered last in the line of inheritance. The Book on Land and Property The Book on Land and Property defines the rights of who may own what kind of land, housing and holdings. It also restricts and properly ensures that correct matters of construction shall take place and specifies the difference of the land owned by the noble lord, gentry and Crown. It also stipulates what may be built and who shall decide on matters regarding land disputes. Ch I. On property within a royal chartered settlement I.I.§. Owning property within the confinement of a royally chartered city that has walls would automatically grant you the status of burgher. This unless you already hold the status of gentry or noble. I.II.§. Any citizen owning property within a royally chartered settlement are as per follow never to do any modifications to its exterior, unless granted written approval by that of the High Steward or Lord Seneschal. I.III.§. All property within a royally chartered settlement can be evicted with an eviction notice of three saints day. Without cause on orders by the office of the High Steward and Lord Seneschal. I.IV.§. Any citizen owning property outside of the walls of a royal chartered settlement are granted the status of peasantry. I.V.§ All farmlands within the boundaries of royal lands are to be owned by the Crown and can be rented out to usage of those within peasantry status, except if already holding the status of gentry or noble. I.VI.§. Any citizen living in the crownlands can be taxed by the royal Crown, the taxation set and administered by the office of the lord seneschal. Ch II. On the landed Nobility II.I.§. Any noble lord can be granted land or the right to charter land by His Majesty, the King anywhere within the directly owned crownlands. II.II.§.A noble lord has the authority to construct either a keep or manor on his lands. This must be decided upon with the Crown, in the form of the King or the Palatine. II.III.§. Within the noble lords land they reserve the right to tax any citizen living within the confinements of their boundaries. II.IV.§. The Crown may not tax any citizens living within these lands but may however tax that noble lord owning the land directly instead. II.V.§. Within the lands of a noble lord no towns or cities are allowed to be constructed without specific permission by royal decree. If broken the offender may be brought to court and trialed. Maximum punishment being that of a fine of five thousand minas, titles being seized and the land stripped. II.VI.§. The noble lord has the authority to ensure that the King’s and Emperor’s peace are both kept within the confinements of his borders and may request aid to do so from the office of the constabulary. II.VII.§. Any citizen living within the boundaries of the land of the noble lord are afforded the status of peasantry, except if already holding the status of gentry or noble. II.VIII.§. The Crown is given full authority to oversee the realms of the lords by royal decree. Thus the King may request and order the noble lord to take certain actions. These actions being the demolishing of a building, the increased taxation of the lord, the halting of construction and is to oversee architectural development of the region. II.IX.§. If one would be declared that of a Raubritter and his house can be stripped of all its titles, land and outlawed from the realm. II.X.§ A noble lord is granted land at the behest of the King. Only the King may grant land. No lord is entitled to land simply due to their status. Ch III. Regarding the responsibility of construction work III.I.§. All construction within the realm must be approved by the local authority. Which could be but not restricted to the High Steward, local lord, maer, bailiff or bursar. Construction without proper authority could be brought to trial and the maximum punishment being death. III.II.§. All construction sites must have a written down foreman to oversee its work. This person can be of any social standing and must be submitted through written form to the local authority. Failure to do so will see the construction suspended on order of the High Steward. III.III.§. If construction is approved the local foreman appointed for the construction is solely responsible for the safety of his workers, shall a worker die due to related injuries in construction the foreman can be held accountable and brought to trial on the basis of manslaughter. The Book on Agriculture The Book on Agriculture regulates and stipulates the matters on how crops are to be cultured, harvested and who serves the right to harvest and grow crops. It also regulates what crops are allowed to be grown within what boundaries they may be used. The Book on Agriculture also includes legislation on that of hunting. Ch I. Regarding illegal crops and restrictions on cultivation and misuse of farm animals I.I.§. Any crop regarded that of hallucinogenic, such as certain mushrooms are strictly forbidden to grow within the realm. Punishment of growing these crops may be the max punishment of having your left hand removed. I.II.§. Harvest green is only allowed to be grown if given a written permission by that of a city official. It may only be grown for the purpose of dye making. Growing cactus green with the intent of consumption is punishable by having your left hand removed as maximum. I.III.§. Any seeds brought in to the realm from foreign lands are to be examined to ensure they are not harmful before being allowed to be grown on Haeseni farms. I.IV.§. Mixed crops may not be grown within the same field. Separation must occur for the farmland to be considered legally valid. If failed the offender may be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being that of a fine of one thousand minas, land stripped or rental agreement torn. I.V.§. Any farm animals kept under extreme conditions and remain malnourished are to be seized by the crown and slaughtered. The person owning the animals can be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being that of ones left hand removed and a fine of one thousand minas. I.VI.§. Any man bedding an animal does not only commit a damning sin but will also be arrested, brought to court and trial. The only punishment being that of death. Ch II. Regarding the usage of farmlands and farm animals II.I.§. To be allowed permission to tend farmlands for commercial usage one must be of the peasantry status. No other social classes are allowed to harvest fields for commercial use. However a peasant may not be allowed to directly peddle his wares within walled cities. II.II.§. Farm animals are allowed to be slaughtered for commercial usage by that of those of peasantry class, however they may not peddle their wares within walled cities. II.III.§. All farmlands within crown owned territory is automatically owned by the state, however peasants may rent the farms for usage where they tend to the land and pay their fee of usage by donating half of the proceeds either by material or minas to the crown. II.IV.§. Local Lords may themselves decide on who may tend to their farmlands, cattle and other farm animals. II.V.§. If a fire were to break out in the farmlands the person who tends the farms per usual will be held accountable, unless the fire is related to wartime or natural disaster. The maximum punishment of this would be that of having your left hand removed. II.VI.§. The extraction of honey from bees are to be kept at a distance from any major road by at least twenty feet. Failure to comply would result in having the land seized. II.VII.§. If a man is caught stealing or slaughtering that of any other man’s farm animals are to be arrested and brought to trial. The maximum punishment being that of death. II.VIII.§. Citizens of burgher status may not tend to farmlands for commercial usage but are however not restricted within selling the crops inside that of walled cities. Thus can buy crops from the peasantry’s land to later be sold within walled cities to the populace there. Ch III. Regarding hunting and fishing within the boundaries of the crownlands III.I.§. Fishing for commercial usage is allowed for any social class to do and is not restricted to that of peasantry. This can be done within the coastlines of the kingdom, rivers or lakes. III.II.§. To be allowed hunting within the realm one must be granted a royal permit by the master of the hunt. Hunting without that is considered poaching and the maximum punishment being that of death. III.III.§. Any hunting within lands owned by noble lords can be regulated with that of their own accord. However game meat sold within royally chartered cities must be regulated by the master of the hunt to ensure that it was not hunted within crownlands. III.IV.§. Furs brought down for hunting can be sold freely by any social class within walled cities due to the necessity of its content during winter. III.V.§. Any trade of meat, fur or other goods brought from that of poached animals will be considered equal to that of poaching and is punishable by death. The Book on Commerce The Book on Commerce regulates all trade, purchases and selling of any good within the realm. It stipulates who may trade what and issues a decree regarding the legality of chartered companies. It also regulates the import and export of the kingdom. Ch I. Regarding sales and purchases of goods I.I.§. Any trade is to be done without any force from either side and must be a consent from both parties for the purchase to be valid. I.II.§. Once a purchase has been made and both sides has shifted goods there shall be no return. The trade is then considered valid and can not be unmade unless both sides agree on a new trade. I.III.§. If a person is to sell goods that has been stolen the person can be considered to have committed the crime of fencing and can be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being that of having both hands removed and branded as a thief. I.IV.§. If one is to peddle a ware that is broken without notifying the buyer of its defect one can be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being that of returning the payment, a fine of five hundred minas and the removal of ones left hand. I.V.§. Shall one claim to have constructed a ware that someone else has made one can be convicted of forgery. The maximum punishment being that of having you left hand removed and the payment of damages up to one thousand minas based on social status. I.VI.§. A trade can be conducted by either two individuals shifting two goods against one another or through the usage of paying for a good with minas. I.VII.§. Trading in the purchase of men and women is considered slavery and is considered illegal and punishable by death. I.VIII.§. Any man or woman who trades in favours of carnal nature shall be considered that of a prostitute. A man doing such shall be punished by castration. Women shall have their hair shaved off and sent to live in a convent to be schooled in canonist teachings as penance. I.IX.§. All import and export of goods from outside of imperial borders must be verified to that of local stewards to ensure that no illegal goods are brought into the kingdom. I.X.§. The import and trading of any living and sentient being such as man, elf, orc, dwarf and halfling, commonly known as slavery shall considered unlawful and the maximum punishment shall be death. CH II. Regarding the chartering of trade companies II.I.§. Any company importing large amounts of wares and settled within the confinement of a walled city of the kingdom has the ability to petition His Majesty, the King or that of the Royal Duma to be granted the seal of royal charter. II.II.§. A royally chartered company has the full protection of that of the kingdom and also the rights to trade freely within both the realm and under the standard of the crown in foreign nations. II.III.§. The king may freely revoke any royal charter from a company without justification if needs be. However only the registered owners may dismantle the company. II.IV.§. A chartered company may petition to hold land under royal decree, this land shall be thusly known as a colony and be granted the same restrictions and rights to that of crownlands. II.V.§. To operate that of a chartered company its registered owner must be that of burgher, gentry or noble class. II.VI.§. A chartered company gains the rights to assemble that of its own retinue equivalent to that of a count to protect its goods and have these men equally serve as mercenaries, however they may not bear arms against those of the kingdoms allies, subjects or master. II.VII.§. A chartered company is required to pay a negotiated amount of its profit to the kingdom from all its endeavors. II.VIII.§. A chartered company may import and export goods freely without any restrictions or regulations from local stewardry. II.IX.§. Any ship or other vessel under the ownership of the company may freely use the standards of the crown as its colours whilst sailing and an attack on a ship of that property shall be considered an attack on the realm. The Book on Crimes The Book on Crimes affirms all criminal offences and the matter on which it shall be punished accordingly. Ranging from affairs of heresy, usage of magic, profane language to that of assault and murder shall be found within. All crimes are noted to that of Man but are equally to that of women. Ch. I. Regarding blasphemy and heinous acts against GOD I.I.§. Any man who with intent commits an act offensive against GOD, his saints, prophets and scriptures or makes a mockery of GOD’s word shall be arrested and punished with up to a fifty thousand mina fine, imprisonment for up to a lifetime, and designated service to the state or faith up to a lifetime in accordance with the Oren Revised Code. I.II.§. Any man who is not a follower of the Canonist faith may not receive any citizenship within the Kingdom. If one would denounce their canonist belief their citizenship would be stripped from them. Regardless of social standing. I.III.§. Any man spreading a belief not that of the Canonist faith will be punished with up to a fifty thousand mina fine, imprisonment for up to a lifetime, and designated service to the state or faith up to a lifetime. I.IV.§. Any man cursing in the sanctity of a church or any other holy place will be punished with one saint’s hour in the stockade, to receive public shaming. I.V.§ Any man attending a service held by that of an ordained minister of the Canonist church drunkenly shall be punished by public shaming. I.VI.§. Any man who would have carnal relations with another person outside of the sanctity of marriage – including those homosexual in nature – shall be considered a fornicator and the maximum punishment being that of a fifteen thousand mina fine, imprisonment for up to ten years, and designated service to the state or faith up to twenty years.. I.VII.§. Any man who would bed that of his mother, sister, daughter, aunt, grandmother and so on shall be brought to court to stand trial for incestuous relations. The punishment being that of with up to a fifty thousand mina fine, imprisonment for up to a lifetime, and designated service to the state or faith up to a lifetime. Ch. II. Regarding the usage of magic, sorcery and witchcraft II.I.§. Any usage of magic or sorcery against someone to cause bodily harm shall be considered unlawful and will be punishable by death. II.II.§. All forms of dark arts such as but not limited to blood magic and mysticism are unlawful and the usage of such heretical magic will be punishable by death. II.III.§. All forms of witchcraft are considered unlawful and would be punishable by death. II.IV.§. Any usage of magic or sorcery to trick, manipulate or deceive someone shall be considered unlawful and will be punishable by death. II.V.§. All forms of magic users operating within that of royally chartered cities are requested to inform the local authorities of their presence and their doors are to be branded with the letter ‘M’. Failure to do so is punishable by a saint’s hour in the stockade for public shaming. Ch. III. Regarding treason and that of high treason III.I.§. Any man committing a deed of violence and aggression to that of the Realm, the Crown or the Royal family shall be considered that of a traitor and be brought to court and trialed for that of treason. The maximum punishment being that of all titles and land stripped and be executed by beheading. II.II.§. Any man partaking in the actions of aggression to the realm either by assisting or supplying the suspected traitor shall according to his judgement receive the same punishment to that of the traitor. III.III.§. Any noble or gentry with that of a sworn oath to His Majesty, the King who commits arms against the Crown shall be considered guilty to that of High Treason and be branded a traitor. The maximum punishment being that of having lands and titles stripped and executed by that of beheading. III.IV.§. Any man hiding that of a traitor or deliberately not sharing knowledge of his whereabouts shall be equally considered guilty and receive the same punishment to that of the convicted traitor. III.V.§. Any man sharing information that the King has deemed to be of classified nature shall be considered a traitor and serve the equal punishment to that of a person who took arms against the realm. III.VI.§. Any man breaking his oath to the King or the Realm without proper nullification from that of His Majesty the King, Emperor or High Pontiff shall be considered a traitor and punished accordingly. III.VII.§. Any man publicly speaking foul or ill to that of the King, his queen or his counsel shall be considered unlawful. The maximum punishment being that of death by hanging. III.VIII.§. The refusal to execute that of a traitor shall be considered treason and the maximum punishment being that of death. III.IX.§. Any man who refuses to obey a direct command from his majesty, the King can be branded a traitor. The maximum punishment being that of death. Ch. IV. Regarding rebellion, mutiny and insurrection IV.I.§. Any man who organises a group of men armed with weapons publicly speaking ill to that of the crown or the realm shall be brought to court and trialed for insurrection. The maximum punishment being that of death. IV.II.§. Any group of citizens taking up arms against that of the crown shall be considered that of rebels and be punished by death. IV.III.§. Any man who tries to spread foul words within that of the ranks of soldiery to induce that of mutiny shall be considered unlawful and maximum punishment being that of death. IV.IV.§. Any man who knowingly spreads false information or foul words regarding that of prosperity, security and prestige to that of the realm with ill intent shall be considered unlawful and the maximum punishment being that of the ten thousand mina. IV.V.§. Refusal to execute that of rebels and mutineers shall be considered unlawful and the maximum punishment being that of the removal of one's right hand. Ch. V. Regarding counterfeiters and forgery V.I.§. Any man who on his own accord would mint that of any official currency within the realm would be considered that of a counterfeiter. The maximum punishment being that of death. V.II.§. Any man who knowingly spreads or knows of that of counterfeit currency within the realm shall be considered unlawful. The maximum punishment being that of having ones right hand removed. V.III.§ Any man who forges the seal or signature of that of the Crown, nobility, gentry or any official of the realm shall be considered a forger. This applies to anyone who writes that of false records, legal documents, or other official information regarding the realm. The maximum punishment being that of a fifteen thousand mina fine, imprisonment for ten years, and designated service to the state or faith for up to five years. V.IV.§. Any man who fakes that of a signature belonging to someone else in any situation shall be considered a forger. The maximum punishment being that of having your eyes removed. V.V.§. Any man who cracks a seal or opens a letter addressed to someone else shall be considered unlawful. The maximum punishment being that of a two thousand mina fine. Ch. VI. Regarding arson VI.I.§. Any man who would set ablaze that of any property belonging to the crown, the realm or that of the royal family shall be considered an arsonist and brought to court for trial. The maximum punishment being that of death by hanging. VI.II.§. Any man who by negligence would set ablaze any building, farmlands or forestry belonging to that of a citizen of the realm shall be considered an arsonist and brought to court for trial. The maximum punishment being that of having your right hand removed and paying damages up to ten thousand minas based on the destruction. VI.III.§. Any man who by negligence set ablaze any building, farmlands or forestry resulting in the death of any man shall be considered an arsonist and brought to court for trial. The maximum punishment being that of fines up to fifteen thousand mina, imprisonment for up to ten years, and designated service to the state or faith for up to five years. VI.IV.§. Any man who with ill intent sets ablaze any building, farmlands or forestry shall be considered that of an arsonist and brought to court for trial. Equally so if someone was to die during this they shall be branded a murderer. The maximum punishment being that of death. Ch. VII. Regarding murder, manslaughter, assault and kidnapping VII.I.§. Any man who knowingly and with intent takes the life of any other man shall be branded a murderer and brought to court for trial. The maximum punishment being that of death by hanging. VII.II.§. Two men shall be allowed to duel for honour, shall the loser beg for mercy the victor is to spare the man otherwise he shall be branded a murderer and brought to court for trial. However does he not beg he is free to take his life. The maximum punishment being death by breaking the law of mercy. VII.III.§. Any man who would without just cause assault that of any other man shall be brought to court and tried for the crime of assault. Shall he by doing such remove teeth, eyesight, take out a tongue or in any other way have a part of the victims body parts removed it shall be considered aggravated. The maximum punishment being that of a fine up to fifteen thousand mina, imprisonment for up to ten years, and designated service to the state or faith up to twenty years. VII.IV.§ Any man who takes the life of another man without the intent of doing such shall be brought to court and tried for voluntary manslaughter. The maximum punishment being that of a fifteen thousand mina fine, imprisonment for up to ten years, and designated service to the state for up to twenty years. VII.V.§. Any man who by force tries to take that of a woman shall be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being that of castration. VII.VI.§. Any man taking the life of a child or woman shall be branded a murderer and brought to court for trial. The maximum punishment being that of death. VII.VII.§ Any man hiding knowledge regarding that of someone wanted for murder, manslaughter or assault are to be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment includes fines up to two thousand mina, imprisonment for up to two years, and designated service to the state for up to five years. VII.VIII.§ Any man who by force of labour or accident causes the death of another shall be brought to court for trial for involuntary manslaughter. The maximum punishment being that of fines up to fifteen thousand mina, imprisonment for up to ten years, and designated service to the state for up to twenty years. VII.IX.§ Any man who by corporal punishment accidentally causes the death of his child shall be brought to court and tried for involuntary manslaughter. The maximum punishment being death. VII.X.§. Any man who would take the life of his lord or any nobleman within the realm shall be brought to court and trialed, branded a traitor. The maximum punishment being that of death by hanging. VII.XI.§. Any man who takes that of his own life shall be refused a proper burial and thusly put to rest in an unmarked grave. VII.XII.§. Any man who forcefully abducts another without granted permission by that of the Crown shall be arrested and brought to court for trial for kidnapping. The maximum punishment being that life imprisonment and a fifty thousand mina fine. Should the kidnapped be harmed, the maximum punishment shall be death by hanging. Ch VIII. Regarding theft, robbery, burglary, property damage and banditry VIII.I.§. Any man who breaks into that of another’s home shall be branded a burglar and brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being that of a fifteen thousand mina, imprisonment up to ten years, and state designated service for up to twenty years. VIII.II.§. Any man who steals any belonging or coin from that of another person's body shall be branded a pickpocket and brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being the same as that of a burglar. VIII.III.§. Any man who steals from that of a royally chartered or owned property shall be considered a traitor and brought to court for trial. The maximum punishment being that of death. The same will be regarded to that of property owned by a noble lord VIII.IV.§. Any man who steals from that of a shop or stall shall be considered a thief and brought to court for trial. The maximum punishment being in accordance with that of burglars. VIII.V.§. Any man who with intent destroys or damages that of another man’s belonging or property shall be considered unlawful and brought to court to stand trial. The maximum punishment being that of paying damages up to five thousand minas and one saint’s day of prison labour. VIII.VI.§. Any man who by force or threat makes another man give up his belongings, property or possession shall be considered that of a robber and brought to court to stand trial. The maximum punishment being that of death. VIII.VII.§. Any man who would be that to steal another man’s wife shall be considered unlawful and brought to court for trial. The maximum punishment being that of a saint’s hour in the stockade for public shaming and damages to be paid for the husband up to one thousand minas. VIII.VIII.§. Any man who does damage to that of farmlands or forestry shall as for punishment be forced to work the fields or woods to ensure that the damage is repaired. They shall also pay a fine to that of five hundred minas. VIII.IX.§. Any noble lord who commits thievery, robbery, burglary or banditry risk to be declared a Raubritter by the Crown, forsaking all his titles and sentenced to death. VIII.X.§. Any man who commits the act of robbery on the imperial roads that pass through the realm shall be declared that of a bandit and brought to court and trialed. The punishment being death. Ch IX. Regarding lies, slander and the insulting of one’s honour IX.I.§. Any man who slanders that of another without cause or evidence through verbal form shall be brought to court and tried. The maximum punishment being a fine of up to fifteen thousand mina. IX.II.§. Any man who slanders that of another without cause of evidence through written form shall be brought to court and tried. The maximum punishment being a fine of up to fifteen thousand mina. IX.III.§. Any man who without cause or evidence insults that of another’s honour one may be challenged to that of a duel with the victor being in the right. Shall one beg for mercy one is to be spared by the grace of GOD. IX.IV.§. Any man who insults or slander that of the Crown or nobility shall be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being that of death by hanging. IX.V.§. Shall the man accused of slandering bring forth proper evidence that it is in fact truthful the person who has accused the man of such crimes shall be subject to fines up to one thousand minas based on social status. The Book on Judicial Procedure The Book on Judicial Procedure examines that of the court system of the realm and declares who may judge what. It also goes into and ensuring the basic principles of Haeseni law and explains the proper court proceedings that must occur for a verdict to be valid. Ch I. Regarding the trials and sentencing of minor offenses I.I.§. If a man has committed what could be deemed a minor offense such as but not limited to pickpocketing, lesser forms of thievery and minor property damage a sheriff can issue a punishment accordingly in association with the arrest without the need of trial. I.II.§. If the man convicted for the lesser offense refuses to acknowledge that of the Sheriff's judgement he may appeal for the verdict of the constable. No minor offenses can be appealed to the Lord-Justiciar or the Crown. I.III.§. If a man is sentenced for a series of minor offenses it shall be after three times considered a major offense and brought to trial in front of the Western Circuit Court Judge. The sentencing thusly also being harsher. Ch II. Regarding trials and sentencing of nobility and gentry II.I.§. Any nobleman who has been brought to court for a crime shall be trialed by that of the Western Circuit Court Judge and brought to the capitol to stand in front of the court. II.II.§. The trial of that of nobility shall always be done in accordance with the Crown, the King may choose to oversee the trial himself if needs be. II.III.§. No other man other than that of the King or his appointed Western Circuit Court Judge by royal decree may issue a trial and sentencing on that of nobility. II.IV.§. Any noble may request the use of a trial by combat, however the court may freely decline such requests at will and the matter will be looked at it individually. II.V.§. Only his majesty, The King or that Royal Duma are given the right to declare a noble lord to that of a Raubritter, forsaking all his titles and sentenced to death. Being declared a Raubritter grants the Crown just cause to strip the house of its nobility and land. Ch III. Regarding the legality of a court and trial III.I.§. For a trial to be considered valid one official such as crown representative or Lord must preside over the court. III.II.§. Any man standing trial has the right to have their voice heard and may request for any other citizen of the realm to speak for him if need be. III.III.§. For a verdict to be considered valid the trial must consist of that of one court official, two witnesses to the trial and the accused present III.IV.§. Verdicts passed by the crown may be appealed to the Supreme Court of the Empire. The Book on the Execution of Judgements The Book on Execution of Judgements defines what punishments would be commonly used according to the severity of the crime and also regulates in what way they shall be used. All punishments listed in this shall be considered lawful however it is by the discretion of the overseeing judge to pass fitting judgement and may do so freely. Ch I. Regarding prison sentence, public humiliation, penance and banishment I.I.§. One can be sentenced to prison labour. By doing such you the convicted shall be brought to live within the confinement of a cell, being refused all luxuries and forced to do any labour needed by the Crown. Such as working in the mines, docks or quarries. I.II.§. One can be sentenced to that of public humiliation in the stockade or other forms of public shaming such as but not limited to having your hair shaved, branding or flagellation of the feet. The maximum amount of time one can be sentenced to is two saint’s hours. I.III.§. One can be sentenced to that of penance, varying from gender and form based on the criminal offence. Different forms of penance can be that of being sent to live in a convent, forced reschooling of the church or mortification. A punishment of this sort can be that of corporal or a timed sentence, however the time is defined per necessity having no maximum set I.IV.§. If sentenced to banishment one is to never enter the lands that one had been banished from, such could be that of a barony, county, duchy or the entirety of the realm itself if banished per royal decree. Ch II. Regarding the matter of corporal punishments II.I.§. One can be sentenced to flogging with a total of thirty lashes being the maximum set amount that one can receive.. Floggings shall always take place on an exposed back or feet. II.II.§. One can be sentenced to that of having his hands removed, the dealing of this punishment shall be done swiftly and with a single blow. Failure to remove a body part with one single blow per part. II.III.§. If one is sentenced to castration the punishment shall not take place in public viewing but within the confinement of a private chamber. Ch III. Regarding capital punishment III.I.§. Those of noble birth or of gentrified status shall have the honour of being executed through having his head cleanly removed from his body, if sentenced to death. Shall one have been branded a traitor or Raubritter one’s head will be displayed for public viewing prior to his funeral. III.II.§. Those of burgher or peasant class shall be executed through hanging if one has been sentenced to death. Shall the rope break through any natural form without tamper of another man one is to be issued a pardon immediately.. III.III.§. An executioner shall and will never be held accountable for enacting the punishment that the convicted has been sentenced to and shall always receive the full protection from the Crown. The Rights and Duties of Nobility The right of nobility is reserved for those born into an ancient family with historic and notable loyalty to the Kings of Hanseti-Ruska, and as such they are viewed as the esteemed foundations of the Kingdom’s success and are charged with aiding the Kingdom militarily, economically and politically. With this the noble houses in service to the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska has attained certain explicit rights granted to them by royal decree and based on their current titles, landed holdings and esteem within the realm. The nobility also hold certain privileges not granted to other men and women, regardless of status. The right of representation within the Royal Duma of Haense.II. The right to vote in local elections to that of Maer, bailiff and other similar positions. The right of trial before their peers in royal court The right to own and administer lands granted by the Crown The right to petition the Crown for the right to lawfully field a Retinue of professional soldiers during peacetime. If given permission to do so by royal decree then the house may field a set amount of troops that has been decided upon by the Crown and shall be reported yearly to the Crown. If one has more troops then reported in an annual roster or misses to report then a fine on 2000 minas per individual soldiers shall be issued to the house. The right to have sons without inheritance squire to that of knights and other lords in order to one day attain a knightly status himself. The right to petition the king to legitimize a feud with that of another house and bring the matter to that of royal court, where it can be settled through the payment of Weragelt. If either side refuse an honour duel or that of a feudal war where the two houses for a time may fight a set amount of field battles, the victor declared in the right and receiving weragelt from the other house. For that of a feudal war to take place a tribute must be paid to the king of a set price by the house demanding such. During those wars outside forces are strictly forbidden to be recruited and only the two warring houses may clash. No land or titles may be taken during such a war. The right that during times of war and strife raise that of a feudal levy when the king summons his banners and orders the raising of levies. The right to petition his Majesty, the King for that of a private audience. The right to attend the Crow’s Moot if one was to be called by his Majesty, the King. The duty to serve the realm and Crown and provide men into the royal forces during times of war and strifeThe duty to protect the people of the realm and uphold all laws issued by royal decree. The duty to keep the King’s and Emperor’s peace within all the Haeseni lands. The Rights and Duties of Gentry The rights of the gentry are afforded to those denizens of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, who in good faith have attained for themselves the distinction as a citizen in high standing and thusly have been dubbed a Ser or Dame by Royal decree. They are viewed by their capacity as a dynamic class of various trades whose service in the military and civilian aspects of the kingdom merit their aptitude. In these regards, the gentry have attained their own rights established by royal decree, based upon their merit and contribution to the welfare of the realm. The right of trial before their peers in the royal court. The right of property ownership within the capital city and settlements under the purview of the Crown The right to vote in local elections to that of Maer, bailiff and other similar positions. The right to have sons squire to that of knights and lords in order to one day attain a knightly status himself. The right to petition his Majesty, the King for that of a private audience. The right to be given the honour of serving as a personal guard to his Majesty, the King within the Marian Retinue. The right to take squires and pages to server under oneself and to train them into one day achieve the position of gentry and knighthood themselves. The duty to serve the realm and Crown and provide men into the royal forces during times of war and strife The duty to protect the people of the realm and uphold all laws issued by royal decree.The duty to keep the King’s and Emperor’s peace within all the Haeseni land The Rights and Duties of Burghers and Peasantry The rights of the burghers are afforded to those denizens of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska who has achieved that of property ownership within that walled city with an official royal charter. Generally people working as cobblers, merchants, smiths, peddlers, caravaneers and stewards. Peddling goods freely within the city that they live within. In these regards the burghers have attained these rights established by royal decree, based on their standing and position within the realm. The right to vote in local elections to that of Maer, bailiff and other similar positions. The right of property ownership within the capital city and settlements under the purview of the Crown. The right to freely within the confinements of the law peddle goods at their own accord within the walled city. The right to serve as stewards and other official positions within the royal and local administrations. Such as but not limited to steward, maer, bailiff, bursar. The duty to ensure that business and commerce thrive within the city walls.The duty that during times of war be drafted into military service and assist the royal and noble forces in battles to defend the realm from any threat. The right of peasants are afforded to those denizens of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska who owns or leases that of property outside of walled cities, within settlements such as villages or hamlets. Generally farmers, foresters, hunters and other trades. Generally considered the backbone of Haense and any feudal society. In these regards the peasantry have attained these rights, established by royal decree, based on their standing and position within the realm. The right to vote in local elections to that of Maer, bailiff and other similar positions. The right to lease land and farms to work on within that of the crownlands of the Realm. The right to serve in official local positions such as bailiff within the hamlets and villages that they reside within. The right to own farm animals such as cattle, sheep and pigs and also have attained the right to tend to and slaughter these animals. The duty to ensure that the realm is fed and that grain, potatoes, carrots and other goods are brought to the city and Crown. The duty to be drafted into military service and assist the royal and noble forces in battles to defend the realm from any threat. Lexicon ABSOLUTE CROWN AUTHORITY - The King may revoke any titles freely, vassals are not allowed to hold troops nor war with one another. The Duma is disallowed and the King may alter or revoke laws freely at his own behest. ALBAN - The second capital of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, founded by Stephen I in 1619 and later abandoned with the migration to Atlas in 1641. ANDREW II OF HAENSE- The second sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known as the “Winter King”. Most famous for the Deep Cold Uprising. Born in 1564 and died 1586, executed by Philip I, Holy Orenian Emperor. ANDREW III OF HAENSE - The fourteenth and current sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Born 1710. ARCHBISHOP - The representative of the Canonist church tasked with overseeing and managing a diocese. The diocese of Hanseti-Ruska being that of Jorenus. Known in New Marian as Arkhidiakon. BARON - The sovereign lord of a barony. Unable to have any direct vassals. Addressed as My Lord. The female equivalent being that of a baroness. Addressed as Bossir in New Marian. BURGHERS - Free citizens of Haense owning property within a chartered city of royal decree. Allowed certain forms of representation such as voting for Maer within the city they reside. BURSAR - An individual selected by the king or his government in assisting the elected Maer of the capital with administrative duties. If the maer not present this would be the highest ranking official within the city. Known in New Marian as Bursari CHAMBERLAIN - The main overseer of all matters regarding the royal palace, currently known as Prikaz. Serving under the Lord-Seneschal. Known in New Marian as Kamberlen. CHARLES II OF HAENSE - The ninth sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known as “The Stubborn”. Born in 1648 and died in 1666. COMMON - One of the three official languages spoken in the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Generally the most frequently used language in both oral and written form. COUNT - The sovereign lord of a county, able to have Viscounts and Barons as sworn under him as vassals with royal approval. Addressed as My Lord. The female equivalent being that of a countess. Addressed as Komit in New Marian. CROWN - Another term for the authority of the King and his royal government led by the Lord-Palatine. CROWN AUTHORITY - The legislation that restricts or permits the power of the Crown. It holds five different levels of authority. Generally regarding vassal levies. Can be increased or decreased by royal decree. CROWNLANDS - The land and holdings directly held by the King as his domain. Such as the capital city of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. CROWSMOOT - An assembly called by the King of Hanseti-Ruska or any other equivalent Raevir sovereignty, allowing all nobles or Raev descent to meet and negotiate their grievances. DEEP COLD UPRISING - Was a rebellion orchestrated by Andrew II of Haense for Highlander independence. Ended with the Haeseni forces defeated and Andrew II was boiled alive in milk as punishment. DIOCESE OF JORENUS - The realm of authority by the high pontiff within the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Managed by the Archbishop of Jorenus. DUKE - The sovereign lord of a duchy, able to have Counts, Viscounts and Barons sworn to serve under him as ducal vassals with royal approval. Addressed as Your Grace. The female equivalent being that of a duchess. Addressed as Herzen in New Marian. DUKE OF ALBAN - The second born son of the King, second in line to the crown of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. DUMA - The legislative assembly of The Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. All noble houses granted a seat within it to vote and debate legislation and edicts. Overseen by the Lord-Speaker with the authority of the King. EXCHEQUER - A role bestowed on senior officials of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Advisors to all arms of government and overseeing their work under the authority of the King and Lord-Palatine. Known as Eznacheyvor in New Marian. FRANCIS II OF HAENSE - The tenth sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known as “The Unfortunate”. Mostly known for being murdered shortly after his coronation. GRAND PRINCE OF KUSORAEV - The firstborn son of the King and Crown Prince/Heir-Apparent to the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. GREAT NORTHERN WAR - A war between the Kingdom of Courland and the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, ending in a Courland victory and the loss of all Haeseni holdings under King Marius I of Haense. GREYSPINE REBELLION - A successful rebellion that occurred within the Kingdom of Courland where Haeseni vassals Ruthern and Baruch led an uprising to reinstate the House of Barbanov to its former holdings. HAMLET - A small rural settlement with only a few houses, usually associated with that of a lesser lord and in close proximity to a keep or castle. The citizens of a hamlet generally being that of peasantry. HEAD STEWARD - The assisting official to the lord-seneschal on all matters regarding that of the royal estates and holdings. Selected by the lord-seneschal himself. Known in New Marian as Herez Styuard. HIGH CROWN AUTHORITY - The King has full authority to revoke titles freely. He may alter, veto and revoke any legislation written. Vassals may petition the Crown to war with one another. Vassal armies can be restricted by the Crown. The King may freely dismiss the Duma. KINGDOM OF HANSETI-RUSKA - The dual monarchy of the two crowns of Hanseti and Ruska. Generally known in common term as the Kingdom of Haense. Known in New Marian as Kongzem Edaeleo ag Kusoraev. KING OF HAENSE - The reigning sovereign of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Generally a descendant from the House of Barbanov. Monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska and protector of all highlander people. Addressed as His Royal Majesty/His Majesty and informal as Sire. Addressed as Koeng in New Marian. KNIGHT - A warrior of great renown who has been knighted by His Majesty The King of Hanseti-Ruska for his service to the kingdom. Forced to adhere to the code of chivalry and sworn to an undying loyalty to the kingdom. Addressed as Ser. Female equivalent being that of a Dame. Addressed as Kossin in New Marian. KNIGHT PARAMOUNT - The highest ranking knight within the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Direct commander of The Marian Retinue and an advisor the Lord Palatine and King on matters attaining to chivalry. LEVY - A conscripted force of peasantry used as a feudal reserve during times of war and conflict. Raised by nobles when ordered by the King. LIMITED CROWN AUTHORITY - The second lowest form of Crown Authority. The King gains the power to strip vassals of their titles with the support of the Duma. Levies remain unrestricted and the King can’t alter any legislation freely. The King lacks authority to dismiss the Duma and vassals can go to war with one another freely. LORD-CASTELLAN - The king’s authority in matters regarding landholdings held by his vassals outside that of the crownlands of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. He serves as an advisor to the King and Lord-Palatine in all exterior matters pertaining to vassals and the interior hinterlands. LORD-JUSTICIAR - The supreme justice of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Functioning as a judge and enforcer of law and authority within the realm. Advisor to the king and lord-palatine on matters regarding law. Known as Herzen Justiya in New Marian. LORD-MARSHAL - The commander of all military forces within the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, directly the Grand Master of the Order of Saint Karl and acts as an advisor to the King and Lord Palatine on all matters attaining to war and military. Known as Herzen Markyal in New Marian. LORD-PALATINE - The chancellor of the realm and the head of his majesty’s government. Holding the most authority in the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska after that of the King. Known as Herzen Palatebny in New Marian. LORD-SENESCHAL - The king’s direct official in all matters regarding the crownlands and the royal capital of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Advising the king and lord-palatine on matters regarding his own holdings and lands. Known as Herzen Seniskyal in New Marian. LORD-SPEAKER - The speaker of the Duma and a representative of the majesty’s authority in the legislative process of the Kingdom. Functioning as an advisor to the king on legislative matters and a primary liaison of the nobility to the Crown. MAER - An official elected by a vote between the burgher class of the city. Generally offered a representative seat on the Duma and is to be the burghers voice to the royally appointed city officials. Known as Mayer in New Marian. MARGRAVE - The sovereign lord of a march bordering that of another state. Able to have viscount and barons sworn under him as a vassals with royal approval. Addressed as My Lord. The female equivalent being that of a Margavine. Addressed as Margravir in New Marian. MARKEV - The third capital of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Founded in 1641 by Otto II of Haense and abandoned in 1705 with the migration to Arcas. Nicknamed the “Red City” and was situated in the southern tundra of Atlas by the Czena River. MARIUS I OF HAENSE - The third sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known as “The Good” Mostly known for gaining independence during The Coalition War until eventually losing his landed holdings to the Kingdom of Courland during The Great Northern War. Born 1584 and died 1611. MARIUS II OF HAENSE - The thirteenth sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known as “The Brash” Mostly known for allowing the Sack of Ves and his involvement in the War of the Two Emperors. Born in 1683 and died in 1719 MEDIUM CROWN AUTHORITY - The King has unrestricted authority to revoke titles. Nobles can have unrestricted armies. The King may alter legislation but lacks the authority to veto but can with accordance with the Lord-Speaker dismiss the Duma. Vassals have to petition the Crown in order to war one another. MINIMUM CROWN AUTHORITY - The lowest form of Crown Authority. Nobles can have unrestricted armies, the King lacks the right to strip titles and the authority alter or veto any legislation. The King also lacks the ability to dismiss the Duma. NEW MARIAN - One of the three official languages spoken in the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. A mixture of old Hanseti and Raev merged together. Otherwise known as Naumariav. Used most frequently in royal legislation and documents. NORTHERN RAEV BOTCH - One of the three official languages spoken in the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. The less frequently spoken language in Haense, mostly spoken by Raevir traditionalists. Rarely heard outside of closed circles. OTTO I OF HAENSE - The sixth sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Only ruling for five days before abdicating the throne in favour for his son. Born 1584 and died in 1627. OTTO II OF HAENSE - The seventh sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known as “The Quiet” and is most commonly attributed to the establishment of the city of Markev Born in 1601 and died in 1644. OTTO III OF HAENSE - The eight sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known as “The Builder”. Born in 1621 and died 1655. PAGE - A young boy, generally between the age of eight - fifteen. Serving under a knight as a young apprentice and assisting him with menial tasks until he is old enough to be squired. Most frequently of noble birth. PALATINE ASPIRANT - The apprentice of the Lord-Palatine. Training in the matters of statesmanship and governance so as to one day assume the mantle of Lord-Palatine and chancellor. Known as Palatebny-Aspiska in New Marian. PEASANTS - The social class of citizens of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska that lives outside that of the cities of the realm. Generally living in rural villages and hamlets where they have obtained the right to live by the local nobility with the promise of working the land. PETER I OF HAENSE - The first sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Born in 1522 and died in 1582. Known as the founder of the Kingdom after receiving a royal coronet by John III, Holy Orenian Emperor. PETER II OF HAENSE - The fourth sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known for having one of the shortest documented reigns. Only reigning between the Sun’s Smile and Malin’s Welcome. Born in 1596 and died in 1611. PONTIFF - The supreme head of the Canonist Faith. Known in New Marian as Ponty. PRINCE OF HAENSE - Any son born to the sovereign of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska is entitled as a Prince of Haense. Addressed as His Royal Highness/His Highness and informal as Sir. Addressed as Prinzen in New Marian. PRINCESS OF HAENSE - Any daughter born to the sovereign of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska is entitled as a Princess of Haense. Addressed as Her Royal Highness/Her Highness and informal as M’am. Addressed as Prinzenas in New Marian. QUEEN-CONSORT OF HAENSE - The wife of his majesty, the king of Hanseti-Ruska. Addressed as Her Royal Majesty/Her Majesty and informal as Madam. Addressed as Koenas in New Marian. REALM - Another term describing the nation or state. Generally used in official writing to specify the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. QUEEN-DOWAGER OF HAENSE - The former Queen-Dowager and mother to the reigning monarch, his majesty the king of Haense. Addressed as her royal majesty/HerMajesty and informal as Madam. RED PRINCE OF MULDAV - The patriarch of the House of Alimar, descendants of His Highness Prince Edward Audemar, Margrave of Chanik. RAUBRITTER - Known in common as Robber Bandit or Robber Knight. A noble lord or knight who has with his house decided to take upon that of banditry or thievery. One may only be declared by royal decree and with being such comes the death sentence, banishment and ones house being at risk of having all titles and land seized by the realm. RETINUE - A smaller standing military force that can be kept by noble lords, defined in legislative documents as restricted to principalities, duchies,counties and baronies. REZA - The fourth and current capital of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Founded in 1705 by Robert I of Haense and situated in the northern parts of Arcas within the Haeseni Lowlands. ROBERT I OF HAENSE - The twelfth sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known as “The Kind”. The longest reigning monarch in Haeseni history. ROYAL ADVISOR - A title bestowed upon individuals with certain expertise knowledge. Tasked with advising the king and the lord-palatine on the matters that they specialize within. Mostly considered an honorary title. Known in New Marian as Koryal Konsul. ROYAL ENVOY - An emissary sent out by the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska to other nations to serve as a diplomat or ambassador for a set amount of time. Known as Koryal Envonnik in New Marian. ROYAL SCRIBE - An official in the government of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska who documents and assist the king and his government in writing all documents regarding the realm. Known as Koryal Scibsys in New Marian. SACK OF VES - The burning of the free city of Ves was ordered by King Marius II of Haense after the massacre of Helena where Haensemen and Adrians were butchered on the orders of the Antonious I, Emperor of Man. As a way to find peace with the imperials Marius ordered the rebellious city to be sacked. STEPHEN I OF HAENSE - The fifth sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known as “The Green”. Attributed for reconquering the lands lost to Courland during the Greyspine Rebellion. Hailed as one of the greatest rulers in Highlander history. Born in 1596 and died in 1624. STEWARD - An official selected by the lord seneschal or the head steward to assist the office of the seneschal in all matters regarding the crownlands. Generally handling administrative duties and taxation affairs. Known in New Marian as Styuard. SIGUINE I OF HAENSE - The eleventh sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known as “The Shrewd”. Born in 1643 and died in 1681. ST KARLSBURG - The first capital of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Founded in 1573 by Peter I. of Haense and destroyed by Courlanders following its conquest. SQUIRE - A boy or man, generally in his late teens who serves under a knight as an apprentice until he is old and experienced enough to pass his trials and be knighted by the king. Most frequently of noble birth. THE AULIC COUNCIL - The privy council of the King of Haense. Serving as the realm’s most trusted advisors. Mostly driven from noble birth men but any man can sit on the council who have shown due diligence. THE HAESENI ROYAL ARMY - The former standing army of the Crown, fought in conflicts such as the War of the Two Emperor but later disbanded due to its low standing within the realm and replaced with the brotherhood. THE MARIAN RETINUE - A knightly retinue within the Brotherhood of Saint Karl. An elite force of knights serving as the King's personal bodyguard selected by his majesty himself. Led by the Knight Paramount. THE BROTHERHOOD OF SAINT KARL - The standing military order and army of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Commanded by the Lord Marshal serving under the King at a royal decree. TOWN - A walled settlement with generally a few thousand citizens. Most commonly ruled by a Duke or the Crown itself. Must be granted a decree of township by the Crown to be considered lawful and its citizens would be that of Burgher status. VISCOUNT - The sovereign lord of a viscounty, able to have Barons as sworn under him as vassals with royal approval. Addressed as My Lord. The female equivalent being that of a viscountess. Generally considered as an honorary title. VILLAGE - A small settlement, generally far away from a town and surrounded by either farmlands or forests. Generally close to that of a keep belonging to the local lord. Usually serves a purpose to bring materials to sell to that of a town. Citizens living there are generally of the social class, peasantry. WERAGELT - Known in common as Man price. The damages a noble house may be forced to pay the other in order to settle that of a legitimized feud. If not an honour duel or feudal war may take place.
  7. THE VALWYCK COMPROMISE Msitza and Dargund 309 ES With tensions rising between the signatories of The Valwyck Pact and the members of the Alimar regency government, it has been decided that a fair and equal compromise be met between the two sides in order to maintain peace in the realm. The purpose of this compromise is to address all the grievances the Pact has, as well as to confirm the legitimacy of the Alimar government. Both parties shall take the following actions: Actions to be taken by the Alimar Regency: The Alimar Regency is to guarantee the continuation of the Duma for the duration of the Regency. Crown authority shall remain at High. The law regarding the stripping of noble land or title given a valid cause shall be reworded to make clear what a valid cause is. Specifically, a valid cause shall be defined as being guilty of any crime against the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. The Regency shall conduct a review of other vague or outdated laws with the assistance of a representative of the Valwyck Pact. This chosen representative shall be the Lord Justiciar, Count Konstantin of Metterden. Actions to be taken by the Valwyck Pact: Signatories of the Valwyck Pact are to renounce any doubts regarding the legitimacy of the Alimar Regency. The Pact is to concede the belief of land entitlement to nobility when amending the codex alongside the Regency. The Pact is to concede the belief that the Royal Decree of 305 ES invades the rights of the nobility. This means the Regency retains the authority to halt construction for approval, but cannot decline a project because of the style of a build. Instead, acceptable declination include that of size, grandeur, and defensibility. With the grievances of the Pact hereby declared solved, it is to be reduced to a military alliance and trade agreement between signatories. IV JOVEO MAAN, HIS EXCELLENCY, Prince Otto Sigmar, Lord Regent of Hanseti-Ruska, Grand Prince of Muldav HIS GRACE, Petyr Baruch, Duke of Valwyck, Representative of the Valwyck Pact
  8. Gentry Enforcement Act of 1752 Tov and Yermey, 305 ES | Sun’s Smile, 1752 Issued by the Lord Justiciar, Konstantin Ruthern and confirmed by Lord Regent, Ser Tiberius Barrow The law is an imperfect instrument, completing its objective but requiring refinement. This act establishes Haense’s Order of the Crow, the honorary knights of Haense, as enforcers; assuring that criminals are apprehended and brought to justice. In effect, this means that the Crow Knights will have the responsibility and right to enforce the laws of the Dual-Monarchy of Hanseti-Ruska. This act ensures that Haense is not only defended against its foreign enemies; but against internal elements that, if left unchecked, will initiate chaos. This document entails that: The Order of the Crow is given the authority to apprehend criminals for royal judgment The Order of the Crow is given adequate legal training to guarantee that justice is upheld Constabulary be re-established under the Order of the Crow, to aid in a smooth transition with intent to soften the burden of the new responsibilities The Order of the Crow will not have the ability to trial the accused, but may detain them until a trial is given The Order of the Crow will have priority when detaining accused criminals. Interference by any military or civilian personnel not of the Aulic Council will be an act against the Crown of Haense
  9. The Petrovic Reforms 1st of Horen’s Calling, 1750 | 4th of Julya and Piov, 303 ES Named after King Petyr due to the likeness of his military reforms ushered in by the formation of the Kingdom of Haense, the Petrovic Reforms aim to create efficiency within the military structure of Haense as well as to create incentives for the nobility and military alike. Both play an important role in the defense of Haense and shall be incorporated in the reforms below. The Lord Marshal will have complete authority over all the soldiers of Haense, aside from the knights of the realm who are protected under the Knight Paramount’s authority and jurisdiction. The Brotherhood of Saint Karl shall be recognized as the Auwn Ezred of Haense and will serve as the royal infantry of the kingdom. Their command structure will be determined by the Commandant of the Brotherhood with advice from fellow officers so that the best structure may be implemented. The Chapter of the Black Cross is hereby dissolved and its responsibilities delegated to the Dres Ezred. The Chapter of the Destrier is hereby dissolved and its responsibilities delegated to the Dres Ezred. The Zwein Ezred of Haense is hereby commissioned. The Zwein Ezred will be directly overseen by a hand picked Commandant to serve as a liaison between the Lord Marshal and the Zwein Ezred. It will consist of the authorized retinues of the Kingdom of Haense. Not every House will have an authorized retinue, nor will they be required to maintain one. The creation of a noble retinue must be directly approved by the King of Haense himself, and may not exceed the limits set by the Crown as per the House’s titular status. It may also remain below the limitations set. Houses of Baronial status shall be able to maintain up to eight hundred ((8)) bannermen. Houses of Comital status shall be able to maintain up to thirteen hundred ((13)) bannermen. Houses of Ducal status shall be able to maintain up to eighteen hundred ((18)) bannermen. Those houses currently authorized to possess a noble retinue are as follows: The House of Baruch The House of Ruthern The House of Kovachev Each retinue shall be commanded by a captain nominated by the House’s lord, subject to the approval of the Lord Marshal and/or His Majesty’s Government. These captains will report directly to the Commandant of the Zwein Ezred or, in the absence of one, to the Lord Marshal himself or a designated officer of the Auwn Ezred. The Dres Ezred of Haense is hereby commissioned. The Dres Ezred will be commanded by the Knight Paramount of Haense. It will be composed of the Golden Hussars and any future knightly orders commissioned in Haense. However, soldiers who are knighted within other Ezreds will be able to remain in that Ezred if they so choose. Sodiers of the Auwn Ezred who serve for a minimum of 10 years and achieve the rank of armiger shall be recognized for their efforts and will be considered to receive a farmstead. The farmstead will be given to the soldier’s family for the extent of their life and the lives of their children. Soldiers recognized for this privilege will be chosen at the discretion of their commanding officers and the Lord Marshal. Soldiers will also be equipped with food, weaponry, armor, and housing for the duration of their service as well. The Zwein Ezred is expected to equip their own soldiers. Arrangements can be made with the Lord Marshal to equip soldiers in the Zwein Ezred if found to be necessary. Noble houses who develop quality soldiers will be recognized for those efforts. The maintaining of a healthy retinue and a strong rally will make Houses more likely to receive titular elevations following a royal review. These reviews are conducted at the discretion of the King of Haense and his council and may ask for the division to rally similar numbers presented to them in another battle or at a Royal Demonstration. Exemplary service by noblemen as higher ranking officers in the Auwn Ezred will also be rewarded and taken into consideration during a royal review. The Zwein Ezred shall not be allowed to recruit within the walls of the royal city of Reza. It is the Auwn Ezred, or the Brotherhood of Saint Karl’s, sole right to do this. Auwn Ezred troops may not be enticed in any way to join a retinue after joining the Brotherhood of Saint Karl, nor may lords interfere with Brotherhood recruitment. Should the Lord Marshal also be the patriarch of a noble House, he may not command a retinue as a captain in addition to the military of Haense. He must either enter his soldiers into the First Ezred or nominate another to command the retinue of his House in his stead. A military training camp shall be established on the outskirts of Reza, comprised of tents, obstacle courses, archery ranges, and the likes. The uniforms of each soldier will be armor made by the Brotherhood of Saint Karl. However, the tabard may be designed to display appropriate noble house and knightly symbols that each soldier represents. Signed, HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, King Andrew IV of Hanseti-Ruska, Grand Hetman of the Army, Prince of Bihar, Dules, Ulgaard, Lahy, Sorbesborg and Slesvik, Duke of Carnatia and Videus, Margrave of Rothswald, Count of Graiswald, Karikhov, Baranya, Kvasz, Kavat, Karovia, Kovachgrad, Torun, Turov, and Kaunas, Baron of Rhysburg, Venzia, Esenstadt, Krepost and Kralta, Lord of Alban, Reza, Markev, Lord of the Westfolk, Protector of the Highlanders, etcetera
  10. THE CROWN SITS UPON A CROW 11th of Wzuvar and Byvca, 300 ES Va Birodeo Herzenav e Edlervik, With the passing of the great King Andrik III and the ascension of his son and heir to the throne of Hanseti-Ruska, a coronation shall be held at the dawn of the 300th year of the Sigmundic Calendar for His Royal Majesty King Andrik IV and his Queen-Consort, Maya of Muldav. This ancient Haeseni ceremony will be held within the Basilica of Fifty Virgins, with all the subjects of the Kingdom of Haense cordially invited to witness this most blessed event. The coronation of the King and his consort will be officiated by the Church in the eyes of GOD. The following are cordially invited to the coronation: The Peerage, Gentry, and Subjects of Haense ‡ His Imperial Majesty, Peter III of Oren and his subjects and nobles ‡ His Royal Majesty, King Adrian I of Kaedrin and his subjects and nobles ‡ His Highness, Prince Wilhelm Devereux of Curon and his subjects and nobles May GOD bless His Majesty and the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska for all ages and in perpetuity! ((OOC: The coronation shall be taking place at 4 PM EST this Saturday, December 21st in the Basilica of the Fifty Virgins.)
  11. MASS OF EXALTED SIGISMUND 11th of Joma and Umund, 299 ES WITH THREE HUNDRED YEARS SINCE THE REVELATION OF SIGISMUND NEARING— in the coming saint’s day, a mass will be held within the Basilica Cathedral in honor of Exalted Sigismund with the year of 300 ES approaching. All are welcomed to come and listen to the preaching and readings from the scrolls, and endorse and learn of his greatness. Come celebrate the cultural heritage of the Highlander people and a commemoration with the recitation of the Scroll of Auspice. 1447 - 1747 OOC INFORMATION DATE: Wednesday, December 18th TIME: 5pm EST LOCATION: Basilica of the Fifty Virgins
  12. A Roleplayer’s Guide to Haense Many players have a basic understanding of what Haense is; your typical House Stark-esque Northerner Roleplay or even some sort of Russian hybrid, but let us blow your mind by saying we are much more than what you skim off the surface. Haense is one of Humanity’s longest lasting continuous player bases on this server– having been formulated around the year 1491, which is over 254 years of ingame roleplay (or roughly 5 years of our real life time). It is even longer if you want to calculate the age of the other player bases Haense was originally derived from. Through the amalgamation of several other cultures, Haense would form its own unique and independent identity of which you see present today. This Guide will go into further detail of the livelihoods, history and culture of the Haeseni People and their daily life, in order to give players the ability to further comprehend what exactly a Haeseni is and how they may partake in such endeavours. CONTENTS I. Introduction ➣ What is Haense? ➣ Who Leads Haense? II. How to Roleplay a Haenseman ➣ The Haeseni Mentality ➣ Biharism III. Society ➣ Royalty and Nobility ➣ Gentry, Burghers, and Commoners ➣ Brotherhood of Saint Karl IV. Subcultures of Haense ➣ Raevir ➣ Waldenian ➣ Hansetian V. Haeseni Values ➣ Northern Honor ➣ Tradition VI. New Marian ➣ What is New Marian? VII. Conclusion I. INTRODUCTION What is Haense? The Kingdom of Haense, formally known as the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, is a unitary state ruled under a semi-feudal constitutional monarchy, composed of two crown regions known as Hanseti and Ruska. It is ruled by a single individual known as the king, with his succession being styled in the fashion of Agnatic Primogeniture, meaning that it is typically only the first born male son that inherits the Kingdom. The Kingdom of Haense also serves as the Holy Orenian Empire’s longest continuous standing vassal, with the Imperial and Royal Family intermarrying many times over throughout the iterations of the Empire. Who Leads Haense? If you’ve ever wondered who actually is in charge of Haense, look no further. Haense is a semi-absolute Monarchy with constitutionalist tendencies, with the power mainly being with the King himself and other powers to his Duma (Duma translating roughly into Parliament). At the moment, the King of Haense is a player known as AndrewTech, with his heir being seannie. The current King’s name is Andrik IV, with his father in RP having been Andrik III as they shared the same first names. Aiding these two in the everyday managing of the Kingdom is the King’s Aulic Council, handpicked members of the player base that oversee certain aspects of the nation. Chief over the Aulic Council is the Lord Palatine, a position that is considered as second in command of the Kingdom and serves as the equivalent of a real life Prime Minister. Keep in mind that Haense is dominated by a human centric playerbase, and as such most Haensemen are beholden to the curse humanity experiences due to this server’s lore. Most characters will pass away into the Seven Skies by their eighties, or earlier, making changes in the leadership quite frequent in comparison to other races. So what you see now, may not exactly be the same later on. The following people are those who hold the ability to influence the Kingdom in any capacity; His Imperial Majesty, the Holy Orenian Emperor – Peter Helane | Architecus His Majesty, the King – Andrik Petyr | AndrewTech His Highness, the Crown Prince – Otto Sigismund | seannie His Excellency, the Lord Palatine – Markus Kortrevich | CaptainZenny II. HOW TO ROLEPLAY A HAESENI Haense inhabits the cold plains of Northern Arcas, where temperatures drop far below the norm. As such, it is suggested that players first acclimate their characters to the cold by acquiring skins appropriate for the weather and the likes. This would include furs and other heavy articles of clothing. While the Haeseni are accustomed to the cold weather, they are still human. If you ever struggle to find such skins, simply locate one of the players listed at the bottom of this post– they will have a plethora of appropriate skins for the region Haense inhabits. While patriarchy dominates Haeseni society, waves of liberalism during its lengthy existence has allowed for much more lenient gender rights, with many occasions of political offices and military positions being held by female occupants. Traditionally though, the husband is seen as the income provider of the family, while the wife is the caretaker. In comparison to the other Provinces of the Empire, Haense is considered to be the most lax when it comes to gender discrimination in roleplay. The playerbase of Haense is very cordial OOCly towards newcomers, welcoming people from all walks of life, so while players can roleplay in Haense on their foreign characters, they will nonetheless miss out on some aspects of Haeseni Culture if they do not create a character of northern origins. How to Get Started So, you’ve finally found Haense, but upon reaching it, you have no clue what to get started on. The gates might be closed or there's no one in the City. Worry not though, travellers, many of these issues are easily explainable. If you find the gates closed upon your arrival to New Reza, it’s most likely because they have to be shut because the Kingdom is at War, and we don't really appreciate it when a band of raiders sneak into our City and start disrupting our roleplay. An easy enough solution to fix, simply shout for assistance at the gate, and someone in the center hub of the City will hear you and get help. But what if there’s no response to my cries of help? Well, it’s most likely because you’ve come at an hour when most Haeseni Players aren’t online. The vast majority of Haense are all in the Eastern Standard Time-zone (EST), located along the eastern coastline of North America. So the best time you’ll find someone online will be at around 4pm-9pm with notable exceptions for the weekends. So, now you’ve managed to get inside the City, but you have no clue what to do. If you’re looking for a quick and easy job, find the Crow’s Hearth Tavern and Inn and you’ll be set right up with a job maintaining and selling beverages at the counter there. You can ask almost anyone in town about wanting to apply, and you’ll be sent the right way. Additionally, the Tavern holds many rooms for spending the night in, so if you’ve got the minas, ask a Tavern Keeper about renting a room. If you aren’t all that interested in working in a tavern, you could instead make your way to the Royal Palace, and get in touch with the Grand Lady of the Royal Court, currently Eryane, to be considered a position within the Court as a Servant, Handmaiden, Ladies-in-waiting or Pages. Being part of the retinue of servants is a surefire way to have your name remembered by important players of Haense, as you would be in their constant presence. So if you’re looking to go big in Haense, consider being a part of the Grand Lady’s workforce. What if you’re feeling like you want to swing swords, listen to orders and do drills? Then the Brotherhood of Saint Karl is ready to accept you into its rank. Starting as an Initiate (Naumaan), the Brotherhood provides newcomers with free lodging, arms and armor, payment, rations, military training, and a chance for glory. And if you’re looking to make a name for yourself, the Brotherhood is the easiest way to achieve such. Competent and Loyal Soldiers are extremely valued within Haense, and many times, some of these soldiers even acquire Knighthood for their service after a lengthy amount of time, Knighted personally by the King during a Ceremony. If you’re unable to find a member of the Brotherhood of induct you into the ranks, contact the following members either on forums, leaving a message with someone else, or on discord; Lord Marshal, Otto Sigmar | Pureimp10 | Pureimp#4596 Erwin Barclay | Stillaminiguy | Miniguy15736#6963 Ovin | Erilobar | Erilobar#6916 By then, assuming you’ve spent some few months within Haense, one of the Noble Houses might ask you to make a character and become part of the Nobility of the Kingdom, which is the start of many political careers or other ambitions. Only on rare occasions does a newfound House rise to prominence within Haense, as many players value the current existing ones and the tradition and quality of roleplay they bring to the Kingdom. Here’s some examples on how the most notable members of Haense became part of the playerbase: There are dozens more key figures in this community’s history, but to add them all in would extend this post past several thousand words, so many apologies for those who were not added in. The Haeseni Mentality | Biharism “I would have perished had I not persisted.” The Kingdom of Haense adheres to a political ideology known as Biharism, whose namesake comes from Saint Henry Bihar. Marked down as center right on a standard political spectrum, Biharism advocates for the maintaining of tradition, nationalistic fervour and Pan-Highlanderism. This ideology dominates the political sphere of the Haeseni Government, with nearly all elected offices strictly abiding by its tenets. As a result of this ideological devotion, Haense is a strict advocate of a player’s freedom of political mobility, most well defined in the following Jorenic Rights: “To each freeman is his own life, to take it is to be a thief, To each freeman his own time, to take it is to be a slaver, To each freeman his own sword, to take it is to blind him, To each freeman his own wife, to take it is to injure him, And to each freeman his own farm, to take is to make him no man.” III. SOCIETY Royalty and Nobility Since the establishment of the kingdom, the ruling house of Hanseti-Ruska has been that of House Barbanov. As the royalty of Haense, they are highly respected individuals among the Haeseni community. Alongside the royalty of Haense, there are numerous houses of nobility that hold a similar importance and high regard within Haense. Some of these houses include, according to the peerage of Haense: Alimar, Vyronov, Ludovar, Baruch, Stafyr, Ruthern, Kortrevich, Vanir, and Barclay. These individuals can often be seen about the palace or within their respective manors. At most times, they are also assisting in the running of the Government. The Royal House of Barbanov - Led by King Andrew III of Haense-Ruska | Emenzi The Princely House of Alimar - Led by Grand Prince Otto Sigmar of Muldav | Pureimp10 The Ducal House of Vyronov - Led by Duke Robert Vyronov of Carnatia | legoboy7984 The Noble House of Baruch - Led by Count Sigmar Baruch of Ayr | drew2_dude The Noble House of Stafyr - Led by Count Erich Stafyr of Nenzing | Scourgeoforder The Noble House of Ruthern - Led by Konstantin Ruthern of Metterden | Firecrimson Gentry, Burghers, and Commoners Plenty individuals of Haense, however, are not of the nobility. There is a unique variety of commonors or those of high standing without being born of a noble house. Their importance is all the same, with many jobs for them to do and become such as tavernkeeps, guards, blacksmiths, knights, and so on. If they so wish and put in the effort, governmental positions are available outside of nobility as well. The commoners are the heart of Haense, with their loyalty and strong Haeseni culture. Brotherhood of St. Karl The Brotherhood of St. Karl is the current military force of Haense, working to guard the Haeseni lands and serve as a domestic peacekeeping force. Such a group was founded under the name of St. Karl – who is a strong historical figure amongst Haeseni history. The Brotherhood values strength, courage, and loyalty above all else– alongside unity together in protecting Haense from those who wish to bring harm to it and its people. Those seeking a military experience or a chance of glory are recommended to try joining. Even if they are not the most skilled in combat does not eliminate the chances or opportunities within the Brotherhood of St. Karl. Soldiers looking to become even more involved with the Royal Family have the option of being handpicked into the Marian Retinue, Guards that protect the King and his Family, and are always by his side whenever he is in public. Only the most diligent and competent players that come from the soldier caste will be accepted into this tight knit group of players. IV. SUBCULTURES OF HAENSE Haense has historically incorporated many cultures into its playerbase. These cultures shaped the way Haense is today, imposing their legacy in the form of many aspects, such as how the government and military operates, the Haensic traditional language (Nauvmarian), and many others. Raevir - Also known as Ruskans, denizens of an old Kingdom dating back to Anthos and pre-server history. Raevirs are a mix of Eastern Slavic People, namely the Rus, Rutherns and Novgorodians. As aforementioned, Haense in technicality is a Dual Monarchy, with the King being the Monarch of both the Kingdom of Haense and Ruska. It is the Raevir from which the Haeseni are mostly derived, with the House of Barbanov being descendants of the Imperial House of Carrion, the patriarchs of the Raevir people at its time. Waldenian - during the old formation the City of Siegrad, and the Duchy of Haense, in the days of Athera, the Dukedom bordered the burgeoning state of Aesterwald at the time. From Aesterwald came the Waldenians, a people reminiscent of Central and Northern Germans. These Waldenians immigrated to Haense after Aesterwald was struck by a cataclysm, incorporating themselves into many positions of influence, as well as marrying into the House of Barbanov. These acts would leave a profound effect upon the growing Siegradic people, influencing much of its culture in the forms of; military structuring and a martial culture. Hansetians or “Haeseni” - The primary culture of the Kingdom of Haense. The entirety of the Royal Family and the majority of the Kingdom’s Nobility as well as their accompanying subjects are comprised of these people - hardy folks accustomed to the harsh climates of the far north. Haesenians are an amalgamation of the cultures it has absorbed in the past, it ranges widely from its Raevir Roots to Waldenian Influence. V. HAESENI VALUES Northern Honor These are the aspects that dominate the livelihood of a typical Haeseni person; ● A Haensic man will respect legitimate authority, and remain loyal to their King and Country. ● A man of Haense will know the strength of their sword. They would not kill churlishly, and will only take up arms for a worthy cause. ● When at war, a Haensic man will be the first on the field, and the last to leave it. ● A true Highlander will never abandon a companion though they will honor sacrifice freely given. ● If an enemy were to surrender to a Haensic Man they would respect the honor of their prisoner, treating them properly, never stooping to such lows as torture. ● A Haensic man would never refuse a challenge from an equal. ● A Highlander will suffer death before dishonor. ● An honorable man of the North would protect those under their roofs as guests. Only harming a guest if they directly attempt to harm them or their kin. ● A Haensic man will defend the honor of the Church of the Canon, be god fearing, and respect all of it’s tenants. ● A man of the North shall never break an Oath, lest they be branded an Oathbreaker, and lose all of their honor. ● A Haensic man must not lie, for an honorable man has nothing to hide. ● A man of Haense will champion all that is right, and good against injustice, and the evils of the world. ● A Haensic lord who finds a criminal in their territory will give them a just trial, and punish them himself. ● A man of Haense will respect all women ● A Haensic man will never commit infidelity, staying true to the woman to whom he is wed. Tradition There are numerous customary and traditional events, foods, drinks, and ways of life that the Haeseni people value strongly. A common beverage almost always available at taverns or festivities is Carrion Black– a strong, hard liquor. Alongside this drink is Yopil, which is a mixture of berries and Carrion Black. Nevertheless, traditions and customs are the heart and soul of the Haeseni people. To look for more in-depth traditions, the following link is extremely useful for such endeavors. VI. NEW MARIAN | NAUVMARIAN What is New Marian? - Nauvmarian (New Marian in its own language) is an ancient pre-server history language that has the same relevancy as Latin in our current time. Only recently has the language been ‘revived’, now seeing usage in official Government documents and the likes. Recent Kings of Haense have begun a more in-depth restoration of the language, pushing for it to gain more influence within the playerbase of Haense. As a result, most common greetings and farewells you might hear from Haeseni players will be in Nauvmarian, words like Dravi (Goodbye) and Prevja (Hello) are the most popular. The informal greeting of “Eja” (Hey) can also be frequently seen used amongst the Haeseni. Sons and Daughters are usually seen calling their fathers, Papej, or Pader and their mothers, Mametr, or Mamej. Additionally, most Haeseni players will sport Nauvmarian names along the lines of: Aleksandra, Andrey, Branimar, Sigmar, Elizaveta https://docs.google.com/document/d/12MSwrp1ix-JVzIb3ecuuS1PAHhcWOSRHgMxnMYqPunc/edit?usp=sharing VII. CONCLUSION If you wish to learn more about the Kingdom of Haense and its in-depth culture and lore, this forum page serves as a hub that branches off into most of our documentation regarding such. Never hesitate to ask any questions when integrating yourself into Haense and the culture as well. There are plenty of people around who are willing to help, whether that be the list below of who helped create this guide or anyone around on the Server/Haense discord. The best way to contact someone is by either DMing them in game or over discord once you’ve been added to the Haense server. Written By: seannie, Eryane, AndrewTech, Piov, Disheartened, StillAMiniGuy, and Pureimp10 For all your Haeseni needs, contact the following players, either on the forums of in-game; AndrewTech Eryane Piov Pureimp10 Seannie Erilobar Stillaminiguy Twanvandyke
  13. A Roleplayer’s Guide to Haense Many players have a basic understanding of what Haense is; your typical House Stark-esque Northerner Roleplay or even some sort of Russian hybrid, but let us blow your mind by saying we are much more than what you skim off the surface. Haense is one of Humanity’s longest lasting continuous player bases on this server– having been formulated around the year 1491, which is over 254 years of ingame roleplay (or roughly 5 years of our real life time). It is even longer if you want to calculate the age of the other player bases Haense was originally derived from. Through the amalgamation of several other cultures, Haense would form its own unique and independent identity of which you see present today. This Guide will go into further detail of the livelihoods, history and culture of the Haeseni People and their daily life, in order to give players the ability to further comprehend what exactly a Haeseni is and how they may partake in such endeavours. CONTENTS I. Introduction ➣ What is Haense? ➣ Who Leads Haense? II. How to Roleplay a Haenseman ➣ The Haeseni Mentality ➣ Biharism III. Society ➣ Royalty and Nobility ➣ Gentry, Burghers, and Commoners ➣ Brotherhood of Saint Karl IV. Subcultures of Haense ➣ Raevir ➣ Waldenian ➣ Hansetian V. Haeseni Values ➣ Northern Honor ➣ Tradition VI. New Marian ➣ What is New Marian? VII. Conclusion I. INTRODUCTION What is Haense? The Kingdom of Haense, formally known as the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, is a unitary state ruled under a semi-feudal constitutional monarchy, composed of two crown regions known as Hanseti and Ruska. It is ruled by a single individual known as the king, with his succession being styled in the fashion of Agnatic Primogeniture, meaning that it is typically only the first born male son that inherits the Kingdom. The Kingdom of Haense also serves as the Holy Orenian Empire’s longest continuous standing vassal, with the Imperial and Royal Family intermarrying many times over throughout the iterations of the Empire. Who Leads Haense? If you’ve ever wondered who actually is in charge of Haense, look no further. Haense is a semi-absolute Monarchy with constitutionalist tendencies, with the power mainly being with the King himself and other powers to his Duma (Duma translating roughly into Parliament). At the moment, the King of Haense is a player known as seannie, with his current Regent being Pureimp10, since the King is still a child. Due to the hereditary nature of things within the Kingdom, the King was named after his ancestors, and will become Otto IV when he fully becomes King. Aiding these two in the everyday managing of the Kingdom is the King’s Aulic Council, handpicked members of the player base that oversee certain aspects of the nation. Chief over the Aulic Council is the Lord Palatine, a position that is considered as second in command of the Kingdom and serves as the equivalent of a real life Prime Minister. Keep in mind that Haense is dominated by a human centric playerbase, and as such most Haensemen are beholden to the curse humanity experiences due to this server’s lore. Most characters will pass away into the Seven Skies by their eighties, or earlier, making changes in the leadership quite frequent in comparison to other races. So what you see now, may not exactly be the same later on. The following people are those who hold the ability to influence the Kingdom in any capacity; His Imperial Majesty, the Holy Orenian Emperor – Peter Helane | Architecus His Majesty, the King – Otto Sigismund | seannie His Excellency, the Lord Palatine – Otto Sigmar Barbanov-Alimar | Pureimp10 II. HOW TO ROLEPLAY A HAESENI Haense inhabits the cold plains of Northern Arcas, where temperatures drop far below the norm. As such, it is suggested that players first acclimate their characters to the cold by acquiring skins appropriate for the weather and the likes. This would include furs and other heavy articles of clothing. While the Haeseni are accustomed to the cold weather, they are still human. If you ever struggle to find such skins, simply locate one of the players listed at the bottom of this post– they will have a plethora of appropriate skins for the region Haense inhabits. While patriarchy dominates Haeseni society, waves of liberalism during its lengthy existence has allowed for much more lenient gender rights, with many occasions of political offices and military positions being held by female occupants. Traditionally though, the husband is seen as the income provider of the family, while the wife is the caretaker. In comparison to the other Provinces of the Empire, Haense is considered to be the most lax when it comes to gender discrimination in roleplay. The playerbase of Haense is very cordial OOCly towards newcomers, welcoming people from all walks of life, so while players can roleplay in Haense on their foreign characters, they will nonetheless miss out on some aspects of Haeseni Culture if they do not create a character of northern origins. How to Get Started So, you’ve finally found Haense, but upon reaching it, you have no clue what to get started on. The gates might be closed or there's no one in the City. Worry not though, travellers, many of these issues are easily explainable. If you find the gates closed upon your arrival to New Reza, it’s most likely because they have to be shut because the Kingdom is at War, and we don't really appreciate it when a band of raiders sneak into our City and start disrupting our roleplay. An easy enough solution to fix, simply shout for assistance at the gate, and someone in the center hub of the City will hear you and get help. But what if there’s no response to my cries of help? Well, it’s most likely because you’ve come at an hour when most Haeseni Players aren’t online. The vast majority of Haense are all in the Eastern Standard Time-zone (EST), located along the eastern coastline of North America. So the best time you’ll find someone online will be at around 4pm-9pm with notable exceptions for the weekends. So, now you’ve managed to get inside the City, but you have no clue what to do. If you’re looking for a quick and easy job, find the Crow’s Hearth Tavern and Inn and you’ll be set right up with a job maintaining and selling beverages at the counter there. You can ask almost anyone in town about wanting to apply, and you’ll be sent the right way. Additionally, the Tavern holds many rooms for spending the night in, so if you’ve got the minas, ask a Tavern Keeper about renting a room. If you aren’t all that interested in working in a tavern, you could instead make your way to the Royal Palace, and get in touch with the Grand Lady of the Royal Court, currently vesetta, to be considered a position within the Court as a Servant, Handmaiden, Ladies-in-waiting or Pages. Being part of the retinue of servants is a surefire way to have your name remembered by important players of Haense, as you would be in their constant presence. So if you’re looking to go big in Haense, consider being a part of the Grand Lady’s workforce. What if you’re feeling like you want to swing swords, listen to orders and do drills? Then the Brotherhood of Saint Karl is ready to accept you into its rank. Starting as an Initiate (Naumaan), the Brotherhood provides newcomers with free lodging, arms and armor, payment, rations, military training, and a chance for glory. And if you’re looking to make a name for yourself, the Brotherhood is the easiest way to achieve such. Competent and Loyal Soldiers are extremely valued within Haense, and many times, some of these soldiers even acquire Knighthood for their service after a lengthy amount of time, Knighted personally by the King during a Ceremony. If you’re unable to find a member of the Brotherhood of induct you into the ranks, contact the following members either on forums, leaving a message with someone else, or on discord; Lord Marshal, Erwin Barclay | StillAMiniguy | Miniguy15736#6963 Ovin | Erilobar | Erilobar#6916 By then, assuming you’ve spent some few months within Haense, one of the Noble Houses might ask you to make a character and become part of the Nobility of the Kingdom, which is the start of many political careers or other ambitions. Only on rare occasions does a newfound House rise to prominence within Haense, as many players value the current existing ones and the tradition and quality of roleplay they bring to the Kingdom. Here’s some examples on how the most notable members of Haense became part of the playerbase: There are dozens more key figures in this community’s history, but to add them all in would extend this post past several thousand words, so many apologies for those who were not added in. The Haeseni Mentality | Biharism “I would have perished had I not persisted.” The Kingdom of Haense adheres to a political ideology known as Biharism, whose namesake comes from Saint Henry Bihar. Marked down as center right on a standard political spectrum, Biharism advocates for the maintaining of tradition, nationalistic fervour and Pan-Highlanderism. This ideology dominates the political sphere of the Haeseni Government, with nearly all elected offices strictly abiding by its tenets. As a result of this ideological devotion, Haense is a strict advocate of a player’s freedom of political mobility, most well defined in the following Jorenic Rights: “To each freeman is his own life, to take it is to be a thief, To each freeman his own time, to take it is to be a slaver, To each freeman his own sword, to take it is to blind him, To each freeman his own wife, to take it is to injure him, And to each freeman his own farm, to take is to make him no man.” https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/176508-haeseni-people/ III. SOCIETY Royalty and Nobility Since the establishment of the kingdom, the ruling house of Hanseti-Ruska has been that of House Barbanov. As the royalty of Haense, they are highly respected individuals among the Haeseni community. Alongside the royalty of Haense, there are numerous houses of nobility that hold a similar importance and high regard within Haense. Some of these houses include, according to the peerage of Haense: Alimar, Vyronov, Ludovar, Baruch, Stafyr, Ruthern, Kortrevich, Vanir, and Barclay. These individuals can often be seen about the palace or within their respective manors. At most times, they are also assisting in the running of the Government. The Royal House of Barbanov - Led by King Otto IV of Hanseti-Ruska | seannie The Princely House of Alimar - Led by Grand Prince Otto Sigmar of Muldav | Pureimp10 The Ducal House of Baruch - Led by Duke Petyr Baruch of Valwyck | CaptainHaense The Noble House of Stafyr - Led by Count Alaric Stafyr of Nenzing | Pureimp10 The Noble House of Ruthern - Led by Konstantin Ruthern of Metterden | FireCrimson https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/181230-nobility-of-hanseti-ruska/ Gentry, Burghers, and Commoners Plenty individuals of Haense, however, are not of the nobility. There is a unique variety of commonors or those of high standing without being born of a noble house. Their importance is all the same, with many jobs for them to do and become such as tavernkeeps, guards, blacksmiths, knights, and so on. If they so wish and put in the effort, governmental positions are available outside of nobility as well. The commoners are the heart of Haense, with their loyalty and strong Haeseni culture. https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/184935-the-kingdom-of-hanseti-ruska/ Brotherhood of St. Karl The Brotherhood of St. Karl is the current military force of Haense, working to guard the Haeseni lands and serve as a domestic peacekeeping force. Such a group was founded under the name of St. Karl – who is a strong historical figure amongst Haeseni history. The Brotherhood values strength, courage, and loyalty above all else– alongside unity together in protecting Haense from those who wish to bring harm to it and its people. Those seeking a military experience or a chance of glory are recommended to try joining. Even if they are not the most skilled in combat does not eliminate the chances or opportunities within the Brotherhood of St. Karl. Soldiers looking to become even more involved with the Royal Family have the option of being handpicked into the Marian Retinue, Guards that protect the King and his Family, and are always by his side whenever he is in public. Only the most diligent and competent players that come from the soldier caste will be accepted into this tight knit group of players. https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/184105-brotherhood-of-saint-karl/ IV. SUBCULTURES OF HAENSE Haense has historically incorporated many cultures into its playerbase. These cultures shaped the way Haense is today, imposing their legacy in the form of many aspects, such as how the government and military operates, the Haensic traditional language (Nauvmarian), and many others. Raevir - Also known as Ruskans, denizens of an old Kingdom dating back to Anthos and pre-server history. Raevirs are a mix of Eastern Slavic People, namely the Rus, Rutherns and Novgorodians. As aforementioned, Haense in technicality is a Dual Monarchy, with the King being the Monarch of both the Kingdom of Haense and Ruska. It is the Raevir from which the Haeseni are mostly derived, with the House of Barbanov being descendants of the Imperial House of Carrion, the patriarchs of the Raevir people at its time. Waldenian - during the old formation the City of Siegrad, and the Duchy of Haense, in the days of Athera, the Dukedom bordered the burgeoning state of Aesterwald at the time. From Aesterwald came the Waldenians, a people reminiscent of Central and Northern Germans. These Waldenians immigrated to Haense after Aesterwald was struck by a cataclysm, incorporating themselves into many positions of influence, as well as marrying into the House of Barbanov. These acts would leave a profound effect upon the growing Siegradic people, influencing much of its culture in the forms of; military structuring and a martial culture. Hansetians or “Haeseni” - The primary culture of the Kingdom of Haense. The entirety of the Royal Family and the majority of the Kingdom’s Nobility as well as their accompanying subjects are comprised of these people - hardy folks accustomed to the harsh climates of the far north. Haesenians are an amalgamation of the cultures it has absorbed in the past, it ranges widely from its Raevir Roots to Waldenian Influence. V. HAESENI VALUES Northern Honor These are the aspects that dominate the livelihood of a typical Haeseni person; ● A Haensic man will respect legitimate authority, and remain loyal to their King and Country. ● A man of Haense will know the strength of their sword. They would not kill churlishly, and will only take up arms for a worthy cause. ● When at war, a Haensic man will be the first on the field, and the last to leave it. ● A true Highlander will never abandon a companion though they will honor sacrifice freely given. ● If an enemy were to surrender to a Haensic Man they would respect the honor of their prisoner, treating them properly, never stooping to such lows as torture. ● A Haensic man would never refuse a challenge from an equal. ● A Highlander will suffer death before dishonor. ● An honorable man of the North would protect those under their roofs as guests. Only harming a guest if they directly attempt to harm them or their kin. ● A Haensic man will defend the honor of the Church of the Canon, be god fearing, and respect all of it’s tenants. ● A man of the North shall never break an Oath, lest they be branded an Oathbreaker, and lose all of their honor. ● A Haensic man must not lie, for an honorable man has nothing to hide. ● A man of Haense will champion all that is right, and good against injustice, and the evils of the world. ● A Haensic lord who finds a criminal in their territory will give them a just trial, and punish them himself. ● A man of Haense will respect all women ● A Haensic man will never commit infidelity, staying true to the woman to whom he is wed. Tradition There are numerous customary and traditional events, foods, drinks, and ways of life that the Haeseni people value strongly. A common beverage almost always available at taverns or festivities is Carrion Black– a strong, hard liquor. Alongside this drink is Yopil, which is a mixture of berries and Carrion Black. Nevertheless, traditions and customs are the heart and soul of the Haeseni people. To look for more in-depth traditions, the following link is extremely useful for such endeavors. https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/176508-haeseni-people/ VI. NEW MARIAN | NAUVMARIAN What is New Marian? - Nauvmarian (New Marian in its own language) is an ancient pre-server history language that has the same relevancy as Latin in our current time. Only recently has the language been ‘revived’, now seeing usage in official Government documents and the likes. Recent Kings of Haense have begun a more in-depth restoration of the language, pushing for it to gain more influence within the playerbase of Haense. As a result, most common greetings and farewells you might hear from Haeseni players will be in Nauvmarian, words like Dravi (Goodbye) and Prevja (Hello) are the most popular. The informal greeting of “Eja” (Hey) can also be frequently seen used amongst the Haeseni. Sons and Daughters are usually seen calling their fathers, Papej, or Pader and their mothers, Mametr, or Mamej. Additionally, most Haeseni players will sport Nauvmarian names along the lines of: Aleksandra, Andrey, Branimar, Sigmar, Elizaveta https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/186042-dictionary-and-etymology-of-the-new-marian-language/?tab=comments#comment-1738054 https://docs.google.com/document/d/12MSwrp1ix-JVzIb3ecuuS1PAHhcWOSRHgMxnMYqPunc/edit?usp=sharing VII. CONCLUSION If you wish to learn more about the Kingdom of Haense and its in-depth culture and lore, this forum page serves as a hub that branches off into most of our documentation regarding such. https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/186044-work-directory/ Never hesitate to ask any questions when integrating yourself into Haense and the culture as well. There are plenty of people around who are willing to help, whether that be the list below of who helped create this guide or anyone around on the Server/Haense discord. The best way to contact someone is by either DMing them in game or over discord once you’ve been added to the Haense server. Written By: seannie, Eryane, AndrewTech, Piov, Disheartened, StillAMiniGuy, and Pureimp10 For all your Haeseni needs, contact the following players, either on the forums of in-game; AndrewTech Eryane Piov Pureimp10 Seannie Erilobar StillAMiniguy moosehunter123
  14. THE MARRIAGE FOR KUSORAEV  7th of the Amber Cold, 1745 | 9th of Msitza and Dargund, 298 ES IV JOVEO MAAN, With the unfortunate disappearance of HRH Princess Arianne of Kaedrin, Prince Andrik Peter was left without a fitting match. In this time of strife and conflict, the Crown hereby sees fit to tie two houses, pillars of Barbanov fortitude and regality, in betrothal. The young couple shall marry upon the bride’s sixteenth birthday in 1746. By the terms of betrothal, the Houses of Bihar and Alimar shall be irrevocably tied through the marriage of HRH the Grand Prince of Kusoraev and HH the Baroness of Antioch. The wedding between crows shall be held in the Chapel of St. Sigismund. The prince and princess shall take their vows of marriage before God and countrymen. After the ceremony, a feast shall be held in the Palace Ekaterinburg where guests may pay their congratulations and bestow gifts to the royal couple. ((Wedding shall occur on Sunday, December 15th at 4 PM EST.)) Signed, His Royal Majesty, King Andrew III of Hanseti-Ruska, Grand Hetman of the Army, Prince of Dules, Ulgaard, Lahy, Sorbesborg and Slesvik, Grand Duke of Vanderfell, Margrave of Rothswald, Count of Karikhov, Baranya, Kvasz, Kavat, Karovia, Kovachgrad, Torun, Turov, and Kaunas, Baron of Valwyk, Venzia, Esenstadt, Krepost and Kralta, , Lord of Alban, Reza, Markev, Lord of the Westfolk, Protector of the Highlanders, etcetera His Royal Highness, Prince Andrew Peter, Grand Prince of Kusoraev Her Highness, Princess Maya of Muldav, Baroness of Antioch
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