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  1. Nikolaus observed the once-young squire ascend to the top of the staircase as he entered the seven skies. Upon his arrival, Nikolaus’ ever-stoic visage turned to an at-ease expression as Konrad reunited with his loved ones. “Since your youthful adolescent years of squireship to your young adulthood as you obtained knighthood to and throughout your long life, you have forever and always placed your kin and kingdom before anything else. Never have you forsaken an oath, Never have you forgotten where you originated from, Never have you turned down your responsibilities to any position you put yourself in. For those reasons alone, you stood and will be remembered as a prominent Haeseni patriot who served his nation in every which way. Now Konrad, join me in reuniting with your loved ones as you help guide those you’ve left behind to a state of everlasting peace and prosperity.”
  2. Nikolaus’ smile grew from ear-to-ear as he drew out his hand to assist his dear cousin, Otto to the skies that flew above. “You’ve remained true to your word, Otto - through and till your hundredth name day you remained true to your word; by preserving Haense, defending our family’s honor and safeguarding our blood. Let it be known, your service stands in solidarity among one of Haense’s most distinguished patriots. Come, join me as many await your arrival.” With that, Nikolaus reached over Otto’s slumped shoulders before they joined those that had been awaiting for his arrival. ____ Viktor sat somberly as Otto took his last breath, retelling in his mind the many stories his grandfather had told and the many lessons he had taught. Upon his children’s hurried withdrawal from the room, Viktor sat in silence as he and his grandfather’s hands were left intertwined. “Be at peace, hauchpader - be at peace.”
  3. REVIEW FROM THE HOUSE OF LORDS Concluded on 4 H.F, 1778 On the basis of the Lemonade Legal Reforms of 1776 Reviewed and Re-sent by the House of Commons THE HOUSE OF LORDS FINDS; In favor- Duke Helena: In favor Duke Reinmar: In favor Marquees Korstadt: In favor Count Pompourelia: In favor In abstention- In opposition- Count Rochefort: In opposition Viscount Pruvia-Provins: In opposition UNDECIDED- The members of the House of Lords, vote 4-0-2 in favor of this Bill being given Imperial assent. Signed, HIH The Duke of Helena, His Grace The Duke of Reinmar, The Most Hon. The Marquess of Korstadt, The Rt Hon. The Count of Pompourelia, The Rt Hon. The Count of Rochefort. The Rt Hon. The Viscount of Pruvia-Provins. ____ On the basis of the 2nd Lemonade Legal Reforms of 1776 Reviewed and Re-sent by the House of Commons THE HOUSE OF LORDS FINDS; In favor- Duke Reinmar: In favor Marquees Korstadt: In favor Count Rochefort: In favor In abstention- In opposition- Duke Helena: In opposition Count Pompourelia: In opposition Viscount Pruvia-Provins: In opposition UNDECIDED- The members of the House of Lords, ends in a 3-0-3 tie which leaves the Lords hung on the vote. The bill doesn’t receive our majority approval for passage which inclines us to heedfully consider granting this Bill Imperial Assent. Signed, HIH The Duke of Helena, His Grace The Duke of Reinmar, The Most Hon. The Marquess of Korstadt, The Rt Hon. The Count of Pompourelia, The Rt Hon. The Count of Rochefort. The Rt Hon. The Viscount of Pruvia-Provins. ____ The seventh House of Lords session has adjourned and the incumbent Lord Speaker, the Most Hon. Marquees of Korstadt, sends a missive to the Novellen Palace in deliverance to His Imperial Majesty. @ARCHITECUS “Your Imperial Majesty, The convened host of grandees at the seventh meeting of the House of Lords reviewed the two bills re sent to us by the House of Commons alongside drafting up criteria for Orenian Nobility. For as it stands the House votes in favor of the 1st Lemonade Legal Reforms with a vote of 4-0-2. The House’s vote stands hung for the 2nd Lemonade Legal Reforms with a vote concluding 3-0-3. But, in regards to the criteria drafted up by us Lords, the vote ends 5-0-1 in favor. The House of Lords will convene at a later date to continue our function as the upper house of the Imperial Diet.” Signed, The Most Hon. Viktor Kortrevich, Marquees of Korstadt Lord Speaker of the House of Lords.
  4. NOMINATIONS FROM THE HOUSE OF LORDS Concluded on 2 H.F, 1777 On the nomination of Vyronov obtaining Imperial peerage In petition, patriarch Lord Stefan Vyronov bids his case for Imperial peerage; asking for the ancestral title- the Barony of Astfield in abeyance to be returned to him and his family based on his own merits and his family’s worthiness. THE HOUSE OF LORDS FINDS; In favor- Duke of Reinmar: In favor Marquees of Korstadt: In favor Bishop of Ves: In favor Count of Pompourelia: In favor In abstention- Viscount Pruvia-Provins: In abstention In opposition- Duke of Helena: In opposition Count of Rochefort: In opposition UNDECIDED- The members of the House of Lords, vote 4-1-2 in favor of Lord Stefan Vyronov being granted Imperial peerage under Baronial stature. We find this nomination to be most precise and recommend to His Imperial Majesty that Lord Vyronov and his estate be befitted of this title. Signed, HIH The Duke of Helena, His Grace The Duke of Reinmar, His Grace The Bishop of Ves, The Most Hon. The Marquess of Korstadt, The Rt Hon. The Count of Pompourelia, The Rt Hon. The Count of Rochefort. The Rt Hon. The Viscount of Pruvia-Provins. ____ On the nomination of Ludovar obtaining Imperial peerage In petition, patriarch Lord Fredrick Ludovar bids his case for Imperial peerage; asking for the Comital title- the County of Otistadt in creation to be bestowed to him and his family based on his own merits and his family’s worthiness. THE HOUSE OF LORDS FINDS; In favor- Duke of Helena: In favor Duke of Reinmar: In favor Bishop of Ves: In favor Marquees of Korstadt: In favor Count of Pompourelia: In favor Count of Rochefort: In favor Viscount Pruvia-Provins: In favor In abstention- In opposition- UNDECIDED- The members of the House of Lords, vote 7-0-0 unanimously in favor of Lord Fredrick Ludovar being granted Imperial peerage under Comital stature. We find this nomination to be most precise and recommend to His Imperial Majesty that Lord Ludovar and his estate be befitted of this title. Signed, HIH The Duke of Helena, His Grace The Duke of Reinmar, His Grace The Bishop of Ves, The Most Hon. The Marquess of Korstadt, The Rt Hon. The Count of Pompourelia, The Rt Hon. The Count of Rochefort. The Rt Hon. The Viscount of Pruvia-Provins. ____ On the nomination of O’Rourke obtaining Imperial peerage In petition, patriarch Lord Oisin O’Rourke bids his case for Imperial peerage; asking for the ancestral title- the County of Halstaig in abeyance to be returned to him and his family based on his own merits and his family’s worthiness. THE HOUSE OF LORDS FINDS; In favor- Duke of Helena: In favor Duke of Reinmar: In favor Bishop of Ves: In favor Marquees of Korstadt: In favor Count of Pompourelia: In favor Count of Rochefort: In favor Viscount Pruvia-Provins: In favor In abstention- In opposition- UNDECIDED- The members of the House of Lords, vote 7-0-0 unanimously in favor of Lord Oisin O’Rourke being granted Imperial peerage under Comital stature. We find this nomination to be most precise and recommend to His Imperial Majesty that Lord O’Rourke and his estate be befitted of this title. Signed, HIH The Duke of Helena, His Grace The Duke of Reinmar, His Grace The Bishop of Ves, The Most Hon. The Marquess of Korstadt, The Rt Hon. The Count of Pompourelia, The Rt Hon. The Count of Rochefort. The Rt Hon. The Viscount of Pruvia-Provins. ____ The sixth House of Lords session has adjourned and the incumbent Lord Speaker, the Most Hon. Marquees of Korstadt, sends a missive to the Novellen Palace in deliverance to His Imperial Majesty. @ARCHITECUS “Your Imperial Majesty, The convened host of grandees at the sixth meeting of the House of Lords discussed three nominations for Imperial peerage; for as it stands the House votes in favor of all three being given Imperial assent and being granted the title(s) they duly requested. Vyronov ends in a vote 4-1-2 in favor, Ludovar ends in a vote 7-0-0 in favor, and O’Rourke ends in a vote 7-0-0 in favor. We the members of this most august body duly request all our nominations to be confirmed by the Crown for they are all deserving based on their own merits. The House of Lords will convene at a later date to continue our function as the upper house of the Imperial Diet.” Signed, The Most Hon. Viktor Kortrevich, Marquees of Korstadt Lord Speaker of the House of Lords.
  5. VOTES FROM THE HOUSE OF LORDS Concluded on 3 O.F, 1777 On the basis of the 2nd Lemonade Legal Reforms of 1776 Passed by majority vote through the House of Commons THE HOUSE OF LORDS FINDS; Amended Form- “Section 410.021 Shall be amended to clarify that the Ministry of War shall be the higher authority in commissioning and decommissioning the militias.” In favor- Duke of Helena: In favor Count of Pompourelia: In favor Viscount Pruvia: In favor In abstention- In opposition- Duke of Reinmar: In opposition Bishop of Ves: In opposition Marquees of Korstadt: In opposition Count of Rochefort: In opposition UNDECIDED- The members of the House of Lords, vote 3-0-4 in opposition of this bill being given Imperial assent. We find the authority is left so vague along with the concerns below. The Bill is sent back to the Commons to amend these concerns. LIST OF CONCERNS: ‘In section 410.021, The bill states that a militia may only be formed with the permission of the Ministry of War /or/ the Provincial government.’ ‘Giving two individual bodies the right to authorize the creation of a militia could create discourse between the two.’ ‘Unusual that the authority is left so vague.’ ‘The authority should not be left vague between the Ministry of War and Provincial Governments.’ Regarding cohesion of forming militias. Should the HRA be unable to defend Reza, I should hope that the Provincial Government is permitted to raise a militia for defense of the city without having to wait on the Secretary of War.’ ‘The ability of the provinces to legally compensate.’ Signed, HIH The Duke of Helena, His Grace The Duke of Reinmar, His Grace The Bishop of Ves, The Most Hon. The Marquess of Korstadt, The Rt Hon. The Count of Pompourelia, The Rt Hon. The Count of Rochefort. The Rt Hon. The Viscount of Pruvia-Provins. ____ On the basis of the 3rd Lemonade Legal Reforms of 1777 Passed by majority vote through the House of Commons THE HOUSE OF LORDS FINDS; In favor- Duke of Helena: In favor Duke of Reinmar: In favor Bishop of Ves: In favor Marquees of Korstadt: In favor Count of Pompourelia: In favor Count of Rochefort: In favor In abstain- In opposition- Viscount of Pruvia-Provins: In opposition UNDECIDED- The members of the House of Lords, vote 6-0-1 in favor of this Bill being given Imperial assent. We the lords of the august body find the majority vote found by the members of the Commons to be most precise. Signed, HIH The Duke of Helena, His Grace The Duke of Reinmar, His Grace The Bishop of Ves, The Most Hon. The Marquess of Korstadt, The Rt Hon. The Count of Pompourelia, The Rt Hon. The Count of Rochefort. The Rt Hon. The Viscount of Pruvia-Provins. ____ The fifth House of Lords session has adjourned and the incumbent Lord Speaker, the Most Hon. Marquees of Korstadt, sends a missive to the Novellen Palace in deliverance to His Imperial Majesty. @ARCHITECUS “Your Imperial Majesty, The convened host of grandees at the fifth meeting of the House of Lords deemed the 2nd Lemonade Legal Reforms Bill of 1776 unfit for Imperial assent. We find by a 4-3 majority, Duke Helena’s proposed amendment inadequate. As a request, we’ve sent the Bill back to the Commons to review and reform based on our proposed concerns that can be found at the end of the Amended Bill’s vote. On the other hand, we vote by a 6-1 majority to find the 3rd Lemonade Legal Reforms Bill of 1777 fit for Imperial Assent. The House of Lords will convene at a later date to continue our function as the upper house of the Imperial Diet.” Signed, The Most Hon. Viktor Kortrevich, Marquees of Korstadt Lord Speaker of the House of Lords.
  6. Eirik Baruch learns of Sofiya’s death a handful of days after she was found upon the shores of Valwyck. Eirik took the news well as he found joy in knowing she had finally been rid from this world. Soon after the revelation was made he and his brother, Sigmar rose a drink to celebrate the joyous occasion. ”I can rest well tonight knowing she is finally rotting in the void where she belongs.”
  7. REVIEW FROM THE HOUSE OF LORDS Concluded on 3 H.F, 1776 On the basis of the Protecting Our Veterans Act of 1775 Passed by majority vote through the House of Commons THE HOUSE OF LORDS FINDS; In favor- Duke of Helena: In favor Duke of Reinmar: In favor Bishop of Ves: In favor Marquees of Korstadt: In favor Count of Pompourelia: In favor In abstention- In opposition- UNDECIDED- Count of Rochefort: Viscount of Pruvia-Provins: The members of the House of Lords, vote 5-0-0 in favor of this bill being given Imperial Assent. With that being said, we do wish to see additional aid given for the treatment of the injured after service along with the urge that our lower house explore additional pensions. Signed, HIH The Duke of Helena, His Grace The Duke of Reinmar, His Grace The Bishop of Ves, The Most Hon. The Marquess of Korstadt, The Rt Hon. The Count of Pompourelia. ____ On the basis of the Imperial Parks Act of 1775 Passed by majority vote through the House of Commons THE HOUSE OF LORDS FINDS; In favor- In abstain- In opposition- Duke of Helena: In opposition Duke of Reinmar: In opposition Bishop of Ves: In opposition Marquees of Korstadt: In opposition Count of Pompourelia: In opposition UNDECIDED- Count of Rochefort: Viscount of Pruvia-Provins: The members of the House of Lords, vote 0-0-5 in opposition of this bill being given Imperial Assent. Following our vote, we are in staunch opposition to its passage, we ask what business is it of the Foreign Secretary to designate Imperial Parks? Why exactly are the definitions awfully vague, the land must merely be unique and be able to be protected, for it to be seized. And for what reason does the Secretary of the Interior himself have the power to depopulate a swathe of land. Although this Bill has received majority vote through the Commons we do not suggest in its current form for passage. Other matters are of a higher importance. Signed, HIH The Duke of Helena, His Grace The Duke of Reinmar, His Grace The Bishop of Ves, The Most Hon. The Marquess of Korstadt, The Rt Hon. The Count of Pompourelia. ____ On the declaration from the Imperial Diet Passed unanimously through the House of Commons THE HOUSE OF LORDS FINDS; In favor- Duke of Helena: In favor Duke of Reinmar: In favor Marquees of Korstadt: In favor Count of Pompourelia: In favor In abstain- In opposition- UNDECIDED- Bishop of Ves: Count of Rochefort: Viscount of Pruvia-Provins: The members of the House of Lords, vote 4-0-0 in favor of this bill being given Imperial Assent. The convened host of lords and absent lords alike find this Declaration by the Diet to be most precise. Signed, HIH The Duke of Helena, His Grace The Duke of Reinmar, The Most Hon. The Marquess of Korstadt, The Rt Hon. The Count of Pompourelia. ____ The fourth House of Lords session has adjourned and the incumbent Lord Speaker, the Most Hon. Marquees of Korstadt, sends a missive to the Novellen Palace in deliverance to His Imperial Majesty. @ARCHITECUS “Your Imperial Majesty, The convened host of grandees and those absent at the fourth meeting of the House of Lords deem the Protecting Our Veteren’s Act to be fit for Imperial Assent. While on the contrary, we don’t find the Imperial Parks Act to be suited for Imperial assent; given the vague language expressed, abuse of power possibility among why it is the Foreign Secretary’s business to designate Imperial parks. Finally, the declaration made by the Diet receives our unwavering support. The House of Lords will convene at a later date to continue our function as the upper house of the Imperial Diet.” Signed, The Most Hon. Viktor Kortrevich, Marquees of Korstadt Lord Speaker of the House of Lords.
  8. OPINION OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS Concluded on 3 O.W, 1776 On the basis of the Impeachment Amendment Bill of 1775 Passed by majority vote through the House of Commons THE HOUSE OF LORDS FINDS; In favor- Duke of Helena: In favor Duke of Reinmar: In favor Duke of Valwyck: In favor Bishop of Ves: In favor Marquees of Korstadt: In favor Count of Rochefort: In favor In abstention- In opposition- Viscount Pruvia-Provins: In opposition UNDECIDED- The members of the House of Lords, vote 6-0-1 in favor of this bill being given Imperial Assent. Although, we do wish to see a full and defined impeachment process in legislation along with the motion to ensure that all ministers remain bipartisan; forever and always during their time in office. Signed, HIH The Duke of Helena, His Grace The Duke of Reinmar, His Grace, The Duke of Valwyck His Grace The Bishop of Ves, The Most Hon. The Marquess of Korstadt, The Rt. Hon. The Count of Rochefort, The Rt Hon. The Viscount of Pruvia-Provins. ____ On the basis of the Lemonade Legal Reforms of 1776 Passed by majority vote through the House of Commons THE HOUSE OF LORDS FINDS; Unamended Section I In favor- Duke of Helena: In favor Duke of Reinmar: In favor Duke of Valwyck: In favor Bishop of Ves: In favor Marquees of Korstadt: In favor Viscount Pruvia-Provins: In favor Count of Rochefort: In favor In abstain- In opposition- UNDECIDED- Amended Section II - ‘To consider sons, and then brothers, and then - then shall it be permitted to consider daughters.’ In favor- Duke of Helena: In favor Bishop of Ves: In favor Viscount Pruvia-Provins: In favor Count of Rochefort: In favor In abstain- In opposition- Duke of Reinmar: In opposition Duke of Valwyck: In opposition Marquees of Korstadt: In opposition UNDECIDED- The members of the House of Lords vote 7-0-0 in favor of Section I of the Bill being given Imperial assent and vote 4-0-3 in favor of Duke Helena’s proposed amended Section II being given Imperial assent. Signed, HIH The Duke of Helena, His Grace The Duke of Reinmar, His Grace The Duke of Valwyck, His Grace The Bishop of Ves, The Most Hon. The Marquess of Korstadt, The Rt. Hon. The Count of Rochefort, The Rt Hon. The Viscount of Pruvia-Provins. ____ The second House of Lords session has adjourned and the incumbent Lord Speaker, the Most Hon. Marquees of Korstadt, sends a missive to the Novellen Palace in deliverance to His Imperial Majesty. @ARCHITECUS “Your Imperial Majesty, The convened host of grandees and those absent at the second meeting of the House of Lords deem the Impeachment Amendment to be fit for Imperial Assent while the House of Lords vote in in favor of the Amended Section II of the Lemonade Legal Reforms Bill. The House of Lords will convene at a later date to continue our function as the upper house of the Imperial Diet.” Signed, The Most Hon. Viktor Kortrevich, Marquees of Korstadt Lord Speaker of the House of Lords.
  9. RESOLUTION OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS Concluded on 3 S.S, 1775 Urgent Resolution on the Prosecution of War BE IT RESOLVED; That this House would stress its unequivocal support in the prosecution of war against the states of Morsgrad, Sutica, Urguan, Vanmark, and whichever companies fight beneath these banners by the Ministry and armed forces; That this House rebukes the malignant attempts by Our enemies to divide Our country in twain, recognizing that there is but One Empire, to make war upon which is to make war upon all; That this House stresses unequivocally the unity of the Orenian peerage, clergy, and commons in the prosecution of the aforementioned war. Signed, HIH The Duke of Helena, His Grace The Duke of Reinmar, His Grace The Bishop of Ves, The Most Hon. The Marquess of Korstadt, The Most Hon. The Marquess of Vasiland, The Rt Hon. The Count of Rochefort. The Rt Hon. The Viscount of Pruvia-Provins.
  10. VOL. 1 EDITION. 13 Baruch & Kortrevich Publishing Three Minas per Edition Available in Nauvmarian THE GOLDEN CROW CHRONICLES New Reza, Haense Tov and Yermey, 325 E.S. | Sun’s Smile, 1772 8 pages Written by: Viktor Kortrevich & Sigmar Baruch Published by: B&K Publishing Pg. 1 ROYAL COUNCIL REFORMS ‘EDICT OF REFORM’ Haeseni Coat of Arms The Hereditary Semi-Absolute Monarchy that is the composed government in the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska has powers ranging from the Crown Absolute to the Aulic Council through to the Royal Duma halls and in and throughout the city at large. His Majesty, King Sigismund and his Aulic Councillors comprised a Royal Reform that was desired by the many. This Royal Reform sought to reconstruct the Aulic Council or otherwise known as the Privy Council, which is tasked with the efficient governance and prosperous maintenance of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. In a decree labeled, ‘Royal Decree of Council Reform, 323 E.S.’ The edict formally recognizes the Palatine, the Speaker of the Duma, the Marshal, the Seneschal, the High Justicar, The Minister of the Treasury, the Eye of Karov and the Royal Curator with permanent seats. Throughout this decree which was made public knowledge outlines the duties and obligations of each position and the powers and rights of said position. Overall, this edict of reform reconstructed the then outdated Aulic Council and will hopefully see change in regards to how the government is run. We the writers at B&K Publishing seek to recommend that you Our readers read more in depth the edict at hand for a more thorough account of what specifically is outlined and changed. For a more thorough analysis of the reforms, please refer to the documentation labeled ‘Royal Decree of Council Reform, 323 ES’ *Excerpted from ‘Royal Decree of Council Reform, 323 ES’ documentation <link> Written by: Sigmar Baruch Pg. 2 ADVERTISEMENT “WE NEED YOU! ENLIST NOW!” New Reza, Haense A depiction of an oathing ceremony taking place in front of the statue of St. Karl Your Kingdom entices you to enlist yourself into the Haeseni Royal Army! Serve your liege lord through the light of God, May you defend your country at the side of your brethren and sistren. Enlist now where you may rise to the occasion and take up arms against the adversaries who seek to bombard the very walls we reside behind! Stand now and bring oneself to the commissioned officers of the HRA where you may bear the colors of Black & Gold and serve your homeland with the utmost amount of honor and prestige. Join now and fight alongside the most well-trained soldiers, the Haeseni Royal Army has amongst its ranks. With the Scyfling tribesmen on our shores, Our Lord Marshal and Our King encourages you, Our reader to fill out the enlistment forms and take up arms against those who seek to cause us harm! “A man or woman who dons the cloaks of Haeseni embroidery is a man or woman who will rise to the occasion and confront those who wish to provoke our country with great harm!” -Lord Marshal Otto Kortrevich, 1715 * Message Miniguy15736#6963 over Discord for more information! * Paid for by the Haeseni Royal Army Pg. 3 AN ADDRESS FROM OUR PALATINE ‘THE SCYFLING ADDRESS’ The Coat of Arms of Valwyck Our Palatine, Lord Petyr Baruch issued a statement regarding the Scyfling threat along the Haeseni coastlines to the public eye earlier last year which stated that we as a greater populace are ‘far from lost’. From the eastern reaches of Vasiland to the peak of Fort Buck to the northern stronghold of Valwyck to our northern neighbors of Metterden, we as a Kingdom will prevail and venture out victorious. It is the duty of any Haeseni born to defend their homeland and this has been shown since the Scfylings arrived alongside our coasts. The Baruch, Ruthern and Vanir households have remained stalwart and everlasting throughout evercontiuning barrage of their own homes. Our military has maintained a prevalent presence throughout these troubling times and have continued to instill Haeseni spirit and pride. ‘Only together can we overcome this dangerous peril we find ourselves in today, only together can we give meaning to the lives of those brave men and women who have fallen in our stead. Together, we will fight them with the combined strength of the Royal Army, the Hounds, and the peerage of His Majesty. Together, we will struggle in grueling defense of our motherland, every castle, every road, every port and every fort will prove increasingly more difficult for the pagans to capture from our holy grasp. Only together can this be achieved. We would have perished had we not persisted!’ <link> Written by: Viktor Kortrevich Pg. 4 ADVERTISEMENT “BUZZING TO A CITY NEAR YOU” Greyspine I, New Reza A rendering of the Baruch’s Bee’s storefront Do you enjoy a delectable taste of sweet honey? Are you looking to indulge on other bee-related products at your next family dinner? If so, stop on by to Baruch’s Bees which is located near the forefront of the city! Baruch’s Bee’s is partnered with Vorion Sturmholm’s Glorious Goods. This fine new establishment is endorsed by Our very own Terrence May who personally finds these goods to be the finest the realm has ever seen! Lady Sofiya Baruch runs this new business, so if you have any questions feel free to stop on by and ask at your own leisure! * Message Juli#9597 over Discord for more information! * Paid for by Sofiya Baruch Pg. 5 REZA SEES A NEW BISHOP Coat of Arms of High Pontiff Johannes I The Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska and therefore the populace of the City of New Reza are devout followers of the Canonist Faith. The Church of the Canon is taught that the Creator, or more commonly referred to as GOD, has bestowed four Holy Scrolls upon humanity through four different Prophets, which would guide them to spiritual salvation and afterlife in the Seven Skies. For you Our readers who are devout followers of the Canonist faith we wish to keep you duly informed on changes to the Church of Canon. Most recently, a new Bishop of New Reza was selected under the Bishopric of Petrovic. May it be your next visit to the Church for Holy prayer, the new Bishop of New Reza will be the Bishop to guide you under God’s most holy light. Written by: Sigmar Baruch Pg. 6 ADVERTISEMENT “PROPERTY AVAILABLE, CONTACT A STEWARD” New Reza, Haense A rendering of the market stalls outside the city Do you have wares you’re looking to sell? Are you an aspiring business owner but are short on mina to purchase a proper store-front? No need to fret any longer for you yourself can rent a market stall of your choosing outside the city walls! These stalls are in a prime locality as this district is right on the path into the city! If you’re interested, head into the city and contact a local steward to get you and your business set-up in no time! * Contact a steward at #steward-hosue-requests over Discord for more information! * Paid for by the City of New Reza Pg. 7 GENERAL ELECTIONS OF 1771 The Coat of Arms of New Reza With the General Elections in New Reza coming to a close, we the writers at Baruch & Kortrevich Publishing wish to congratulate all of the candidates for their tenacious effort to better our great nation. We, the writers at Baruch & Kortrevich Publishing, congratulate the recently elected Maer Demetrius Ruthern’s tenure in office - time will tell if he was the correct choice for The Kingdom of Haense. Along With the newly elected Maer of Reza, we congratulate newly re-elected Alderman Osvald Barclay and Tribune Ionian Mackenson. Again, we congratulate those who were elected and wish to express our sincerest gratitude to all those who ran for election. <link> Written by: Viktor Kortrevich Pg. 8 HISTORICAL FIGURE OF THE YEAR Lerald Vyronov Lord Palatine of Haense Duke of Carnatia A mural of Lerald Vyronov circa. 1730 Lerald Vyronov was a Haeseni nobleman and the Duke of Carnatia, serving as Lord Palatine from 1720 till his death in 1732. Lerald belonged to an ancient though relatively minor Haeseni aristocratic family, and though his clan was usually overshadowed by the elder Karovic clans, he became a leading Feudalist in the Duma, and became one of the spokesmen for the preservation of ancient noble rights. In 1718 the War of the Two Emperors was escalating and Leopold Stafyr, who was Lord Palatine of Haense and had appointed Lerald as his Palatine Aspirant, would die defending his fief against a raiding party. Defying all expectations, King Marius II named Prince Georg Alimar the new Lord Palatine and instead asked Lerald to become Lord Speaker of the Duma. After a tense discussion with King Marius II, Lerald walked out of the court in anger. Although a few hours later he would send a letter to Prince Georg, accepting the role of Lord Speaker. In a tragic turn of events, King Marius II was assassinated one saint’s day after the events at court by a disgruntled royal bastard and Prince Georg was declared regent for Marius’ young son Andrik. Merely a saint’s week later Prince Georg, his brother Prince Godfric and Lerald’s brother Ulric were captured by Renatus’ Dragon Knights. Both Princes were quickly killed, while Ulric miraculously survived. By convention the jurisdiction of the realm then befell on Lerald. After taking over the regency in 1720, Lerald subsequently served as Lord Speaker for four years until naming the young prodigy Konrad Stafyr Lord Speaker. It was during these late stages of the War of the Two Emperors that Lerald led the negotiations to end the war and save the war exhausted realm. These negotiations culminated into the Treaty of Leuven (1721), which ended the war whilst ceding southern territory to the heartlander estates. After King Andrik III was crowned in the year 1724, Lerald continued serving him as Lord Palatine. He saw moderate success in rebuilding the war exhausted realm, including a sizable regrowth of the army. His tenure also coincided with a regrowth of Haeseni scholarism and literacy, and by the peak of his career the kingdom held the highest literacy rate and population growth as according to the imperial censuses. For his service to the realm, Lerald was named the Duke of Carnatia in 1728. It was not long after this that rumors started to spread about the so-called ‘Vyronov Conspiracy’. According to these rumors, Lerald was involved in the murder of King Marius II, Prince Georg and Prince Godfric and manipulated the young King Andrik during his regency. It was during this time that Lerald became increasingly paranoid and avoidant of public appearances. In 1732 he contracted a mysterious illness and died after a short sickbed. ((*Excerpted from the mind of Flapman)) @Flapman Editor's Note: In Regards to the Final Edition. We the writers at B&K Publishing wish to thoroughly commend our readers for their continued praise for Our esteemed state newspaper of the Golden Crow Chronicles. This edition will be the final edition published for the foreseeable future by our publishing office. Both my colleague Sigmar and I have appreciated the honor of writing this newspaper for the Haeseni populace for nearly fifteen years, but being the sole writers of this paper has taken a toll on our passion for it, leaving us burnt out for the time being. Due to this, our thirteenth and final edition has been published for you Our readers to read for a final time. Lord Viktor Kortrevich, KML Lord Sigmar Baruch, HKML This concludes Edition 13 of the The Golden Crow Chronicles.
  11. VOL. 1 EDITION. 11 Baruch & Kortrevich Publishing Three Minas per Edition Available in Nauvmarian THE GOLDEN CROW CHRONICLES New Reza, Haense Tov and Yermey, 322 E.S. | Sun’s Smile, 1769 10 pages Written by: Viktor Kortrevich & Sigmar Baruch Published by: B&K Publishing Pg. 1 RUTHERN - BARCLAY - MACKENSON WIN RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN WHAT WILL COME? The Coat of Arms of New Reza Due to an error in last year’s edition, the results of the 1767 General Elections were mistakenly not included. The publishing office at B&K Publishing takes complete fault in this error and will prevent this type of fallacy happening in future editions. With this being stated, Maer Tatyana Ruthern won re-election, Ser Osvald Barclay won re-election for his seat as Alderman and, Ionian Mackenson won re-election for his seat as Tribune. My colleague, Sigmar and I will keep a tentative eye on the tenure of each of the newly re-elected political officials. continued... Pg. 2 ROYAL DUMA SUSPENDED FOR HOW LONG? Earlier this year the incumbent Lady Speaker, Marya Kortrevich released a decree from the Lady Herzen’s office issuing for the Duma to be suspended indefinitely until the focus on the Scyfling invasion had passed. This decision prompted some stirred distress amongst some of the Lords of the Duma, although most all of the Lords who were initially opposed to the decision came to a common consensus that this decision was made in the best interests of the Kingdom. For a more thorough understanding of the contents of said decree, please take a look at the document labeled ‘Suspension of the Royal Duma, 1769’ <link> Written by: Viktor Kortrevich Pg. 3 ADVERTISEMENT “WE NEED YOU! ENLIST NOW!” New Reza, Haense A depiction of an oathing ceremony taking place in front of the statue of St. Karl Your Kingdom entices you to enlist yourself into the Haeseni Royal Army! Serve your liege lord through the light of God, May you defend your country at the side of your brethren and sistren. Enlist now where you may rise to the occasion and take up arms against the adversaries who seek to bombard the very walls we reside behind! Stand now and bring oneself to the commissioned officers of the HRA where you may bear the colors of Black & Gold and serve your homeland with the utmost amount of honor and prestige. Join now and fight alongside the most well-trained soldiers, the Haeseni Royal Army has amongst its ranks. With the Scyfling tribesmen on our shores, Our Lord Marshal and Our King encourages you, Our reader to fill out the enlistment forms and take up arms against those who seek to cause us harm! “A man or woman who dons the cloaks of Haeseni embroidery is a man or woman who will rise to the occasion and confront those who wish to provoke our country with great harm!” -Lord Marshal Otto Kortrevich, 1715 * Message Miniguy15736#6963 over Discord for more information! * Paid for by the Haeseni Royal Army Pg. 4 JOSEPHITE NATIONAL CONVENTION OF 1768 The Josephite Sigil Josephites all around the Empire came to New Reza to take part in the National Convention. Last election year, the Everardines held their convention in New Reza, this year the Josephites brought their group to town. In the event they went over their party platform, unveiled their list for the House of Commons, and attempted to show that they can be for the common man too. We wish the Josephites and the Everardines the best of luck in the election, as by the time this paper comes out, the results will likely already be announced. <link> Written by: Viktor Kortrevich Pg. 5 ADVERTISEMENT “BUY AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR A LOW LOW COST” Are you a business owner in Haense? ...and are you looking for more business in your small firm? If so, worry not as the Golden Crow Chronicles offers low low prices for an advertisement in our yearly publishing! Seek the authors at B&K Publishing for more information regarding our pricing plans! * Message Drew#7225 over Discord for more information! * Message Dale#4231 over Discord for more information! * Paid for by B&K Publishing Pg. 6 ROYAL ACADEMY REFORMS St. Catherine Academy, New Reza A watercoloring of the front of the Academy The Royal Academy of Saint Catherine was originally instituted by the Late Queen Maya of Muldav, although since her untimely death the Academy has unfortunately fallen to a state of disuse. Former Headmaster Armande de Falstaff has made great strides in reforming classes to an amicable state of use but has recently occupied himself in other affairs. Since Armande’s step away from the Academy, the Queen and the two Royal Triplets, Alexandria and Princess Amelya have joined together to conjoin their efforts in revitalizing The Academy to its former stature. In the past couple of years, the Academy has undergone a massive overhaul that has been and will continue to be managed by Princesses, Alexandria and Amelya Barbanov. For more information regarding these reforms that are to come by the time this publishing has been released, we the writers at B&K Publishing recommend you read the reform decree that was released. <link> Written by: Sigmar Baruch Pg. 7 ADVERTISEMENT “BUY AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR A LOW LOW COST” Are you a business owner in Haense? ...and are you looking for more business in your small firm? If so, worry not as the Golden Crow Chronicles offers low low prices for an advertisement in our yearly publishing! Seek the authors at B&K Publishing for more information regarding our pricing plans! * Message Drew#7225 over Discord for more information! * Message Dale#4231 over Discord for more information! * Paid for by B&K Publishing Pg. 8 VALWYCK FACES SEA INVASION HRA DEFENDS HAESENI SOIL Valstadt Castle, Valwyck The Baruch Stronghold under Siege The beginning of the Scyffling invasion was felt by Haense this year, especially to those who reside on the Northern coast. Duke Petyr Baruch and his family, including myself, along with other brave volunteers helped defend Castle Valstadt in the Siege of Valwyck from the Scyffling invaders. The brave defenders held off the Scyfflings until reinforcements could arrive, as the Haeseni Royal Army was preoccupied with another front of the invasion at the time the siege started. We thank all the brave men and women who fought to save Valwyck and the northern coast. continued… Pg. 9 VASILAND FALLS TO INVASION VANIR HOUSEHOLD SEEKS REFUGE Serpenstone, Vasiland The Vanir Stronghold under Siege After a few days passed, there was another attempt to take Haeseni keeps as the scyfflings caught our army and defense off guard, striking south instead of north. The Haeseni Royal Army and many defenders rushed south to protect the southern coast with House Vanir, but it was to no avail. After hours of fighting, first on boats, then on land, Vasiland would end up falling into the hands of the Scyfflings. The brave Haeseni fought off the attacks for hours inside the keep before being overwhelmed. Many of House Vanir have been captured or killed, others in refuge as they’ve lost their home. We pray for those we’ve lost and for those that have been injured. Below are a few of those who’ve lost their lives to these savages, we will keep the defenders of Haense in our prayers as they fight off the wretched savages. Written by: Sigmar Baruch — REQUIESCAT IN PACE KAROLINA BARCLAY 1752 - 1768 REQUIESCAT IN PACE ARIANNE HELVETS 1729 - 1768 — IN MEMORIAM TO THE FALLEN HRA SOLDIERS The Haeseni Royal Army off the coasts of Valwyck Written by: Sigmar Baruch <link> <link> <link> Pg. 10 HISTORICAL FIGURE OF THE YEAR Josef Baldemar A mural of Josef Baldemar, circa. 1640 Josef Baldemar, later known as High Pontiff Everard IV, was a clergyman from Alban. In his early life, he worked as a baker before his calling to the priesthood. He was ordained in Johannesburg in 1578 and served in the Canonist Church as a monastic. He then ventured onto a spiritual retreat in 1599, a journey that spanned nearly fifteen years, before returning to the North in 1614. By that period, successive wars such as the Axionite Coalition War and the Great Northern War had beleaguered Haense from its swaths of land in the North into a confined capital just beyond the Greyspine Mountains. Father Josef tended to the sick and served as a diocesan priest of Jorenus. He was the rector of the Church of Saints Karl and Otto, serving the community through confession, holding mass, and giving bread to the common people. He was often found in the Alban square, holding daily sermons and stressed upon his own theological movement, Benevolence Theology. Baldemar taught that every sentient soul had a capacity of salvation and that each being was predestined for the Skies since all of Creation derives from God. He was soon pushed into the politics of the Church and became a candidate to succeed Archbishop Cyril to oversee the Archdiocese of Jorenus. In 1620, High Pontiff Clement II visited Alban seeking to promote evangelization in the North. Father Josef became a plausible candidate for the episcopate and was soon elevated as Archbishop of Jorenus in 1622. Shortly thereafter, Clement II had suddenly died after reports from the monks at Mount St. Humbert that he asphyxiated when a grape was lodged in his windpipe. The bishops were thus summoned to the chapel in Ponce after word of the High Pontiff’s death had circulated among the clergy. As a leading voice in theology and in steadfastness to the new evangelization of Benevolence Theology, the Pontifical Synod of 1622 was a quick deliberation. After only the first ballot, the synod had unanimously elected Josef Baldemar as the new occupant of the Pontificate, taking the name Everard IV. High Pontiff Everard IV went on to serve twenty-one years in the holy office, serving in one of the most turbulent periods of the last century. One of the most prolific writers in Church history, Josef Baldemar wrote a numerous volume of encyclicals outlining his teachings on the human family, heresy, virtue, and divine wisdom. He presided over apostasy in the Kingdom of Santegia, the rise of the Red Faith in the pagan lands of Norland, and combated an increasing presence of Xionism in Devirad. He is most noted for his conversion of the Daelish people, the excommunication of the Romstuns, and serving as an Imperial Regent during the usurpation of the Johannian dynasty by the Pertinaxi led by Canonius Horen. With humanity fractured, the High Pontiff called for the tripartition, recognizing the Kingdom of Renatus, the Kingdom of Marna, and the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. In 1636, in an effort to unite humanity, Everard IV called upon the three kingdoms to take up arms in what became known as the Third Crusade. After a successful campaign to defeat the Red Faith and restoration of the Church’s authority in the Kingdom of Santegia, Everard IV died in Metz in 1643. He was later beatified and is known largely in contemporary Oren as an advocate for tradition, scholarship, and political unity. The Imperial Association of Everard IV is named in his honor. He was recently minted on the first release of the Imperial Mark, the currency of the Holy Orenian Empire. ((*Excerpted from the mind of Piov)) <link> @Piov Editor's Note: In the Next Edition. Historical Report of Karl Sigmar Bihar Order of Queen Maya and the Lily Administrative Ordinances Royal Decrees of 322E.S. Terrence May’s Retirement Party Scyfling Invasion And whatever else that may come. . We the Writers at B&K Publishing wish to remind our readers that each edition that is published at the end of every year pertains to the events that took place the year prior. We as a small working force work as swiftly as possible to put out our publishings in an efficient and cohesive manner. My constituent and I wish to formally reveal our utmost appreciation for the praise our last edition received from the far-reaches of the Empire. This concludes Edition 11 of the The Golden Crow Chronicles, Edition 12 will be ready by the end of next year.
  12. MEMOIRS FROM THE HAESENI SCYFLING INVASION 7th of the Grand Harvest, 1769 | 7th of Gronna and Droba, 322 E.S Off the Haeseni Coast A rendering of Vanir & Barbanov ships ignited in a fiery blaze Prelude Since rumor reached the ears of the King of Haense, preparation along the Haeseni coastlines have been constructed and bolstered up to the highest extent, although what was to come still hadn’t reached the shores yet. Upon one day, the large Scyfling fleet sailed stationery outside the seas of Valwyck where they awaited for their first strike. It was from that point that the Haeseni Royal Army organized strategic plans to defend Haeseni soil in the best of fashions. From the peak of Fort Buck, to the forest of Camp Rock, and to the stronghold in Valwyck the Scyflings would invade. It is with these memoirs that continue to be recorded by the Haeseni lords and ladies and military folk alike that tell the stories from ranging points of views. From the perspective of the northern lords of Baruch, to the garrisoned Haeseni soldiers at Fort Buck and at Camp Rock; these narratives tell the brute strength of the Haeseni through troubling times like these. Memoirs recorded by the Haeseni Location: Fort Buck Year: 1768 Name: Ser Demetrius Ruthern ‘Exiting the fort, Ser Demetrius Ruthern watched as the crowd of soldiers formed into a concise blob. Standing before the remnants of the Wick Wood, he did not know what he was going into. Having been requested to guard his cousin, Queen Viktoria, he stood by her side, preparing to guard her with his life if need be. Placing his helmet upon his head, he joined the army in their march forwards, their path unblocked for a while. However, they were shortly met with a stockade guarded by Scyflings. Dispatching the archers, and proceeding forward whilst avoiding the numerous traps, the group soon reached a peak on the other side of the woods. Upon reaching the peak, however, horns sounded behind them- coming from the Fort. The group had been flanked, and had a decision to make: Continue towards Valwyck and let Fort Buck fall, or split their forces and risk losing both. Reaching an agreement, Ser Demetrius Ruthern led the archers through the woods back towards the fort, reconvening with the cavalry force that had taken the roads. Up ahead, Fort Buck lay smoking, with Scyflings pressing firmly against its walls. Bringing the archers up the ridge, Demetrius watched with a grin as the cavalry smashed into the unprepared barbarians. Drawing his warhammer, the command was given- The Haensemen charged together now, pushing the Scyflings back through mud and gore, until they made it through the gates. However, the enemy had breached the gatehouse, severing the mechanism and trapping a few of the soldiers inside, while the rest remained behind. Persisting still, Demetrius crushed the nearest Scyfling with a blow from his warhammer, continuing to push through the camp. Approaching the outer walls, he removed his helmet, reveling in the cool breeze, watching as the Scyfling ships burned in the distance as the Fort was swiftly recaptured.’ Credit to @Aidoro for your portrayal of the events Location: Fort Buck Year: 1768 Name: Viktoria Barbanov ‘Queen Viktoria gripped the crossbow in her hands tightly after they left Fort Buck, flanked by Demetrius and Arianne. She’d crouch in her armor behind the bushes before the burnt section of the Wickwald, turning to her two protectors, “I- should probably tell you both before we go into this. I am fine, and I can do this, but I'm uh, pregnant.” Demetrius would look at her shocked, “What?” he’d state, before the call for advance would sound, and Viktoria would turn and leap over the bush, beginning the trio’s advance into the burnt Wickwald. The large force would advance through the ruined forest, before stumbling upon a long line of pikes, guarded by Scyfling archers, the dwarves would be sent ahead to begin dismantling it for further advance, and when the wall fell, the group rushed through. Viktoria watched as Sigismund ran at the front of the line, as shouting erupted from the Scflings “PULL!”. She would watch as the ground began to splay from under the start of the group, and he began to fall. A soldier would tackle the King back, the Queen gasping from further behind, as the soldier fell into the pitfall, and the King would be safe on the edge, or so they thought. The scyflings would throw javelins towards the King, as Viktoria tried to run forwards, to get to her husband, but she was too far, and she was useless as she watched. Loyal to their King, she would watch as some guards surrounded the grounded liege lord, holding up shields around him, before the group continued their march to slaughter the Scyflings that so hastily went for the life of their King. Their luck in the battlefield would not be full, however, as the sound of fighting erupted behind the group, back in Fort Buck. The archers, including Queen Viktoria, would split off to retake Fort Buck from the Scyflings, marching backwards from their goal. They would find the Scyflings against their gate, attempting to bring it down, and some trying to get over the walls. The main Haeseni force at the Fort would begin to corner and slaughter the Scyflings on the bridge, while another group, including the Queen, would begin to send crossbow fire towards those climbing the walls, Viktoria would spear some right through the head. All together, the Fort would be retaken by the Haeseni, the Queen victorious and unscathed, and her pride in her people larger than ever before.’ Credit to @Zaerie for your portrayal of the events Fort Buck, Haense Location: Fort Buck Year: 1768 Name: Ser Marcus Erhdhart ‘As I and my cavalry knight unit marched behind the infantry, the forest burned a flame. After the King charged the infantry followed and enemy javelins whistled through the air. I commanded our cavalry to flank from the right and to intercept the enemy forces, they were gunned down by crossbow fire from the King's retinue. After a bit of travel a sense of eeriness fell upon us, the enemy was nowhere to be seen and as we got to the halfway point it fell upon us. Where were they? Why would they let us get this far, thoughts such as these, raced through my mind and then it came to us, a revelation. The enemy had flanked us and were at Fort Buck, from there under King's orders my cavalry unit and the Crossbow battalion under Ser Demetrius doubled back to intercept the enemy. When we reached the fort, after a quick volley from the crossbows our cavalry and Dwarf allies charged into the fray, however our charge was less than stellar, my horse got skewered and I was flung off of it, in the panic I'd make myself an improvised projectile, using my lance I tried to skewer the enemy. After falling unto of a Scyfling bastard I quickly dropped it and went for my sword finishing my opponent, no apprehensiveness, no mercy, only death shall come to the enemy. Whilst on the ground another one of the bastards swung at me, their blade glanced off of my armour and I retaliated with a strike of my own. As the knights essentially became an infantry unit we would push against the enemy, the rain started to fall, during the chaos we managed successfully push, my armour was caked with blood, sweat and rain. We broke into the fort and free'd our garrison, the battle was over and via some miracle we suffered no casualties, though we had many injured and haggard. I lifted my visor and saw my son standing on one of the tents, waving our banner and cheering, a fine lad he had turned into. We have prevailed, Valwyck and Fort Buck are ours once more. Krusae zwy kongzem!’ Credit to @Sarven for your portrayal of the events Location: Fort Buck Year: 1768 Name: Izaak Wick ‘It was a mess.. an utter mess. The Scyflings who were assaulting Fort Buck already held the bridge when we got there, holding the position as they attempted to climb over. Shields held high, we charged into the mass as a group. What comes next can niet easily be described. Shields bashing on shields, swords hacking and slashing, cries being heard from every direction. From the front, I witnessed bodies dropping almost every second. Then came the rain. Cold and heavy, it hammered down upon us as we pushed our way through the narrow bridge. With the drumming of raindrops ringing endlessly through my helmet, hearing anything proved to be a challenge, but I kept moving. Drenched in blood and rain, we wrestled with the enemy for what felt like hours, moving only inch by inch, our shield wall never faltering as we walked over the many corpses that lay on the ground. I remember breathing to be difficult: everyone squeezed so tightly next to each other and the air, heavy and reeking of blood, was suffocating. 'Just keep pushing, it will all be over soon' I kept telling myself, shivering and exhausted. And just then, when I thought we were done for, we managed to break their formation, using the last of our energy charging forward towards the gate as we slaughtered the remaining Scyfling skravis. 'Kruzae Vzy Kongzem' I shouted with the rest of my group as my sword plunged into the heart of one of Bralt's men. From then on, chaos reigned as the last of the Scyflings we're being slayed by my squad, effectively ending the assault. And thus, Fort Buck was reclaimed and the battle won for Haense.’ Credit to @Ezskel for your portrayal of the events Ruins of Camp Rock, Haense Location: Fort Buck, Camp Rock Year: 1768 Name: Valco Dragonclaw ‘Late in the evening we were summoned in front of the gate of Fort Buck. We received orders to march to the ruins of Camp Rock to stop the Scyflings. I, Valco, joined the archers behind the lines, nervously waiting to take on those barbarians. We marched up to Camp rock without many problems, only a few enemies showed themselves. All of a sudden we heard the sound of horns. It came from the south! Somehow the Scyflings had managed to sneak behind us! Our army split up, and I stayed behind with a small company to attack the barbarians in the south. Cautiously we marched back to Fort Buck, where we saw that a group of Scyflings tried to get inside the fort. Our soldiers formed a shield wall and I stood behind it, together with some other arches, firing arrows at the enemies trying to get inside out base. When we thinned them out a bit, we charged in. I drew my sword and jumped in, slashing and trusting at the barbarians. Chaos broke out on the bridge. We all got smeared with blood, sweat and mud, because it had started to rain. The enemy lines broke and were pinned between the Haense Royal Army and the gate. But then, somehow they managed to get inside the gatehouse and close the gate. Some of us managed to get inside the fort, but others, me included , were locked out. Behind us some other troops started to appear, dressed in Scyfling armour. I thought they were doomed until one of those troops lifted up their helmet and revealed that they were in fact disguised Haense soldiers. They tricked the barbarians in opening the gate, and we rushed to retake the fort.’ Credit to @Valco for your portrayal of the events SIEGE OF VALWYCK, 1768 Valstadt Castle, Valwyck The Duchy of Valwyck faces invasion on the sea Location: Valwyck Year: 1768 Name: Petyr Baruch ‘The defenders of my Valstadt Castle were few and far between, a rag-tag group of mostly civilians led by myself, the Lord Palatine. We had been marooned for days now, surrounded by Scyflings on all sides. I situated our band of defenders into windows with bows and crossbows, when we heard the distinctive sound of a warhorn and marching. The Scyflings were led by a large, burly man, who shouted his intentions to take our castle on his brutal campaign to Reza. We were impossibly outnumbered, protected only by our walls and some makeshift barricades. After some taunting by us, the Scyflings unleashed a fury of flaming arrows into our walls, alighting our wooden structures and trees. Some arrows also hit our defenders, including my wife — Sofiya — in the stomach. After a few more volleys of arrows, they brought forward ladders carried by barbarian children. I took no issue having to fire upon the children, knowing it would either kill them or lose my own castle, and family with it. However, it was impossible for us to keep the ladders away forever, and soon we had to man the windows with swords drawn. Brave Princess Amelya and politician Lauritz Christiansen both held off ladders in their respective windows, the latter knocked unconscious by a much larger and more experienced Scyfling berserker. My own Uncle Eirik was shortly after shot in the shoulder, and it became apparent that our numbers were quickly dropping. While my cousin Emerich Gant, Johanna Amador and Karolina Barclay kept up the fight, the wounded were pulled from their positions to safety. While we were able to keep the Scyflings from entering the window momentarily — the Princess Amelya even knocking down a ladder with Scyflings still on it — eventually some got from the side. We were forced to fall back to the courtyard. Our walls had been breached. Unfortunately, the Scyflings had already begun pouring in, and we had to fight our way out of the gatehouse. All I could think of as I battled my way out was my two young sons, Little Petyr and Matyas. If we failed here, they would be left subject to these Atheran savages. Eventually the main army force arrived to relieve us, but the damage was done. My castle was battered and burning, and my family injured, but alas, victory was at hand.’ Credit to @CaptainHaense for your portrayal of the events Credit to @UnBaed for the artwork Location: Valwyck Year: 1768 Name: Amelya Valeriya ‘We stood in shattered windows along the wall as the horn sounded, and Bralt’s’ barbarian army rose over the ridge. Ten against hundreds. I knew from the moment we spotted them; it would not be a matter of if they got in, but when. Every one of us knew the situation was dire. We would hold out as long as we could, but we wouldn’t be able to hold the keep ourselves. Petyr Baruch’s shouts echoed through the air. Save for his orders to load bows, Valwyck was deafeningly quiet. Click, click. The bow strings snapped into place. Shouts were exchanged, and the Scyfling army began down the cliffside toward Valwyck. Men, women, children. We fired mercilessly, but for every defensive action, they reciprocated tenfold. The roofs were set alight above us, an arrow lodging itself deep into my shoulder. It wasn’t long before the savages were at our walls, and over half of us were already injured. Siege ladders clattered into place before the windows, and though we hurried to knock them down, glass shattered, doors flew open. The enemy was inside. I knew as we ran from the battlements that we had lost. With every movement, the arrow in my shoulder tore at my flesh. The Scyflings I had slaughtered in my panic lay unmoving, maring my thoughts with their crimson lifeforce. But the enemy was inside, and I knew that soon, I too would follow in their footsteps. Rapier drawn, I burst out with my comrades into the courtyard, cutting down the first few barbarians before pulling our severely injured behind our last barricade. As their forces drew up to our makeshift wall, another arrow struck me in the leg. I felt my strength begin to fade, the pain in my shoulder searing and burning with heat. I readied myself to see my mother and father again; apologized to my orphaned siblings under my breath. But hurried footsteps and the clash of metal sounded outside, and Haeseni soldiers filtered in through the shattered windows. As the Scyflings below us fell to the earth, the pain building in my shoulder became unbearable, and I faded from consciousness.’ Credit to @MikoMonster for your portrayal of the events Location: Valwyck Year: 1768 Name: Karolina Barclay ‘Karolina Barclay’s breathing was harsh as the horn of the enemy was heard. Her crossbow raised out of the window by the gate tower. Her body tensing from the quiet unrest amongst her and the others as no other sounds could be heard after the horn. "Maybe they went around us?" she tried with a jest. Though she knew it to be false hope. And then it began. Arrows sailing towards them, each time they missed her head as she fired back amongst the group headed to the gate with ladders. Her thoughts were a giant mess as fear gripped her heart, though she had no time to think as the enemies tried to rush in. Her sword went through a scyfling's heart as he fell upon three others. Her first kill. She had been to battles before, but never had the chance to truly kill. Injured yes, but she never got to take a life… She wanted to run home, but knew she could not. She had to battle through, had to keep moving. No time to rest as the scyflings banged at the door. Throughout the whole battle she was left with no wound until the end when the army finally came to their rescue. Her mistake to cheer as a sword came slashing on her inner thigh from a scyfling. Leaving a deep gash. Her thought grew anxious as she was left to bleed in the hall amongst the injured in Valwyck. A medic came to patch her up at last after she had fallen to the floor unconscious from blood loss in her own small pool of blood. Her body was put to rest on the bed by Miss Adelaide Myrrh. No, the girl was not to die today. For God was with her.’ Credit to @MissToni for your portrayal of the events The Duchy of Valwyck, Haense Location: Valwyck Year: 1768 Name: Siol ‘As Siol approached the rallied men at Fort Buck just moments before the marching started, the man put on his guild’s armor, including his helmet. Itching for a large-scale battle, the elf controlled his breath, preparing for what was to come with his usual calmness, yet, he could fill the adrenaline kick in… “For Haense'' he let out a warcry as the marching began. As they advanced through the Wickwood Burnt, his strong shield was kept forward, giving protection to those behind him as he stood on his front lines, a position he kept for most of the battle. Once one of the Scyfings’ many foul and deceiving traps revealed itself, the elf’s ears perked inside his helmet as he heard “Protect the King”. His instincts kicked in, as the warrior, experienced with decades of training, pivoted towards his Majesty Siegmund II, offering his aegis to protect his human king, with a boldness as if they were of the same race. Proceeding further, by the king’s side, they encountered numerous armored Scyfing, to which he charged with shield forward and pointed blade to the side, jabbing one down to his death. However, at the defence of Fort Valwick is where the elf showed his true potential. Facing three separate hoards, his Haeseni sword swang and thrusted from his front to his back, and anywhere in between, cutting and stabbing the heathens off the face of the land as they fell to the ground, his shield blocking and parrying and ripostes of the enemy. At the end of it, he was there when Thjolsolf, the leader of the unsuccessful invasion died, watching him hit the ground as well as he finally took his helmet off, somehow making it out of the fearful and bloody battle without any major injuries.’ Credit to @GoodGuyMatt for your portrayal of the events Location: Valwyck Year: 1768 Name: Aleksandra Ludovar ‘It was a cold, rainy day. I was outside, sparring with the late Karolina Barclay. I lost the spar, but that was the least of my worries. Soon after, the Lord Marshall commanded us to rally right outside Fort Buck. I could feel my heart thumping in my chest. I’ve been training for the military since the young age of nine, though I had never been in battle before. I won’t deny it, I was nervous. However, the excitement of protecting my kingdom and slaughtering Scyflings outweighed my nerves. We marched away from Fort Buck, myself standing on the right flank, near the front of the square formation. We continued, marching through the burning forest. There, we were met by Scyflings atop trees. As we travelled through the forest, we fell victim to many traps and trickeries. The Haeseni army charged towards the Scyflings. For the first time in my life, I had murdered. The first blood on my sword bolstered my pride and determination. We continued to ruthlessly attack the Scyfling invaders, until they were all dead. Afterwards, the archers and cavalry were sent back to defend Fort Buck in case of attack, while the infantry continued through the forest, approaching Valwyck. Down the path to Valwyck, we were met with much more Scyfling resistance. Many of us, including our King, were injured, though I was not. The injured remained behind while myself and the rest of us charged forwards to attack even more Scyflings. One of them managed to lightly slash through my shield arm, though in the heat of the moment, I hardly felt it. We continued on into Valwyck and assisted the Baruch family in fighting off the remaining Scyflings. Coming out victorious, myself and a small group, led by the Lord Marshall, headed back to Fort Buck, to see if it was under attack. By the time we arrived, we saw that it had indeed been attacked, yet the battle had practically concluded, the Haeseni slaughtering the final few invaders! That night, we celebrated in the New Reza tavern for hours! We all celebrated our victory and I drank three glasses of beer. It was the best night of my life, despite me being very hungover the next morning.’ Credit to @AnonymousAlexa for your portrayal of the events Location: Valwyck Year: 1768 Name: Hans Calliban ‘I started as Part of the King’s Rally to reclaim Valwyck. As we made our way to Valwyck, we were attacked by Scyfling Archers. My initial Goal of simply killing the Invaders of my Homeland changed into defending his Majesty. I stayed at his Side with my Shield raised high, and managed to push him away from a Pitfall Trap. We continued to march to Valwyck, slaughtering Invaders along the Way, but split under Royal Orders after we learned that Fort Buck was under attack. This enraged me greatly, and I channeled that Rage into my Blade, as I prepared to cleave through the Scyflings with it. Not to sound vain, but I like to think that I was the first in line at the charge on the Scyflings outside of Valwyck. As we arrived at Valwyck, I vaulted into the fray and started attacking them with my Weapon. We waltzed through them with fair Ease, and soon climbed the Ladders the Attackers had used to enter the Keep. Inside we were faced by a Trap intended for the Invaders, a Bear. Yes, an actual Bear. I engaged the Bear to let the others through to where the Defenders were being attacked. After nonlethally dispatching the Bear with the help of a Ludovyck and Siol of the HRA. We then slaughtered the rest of the Attackers, but I failed to prevent their Leader, Thjolsolf, Thane of Bralt, from killing himself. It was then that I hurried to Fort Buck to aid those sent there with reclaiming it. And reclaim it we did. This might sound strange, but I tend to count my Kills in Battle, this one added 13 to my Count.’ Credit to @AdmiralLB for your portrayal of the events Location: Valwyck Year: 1768 Name: Nikolas Barbanov ‘The flagship residing in the Bay of Valwyck bobbed up and down with the waves. Aboard it, Haense’s finest of the Haense Royal Army and the Hounds of Johnstown gripped their weapons tightly led by the Prince Nikolas Barbanov. Just outside of arrow shot, three longboats filled to the brim with Scyfling warriors yelled curses at them. Bralt the Boar had finally arrived to the North. The jeering of the Scyfling warriors was cut short as an arrow slammed into their captain. Ellir, one of the Houndsmen, had made an incredible shot despite the distance. This enraged the Scyfling warriors as they went to man the oars. On both sides, volleys of arrows were exchanged leading to casualties on both sides as the ships neared. Lazlo Korsakov, Grandmaster of the Hounds, led half of the men onto the rowboats. They rowed out to meet one of the incoming ships where a bloody melee ensued. . . . .’ ((For more on the Battle of the Northern Sea, check out Eddy’s post!)) <link> IN MEMORIAM TO THE FALLEN HRA SOLDIERS The Haeseni Royal Army off the coasts of Valwyck REQUIESCAT IN PACE KAROLINA BARCLAY 1752 - 1768 REQUIESCAT IN PACE ARIANNE HELVETS 1729 - 1768 <link> <link> <link>
  13. Butch lifts two thumbs-up as he pays a visit to an old pal.
  14. “About seventeen years too late but, credit to finally putting proper reform into penned writing. Great to see scholars like Johann has taken his initiative through-and-through, unlike others.” “Did they just now recover my notes, Dominic?” Ser Nikolaus commented to Ser Dominic, lifting a satisfied grin.
  15. Butch lifts a thumbs-up to his old pal after scanning over the missive for some two hours time in an undisclosed location.
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