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  1. AVAILABLE POSITIONS WITHIN THE ROYAL COURT OF HANSETI-RUSKA 304 ES -=- As penned by courtiers of the royal court, and issued and confirmed by HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Maya Valeriya Barbanov As per the updates of the framework of the royal court, several higher positions within the court have become available. There are also numerous other jobs open, all of which will be listed below. To apply for any of the roles within the court that are written beneath, please send a letter to whomever is said to be contacted in the listing. In your letter of interest, include your experience that would be beneficial for the position, and why you should receive it. Other information can be provided in the letter, though those two things are required. ~ Royal Event Administer The Royal Event Administer will act as the Chamberlain in their absence should anything ever arise. They are in charge of hosting any events on their own behalf if they are not assisting the Chamberlain. Any who apply for this position should be able to prove their capability with events. Contact Queen Maya, through private letter to apply for this. Royal Architect The Royal Architect oversees all architects within the palace and their ongoings. The royal architect must be of pristine talent and clear skills in their particular field. Their jurisdiction over the city builds depends on the decision of the King from project to project. Any who apply for this position should be able to prove their capability with events. Contact Queen Maya, through private letter to apply for this. Head Handmaiden The Head Handmaiden is in charge of the recruitment and oversight of all other handmaidens. They are to work closely with both Grand Ladies (of the Court and Servantry). Contact the Grand Lady Lieselotte to apply for this. Royal Butler The Royal Butler is to take care of the royal family directly, though assisting with the recruitment of additional butlers on the side. The Royal Butler is also to work with other heads of servantry, and both Grand Ladies. Contact the Grand Lady Lieselotte to apply for this. Other Available Jobs within the Palace Send letter to Lady Lieselotte regarding the following jobs, if interested in being such: Ladies-In-Waiting Governesses Valets Butlers Scullery Maids Stable boys Blacksmiths Cupbearers Servants Signed, HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Maya Valeriya Barbanov, Queen-Consort of Hanseti-Ruska, Baroness of Antioch HER LADYSHIP, Lieselotte Barclay, Grand Lady of the Royal Courts of Hanseti-Ruska
  2. THE ROYAL COURT OF HANSETI-RUSKA -=- UPDATED FRAMEWORK THE PALATIAL OFFICES OF THE QUEEN and ROYAL COURT GRAND LADY Her Ladyship, Lieselotte of Freising, Grand Lady of the Royal Courts of Hanseti-Ruska The GRAND LADY serves as the head of all courtly affairs within the royal palace. The position of Grand Lady is to manage and oversee all court staffing, ladies-in-waiting, wards, tutors, and governesses within the royal court of Hanseti-Ruska. While large-scaled events are not solely entrusted within the Grand Lady, it is often a task set upon the position alongside the Chamberlain. However, the Grand Lady is to see through with events held within the palace and other small courtly affairs. Roles overseen by the Grand Lady: Ladies-In-Waiting Wards Pages Court Mages Governesses Royal Governesses Valets Butlers Scullery Maids Stable boys Blacksmiths Cupbearers Servantry Servantry Heads Grand Lady of Servantry: Maela Frostfire Royal Chef: Hogo Bojo Head Handmaiden: VACANT Royal Butler: VACANT CHAMBERLAIN Her Highness, Princess Winnifred of Muldav, Lady Chamberlain of the Royal Courts of Hanseti-Ruska The CHAMBERLAIN administers and organizes events for the kingdom. Oftentimes, the role can be seen accompanying the Grand Lady in events ongoing within the palace. However, most of their events pertain to outside of the palace walls such as tourneys, festivals, and other outdoor activities. All those assisting with the events are to be recruited by the Chamberlain and see through that all tasks assigned by the Chamberlain, or Queen, be done. Roles Overseen by the Chamberlain Royal Event Administer: VACANT Scholars Artisans SECRETARY OF THE QUEEN Her Highness, Princess Katerina of Muldav, Secretary of the Queen of Hanseti-Ruska The SECRETARY OF THE QUEEN fulfills the role as an advisor and head assistant to the Queen, as well as a royal communicator. They are to represent the wishes and ideas of the Queen in her place when absent from meetings between the palatial offices or other courtiers. The role is often seen as the closest confidant of the Queen, to know the consort enough to understand her views on political, governmental, and courtly matters. The Secretary is also to assist in scribing missives of revelry or other documentation the Queen sees fit. Roles Overseen by the Secretary Scribes Journalists Advisors ~ OTHER UPDATES OF NOTE The OFFICE OF THE PRINCESS ROYAL has been created to ensure that, when the eldest of all the king’s daughters comes of age, she shall be tasked to assist the Grand Lady in her endeavors and have a high participation within the court. Her yearly allowance will be dependent on the Queen-Consort’s decision, which will be used particularly for the betterment of the royal court and of the royal city. For more information, read ‘ETIQUETTE OF THE ROYAL COURT OF HANSETI-RUSKA’ under Miscellaneous ‘Office of the Princess Royal’. The OFFICE OF THE ROYAL ARCHITECT has been created to see through with all palace renovations and redesigns. This is so all palace furnishings and builds can be of the highest quality. The royal architect oversees all architects within the palace and their ongoings. The royal architect must be of pristine talent and clear skills in their particular field. The jurisdiction over the city builds depends on the decision of the King from project to project, and may frequently include the royal architect and their palatial office. The role of ROYAL EVENT ADMINISTER has been created under the palatial office of the Chamberlain to assist with the hosting of events throughout the royal city and kingdom overall. They will act as the Chamberlain in their absence should anything ever arise. They are in charge of hosting any events on their own behalf if they are not assisting the Chamberlain. The role of ROYAL GOVERNESS has been created so that the royal children of the King may be brought up with an even higher education than before. Any of those with the position of royal governess can be assigned to a specific prince or princess, though are required to care for all the children nonetheless and teach them all equally. Royal Governesses also have the ability to hire tutors as they see fit for the children. The role of GRAND LADY OF SERVANTRY has been created as per request of the Grand Lady of the Royal Court and shall be under her palatial office. The Grand Lady of Servantry will be in charge of all servantry and seeing that they are hired. She is also tasked and required to hold meetings with the other heads of servantry and check in on their competency. PLEASE CONTACT ANY OF THE HEADS OF THE PALATIAL OFFICES FOR POSITIONS WITHIN THE COURT Signed, HER MAJESTY, Maya Valeriya Barbanov, Queen-Consort of Hanseti-Ruska, Baroness of Antioch HER HIGHNESS, Princess Winnifred Ophelia Alimar, Lady Chamberlain of Hanseti-Ruska HER HIGHNESS, Princess Katerina Sofiya Alimar, Secretary of the Queen of Hanseti-Ruska HER LADYSHIP, Lieselotte Barclay, Grand Lady of the Royal Courts of Hanseti-Ruska
  3. REZA BEAUTIFICATION INITIATIVE of 1751 304 ES -=- As penned by HIS LORDSHIP, Lothar of Reza, and issued and confirmed by HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Maya Valeriya Barbanov The royal city of NEW REZA will be undergoing varying amounts of construction throughout its entirety. This will be to ensure the beauty of the city be at its fullest potential. The overseeing of the construction will be done by Queen Maya of Muldav, the Grand Lady Aleksandra Mariya, and Lothar of Reza - advisor to the Queen and an architect of great talent. Throughout the next coming saint’s days, construction may be seen and all citizens are asked to avoid being in the way of such. Construction will be done as hastily as possible. Any recommendations or requests for the city may be brought to any of the listed overseers of the beautification of New Reza. These requests will be taken into consideration amongst the overseers of the initiative. 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 HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Maya Valeriya Barbanov, Queen-Consort of Hanseti-Ruska, Baroness of Antioch HER HIGHNESS, Princess Aleksandra Mariya Alimar, Grand Lady of the Royal Courts of Hanseti-Ruska HIS LORDSHIP, Lothar of Reza, Advisor of the Royal Courts of Hanseti-Ruska
  4. The Wedding of Barbanov and Gant 10th of Msitza and Dargund, 303 ES All are cordially invited to the wedding of His Highness, Henrik Otto Barbanov and Her Ladyship, Frida Emelie Gant. Such a wedding can only bring greater union, friendship, and more between the Haeseni houses. Haeseni and any other of the Holy Orenian Empire are invited to attend and see the pair wedded in sight of GOD. The wedding will be officiated by the Pontiff himself, Pontian III, in the Basilica Cathedral. Following the ceremony, the newlyweds will lead the spectators and attendees to the Ekaterinburg palace. Drinks and dishes of their utmost liking will be presented within the great hall. Signed, HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Maya Valeriya Barbanov, Queen-Consort of Hanseti-Ruska, Baroness of Antioch HIS HIGHNESS, Prince Henrik Otto Barbanov HER LADYSHIP, Frida Emelie Gant
  5. COURT INITIATIVE: FURS AND PELTS -=- As penned by the royal courtiers of Hanseti-Ruska, and issued and confirmed by HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Maya Valeriya Barbanov With the wishes and endeavors of spreading traditional Haeseni culture, it is asked that ALL HAESENI PEOPLE alike don furs and pelts upon whatever they may wear. In addition, fur hats and berets with feathers may also be worn. However, it is far more important to be seen with furs rather than the particular headwear. There is no absolute requirement on these suggestions of Haeseni fashion, though it is highly recommended that the Haeseni turn to the vogue (for warmth purposes as well). ~ If one is unable to acquire any fur or pelts upon their clothing, please see through in contacting Her Majesty, Queen Maya Valeriya, or the Grand Lady Aleksandra Alimar. Signed, HER MAJESTY, Maya Valeriya Barbanov, Queen-Consort of Hanseti-Ruska, Baroness of Antioch HER HIGHNESS, Princess Aleksandra Mariya Alimar, Grand Lady of the Royal Courts of Hanseti-Ruska
  6. CHRISTENING OF A CROW 5th of Wzuvar and Byvca, 303 ES ✦ THE BAPTISM OF OTTO SIGISMUND BARBANOV, GRAND PRINCE OF KUSORAEV As is tradition amongst the Haeseni and the Church of Canon, the heir to the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska and Grand Prince of Kusoraev, Otto Sigismund Barbanov, shall be baptized. The royal baptism shall also occur within the Basilica of the Fifty Virgins and officiated by the Pontian III. All of the Haeseni people and other subjects of the Holy Orenian Empire are welcomed to attend the baptism if wished. AVE HAENSE. 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, 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 HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Maya Valeriya Barbanov, Queen-Consort of Hanseti-Ruska, Baroness of Antioch
  7. Theodosia Barbanov would rush over to welcome Brog Dhoon into the seven skies, having dearly missed the years of her childhood with him around. He had always been the protector for all of the children roaming about the red city. “Thank you, for everything you’ve ever done for Haense.” Without a second thought, she could recall all the great memories that her family – Sophia, Sigmar, Robert – all had with him around Markev.
  8. no sir you are not evil.
  9. We’re all here for fun, whether it be through adding to the story in RP, being apart of a community, etc. I think there’s a lot of reasons as to why things have been so uptight as of late, but I won’t list them off because that’s not the reason for me commenting. We all need to work together to improve ourselves as a community, be that in our own respective nations and as the community of LotC as a whole; this including the leaders, players, newcomers – everyone. We’re not here to hurt each other, and I think everyone can agree to that. There is no reason to spread hatred or endorse it on a game that we are all trying to enjoy. There are so many amazing people from all sides of this community. No one is inherently ‘evil’ or ‘bad’. Yes, no one is perfect either but we can still try to be good to each other, even if it’s a small act. It’s human nature to get angry and upset, but realizing our mistakes and reflecting on that is what matters – as well as communication and talking over the issue. We need to reflect on our actions before we make them, because we don’t know what they could mean or do to someone else. I feel like @UnBaed said it perfectly: “Life is too short to cause drama and spread hatefulness.”
  10. ETIQUETTE OF THE ROYAL COURT OF HANSETI-RUSKA -=- As penned by the courtiers of the royal court of Hanseti-Ruska, and issued and confirmed by HER MAJESTY, Maya Valeriya Barbanov, 302 ES IN THE INTEREST of the refinement of the good and noble families of Hanseti-Ruska, devotion to a well-arranged etiquette is best deeply impressed in the young ladies and lords of the realm. Manners exercise a great influence on the right ordering of society, and in acknowledgment of such, presented here is a codex of what is judged as the traditionary laws of suitable behavior and courtesies of the good Haeseni. CONTENTS I. PROPER INTRODUCTION AND TITLE USAGE ↠ Titles and Addressment ↠ Curtseying II. HAESENI FASHION AND DRESS STANDARDS ↠ Furs and Pelts ↠ Coiffure ↠ Noblemen and Facial Hair ↠ Crowns, Circlets, and Tiaras ↠ Modesty of Dress III. ON BEHAVIOR AND CONDUCT WITHIN THE COURTS ↠ Respectability ↠ Headwear and Bonnets IV. TABLE AND DINING MANNERISMS ↠ Seating and Posture ↠ Unacceptable Behavior V. THE ROYAL PRESENCE ↠ Introductions ↠ Awareness and Other Notes VI. VALUES OF HAESENI CULTURE ↠ Briefing on Biharism ↠ Breaking of the Bread ↠ Lady’s Hauchmetvas VII. MISCELLANEOUS ↠ On the Death of a Courtier ↠ Regarding disrespect to a Courtier ↠ Mourning of the Royal Family ↠ Office of the Princess Royal I. PROPER INTRODUCTION AND TITLE USAGE Titles and Addressment In discourse between nobles, proper salutations are the first tool of conveying respect. It remains an unfortunately common circumstance, however, for a lady to be unaware of the titles of those present; thus, the proper course of action is to glean the titles of others in any possible manner. If there is no possible way of learning the other’s title, then it is generally regarded as polite to greet a lady as “madame” or “my lady” and a man as “my lord”. Should their title be known, after the first addressment using their correct title, “my lady” is subsequently suitable for noblewomen, and “my lord” for noblemen - both only to be used for those not of royal standing. Noblemen and women should present themselves with an honest and strong air and aura, though avoid ill will in their tone when first addressing one another. It is disagreeable and disrespectful to address a royal by their forename unless allowed such in a private setting. To quote directly from the work of Her Highness, Princess Sofiya Theodosiya Barbanov– The King / Koeng In Oration: “His Royal Majesty” In Address: “Your Royal Majesty” or informally “Your Majesty” Alternately, “My liege” or “Sire” may be preferred by courtiers after an initial greeting. The Queen / Koenas In Oration: “Her Royal Majesty” In Address: “Your Royal Majesty” or informally “Your Majesty” Alternately, “My Queen,” may be preferred by courtiers after an initial greeting. Grand Prince / Hauchprinzen ; Grand Princess / Hauchprinzenas In Oration: “His/Her Serene Highness” In second person: “Your Serene Highness” or informally “Your Serenity.” Alternately, “My Lord / My Lady” may be preferred by courtiers after an initial greeting. Grand Duke / Haucherzen ; Grand Duchess / Haucherzenas In Oration: “His/Her Highness” In Address: “Your Serene Grace” or informally “Your Grace.” Alternately, “My Lord / My Lady” may be preferred by courtiers after an initial greeting. Prince / Prinzen ; Princess / Prinzenas In Oration: “His/Her Royal Highness” In Address: “Your Royal Highness” or informally “Your Highness.” Alternately, “My Lord / My Lady” may be preferred by courtiers after an initial greeting. Duke / Herzen ; Duchess / Herzenas In Oration: “His/Her Grace” In Address: “Your Grace.” Alternately, “My Lord / My Lady” may be preferred by courtiers after an initial greeting. Margrave / Margravir ; Margravine / Margraviras In Oration: “The Most Honorable” In Address: “My Lady / My Lord.” Alternately, “Madam or Sir” may be preferred by courtiers after an initial greeting. Earl / Komit ; Countess / Komitas In Oration: “The Right Honorable” In Address: “My Lady / My Lord.” Alternately, “Madam or Sir” may be preferred by courtiers after an initial greeting. Baron / Bossir ; Baroness / Bossiras In Oration: “The Right Honorable” In Address: “My Lady / My Lord.” Alternately, “Madam or Sir” may be preferred by courtiers after an initial greeting. Addressing Upper Government The Lord Palatine, and any other members of the Aulic Council: In Oration: “His/Her Excellency” In Address: “Your Excellency” The Exchequer In Oration: “The Most Honorable” In Address: “My Lord” The High Steward In Oration: “The Right Honorable” In Address: “Lord/Lady Steward” The Chamberlain In Oration: “The Right Honorable” In Address: “Lord/Lady Chamberlain” The Grand Lady In Oration: “Her Ladyship” In Address: “Your Ladyship” Secretary of the Queen In Oration: “His/Her Lordship/Ladyship” In Address: “Your Lordship/Ladyship” The Knight Commandant In Oration: “The Right Honorable” In Address: “Lord/Lady Commandant” Curtseying The “curtsy” is a salutatory demonstration of feminine grace. One aims to make it a steady, even and graceful motion in which the head is briefly dipped and the knees bent. In such a movement, the hands are held at the side with one foot firmly behind the other; the back is kept upright and the fabrics of the dress are splayed slightly. The depth of the curtsy is apportioned to the status of those to which it is performed. II. HAESENI FASHION AND DRESS STANDARDS Furs and Pelts Within court or in the confines of the Ekaterinburg palace, it is highly recommended that all Haeseni –nobility and commoners– are to wear furs and pelts. Fur coats are the most suitable, though fur-cuffed sleeves or other articles of clothing outlined in fur are agreeable as well. Not only is such a statement of fashion and a staple of Haeseni culture, but assists in keeping warm throughout the cold climates that the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska endures. As true highlanders, the Haeseni pride themselves on their strong culture, which includes the clothing that is worn. Coiffure In regard more particularly to the Haeseni women of the court, coiffure is a loose topic. However, it is required that all hair must be thoroughly brushed, washed, and completely dry before a public appearance. Hair kept down is finely acceptable, as well as to decorate the hair with braids. Keeping hair out of the face when in the court is suggested. Styles of half-up half-down are most frequent when regarding braids and their intricacy, and greatly recommended. Short hair is impermissible for the Haeseni woman. Wigs are not to be used within the Haeseni courts for both noblemen and women. Noblemen and Facial Hair Opposing to women’s coiffure standards, men are to have their hair trimmed. However, the regard to facial hair is far different. A shaven face is completely unamiable and disagreeable in all senses for men who have the possibility of having such. Beards are to be kept and well taken care of– only to be cut when it extends past 6” of length. Some exceptions may be in place, so long as the beard (regardless of its length) is well taken care of. Beards may be trimmed shorter than 4”, but need to be of noticeability and not a stubble. Crowns, Circlets, and Tiaras The nature of a crown is one of a sacred origin- encompassing the most esteemed peers of the empire. As such, crowns, tiaras, and circlets must only be worn by those of royalty or the royal family. Crowns are exclusive to the reigning monarch and his consort, as well as any head of a princely vassal and their consorts. Tiaras are specifically for the children of the King, and his brothers and sisters. Circlets may be worn by the families of princely vassals and houses, as well as extended royal family. Those not of these stature are not permitted to don any form of crown, tiara, or circlet- doing so will cause the item to be suspended and further action shall be taken if necessary. It is also important to note other levels of nobility are not allowed to be seen with such headwear. Hair should be adjusted to fit a crown, circlet or tiara, and it should always be ensured that it is not able to fall from the individual’s head. Having such happen is a sign of bad luck- even if accidental, and a display of disrespect. Crowns should always remain at a 45 degree angle when viewed from the side, and should be worn at any formal event without fail. Modesty of Dress As is standard to the Church of Canon and in respect for oneself, the skin shown should be held to a minimal in regards to dress. Shoulders, ankles, and around the neck should be adorned in clothing. Furs are recommended to assist in covering oneself in clothing, as well as items or colors from one’s noble house. No ladies or men, especially those of higher standing, should be ignorantly revealing of their skin, for doing so is indecent and in violation of stately behavior. III. ON BEHAVIOR AND CONDUCT WITHIN THE COURTS Respectability While court is in session, one must keep their tone of voice down to that of a whisper, never disrupting the proceedings with a loud voice. Snide comments should never be made, unless directed at enemies of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Laughter is allowed, though not to be excessive. The royal family should never be addressed by their first name whilst in the throne room, during an official court event, or in any public appearance. For knowledge on how to address the royal family while court is in session, go to the section of Titles and Addressment under Proper Introductions and Title Usage. Do not stand upon the dais under any circumstances if not permitted to do so. Such is only to be for the King, Queen-Consort, his direct children and heir, the Lord Palatine, and other assigned governmental officials. Guards and protectors assigned to be on the dais are allowed as well. Only approach when beckoned forth if addressing an issue during court. All rules of etiquette addressed within this missive apply when standing before the dais. Headwear and Bonnets Headwear and hats are never to be worn during court, and must always be removed upon entering the Haeseni Royal Palace. This is out of respect for the reigning monarch, his consort, and the royal family. Throughout the course of court or another courtly event, hats and bonnets should be placed atop one’s lap or held courteously off to the side and kept within one’s sights. IV. TABLE AND DINING MANNERISMS Seating and Posture Hands must be folded atop one’s lap, with elbows always kept off of the table. An upright posture is also essential; leaning back, lounging or slouching are seen as symptoms of a disinterested comportment and therefore constitute great insults. If seated at a table with the King or Queen-Consort directly at it, one must ask for their dismissal before leaving. If at an official event, informal dinner, or feast– dismissal is not required and only can leave at their own leisure. Unacceptable Behavior Haeseni culture is to be far more lax in comparison to other forms of etiquette. One will not be scolded for a small mannerism forgotten. However, basic levels of respect should be kept in mind when at a public dining event or feast. In the royal presence, mannerisms must be present. The following is a list of behavior that must be followed in the event one attends to a formal supper, or dinner with the King, Queen, or royal family– ↠ No belching or flatulating ↠ No spilling wine atop a person or article of clothing ↠ No placing elbows upon the table ↠ Posture must be kept refined and straightened ↠ Do not speak with food or drink in mouth ↠ Participate activity within the conversation ↠ No toying with utensils or glass ↠ Rise from one’s seat if the King or Queen enters ↠ Do not openly pick one’s teeth at the table ↠ Rise from one’s seat if the King or Queen stands V. THE ROYAL PRESENCE Introductions Regardless of nobility standing, a curtsey or bow must always be presented when in the presence of the direct royal family. It is recommended, not required, to curtsey or bow to other royalty of the kingdom outside of the direct line. A dip of the chin may suffice for those who are nobility, and royalty not of the royal family. A handshake of propriety may also work in place of a curtsey or bow. It should be kept in mind that the use of nicknames or other aliases for the royals should be avoided in public spaces. While using such is not entirely inexcusable, it is asked that all stray from such nonetheless out of respect. For information on the proper usage of proper titular addressment, turn to the section of Titles and Addressment under Proper Introductions and Title Usage. Awareness and Other Notes Reverence is to be shown to those of the royal family. In addition, contact without permission is strictly prohibited. It is asked that all Haensemen and the like keep a mindset of awareness and respectability. This does not disallow those speaking with members of the royal family to avert from laughing and jesting with one another, but simply that all should keep a high level of respect. VI. VALUES OF THE HAESENI CULTURE Briefing on Biharism “I would have perished had I not persisted.” In accordance to the etiquette of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, Biharism shall undoubtedly be upheld alongside these views as sacred and a monumental staple of culture. Despite it being a political ideology often followed, the Jorenic Rights are included within the ideologies of Biharism, which must and shall be applied to courtly ways as well: “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.” Breaking of the Bread Similarly to that of Biharism, the tradition known as ‘breaking bread’ is a valued aspect of court and Haeseni culture that is to be upheld continuously through time. To quote Princess Sofiya Barbanov, “. . . a tradition amongst Hanso-Raevir people in the veneration of peace beneath a shared roof, emerging from the belief in safeguardng united familial relationships.” When partaking in such activities, no man is to show any sign of violence or hatred as it is meant to solely be a time of peace. Breaking of the bread can be used in smaller settings than a feast, and to break tensions between families or courtiers. Lady’s Hauchmetvas Also known as a debutante ball in common tongue, Lady’s Hauchmetvas is a traditional ball for the daughters or sisters of the King, upon their ascending from adolescence to adulthood. The ball may also be annually used for princesses of princely houses, though to do so is less frequent and not required as a direct princess is. The Lady’s Hauchmetvas must occur on the sixteenth nameday of the princess in question. During a Lady’s Hauchmetvas, decorations must be of the princess’s favored colors. Furthermore, favorite cuisines and beverages are to be served as well during the event. The first dance of the night must be started by the princess with whomever her partner may be. On the eve of a Lady’s Hauchmetvas, the custom known as the Burning of Age is to occur, in which the princess takes three symbols of her childhood and burns them in a great pyre. For the Burning of Age, members of the princess’s family are to attend and watch as she explains the memories and meanings behind each item that she tosses into the flames. VII. MISCELLANEOUS On the Death of a Courtier With a circumstance as unfortunate as the death of a courtier, or any member of nobility, the process of mourning is a simple but honorable one nonetheless. The Haeseni people stand together despite all, as one, especially in a time of mourning. The family of the deceased are asked to dress in clothes of dark colors, if not black, for two saint’s days at least. Following the cremation of the body atop a large pyre arranged by the deceased’s family, the highest abilities of respect and etiquette are to be visible amongst all attendees and spectators. After the burning, tradition is to participate in what is known as the Last Drink of Death. Members of the family present raise their glass full of Carrion Black with a toast, and attendees and the like pour out half of the cup’s contents onto the floor, then drink the rest. Symbols and other items representing the courtier or noble may be placed on a table at the court. Discussion must never be to speak ill of the dead or fallen, especially the one in which the funeral and burning was done for. Regarding Disrespect to a Courtier All behaviors considered to be of wrongdoing or high vexation to courtiers, servantry, or a member of His Majesty’s house shall be tried by the Queen-Consort and her council consisting of the Chamberlain, Grand Lady, and Secretary of the Queen. The treatment of the offender shall be discussed amongst the council and ultimately decided upon by the Queen if there is no definite decision. Offenses of higher crime will be taken to the Lord Justiciar as routinely, in which the Queen and council members will attend the higher-leveled trial to spectate as one. Mourning of the Royal Family All courtiers of Hanseti-Ruska are to wear dark clothing upon the death of a member of the royal family, whether that be the King, Queen-Consort, any of his children, or brothers and sisters. If it is possible to acquire and adorn black clothing, then one must find themselves doing so out of respect for the dead royalty. The same process regarding the Last Drink of Death (mentioned in On the Death of a Courtier under Miscellaneous) will occur for royals, but within the great hall of the palace. Office of the Princess Royal The eldest daughter of the King and his Queen-Consort, titled the Princess Royal, is to maintain an office of her own within the royal court of Hanseti-Ruska. Like the other palatial offices of the royal court, the Office of the Princess Royal entails an allowance in order to assist with courtly affairs and events within the palace and city. The allowance given to the Princess Royal is for her endeavors in assisting with the royal court, and the specific details and amount given are deemed by her mother, the Queen-Consort. The office is also a staple figure of prestige and etiquette, thus the Princess Royal is required to see that courtiers and other nobles uphold their propriety and all mannerisms. In memory of Princess Sofiya Theodosiya Barbanov Signed, HER MAJESTY, Maya Valeriya Barbanov, Queen-Consort of Hanseti Ruska, Baroness of Antioch HER HIGHNESS, Princess Aleksandra Mariya Alimar, Grand Lady of the Royal Courts of Hanseti-Ruska HER HIGHNESS, Princess Tatiana Lorina of Alban, Secretary of the Queen of Hanseti-Ruska
  11. Maya Valeriya peered over the missive regarding the Saint Michael’s Clinic. Having earlier been accepted for apprenticeship, she was eager to begin her training. “Lady Chesna will certainly do well in this position, and I cannot wait to see everything she does for Haense with the clinic. The renovations she has already done are beautiful, unquestionably. There is no doubt in my mind that she will achieve many great things as the surgeon general.”
  12. THE BETROTHAL OF BARBANOV AND GANT As scribed by HER HIGHNESS, Tatiana Lorina Bihar, issued and confirmed by HIS MAJESTY, Andrew IV of Hanseti-Ruska and HER MAJESTY, Maya Valeriya Barbanov As confirmed on the 7th of Wzuvar and Byvca, 302 ES (1749), the betrothal between His Highness, Henrik Otto Barbanov, and Her Ladyship, Frida Emelie Gant, is set into place. A courtship between the arranged pair shall begin upon the sixteenth birthday of Frida Gant. Following such affirmations, the marriage shall soon be in place after the beginnings of their courtship in the year 304 ES (1751). IV JOVEO MAAN, 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, 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 HER MAJESTY, Maya Valeriya Barbanov, Queen-Consort of Hanseti-Ruska, Baroness of Antioch HIS HIGHNESS, Prince Henrik Otto Barbanov HIS LORDSHIP, Joren Aldrik Gant, Baron of Gant HER LADYSHIP, Frida Emelie Gant
  13. WARD INITIATIVE OF 1749 -=- As penned by HER HIGHNESS, Tatiana Lorina Bihar, and issued and confirmed by HER MAJESTY, Maya Valeriya Barbanov and HER HIGHNESS, Aleksandra Mariya Alimar In accordance with the new reforms and restructuring of the Haeseni royal court, it is deemed fit that the previous ward initiative must be rectified similarly. With such renewal, the following is required of the peerage of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska to be carried out in the coming saint’s week: ➢ Each noble house of DUCAL or PRINCELY status shall provide the courts with both one son and one daughter, to train as WARDS under a royal, governmental official, or be appointed an apprentice under a specific occupation. More may be provided, and daughters past the age of fourteen may be assigned as a lady-in-waiting. ➢ Each noble house of COMITAL or BARONIAL status shall provide the courts with either one son or daughter to train as WARDS under a royal, governmental official, or be appointed an apprentice under a specific occupation. More may be provided, and daughters past the age of fourteen may be assigned as a lady-in-waiting. ~ For specifications on who the son or daughter shall be a ward or apprentice under, it is asked that a meeting must be arranged with the King, Queen, or Grand Lady to discuss the interests. Otherwise, the overseeing of where the ward shall be placed will be done by the Queen. Wards to the King or Queen may receive housing within the Palace Ekaterinburg, while other wards may be offered housing within the holdings of their guardian- though not guaranteed. For further inquiry on the subject of wards, or complications, send a letter to the Queen or Grand Lady upon the earliest convenience. Signed, HER MAJESTY, Maya Valeriya Barbanov, Queen-Consort of Hanseti-Ruska, Baroness of Antioch HER HIGHNESS, Princess Aleksandra Mariya Alimar, Grand Lady of the Royal Courts of Hanseti-Ruska
  14. THE ROYAL COURT OF HANSETI-RUSKA -=- REFORMED FRAMEWORK AND STRUCTURE THE PALATIAL OFFICES OF THE QUEEN and ROYAL COURT GRAND LADY Her Highness, Princess Aleksandra of Muldav, Grand Lady of the Royal Courts of Hanseti-Ruska The GRAND LADY serves as the head of all courtly affairs within the royal palace. The position of Grand Lady is to manage and oversee all servanty, court staffing, ladies-in-waiting, wards, tutors, and governesses within the royal court of Hanseti-Ruska. While large-scaled events are not solely entrusted within the Grand Lady, it is often a task set upon the position alongside the Chamberlain. However, the Grand Lady is to see through with events held within the palace and other small courtly affairs. Ladies-In-Waiting The role as a lady-in-waiting will be assigned by the Grand Lady to a particular member of the royal family. The expectations of a lady-in-waiting are held in high regard, as are the women that pertain this position. Tasks will be assigned individually by either who they are under or by the Grand Lady herself. All tasks must be carried out diligently and with great effort. They are also required to attend all possible meetings held by the Wards Wards are to be overseen by the Grand Lady, or the Queen directly if need be. Wards consist of young sons and daughters of the nobility with a wide variety of who they can be under, including but not limited to– the King, Queen, royal family, and governmental officials. They are to receive training and other mannerisms of the court depending on who they are assigned to. Governesses Together, governesses and tutors are to educate and supervise the noble youth of the court. During court or duma, governesses are to take children who are not spectating to a different area of the palace to keep them entertained while also informing them simultaneously. Royal governesses are to specifically care for the children of the King and no other. Servantry The servantry of the palace consists of a wide variety of fields with different heads in their respective areas, all of whom report back to the Grand Lady. The heads of the servantry are to help the Grand Lady in recruiting new attendants under their respective areas and overseeing their tasks. The Royal Chef leads all servantry regarding food for events or the royal family dinners. The Head Handmaiden stands as the main handmaiden and personal confidant and assistant to the Queen, with all handmaidens under her and the Grand Lady. The Royal Butler is the highest positioned butler, and oftentimes stands on their own instead of having other attendees under them. Other roles without a prime head to them consists of scullery maids, stable boys, and nannies– though nannies may often report to governesses if asked of them. CHAMBERLAIN Her Ladyship, Grace Mae, Lady Chamberlain of Hanseti-Ruska The CHAMBERLAIN administers and organizes events for the kingdom. Oftentimes, the role can be seen accompanying the Grand Lady in events ongoing within the palace. However, most of their events pertain to outside of the palace walls such as tourneys, festivals, and other outdoor activities. All those assisting with the events are to be recruited by the Chamberlain and see through that all tasks assigned by the Chamberlain, or Queen, be done. Event Administrates Seen as the heart of the revelries, event administrates are to help the Chamberlain, Grand Lady, or Queen in hosting events as well as planning them. Meetings that are to be frequently held within the royal Haeseni court shall be the main time for event administrates to voice their opinions and ideas to see them put into place. If tasked, event administrates may even be in charge of events in their entirety rather than just in the process of planning such. Scholars & Artisans Singers, painters, song-writers, musicians, and poets are seen as the artisans of the Haeseni court. Court mages may periodically fit under said category as well. Historians and philosophers are examples of scholars– and anyone else who is a courtier and devotes themselves to a specific area of study regarding scholarly pursuits. Both artisans and scholars are to help with the quality of events or perform should it be asked of them by the Chamberlain. The other palatial offices may require services from said fields as well, upon discussion with the Chamberlain. Artisans and scholars can oftentimes be led by the Head Scholar, though the position is not required to be filled for business to continue on. The Head Scholar is to see that more Haeseni scholars and artisans are brought into the court and hold regular meetings to discuss findings or projects. SECRETARY OF THE QUEEN Her Highness, Princess Tatiana of Alban, Secretary of the Queen of Hanseti-Ruska The SECRETARY OF THE QUEEN fulfills the role as an advisor and head assistant to the Queen, as well as a royal communicator. They are to represent the wishes and ideas of the Queen in her place when absent from meetings between the palatial offices or other courtiers. The role is often seen as the closest confidant of the Queen, to know the consort enough to understand her views on political, governmental, and courtly matters. The Secretary is also to assist in scribing missives of revelry or other documentation the Queen sees fit. ~ Any wishing to come in contact with any of the palatial offices, to join or for any other inquiries, must contact through letter or speak directly to them in person. All behaviors considered to be of wrongdoing or high vexation to courtiers, servantry, or a member of His Majesty’s house shall be tried by the Queen-Consort and her council consisting of the Chamberlain, Grand Lady, and Secretary of the Queen. The treatment of the offender shall be discussed amongst the council and ultimately decided upon by the Queen if there is no definite decision. Offenses of higher crime will be taken to the Lord Justiciar as routinely, in which the Queen and council members will attend the higher-leveled trial to spectate as one. Signed, HER MAJESTY, Maya Valeriya Barbanov, Queen-Consort of Hanseti-Ruska, Baroness of Antioch HER HIGHNESS, Princess Aleksandra Mariya Alimar, Grand Lady of the Royal Courts of Hanseti-Ruska HER HIGHNESS, Princess Tatiana Lorina Bihar, Secretary of the Queen of Hanseti-Ruska HER LADYSHIP, Grace Mae, Lady Chamberlain of Hanseti-Ruska
  15. ❄ NIKIRALA MASQUERADE ❄ 5th of Msitza and Dargund, 300 ES ❄ IN THE SPIRIT OF REVELRY AMONGST THE COLD– a masquerade shall be held in the coming saint days in celebration of Nikirala, or as known in the common tongue as the season of winter. The dance of masks requires all who attend to wear such, as well as a dress code of formal clothing with colors that are paled, or blue, white, and grey. Furs are exempt from the dress code, and can be worn with any color so long as it matches one’s outfit. Pelts and furs are advised and encouraged to be worn. All are invited and welcomed to come to celebrate and dance. The masquerade shall be as follows– Roast of the Boar A pyre in the midst of the Ekaterinburg Palace courtyard will be the area of commencement for the masquerade. Boars from local Haeseni hunters are to roast about the fire, with other assortments of appetizers of Haeseni cuisine being offered and kept warm at varying tables as the introductory speech before the dance begins is given. As the pyre continues to burn and the speech concludes, all are asked to come inside. Dance of Nikirala & Best-Dressed Competition All in attendance must abide by the dress code mentioned earlier – which consists of pale colors and the donning of a mask. As all enter the great hall, music will immediately commence and the dances shall begin. Those who wish to enter in the dress competition must inform the Queen Maya Barbanov or the Grand Lady, Aleksandra Alimar, during the beginning of the dance. It is asked that those participating not dress extravagantly – and instead aim more for beauty or handsomeness in their outfits. The winners shall be deemed the Lord and Lady of the Nikirala, and gifted a special prize as well as a blue sash finely crafted for the occasion. The competitors will be judged by the King and Queen. Signed, HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Maya Valeriya Barbanov, Queen-Consort of Hanseti-Ruska, Baroness of Antioch HER HIGHNESS, Princess Aleksandra Mariya Barbanov-Alimar, Grand Lady of the Royal Courts of Hanseti-Ruska
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