"We come as crows”
1937 A.H. | 490 E.S.
TO THE CITIZENS OF HANSETI-RUSKA,
In the last few decades since the tragic passing of Countess Emma and her firstborn heir, Henrik Matyas, the succession of the Ludovar title has led to a significant period of reformation within the family. Stanimar I stepped in, guiding those faithful to the blood from Almaris to the continent of Aveos safely, only to be succeeded by his firstborn son and Countess Emma’s firstborn daughter. Their union marked a new period for Ludovar, a period of composition that accumulated in the fabrication of an untouched Otistadt, envisioned by the great patriarchs of the past.
Located at the tallest peak of the Karenina mountains and surrounded by sturdy walls of stone quarried by the men of Ludovar, the castle at the heart of Otistadt is forevermore known as Isaakev. After the great King of Raev, Isaak I who conquered for his right of inheritance. The valiant man passed on a similar spirit to his son, Isaak II, and their combined reign brought peace and justice to the barren lands.
In celebration, the Ludovar family invites all to reveal in the ballroom for a night of imagination far from the rushed city life of the capital. While no trees grow high in the Karenina mountains, for this very night, an enchantment will envelop Isaakev and create a land of lushness where one may take refuge or perhaps take a chance at adventure.
The forest, often portrayed as a realm of enchantment and peril, appears in folktales wherever untamed wilderness takes the form of woodlands: it's a realm where ordinary journeys seldom venture, a domain where the extraordinary unfolds, and peculiar inhabitants may dwell – a realm inhabited by creatures of fantasy, sorcery, and whimsy. Within such forests, one might encounter conversing trees or branches that playfully unseat riders from their steeds. Thorny thickets could part to welcome wanderers but ensnare them within upon closure. Furthermore, certain flora might come alive or transform into creatures under the cover of night.
One cannot know for sure until they venture up the tower to Isaakev to see for themselves what might become of them on this very night. Guests are asked to dress as inhabitants of the woods and prepare their very best dancing shoes. Mina prizes for best dressed and best dance moves will be rewarded.
Formal invitations to this most glamorous of occasions are;
His Majesty, Aleskandr II, King of Hanseti-Ruska
Her Majesty, Amaya of Venzia, Queen-Consort of Hanseti-Ruska
Her Grace, Roslin Baruch, Duchess of Valwyck
His Grace, Aleksandr var Ruthern, Duke of Vidaus
His Grace, Manfred Barclay, Duke of Reinmar
The Right Honourable, Ileana Kortrevich, Countess of Jerovitz
The Right Honourable, Anabel Colborn, Countess of Malkovya
The Honourable, Audo Weiss, Viscount of Novkursain
His Highness, Francisco de Pelear, Viceroy of Hyspia
Her Ladyship, Alyona Godunov, Baroness of Verskaya
His Lordship, Edmund Stafyr, Baron of Thurant
His Lordship, Henrik Amador, Baron of Mondstadt
Her Royal Highness, Eirene Daria, Countess of Caluzzo
The Wards of Queen Amaya of Venzia
His Excellency, Otto Jakob Ludovar
Lord Speaker of Hanseti-Ruska, Count of Otistadt, Viscount of Sezwesk, Baron of Isaakev and Juliksburg, Lord of Kazstadt and Branzgaard
The Right Honorable, Klara Marie Ludovar
Countess-Consort of Otistadt, Viscountess-Consort of Sezwesk, Baroness-Consort of Isaakev and Juliksburg, Lady of Kazstadt and Branzgaard
Her Ladyship, Ludvika Sofya Ludovar
Ward of Queen Amaya