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  1. KARL GRASSLEY; GRASSLEY WORKS FOR VALWYCK [!] a portrait of Karl Grassley after a hard day's work collecting the Lallybroch harvest, circa 392 E.S. Grassley Works for Valwyck: Karl Grassley is one of the tenants of the Fiefdom of Lallybroch, a third generation fisherman and farmer who fishes Lake Voron in his early mornings and works the fields of Valwyck in the day. Karl knows a hard day's work, his whole life has been a hard day's work, and he hopes to work for you in the Royal Duma and represent the core values of the Ayrian people; grit, determination, and honesty. The Grassley Platform: I. To remove the tenant tax that kills the lowly subjects of Fiefdoms like Valwyck. II. To establish an rural subsidy for those who work the fields and provide for the kingdom itself. III. To push for fisherman and agricultural reforms and protections and advocate against free trade agreements that kill our farmers and fishermen at home. IV. To fight against senseless legislation that will harm the Ayrian people. V. To advocate for stronger feudal rights of nobility and Fiefdoms. VI. to represent the interests of the hardworking people of Lallybroch and the esteemed House Baruch. Elect Grassley as your representative; Because Grassley Works for Valwyck.
  2. IGN: DrewDOOD Character Name: Karl Grassley Age: 20 Place if Residence: Lallybroch
  3. Andrik Baruch attempts to remember a war a Barclay Marshall led and won and a time the military was this meritocratic and incorrupt but can't so he goes on about his day making love to his Hyspian mistress, Rosita. @Gusano
  4. Andrik Jan Baruch would nod with approval at the appointment of his nephew.
  5. Andrik Jan Baruch would chuckle, surrounded by his kin and the Greyguard as they drank Carrion Black and played poker over the hundreds of dead Rustler Revolutionaries that littered the road. in the background a bard would play the Ayrians favorite song;
  6. Andrik Jan Baruch would send an Ayrian courier to the Office of the Lord Speaker carrying a letter bearing the House Baruch Sigil; "Lord Herzen, It seems I shall once again fill in for you, as you still must hold a position of impartiality. I shall once again assume the responsibility of nominating a Lord Handler, and shall this time nominate Lord Yvo Mondblume and shall similarly vote in the affirmative Aye for his Confirmation. well wishes Cousin." Signed, His Excellency, Andrik Jan Baruch, Aulic Envoy of Hanseti-Ruska, HCA
  7. Andrik Jan Baruch would nod in approval, readying himself with his kin, whistling his new favorite war song;
  8. Andrik Jan Baruch would grin as he read the ransom missive, the Silver State of Tyranny and Terror would soon know the full might of Hanseti-Ruska. He then whistled his favorite war song as he went on with his duties;
  9. Sigmar Baruch would look down from the seven skies with a wide grin, “Ye know Eirik, these new offspring o’ ours may not be so bad after all, still soft as hell though.” He’d let out a hearty chuckle before toasting down to his great grandson and his family. Andrik Jan Baruch would give his two thumbs up in approval with the renewal of the ancestral guard of House Baruch.
  10. [!] A courtier would deliver a letter to the Lord Speaker's Office, bearing the sigil of the Lord Speakers own house. "Lord Speaker, As you do hold the position of impartiality, and asked for me to represent our seat in the Royal Duma, I assume the responsibility of nominating a Lord Handler falls to me. I nominate Lord Hildebrand Mondblume and similarly vote Aye on his nomination. Signed, Andrik Jan Baruch, Aulic Envoy of Haense, HCA
  11. Andrik Jan Baruch would nod, "Interesting findin's from Juliyus' studies, niet to say tha' I'm surprised. Glad the Society of Saint Henrik funded this research."
  12. SOCIETY OF SAINT HENRIK Est. 383 E.S. FOUNDING The origins of the Society of Saint Henrik emerge from the prolific political discourse from various informal Dumas throughout the late Petrovic and Ottonian periods. These informal gatherings consisted mainly of an elite few, the upper class of lordly nobility who came together to discuss and oftentimes advise the Crown and his councillors on current events and affairs of the day. These meetings are often credited for enshrining the Haeseni code of Jeremic Liberties into the government, a code that was previously used by St. Karl in the Duchy of Haense before the formation of the Kingdom we know today. One of the main architects of these gatherings was Saint Henrik Otto Bihar of whom the contemporary society is named after. Saint Henrik, often referred to as the Hauchpalatin or The Great Palatine, is a cornerstone of the modern Haeseni State and the founder of the Biharism ideology of which this Society stringently adheres to. During his time, Saint Henrik, guided by his faith, reinvigorated the nobility of Haense and found a sacred balance between both low and high born, a balance that all successors to his stature strive to obtain. Our Patron Saint helped establish a cultural legacy which is still partly present today, even with the Josephite Revolution and other culturally liberalizing events that have moved our Kingdom further away from its staunch traditions. Saint Henrik serves as a symbol of everlasting Highlandic tradition and is the embodiment of the Haeseni spirit. The reformation of this Society, under the watchful eye of Saint Henrik and Godani himself, hopes to rekindle the upper class highlander culture and reinvigorate the Biharist spirit within Hanseti-Ruska. The Society’s ultimate goal is to reestablish the prestige and suavity of the nobility and to preserve Haeseni traditions and culture by opposing the cultural secularization and liberalization that has seeped into the soil of the Kingdom through the Troubles and our prior entanglement with our former masters. CREED & IDEOLOGY I, as Eldervolk of Saint Henrik, profess my belief in the fatherhood of Godani and the brotherhood of the highlands. I vow to preserve Highlandic traditions, uphold Jeremic Rights, and renew Biharist virtues. I vow to defend my King, my Kingdom, and my Biharist principles till my dying breath. The Society of Saint Henrik is founded on these principles, and I will use my utmost effort to preserve them for Posterity. So Help me Godani. The Society of Saint Henrik follows closely to traditional Biharism, but focuses mainly on these tenets of the ideology and has embraced them as the main points of contention with the new era of progress: Traditionalism- a focus on maintaining the specific customs and traditions of the Highlander people, as well as the noble and monarchical hierarchy of Haense. A Biharist does not deny meritocracy and in fact mostly endorse it; however the ancient customs and traditions of the nobility and religion are typically left untouched and unmolested. Pan-Highlanderism- the concept of uniting all Highlanders, the Sons and Daughters of Joren, under one flag and one state. This includes both Raev, Hansetian, and other highlander peoples. Jeremic Liberties- the concept of the Haeseni subjects as protected under the government. Biharism holds the Jeremic Rights as its standard, which are as follows, “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.” The Society also holds into great esteem the idea of Everardianism, or Moralism, which holds Canonism and the Church of the Canon as the chief moral authority of the realm, and therefore, holds adherence to Canon Law as a vital virtue of the Haeseni national identity. Everardians tend to favor stricter moral laws, greater freedoms to the clergy, and patronage of Canonism as the state religion. The Jeremic Society embraces both main sub-branches of Biharism; Centralism and Feudalism, as equally important ideologies which should take part in scholarly debate; both are openly accepted and encouraged within the Society. Centralist-Biharism- a philosophy which supports greater powers of the royal state over that of the feudal estates, though in respect to Biharist rights and freedoms. Typically, a Centralist supports the royal army over that of noble levies, and greater focus on the primacy of central institutions. Feudalist-Biharism- is a centrist philosophy which supports greater rights of the estates over that of the central government, though in respect to Biharist views of authority and national loyalty. Typically, a Feudalist supports noble levies over the royal army, and a greater focus on feudal institutions. LEADERSHIP (Grand Elder) Haucelna = HCA (Vice Chancellor) Vizekanzler = VKR I HAUCELNA Andrik Baruch, HCA Andrew Baruch, HCA Year E.S. - Present | Year A.H. - Present @Drew2_dude Political Ideology: Everardian-Feudalist --- I VIZEKANZLER Juliyus Kortrevich, VKR Julius Kortrevich, VKR Year E.S. - Present | Year A.H. - Present @Quinn275 Political Ideology: Everardian-Centralist FUNCTION & DUTY The mission of the Society of St. Henrik is the restoration of a Pan-Highlandic identity within Haeseni society. For far too long, the distortion of the Haeseni national identity has been rampant, often by a crisis of confidence and a lack of internal consciousness of a definitive cultural destiny. Our primary duty is to assert who we are and who Haense has been- a bastion of certitude that has endured the crises of the human epoch for centuries. Ours is a patrimony of values that culminate into a fulfillment of generations of Haeseni people who have endured. Our mission is the sole reclamation and preservation of these ideals, the creeds that comprise Biharist virtues and the safeguarding of these sacred tenets to our posterity. Hauchkaiyer (The Great Meeting) shall be convened by the Hauceldna and facilitated on an annual or biennial basis. Members shall affirm an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Jeremic Liberties. A Holy Scroll must remain open for the full length of the meeting to ensure and remind those present that Godani and his word are ever present and that our hearts and minds should be filled with scripture and canonist virtues. No non-members or women are allowed to attend Hauchkaiyers, as the Society of Saint Henrik is a brotherhood and sacred fraternity, outsiders and those of the opposite sex are not permitted. Our organization shall serve in the interests of Haeseni welfare, bringing together our efforts to fundraise for the Archdiocese of Jorenus, advancing public campaigns for political candidates who espouse the classic ideals of the Haeseni people, encouraging and patronizing authors of works that share our message or exude Haeseni nationalism, and fundraising toward initiatives to beautify and uplift the homeland. MEMBERS & STYLING *Ranked in Seniority* (Grand Elder) Haucelna = HCA (Vice Chancellor) Vizekanzler = VKR (Member) Edlervolk = EK Andrik Jan Baruch, HCA - Aulic Envoy of Haense, former 1 term Alderman Juliyus Kortrevich, VKR - 5 term Royal Alderman of the Royal Duma Sir Viktor Kortrevich, EK - Hauchdragus of Haense, Kastellan Scribe of Haense Sir Franz Morovar, EK - 5 term Grand Maer, Baron of Ghaestenwald Cardinal Yaromir, EK- Cardinal and Patriarch of Jorenus Maric var Ruthern, EK - Former Lord Palatine of Haense, Duke of Vidaus Nikolas Barbanov, EK - Prince of Haense, Duke of Galahar Ruslan Baruch, EK - Lord Speaker of Haense, Duke of Valwyck Frederick Baruch, EK - Former 1 term Alderman and Grand Maer of Karosgrad HOW TO JOIN To join the Society of Saint Henrik, one must be an accomplished Haenseman who has enriched the culture and or State in some form, if you believe you should be accepted into this brotherhood, send a letter to the Haucelna, Andrik Jan Baruch, or the Vizekanzler, Juliyus Kortrevich. They will then determine of you are worthy of joining the elite society that sets out on preserving and revitalizing the traditions of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Signed, His Excellency, Andrik Jan Baruch, Aulic Envoy of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, HCA Juliyus Terrence Kortrevich, VKR
  13. Andrik Jan Baruch would chuckle, “seems the othaman had the poor fightin’ skills and lack o’ intelligence tha’ runs through all orenians. Glad ye put him in his place, yer Grace.” He’d toast a cup of Carrion to Ruslan as he reclined in his study chair in Valwyck.
  14. CHRONICLES OF AYR: THE TALE OF THE BEAR Authored By: Sigmar Joren Baruch, 298 E.S. | 1745 FOREWORD When I was a child, my great grandfather Marius Baruch told me this story, as every Baruch Lord prior to him told their sons and daughters. This is a story which fully demonstrates the strength, stubbornness, and determination of our old family. A story that is told to every Ayrian lad and lass as they’re tucked into bed, at every alehouse as the people gather around the orator, and by every bard that ventures up North and carries the tale South to corners of the world. This is the first manuscript of this old oral tale and shall serve as the first story in a long line of Ayrian chronicles that have yet to be translated from oration to quill and paper. The North, a cold and hard land. A stark and desolate place where most dare not venture, especially in the days of Axios. This is where House Baruch made its mark and began the traditions that are carried out even today. Have you ever wondered where our sigil came from? How House Baruch, a family of poor fishermen, got the sigil of a strong and formidable Bear? Well, this is that tale, the tale of how House Baruch became the House of the Bear. A painting of early Voron, 1572 Our first lord and notable patriarch, Eirik Ludvik Baruch, was only a young man at the start of this story, years before his ennoblement and elevation to Baron. He, and his younger brothers and sisters settled down north under the recently crowned King Petyr I of Hanseti-Ruska. Eirik and his family built an encampment quite the distance from the capital of Karlsburg, under the mighty Greyspine Mountains in the dense snowy forest by the coast, this would later become House Baruch’s Ancestral seat of Voron. But for now, the encampment was nothing but a few log houses and tents near the coast, far away from any unwanted guests and, to their detriment, from any help if ever desperately in need. Eirik, the eldest of his orphaned siblings, became the Head of House. The responsibility and survival of House Baruch depended all upon him. So, he did what he knew, fishing. He did not fish for entertainment or to pass the time, he fished because his family's life depended on it. The ground was too rocky and too frozen to bear crops and they did not have the resources yet to raise livestock, so all depended on Eirik and his fishing to sustain the family. After a time, he mastered his trade, he soon taught his brothers and sisters how to fish as they grew, and they did more than just survive, they thrived. They would go to the Karlsburg market and sell their fish, finally making a living past just mere survival. This, however, did have its drawbacks. The isolated and seemingly defenseless fishing village soon became a target for thieves, brigans and raiders. Easy prey, they thought, for a rather large sum of gold. Eirik, however, was not naive; he saw the darts that were glared in his direction as he made his way home from the markets. The greed of man was clear to him, and it was something he always feared would come to haunt his growing family. He knew one day that they would finally be the victim of an attack, yet he did not know when or how to properly defend his family from it. As this sweltering thought weighed heavily on his mind, the day did eventually come, the inevitable massacre he always feared finally did befall on his family. A depiction of the bandit ambush of House Baruch, 1579 It started as a usual day for Eirik, with fishing. He went along with his usual routine, however as he had come to find out, it was not so usual. As he fished, he felt eyes almost blazing a hole through the back of his head. He wasn’t sure what or who was watching, but he knew something was wrong. He made his way back to the main encampment, dropping off the fishnets and starting the fire to cook dinner. As the sun began to set, a dark and eerie aura befell upon the encampment. A lone man out of nowhere approached Eirik and the Baruch family as they settled down for dinner around the fire, this startled them all, as they hardly received visitors this far north, especially without forewarning. Soon, more and more men appeared around the encampment, it seemed they were all but encircled. “Pay with gold or pay with your life, either way, we aren’t leavin’ empty handed!” one shouted out to Eirik and the Baruchs as they drew their swords. It was all for naught however, Eirik and his family were surrounded and outnumbered, five to one. It was too late to call for help and almost certainly hopeless to fight back, but Eirik and his family refused to surrender, just as years ago they refused to surrender their lives to the harsh north. They were going to fight tooth and nail for what they had built, no matter the probability, no matter the outcome. As the heated battle ensued, Eirik, his three brothers, and his three sisters fought back against the raiders with all they had. Sword, harpoon, fire poker, and trident; anything they could find they used as a weapon. They fought hard for their home and their lives, but it likely wouldn’t be enough. They fought with such valor and intensity, but being so out supplied and outnumbered, only Godan or a miracle could save them now. And that’s just what happened. The depiction of the Great bear that saved Eirik and the Baruchs, 1580 A fierce rumbling could be heard around the forest as the fight ensued. A low growl and the thud of paws shaking the ground around them distracted all those there. Suddenly, out of what felt like thin air, a giant bear emerged from the forest, mauling those in its path, tearing them limb from limb. As it rampaged through bandit after bandit, it left those of House Baruch unharmed, only targeting the raiders that had ambushed Eirik and his family. Soon, the raiders, or at least the lucky few that left with their lives, ran from the village in terror, carrying the story with them to Karlsburg and further south as the fear of the Great Bear and Baruchs sent them far away from the northern lands. After the Bear realized it had killed and chased off all the raiders that came, he disappeared back into the woods, never to be seen by Eirik or his family again; although the feeling of eyes watching over them, protecting them in the darkness was carried along with Eirik and his family for years after the event. When the time came, for the ennoblement of Eirik and House Baruch, he thought back to the bear that had saved him and his family's life from the devilish raiders. He thought back to what all he and his family had been through. Surviving the harsh north alone and isolated from everyone else, building up a family and home from nothing to a wealthy fishing village, and surviving a massacre through their own mettle, self-determination, and a little help from Godan. He realized that his family symbolized what a bear stood for in his mind. House Baruch had weathered the harshest of winters all by itself, it had become a strong and formidable family as it aged, and it had fought its own battles and wore its scars proudly. This is why House Baruch chose the bear for its sigil. This is why House Baruch is the House of the Bear.
  15. Andrik Jan Baruch proudly campaigns with his son Frederik Baruch to continue the dynasty!
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