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  1. — THE MEMOIRS OF QUEEN CATHERINE I OF THE PETRA — – A HAND WORTH NATIONS – These memoirs are private and are currently unpublished. 14-17 A simple battle of decisions and consequences. That is what this has become, a battle of its own of attempting to excuse your own actions while damning those of another. Ignoring the contexts to best benefit your own narrative. Am I guilty of that too? Probably. Though my own journal is not a place for unbiased accounts. In my view, my actions will be justified. The circumstances that led to my actions will always balance out, and my own excuses will make the most sense. There is something to be said really about ‘unbiased’ opinions, the thing to be said is well, that they don’t exist. Within every writing is anger and sadness. There is grief and relief, and within mine, there is every emotion, in turmoil. I will never know if I was correct, if my actions the best. Those crossroads have all been burnt behind me. I signed the pacts with Haense, Numendil, Aaun, and Balian the day that the Heartlander Accord expired. There was no betrayal, no promise broken. I was not approached about extending or re-signing it, so I didn’t. The world is a very daunting place to be a little Queen alone, and after my experiences, I fear the dark, I fear the lonely road, I refuse to be caught out unprepared. I, and my nation, were about to be alone- so I fixed it. Perhaps in the eyes of those that don’t understand, I looked like a backstabbing coward. One that can’t hold their word or stand by their ‘friends’, but what friends were they to me? How dare I? How dare I? How dare I? How dare I look out for my people. How dare I look out for my own nation. How dare I look out for my family. How dare I allow a pact to expire. How dare I explore other options for alliances. How dare I sign new treaties. How dare I shut the gates of my city. How dare I turn away masked men. How dare I break the hand of bandits. How dare you. A man for a hand. They killed him. My cousins, my Uncle, my neighbors- they killed him. Do you understand what I do to bandits now? I kill them. Bandits will die in Petra, that is the rule. That is the rule that you gave me, Stassion. That is the lesson I learnt from you. That if you let them live, they will take the life of another, the life of an innocent. When word returned to them that Aimo had the bandits hand broken, they kidnapped the first citizen they could and they killed him. And yet they claimed they were not bandits. Liars. Liars. Liars. Liars. A man for a hand. A hand a hand- it was a hand. Is that what this world has come to? Taking lives for injuries? The lives of the unassociated, the lives of men that had nothing to do with you? How dare you kill him. If the cost of a hand is a man, then that man was worth a nation. And we shall take it. You have proven that your existence is nothing but a tumor on the Petran border. A blight on any map that I look at. A blight on the road between Vallagne and Whitespire. If I swear to anything, it will be the removal of that. For him. You have made me owe it to my people, vengeance. An innocent and a King. That is your legacy. Death. The death of a King that believed that you could be part of his nation, a part of his future. You ended his chance at a future. I knew Edmund, at least somewhat. He wanted to be my friend, he was gentle, he was kind. He wanted a world more than war and you denied us all of that. Perhaps you are worse than Veletz. Perhaps your sins are greater. You took this tense time, this period of bated breath where we were all waiting to see where the pawns would land on the board, and you took the first move. Your mistake. The world that I wanted was good, I wanted to be a Queen of peace and progress. I wanted to rebuild Vallagne, to expand the farmland. I wanted to build hamlets and cottages and create a cozy life in the Petran countryside for those that wished for it. I wanted to have jousts and tournaments, to have tavern nights and gambling. I wanted something, and I was not allowed it. Instead, I am a hateful woman seeking revenge and death in exchange for death. Who started the death, the killing? It was not me. Breakwater, Brasca. Two battles towards the rest of my life, to revenge and hope. I hope they mean as much as I pray they do. It is times like these when I am glad that my parents are dead, that they don’t have to look at their dear little daughter and see the small set of armor that now adorns her, or the mud that dries on the plate. The way that I didn’t think my hair could get any redder, but the blood staining it proves me wrong. I wonder if the two men that I killed at Brasca apologized to my parents for what they have been part of forcing me to become. Was it a relief, Gustaf? Falling to that arrow? That you wouldn’t be part of this problem any longer, you wouldn’t have to pace through the anxiety before battle, or stitch up slashes through your skin? You don’t have to mourn the losses of your comrades, or bask in terrified awe as a keep is blown apart like a childs sand castle being kicked? Is it relieving? Is it calming? Did you fear in the end? Despite it all, Gustaf, I hope you didn’t feel it. I hope that you were able to look up at the sky and away from the battle as you died. In the end, perhaps I didn’t hate you, but you were the start of the hate that has grown within me, and I am afraid that you being gone can’t be the end of it. You may have started it, but you did not carry it further, you did not feed it. Go in peace, Gustaf, because you never would’ve gotten it from me for what you have begun. Go in peace, because God only knows there is none here. Somehow, I am finding that these battles are the parts that I prefer the most about the war. There’s some simplicity in it, you go in knowing to expect death and battle. At home? The walls scare me. The scrapes, the noises, a crash outside the wall. The kidnappings have begun, the hostages. I don’t know if it’s something that I’d be able to handle. There are still marks around my wrists where I was chained by the deadmen. Tearing at the flesh on my arms to try to pull free of a burning tree. How do war prisoners get treated? Do they have similar chains? Would I panic all over again? Would I black out and see that cave, those faces, and that tree again? The tunnels so far have been safe. I will keep taking my people into the tunnels. We will do all we can to not be captured. I don’t know if I could survive being kidnapped again.
  2. THE CHANCELLOR VOTE OF 110 Issued and averred by Her Majesty Atstana de Regne Petrère 110 With the debate completed, the candidates having duelled, and the allotted time to look over the transcript properly before the election, the citizens of the Commonwealth may now vote for their next chancellor. Only citizens of the Commonwealth who are over the age of 18, and are in good standing with the Catherinian code may vote. May the best Chancellor win and help lead us into a brighter future. CANDIDATES WILFORD REINHOLD RIGOBERTO DE LA CRUZ DEBATE TRANSCRIPT VOTING LINK The voting will remain up for exactly 48 Saints Hours. [CLOSES 11AM EST SATURDAY THE 24TH] Her Majesty, Catherine I, By the Grace of GOD, Queen of the Commonwealth of the Petra, Marquise de Val d’Estenou, Countess of Temesch and Moere, Baroness of Garmont, Valfleur, Vallagne-en-Petra, Brasca, and of the Phoenixspire, Protector of the Meadows, Defender of Liberty
  3. THE CHANCELLOR DEBATE TRANSCRIPT Issued and averred by Her Majesty Atstana de Regne Petrère 110 CROWN QUESTIONS -What do you think Petra currently lacks the most? -What avenues do you think would be best explored to improve communication between the government and the community? -How would you suggest dealing with a lack of available or advertised opportunities within Petra? CITIZEN QUESTIONS -How do you plan to help protect Petra? -How do you intend to handle the uprising of Godless heathens who capture and kill our people, as well as the ones who suffer us with their pagan abominations? -In what specific ways would each of you work to promote young, new, and admittedly unskilled peasants and settlers and allow them to grow as individuals and potential families? -How would you go about hearing and possibly using the influx of suggestions of change from people outside of the garmont? -Do you like ice cream, and what is your favourite colour? THE DUEL Queen Catherine I challenged the two candidates to a duel, where they then declined to fight the Monarch as it is their duties as guards and knights to protect her. Instead, a compromise was made where the two candidates duelled each other. It was a close duel, though Sir Wilford came out on top as he disarmed Rigoberto. What do you think Petra currently lacks the most WILFORD Honestly? We need more housing inside the walls. Badly. We have an influx of interest, but not the accommodation. Along with that, we need to connect with the people more. Reach out to new members, make them feel welcome. And along with those, we need to support our existing community. The tavern, the library, all spots of common commotion. We need to support them as best we can, and find more ways to bring people together. RIGOBERTO What is Petra lacking? I'm more inclined to ask what isn’t Petra Packing! Petra's poppin , but If I were to say we lacked one thing, it would be ambition. Peace has brought us rest, but there are few National focuses that will guide us moving forward. Wilford is right to note, housing issues have only been exacerbated with said interest in our community. We still suffer growing pains, stretch marks on a community that struggles to accomodate everyone. I believe that focusing on Republican institutions, developing our countryside under the Solland Act, and opening up the courts and government again would deal with this, and give us much in return for pursuing. Furthermore The focus on our satellite communities. Moleton, Chambery, the Monastery - all could be leveraged to accommodate new folk, with expansion and integration, I am sure. What avenues do you think would be best explored to improve communication between the government and the community? WILFORD We have an incredibly underutilised solution to this: The Garmont Assembly. - Because most people don’t know what it is. If we’re to expand on the assembly, give more information, I believe the best course of action is to allow people to present ideas and petitions, and allow them to be voted on, same as the members do. The people of Petra are innovators, and creative. We need to nourish that talent, and show that we listen. Along with that, I believe the Garmont should be a time when citizens can give feedback on how things are going. What’s working, and what’s not. We have the resources, if we look. RIGOBERTO Well my Reina, court would be an option, but with the city I have explored making time for anyone who passed the tavern on city issues. Working close to the people helps. Truly, more criers, flyers, and more announcements will improve communications from the government, but more assemblies, more meetings, and more outreach will help too. Making our system more open to the community, more Dumacratic, will allow the community to communicate with us. Expanding our councilors' staffs to include those with interests in various issues may also be a great idea! How would you suggest dealing with a lack of available or advertised opportunities within Petra? WILFORD Once again, we have the means to solve this issue. In the tavern there’s an unused wall- Why don’t we use it? Other nations have boards listing jobs, and who to contact with interest. Not only would that give us a bridge between the government and the people, but it draws more people to a communal space. It should also contain information on the city, cultural and such. We need to be more friendly, both literally and metaphorically to new people. They need to know who to ask questions to when they have them. RIGOBERTO I would start by asking the people what opportunities they are seeking. We can make any role we wish and ask people to fill it - someone to dig a ditch, another to fill it. Two opportunities there - but what is that worth if it's not an opportunity people want? There is a misunderstanding about opportunity in Petra.. I believe there are opportunities for all, but many are seeking something we have not made clear that we can offer. With the number of nobility in our society, who are generally more engaged with their own estates than affairs of the nation, perhaps we could hope to see them offer gainful employment, carve out niches in the countryside. I am not holding my breath for that, though. Unless they use their privilege to offer opportunities to others, I say it is then up to us in government and Vallagne to expand our government and outreach, and to create new national works that we may include others on. To work with the communities in Petra - from Hohkmat to the Monastery, from Chambery to Moleton - to find what people want, what people need, and then take a proactive approach to fill them. Let us who have the opportunities to offer find those seeking, let those seeking find us with those opportunities in hand - this is how a community is built. How do you plan to help protect Petra? WILFORD Simple- I plan to work with our Knight Commander and' Watch Captain to expand the outreach of our military. Offer more to join, make it easier. But for those who don’t wish to join, I would like to expand the walls. Et goes hand in hand with housing, really. People want to live in the walls because it's safer. If we can do tha', we've already done half our job. Bu' et really comes down to outreach and offering' our support when things happen. Because they always will. If our people cannae rely on us for protection, we've doomed our city. RIGOBERTO As I always have, I'll be at the gates, I'll keep myself armed - and for the people, I'll be keeping a keen eye on those in our midst. I'll be quick to investigate dangers, and slow to welcome them. Our safety is ensured not through any particular action, but by not being complacent when we are called to duty. We've a good track record of not having our leaders kidnapped. I intend to keep it that way. How do you intend to handle the uprising of Godless heathens who capture and kill our people, as well as the ones who suffer us with their pagan abominations? WILFORD If you mean darkspawn, naturally we have no tolerance for them. As a Knight, one o' my creeds is to root them out and dispose of them. I was a darkspawn hunter for twenty-five years, until I retired. He nods slowly. Any darkspawn found within our city will be dealt with. If they are open to rehabilitation, so be it. Otherwise, we have many capable men to protect our people from dark forces. RIGOBERTO If they stray from the law, they will be burnt by the flames of justice. Anyone who puts a hand on our people is liable to lose it. Pagans, though? I figure that's something we would need to coordinate with the Monastery about. In what specific ways would each of you work to promote young, new, and admittedly unskilled peasants and settlers and allow them to grow as individuals and potential families? WILFORD Honestly, approach us. I have been in your position before. I am not of noble birth. I was raised for my efforts in the community. It's- terrifying to speak with those in charge sometimes, but they're just people. They started somewhere, same as ye are. I truly hope I can make these opportunities more accessible to the common person. We need stewards, we need guards, we need community. The best way to achieve this is communication. When et comes down to et, no one can know wha' ye wish unless ye tell et. And people will listen. RIGOBERTO Senor, when I first came into town, I had two prospects To become a barkeeper, or a recruit in the Riverguard. So I became both! At that, he would chuckle, shaking his head as he gestured about, Unskilled peasants and settlers? My only skill was as a farmer. Our community must NOT disrespect someone willing to learn by calling them unskilled - our work is hard work, no? I spoke or opportunities in the city, our need to create roles that suit people. You show a lot of ambition just asking this question, but to know what it is you need to succeed, I need to ask you questions as well. We should speak after this. How would you go about hearing and possibly using the influx of suggestions of change from people outside of the garmont? WILFORD As I said before, I want to open up the Garmont to the common people. I believe that everyone should be able to present petitions and ideas the same as the electors. Et's how we can stay connected with our community, and recieve needed feedback on our city. Everyone has a voice. It's up to those in charge to elevate those voices. RIGOBERTO I believe there ought to be more done surrounding Garmont. We've plenty of space to discuss policy at the upper floor of the tavern, we have many members of the assembly who could lend voice and ear to these issues. Truly, I think it is by making more of an engaged spectacle of Dumacracy of our Garmont, that we will hear more, see more, and do more for our community. Do you like ice cream, and what is your favourite colour? WILFORD Always been fond of ice cream, and my favourite color is red. I just look be'er in blue. RIGOBERTO Ice-cream? Senora, a Hyspian who cannot enjoy ice cream is an imposter - I love ice cream. I'm a red guy myself Her Majesty, Catherine I, By the Grace of GOD, Queen of the Commonwealth of the Petra, Marquise de Val d’Estenou, Countess of Temesch and Moere, Baroness of Garmont, Valfleur, Vallagne-en-Petra, Brasca, and of the Phoenixspire, Protector of the Meadows, Defender of Liberty
  4. THE NOMINEES FOR THE PETRAN CHANCELLOR ELECTION Issued and averred by Her Majesty Atstana de Regne Petrère 109 The three governing institutions of the Petra have all separately met and chosen their nominees for the position of the Chancellor of the Commonwealth, a position that has been decided to become elected through popular vote. Each of the main three governing institutions of the Petra may put forward one candidate each, to be decided among themselves in whatever way they see fit; these three institutions are - The Round Table of Knights, the Garmont Assembly, and the River Council. The Round Table’s Nominee - Sir Wilford Reinhold, Viscount of Stormont The Garmont Assembly’s Nominee - Mister Rigoberto de la Cruz The River Council’s Nominee - Mister Rigoberto de la Cruz As shown by this round of nominations, the three institutions may nominate the same candidate. This will not change the vote itself, though it may be taken into consideration by voters to see which institutions back which candidates. The Chancellor Debate The Chancellor debate shall take place on [WEDNESDAY THE 21ST, at 9PM EST], in the square of Vallagne and it shall be run by Queen Catherine I. There will be a list of pre-set questions for the two candidates to answer, and then the floor will be opened to the people of the Petra. An accurate transcript of the debate shall be written and posted, and then the voting for the election will begin at least 12 Saints hours after the posting, and will remain open for exactly 48 Saints hours. Her Royal Majesty, Catherine I, By the Grace of GOD, Queen of the Commonwealth of the Petra, Marquise de Val d’Estenou, Countess of Temesch and Moere, Baroness of Garmont, Valfleur, Vallagne-en-Petra, Brasca, and of the Phoenixspire, Protector of the Meadows, Defender of Liberty
  5. FOUR CANONIST PRINCES ON MARRIAGE On this 12th of Sun’s Smile, 1964 We, the Queens of the Petra, Balian, Numendil, and the Viceroy of Hyspia, have put ourselves to the mercy of testing for signs of Iblees and Darkspawn, and have been found innocent. We have undertaken a pilgrimage together across Canondom, and we have considered the wills of our people. Peoples battered by secular war, by the infringement of Iblees on our righteousness, and who have been held together through it all with one simple thing: their love for eachother. For many years, marriage between man and man, or woman and woman has remained illegal and resultantly perceived as taboo due to vague, possibly misinterpreted, scripture surrounding the processes and rules of the Holy Union. In consultation with various authorities and students of the Holy Scrolls, and in thoughtful meditation and prayed with He who sent the Holy Word for us, we sovereigns have come to the conclusion that GOD has not sent direct word upon the matter. We, four Canonist Princes- three Coronated by the Pontiff by the Grace of God, have dwelled upon this issue for many years. Together in thought we have pondered one question: why should we use the authority of the state to declare love between consenting humans a sin? By forcing the opinion that this version of love is wrong, we force upon our people much more heinous sins. We force them to undertake the sin of lying. To lie of the love one holds for another, you deny yourself and GOD the truth of your own soul, you lie of the very thing you hold most dear and you lie to cover up the shame that has been forced upon you. We force them to undertake the sin of fornication. Unless they force themselves to give up their love for one another, with no option to properly wed, they are forced to commit sin in order to lay or remain with one another in a romantic capacity. We force them to undertake the sin of envy. To envy the openness of love that others have. In rigidly enforcing certain mediums, save those most necessary, of the expression of love, We force our own secular peoples, and the Canonist flock, to begin to look elsewhere for the answers and acceptance that they seek. It is no coincidence that more same gender couples are among the ranks of elves and other races. The acceptance of these practices are by no means ruinous to their civilizations, and just as such worries were expressed during the age when women gained the right of equal inheritance, so too are fears of societal degradation upon the permittance of marriage between the same sexes unfounded in present reality. This love, the same as between a man and a woman, is not an optional choice. When we deny them the meagre right to love, we push them away from GOD'S light, we send them to Iblees through our own prejudice. We are meant to be one people under GOD, and yet they are pushed away. As from the studies of the Balian Monsignor, Prince Enrico Amadeus, Count of Abretta; The Scrolls themselves, I find, do not declare the marriage of man and man, nor woman or woman, to be sinful. In fact, that which is sinful is to force them to lie with one another outside of marriage: “... and none shall lie together but in holy union.” (Scroll of Virtue 3:9) Of course, the Canticle of Temperance within the Scroll of Virtue does decree two more instances in which one shall not lie with another: “You shall not lie with your kin, nor those of other tribes.” (Scroll of Virtue 3:9) In summary, the Canticle of Virtue poses that it is sinful to lie with one of your kin, one of another tribe (race), and outside of marriage. There is no inherent sin in a man lying with a man, nor a woman with a woman. The scholarly priest here may stop me and say that the earlier part of the Canticle of Temperance decrees marriage between only a man and a woman: “And as I made for you the worldly pleasures, so too have I made the pleasures of the spirit, and the love of the husband and wife.” (Scroll of Virtue 3:5) But I believe this not to be true, the Scroll of Virtue was delivered unto Exalted Horen, and so it is likely that the only marriage to have happened at the time is that of Exalted Horen and Saint Julia. It is an example, not a rule. Further, I do find that the keyword in the passage is love, not husband and wife. GOD has made for us the love that we hold for one another, as husbands, as wives, regardless of who we hold it for. It matters not if the love is held by a husband for a wife or a husband, so long as the love is held faithfully and truly. In due time, the theologians within the Curia and within the nations shall come to this revelation, a path that the Holy Church, I believe, has been on before, but yet to see to fruition. Therefore, we four Canonist Princes hereby declare; That no secular laws shall prevent the marriage between man and man, or woman or woman, or shall be allowed to stand or to be codified into law. That the secular laws of our nations shall protect these partnerships, whether married or not, from persecution. We, four Canonist Princes, shall put no blockade in front of the love of two. We petition His Holiness, Pontiff Sixtus VI to consider our words and opinions on the matter as GOD has not forbidden it. We have listened to the hearts of our peoples, our sections of the Canonist Flock that you lead, and there is change that is necessary. Allow our peoples to bind themselves in matrimony to those that they love so that they shall no longer be pushed from GODs light. We do not ask you to force all priests of Canonism to conduct these marriages, only that those that believe the same as us be allowed to bind these souls under Canonism. Her Royal Majesty, Catherine I, By the Grace of GOD, Queen of the Commonwealth of the Petra, Marquise de Val d’Estenou, Countess of Temesch and Moere, Baroness of Garmont, Valfleur, Vallagne-en-Petra, Brasca, and of the Phoenixspire, Protector of the Meadows, Defender of Liberty HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Sybille I, by the Grace of GOD, Queen of Balian, Princess of Providence, Duchess of Helena and Lorraine, Countess of Pompourelia, Viscountess of Eflen and Anatis, Baroness of Renzfeld, Brucca, Valens, Malenos and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Tar-Caraneth Aryantë of the House Arthalionath, by the Grace of GOD, Queen of the Númenedain, Princess of Númenost and Minas Amath, Protector of the Adunians, Master of the Sharadûn, Templar of the Archangel Michael, Knight of the Realm HIS HIGHNESS, Cesar II de Pelear, Viceroy of Hyspia, Duke of Pacazu, Baron of Arenisca and Del’mar, Lord of Ladorada, Lord of Niseep, Gereon's Hold, and Ciudad de Plata, Gran Maestre of El Orden de Francisco, Protector of the Hyspian People, Protector of the Farfolk, Patriarch of House de Pelear
  6. — THE MEMOIRS OF QUEEN CATHERINE I OF THE PETRA — – FRAYED AND SNAPPED – These memoirs are private and are currently unpublished. 10-13 I once believed that there was room in the world for the dreamers, those that hoped for good and light. That’s how I went into my reign, with sparkles in my eyes and hope dancing between my fingertips as I attempted to work diligently to preserve and restore the Commonwealth. I had believed in the sweet tales I had been told, of rebuilt Veletzian honor. In lies that they were our good allies that were only there to help. Myself and Konstantin, my Lord Regent, worked diligently to stabilize Petra internally, but externally, things were brewing. Even a child could see it. The Veletzian developments taught me of the many masks a leader must make. The mask of a child, an innocent who doesn’t know any better. The mask of a woman, frail and breakable. The mask of a scribe, who doesn’t know battle plans. The mask of a Queen, that needs to be respected. The mask of a Leader, where the weight of everything rests. The mask you choose to wear changes depending on the meeting. The purpose. For the Veletzians, it was the masks of a child and a Queen that I would wear; innocent, doesn’t know better, but deserves respect due to her station. The consequences of those masks slipping before planned could be catastrophic. The masks never slipped, not until I threw them to smash against the wall when I was done with them. Between the tense meetings surrounded by Veletzian dogs, and the arduous task of securing the nation, it felt like the weight of the world rested on the small shoulders of a little girl. Each meeting was more tense than the last. It seemed like they gave me a tentative benefit of the doubt after their near-assault on my Grandmother, Queen Renilde, apparently I was new and untested enough that perhaps I’d be moldable into something useful enough to have around. I had hope, still- oh how there was hope in my heart that they would be my allies, my friends. That perhaps the past was simply the result of my grandmother's mistakes. Every meeting became more tense as the desire of the Veletzians became clearer: I was not to be an equal, I was to listen, to behave, to follow orders. They wanted a puppet, and I wanted wings. The meeting where all became clear was filled with chaos- it was a whirlwind of terrible timings and tense situations. The Veletzians wanted access to a copper mine that didn’t exist. A Petran guard saying that he should’ve brought a will-o-bottle to kill the Veletzian visitors. A Ferryman leaning over my shoulder explaining basic concepts with toys. Sir Gaspard claiming that it broke our treaty for me to sign a Non-Aggression pact. A tornado had gone off in the Petran palace- and I had to sweep up the mess while the wind still blew. The guard was reprimanded and removed from the Palace to prevent further outlash. The Non-Aggression pact was rescinded, to prevent the Veletzians from pushing further. I said that should we find copper, they would be the first to know of the mine's opening. The guard, Pelym, who I had enjoyed very much, had multiple chances over the years to remedy dangerous behavior- he was executed by my own sword after the meeting for putting everyone in danger. When I think back to the different meetings with the Veletzians, I distinctly recall having a tense feeling of hope in my heart. There must’ve been a reason that we had allied with them, there must’ve been a purpose that we had chosen them above the others- though now I do not know it. They once seemed like a good, honorable sort of people, with a specific code that could be counted upon. Perhaps the mistake was mine, for never getting a copy and reading it. I always have thrived off of having more information, and I always seemed a step behind them during this time. I was unaware of so much that perhaps could’ve prevented the war, or at least the Petran involvement in it. If I had known more about the Veletzians' grudge against Balian, if I had known to not leave my Uncle alone in a room with them, if I had known why they distrusted my Grandmother so, if I knew why they employed the Ferrymen. Perhaps, with more information, or perhaps with more experience, Sir Gaspard would’ve looked at me as an equal instead of a child that could be pushed. I suppose in the end he was the one with a lack of information, as in the end it was his calculation that was wrong. I could not be pushed. As I re-entered the room with Sir Gaspard and my Uncle, I came to a scene of Sir Gaspard and his Nephew challenging him to a duel that was accepted. I never asked what was said to cause the duel, but that itself was not an issue. We all gathered on the bridge between Petra and Veletz, and the duels commenced. Alberic was not a duelist, and was bested by both men. As the second duel, the one with Sir Gaspard’s Nephew, came to an end. His sword came to Alberics throat. It rested there, as he looked at the child Queen. “So, about access to that copper mine.” There was no copper mine. Catherine was not involved in the duel. The sword of her “ally” rested at the Uncle that raised her’s throat. So the final tether on her hope snapped, And Catherine learned how to hate.
  7. THE CHANCELLOR’S ELECTION EDICT Issued and averred by Her Majesty Atstana de Regne Petrère 108 Passed through the Garmont Assembly With the war nearly done, and a new era coming to Petra, the reformation of the Petran government and identity must continue. It is the Crown's belief that the people of Petra should have a say in the direction of the nation at large. Therefore, with stipulations in place to protect the sanctity of the Crown, and the working relationship between the Chancellor and Monarch, the Chancellor of the Petra shall now be an elected position. AMENDMENT TO THE CATHERINIAN CODE, THE CONSTITUTION OF THE COMMONWEALTH: ARTICLE VI, THE ELECTION OF THE CHANCELLOR I. The Nominations of the Chancellor a. Three Nominee’s shall be put forth, from the Garmont Assembly, the Round Table of Knights, and from the River Council. b. The names of the Nominees shall be given to the Crown, who shall approve or decline a Nominee should they have concerns of integrity, honesty, intent, or if they believe the Nominee will work poorly with the Crown. c. Should a Nominee be denied, the body that Nominated them shall have one chance to choose a new Nominee. c.i If both Nominees get denied, or if they re-nominate the originally declined Nominee a second time, the election shall proceed without a Nominee from that body. d. Nominees are allowed to decline their nomination and should let the Crown or the Nominating Body know before the Chancellor debate has taken place. d.i. If the Nominee pulls out, or declines the Nomination after the Chancellor’s debate has taken place, the Nominating Body may not postpone to choose a new candidate. d.ii. If the Nominee pulls out, or declines the Nomination before the Chancellor’s debate has taken place, the election and debate may be postponed to allow for a new candidate to be put forth. II. The Chancellor Debate a. An election may only go forward with a debate being held. b. The Chancellor’s debate must allow for citizen questions. c. A complete and accurate transcript must be kept and posted at least 12 Saints hours before the polling for the Chancellor begins. III. The Chancellor’s Election a. All citizens that qualify with the voting guidelines may vote for the Chancellor of the Commonwealth. b. The polling for the Chancellor must be open for exactly 48 Saints Hours, and any votes cast past that must be disqualified. c. A Nominee must have at least half of the votes to gain the seat of the Chancellor. c.i. If no Nominee gains over half of the votes, the lowest Nominee shall be removed from the poll, and the voting shall begin again, where the seat will go to whoever gains the majority. IV. Nomination Requirements In order for a Nominee to be put forth, they must fit all requirements put forth. a. A Nominee must have been a Citizen of Petra for at least 10 years. b. A Nominee must have been actively working within Petra for at least 5 years. c. A Nominee must be in good standing with the Catherinian Code. d. A Nominee must be in good standing with the Canonist Church. e. A Nominee must be willing to run in the Chancellor’s Election. V. The Term of the Chancellor a. Once Elected, a Chancellor shall remain either until their own willful retirement, or their removal by the Crown. Her Royal Majesty, Catherine I, By the Grace of GOD, Queen of the Commonwealth of the Petra, Marquise de Val d’Estenou, Countess of Temesch and Moere, Baroness of Garmont, Valfleur, Vallagne-en-Petra, Brasca, and of the Phoenixspire, Protector of the Meadows, Defender of Liberty
  8. THE TEMESCH EDICT Issued and averred by Her Majesty Atstana de Regne Petrère 106 With the Royal Family of the Petra fully taking the surname of Temesch from their forefathers, there required clarifications on the house of Temesch, its lines, and the inheritance of the titles within the house. The Succession and the Right to the Crown of the Petra As per the Catherinian Code and the Constitution of the Commonwealth, the Crown of the Petra is solely to be inherited by the rightful descendants of Paul Salvian. As the two main lines of Temesch, Temesch of the Petra and Temesch et Martiel split between Paul Salvian, and his younger brother, Charles Joseph, the Martiel line does not and shall continue to hold no right to the Crown of the Petra. The Succession and Right to the County of Martiel Likewise, the branch of Temesch of the Petra shall hold no right to inherit the titles of Temesch et Martiel through blood. The Crown of the Petra continues to maintain the right as their sovereign to revoke or change the titles of the house of Temesch et Martiel, but may not inherit the title otherwise. The Bastard House of Moere The surname of all bastards, disowned or born, from any branch of the House of Temesch shall take the surname Moere and hold no right to claim or inherit titles from either of the branches. The Disownment of Anthony Marcellus Temesch et Resmore The Resmore branch of Temesch, after leaving the Commonwealth to leave to the now conquered Principality of Stassion, shall hereby be disowned and shall now only hold the bastard surname of Moere. This disownment shall purely affect Anthony Marcellus and his children, and all others that have continued to claim the line of Temesch et Resmore shall be absorbed into the line of Temesch et Martiel. The Official Lines of Temesch As of this edict, there shall only be two lines of the House of Temesch, the line of the Petra, and et Martiel. Temesch of the Petra shall be considered the senior branch of Temesch through their holding of the original County of Temesch and Moere, but shall not interfere with the internals of the Martiel Line. Her Majesty, Catherine I, By the Grace of GOD, Queen of the Commonwealth of the Petra, Marquise de Val d’Estenou, Countess of Temesch and Moere, Baroness of Garmont, Valfleur, Vallagne-en-Petra, Brasca, and of the Phoenixspire, Protector of the Meadows, Defender of Liberty His Excellency, Adrian Godfrey Temesch et Martiel, Count of Martiel, Viscount of Mies, Baron of Resmore, and Grand Speaker of the Garmont Assembly of the Petra The Right Honorable, Wilhelmina Emma Temesch et Martiel, Countess-consort of Martiel, Viscountess-consort of Mies, Baroness-consort of Resmore, and Scribe of the Garmont Assembly of the Petra
  9. A LEGACY OF OUR OWN Issued and averred by Her Majesty Atstana de Regne Petrère 106 It is the Crown's belief that it is in the best interest that the House of the Petra chart a new course apart from the olden Novellens lest we find ourselves stuck pacing at the end of an era, unable to move forward. Our history is something that I personally take little pride in reminiscing on, being the legacy of dictators. We are the remnants of an Empire built upon the work of many and the subjugation of far more. What glory is there left to gain from these rotting pages of history? Repeating your ancestors' mistakes rarely have a new outcome the second, third, or fourth time around. I do not intend to repeat these mistakes, nor do I intend to let the long-dead ancestors of my house lay claim to what we have become simply because we are their descendants. The House, Crown, Commonwealth, and River of the Petra diverged from the path the Novellens walked some time ago. Our destiny became our own upon the founding of our Archduchy, and the building of our unique identity. To put us simply to the origins of the blood thrumming through our veins is a disservice to our own work and legacy. We are our own. Our own land, our own nation, our own work and our own dynasty- and it is time that was made clear instead of the silent and slow disuse of the name. The Crown of the Petra will continue to reject the use of the name Novellen. It may be our history, but our legacy is none but our own. We are the descendants of Paul Salvian, who presided over a House that had been compelled to abandon the usage of that name even before the founding of the Commonwealth, and only his descendants may hold sway to our Crown. We have not used the name Novellen since long before my own birth, and we shall not be resurrecting its use. As a symbol of this resolve, the Royal House shall henceforth strive to honour the wishes of Paul Salvian in once again taking up the proper surname of Temesch of the Petra. Long live the Royal House of Temesch of the Petra Long live the Commonwealth Her Majesty, Catherine I, By the Grace of GOD, Queen of the Commonwealth of the Petra, Marquise de Val d’Estenou, Countess of Temesch and Moere, Baroness of Garmont, Valfleur, Vallagne-en-Petra, Brasca, and of the Phoenixspire, Protector of the Meadows, Defender of Liberty
  10. I am a firm believer in that the nations that should be accepted are the ones that got here through roleplay and hard work. The Barclays have had an immense amount of build up to this, and entirely deserve to be allowed to continue despite recent ramblings of cutting down on nation acceptance. There are exceptions to things, and these guys are it. They began as a barony under another nation, they grew there for years through their hard work and dedication. They did the same again with a new branch in Aaun, proving even more how much work they put into their projects and the dedication they have to interesting and unique communities. Let roleplay make nations. Let in-character actions make nations. Let dedication and hard work make nations. Let the Barclays make a nation, it makes sense.
  11. – LETTERS PATENT – – for the BARONY of HRENTHORNE – Issued and averred by Her Majesty Atstana de Regne Petrère 104 BY THE ORDER OF HER MAJESTY, CATHERINE I, Our loyal subject, Marius Lovetts, is hereby elevated to the position of Baron of Hrenthorne for their and their families continued service to the Commonwealth of the Petra. Those of Hrenthorne have worked diligently for the Commonwealth, and are hereby recognized for their efforts. Lord Marius has worked as both a Knight and a scribe for the Commonwealth for some time, assisting in the culture and literature of the Petra. He and his family are hereby afforded the chance and promotion to a Barony, where it is hoped that he and his family continue to prove their dedication to the Commonwealth and its arts. With this elevation, Marius Lovetts, in representation of their family, shall take upon them the responsibilities and expectations of a Peer of the Commonwealth of the Petra. They and their family are to uphold and lift up the Commonwealth and their fellow citizens. To respect the sanctity of the laws of the Commonwealth, and be part of leading it into a bright and stable future. Her Majesty, Catherine I, By the Grace of GOD, Queen of the Commonwealth of the Petra, Marquise de Val d’Estenou, Countess of Temesch and Moere, Baroness of Garmont, Valfleur, Vallagne-en-Petra, Brasca, and of the Phoenixspire, Protector of the Meadows, Defender of Liberty His Highness, August Alcaeus of the Petra, Prince of Abrana, Baron of Wittenbach, Prince-Consort of the Petra
  12. – LETTERS PATENT – – for the VISCOUNTY of STORMONT – Issued and averred by Her Majesty Atstana de Regne Petrère 104 BY THE ORDER OF HER MAJESTY, CATHERINE I, Our loyal subjects, Wilford and Atticus Reinhold, are hereby elevated to the position of Viscounts of Stormont for their and their families continued service to the Commonwealth of the Petra. Those of Stormont have worked diligently for the Commonwealth, and are hereby recognized for their efforts. These two men have continuously worked to better the Commonwealth in every way that they are able to assist in. From both joining the ranks of the Petrine Laurel, attending and assisting with the continued war efforts, and bettering relations between Petra and the Hohkmati, the house of Reinhold is a stellar example of what a true Petran is. With this elevation, Wilford and Atticus Reinhold, in representation of their family, shall take upon them the responsibilities and expectations of a Peer of the Commonwealth of the Petra. They and their family are to uphold and lift up the Commonwealth and their fellow citizens. To respect the sanctity of the laws of the Commonwealth, and be part of leading it into a bright and stable future. Her Majesty, Catherine I, By the Grace of GOD, Queen of the Commonwealth of the Petra, Marquise de Val d’Estenou, Countess of Temesch and Moere, Baroness of Garmont, Valfleur, Vallagne-en-Petra, Brasca, and of the Phoenixspire, Protector of the Meadows, Defender of Liberty His Highness, August Alcaeus of the Petra, Prince of Abrana, Baron of Wittenbach, Prince-Consort of the Petra
  13. – LETTERS PATENT – – for the COUNTY of MARTIEL – Issued and averred by Her Majesty Atstana de Regne Petrère 104 BY THE ORDER OF HER MAJESTY, CATHERINE I, Our loyal subject, Adrian Temesch, is hereby elevated to the position of Count of Martiel for their and their families continued service to the Commonwealth of the Petra. Those of Martiel have worked diligently for the Commonwealth, and are hereby recognized for their efforts. This last Saint's day, Lord Adrian saved Queen Catherine I from an attempted assassination by a Veletzian knight, putting his own life in mortal danger in an attempt to save the life of the Queen. For this, and the continued work of Lord Adrian and his family, it is seen fit to reward them with this promotion. With this elevation, Adrian Temesch, in representation of their family, shall take upon them the responsibilities and expectations of a Peer of the Commonwealth of the Petra. They and their family are to uphold and lift up the Commonwealth and their fellow citizens. To respect the sanctity of the laws of the Commonwealth, and be part of leading it into a bright and stable future. Her Majesty, Catherine I, By the Grace of GOD, Queen of the Commonwealth of the Petra, Marquise de Val d’Estenou, Countess of Temesch and Moere, Baroness of Garmont, Valfleur, Vallagne-en-Petra, Brasca, and of the Phoenixspire, Protector of the Meadows, Defender of Liberty His Highness, August Alcaeus of the Petra, Prince of Abrana, Baron of Wittenbach, Prince-Consort of the Petra
  14. The Year of the Deputies Issued and averred by Her Majesty Atstana de Regne Petrère 103 With the success of the current River Council and the streamlined efficiency that the current council works alongside each other, it has been decided that it would be in the best interest to give a test to both our systems and our council’s possible heirs. Most of the current council has held their positions since before the end of the regency, and with that, comes the issue of beginning to train successors. How do you tell when a successor is fully ready? How do we test this before fully handing off the responsibility of their station to the risk? We must be sure for the stability and efficiency of our council and Commonwealth that the deputies are ready to take up their station, and for this year, there shall be a test. Each deputy of a councillor that has held their station for some time shall take over as much of the position as can reasonably be handed off for the next year. Over this time, we ask that for your troubles, instead of going to the River Councillor, you go to their named deputy that shall be listed below. Each shall take on both the base responsibility of the full station, as well as a task given to them by their superior. THE TREASURY SIR THEODERIC VON THEONUS shall temporarily hand off to WREN SARLEN Wren has been tasked with collecting and documenting the taxation of the realm. THE STEWARDRY SIR ARTEL VON THEONUS shall temporarily hand off to SIR WILFORD REINHOLD Sir Wilford has been tasked with holding a hiring campaign for more Stewards for the Capital. THE GARMONT ASSEMBLY VISCOUNT ADRIAN TEMESCH shall temporarily hand off to SIR ATTICUS REINHOLD Sir Atticus has been tasked with planning and holding a session of the Garmont Assembly. The Deputies year shall extend from [14th of january] to [21st of january] Her Majesty, Catherine I, By the Grace of GOD, Queen of the Commonwealth of the Petra, Marquise de Val d’Estenou, Countess of Temesch and Moere, Baroness of Garmont, Valfleur, Vallagne-en-Petra, Brasca, and of the Phoenixspire, Protector of the Meadows, Defender of Liberty
  15. "I still don't regret it," Catherine would say as Renilde stroked the wounded Queens hair while the two rested on the ground. "The hope I had for why he was here." He had come with the intent of killing her. "I can't let myself regret that optimism." She said weakly, her front dripping in her own blood. From the stab wound inflicted upon her, from the gashes across her cheek from where she had been gripped to prevent her from screaming. "The last time, he came to urge for peace, this time... I cannot blame him for why he came this time." (Massively fun interaction Alan, I had a great time!)
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