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  1. Being postponed a week to the 24th!
  2. OF PRIDE AND RESILIENCE An Ethnographic Study of the Kingdom of Norland 10th of the Amber cold, 1784 This report is for the purpose of expanding the knowledge of the world and realms as we know them. The contents do not reflect the personal beliefs of the author, the NGS, or any Imperial or Provincial official. The purpose of this report is in no way to challenge the beliefs of the Cannonist church, or to change the views of the reader. The Red Faith is included in this report as it is a vital section of Norlandic culture, and without its inclusion, this report would be incorrect, and incomplete. TABLE OF CONTENTS I. Prelude II. The Red Faith III. History of the Kingdom of Norland IV. The Symbol of Norland: Ashwood Trees V. The Clans of Norland VI. Celebrations, Rites and Ceremonies VII. Cultural Values VIII. Judiciary and Punishments IX. Clothing and Decoration X. Credits and Sources I. PRELUDE The Kingdom of Norland, located in the far North-Eastern corner of the continent of Arcas, is a self-governing and independent Kingdom currently led by King Halvar I. The capital city, Morsgrad, is a settlement that sits upon tall, looming cliffs that overlook the icy sea, and a forest covered with snow. This proud, and stubborn Kingdom has a long history, and rich culture dating back to the continent of Thales, where it began under their founder, Vykk Volaren. Their culture, brought up by the harsh conditions of their homeland, faith, and founding, is one of pride, honor, and self-determination. They claim a rich and vast history, strong symbols of self, community, independence, and value, and an everlasting love and dedication to their people and way of life. The Norlandic culture is unlike no other on the continent, and hosts unique and strong values and traditions. II. THE RED FAITH The Red Faith is nearly as old as Norland itself, the god in this religion, referred to as ‘the Father’, is the single deity that the Norlanders follow. Alongside the father, are fifteen Paragons, similar to Saints. An example of these Paragons are Vykk, ‘the Founder’, who is paragon of order, design, and labor, or Donovan ‘The Bastion’, paragon of defence and governance. These paragons are said to bring news of the prayers to the Father, so that he may know of them and answer, they are also the ones that bestow his blessings back upon those of the Red Faith. It is said that prayer to the Father directly, instead of one of the specific paragons, often goes unanswered unless in large communal rituals, though it is still not unheard of. Three tenets hold up the main beliefs of the Red Faith, the first being ‘Suffer not the Unworthy’, this tenet defines the unworthy as those who do not have enough spirit to better themselves, and teaches that one must be dedicated enough to look within and recognize one's own failings, and must illuminate the shadows within. In simpler terms, the first means that one must seek to better themselves, and their kin. The second tenet, which is much more self explanatory, is ‘Spread the flame’. While this may come across as they must bring more into the Red Faith, the Norlanders have laws against forcing conversion upon someone, and those that do not convert will not be harmed for their choice. This also means spreading the flame through actions, helping the reputation of the Faith, as well as non-conversion ways, such as simple teachings, writings, and growing families. Finally, the third tenet is ‘Stand Against the Long Dark’. The Long Dark, referring to the end of the world, is generally seen as the end of all life, usually assumed to be brought by voidal magic, abominations, aberrations, dark creatures, and spooks. To defend against the Long Dark, is to defend against creatures seen to bring it. The third tenet is a main cause for the Red Faiths clergy to be as warrior based, as it is scholarly. The main symbol of the Red Faith, the flame, came into play near the beginning of Norland, when it is said that the Father came down and gave the first holy flame to King Thoromir I. Since this flame, it has been kept burning for hundreds of years, carried on a staff called a ‘Flamebrand’, which is created from fallen branches of the Ashwood trees. The Keepers of Norland carry these staffs, and continue the Holy Flame brought by the Father, even going as far to keep track of the lines and carriers of the flame all the way back to King Thoromir himself. A sketch of the Flamebrand of the current High Keeper, Alisa Camian, c. 1784 Though the Red Faith actually is quite peaceful with a generally astate moral compass, it has been surrounded by harsh rumors. While this Holy Flame is an integral part of the Red Faith, not all fire is seen as sacred or holy, so a rumor of the faith being mainly ‘fire worshiping’ is highly incorrect. It is also to be noted that the Red Faith does not deal in the sacrifice of mortals, and while some parts of the third tenet may make the religion seem more brutish, the purposes of the third tenet are for protection of mortal life, and does not, and has never called for the harm of any innocent. Overall, the Red Faith is considered to be an integral part of Norlandic culture, from the tenets bringing dedication to better oneself from corruption and darkness, and protecting the world from the end, to the ever burning fire in the hearths of their temples since the Polar Hearth and King Thoromir. The Keepers uphold their beliefs of freedom and light with vigilance, and the Norlandic culture depends on different traditions and teachings from the Faith. III. HISTORY OF THE KINGDOM OF NORLAND Beginning rather insubstantially, the first settlement considered to be of ‘Norland’, was founded by Vykk Volaren. Vykk, alongside Narvauk tribesmen took residence in the remains of an abandoned city, directly after the Thalian genocide. This group, led by Vykk, focused on the values of justice, peace, and equality. They grew quickly from this foundation, noticed by the High Elves of Haelun’or, they found themselves threatened with death, if they decided to not vassalize under the Elven State. However, this was not to be the fate of Vykk and his settlers, for the community he had built was able to fend off the High Elves. As Thales began to turn on its inhabitants, the Norlandic settlers fled alongside the other mortal races, building their flagship in the image of a whale. Once landed on the shores of Athera. There, alongside Thoromir I, they founded the city of Polaris, which held the Polar Hearth, and the beginning of the Red Faith when it is said that the Father gifted the Holy Flame to Thoromir I. The growing city of Polaris had some turbulence, as new settlers caused a conflict of two leaders arising between Thoromir and an Illician named Theodosius Visconti, with Thoromir eventually defeating the Illicians vying for power. Named the King of Norland, Thoromir I began to build Norland into a larger power than previous, founding the first military order, building proper walls around Polaris, and eventually even signing a treaty with the Orenian Empire to ensure their independence. With a vassal of the Empire rebelling, Norland declared their support for Oren, until the neighboring Kingdom of Aesterwald captured much of their land. Norland began to assist the newly founded Kingdom of Akovia, at first quietly, until eventually in full out battle against their Aesterwaldian oppressors. Despite their victories, Norland was unable to regain much of their lost land, and would be put back to wandering groups and mercenaries until a lack of war and battle forced the mercenary groups to disband, and for Norland to be lost for the remainder of the time on Athera. As the Norlanders began to regroup on Vailor, Thoromir and Vykk resettle their people on the Isle of Avar, and found the city of Seahelm. Seahelm was considered one of the greatest Era’s of Norland, the city held a military order called ‘The Red Brothers’, who hailed from Frostholm, a fortress in a Norlandic mountain range. Most of the current Norlanders descended from clans that fought alongside the coastal raiders that were the Red Brothers. This Norlandic stronghold was not destined to last, however. After the death of King Edvard I ‘The Terrible’, dubbed for his wrath bringing war to Norland time and time again. Eirik I, Edvards successor, was forced to surrender and vassalize under the Empire of Oren, in order to save his Kingdom. During Eirik I’s reign, the Norlanders relocated to live in the Grand Duchy of Lorraine for some time, until their main city, Seahelm, was threatened by a rebellion led by the son of Edvard I, Beowulf, after the death of Eirik I, in an attempt to gain his father's throne despite the Kingsmoot to elect Eirik as King, leading to Sven I inheriting after his father. His rebellion was sped up and sparked by Beowulf’s distaste for Norlands vassalation under the Empire. After returning to stifle the rebellion, the Norlanders held their place in Seahelm, reclaiming their home from the attempted usurper. The Norlanders continued to suffer from grief during the time of Seahelm, though the lead up to the sacking of Seahelm is heavily disputed, it is known that there was turbulence and issues between Norland and the Empire. From these issues, sprouted a disastrous war for the Norlandic people, as over half of the city's inhabitants lost their lives in the sacking of Seahelm, and it is considered the single worst event in Norlandic history. Upon landing to Axios, the remaining Norlandic peoples continued the war against the Orenian Empire, under the Principality of the Dreadlands in a newly built Fort Dunamis. During the early sections of the war on Axios, there were multiple border skirmishes and encounters in the fields outside of the Orenian capital, Johannesburg. The Dreadlands found victory in many of the engagements, though neither side gained much ground against the other, and the war faded off as the Dreadlands disbanded due to internal strife, leaving the Norlanders homeless once again. After hearing of Courland's plans to fight the Empire, the Norlanders joined the fray once again to rally against the Orenian Empire, fighting until they had built up enough of a community and standing to once again declare themselves a sovereign nation. Under King Artyom I, they traveled in a mass exodus to the west of Tahn, where they settled on the longest island in the archipelago and founded their capital city, naming it ‘The Krag’’. The Krag, a large fortress sitting on cliffs hundreds of meters above sea level, was connected only by a singular wooden rope bridge, which if severed, the city was designed to be able to last years cut off. These defenses were put to the test when the Urguan King, Bastion Ireheart, ordered an attack on the nation of Norland. During these times, King Artyom I fell into a deep coma, and his distant cousin, Donovan I Freysson, took to the throne. What started as raiding and smaller battles grew into all out war between the two nations as the tensions rose. The dwarven alliance with the Dunamis Horde of orcs, and the Teutonic Order swept through the Norlandic countryside, pushing the Norlanders further into their own territory, until forced into the Krag. As the siege went on, vastly outnumbered and out geared by the dwarven alliance, the Norlanders pooled together any wealth they had stored, and hired the mercenary company of Dunamis, who the alliance had deemed not worth the money. Together, the Norlanders and mercenaries fought off the dwarves, and claimed victory. Ten years of war eventually brought a peace treaty, which allowed Norland to once again rest. King Artyom awoke from his coma in the years after, who would lead a massive cultural revolution, and a spike in patriotism and national unity. King Artom would pass his throne off to Javier Ruric, who built the city of Vjorhelm. Tensions rose between the kingdom and the dwarves again, this time the war would be against both the Grand Kingdom of Urguan, and the Holy Orenian Empire. Allying themselves with Santegia, the Frostbeards, and Orcish nations against the threat. This war was not meant to be a long one, as in the first few battles, the Coalition pushed the dwarven and Orenian alliance back to a dwarven fortress, where they were victorious. The dwarves would dismiss the empire from the war after their loss, leading the Kingdom of Urguan to surrender to the coalition. King Javier, wishing to get revenge on the Holy Orenian Empire for the sacking of Seahelm, called forth another coalition to once again take on the empire. The army moved towards Adelburg, but received news that King Aurelius Horen had just coup’d the city as the army was approaching. Not wishing to start war with the Kingdom of Renautus, the coalition quietly disbanded before making any further moves towards the city. With a small period of peace in Vjorhelm, a crusade was armed against them and the Red Faith, which led to the city of Vjorhelm being burnt to the ground after the crusaders took the settlement. During these trying times, the crown of Norland was passed multiple times through attempted coups, kingsmoots, and internal strife. Settling on Jory Ruric, the new King was put into a tight spot, once again between their own downfall, or vassalization. The King quietly took the later option, vassalizing under the Kingdom of Renatus. Many not being happy with this outcome, word of rebellion slowly spread, and as the Norlanders were forced off of the continent once again, the rebellion would begin after the relocation to Atlas. Not wanting a full out war before their city was even constructed, Jory challenged the leader of the rebellion, Avalon Silversteed, to a duel between the two leaders. Overestimating his odds, Avalon agreed to the duel, and Jory defeated the rebel, solidifying his reign until his son, Godden, would be passed the crown in the capital city of Nordengrad. With little to work from due to the early rebellion, Godden would attempt to rebuild Norland. During a strange time where the Kingdom of Renatus-Marna was attacking its own vassal, the settlement of Arberrang Norlander forces stepped in in an attempt to protect Arberrang. This caused Norland being accused of attacking, with Arberrang accused of rebellion for assisting the Norlandic forces against those of Renatus-Marna. This caused both the vassal, and Norland, to be declared war against, leading to the complete destruction of Norland. Restarting on Arcas, it took the Norlanders some time to find a permanent and singular home. Doran Freysson Ruric took a group to create a small settlement named Vilachia, meant to be founded off of the ideals of peace and prosperity, but due to Dorans involvement in a banditry group, the Seven Sons, the inhabitants of Vilachia grew tired of his warmongering, and left to create Dunharrow, under Dorans younger brother, Alvar. Dunharrow was successful for a considerable time under Alvar, but with the coming of the War of Two Emperors, Alvar, and his son, Alvar II, both passed, the prior in battle and the latter to sickness. With no clear heir to Dunharrow, a Kingsmoot was called. The council landed at a tie, until the King of Renatus was called on to change his vote from an abstain, choosing Edvard II. A large battle ensued after the Kingsmoot, after an ambush attack, led by a man named Orvar, in an attempt to keep Norland crippled. The ambush was unsuccessful, and Edvard II was finally able to begin his reign, in which he regained the Kingdom title. His luck was not meant to last, as a large band of his people abandoned the Kingdom after internal strife over the leaving of the Caunters. With many of his main confidantes gone, and his Kingdom on the decline, Edvard II took a step and ‘permanently’ abolished the title of King of Norland. The abolishing of a title can not snuff out long standing community and culture so easily, and the Norlanders would not accept fading off into other cultures and dissipate from existence, even Edvard II would not truly stand for such. After years of wandering and being lost, the Norlandic people attempted again, with Edvard II, they would create a small village of Pinemarch. Peaceful, but small, Pinemarch lasted for some time north of Haense, but it would never gather the community that Dunharrow had held. Edvard II was rumoured to have passed in a hunting accident, and Pinemarch fell into obscurity. Returning years later, with his son, Godric, Edvard returned to create a new capital city, Morsgrad. Morsgrad was meant to be new, and free from their past titles and Kingdom, though still made up of the Norlandic people. The duchy was unable to pick up under Edvard II, and so when he passed the ducal throne to his son, Godric, he allowed refugee’s from the War of Two Emperors, which had ended a decade or two prior. Under Duke Godric, tensions between Norland and the new Orenian Empire began to spike. Situations between allies of Norland, as well as some directly between the two, caused Godric to join the coalition of the AIS. For the first few months of the war, Morsgradi soldiers primarily focused their forces on whittling down the Curonians. Blocking their roads and causing issues with travel, and trade. From there, they moved to Godric’s primary target, the city of New Reza, Haense. Godric himself highly disliked and distrusted the Haeseni, and had goals of conquering the dual Kingdom. As years of the war went on, and the AIS slowly lost allies and the alliance began to fall apart. Godric passed as the war wound down, and as his son was too young, a regency was called. The Lord Regent, Chadmyr, began the work on rebuilding their nation from a shattered and hate filled place, alongside signing the treaty of Novellen, ending Morsgrad’s involvement in the AIS war. When the regency was finally done, came Caedric I, who reestablished the Kingdom of Norland. Under Caedric, Norland began to work on its global and internal politics, established the Highland Pass, rebuilt the city of Morsgrad, and wrote and published Norlands High Law. He later abdicated to his son, Halver I, and went off to sea for some years. The current King, as of 1784, Halvar I, has continued to refine and expand upon his father's works, and further. Morsgrad, the current capital, stands on high cliffs above an icy ocean, surrounded by vassal lands and farms, and holds inside it a rich and vibrant culture. IV. THE SYMBOL OF NORLAND: ASHWOOD TREES A sketch of a smaller Ashwood Tree, c. 1784 The Ashwood trees, a centerpiece of all proper Norlandic settlements and capitals, has been the centerpiece of their culture for generations. These large, fiery and twisting trees, hold great significance to the Norlandic people, holding a vital role in patriotism, symbolism, and cultural identity. Essences of the tree appear on all three branches of the Ruric house’s sigils, and the fallen branches and sap from the tree are used in religious, royal, and cultural aspects all throughout Norland. The trees themselves aren’t always as big as those that stand in the center of their cities, and multiple keep to smaller sizes where more practical. The bark of the tree is lighter, nearly matching that of an oak. This abnormal flora hosts flammable, and alcoholic sap that burns for hours, presumably causing the fire that adornes its branches. The leaves of the ashwood grow when the fire burns out at the beginning of spring, lasting until mid summer when the highly flammable sap and leaves suddenly combust into flame. In the harsh climate that hosts Norland however, it does not get to high enough temperatures during the summer months for the tree to combust on its own, and must be lit by the Norlanders. Fallen branches from the tree are often utilized in royal and religious works, as the trees themselves are both rare, and extremely hard to cut or shape. The royal family has made crowns out of smaller fallen branches, and the Red Faith makes their ‘Flamebrands’ from them. Sap from the tree is often used to mix with other alcoholic beverages to make unique Norlandic drinks, and while it could be drunk on its own, its highly flammable property would make it extremely dangerous. Ashwood trees represent the people of Norland as a whole, for being stubborn, resilient, and able to live in hostile environments. Likewise, the centerpiece trees are used to hang the bodies of criminals that attempted, or succeeded in hurting the community as a whole. As of 1785, the two current bodies that can be seen hanging from the tree are those of a bandit, who claimed to be a Norlander to cause further strife between the Empire and Norland, and the murderer of a citizen or Norland. This gruesome tradition may seem barbaric, but it allows for these criminals to send a reminder to all others wishing to harm the Norlanders, that it will not be tolerated. The origins of the trees are highly unknown, as there are few of the trees themselves, and little to no plants sharing the majority of the traits that the ashwood trees are known for. The Red Faith holds legends of the tree being granted to the Norlandic people by the Father, but there is no written record of the first true time that an ashwood tree was found, or where they came from. No matter the origin, ashwood trees are a vital and central part of the Norlandic culture, and without these trees, many traditions and practices would be lost. V. THE CLANS OF NORLAND Norland first began as a large congregation of extended families and close friends, who banded together to stave off dwarves and heartlanders. Out of these families, they chose the Rurics to lead, for their natural talents in war, charisma, and for being the original custodians of the ashwood trees, which helped keep them alive in the winters with its burning branches and flammable sap. As the culture of Norland grew and developed, the original or large families grew alongside, and began to hold more significance within the government and cities. These families became known as clans, existing of the main and extended family, and pledged bannermen. The head of each clan is known as a patriarch or matriarch, who holds a seat on the council of the King, and may vote in moots. The patriarch or matriarch is chosen through multiple ways depending on each clan. The head can be self-appointed, as long as the rest of the house is willing to follow, they could be voted the head by a consensus of the rest of the clan, or they could be the child of the previous head, and inherit it through birthright. The bannermen are not always related to the clan itself, and swear themselves to serve a clan that each bannermen chose to follow, which family they chose to join and serve will depend on personal allegiances, beliefs, and goals. The clans build up and use their bannermen to serve the Kingdom and community. These bannermen are often used as labourers, or soldiers, that can be called upon in times of need. Since the creation, each clan has made unique names for themselves and serves the Kingdom in different ways, and each name holds a different implication. Some examples of this are the Stormbringers, who are a martial clan and most serve in the militaristic organizations of Norland, Grimlees, who often are ranchers and supply food, and the Farettos and Camians, who make up much of the church of the Red Faith. VI. CELEBRATIONS, RITES AND CEREMONIES Where rich history, a vibrant community, and unyielding pride stays, celebrations and ceremonies are born. There are a number of different common events that take place in Norland, from both inside and out of their Red Faith. The people of Norland enjoy generally gruffer events, and celebrations of community and fellowship. Feasts Feasts are an extremely common sight in any celebration in Norlandic culture, often accompanying weddings, funerals, coronations, births, and many more. Norlandic feasts boast wild meats, such as venison and boar, fish native to their lands, salmon and cod, and vegetables that survive the harsh Norlandic climate. Alongside the feasts of food, the Norlandic people pair with a large host of beverages commonly made in their lands, such as beer, ale, mead, ashwood spirits, moonshine, and whiskey. Wedding Ceremonies Under the Red Faith, wedding ceremonies are relatively different from those of the Canonist church. They begin off by wrapping a red cloth around the couples hands, which is then set on fire by the holy flame, while light chanting in old Norlandic is done by the performing Keeper. From there, only one vow must be made, to keep and protect one's chosen from the darkness, and to keep each other in the father's light. Any further vow is up to the couple themselves. Coming of Age Generally considered adults at the age of fifteen, as that is the age the military allows one to join, there are multiple different rites of passage and coming of age celebrations. Many do celebratory hunts, feasts, or small parties. The Stormbringers would do traditions of tattooing as a rite of passage for their children. Not all within Norland consider fifteen the age of adulthood though, as the Red Faith allows those of fourteen to undergo the trials of initiation into the clergy. Conversion to the Red Faith The ceremony of conversion to the Red Faith is a more unique ceremony done in Norland. It begins with the converter choosing a paragon of their preference, the vows wording will be based on what this paragon stands for. They will be given three vows to take, ‘Do you sear yourself to the father, that his light may guide you and help you see within, to illuminate the dormant shadows upon the soul?’, the second vow depends on the chosen paragon, and the third ‘Do you swear to uphold the Fathers Tenets? To dedicate yourself to the betterment of your own soul and wellbeing of the world? To raise your blade against the darkness should it be necessary?’. Once these three vows are made and accepted, the converter will be anointed with bulls blood, followed by a Norlandic prayer. The blood in this instance represents the essence of life, and is wiped off soon after. The Keepers flamebrand is then waved in front of the face, and they are given a rune candle to light and give a prayer later in private, to fully end the conversion. VII. CULTURAL VALUES The culture of Norland is heavily based on the values of honour, pride, self determination, personal liberty, and family. Each of which comes with its own implications of behavior and expectations within the Kingdom. Honour, standing at the top of all of these, is considered to take two forms, honour in deed, and honour in word. Honour in deed is about personal integrity, dignity, and principle. To always engage with others on equal terms. Bowing and kneeling are considered a lack of dignity at best, and an insult at worst. To kneel is to accept something as divine, and so to kneel to a man is to insult what is truly divine, and to lower yourself to the ground as if a slave. All people within Norland are on equal terms, their royalty walks among the citizens and engages with them as friends, they do not call royalty with terms like ‘your highness’, and will correct visitors that do. Honour in deed also calls that weapons and threats are not made against the unarmed, children, elderly, or handicapped. Honour in word speaks of the old saying ‘Say what you mean, and mean what you say.’ It is not honourable to deceive or mislead through words. Self determination and personal liberty are similarly valued in Norlandic society. The Norlandic are stubborn people, and are quite proud of their unyielding nature. They believe that the best, and only way to live is on one’s own terms, not those dictated by another. This of course does come to a point, as the laws of Norland and honour must be upheld. The value of family is one that is not easily overlooked, the hostile environment that the Norlanders prefer, and causes the absolute need to work together, or perish in the harsh climate. This causes even the most disconnected families to have a sense of kinship and reliance. There is a sense of community among families, and many will say that they would even die to protect their family and loved ones, even if some may hate each other. The sense of community one feels when interacting with the Norlandic people is heavy and constant, their values are as unyielding as the cliffs that their capital city sits upon. VIII. JUDICIARY AND PUNISHMENTS Judicial trials within Norland are held in a slightly different arrangement, with the High Keeper, or a Keeper, if the High Keeper is not available, watching over the trial and hearing the accounts and crime committed. Within the trial itself, both the military and clergy are present to keep the peace, and a member of the Kings Council to pass judgement. Once a judgement is made, there are multiple variations of punishments that may be given, based on severity and crime. Many reflect those common in imperial courts, but not all are as known. In the case of large scale feuds that are unable to be resolved, and were dividing the communities or causing other issues, the main involved parties would be taken to a table in the middle of the city, chained in place at the table. They would only be given alcohol and bread and forced to speak of the feud until they came to an agreement. It is said that some parties would sit for weeks debating about their feuds. More common punishments, depending on the severity of the crime, would be branding, where brands are anywhere from a iron rod to a hot iron of the ashwood tree itself, beating, which is usually utilized in petty crimes, banishment, limb removal, which would be anywhere to fingers and ears, to a hand or a limb, and execution. Execution of course is reserved for high crimes with no chance of redemption from the guilty party. The executed person may periodically be hanged from the ashwood tree to serve as a reminder for what happens to those that attempt to harm Norland and its community. IX. CLOTHING AND DECORATION Like their culture, the appearance of both city and citizen outfits are designed for purpose and for survival. Most clothing is created for functionality over appearance. The main colours that will be seen throughout Norland are either easily obtainable, or red and black to represent patriotism toward their Kingdom. The people adorn themselves with furs, armours, and pelts to stave off the cold of their region. The cities are built for defense first, from the area they choose to the materials they use and how they build the city. Morsgrad, much like some of its predecessor capitals, has been built on top of hundred foot cliffs to make invasion and siege near impossible, being connected only by a wooden rope bridge. These choices are not made for tradition, vanity, or ease, but for the main purpose of the city itself, the defense. Within the cities, boast wooden and stone houses and buildings, materials being of the area they are built in. The city holds northern flora, with holly and pine growing around the city, as well as many braziers scattered throughout or hanging from the ashwood tree for light. The palace itself is designed for use and patriotism, the main rooms of the bottom floor being a throne room, a feast hall, and a moothall, all sporting the same black and reds, and a multitude of fireplaces for warmth. Within the moothall, the furniture is designed for meetings of the clans and trials, the feast hall designed to hold many of their people for celebrations, and in the center of the palace, is the throne room. The center of the throne room, resting above an inlay fireplace, sits a grand and tall throne designed in the likelihood of the ashwood tree. A sketch of the Throne of Norland, c. 1874 X. CREDITS AND SOURCES Those interviewed HIGH KEEPER, ALISA CAMIAN Gave information on The Red Faith, The History of Norland, Ashwood Trees, Clans, Celebrations, Rites, Ceremonies, Cultural Values, Clothing, and Decoration. I would like to greatly thank Alisa for all the time she spent with me on this project, and for being a gracious and welcoming host. This project would not be nearly as complete or in depth without the hard work of the High Keeper. KEEPER, JAGER FARETTO Gave information on Clans, and Judiciary. I would like to thank Jager for the wonderful time he helped create for me, he is a passionate person about the cooking of steaks, and his recipe was extremely good. ABDICATED KING, CAEDRIC EDVARDSSON Gave information on History, specifically AIS, The Regency of Chadmyr, and the Reign of Caedric I. I would also like to thank Caedric for taking me out on a genuine Norlandic hunt. It was highly exhilarating, though terrifying. PAST LORD REGENT, CHADMYR EDVARDSSON Gave information on History, specifically the period between the dissolution of the Kingdom of Norland in 1721, and the creation of Morsgrad. Books and literary works of use LITANY CODEX, by Edward Kursin THE RED FAITH: A PRIMER, by Alisa Camian AN ESSAY ON TATTOOS AND MARKINGS: by Jager Faretto THE PARAGON CODEX, by Tyr Faretto and Jager Faretto WRIT OF DISSOLVEMENT 1721, by Edvard II Edvardsson -Authored by Caspia Charlotte Varonin, Researcher of Geographical Society
  3. The General Elections of Haense, 1780 Issued and Confirmed by the Lord Speaker, Osvald Barclay 12th of Deep Cold, 1780 | 12th of Joma and Umund, 333 ES Va Birodeo Herzenav e Edlervik, As is custom of the realm, a general election shall be held in order to determine the office holders of the elected positions within the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. There are three positions that shall be open for citizens to run for, those being the offices of the Grand Maer of New Reza, the Royal Alderman, and Tribune. Those wishing to run must submit an application. Incumbents for these offices shall be automatically be added to the ballot unless otherwise told, although it is highly recommended that they still tender an application to the Office of the Lord Palatine for record keeping purposes. For those unfamiliar with the roles of our Kingdom’s elected positions, the duties of these offices are as follows: The Royal Alderman: Aldermen are elected to represent the people of the kingdom in the Royal Duma, the legislative body of the realm. The single most popular candidate from each election cycle is chosen to serve as this representative, and are tasked with listening to their constituents and proposing laws relating to their interests in the Duma. Grand Maer of New Reza: The Maer is charged with orchestrating the daily operations of the royal capital. His or her job is to see to the proper maintenance of the royally sanctioned tavern, the attraction of new businesses and economic growth to the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, and the regular organization of city events. He or she reports directly to the High Steward, who in turn reports to the Crown. Tribune: The Tribune is an elected position in the Royal Duma. It must be filled by one who is of common birth to further ensure the representation of the lower classes in the body. Tribunes are tasked with listening to their constituents and relating their actions in the Duma with their interests in mind. As well, Denizens are reminded that the following prerequisites have been established in order to both vote and stand for these offices: – Be at least fourteen years of age – Be a resident of Reza or corresponding vassal and territories under the jurisdiction of the Crown of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska for at least five years – Have no outstanding criminal background within the last five years –Adhere to the following: https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/188048-royal-decree-the-regulations-on-campaign-1748/ *TRIBUNES must be of common birth in order to run for office *Noble patriarchs are not permitted to run for the Maer, Tribune or Alderman position The candidate with the most votes for each position will be elected to their respective office. IV JOVEO MAAN, His Excellency, Osvald Barclay, Lord Speaker of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska His Excellency, Konstantin Wick, Lord Regent of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska ((OOC)) Candidates have until August 12th at 8pm EST to register for the election cycle. Please include the following in your application: IGN: Character Name: Age: Place of Residence / Street Address: Position: (Alderman, Tribune or Maer)
  4. NEW REZA BARD BATTLE At The Weeping Wick Theater Wednesday the 12th at 5pm EST A battle of great wit and rhymes shall be held at the Weeping Wick Theater for those that think they can outmatch an opponent through words and insults. The event, hosted by the Queens Council of Haense, shall have pre and late sign ups, and a grand prize of a custom sketch by a local Haeseni Artist, and 2k Mina! The battle itself will work in exchanging lines and bars to your opponent, rhyming and working off of their words to insult each other until one slips up, or gives up! To have a clear winner each round, the audience shall vote on who was the better insulter and rhymer, and who was simply decimated with words! Competitors will have the option of having a ‘stage name’, to add a bit more flair to their battling persona. Early Sign up Sheet Name [Username]: ‘Stage Name’: Age: SIGNED, HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Viktoria Sofiya Ruthern, Queen-Mother and Deputy Palatine of Hanseti-Ruska [OOC] Just to be clear, the sketch has been offered as a prize from Haense’s very own Unbaed! Thank you Unbaed for adding an amazing prize for this event!
  5. Prinzenas Hauchmetvas ag Fitsk The Princess Royal’s Debutante and Tournament Vzmey and Hynk, 334 ES [1781] The Ball: Friday the 14th at 3 EST The Tournament: Saturday the 15th starting at 3 EST ON THE PRINCESS ROYAL, NATALIYA REZA BARBANOV’S 14TH NAMEDAY, A grand ball shall be hosted in the Ekaterinburg Palace in a truly Haeseni Styled Debutante for the eldest child of the Late King Sigismund II, and Queen Viktoria of Metterden. In contrast to the traditions of man, the Haeseni Princess’s Debutante shall take place on her fourteenth birthday, as it signifies when a child turns from youth, to part of the society. It also allows for time between meeting suitors, and the age of marriage. The debutante shall begin inside Ekaterinburg Palace for the ball, themed around Princess Nataliya’s favorite season, winter. Attendees are encouraged to dress around this theme, as to fit into the decor and style of the event. Furs, greyscale, icy blues and pine greens. THE TOURNAMENT [Saturday the 15th] As the Princess Royal is a strong advocate for the rougher Haeseni Traditions, a tournament of strength shall be hosted the following saints day in her honour. The tournament will hold three parts, A starting joust, a contest of archery, and a grand melee to end it. The Joust [3 EST] Beginning the day of tournament, a joust shall begin outside the walls of New Reza, with a prize of Two Thousand Mina. The Grand Melee [4 EST] Ending off the Tournament, shall be a grand melee. All are welcome to try their luck in the bracketed event of strength and talent, with a grand prize of Three Thousand Mina. SIGNED, HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Viktoria of Metterden, Queen-Mother and Deputy Palatine of Hanseti-Ruska
  6. KOENAS CURATION The Fourth Edition A Bi-Yearly Report by Queen-Mother, and Deputy Palatine Viktoria Sofiya Barbanov on the happenings of the Royals, Court, and the Culture in Hanseti-Ruska A report from 330-331 ES [1777-1778] Table of Contents I. Important Announcements II. Royal and Court Announcements III. Military Updates, Honours, and Activities IV. Recently, In literature V. Summary of City Events VI. Special Mentions & Honoured Figures I. Important Announcements ARMISTICE OF WAR https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/193840-the-palatine-concordat/ Called for by the Church of Canonism, under threat of excommunication, both His Imperial Majesty, Peter III, and His Royal Highness, Corwin Alstreim, have signed a document of armistice of war, backing both the Holy Orenian Empire, and Sutica from the recent coalition war that threatened peace and life of many men. The document also calls for both parties to turn their attention to a new, and greater threat. The Inferi, demons. The Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska has pledged, alongside the Empire to fight the Inferi, and so our persistence must continue. Forwards Haeseni, the time for valor is still upon us. KRUSAE ZWY KONGZEM The New Census https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/193673-imperial-census-1777-1787/ Remember, people of the Empire, fill out the Imperial Census to be counted in votes and to be able to run in elections! The next ten year census is now out, fill out on the attached document! II. Royal and Court Announcements The Posthumous Prince Just before the suicide of the Late King Sigismund II, I discovered that I was pregnant with a sixth child. The pregnancy survived through the trauma and mourning of the death, and was born in the year after. Franz Leopold Barbanov, the sixth child of myself and King Sigismund II, was born on the 12th of Vzmey and Hynk, 330 ES (First Seed, 1777). Betrothal of Prince Aleksandr Barbanov and Lady Theodora Helvets A match worked between myself and the Count of Rochefort, Richard Helvets, The third son of Sigismund II, and the second daughter of Count Richard are set to be married upon the coming of age of the younger party. III. Military Updates, and Activities Oaths and Promotions The Oaths Wulfgar to Footman Alerion Aertalor to Footman John Alden to Footman Joseph Gaultier to Footman Soren Storrag to Footman The Promotions Mio Mackensen to Sergeant Ozark to Armsman Amelot the Brave to Armsman Alfred Barclay to Armsman IV. Recently, In Literature Studies, and literature based on and around, or written by the Haeseni ‘The Greatest Honour’ An Ethnographic Study of Krugmar Written by Ceslestine E. Herbert https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/193652-the-greatest-honour-an-ethnographic-study-on-the-rexdom-of-krugmar/ Written by New Reza’s own, Celestine E. Herbert, founder and president of the Northern Geographical Society, ‘The Greatest Honour’ is a study on the Rexdom of Krugmar. Through her studies, she discovered culture and traditions like none within the realms of Man, it is truly a fascinating read and well worth the time. Temptations of Saint Wilfriche Written by Otto the Tarcharman https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/193715-temptations-of-saint-wilfriche-or-saint-wilfriche-and-the-holy-rood/ A collection of temptations passed down orally, Otto the Tarcharman has compiled these different stories into one paper of history and intrigue. The different poems, hymns and stories reflect the Saints. The Golden Age of Women Written by Elizaveta vas Ruthern https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/193835-the-golden-age-of-women-18th-cent/ Written by my own sister, Elizaveta vas Ruthern, this piece of literature outlines many influential women throughout the history of the empire. An interesting read, detailing the lives and actions of the women that shaped the empire to be as it is today. V. Summary of Recent Events Garden Party A simple, but diverting tea party was hosted in the Ekaterinburg Palace gardens. Many citizens of Oren and Haense attended, being treated with many of Haeseni’s delicious treats- and handcrafted tea by the Royal Butler. Everyone was able to socialize and enjoy each other’s company. Subsequently, our hosts initiated a brief archery tournament in which the winner would receive a prize of three-thousand minae. The Most Honourable, Fiske III won our tournament with his wonderful skills in archery- and a flawless win streak. The Bicentennial Fair A fair starting off with a military parade the morning of, gathered the Haense Royal Army to walk through the city in their glory, leading the citizenry of Haense to the Basilica of Fifty Virgins. The fair celebrated the 200th year of Haense becoming a Kingdom, a monumental occasion for the Haeseni. After the mass, speeches were given by multiple of the members of the royal family, and the Arch Chancellor of the Empire, before the main fair started. The fair itself boasted games, a coaster in the middle of the city, and other opportunities for fun around New Reza. Masquerade of Phantoms and Fairy Tales The Masquerade took place underneath the Ekaterinburg Palace in New Reza, in a newly renovated ballroom with a conjoining Haeseni Chess board. The event itself was themed around mythology, having multiple costumes of different fairies, creatures, and Haeseni myths and legends. Her Serene Highness, Eleanor Alimar won the women’s section with a striking dress of teal with a floral arrangement, and Antanios Rutledge won with a shockingly lifelike phantom costume. VI. Special Mentions & Honoured Figures Osvald Barclay The current Lord Speaker of the Royal Duma, Osvald Barclay has brought new light to the Duma. Through his exhilarating sessions and new reforms, Lord Osvald has risen the Duma to a new high with his initiative and ideas. I personally applaud Lord Osvald in his work and ambition, and hope to continue to see him rise to his full potential in his service to the Kingdom.
  7. THE SCYFLING WAR MEMORIAL The Pyre of the Lost [Saturday the 1st at 4pm EST] A large pyre in front of the city shall be lit in remembrance for those lost curing the conflict with the Scyfling invaders. Stories from the war, from those that knew some lost shall be told around the pyre. It is asked that those who knew any of those passed during the conflict bring branches to add to the pyre in honour of those lost. Lanterns of Memory and Message [Saturday the 1st, after the pyre] Moving to the shores of Lake Milena, lanterns and miniature boats shall be provided for those who wish to participate. Those participating shall be welcome to write letters, or memories of those who passed, put them on the boat with the lantern, and release them into the Lake as a tribute to those lost. Medal Ceremony and Court [Sunday the 2nd, 5pm EST] Before the main court proceeds, the Lord Regent, Queen Mother, and Marshal shall be handing out the medals earned from the Scyfling Conflict. These will include posthumous medals and the family, or close compatriot of the deceased are welcomed and suggested to come collect the medal in honour of the fallen. The Fallen Karolina Barclay Arianne Helvets Aleksandr Vanir Franz Vanir Brytanov Brackish Andrik Vanir Arin Boulden Merek Roaf Björnolf StJörn Siguine var Ruthern Amelya Barbanov Godfric I Alimar Juan de Ponce de Lyons Robin Kartyr Johann Peter Adryana Barbanov Alaric Stafyr Ivan Ruthern Brandon Vanir Aleksandra Ludovar Jack Reynolds Azoria Komnenos Samuel Komnenos Petar Kazirov Forrest Cooke William Hart Matyas Ruthern Konstantin var Ruthern Noah Christiansen Kirstine Christiansen Anastasiya Stafyr Anastasia Kazirov Aleksey Kazirov If this list is incomplete, please contact Viktoria Barbanov with any missed. SIGNED, HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Viktoria Sofiya Barbanov of Metterden, Queen-Mother and Deputy Palatine of Hanseti-Ruska
  8. The Bicentennial Haeseni Fair On Vzmey and Hynk, 331 ES [The First Seed, 1778] the Queen’s Council welcomes all of Hanseti-Ruska, and the greater Holy Orenian Empire, to a fair celebrating the 200th anniversary of the declaration of the Kingdom of Haense. An evening of revelry is planned for all who attend, including fine Haeseni cuisine, numerous games, and marveling spectacles. Itinerary Military Parade [3 EST] The day shall begin in celebration of the stalwart defenders of our nation, the Haense Royal Army, with a parade. The parade will feature all current and retired army members, and the royal standard. This shall begin outside the palace of New Reza led by both the King as well as the marshal, before finishing at the Basilica of Fifty Virgins. Mass A service shall then be held in honour of both the kingdom and those who fell in defending it, in the Basilica of Fifty Virgins after the Military Parade. Commencement Speeches [5 EST] Preceding the festivities of the evening, speeches of grandeur shall be given in honor of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska’s progress and resilience since its inception. The key-speakers of this commencement ceremony will be The Lord Regent, Konstantin Wick, alongside both the Queen-Mother, Viktoria Barbanov and her eldest children: His Majesty, King Josef Barbanov and the Princess Royal, Nataliya Barbanov. Fair Once the mass has concluded and the opening speeches have been given, all attendants will be free to enjoy the festival grounds about old Reza which will be decorated for the occasion. A number of games and festivities will be set out for people to enjoy, among them being a dunk tank, Haeseni chess, and an Aeldinic ferris wheel. Stalls will be scattered across the fairgrounds for local business owners to advertise their wares. For those looking to quench their thirst or sate their appetite, there will also be a number of traditional Haeseni dishes from the palace kitchens and the local businesses of New Reza, as well as plenty of varying beverages. Dress Soldiers of Haense should wear their uniform as they will be taking part in the parade. It is encouraged for others to wear black and gold, the colors of the kingdom. Special Invitations Would Be Sent Out To The Following His Highness, Josef II of House Alimar, and his pedigree His Grace, Petyr II of House Baruch, and his pedigree His Grace, Erwin of House Barclay, and his pedigree The Most Honorable, Viktor of House Kortrevich, and his pedigree The Most Honorable, Fiske III of House Vanir, and his pedigree The Right and Honorable, Aleksandr of House Ruthern, and his pedigree The Right and Honorable, Hektor or House Stafyr, and his pedigree His Lordship, Ruslan of House Amador, and his pedigree As well as all other peers of the Kingdom and the Holy Orenian Empire. SIGNED, HER MAJESTY, Viktoria Sofiya Barbanov, Queen-Mother and Deputy Palatine of Hanseti-Ruska HER SERENE HIGHNESS, Eleanor of Sunholdt, Grand Princess-consort of Muldav and Event Collaborator of Hanseti-Ruska HIS LORDSHIP, Boris var Ruthern, High Chamberlain of Hanseti-Ruska HER LADYSHIP, Henriette Marna de Rafal, Chamberlain of Hanseti-Ruska Miss Ivanna del Rosario, Assistant to the Grand Lord of Hanseti-Ruska Miss Violeta del Rosario, Event Collaborator of Hanseti-Ruska
  9. KOENAS CURATION The Third Edition A Bi-Yearly Report by Queen-Mother, and Deputy Palatine Viktoria Sofiya Barbanov on the happenings of the Royals, Court, and the Culture in Hanseti-Ruska A report from 328-329 ES [1775-1776] Table of Contents I. Important Announcements II. Royal and Court Announcements III. The Scyfling Invasion IV. Military Updates, Honours, and Activities V. Recently, In literature VI. Summary of City Events VII. Special Mentions & Honoured Figures I. Important Announcements DEATH OF KING SIGISMUND II The death of King Sigismund II came as a total surprise to the entire Empire. Leaving no note or written information on the purpose behind his actions, King Sigismund leaves behind six confused and fatherless young children, one of which was not even born until the post mortem of his father. Leaving the Kingdom at the beginning of a war, and near the climax of the Scyfling Invasion, it can be guessed that his motives may have involved large amounts of stress and pressure from his position. It is asked by myself, for the sake of myself and my children that the suicide not be used as a driving reason behind political or aggressive action. The loss of Sigismund is simply that, a purposeless loss and now I ask that our grieving be respected, and to let us remember King Sigismund for who he was, a father, a fighter, and a King. The Kingdom is now led by the Lord Regent, Konstantin Wick, until myself and Sigismund’s eldest son, Josef Sigismund Barbanov, comes of age in 1782. EMPIRE AT WAR After the murder of two Imperial nobles of the house Sarkozy, sister in law and nephew to HIH Joseph Clement, granddaughter in law and, great grandson to King Marius II of Haense. The Empire has deemed the response of the Sutican government for these murders on their land highly unacceptable. A coalition now formed between five nations against the Empire, we stand strong and united against those that support child and mother murderers. We call all Haeseni to fight for justice for Peter Amadeus de Sarkozy, and his mother, Henrietta Karenina de Sarkozy. Fight, People of Haense. For Justice, For What is Right. II. Royal and Court Announcements The Renaming of the Public Garden The Amelya Valeriya Barbanov Memorial Garden. The public gardens of New Reza, upon a garden party of 328 ES have been granted a new name in honour of the Late Princess Amelya Valeriya Barbanov and the sacrifice she made during the Scyfling war. Princess Amelya made works of literature around Haeseni Culture, and fought alongside the soldiers of the HRA during the Scyfling Invasion. May she rest in peace The Birth of the Second Princess, Juliya Ipera Barbanov Born on the 11th of Gronna and Droba, 328 ES [Grand Harvest, 1775], Princess Juliya Ipera Barbanov is the fifth child of myself and King Sigismund II, and the second daughter. The young princess currently donnes black hair from her father, and a light blue eye color, similar to her eldest brother and myself. III. The Scyfling Invasion THE FIELD BATTLE The Cavalry The first to leave from New Reza to meet the Scyflings in battle on this momentous day was the Haense Royal Army Cavalry division. The group rode North, staying to the Eastern side of the battlefield, where they fought on the far side of Metterden. The Navy I am not exactly sure how the naval battle of 324 ES went down, though I am aware of how close the battle was. It is said that the battle was won by a hair alone. The Vanir Lord, Brandon, was killed in the battle, and the Scyflings did not make it into Lake Milena. The Bushlings The battle within the Wickwald was a hard fought one, but one that did not succeed. The Scyfling Bushlings were able to push past the Haeseni, leaving many wounded in their wake. The Field Battle The largest quadrant of the battle, the Scyfling horde, pushing down the valley between Metterden and the Othaman Keep. The choke point held two ballista, which together took out tens of Scyflings before they were able to reach the main Haeseni Force. Once the Scyflings reached the main Haeseni force, the two armies crashed together, taking out multiple Haeseni Lords and Ladies in their wake. The battle was hardfought, but in the end, we were forced to retreat. IV. Military Updates, and Activities Oaths and Promotions Those Oathed into the Haense Royal Army and Promoted in 328 and 329 ES The Oaths Alfred Barclay Brandt Barclay The Promotionse William Hart to Armsman Manfred Barclay to Captain Sacul Risha to Armsman Buck Dirtgrub to Armsman V. Recently, In Literature Studies, and literature based on and around, or written by the Haeseni New Newspaper, Governess Yearly! Written by Adelaide Myrrh https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/193359-governess-yearly-volume-1-edition-2/?tab=comments#comment-1785283 Written by a governess of the palace, The Governess yearly reports on current trends, takes interviews of current political figures, reports on policies within politics as well as give insightful Haeseni recipes and interesting facts and jokes! New Newspaper, ‘Buck Noos’ Written by Buck Dirtgrub https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/193338-buck-news/?tab=comments#comment-1785186 A rather odd newspaper, put out at absolute random. It shows the true emotion behind the writer, giving cute pictures for adults and children alike! Transcripts of Court now being Published! https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/193423-summary-transcript-of-the-royal-court-1776/ With the new regency comes some new practices, one of which is the recording and publishing of transcripts from the public court sessions. If you are unable to make a court session but would still like to be aware of the happenings and changes that occur, these transcripts will be an informative way to catch up! VI. Summary of Recent Events The Garden Party Presenting the Grand Prince of Kusoraev, Josef Sigismund, to the courtiers and people of Hanseti-Ruska, a quaint party within the public gardens of New Reza took place, with games and conversation. The event included the announcement of the renaming of the gardens as well. Funeral of King Sigismund II On the 10th of Tov and Yermey 329 ES, [Suns Smile, 1776], the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska buried their King. A long and emotional ceremony, with speakers of all kinds. After the pyre was set, and the final speakers were able to honour the late King, a tribute of arrow fire was performed by a group of HRA soldiers to honour their late King. VII. Special Mentions & Honoured Figures In respect for the Late King, The only figure in this edition shall be King Sigismund II I will see you on the other side, Sig. Wann ea erhae va team.
  10. Masquerade of PHANTOMS AND FAIRY TALES Outside of the world of reality, but in books, old stories, campfire tales and hushed whispers told to scare naughty children, are nightmarish phantoms, and wonderful fairy tales. Both mystical and haunting, the splendour and amazement of stories told inspires during youth, and can still haunt into the dawn of adulthood. During this time of war, it is important to still keep the warmth of splendor and peace in our hearts, where we might always play host to tranquility during strife. The Queen’s Council of Hanseti-Ruska offers all within the empire the opportunity to dress up as those very mythical creatures and characters that made their childhood so merry. Hanseti-Ruska holds many different mythological tales, though costumes depicting from other cultures are welcome as well. The Costume Contest A contest of costumes within the theme shall be hosted near the middle of the night, with multiple judges of the Queen Mother, and two others selected closer to the time of the event. The prize for the contest will be 1000 mina, and as a reminder, the theme is ‘Mythology, Fairy Tales and Monsters’. Those who recreate the very pinnacle of extravagance and creativity in their attire shall be declared the winners of the evening, the very physical embodiment of fantastical whimsy. Below is attached a copy of Otto the Tarcharman’s “Haeseni Mythologie”, for extra suggestions and ideas for costume themes. here! 5PM EST, SUNDAY THE 26TH Ekaterinbug Palace, New Reza, Haense Signed, HER MAJESTY, Viktoria Sofiya Barbanov, Queen-Mother and Deputy Palatine of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska HER LADYSHIP, Henriette Marna de Rafal, Chamberlain of Hanseti-Ruska HIS LORDSHIP, Ruben var Ruthern, Grand Lord of the Royal Court of Hanseti-Ruska
  11. Queen Viktoria Barbanov would stand on the balcony, overlooking Lake Milena. She would turn quickly, folding the paper in her hand as she opened the door to head back inside. “I’ll have to get back to that book after, we’ve got some wars to fight.” She would walk through the castle, securing some of the windows, looking out at a Haeseni banner on top of a tower of the castle, “LONG LIVE HAENSE! LONG LIVE THE EMPIRE!”
  12. Okay my alarm for 11 my time is now going off (sorry about the time confusion again!) meaning bidding is now closed. Thankyou all for participating, I’ll be contacting the winners of the bids! A reminder that you are not allowed to edit bids.
  13. I just realized I messed up on the time, it’s going until 2 I’m sorry aaa
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