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  1. Synod on Homophilic Matrimony Answering the Four Canonist Princes 8th of the Amber Cold, 168 S.A. Dear brothers and sisters in faith, Recently, Queen Catherine of Petra, Queen Sybille of Balian, Tar-Caraneth of Numendil and Viceroy Cesar of Hyspia published a declaration titled 'Four Canonist Princes on Marriage', which many of you will have undoubtedly read. To the relief of some and the disappointment of others, we hereby announce that the Canonist Church will not go along with the decision of these rulers. It is not their prerogative to make decisions on key elements of our faith such as which people can be joined together in the sacrament of matrimony, especially not considering that these "Four Canonist Princes" completely went behind the Church's back in this decision of theirs, save for the consultation of Monsignor Enrico Amadeus. As it stands, the Canonist Church does not condone homophilic matrimony - also known as 'same sex marriage'. It is a direct violation of Canon Law, as Book IV, Title I, Chapter 2. MATRIMONY of the Codex Iurius Canonici Danielus Pontifex clearly states: "The purpose of matrimony is the holy union of a man and a woman". This law is based in theology and scripture, and we deem Monsignor Enrico Amadeus' brief arguments in favor of homophilic matrimony to be insufficient as to argue against this law. Therefore the Four Canonist Princes are in violation of Canon Law and we would urge them to abide by God's law as interpreted and written by the church for many hundreds of years. Simultaneously we do however realize there is a strong desire among the Canonist flock to adress the topic of homophilic matrimony. We are therefore more than happy to discuss the subject, but since it is a religious affair, we do not wish it to be decided upon by secular laymen, but rather for it to be discussed in religious circles. We therefore announce that a Synod on Homophilic Matrimony is to be held within the coming years in the Synod Hall of the Holy See. This shall be the first Synod of the kind we are establishing in our rewriting of the Codex Iurius; namely a gathering of the entire priesthood to debate theology and matters of Church law. In other words, every ordained priest will be welcome and indeed urged to attend this Synod. There, this gathering of the priesthood may argue for or against the inclusion of homophilic matrimony on religious grounds based on scripture and tradition. A vote will then be held at the end of the Synod, in which the members of the priesthood will decide wether or not the Church is to allow this new kind of marriage. Granted there is a majority of the priesthood in favor of this reform, and their arguments for said reform are deemed religiously sound by us personally, Homophilic Matrimony will be legalized in Canon Law. Should there not be a majority of the priesthood in favor however, or the arguments made for such are deemed insufficient, it will be rejected. This, we find, is the proper way to effect or reject such a monumental change in the laws of our faith. In the meantime, the Holy Mother Church's official stance is that homophilic matrimony is illegal as a result of its contradiction of Canon Law. Until a decision has been made in favor of the topic by the Synod, the Church will not condone this kind of marriage, as it is currently deemed sinful, and we forbid our priests from officiating same-sex marriages. We hope that, while this may be a bitter disappointment for the supporters of the 'Four Canonist Princes on Marriage' declaration, people realize that these princes made false promises with said declaration, as they hold no authority to alter religious law, including what is and isn't allowed in terms of the Sacraments. The Synod on Homophilic Matrimony will be planned within the coming months to take place, preferably within the next two years, on a date suiting the majority of the priesthood. In the meantime we encourage debate on the topic by and between priests and laymen alike. Sincerely, His Holiness, Sixtus VI ☩ EST CYCLUS, NON MUTATIO ☩ IT IS A CYCLE, NOT CHANGE
  2. The Treaty of the Wildflower Issued: Year 21st of Snow's Maiden, SA 168 Article I: Non-Aggression Pact This non-aggression pact is entered into by the Kingdom of Vikela and the Kingdom of Balian, hereafter referred to as "the Parties," to promote peace, stability, and mutual respect between their respective realms. Article II: Declaration of Peace I. The Parties hereby declare their commitment to maintaining peaceful relations with each other. II. They pledge not to engage in any acts of aggression, hostility, or military conflict against one another, whether directly or indirectly. This pledge includes, but is not limited to, offering financial or trade assistance to an opposing nation and military aid against the other party in this treaty. Article III: Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity I. The Parties affirm the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each other. II. They agree to respect their respective kingdoms' borders and boundaries and refrain from any actions that may infringe upon them. Article IV: Diplomatic Relations I. The Parties agree to establish and maintain diplomatic channels for communication and dialogue. II. They will endeavor to resolve any dispute or disagreement through peaceful means, such as negotiation, mediation, or arbitration. Article V: Duration I. Both parties agree to a fifteen-year duration for this pact. In case of a breach of the non-aggression terms, the current Sovereigns will consult one another immediately before any further action is taken. Signed, 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 SOVRÈN MAJESTÉ, Reine Medea Amaranta Viola De Astrea, The Queen of Vikela, La Violetta
  3. _______________________________________________________ Issued by the Crown of Balian, 96 B.A. _______________________________________________________ With the death of Her Royal Highness, Elena Casimira, GOD rest her soul, the Crown sees it fit to immediately declare a new Amiratus to succeed her. We are pleased to announce that Lord Percival de Lyons ‘al Lionhearted’ will serve as Balian’s sixth Amiratus. The Princess Royal, Elena Casimira served the Crown since her birth with an unwavering determination to see Balian left better than she found it. We can say with the utmost surety that she accomplished her goal, and will observe a period of mourning over the next Saint’s days. We likewise believe Percival de Lyons shall follow diligently in his Mother’s footsteps, showing already promise in his assistance during the War for the Midlands. We believe he is the best candidate to succeed her and hope that he shares the same determination and knack for governance that she did. May the Princess Royal rest peacefully with her ancestors in the Seven Skies. The Kingdom of Balian shall march ever on, looking to the past fondly on the work that the Princess did- and the feats that she achieved. May we continue to prosper. GOD bless our Kingdom of Balian. _______________________________________________________ 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 Renzfield, Brucca, Valens, Malenos and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera.
  4. The Balian Crown Penned by Radmir "Avant-Vanguard" Montalt For the Balian Knights who stayed whilst their Queen fled, and the Legion of Burgundy. ☩ ☩ ☩ Written in parody of "The Balian Sound" an old Balian Sea Shanty, sung by the Legion of Burgundy Choir and one Orcish Krugmarine. Oh, Balian, is a beautiful country, Way, hay, roll and go. And we rolled all night, And we rolled all day, To raid the Balian Crown. Oh, Balian has a bright young ruler Way, hay, roll and go. But without her crown, who will back her? Way, hay, roll and go. And we rolled all night, And we rolled all day, To raid the Balian Crown Well, her father was an old adulterer. Way, hay, roll and go. And we rolled all night, And we rolled all day, To raid the Balian crown. Ah, Balian loves their throne room Way, hay, roll and go. Such a shame fire does too Way, hay, roll and go. And we rolled all night, And we rolled all day, To raid the Balian Crown Oh, Balian, is a beautiful country, Way, hay, roll and go. Oh, Balian has a bright young ruler Way, hay, roll and go. And we rolled all night, And we rolled all day, To raid the Balian Crown. And we rolled all night, And we rolled all day, To raid the Balian Crown.
  5. Issued and averred by His Royal Highness Prince PAUL ALEXANDER in the year of our Lord 1953 PAUL ALEXANDER by the GRACE of GOD PRINCE of the PETRA The Coalition has besieged the Ferryhold – it is no longer. As many as thirty-five thousand soldiers rallied to the call to arms by Her Majesty the Queen Catherine I to aid the Coalition in destroying Our enemies; the Ferrymen, the League and their Allies. There does exist a personal grudge against the Anathema Gaspard, who had viciously ordered my abduction at the hands of the Ferrymen in the quiet of the night. It was then I was hauled to the same Keep that no longer stands. Much recollection from this event supersedes me, but I know mine enemy. We fought, and we won. Rejoice! Ave Le Petrére. “They do nol know of our strength, but the time is nigh for them to learn.” The Queen-Emeritus Renilde, the Prince Paul, and the Prince Marcus holding Breakwater Keep, c. 1953 @tilly@Chorale__ @Andustar WITNESS Ourselves at the Royal Palace on the 11th day of the Suns’s Smile in the year of our Lord 1953 / 98 Astana de Regne Petrére. Faithfully Signed, His Royal Highness, Paul Alexander of the Petra, Prince of the Petra, the Prince of Valfleur, Lord Chamberlaine of the River Court of the Commonwealth, Elector of the Garmont Assembly, Patriarch of the House of the Petra de Valfleur
  6. - PENNED BY Madame Thorn - FROM THE AAUNIC PRINTING PRESS - Published the 15th of Sun’s Smile, Y. 1953 OPENING STATEMENTS FROM THE WRITER Dearest readers, Before we begin, you may be wondering who I am and what right I have to speak on any topic as if I’m a saint from the heavens. Allow me to formally introduce myself, I am Madame Thorn. My identity is not of importance, and shall never be revealed to the likes of you all though nonetheless. I still love you dearly my darling readers and hope you will enjoy my columns just as much as I enjoy the coin I earn from your purchases of my paper. THE UNSPOKEN OPINIONS, WHAT MUST BE SAID ⇀ FROM KNIGHTS TO DAMSELS ⇀ MERRYWEATHER’S VEXATIOUS PRINCESS… ⇀ HIDE YOUR WIVES! ⇀ FROM KNIGHTS TO DAMSELS The Kingdom of Aaun has been filled with a rather deadly electrifying buzz, one which delivered a deadly shock to the members of our own royal council. Indeed, King Edmund II, Prince Heinrich of Merryweather, Marshall Walter, and last and certainly least, the Count of Haverlock, whom no one truly knew, were all murdered within the royal palace by the treacherous soldiers of Stassion. Whilst we mourn the losses of our young King and his loyal councilors, other nations have taken the chance and opportunity to bash us for our what they call our Incapable Boy King. What a shame they didn’t even consider the necessitous boy a man. He was crippled, granted, that was his fault for trusting those savages hailing from Stassion. ⇀ MERRYWEATHERS VEXATIOUS PRINCESS Our new King, the noblest and benevolent King John, uncle to the martyred Edmund II, has ascended the throne in light of this catastrophe and has rightfully called the treacherous Margrave of Stassion to trial to answer for his, as best put by the Aaunic crown, “failed and disgraceful” father’s attempted coup. The trial was an utter mess, to say the least, for the unruly Princess-Dowager of Merryweather was so distraught by her husband’s death, that she attempted to take the life of the dishonored Margrave of Stassion. And to be frank, it was a sorry and failed attempt. If you intend on trying to assassinate someone, I would suggest you at least take lessons on how to properly aim… or at least make it less obvious. Truly, it was as dramatic as it was idiotic of Lady Aleksandra to have directed her crossbow at the disgraced Lord Margrave, for all those present at the trial to see nonetheless. Verily, to the surprise of none, Lady Aleksandra did find herself summarily tackled to the ground and escorted forthwith from the palace alongside that beast she calls a daughter. And thus the Princess-Dowager of Merryweather was ousted from Whitespire in disgrace, a humiliating repeat of when she was first banished from our royal realm, ironically at the behest of the same Lord Stassion she sought to murder. Though, one is left to wonder what brought Lady Aleksandra back to our fair kingdom to begin with. Indeed, it has been a number of years since she was last in Aaun. Perhaps it is that the dishonorable, so-called “Prince of Nothing” consumes the every thought of our vexatious Princess of Merryweather; indeed, we dare call her obsessed with the ongoings of Lord Stassion and his lands. ⇀ HIDE YOUR WIVES! It is true, Aaun teeters on the precipice of instability, and that is being generous to say the least. That said, do not mistakenly believe that the rest of the human realms fare any better. It is rather amusing that, for some reason, the lords and ladies of Balian, Petra, and Haense had thought their presence was required at the trial. Shaking their heads and constantly whispering about our noble King’s decision to their peers. I should fear that the crown heads of Aevos should instead seek to settle their internal affairs before jeering at the Aaunish crown. Frankly, I believe that all of these foreign nobles should have been escorted out or rather, not let in at all, especially not those hailing from Balian. Their entire castle is in disarray, though that is hardly the least of their concerns given the enormous amount of infidelity that occurs within their walls. And perhaps most shocking, if rumor is to be believed, the Lords of Balian have been beating their wives so badly, that they now flee to Haense in respite. However, I suppose they will be no safer in Haense given their… reputation. Needless to say, I would suggest the Kingdom of Balian get their affairs in order before daring to speak upon the Kingdom of Aaun any time soon. I could say the same for Petra, given that they allow a child to sit upon their throne. It is indeed a wonder how the Petra still stands, especially with such a witless child at its helm, for it is perhaps the most disposable and forgettable of the human kingdoms settled within Heartlands. One must surely wonder whether it is the futility of their lands or the unpleasantness of their people that steers away the would-be conquerors of that oversized County they call a Kingdom. And the King of Haense’s temper is undeniably and utterly embarrassing. A proper King must have patience. must persevere and must never let such little insignificant matters cause them to lose their focus and temper. Though, I do suppose one would be hard-pressed to call Aleksandr II a proper King given he is but a weak imitation of his predecessors, riding off the coattails of their golden age. I suppose these nations could have learned something from that insufferable little boy king who once sat upon Aaun’s throne. Though perhaps that is out of my jurisdiction to speak upon. THE UNSPOKEN OPINIONS, WHAT MUST BE SAID CLOSING STATEMENTS So, here's a nod to our gossip aficionados, the silent readers and the vocal critics alike. As we close this chapter, let the echoes of scandal and the rustle of gossip linger in the air, reminding us that even in the every day, there exists a tapestry of stories waiting to be unveiled. Until the next edition, may your secrets be well-kept, your revelations be dramatic, and the pages of our gossip chronicles be a playground for the extraordinary tales that make life all the more intriguing. Until we meet again, dear readers. ,
  7. PEACE AND BLESSINGS VICESIMUS TERTIUS AUREA BULLA JORENUS Twenty-Third Golden Bull of Jorenus 3rd of Horen’s Calling, 1952 F.A | 3rd of Snow’s Maiden, 156 S.A.| 3rd of Wzuvar and Byvca, 505 E.S. HIS HOLINESS SIXTUS VI, High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon, Archbishop of Visigia, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, Missionary to Aeldin, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of GOD does decree… TABLE OF CONTENTS ┏━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━┓ SECTION I - Opening Prayer SECTION II - College Appointments SECTION III - Curia Appointments SECTION IV - Diocesan Appointments SECTION V - Marriage Dissolution SECTION VI - On the Ferrymen SECTION VII - Venerations SECTION VIII - Beatification ┗━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━┛ SECTION I - OPENING PRAYER Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, whose word lasts into the eve of the world, we ask that You illume us, forgive the trespasses of those who have sinned against Your Virtue, and bless those who have been true and devoted to Your mission. The Canonist flock are assailed by trials and tribulations on many sides, Heavenly Father. We pray for the flock of Haense, whose warmth of spirit is being frozen by a never-ending winter and ask that You bless them with the thaw of spring. We pray for the flock of the midlands, of Numendil, Petra and Veletz, for they are troubled by the likes of Vampires, Azdrazi and wicked Magi, and ask that You cast down these threats to the faithful. We pray for the flock of Aaun, whose King lies hurt and bedridden after an evil man tried to bereave him of life, and ask that you bless their ruler with good health. And we pray for the flock of Balian, whose royal family was broken after the sacrament of marriage was severed, and ask that you console them. Above all however, Heavenly Father, we pray that these hardships bring us together as family, and that Your faithful are strengthened by enduring them. Amen. SECTION II - COLLEGE APPOINTMENTS It is through our Apostolic Right, bestowed unto us through the Laurel derived from the Exalted that we make these affirmations, alterations, and additions to the College of Cardinals. We decree the College to be thus: TMR, His Eminence, Fr. Antonius Cardinal Artorus TMR, His Eminence, Fr. Josef Cardinal Jorenus TMR, His Eminence, Fr. Matthias Cardinal Lotharia TMR, His Eminence, Fr. Brandt Cardinal Albarosa TRR, His Eminence, Fr. Stanislaw Cardinal Westerwald TRR, His Eminence, Fr. Odo Cardinal Gelimar SECTION III - CURIA APPOINTMENTS It is through our Apostolic Right, bestowed unto us through the Laurel derived from the Exalted that we make these affirmations, alterations, and additions to the Curia. We decree the Curia to be thus: Vice Chancellor, His Eminence, Matthias Cardinal Lotharia Auditor of the Tribunal, His Eminence, Stanislaw Cardinal Westerwald Secretariat to His Holiness, His Eminence, Josef Cardinal Jorenus Prelate of the Priesthood, His Eminence, Antonius Cardinal Artorus Pontifical Chamberlain, His Eminence, Brandt Cardinal Albarosa Commandant of the Pontifical Guard, His Eminence, Odo Cardinal Gelimar SECTION IV - DIOCESAN APPOINTMENTS It is through our Apostolic Right, bestowed unto us through the Laurel derived from the Exalted that we appoint the following members of the priesthood to shepherd and be pastor of the Church’s Archdioceses and Dioceses: ARCHDIOCESE OF ALBAROSA To be shepherded by Archbishop Brandt Cardinal Albarosa DIOCESE OF BURON To be shepherded by Bishop Frantzisko DIOCESE OF GELIMAR To be shepherded by Bishop Odo Cardinal Gelimar DIOCESE OF ST. EMMA To be shepherded by Bishop Alexios DIOCESE OF ANDRIKEV To be shepherded by Bishop Amleth DIOCESE OF TYRIA To be shepherded by Bishop Mattia SECTION V - MARRIAGE DISSOLUTION Matrimony is a most Holy sacrament, granted by GOD through his clergymen that serve the flock. However while the union created between a man and a woman through the sacrament of Matrimony is meant to be an eternal one, sometimes the situation causes the Church to have to intervene, for one reason or another, through an official dissolution of the pair’s union. Today, We perform such once more, as It is through Our Apostolic Right, bestowed unto Us through the Laurel derived from the Exalted that We officially dissolve the union of Adrian of Balian and Andromeda Ester, on the grounds of abandonment and denouncement through Andromeda’s departure from Balian and her disloyalty to and forsaking of Adrian after many years of an unhappy marriage, and the struggle of the latter to make said marriage work. We wish that GOD grant mercy to this separated couple in the next chapters, and We request that they seek Our approval before once again receiving the sacrament of matrimony. SECTION VI - ON THE FERRYMEN Recently we called for the warriors and knights of Canondom to assemble and ride with us to Veletz and Haense. The reason was that the Ferrymen had sought to make their return by kidnapping a pregnant woman, the Princess Sibyl, heir to the Kingdom of Balian. We hereby condemn the actions of the Ferrymen and declare them EXCOMMUNICATED and ANATHEMA. No service or sacrament is to be given to any of their members by any member of the clergy. They reside outside the law of both the Church and secular realms, with their rights forfeited. If any of their members consider themselves Canonists, they may individually seek me out for their penance. We wish to make something very clear; that actions like these are a slight against the Canonist family and they cannot stand. One cannot be a Ferryman or aid a Ferryman and consider themselves a Canonist. Ferrymen cannot live a Canonist life because their lifestyle blasphemes GOD. The age of terrorist behavior like what was displayed by these bandits is done. The Ferrymen as a group laid dead in the dust for a while now and we prefer they remain dead. Their actions have proven that the Canonist League was right in claiming that the Ferrymen reside in Veletz, for they have shown themselves to use the Mareno keep as a base of operations. We say thus to Captain-General Gaspard of the League of Veletz; evict these men and declare them banished, else you aid these terrorists and shall be considered one of them rather than a good Canonist and be likewise declared excommunicated and anathema. We have also seen that a band of Orcs came to the aid of the Ferrymen - for which we admonish the Rex. Let there be no confusion; the Ferrymen are not some sort of lovable rogues who fight a just cause against the remnants of an oppressive Orenian Empire. They are bandits, criminals, killers: terrorists, who make up excuses for supposed heroism while taking a pregnant and innocent woman from her home and threatening to kill her. Let there be no confusion also of the nature of the intervention that happened to try to negotiate the princess’ release; it was not an invasion of Veletz or Ferrymen territory by Haense. The King of Haense, the Admiral of Balian and the Grandmaster of the Order of Saint Jude were there under our banner. We take full responsibility. This was a Canonist mission of liberation inside of Canonist lands. So we say to the Ferrymen; do not try to spin this as some sort of unjust act of war where you are the victims. We thank our good and devout Canonist faithful for heeding the call and coming together as one big family in an attempt to free our sister in GOD from these wicked men. As of right now it is unclear what has happened to her, some say she lives and some say she was killed. Regardless, we shall pray for her soul and her wellbeing and that of her unborn child. Blessed are those who are persecuted for their righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of God. SECTION VII - VENERATIONS It is through Our Apostolic Right, bestowed unto Us through the Laurel derived from the Exalted that We affirm the following venerations: VENERABLE HENRY ALSTION Prince Henry Alstion was deemed Venerable as per decision of a Curia meeting held under our predecessor Sixtus V for his lifelong commitment to the Church - first as a layman, later as a deacon - and the role he played in ensuring peace among Canondom by ending the long-term war between the Duchy of Adria and the Canonist League. VENERABLE FATHER ARMAND Cardinal-Archbishop Armand of Lotharia is made venerable for his efforts in spearheading the crusade on the Azdrazi heralds of Azdromoth, the role he has played in combating the forces of evil in general, serving the Church faithfully as Auditor for decades and his invaluable contributions to the Magic Commission. VENERABLE KING CHARLES I OF AAUN King Charles of Aaun is made venerable in recognition for his unwavering loyalty to the Church and defense of our most holy institution throughout his lengthy life and reign. His legacy of devotion to the Church among the population of Aaun can be felt to this day and the importance of him standing up for the Canonist Church when an alliance led by Sedan threatened to schism over the issue of investiture cannot be denied. SECTION VIII - BEATIFICATION It is through Our Apostolic Right, bestowed unto Us through the Laurel derived from the Exalted that We affirm the following beatification: BLESSED SISTER CALLIOPE Sister Calliope Renata of Merryweather was a nun hailing from the House of Alstreim who joined the Church’s sisterhood in the Principality of Savoy. Aside from her service to the Church and her Faithful, she is beatified for the miracle she is believed to have performed at the Duchy of Reinmar in Haense in 1943. The Duchy was attacked by a band of undead led by a necromancer, who set the lands of the Duke ablaze and slaughtered his animals. After the attack, the Duke went to a chapel and prayed to Sister Calliope for intercession, upon which he saw a vision of the nun. After leaving the chapel, it was apparent that - miraculously - the damage the undead’s fire and blades had done to the Duchy had been reversed as if nothing had happened. THE HOLY MOTHER CHURCH OF THE CANON Under GOD maintained by His Holiness Sixtus VI THE COLLEGE OF CARDINALS ANTONIUS CARDINAL ARTORUS Archdiocese of Artorus JOSEF CARDINAL JORENUS Patriarchate of Jorenus MATTHIAS CARDINAL LOTHARIA Archdiocese of Lotharia BRANDT CARDINAL ALBAROSA Archdiocese of Albarosa STANISLAW CARDINAL WESTERWALD Diocese of Westerwald ODO CARDINAL GELIMAR Diocese of Gelimar THE CURIA MATTHIAS CARDINAL LOTHARIA Vice-Chancellor of the Church of the Canon STANISLAW CARDINAL WESTERWALD Auditor of the Tribunal of the Church of the Canon JOSEF CARDINAL JORENUS Pontifical Secretary of the Church of the Canon ANTONIUS CARDINAL ARTORUS Prelate of the Priesthood of the Church of the Canon BRANDT CARDINAL ALBAROSA Pontifical Chamberlain of the Church of the Canon ODO CARDINAL GELIMAR Commandant of the Pontifical Guard CANONIST DIOCESES PATRIARCHATE OF JORENUS, THE HOLY SEE Encompassing the entirety of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska and surrounding territories, to be shepherded by Patriarch Josef Cardinal Jorenus DIOCESE OF ANDRIKEV, encompassing all the lands east of the river Lahy, to be shepherded by Amleth Bishop Andrikev. DIOCESE OF WESTERWALD, encompassing all the lands west of the river Lahy, to be shepherded by Stanislaw Bishop Westerwald ARCHDIOCESE OF ALBAROSA Encompassing the eastern region of Aevos, including the lands of the United Kingdom of Aaun, the Commonwealth of Petra, and the surrounding territories, to be shepherded by Archbishop Brandt Cardinal Albarosa DIOCESE OF BURON, encompassing all the lands east of the mountains, to be shepherded by Francis Bishop Buron DIOCESE OF CITREA, encompassing all the lands west of Saint Daniel’s Crossing, to be shepherded by Callahan Bishop Citrea DIOCESE OF GELIMAR, encompassing all the lands west of the mountains, to be shepherded by Odo Bishop Gelimar ARCHDIOCESE OF ARTORUS Encompassing the central region of Aevos, including the lands of the Kingdom of Númendil, the Veletz League, and surrounding territories, to be shepherded by Archbishop Antonius Cardinal Artorus DIOCESE OF AQUILA, encompassing the entirety of the Kingdom of Númendil, to be shepherded by Pious Bishop Aquila DIOCESE OF ST. EMMA, encompassing the entirety of the League of Veletz, to be shepherded by Alexios Bishop St. Emma ARCHDIOCESE OF LOTHARIA Encompassing the south-western region of Aevos, including the lands of the Kingdom of Balian and surrounding territories, to be shepherded by Archbishop Matthias Cardinal Lotharia DIOCESE OF TYRIA, encompassing the entirety of the Kingdom of Balian, to be shepherded by Mattia Bishop Tyria. ☩ EST CYCLUS, NON MUTATIO ☩ IT IS A CYCLE, NOT CHANGE
  8. https://youtu.be/-OswuZgK5Zc Laurelie Henrietta Vuiller - de Pelear A girl born in Vuillermoz to partner Ravn and Sir Duncan Vuiller both of whom were in their late 40s, early 50s. Youngest of four children, the couple’s only daughter. She grew up during the War of the Wigs or as her family knew it, the Sheeps War. Started by her father after trying to protect two of his three boys. The first time she ever left her family’s home was strapped to her father’s chest during his guard shift. Many fights were had while she was with him, but no one touched her;rumor had it he even armed her with a small dagger to hold in case anyone ever got too close. She was told at a very early age to never leave the land she was born on unless she had someone with her, or she would be taken captive by demons and other monsters. She would make her way to Providence on day trips with her family at least once or twice a month.. However, she wished for more time in the city. At the age of seven, she would meet her closest friend and confidant Johanne Vuiller, the heir at the time to the family name. Now with Johanne, she would head into the city more often, stay out of the public eye. Avoiding most people whenever possible as she didn’t want to cause any issues for her family as they climbed the ranks in noble standing. While the war her father started raged on outside her family’s walls, she was oblivious to the losses on both sides and often prayed for their salvation, her father came home at the end of every battle. So that was good enough for her. At the age of twelve, she would find a lifelong companion, found in a broken flower pot. A mix of a Bull Terrier and Corgi mix who would go on by the name of Buckles. This is when Johanne with Laurelie as partners would go on to found Jowls and Buckles Pet Emporium. J & B Pet Emporium for short. However, it never got off the ground. At the age of thirteen, she was sitting in the town square of Providence, Johanne having left to get their mutual friend so they could all have tea. Only in her absence, to have a man put a knife to Laurelie’s neck and have her walk swiftly with him down to the warehouses. There, he would interrogate her about her family so he could ransom her, thankfully her lack of presence was noticed and Laurelie was quickly found. She, however, was left with a scar that covered most of her right shoulder which she got during her getaway. The man was dealt with, being killed on the spot. She was later used as a medical lesson for Johanne on how to stitch someone up. At the age of fourteen, she found the body of her father as it just started to rain. His body was still warm, yet he was lifeless, his throat ripped open. She would later find out that the brother she was closest to, Drasus, saw her crying over their father’s body yet ran away, rather than try to comfort her. In her father’s will she was given the sword he used in battle while she was strapped to his chest as a baby. Only a few days later, the war ended, she would talk with her mother, being gifted a dagger and a hair comb. Being told that big things come from small beginnings. To never forget; to stay humble. She would take those words to heart. Not even a Saint’s day later, the Brother’s war happened. This resulted in her home being raided by “the self-proclaimed King’s” men. This attack on their home resulted in many lives lost once aid came. Laurelie was trapped on the roof, only able to watch as the men laughed while they beat her Aunt Rosemary nearly to death. Having to listen to her Great Aunt Primrose try to bargain for Johanne’s life while trying to offer up Rosemary and Laurelie for collateral. Primrose’s words fell on deaf ears. Nearing the end of the fight, Laurelie and Johanne scaled down the wall with three infants, going into the Vuiller crypts where they both ended up praying and crying out to the dead, and God to save them. Laurelie was afraid to leave the fort that those still loyal to the last Orenian Emperor called home. The only time she left willingly was to go to the last Emperor’s wedding taking place at the Vuillermoz church. Even then, she was fearful as a dragon flew overhead, yet she tried to join in on the joy that everyone else had. At the age of fifteen, just before her life changed again she met a boy, the first person her age, his name was Julius. They only talked a few times but it was still nice to have a friend around her age. Even if it was for only a year. As their days in the fort grew closer to the end, they set off for their new home, only for it to be attacked. Their Emperor was taken captive on a day meant for peace, later being beheaded after a failed rescue mission. Laurelie was forced to be on the battlefield as a combat medic. The harsh reality of war, finally hitting her. With the help of her Aunt Rosemary, she was able to drag Julius off to safety, tending to his wounds. This would be the last time Laurelie ever saw him. Balian was founded around the time she turned sixteen, 12. B.A Laurelie H.Vuiller 12. B.A.The day of her 16th name day The first full day the city was built ,she would meet two more people who would play a big role in her life: A sixteen year old by the name of Thomas and a seventeen year old by the name of Constantine. She in all truth had taken a liking to Constantine, however the way her cousin Johanne looked at him she couldn’t help but feel guilty of her own feelings, burying them deep down inside. Meanwhile, Thomas had taken a liking to Laurelie. Laying claim to her hand, everyone within the city of Atrus thought them to be courting. No matter how many times she told them they were just friends. At least until her Uncle Rev gave his blessing. Thomas had given her a necklace, however this wasn’t just any necklace. It was one that was made by Constantice causing her feelings to become even more confusing. She loved Thomas as a friend. This is something she would wear until the day she died. Only taking it off to clean it. With options running low she felt she had to settle. At least Thomas cared for her, he also asked her any chance he could to court her. Her only condition is that Thomas had to ask her uncle. If he however couldn’t get a hold of him or get his blessing by the time they turned twenty five, they would get married without his blessing. Thomas agreed. When she was around the age of twenty one they got the blessing of her Uncle, however once Thomas got the blessing, she never saw or heard from him again. The first Symposia Pragma was to be held. Johanne convinced her to go as she had not heard from Thomas in four years. Laurelie agreed, and at the age of twenty five was given the title of the first and only Desert Rose. Yet it was never mentioned in the papers published about that day. It was there she would dance most the night away with Cesar I de Pelear, Viceroy of Hyspia. Once he left, she went to sit down. Speaking with Constantine, for the first time in their friendship, they were not interrupted by the children of Balian. The children often fought for his attention, as he took on a big brother role for all, if not most of them. Even if the conversation was short lived, Laurelie was still fighting with her feelings for him. Even though there was a failed courtship agreement with him and Johanne. He and her Uncle Rev never saw eye to eye on things. He offered her to drink, but due to never indulging herself, she declined. In her old age, she would regret it but move on as there isn’t anything you can do to change the past. The day came where the men had to follow the girls into the desert, called the Queen Bee’s chase. The men had to catch their ‘Queen to be’ as a hunting game, and come back with a meal. Laurelie had gotten lost only to find herself lost with Constantine. “Why are you in the season? I thought you belonged to Thomas.” “I haven’t heard from him in nearly four years, and even then. We never courted.” Constantine gave her a pained smile. They spoke a little more only for him to share that he planned to court Diane, another one of her cousins from the other side of her family. He even hunted for their food when they returned. Only for him to present the boar to Diane as soon as they walked in the gates. A letter was waiting for her, “Dear Laurelie, I’m sorry our first meeting was cut short. I’d love to get to know you more, and take a tour of the city.” signed Cesar the Viceroy. Johanne went on to marry Drako the head of house Darkwood, she would go on to see all the women younger than her get ready for their wedding. Meanwhile, she was once more stuck in limbo with a man she loved waiting for her Uncle's approval for courtship. She, however, didn't get married until the age of thirty one. Not only that, but she ended up being disowned by her uncle from the Vuiller name, having not “waited” long enough to later get his approval for marriage. Her wedding day was a disaster. The dress she planned on wearing didn’t fit right, the Priest didn’t show up on time. None of her friends or family showed up. Everyone she felt was only there for Cesar. Laurelie H.Vuiller and Buckles. Year 1884 one year after her wedding. Things however did get slightly better for her. She was gifted with a beautiful healthy baby boy. Cesar for the first two years was absent from their lives as he went on a journey. Only for their city to fall to ruin. She moved her family back to Balian for a time. She gave birth to her twins Sofia and Alejandro the day Balian hit twenty years standing strong. Cesar would always like to argue they were born in Hyspia, however they were born in the Balian clinic. Cesar for the children’s early life would be fussing over where to go, only to go to the great land of Hanseti-Ruska, asking for aid from King Karl III. Laurelie was very hesitant as they took the false king’s side so many years ago, trying to kill her at the age of fourteen. Their youngest child Veronica, was born in the Haense clinic. Laurelie, now nearing her forties. She got them set up with a nice house in the city while Cesar was off working on their soon to be forever home. The few times she was allowed to visit, she helped design the bull fighting pit. Trying to get more in touch with her husband’s heritage, as she still slowly learned the Hypian language. At the age of four, Alejandro lost his arm playing with a crocodile. If you asked Laurelie after the age of sixty what happened to him she would tell you he died that day, not going into further detail. One day in court Laurelie and Sofia overheard a man “the Hyspian’s are our friends,” he shared with his sons. This man was Felix Weiss. From then on a friendship was born. With Audo going on to marry Veronica once they were old enough, and having five children. She found herself in Balian with Veronica. Veronica was the only one of her children to meet her Great Uncle Rev before he died later that Saint’s day. Followed by her mother having a heart attack at that news. As Laurelie neared her mid fifties, the Inferi Siege took place, rushing to the city to make sure her children were safe. In the crypts of Hanseti-Ruska, she along with a few other women helped Princess-Royal Analiesa give birth to a sickly gray baby girl. As Felix Weiss came down into the crypts, a blood soaked knight in shining armor led them to safety as she carried the Princess-Royal. King Karl and his men were successful in the fight. However, Laurelie didn’t know if Cesar was alive or not until she returned home with their children, seeing him smoking in their room. She didn’t know whether to kiss him or strangle him. Once the twins were twelve, she allowed Sofia’s closest friend Amity to become a ward after her mother vanished. She later on came to deeply regret this as from then on Amity had Francisco wrapped around her pinky, she never got to speak with him again one on one after that. They later married, having six children. Five only making it past childhood. As the children grew older, Alejandro kept causing issues for the family. The straw that broke the camel’s back for his siblings is when he cheated on his fiance, which caused Cesar to have a heart attack after having already been attacked earlier in the Saints week. Cesar and Laurelie de Pelear S.A. 101 - Year 1898 At the ages of 47 Alejandro would later go onto murder Cesar, feigning ignorance as to what happened to his father. Laurelie would later discover her husband's body in the Church of Blessed Francisco headless, flayed, drained of blood, and with two of her grandchildren standing down the aisle. All of this having occurred just a few months before Veronica was meant to marry Audo in that same building. They only found out what Alejandro did after he went on to marry his husband. From then on, Laurelie didn’t care what happened to him. As far as she knew, she only had one son, and two daughters. Francisco took over fully as Viceroy of Hyspia, with Laurelie going on to take the tile of, “Her Royal Highness, Vicereine-Mother of Hyspia” From the day of her husband’s death Laurelie started to wear dark colors to signify she was always in mourning of him. Granted, he grew colder to her as everyone got older, but she still loved him. The mourning would then extend to her eldest grandchild, Esperanza, who she was the closest to. Sofia would go on to marry King Georg I of Hanseit-Ruska, having two lovely daughters. It was only for their wedding Laurelie put on light colors, coming out of mourning silks for a day before going back to her dark mourning silks. For those who knew Laurelie she was a kind woman who loved to paint and sew. Yet she held onto a family secret she took to the grave. Laurelie lived to be 88 years old before dying in her sleep at Weiss family keep, Staalgrav. She had gone in hopes of spending time with her grandchildren as a surprise the following day. She would be found by Veronica, who came to wake her up that morning. She leaves behind, Three children, Seventeen-Nineteen grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. At the age of 78, 484 E.S. The will of Laurelie de Pelear Letters attached to the will ~~OOC THOUGHTS!~~
  9. A FINAL REMINISCENCE 16th of Owyn's Flame, 73 B.A. A Farewell, I write to thee To a life I retire, a life more free As I depart from the Cabinet of his Majesty I impart my final words in Empathy *** My time in government began at the mere age of eleven. I was a squire of Sir Peter d’Arkent, a member of the then Company of Balian. However, my purpose was further amplified in that same year. I was approached by the late Ledicort Vuiller in the Palatio Monterosa whilst I was in the midst of the Snapdragon Ball. He offered me an opportunity to ward under him, citing my determination and dedication to Balian through my time in its military. After a few Saint’s Days of contemplation, I accepted. My first task was to replace the previously defunct Senate and in its place put forth a different government catering to the capital city of Atrus itself. I find it quite amusing that in the year before my abdication from office, I enacted a similar edict, expanding the national legislative powers to our citizens within this fair nation. Like a cycle, I elevated myself from there and am now descending from the highest podium in the same manner. The role of the Amiratus, if I am to be completely transparent with my fellow denizens, is one of great privilege and great anxiety. Every decision that is made can have a monumental impact on not just the nation but on the international realm. As the chief enforcer and regent of His Majesty, my words and actions can have great effect to the ones whom I delegate to and to the ones whom I converse with, either they be my fellow citizens or to foreign agents and allies. I have made steadfast allies and oathbound enemies in my position. There are many who admire my work and there are also many who despise my actions and decisions. Regardless, some of these opinions of me and my administration are that of either bias, past sentiments, or general dislike. Then again, it is inevitable for one to not be at least somewhat of a polarizing figure; for allies and enemies await a powerful figure in all corners of the streets of politics and international relations. Such is the bittersweet life of an Amiratus. But these plethora of responsibilities and the weight they impose are much more pleasurable to handle with the team working alongside me: Queen Andromeda, Crown-Prince Alexander, Princess Elena Casimira, Princess Persephone Maxima, Viscount Ephrem Kervallen, Cardinal Teodosio, Baron Robyn de Lyons, Lord Commander Dante DeNurem, Baron Casimir Vilac, Segnor Belyn Gris, Segnor Sarson Halgrim, Lady Nicoletta Sarkozic, and Lady Serena d’Arkent. All of these individuals were there to help guide this nation alongside me. All of them were there to support me as I helped His Majesty chart the course for our nation. The Ruthern Administration is the strongest council a reigning monarch of Balian has ever had. Our contributions and achievements have and will continue to stand the test of time. The framework and direction our nation has taken can be attributed to the diligent work ethic of the administration. I am grateful for the time we have spent cultivating the fruitful seeds of growth as we now watch the fig tree elongate its branches and blossom its fruits one by one. As I retire from the skies and return to my nest, I wish to impart wisdom to my fellow Duana constituents and to my citizens: To My Duana: The work we have accomplished and the strides we have taken to develop this once young nation to a prominent realm for all of mankind is a badge of pride each and every one of you should wear with honor. We have set a framework for the nation and now we watch as the nation leads itself to prosperity. That does not mean, however, that our work is done. We must keep constant vigilance of the needs of our citizens and the development of our culture. The work of His Majesty’s council is never finished. I urge you all, however, to keep your minds and point of view open to all ideological beliefs. Government works best when bipartisanship is encouraged as the primary factor of decision making. Partisanship is also justifiable and it is necessary at times to push forth agendas quicker, yet too much of it can lead to the dangers of factionalism. Factionalism should be avoided at all costs. It is a form of division among people that can lead to hostility, emotional distress, and ultimately, the destruction of a nation or its relations with others. We must remember that we all are part of a familial union. Each and every one of us will be there for one another when we are in difficult situations; that loyalty shall never dissipate. When disagreements occur, they should be addressed in a respectful manner and compromises should be sought. It is also important to recognize that everyone has something to contribute, and that each person has their own unique skills and perspectives. Each and every one of you are bright and talented in one area or multiple. Utilize that comparative advantage that each and every one of you have and hone it, combine it with another talent of the other individual to create a powerful agenda that can satisfy at least the basic principles and values that we share. Rather than attempting to be on the same page, strive to be on tangent with similar principles instead. Disagreements are a fundamental part and right for every government. This same view should be shared with our foreign counterparts as we continue our diplomatic work in Aevos. Even if we may agree or disagree with another nation or realm, the respect we have for them should never be diminished for they too are in the same precarious position as our leaders: fated to make difficult decisions for the betterment of our people. Through the creation of a culture of inclusion and respect both within the nation and beyond its territories, it is possible to create a positive outcome for all of mankind. To My Fellow Citizens: I was once approached in the tavern by the former Syndic Grimhildr Chen. She stated her frustrations with the Supreme Assembly of Portoregne-the city government-and its inability to provide a platform for the Balianese citizens to help them share their voices, views and ideas for the charting of our nation’s direction. She then shared with me a plan to re-envision the city government into a much more inclusive platform for our people. Using her plan as reference, I sought out a plan to expand the legislative powers of our nation to all citizens of Balian. Thus, the Citizens Commune was established. Like gravity is to a river's current, the nation's direction flows through the gravity of the decisions one makes for its presumed betterment. This legislative, cultural and political right was once reserved to the leaders of our nation. Henceforth, the citizens of Balian can now experience this sacrosanct right whenever and however they wish.. Each Balianese citizen will now have the liberty to propose, petition and express their belief in where our nation should head. With Royal Assent from the Crown, that vision may become fruitful. Regardless of the viability or lack thereof, of such proposals; the pride one feels in charting the course for our nation is one that can never be diminished. My fellow Balianese citizens, you now have the power to help guide the winding directions of our sovereign river through the gravity of direct democratic decision-making, to chart a path that best fits our collective view. Each citizen should be given the opportunity to bring forth an idea to the table and to satisfy their own vision for our nation’s growth. I urge, and I hope that you all take advantage of this power and convey your vision to the nation and to His Majesty. In my administration, I am not ignorant of the thought that I may have committed many errors. Although I am not conscious of such, there is no doubt that I may have unconsciously erred in my decision making and actions in one way or another. Regardless, I believe my attempts at steering the nation were that of good faith and judgment. And so, I leave you all with a final note and a final song, one that I believe represents the community and the nation as a whole: The roots now established Were established by us We passed the watering pot to each other in trust To all who toiled and planted the seeds We now watch as they grow and breathe On a fateful day we watched the tree unfold The beautiful leaves with their blossoming folds The fruits that are now ripe for harvest Are picked and shared amongst the promised And so, we continue to tend to this grove For we hope that our descendants can share in its trove *** I, Gaius var Ruthern, your humble servant, retire to my home. SIGNED, HIS ROYAL EXCELLENCY, Gaius var Ruthern, Viscount of Marsana, Amiratus of the Kingdom of Balian, Lord Seneschal of the Crown and Chief Minister of the Duana.
  10. EDICT OF COMMUNUS CIVIS A Decree from the Crown 14th of Lothar’s Gift, 72 B.A. IT IS SO DECREED, the Supreme Assembly of Portoregne shall be abolished. This Edict shall replace The Royal Charter of Portoregne. The Legislative Powers of the Kingdom of Balian contained herein shall be extended to the citizenry of Balian as enumerated within this edict. The established body for the practice of this legislative right shall be vested in a Commune, run by, and for the citizens of Balian. The Commune shall consist of all living citizens of Balian, provided they have a primary liveable address within the Kingdom. Definitions: A Citizen of Balian is defined as a resident within the Kingdom who legally and primarily resides in any property within the jurisdiction of the Kingdom, including the Royal Family. A Commune shall henceforth be referred to the Citizens Commune, the legislative body of the Kingdom of Balian. Proposal or to Propose in this edict shall henceforth be defined as requests, drafts or petitions to the Crown which the Crown reserves the right to approve or veto. The use of the term Petition shall be used interchangeably with the former terms in this paragraph. Discretion in this edict shall henceforth be defined as the administrative freedom one shall have when conducting meetings, procedures and sessions. Article I - The Citizens Commune Art. I.01 - The Commune shall hereinafter be named the Citizens Commune. Art. I.02 - The Commune shall consist of all citizens of the Kingdom of Balian. Art. I.03 - The Commune shall meet, alternatively known as to be called into session, at least once every Saint’s Month in Ledicort’s Hall. Art. I.04 - The Commune shall reserve the right to propose, vote on, and draft legislation. Art. I.05 - The Commune shall reserve the right to propose cultural initiatives, either through a session or through the Royal Balianese Academy. Art. I.06 - The Commune shall reserve the right, in collaboration with the Royal Court, to host cultural, academic, and recreational events within Balian. Art. I.07 - The Commune shall reserve the right to propose the formation of guilds. Art. I.08 - The Commune shall reserve the right to petition the Crown and Duana at any time on matters and grievances pertaining to the governance of the Kingdom, including diplomatic relations. Art. I.09 - The Commune, with the Crown’s approval, shall reserve the right to appropriate money for matters pertaining to the city of Portoregne, including the surrounding farmhouses and farmland of the city. This fiscal right shall extend to Rosemoor’s rest but not beyond that which is enumerated in this section. Vassal lands are exempt and immune to this section. Art. I.10 - The Commune shall reserve the right to trade and organize business freely within the city of Portoregne and its surrounding rural area, extending to Rosemoor’s rest but not beyond that which is enumerated in this section. Vassal lands are exempt and immune to this section. Art. I.11 - Only the citizens present when the Commune is called into session may vote. If a citizen is not present, they cannot vote and will not be called to vote. Art. I.12 - If a citizen, when the Commune is called into session, is discovered to be a felon or traitor in breach of the statutes laid down within the Lex Criminalis, or is disruptive during the session they are to be removed from the meeting and revoked of their rights and privileges to speak or vote by authority of the Syndic, with due diligence. Art. I.13 - Any right or power that has not been defined or enumerated in this section is reserved only for the Crown and Duana. Article II - On the Powers of the Syndic Art. II.01 - The Syndic of the Commune shall be elected for a term of 8 Saint’s Weeks. The Syndic may run for re-election for a maximum of two terms, totalling 16 Saint’s Weeks. The Syndic may step down at any time, if done so, an emergency election or appointment may be held at the behest of the Crown, through delegation to the Censor. Art. II.02 - The Syndic shall act as the chief representative and speaker of the Commune. Art. II.03 - The Syndic shall act as a servant of the Commune and must answer to the Commune and to the Crown. Art. II.04 - The Syndic shall reserve the right to call the Commune into meeting and lead the meeting in how they see fit. Withstanding Art. 1.10, the Syndic must use due diligence to act on these matters. Art. II.05 - If the Syndic is found incompetent in their duties, or presumed to be abusive of their discretionary powers, they may be impeached by the Commune through petition of at least 10 signatures and via the Amiratus of Balian through their own discretion. If found guilty of incompetence in the impeachment proceedings, the Syndic shall be voted out of office by a two thirds majority of the Commune. Art. II.06 - The Syndic reserves the right to request and receive an audience with the Duana and the Crown at any time. Art. II.07 - The Syndic shall be legally considered a senior government official and thus shall receive the same protection as the members of the Duana pertaining to the Lex Nobilis. Art. II.08 - Any right or power that has not been defined or enumerated in this section is reserved only for the Crown and Duana. Article III - The Commune and the Duana Art. III.01 - All legislation that has been approved by the Crown must be delegated to their respective departments within the Duana. Art. III.02 - The approved legislation shall be interpreted and implemented by the Duana in respect to the department the legislation falls under. Art. III.03 - The Amiratus, as chief agent of the Crown, may interpret and implement the legislation through delegation to the respective department of the Duana if they see it is best to do so in a certain way. Art. III.04 - Any right or power that has not been defined or enumerated in this section is reserved only for the Crown. Article IV - The Commune and the Crown Art. IV.01 - By Divine Right from GOD, all powers flow through the Crown. The Crown may approve or veto any legislation, proposals or petitions brought forth to them. Art. IV.02 - The Crown may dissolve the Commune, fire the Syndic, or remove citizens when the Commune is called into session at any time. The Crown shall act in Bona Fide in this matter under the watchful gaze of the Almighty. Art. IV.02 - The Crown may, through delegation to the Duana, amend any part of this edict. Art. IV.03 - The Crown may call special meetings of the Commune if needed. Art. IV.04 - The Crown must respond to each proposal within a span of 1 Saint’s Week. Art. IV.05 - If the Crown is unable to fulfill any of the above mentioned powers enumerated within this edict; the Amiratus, through the Crown’s blessing may carry out these duties at their behest. HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, Adrian I, by the Grace of GOD, King of Balian, Viscount of Eflen and Anatis, Baron of Brucca,Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lord of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Prince of the Holy Orenian Empire, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera. HIS ROYAL EXCELLENCY, Gaius var Ruthern, Viscount of Marsana, Amiratus of the Kingdom of Balian, Lord Seneschal of the Crown and Chief Minister of the Duana.
  11. LA GIOSTRA The Balianese Joust Issued by the Viscounty of Marsana in collaboration with the Royal Balianese Academy 9th of Sun’s Smile, 72 B.A. “Raise your lances, salute your opponent, and pray to GODAN that your chariot does not break.” Jousts and tournaments are an age-old tradition revered in every Canonist Human nation. The jousting tradition of Balian is a mixture of the old Petrine tradition of the empire, the traditions of House Ruthern, and the ‘Giostra’, an ancient form of jousting practiced by the Bathalite Empire. (A Young Ruthern Lord after decisive victory. C. 1865) La Giostra The traditions of the joust in the ancient Bathalite Empire were known as La Giostra. The form had gone without practice for a few decades prior to its revival by House Ruthern and is now becoming a common practice amongst the kin of the Balianese-Raevir Household. Its popularity has now spread throughout the kingdom, establishing it as a well-recognized and popular sport amongst the Balianese people. Joust Regulations Each match consists of three parts, or jousts. The joust begins when both contenders are met with a mount and lance, which they intend to use in this competition. They will undergo all three bouts in a formal manner, preparing their stead on the list field, readying the lance, riding down the tilt, and crossing lances. If one strikes the Head of an opponent, they will earn five points, from shoulders to hips earning three, and below hips providing a measly one. Should someone dismount the adversary, the reward is seven points. To be dismounted in the second match makes for an automatic disqualification and triumph for the one who delivered such a blow. Decorative Chariots Chariot making is the most vital part of this tradition, with the carriage being a representation of what you stand for and compete in this noble sport for. A charioteer must take pride in his own work and master the crafting of his own chariot so that his ideals and prospects may shine through the art that is the Chariot. While one must not focus on mere detail, one must also be sturdy and strong to deal and receive the hardest of blows. Votive Sashes The ancient Bathalite jousting form of ‘Giostra’ incorporated a romantic element to it as well. Knights, nobles and commoners alike competed for a chance of both glory and to impress their beloveds who watched them from the spectators’ stands and booths. The gift of handmade votive sashes, a form of admiration, would be given by the spectator to the victor as a symbol of their acknowledgement, respect and admiration for their victory. These sashes would then be worn by the contestant as they paraded around the jousting field with their horse. The current iteration of this tradition still holds the votive sashes aspect with great reverence and respect. For further information on votive sashes, see: TO LOVE IS TO. . . - Royal Balianese Academy, (Elena Casimira, RBA, circa. 51 B.A.). ‘Drunk Jousting’ In contemporary Balianese history, a knight by the name of Apollyon Marshall introduced a version of jousting unique to the Kingdom. Known as ‘Drunk Jousting’, the game’s rules were similar to the traditional joust practiced by humans of Canonist nations but with the added flavor of taking a drink after each match. Both spectators and contestants alike would finish a glass of their alcoholic beverage before beginning another game. This form of jousting was not competitive, but rather a form of enjoyment and merriment. Whether who won or lost did not matter at the end of this game, for everyone at the end of the event would be too intoxicated to care. ‘Drunk Jousting’ can be held through the methods of ‘La Giostra’, or through the traditional jousting method. Signed, HIS ROYAL EXCELLENCY, Gaius Rosius var Ruthern, Viscount of Marsana, Amiratus of the Kingdom of Balian, Lord Seneschal of the Crown and Chief Minister of the Duana HIS ADMIRALTY, Ser Demetrius ‘The Valiant’ var Ruthern, Heir of Marsana, Almirante de la Operazions.
  12. CLERK RECRUITMENT DRIVE Issued from the Office of the Procurator 14th of Horen’s Calling, 72 B.A With the ever growing population of our glorious city of Portoregne, the Procurator and Vice Procurator find it necessary to bring fresh blood to the office to ensure adequate and speedy response to the needs of the citizenry of Balian. During this recruitment phase, anyone over the age of 16 may reach out to the Office for an in person interview to become a city clerk. Additionally, if found eligible for work, you will receive training from the Vice Procurator. Ave Balian! May its economy be ever fluid. Signed, HIS EXCELLENCY, Sir Ephrem Kervallen, Viscount of Tuvia, Knight of the Order of Saint Michael, Minister of Finances & Procurator of Balian, Templar of the Archangel Michael and Inquisitor of the Canonist Church. HIS LORDSHIP, Rhys var Ruthern, Vice Procurator of Balian, Vizio Medico of the Clinical Society of St. Julia, Archivist of House Ruthern
  13. ROYAL ORDERS OF BALIANESE CHIVALRY “Prince Lothar walked the world as though a site of pilgrimage could be found in every mortal’s soul. Even at the most depraved nadir of his grisly war, it was liberation and liberation only that stirred his strength, as though he would free the Exalted Tabernacle waiting within his lost enemies.” An ancient Almaris account on the character of St. Lothar the Bannerlord, often considered as the first knight of Canondom. THE CODE OF BALIANESE CHIVALRY In Hoc Signe Vinces Cor In this sign, conquer the heart Collect no debt and despise all rewards. Challenge no malice except that you challenge it also in yourself. Take neither bread nor water, nor any succor, unless in company of those with greater need. Persevere in every enterprise until a righteous end. Raise a hand not in sin or judgment of sin, but to safeguard the needy. In speaking, set no words apart as oaths, but let your every word be true. Study the world and love its peoples. Introduction Chivalry stands uncontested as one of the many pillars of the Heartlander spirit. Countless knightly orders across the ages have been the proving grounds of some of humanity’s greatest champions and villains, from the valiant heroes Silverblade and Steelstong whose insights and command drove the foundation of the first empire, to the lost scourges of old Angren whose rebellions collapsed another. Over time, while knighthood endured as an institution of merit in the Petrine empire and subsequent successor states, the art of chivalry itself had waned in authority, with some even associating it with backwardness, cruelty, and insurrection. Yet the fall of the Petrine empire, if nothing else, gave mankind many insights as to its path forward. The many bureaucracies of Helena eroded and collapsed without a cultural foundation to serve as its spine. Few came to understand that better than the Novellens of Atrus, who found themselves exiled toward a distant land that they soon came to know as the country of the Prince St. Lothar of Balian. As the Kingdom of Balian began to unearth more and more of St. Lothar’s legend, they elected to formally codify their orders and chivalry, and raise a knightly standard once more. To build upon the triumphs and failures of their ancestors, King Adrian I has taken the honors of the Petrine Empire with the code of St. Lothar to institute three orders of knights in the realm of Balian. The first two, the Royal Order of the Silver Comet and the Royal Order of St. Michael reflect honors of merit and valor respectively, akin to the old Imperial Orders of Chivalry. The third order is distinct, however, as it reflects the highest class of chivalry in the realm. Members of this order are raised from the two royal orders if proven to be otherworldly in talent, virtue, restraint, and wisdom. These knights are given unique vows and training in order to safeguard the spirit of Balian, and are known as the Most Illustrious Torreveliars of St. Lothar, charged to oversee the status of chivalry and virtue in the realm. CANZION DE GESTE THE SONG OF BALIAN The Canzion de Geste, translated literally as “the Story of Great Deeds”, but more often translated as “The Song of Balian”, is the chivalric mission that drives every Balianese aspirant of knighthood. The concept emerged after the myth of The Pigeon’s Riddle, an anecdote where under the reign of King Alexander, the knight Sarson al Granpaloma posed a riddle to an aspiring squire. The riddle asked “If the marines keep the peace, the solicitors the law , and the bureaucrat order in our world, what is a knight’s left with to protect?” The spirit of the question emerged as part of post-Petrine thought, where the role of knighthood had waned from a martial institution into one purely ceremonial. The alleged answer to the Pigeon’s Riddle is the soul of a nation - while soldiers, lawyers, and bureaucrats all maintain peace, law, and order, a knight’s chief most duty is to cultivate the soul - the national spirit and culture of a nation. This tradition emerges with the knowledge that one of the markers that ended the empire was its lack of such an institution - no bureaucracy was capable of yielding and promoting heroes that promoted civic and chivalric virtue. Such a body is essential to inspire the people to press forward and keep the legend of their people strong.. In that way, the Song of Balian is the living story of the Balianese. While its torreveliars maintain its legend, it is made up of all peoples in Balian, big and small, who all contribute to the wider narrative of this growing country. In this way, while martial prowess is welcomed, above all else, a true knight of Balian must exhibit a zest for their culture and the desire to protect the world around them. One of the markers of a true torreveliar as a result is their arcane feats - bardmancy and alchemy are encouraged, to maintain and embolden the legend. The Most Illustrious Torreveliers of St. Lothar The Torreveliers of St. Lothar heralds from the ancient times of the Bathalite Empire. This ancient chivalric order championed the Bathalite identity and culture whilst raising arms to defend its homeland and their fellow descendants. As Balian unearthed the Lothar Tablets. The chivalric code of the Order of St. Lothar came to light. Inspired by its traditions, culture and strides to uphold its national identity, the Kingdom of Balian would reform the order under the title of “The Most Illustrious Torreveliers of St. Lothar”. The Torreveliers of St. Lothar is the highest chivalric order in the Kingdom of Balian. The order governs all matters regarding the induction, maintenance and culture of knights in Balian through ascent of the Crown. The highest ranking member of the Torreveliers is the Cavalier Gran Creu. Under the Cavalier Gran Creu are the Torreveliers. The council of seven knights, including the Gran Creu govern the three chivalric orders of Balian. The Torreveliers are unique from other chivalric orders in the fact that in order to be considered as a Torrevelier, one is committed fully to the path of chivalry, and are only permitted to hold a landed title or stand to inherit a title with royal dispensation and the consent of the majority of the existing Torreveliers. Torreveliers are also expected to be a former or existing member of the Royal Balianese Armada. Under royal assent and consent from the landed title holder however, a promising squire is next in line for a landed title may forgo their inheritance to become a torrevelier. Torreveliers are picked from the royal orders by the monarch and Gran Creu and effectively sit as a council above all other knights. While they do not get an extra postnominal, they instead are given an epithet from the crown that characterizes their service and legend. For example, the first Torreveliar, Sarson al Granpaloma, was given his title of ‘Granpaloma’, or ‘Great Pigeon’, for his courier work in recovering the Lothar Stones as well as establishing diplomatic connection between Ba’as and Balian. Torrevaliers oversee chivalry and can motion to strip knighthoods, organize votes on nobelissimos, and are responsible for the royal legend of errantry, a questing list for all Balianese to endeavor to. Chivalric Hierarchy The Royal Orders of Balianese Chivalry are ranked in a hierarchy. At the top of the hierarchy seats the Monarch, the ultimate authority and inductor of cavaliers. Below the monarch is the Gran Creu, a Torrevelier who is considered the highest ranking cavalier of Balianese Chivalry. The Gran Creu may conduct operations and decrees for cavaliers through the will of the Monarch. Under the Gran Creu are the Torrevelier Creus, the six Torreveliers who make up the council of the Order of St. Lothar. Below the Torreveliers are the Otimoliers who are considered the most exemplary of knights in the two royal orders. The royal guards are chosen from the pool of Otimoliers for they are considered the pinnacle of Balianese chivalry and bravery. Below the Otimoliers are the Cavaliers, the knights that were inducted into the two royal orders of St. Michael and the Silver Comet. Only the Monarch can induct new cavaliers. However, the Gran Creu may induct cavaliers through the ascent of the monarch. Monarch The ultimate authority of Balianese chivalry. Gran Creu Highest ranking Torrevelier and highest ranking Cavalier of Balian. Torrevelier A council of Cavaliers who are considered the most deserving of the highest ranking order of Balianese chivalry: Torreveliers of St. Lothar. Otimoliers Exemplar knights of the two royal orders. In order to be considered for promotion to an Otimolier, the Cavalier must demonstrate mastery and understanding of Balianese chivalry through training Escudiers. Cavaliers Knights of the Two Royal Orders of St. Michael and the Silver Comet. Escudiers Aspiring knights that have reached the age of canonical age of majority of fourteen or older. Paginiers Younger aspiring knights below the age of fourteen. [!] A party of Balianese knights valiantly patrolling the beaches of the La Costa Rubinissima ROYAL ORDERS OF CHIVALRY The Royal Order of St. Michael RIBBON: Red and Gold ESTABLISHED: 1936 FOUNDER: King Adrian I Sir Apolloyn Marshall Serving the Kingdom of Balian for years, during the time the Kingdom was a Grand Duchy. Apolloyn Marshall was sent by the command of King John of Balian to join the Harvest Revolution, joining in the assault of King Fredericks Palace, avenging the Brothers war. Sir Ephrem Kervallen During the Cloudbreaker Incident, Ephrem Kervallen was a part of the squad chosen to confront the mastermind of the Incident. A Lich of ill-repute, together he and the squad managed to slay the Lich and bring an end to any threats that he could bring to Realm. Knighted by King Alexander of Balian. Sir Aerdir of Joma Awarded their Knighthood for joining the defense of the City of Atrus during the Cloudbreaker Incident. Showing valor and willingness to put themselves in harm's way to defend the Balianese people. They were bestowed their Knighthood by King Alexander of Balian Dame Alatariel Awarded their Knighthood for their valiant defense of the City of Atrus during the Cloudbreaker incident. Showing valor and the willingness to put themselves in harm's way to defend the Balianese people. They were bestowed their Knighthood by King Alexander of Balian. Sir Peter d’Arkent of Salia Awarded his knighthood for his decades of service to the Crown of Balian, he was bestowed his Knighthood by King John of Balian. He joined the Acreans in their assault on King Fredericks Palace, successfully partaking in the assault and avenging the Brothers war. Dame Isabel Awarded her knighthood at the insistence of Dame Alatariel for her fearlessness in the Cloudbreaker Incident, reputed to have saved many lives in the battle for Atrus. She was awarded her Knighthood by King Alexander of Balian Sir Demetrius var Ruthern of Marsana Awarded his Knighthood after years of marital service to the Kingdom of Balian, he has served the King and his Armada diligently since the early days of the Company of Balian. Demetrius is now an Admiral serving in the Armada as one of its finest officers. For this the King also awarded him the moniker al Valent, or the Valiant in Common. For he has always been ready to go and defend the Kingdom from whoever dares intrude on the Kings peace. Sir Damien de Salia Serving in the Armada since he was but Eight years old, Damien would be awarded by King Adrian his knighthood for all the years that he had spent in service to both the Crown and the Armed forces of Balian. Diligently serving under both Sir Peter d'Arkent and now Admiral Dante DeNurem, protecting the Royal family should they ever come to harm as was his duty by the King. The Royal Order of the Silver Comet RIBBON: Silver ESTABLISHED: 1606 FOUNDER: Princess Esther of Ba’as Sir Franz Sarkozic Sir Franz Sarkozic’s accomplishments are credited to his diligent work in rebuilding and renovating the Palatio Monterosa in Atrus. His further commitment to the architecture of Balian cemented his position in the Royal Order of the Silver Comet. Sir Guillermo Rutledge Awarded their Knighthood for architectural work on Atrus and the Porto. Sir Guillermo served as a head architect of the Royal Balianese academy for the first three kings. They were bestowed their knighthood by King Alexander of Balian. He also served as a quartermaster in the Armada. Dame Augustina Novellen As King John I's second-born daughter, she earned her Dame title by organizing palace events for nearly a decade during her father's reign. She fought a giant worm that attacked Atrus with incredible bravery, undoubtedly saving many lives and earning her people's admiration and respect.In addition, Princess Augustina demonstrated her ability as a leader when she successfully organized a defense against orc pillagers who threatened Atrus. Her strategic abilities and bravery aided in the protection of the city and the protection of many innocent lives. On his deathbed, her father, King John, knighted Augustina. One of his final acts as King of Balian. Dame Persephone Novellen Vilac Persephone Maxima Novellen was knighted as a young woman by her father, King John I whilst he was on his deathbed, along with her sister Augustina Therosia Novellen. Both had recently been gravely injured in a battle to protect the city of Atrus from an earthquake causing creature. Persephone had taken the lead in cutting into the creatures abdomen whilst her sister Augustina worked to slice the creatures legs, causing both to end up trapped beneath the being as it perished. For their efforts, and perhaps due to slight Nepotism, both were given the honor of Dame. Despite the title, Persephone has declined to use the title past the first few years holding it as she was crippled from the battle and subsequent Cloudbreaker attack. This has caused her to be unable to fullfill any knightly duties, and she has formally retired from all positions. Sir Robert Joseph de Lyons Knighted by King Adrian of Balian, he was knighted for his decades of service to the Kingdom of Balian, serving from a young age as the ward to Ledicort Vuiller, then finally earning his way on his Majesty's Duana, where he revamped the Law of the Kingdom. His work has earned him the right to call himself a knight of the Royal Order of the Silver Comet. The Most Illustrious Torreveliars of St. Lothar RIBBON: White and Purple ESTABLISHED: 536 FOUNDER: St. Lothar of Balian Sir Sarson al Granpaloma Born in the ancient city of Helena, the dark elf al Granpaloma has lived a storied life, from his day’s as a boy in the imperial palace and Barraman forge, to his service as a tracker and bodyguard in the land of Ba’as. Sent from that country to foster diplomatic relations, Sarson returned to his Petrine people by making a home in Balian and advising King Alexander I and Amiratus Ledicort Vuiller through the Renovatio. His work in recovering the Lothar Stones for the Kingdom, fostering diplomatic relationships with Ba’as, and safely escorting the Queen Andromeda from across the Amber Sea to the Balianese crown all earned him a knighthood of merit. Later, upon the recovery of his hand by Testugawan engineers, King Adrian saw fit to raise him as a Torreveliar and serve as one of the great keepers of the Song of Balian. His styling of al Granpaloma, or Great Pigeon, was granted by King Alexander, for the elf’s role as a daring courier, traveling across the world to recover Balianese treasures and histories, as well as negotiate the marriage pact of his son, the future King Adrian. Fittingly, the dark elf is practitioner of bardmancy, utilizing its powers to create word glyphs across the kingdom capturing the story of Balian and its ancestors. Sir Dante DeNurem al Rook Arriving to do as his ancestors had during the Imperial Age, Dante DeNurem brought with him the innovation and the motivation to completely change what was at the time, the failing company for a new organization, one that will thrive under his leadership. The Royal Balianese Armada. Serving as its first Admiral, after years of serving in the Armada as the Lord Admiral of the Balianse Armada, King Adrian saw in him to raise the man further, and was knighted as a Torrevalier. One that will uphold the Chivalry the Kingdom forges, and the Song of Balian that will be sung for years. Sir Gabriel Arkent al Defensor Born in Atrus, the first city of the Balianese, the heartlander man known as the Defender in Balianese has lived a life of dedication to the Kingdom of the Balianese, serving diligently in the Army of the Kingdom since the days when it was known as the Company of Balian. Now having served for decades of his life, King Adrian saw fit to raise him as a Torreveliar, with the moniker the Al Defensor, for his diligent defense of the Kingdom he has sworn himself
  14. THE SILVER MERCHANT SOVEREIGNTY AUCTION TOUR 14th of Sun’s Smile, SA 138 The Silver Merchants Sovereignty welcomes the citizens of the Balian Kingdom and its adored allies to attend a small auction taking place within its grand sunlit city. We shall have a number of hand-crafted and unique items for your perusal available at a variety of budgets. Should you wish to have your own items put up for sale please approach the auctioneer before the auction, with your items starting price and the understanding that there shall be a ten percent cut taken on behalf of the auction. If you cannot make it to this auction, do not fret. We shall be showcasing our merchant's stunning array of items at two further stops on separate dates! I hope to see you there, Maehr’sae hiylun’ehya. EVENT DETAILS EXPLANATION There are many lored items available, lots of which with custom digital art, some with PVP functionality and some of varying rarities! Here are just a FEW examples! Signed, Yera Silveira, Trade Princess of the Silver Merchants Sovereignty, Okarir'Akaln of Haelunor OOC Information: Location: Balian Kingdom, City Entrance (Stage) From: 24/07/2023 10pm BST
  15. 14th of Sigismund’s End, 67 BA In the early hours of the day, the Princess of Monterosa was seen heading toward the docks and using a small sailboat to take off the coast of Balian. Princess Johanna, often known for being an adventurous spirit, was known for enjoying her morning rides- so no second thought was given. It wasn’t until a storm was reported to have formed in the direction the Crown Princess departed that his Majesty, King Adrian ordered the Marines of the Royal Balianese Armada to begin searching the coast and sending rescue boats to find the missing Princess. Instead, all that was found was the wreckage. It is with a heavy heart, the Royal Family announces the passing of Johanna Casimira. The title of Heir to the Kingdom of Balian falls now to Alexander Casimir, who shall take upon the title Prince of Monterosa. A funeral will honor the fallen Princess in two saints' days. The Kingdom of Balian will enter a state of Mourning for the following year IN NOMINE DEI, HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, Adrian I, by the Grace of GOD, King of Balian, Viscount of Eflen and Anatis, Baron of Brucca,Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lord of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Prince of the Holy Orenian Empire, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Andromeda Ester of Ba’as, Queen-consort of Balian, Countess-consort of Monteres, Viscountess-consort of Eflen and Anatis, Baroness-consort of Brucca, Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera.
  16. Appointment of a New Secretary of Interior 14th of Lothar’s Gift, 66 B.A. To our fellow citizens of the Kingdom of Balian, After a screening and interview process with many candidates for the position of Secretary of Interior, and after much discussion amongst the Duana; a decision has now been made. It is with great pleasure to welcome His Lordship, Casimir Marius Vilac to the Royal Duana as the new Secretary of Interior-also known as the Domus Ministri-. We trust that he will do well and serve our citizens with utmost diligence, whilst also upholding our public image and architecture. IN NOMINE DEI, HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, Adrian I, by the Grace of GOD, King of Balian, Viscount of Eflen and Anatis, Baron of Brucca,Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lord of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Prince of the Holy Orenian Empire, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera. HIS ROYAL EXCELLENCY, Gaius var Ruthern, Viscount of Marsana, Amiratus of the Kingdom of Balian, Lord Seneschal of the Crown and Chief Minister of the Duana.
  17. ROYAL LETTERS FOR THE BARONY OF VALIO, 66 BA 10th of Peter’s Glory, 66 BA | 1933 TO OUR BELOVED SUBJECTS, It pleases the Crown of Balian to bequeath upon its loyal subject with an officiation of their leal tenure in fealty to the Kingdom of Balian. It is by the grace of GOD and the counsel of Our court that we do invest in Don Casimir Marius Vilac as Baron of Valio. As peer of the Kingdom of Balian, they shall hold in trust Our Royal Throne for the duration of their service. They are compelled to maintain the law of Our realm, to peacefully abide Our rule, and to rise in Our defence when necessary. We do establish that the succession of this Barony of Valio will be hereditary; upon their death, this title shall be inherited by their eldest heir and successor unless otherwise promulgated by Our command. AD GLORIAM DEI, HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, Adrian I, by the Grace of GOD, King of Balian, Viscount of Eflen and Anatis, Baron of Brucca,Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lord of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Prince of the Holy Orenian Empire, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera. HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Andromeda Ester of Ba’as, Queen-consort of Balian, Countess-consort of Monteres, Viscountess-consort of Eflen and Anatis, Baroness-consort of Brucca, Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera.
  18. The Search for a New Secretary of the Interior 16th of Sun's Smile, 65 B.A. A Decree from the Crown To the citizens of The Kingdom of Balian, Upon His Lordship, Franz Arthur Sarkozic’s passing, it became necessary for the Duana to look for candidates for the position of the Office of the Interior. To my fellow Balianese citizens who hold expertise in writing, public relations, and electoral matters, I ask for you to apply to become the new Secretary of Interior for The Kingdom. The Secretary of Interior is tasked with managing the various holdings of Balian. They are responsible for the Ecumene, or land survey of Balian, ensure that the land as a whole is held to royal architectural standards, and approve new constructions made by the private efforts of noble and commoners alike. The Secretary of Interior is also the chief immigration officer, and is expected to maintain an immigration office and organize events and programs to help recruit new subjects into the kingdom. The duties of the Secretary of Interior pertains to managing and surveying land within the Kingdom of Balian, inspecting and approving architecture within Balian, managing immigration to Balian, and hosting events for visitors and citizens alike to promote Balianese culture and patriotism. Requirements Those who may wish to apply must send a letter to the Amiratus including an introduction of your character and experience. It is also important to note that the Secretary of Interior must accommodate the following criteria, Be at least sixteen summers old. Have a permanent address in Balian. Have previous work with architecture, Immigration and events. Signed, HIS ROYAL EXCELLENCY, Gaius var Ruthern, Baron of Marsana, Amiratus of the Kingdom of Balian, Lord Seneschal of the Crown and Chief Minister of the Duana.
  19. On the Current State of the Kingdom Primer Address: La Cultura 14th of Sun’s Smile, 64 B.A. As Balian enters into a new age within this new land, I have taken it upon myself to begin a new tradition. A tradition which I hope will provide further transparency between the Crown and its people. I dub this tradition the State of the Kingdom address. Sixty-three years ago, King John Casimir Novellen led the exiled patriots of the fallen Holy Orenian Empire to the southern lands of Almaris. From there on, he drove his sword upon the stone, proclaiming a new society for the expatriates of the fallen empire. The dream of King John and his followers for a new and proud nation, one of which follows the old Petrine ideals whilst ushering in a new age and rediscovery of the ancient Bathalite Kingdom, has been achieved and set forth even today as we, the descendents of our founders, strive to push forth the ideals of what it means to be Balianese. From thereon, we have successfully rediscovered and exemplified our culture to the known world. The identity of a Balianese has never been more clearer than now. Fe, Stat I Prosperitat is the Balianese motto of our identity, translating to “faith, state, and prosperity” in Common. These three pillars of the Balianese identity are essential to our culture. Faith, according to the Balianese, is a force and belief in the word of GOD and the belief of the advancement of mankind. Faith in our culture eclipses that of logic and reasoning. This unique view of faith is what drives our spirits to pursue further knowledge in medicine, technology and alchemy. The Balianese loyalty and love for the State is what drives our nation onwards and keeps it alive in our hearts and minds. United in their love for the Kingdom and its virtues, the Balianese strive to further their nation and reach for the horizon. Prosperity is the ideal goal of our nation. Bella gerant alii. Let other nations wage pointless wars whilst Balian focuses on cementing itself as the most reliable nation within the known world. Our commitment and reliability is what makes our presence prominent on the international scale. The development of the Balianese language, in the naming conventions of our land: Portoregne, Costa Rubissimo, Monterosa, and many others have further proven that our culture and language has developed to stand on its own. Being a Balianese now means a citizen of Portoregne. A Balianese can now vividly describe the gentle breeze of the Costa Rubinissima or the maris otimo caught from its shores. The Balianese can proclaim their knowledge and mastery of the Balianese language and its various dialects, from Raevir-Balianese to its own elven cohort. A Balianese citizen can proclaim their mastery of the Paraspadachin, Balian’s traditional style of fencing. They can boast about how they have won a few hundred florins during their gambling spree at last month’s Giostra, the Balianese joust. Ergo, my fellow Balianese citizens, I am proud to stand before you today as a citizen of the Kingdom of Balian. Our kingdom has now obtained a rich history and culture, and it is a privilege to be a part of it. As we look to the future, I am filled with a sense of optimism and excitement; for we must not rest upon our laurels. We must continue to push ourselves to reach new heights, explore new horizons, and embrace new challenges. Balian will continue to be a standing testament of perseverance and prosperity. Together, we can build an expansive future and create a legacy of customs, traditions and further history for generations to come. SIGNED, HIS ROYAL EXCELLENCY, Gaius var Ruthern, Viscount of Marsana, Amiratus of the Kingdom of Balian, Lord Seneschal of the Crown and Chief Minister of the Duana.
  20. Appointment of a New Secretary of Civil Affairs 18th of Sun’s Smile, 64 B.A. To our fellow citizens of the Kingdom of Balian, After a screening and interview process with many candidates for the position of Secretary of Civil Affairs, and after much discussion amongst the Duana; a decision has now been made. It is with great pleasure to welcome Segnor Beyln Gris to the Royal Duana as the new Secretary of Civil Affairs-also known as the Censor-. We trust that he will do well and serve our citizens with utmost diligence, whilst also upholding our public image, culture and ideals. IN NOMINE DEI, HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, Adrian I, by the Grace of GOD, King of Balian, Viscount of Eflen and Anatis, Baron of Brucca,Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lord of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Prince of the Holy Orenian Empire, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera. HIS ROYAL EXCELLENCY, Gaius var Ruthern, Baron of Marsana, Amiratus of the Kingdom of Balian, Lord Seneschal of the Crown and Chief Minister of the Duana.
  21. A History of the House of Galbraith Penned By Ser Richard of Rivia and Ser Robin of Rippelberg The Legendary Founder Galbert the Boarkiller Pictured Above Since its founding by the legendary Galbert the Boarkiller members of House Galbraith have weaved themselves into the annals of history each with their own particular desire for renown, inheriting the cunning of the House founder himself. Galbert, a man of relatively average build, was able to earn his sobriquet through his triumph over the beastly wild boar by which he outwitted using skill and aforementioned cunning to defeat his foe. Evidence proving the existence of Galbert was only unearthed during the late Rivian era of Galbraith where the scholarly arts flourished in the regional Capital. Detailed historiography on the period is vague and difficult to interpret, however, as the Acre rebellion brought a swift end to the Rivian golden era soon after. Hence why the knowledge of the period between Galbert’s founding of the house and its later revival in the Petrine era of Oren is mostly unknown. The Petrine era of Oren saw a revival of House Galbraith, the migration from Kaedrin to the Capital, Helena, greatly improved the political power of the House as it operated in the epicentre of the realm. This era of House Galbraith is known as the Edwardian era as a result of the patriarch of the House at the time, Ser Edward Galbraith. The Edwardian era produced many diligent Galbraith politicians who had great soft power within the government of the time. Despite this, many contemporary historians regard this era as a neutered version of the Rivian potential. While certainly the House had soft power and influence it only had limited military connections and lacked a standing army and thus was unable to truly project its power. The Edwardian era is often compared to the current nature of the Lucian branch in Balian, where likewise many contemporary Rivian historians regard it as a neutered form of the House. Previous to the dispersion of the mainline House Galbraith, the debate over hard versus soft power was oft discussed and disputed by the hardline Rivian and Lucian factions of the House. The latter advocating for more focus on soft power whilst the former hard power. Contemporary Rivian historians tend to reach a consensus in agreement with the former although the degree to which hard power triumphs over soft is still debated to this day. “Ita feri ut se mori sentiat” -Viscount Philip Rupert Galbraith ‘Father of the Rivian People’ The Edwardian era came to an end with the Georgian split where Ser George Galbraith, an aspiring politician who to many outshined his ailing brother Edward, assumed leadership of the House. Ousting and denouncing Edward for his failings. Historians view the Georgian era of Galbraith as a continued upwards progression essential in eventually leading to the line of Robert achieving primacy. Ser George was gifted politically through his own diligence he achieved the position of Vice Chancellor of Oren. In this position he possessed immense power, the envy of many. Most of all the D’Azors, an ambitious family similar in many ways to Galbraith yet villainous and impure. After only a year in office Ser George perished, the young Galbraith fell victim to an arson of the House of Commons. Not long after this event Ledicourt D’Azor ascended to the position that Ser George once held. Contemporary Rivian historians do not consider this to be a coincidence. Leaving no heirs, the line of Willem Galbraith ascended to primacy. With his marriage to Elizabeth Winter he birthed one son, Robert Archibald Galbraith. Viscount Robert Galbraith and Viscount Nikolai Othaman in Haenseti Court Rivian Historians view the leadership of Robert Galbraith as a mixed one. His leadership led to the establishment of the Rivian Fatherland and through his marriages to a De Selm and later Princess Anne of Oren, Robert managed to socially elevate the House to a Viscounty. Restoring nobility to the House. Robert’s reign is however considered mixed in its results for House Galbraith as contemporary historians attribute most of the legwork to his son the father of the Rivian people, Lord Philip Rupert Galbraith. Despite founding the Rivian Watch little was developed until the reign of Viscount Philip and Duke Charles ‘the young boar’. Robert met his end to his grandson Viscount Nikolai Othaman who coldly betrayed the elderly Viscount of Rivia, an action which should only have been expected by nature of his Haenseti blood. For his crimes Nikolai was confined to the dungeons of Kaer Coch for the remainder of his miserable existence, at the mercy of the vengeful, now Viscount, Philip. It is not known to historians what took place deep in the rock of Rivia yet it can be certain that Viscount Philip executed his retribution. “Ignem odium nanis habeo” -Lord Commander Montgomery ‘Piss’ Potte ‘Gold Barber’ The reign of Philip showed the greatest elevation in station for the House of Galbraith. Under him the Rivian Watch flourished and reached an estimated size of 1500 men solely loyal to the Viscount himself. With this newfound power the Viscount first established strong ties to the monarchy through royal marriages and secondly eliminated the regional muttley Houses who contested his power, namely the Darkwoods. A move which was only further utilised by the bane of the Helvetii Duke Charles Antonius of Rivia. Viscount Philip was a master of balancing his soft and hard power, splitting his time between the courts of Providence and the courtyard of Kaer Coch. Philip played an instrumental role in both the Aster revolution and later the Brothers’ War. In the former the Viscount used his subterfuge skills to sneak into the Palace of Philip II, whilst disputed amongst scholars it is theorised that he was able to kill the Emperor thus allowing Philip III to assume power with haste. In the Brothers’ War the Viscount played a similar role, providing invaluable information to the Royalist cause which earned him the Vice-Chancellor position where he served for decades mostly operating in the shadows as his illness grew worse. It is rumoured that the Viscount was poisoned by the scornful Imperialists and thus grew ill to the point of having to feign retirement. The Rivian Watch in Preparation for a Purge of the Helvetii Duke Charles Antonius of Rivia earned many names throughout his reign. His enemies knew him as Duke Charles ‘the Bastard’ and his allies ‘the Young Boar’ but to the Rivians he was ‘Helveticus Maximus’. Rivian historians have poured over primary evidence to locate any crumb of disputed heritage and found no legitimate sources which would be of any use. Thus it can be concluded that the epithet ‘the Bastard’ is only of propagandistic fabrication and subsequently should be ignored by any well meaning historian. Under the reign of the young boar Rivia began its golden age where culture thrived amongst its solid redbrick fortifications. The Rivian Watch reached its peak of 2500 men, many of whom were from the fierce levy of House Potte known for their fighting ability and brutality. Thus the Duke projected his power as he duly was required. The muttley House of Helvets of Cathalon was the next target in the sights of the Rivians. The family was ailing as certain members began to be infested with Adunian blood, as a result the stoic Duke Charles soon rallied his men. Duke Charles’ claim to the Duchy was as good as any if not stronger for he did not possess the infection of Adunic heritage like many that claimed to be true Helvetii. Historians debate the means by which the Duke Charles went about his purge yet they do not contest the results. The seat of Kaer Blanche was left empty and bloodstained its inhabitants all but bones in the dungeons of fortress of Kaer Coch, meeting a similar fate to the Darkwood heathens under Philip, the once proud Helvetii soon crumbled under the steel boot of the Rivian Watch. It was only the folly of Duke Charles himself which brought about the end to his life. His ambitious attempt to kill the Baron of Acre soon failed as Acremen poured into the Rivian breach and ended the Duke’s life all but too early for the young boar. Scholars to this day debate the nature of what occurred during that fateful altercation yet seemingly we shall never know. “Marmoream se relinquere, quam latericiam accepisset.” - The Last Words of Duke Charles ‘Helveticus Maximus’ Following the death of the Duke the Rivian fortress was brought down, demolished by Barclays. Likely killing Viscount Nikolai in the rubble of riches and bones that was soon lost to time. The level of wealth that was possessed by Viscount Philip and Duke Charles is unknown yet tales of cursed vaults upheld by golden totems adorned with the histories of Galbraith attract many a treasure hunter and petty thief alike. It is yet to be seen what is next in the chapters of history for the House Galbraith however it can be certain that it shall be most eventful for the years to come, for the blood of Charles lives on in his sons Vibius and Edward.
  22. [!] A series of flyers would be laid out on noticeboards throughout the realm. The Hungry Hippo Established: Circa. 1st of The Deep Cold, 61 BA. People of Portoregne, the Kingdom of Balian and all of Almaris! It is with great pride that we announce at long last the official grand opening of the Hungry Hippo Tavern, located in the heart of the Balianese capital of Portoregne. Eagerly supplied by the local region’s rich selection of vineyards, breweries and distilleries, this humble spot provides a vast range of beverages to choose from, whether that be a crisp wine, fresh lager, or a heart-warming whiskey. You will scarcely find a cheerier establishment to rest your weary feet! The establishment is located just beyond the front entrance to the city, open to the main square and primary canal within the city. With three floors and a broad layout, the seating arrangements are plentiful and we possess two rentable rooms for those seeking temporary accommodation. ~ Menu ~ Reduzzan Merlot 2 Minas Reduzzan Sauvignon 2 Minas Verdant Coast Cider 2 Minas Enderocan Lager 2 Minas Butterfly Tea 2 Minas Northern Isle Whiskey 3 Minas Marsanan Vodka 3 Minas Portoregne Spiced Rum 3 Minas In addition to serving as an inn, the Hungry Hippo additionally houses the Portoregne fighting arena. Located on the lower floor of the tavern, the chamber bears a spacious gallery, large enough to house a sizeable audience. We regularly hold fight nights in which the local populace and distant travellers may test their martial strength, or otherwise observe and place bets on spectacular entertainment. Furthermore, the champion of said events may purchase their drinks at half price, so long as they retain the title. One such event shall be hosted during our opening night, so if you feel confident why not have a go? We look forward to hosting you on this grand occasion!
  23. The Search for a New Secretary of Civil Affairs 12th of Owyn’s Flame, 63 B.A. A Decree from the Crown To the citizens of The Kingdom of Balian, Upon Her Royal Highness Lydia Antheia’s departure from His Majesty’s Government and subsequent role as diplomat to Ba’as, it has become necessary for the Duana to look for candidates for the position of the Office of Civil Affairs. The Royal Duana is sincerely grateful to Her Highness Lydia's contributions and work within His Majesty's Government. Her work ethic and dedication to the betterment of Balian and its culture is held in high regard amongst her fellow colleagues. To my fellow Balianese citizens who hold expertise in writing, public relations, and electoral matters, I ask for you to apply to become the new Secretary of Civil Affairs for The Kingdom. The Secretary of Civil Affairs is tasked with the matters of government documentation. They take minutes of important meetings, organize the government press and the Royal Balianese Academy, push initiatives on government literacy and transparency, and maintain the census in order to administer effective elections. Their goal is chiefly in documenting and relying the efforts of the government outward, and ensuring that the Balianese are regarded as a literate and educated people. The duties of the Secretary of Interior pertain to documenting important government meetings, preparing government press, administering elections and being the academic liasan to the people of Balian. The Secretary of Interior is seen as the written voice of the Duana and the Royal Balianese Academy. Their duties pertain to developing the culture of Balian. Requirements Those who may wish to apply must send a letter to the Amriatus including an introduction of your character and experience. It is also important to note that the Secretary of Civil Affairs must accommodate the following criteria, Be at least sixteen summers old. Have a permanent address in Balian. Have previous work with public relations, elections, documenting, etc. Signed, HIS ROYAL EXCELLENCY, Gaius var Ruthern, Baron of Marsana, Amiratus of the Kingdom of Balian, Lord Seneschal of the Crown and Chief Minister of the Duana.
  24. As Godfrey Baradaeus a young Balinese man, would find him self sailing east of Balians port, where his small boat struck land, a comment from his diary reads like this, 'Tis my second day in which I found myself and my crew aground upon this land, on further inspection we discovered that the lands vegetation would hardly reach above 2ft in height, with no trees to be seen on the North Easterly side of the new island.' Godfrey and his crew would continue his exploration the island where they came across the foot hills of a mountain though to centre itself in the island, so they climbed it and when they ascended its peak they chose a name for the great peak they called it, 'Mons Alexandria' (mountain Alexander) named after the King's late and much loved Father. With this he would also place down a banner of Balian to signify that they had been on the island. Another extract from his diary reads, 'The land had full or small rolling hills and flat plains perfect for any sort of agricultural development, and with its mountain many treasures could possibly be hidden with'
  25. THE ROYAL DUANA OF BALIAN THE GREAT ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF THE BALIANESE The Royal Duana is the administrative council of the Crown. Each member of the Duana-besides the Amiratus-heads a specific office within the government. The members of the Duana are also considered the closest advisors to the Crown. Founded by King Alexander and his council, the Royal Duana is the petrine perversion of the eastern Diwan that was known to rule in states such as Ba’as. The Diwan and the Petrine council of the Holy Orenian Empire were considered one of the most advanced, efficient and effective systems of government known throughout the modern world. The Royal Duana is considered the spiritual successor to those great government systems. The Royal Duana’s success in efficiently governing the Kingdom’s realm, established the council as the final institution of authority within Balian. Under the blessing of His Majesty King Adrian, the Royal Duana continues to govern Balian on behalf of the Crown. Like the Petrine governments of old, the body is made up of various secretaries that head government offices. However, the Duana itself maintains some cultural distinction by utilizing eastern titles such as Duana, Amiratus, Procurator, Legate, and more, along with adding a ministry devoted to maintaining positive relationships with the clergy. AMIRATUS OF THE ROYAL DUANA The Mesa of the Crownlands, 109 SA Heading the Duana is Balian’s Amiratus, who serves as penultimate authority in the realm. They can appoint a Vice-Amiratus to serve as their deputy, and are in charge of staffing the Duana as well as leading the executive government of the country. The title of Amiratus is notably found in the east, filling the role of Chancellor often found in the Wilvenland human kingdoms. However, it is also tied to the history of the Balthalites, or the people of Old Balian. The first recorded Amiratus in history was Edgar of Jrent, a priest who served as chief minister to the mythic hero Balthier, founder of Old Balian. Their legend can be found in the Second Tablet of the Lothar Stones. The office of Amiratus is the most prestigious and influential political position in the Kingdom of Balian. They are responsible for the maintenance and governance of the realm, wielding penultimate authority and tasked with the preservation of the Balianese Crown, including in matters of succession. Colloquially, the Amiratus can be addressed as Chief Minister of Balian, and he or she also maintains the honorary title Seneschal of the Crown. The current Amiratus is Gaius var Ruthern, who presides over the 1st Ruthern Duana. THE FIRST RUTHERN DUANA —-Lord Amiratus Gaius var Ruthern—- "The shoes of the Amiratus are no small shoes to fill, yet we are certain Lord Gaius will fill them well." - King Alexander I on the appointment of Gaius var Ruthern as Amiratus. "Gaius is a trustworthy worker, who will involve himself in all necessary aspects of the King's government to work for a better Balian." - Ser Ledicort Vuiller Much akin to his mentor Ser Ledicort Vuiller, Lord Gaius Ruthern’s presence in the Duana was as constant and prominent as his predecessor. Gaius began his service to the Kingdom of Balian at the age of eleven, when he began his squireship under Lord Commander Peter of Arkent who inducted him into the Company of Balian, the standing military of the Kingdom. Whilst in the Company, Ledicort took him in as his ward in which the young Ruthern-under the guidance of both Ledicort and Peter-honed his political aptitude and his military prowess. Ledicort appointed Gaius Ruthern to the Secretary of the Interior at the age of sixteen, subsequently followed by his promotion to Corporal by Peter at the age of seventeen. As Corporal of the Company of Balian, Gaius followed in the footsteps of his Ruthern ancestors, where he continues to serve diligently in the defense of the Kingdom. His stalwart defense of the city of Atrus during the siege of Cloudbreaker and the undead, and his commitment to battling the Mori’Quessir in Norland and throughout Almaris displayed his bravery and loyalty to Balian, and his comradery to his fellow descendant-kind. As Minister of the Interior, Gaius oversaw an influx of new immigrants into Balian soil whilst also overseeing and contributing to the beautification of the Balianese Crownlands. Gaius was also known as the right hand to his predecessor Ledicort Vuiller, assisting him in his duties as Amiratus. As the youngest Amiratus in the history of Balian, Gaius has dedicated himself to the betterment and expansion of Balian’s culture, education, economy, and military whilst using wisdom from the empire of old and through expanding the ideas of the new age . With Gaius Ruthern at the helm of the Duana, the Kingdom of Balian hopes to be led to a new age of prosperity and influence in the known world. “I take pride in the fact that I am the first Amiratus who was born on the soils of Balian. My roots are not in the old Petrine Empire, yet, I still take wisdom from my elders to help advise me as I navigate the waters of politics and foreign policy. It is without a doubt, however, that Balian’s future does not rely on copying the old, but rather focusing on the new and solely on the new. As Amiratus I aim to rediscover what it means to be Balianese; and focus on the new age whilst guiding my generation and the generation after me to take the lead as we shape this great nation into an era of prosperity and hegemony.” - Lord Amiratus Gaius var Ruthern OFFICES OF THE DUANA LEGATE SECRETARY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS The Secretary of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the world view of Balian as well as the pacts and treaties that the nation holds. It is their job to foster goodwill and relations with any other nation or settlement. They accomplish this namely by appointing ambassadors, organizing events, and attending diplomatic meetings. They maintain the title of ‘Legate of the Crown’ in their styling from the old chamber. The current Secretary of Foreign Affairs is Princess Royal Elena Casimira “As a young girl I have always been fascinated with different lands and cultures and traditions. Growing up I had the opportunity to travel and experience these cultures that once seemed strange to me. Through an open mind and understanding I grew my network of acquaintances into unforgettable friendships that will surely last me a lifetime. Warding under the previous Legate, I was given the freedom to explore and create connections and contacts which would eventually lead me to becoming the youngest ever ambassador in Balianese history. Through this opportunity I focused on creating peace and encouraging treaties which I will continue to implement as the Royal Legate.” - Princess Royal Elena Casimira, on her process of becoming Legate of the Crown. To those interested in aiding the Duana in matters of Foreign Affairs, reach out to Princess Royal Elena Casimira or the Legate’s Office. The Office of the Legate CONSTABLE SECRETARY OF WAR The Secretary of War, foremost among the officers, is responsible for the maintenance and command of the national army. They supervise all military personnel, auxiliaries, and mercenaries in the country. They also are tasked with protecting the lands from invasions, raids and rebellions in times of peace and war. They maintain the title of ‘Constable of the Crown’ in their styling from the old chamber. The current Secretary of War is Dante DeNurem “My experience sums up to constantly defending the Crown of Balian. In my time I’ve been sent on missions all over Almaris to further the objectives of Balian, my most notable mission being involved in the assault on Vienne, in which alongside our former Comrades in Acre, we ended the reign of King Frederick of Oren. But now we’re in a time of peace. The Kingdom of Balian works to continue building itself up, and towards a proper military force if necessary. Our people have suffered many hardships. But through our perseverance, we will succeed.” - Peter d’Arkent, on his tenure as Constable of Balian. “Forever Golden” - Dante De Nurem To those interested in aiding the Duana in matters of its national army, reach out to Dante DeNurem or the Company of Balian. [Maur#1123] The Company of Balian DOMUS MINISTRI SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR The Secretary of Interior manages the various holdings of Balian. They are responsible for the Ecumene, or land survey of Balian, ensure that the land as a whole is held to royal architectural standards, and approve new constructions made by the private efforts of noble and commoners alike. They also control the immigration into Balian, and are expected to maintain an immigration office and organize events and programs to help recruit new subjects into the kingdom. The current Secretary of the Interior is Franz Sarkozic To those interested in aiding the Duana in matters of land management, traffic, and immigration, reach out to Franz Sarkozic or the Office of the Interior. The Office of the Interior PROCURATOR SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY The Secretary of the Treasury is the chief financial minister, entrusted with all of Balian’s financial matters, procuring more money for the Kingdom and looking over any spending of the nation. They ensure any debts paid, taxes collected and that all ministries are funded accordingly, along with organizing civil servants known as clerks that help them in these endeavors. They maintain the title of ‘Procurator of the Crown’ in their styling from the old chamber. The current Secretary of the Treasury is Sir Ephrem Kervallen, Baron of Tuvia; “Sir Ephrem became Secretary of the Treasury after having served in some other ways for the Kingdom. His office is one of great importance, the one in charge of the economic well-being of the Kingdom and the proper taxating and use of said money. Sir Ephrem’s office is one of mixes, introducing new ways of generating income while established on the base built by the previous Procurator, the Kingdom is eager to flourish once more like a flower on Spring.” “I was tasked with one of the most important jobs in the Kingdom; Balian’s economy was left at a good state by the former Procurator yet I am a firm believer that things can always be better. My wish is to establish fair taxation, to generate events that will increase not only the name Balian has formed for itself during the years but also the economy; auctions, fairs and guilds. ” - The Procurator’s Office, on the character of its captain, Baron Ephrem Kervallen. To those interested in aiding the Duana in matters of its trade and finances, reach out to Baron Ephrem or the Procurator’s Office. Recruitment from the Procurator Office CENSOR SECRETARY OF CIVIL AFFAIRS The Secretary of Civil Affairs is tasked with the matters of government documentation. They take minutes of important meetings, organize the government press and the Royal Balianese Academy, push initiatives on government literacy and transparency, and maintain the census in order to administer effective elections. Their goal is chiefly in documenting and relying the efforts of the government outward, and ensuring that the Balianese are regarded as a literate and educated people. They maintain the title of ‘Censor of the Crown’ in their styling from the old chamber. The current Secretary of Civil Affairs is Princess Lydia Novellen To those interested in aiding the Duana in matters of improving national literacy and census-keeping, reach out to Princess Lydia Novellen or the Department of Civil Affairs. The Censor’s Office: Department of Civil Affairs MAGISTER SECRETARY OF JUSTICE The Magister is the head of the Magisterium, the Balianese Judicial system. They shall organize the Lawyers - both prosecution and defense, Legal Scribes, and Investigators (or Qaestors) of the Magisterium of the Crown. They shall administer and help oversee any legal cases and investigations that may come up, oversee and judge trials, cooperate with and advise the other Chambers of the Duana on legal adjacent affairs, and advise the Crown on the appointment of judges and on legal matters. The current Magister is Robert Joseph de Lyons “From my youth in the Petran Civil War to today, I have sought to apply myself to ensure the greater stability of the realm and the victory of impartial and fair justice over the corruption and violence within the world. To ensure the circumstances that claimed my father’s life and drove me from my old home to my new one do not happen to another generation. Through the office with which I was entrusted, I seek to foster vigilance against crime within our Kingdom, to assure it is tried and punished swiftly and properly when it occurs, with a firm but thoughtful hand. To amend the laws as needed, to take on and train Lawyers, Scribes, Investigators, and Wards, and to work with the Crown and Duana to foster cooperation between chambers and to ensure the law is considered in our governance. The Magisterium grew small and ineffective in the time when the position of Magister was vacant, and I hope to do my best to regrow it and ensure its continued stable and effective operation in the years to come.” - Robyn de Lyons, on his goals for the Magisterium To those interested in aiding with Balian’s legal system, as a lawyer, scribe, or investigator, contact Robyn de Lyons or inquire about the Magisterium. The Office of the Magister: The Magisterium PRINCIPAL SECRETARY The Principal Secretary is tasked with collecting intelligence and making internal reports within the Duana on potential improvements that may be made within the Kingdom of Balian. Regarded often as the left-hand of the Duana, they follow up on particular departments for the Amiratus to ensure that the administrative offices are hard at work and initiatives are being adjusted and met. They also drive innovation within the kingdom by brainstorming new and novel ideas across departments, and hold the responsibility of declassifying government documents for public consumption. The current Principal Secretary is Sarson Halgrim. “I’ve spent decades in the east hunting plots, treasures, and beasts for a living. Besides the wretched paperwork, this isn’t so different yet. Anyone who’s got the guts to make a nation out of this little finger of God in the wretched desert - join me, and learn what it takes to be the sort of professional the world needs.” - Sarson Halgrim, on his new station in the Duana. To those interested in learning about the organization of the Duana, or the various plots and initiatives the Duana is to pursue as a whole, reach out to Sarson Halgrim or the Office of the Principal Secretary. AGENT-GENERAL OF THE CLERGY The Agent-General of the Clergy is tasked with promoting religious and cultural institutions within the realm. They help ensure that the Kingdom of Balian acts with the interest of the state faith of Canonism, as well as maintaining relationships with the High Pontiff’s Curia. They also help build relations with religious minorities and religious communities within the realm, ensuring their rights are protected. The current Agent-General of the Clergy is Teodosio Cardinal Tyria. “While having no formal government experience, I have experience within the church and hold positions of Cardinal Tyria, Bishop Tyria and Interim Auditor of the Tribunal. My goal is to make a more robust church within Balian that is not confined to the existing Highlander and Heartlander traditions, and is instead able to make its own traditions that better reflect the piety of our people” - Cardinal Tyria, on his appointment to the Royal Duana. To those interested in supporting faith and culture in Balian, reach out to Cardinal Tyria or his agents of the clergy. PALATIODORA OF THE ANDROMEDAN COURT GOVERNESS OF THE QUEEN’S COURT The Palatiodora of the Andromedan Court is charged with the management of the Palatio Arancione. The Palatiodora and their staff tend to the private matters of the Crown and Royal Family. They are also the executive of the Andromedan Courts of the Palatio Arancione, overseeing all revelries, publications of the Andromedan Court and maintaining the Court’s Public image. Unlike the other positions of the Duana, the Palatiodora may only be appointed or dismissed by the Sovereign or Consort and answers directly to the Crown. The current Palatiodora of the Andromedan Court is Serena Viviana d’Arkent. To those interested in helping manage the Palatio Arancione and tend to its events, reach out to Lady Serena Viviana d’Arkent or the Palatiodora’s Staff. The Andromedan Court HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, Adrian I, by the Grace of GOD, King of Balian, Count of Monteres, Viscount of Eflen and Anatis, Baron of Brucca and Valens, Lord of Portoregne, Ruby Coast, Lord of Atrus and Monterosa, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera. HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Andromeda Ester of Ba’as, Queen-consort of Balian, Viscountess of Eflen and Anatis, Baroness of Brucca, Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Ruby Coast, Lady of Atrus and Monterosa, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera HIS ROYAL EXCELLENCY, Gaius var Ruthern, Baron of Marsana, Amiratus of the Kingdom of Balian, Lord Seneschal of the Crown and Chief Minister of the Royal Duana.
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