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      LotC Community Meeting Minutes 01/22/17   01/23/2017

        LotC Community Meeting Minutes 01/22/17 [!] Arockstar28 opened the meeting.   What’s going on with the forums?   Tahmas: Tythus is handling the situation as we speak. It had been fixed earlier but as Tythus had other engagements, he had to step away. Thus, the attack resumed. Tythus will return and continue working on it later. There is no set time as to when they will be back up.   Can I expect the possibility of a frequent mandatory purge of staff teams to fight stagnancy and people just doing jack****? - Jonificus   Josh3738: These decisions are left up to the team leads. Some teams may be purged while others may not.   Why is the map so big? Why was mobspawning turned on? Why do you still keep it on? - Combine   Teegah: The map is large as that is what the community had requested. Mobspawning is turned as it contributes to; The minas economy. Killing mobs have a chance to drop minas. Items for Nexus crafting: Drops necessary for crafting certain items are only given by killing mobs.   How much money do admins actually cut from the donations? Was Tythus’ college paid by LotC?- Chaotikal   Tahmas: Admins receive nothing from the donations. Any funds collected from the server go back into the server. And no, Tythus’ college education was not funded by the server.   Is there any other race being planned for the future?  - Dewlox   Lore Team representatives: No.   501warhead: When it comes down to it, the addition of races will only be considered if it is practical for the server as a whole. In order to implement new ideas that may be considered, it must be submitted the same way as any other lore - through lore submission and review of the LT.   Axios storyline? Will there be a new race implemented/introduced in the next map? - Z3m0s   RideTheSky: It’s going to revolve around a giant chicken. There are currently meetings ongoing in regards to the Axios storyline. The LT is helping with the process and things are still in the works.Things are not being written down or released as the need for confidentiality is necessary to ensure the community is introduced to it at the same time.   What happened to the chapters of Axios? - Nug   LeoWarrior14: The chapters of Axios were started by Benbo (the previous LT lead) but he has since left.   RideTheSky: Benbo took all the documents concerning the chapters of Axios with him as he left therefore there is nothing left for the LT to build upon. Tsuyose wished to continue but seeing as how there was nothing, the Devs needed to remove it.   How long does it take for a charter to get a response? - Adam_barnett   Arockstar28: Ever has appointed certain GMs to handle charter distribution as well as stating that the times to obtain a charter will be shortened. However, they may still take up to a week to be approved.   Who let a trial GM, not even on the war team, arockstar28, make a worldedit on sand during the height of fighting, in a laggy open field skirmish war claim, which inexplicably crashed the server? -Harold   Josh3738: Present members of the war team determined that it would be an interesting dynamic to add to the war claim which unfortunately caused issues along the way.   Gusmarzku: The idea of a bomb was requested by numerous people.   501warhead: The worldedit was not the cause of the crash. There are several mechanisms set in place on the server that prevent WE from interfering and crashing the server.   Addition to previous question: If this was to happen, why were both sides not informed? -Harold   Arockstar28: The underlying reason was it that the bomb was to be a surprise.   Why did the warclaim get allowed to carry on? -Harold   Gusmarzku: There was no reason to not continue it. As well, Admins and GMs came to the decision to keep going.   Did the warteam agree that the war claim should be voided and redone? -Harold   Gusmarzku: No. The war claim continued as by agreement with Admins and GMs, as stated previously.   Did the warteam agree that this worldedit was even a good idea during the middle of the battle? -Harold   Gusmarzku: Yes.   Who made the decision to allow the war claim as valid, when staff incompetency was the main contributing factor to the crash? -Harold   Josh3738: Once the server was back up, the war claim was still playable. Therefore, as the war claim was still playable, there was no reason not to continue and no reason to void it.   Crashing during an open field skirmish is, historically, a voided war claim.  Why was this one allowed? -Harold   Josh3738: Once the server came back up, the server was capable of continuing its operations so there was no reason to void it.   Why is the ET so large? - FuryFire   RideTheSky: The ET is large as it consists of both actors and builders alike. Seeing as how the actors are trying to interact with as many players of the server as possible, time zones come into play. Recruiting ET members who can accommodate and create events for certain time zones is essential. At this time, the ET is looking for players in the Pacific time zone.   The team is also large at the moment because it allows the ET to be stricter on what it is they want. Considering that the community is large, a large team is also needed. However, the ET management is in the works of sizing down the team. Seeing as how they have no quota, the need for activity is the primary requirement for ET and such is taken into consideration when taking on new members.   Are donations keeping up with the monthly and yearly costs? -Wendigo   Tahmas: The server is up and running, so yes.   501warhead: The Christmas sale helped exponentially with the revenue of donations. It should be noted once again that donations always go back to the server and that the Admins do not receive anything. A warm thank you is extended to anyone that helped contribute to the server during the holiday sale.   Any plans to upgrade the server box/host or have you already? -Wendigo   501warhead: Currently the server has more than 64 GBs of RAM and is running very well. While optimization is being sought after, there is no need to place any more expenditure in upgrading.   What’s the max run time we have with the current reserves of money (did the server need personal funds)? -Wendigo   501warhead: While personal funds have been used in the very distant past, they have not been for a long time now. Our current revenue of donations sustains our run time for the moment and donation savings maintain our run time into the distant future. As for the max runtime, that is unknown.   Current and future plans going forward A) Bring in new players & B) Player retention? -Wendigo   501warhead: There is currently a project in the works to help integrate new players into their respective player bases. Getting to know the other players and establishing a sense of community is necessary for player retention.  A majority of the players here have remained as they have established friendships and relations with other players. Therefore, catering to the newer players is essential.   RideTheSky: The AT and ET are working on a project where a new player will spawn in, immediately be immersed into roleplay with a veteran member, and will essentially be introduced into the appropriate player base.   In the past, this flopped as the players were all introduced to the human capital. So the prime idea is to showcase the diversity of the server to the new players and allow them to choose their own path.   Future plugins? -Wendigo   501warhead: Integrating new plugins takes a lot of time and because of this, along with the possibility of the plugin failing, there are no announcements in regards to releasing new plugins. However, at the moment there is a fast travel overhaul underway as well as an instance dungeon plugin. There may be new skills being worked on, but it is uncertain. There are larger projects in the works that the server will be notified of in due time.   Is anything being done concerning the voting websites? The information is outdated and some websites no longer work? -Wendigo   Tahmas: It’s all Ski’s fault, blame him.   Gusmarzku: I’ll do it.   501warhead: Tythus needs to configure the voting settings as the issue may lie within the registration on the voting sites. It’s up to him at this point.   What benefits have been seen, if any, from emerging the LT and MT? - Cybermarzku   Tahmas: The MT is now able to have more control and work more effectively with the lore pertaining to magics. The MT is also now able to vote on what magics they wish to see implemented.   JaxOff: There is more cooperation between both teams but there is not a significant amount of improvement.   Bokermon: With both teams being together in the same chat it helps a lot, communication wise. It’s not perfect, but it’s better. The MT now has more say in what it is they think will be an improvement/detriment to the magic found on the server.   1.8 pvp when???? - Flurgh   Teegah: Just this past friday there was a meeting between the Devs and some PvPers discussing said issue. During this meeting, swing timers as well  as plans concerning PvP were discussed. Also, there are currently three players on the server who have swing timerless weapons. These weapons were permitted during PvP combat and the Devs observed to see what the results were. The issue arises with the fact that, without the swing timers, there is a hit delay and no possibility of combos.   Assassin of Awesome: Removing swing timers isn’t as easy as it seems. There are problems with it.
        When are we getting rid of the two other inactive islands, that aren’t Tahn? - Kinslayer   Tahmas: This is being evaluated. The activity as well as events done on the respective islands are always being monitored. It cannot be said when or even if the islands will be removed. This is to be discussed among the Admins.   501warhead: Removing the islands will result in less space for new settlements that wish to separate away from the main capital cities. However, the problem still exists that new players will find themselves on these inactive islands and only be confused as to where they are. More will be discussed.
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  1. To Arms In Courland. Southern men the thunders mutter! Northern flags in South winds flutter! To arms! To arms! To arms, in Courland! Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms! To arms! To arms, in Courland! Advance the flag of Courland! Hurrah! Hurrah! In Courland's land we take our stand, and live or die for Courland! To arms! To arms! And conquer peace for Courland! To arms! To arms! And conquer peace for Courland! Fear no danger! Shun no labor! Lift up bow, pike, and saber! To arms! To arms! To arms, in Courland! Shoulder pressing close to shoulder, Let the odds make each heart bolder! To arms! To arms! To arms, in Courland! Advance the flag of Courland! Hurrah! Hurrah! In Courland's land we take our stand, and live or die for Courland! To arms! To arms! And conquer peace for Courland! To arms! To arms! And conquer peace for Courland! Swear upon your country's altar Never to submit or falter-- To arms! To arms! To arms, in Courland! Till the spoilers are defeated, Till the Lord's work is completed! To arms! To arms! To arms, in Courland! Advance the flag of Courland! Hurrah! Hurrah! In Courland's land we take our stand, and live or die for Courland! To arms! To arms! And conquer peace for Courland! To arms! To arms! And conquer peace for Courland! Written by Jackeal Ebenwald-Blackwood (James Ebenwald). Published, 12th of The Amber Cold, 1612. Lyrics are spread around the city of Courland as Anti-Ruthern propaganda, and as a way to recruit new soldiers.
  2. - The Roswell Pledge - Conrad's fire in the woods, 15th of snow's maiden 1612 Conrad Roswell sits by the fire in the woods of Lorraine as he picks up his armor piece by piece getting it ready for his only option, his eyes are a mirror image of the fire in which he looks into. He looks at the armor which is laid down in front of him as he draws his axe looking it over before he does what he promised. He then takes out the last of his paper and a quill and begins to write... The letter read: No news has come to me from the Kingdom of Courland, so i am now forced to do as i said, I was hoping to never have to do this, but sadly i must. The Kingdom of Courland has not laid down its arms and neither has the rebellion. I will stay true to my word and do as i said i would, House Roswell must go to war however, I do not intend to go to war as the two sides are today… Conrad picks up his axe an hesitates for a brief moment before throwing it into the fire, he then picks up the armor piece by piece and continues to throw them into the fire. Humanity has been separated ever since the beginning, every man and women identifying itself under its kingdom rather than its race. Never has humanity seen peace within it’s own walls and I find this to be heartbreaking. I Conrad Roswell declare a challenge for all of humanity, a way to solve our problems without our fists. Men, women and children have always found it easier to use their fists instead of their mouth. They have always shown force as the primary response to any problem. When the creator put us in this world do you truly believe he put us here to smash our own race into the ground, or to slam our axe into each other's skulls? This question should never need to exist, the answer is before our eyes… the answer is no. Men have lost their lives to many times to such actions, women being left at home with no way to put enough food on the table to feed for their children. That is the case for the lucky, for the winners. The side of the fallen is much different, the fallen lose their homes, their children or even their own lives. This is tolerated out of the ways that we have come to know so well. I and many others know that it is time for a change, lay down your arms and pick up a quill, put down your fists and use your heart, and your mind. I have seen so much destruction within the human race and I know this destruction can be fixed if we try. I call on every man, woman and child for one last hope in unity, in peace… I call on all of you to put the name of your kingdom aside and put your identity as a human above it for a moment. No matter what kingdom you are under, no matter how much mina you have, no matter your current opinions war only leads to more destruction and chaos. I challenge all of humanity to join together and pledge for peace not war, that be the battle that I fight here today. By signing this pledge you promise to lay down your weapons and use diplomacy to solve your problems, to use your heart even when facing your darkest enemy… I _____ Pledge to serve humanity in an effort to repair relationships and to put down my weapons, to unite under my race and not my kingdom. I pledge to use my words as a tool to save our race, not destroy it. I pledge to walk this world in peace, not in hostility. Signed, Conrad Roswell Magnate of Vallendar Anguinatus of the Anguine Legion
  3. A Meditation 11th of the Amber Cold, 1611 __________________________________________________ Preamble The hearth is temperate, emitting an audible flurry of crackling, amber embers. The gilded chandeliers adorned with candle lit flames gives the dining hall a secure sense of comfort and cosiness. Despite this apparent tranquillity, I recline in a state of perplexity. The uncertainty of the righteousness and justification of my previous actions, embedding a stomach-churning feeling deep within. It is within this state of perplexity, that I am forced to pen my thoughts concerning the matter to provide not only myself with clarity of thought, but my people with clarity of conscience. It is within the confines of Baden’s Hold that I do proceed. __________________________________________________ Introduction The man who pens this contemplation is none other than I, Frederick Staunton-Baden. I was the brother of a King, I am the Arch-Chancellor of his son, yet most recently, I am the harbinger of war. I write with a tone deprived of lament - no trace of it on my mind, nor sympathy for those declared enemies of my people as it is of their own doing. I do write with conviction however, having heard the rhetoric and sophistry of the so called ‘men’ who would insult my Kingdom, my House and myself. __________________________________________________ The False Pretense of an Empire Following the demise of the Kingdom Haense-Ruska, it was the victor, Courland who was declared an Empire. I will momentarily declare why this is a false claim with the sole aim of bringing the Kingdom of Courland into disrepute. I shall state objectively and without a trace of subjectivity, the transgressions of each Kingdom, starting with a list of offences by the Kingdom of Haense-Ruska; 1. The raiding of lands belonging to the Kingdom of Courland by a Baron of the Kingdom. 2. The murder of Meric Staunton, Lord Emissary of Courland whilst on a diplomatic mission at the court of his cousin, Marius, the former King of Haense. 3. The beheading of Duke Marna whilst in Karlsberg. 4. The kidnapping of the daughter of Duke de Savin. 5. The kidnapping of a Courlandic Princess. 6. The issuing of an Ultimatum. 7. A Declaration of War. Now, I shall list the transgressions of the Kingdom of Courland; 1. The raiding of lands belonging to the Kingdom of Haense-Ruska. 2. The execution of a Count of the Kingdom of Haense-Ruska. 3. Victory over the Kingdom of Haense-Ruska. I shall not delve into detail pertaining each item listed above. However, I do not believe that I must as it is quite clear who the blame for the demise of the Kingdom Haense-Ruska befalls. Despite offering amnesty and refuge to all of the North, we were branded as tyrants. Detestable! __________________________________________________ The Mardonian-Courlandic Conflict Whilst the Duchy of Mardon was under a regency, the regent at the time decided to take advantage of the situation by declaring their intent to betray and rebel from the Kingdom of Courland on the eve of battle with Haense. The Duchy of Mardon decided that when their liege most needed them, it was time for them to pursue their own interests. Unbeknownst to them at the time, it was Courland who Triumphed and it was Courland who would not forget this sickening treachery. Thusly, war ensued. The Kingdom of Courland however, decided to be merciful as it had been with the Kingdom of Haense-Ruska. One must recall the Mardon-Courland Treaty of 1607. Again, we were branded as tyrants. __________________________________________________ The moon now was at its peak, owls hooting, the flames from the Hearth beginning to dwindle - he rises. With a brief addition of Courlandic pine, and the stoking of the fire with Courlandic iron, its heat once more radiated and illuminated the dining hall. __________________________________________________ The Courlandic-Ruthern Conflict All one has to do is recall the Ruthern Restoration Act of 1604 for an example of the kindness, generosity and good-will shown to House Ruthern. This relationship would end when the House Ruthern, a Crown Vassal invaded a foreign Duchy within the Kingdom and annexed the County of Istria. This was declared an inexcusable, unjustifiable, illegal and illegitimate action. Thusly, the Crown issued, once more, generous terms to which they did not agree to, for accepting whichever terms you see fit does not complete the accord. We then summoned them to court and were met with, at the start, pleasantries. This good nature suddenly changed when I branded them as rebels and traitors for refusing to accept and comply with all of the terms - as it was declared would happen in the Royal Response to the Annexation. They then drew their weapons and aggressed upon their liege in his court - a boy died. To the death of this lad, I do not condone nor will I ever condone infanticide, however, this is the doing of his own men. The boy was caught up in the conflict and sadly perished. May he rest with GOD above. What I find utterly repulsive is the capitalisation of this tragic event by House Ruthern. They are disgracing the boys legacy by using his unfortunate death as propaganda for which to fuel and justify their lust for war. GOD will judge each and everyone of you according to your actions. To you rebels, we shall meet you on the battlefield. __________________________________________________ The Kingdom of Courland was founded on the principles of Liberty, Freedom and Truth. Yet when we are subjected to Subjugation, Slavery and Dishonesty, we must strike. Remember, it was us who took on the Empire and called upon the nations of the world to aid us in our conquest of tyranny. We cannot be tyrants for it is not in our nature to be so. As the birds once more begin to sing their morning song, I shall leave you - the GOOD people of Courland with a final remark. Ave Courland __________________________________________________ Signed, Prince Frederick Staunton-Baden, Arch-Chancellor of Courland, Count of Trier.
  4. “Loyalties are the pillars that sustain this world, if one falls all of them collapse crashing those on the ground.” -Alexander Merentel, 5th of The First Seed, 1596. House of Merentel, born of rebellion, sustained by loyalty. Founded in 1596, after the rebellion against the Holy Orenian Empire, House of Merentel is a new House formed under its patriarch Alexander Merentel with the support of the King of Courland, His Majesty Tobias of House Staunton. House Loyalties House of Merentel is loyal to Courland and has close relations with the ruling and royal House of Staunton and their allies. House History Alexander was born in the Orenian Crownlands in the Isles of Axios. When his mother died of fever he realised that he had no reason for staying in the crownlands so, even though being a child, he left home and travelled far east until he found the County of Heart, ruled by Sven Hearth, a relative of Duke Aleksandr Staunton. In Hearth, Alexander found the family he never had. He quickly joined its military and learned how to wield a sword. His skill with the sword was so impressive that the Count of Hearth himself appointed Alexander as the squire of a famous old knight. As his squire, Alexander learned all the secrets related to chivalry and discipline. The County of Hearth lived a period of peace and prosperity. But, as is so often with history, it repeated itself, the Holy Orenian Empire betrayed the Count of Hearth Lord Sven Hearth and drove them once more from the Holy Orenian Empire. After the rebellion, Aleksandr’s son, King Tobias Staunton of Courland recognised the acts and deeds performed by the House of Merentel, raising Alexander to an official knightly status and becoming a member of the prestigious Golden Eagle's Order. After proving his loyalty, Alexander was awarded with land and a title of Baron (Lord) by King Tobias of Staunton. He decided to name his barony Hallowfell, in memory of all victims of the Holy Orenian Empire. The Barony of Hallowfell wasn't completely built until the year 1600, when the building process was completed. Family Tree -Alice Meren (Dead) & Marcus Meren (Dead) -Alexander Merentel (Current Patriarch) & Ophelia Merentel (Baroness) -Gideon Merentel (Heir) - Jon Tobias Merentel Vassals -Ser Corvus and the HOUSE of KEINT: After acting as the Marshal of Hallowfell, Ser Corvus "The Brave" recognized Lord Alexander as his liege lord and became his vasssal. The ancestral fortress of House Keint is Keintania. Culture The culture of House of Merentel is predominantly Courlandic.
  5. Minecraft Name: Hillary4prison18 Skype ID: gamingvenom13 Time-zone Central Time Zone Do you, or have you held, any other staff positions: Yes, I was a mod on a server named Arwen. Where do you grab inspiration from: I have gained inspiration from multiple places, such as Lord Of The Rings (Obviously), Skyrim, Destiny, Past events, Halo, and Dark Souls. What are your current list of characters, and are you willing to sacrifice any: Princeps Valentyn-I wouldn’t sacrifice him. Conrad Roswell- I wouldn’t sacrifice him. Adam Floyd- I would be fine with sacrificing him. What race, or group, do your events best cater to: Mostly accustomed to human events but are willing to expanse myself. What do you believe are they key factors for a successful event: It’s important that every event fits in a spot with the lore, if the event is random i personally don’t get into it as much. Events must be well planned and executed fairly often. With those things in mind I believe any event could be great! What strengths would you bring to the team: I think I could bring aspects of existing RP groups into the events and have the events effect the RP group in some way. I also love to read the server lore and do so quite often. Why do you want to be part of the team: I want to help the server as much as I can, but i also want to see a recurring events...whether that be an evil daemon or a get together of people that go on a hunt once every saints week. Create three distinct event scenarios based on the servers lore that you would organize Its spring time and a group of polar bears are causing havoc in a small town, they are going after all the food they can. They had just came out of hibernation and are very hungry, They decide to go to the local village and see what humans there are in the area to feast on. They find a few animals before they get to the town and decide they are full, but they go to the town anyway to get a meal for later to put in their den. They take a 6 year old boy from the town and carry him to their den with their mouth. He breaks some bones and the villagers go off to find him. It’s mid winter in the wasteland of j burg and a group of children are wandering around the area to play, they get stuck in a hole and their parents put a reward for them to be found. There are many groups out looking for them, but one of the groups is a group of evil people that want to capture the kids first and get more money from the parents than was asked. The parents are notified and all chaos breaks out as the group of good Samaritans tries to find the kids as quickly as possible. A giant lion looking figure is spotted deep in the mountains in the north near Istria and a man wants the creature's head to put on his wall, he calls for a hunt for the beast and people far and wide come out to try and catch it. The reward is that all the meat from the beast will be given to the lucky person that finds it. The beast has enough meat on him to last a family of three 6 months. As the giant lion starts to be found and gets a few cuts and bruises on himself he gets angry and starts to go down from the mountains and terrorize the people of Axios, getting more aggressive by the minute. The people have to join together to take the beast down, or the beast will keep doing this until they flee for good. How long do you plan to be able to work on the team: I hope to work on the team as long as i'm on the server. Tell me a joke What would you call a very funny mountain? Hill Arious
  6. To Drive them Back. . . A grim tide of mortals marched to Bastion, the taste of defeat still bitter upon their tongue, itching for revenge., to grind the beast to dust beneath steel boots, to hack limbs with axe, and rend flesh with sword. An army of Men, and Elves and Orc marched together, differences set aside to combat the Mordring threat. As the armies set first upon Leopold’s Wall, they found their lines peppered by old and new corpses of men, flesh rotting or dried, animated with a foul sorcery not meant to exist. But the wall quickly fell, the attackers pushing in a furious onslaught despite their losses, which only served to infuriate them further. Advancing through the fields, lines of Ghouls were cut down in cavalry charges, and the animated corpses of all variety were engaged in a bitter melee with the infantry, supported by lines or archers bombarding the undead foes. The battle seemed in favor, the forces of the Descendants gaining an upper hand, before a war horn blared, a deep bassy tone, which silenced the battlefield., the armies turned to see what it would herald. . A horde of hulking masses of armor would march from the gates of Bastion, taller than an orc, voices of grinding metal and filled with nothing but hate, the Dreadknights would lumber out, flails, hammers, maces and greatsword in hand, pushing back any advance the mortals would make, but it would not end there. . . Histghuls and Liches would also descend to cast their foul magics upon the descendents, a winning battle quickly turning into a desperate struggle for survival. Cavalry would cut down by the giants in steel armor, archer lines blown to pieces by foul magics and heroes slain by Histghul blades. The battle seemed lost before a rally took hold of the descendents. Weary, caked in blood and sweat, filled with hate from the loss of their comrades, it feel to only the vicious Orcs, and the Stalwart forces of Men to finish this. Gathering what weapons and armor they could, a meagre force of the Knights of the Ioannian Order and a handful of Orcish champions, and a few skilled warriors, this was all that remained to combat the Mordring threat in Bastion. There was no escape, and no reinforcement would come, and they all prepared themselves for their deaths. With a cry of defiance the meagre force charged into the lines of the Dreadknights and Archers, inspired by a Divine Force, they rent steel and rotted flash as butter by a hot knife, sending the beasts to their final fate, cutting down a Histghul and forcing the remaining Mordring troops into Bastion, cutting the bridge. the remaining forces did triumph in the face of insurmountable odds, and the descendents did prove that they would not be beaten so easy to the cowards who hid in their keep.
  7. - Pasnian Migration of 1596 - Pasnian Men and Women going to their new home Conrad shuts the heavy oaken doors, enlaced with thick iron braces and an almost faded brass lock. In days of old, the very doors he nonchalantly shuts stood against the shoulders of many an intruder. Now those days were past, locked away inside the memory of Conrad and his people. As the rasp of the wood battling against the stone floor came to an end, and the iron lever slid into the lock, the thud of the door filled the room, until it was entirely silent. The room was empty, secluded, devoid of not just sound, but conflict. Conrad himself liked it this way. This way he was detached from the many troubles that plague the land of Axios and those who tread upon it, this way he was not Oren or Pasnia. This way, he was merely Conrad, his own entity, alone. A heavy, yet relieved sigh met the end of the echoing thud, before he trudged toward his chair. A slow sit, then a reclined souch shortly followed, before he slid his hand below the side of his desk, pulling a drawer, and retrieving his treaty-making equipment. The parchment was laid, the ink was set. As he found the quill, he noticed how worn it had been. The very same quill that served Conrad’s time as a noble had never been so worn as it was now. The decay of it was almost exponential, Conrad would remark. Times were indeed troubling. Leagues were formed, then dissolved. Treaties signed, then torn. Perhaps it wasn’t just Conrad’s quill that had worn so rapidly these days. As the man began carefully and intricately etching each proposal, statement, and diplomatically concocted act of flattery, the memories would flood his mind. The memories of years spent on the castle balcony, overlooking the land he once called his own. The health of the good people of Pasnia, the succulent taste of the first bite into the apples grown on his lands. The melody of the local bard’s lute, the laughter amongst the streets of his lands. In another world, it might’ve still been his home. Then came the memory of the treaty he signed, the ink that donned the very quill his careful hand swished about now, the indents created on the stretched sheepskin canvas. The same treaty that marked the end of Pasnia in this world forever, at least as the populated land it once was. His people became nomads until then, bending to most of the rising, and then falling lieges. Migrating and fleeting alongside the power of other momentary nobles and Kingdoms. The Lotharingian coins they carried with them were perhaps the only constant of those days. Now with the assured permanency of the Staunton leadership, having stood inside its walls for so long, Conrad and his advisors shifted their gaze to the Courland Kingdom. Observing the honour, well treatment to vassals, and protection Courland offered, discussions were held. Nights spent in halls drinking and debating, serenading, and a few times even roaring, conclusions were met. These conclusions Conrad now immortalized into the short piece of information he wrote on. The Ruskan approach to Courland was nothing but a positive argument to his case. The well treatment they received, and the help they were given, merely added to the Staunton reputation of honour. Conrad firmly planted the dot at the end of the letter, signing the bottom, and rolling it up. Another relieved sigh followed, but this time followed by a small smile. Perhaps the Pasnians might find another place to rebuild, and continue their history. But these lands weren’t, and could never be Pasnia. They were not Oren, who could carry the name wherever they went. His people needed a new name. Conrad took a brief moment to ponder what it might be, before the train of memory-laced thought that nostalgically carried him through the letter before returned. Conrad needed a name befitting of his history and the distant past, to rebuild what only now exists in memories. “Istria.” he’d mutter under his breath, as his hand would grasp at the door’s handle, pulling it. Allowing the outside world to encompass him once more, and for Conrad to stop being an individual, and become Istria. The letter read: “Dear noble King Joseph Alexander. I, Conrad Roswell, Count of Istria, solemnly swear to serve under the glorious nation of Courland, and the honourable House Staunton. We swear to fight in thick and thin, and serve the interests of our Staunton lieges. We humbly request for a land to house our Pasnian peoples in by the wise Ruskan Archduke, under the name of ‘Istria’. We promise to serve for as long as we stand, bound by oath and honour. We promise to fight until GOD himself tears us from the world, and our very beings are scattered. Ave Courlandia. - Count Conrad Roswell. -”
  8. The Reformed Privy Council of the Kingdom of Courland - 1609 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Privy Council of Courland include leading members of the realm, often vassals who own great fiefs. The council acts as advisors to the King, who offer their experience and wisdom to ensure that the governance of the nation remains as efficient as possible. The King wields the power to veto any decisions made by his council. Entailed below, are the members of the reformed Privy Council of Courland. Furthermore, one will find a brief description and summary of each of the Council positions and the tasks and duties expected to be upheld by each member. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Arch-Chancellor of the Cabinet, The Archchancellor of the realm is tasked with the overseeing and supervision of the other members of the Privy Council and Notaries. The Arch-Chancellor holds ultimate authority when the King is absent and maintains the power of Kingship in the aforementioned absence(s) until the King has returned to lead. He is to serve or name a regent if the King is incapacitated or not of age. The Arch-Chancellor is to follow a similar frame of policy pertaining to those previously established by the King. If, however, those policies are deemed unfit or in need reforming, the Arch-Chancellor maintains the rights to alter policy and to follow a new structure in regards to policy making. HIS HIGHNESS, Frederick Staunton-Baden The Lord Emissary of the Cabinet, The Lord Emissary is the chief diplomat of the realm. He is expected to maintain good relations with most nations, oversee individual diplomats and draft diplomatic agreements for the nation. HIS GRACE, Ostromir Ivanovich The Lord Marshal of the Cabinet, The Lord Marshal of the realm is tasked with maintaining and organising the Royal Army, in their home of Aleksandria. In times of war, the Marshal has supreme authority over any and all military orders and levies that owe their allegiance to the crown or to a vassal of the crown, his orders only being able to be overturned by the King, King-Regent or the Arch-Chancellor. HIS EXCELLENCY, Louis de Felsen The Lord Treasurer of the Cabinet, The Lord Treasurer of the realm is to manage the economic aspects of the Kingdom, including taxation, and the implementation of public spending and the maintaining of the Kingdom's treasury. HIS EXCELLENCY, Percius Mauntel His Majesty’s Privy Seal, The Privy Seal retains the personal Seal of the King. This Seal is printed on every official government document and acts as an authenticator. The Privy Seal is also tasked with the drafting of Edicts, Noble Peerage and Royal documents. HIS EXCELLENCY, Bishop Nikolas of Pontian The Grand Knight of the Cabinet, The Grand Knight is the head of the Golden Eagle, and is tasked with maintaining records of the current Knights of the realm and squires. He is to set an example of chivalrous attitudes. Furthermore, he is tasked with the recruitment and training of the Golden Eagle. HIS EXCELLENCY, Ser Elias de Castro The Lord Justiciar of the Cabinet, The Lord Justiciar of the Kingdom is tasked with drafting new legislation for the government. He is also tasked with the maintenance and enforcement of aforementioned legislation and issuing punishments to those who defy it. HIS GRACE, Abdes de Savin Signed, HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, Joseph Alexander Staunton, King of Courland, Haense and Ruska, Duke of Eastbourne, Courland, Eruthos, the Heartlands, Frederica, Cascadia, Count of Aleksandria, Westmark, Beauclair, Sundholt, Wett and Eastmark, Lord of Mlt. St. Tobias, Baron of Vsenk, the Rightful Protector of the Heartlanders and Highlanders.
  9. The Treaty of Wehn Drafted on the 14th of the Amber Cold, 1608 The Alliance between the Snow Elves of Fenn and the Humans of Courland is to be classified as a defensive alliance. However, the numerous clauses of this pact are as follows; 1. That the definition for the ‘defensive alliance’ expressed above shall be as such: “A military alliance between all parties signing below (should the signatures given be that of the respective nations’ leaders, or representatives given his/her personal approval) which guarantees defensive aid by all parties should the other party/parties come under threat. Should a rebellion commence in any of the signant’s respective lands, the original signatories of this document, and not the rebel party, shall earn the support of their counterpart. This military alliance will afford no less than the full, armed support of alliance nations in times of trouble. 2. That the mutual enemy of any nations signing here below shall be the aggressive nation in a conflict involving any of the parties agreed herein, and that which is deemed more liable to reform an Orenian empire of any kind. In a situation where the truly aggressive party in a conflict is not easily determined, the nation which had shown the first act of aggression shall be deemed the aggressor and will warrant a united declaration of war from both the Kingdom of Courland and the Princedom of Fenn. 3. Free travel and commerce between all parties in this alliance will be guaranteed at all times, with open borders to the citizens of all nations on the part of their ally. 4. That diplomatic embassies will be established by both parties of the agreement in their ally’s respective nation capital. 5. That any and all alliances made by either parties of this agreement with other nations will be made public information, should their ally nation request it. 6. That the security and judiciary forces of both parties to this agreement will communicate freely and without boundaries, disclosing information on any potential threats to the integrity of their ally nation. 7. That this agreement will have a renewal date ten years from now, and on that date, the option to solidify this alliance into a permanent feature will be introduced. 8. This agreement will also not affect any allies of both parties during a time of war. 9. Should conflict arise between two allies of the Princedom of Fenn, the Princedom of Fenn reserves the right to take upon a mediative role in order to settle peace between the opposing parties. 10. Upon the change of leadership of either the Kingdom of Courland or the Princedom of Fenn, this treaty must be re-negotiated. Signed, His Majesty, Aelthir of the House Tundrak, the second of his name, Crown Prince of the Princedom of Fenn and of the Mali’fenn, Lord Commander of the Ivae’fenn, Commandant of the Citadel of Acael, Protector of Leon, blessed by the Seven, and chosen by Wyrvun His Royal Majesty, Joseph Alexander Staunton, King of Courland, Haense and Ruska, Duke of Eastbourne, Courland, Eruthos, the Heartlands, Frederica, Cascadia, Count of Aleksandria, Riga, Westmark, Beauclair, Sundholt, Wett and Eastmark, Lord of Mt. St. Tobias, the Rightful Protector of the Heartlanders and Highlanders
  10. Redacted, “Coronation of Joseph Alexander Staunton” [7th Sun’s Smile, 1608]. Today would be the start of a new page in history. On summer-filled morning Aleksandria awakes to the bells of the Temple of the Diarchs. To the big bells as loud as the thunder and to the little bells soft as the psalm, it’s sounds reverberating around the streets and marketplaces, announcing a procession that began to depart from the Palace of Curonburg; Gilded men wearing bands of gold, furred silks and gem-encrusted swords held aloft. Marching to the sound of a Vanguard’s drums and trumpets, down the thoroughfare, as White doves were released from the parapets of the palace. The sun’s holy light beamed down upon this procession of swords held by the Courlandic Nobility, the first of which would be that of the Archduke Ostromir Ivanovich. Donning the Cap of the Hetman, the Warden of the North would look stoically forward as he was followed by Duke Abdes de Savin, himself flanked by the Barons Romanos Palaiologos, Percius Mauntel and Alexander Merentel. Their blades brightly shining alongside those of Dionysius de Savin and Rotger von Curon, flanking Lord Marshal Elias de Castro, whose armour flared flamboyant flickers along Aleksandria’s avenues. They would only be matched by the jewels of Amelia Palaiologos, obediently proceeding behind the nobility. Such a spectacle had never been seen before as the retinue of the future King stepped forth. His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Joseph Alexander would be surrounded by the Royal Family: His uncles, Sven Staunton-Hearth and Frederick Staunton-Baden, the Arch-Chancellor, would march up front. To his sides, The Crown Prince would be flanked by his brothers, Princes William Augustus & Oliver Richard, whilst Prince Arthur Richard would be behind him with the ten-year old Prince Alfred Henry, both grasping at the train that followed from the shoulders of Joseph. His Mother, Her Royal Highness the Queen Dowager, Lisette of Virdain, stepped solemnly on the steps of the Church, alongside her daughters: Princesses Elizabeth Maria and Sophia Alexandria. Elegantly dressed in glowing gowns of gold and green, with the fineries of twinkling tiaras that matched their Royal Pedigree. The Ferula of the True Faith was held high, like the sword before it, behind his High Holiness, Callixtus I, held by the Bishop Nikolas. Beside him would silently step the holy Sisters Gertrude and Margravine, holding the Crown and Sceptre of Courland respectively on plump green, gilded cushions. Najira Borisovich, the High Priest’s Wife, followed suit with the sacred scrolls of the True Faith. As the procession commenced down the nave of that most holy church of the True Faith, each man and woman would take their place. The Nobles would occupy all but the front most pews, reserved for the King’s entourage. The Queen Dowager and the Royal Princesses turned abruptly to enter the King’s box, sitting suitably in the thrones provided, as the Clergy would occupy the Altar and dias. With all in their place, Joseph Alexander knelt before the High Priest, who began the vows. Callixtus I shalt say, "Will you solemnly promise and swear to govern the people of this Kingdom of Courland, and the dominions thereto belonging, according to the statute laws and customs of the land?" Joseph Alexander, "I solemnly promise so to do." Callixtus I, "Will you to your power cause law and justice in mercy to be executed in all your judgements?" Joseph Alexander, "I will." Callixtus I, "Will you to the utmost of your power maintain the laws of GOD, the true profession of the gospel and the religion of the True Faith established by law, and will you preserve unto the bishops and clergy of this Realm, and to the churches committed to their charge, all such rights and privileges as by law do or shall appertain unto them, or any of them?" Joseph Alexander, "All this I promise to do." After this, Joseph Alexander lays his upon the holy Gospels, and shall say, Joseph Alexander, "The things which I have here before promised, I will perform and keep: So help me God." Callixtus I places the Crown of Courland atop Joseph Alexander’s head, taking a few steps back before saying “Then before the sight of GOD, I give you King Joseph I of Courland. Long may he reign!” The Crowned Heads of Courland would take off their golden bands and raise them aloft, replying “Long may he reign!”
  11. Ordo Fratrum Santci Lotari The Holy Order of St. Lothar Romanos Palaiologos receiving a blessed blade during the formation and consecration of the Holy Order of Saint Lothar, 14th day of Amber Cold MDXCIX. Formation of the Order of Saint Lothar: Founded on the 14th day of the Amber Cold MDXCIX, through divine inspiration of Romanos Palaiologos upon witnessing a mass baptism to the True Faith. the Order of Saint Lothar was born. With his heart filled with the joy of God did Romanos pledge both his own life, and the considerable available to his house to the formation and maintenance of the first Holy Order of the True Faith. Proclaiming his devotion and patronage to Saint Lothar, did Romanos swear to the continuation of the Holy Saints work, donning the shinny Gold of God's light and the Crimson of his sacrifices. Thus, through the blessing of the Episcopal Council, the righteous purpose of uniting all Humanity within the True Faith. and to bring His peoples of the West and East beneath the protecting wings of the Double Crested Eagle was bestowed. Upon the formation did his Majesty, King Tobias Staunton of the Kingdom of Courland, grant upon the newly formed order his personal land within which the Order of Saint Lothar was free to govern, and use as the Chapter Houses estate. Hierarchy of the Order of Saint Lothar: Swearing themselves to no secular body of government, the Holy Order of Saint Lothar answers directly and only to the Episcopal Council and the Episcopal Prelate elected for the caretaking of this Holy Order. Their mandates, promotions and duties handed unto the Grandmaster personally by either of these two Holy entities, and their members consecrated into the Order through the consent of the Episcopal Prelate or his appointed Chaplain. The Grandmaster: The Holy Order of Saint Lothar is thus headed by the Grandmaster, to whom the tasks of provisioning, training and organizing the Order falls. The Grandmaster is the senior position within the Order, and is directly answerable to the Episcopal Council, or it's Episcopal Prelate. The Chaplain: The Order's Chaplain is tasked with the currying and overseeing of obedience to the Episcopal Council, or Episcopal Prelate mandates, promotions, or duties within the Order. Duties assigned to the Chaplain beyond the aforementioned include holding Sermons, and consecrating initiates into the Order, and is issuing promotions in the absence of the Episcopal Prelate. The Captain: The Order's Captains hold authority to the Sergeants, and answer directly to the Episcopal Council, Episcopal Prelate and his Chaplain, or the Grandmaster of the Order. Their duties include the daily training, and protection of the lands assigned to them and their Ordermen The Sergeant: The Order's Sergeants hold authority to the Ordermen, and act as auxiliary officer to the Captain. Answerable to the Episcopal Council, Episcopal Prelate and his Chaplain, and the Grandmaster and his Captains, the duties of the Sergeants include the marshalling of the Ordermen, and assisting in their training and the protection of the lands they are assigned. The Ordermen: The Ordermen hold no authority within the Order of Saint Lothar, but to the faithful to which they server. The Episcopal Council bestows upon the Ordermen, and all ranks above their station, the ability to detain and bring forth all Heretics, Heathens, and Pagans found, to either the Episcopal Council or its individual members, the Episcopal Prelate or his Chaplain, or to any ordained Clergyman of the True Faith in order for the Heretic, Heathen, or Pagan to be witnessed to their sins and judged by the aforementioned. It is heavily asked that all Ordermen do not bare physical damage to the Heretic, Heathen, and Pagan beyond what is necessary to detain and bring forth their souls to be judged by His faithful. The Acolyte: The Acolytes of the Order of Saint Lothar do not bare any authority within the Faith. Their duties consist of what is required by the Ordermen, and their officers or Chaplain. Holy Knights of Saint Lothar: The Knights peerage of the Order of Saint Lothar derives from the most pious and zealous men within the mortal plain. Their devotion and sacrifice to the service of God, and His word is unquestionable, and so their position within the Order of Saint Lothar night unmatched by most Ordermen. The Knights directly answer to the Episcopal Council, and the Episcopal Prelate, however, unlike the other Ordermen, they do not directly answer to the Grandmaster. Instead, the Knights of Saint Lothar accept the Grandmaster into their Order as a Brother. Thus, the Grandmaster is answerable to the Holy Knight Commandant of the Knights of Saint Lothar, as all Brother Knights are required. Hierarchy of the Holy Knights of Saint Lothar: The Holy Knight Commandant: The Holy Knights of Saint Lothar are directly commanded by the Holy Knight Commandant, who is appointed by the Episcopal Council with great care. His authority being absolute outside of the direction of the Episcopal Council, or the Episcopal Prelate. His authority encompassing the autirity of the Chaplain within the Order of Saint Lothar, save for the hosting of Sermons. The duties of the Holy Knight Commandant encompass the provision of his Knights, the protection of the Faithful and the Holy See, the obedience of the Episcopal decrees to the utmost of his ability. The Holy Knight: The Holy Knights of Saint Lothar are the fully consecrated body of the Order, their service and devotion to God separating them from the Secular Knights of the Kingdoms. The duties of the Knights of Saint Lothar are to the Code of the Order of Saint Lothar, and to the decrees of the Episcopal Council, and its Episcopal Prelate. Knights Errant: Knights Errant are the coming Knights who seek acceptance to the Holy Order as a fully consecrated Brother. They Continue their education in the Church and begin education in the marshal realms. Knight Cadet: Knight Cadets are the future Knights Errants in training. They are not initiated into the Order as the Knights Errant, and have not been trained within the marshal abilities of the Knights Errant. They are expected to follow orders from those above them, and learn the ways of the Church. Seeking mentorship within the ranks of the Holy Order of Saint Lothar, or the Clergy of the True Faith is encouraged. Code of the Order of Saint Lothar: Stations: i. Stand guard for the Episcopal Council and Holy See. ii. Protect God's Faithful from Heresy, and Paganism. iii. Root out the Heretic, Heathen, and Pagan. iv. Safeguard the lands of the Holy See, and uphold peace and order. v. Carry the sentences of those convicted of crimes against the Faith and Holy See. Tenets: i. Share the word of God ii. Keep devotion to God and His word. iii. Obey, without question, the hierarchy of the Order, and ultimately the word of the Episcopal Council. iv. Embrace fellow Ordermen as Brothers of the Faith, and treat them as such. v. Know that to violate the Code is to be stripped of rank, and to be exiled in disgrace. Oath: To God I kneel, for none may stand against him. To the Council I am sworn, for my actions are not my own. To the faithful I pledge, protection from the unholy. To myself I hear, the calling of my duty Deo servio, et soly servies. Fill out the following application and send it to the Grandmaster in the Temple of the Diarchs: IC Name: Age: Race [Human/Elf]: Status of Blood (Nobility, Gentry, Commoner, etc): Place of Residence: Martial Knowledge (if any): Skills: OOC MC Name: Skype:
  12. AN AGREEMENT OF THE PEOPLE AND KING AS TO THE COMMON RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES OF HIS SUBJECTS. We recognise the ancient rights and liberties afforded to the people of the Heartlands, and thereupon we do sign this bill in order that these rights be entered into the common law of the people, including those that all freeborn men hold and are entitled to, as well as those bestowed upon the many Feudal classes of the people. -Alexandros of Nicaea. THEREFORE, WE PLEDGE UNDER GOOD AND LAWFUL CONDITIONS, DECLARING ALL PREVIOUS CHARTERS OF RIGHT AND LIBERTY NULL: I.Those Liberties Afforded to All the People of the Kingdom are here-under described. I.To be judged by no other manner except by lawful judgement of his peers. To not have his property unlawfully seized until he has been found guilty and tried by such a judgement. That his lawful and free customs, property,person or otherwise be protected by the lawful of the land. II.To be tried by a single law, or else by those crimes punishable only under church authority, under which all men will stand and be judged. III.To have his oath to his lord in written form, in the Common language only, so that mayoral custom cannot be used to press men unlawfully. IV.The right to petition lords, government and even the king himself. We see the power of petition and its ability to improve the general condition of the commune. V.To not be pressed unlawfully into a standing army, navy or retinue; that the maximum amount of days he is required under feudal obligation to serve be forty, unless he pledges by written oath to stay for a longer period, or to join such a standing army as a man-at-arms. VI.To receive any inheritance he is obligated to, or, if a woman, to receive any marriage portion upon her widowhood, with exception to two circumstances: A.He is in a situation wherein his property means he holds property and allegiance of two lords. Thereupon he should give up the lands under one lord and keep the other. B.Lawful judgement has found him to be a criminal to which he is still facing punishment. VII.That every non-serf, who is not a member of the clergy, has a right, and is further encouraged by the government of this kingdom to bear arms, so that he may keep law and order in his own community and defend his person.Those groups not included in this rights can bear arms also, but it may be prohibited by royal decree. VIII.That no man is property of another, although serfs may swear by oath to hereditary servitude, in which case their children may be also held in such servitude. IX.Any attempt to force any Courlander or foreigner into an oath without the sanction of the law is thus declared unlawful and illegal. X.We hereby declare that the kingdom follows an inheritance law wherein: I)The eldest son should inherit all titles, except those given by special provision in the form of a dower; II)In the absence of the son, titles pass to a daughter, who is to marry at her earliest convenience to find a male consort; III)If there be no children, it shall pass to the nearest male relative, and, IV)In their absence in should revert to the crown. By specialists in these matters, this has been described as agnatic-cognatic primogeniture. II.Those Liberties Afforded to all Freeholders and Property-Holders of the Kingdom I.We hold that the landowning people of the kingdom, be they holding land of the crown of otherwise, should elect twelve representatives every twelve years among the constituencies, or those regions of voting, for the kingdom. Those qualified to vote are knights, gentlemen, nobles, printers, clergy, university graduates, scholars, landowners, yeomen and burghers, as well as any who own land. Thereupon we shall form an annual assembly, known as the Londes Folk, to vote on tax increases and other changes to law, with royal approval and the approval of the privy council of the realm. II.Whereupon we hold that each landholder represent the needs and petitions of his various constituents, to hold them dearly and to raise them among the Londes Folk. III.Therefore we contend that no king may change the law without the approval of the Londes Folk, and vice versa, and we also encourage, although not mandated by this Bill, that the king be advised on tax increases by a vote of the Londes Folk before increasing taxes. IV.Any law or amendment is considered passed when a majority of the Londes Folk vote for it. V.We also shall have it so that the Londes Folk may vote to increase its maximum number to whatever number, but the minimum number of constituencies is eight. It may also pass a law extending the voting franchise, should it be thought necessary. VI.We consider it proper than any substantial land-owner in the kingdom have the right to train his tenants and otherwise into a militia, for defensive purposes. VII.It is hereby declared that, the yeoman being free, that the landowning rural class be entitled to preserve their independence, to hold direct allegiance to none unless they swear by it, even if a hereditary oath, but to keep the king and the church. VIII.At the death of a husband, a widow will have her dower portion at once and without delay, at which point shall the husband’s heirs be required to take her into her household for a minimum of forty days, after which she may take up her inheritance and reap its profits. We also think it good and lawful that all women be assigned a dower upon marriage for their own sustenance by her husband, to be given under unfortunate circumstances, on the death of a husband, be it in silver minas, oxen, land or otherwise, according to the wealth and status of the freeholder, and that hereafter any such dowers be written down in the Common language of all citizens. IX.Of the principles thereof we agree that the same liberties are afforded to the burghers of the kingdom, except that they shall draw up a militia under the royal banner. III.Those Liberties Afforded to all Minor Nobles and Gentry of the Kingdom I.Minor nobles and gentry are thus defined as barons, baronets and knights. If a man be a knight or the family thereof, he be a gentleman or woman, whereas a barony or baronet is the title of a nobleman. Further provision is also offered: if a man is not a knight, but owns an estate worthy of a gentleman, he can be declared an Unsworded Gentleman by the king, that is to say, he shall be considered gentry, with all the privileges contained therein, without being a knight, and from him shall be exacted a greater volume of taxes, but he shall not be obligated to serve beyond the minimum feudal service as the knight shall. II.We consider it just to stress our former answer back: a baronet is appointed to his noble title by the king, and then the title reverts back to the crown upon the baronet's death, whereas the baron’s title remains, to be granted to all descendants thereafter, the inheritance of which cannot be prevented except by lawful judgement of the inheritor’s peers under the common law of the country. III.Yet during a man’s lifetime, it is only through the law can a man’s property be seized. Even with the support of the king, his council and the Londes Folk, a baron, baronet or knight may not have his property unlawfully taken unless he has done wrong (and proven to have done so) by church or common law. IV.It is considered honourable and just, and obligated by the law of the nation thereafter, whether crown vassals or not, that the noblemen and gentry of the kingdom are required to give military service to their liege for as long as required - not just the 40 days minimum required of a man’s feudal levies - and that all men of these two classes be able to sustain warhorses and full armour and weaponry befitting their wealth. V.We shall, in God’s good country, therefore also have it said, that all new knights, baronets and barons created be given royal approval before being given their title by the other nobles. VI.Mayors, who administrate towns, are afforded the same rights and liberties as the gentry. IV.Those Liberties Afforded to all Dukes, Archduke, Counts and Viscounts of the Kingdom (Senior nobles) I.We hereby shall have it stated clearly: dukedoms and counties are hereditary titles, the passing of which is regulated by the law of the country, and not the word of the monarch. However, Viscounts are appointed by the man to whom they are vassal, although on the condition that the Viscount has royal approval. II.To kings, inheriting the first two titles, there shall come no privilege of inheritance, except that in the absence of a relative, he shall inherit, which goes for all property of our kingdom. III.We also consider it proper that the Privy Council, which, along with the Londes Folk and the King, forms the third arch of government, whose main role is to advise the king and veto also proposals of the Londes Folk, be made predominantly, although not entirely if a man should prove worthy, of men of this class. Their number shall be 6, and a majority approval from them is needed to veto a bill. IV.Members of the Privy Council are appointed by the king, and only by him, and can at liberty be dismissed by him. They may not veto the king, for that is the business of the Londes Folk. V.As for minor nobles and gentry, it is decreed that senior nobles may be required to serve beyond their usual service - these means after the 40 days, that they draw up levies and, once they are expended, to use his professional retinues to support his king at war. VI.If a noble should abuse his power and unlawfully execute, incarcerate or assault another citizen, then it shall be as if he murdered, kidnapped or attacked a man by law - he shall face justice in court. V.His Majesty the King and his Rights and Responsibilities I.His Majesty the King of Courland, being in all good grace and manliness, reserves the right to bring any of his subjects to his court for a period of 14 days, after which his subject reserves the right to leave. During this time His Majesty may not incarcerate him unjustly, but summon him with all honour and grant him hospitality. II.His Majesty also reserves the right to create or give any noble title to any subject he pleases, provided they are not serfs or bound by oath to a lesser man. III.If there should be no male ruler, then it is considered right and just that the Queen should find a man to marry her as soon as possible. However, she will retain the primary ownership of the kingdom. Further, if the king should a minor - he is considered to have reached the full age of kingship at 15 years - there should be at once a regent appointed by agreement of the Privy Council, who may appoint anyone as regent - usual candidates include: one among their own ranks, their legal guardian and thus closest male relative, the Queen Mother, a courtier (talented in manly feats) or a soldier, depending upon the needs of the kingdom. Should the kingdom be under grave threat, a soldier or privy councillor is preferred, but under peace, a man may be selected from the Londes Folk, yet also the Queen Mother often makes an excellent candidate for the regency, given a mother’s natural wish to safeguard her son the king’s interests and her intimacy with royal affairs. IV.If the common law of the country, or the bill of rights herein, is not respected by his vassals, the king has a duty to bring them to heel. V.The king reserves the right to veto any bill of the Londes Folk, or block any veto of the Privy Council. VI.The king has the right to call the commune to war. This will require his vassals to gather their feudal levies and retinues and fight alongside him in war. VI.The Rights and Independence of the True Faith of our Holy Church (Penned by Bishop Nikolas of Pontian) I.It is hereby declared that should any man, woman, or child who is subject to the Church of God through the means mentioned hereafter, shall be within the authority of the Eccumenical Council of God, and shall be administered by said council solely and by no other than the Eccumenical Council of God, A.Those individuals living upon the lands allocated by the Church of God B.Those individuals who swear themselves to service of God C.Those who swear in service to God through Monasticism D.The Monkhood of God E.The Nunship of God F.Those who swear in service to God through Militantism G.Those who swear in service to God through Clerical Anointment H.Those who swear in service to God through Devotion to the Faith I.Those individuals who swear themselves in service of God through their works, or actions, and J.Reserved II.By the right of the blessed traditions of the Church of God is the Clergy, the Structures, and the Anointed men of the crosses of Husaria, Horen, and Lorraine, be exempted from all taxation upon their Properties, Persons, or Possessions. It is hereby strictly forbidden to illicit such taxations upon the aforementioned through any institution, or personage, or those on behalf of an institution, or personage not allowed providence by the Eccumenical Council of the Church of God the rights to do so III.It is hereby declared, through the Eccumenical Council of God, that the institutions and personages mentioned hereafter, and only those institutions and personages mentioned may act with the providences allowed by the Eccumenical Council of God listed in section IV. A.His majesty the King of Courland B.In the absence of His majesty the King of Courland, his King-Regent shall assume his office, as such time to be passed for the King of Courland to resume his rule. C.The Holy Order of Saint Lothar D.The Holy Knighthood of the Church of God E.Reserved IV.All Institutions or Personages venerated by the Eccumenical Council of God, who shall act on behalf of any institution or personage listed in this act, in part or whole of the providence allowed to such. V.Through veneration by the Eccumenical Council of God, do the institutions and personages allowed providence within the Faith of God by the Eccumenical Council of God, shall be granted the following, A.The right to enact taxation upon the faithful of God i.Except whereby the enactment of such right shall infringe upon section II. of this act B.The right to enact servitude upon the faithful of God C.The right to call to arms the faithful of God D.Except in those held within the sole providence of the Eccumenical Council, i.The Holy Crusade ii.The Injury to the Faith iii.The Schism of the Faith iv.The Assault of the clergy v.The Arrest of the Clergy vi.The Trial of the Clergy F.The right to call a Holy Trial of God, i.Except wherein no member of the Clergy is present, or may be made present to preside over such, or ii.Except wherein the call of a trial of God is summoned against a member of the Clergy iii.Unless said trial of God is venerated by the Eccumenical Council of God iv.Reserved. VI.By decree of the Eccumenical Council of God, no member of the mortal plain shall be permitted to indulge themselves in the act or acts of, A.Injury to the Faith B.Schism of the Faith C.Apostasy D.Blasphemy E.Heresy F.Practice of Paganism G.Except whereby those who practice Paganism subject themselves to the rule of the Church of God through, i.Taxation ii.Undue Exposure iii.The bareness of shoulder iv.The bareness of stomach v.The bareness of bossom vi.The bareness of thigh vii.The usage of unholy materials viii.Any act that the Eccumenical Council of God so does proclaim to be against the divine inspirations, meanings, wisdoms, etc. of God ix.Reserved VII.It is hereby written, through the divine right of God, that all trials and penances served within the realm of the Kingdom of Courland, and her subjective territories, holdings, marches, and wild lands, be subject to the ruling of said trials and the carrying of said penances within such areas as aforementioned. And that all trials and penances shall not be infringed, interfered, subverted, subjected, ignored, etc. upon, whereby, A.The trial of God has come to fruition, B.Penance has been handed down by God to the sinner, or C.The innocent has been venerated by God’s divine wisdom D.The trial of God is underway E.The penance has been served, or i.The penance is yet to be fulfilled by the sinner, or ii.The penance has been fulfilled by the sinner F.Reserved VIII.Through the infringement, interference, subversion, subjection, ignorance etc. of a trial of God, the penance hereby described shall be enacted on any party, member of said party, or conspirator, or number of conspirators as listed, and shall be enacted upon by the Clergy present, or those in protection of said Clerical representative, or those in summons of God, A.Penance of excommunication B.Enactment of a trial of God upon those aforementioned C.Penance of crucifixion D.Penance of servitude E.Within Monasticism F.Reserved. IX.Through the completion of the Holy Trial of God, are the penances and judgements found within His Holy commune immune from any restrictions but for the restrictions enforced by the Eccumenical Council of God. X.The Eccumenical Council is hereby exempt from such offices of state as to keep separate the Holy structures that serve God and He alone, and the secular body of the Kingdom of Courland with the restrictions being placed upon, A.The Mayorship of any city within the Kingdom of Courland B.The Marshalship of the forces of the Kingdom of Courland i.Except within the povidence of Holy Crusade C.Reserved Under These Right and Goodly Terms, We Pledge: I.TO UPHOLD THE JUST RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES DESCRIBED HEREIN II.TO UPHOLD LOYALTY TO OUR LIEGES AND TO THE CROWN III.TO PROTECT THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE CHURCH AND THE SANCTITY OF THE TRUE FAITH. TO THIS WE SWEAR, NOW PUT INTO THE COMMON LAW OF THE COUNTRY. AMEN. *The bill is signed* His Majesty, King Tobias R. Staunton The Clergy of the True Faith, Represented by Bishop Nikolas, Titular Bishop of the Most Blessed See of Pontian. Alexandros of Nicaea, Commoner and Yeoman.
  13. The Treaty of Aleksandria Drafted on the 10th of The Deep Cold, 1604 The Alliance between the Humans of Courland and the Dwarves of Urguan is to be classified as a defensive alliance. However, the numerous clauses of this pact are as follows; 1. That the definition for the ‘defensive alliance’ expressed above shall be as such: “A military alliance between all parties signing below (should the signatures given be that of the respective nations’ leaders, or representatives given his/her personal approval) which guarantees defensive aid by all parties should the other party/parties come under threat. Should a rebellion commence in any of the signatories' respective lands, the original signatories of this document, and not the rebel party, shall earn the support of their counterpart. This military alliance will afford no less than the full, armed support of alliance nations in times of trouble. 2. That the mutual enemy of any nations signing here below shall be the aggressive nation in a conflict involving any of the parties agreed herein, and that which is deemed more liable to reform an empire of any kind. In a situation where the truly aggressive party in a conflict is not easily determined, the nation which had shown the first act of aggression shall be deemed the aggressor and will warrant a united declaration of war from both the Grand Kingdom of Urguan and the Kingdom of Courland. 3. Free travel and commerce between all parties in this Alliance will be guaranteed at all times, with open borders to the citizens of all nations on the part of their ally. 4. That diplomatic embassies will be established by both parties of the agreement in their ally’s respective nation capital. 5. That any and all alliances made by either parties of this agreement with other nations will be made public information, should their ally nation request it. 6. That the security and judiciary forces of both parties to this agreement will communicate freely and without boundaries, disclosing information on any potential threats to the integrity of their ally nation. 7. That this agreement will have a renewal date fifteen years from now, and on that date, the option to solidify this alliance into a permanent feature will be introduced. 8. As a show of good faith, and as promised during the recent Courland-Haense war, the previous Haense territory that was located south of the Dwarven mountains will be ceded to the Grand Kingdom of Urguan. Signed, His Royal Majesty, Svenald Staunton, King-Regent of Courland, Hanseti and Ruska His Royal Majesty, Bastion Ireheart, Grand King of the Grand Kingdom of Urguan, Protector of the Dwarves
  14. Ruthern Restoration Act of 1604 Issued by the hand of Count Victor Ruthern and His Majesty, King Tobias. By bones and barrows, the traitorous usurper of Metterden has surrendered to the Courlandic forces, led by his majesty, King Tobias. Eric the Black’s corrupt rule over the Ruthern lineal land was one short-lived, and as predicted, one without the capacity to contain achievement or success. The north has surrendered, and the snow-swept lands of Hanseti are now held within the grasp of Staunton. It grieves the denizens of Ruthern to see their homeland be savaged by such violence, yet such stubbornness and ignorance only demanded that justice was brought. No side is innocent in the ugliness of war, and therefore Victor II Ruthern, Count of Metterden, hereby declares that his sisters, cousins and direct familial relations are welcome to take refuge and find a place at his table within the keep of Alriczan, in accordance to the writ of terms forged between the Barbanov and Staunton patriarchs. The sisters of Victor II Ruthern are beckoned to come home to their familial seat of Metterden. They are encouraged to either embrace the noble society of the victorious Courland, or maintain an individual identity within the comforts of their home of Metterden. Count Victor shall assume lordship over the lands and holdings of Metterden, and with such ascension, Eric Ruthern is hereby required to vacate the county. If Eric swears an oath of fealty to the king and supposedly becomes a denizen of Courland, he is granted the right to live in peace with the rest of the kingdom, however his presence will not be accepted within the county of Metterden. Sworn to Staunton or not, proceeding into the county will be seen as a hostile act and will be met with severe consequence. As patriarch of the Ruthern house and count of the ancestral holdings, Victor Alric declares that Eric’s claim on the Ruthern name has been nullified and will no longer be regarded as apart of the house. His claim on the house holdings and the name is no longer, and any of his issue shall not be acknowledged as apart of the direct Ruthern lineage. Disobeying these acts - falsely taking the Ruthern name or disregarding his expulsion from Metterden - will result in a trial and considerable punishment by His Right Honorable and His Majesty. With Knowledge Comes Power, Signed, HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, Tobias Staunton, King of Courland, Hanseti and Ruska, Duke of Eastbourne, Courland, Eruthos, the Heartlands, Frederica, Cascadia, Count of Aleksandria, Riga, Westmark, Beauclair, Sundholt, Wett and Eastmark, Lord of Mt. St. Tobias, Baron of Vsenk, the Rightful Protector of the Heartlanders and the Highlanders The Right Honorable Sixth Count Victor II of Metterden, Lord Marshal of the Order of the Edelweiss, Protector of the Pass, Baron of Rostig, and Lord of Alriczan. His lordship, Adelwen Alexander Ruthern.
  15. On the eleventh day of the Amber Cold, in the year of our Lord 1604, the Kingdom of Courland and the Kingdom of Haenseti-Ruska agree to end the bitter war that has plagued both their nations and peoples. With the signing of the lieges King Tobias Staunton and King Marius Barbanov to this pact, both Kingdoms and their respective Vassals will end their aggressions towards one another. With the conquest of Vasiland by His Majesty King Tobias Stauntons armies, King Marius Barbanov formally submits the Kingdom of Haenseti-Ruska to surrender, and agrees to adhere to the following terms: King Marius Barbanov and his vassals offer unconditional surrender to King Tobias Staunton immediately. Their weapons and men put back to reserves - all aggressions ceased under penalty of execution. King Marius Barbanov and his vassals surrender their lands and holdings to the Kingdom of Courland. The Hansetian people shall be allowed to leave their lands unhindered by the armies of King Tobias Staunton, free to find refuge wherever they please within Axios. King Tobias Staunton shall allow any man, woman, or child who wishes to remain upon their lands to do so, should they submit to his rightful rule. With the changing of the Monarchy in the Kingdom of Haenseti-Ruska from that of King Marius Barbanov to King Tobias Staunton, does his majesty King Tobias Staunton so does send missive within this edict to the Vassals of King Marius Barbanov to swear fealty to his majesty within a year of agreement, and that none shall challenge his rightful rule within the lands of the northern realm. The following Vassals are hereby summoned to the court of King Tobias Staunton, in his seat of Aleksandria: The Count of Metterden, Count Arik of House Ruthern The Count of Mondstadt, Count Owyn of House Amador The Baron of Laurenstadt, Baron Floris of House Van Loden The Duke of Carnatia, Duke Sergei of House Kovachev The Baron of Rytsburg, Baron Stanimir of House Vyronov The March of Vasiland, Marquis Petyr of House Vanir The Count of Ayr, Count Eric of House Baruch The Baron of Laval, Baron Hughes of House Pasquier All others who were ennobled by King Marius Barbanov, or hold titles in the Kingdom of Haenseti-Ruska Signatories agree to the terms of this surrender and shall abide by them under penalty of execution or prolonged war. Should these terms be broken, dismembered, or changed to the those not written here and agreed upon by either King Marius Barbanov and his Vassals, or King Tobias Staunton and his Vassals - appropriate action will be taken. Signed, HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, Tobias Staunton, King of Courland, Duke of Eastbourne, Courland, Eruthos, the Heartlands, Frederica, Cascadia, Count of Aleksandria, Riga, Westmark, Beauclair, Sundholt, Wett and Eastmark, Lord of Mt. St. Tobias, Baron of Vsenk, the Rightful Protector of the Heartlanders His Majesty the King Marius I of Hanseti and Ruska, Grand Prince of the Raev, Duke of Akovia, Krajia, Greymarsh and Alban, Margrave of Vanderfell and Adria, Count of Siegrad, Werdenburg, Kavat, Karovia, Torun, Owynswood and Kaunas, Baron of Vsenk and Wyrmwood, Defender of the Faith, Lord of St. Karlsburg, Protector of the Highlanders.
  16. That dirty bastard stole my kill loot
  17. Without Mercy : The Battle of Elba - Day 2 “You men who stand with me are the liberators, protectors and the sustainers of Valior. There shall be freedom in life and in death.” Ushered by His Majesty, King Alexander Staunton, addressing the Coalition forces during the Riga War. A painting depicting two white Eagles circling the blood stained battlefield, following the decisive second day. As dawn came over the horizon, bringing with it shining golden rays which played across the dew that had collected on the grass the night before, the shouts, clangs, and ruckus of the Haensetic and Courlandic camps broke the early morning silence. As tabards were donned over battle tested armour, banners raised over the shining helmets, and formations made upon the now muddy earth, the forces once again formed themselves on opposing sides of the blood soaked earth. The men that had been cut down the previous day lined the ground in a morbid display of where the forces had clashed not but a few hours before. As the Haensetic Commanders gazed across the field in preparation of their movements, the Courlandic General Edmund Torryn bellowed his orders without a moment's respite after the green line was made. Pouring forth, at the behest of his call, came the rushing tide of green clad men, screaming and chanting ‘Ave Courland’. With the sudden and jarring advance, the Haensetic commanders had no choice but to meet the green sea before they were swallowed up as the day before. As the forces crashed together upon the reddened earth once more, the now all too familiar sounds of battle lofted to the air. However, with the same suddenness that had brought the green tide of Courland to the yellow fields of Haense, the men of Courland pulled themselves back. Seeming to run back to their camps in fear, the Haensetic commanders ordered their men to advance. And so the Green tide was pushed further and further across the field, the yellow of Haense swallowing up the earth as it drank thirstily of its soon victory. With their advance, the Haensetic forces came to hold the Chapel. It, although being ruined by the war, was a strong position, and so the Haensetic forces stopped and prepared their defenses in this forward position as they enjoyed the fruits of their laborious task in the field. An error, they would soon learn, as the tides of the green sea once again changed, and with them, the death of many Haensetic men. Rushing back across the field in a renewed vigour, delighted that the Haensetians had fallen into their trap, the men of Courland came. So quickly, in fact, that the Haensetic men held within the Chapel soon found themselves surrounded. With terrified eyes they scanned for retreat, but were only met with the forest of the green tabards of Courland. And so the stranded men fought, surrounded as they were, to the end. Their slaughter easily done by the superior manpower of Courland. With this crushing blow, the Haensetic forces once again collapsed. Their main force taken to the earth as the Chapel once again fell into the hands of Courland. The Haensetic Commanders, left in astonishment, called for a retreat for the day in order to recuperate themselves. As banners of green and black were raised above the fields for the second time, the men of Courland came to camp with Haensetic loot. Albeit, their sacks less empty than before as the Haensetic forces reserves were dwindling from the consecutive losses. As the sun set on the second day, the field fell quiet once more. The men of Courland were filled with confidence and pride as the pinnacle engagement the Battle of Elba dawned.
  18. A Clashing of Swords : The Battle of Elba - Day 1 “Dulce et Decorum est Pro patria mori.” Ushered by His Majesty, King Tobias Staunton, amongst his men upon the field of war. The clashing between Haensetic horde and Courlandic infantry. A cool breeze traced itself across the fields and through the trees of Tahn, rushing past the tents, banners, and men of the Courlandic army as it went. Banners of green and black, red and yellow, black and white, yellow and black, carelessly drifted above at the end of their poles, the dyed tabards of green and black almost glistening as the dew on the grass. An idyllic silence enveloped the company as they marched to meet the Haensetic forces, the Stauntonite retinue led by Commander Edmund Torrent. They passed the farmland surrounding Aleksandria, now filled with hopeful faces and cheers of ‘Ave Courland’. Weaving their way to the boats lining the shore, the men began to embark. Their faces marked by the unknown outcome of their journey as they loaded the weapons, armour, and food they would need to put the sword to their enemies. As the boats lifted their moorings, and began to take to the sea, hundreds of men, women, and children watched the brilliant green of their sails pass from eyeshot. Some still cheering, others waving until their arms grew sore. Upon spying the shore of Tahn, did Commander Edmund Torrent send out word to make themselves ready, and with it came a sudden bustle of movement across the fleet. Men grabbing their weapons, donning their armour, praying, and nervously laughing spread like a wildfire from the Command ship. By the time the ships sank anchor near the shore, the boats that would ferry the men to the land were filled with the gleam of metal. From their landing point, the army quickly formed itself and began moving inland. Through the overgrown fields of the crater once known as Johannesburg. The men glancing to the direction of the pit with worry for the blue death that resided there, but also pride, as they knew their might had proven greater than a supposedly mighty Empire now crushed beneath their very boots. Upon coming to the battlefield, Commander Torrent had the men form their lines. The men fanning out across the plains, nearly lost themselves in it against their tabards and banners. With their full force positioned and anxiously awaiting the order to advance, the men of Courland were ready. Across the field, they could see the Yellow banners of the Haensetic forces billowing from their poles, marking their position. And so the call to advance went out on both ends of the battlefield, the armies coming together for a bloody meeting. Pikes, spears, swords, and arrows met their targets, as men screamed in pain and rage as the forces clashed. The dead had barely enough room to fall as the press pushed against itself, the living became a mass of flesh and metal. The first moments of battle had little gain on either end, the men of both armies well experienced in warfare and unrelenting to their enemy. But as the battle drew on, the green of Courland soon began to grow within the yellow ranks, pushing the men of Haense further from the center. By midday the Haensetic forces were upon their own encampment, pressed on by the Courlandic soldiers as the blood ran deep about their feet. With determination the Haensetic forces tried to hold onto every inch of dirt they could, and with martial ability did the Courlandic forces take it. As pockets of Haense men were found, they were exterminated, by sword or fire they were engulfed by the green tide as it swept the field. By the end of the day, the Haensetic forces were struggling to maintain the security of their camp, while the Courlandic forces held the entirety of the field beyond it. With cheers did the men meet the night, shouts of ‘Victory’ could be heard for miles about as the Courlandic forces celebrated, their Commander pleasantly smiling at his accomplishment. As the men of Courland returned to their camp to wait out the night, many dragged great bundles of Haensetic armours and weapons. The treasures of a hard won battle were all about the men as they settled inside their tents. As the sun set, the field fell quiet once more. The men on both sides of the war knew that it was far from over, but it was the Courlanders who had this first day.
  19. The Battle of Elba Courlandic and Haensetic forces come to a meeting around the forests of Elba, meeting at a crossroads in the old Imperial heartland between the Kingdom of Haense, the frozen wastes of Johannesburg, and the abandoned country villas now occupied by Courlandic settlers. Warzone The warzone into the area that will be the Battle of Elba is now OPEN! Courlandic and Haensetic forces are encouraged to take to the fields day in and day out to gain control over the field and secure an advantage in obtaining what sparse timber they can to make siege equipment! To gain entry to the area, look for the appropriately marked carts at the nation capitals of St. Karlsburg and Aleksandria in Haense and Courland, respectively. The warzone will be open at all hours, but terms of victory will occur on the following schedule: Thursday, March 16th: Victory shall be determined by an arranged skirmish at 5:00pm EST. The victor will have removed a clear majority of the other faction’s forces before the warzone is re-opened. Friday, March 17th: Victory shall be determined by who holds the majority of capture points between the hours of 4:30pm and 6:30pm EST. Four people with the same status are required to be in the general area of the beacon block to change ownership of the area. The beacon’s color will change to correspond with who holds the point. Saturday, March 18th: This will be the date of the battle! The battle will happen in the warzone and will be a fight to the last man. This event is exclusive to Courlandic and Haensetic forces, and the general populace will not be allowed to participate. Rules Statuses are required in the warzone, and switching statuses should only be done within war camps. (Haense = Affectionate | Courland = Crusading) To prevent spawn camping, War Camps are not to be invaded. Grappling hooks are encourage to be used, but should not be used to hide on the trees or gain access to an opposing party's war camp. Please maintain a balance of role-play when using mechanics. Horses are strictly prohibited, following an agreement by both sides. As always, maintain other server rules while in the warzone. Updates: The capture point plugin is still under development. Green Team refers to Courland and Black Team refers to Haense. When you have captured a point, do not go within five blocks of the point or you risk changing the color to the opposing team. This is a design flaw that is being fixed. Special thanks to forest_crunk, cakefool, Taketheshot56, hackehen, McThornz, Teegah, Kowaman, and many others who made this warzone possible.
  20. ========================================= A depiction by mummers of the current orations in the Kingdom of Courland & the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska =========================================
  21. The Order of Noctis "If you must take your sword from its sheath, return it bloody." "Seeking your Destiny is like looking into a mirror. You see an image, however blurred, in whatever light exists at the time. But if the light ever changes, so will the image itself. And if the light ever vanishes, the mirror will be empty. That is why the truest mirror is the one that needs no light at all." -The Order of Noctis motto’s Welcome to The Order of the Noctis. This is a guild based on working together, building, trading, and training to be a soldier in a time of need. The Story We were formed to fight for the Courland rebellion, but when they were destroyed we were exiled out of the kingdom. Now we have been reformed in the dreadlands. The Transcript of the Order You shall never attack, injure, or kill another Order member or an ally of the guild. You shall never steal from the Order. You shall never disobey the orders of your superior in the Order. If there is an issue with another member of The Order of Noctis you will bring it up with your supervisor or if it is a large issue you will come to the overseer. If there is a need to fight you must come to the aid of the guild. Your loyalties lie with the Overseer first, then to your brothers and sisters in the Order, then to your home country. Positions Ranger Rangers are the archers and tactical minds of The Order of Noctis military. They will hide in the shadows until the time is right then burst out and let rain a fly of accurate, deadly arrows. There can also only be 50 active rangers at once ( non-gold leafs) Trainee - You are new and are being trained by a higher ranking Ranger (usually one on one). Bronze Leaf - You are a fully-fledged Ranger and you now don't have to be accompanied by an older Ranger when on missions. Silver Leaf - You are an older Ranger and you can now take on apprentices and will be part of the inner circle of rangers making decisions with the leader. Gold Leaf - You are a retired Ranger who helps documenting and other non-field assignments ( If there is a serious requirement you can be requested to do a field assignment). Leader - you are in charge of the Rangers and you give out missions either for the Overseer or from peasants (other players) requesting help. Assassin Assassins are the unsung heroes behind every win. As they sneak by and take down the enemy before they even know what is happening, and they let the others do what they do. Initiate - You are new and haven't proven yourself as a good agent. Proven - You have proven you are a loyal and well deserving agent. Accepted - You can now lead missions that were given by your Up-incoming. Up-incoming - you lead a group of accepted and give them tasks from the leader. You may be next in line to be a leader. Leader - you give Assassins missions from the Overseer. Or if there are no missions you can send them on scouting missions to enemy territory. Warrior Warriors are the backbone of the The Order of Noctis's military. They are the foot soldiers and the people who charge head first into battle seeking glory and honor. Recruit - You are new and still need training to become a soldier. Soldier - You are no longer a recruit and are now a part of the Order of the Warrior’s Blade’s military. Sergeant - you lead a group of soldiers into battle and you also train the recruits in your party. Lieutenant - you lead the Sergeant's and give them orders for them to carry out to their groups. Leader - You command everybody and by giving orders to your Lieutenants you get your men to carry out these orders. Non-Battle Positions These are positions for things we need that aren't part of the military (you can have both) (an asterisk* will be by those you cannot have a war position with). Resource Collectors - (We need lots of them) They are the ones that go out and collect resources for us (miners, farmers, and woodcutters). Treasury Manager* - You take care of the funds and manage the Bankers (you will not get this job strait of the bat you need to be trusted, on LOTC a lot, and very well known). Banker* - You are similar to the Treasury Manager you will manage some of the funds or paychecks, etc. Blacksmiths - To make armor, swords, etc. and to make thing to sell to make money for the guild. Woodworkers - To make bows, arrows, etc. and to make thing to sell to make money for the guild. Cook - To make food for us and to sell for the guild. Healer - You heal the injured of the guild (through magic, potions, etc.) on and off the battlefield. Alchemist* - To make us potions for us to use when we need (in war, to help collect resources, etc.) Wizards* - To use spells in battle or to help the guild in times of peace (Fi'hiiran'tanya is espcialy useful) (If you are applying for a wizard please put your specialty down too [alteration, illusion, etc.] Applications (Do not lie we will find out and you will be kicked from the guild.) OOC: Minecraft Name: Age: Why you want to join: Skype (optional): In Game: Name: Age: Race: Gender: Job(s) you are applying for: Why you (the character) wants to join:
  22. "The Victorian Knights" The recently events of Courland's rebellion against Oren have troubled Ser Demetrios and King Aleksander Staunton. After a long meeting the two have decided to bring back an ancient Order of the Akritian kingdom, "The Victorian Knights". The Victorian Knights order was first founded by Justinian Komnenos to protect his land from the barbarian Turkins, the Order was disbanded after the loss of their capital and no one ever heard of the Order again. Now, Ser Demetrios Palaiologos has formed the Order once more, but this time to protect Courland against the Imperial forces. "This is a very emotional day today, I was given the opportunity and the privilege to reform an ancient Order of my homeland which is not destroyed." Ser Demetrios would say to his recruits. The Order's main priority is to defend Courland from ANY enemy forces that seek to harm the land or it's people. Any Courland can join the Order, but do YOU have what it takes to become a true knight of the Kingdom of Courland? -How to join the Order- To join the order you simply have to follow the following steps: 1) You must be male. 2) You must be 15+ years old 3) You must be Courlander. 4) You must complete the following form: =-=Recruitment Form=-= RP: Name: Age: Height: OOC: Minecraft name: Skype name: 5) Repeat the Oath after Ser Demetrios Palaiolgos: I,[Name] swear loyalty to Ser Demetrios Palaiolgos, I swear to protect Courland and those in need. I swear to give my last breath for Courland, King Aleksander and Ser Demetrios. ((This is NOT a PK clause)) The Order's seat is castle Pyrgos, located west from Riga. A cart should be outside from Riga soon that leads to castle Pyrgos.You will be given food, a room in the castle to stay and last but not least your starting equipment. ((I would appreciate if anti-Courlanders wouldn't comment on this post, as it would bring salt and toxicity. You have been warned, thank you very much!))
  23. The Huntsman Guild of Courland The animals of the north grow wilder, men & women of Oren. The volume of game being found in the forested regions of Courland is increasing and I offer the opportunity to you to join the newly founded Huntsman Guild of Courland and help maintain the wildlife count in the stark but beautiful forests of the Northern duchy of Oren. We have a quaint hunting lodge with sufficient room to house applicants & room to expand if needed. Food is almost always available and while the weather outside may be bitter at best, there is plenty of room about the hearth for any who venture north. Members may also be requested to assist in hunting any monsters that appear in the lands nearby too so having aurum weapons may be beneficial. Equipment may be issued but hunter-customized equipment may be preferable than any standard issue equipment the guild may provide. To join, seek Carrick MacCanonach in Courland, Oren. ((Type your Minecraft Username, Roleplay Name, Race and Skype info (optional) below to apply. The guild will be heavily RP focused. See Pledgytarianism.))
  24. THE EAGLE’S VIGIL THE VIGIL Stolid men born of war and unfaltering pride, the resilient Eagles of Courland, sworn soldiers of House Staunton, preside over the Duchy of Courland; maintaining peace and fiercely defending their home. The Eagles eagerly shoulder this heavy burden, proudly dedicating their lives to protecting Courland: their home, its citizenry, and its peerage. Their vigil only ends in death, for each armiger beholden to such an order swears a life-long oath in his service to the Duchy of Courland and the House Staunton. Once, the levies of House Staunton were in disarray, beholden to traitorous lords and split across a disparate realm. No longer, however. Now they are united beneath a single banner, that omniscient eagle, which sees all and knows true loyalty. There exists still a stigma on these men, but they work tirelessly and in an unrelenting fashion to wipe clean the slate that their names have been marked upon. Upon returning from his schooling in the former capital of Petrus, the young heir to House Staunton, Richard, witnessed the merit of these untrained men, and resolved to convert the unkempt militia into a reputable military order. The opportunity to forge such an order did not arise until years later, when, after a brief epoch serving his liege, Duke Vasili Vanir in Vydrian Order, the Stauntons were cast out by the treacherous Duke and forced to create their own force of loyal men - able to be trained for battle. Lord Richard established The Eagle’s Vigil, and after years of preparation and intensive training, an opportunity arose. The Duke’s War erupted across Oren, and the Stauntons, now loyal vassals to the Crown of Oren, stormed back into the north, reclaiming their home. RANKS Every man who serves in The Eagle’s Vigil must know respect: respect and obedience. The hallmarks of any successful and disciplined military force, every man is beholden to his superior in whatever orders they deem fit to give, and those who see fit to disobey will be punished accordingly. (SENIOR COMMAND) The Marshal The Marshal is the Lord of the order, a proven battle commander and skilled with the blade; he leads the order into battle, appoints officers, and is the chief drillmaster of all the troops. The original Marshal of The Eagles’ Vigil was Duke Richard Staunton, but the title of Marshal has since been appointed to a loyal, dedicated leader within the Vigil. The General The General is the Marshal’s right hand man and the most trusted commander in the Order. Always a man bloodied in war and tried by its cruel hand, he is the regent in times when the Marshal is not present and the commander of a great many men. The Colonel The Colonel is the mentor to the lower command, charged with the tutelage of the Captains in the oversight and management of other troops. Chosen from the most experienced and competent of captains, the Colonel is expected to show such virtues as patience and courage in his work. If any Captain fails in his duties, the Colonel also holds some blame for his failure in teaching the officer. (COMMAND) The Captain A Captain is a true leader; he knows how to lead and how to follow. Reporting directly to the Marshal himself, captains are often entrusted with the command of divisions due to their experience. The Captain is considered the officer of paramount import within the High Command and ensures that the Lieutenant is doing his job to the best of his ability. The Lieutenant A Lieutenant is a veteran commander within the order, entrusted with larger commands they typically help with instructing decurions in how to perform their job. Lieutenants are associated with a Captain, and assist him in leading their division. They are expected to be the model of discipline, leadership and humility to their peers and lessers within the Vigil. The Decurion A proven soldier who has been deemed worthy of advancement, the Decurion is groomed for command until their superiors deem him ready for a full place within the higher command. The Decurion is expected to do his uttermost best to prove to the Marshal his diligence, strength, loyalty and skill in command. The Decanus One of the greatest soldiers within the entire force of men, the Decanus’ are often tried and tested warriors whose skill with the blade knows no superior. Though not necessarily born leaders, Decanus are strong warriors who the entire force looks up to. This position is granted as an honour to them, a form of recognition from the leadership. (ENLISTED) The Ensign Ensigns are model soldiers, exemplars of discipline and loyalty. Awarded to the longest serving soldiers within the Vigil; a rank designed to reward loyalty and devotion. Although these men may not be fit of command, they prove the backbone of any battleline. The Man-at-Arms The Men-at-Arms are the imposing product of the Vigil’s intensive training procedures, weathered soldiers who have been exposed to the rough of battle and have prevailed. The bulk of the Eagle’s Vigil consists of these brave veterans, who proudly form the front line, prepared to accept only two outcomes: victory or death. The Footman Having endured the drillmasters’ harsh discipline, the Footmen have shown their potential through both adherence to the hierarchy and an aptitude in the martial practices. Although untested by battle, these capable loyal soldiers have earned the respect of their brethren, their fellow order-men. They are prepared to serve the Duke, to enforce his law, and to redden their blades with the blood of his foes. The Initiate The new bloods of the order, the Initiates have yet to take the oath and to prove their worth. Tasked with grunt work, and subjected to the harsh discipline of the Drillmasters, these green young men are evaluated and pushed to their limits over the course of their initiation, at the end of which they are assigned to a division. Though young and inexperienced, these aspiring soldiers comprise the future of the Eagle’s Vigil. {SPECIALIZED RANKS} Quartermaster The Quartermaster is the supplier of the Order, always a skilled blacksmith always providing armour and weaponry for the Order. Along with their duties of blacksmithing, all quartermasters serves in the rank and file as traditional soldiery. Medic The Medic is trained in healing others. They are placed within divisions and expected to attend drilling with their brothers. However they are also expected to maintain their ability to heal, and attend regular training sessions lead by the ‘Chief Surgeon’. The Medics specialize in lending aid to fallen brothers or allies, and, when there are no soldiers to aid, the Medics often perform charity by aiding injured locals. Recruiter An officer, or soldier, without a division, the recruiters spend a longer time than any other wandering the roads of all of Vailor in search of new recruits, their own task being that of ensuring that the Vigil is always fresh with green men joining. Duke’s Guard The Duke’s Guard are the greatest warriors in the Order, sworn to protect the duke with their lives. The Duke’s Guard is built out of three men who have proven their skill with the blade and their devotion to the Duke. The Duke’s Guard is personally selected by The Marshal and The Duke in conjunction with each other. THE DIVISIONS OF THE VIGIL The Eagle’s Vigil is divided into three divisions each commanded by individual commanders; commanders who have proven their competence in battle through grit and experience are entrusted with more experienced groups, while younger ones are able to bloody themselves in combat alongside the green recruits. Every time an Initiate joins The Vigil he is assigned a division after tests; these men becoming his trusted battle-brothers and constant companions, be it in times of blessed peace of unfortunate war. The Divisions have been created to maintain order, but they also function as a mechanism for stripling commanders to improve their skill at battle. The 1st Division This division is the infantry unit. They learn to how to become an efficient core of the Vigil, mastering the sword and shield. The men within this division are trained to follow orders quickly, and to remain brave regardless of the situation, to ensure they continue to be the strong backbone of the Vigil. The 2nd Division This division is dedicated to archery. It is here the men of the Vigil are trained by their officers to learn the proper tactics and mechanics of the archer and his bow; to hit each and every one of their targets dead on. The 3rd Division Lastly, the 3rd division is the Vigil’s cavalry. Adorned in powerful weaponry and light armor, the cavalry often makes the first valiant charge into battle, fearlessly facing their enemy head on. In this division, the soldier is taught how to effectively fight on horseback, to become an influential and essential component of the battlefield. JOINING THE VIGIL The men of The Eagle’s Vigil are bound to the House Staunton, and Courland by an oath of fealty. With their oath comes many duties each soldier must fulfil. The Duties of the Order: -To defend Courland, with life if need be. -To protect the members of House Staunton, with life if need be. -To serve House Staunton in times of war. -To maintain the peace within Courland. Once one seeks to join The Eagle’s Vigil, he does not merely swear an oath and pick up a blade; The Eagle’s Vigil has a small amount of requirements an Initiate must meet: REQUIREMENTS The Applicant must be over the age of 14. The Applicant must pass a series of Physical tests. The Applicant must be of the Canonist Faith. APPLICATION [RP Application] Applicant’s Name: Applicant’s Age: Applicant’s Race: Applicant’s Past Military Experience: Applicant meets the Requirements: [OOC Application] MC Username: Skype: Willing to download TS?: Do you agree to PK if their is sufficient roleplay prior to mortality?:
  25. Ravens would be sent across the Realm of Man, from the Courlandic Ducal Palace to the known landed Nobles of the realm, each one carrying a copy of the same missive. The missive would be sealed with the wax sigil of House Staunton of Courland. 9th Snow’s Maiden, 1563. To the Lords of the Realm, It has come to my attention on this very morn, that a host of Courlanders sent to the Carnatian Stronghold of Gryphon’s Hold as a final step toward ending a war that has been ravaging the north for the past three years, have only been met with cold steel. Not only were the victims of the Carnatian aggression loyal Courlanders and loyal men of the Empire, but one was a noble of our Realm, Jacques Fournier who was brutally butchered and his mutilated body found in the snow. GOD allowed us to reunite Lord Fournier with his young son’s body, allowing him to hold a proper burial. The barbaric acts of the Vanirs and Carnatians cannot, and will not be dismissed as so much has been before, the men of Courland will no longer stand for this sort of disobedience and violation of His Imperial Majesty’s laws, and we will take it upon ourselves to rid Courland of her Carnatian invaders, and of the Empire if his Imperial Majesty wishes. This feudal war was once over a crumbling Vanir keep, but the blatant murder of young nobles of the Empire has changed our perception. We will march onwards to Kraken’s Watch within the fortnight, still within the boundaries of the Pacta that had been agreed upon to regulate this conflict. The war has not been resolved and we find these acts of brutality to be a demonstration of the Carnatian's and Vanir's inability to maintain any sort of peace. We plead for the foreign forces to lay down their arms, and return to their war-torn, deprived land for if they remain on Courland soil, only blood and steel will be used to remove them for good. Signed, Richard Staunton, Duke of Courland. WARCLAIM DETAILS Type of battle: Skirmish Time: Saturday, June 11th at 4pm EST Attackers: The Duchy of Courland Defenders: The Northern Coalition Location: https://gyazo.com/6ce519b63d87a4750116a39d81e8f6fe TERMS OF VICTORY Offensive Victory: All Coalition forces killed or routed from the battle area. Defensive Victory: All Courlandic forces killed or routed from the battle area. REWARDS Offensive rewards: They may continue the war with a conquest WC on Kraken’s Watch. Defensive rewards: They may continue the war with a pillage WC on the city of Riga. RULES -No status switching -If the Coalition forces do not show to the battle, it is forfeit to the attackers. (Vice versa) -All LoTC Rules apply