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  1. DLUM VE EDLERVIK, DRUZ VE EDLERVIK ☽──────────────⊱◯⊰──────────────☾ Letter II ON THIS 16TH OF JOMA AG UMUND OF 505 E.S. ☽──────────────⊱◯⊰──────────────☾ Dear Readers, Recently, our Koeng has announced the declaration of war against the League of Veletz. While normally, I find these letters to be of a positive nature, I find it necessary to share my thoughts on such. We must come together as a kingdom to rid the world of these cold-blooded beings. I am confident that the Covenant of Five, under the guidance of our Koeng, will ensure the safety of Aevos for all who inhabit it. This kingdom has given all for its citizens to live a free, healthy, and safe life. Now, it is time we return the favor. In this time of war, it is paramount that each and every citizen aid in all efforts. The Brotherhood of Saint Karl, while the protectors of our realm, shall be in need of resources to benefit their efforts. I urge all citizens to donate materials and food to the BSK - from what I have heard, what they value most are donations of raw materials. I would go on to further urge for resources to be donated to the clinic to assist in the medical attention of any wounded soldiers. If you do not have materials to donate, perhaps give your able-body to fight on the battlefield, or work within the clinic. Whatever you can give, I believe will be appreciated with the highest regard. During this time, I also remind all that it is important to lean on one another. Show your care and concern for family, friends, neighbors - any whom you hold dear. We shall not let this war consume our pride and joy. I implore our Queen’s Court to continue any festivities and events within the gates. Let there continue to be some sense of joy and happiness within our kingdom to ease the mind of those who have loved ones off fighting, and of those children who do not understand the meaning of war. As citizens of Haense, we have a duty to uphold. As beings in our realm, we have a duty to uphold. Do not turn your back during a time such as this. Krusae Zwy Kongzem, Lady Moon, Writer of the Moon’s Quill
  2. Edition I ON THIS 15TH OF TOV AG YERMEY OF 505 E.S. ☽──────────────⊱◯⊰──────────────☾ Dear Readers, In our Kingdom's past, the Haeseni Hearsay existed, for what I believe, to spread negativity. Now, a new day has risen. In place of the prior Haeseni Hearsay, I have begun to pen the Moon's Quill letters, and distribute them around the kingdom for all to read. Let them serve as a source of entertainment, news, and advice for the citizens of Haense. Though my identity shall remain unknown to my readers, you may refer to me as Lady Moon - the writer of the Moon’s Quill Letters. By remaining anonymous, I hope to write my words freely and honestly. Why the Moon’s Quill? Why Lady Moon, you may ask. The answer, I shall provide. I believe the moon to be a powerful and wise entity. Some may view it as just a rock in our night sky, but I see it as more. It is a symbol of great femininity and wisdom - two values I wish these letters to hold. Often, I find myself looking to the moon to provide me with the answers I seek. Sometimes, I even feel it speaking back to me. My hope is to reflect the ways of the Moon within my letters, spreading useful advice to all. Friendships will be made, bridges will be built, and lessons will be learned. Love, friendship, recipes, and more are all you will find me writing about. In my next letters, I will share things I have learned, or things I find fascinating. I wish for all in this Great Kingdom to partake in the writing of my letters. Send in your queries and await my response. All will be listened to with care. In a time ruled by politics, darkness, and hate, let me remind you of the good we have in our world. Yours truly, Lady Moon, Writer of the Moon’s Quill
  3. THE HAESENI HOROSCOPE ISSUE I Issued by the COURT ASTROLOGER On this 15th day of Wzuvar ag Byvca of 465 E.S. VA BIRODEO HERZENAV AG EDLERVIK, Throughout the history of the Kingdom of Haense, the Sigmundic Calendar and the astrological signs associated with it have served as a cultural practice that allows the stars to guide believers through their daily trials and tribulations, as well as predict both good fortune and shortcomings of the relatively near future. While many may accuse horoscopes as leading people astray, or preaching outright blasphemy, it is important to keep in mind that the following horoscopes are merely metaphors, and are open to diverse interpretations. THE MOON: As the most mellow and neutral of the signs, The Moon is often known for being content with what they have, and seldom indulging in greedy tendencies. In order to maintain this fulfilment, the moon should not only hold onto the positive aspects of their lives, but also cleanse themselves of negative energies and grudges that may be holding them back. The moon may find themselves with little romantic luck this year, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. Other forms of love may blossom during this time, and more importantly, the moon may be able to invest more love in themselves. THE QUEEN: Hence its regal name, the sign of The Queen is well known for its perseverance and leadership skills. During this year, it would do well for the queen to take advantage of this, and search for opportunities to lead. To the younger generations born under this sign, this year may mark the start of a rebellious phase. Parents, however, should worry not, as even the strongest leaders need a shoulder to fall upon and an example to live up to. If you are in a relationship with someone born under this sign, your partner may greatly appreciate reassurance of your love to them. After all, a great leader is nothing without their following, and your partner will need to be certain of your loyalty to the relationship if they are to call you their closest advisor. THE CROW: While many born under the sign of The Crow have proven to bear immense intelligence and uniquely wise ideas, it is important to remember that everything must be learned. That is why, for this year, it is important for the crows to gain new information from their superiors, whether in age or standing. This year, the crow may find themselves frustrated romantically. Whether they are already in a relationship, or pursuing a person of interest, the crow must take into account that their wisdom does not excuse arrogance. The pride this sign carries in their intelligence may be seen as rude or condescending, which can be unappealing to those the crow attempts to woo. THE WYRM: As one of the most impromptu of the signs, The Wyrm’s bold impulsivity may be one of their fallbacks this year. It would do the wyrm well to keep their fiery and bold tempers in check, lest their impulsivity take advantage and get them into trouble. Romantically, wyrms can expect a lot of passion from their person of interest. However, whether this intensity will prove to be positive towards the relationship is uncertain. The wyrm should take time to put their beloved first, which may be difficult at first for such an outlandish personality, but in the end, this selflessness may be helpful. THE GIANT: In contrast to the impulsive wyrm, The Giant should attempt to branch out this year. While their honour-bound duties are indeed to be admired, they can at times be rigid, which may prove to be a setback. Should the giant indeed practise spontaneity, their financial investments may see a change as well. To go out on a limb is often how businesses make it big, and the giant could see improvements should they act a little more bold. THE WOPPERKLAW: Similar to their raven ally, The Wopperklaw is notably one of the more inquisitive of the signs, and is known for being rather aloof, even when it comes to their core morals. This year, the wopperklaw would do well to stay true to their gut; instincts rarely fail one in times of need. Romantically, the wopperklaw is bound for prosperity this coming year. However, this should only happen if the wopperklaw is loyal and true to the person they hold dear, and does not let their curiosity lead them into temptation. For wopperklaws who are without a partner, this may be prosperity in itself. They should practise contentment, and not go out looking for lust or drama. To summarise: Stay where you are; if it is meant to be, it will come to you. THE DRAKE: And finally, as one of the most bold signs, The Drake holds much fire in their personality, and oftentimes, this fire is accompanied by resentment. This year, the drake should focus not on those who have done them wrong, but rather take care of themselves first. Spending time outside and doing the things you love are both great ways to practise self care. Oftentimes, the drake may be seen as unfriendly or cold. However, this is untrue, as the drake holds the people they hold dear very close. The drake, along with self care, should also take time to thank the people in their life for all they do for the drake. And, if you know a drake, you should thank them in turn for the flavour they bring to what could otherwise be a very bleak life. IV JOVEO MAAN Her Royal Majesty, Esfir of Jerovitz, Queen-Consort of Hanseti and Ruska. Her Excellency, Viorica Irena Kortrevich, Grand Lady of the Morrivi Court, Countess-Consort of Jerovttz, Viscountess-Consort of Krusev, Baroness-Consort of Koravia Firress Ilaria Amador, Court Astrologer of Hanseti-Ruska
  4. STRANGER For the downtrodden. Come, stranger, and leap Across fairest skies and stone Can you learn to finally reap What you have so desperately sown? The soldier wields his mighty sword And strikes through unmatched He has learned he can’t afford To only leave his enemies scratched Oh, how once fairest skies turn dark Clouds marring the light of day The beauty which did once spark Has faded into dullest grey Tell me, fair stranger, how one such as I Can overcome the blackest night For with such ardor do I purify In attempts to return to GODAN’s light As we find ourselves ever forward And the swirl of time besieges you May we leave our regret unmeasured Such endeavors ended without review Come, dear stranger And embrace the Northern sky Find yourself without filter As time passes you by Even the minstrel forever knows With his strings and his lute That he cannot cease unstoppable flows Lest he rend himself mute Tell me, beloved stranger, tell me why Those fair harvests find themselves unknown In favor of the deathly yields, ever dry As the whole of what you have sown? Let yourself not be discouraged For even the once a gentle soul Who has erred and remains disadvantaged Let not words of others keep you from your goal Find it within yourself, darling stranger To uplift those who would see your end And do not let words blister Strengthen yourself, stranger, do not let your spirit bend SIGNED, Her Royal Highness, Klara Elizaveta, Duchess of Baranya
  5. HANSETI-RUSKAN WORKS: ART, LITERATURE, AND MUSIC TABLE OF CONTENTS Songs I. The Haeseni Soldier II. Deryzcz III. Home Across the Mountains IV. The Road to War V. Ode to The Fallen Artwork I. The Siege of Southbridge Poems I. Beneath the Willow Tree II. Gone III. The Perfect Flower IV. Desiring V. Palace of Haverlock SONGS I. The Haeseni Soldier (link) A farmer’s boy with little worth, goes to the army. He joins the soldiers on a march, as his mother prays at home. A farmer’s boy, a soldier boy, wields his long sword bravely. He trains and trains until he faints, and his brothers treat him gently. A farmer’s boy, a soldier boy, his head held high and mighty. He fights for those he loves at home, although it pains him greatly. A farmer’s boy, a soldier boy, is now an admired sergeant. He trains his fellow soldiers, and prays they come back home A farmer’s boy, a soldier boy fights the gruesome wars, And although his mother prays at home, her soldier boy is gone A farmer’s boy, a soldier boy, drifts into the skies. His life was worth so very much, and his brothers cries his name A farmer’s boy, a soldier boy, looks down upon the army. He hopes they keep on fighting, as their Koeng needs them greatly By Her Ladyship, Erika Renate Barclay II. Deryzcz (link) By His Highness, Gustaf Sigismund Morovar III. Home Across the Mountains (link) By Firr Feodor May IV. The Road to War (link) By Firr Feodor May V. Ode to the Fallen (link) By Firr Feodor May ARTWORK I. The Siege of Southbridge (link) By Her Ladyship, Sofiya Antonia vas Ruthern POEMS I. Beneath the Willow Tree (link) Come hither, my darling And join me upon the hill Battle rages across the ground Clashes of might and will Smoke and flame billows Up towards GODAN’s skies Watch as steel meets flashing steel Hear the orphan’s cries Come hither, my darling As we tread this bloodsoaked ground Find your heart and listen To the hallowed sound Deep in the wood Where meadow meets glade There, you shall find it Sitting beneath a willow’s shade Come hither, my darling What is it you hear? The sound of memories long faded Words once held dear Echoes of those long past Sit deep in your heart Gone but not forgotten Never truly apart Come hither, my darling And sit beneath the willow tree Is it not peaceful? Here, you are entirely free GODAN, save the Brotherhood Protect them from melancholy So they may dance forever Beneath the willow tree By Her Royal Highness, Klara Elizaveta, Duchess of Baranya II. Gone (link) It dipped into the depths, this last light of mine. Entrenched in this darkness, I waste away in this Gloom ridden tower. The skies floods with dark, Warm colors.. I shout, but I am consumed by The splashing of the waves upon rocks On the cliffside. Nothing remains for all shall Fall into ruin. Just as the sun disappears behind The sea, so too shall you disappear under the earth. By His Lordship, Borris Iver Kortrevich III. The Perfect Flower (link) You are a dream, a myth, a ghost Running through meadows in hopes Of finding the most perfect flower. A trophy to hold up, the greatest boast A shadow to be sung of only in odes The broken stem of a perfect flower By His Lordship, Borris Iver Kortrevich IV. Desiring (link) — Love is a poor actor Always forgetting his lines, Tripping over himself, But anyone who has ever loved Cannot say that He does not plunge Headfirst into his role — The yearning of the heart Is the most deepest of desires. Anyone can be The object of my yearning. Each one is always special, But desiring in itself Is the most desirable thing of all. — Have you ever walked out Amongst the fenland And seen the pale pink Fingers of the sunset Gently reach across the sky, So you can almost feel Them stroke your cheek And have you gone down To the dark, glass surface, And felt the waters Lap gently at the edges of Your face and smiled, Feeling drops trickle down And collect around your lips And sat down on the ridgeline Sighing softly to the horizon As the swans fly across, Smelt snowdrops and jasmine, then Twisted them into a little ring Of delicate and pretty petals, And drank all this in with your gaze — I draw my finger across his face Gently tracing every contour Along his cheek and chin, I pull his jaw close to me; He is a sculpture. His Black, curly hair, velvet lashes, Green eyes. Is this not bliss? But nothing lasts and This too cannot. Though My hate simmers for her, The heart yet cannot lie, and Time polishes all desires and Now I dream such golden dreams Of him. — Enough wine and There is little distinction Between a common harlot And a noble lady Wine tears off all veils And the blemish Becomes the beauty-spot And the latter the former And the former the latter — By Firress Ceciliya Smirnova V. Palace of Haverlock (link) You pull me into this wonderful place in which I do not recognize. Flawlessly, scrubbed, white walls And dustless dark oak floors. I could have sworn that I Saw little specks of twinkling around me as I moved past. What started as a maze, quickly became a game. We duck in and out of rooms, trying to open every Locked door. We run down hallways and spiraling stairs On which, often only leads us back to where we began. It is an Ironic thing, a place large enough to Awe at, yet close enough to barely stand Shoulder to shoulder within the hallways. It is a beautiful, confusing, complex work of art. By His Lordship, Borris Iver Kortrevich Should you wish to have your works published in Volume II, please contact HRH, Klara Elizaveta by bird. (pudding#7426) SIGNED, Her Royal Highness, Klara Elizaveta, Duchess of Baranya
  6. BENEATH THE WILLOW TREE For the brave souls lost to us. Come hither, my darling And join me upon the hill Battle rages across the ground Clashes of might and will Smoke and flame billows Up towards GODAN’s skies Watch as steel meets flashing steel Hear the orphan’s cries Come hither, my darling As we tread this bloodsoaked ground Find your heart and listen To the hallowed sound Deep in the wood Where meadow meets glade There, you shall find it Sitting beneath a willow’s shade Come hither, my darling What is it you hear? The sound of memories long faded Words once held dear Echoes of those long past Sit deep in your heart Gone but not forgotten Never truly apart Come hither, my darling And sit beneath the willow tree Is it not peaceful? Here, you are entirely free GODAN, save the Brotherhood Protect them from melancholy So they may dance forever Beneath the willow tree SIGNED, Her Royal Highness, Klara Elizaveta, Duchess of Baranya
  7. VE BLAUWMS I HANSETI-RUSKA, VOLUME TWO Va Birodeo Herzenav ag Edlervik, This document is a continuation of VE BLAUWMS I HANSETI-RUSKA, VOLUME ONE. Please read the first volume before the following. FLOWERS Ve Daffodil This flower is most commonly found in shades of white, yellow, or a mixture of the two. However, they can be spotted in red, pink or orange. Signifying rebirth, new beginnings, beauty, admiration, truth, and honesty, these flowers are perfect for gifting. One should be wary of pairing them with other flowers that may have other meanings (see first volume), for then the humble daffodil becomes a token of death and vanity. Ve Crocus Symbolizing rebirth, romantic devotion and joy, the crocus comes in a variety of different colors. Often found in shades of lavender, pale pink or white, these flowers only bloom when spring is near. These flowers make perfect gifts, not having any of the pesky double meanings that can easily trick the ignorant and ill prepared. Ve Cyclamen Blooming in white, pink, lavender and red, the cyclamen symbolizes devotion, empathy, and sincerity of the heart. Perfect for a loved one, the cyclamen is one of the easier flowers to grow. It is planted as bulbs, giving them the perfect heartiness to survive in the climate of Hanseti-Ruska. Ve Kaffir Lily Often growing in red, white, orange and yellow, kaffir lilies are signs of purity and commitment. These flowers are perfect to use in cathedrals, basilicas and churches. Using them in religious ceremonies, such as weddings and baptisms, is said to impart good luck on the attendees. Ve Phlox Symbolizing unity of souls, love, sweet dreams and proposal, phlox is the perfect flower to give to your potential spouse. This flower comes in white, purple, blue, red and pink, making it a popular flower to use in weddings. Ve Andromeda Blooming in pink, white and deep red, the andromeda is a harbinger of spring, only blooming when the weather just starts to turn. As such, this flower carries meanings of rebirth and new beginnings, perfect for a gift to someone one wishes to make amends with. Ve Iris This species of iris only blooms in periwinkle, a mixture between blue and purple. Traditionally symbolizing valor, wisdom and faith, this flower is perfect as a gift for any soldier either going to or returning from war. This marks the end of VE BLAUWMS I HANSETI-RUSKA, thank you for reading. SIGNED, Her Royal Highness, Prinzenas Klara Elizaveta, Duchess of Baranya
  8. VE BLAUWMS I HANSETI-RUSKA, VOLUME ONE Va Birodeo Herzenav ag Edlervik, The following document contains the different types of flowers within Hanseti-Ruska that hold importance to the culture of the kingdom. To be used at the people’s discretion, these blooms can be used for bouquets or Hauchmetvas Wreaths that one might wish to bestow a special meaning to. FLOWERS Ve Camellia Traditionally found in hues of white, red or pink, the camellia is one of the flowers that can bloom in Hanseti-Ruska’s harsh climate. Notoriously hard to grow, the camellia can only be found in select regions of the kingdom unless they are grown within greenhouses. Whilst white camellias symbolize adoration for someone well-liked, pink and red camellias display a longing for someone who is missed. Ve Snowdrop The snowdrop is commonly meant to symbolize purity, innocence, sympathy, rebirth and hope, this purely white flower is perfect as a gift for a young woman. The people of Hanseti-Ruska should be aware, be they lay person or nobility, that some snowdrops tend to be larger with a slight green hue. It should be noted that if the slightly green snowdrops are gifted to someone, the intent behind the gift is to subtly call into question all the qualities a snowdrop usually embodies, implying that the receiver has none of those qualities, or even the opposite of them. Ve Lenten Rose The lenten rose, like the snowdrop, is another flower that carries hidden meanings. Blooming in red, purple, yellow, green, blue, lavender and pink, they are often said to symbolize hope. That said, one should never gift a green lenten rose to anyone they hold interest in. The green color of the flower blends into the delicate stems, indicating the gifter has not thought of the receiver in any capacity other than in passing. Ve Holly Bush Holly is often used to portray fertility and long life. Often, those who cannot afford proper medical care bathe their infants in water that has recently been boiled with holly and allowed to cool. It is whispered to protect the children from harm, as a good luck charm. Ve Jasmine The fragrant white flowers of jasmine are often used to make perfumes, though the meaning of the blooms are wonderful all on their own. Often given with the meaning of love attached to them, jasmine also symbolizes beauty, good luck, appreciation and purity. However, one must beware when gifting these flowers. If paired with a snowdrop, especially a green snowdrop, the combination signifies promiscuity on the part of the receiver. It can be counted as a great insult. Ve Witch Hazel It is whispered, perhaps heretically so, that witch hazel has the uncanny power to divine the future or to reveal the truth. Perhaps rightly so, witch hazel holds a horrible reputation. Although useful in some medical instances, it should never be gifted to those you hold in high esteem. It can be used to indicate the gifter believes the receiver is lying, either in general or more specifically. It is seen as uncouth to gift the plant to even one’s enemies. Ve Aconite This stark purple bloom often signifies misanthropy, caution, and death. The plant is incredibly poisonous, causing pain in the stomach, vomiting and nausea if ingested. One should be especially careful when handling it, and it is the height of disgrace to gift aconite to a living person. On the other hand, this flower is one of the best to use in funeral processions. Volume Two of VE BLAUWMS I HANSETI-RUSKA is soon to follow. SIGNED, Her Royal Highness, Prinzenas Klara Elizaveta, Duchess of Baranya
  9. After years of peace.. a piece of muddy wrinkled up paper falls out of your door when you open it this morning. Dear god buck news is back..
  10. Women's Fashion of Hanseti-Ruska Fashion, an ever changing beauty of a population. Yet traditions are also an important part when it comes to the certain rules of clothing and how it is worn. This is a study on the current fashion of women in the kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Wzuvar and Bycva I. Fashion in the Royal Court II. The Kokoshnik Tiara III. Traditional wear of Hanseti IV. Traditional wear of Reinmar V. Traditional wear of Ruska VI. Coats, Shawls and Pants I. Fashion in the Royal Court The fashion in the royal courts of the palace often changes. But a specific style first started by the Grand Lady of the Nikirala Prikaz, Charlotte Baruch year 350 ES. Followed swiftly by the Prinzenas Royal and baroness of Antioch, Katerina Ceciliya Barbanov. The fashion in question is seen as a more formal attire during court, balls, celebrations and feasts. The dress has a wide neckline, going wide enough as to give a subtle hint of the shoulders before stopping. The sleeves hanging like a long V down the side of the arms. Delicate embroidery adoring the gown. Its shape is that of an hourglass of sorts as it is tight fitting on top before it plunges out by the waist. A wool gown is worn under the dress to keep the ladies warm. Some women also opt to line the edges of the dress with fur along with the wool dress under the court gown for more warmth. Children often wear more simple versions with just raised skirts above the feet to make play easier along with other child shenanigans. A painting of Her Royal Majesty, Koenas Mametr Isabel of Valwyck donning a royal court gown in cream colours with golden embroidery and a red sash. Her hair adorned with the traditional kokoshnik tiara. The royal family and some of the higher ladies with titles in the court often style themselves with a sash. Though it is seen as improper for a commoner who is not part of the aulic council to wear one. The colours often vary, though most common is a deep red and a light blue. II. The Kokoshnik Tiara The Kokoshnik tiara is a thick diadem or a tiara in the style of a half moon and or with a slightly pointy tip at the top middle of it. It almost reminds one of a halo when worn upon the head or seen in paintings. It is often worn by prinzenas or koenas of Hanseti-Ruska. The tiaras are usually made of gold, adorned with many diamonds and other coloured gemstones. The story behind the kokoshnik tiara is one passed on through generations. It was said that a koenas of Haense, though not known which as such was lost in history, had the first kokoshnik tiara made. At the time the sun had not been seen in ages, it was dark and cold in the lands of Hanseti-Ruska. When the koenas got her diadem delivered to her it was in the shape of a thick half moon. She thought it rather odd and ugly as it was not like other tiaras she had worn before. But as she put it on her head to wear during court, a sunbeam shined down through the windows of the grand hall and lit up the piece with lovely sunlight. And the next day the skies had cleared, the people rejoiced and claimed it as a sign that the kokoshnik tiara had been blessed by Godan himself. Thus it was custom for most koenas and prinzenas to wear tiaras or diadems in the style of the kokoshnik tiara in hopes of blessing their kingdom with happiness and cheer. As it represents a beacon of hope and prosperity. A depiction of Koenas Mametr Isabel wearing a diamond kokoshnik tiara. III. Traditional wear of Hanseti Hanseti is one of the subcultures in Haense, their fashion slightly different from that of Ruska. Sanguss (Sansk = Dress, Guss = Poor) The Hansetic version of the “sanguss” is a traditional dress worn by the Haeseni women of low status. The dresses are sewn with cheap fabrics of linen and wool, though still beautiful and often colourful. Unlike its Ruskan counterpart the dress features distinct cinching strings across the bodice, and ribbon bows around the waist instead of a belt. The ribbon is worn on the woman’s right hip if she is married, a ribbon on her left hip to display she is unmarried. The ribbon on the middle to show she may be undecided or courting. [Art credit to Unbaed] Sanbej (Sansk = Dress, Bej = Long) The “Sanbej” is the expensive counterpart to the “Sanguss.” They are beautiful gowns often worn by the nobility within Hanseti-Ruska. The wonderful quality of these gowns are of silk, wool, satin and linen. They often do not don the classic bow of the “Sanguss”, instead one sees patterns and embroidery. They are at floor length and consists of multiple layers of fabric, helping to keep one warm. IV. Traditional wear of Reinmar Reinmar is one of the subcultures in Haense, their fashion differing more than that of Ruska and Hanseti. Tracht (Tracht = Costume) The “Tracht”, meaning “costume” in Reinmaren, is a dress that is made from a vest and skirt sewn together as a dress, sometimes long sleeves as well for the winter variation. Though during summer the vest and skirt dress is usually worn over a white linen shirt. The colours mostly used is black, though including the Reinmaren colours of green and blue. The “Tracht” is often made of silk, satin, wool or linen along with other fabrics under the dress for extra warmth. The dress often includes wonderful embroidery on the vest, bottom and the sides of the skirt of the dress. A depiction of a Reinmaren woman of Haense wearing the Tracht, surrounded by lovely rose bushes. V. Traditional wear of Ruska Ruska is one of the subcultures in Haense, often known as the Raevir. Their fashion is largely popular these days. The traditional Ruskan version of the dress known as “Sanguss,” worn by peasants and commoners, is often composed of three things. The sarafan itself, the dress shirt under and the belt. It is often made of cheap quality linen or wool. Even if the dress is of cheap quality it is often beautiful and colourful. Under the dress there is a shirt that can be of four colours. White, blue, black or brown. These shirts go under the sarafan for more warmth and are often made of linen. Some Ruskan sanguss are decorated with a little embroidery on them. The Ruskan version of the “Sanbej” dress, the expensive counterpart to the “Sanguss,” often has beautiful embroidery of gold, silver, flowers, stars, birds, fruits etcetera etcetera. The dress is made of good quality linen, satin or wool, sometimes even silk. It’s a long dress that reaches the floor and just about covers the chest area, it also consists of multiple fabrics for warmth. A depiction of Her Royal Highness, Prinzenas Alexandria Karina Wick neé Barbanov wearing a Ruskan Sanbej with a kokoshnik tiara The belt that can be worn with the Sarafan goes over the dress, if the woman is married the ties of the belt will hang on the front-right side. If unmarried it is tied on the front-left side. If a woman is undecided or courting the tie might be hung in the middle. A depiction of a noblewoman of Haense wearing a Ruskan Sanbej, showing off her married status with the belt. VI. Coats, Shawls and Pants The coats used during colder weather, often worn in the winter of Hanseti-Ruska, are often made of wool or linen, sometimes lined with fur. The coats can be of any sort of variation or form. Though the most common one in Haense for women are long fur coats. These coats almost reach floor length, but are put just a little bit over the shoes so they don’t slag in the snow or mud. Some of these coats are embroidered, but it’s not as common for the coats to have such. Mostly because they are usually used for the outside and often taken off again when inside. A depiction of a noblewoman wearing a beautiful red fur coat. Shawls in Hanseti-Ruska is a more rare sight, but has recently started to trend again. It is a headwear wrapped over one's shoulders with some extending over the head as well. These shawls are mostly made of wool or silk. These are commonly adorned with beautiful embroideries of one or many colours. They are mostly used by women that have come of age and older as children tend to lose theirs when playing around, or they get their shawls tangled into branches, bushes and other things and thus ending up stuck. A depiction of Her Royal Highness, Prinzenas Royal Katerina Ceciliya Barbanov, wearing a golden shawl. Pants for women is also a thing that has become more common in Haense, the reason might be because of more women joining the army than before. Our current Queen-Consort is often seen in pants, she claims it is more comfortable than a dress and allows her more movement. The fabric used for the pants is often linen, satin or wool. The colours are usually quite plain in either brown, black, gray or beige so as not to stand out with the other clothing the person is wearing. A depiction of Her Royal Majesty, Koenas Mariya of Aurveldt wearing gray coloured pants. It is also common for women of Haense to often be seen in gloves of leather where some of them are aligned with wool and/or fur. Signed, Her Royal Highness, Prinzenas Royal Katerina Ceciliya Barbanov, Bossiras of Antioch [!] Another parchment is pinned to this one: https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/193157-traditional-haeseni-dress-and-attire/?tab=comments
  11. “What gives you worry overtakes you. Let’s work together in order to lessen the worry and get your voices heard.” ~The reason that I personally see myself as an eligible candidate in the debate for Tribune~ Once I had to face many goodbyes to my family and had to bear the deaths of two of the role models that I admired most, I began to think. Though I have taken up knighthood and a role in the HRA, I want to be able to better the lives of those who live within Haense so that their lives become more fulfilled and memorable within this fine capital. Once I had realized this, sought out to do good every day for this nation in hopes that people’s lives would better from it. I found myself not seeing it as enough, which is right about when I thought about going into government. It sounds like the perfect role to me. I see it as a place, where I can actively try to make the lives of citizens better in many ways within the Duma in a way that I know I will make an impact if I do change something. A place that I can make the voices of those who feel unheard known to the Duma. I hope by making these intentions known. These wantings clear to you, the reader, that I have shown my case as to why I think of myself as an eligible candidate for tribune. I sincerely hope that you will consider me while you vote for the positions in tribune. ~Mondblume presence~ As many of you most likely know of my family’s presence, not necessarily all of the thoughts are positive toward us. Once the numbers of our family split in half to Norland in Haense, I grew somewhat sad. For if there was a good sum of them in Norland, what would happen if one of them died when I had the ability to protect them if I was there? Well, I decided that I wouldn’t take it anymore. I grew the need to help and protect the families of Haense, including the one I’m a part of, in access. I don’t want or wish for anyone’s worries to drive them from this city. I don’t want anyone who lives here to feel unsafe or unneeded. For I cherish every person of this nation as if they were my own family. ~My Goals~ !1! Make a way for spectators in Duma to have more of a chance to voice their opinions by a spectator poll that may impact the way someone would vote on the bill. !2! Get the people’s voices more heard, possibly inserting some sort of concern box in the palace or leaving a partial place in Duma open to those who have general, rational, concerns to mention to the seats of Duma; allowing the people to take every voiced concern and written concern into reason whilst writing bills to present into the Duma. !3! To organize some sort of way n order to make current Duma discussions more widespread; like a board of discussed bills or something along those lines. A Candidate for Tribune Signed, Hildebrand Mondblume
  12. ETIQUETTE REFORMS IN THE ROYAL COURT OF HANSETI-RUSKA As penned by HER EXCELLENCY, the Lady Chamberlain Rosalind Elizaveta Amador de Astrea and confirmed by HER MAJESTY, Queen Isabel Franziska Barbanov, 353 ES Table of Contents I. Salutations II. Letters III. Dining IV. Behaviour in Court V. Balls, Masquerades & Parties VI. Marriage & Courtship VII. Hauchmetvas VIII. Conclusion ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I. ETIQUETTE OF SALUTATIONS Salutations are, of all forms of social life, the most constantly in use and therefore one of the highest tests in breeding. Some greetings are as follows: -A nod or dip of a chin may suffice for nobility -A bow will be interchanged when the nature of the relationship is a cordial one. -Hands will be shaken in any situation by both sexes. -A greeting of a kiss is incompatible in public settings. -Regardless of nobility standing, a curtsey or bow must always be presented when in the presence of the direct royal family. It is recommended, not required, to curtsey or bow to other royalty of the kingdom outside of the direct line. Noblemen and women should present themselves with an honest and strong air and aura, though avoid ill will in their tone when first addressing one another. It is disagreeable and disrespectful to address a royal by their forename unless allowed such in a private setting, or any other monikers or ‘nicknames’. To quote directly from the work of HRM Queen Maya of Muldav and HRH Princess Sofiya Theodosiya Barbanov– The King / Koeng In Oration: “His Royal Majesty” In Address: “Your Royal Majesty” or informally “Your Majesty” Alternately, “My liege” or “Sire” may be preferred by courtiers after an initial greeting. The Queen / Koenas In Oration: “Her Royal Majesty” In Address: “Your Royal Majesty” or informally “Your Majesty” Alternately, “My Queen,” may be preferred by courtiers after an initial greeting. Grand Prince / Hauchprinzen ; Grand Princess / Hauchprinzenas ; Princess Royal (Duchess of Karosgrad) In Oration: “His/Her Serene Highness” In second person: “Your Serene Highness” or informally “Your Serenity.” Alternately, “My Lord / My Lady” may be preferred by courtiers after an initial greeting. Prince / Prinzen ; Princess / Prinzenas In Oration: “His/Her Royal Highness” In Address: “Your Royal Highness” or informally “Your Highness.” Alternately, “My Lord / My Lady” may be preferred by courtiers after an initial greeting. Duke / Herzen ; Duchess / Herzenas In Oration: “His/Her Grace” In Address: “Your Grace.” Alternately, “My Lord / My Lady” may be preferred by courtiers after an initial greeting. Margrave / Margravir ; Margravir / Margraviras In Oration: “The Most Honorable” In Address: “My Lady / My Lord.” Alternately, “Madam or Sir” may be preferred by courtiers after an initial greeting. Count / Komit ; Countess / Komitas In Oration: “The Right Honorable” In Address: “My Lady / My Lord.” Alternately, “Madam or Sir” may be preferred by courtiers after an initial greeting. Viscount / Vikomit ; Viscountess / Vikomitas In Oration: “The Right Honorable” In Address: “My Lady / My Lord.” Alternately, “Madam or Sir” may be preferred by courtiers after an initial greeting. Baron / Bossir ; Baroness / Bossiras In Oration: “The Right Honorable” In Address: “My Lady / My Lord.” Alternately, “Madam or Sir” may be preferred by courtiers after an initial greeting. Knight / Dame; Kossin / Kossaras In Oration: “The Honorable” In Address: “Ser [NAME]” or “Dame [NAME]” Addressing Government Officials: The Lord Palatine / Palatin Herzen ; Lady Palatine / Palatin Herzenas and any other members of the Aulic Council: In Oration: “His/Her Excellency” In Address: “Your Excellency” The High Steward / Stewards In Oration: “The Right Honorable” In Address: “High Seneschal” The Royal Chamberlain / Kambelan Herzenas In Oration: “The Right Honorable” In Address: “Lord/Lady Chamberlain” The Grand Lady / Haucherzenas In Oration: “Her Ladyship” In Address: “Your Ladyship” Secretary of the Queen In Oration: “His/Her Lordship/Ladyship” In Address: “Your Lordship/Ladyship” Knight Paramount / Dame Paramount; Kossin Wazoberiz / Kossaras Wazoberiz In Oration: “The Right Honorable” In Address: “Lord/Lady Paramount” or “Ser [NAME] / “Dame [NAME]” To note; the sons and daughters lacking of title but of noble birth may be styled as “The Honorable, Lord [NAME] / Lady [NAME]” and furthermore addressed as “Lord [NAME] / Lady [NAME]”. II. LETTERS The art of composing a letter to anyone is a learned talent. Letters and calling cards are expected as a way of gratitude after a family has graciously hosted an event or dinner. Letters are also a way of solidifying courtship. Those particular notes should be crafted mindfully with tone and word choice in mind. Handwriting should be clear, not too large and bold yet possessing some kind of character or style. Formal salutations begin the letter - [See I. SALUTATIONS] or perhaps for a more affectionate affect are as follows; My Dear Sir, My Lady. When writing to friends the tone can afford to be colloquial, the style irregular - portraying a true picture of that who is writing it. If familiar, letters to friends and family could begin with sentiments like “Dear [name]”. The letter can end with phrases such as: yours faithfully, sincerely, your obedient servant. It is important to select both an ending and a salutation to match how you wish to be perceived (humble, affectionate and so forth), the tone of the letter and to whom it is written to. It is worth noting that although one doesn’t need to open the letter with their full titles, you should observe this on the envelope and at the end of the letter. Signing with one’s full name, including any ranks, decorations or honours applicable. This also avoids the unfortunate situation of the recipient not recognising the name. Letters should be sealed with a wax stamp - the sigil of the sender’s house. An example of how a letter is constructed Your Highness, [an informal address to the Prinzenas. “Your Royal Highness” would be appropriate if the sender wasn’t familiar with the Prinzenas prior to penning the letter] The content of the letter follows, speaking fairly formally unless on close terms with the recipient. Yours faithfully, Lady Rosalind Amador de Astrea, Chamberlain of Hanseti-Ruska. III. ETIQUETTE OF DINING Punctuality at a scene of festivity is imperative. Upon arrival you must be almost blind and deaf to everybody until you reach the hostess. After paying your respects to the lady one may condescend to look about for the purpose of recognising friends. Dinner shall then be announced and the hosts will lead the party into the dining room. If the dining table should be laid out as head and foot the lady of the house shall take the head of the table, the foot the host. On each of their rights shall sit the most important male guests and on their left, the most valued female guests. If you haven’t been approached prior to dinner’s announcement with a request for sitting there, don't be so callous as to sit in those places. If there is a head table apart from the longer one, seating plans do not matter. If seated at a table with the King or Queen-Consort directly at it, one must ask for their dismissal before leaving. Such is not required in the presence of peerage and their consorts, but is respected that all do so nonetheless in formality. If at an official event, informal dinner, or feast– dismissal is not required and only can leave at their own leisure. Hands must be folded in one’s lap, elbows off the table. An upright posture is also essential; leaning back, lounging or slouching are seen as symptoms of a disinterested comportment and therefore constitute great insults. Men and women both dine without gloves. It goes without being said that fighting, crude language and unprompted wild behaviour that is impolite will not be tolerated - both at the table and outside. Being a member of the Court of Hanseti-Ruska means upholding standards of being respectable, well-mannered and polite. Having once seated yourself, spread the napkin on your knees. The instant you receive your plate of soup commence your dinner; for the practice of waiting till everybody else is helped is an eminent proof of under breeding. Be certain to sign the Lorraine Cross over yourself before eating and consciously say a prayer of thanks to God, should there be no prayer done by the host or a clergyman. Should a toast be proposed, simply raise your glass towards the person doing such. If others clink glasses together, be mindful of the fine crystal or material of the glasses so as to not make an overtly loud clatter and to not break it. If you dislike any dish you need only make an appearance of eating and a servant will soon relieve you of your plate. It should be noted that the fork is held in the left hand, the knife in the right. When finished, bring your utensils parallel to one another. Whilst dining, you must not also portray any behaviour of the following: burping, sharing or throwing food, slurping, or coughing without doing so into your handkerchief. An inattentive hostess will frequently prolong the sitting and increase the whole quantity of wine drunk by the men if she does not give the signal for the ladies retiring the instant they have ceased to drink wine or partake in the dessert. At the signal from the hostess the ladies rise and retire to the drawing room. Once the ladies have departed the male guests can close up for the purpose of drinking more wine. After having dined at a private house a brief morning call is expected in the days afterward where the guest will leave a calling card or, should they run into the host’s family, make polite conversation- mentioning their gratitude. IV. BEHAVIOUR IN COURT When court is in session, voices must be kept to a murmur so as to not disrupt the proceedings. Laughter and giggling shouldn’t be excessive. Members of the royal family should be addressed by their title during official events and public appearances. [See I. SALUTATIONS] Clothing within court should be more formal than everyday wear, retaining modesty. Headwear and bonnets should be taken off once inside out of respect for the royal family. Place them atop one’s lap or hold them courteously to the side. It should be added that tiaras, circlets and crowns are to be worn by royalty only or those of princely status. To note, fashion regarding furs is of most agreeable nature, as is any dress akin to that of the Queen or Princesses. Furthermore, sashes are only to be worn by members of the royal family, as well as peers and their consorts. Gossiping and snide comments are discouraged from court and can be a serious offence if the talk is regarding a member of the royal family or a noble of higher status than oneself. Behaviour and good habits involve not fidgeting and fussing, an essential upright posture and a demeanour of respectability and calmness. V. BALLS, MASQUERADES & PARTIES One should always, upon arrival, greet and thank the hostess of said party before making the rounds of the room, greeting and being introduced to different circles. At such occasions one must try to present an easy and natural manner as to not seem awkward in public. Balls and parties are fabulous events to practise dancing, polish conversation skills and meet new people and so attendance must be encouraged. Every well-bred attendee should be fairly well-acquainted with the steps to waltzes and the boulanger (a classic line dance). When dancing, it is good etiquette to pay attention to your partner - not to let your eyes drift across the room. I quote from an etiquette manuscript regarding choosing partners: “A gentleman of genuine politeness will not give all his time and attention to the belles of the evening, but will at least devote some thought to the wall-flowers who sit on the sidelines or perhaps might be unattended.” At a hauchmetvas or ball of honour it is customary that the guest of honour should begin the first dance with their partner of choice. [See VI. HAUCHMETVAS] (An additional note: if you should refuse a dance with someone do it gently and kindly, making an excuse of fatigue or dizziness. However, it shows bad character if you decline one dance and almost immediately get up to waltz with another partner.) For larger, formal occasions dresses are required to be well-made and of fine material. Jewellery and detailed design can add to a garment nicely. For the less formal feasts or family affairs, simpler colours and designs are appropriate. In court, dresses are expected to be finely-made. Ornaments and flowers can be added to hair, subtle yet indicating attention to the smallest detail. In winter, thick furred dress coats are encouraged over the top of usual dresses and clothes. Darker gloves are traditional. One might choose to wear more practical footwear for the harsher terrain. In the summer, thinner material is encouraged to avoid overheating. Pinafore haeseni and ruskan ‘sanguss’ or ‘sanbej’ dresses are a typical Hanseni everyday style, but are discouraged for formal occasions and court. Bright colours, patterns and layering to clothes are encouraged in all climates. [a guide to further information regarding fashion will be released soon] Again we reiterate, after such an event drop a letter or a personal visit to thank the hostess. This action is necessary for private or noble parties. From royal invitations, mentioning your gratitude in court small talk will suffice. VI. MARRIAGE & COURTSHIP Courtship can be defined as a period during which a couple develops a romantic (or mutually beneficial) relationship, especially with the view to marriage. One’s parents might decide upon a potential match for their child and encourage the union. This practice protects the question of the child’s chastity and partly can serve as a matter of furthering family interests, which, in some situations, may be considered more important than individual romantic preferences. It is highly recommended for those of noble birth to find a suitable match befitting their rank or above, most commonly and preferably done through arrangement. For both man and woman, respectability is key in society to be considered a good match. All should strive to meet this standard of upholding society’s values. For the woman’s part some respected attributes are that of clear-headedness, sweetness, confidence, modesty and being free from envy and vanity. For her male counterpart: reliability, sobriety, strength and reasoning are all valued assets. Functions and events serve as opportunities for youths to be introduced to one another by a mutual or familial acquaintance. Such occasions might be more formal dances and balls [See IV. BALLS, MASQUERADES AND PARTIES] as well as shoots, hunts, calling on neighbours and fêtes. Once introduced to a woman of interest, it is expected that the man sends the initial letter or begins a conversation. Correspondence through letters and arranged meetings are a good way to make intentions clear. Activities including riding, going on walks, having tea or drinks or finding a place to sit down are some good ideas to spend time together. Being alone in one another’s houses without a chaperone is discouraged before engagement. The groom must ask formal permission from the patriarch/matriarch of the bride’s family before going ahead. Arrangements will be discussed, including logistics, requests and bridal prices. The courting process of yore has been irredeemably forgotten in effect of generations of cultural drift, left to wallow in a fraction of its former standing. With the re-establishment of old etiquette, it has been recommended that traditional methods of courtship should be received. Bridewealth is the money, livestock or gifts paid by the groom or his family to their future in-laws, before or in the beginning of their marriage. It serves as a gesture of commitment to the relationship as well as recognising the value of the woman he intends to marry. Once the engagement is announced there should be a fairly short period between said declaration and the marriage ceremony. Sincere affections can be killed by the restraints of an arduous engagement - or a long engagement might be deemed unnecessary when matrimony has already been arranged. On the morn of the wedding, the bride should dress with her female companions and family members, arriving at the Basilica to be walked down the aisle. Once the ceremony is over and the pair are wed under the watchful eye of GOD it is the couple’s choice to hold a reception - however large. It could be an intimate family affair or a larger feast. Once married both sides must uphold their vows: never tolerating the advances of someone outside of the marriage; remaining faithful to one another. VII. HAUCHMETVAS A ball for the daughters or sisters of the sovereign monarch upon their coming of age. Translated into the common tongue as a ‘debutante.’ Traditionally held on the eve of the princess’ 14th nameday, it is an acknowledgement that she is ready to begin courting and leaving behind some of her youthful days. The Lady’s Hauchmetvas is also recommended (although not required) for the daughters and sisters of Dukes or Duchesses. During a Lady’s Hauchmetvas, decorations must be of the princess’s favored colors. Furthermore, favourite cuisines and beverages are to be served as well during the event. The first dance of the night must be started by the princess with whomever her partner may be. The night prior to the event, a custom known as Burning of Age occurs - whereby the princess takes three symbols of her childhood and burns them in a great pyre. The private event is open only to the princess’ family and perhaps a close friend she wishes to be there. Before each item is tossed into the flames, she explains the memories and meaning behind each one. VIII. CONCLUSION This edition of the handbook should be your closest friend and comfort regarding expected behaviour. Therefore, it should be treated with the utmost respect. Those who fail to follow elements of mannerisms and behaviour face ostracisation and disgrace. Once these guidelines are utilised in everyday life they become much simpler and easier to remember. With these reforms it allows us to look back to older more traditional Hanseti-Ruska values which have been brushed aside. Any questions or recommendations for further in-depth guides on navigating social situations or etiquette that hasn’t been included in this handbook; send a letter to Rosalind Amador de Astrea. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Signed, Her Royal Majesty, Isabel Franziska Barbanov, Queen-Consort of Hanseti-Ruska Her Excellency, Rosalind Elizaveta Amador de Astrea, Lady Chamberlain of the Royal Courts of Hanseti-Ruska Her Excellency, Irena Ceciliya Ruthern, Lady Speaker of the Royal Duma
  13. Newsfrogs hop around haense, a buck news taped to each one. You reach down and unfold the dirty paper.
  14. ~The Drifter’s Feast of Remembrance~ The morning sun would start to rise upon the city of New Reza, drawing yet another day of Haense life out onto display. The Drifter’s wagon had been pretty quiet as of recent, this being because of refusing to take people out on bounties until he had figured “something”, that he wouldn't speak of, out. Though today had been different, as the Drifter would finally come out of a shell that he had stayed within whilst planning a surprise for those he had been employing to do bounties. Today would be his big Feast of Remembrance. He had planned and planned for this event, going as far as ordering a party planner to help set everything up. As this party was formulated, the surrounding slum dwellers would come to pick up and talk of this feast. After facing complaint after complaint from these peasants, the Drifter decided to invite them too in hopes that they wouldn’t tell anyone of the feast that had been planned. Though as this party had been being set up, the three bards who had been hired would suspiciously be prowling around the Drifters wagon. One of the three would drop one of the eagle like medallions, without knowing of it. The day had finally come for this party to take place. Once the two men, who had come along for this feast unknowingly, had gotten to the wagon, they would start being debriefed by the Drifter as he made up a bounty off of the top of his head. Thorn and Fyodor stood out front of the wagon whilst the Drifter debriefed them, saying that he had found the group’s base of operations that they’d been looking for. As the two had gotten there, a small feast of berries and potatoes had been prepared for them. Though they were met by an odd fellow, by the name of Albert whilst the three bards played a delightful tune for the feast. The men wearily conversed with Albert, with the tense feeling of mystery. Noises of metallic scraping surrounded the feast as it went on, putting the two more on edge whilst they talked to Albert. Suddenly, the bards would abruptly stop their lively tune, and turn it into a more jestful and violent like song. Whilst the slum dwellers and attendees alike, took a fine moment to take in the sudden change in music, they would know that something had to have been wrong. Suddenly, a wolf jumped out at one of the slum dwellers as it would pull him onto the ground and ravagingly bite into his neck. More wolves would appear as Fyodor and Thorn made quick work of them, with the help of the slum dwellers. Though archers would begin to fire at the duo as Thorn would be hit by one before wildly charging at them like a boar, showing them no mercy as he tore them to pieces. As the fight continued to drag along, Joshua Sirsk would appear to aid his fellow hunters in their attempts to protect the slum dwellers. As the reinforcements had arrived, quickly another beast that had taken up a large cage would be unleashed upon the group. With the command issued by Fyodor, the slum dwellers retreated as two of them would be unlucky enough to be slashed through by the bear’s hulking strength in a single motion. After a little bit of trouble, Fyodor and Joshua would successfully take down the bear whilst crushing it’s spine. Once the bear had fallen, the surrounding men started a retreat whilst the bards pulled Carrions from their pouches and tossed them out at the slum dwellers who had fled combat with the bear. No mercy was shown toward these opposers as Thorn was able to run down one of the bards before pouring alcohol on him, and setting him ablaze. After this long fight against starved wildlife, the trio of men quickly left the area after sorting everything out with Albert. Fyodor would return to the Drifter’s lively wagon on his lonesome, as he turned in the bounty to call it a day. To Fyodor’s surprise, the Drifter had set up the party. Though he hadn’t known anything about the ambush. The Drifter slid a slack of gold, as well as a medallion over to Fyodor as he gave the man a small smirk. The Drifter would go into a small coughing fit as he exited their conversation by entering his wagon. ~Note To The Community~ Looking here at this screen as I write this, I knew it would only be right to have an OOC note to this beautiful community that has brought me here. Enjoy!! 😃 I’d just like to take a moment to say thank you a thousand times over from the bottom of my heart! Looking back at these past 2 months, I see a journey that I have partaken. Though it isn’t one that I’m on alone as I, the Drifter, have a community that appreciates the events I run. From my experiences of running homebrew after homebrew and constantly having players go inactive, I see this as a rarity. This growing community of bounty hunters has helped me strive to keep pushing events out. I remember back when I held the first ever “bounty” from the Drifter’s wagon. It was somewhat of an experiment, that turned into chaos rather quickly. Though we made it through the event, fullsteam ahead! Though, I do know that it would’ve gone different if not for you all being there to support me through the troubles I had beginning. Anyone who has been to even a single bounty event, thank you so much, as you helped me build up my emotes. I truly couldn’t have gotten to where I am without this great community of LOTC players that surrounds me. Though it has only been 2 months, look where we are! We have reached the big 50TH EVENT milestone through our hard work, and efforts to keep this wagon stable. If we can do that in only 2 months, I know that we will reach 100 in no time. But first, let's take a step back for a moment to enjoy the 50th. It’s not everyday that you run your 50th event you know ;). Throughout my time at the event running as the Drifter, you’ve all been here throughout my journey that you have joined me on. We’ve had great moments, some bad, and some that have left us with good laughs. Bumps in the road are sure to be encountered by those who fare it. I look forward to continuing on this ride with you guys. I hope that I have left a trail of great memories behind as that is really the whole reason that I have been running these events. It could seem silly to ask this of you, but if you could. Please leave any lingering feedback, or feel free to share a memory that you’ve had in a bounty (if you’ve had any). (Ik that up there ^^ was super cheesy, I don’t care tho 😃) Big OOC Thank you To: Mio_ : Thanks a bunch for those minas that you gave me! I could not have gotten this far without them, otherwise these events would have made me bankrupt! GoodGuyMatt: Thanks for the RP items you gave me early on when I was just getting started! They’ve helped a bunch! StillAMiniGuy: Thanks for being there to help me out with setting this all up man, couldn’t have done any of this without you! Firespirit44: Thanks a bunch for going over emotes with me, and taking the time to help me out with improving! It means a lot! HRA/BSK/Haense’s community: I’m so glad to be a part of this great community, it feels like a family, and I feel overjoyed to have brought these experiences to you all! I couldn’t have done any of this without your support, fam! 😉 The entire community: I’d feel bad if I didn’t include this. Don’t worry if you weren’t on here since there were far too many names to go through, and the forum post would’ve gone on for a very long time if I took the time to list everyone who has left a meaningful impact or had helped me along the way. Just know that I am extremely grateful to you all, and am super happy that you take time out of your daily lives to spend time in my events! Cya around the wagon sometime- Limo_man / The Drifter If you are interested in joining the fun of doing these bounties, have the Discord link! Feel free to join if you wanna, it's open to everyone! ~sigh~, I still can’t figure out how to format even after these 2 months.... lol
  15. https://youtu.be/K-EthATzWzo [Art by Yuri Nikolayev] Cuisine of Hanseti-Ruska “Eat your food, child, lest you want the cold to nip at you more fiercely! Go on, eat!” Haeseni Babushka A cultural treatise presented by Her Royal Highness, Alexandria Karina Wick; Royal Curator of Hanseti-Ruska. The climate of Hanseti-Ruska is cold and cruel, and can be unforgiving to many - especially the unprepared. It has led to the belief the hardly many quality ingredients can be gathered within our Kingdom’s borders in order to prepare a delicious and hearty meal; many people over our generations have gradually taken to forgeign recipes and foods from the Crownlanders and other warmer regions, which has nearly made the spirit of Haeseni cuisine to fade entirely. This document is made in order to save and preserve it - as well as the urge for the denizens of Hanseti-Ruska to follow this example. Despite the hardened climate and landscape of the Haense, there are a wide variety of ingredients able to be grown, hunted, and gathered within the boundaries of the Kingdom. Grains Wheat A commonly grown and hardy grain in the flattened territories of Haense, abundant in supply and used in the preparation of various breads and other doughy goods within the Kingdom. It is one of the most important staple foods within Haense, for bread is a food found in many a Haeseni meal and plays an important role within Haeseni tradition to begin feasts; Breaking the Bread. Barley Being chiefly important with its role as stockfeed for those following the agrarian way of life within the Kingdom, barley is commonly used for various sorts of brews within Haense; most commonly Waldenian ales. Aside from that, the grain makes for a pleasant ingredient for various vegetable and beef stews. Rye Due to its similar uses to wheat and barley, rye may also be cultivated within the borders of Hanseti-Ruska. Haeseni porridges mainly utilize this grain. Meats Venison Deer are abundant in the forests of Hanseti-Ruska and make for a common game for Haeseni hunters and trappers to pursue. Oftentimes, it is prepared for less special occasions due to the gamey flavors of the meat; however, it still provides a quality amount of nutrients and an ample amount of meat for various stews and other fulfilling meals. Mutton A meat that has a strong and gamey flavor, used commonly in Haeseni stews due to his toughness; however, it isn’t as easy to acquire as venison and is saved to cook for more special occasions or to add more flavor to stews in the winter months. Rabbit A meat cooked and treated similarly to chicken, and often used in place of chicken when it is not available. It remains another popular choice for the preparation of hearty, Haeseni meals. A wide variety of meats plays into the cuisine of Hanseti-Ruska, since it offers so many nutrients to keep a Haeseni or Ruskan strong. To avoid repetition and for the sake of brevity, a simplified list of other meats often found in the Kingdom’s borders are as listed below: Pheasant Whale Goat Boar | A favorite game to pursue for Haeseni hunters, though dangerous. Often served at grand festivals or other celebrations by being slow-roasted over a fire. Cod Herring | One of the more favored seafoods of Haense; commonly found in territories bordering large bodies of waters, due to the love many Haeseni bear for the seas. Salmon Cow Fruits, Vegetables, Ect. Haeseni Wild Apples A rather small sort of apple that grows in the territories of Hanseti-Ruska with more mild climates. It has a rather tart taste, which grows sweeter the more it is ripened. It is often an added ingredient to certain stews or porridges for extra flavor and nutrients, though is favored mostly when prepared for pastries such as Ruskan cakes or pies. Prikaburren The national fruit of Haense.Red berries found commonly in the Haense wilderness or in the gardens of those with a sweet tooth. It’s used to accent dishes - often ones with meats; and is rather popular for pastries as well. Teas and alcohols have also been prepared from these berries, proving that they are truly a Haeseni favorite. More information on them may be located in the Tarcharman’s study: https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/191294-prikaburren-prikaz-berry-national-fruit-of-haense/?tab=comments#comment-1771196 Pears Ruskan Olives | An olive favored by Prinzenas Aleksandriya Karina i Haense for its medicinal uses; an oil produced from these olives have acted as a base for salves that relieve muscle pains. Potatoes Beetroots Carrots Baby Bella Mushrooms | Small brown-capped mushrooms that grow in the gentler parts of Hanseti-Ruska, most notably clearings and meadows. Named after Prinzenas Theodosiya Ysabel i Markev, since the insides of these mushrooms are a luminous white that was reminiscent of her skin tone. Turnips Onions Herbs and Spices Paprika Oregano Thyme Rosemary Parsley Bay leaves Dill Mint Garlic [Art by Yuri Nikolayev] Recipes Pies Startlaefaf Pirok A savory pie favored by many Haeseni fishermen and sailors, its name translating to common as Salmon Pie. Made primarily from salmon, rice, cabbage, mushrooms, and a mixture of various other vegetables based on the cook’s choice. Cooked eggs, minced red onions, cheese, and parsley to help bring out more flavor. [ https://withinthewild.com/our-recipes/russian-alaska-salmon-pie/ ] Ruskan Apple Cake A sweet and crumbly cake made from Haeseni wild apples, a simple treat for all to bake in the spring and summer months of Haense; other fruits may be used within the cake, if apples don’t fit one’s fancy. Prikaburren are known to be used for cakes such as these. [ https://natashaskitchen.com/apple-sharlotka-recipe-russian-apple-cake/ ] Haeseni Vatrushka A Haeseni cheesecake that can be made sweet for desserts and tasted with prikaburren jams; or savory to eat with soups. If the filling is sweetened, some bakers are known to add dried fruits into it for added flavoring. [ https://russianrecipebook.com/vatrushka/ ] Stews or Soups Huntna Stew A hearty stew made with a wide variety of meats from a boar, vegetables, and wild herbs. Often slow-cooked within a cauldron over a day before it is served to a large group. Meant for celebrations and other popular festivities involving crowds. [ https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/polish_hunters_stew/ ] Mutton Stew A savory stew meant for smaller gatherings, though is fulfilling nonetheless. Cooked with a wide variety of vegetables to accent the mutton. [ https://www.recipecottage.com/german/lamb-stew.html ] Winter Soup Very nutritious and fulfilling, and made from Haeseni vegetables capable of enduring some of the harshest of climates. Winter Soup is a common meal within the Kingdom, especially when meats are difficult to obtain - mainly in the winter months. [ https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/nordic-winter-vegetable-soup ] Roasts Janz Dinna A juicy and tender roast made from the beef of a cow, once the favored dish of Komit Jan Kovachev i Carnatia, though still remains a popular dish for many other Haeseni for its simplicity and delicious flavors. [ https://www.theseasonedmom.com/dutch-oven-pot-roast/ ] Koengzdaf Often called a meal for a King, though it’s not an entirely complex recipe; the few ingredients involved, however, remain rather costly. [ https://nordicfoodliving.com/danish-roast-pork-with-crackling-flaeskesteg/ ] It is encouraged for other Haeseni to prepare and present their own dishes, or to even reference this document in moving forward with their cooking and baking. The soul of a nation is found in their food, and it’s the duty of every citizen of Hanseti-Ruska to keep it thriving.
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