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  1. Flyers detailing the whereabouts of a festive event are scattered around Arcas. The Alley Alehouse, located in Talons Grotto, is holding a Tavern night! We will be holding small games and festivities, and have a varying array of drinks and food! We welcome all to come and drink and have fun! (OOC Info- 7pm EST, this Friday night. Use the Queens Isles warp sign and continue south!)
  2. The Courlandic Ball [[28th March, 5 pm EST, 10 pm GMT]] [!] Nobles dancing with each other while waiting for the celebration to start. “To the people of Arcas, you are all hereby invited to attend the Courlandic ball. The theme of the evening will be royalty. It will be a chance for peasants, commoners and even nobles to dress like a King or Queen for a night. Circlets and tiaras will be allowed just for this night, though not crowns unless you are a foreign King or Queen. The best costume shall receive a sum of 500 minas! Please read up on the proper court etiquette on our Kingdom before you arrive.” Signed, Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elissa of House Staunton, Queen Mother of Courland OOC: How to get to Courland (open spoiler)
  3. Master Thieves Guild Written by Raptor and Lefty_Bojengles INTRO The Master Thieves guild was one of the first and oldest organisations of criminals, brigands and thieves, banding together with one common goal; to become wealthier. Members of the guild use each other’s talents to help each other out to steal all they can steal, pooling their wide range of skills and talents to accomplish even the most impossible tasks. The guild is the very embodiment of “Honor among Thieves”, backing each other up and bringing their resources, skills and wealth together to strive to greater the guild’s wealth, power and infamy. Every member is expected to have the other’s back and every member is expected to treat their partners in crime as brothers. The guild is not an army, but an independent family and brotherhood of thieves, all working towards the same thing. Disclaimer: All the information on this post is entirely secret. This is not open or public knowledge. It is known to the guild members and the guild members only (with some exceptions). GUILD HISTORY The Master Thieves Guild is one of the oldest organizations in known history, with the founding of the guild occurring over 450 years ago. At the height of it’s powers the guild housed some of the most infamous thieves and criminals of all time. These people include Red Raven and the Upright Man, the founders of the guild, who undertook one of the first heists in recorded history, alongside Dune Walker, another original member. Other members included thieves such as The Faceless Man, Lucas Black and Freema Grenedad. The guild can be attributed to heists that include the theft of the priceless portrait of the Wandering Wizard, the break in of the Salvus Vaults, and the robbery of General Gabriel’s Breastplate. After 150 years of the guild's existence throughout Aegis, Asulon and Anthos, the guild disbanded as many of its members died or disappeared. It was not until a former member of the guild's last sect of members decided to rebuild the guild so thieves and vagabonds could once again make their mark upon the world, and enrich themselves in whatever infamy and fortune awaited them as a result. RANKS Guildmaster The elected leader of the Master Thieves Guild. Technically, the Guildmaster is still a Master Thief and not above them in rank, however he is the chosen head to make the final call and final decisions e.g. Master Thief promotions, benefactors, large heists and alliances. He is the Master of the guild and head of our band of thieves. Master Thief Master Thief is the highest rank in the guild. The Master Thieves must be knowledgeable in all the arts of thievery, stealth and deception. Their job is to teach the lower ranks the necessary skills needed to become a Master Thief themselves. They are in charge of organizing jobs, heists, collecting and setting up dead drops, making contact with new recruits, making contact with benefactors and contacts. All other ranks answer to the Master Thieves. Shadow The elite of the guild. The best of the best. The most skilled and stealthiest thieves among the ranks. The Shadow is the role model for Burglars and Thieves, being the prime example of how they should act. They are unseen, they are swift and they never miss their mark. The Shadows are to assist the Master Thieves in the training and supervision of the Brigands and are also able to orchestrate jobs and heists. Thief You now have free reign over the jobs you pull. You are now permitted to do jobs for the guild stated on the job board, suggest and take part in heists, inform the guild of targets and perform your own jobs without supervision. The Thieves represent the guild now and will act accordingly. Burglar The Burglars are now allowed to start going on certain jobs. Burglars will be under the guidance of a qualified thief who will teach them how to use the skills they studied in practical use. Burglars must follow the directions of their superior, while working on their skills to be promoted. To rank up to Thief, one will be tested by pulling a job where they will take the lead. If they succeed, they will be promoted. If not, then they must do another term (length decided by their superior) of study until they will be tested again. Unbranded The fresh meat, the new bloods, the brand new recruits, fresh off the streets and ready to be turned into professional thieves. The guild has expressed interest in your talents and has decided to induct you into it. You are not permitted to do anything, nor take part in any jobs. At this point, you are not considered part of the guild, nor privy to any information at all. Once we have expressed interest, you will be taken by a Shadow or a Master Thief on a minor job to prove your worth and skill. Should you succeed, you will be branded with the guild mark upon your forearm and made to take the Oath. After this, you will have officially become part of the guild. GUILD LAW Guild Rules Do not betray the Master Thieves Guild. If you are caught, do not reveal that you are a part of the Master Thieves Guild. Do not act above your rank i.e. a Brigand may not orchestrate heists and jobs and a Thief may not command a Shadow or a Master Thief. Do not act against the guild and it’s members. This includes theft, acts of violence and insubordination. Keep business with the Master Thieves Guild and your personal life separate. This includes involving other guilds you may be a part of, in jobs and heists for the Master Thieves Guild. Secrets are secrets for a reason, take them with you to your grave. Guild Expected Standards Thieves are expected to show a certain amount of finesse when performing a job. Killing is restricted unless absolutely 100% necessary and is frowned upon even then. Thieves are expected to leave their guild coin behind as a “calling card”. The guild’s reach has no limits and people must be reminded of this. Thieves are expected not to act against allies and/or contacts of the guild without express permission from a Master Thief. OOC SECTION OOC DISCLAIMER/RULES Understand that you may be ejected from the guild at any time for whatever reason, be it rule breaking (IC or OOC) or we feel you are no longer suitable for the guild, etc. Once ejected from the guild, you may return only if the Master Thieves deem it fit that you should return. Should you choose to leave the guild of your own accord, the guild will grant you free pardons to roam the world without the guild by your side, provided you keep to your oath of secrecy. Should you break this oath whilst not being a part of the guild, you will be treated the same way as if you were ejected from the guild. Understand that if you are forcefully removed from the guild for a serious offense (deemed by us), you will be hunted down RPly until the ends of the earth. If you are caught, understand that you may be tortured, beaten and/or repeatedly killed. DO NOT APPLY FOR THE MASTER THIEVES GUILD IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS. APPLICATION AND THREAD RULES THREAD RULES The guild has been recreated to try and innovate thievery roleplay within the server. The aim of the guild is to provide quality RP for both thieves and their victims and anyone applying should want to create RP that is fun for both sides. We hope to fill the guild with quality roleplayers and not a quantity of roleplayers. However anyone and everyone is welcome to apply and will be given equal opportunity within the guild, whether they are an old player with lots of roleplay experience or a new player with little roleplay experience, provided they want to create fun RP for everyone. With that, here are some simple rules you need to keep in mind when posting on this thread. Do not post your application on this thread, please PM it to the OP (myself) via a PM on the forums or message me on Discord, Racker / Lefty#7206 The only posts to be made on this thread are that of an RP nature, please PM me if you have any OOC questions. If you do have any OOC comments to make, please put them in a spoiler beneath an RP post. Failure to abide by these simple rules will result in your post being removed (if you do not fix it upon request) and a possible instant denial from the guild. APPLICATION The application is not the only form of joining the guild, however it is the most practical. It is for you to express your interest in joining and for us to determine whether or not we would take interest in your character. Sometimes members will be inducted purely based on RP experiences and will not be required to fill out the application. SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THE OP (MYSELF) VIA A PM ON THE FORUMS OR MESSAGE ME ON DISCORD, Racker / Lefty#7206 OOC MC Name: Why do you want to join?: How will you provide the guild and the LOTC community with a great RP experience?: Have you read and agreed to the OOC Disclaimers and warnings?: Discord Name: RP Info RP Name: Race: Age: Personality (A paragraph will suffice): Aspirations and Motives for joining:
  4. - A letter concerning Mali’Fenn - 13th of the Amber Cold, 1760 ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ - Akkar of the Tundrak line, Grand Prince of the Princedom of Fenn, would write an open letter addressed to all Mali’Fenn. The letter would be of high quality, with Fennic’-detailing littering around the page, the contents would start with: An open letter to Mali’Fenn ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ “ It would often be said that the history of the Tundrak line is, in essence, the story of the Princedom of Fenn. Going back as far as the inception of the Mali’Fenn in the ancient days of Aegis, our own kin served the Fennic people as the royal line. The Princedom; in its long history, has known both peace and war, equally so it has known of both betrayal and genocide. Through it all, it was a Tundrak who fought in the frontlines of each battle in those same wars and it was a Tundrak battling in politics equally as ferociously for that same peace. With the birth of a Tundrak came a solemn vow: To protect and guide the Mali’Fenn people, holding their intrests and ideals at the forefront of every decision. Yet for all that the Tundrak line has been for our people in these hundreds of years, the vow of our line has now been broken, and with it, the people are the ones who have paid the price since departing Atlas. I, Akkar, of the same Tundrak line cannot speak for those who have came before me, I can only exclaim my own disappointment at their breaking of this sincere vow. I now stand alone, as the only full-blooded Tundrak who still holds our vow, the interests and ideals of our people fuel my decisions. Any other blooded-Tundrak still left other than myself couldn’t possibly call themselves as one, to say so would be spitting in the face of all Mali’Fenn, both our citizens and their childen. I now stand before you all as the last bastion of what we once stood for, the only rightful leader and true chosen of Wyvrun. Whether any Tundraks return to our Princedom we will not welcome them as such, for they had left us in our time of most need. My own mother Aroiia of the Drakon line, holds the Tundrak name and values many times better than any other Tundrak I have known in my life without a shred of Tundrak blood coursing through her. Any Mali’Fenn who return to Fenn with the Tundrak name, must give it up. As Grand Prince I do not recognise any Tundrak who has strayed from our values and forsaken our kin so easily, they have strayed away from the grace of Wyvrun and no longer deserve the blessings that he provides. If any wish to object to their loss of their right to use the Tundrak name they can seek out their Grand Prince and plead their case. As our people work tirelessly to rebuild and repair the capital, Tahu’lareh, as they return our long history and traditions back into our hands though songs and literature; it is now that I ask, not as your Grand Prince or as a Tundrak but rather as your kin: for all Mali’Fenn who find themselves reading this, It is time for you to return to both the safety of Fenn and also to its wealth of history and knowledge which was almost lost to us after the departure from Atlas. Signed, His Serene Highness, Akkar of the Tundrak bloodline, first of his name, Grand Prince of the Princedom of Fenn and Mali’Fenn Patriarch of the Tundrak Bloodline, Protector of the Idhren’tirn, Hesin’fin, Commander of the Citadel of Acael, Protector of Tahu’lareh, the chosen of Wyrvun ” ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ (( OUT-OF-CHARACTER - One of the points of this post is that as the Patriarch of the Tundrak bloodline, any and all personas holding the Tundrak name outside of Fenn have been disowned and are no longer recognised as a member of the Tundrak line, you can contact me on discord or ingame through RP if you want to dispute this ))
  5. Auditions for the Crow’s Theatre Troupe 1760 The Troupe performs a short play to a select crowd Vorion Sturmholm, director of the Crow's Theatre Troupe, invites every man and woman who wishes to find their place upon the platform of the Weeping Wick Theatre to come to said stage on the day, to show their proficiency in the dramatic arts. The parts chosen shall be for the upcoming comedy ‘The Merry Men of Money’, written and directed by Vorion Sturmholm. Actors The Crow’s Theatre Troupe is looking for all ranges of actors, from leads to extras. If you wish to partake, bring either a piece of poetry or prose which you would like to recite. Should they be needed, the Troupe can provide lines of verse on the day. No previous experience is needed to be an actor. Stage Crew Other than actors, the play will require stage crew to set up props and stage decorations between settings. No audition is required, but applicants should come to the audition to be included. OOC info:
  6. House Stafyr Table of Contents Known Living Stafyrs Prelude Line of Hanethor Line of Galtor Line of Sybilla History The Birth of House Stafyr The Rise of Saint Godwein Clash of Brothers The Golden Age of Stafyr Falcons Fall Stafyrian Renaissance The Modern Era Family Tree Heirlooms Lords of Stafyr I - Known Living Stafyrs Prelude Any living Stafyr not mentioned in the document below is urged to contact the patriarch of House Stafyr, his heir or any castellan serving the house in order to adjust the document accordingly. All living Stafyrs can be categorized into the three primary lines of Stafyr. That being the line of Hanethor, Galtor and Sybilla. From these three children of Beorn multiple successor lines can be drawn out. Most notably the successor lines of Hanethor such as Thondorus which Saint Godwein was born into. Now presumed extinct. Other lines is that of the current lords of Stafyr who can trace lineage to the 3rd son of Hanethor, Servakin. Throughout history most lords of Stafyr belonged to the line of Hanethor with exception for a time when the house was primarily lorded by the line of Galtor after the fall of the Imperium Tertius to the death of Eadwulf Stafyr after the Greyspine Rebellion when Kristoff Ludvic Stafyr was granted the title Lord of Stafyr. The infighting between Lord Eadwulf and Lord Kristoff caused a rift in the house where the family of Eadwulf was called the Stafyr-Thurants whilst the family of Kristoff was titled Stafyr-Grauspins. After the disownment of Godwein III. son of Eadwulf the Stafyr-Thurants had gone fully extinct and Stafyr-Grauspin was the only remaining surviving line of this rift, declaring themselves lords of all Stafyr. Line of Hanethor - Lord Alaric Leopold Stafyr, Son of Erich Stafyr ((Pureimp10) Hektor Frederik Stafyr, Son of Alaric Leopold Stafyr ((Nathanbarnett36)) Viktoria Andrea Stafyr, Daughter of Alaric Leopold Stafyr ((TheIchorDruid)) Lady Katherine Marie Ruthern, Née Stafyr, Daughter of Leopold Kristoff Stafyr ((sirenscall_)) Line of Galtor – Symon Stafyr, Son of Ser Gerard II. Stafyr Line of Sybilla – Sir Konrad Arthur Stafyr KM, Son of Cedric II. Stafyr ((AndrewTech)) Georg Ulric Stafyr, Son of Konrad Arthur Stafyr Lady Isabel Josephine Stafyr, Daughter of Konrad Arthur Stafyr ((RaynaStar)) Lady Johanna Milena Amador, Née Stafyr, Daughter of Konrad Arthur Stafyr ((Dovely_) Alberich Stafyr, Son of Albert Stafyr II - History The Birth of House Stafyr, 1250-1360 It is unknown from where exactly Beorn the first known Stafyr was born. However as the language written by later Stafyrs resembles that of old hansetian it is commonly assumed that he was a descendant of a proto-hansetian tribespeople called the Almannir. Almannir were a horse faring people that established small hamlets and wooden villages that could be easily be abandoned and migrated. They had trade relations with what would later be the early modern human kingdoms but mostly kept to themselves and what has been written down could more be interpreted as fables and stories rather then history itself. Most of what is known of the Almannir has been passed on by father to son. *Assumed fresco of Almannir horsemen* It is said in the Book of Tales translated from old Almannir by Isobar Kurben that Beorn had committed a terrible sin by killing his own mother and being forced out of his home stealing all of value from his family such as the crown of Almannir but no other account found other than this states this fact making it very unclear what actually happened. What is known is that he abandoned his family name and adopted the name Stafyr. Beorn had two sons Hanethor and Galtor and a daughter Sybilla who founded the three primary-lines of Stafyr, named after them.The lines were known for the Hanethorians strong sense of honour, Galtorians loyalty to its house and the Sybillan lawfulness and just ways. It can be assumed that Hanethor the First and Galtor fought in Aegis in order to protect their families and to let them move on to the new world and Sybilla has since the journey from Aegis been missing in any known records of Stafyrian history and with their deaths Thondorus son of Hanethor took the reins to usher Stafyr into the Asulonian era. It is noted that the homestead of Rivacheg was founded by the remaining survivors of House Stafyr at the coast of the wastelands of Hanseti, led by Thondorus Stafyr together with other Almannir and Hansetians. After a couple of years, Thondorus passed away due to an illness combined with his growing age and his son Graveth assumed the seat as the head of House Stafyr and was elected by the villagers as master and bailiff of Rivacheg. Graveth's reign continued the peace in Rivacheg and let the family grow again. His three sons, of which the last one was named Hanethor II., brought new hope to the House Stafyr as the sons and daughters of Galtor and Sybilla were nowhere to be seen. Graveth’s oldest son Theor was from early aged groomed to lead the house into the future whilst his other sons Uldorzil and Hanethor II. were raised to be a scholar and warrior as to aid the homestead in the future. Rivacheg attracted plenty of trade and attention from other Hansetic villages spread around the southern wastes of Asulon and its strong wooden supplies were shipped all around the kingdoms of mankind such as Renatus, Salvus and Seventis. The men of House Stafyr got a reputation for being strong craftsmen and skilled lumberjacks a trait and mark that has been passed down in generation after generation. The Rise of Saint Godwein, 1360-1426 Godwein was born as the first grandson of Graveth and showed at a very young age a strong aptitude for learning and hunger for knowledge. Graveth personally took Godwein into his care and made him his pupil. Soon after Godweins sisters birth his mother Ravenna fell ill and shortly perished followed by her husband soon after who with a broken heart died of grief. Nevertheless Godwein and his uncles Uldorzil and Hanethor II. stood strong and kept House Stafyr up together with the now elderly Graveth. Not much else is known of Godwein’s youth. Unfortunately when Godwein was away hunting a band of marauding knights destroyed Rivacheg and killed all villagers and family of Stafyr. Godwein who had been out on a hunting trip came back to find his entire family slaughtered and home burnt down. He’d leave to never look back and after a woodsman had found the body of Graveth in the forests surrounding Rivacheg. He had the godliness in him to track down Godwein and hand him his will and the artifacts of Beorn were recovered by him. Godwein took the odd work around the sprawling kingdoms of man eventually settling himself in Arethor for a while working as a lumberjack for the construction of the new capitol and a humbling friendship began between him and the young Saint Godfrey. *Construction of Arethor* After the construction of Arethor, Godwein travelled to the Adunian settlement of Ildon where he navigated the Adunian politics and was by ducal and imperial decree granted the title of Baron and promised a fief of his own but with the internal infighting that brew during the reign of Artorus Elendil led to the fiefdom never being realized until much later after the Taurus rebellion and the brief ascension of Torrhen Elendil as lord of the Adunians. Godwein led the house for a long time and had two sons with his wife Alesira, Graveth II. and Theor II., During his leadership the family grew in size as Stafyrs from all of Oren started to come back and it was discovered that all lines of Hanethor, Galtor and Sybilla were all flourishing. Some Stafyrs that reunited with the house at the time were people such as the later Lord Edmund, Ser Farley, Emmanuel the Guardian of Stafyr and Lady Leana, wife of the last White Rose, Edmond Brunswick. The house established its first hold in Elysium in the small fortified village of Huntshill overlooking New Arethor, where the life of House Stafyr flourished and the house gained more political influence in the Holy Oren Empire as Godwein was named Lord Privy Seal by the emperor Godfrey and was promised a march under House Silverblade when more permanent lands were settled. *The Barony of Huntshill* During these times House Stafyr participated in many of the diplomatic dealings of the empire and Edmund Stafyr was knighted for his bravery in a skirmish outside New Arethor where he according to reports saved Godwein’s life During the blissful life of the Huntshill Stafyrs the primary heir of the house, Graveth II. the first son of Godwein committed a terrible sin and made a dark elven woman pregnant out of wedlock. Godwein was furious and had Graveth disinherited for his sinful behaviour and due to this Graveth went into a self imposed exile in the citystate of Eyveror. Oren’s influence grew and both Ser Edmund and his brother Farley were sworn to the knightly chapter of the Lion and Farley was personally squired by the later Jonathan of House Black later known as King John of Hanseti. Eyveror was seen as a bastion of sin and ungodly behaviour and when it became known that they were harboring wanted Adunian rebels from the Tarus rebellion Oren declared war on Eyveror and raised all its banners. Godwein who had never been a warrior sent Edmund to lead the Stafyrian retinue and as Eyveror could not resist the onslaught the city was sacked and burnt to the ground. Edmund spent the entire sack looking for his cousin Graveth but he was nowhere to be found. Shortly after the sack Graveth would return to Huntshill and was allowed back as a family member however no longer as the heir as that had now passed on to his brother, Theor II. *Sack of Eyveror* When the island group of Kalos was discovered House Stafyr together with House Valois led by Duchess Chrestienne Valois built a large manor on top of a mountain, overlooking the island claimed by Oren and the house prospered together with the Auverginians and the manor was an impressive landmark overlooking the Orenian settlement and a staple to visit whilst wandering the Kalosian mountains. It was on this island Godweins two sons both in short succession disappeared without notice. It is believed that Graveth still felt to much shame for what he had done and could not raise his half-breed bastards in Oren. It is by many accounts known that Graveth would eventually sire at least ten other bastards throughout his life. Theor would many years later return to the house and explained his long absence to the pressure of being made heir and that he was overwhelmed by the task and did not want it. Leaving it to what he felt was more competent kinsmen. However he would soon after be killed by a boar whilst hunting in Salvus. In Anthos House Stafyr was given the southeastern shores of Oren, the land was named Schattenburg and the house were made vassals of the ducal House Silverblade. Stafyr continued to prosper, Godwein was named Lord Treasurer and Grand Justice by the emperor Saint Godfrey. But one morning Godwein was found dead. Laying on the steps of the throne room of the Shadowcastle. His life ended peacefully with his heart succumbing. After his death people noticed strange events occur after praying in the church of Feldkirch and when his grave was opened it was noticed that he had barely any signs of his death and his shield and axe had not begun to rot. After this was examined by the church Godwein was sanctified and named the patron Saint of honesty, woodworkers, fungi and skin afflictions. Due to the fungi affliction he had been cursed by in the caves of the Mori’quess that was covering half his body. Clash of Brothers, 1426-1435 Saint Godwein’s great nephew Ser Edmund was now made to rule House Stafyr as he was next in the line of succession. Edmund being a very content man in life had no aim to seek glory or power, his main wish was to keep the legacy of Godwein and House Stafyr safe from the growing unrest in Oren. He had for some years been a knight in the Chapter of the Lion and his main duty was to that, fighting the enemies of Oren and protecting the empire and the imperial family. Edmund managed to keep House Stafyr out of most internal conflicts, mainly the Teuton - Blackmont war where House Stafyr stayed neutral, sending no men to fight for either side. Godwein had shortly before his passing arranged so that Edmund was married to the last known living member of House Geminine, Angelika Geminine and with her titleage he was bestowed by her the lordship of her House as well. Thus in theory making it so that House Geminine was merged into House Stafyr. However this merge was brief as male members of Geminine would years later resurface and reclaim the title peacefully. *Edmund holding court in Schattenburg* The death of Godwein had created a purpose for both brothers of Brenton. Edmund and Farley. They both worked diligently to preserve the legacy of Godwein but they both saw it as different ideas. Whilst Edmund as a lord wished to maintain the prominence of the house and its status as a peaceful and loyal house, Farley saw it most important to protect the house from sinfulness and disloyalty as he was appointed Guardian of Stafyr. Farley would often spend times trying to groom the unruly young man Alistier Stafyr who would later serve as the personal squire of Prince Pertinax Horen. Alistier reminded many older members of the house of Graveth II. especially Farley who would do what he saw fit to ensure that such a disgraceful action like that of Graveth didn’t take place once again. During these times Ser Farley’s marriage to the adultress and sinner Kinra Stark was absolved by the church and he began a courtship with Lady Emily of House Baelish after being granted permission to do so by Lord Adorellan Baelish. According to a journal written by Farley he was given permission to this after he made a jest so hilarious that Adorellan could not refuse his request. The everyday life of Stafyr would soon be shattered as Edmund and Farley got into a fight. According to the journals of Edmund the fight began due to Alistier having being beaten by Farley. Edmund had ordered his brother to stop such actions and that it was not his duty to attack kinsmen in order to groom them. Farley argued otherwise and was once more ordered to never lay a hand on a kinsman and if so would be punished. Farley’s reaction was swift as he once more assaulted Alistier and Edmund out of rage ordered his brother’s disownment and banishment. They both rushed outside into the courtyard of Schattenburg and into a cold autumn storm. Whilst they were shouting at each other Farley would charge towards Edmund and unfortunately blinded by rage, Edmund instinctively drew his sword and slashed it upwards as Farley lunged towards him. There on the mud covered grounds of the Schattenburg courtyard it was that Ser Farley Stafyr drew his last breaths before Lord Daniel Baelish who’d witnessed it all plunged his sword into Farley, ending his misery and sending him to the seven skies. *Edmund killing his brother, Farley* Edmund who had in the end always loved his brother would after this lock himself in his study for days. Only allowing his closest family and a few select servants inside. The servants would be seen coming and going with plates of food. They were always full. Edmund would not sleep, eat or rest and many say that even though he was only in his late thirties he would look like he was an aged old man. The exhaustion of this sent him into a heavy fever and he became delirious. According to Edmund’s journals during this fever he had a terrible nightmare whilst sleeping, in his dream he saw Farley surrounded by fire. He saw this a sign from the creator that the sins of Edmund kept Farley in purgatory and that he could not join the seven skies until Edmund had been absolved of his sin. When his fever was gone Edmund departed to the holy lands, to fight in the crusades to redeem himself in the eyes of the creator, leaving his wife, his daughter and his entire family at home whilst he fought for the creator and Oren. Naming Alistier as lord-regent in his absence. With him joined the entire chapter of the Lion now led by his imperial highness Prince Pertinax of Horen and they fought valiantly in orcish lands and Edmund was granted the title of Grand Ser and Knight-Lieutenant of the Chapter of the Lion. A year later after the holy relics had been recovered he would return home to his family, resuming lordship of the house. The house would remain stable for a few years and a son would be born to Lord Edmund and Lady Angelika of House Geminine, they named him Farley after his late brother. House Stafyr would carry on serving the empire under Saint Godfrey and his son Horen V and fought in many battles such as the Sack of Malinor and the astonishing victory at the Battle of the Crossing where the Orenians and high elves stood alone against all other races and crushed them in a swift blow. A display of the true might of Oren. *The Battle of the Crossing* The now Ser Alistier would go on to sire a bastard child. Edmund who was a godly man was furious at his cousin’s adultery and to escape his rage Alistier ran away to hide with House Valois. Edmund assumed this and asked Countess Rose Valois to hand him over to Stafyr but she claimed he was not there. During his stay with Valois, Alistier discovered that Rose Valois was involved in a plot to try and kidnap the daughter to the late Farley and to raise her under Kinra Stark instead of Stafyr. He returned to Schattenburg and told Edmund of this who immediately informed his liege lord Uthor Silverblade. Silverblade ordered all their vassals to raise levies and keep them such until further notice. He also issued a command to the Count of Riven, Daniel Baelish whose fort immediately bordered the Valois manor in Auvergne to construct siege equipment. A ballista was built directly aimed into Rose Valois’s bedroom window and Ser Alexander Valois settled in Schattenburg with the reason of being a claimant against Rose Valois in case of a war. However no war broke out and the conflict ebbed out into nothing. Shortly after the great exodus of Oren, Edmund was named Lord Privy Seal of the faltering empire by the newly crowned Emperor William III. and he was also declared Noble Ser to replace Pertinax Horen as Commander of the Chapter of the Lion. With the new arrangement of knights established by the new Grand Knight Daniel Baelish, Edmund was also given the title of Knight Commander of Renatus. Edmund did however not last long with his new titles. For some time he had been hiding his sickness from family and friends but it had caught up with him. He had been stricken with consumption and was getting worse by the day. His last remaining life he spent in bedrest, saying his farewells to his family until he suddenly passed away. The Golden Age of Stafyr, 1435-1464 Edmund’s son Farley, who was only four years old inherited the lordship and his aunt Leana was named lady regent to rule together with Ser Alistier Stafyr until Farley’s coming of age. Oren was in chaos, the empire collapsed as war ravaged the lands whilst different noble houses grasped for power and land. To protect the house from the wars of man Lady Leana sealed the gates of Schattenburg and the only people allowed entrance was the farmers from Feldkirch and there isn’t any definitive writing what occured between the sealed walls of Stafyr. At sixteen years old Lord Farley II. took over House Stafyr and the house returned from it's self imposed exile and was once again ready to return into the political game that is Oren. Farley quickly rearranged and had his titles adjusted into the common tongue as to not be affiliated with the Hansetic Teutonic order who were considered traitors and from this point Schattenburg and Feldkirch was referred to as Shadowcastle and Fieldchuch. After the brief rule of King Silius Horen, Farley quickly swore his allegiance to House Carrion and the 2nd empire was formed by Saint Siegmund. But the Carrions had many enemies. In an incident with the church, the firstborn son of Lady Leana, named Godwein was lashed by the church without a seemingly just cause. The High-Ecclesiarch of the church was Franz Carrion and this had the young lord Farley angered. He had a meeting arranged to discuss terms with Sophia Horen who was in an open claim against the Carrion hegemony but Walter Stafyr and the bastard of Godwein, Beron Sturm interceded and arranged a meeting with the emperor. There the matter was settled and Stafyr abandoned all ties to Sophia Horen leaving her a landless and weak claimant. Farley who had seen the lies and incompetence of his cousin Godwein asked the emperor to legitimise Beron to ensure that Godwein would not become lord of Stafyr in case of Farley’s early death without a son. Not long after Sophia Horen had laid down her claim the exiled house Tarus, allied with the dwarves and Teutons issued a declaration of war on the Orenian empire and its armies marched towards Shadowcastle. Farley raised his levies and rallied old allies to House Stafyr that had lived in exile since the reign of William the Weak. Such as Amador, Baelish and Pascal all came to aid Stafyr. Together with the armies of Oren the invading rebels, traitors and dwarves were defeated in a tough and gruesome battle. However Shadowcastle was damaged beyond repair and the castle was torn down and in its place a large village was constructed with a wall to act as defenses against any potential invaders. *Siege of Shadowcastle* During the preparations to the battle. Farley had befriended the Lord Marshal Heinrik of Roy and the two had fought side to side during the battle. Not long after, the emperor Siegmund died and instead of a new emperor being elected the empire was reformed into the Holy Kingdom of Oren after an agreement was made with House Winter and Heinrik of Roy was crowned King Heinrik Carrion and under Heinrik the armies of Oren turned their attention south and marched against the dwarven aggressors. Farley was made warden of the south and Lord Privy Seal of the kingdom by King Heinrik. It was also arranged so that his sister Cecilia was swiftly married to the archduke of Herendul his grace Lord Edward Winter and he himself married a cousin to the king, princess Milena Carrion. Aligning the three largest houses of Oren at the time by blood. The now county of Shadowcastle was flourishing and Farley had the houses of Amador and Frost elevated to noble status as barons under him and took in a mercenary company led by the former exiled house of Pascal to assist him in keeping order in return of lodging. Whilst fighting the wars against the dwarves Stafyr would form the rearguard and due to their history of woodworkers they constructed and manned the siege equipment used. During the battle of Thoringrad the Stafyrs broke down all dwarven defenses with great precision and lead Oren into a great victory. For the battle of Indograd, House Stafyr had rallied around four thousand men to fight. A combination of knights, guardsmen and militia House Stafyr made up the second largest military force of Oren during the battle. However this battle ended in a stalemate as the dwarves retreated into a large underground fort and the trench war begun After years of trench warfare an uneasy peace was settled between Oren and its enemies as the draakar Setherien was growing in strength, his cultists spreading havoc around the lands of all mortal races. House Stafyr rallied its men to fight in the northern conflicts and fought hard in the battle of Castle Greywyn. During the battle the army had been divided in two by Setherien with many men trapped north of Grewyn. Setherien destroyed the siege equipment of Stafyr personally and the Stafyrs instead charged. They charged straight through the gates of Greywyn, many men died but the valiant bravery of the Young Lord changed the tide of the battle and the rest of the army charged with them. Shortly after crushing Setherien’s army. It is said that not a single Stafyr soldier who survived in Greywyn left the battle without a scar. *Battle of Greywyn* When the flood of Anthos occured Stafyr settled in a fort by the mountainside called New Huntshill and the house continued to flourish until the Zion wars broke out. In the Zion wars King Heinrik was killed in battle and Franz was declared heir of Oren and was to be crowned king. The same Franz that had in earlier years gotten into a conflict with Stafyr and he was not a forgiving man. For briefly aligning themselves with Sophia Horen, Farley was allowed to retain all his titles, privy council positions but Franz had three fingers on Farley’s left hand cut off in punishment. The Order of Saint Lucien opposed King Franz however due the earlier schism wars that had been between the two. Under the order of Bishop John of Darfey the Decterum were manipulated into murdering their own king and Farley swore fealty to the newly formed Imperium Tertius under Emperor Peter Chivay. During this turbulent times his cousin Godwein denounced the creator in the court of New Huntshill. Furious Farley disowned Godwein from House Stafyr and had him banished from Oren with the promise of death if he ever returned. After seeing Godwein in the capitol just a few weeks later, Farley had his men arrested Godwein and he himself beheaded him on a log outside the city gates. According to the journal of Moris Stafyr, Farley was cold and distant for days after. Farley had been weakened by the death of his friend Heinrik and loss of his fingers and realized if he was to live a full life he could not be lord or he would suffer the same fate as Saint Godwein or his father Lord Edmund. Farley abdicated his titles and designated Symon Stafyr as Lord of Stafyr and Regent until his son Athelstan was of age. Lord Symon Stafyr was not the same man that Farley was. Whilst Farley had been raised his entire life to rule Symon was a shy and awkward man who much more preferred to stand in the back of the room then in the center. However Farley lended as much advise as he could to Symon and Stafyr continued to stand strong as Symon with the establishment of the new capitol settled what would be known as Eastgate. However Roy Carrion, son of the late King Heinrik had been furious with Stafyr for not aligning themselves with the Carrion claimant after the death of Franz and wished for vengeance. In a duel for honour on the isle of Thales, Farley was cut down and killed by the young crow Roy Carrion. However by accounts of the battle it would appear that Farley went into the duel knowing that he would die. That he could not harm the son of his friend. *Dance of the Crow and Faclon* The Falcons Fall, 1464-1521 At the arrival to Athera, Symon settled the coastline of Oren and constructed the village of Werdenberg. There he laid the foundations of some of the largest wheatfields ever seen by man and was jokingly nicknamed “The Bread Count” by his peers due to the fact that Stafyr had enough grain in its storage to supply the entire empire ten times over. The years went on and Stafyr lived quietly in the county of Werdenberg until that of Athelstan son of Farley came of age and was given rule of the county. During Symons rule Stafyr had with the assistance of Amador maintained a strong cavalry force to roam its lands and was considered still a strong house by its numbers but the unstable politics of Oren had left Symons rule tainted with missteps, however in a time where many old noble houses went extinct House Stafyr persevered. Symon was glad to step back and enjoyed a quiet life as a councillor to his former lord’s son until he would many years later die as a content old man married to a woman whom he loved and children that cared for him. Athelstan was in many ways similar to his father, Farley II. He was humble, decisive and a good commander but lacked the ambition and motivation that pushed Farley forward. During the rule of Athelstan he married of plenty of his cousins to other noble houses of higher standings maintaining the strong noble prestige built up by his father but his own idleness and lack of ambition had begun to cost the house prominence. Stafyrs once strong military that had been reformed under Symon and levied by House Amador was whittled down making Werdenberg vulnerable to House Vydra’s rapid expansion. A few years into Athelstan’s rule Werdenberg was without his acceptance absorbed into the realm but also without any defiance. One thing to note is that during Athelstans reign, Stafyr purchased the land of Fursten and there built a fortress named Katzbutg to defend its wheat field. *The Barony of Katzburg* Athelstan himself had early on been betrothed to a young Rovin woman, a match arranged by his close friend Gorn. But the match quickly turned sour. Athelstan supported the failed invasion of Roy Carrion and his betrothed, having her family fight on one side and beloved on the other was to much. She took her own life. The defeat of Roy’s forces and the death of his future wife drove Athelstan to accept vassalisation under Adria. Athelstan shortly after abdicated to the son of Symon, Thomas and vanished into a self imposed exile for the remainder of his life. With the abandonment of Athera and the arrival at Vailor, Thomas established his new fief called Waldstadt in the northern forests of Adria. Shortly after he too abdicated with no heir, leaving the fief and the house under regency for a brief moment before his younger brother Jakob came of age and assumed the lordship. But being a minor lord of Adria during the Dukes’ War there was nothing to be done. He was stripped of the small keep after the surrender of the duchy and the end of the civil war. For the first time in about a century and a half, House Stafyr was unlanded and Jakob died shortly after. *Lord Thomas and Jakob Stafyr* Thomas and Jakob’s reigns were both brief and with the death of Jakob no lord of Stafyr were to be found. Thus with no clear successor many believed that his had been the death of Stafyr and the end of a house stretching from the early beginnings of the Imperial annals causing a interregnum of Stafyr until the ascension of Altaron Stafyr almost thirty years later. Stafyrian Renaissance, 1549-1712 Many noble houses throughout the lands could trace lineage to Stafyr but no trueborn Stafyrs were to be found for many years. Until the son of a distant Galtorian line Altaron made himself known and with his diligence and name established the barony of Arnault under the service of the Archduke of Lorraine. Altaron re-established a competent Stafyr military and had a bustling village. Together with this he was named master of coin of Lorraine and served the archduke diligently for many years. More Stafyr descendants resurfaced from exile and the house was slowly regaining its footing in the politics of man. Altaron was in some ways a mixture of Saint Godwein of Huntshill and Lord Athelstan. He had the diligence and vocabulary of Saint Godwein but lacked ambition and a clear sense of political manoeuvring such as Athelstan. Leaving Altaron as a very humble and content man in life and he ruled as lord of Stafyr for many years as Baron of Arnaut. *Lord Altaron II. Stafyr* But Altarons long reign had him old and with this age came negligence of his barony and duties as master of coin and Altaron was eventually stripped of his titles with the abolition of Lorraine and died as a landless nobleman at the age of seventy. Leaving the title as lord of House Stafyr to his cousin Eadwulf. Eadwulf maneuvered the politics of man much more eloquently than Altaron and quickly gained himself the title of Baron of Thurant and with hostilities brewing after a prince of Staunton had murdered the eight year old count of Joren of House Ruthern. A boy. Stafyr declared allegiance with House Ruthern in the Greyspine Rebellion to reclaim Haense from the Courlandic forces. Stafyr joined with House Barbanov and fought with the armies of Haense against the Courlanders in the Second Battle of the Rothswood, where the Stauntons were humiliated. After the war House Stafyr now a vassal of the Horenian kingdom of Mardon were issued a royal decree for the duchy of Raetia and Stafyr had for the first time in its history risen above the ranks of counts and barons to the title of Duke. Eadwulf begun a military reformation called “The Green Banners Company” to rebuild Stafyrs military from the Golden Age. During these times the sixth empire was declared and Stafyr swore fealty to the new emperor. But at the same time as Eadwulf was rising in ranks, a Hanethorian cousin. The primary line of Stafyr. Called Kristoff Ludvic had risen in ranks within the Kingdom of Haense and had been given the title of Viscount of Grauspin for his service to the King. This created a rift where the Galtorian Stafyrs would under Eadwulf would be called formally the Stafyr-Thurants and the Hanethorians under Kristoff would be called the Stafyr-Grauspins. Both claiming Lordship of all Stafyrs. Someone at this time viciously attack Eadwulf. Slitting his throat but through the sheer luck someone managed to find Eadwulf on the brink of death and brought him to a Cloud Temple Monk that mended his wounds. Leaving a hideous scar along his neck as a reminder. Eadwulf continued to rule Raetia for a few more years but after his assassination attempt he lived in fear and neglected his duties and was stripped of the title of duke. Eventually he peacefully abdicated the Lordship of Stafyr to Kristoff and not long after that he passed away. Kristoff was now made Lord of Stafyr and had a long and peaceful reign under the more common Heartlandic name “Christopher Louis”. One of the agreements made with Eadwulf before his death was that Kristoff would take on Eadwulf’s only son Godwein III. but after his death, the late wife of Eadwulf, Aurelia. Refused to hand over Godwein to the rightful Lord Stafyr and thus he was disowned by order of his lordship and the crown of Haense. Thus mending the Thurant – Grauspin rift, leaving Stafyr-Grauspin as the only true rightful heirs of Stafyr. Kristoff later served under the governments of the Platines Henrik Bihar and Josef Van Alban as ambassador and emissary. He was an avid writer and wrote many treatises on diplomacy and state affairs, the most famous work being Vayrkilar and was an avid critic of the imperial economical systems. He passed away peacefully leaving his lordship and titles to his oldest son Sergei Heinrik Stafyr who for a long time served as Lord of Stafyr and Lord Marshal of Haense. However in a drunken stupor he’d attack his own son Leopold, attempting to murder him. However Leo, being surrounded by loyal Stafyr men was saved by the Hans of Sybilla shooting a crossbow bolt into Sergei. Leopold was made lord of Stafyr after his fathers death and Hans was pardoned as the act was seen as an act of righteous self-defence. Sergei tainting his legacy and being mostly written out of the history books as his son rose to lordship. The Modern Era, 1712-Present Leopold quickly rose through the ranks, establishing the County of Nenzing in the far north once more elevating Stafyr to a committal status. He quickly married Lady Valeria of Baruch whilst his cousin Ser Gerard married the King's sister, Princess Nataya. His diligence in the Haeseni politics quickly granted him the title of Lord Kastellan and assisted the Houses of Vanir and Baruch to establish the counties of Ayr and Vasiland. After the abdication of Konstantin Var Ruthern, Leopold was given the position of Lord Palatine. Together with Marius II of Haense Leopold took part in the Nenzing conspiracy where the lords of Haense and Ves swore fealty to Joseph I, Holy Orenian Emperor after Antonius I, Emperor of Man had dissolved the Empire of Man. During the War of the Two Emperors, House Stafyr fought alongside the armies of Oren in several battles including the Battle of Upper Rodenburg and the Siege of Helena, during the siege the Lord of Stafyr directly commanded the Haeseni men together with Godfric of Alimar. Leopold continued to lead the house through the war becoming a more bitter, blunt and resentful man after seeing his men die. However loyal to their cause he kept fighting. Receiving plenty of scars on his body and losing one eye, Leopold would perhaps be the Stafyr lord in history to have seen the most war and combat. In 1718 the Orenian and Renatian forces would clash once more in what would be known as the Second Battle of Leuven which ended as a Renatian victory after the Orenian army got disorganized and scattered by the Renatians chock tactics. During the battle Leopold received a wound to his side but due to the continued risk of remaining outside of Reza he ordered his men to begin the march north to Nenzing. After about one day and a half the lord collapsed, an infection had gripped his body and after another fourteen hours of bedrest. Leopold died of his wounds. A combination of septic shock and blood loss. His young son Erich was now elevated to lordship with Ser Gerard "The Bear" assuming the mantle of regent until the young boy would come of age. Ser Gerard would go on to distinguish himself as the Lord Justicar of Hanseti-Ruska, implementing his cousin Leopold’s judicial reforms and overhauling the legal system of Haense during his long tenure in the position. During this time, a distant cousin of Lord Leopold’s from the Sybillan line began to distinguish himself, a knight errant of the Kingdom of Haense by the name of Ser Konrad “The Wolfsbane”. A skilled politician and administrator that was mentored by the famed Lord-Palatine and Regent Georg Stanimar, Konrad quickly distinguished himself as the Stafyr representative in the Royal Duma of Haense. After his appointment to the Speakership of the Duma by the Lord-Palatine Lerald Vyronov, Ser Konrad pioneered the institution of a more formalized structure for the Duma and implemented many reforms, shaping the institution into a modernized legislative body. His hard work, determination, and competence caught the eye of King Andrik III of Haense, who summoned him to form a Government in his name as Lord-Palatine and Chancellor of the realm after the resignation of Lord-Palatine Terrence May. Thus, Konrad followed in his cousin Leopold’s footsteps. Overseeing an unprecedented economic boom and leading the Haeseni armies during both the kidnapping of Grand Prince Andrik Petyr Barbanov and the Great Fire of Reza, Ser Konrad would be remembered fondly as a competent bureaucrat and administrator who governed in King Andrik’s name up through the first days of the Ruber War. Together, Ser Gerard and Ser Konrad would go to distinguish the House within the Kingdom of Haense and further bring honor to the Almannir legacy. Upon his coming of age, Lord Erich too began to distinguish himself within the kingdom, becoming both Andrik III of Haense’s Royal Envoy and a cavalry commandant in the Brotherhood of St. Karl. Ser Konrad’s wife, Kamilla of House Baruch, would also go on become the Lady Maer of the Royal City of Reza, working alongside her husband to strengthen the Kingdom’s prosperity. Years would pass, and the Stafyrs would continue to maintain a strong presence in Haeseni politics. Following Lord Erich’s untimely death during the Ruber War, Lord Alaric Stafyr would inherit the House’s lordship with Ser Konrad serving as regent for a short period of time. After a period of retirement, an aging Ser Konrad was also elected to the position of Imperial Senator. Lord Alaric’s wife, the Princess Aleksandra of House Alimar, would also be elected to the position of Lady Maer of the Royal City of Reza. Eventually, King Andrik IV of Haense would request as his final wish that the young Lord Stafyr, alongside his own brother Prince Otto Rupert Barbanov and his cousin Prince Godfric Alimar, lead an expedition into the ancient land of Athera in his name in the hope of recovering a set of ancient Barbanov heirlooms. During the expedition, several Stafyr heirlooms were also recovered by Lord Alaric and Ser Konrad, including the ancient helmet of Saint Godwein, as well as his sword. With the expedition now having returned to the Kingdom of Haense, the young Lord of Stafyr and his wife would continue to make headway in the world of Haeseni politics, becoming as beloved as Leopold, Gerard, and Konrad before them. III- Family Tree https://familyecho.com/?p=XJAQ2&c=zr1zztpjhy&f=896154350852731268 IV - Heirlooms The Crown of the Almannir- a copper crown, ringed with slots where lost jewels would have sat. To be worn by the fabled king of the Almannir. The Helmet of Saint Godwein - The iron and chainmail helmet worn by Saint Godwein into battle during Exalted Godfrey’s first Holy Orenian Empire. Recovered during the Athera Expedition of 1756 by Lord Alaric Stafyr. The Sword of Saint Godwein - The blade used by Saint Godwein during the many wars of the First Empire. Recovered during the Athera Expedition of 1756 by Lord Alaric Stafyr. The Axe of Saint Godwein - The axe of Saint Godwein which he used as a lumberjack to assist in the construction of Arethor. The Emerald Circlet. - A circlet designed by the finest goldsmiths of Abresi to replace the crown of the Almannir by Lord Farley II. The Golden Armour of Beorn Stafyr- A suit of iron armour gilded with gold. To be worn by the historical sworn guardians of House Stafyr. Tindle - Sword of Lord Edmund I. named by the bastard grandson of Saint Godwein. Its hilt forged with the claw of a Wyrm and blessed by the clerical order during the war against the Scourge. Shield of Saint Godwein - The shield of Saint Godwein that he used when fighting for the prophet Saint Godfrey in the days of the First Empire. V - Lords of Stafyr Beorn Stafyr Born - Unkown Death - Unkown Titles: 1st Lord of Stafyr and Guardian of House Stafyr. Hanethor I. Stafyr Born - Unkown Death - 1349 Titles: 2nd Lord of Stafyr and Guardian of House Stafyr. Master Thondorus Stafyr Born ~ 1300-1305 Death - 1355 Titles: 3rd Lord of Stafyr, Founder, Master and Bailiff of Rivacheg Master Graveth I. Stafyr Born ~ 1320-1323 Death ~1380-1390 Titles: 4th Lord of Stafyr, Master and Bailiff of Rivacheg Saint Godwein the Honest of Huntshill Born ~ 1360-1365 Death - 1426 Titles: 5th Lord of Stafyr, Marquis of Schattenburg, Baron of Feldkirch, Baron of Huntshill, Lord High Treasurer and Grand Justice of the Holy Oren Empire. After his death sanctified as the Patron Saint of Honesty, Woodworkers, Fungi and Skin-afflictions. Lord Edmund I. Stafyr Born - 1392 Death - 1435 Titles: 6th Lord of Stafyr, Lord of Geminine, Marquis of Schattenburg, Baron of Feldkirch, Lord Privy Seal of the Holy Oren Empire, Noble Ser of the chapter of the Lion, Knight Commander of Renatus. Lord Farley II. “The Young Lord” Stafyr Born - 1431 Death - 1464 Titles: 7th Lord of Stafyr, Count of Shadowcastle, Baron of New Huntshill and Fieldchurch, Lord Privy Seal of the Holy Kingdom of Oren, Warden of the South. Lord Symon “The Bread Count” Stafyr Born - 1445 Death - 1509 Titles: 8th Lord of Stafyr, Count of Werdenberg and Shadowcastle, Baron of New Huntshill, Fieldchurch, Commander of Eastgate and Master Keeper of the Imperium Tertius. Lord Athelstan II. Stafyr Born - 1460 Death - 1535 Titles: 9th Lord of Stafyr, Count of Werdenberg and Baron of Katzburg. Lord Thomas Stafyr Born - 1474 Death - 1515 Titles: 10th Lord of Stafyr, Count of Werdenberg, Baron of Katzburg and Waldstadt Lord Jakob II. Stafyr Born - 1477 Death - 1521 Titles: 11th Lord of Stafyr, Baron of Waldstadt. Lord Altaron II. Stafyr Born - 1529 Death - 1599 Titles: 12th Lord of Stafyr, Baron of Arnaut and Master of Coin for the Archduchy of Lorraine. Lord Eadwulf Stafyr-Thurant Born - 1579 Death -1622 Titles: 13th Lord of Stafyr, Duke of Raetia and Baron of Thurant Lord Kristoff Ludvic Stafyr-Grauspin Born - 1588 Death - 1669 Titles: 14th Lord of Stafyr, Viscount of Grauspin, Ambassador and Emissary of Haense Lord Sergei Heindrik Stafyr-Grauspin Born - 1645 Death -1706 Titles: 15th Lord of Stafyr, Viscount of Grauspin, Baron of Thurant and Lord-Marshal of Haense. Lord Leopold Kristoff Stafyr-Grauspin Born 1688 Death 1718 Titles: 16th Lord of Stafyr, Count of Nenzing, Viscount of Grauspin, Baron of Thurant, Lord-Palatine and Chancellor of Haense Lord Erich Stafyr-Grauspin Born 1712 Death 1744 Titles: 17th Lord of Stafyr, Count of Nenzing, Viscount of Grauspin, Baron of Thurant, Royal Envoy of Haense, Commandant of the Brotherhood of St. Karl Lord Alaric Leopold Stafyr-Grauspin Born 1735 Death - Titles: 18th Lord of Stafyr, Count of Nenzing, Viscount of Grauspin, Baron of Thurant, Commander of the Royal Expedition to Athera (1756) ((Big thanks to AndrewTech and Emenzi who helped write most of this, couldn’t have done it without you guys))
  7. Korna-Lin Tree Reference Minecraft Korna-Lin Tree (VERY MUCH WIP) Material Name and Description (Raw form) The Korna-Lin tree unlike most natural flora contains a unique, illuminescent sap that often forms bubbles upon its branches. Once a Konra-Lin tree reaches full maturity these excess bubbles of sap will fall gently to the forest floor as new bubbles will slowly begin to grow. These illuminescent bubbles of sap are often buoyant, and if not harvested may simply float away. Though its wood may be useless in harvest, due to the large veins of sap within, the tree has another purpose for its Wonk inhabitants. These tree’s would appear rather tall, with a twisted trunk. The leaves grow upon many layers, with vines slowly descending upon its branches the older it becomes. In some settlements Traditional wonks, and on occasion reformed wonks have also long since incorporated the Korna-Lin within the construction of their everyday homes. Upon the creation of a Tuma-Tuma (A mud hut) Wonks will often plant a Korna-Lin upon its peak. Over time and with great care the tree will eventually overgrow the Tuma-Tuma itself. Within the center of a Tuma-Tuma or at least somewhere notable within the home can be found a large pool of water that the wonk’s themselves work actively to maintain. This pool of water feeds the Korna-Lin, and in return the Korna-Lin purifies this water in order for the Wonk’s to scatter their eggs. This pool also works as an easy to access place for the wonks to hydrate themselves. This symbiotic relationship between Wonk’s and Korna-Lin Tree’s benefits both species, and has become a stable of wonk life. Applications (Raw Form) These tree’s somehow produce a purifying effect upon the waters that surround them. Scholars believe this has something to do with the Konra-Lins unique sap, that may work as an organic filter, that quality controls the waters upon which the unharvested sap floats upon. Because of this unique trait, Wonks often scatter their eggs around the Korna-Lins tree’s base. Red Lines (Raw Form) The Illuminescent sap even when processed will not glow any brighter than a flickering candle. In its raw farm this sap will glow slightly brighter than a simple camp fire, however by no means can this be used to blind, or negatively effect someone. The Sap cannot be suddenly placed on an ocean to purify its waters, these tree’s only purify the direct space around them due to the sheer amount of sap being naturally released by the tree. The tree may not be any larger than your typical oak. usually these tree’s stand anywhere between 20-30 feet before maturing, after the maturing process begins they will reach a typical height of 60-70 feet. These tree’s can grow no taller than 140 feet. If these tree’s grow too tall due the veins of sap flowing through the wood the tree would simply fall apart due to sheer mass. Harvesting Method When harvesting the sap you must wait till the tree is ripe, and the excess bubbles of sap simply float to the ground. These hardened and well ages bubbles of sap may then be taken to a smith, melted down at a low temperature, before being cast into sheets. The tree will drop these naturally but only once or twice a year. Attempting to remove the bubbles prematurely will cause them to burst, and in doing so will released a poisonous gas from within the bubble. This gas will often leave the victim struggling for air, induce vomiting, disorientation, and make the victim extremely light headed. The gas is not fatal, but attempting this too many times may result in a lower form of brain damage. The item in MC that represents these sap bubbles is a honey bottles, and glowstone powder which both come from the tree. Cooked Sap (Honey bottles) will to add to a tea, or brew. This sap can be melted fully into sheets. These sheets can create sap windows (honey blocks). When dealing with raw unrefined sap (Glowstone Dust) represents the Illuminescent sap that hasn’t been melted into sheets. Once the sap has been cast into sheets it looses its glow. (Glowstone powder) represents jewelry made from this raw sap. This unrefined sap still retains its glow. Harvesting Red Lines The sap bubbles that falls naturally from the tree is what may be harvested. This is in the form of honey bottles, and glowstone dust. There are rules in order to using this sap. For a starter the tree’s will only produce this excess sap every so often, maybe even once or twice a year. Taking the sap directly from the tree would render it to shatter and be useless. Only the hardened, dropped excess sap is study enough for harvesting. Material Name and Description (Refined Form) (OPTIONAL) Honey Bottles: Korna-Lin Heated Sap Desc: “This harvested sap from a Korna-Lin Tree has a rather pleasant smell. Upon adding it to a warm brew, the consumer will find their mind at ease as the relaxing texture takes over.” Honey Blocks: Korna-Lin Sap Sheets Desc: “These sheets of hardened Korna-Lin Sap are quite brittle, as if silver glass they must be handled with care. Upon inspecting the sheets one would find that they are rather transparent, and make a perfect window.” Glowstone Dust: Korna-Lin Sap Desc: “This unrefined sap may be used in order to create jewelry, It is highly sought after, and glows dimly in the darkness.” Applications (Refined Form) (OPTIONAL) Traditional Wonks often gather this excess sap, melting it into long, often flat sheets. The now dried sheets of sap are then used to create windows. My carving into the raw, harvested sap one can easily create jewelry, and a whole assortment of decorative items, used by both traditional and reformed Wonks for the aforementioned beauty purposes. If one was to heat the gathered sap at a mildly warm temperature they will be left with a runny, gooey substance that can easily be added to a tea, or warm brew. This sap is extremely relaxing once consumed, and has no negative effects. Red Lines (Refined Form) (OPTIONAL) This sap when hardened into sheets cannot create a blade. At the most at the very far extreme it could be used for arrows. The sap is just too brittle and would easily shatter under and meaningful impact. The sap if raw and carved into jewelry will not glow any brighter than a flickering candle. It must be handled with extreme care, forging the raw sap will cause it to lose its signature glow. When it comes to consumption the sap will not hide the taste of a poison. It simply relaxed the mind, and in taste is just a little sweet. Refining Technique (OPTIONAL) Honey Bottles: Korna-Lin Heated Sap: It is commonly known that stirring Korna-Lin sap in a pot of boiling water will cause it to slowly liquefy into a creamy substance. If over heated, or heated to quickly the sap will quickly turn into a pure liquid and cannot be consumed. Honey Blocks: Korna-Lin Sap Sheets: If Korna-Lin sap is heated quickly in a forge, upon fully liquefying it may be poured into a cast. Once cooled the Sheets of Korna-Lin Sap may be used for windows, or in the creation of art. This sap has no other practical use. Glowstone Dust: Korna-Lin Sap: With a steady hand, and great patience this glowing raw sap may be used to create jewelry. This sap may not be forged into ingots, and cannot endure extreme heat otherwise it will simply turn into a Sheet. Once heated this raw sap will quickly begin to lose its nutral glow if left unchecked. Refining Red Lines (OPTIONAL) When making jewelry the sap is often quite delicate, and cannot be forged into any form of ingot. It can however be carved, but only if great care is taken. The tree may also not be used to make houses. It’s wood is too brittle for construction, and its sap will never be hard enough to create an effective blade. This sap is about as hard as untreated, thin glass once processed Repeat (OPTIONAL) Honey Bottles: Korna-Lin Heated Sap Desc: “This harvested sap from a Korna-Lin Tree has a rather pleasant smell. Upon adding it to a warm brew, the consumer will find their mind at ease as the relaxing texture takes over.” Honey Blocks: Korna-Lin Sap Sheets Desc: “These sheets of hardened Korna-Lin Sap are quite brittle, as if silver glass they must be handled with care. Upon inspecting the sheets one would find that they are rather transparent, and make a perfect window.” Glowstone Dust: Korna-Lin Sap Desc: “This unrefined sap may be used in order to create jewelry, It is highly sought after, and glows dimly in the darkness.” Purpose (OOC) My intent is simple. With wonks starting to create their own buildings, cities, and culture I wish to simply provide a meaningful, good spirited flora that will create positive RP, and may encourage wonks to start using this to help with their professions, and traditional building. I think it would be rather interesting if the wonks villages and cities had such a signature item within them, and would be a great way for the community to have more unique interactions with the wonks. Currently wonks do the following few things. 1: Go to water and moisturize. 2: Screetch at people. 3: Do basically what anyone else does. In my eyes there aren’t many tools in which wonks can use to sell their own natural resources, or create their own cultural RP. They basically do what any other average joe would do with the exception of skreetching and sitting in hot springs all day. Some have even gone into drug dealing because they is literally nothing else unique they can do. My goal with this tree is to incorporate it into an already being built settlement and upon the map itself. I want to full heatedly give the wonks unique things to do. They are such an amazing race, written by such talented writers. They are a blank slate, with only a few fundamental rules to help guide them. With the creation of this species of tree it may very well increase the positive roleplay. I have already been told by a good portion of the wonk player base that there isn’t much to do. They often just walk to different water pools, and wait for RP to happen. They want something unique. This will at least provide that without being a determent the already established wonk culture. After all I think it would be extremely fun if wonks had their own special jewelry that hey they could teach a jewelry to know! Anyone can use this tree, and in hindsight it might very well help establish in character relationships. After all the purpose of the world itself it to help create roleplay. If lore team wishes to make any changes I am more than open to that. This is my first time suggesting lore for the server, and I am bound to have made mistakes.
  8. Although it would be incredible; I’d just like to say now that I’m NOT expecting this to be accepted. I just had the idea not too long ago and wanted to share it. Basically a throng of lunatics led by Mr. Beautiful completely take over the city of Helena. The guards are imprisoned; criminals are set free. The gates are shut; no one comes in and no one gets out. The town will be in a state of unqualified pandemonium; everyone is on their own. Trapped in this engirdled mobocracy swayed by a psychopathic begetter who will be sitting in his chair; laughing his ass off until somebody stops him. Discord me if you’d like to hear more.
  9. ((SPOILERS ARE WONKY)) ~Pravum~ CHARACTERIZATION There are two subspecies of Pravum: the original beasts, known as the Harried, and their “perfected” successors, the Shikari. Both the Harried and Shikari were created from Descendants that have undergone an extreme alchemical transformation to their body and Soul. This augmentation grants the Pravum a slew of enhancements at the cost of the “Normality” of Descendant life. Credits: @Dymase @Cyprian1034 @NikoNiko @BoyWonderr @JaxonBlues @Archipelego @Ztrog @Temporal @AtrexPieren [Lucy-Lisett -- DeviantArt] A pair of adventurers caught wind of an abandoned town in the middle of the wilds of Atlas. Upon arriving, they were met with a thick mist throughout the surrounding forest. Once they entered the settlement, the group found the entire place in complete disrepair. Caved-in roofs, doors torn from their hinges, windows were broken, and the entire town covered in a thin layer of ivy and vines. The wind was blowing softly, adding an extra layer of discomfort to the damp and chilled air. The pair made their way down the muddied streets, their footsteps squelching loudly as the men looking for any signs of life. As they neared the outskirts of the village, one noticed an abundance of herbs in an overgrown garden in front of a small house. Deciding that it would be wise to search for anything medicinal, he strode over to the patch and surveyed the overgrowth for anything useful. The other moved cautiously into the house, with his blade drawn. “Oi! C’mere. Now,” the man in the house called out. The other man would let out a short grunt as he pushed himself to his feet. Stepping into the threshold of the abandoned cottage, the second man let out a sigh, saying, “What’s wrong?” The first man raised his arm and pointed to a darkened, far corner of the small lodge, where a skeleton lay, an arm extended towards a blood-stained book. The second man would stoop down once more, this time picking up the book as opposed to flowers. The man would flip through the pages before saying, “Seems like a sort of diary.” “Not much use for it, then. Better to leave it. Don’t want to upset his spirit, eh?” the first man responded, giving his companion a playful punch in the arm. “Right,” the second said with a short scoff. Nevertheless, he found himself placing the diary into his satchel with the plants he had picked earlier. The pair then made their way out of the lodge in search of new adventure and treasure... Origin: [!] The journal would be pawned off to a cloaked figure several days after the pair of adventurers returned to their city. ~The Transformation Elixir~ Description: Effects: Ingredients: Preparation: Mechanics: Redlines: ~Serum Ingredients~ Muscle and Bone enhancement Minor Regeneration Metabolic increase Sense enhancement (Vision, Hearing, Smell, Taste, Touch) Cardiac Enhancement Respiratory enhancement Serum Creation Brewing ~THE ALTERATION~ OOC: Please keep in mind this will be a very painful and mentally taxing procedure for the soon-to-be new Shikari. Give the patient time to roleplay out their pain. Also remember, for the performer, this isn’t an easy task either. They must be careful to keep the right order or they run the risk of killing the patient. The person creating a Shikari or Harried must have an accepted teacher application in order to do the procedure. The person being turned into a Shikari must be a preexisting character beforehand, you can’t just be brought into the world as a Shikari as they’re not born and must be created through roleplay. Preparations The Procedures Redlines ~The Harried (Event Creature)~ Appearance: Mentality: Muscle and bone Enhancement (Combat / Non-combat ability) Metabolic Increase (Combat / Non-combat ability) Sense Enhancements (Combat / Non-combat ability) Respiratory Enhancement (Combat/Non-combat ability) Major Regeneration (Combat/ Non-combat ability) Cardiac Enhancement (Combat / Non-combat ability) Mimic (Non-Combat ability) ~The Shikari (Playable CA)~ [Monolith Productions: Shadow of War] Appearance Strengths and Weaknesses PK Clause Mentality ~Abilities~ Muscle and Bone Enhancement (Combat / Non-combat ability) Metabolic Augmentation (Combat / Non-combat ability) Senses Enhancement (Combat / Non-combat ability Tracking (Non-combat ability) (EVENTS ONLY) Cardiac Enhancement (Combat / Non-combat ability) Minor Regeneration (Non-combat ability) Respiratory Enhancement (Non-combat ability) Reverie (Non-Combat Ability)
  10. The Fifth Thirds Compromise In the pursuit of beneficial conjoinment, it falls to the Council of Varoth’Akvel to determine the alliances and allegiance of the Fortress of Varoth'Akvel. In said pursuit, the decision of the conjoinment falls to heavy discussion and extensive revisement of written terms. Following the meeting of the esteemed members of The Council and other inhabitants of Varoth’Akvel, these terms are transcribed for immediate implementation and thusly named The Fifth Thirds Compromise: In the event that the Underking of Urguan resigns, passes, or is otherwise reverted to a position in which he/she is no longer the sovereign of the Underrealm of Urguan, these accords shall be considered null and void and the Fortress of Varoth’Akvel and the land it resides upon shall revert to its original status as an independent private landholding. Upon the rightful election of a new Underking, these accords may be renewed and reinstated. In such an event, the previous point shall be nullified until such a time when it again applies. The Fortress of Varoth’Akvel and its ruling council shall be completely ruled and managed by said council, answering only to the rightfully elected Underking who has renewed and signed these accords. The lands and holdings of the Fortress of Varoth'Akvel and its Council will hold to the laws of the Underrealm of Urguan but shall be entirely policed by their own entities. On this point, military and political entities other than that of the Underking may not hold jurisdiction within the lands and holdings of Varoth'Akvel. Should a lawbreaker be present within the holdings of The Fortress of Varoth’Akvel, they may be captured by the holding’s law enforcement but must be extradited to the Underrealm for their punishment. The Council will also reserve the right to expel and bar anyone they deem unfit to remain in Varoth’Akvel save for the Underking. Any request made of The Council must be discussed by The Council as to whether or not it is of importance or goes toward the well being of Varoth'Akvel and its residents. Any request made of The Council that is determined to have a negative correlation with the will of The Council can and will be denied if it seen fit by the majority of The Council. In clarification, this term is set with the idea of refusing the requests for equipment free of charge as well as any form of legislation that directly hinders The Council and Varoth’Akvel citizenry. At no point shall the Underking force the citizenry of Varoth’Akvel into military service nor shall he make demands that the research of Varoth’Akvel be turned towards the ends of militarization, conflict, or violence. The lands and holdings of Varoth’Akvel will identify themselves as those of the Underrealm of Urguan and fly the banner of the Underrealm alongside those of Varoth’Akvel. Should it become necessary by The Council or The Underking to add, edit, or remove a term from this document, it shall require the agreement of both parties to make such a change. As a compromise to the first signatory Under-King Utak Ireheart, the Council of Varoth’Akvel shall refrain from building offensive structures on the surface above the fortress, and shall remove the already existing structure. Signed and implemented this day, the 8th of The First Seed, 1760: Under-King Utak Ireheart Zahrer “The Merciful” Irongrinder, Arch-Runelord of The Order of Ogradhad, Lord and Councilor of the fortress of Varoth’Akvel, Lord of Kal’Az’adar, The Citadel, Jarnstrand, Kjellingrad, Khaz’Varekan, and the Westmarch, Master of the Kal’Varak, Twice-Crowned Grand King of the Grand Kingdom of Urguan, 12th Grand Champion of The Grand Kingdom of Urguan, Hero of the Brathmordakin, Father of Clan Irongrinder, Arbiter of The Age of Industry, Slayer of Setherian and The Dharok, Chief Executive Officer of The Dwedmar Corporation, Seneschal of the Legion of Mercy, and Snow-Elven Patron God of Unreasonable Warmongering.
  11. The Inner Court The Inner Court, also known as the Queen’s Office, is the working household staff that runs the palace. Here one is expected to always follow proper etiquette and manners directed and given by the Queen. “At the castle, the courtiers live under the constant surveillance of the King and Queen, and upon their good behaviour, their respect, and their observance of etiquette their whole careers depend. If you displease the King or Queen they will simply not see you the following day; their gaze will pass over you as they survey the people before them. And not being seen by the King or Queen is tantamount to ceasing to count.” Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elissa of House Staunton, Queen-Mother of Courland The Queen-Consort is the highest position in the Royal Court after the King, and the highest position in the Inner Court. But if there is no King, the highest position goes to the Queen-Mother in all handlings of the inner court in the palace. Her duties are to help the one in charge of the kingdom and if possible a future King in all affairs in running it until a new Queen has been crowned.. She is also in charge of who lives, eats and stays in the palace. Losing favour with the Queen-Mother is never ideal if one wishes to stay in the Selsmire palace. She also has the duty to make sure the palace court prospers. Her Royal Highness, Princess Catherine of House Staunton, Crown Princess-Consort of Courland The Crown Princess-Consort’s position is to help the Queen in her duties in the Inner Court. Though while she is also there to help she can also make her own decisions regarding who gets certain positions in the Inner Court. Though the Queen has the final word on the matter if they disagree. At the moment she has been put in her room until proof she is not a shade as with the rest of her family. Her duties will however continue as normal. Her Ladyship, Lady Anne of House de Boleynas, The Queen’s Secretary The Queen’s Secretary’s job is to help write Her Royal Majesty, The Queen’s letters, documents and posts. She is also the keeper of the Queen’s seal. The Royal Chamberlain The Chamberlain is in charge of the staff in the palace such as chefs, cooks, butlers, maids and cupbearers. He oversees these duties for the Queen so that she does not have to. The Grand Lady The Grand Lady oversees the events inside the palace and entertains those in the inner court with her plans. She is also in charge of the Lady-In-Waitings, Wards, Valets, Governesses and Tutors. At the moment the position is open after the firing of Lady Adelaide O’Hara due to accusations on her family of harboring a shade. Claus D Apolos, Royal Chef and Butler of the Palace The Royal chef is in charge of all the cooks and the kitchen maids. He makes the main dishes and there is not a single meal or feast in Courland that he is absent for to make the food. Open positions in the court: The Grand Lady Royal Chamberlain Cupbearers Head Maid Kitchen Maids Lady’s Maid Maids Head Butler Valets Butlers Lady in waitings Tutors and Governesses Other Figures in the Inner court: Prince Tobias Staunton, Crown Prince-Regent of Courland Prince Rickard Staunton, Prince of Courland Prince Henry Staunton, Prince of Courland Lady Clementine von Santen, Ward of the Crown Princess-Consort Lady Mary Anne Windsor, Lady in waiting to the Crown Princess-Consort Dame Lysandra, The Queen’s Champion If any of the open positions are of interest to any you may seek out the Queen-Mother (@MissToni#0760) or her secretary (@Crushems#4883) by letter. Signed by, Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elissa of House Staunton, Queen-Mother of Courland
  12. There had been many a month since the Terror Beast has dissipated from the land. It seemed the caves had been livelier then usual during this time of rest for the adventuring 'Ker. In time they came to befriend the great bats of Fiandria of which their ancestors had once hunted. At the flank of the Matriarch's wings sat a small fist sized bats clinging to her fur. While they were small and recently born they seemed strong and relatively weened. She eyed Delphi and Twilight with equal interest. Delphi eye's flicks over the small ones, smiling softly. "I've not ever met your young lings, Miss..." (Miss the name she has given the Matriarch during the years they had grown close) she'd reach out hesitant for a moment to pet the 10ft tall bat. The Matriarch's ears flickered with a seldom seen fondness at the touch. After some time her gaze wandered to Twilight where she seemed almost to ask her to come forward with a fan of her wing Twilight waved at them with a small smile "Hello little ones" she then looked to the Matriarch "They're beautiful" the 'Ker said stepping forward "My, seems the matriarch had become a well mother in this time" Gusiam said as he looked back to the grave of Chocolate, one of the two bats that has died during the fight As all things end so do new things begin. With a push of her wing a young female bat was offered to Delphi and a male to Twilight. The rest of the bats clung ever yet to their mother and it was clear her intentions. Delphi took this young bat into her arms, holding her gently in her arms "You're sending them away with us, Miss...?" The bats all seemed to give out hyena like laughter at her words as though it was the most obvious of things. In rest, only one other alike clung to the matriarch. It was clear indication of their genders there needs only be one leader in a group of bats. As such these two groups would have meant to go make their own homes elsewhere. Twilight takes the baby bat with a soft smile holding it in her arms like the baby it was "Thank you.” Delphi bowed her head light, shifting the weight of the young matriarch in her arms "Estelle- Do you like that, Miss? An old word in our eleven tongue for to trust...We'll see to it that all will be well" Both of the young bats clung onto there respective 'Ker as though they were their new mothers. The Matriarch seemed accepting and all was well. It was only time that would tell what would become of these new bats and their new home. Delphi reached out with her other hand, gently rubbing her head "We'll miss you all... not going to forget how you helped us, how you saved us" she'd smile Twilight nods to Delphi "Thank you for everything, I'll never forget this as long as I live" she'd then look over to Sneeze, the bat she had grown the fondest of "I'll miss you the most my boy" Sneeze let out a comedic sneeze as a last good bye. Delphi cradled her bat gently, humming softly "Estelle,Estelle..." she'd sing Twilight looked down to her 'new son' "I'm going to name him Silverling..." https://imgur.com/a/lkWaZ12 (bat boi pic) (This is my first form post, which as just me copy the emotes that were said. I’m trying to work on a other posts as well. I didn’t take the rp date so for oc context it was 3/17/2020 around 6-7 pm i think. thank you so much to Julius for the events he gave us, this was the most fun I had on Lotc in a while and I’m so happy I came back for this)
  13. LAWONZKYA AG DEKRETZ VOR KONGZEM EDAELEO AG KUSORAEV ☨ The Laws, Rights, and Decrees of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska Index Preamble Defining the Crown The Laws of the Realm The Book on Marriage The Book on Inheritance The Book on Land and Property The Book on Agriculture The Book on Commerce The Book on Crimes The Book on Judicial Procedure The Book on Execution of Judgements The Rights and Duties of Nobility The Rights and Duties of GentryI. The Rights and Duties of Burghers and Peasantry The Rights and Duties of Burghers and Peasantry Lexicon Preamble Since the foundation of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska in the year of our lord 1578 the largely feudal state of the highlanders has gone without a clear definition on the duties and rights of its people and has for decades followed the definition given by heartlander states without a regard to our own culture. This document is to ensure that the rights and duties of the nobility and gentry of Haense is clearly specified according to the Highlander spirit and history, that the rights of a commoner within our great kingdom is outlined based on its social and feudal status, combined with a clear definition on our legal system and laws. Defining the Crown The legitimacy of all legal and juridical framework originates first within the power of the Crown. For as GOD ordains men to wield the authority over men, the office of kingship derives first as a divine mandate. In this regard, the authority of the Crown is invested upon the accession of each lawful successor to exercise the temporal duties of a harmonious realm in the name of the Seven Skies. Where the ordained men of the faith place their confidence as GOD’s elect to devolve the rights and prerogatives of royalty and kingship, the man who is coronated in the presence of his peers with the Seven Skies as the divine witness is placed above all other stations and exercises an extraordinary charism to govern the realms entrusted to him by ancestral right. This power vested onto him is unalienable, thusly indissoluble from his person and lineage. In the investiture of this charism to rule, the Crown and the king to whom it is bestowed is compelled by all the powers of the heavenly emanations to convey the virtues of the Exalted and maintain the ordinance of the One whom this authority derives. Furthermore, the Crown rests above all, established by divine orders, and charged with dispensing justice, peace, and unity among his subjects for perpetuity. Regarding the authority of the King The supreme authority of all justice, legal, military and governing is that of His Majesty, the King. The Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska remains within that of an absolute monarchy and his authority is not to be questioned. The King may as he will increase or reduce the Crown authority, restricting the rights of his people and nobility accordingly. As this law is enacted the current state of Crown authority is considered that of High. The King only responds to the authority of that of His Imperial Majesty, the Holy Orenian Emperor or that of GOD and his representative on Arcas. The High Pontiff. No other man shall command any authority over the Crown of Hanseti-Ruska. Throughout the Realm, all its citizens are to pledge fealty to the Dual Crown of Hanseti-Ruska and its lawful King who according to the laws of inheritance has been granted the Crown. The King shall always love and fear GOD and no man who is not a follower of the Canonist Faith may assume the mantle of Kingship. If the King inherits his titles before the age of fourteen he shall be under regency of his Lord-Palatine until then. If there is no Lord-Palatine the regency falls down accordingly. Royal Exchequer - Lord Speaker - Lord Justiciar - Lord Marshal - High Steward. The King has the right to assemble any citizen of the Realm to serve as his councillor in the Aulic council. The King has the right and authority to dub any citizen of the Realm to a knight at his own behest, he also has the right to choose that of a Knight-Paramount to serve as the Commander of the Marian Retinue. With this the King also reserves the right to ennoble any family within the realm and grant them royal letters of peerage. The King has the right to strip any noble, gentry or commoner of his lands, titles and property with valid cause. With this he also has the right to strip any noble house of its status and reduce them to that of burgher or peasantry class. Valid cause shall be defined as the committing of any crime against the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. The King has the right to take any man to serve as his squires and pages. To train them according to the rules of chivalry and have them as his personal retainer. The King shall always hold the dual crown of Hanseti and Ruska. Two titles that shall be passed down and not being able by any right to be granted to any other man or woman. Whomever the King decides to marry shall be made Queen-Consort of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska and serve the realm at the behest of the King. The Crown shall be inherited according to the rules of Agnatic Primogeniture succession. Where the oldest Son inherits, if there is no living sons the closest direct male relative shall inherit. If no direct male relative exists the titles shall pass on to that of the sons of women directly related to the monarch. The King has the authority to call his nobles and order them to raise that of levies during times of conflict and war, if so any noble refusing to do such shall be called to trial for treason. The maximum punishment being Death. The King has the authority to alter, veto and revoke any legislation passed either by Royal decree or that of the Royal Duma. With this he also has the authority to at his own behest disassemble the Duma if needs be as they serve on his behest. The King has the authority to increase or decrease the Crown Authority and thusly alter this legislation. Any altering to this must be done through Royal Decree. LAWONZKYA VOR BIRODAL The Laws of the Realm The Book on Marriage The Book on Marriage defines all the rights, rules and laws regarding that of a legal marriage within the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska and is to be upheld by all its citizens. The laws of the Book on Marriage has heavily taken into account the values and virtues upheld by that of the Canonist Faith and the core principles of the Archdiocese of Jorenus. Ch. I. Regarding the rights of the Guardian and request of marriage I.I.§. If a man would wish to wed, then he shall request it to the woman’s guardian, he shall not with force or secrecy lure the woman into marriage. I.II.§. By right the father shall be the woman’s guardian and mother to give advice. Shall the father be deceased the right of guardian pass onto the mother that shall with friends consult the marriage. Shall both father and mother be deceased the right of guardian passes onto the closest male relative. I.III.§. Shall there be a dispute between that of the right of the guardian then the matter is to be brought to the court of the Lord-Justiciar and individually trialed. I.IV.§. There shall be no force or violence regarding the question of marriage. The man shall without any violence find a suitable agreement with the guardian of the woman and thusly both shall consent to the marriage. I.V.§. A man and woman may not be married without the written or oral approval of the guardian, if a marriage takes place without this then it shall be taken to the court of the Lord-Justiciar and trialed. I.VI.§. A man and woman may not be married before the age of sixteen and the marriage shall not be allowed to be consummated until the age of eighteen. I.VII.§. A woman without a proper guardian can request any elder male such as a friend or official of the realm to act as her guardian during the act of a betrothal. However this can only be done she has no living male relatives. Ch. II. Regarding who you may marry and situations where you may forcibly be wed II.I.§. A man may not take a woman as his wife if she is one of the following, daughter, granddaughter or great granddaughter and so on. Thusly a man may also not take a woman as his wife is she is mother, grandmother, great grandmother and so on. II.II.§. A man may not marry any woman that is any of the following, his sister, niece, aunt or great aunt. II.III.§. A man and woman are not allowed to be married if they are first cousins, exceptions can be made if written consent is given from His Majesty, the King, the Archbishop of Jorenus or his Holiness the High Pontiff. II.IV.§. Any man is not to take as his bride the widow of his son, grandson and so on. He may neither take the widow of his father, grandfather and so on. The same with the widow of his uncles or great uncles and so on. II.V.§. You are not allowed to marry that of any step-siblings by that of your stepmother, her mother, great grandmother and so on. II.VI.§. A man is not allowed to marry that of your in-laws in according to her mother, her sister, her cousin or her daughter. Exceptions can be made by written consent given from His Majesty, the King, the Archbishop of Jorenus or his Holiness the High Pontiff. II.VII.§. All said here about the man and husband is also included into that of the woman, the wife. But with that of the masculine form. II.VIII.§. People considered as in-laws is any kin related by blood to that of the husband or wife. Such as but not excluded to the father, mother, brother, sister, cousins, nephews, nieces, uncles and aunts. II.IX.§. Those who has bedded and conceived a child before that of marriage may forcibly be wed by demand of the guardian, however should the man refuse the matter shall be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being that of the man having to pay the full dower, dowry and forced to one saint’s hours in the stockade, for public humiliation. The woman may have her child removed from her to be granted to the guardians legal right and sent to convent for reschooling within the chastity of the Canonist faith. Ch. III Regarding betrothal, engagement and marriage III.I.§. Shall a betrothal occur, two witnesses must be present to verify that the man and guardian has come to terms. One from that of the man and another from that of the guardian. If the betrothal is arranged in any other form the betrothal may be considered null and the man and guardian may be presented to a fine of three hundred minas. And an equally sized donation is to be made to the church. III.II.§. A written document with the guardians signed consent may also be valid evidence to that of a legitimate betrothal. III.III.§. Shall a person impersonate that of a guardian to establish a betrothal. The offender shall be put to trial and the maximum punishment is that of a five hundred minas fine and one saints hour in the stockade for public humiliation. III.IV.§. Shall a man and woman arrange a betrothal without that of the proper proceedings and consent of her guardian, the man shall be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being that of having to pay damages to that of the guardian, with a maximum set amount of one thousand minas based on social standing and an hour in the stockade for public humiliation. III.V.§. Once a betrothal has occurred an engagement feast is to be held and arranged by that of the guardian, to celebrate the betrothal. During that feast gifts are to be presented to the betrothed, such as but not limited to furs, silk, minas and jewelry. Shall one of the betrotheds pass the surviving one shall retain and keep these gifts, should both pass the gifts are to be granted to that of the woman’s family. III.VI.§. If either the man or guardian would break the betrothal all engagement gifts are to be granted to the offended party and the offended party may bring the matter to court and damages up to one thousand minas based on social status may be paid. III.VII.§. The betrothal ends with the act of the wedding and can only be considered lawful if the ceremony is conducted by an ordained minister of the Canonist church. If a person is to impersonate a minister of the canonist church to conduct a wedding the offender is to be brought to court and stand trial. The maximum punishment being that of death. III.VIII.§. Once the wedding ceremony and following feast has been conducted the closest kin of the husband and bride shall accompany the two in a bedding ceremony. However, if the bride and groom would be under the age of eighteen the bedding ceremony is to take place once both has turned into legal age. If the ceremony does not take place the marriage may be considered invalid due to the lack of confirmation of consummation. III.IX.§. Shall the groom or bride run away from wedding the person can forcibly be returned and the marriage continue. If either party would refuse the groom or guardian may be brought to court for trial. The maximum punishment being that of paying the dower or dowry and damages to the offended party up to one thousand minas based on social status. III.X.§. Men born out of noble blood are disallowed to marry that of a non human woman such as elves, dwarves, orcs or other races. Nor may they marry any person not following that of the canonist faith. Ch. IV Regarding children born out of wedlock IV.I.§. A child born outside of marriage or betrothal shall be considered a bastard and lack any right of inheritance or legality within the realm. To legitimize a child born outside of betrothal or wedlock a royal decree must be published by the King, legitimizing the offspring. However this may only be done on those born out of noble blood. IV.II.§. A child born outside of wedlock but during betrothal may be considered legitimate once the marriage has been consummated and a fine of five hundred minas has been paid to the crown and another five hundred to that of the church as a donation. IV.III.§. Shall the woman bear a child to that of another man except the husband or betrothed the man shall be granted damages up to two thousand minas based on social status and the dower to be repaid or returned. The woman may be brought to court to stand trial for adultery. The maximum punishment would be a saints hour in the stockade for public humiliation, the shaving of one's head and to be sent to a convent to be reschooled within chastity of the Canonist faith. IV.IV.§. Shall the man spurn a child to that of another woman except the wife or betrothed the woman or guardian shall be granted damages up to one thousand minas based on social statusThe man may be brought to court to stand trial for adultery. The maximum punishment would be that of a saints day of prison labour and castration if the offense is repetitive. Ch. V Regarding unlawful weddings and betrothals V.I.§. If a woman would wed a man without the consent of her guardian. Her family has the right to disown and disinherit her. The man would be able to be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment would be that of a fine up to five hundred minas based on social status. V.II.§. If a man under guardianship of the same woman would be betrothed without the consent of the guardian he has the right to ensure that both would be disinherited and break the betrothal. V.III.§. Shall a wedding occur without the guardians approval, the guardian can validate the marriage by a written document with the husband combined with dowry and dower paid. V.IV.§. Any man who takes a bride whilst being married to another shall be considered unlawful and brought to court for trial. The maximum punishment being that of twenty lashes. Ch. VI Regarding the rights of the married VI.I.§. Once a man and woman has married, the husband assumes all responsibility of her guardian and shall ensure that her needs are met according to her social status and to provide for her. VI.II.§. Once a man and woman has married, the wed gains the right to live with one another under the same roof and share bed. VI.III.§. If the pair is of noble or royal blood the woman shall assume the mantle of consort and gain the female equivalent of any title he would hold. Such as baroness, countess, duchess or princess. VI.IV.§ If the husband is of gentry the woman gains the right to be called Mam and live during his protection in gentrified status. Ch. VII Regarding the dower and the dowry VII.I.§. Before the day of the wedding the family of the groom is to pay an appropriate settled dowry to the bride’s family. This dowry is to be based on the social status of the bride and her guardian. VII.II.§. During the morning after the first night the groom is to present a dower to that of the bride directly, generally consisting but not excluded to minas, land deeds, jewelry and heirlooms. To ensure a proper inheritance incase of the husband's passing. VII.III.§. Shall a dowry or dower not be paid the guardian of the bride can bring the man to court and trial where the crown can force the man to pay a suitable dowry and dower, refusal to this would be met with fines and potentially a maximum punishment of a saint’s day of prison labour. The Book on Inheritance The Book on Inheritance defines and restricts all matters of inheritance from that to noble titles such as but not limited to barons, counts and dukes. It also regulates matters of inheritance of land, property, minas and that of written testaments by the deceased. The book also regulates that of disinheriting and what happens if there is on eligible individual to inherit. Ch I. Regarding inheritance of Nobility I.I.§. Any title within the peerage of the realm is to strictly follow that of agnatic primogeniture inheritance. Meaning that the oldest son to the holder inherits all titles, shall there be no sons any brothers will then inherit, nephews, uncles, cousins and if there is no direct male relatives to inherit it shall pass to that of sons to female kin. I.II.§. A noble lord may disinherit his children if he has legitimate cause to do such. The disinherited son or daughter may then bring the matter to court for a ruling by His Majesty, the King to restore inheritance if the cause is considered invalid. I.III.§. Gentry, advisory and honorary titles can and will never be inherited and are for the Crown to appoint new once the holder has passed. I.IV.§. With the inheritance of a title all duties and responsibilities are also passed to that of the person inheriting. Failure to comply with these may result in the titles reverting to the Crown. I.V.§. The lord may before his passing distribute minor titles to that of other sons and male kin however primary held titles and all land shall automatically be inherited to that of the oldest son. I.VI.§. Shall no living male kin exist the titles and land held by the house will revert to the Crown automatically. I.VII.§. Children born out of wedlock are considered bastards and shall therefore not inherit any titles, land or property. A lord may bring the matter of legitimization to the Court to have the bastard made legitimized and therefore initiated into the inheritance succession as a trueborn son or daughter. However only His Majesty, the King may rule on the matter. I.VIII.§. Nobles who has taken in other children into their custody shall not be allowed to adopt. Any child in the custody of a noble lord shall remain within their birth name and also not allowed to inherit any titles, lands or property of that of a lord. Noble families who tries adopts other children will be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being that of their titles being stripped and two saints day of prison labour for the offender. I.IX.§. Only children that are of pure human breed are allowed to inherit any titles within noble peerage. Half breeds are struck out of the line of inheritance and can never retain the right of inheritance. Ch II. Regarding exemptions to inheritance II.I.§. Any housing owned within the confinements of royally chartered cities and settlements may not automatically be inherited. However a new deed with the new holder can be signed directly with a steward or other equivalent official. If not done the stewards shall seize the property and sell it to the highest bidder. II.II.§. Any landed lord can regulate the inheritance of any property such as housing within the borders of their land. II.III.§. Any man or woman may testament away ⅓ of all their material belongings to any individual that is a citizen of Haense, regardless of status. A testament must have the sigil or signature of the deceased and two witnesses to be considered valid. II.IV.§. The act of procuring a fake testament would be forgery and thusly punished according to the Book on Crimes. Forgery of the testament of a noble lord would have the maximum punishment of death. II.V.§. If one commits the act of murder to gain an inheritance the person commiting or ordering the deed will automatically be disinherited by royal decree. II.VI.§. If the deceased has any debt the estate shall be used to pay off any written debt. Once that has been done and signed by a city steward the remaining estate shall follow common inheritance laws. Shall no funds be available to pay off a debt it shall be inherited by the next of kin. Ch III. Regarding the rules of inheritance of common birth III.I.§. When a woman dies all of her belongings shall automatically be passed on to that of her husband. Shall there be no husband all inheritance shall pass on to her sons to be distributed equally. If she has no son her father shall inherit, after that her uncle, cousins, nephews or any living male kin. Shall no such exist it shall pass to her daughters or female kin. If there is no living kin nor testament the crown shall automatically be granted the inheritance. III.II.§. When a man dies all of his belongings shall automatically be passed on to that of his sons to be distributed equally. If he has no sons his father shall inherit, after that his uncle, cousins nephews or any living male kin. Shall no such exist it shall pass to his wife, daughters or female kin. If there is no living kin nor testament the crown shall automatically be granted the inheritance. III.III.§. If there is a dispute between the people inheriting the disputing parties may request assistance from the constabulary to settle the dispute. In that case the Crown’s verdict would be final and not able to appeal. III.IV.§. All cattle or other farm animals shall be inherited directly to the eldest son, if there is no son it shall pass to the closest living male relative. Shall no male relatives exist it passes to the local lord or Crown. III.V.§. An adopted child of a commoner shall always be considered after that of a trueborn child and therefore considered last in the line of inheritance. The Book on Land and Property The Book on Land and Property defines the rights of who may own what kind of land, housing and holdings. It also restricts and properly ensures that correct matters of construction shall take place and specifies the difference of the land owned by the noble lord, gentry and Crown. It also stipulates what may be built and who shall decide on matters regarding land disputes. Ch I. On property within a royal chartered settlement I.I.§. Owning property within the confinement of a royally chartered city that has walls would automatically grant you the status of burgher. This unless you already hold the status of gentry or noble. I.II.§. Any citizen owning property within a royally chartered settlement are as per follow never to do any modifications to its exterior, unless granted written approval by that of the High Steward or Lord Seneschal. I.III.§. All property within a royally chartered settlement can be evicted with an eviction notice of three saints day. Without cause on orders by the office of the High Steward and Lord Seneschal. I.IV.§. Any citizen owning property outside of the walls of a royal chartered settlement are granted the status of peasantry. I.V.§ All farmlands within the boundaries of royal lands are to be owned by the Crown and can be rented out to usage of those within peasantry status, except if already holding the status of gentry or noble. I.VI.§. Any citizen living in the crownlands can be taxed by the royal Crown, the taxation set and administered by the office of the lord seneschal. Ch II. On the landed Nobility II.I.§. Any noble lord can be granted land or the right to charter land by His Majesty, the King anywhere within the directly owned crownlands. II.II.§.A noble lord has the authority to construct either a keep or manor on his lands. This must be decided upon with the Crown, in the form of the King or the Palatine. II.III.§. Within the noble lords land they reserve the right to tax any citizen living within the confinements of their boundaries. II.IV.§. The Crown may not tax any citizens living within these lands but may however tax that noble lord owning the land directly instead. II.V.§. Within the lands of a noble lord no towns or cities are allowed to be constructed without specific permission by royal decree. If broken the offender may be brought to court and trialed. Maximum punishment being that of a fine of five thousand minas, titles being seized and the land stripped. II.VI.§. The noble lord has the authority to ensure that the King’s and Emperor’s peace are both kept within the confinements of his borders and may request aid to do so from the office of the constabulary. II.VII.§. Any citizen living within the boundaries of the land of the noble lord are afforded the status of peasantry, except if already holding the status of gentry or noble. II.VIII.§. The Crown is given full authority to oversee the realms of the lords by royal decree. Thus the King may request and order the noble lord to take certain actions. These actions being the demolishing of a building, the increased taxation of the lord, the halting of construction and is to oversee architectural development of the region. II.IX.§. If one would be declared that of a Raubritter and his house can be stripped of all its titles, land and outlawed from the realm. II.X.§ A noble lord is granted land at the behest of the King. Only the King may grant land. No lord is entitled to land simply due to their status. Ch III. Regarding the responsibility of construction work III.I.§. All construction within the realm must be approved by the local authority. Which could be but not restricted to the High Steward, local lord, maer, bailiff or bursar. Construction without proper authority could be brought to trial and the maximum punishment being death. III.II.§. All construction sites must have a written down foreman to oversee its work. This person can be of any social standing and must be submitted through written form to the local authority. Failure to do so will see the construction suspended on order of the High Steward. III.III.§. If construction is approved the local foreman appointed for the construction is solely responsible for the safety of his workers, shall a worker die due to related injuries in construction the foreman can be held accountable and brought to trial on the basis of manslaughter. The Book on Agriculture The Book on Agriculture regulates and stipulates the matters on how crops are to be cultured, harvested and who serves the right to harvest and grow crops. It also regulates what crops are allowed to be grown within what boundaries they may be used. The Book on Agriculture also includes legislation on that of hunting. Ch I. Regarding illegal crops and restrictions on cultivation and misuse of farm animals I.I.§. Any crop regarded that of hallucinogenic, such as certain mushrooms are strictly forbidden to grow within the realm. Punishment of growing these crops may be the max punishment of having your left hand removed. I.II.§. Harvest green is only allowed to be grown if given a written permission by that of a city official. It may only be grown for the purpose of dye making. Growing cactus green with the intent of consumption is punishable by having your left hand removed as maximum. I.III.§. Any seeds brought in to the realm from foreign lands are to be examined to ensure they are not harmful before being allowed to be grown on Haeseni farms. I.IV.§. Mixed crops may not be grown within the same field. Separation must occur for the farmland to be considered legally valid. If failed the offender may be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being that of a fine of one thousand minas, land stripped or rental agreement torn. I.V.§. Any farm animals kept under extreme conditions and remain malnourished are to be seized by the crown and slaughtered. The person owning the animals can be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being that of ones left hand removed and a fine of one thousand minas. I.VI.§. Any man bedding an animal does not only commit a damning sin but will also be arrested, brought to court and trial. The only punishment being that of death. Ch II. Regarding the usage of farmlands and farm animals II.I.§. To be allowed permission to tend farmlands for commercial usage one must be of the peasantry status. No other social classes are allowed to harvest fields for commercial use. However a peasant may not be allowed to directly peddle his wares within walled cities. II.II.§. Farm animals are allowed to be slaughtered for commercial usage by that of those of peasantry class, however they may not peddle their wares within walled cities. II.III.§. All farmlands within crown owned territory is automatically owned by the state, however peasants may rent the farms for usage where they tend to the land and pay their fee of usage by donating half of the proceeds either by material or minas to the crown. II.IV.§. Local Lords may themselves decide on who may tend to their farmlands, cattle and other farm animals. II.V.§. If a fire were to break out in the farmlands the person who tends the farms per usual will be held accountable, unless the fire is related to wartime or natural disaster. The maximum punishment of this would be that of having your left hand removed. II.VI.§. The extraction of honey from bees are to be kept at a distance from any major road by at least twenty feet. Failure to comply would result in having the land seized. II.VII.§. If a man is caught stealing or slaughtering that of any other man’s farm animals are to be arrested and brought to trial. The maximum punishment being that of death. II.VIII.§. Citizens of burgher status may not tend to farmlands for commercial usage but are however not restricted within selling the crops inside that of walled cities. Thus can buy crops from the peasantry’s land to later be sold within walled cities to the populace there. Ch III. Regarding hunting and fishing within the boundaries of the crownlands III.I.§. Fishing for commercial usage is allowed for any social class to do and is not restricted to that of peasantry. This can be done within the coastlines of the kingdom, rivers or lakes. III.II.§. To be allowed hunting within the realm one must be granted a royal permit by the master of the hunt. Hunting without that is considered poaching and the maximum punishment being that of death. III.III.§. Any hunting within lands owned by noble lords can be regulated with that of their own accord. However game meat sold within royally chartered cities must be regulated by the master of the hunt to ensure that it was not hunted within crownlands. III.IV.§. Furs brought down for hunting can be sold freely by any social class within walled cities due to the necessity of its content during winter. III.V.§. Any trade of meat, fur or other goods brought from that of poached animals will be considered equal to that of poaching and is punishable by death. The Book on Commerce The Book on Commerce regulates all trade, purchases and selling of any good within the realm. It stipulates who may trade what and issues a decree regarding the legality of chartered companies. It also regulates the import and export of the kingdom. Ch I. Regarding sales and purchases of goods I.I.§. Any trade is to be done without any force from either side and must be a consent from both parties for the purchase to be valid. I.II.§. Once a purchase has been made and both sides has shifted goods there shall be no return. The trade is then considered valid and can not be unmade unless both sides agree on a new trade. I.III.§. If a person is to sell goods that has been stolen the person can be considered to have committed the crime of fencing and can be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being that of having both hands removed and branded as a thief. I.IV.§. If one is to peddle a ware that is broken without notifying the buyer of its defect one can be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being that of returning the payment, a fine of five hundred minas and the removal of ones left hand. I.V.§. Shall one claim to have constructed a ware that someone else has made one can be convicted of forgery. The maximum punishment being that of having you left hand removed and the payment of damages up to one thousand minas based on social status. I.VI.§. A trade can be conducted by either two individuals shifting two goods against one another or through the usage of paying for a good with minas. I.VII.§. Trading in the purchase of men and women is considered slavery and is considered illegal and punishable by death. I.VIII.§. Any man or woman who trades in favours of carnal nature shall be considered that of a prostitute. A man doing such shall be punished by castration. Women shall have their hair shaved off and sent to live in a convent to be schooled in canonist teachings as penance. I.IX.§. All import and export of goods from outside of imperial borders must be verified to that of local stewards to ensure that no illegal goods are brought into the kingdom. I.X.§. The import and trading of any living and sentient being such as man, elf, orc, dwarf and halfling, commonly known as slavery shall considered unlawful and the maximum punishment shall be death. CH II. Regarding the chartering of trade companies II.I.§. Any company importing large amounts of wares and settled within the confinement of a walled city of the kingdom has the ability to petition His Majesty, the King or that of the Royal Duma to be granted the seal of royal charter. II.II.§. A royally chartered company has the full protection of that of the kingdom and also the rights to trade freely within both the realm and under the standard of the crown in foreign nations. II.III.§. The king may freely revoke any royal charter from a company without justification if needs be. However only the registered owners may dismantle the company. II.IV.§. A chartered company may petition to hold land under royal decree, this land shall be thusly known as a colony and be granted the same restrictions and rights to that of crownlands. II.V.§. To operate that of a chartered company its registered owner must be that of burgher, gentry or noble class. II.VI.§. A chartered company gains the rights to assemble that of its own retinue equivalent to that of a count to protect its goods and have these men equally serve as mercenaries, however they may not bear arms against those of the kingdoms allies, subjects or master. II.VII.§. A chartered company is required to pay a negotiated amount of its profit to the kingdom from all its endeavors. II.VIII.§. A chartered company may import and export goods freely without any restrictions or regulations from local stewardry. II.IX.§. Any ship or other vessel under the ownership of the company may freely use the standards of the crown as its colours whilst sailing and an attack on a ship of that property shall be considered an attack on the realm. The Book on Crimes The Book on Crimes affirms all criminal offences and the matter on which it shall be punished accordingly. Ranging from affairs of heresy, usage of magic, profane language to that of assault and murder shall be found within. All crimes are noted to that of Man but are equally to that of women. Ch. I. Regarding blasphemy and heinous acts against GOD I.I.§. Any man who with intent commits an act offensive against GOD, his saints, prophets and scriptures or makes a mockery of GOD’s word shall be arrested and punished with up to a fifty thousand mina fine, imprisonment for up to a lifetime, and designated service to the state or faith up to a lifetime in accordance with the Oren Revised Code. I.II.§. Any man who is not a follower of the Canonist faith may not receive any citizenship within the Kingdom. If one would denounce their canonist belief their citizenship would be stripped from them. Regardless of social standing. I.III.§. Any man spreading a belief not that of the Canonist faith will be punished with up to a fifty thousand mina fine, imprisonment for up to a lifetime, and designated service to the state or faith up to a lifetime. I.IV.§. Any man cursing in the sanctity of a church or any other holy place will be punished with one saint’s hour in the stockade, to receive public shaming. I.V.§ Any man attending a service held by that of an ordained minister of the Canonist church drunkenly shall be punished by public shaming. I.VI.§. Any man who would have carnal relations with another person outside of the sanctity of marriage – including those homosexual in nature – shall be considered a fornicator and the maximum punishment being that of a fifteen thousand mina fine, imprisonment for up to ten years, and designated service to the state or faith up to twenty years.. I.VII.§. Any man who would bed that of his mother, sister, daughter, aunt, grandmother and so on shall be brought to court to stand trial for incestuous relations. The punishment being that of with up to a fifty thousand mina fine, imprisonment for up to a lifetime, and designated service to the state or faith up to a lifetime. Ch. II. Regarding the usage of magic, sorcery and witchcraft II.I.§. Any usage of magic or sorcery against someone to cause bodily harm shall be considered unlawful and will be punishable by death. II.II.§. All forms of dark arts such as but not limited to blood magic and mysticism are unlawful and the usage of such heretical magic will be punishable by death. II.III.§. All forms of witchcraft are considered unlawful and would be punishable by death. II.IV.§. Any usage of magic or sorcery to trick, manipulate or deceive someone shall be considered unlawful and will be punishable by death. II.V.§. All forms of magic users operating within that of royally chartered cities are requested to inform the local authorities of their presence and their doors are to be branded with the letter ‘M’. Failure to do so is punishable by a saint’s hour in the stockade for public shaming. Ch. III. Regarding treason and that of high treason III.I.§. Any man committing a deed of violence and aggression to that of the Realm, the Crown or the Royal family shall be considered that of a traitor and be brought to court and trialed for that of treason. The maximum punishment being that of all titles and land stripped and be executed by beheading. II.II.§. Any man partaking in the actions of aggression to the realm either by assisting or supplying the suspected traitor shall according to his judgement receive the same punishment to that of the traitor. III.III.§. Any noble or gentry with that of a sworn oath to His Majesty, the King who commits arms against the Crown shall be considered guilty to that of High Treason and be branded a traitor. The maximum punishment being that of having lands and titles stripped and executed by that of beheading. III.IV.§. Any man hiding that of a traitor or deliberately not sharing knowledge of his whereabouts shall be equally considered guilty and receive the same punishment to that of the convicted traitor. III.V.§. Any man sharing information that the King has deemed to be of classified nature shall be considered a traitor and serve the equal punishment to that of a person who took arms against the realm. III.VI.§. Any man breaking his oath to the King or the Realm without proper nullification from that of His Majesty the King, Emperor or High Pontiff shall be considered a traitor and punished accordingly. III.VII.§. Any man publicly speaking foul or ill to that of the King, his queen or his counsel shall be considered unlawful. The maximum punishment being that of death by hanging. III.VIII.§. The refusal to execute that of a traitor shall be considered treason and the maximum punishment being that of death. III.IX.§. Any man who refuses to obey a direct command from his majesty, the King can be branded a traitor. The maximum punishment being that of death. Ch. IV. Regarding rebellion, mutiny and insurrection IV.I.§. Any man who organises a group of men armed with weapons publicly speaking ill to that of the crown or the realm shall be brought to court and trialed for insurrection. The maximum punishment being that of death. IV.II.§. Any group of citizens taking up arms against that of the crown shall be considered that of rebels and be punished by death. IV.III.§. Any man who tries to spread foul words within that of the ranks of soldiery to induce that of mutiny shall be considered unlawful and maximum punishment being that of death. IV.IV.§. Any man who knowingly spreads false information or foul words regarding that of prosperity, security and prestige to that of the realm with ill intent shall be considered unlawful and the maximum punishment being that of the ten thousand mina. IV.V.§. Refusal to execute that of rebels and mutineers shall be considered unlawful and the maximum punishment being that of the removal of one's right hand. Ch. V. Regarding counterfeiters and forgery V.I.§. Any man who on his own accord would mint that of any official currency within the realm would be considered that of a counterfeiter. The maximum punishment being that of death. V.II.§. Any man who knowingly spreads or knows of that of counterfeit currency within the realm shall be considered unlawful. The maximum punishment being that of having ones right hand removed. V.III.§ Any man who forges the seal or signature of that of the Crown, nobility, gentry or any official of the realm shall be considered a forger. This applies to anyone who writes that of false records, legal documents, or other official information regarding the realm. The maximum punishment being that of a fifteen thousand mina fine, imprisonment for ten years, and designated service to the state or faith for up to five years. V.IV.§. Any man who fakes that of a signature belonging to someone else in any situation shall be considered a forger. The maximum punishment being that of having your eyes removed. V.V.§. Any man who cracks a seal or opens a letter addressed to someone else shall be considered unlawful. The maximum punishment being that of a two thousand mina fine. Ch. VI. Regarding arson VI.I.§. Any man who would set ablaze that of any property belonging to the crown, the realm or that of the royal family shall be considered an arsonist and brought to court for trial. The maximum punishment being that of death by hanging. VI.II.§. Any man who by negligence would set ablaze any building, farmlands or forestry belonging to that of a citizen of the realm shall be considered an arsonist and brought to court for trial. The maximum punishment being that of having your right hand removed and paying damages up to ten thousand minas based on the destruction. VI.III.§. Any man who by negligence set ablaze any building, farmlands or forestry resulting in the death of any man shall be considered an arsonist and brought to court for trial. The maximum punishment being that of fines up to fifteen thousand mina, imprisonment for up to ten years, and designated service to the state or faith for up to five years. VI.IV.§. Any man who with ill intent sets ablaze any building, farmlands or forestry shall be considered that of an arsonist and brought to court for trial. Equally so if someone was to die during this they shall be branded a murderer. The maximum punishment being that of death. Ch. VII. Regarding murder, manslaughter, assault and kidnapping VII.I.§. Any man who knowingly and with intent takes the life of any other man shall be branded a murderer and brought to court for trial. The maximum punishment being that of death by hanging. VII.II.§. Two men shall be allowed to duel for honour, shall the loser beg for mercy the victor is to spare the man otherwise he shall be branded a murderer and brought to court for trial. However does he not beg he is free to take his life. The maximum punishment being death by breaking the law of mercy. VII.III.§. Any man who would without just cause assault that of any other man shall be brought to court and tried for the crime of assault. Shall he by doing such remove teeth, eyesight, take out a tongue or in any other way have a part of the victims body parts removed it shall be considered aggravated. The maximum punishment being that of a fine up to fifteen thousand mina, imprisonment for up to ten years, and designated service to the state or faith up to twenty years. VII.IV.§ Any man who takes the life of another man without the intent of doing such shall be brought to court and tried for voluntary manslaughter. The maximum punishment being that of a fifteen thousand mina fine, imprisonment for up to ten years, and designated service to the state for up to twenty years. VII.V.§. Any man who by force tries to take that of a woman shall be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being that of castration. VII.VI.§. Any man taking the life of a child or woman shall be branded a murderer and brought to court for trial. The maximum punishment being that of death. VII.VII.§ Any man hiding knowledge regarding that of someone wanted for murder, manslaughter or assault are to be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment includes fines up to two thousand mina, imprisonment for up to two years, and designated service to the state for up to five years. VII.VIII.§ Any man who by force of labour or accident causes the death of another shall be brought to court for trial for involuntary manslaughter. The maximum punishment being that of fines up to fifteen thousand mina, imprisonment for up to ten years, and designated service to the state for up to twenty years. VII.IX.§ Any man who by corporal punishment accidentally causes the death of his child shall be brought to court and tried for involuntary manslaughter. The maximum punishment being death. VII.X.§. Any man who would take the life of his lord or any nobleman within the realm shall be brought to court and trialed, branded a traitor. The maximum punishment being that of death by hanging. VII.XI.§. Any man who takes that of his own life shall be refused a proper burial and thusly put to rest in an unmarked grave. VII.XII.§. Any man who forcefully abducts another without granted permission by that of the Crown shall be arrested and brought to court for trial for kidnapping. The maximum punishment being that life imprisonment and a fifty thousand mina fine. Should the kidnapped be harmed, the maximum punishment shall be death by hanging. Ch VIII. Regarding theft, robbery, burglary, property damage and banditry VIII.I.§. Any man who breaks into that of another’s home shall be branded a burglar and brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being that of a fifteen thousand mina, imprisonment up to ten years, and state designated service for up to twenty years. VIII.II.§. Any man who steals any belonging or coin from that of another person's body shall be branded a pickpocket and brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being the same as that of a burglar. VIII.III.§. Any man who steals from that of a royally chartered or owned property shall be considered a traitor and brought to court for trial. The maximum punishment being that of death. The same will be regarded to that of property owned by a noble lord VIII.IV.§. Any man who steals from that of a shop or stall shall be considered a thief and brought to court for trial. The maximum punishment being in accordance with that of burglars. VIII.V.§. Any man who with intent destroys or damages that of another man’s belonging or property shall be considered unlawful and brought to court to stand trial. The maximum punishment being that of paying damages up to five thousand minas and one saint’s day of prison labour. VIII.VI.§. Any man who by force or threat makes another man give up his belongings, property or possession shall be considered that of a robber and brought to court to stand trial. The maximum punishment being that of death. VIII.VII.§. Any man who would be that to steal another man’s wife shall be considered unlawful and brought to court for trial. The maximum punishment being that of a saint’s hour in the stockade for public shaming and damages to be paid for the husband up to one thousand minas. VIII.VIII.§. Any man who does damage to that of farmlands or forestry shall as for punishment be forced to work the fields or woods to ensure that the damage is repaired. They shall also pay a fine to that of five hundred minas. VIII.IX.§. Any noble lord who commits thievery, robbery, burglary or banditry risk to be declared a Raubritter by the Crown, forsaking all his titles and sentenced to death. VIII.X.§. Any man who commits the act of robbery on the imperial roads that pass through the realm shall be declared that of a bandit and brought to court and trialed. The punishment being death. Ch IX. Regarding lies, slander and the insulting of one’s honour IX.I.§. Any man who slanders that of another without cause or evidence through verbal form shall be brought to court and tried. The maximum punishment being a fine of up to fifteen thousand mina. IX.II.§. Any man who slanders that of another without cause of evidence through written form shall be brought to court and tried. The maximum punishment being a fine of up to fifteen thousand mina. IX.III.§. Any man who without cause or evidence insults that of another’s honour one may be challenged to that of a duel with the victor being in the right. Shall one beg for mercy one is to be spared by the grace of GOD. IX.IV.§. Any man who insults or slander that of the Crown or nobility shall be brought to court and trialed. The maximum punishment being that of death by hanging. IX.V.§. Shall the man accused of slandering bring forth proper evidence that it is in fact truthful the person who has accused the man of such crimes shall be subject to fines up to one thousand minas based on social status. The Book on Judicial Procedure The Book on Judicial Procedure examines that of the court system of the realm and declares who may judge what. It also goes into and ensuring the basic principles of Haeseni law and explains the proper court proceedings that must occur for a verdict to be valid. Ch I. Regarding the trials and sentencing of minor offenses I.I.§. If a man has committed what could be deemed a minor offense such as but not limited to pickpocketing, lesser forms of thievery and minor property damage a sheriff can issue a punishment accordingly in association with the arrest without the need of trial. I.II.§. If the man convicted for the lesser offense refuses to acknowledge that of the Sheriff's judgement he may appeal for the verdict of the constable. No minor offenses can be appealed to the Lord-Justiciar or the Crown. I.III.§. If a man is sentenced for a series of minor offenses it shall be after three times considered a major offense and brought to trial in front of the Western Circuit Court Judge. The sentencing thusly also being harsher. Ch II. Regarding trials and sentencing of nobility and gentry II.I.§. Any nobleman who has been brought to court for a crime shall be trialed by that of the Western Circuit Court Judge and brought to the capitol to stand in front of the court. II.II.§. The trial of that of nobility shall always be done in accordance with the Crown, the King may choose to oversee the trial himself if needs be. II.III.§. No other man other than that of the King or his appointed Western Circuit Court Judge by royal decree may issue a trial and sentencing on that of nobility. II.IV.§. Any noble may request the use of a trial by combat, however the court may freely decline such requests at will and the matter will be looked at it individually. II.V.§. Only his majesty, The King or that Royal Duma are given the right to declare a noble lord to that of a Raubritter, forsaking all his titles and sentenced to death. Being declared a Raubritter grants the Crown just cause to strip the house of its nobility and land. Ch III. Regarding the legality of a court and trial III.I.§. For a trial to be considered valid one official such as crown representative or Lord must preside over the court. III.II.§. Any man standing trial has the right to have their voice heard and may request for any other citizen of the realm to speak for him if need be. III.III.§. For a verdict to be considered valid the trial must consist of that of one court official, two witnesses to the trial and the accused present III.IV.§. Verdicts passed by the crown may be appealed to the Supreme Court of the Empire. The Book on the Execution of Judgements The Book on Execution of Judgements defines what punishments would be commonly used according to the severity of the crime and also regulates in what way they shall be used. All punishments listed in this shall be considered lawful however it is by the discretion of the overseeing judge to pass fitting judgement and may do so freely. Ch I. Regarding prison sentence, public humiliation, penance and banishment I.I.§. One can be sentenced to prison labour. By doing such you the convicted shall be brought to live within the confinement of a cell, being refused all luxuries and forced to do any labour needed by the Crown. Such as working in the mines, docks or quarries. I.II.§. One can be sentenced to that of public humiliation in the stockade or other forms of public shaming such as but not limited to having your hair shaved, branding or flagellation of the feet. The maximum amount of time one can be sentenced to is two saint’s hours. I.III.§. One can be sentenced to that of penance, varying from gender and form based on the criminal offence. Different forms of penance can be that of being sent to live in a convent, forced reschooling of the church or mortification. A punishment of this sort can be that of corporal or a timed sentence, however the time is defined per necessity having no maximum set I.IV.§. If sentenced to banishment one is to never enter the lands that one had been banished from, such could be that of a barony, county, duchy or the entirety of the realm itself if banished per royal decree. Ch II. Regarding the matter of corporal punishments II.I.§. One can be sentenced to flogging with a total of thirty lashes being the maximum set amount that one can receive.. Floggings shall always take place on an exposed back or feet. II.II.§. One can be sentenced to that of having his hands removed, the dealing of this punishment shall be done swiftly and with a single blow. Failure to remove a body part with one single blow per part. II.III.§. If one is sentenced to castration the punishment shall not take place in public viewing but within the confinement of a private chamber. Ch III. Regarding capital punishment III.I.§. Those of noble birth or of gentrified status shall have the honour of being executed through having his head cleanly removed from his body, if sentenced to death. Shall one have been branded a traitor or Raubritter one’s head will be displayed for public viewing prior to his funeral. III.II.§. Those of burgher or peasant class shall be executed through hanging if one has been sentenced to death. Shall the rope break through any natural form without tamper of another man one is to be issued a pardon immediately.. III.III.§. An executioner shall and will never be held accountable for enacting the punishment that the convicted has been sentenced to and shall always receive the full protection from the Crown. The Rights and Duties of Nobility The right of nobility is reserved for those born into an ancient family with historic and notable loyalty to the Kings of Hanseti-Ruska, and as such they are viewed as the esteemed foundations of the Kingdom’s success and are charged with aiding the Kingdom militarily, economically and politically. With this the noble houses in service to the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska has attained certain explicit rights granted to them by royal decree and based on their current titles, landed holdings and esteem within the realm. The nobility also hold certain privileges not granted to other men and women, regardless of status. The right of representation within the Royal Duma of Haense.II. The right to vote in local elections to that of Maer, bailiff and other similar positions. The right of trial before their peers in royal court The right to own and administer lands granted by the Crown The right to petition the Crown for the right to lawfully field a Retinue of professional soldiers during peacetime. If given permission to do so by royal decree then the house may field a set amount of troops that has been decided upon by the Crown and shall be reported yearly to the Crown. If one has more troops then reported in an annual roster or misses to report then a fine on 2000 minas per individual soldiers shall be issued to the house. The right to have sons without inheritance squire to that of knights and other lords in order to one day attain a knightly status himself. The right to petition the king to legitimize a feud with that of another house and bring the matter to that of royal court, where it can be settled through the payment of Weragelt. If either side refuse an honour duel or that of a feudal war where the two houses for a time may fight a set amount of field battles, the victor declared in the right and receiving weragelt from the other house. For that of a feudal war to take place a tribute must be paid to the king of a set price by the house demanding such. During those wars outside forces are strictly forbidden to be recruited and only the two warring houses may clash. No land or titles may be taken during such a war. The right that during times of war and strife raise that of a feudal levy when the king summons his banners and orders the raising of levies. The right to petition his Majesty, the King for that of a private audience. The right to attend the Crow’s Moot if one was to be called by his Majesty, the King. The duty to serve the realm and Crown and provide men into the royal forces during times of war and strifeThe duty to protect the people of the realm and uphold all laws issued by royal decree. The duty to keep the King’s and Emperor’s peace within all the Haeseni lands. The Rights and Duties of Gentry The rights of the gentry are afforded to those denizens of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, who in good faith have attained for themselves the distinction as a citizen in high standing and thusly have been dubbed a Ser or Dame by Royal decree. They are viewed by their capacity as a dynamic class of various trades whose service in the military and civilian aspects of the kingdom merit their aptitude. In these regards, the gentry have attained their own rights established by royal decree, based upon their merit and contribution to the welfare of the realm. The right of trial before their peers in the royal court. The right of property ownership within the capital city and settlements under the purview of the Crown The right to vote in local elections to that of Maer, bailiff and other similar positions. The right to have sons squire to that of knights and lords in order to one day attain a knightly status himself. The right to petition his Majesty, the King for that of a private audience. The right to be given the honour of serving as a personal guard to his Majesty, the King within the Marian Retinue. The right to take squires and pages to server under oneself and to train them into one day achieve the position of gentry and knighthood themselves. The duty to serve the realm and Crown and provide men into the royal forces during times of war and strife The duty to protect the people of the realm and uphold all laws issued by royal decree.The duty to keep the King’s and Emperor’s peace within all the Haeseni land The Rights and Duties of Burghers and Peasantry The rights of the burghers are afforded to those denizens of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska who has achieved that of property ownership within that walled city with an official royal charter. Generally people working as cobblers, merchants, smiths, peddlers, caravaneers and stewards. Peddling goods freely within the city that they live within. In these regards the burghers have attained these rights established by royal decree, based on their standing and position within the realm. The right to vote in local elections to that of Maer, bailiff and other similar positions. The right of property ownership within the capital city and settlements under the purview of the Crown. The right to freely within the confinements of the law peddle goods at their own accord within the walled city. The right to serve as stewards and other official positions within the royal and local administrations. Such as but not limited to steward, maer, bailiff, bursar. The duty to ensure that business and commerce thrive within the city walls.The duty that during times of war be drafted into military service and assist the royal and noble forces in battles to defend the realm from any threat. The right of peasants are afforded to those denizens of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska who owns or leases that of property outside of walled cities, within settlements such as villages or hamlets. Generally farmers, foresters, hunters and other trades. Generally considered the backbone of Haense and any feudal society. In these regards the peasantry have attained these rights, established by royal decree, based on their standing and position within the realm. The right to vote in local elections to that of Maer, bailiff and other similar positions. The right to lease land and farms to work on within that of the crownlands of the Realm. The right to serve in official local positions such as bailiff within the hamlets and villages that they reside within. The right to own farm animals such as cattle, sheep and pigs and also have attained the right to tend to and slaughter these animals. The duty to ensure that the realm is fed and that grain, potatoes, carrots and other goods are brought to the city and Crown. The duty to be drafted into military service and assist the royal and noble forces in battles to defend the realm from any threat. Lexicon ABSOLUTE CROWN AUTHORITY - The King may revoke any titles freely, vassals are not allowed to hold troops nor war with one another. The Duma is disallowed and the King may alter or revoke laws freely at his own behest. ALBAN - The second capital of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, founded by Stephen I in 1619 and later abandoned with the migration to Atlas in 1641. ANDREW II OF HAENSE- The second sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known as the “Winter King”. Most famous for the Deep Cold Uprising. Born in 1564 and died 1586, executed by Philip I, Holy Orenian Emperor. ANDREW III OF HAENSE - The fourteenth and current sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Born 1710. ARCHBISHOP - The representative of the Canonist church tasked with overseeing and managing a diocese. The diocese of Hanseti-Ruska being that of Jorenus. Known in New Marian as Arkhidiakon. BARON - The sovereign lord of a barony. Unable to have any direct vassals. Addressed as My Lord. The female equivalent being that of a baroness. Addressed as Bossir in New Marian. BURGHERS - Free citizens of Haense owning property within a chartered city of royal decree. Allowed certain forms of representation such as voting for Maer within the city they reside. BURSAR - An individual selected by the king or his government in assisting the elected Maer of the capital with administrative duties. If the maer not present this would be the highest ranking official within the city. Known in New Marian as Bursari CHAMBERLAIN - The main overseer of all matters regarding the royal palace, currently known as Prikaz. Serving under the Lord-Seneschal. Known in New Marian as Kamberlen. CHARLES II OF HAENSE - The ninth sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known as “The Stubborn”. Born in 1648 and died in 1666. COMMON - One of the three official languages spoken in the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Generally the most frequently used language in both oral and written form. COUNT - The sovereign lord of a county, able to have Viscounts and Barons as sworn under him as vassals with royal approval. Addressed as My Lord. The female equivalent being that of a countess. Addressed as Komit in New Marian. CROWN - Another term for the authority of the King and his royal government led by the Lord-Palatine. CROWN AUTHORITY - The legislation that restricts or permits the power of the Crown. It holds five different levels of authority. Generally regarding vassal levies. Can be increased or decreased by royal decree. CROWNLANDS - The land and holdings directly held by the King as his domain. Such as the capital city of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. CROWSMOOT - An assembly called by the King of Hanseti-Ruska or any other equivalent Raevir sovereignty, allowing all nobles or Raev descent to meet and negotiate their grievances. DEEP COLD UPRISING - Was a rebellion orchestrated by Andrew II of Haense for Highlander independence. Ended with the Haeseni forces defeated and Andrew II was boiled alive in milk as punishment. DIOCESE OF JORENUS - The realm of authority by the high pontiff within the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Managed by the Archbishop of Jorenus. DUKE - The sovereign lord of a duchy, able to have Counts, Viscounts and Barons sworn to serve under him as ducal vassals with royal approval. Addressed as Your Grace. The female equivalent being that of a duchess. Addressed as Herzen in New Marian. DUKE OF ALBAN - The second born son of the King, second in line to the crown of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. DUMA - The legislative assembly of The Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. All noble houses granted a seat within it to vote and debate legislation and edicts. Overseen by the Lord-Speaker with the authority of the King. EXCHEQUER - A role bestowed on senior officials of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Advisors to all arms of government and overseeing their work under the authority of the King and Lord-Palatine. Known as Eznacheyvor in New Marian. FRANCIS II OF HAENSE - The tenth sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known as “The Unfortunate”. Mostly known for being murdered shortly after his coronation. GRAND PRINCE OF KUSORAEV - The firstborn son of the King and Crown Prince/Heir-Apparent to the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. GREAT NORTHERN WAR - A war between the Kingdom of Courland and the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, ending in a Courland victory and the loss of all Haeseni holdings under King Marius I of Haense. GREYSPINE REBELLION - A successful rebellion that occurred within the Kingdom of Courland where Haeseni vassals Ruthern and Baruch led an uprising to reinstate the House of Barbanov to its former holdings. HAMLET - A small rural settlement with only a few houses, usually associated with that of a lesser lord and in close proximity to a keep or castle. The citizens of a hamlet generally being that of peasantry. HEAD STEWARD - The assisting official to the lord-seneschal on all matters regarding that of the royal estates and holdings. Selected by the lord-seneschal himself. Known in New Marian as Herez Styuard. HIGH CROWN AUTHORITY - The King has full authority to revoke titles freely. He may alter, veto and revoke any legislation written. Vassals may petition the Crown to war with one another. Vassal armies can be restricted by the Crown. The King may freely dismiss the Duma. KINGDOM OF HANSETI-RUSKA - The dual monarchy of the two crowns of Hanseti and Ruska. Generally known in common term as the Kingdom of Haense. Known in New Marian as Kongzem Edaeleo ag Kusoraev. KING OF HAENSE - The reigning sovereign of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Generally a descendant from the House of Barbanov. Monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska and protector of all highlander people. Addressed as His Royal Majesty/His Majesty and informal as Sire. Addressed as Koeng in New Marian. KNIGHT - A warrior of great renown who has been knighted by His Majesty The King of Hanseti-Ruska for his service to the kingdom. Forced to adhere to the code of chivalry and sworn to an undying loyalty to the kingdom. Addressed as Ser. Female equivalent being that of a Dame. Addressed as Kossin in New Marian. KNIGHT PARAMOUNT - The highest ranking knight within the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Direct commander of The Marian Retinue and an advisor the Lord Palatine and King on matters attaining to chivalry. LEVY - A conscripted force of peasantry used as a feudal reserve during times of war and conflict. Raised by nobles when ordered by the King. LIMITED CROWN AUTHORITY - The second lowest form of Crown Authority. The King gains the power to strip vassals of their titles with the support of the Duma. Levies remain unrestricted and the King can’t alter any legislation freely. The King lacks authority to dismiss the Duma and vassals can go to war with one another freely. LORD-CASTELLAN - The king’s authority in matters regarding landholdings held by his vassals outside that of the crownlands of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. He serves as an advisor to the King and Lord-Palatine in all exterior matters pertaining to vassals and the interior hinterlands. LORD-JUSTICIAR - The supreme justice of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Functioning as a judge and enforcer of law and authority within the realm. Advisor to the king and lord-palatine on matters regarding law. Known as Herzen Justiya in New Marian. LORD-MARSHAL - The commander of all military forces within the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, directly the Grand Master of the Order of Saint Karl and acts as an advisor to the King and Lord Palatine on all matters attaining to war and military. Known as Herzen Markyal in New Marian. LORD-PALATINE - The chancellor of the realm and the head of his majesty’s government. Holding the most authority in the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska after that of the King. Known as Herzen Palatebny in New Marian. LORD-SENESCHAL - The king’s direct official in all matters regarding the crownlands and the royal capital of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Advising the king and lord-palatine on matters regarding his own holdings and lands. Known as Herzen Seniskyal in New Marian. LORD-SPEAKER - The speaker of the Duma and a representative of the majesty’s authority in the legislative process of the Kingdom. Functioning as an advisor to the king on legislative matters and a primary liaison of the nobility to the Crown. MAER - An official elected by a vote between the burgher class of the city. Generally offered a representative seat on the Duma and is to be the burghers voice to the royally appointed city officials. Known as Mayer in New Marian. MARGRAVE - The sovereign lord of a march bordering that of another state. Able to have viscount and barons sworn under him as a vassals with royal approval. Addressed as My Lord. The female equivalent being that of a Margavine. Addressed as Margravir in New Marian. MARKEV - The third capital of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Founded in 1641 by Otto II of Haense and abandoned in 1705 with the migration to Arcas. Nicknamed the “Red City” and was situated in the southern tundra of Atlas by the Czena River. MARIUS I OF HAENSE - The third sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known as “The Good” Mostly known for gaining independence during The Coalition War until eventually losing his landed holdings to the Kingdom of Courland during The Great Northern War. Born 1584 and died 1611. MARIUS II OF HAENSE - The thirteenth sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known as “The Brash” Mostly known for allowing the Sack of Ves and his involvement in the War of the Two Emperors. Born in 1683 and died in 1719 MEDIUM CROWN AUTHORITY - The King has unrestricted authority to revoke titles. Nobles can have unrestricted armies. The King may alter legislation but lacks the authority to veto but can with accordance with the Lord-Speaker dismiss the Duma. Vassals have to petition the Crown in order to war one another. MINIMUM CROWN AUTHORITY - The lowest form of Crown Authority. Nobles can have unrestricted armies, the King lacks the right to strip titles and the authority alter or veto any legislation. The King also lacks the ability to dismiss the Duma. NEW MARIAN - One of the three official languages spoken in the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. A mixture of old Hanseti and Raev merged together. Otherwise known as Naumariav. Used most frequently in royal legislation and documents. NORTHERN RAEV BOTCH - One of the three official languages spoken in the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. The less frequently spoken language in Haense, mostly spoken by Raevir traditionalists. Rarely heard outside of closed circles. OTTO I OF HAENSE - The sixth sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Only ruling for five days before abdicating the throne in favour for his son. Born 1584 and died in 1627. OTTO II OF HAENSE - The seventh sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known as “The Quiet” and is most commonly attributed to the establishment of the city of Markev Born in 1601 and died in 1644. OTTO III OF HAENSE - The eight sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known as “The Builder”. Born in 1621 and died 1655. PAGE - A young boy, generally between the age of eight - fifteen. Serving under a knight as a young apprentice and assisting him with menial tasks until he is old enough to be squired. Most frequently of noble birth. PALATINE ASPIRANT - The apprentice of the Lord-Palatine. Training in the matters of statesmanship and governance so as to one day assume the mantle of Lord-Palatine and chancellor. Known as Palatebny-Aspiska in New Marian. PEASANTS - The social class of citizens of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska that lives outside that of the cities of the realm. Generally living in rural villages and hamlets where they have obtained the right to live by the local nobility with the promise of working the land. PETER I OF HAENSE - The first sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Born in 1522 and died in 1582. Known as the founder of the Kingdom after receiving a royal coronet by John III, Holy Orenian Emperor. PETER II OF HAENSE - The fourth sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known for having one of the shortest documented reigns. Only reigning between the Sun’s Smile and Malin’s Welcome. Born in 1596 and died in 1611. PONTIFF - The supreme head of the Canonist Faith. Known in New Marian as Ponty. PRINCE OF HAENSE - Any son born to the sovereign of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska is entitled as a Prince of Haense. Addressed as His Royal Highness/His Highness and informal as Sir. Addressed as Prinzen in New Marian. PRINCESS OF HAENSE - Any daughter born to the sovereign of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska is entitled as a Princess of Haense. Addressed as Her Royal Highness/Her Highness and informal as M’am. Addressed as Prinzenas in New Marian. QUEEN-CONSORT OF HAENSE - The wife of his majesty, the king of Hanseti-Ruska. Addressed as Her Royal Majesty/Her Majesty and informal as Madam. Addressed as Koenas in New Marian. REALM - Another term describing the nation or state. Generally used in official writing to specify the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. QUEEN-DOWAGER OF HAENSE - The former Queen-Dowager and mother to the reigning monarch, his majesty the king of Haense. Addressed as her royal majesty/HerMajesty and informal as Madam. RED PRINCE OF MULDAV - The patriarch of the House of Alimar, descendants of His Highness Prince Edward Audemar, Margrave of Chanik. RAUBRITTER - Known in common as Robber Bandit or Robber Knight. A noble lord or knight who has with his house decided to take upon that of banditry or thievery. One may only be declared by royal decree and with being such comes the death sentence, banishment and ones house being at risk of having all titles and land seized by the realm. RETINUE - A smaller standing military force that can be kept by noble lords, defined in legislative documents as restricted to principalities, duchies,counties and baronies. REZA - The fourth and current capital of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Founded in 1705 by Robert I of Haense and situated in the northern parts of Arcas within the Haeseni Lowlands. ROBERT I OF HAENSE - The twelfth sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known as “The Kind”. The longest reigning monarch in Haeseni history. ROYAL ADVISOR - A title bestowed upon individuals with certain expertise knowledge. Tasked with advising the king and the lord-palatine on the matters that they specialize within. Mostly considered an honorary title. Known in New Marian as Koryal Konsul. ROYAL ENVOY - An emissary sent out by the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska to other nations to serve as a diplomat or ambassador for a set amount of time. Known as Koryal Envonnik in New Marian. ROYAL SCRIBE - An official in the government of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska who documents and assist the king and his government in writing all documents regarding the realm. Known as Koryal Scibsys in New Marian. SACK OF VES - The burning of the free city of Ves was ordered by King Marius II of Haense after the massacre of Helena where Haensemen and Adrians were butchered on the orders of the Antonious I, Emperor of Man. As a way to find peace with the imperials Marius ordered the rebellious city to be sacked. STEPHEN I OF HAENSE - The fifth sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known as “The Green”. Attributed for reconquering the lands lost to Courland during the Greyspine Rebellion. Hailed as one of the greatest rulers in Highlander history. Born in 1596 and died in 1624. STEWARD - An official selected by the lord seneschal or the head steward to assist the office of the seneschal in all matters regarding the crownlands. Generally handling administrative duties and taxation affairs. Known in New Marian as Styuard. SIGUINE I OF HAENSE - The eleventh sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Known as “The Shrewd”. Born in 1643 and died in 1681. ST KARLSBURG - The first capital of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Founded in 1573 by Peter I. of Haense and destroyed by Courlanders following its conquest. SQUIRE - A boy or man, generally in his late teens who serves under a knight as an apprentice until he is old and experienced enough to pass his trials and be knighted by the king. Most frequently of noble birth. THE AULIC COUNCIL - The privy council of the King of Haense. Serving as the realm’s most trusted advisors. Mostly driven from noble birth men but any man can sit on the council who have shown due diligence. THE HAESENI ROYAL ARMY - The former standing army of the Crown, fought in conflicts such as the War of the Two Emperor but later disbanded due to its low standing within the realm and replaced with the brotherhood. THE MARIAN RETINUE - A knightly retinue within the Brotherhood of Saint Karl. An elite force of knights serving as the King's personal bodyguard selected by his majesty himself. Led by the Knight Paramount. THE BROTHERHOOD OF SAINT KARL - The standing military order and army of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Commanded by the Lord Marshal serving under the King at a royal decree. TOWN - A walled settlement with generally a few thousand citizens. Most commonly ruled by a Duke or the Crown itself. Must be granted a decree of township by the Crown to be considered lawful and its citizens would be that of Burgher status. VISCOUNT - The sovereign lord of a viscounty, able to have Barons as sworn under him as vassals with royal approval. Addressed as My Lord. The female equivalent being that of a viscountess. Generally considered as an honorary title. VILLAGE - A small settlement, generally far away from a town and surrounded by either farmlands or forests. Generally close to that of a keep belonging to the local lord. Usually serves a purpose to bring materials to sell to that of a town. Citizens living there are generally of the social class, peasantry. WERAGELT - Known in common as Man price. The damages a noble house may be forced to pay the other in order to settle that of a legitimized feud. If not an honour duel or feudal war may take place.
  14. [!] A poster would be pinned to the Brandybrook noticeboard. [!] An illustration of the ship, it seems old. Lo all! The Shrimp is still in Sutica, but that doesn’t mean that the crew can’t meet up! If you are in the crew, would like to join the crew, or just want to drink booze and socialise, make sure you show up at the Toady Traveller as the elven week ends! Taurin Leafwalker, Captain of the Spicy Shrimp What: A gathering of the Shrimp’s crew, anyone who’d like to join, or anyone who’d like to drink and socialise. Where: The Toady Traveller, Brandybrook, right next to Aegrothond. When: Towards the end of the elven week. ((Saturday 21st, 4pm EST, 8pm GMT)) ((OOC: Obviously I understand that some people may not be able to show up due to recent events, and that’s completely fine. If so, please drop me a DM. Love you guys ❤️))
  15. [!] Flyers would be spread across the far corners of the realm of Arcas [!] --- Missing - Evelyn Tailame --- Peoples’ of Arcas, I write to inform you of the disappearance of a young child, by the name of Evelyn Tailame. She has been missing since the uneventful murder of her father, Hiren Tailame and was last seen by witnesses within the Trade Federation of Sutica. Evelyn’s family now seek information from all credible sources that might shed light on her location. As such, this message goes out to all those who might be willing to lend a hand in the search. For those who seek to provide information or leads, there will be a substantial reward of 1,000 minas for each individual that comes forward with evidence as per her whereabouts. Negotiations for a greater deposit will be considered on the grounds of the reliability of the information supplied. As Evelyn’s grandfather, I pray for her safe return and do so humbly beg for aid in these dire times. If anyone across the realm of Arcas should have her, I implore you to not bring the girl harm, but rather to safely deliver her, in good faith, into the care of her loving family --- Profile: -Name: Evelyn Tailame -Race: Wood Elf -Skin-Tone: Tanned -Hair: Dark Brown -Eyes: Teal Blue -Gender: Female -Age: Two/Three years. -Last Known Location: The Trade Federation of Sutica Reward: 1,000 Minas (Negotiations for a greater deposit will be considered) --- P.S. Contact may be achieved via message raven. Signed; Artanáro Ithilher
  16. Krug’s Ladder A Canonist Parable In his flight from the East, where he did battle with the Deceiver and smit him from the world, Krug lighted upon a certain place and tarried there because the sun was set. He thought it a terrible place; no house, no hearth, but that night he dreamed. A ladder set upon the earth and the top of it reaching to the heavens. Behold, the Lord stood above it, and He said, “Mi be wif lat, agh will keyp lat in awl plazez wherevah lat goz, fur mi will nub leav lat.” And in Krug’s dream he saw the invisible world, companion to the known one we perceive. With its rocks and moon, its barren sands and savage animals; and all the people we know, have ever known, and will ever know, so complete it would seem to leave no room for its invisible brother world, which is yet more immense than the one we see. For in this world dwell the elements that keep us, the Lord who will not leave us, and the departed, who though cleaved from the frame that carried them yet live.
  17. Etiquette in the Royal Courts of Courland Issued and confirmed by Her Royal Majesty, the Queen-Mother of the Kingdom of Courland, 1759 How does one act when visiting a foreign court? These are often questions asked by peasants and even the nobles themselves. None wish to make mistakes that will cause them to lose favour with the King or Queen. In this following document you can make yourself familiar with the etiquette rules that the Kingdom of Courland has in its court. Failure to follow these rules will not be excused or met with any ignorance once the release of this document has been made public. Court Etiquette Respect is the most important one of all when you are in the Royal Court of His Royal Majesty, The King. For one not to show respect is to lose your face as a noble, but for a commoner it would be the greatest mistake as you risk losing the chance of ever rising in status. For even if those with immunity, such as his consort and the church, chooses to speak out of line during informal courts, it could end up costing you your head if done the same. During formal court even the Queen or the church has no right to speak ill of the King. For then he speaks with the presence of God by his side. The only time lords, commoners and peasants may ask certain perks from His Royal Majesty is when he holds court. Such are the times when one is to showcase one's strength if they wish to rise in status. But you must await your time and stand in line while awaiting to speak, and only once called upon and addressed by the King, you may finally do so. Though once done you must never turn your back on His Royal Majesty, for doing so is a great disrespect and will be swiftly punished. Regarding positioning the King should always be in the middle, seated upon his throne. The Queen, and or Queen-Mother/Queen-Dowager, sits next to the King on his left side while his eldest son sits on his right. The rest of the King’s children stand behind or next to the two. When it comes to the Privy Councillors they must always stand to the side upon the dias, never in front. The rest of the nobles shall also stand to the sides of the hall or form a line if they wish to speak to His Majesty, The King. If the King is away it is the Queen’s duty to sit upon the King’s throne and act in his stead. All the same rules of etiquette are expected to be followed when she holds court instead. Dressing Etiquette Crowns, tiaras and circlets Clothing Regarding the topic of crowns it is only the King and Queen, and or Queen-Mother/Queen-Dowager, that are allowed to don crowns, for it is a symbol of the sacredness of monarchical power. Those wearing ones will be executed at once for treason with only the exceptions of foreign Kings and Queens from foreign Kingdoms. When it comes to the topic of tiaras the King’s daughters, and their children, are to wear tiaras at all times if over eighteen. Whilst for the topic of circlets the King’s sons, and their children, are to wear circlets at all times if over eighteen. Those seen wearing tiaras or circlets that are not foreign royalty will have it be confiscated at once by guards and given to the Queen-Mother and never returned. If not given willingly, force is allowed and a banishment will be made for said person. When it comes to clothing females in court must always cover ⅓ of their shoulders. Sleeves can be open and some cleavage can be shown, but too much and you will be asked to cover up. Legs and thighs must be covered with a skirt, dress or pants. Rest of the torso must also be covered. Males in court must not show their bare chest, but cover up with a shirt. Legs and thighs must also be covered with pants while ⅓ of the shoulders must also be covered. There is one particular thing that all must follow in the kingdom of Courland. Only those of the royal family, or those with royal favour may don the colours purple and green. Though only maximum three may have such royal favour at the same time. Those with a royal favour are of the following: N/A Last but not least, always dress according to your status. Peasants or commoners shall not don noble or royal clothing. Nor shall nobles or royals don peasant or commoner clothing unless to escape from danger. Dining Etiquette Courland has certain protocols to follow when dining. The first is that you always wash your hands with the warm water brought by the butlers before eating. Use the cloth on the side to dry your hands afterwards. While eating it is advised to try and be quicker than the King, for once he is done it is assumed the rest are done as well. All plates of food, along with the plates one is eating from will be taken by the servants and brought back to the kitchen even if you are not finished. After this a new set of bowls containing warm water is set in front of you along with a cloth. And the procedure of washing one’s hands is done again. Along with this you are expected to follow some manners while dining. You are not to rest your elbows or arms onto the tables, and make sure to sit straight and not slouch. For it is seen as lazy and not proper when dining in the King’s halls. While eating you wear the fork in your right hand and the knife in your left. The fork must always be faced down towards your plate. If you end up dropping a fork or a knife on the ground do not pick it up as you are always given two forks and two knives for this very reason. Leave it be as the servants will get it for you and give you a new one in case you were to drop the second one. If you under any circumstance must leave during the middle of a meal, simply say “Excuse me” without announcing what you must leave for. Try your best not to disturb the others whilst you leave with anymore noise. Though if you are sitting by the King’s table, you must ask for permission to be excused. It is also expected of you to not speak of blood, organs, bowels, or other grossly things of the world that could ruin ones appetite. Save such talk for after the food. And last but not least, do not under any circumstance drink too much alcohol that you end up acting like a fool and humiliate yourself. Title Etiquette King: When addressing the King one must politely address him as ‘Your Royal Majesty’, thereafter ‘Your Majesty’ when directly talking to him, if simply referring to him one is expected to address him as ‘His Royal Majesty, the King’ Queen: Addressing the Queen-consort and or Queen-Mother/Queen-Dowager is very much the same, ‘Your Royal Majesty’, thereafter ‘Your Majesty’ or simply when referring to her ‘Her Royal Majesty, the Queen’. Prince/Princess: When addressing the King’s children one must address them as ‘Your Royal Highness’, thereafter ‘Your Highness’ or in reference ‘Her/His Royal Highness’ The same be said for the grandchildren of the King or other members of the royal family unless clearly stated they are titled otherwise. Duke/Duchess: A Duke of Duchess must both both be addressed as ‘Your Grace’ or ‘His/Her Grace’ in reference. Privy Councilors: Those of the King’s privy council are to be addressed as ‘Your Excellency’ or ‘His/Her Excellency’ Nobility: Further nobility is to be addressed as ‘My Lord or My Lady’ or in reference ‘Your Lordship/Ladyship’, unless stated or entitled otherwise. High Pontiff: The High Pontiff is always to be addressed as ‘Your Holiness’ or in reference ‘His Holiness’ Cardinals: Cardinals are to be addressed as ‘Your Eminence’ or in reference ‘His Eminence’ Archbishop: A Archbishop is to be addressed as ‘Your Grace’ or ‘The Most Reverend’ Bishop: A Bishop is to be addressed as ‘Your Excellency’ or ‘The Right Reverend’ Priests are simply to be addressed as ‘Father’ Monks are simply to be addressed as ‘Brother’, and ‘Sister’ for nuns Signed by, Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elissa of House Staunton, the Queen-Mother of Courland
  18. This post would be written on parchment by Charles “The Bald” himself, it would then be nailed around various cities across the land by paid couriers. INVITATION TO THE TRIAL OF CHARLES THE BALD This is an official invitation to all of my friends to my public trial at the King’s Court in Urguan. What you are going to see is a man beat the justice system of Urguan like never before. If you believe a man of my stature would even attempt to attack another Dwarf, you’re a complete joke. I am a Dwarf with great values and love my kin like no other. I hope to meet some that I have not seen in awhile, especially, those that I have helped in the past. A feast will be organized at the tavern after I hopefully beat the case. But remember, there may be trouble getting to the King’s Court because it will be a full-house. Be there early !!! Thank you, Charles “The Bald” 3/17 (Tomorrow) 6 PM EST BE THERE !!
  19. Union of Crow and Bat 17 Tov and Yermey, 312 Va Birodeo Herzenav ag Edlervik, Hereby announced through the Holy Church of Canon and its body, and the respective bodies of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska and the Duchy of Cathalon, His Highness, Godfric Aldemar Alimar, Prince of Bihar & Her Highness, Margaret Antonia Helvets, Princess of Kaedrin have been wed in holy matrimony by a sworn clergyman, and that the ceremony was born witness by His Excellency, the Lord Regent of Hanseti-Ruska, Otto Sigmar Barbanov-Alimar, Grand Prince of Muldav, as well as Her Highness, Arianne Renée Helvets, Princess of Kaedrin. May this union produce many children and further the good relations between the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska and the Duchy of Cathalon. IV JOVEO MAAN, His Excellency, Grand Prince Otto Sigmar, Lord Regent of Hanseti-Ruska, Grand Prince of Muldav
  20. The War on Forgotten Lands As the group neared the old lur camp, a small fire was swiftly lit. The orcs gathered around the fire preparing to hunt in the lands of the old city which has swiftly been reclaimed by the nature around it. Animal tracks littered the area, fur was caught in the blades of the grass, and carcasses of small animals littered the area. Something was off, but what could it be? Night came quicker than usual. Swift winds poured over the tops of the grass and wheat within the area carrying the smell of fresh blood. As the group began to finish up their gathering of supplies for the event, howls are heard in the distance. Perhaps they are lur wolves hunting at night. The group carried on as usual with the hunt, leading them on a trail of footprints from a small beast… but followed by a pair of larger footprints. They lead off into the grass taking multiple curves and twists along the terrain, almost as if the animals involved in this where being chased by each other. The group carried on, and so did the howls. Along with those howls, streams of movement begin to scatter across the grass around the group. However one in particular stream darts towards Ugrad who ventured ahead of the group. Before anyone could even save him, he was gone. Taken off into the deep grass as screams and howls and even a slight whimper are heard within the faraway grass. Going to call for help repeatedly he is cut off. The larger groups of uruks and ologs form a circle amongst themselves, which pays off as one of the beast jumps towards the Olog Ghorza’Ogr before she punches it off towards the side. However, she is left with a blood smeared fist from the fur of the beast. As the beast is hit off towards the side of the group, a tighter circle begins to form around the 2 groups. Ugrad, and the others. Noka’Lur quickly rushes towards Ugrad to answer his calls for help, though her very own Lur Wolf is swept out from beneath her. The group lead by Nazark begins to slowly move towards the last sighting of the two Lurs. The group finally makes it near Ugrad and Noka. Finding Ugrad with a large bite on his neck, as his body is covered in claw marks and bites. The group tucks themselves into a tight circle as something suspicious begins to happen. The circles disappear from circling the group, however there is one trail remaining. A very large trail circling the group. It rushes in at once. The larger trail growing nearer and nearer to the group, before stopping in its tracks. A large pair of red eyes emits from the grass before the group. Growling deeply as the sound travels into the ears of the orcs. However the group lashes out at once towards the beast. One orc in particular landed a well noted blow. Korgahk had managed to spear the beast in the eye, sending it into a retreating panic as it ventures back over the hill it came from, leaving the orcs still with a lack of sure knowledge as to what these beasts are. Some orcs are left with flashes of the beast, though no exact picture of what these things were. Consultation would be needed with a very wise orc to tell what these beasts were. The lands of the old city are not the same. The lack of hunters in these fields and valleys has caused the rise of many beasts. However next time in particular, these beasts are surely to return with greater numbers...
  21. The Crowning of The New Sovereign In the absence of Arthur Sterling, I Nathaniel Goldblight, Admiral of the Depths and advisor to the sovereign will be taking over Talons Grotto in his absence. I promise the people that I will continue the great legacy of this town, needless to say, we will begin to search for Arthur, as I am stepping forwards, Ania Sterling, his wife, will aid me in running the city. I will begin to reconstruct laws and policies, as well as the council. I apologize for the inconvenience this causes to our citizens and allies, but we are doing all we can to maintain the order we had when he was here. I want to make sure that all of the citizens and orphans of Talons Grotto are well taken care of, if anyone has any feedback or would like to schedule a meeting, please send me a letter. Thank you for your understanding. Sincerely, Nathaniel Valorum Goldblight
  22. In Change we move forward – Stephen Baldrick for Tribune Greetings my fellow common peoples of Haense! Today I announce that I will take part in the coming elections of the Royal Duma, I aim to become a tribune and representative of you! The main reason Haense stands united. I will do all within my power to support the peoples voice and will within the Duma. - Tax Problem: Right now our people struggle with high taxes, but I am a realist I know that the current regent is not likely to change them even if the Duma approves, but I will promise to try and fix this by taking on the Crowns decisions that are against the people and promoting a new path for Haense. This new path is of acceptance of others, currently many other races such as orcs, wonks are not liked amongst the empire, I will support more freedom for them since I believe that the more people are housed the more the government earns, which will make the crown more lenient on lowering taxes in return. - Our limited education: I am currently living amongst you as a fellow citizen and I have seen myself that the only education we are served is within Military, Orphanages and small organizations. My plan will be to support a construction of a larger and better school that will bring new jobs for citizens as teachers that will improve the minds of our younger population, so they strive to be great people in the future! - Promoting our Faith: I see only a small and barely noticeable structure called a ‘chapel’ that is clearly unworthy for out great Faith! We need to begin a new construction in either old territory close to the middle of Haense or in new expanded land of the City. This construction will be a great Church in the name of God. We will have the Church and Military work together to root out any cultist and illegal activity that has risen up lately! Our city must not become a city for heathens to prosper! - Bring Security for our homes: Our homes get robbed, vandalized, infiltrated by people we don't want! My own home was vandalized by heathen scum! I will make sure that security for our great city grows, whatever it takes! Investigation teams, patrols, anything to make sure our homes wont be broken into again! Final Words. Your vote is the deciding factor to bring change in our great city, and I wish to call upon you... Our dearest and most important people.. the common folk of Haense, to bring forth your votes and support change within the city! And have our people move forward under God and Country to a prosperous land! ~In Change we move forward~
  23. Angelika Eleanora Vanir for Maer: 1759 For a better and brighter Haense Priveja citizens of Haense. My name is Angelika Eleanora Vanir and I am running to oppose Princess Aleksandra Stafyr for her position as Maer. As Maer, I promise to improve the capital city of Reza by defaming the corrupt rules that the Centralists impose on the common people as well as the nobility of Haense. As Maer, I promise to... Lower the recently raised taxes Provide more jobs and opportunities for the citizens Reinstate the public education system of Haense with my personal funds so that every child is literate and knows the basic history of our kingdom Expand upon the Little Crow’s Charity Organization to provide food and clothing to those in need Host sponsored events that will not be funded by our tax dollars Vote Angelika Eleanora Vanir for a genuine, intelligent, kind, and experienced Maer who will represent both the common citizens and the nobility of Haense, the Feudalist party, and GOD through every decision made.
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  25. THE BROTHERHOOD OF SAINT KARL VE OROENIR SANT KARLEO His Majesty’s Arm of Strength “Should we falter our shield turns to ash, but we shall not falter.” BACKGROUND Founded in 1678 by King Sigmar I (r. 1670-1681), the Brotherhood of Saint Karl began with the merging of the levies of the great Houses of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Throughout its duration as the central military force of the Crown, the Brotherhood has been guided by its longstanding tradition of fostering unity, strength, and justice to those sworn to its ranks. Bound by oath and fraternity, the Brotherhood of Saint Karl stood among the preeminent human martial forces during some of humanity’s most trying times. Under the leadership of then Lord Marshal Rhys var Ruthern, the Brotherhood of Saint Karl was the primary bulwark against the Vaeyl Order: an undead army stationed at the far southern castle of Last Hope. Besides guarding the realms of men, elves, and dwarves, the Brotherhood functioned also as a domestic peacekeeping force. With its formation in times of great strife, the Brotherhood of Saint Karl has stood poised in answering the call of the challenges of its time. Founded under the patronage and namesake of Saint Karl Barbanov, the Brotherhood espouses the affinities of this saint: strength, courage, and for the intentions of soldiers. Saint Karl was an instrumental figure in the history of Haense, considered its founder who lived over two centuries ago. It is said that whilst in battle, Saint Karl was struck down and at the verge of death before seeking divine providence and being endowed strength to rise and lead his men to victory. At this act, he vowed to consecrate his life in the name of GOD and formed the foundation of Haeseni civilization as a testament to the blessings of the Seven Skies. In 1564, High Pontiff Theodosius I canonized Duke Karl Barbanov as the patron saint of strength. His name honored the first capital of the newly formed Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska in 1578, City of Saint Karlsburg. The Brotherhood of Saint Karl honors the tradition and legacy of Karl Barbanov by espousing the values of the saint into those who pledge to serve the kingdom. Those called to the Crown’s service reflect the stalwart values and cultures of the Highlander people, a sense of fraternity and unity for the defense of those who wish to do harm. An artist’s rendition of King Sigmar’s charge at the Battle of Three Hills, c. 1678 During the of the Battle of the Three Hills, marked by the terrain upon which the conflict ensued, King Sigmar I led his levy company composed of levies of the vassalage. As they advanced the stout keep that rested atop the ledge between the three hills, they were met with a barrage of archer fire, causing the formation to diverge. The king himself was separated from his main levy and forced to fallback behind the base of the southernmost hill. With the forces now split, King Sigmar was to make his choice: charge with his remaining force or recall his forces back. Echoing the hardships of battle and strength, King Sigmar called upon the patronage of his ancestor, Saint Karl, and entrusted his plight to the saint of strength. The army chaplain, Fr. Anselm Gerhard recalled that day when the king saw the countenance of Saint Karl upon the sides of the three hills, each bearing a sword with a crow resting upon the blade. He took that as a sign of courage and strength to maintain his position and against great odds, the Haeseni troops overwhelmed the fortified southern hill. Not long after, their advance of the second hill was met with heavy fire but by midday, the keep had been driven out by King Sigmar’s charge with the colors of Haense flying triumphant along the keep’s facade. During the procession back to Markev, the soldiers were met with great mirth at their victory. Upon the roof of the main gate, the crow that King Sigmar saw in the field of battle sat upon the crenellations of the wall and flew off as the king entered the city. When King Sigmar called his war council together at the Krepost Palace, he spoke of a charter to consecrate the levies under the patronage of the Saint who had given him a sign of victory at the battle. King Sigmar took his victory as a form of humility by GOD to devote Haense’s forces to Saint Karl. In close collaboration with the levies of the great houses of Haense such as Ruthern, Stafyr, Enthelor, Vanir, and Baruch, the foundation of the Brotherhood was formed as a central Haeseni force, branded to serve GOD, king, and kingdom. THE WAR WITH THE VAEYL ORDER (1681-1692) A drawing of soldiers of the Vaeyl Order, taken from Ser Geralt Rauen’s journal, c. 1650 Threats of the Vaeyl surrounded the southmarch since the early years of King Otto III (r. 1643-1655) but were largely dismissed as fictitious folktale. The first reported sighting occurred in 1650, when woodsmen in the Wickwood reported seeing a skeletal horseman observing their work. Thinking of this as nothing more than superstition and in order to quell the fears of the peasantry, King Otto III sent a small patrol to the South under Commandant Ser Geralt Rauen with orders to repel the “undead threat”. This group of men instead discovered the ruined fortress of Last Hope, one of the main strongholds of the Vaeyl Order, though this was unknown at the time. These men came under attack, and many were killed in the ensuing ambush. Upon the survivors’ return to Markev, they were given strict orders by King Otto III to report their brothers’ deaths as being caused by the cold of the bitter winter so as to avoid causing mass hysteria. As a result, the Kingdom’s focus shifted instead turned to the War of the Czena and the Vaeyl were largely forgotten about for many years. However, as alarming reports throughout the latter 1600s merited great concern for the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, whose geography was primarily threatened by any breaches of the southern wall. The Brotherhood of Saint Karl was quickly tasked by the Crown to mobilize its ranks and prepare for the threats upon the Atlassian continent. The first engagement of the Brotherhood with the Vaeyl occurred in 1681, when an expeditionary force led by Lord Marshal Rhys trekked through the Yatl Wastelands in the far south. Roughly 500 brothers traversed toward the south after reports of the Vaeyl Order’s activity were made known to the court of King Sigmar. Upon their arrival, the Brotherhood was met with a powerful blizzard that claimed the lives of almost a third of their regiment. When the soldiers arrived, they established a fortification at Nekristadt, where they were joined with Imperial knights. The combined human garrison swiftly began defenses in anticipation of the Vaeyl Order’s impending advance. A lone Red Vaeyl soldier approached the gate of Nekristadt and offered peace in exchange for the human forces to surrender. However, the Brotherhood and the Imperial knights declined as they drew their swords and executed the emissary. Soon thereafter, Red Vaeyl soldiers began to scale the northern wall of Nekristadt. Haeseni archers attempted to keep them at bay as the battle consumed the entirety of the night. As day broke, the Red Vaeyl Order suddenly breached the main gate, ushering in hundreds of the enemy forces into the courtyard. The Brotherhood and the Imperial Knights were reinforced by a regiment of Imperial troops led by the Grand Marshal Ser Roland and were able to outflank and overrun the Vaeyl Order’s formation towards the lake. In the aftermath of the battle, the Brotherhood was tasked by the Imperial Grand Marshal to establish a permanent settlement and fortification to counter succeeding invasions from beyond the southern wall. In 1691, after successful campaigns against the Red Vaeyl Order, Commandant Rhys var Ruthern led the Brotherhood of Saint Karl in concluding the final stages of what amounted to a decade-long conflict. The Siege of Last Hope solidified the Brotherhood of Saint Karl as the preeminent bulwark against the threat that had loomed over the entire continent of Atlas for over half a century. As the Brotherhood trekked toward the south to advance into another excursion to repel the Vaeyl Order’s presence from Atlas, the Brotherhood had experienced great success. Before the battle, Ferdinand Karl offered a prayer on behalf of the men in which before donning their helmets, they saw a Crow perched atop a stone, a sign that the Kingdom of Haense would emerge victorious over the bases of the Vaeyl at Last Hope. TRADITIONS Since the Brotherhood of Saint Karl is devoted to the saint that bears its name, it is typical for the chaplain or an officer to be delegated the task to lead in prayer prior to battle. The Brotherhood is heavily rooted in the Church of the Canon, and as such, maintains staunch traditions of faith. Prayer is begun in New Marian, beginning with the phrase ‘Iv Joveo Maan ag Koeng’ before beginning the intentions. Soldiers typically light three candles surrounding a figurine of Saint Karl Barbanov to represent three petitions: strength, courage, and prudence. Followed by prayer, the Brotherhood marches together to the tomb of kings and offers a moment to honor the liege lords of the realm. The tradition concludes with a final petition to Exalted Siegmund to lead the devoted Highlandic warriors to victory with the insight and arm of the Seven Skies’ Exalted. OATH ‘To my left I see my fellow brothers, to the right I see the same. For all in the world, we fight for the peace of this land. Through God, he gave us stewardship of the realm. Through stewardship, we gained the knowledge of diligence and prudence. Through diligence, we may conquer all without fault. And if I should falter in my course, send me never to the skies above. If I should succeed, bestow unto me His blessings, forevermore. For, now I march into a valley through which there is no path. And the stones cascade behind me, to seal my retreat. Though in this valley, I find my Brothers; Now I am named Guardian of My Homeland. Should I falter, my shield shall turn to ash; But I shall not falter.’ ORGANIZATION The Brotherhood of Saint Karl hosts three different chapters, each home to men of different abilities and talents. These three chapters are: CHAPTER OF THE CROW: The main bulk of the Brotherhood, this chapter consists of the rank and file infantrymen of the order. Fighting on foot with sword and spear, these men stand as a bulwark against the enemies of the Haeseni people. CHAPTER OF THE DESTRIER: Consisting of the knights and nobility of the Kingdom, this chapter is filled with the finest horsemen the Haeseni motherland has to offer. These men carry on the legacy of the Carnatian hussars of the past, and strike fear into the hearts of their enemies. CHAPTER OF THE BLACK CROSS: The most elite warriors of the Kingdom, this chapter enlists the greatest Haeseni swordsmen alive to serve in special operations. They are also given the most honorable duty of protecting the King of Hanseti and Ruska. RANKS Lord Marshal | Hauchmarsal - This position merits the confidence of the Crown to lead the Brotherhood of Saint Karl by overseeing military affairs and advise His Majesty’s Government on the Aulic Council. He, as leader of the brotherhood, is the first brother of brothers and chief general to the King. If it is his will and the will of our gracious monarch, then the brotherhood will dole it forward. Commandant | Kommandant - This position is delegated the task to direct the soldiers and it is he who commands the men on the battlefield, to bring glory to his nation and defeat upon their wretched enemies. Woe to those who must face them upon the fields of toil and despair. Each Chapter of soldiers will have a Commandant, and each Commandant will have a number of Sergeants within their Chapter, each of whom are responsible for their own squad of soldiers. Sergeant | Serzhant - This position consists of the veterans of many battles and sieges, these men are the tried and tested of the Brotherhood. Sergeants command squads of five men each and are responsible for equipping and maintaining their squad. Their experience in matters of warfare make them exemplary soldiers for younger and newer Brothers to look up to and are deserving of all respect. Armiger | Brustya - This position is for the armsmen that have shown capable of handling little responsibility, and have been deemed ready for more by their squad’s Sergeant and the Commandant of the Chapter. These men will begin handling more responsibility within their squad or chapter and, if they prove their capability, may be promoted to Sergeant. Armsman | Oxtzen - This position is designated for the Footmen who have proven capable of holding their own on the field of battle and are more experienced than regular Footmen. These men are often given small responsibilities, such as training recruits or footmen, and leading patrols of the roads and lands surrounding the Kingdom. Footman | Nausangkruv - This position consists of the bulk of the brotherhood; men who have passed their initiate trials and have been deemed worthy by the Sergeant and Commandant of their Chapter of being accepted as a full brother of the Brotherhood. These men have taken the oath before the Tomb of Kings, and sworn their swords to the King and Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Initiate | Naumaan - This position is for the newest members of the Brotherhood, untested and unblooded. These men are not considered full brothers yet, and will have to undergo a series of tests and trials before they can be fully welcomed as a brother. APPLICATION The Brotherhood accepts all who have a desire to serve both King and Country, the one requirement being that they have seen a minimum of 16 winters. 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