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  1. [!] The Free State of Sutica’s citizens would wake up one morning to a sight most peculiar. Copies of the same missive had been spread around the streets of the city, so much so that the ground beneath these piles were barely visible; parchments were still raining down from the skies fluttering peacefully onto the streets. If one were to examine a missive, it would read: My fellow Sutican citizens, this time around I come to you in the form of a missive. Most of you know my name well. I am Dael’ran Morgaine, and I am a citizen of Sutica just like you. Time and time again, I am reminded by the people of Arcas for one thing- the fact that our city is a laughing stock. But why? Is it our neutrality, our lack of guards, or perhaps the wildness of our city? The problem, in my point of view, is the government and- yes, our very own Codex. I walk the streets in your shoes, and you walk in mine. We walk the very same streets, and we see the very same sights. I see our brothers and sisters arguing with each other over petty matters and scrambling to see who is the first one to make their eyes glow as they prepare to fight with their respective magics. I see our very own guards abusing the vagueness of the Sutican Codex to get away with what they want. I see people being harassed by raiders, our people hiding underground as our neighbors are put through traumatic experiences.. and what has our government done to fix this problem? Certainly nothing that produces any lasting Change. That, my friends, is the problem with Sutica. It changes, but it does not really change. The current condition of our ‘Free’ State is an unfair ruling dealt by those of a higher power. I mainly point to the Trade Princess. If you have not seen me before, know that I am very open about my view on our city. I usually stand upon a high point and speak to you all below and share to you my speeches, and my words, not my fists. I have conducted non-violent protests, or ‘riots’ as some may call them, however the people that were hurt were not by my hand or intentions. I have once even had my life endangered by the few guards of our city, given the royal grant by our very own Trade Princess to do so, when all I was doing was simply stating one of my speeches. I have had many items thrown at me, and have been knocked down from my stand multiple times, but have never once decided to not get back up. That is because I believe Sutica is better than this, and I would like to help take it there. Citizens of Sutica, help me become your new Trade Prince, and I promise to promote something that Sutica fails to apply: Change. I implore all of you to ponder something; just how has Sutica changed over the past few years? We are still the laughing stock of other nations, and one could easily presume there are still horrid dark mages in our midst, and our number of guardsman have only increased slightly. Yet, do they even do anything? Perhaps, but do they cause more problems than fix them? The answer is yes. I previously mentioned how I conducted a peaceful protest. It was against our very own Captain of the guard- Hearth, and his horrible tendencies to abuse the Codex. He only persecutes who he sees fit- that is, assuming he persecutes anyone at all. He only takes action when he feels like it, when it is amusing to him and only him. An example of this would be when a certain mage came to me and immediately began to cast his magic onto me, choking me until I was about to pass out in order to push a message to me, rather than talk things out. This being because I accused of his student of being a dark mage. Hearth refused to persecute this man because he was not in any of his concern. He did not have anything to gain from it. Should someone of this stature be in our government? Help me become Trade Prince, and I will make sure that only the responsible and utmost professional persons are allowed into our councils. After all, these are people who promote Change. If I were to become Trade Prince, I would also make it so that we would have a proper guard system- and bring along with it the competence to keep our brothers and sisters safe- not leave them in fear of everything around them. If Sutica continues the way it is, we will always be under fear of opening our gates, waiting for the next hungry bandit to steal our valuables. Our government claims for us to be a ‘Free’ State, as you may have heard, but I believe that to be false. After all, I still am unable to be granted an audience with the Trade Princess for a simple conversation. Make me your Trade Prince, and Sutica will no longer be a dread-ridden state that switches leadership, yet fails to provide any real profit from the actions of their government. Make me your Trade Prince, and I will swear to you that Sutica can be the nation I know it can be. And when people speak about us, it will no longer be of how we are a blemish that should be wiped off the Arcas map, but they will be speaking of our greatness. Fair judgement shall fall onto those who deserve it, rather than the passing glance be gifted to a dark mage and an outrageous punishment be dealt upon the practically innocent. I shall rewrite the Sutican Codex, making it so the vagueness of it can no longer be abused by those who look upon the rest of us like inconveniences, rather than people they should be protecting. I’m certainly aware of the doubts some of you may have to me, thinking that something like this is not possible. But if you would like to inspire change, know that others will stand by you, as will I. Therefore I tell you, make me your Trade Prince, and Sutica shall finally Change.
  2. [!] As a long day passed in the Sutican isles, the breeze filled the halls of the odd tavern in the corner. The filled Inn was bustling with well to-do poeple and a lot of noise, A thick book was laying on the corner of the counter with his cover wide open. The hard cover of the book had black ink stains on it, The white weathered pages were half torn out. The first page could be seen, bare against the cold and moist air. Reformed Armitage Containment Procedures This document is strictly confidential If found, please return to owner. [!] Below the warnings, a small drawn. A very skimpy black wolf, with a very large head with hair that covers most of his body. It has only 3 legs, his front left leg completely severed. Red eyes filled it's sockets, claws as large as human hands. It walks on all fours. RACP:001-1 Species: Unknown Age: 300 ± Name: Copperbottom Specified containment procedure: Keep contained without a light source nearby and visible Copperbottom reacts heavily and violently to the light sources, it attacks without remorse. ((IF)) Broken out and in the path of light, it has almost no stopping it. Make a black ferrum box the size of Copperbottom itself. Agility ***** Strength ** Vitality ***** Mentality: Extremely Violent
  3. 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. NAME: NOBILITY (Y/N): if not, GENTRY (Y/N): RACE: PAST EXPERIENCE :
  4. [Posters have been placed throughout Sutica, and they’re covered in ladybugs]
  5. "Coup d'état" 9th of Jula and Piov, 298 | 9th of Owyn's Light, 1745 The Coat of Arms for House Ruthern-Batavus (left) and the previous Brunswick (right) The day had begun well. The enemies had fled as soon as it had become clear they would meet with fierce Curonian resistance. Ser Brand Aldis von Denhardt and Yugio Romanovich set out after them on horse, to ensure that the ruffians wouldn’t escape. But neither could they have imagined that they would take Alexander Merentel 'The Snake' himself captive. When they had found him, it was with only a woman. Ser Brand retrieved his bow as he shouted for the man to halt. When he didn’t, he tightened his grip around the bow“HALT!” He shouted at the man. Unwilling to fight, Merentel, grudgingly surrendered and was to be taken back to Avalain, to face justice for his treason. A chivalrous man, Brand allowed the woman to go free, while promising that Alexander would not be harmed. But oaths and promises mean nothing to their breakers, and little did they to Brand when dealing with them. Unfortunately for Brand, this act forced his hand with a plot that was months in the making. racing over to Ivan Ruthern, a legitimized bastard of House Ruthern and an Alderman of Haense. Together, they led a small army as they marched on the Templar fortress of Brunswick. They were received well initially as many of the housed Templars thought for it to be a simple return of host and formal meeting between their liege and another; yet that was not what happened nor would happen. Brand ordered his men to seize Brunswick which was in fact already his, though he intended to purge the plague known as the 'Knights Templar' these unholy men that had taken up arms against the Church from Brunswick and even from the world if the need would arise. His own council received him well, though many refused his offer to abandon their heinous ways and as such, were forced to step down and banished. There had been no fighting, but many a man was banished. The Templars who remained loyal to their leaders were banished, as were those leaders themselves. The coup was a huge success, and the two were proudly able to call Brunswick theirs. But for Ser Brand that was enough as he handed the freshly conquered lands over to Ivan Ruthern to do with as he pleased. Ivan, in communication with his parent house, established the cadet branch Ruthern-Batavus as he prepared to formalize an agreement with the crown of Hanseti-Ruska, renaming his new lands to Batavia. It was thus officially declared; the lands of Brunswick under his Lordship Ivan of House Ruthern-Batavus shall become a vassal of the Kingdom of Haense. IV JOVEO MAAN HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, King Andrew III of Hanseti and Ruska, Grand Hetman of the Army, Prince of Kusoraev, Dules, Ulgaard, Lahy, Sorbesborg and Slesvik, Grand Duke of Vanderfell, Duke of Vidaus, Margrave of Rothswald, Count of Karikhov, Baranya, Kvasz, Kavat, Karovia, Kovachgrad, Torun, Turov, and Kaunas, Baron of Valwyk, Venzia, Esenstadt, Krepost and Kralta, Lord of Alban, Reza, Markev, Lord of the Westfolk, Protector of the Highlanders HIS LORDSHIP, Lord Ivan Ruthern-Batavus, Viscount of Batavia THE RIGHT HONORABLE, Ser Brand Aldis von Denhardt, former Baron of Parvousburg and Brunswick
  6. Zyhaveus

    Honor Bound

    "HONOR BOUND" 22nd of Tobias' Bounty, 1745 [!] The Family Crest of House von Denhardt was shown as to mark the fact that it was Brand Aldis and not Ivan that answered the call to a duel to the death. The month had been a peaceful one for a time after the successful coup and it was not unknown Brand Aldis enjoyed himself a care free month for once in his life; which allowed for his wounds to finally be treated properly which allowed for a swift recovery. If you so wish to duel anyone de Alence, why not me? Afterall it was me who marched an army to the gates of Brunswick; and it was me who had been plotting for months; as it had also been me who banished the Knights Templar and their band of misfits and heretics from Brunswick and handed the lands that had so swiftly fallen under my iron fist and that of the Empire to Ivan Ruthern-Batavus. I therefore accept your challenge to a fair and honorable duel; though you will have to duel me and not Ivan Ruthern-Batavus if you deny this acceptance in good faith; then why proclaim you fight against a snake but refuse to cut off the head of the snake in favor of it's tail? I only urge you to see the error of your ways before GOD and His Church as you have abandoned not only Him but countless of innocent women and children and in doing so the foundation on which your Knights Templar proclaim to be built on. I led this group that chose to take these lands from you as I brought them together and I alone am responsible for what happened. THE RIGHT HONORABLE, Ser Brand Aldis von Denhardt
  7. Baruch Fishing Company A portrait of baruch fishermen hard at work! [!] Flyers are hung all through the Orenian Empire in every tavern and bulletin board across the vast lands. The Baruch Fishing Company is now hiring! The fishing industry is a central fixture of the House of Baruch. Situated in the far North of Haense, the County of Ayr sits at on the shore, bordering the expansive coastal environment. Schools of fish regularly migrate near Marianburg annually. The Baruch Fishing Company is hiring fishermen from across the Imperial demesne to join the fisheries guild in the County of Ayr! The Baruch Fishing Company is seeking the strongest, most skilled catchers to unionize and liven up the fishing industry. Catches of all species of fish are all welcome! The Baruch Fishing Company shall broker the following to all interested in joining: Weekly wages shall be provided for fishermen that meet company quota; extra catches shall be awarded with additional compensation Company contracts may be negotiated with city businesses, markets, and taverns for larger quantity catches Contact the following people and send a letter to Marianburg, County of Ayr, Kingdom of Hanseti Ruska: Sigmar Baruch, Partial Owner of the Baruch Fishing Company. (Drew#7225) Terrence May, Partial Owner of the Baruch Fishing Company. (Piov#9173) Joren Baruch-Gant, Chief Fishing Executive.(Bub#9995) Application: Rp Name: Town of Residency: IGN: Discord:
  8. 9th of Owyn’s Light, 1745 The end began for the pretender’s ambitions when coalition raiders approached the gates of Curon hurling obscenities, as usual quick to flee when given an answer. Two brave Curonic soldiers, Yugio Romanovich and Ser Brand Aldis von Denhardt, were tasked with tracking and apprehending the enemies. After some hours on their tail, the Curonians unexpectedly discovered the constant traitor and pretender Alexander Merentel. This rebel Merentel was delivered swiftly to Avalain where his nephew and patriarch Tobias Merentel resides. In a desperate attempt to preserve his comfort, Alexander signed in his own blood the following document: “I, Alexander Merentel, the pretender, hereby renounce the patriarchy of the House of Merentel and every claim I have ever made towards Tobias Merentel or the Kingdom of Curonia. The titles of Duke of Eastmark, Count of Alannor and Baron of Hallowfell are rightful titles of Tobias Merentel, the patriarch of the House Merentel. I also hereby renounce my claim to the title of Duke of Westmark, as well as to the surname of Merentel.” A. Merentel After Alexander signed this document, detachments from the Imperial regiments arrived escorting His Imperial Majesty Peter III to the gates of Avalain. Tobias had the gates gratefully opened, allowing the troopers from Kaedrin and the Crownlands entry to the Royal Palace. Inside, The Emperor witnessed Alexander’s futile attempts at escape, meanwhile appointing Tobias Merentel as Justice of the Empire’s Eastern Circuit court. His Imperial Majesty called Alexander to trial, charging him with the crimes of treachery, rebellion, murder, banditry, vagrancy, and illegal claimancy. His Grace Tobias Merentel presided as judge, with the Emperor prosecuting on behalf of Oren, and Alexander defending himself. The defendant accepted all charges save for treachery, claiming that he never swore loyalty to the Holy Orenian Empire, the Kingdom of Curonia, or to the Merentel patriarch Tobias. The judge recognized that all claims were made in clear rebellion, given the defendant’s acts of war against Oren, and therefore deemed this defense invalid. The presiding judge Tobias Merentel declared the accused, Alexander Merentel, guilty of the deathly crimes of treachery, rebellion, murder, banditry, vagrancy, and illegal claimacy. Ave Oren.
  9. Swifty Sam was set to patrol, accompanied by his trusted handyman “Arathor” Together they walked along Helena road, gathering resources and talking to the locals of Rubern along the way. Suddenly, a man from Haense came down the path, a Haenseman who was well known to Swifty. He was almost begging for mercy from the AIS party, pleading his innocence and trying to escape an inevitable death. Following on, a man from Curon attempted to save him, only to be too late. As he approaches he sees the head of the Haenseman roll along the path, cut off by the blade of Swifty Sam. The two men turn to look straight at the Curon civilian, charging him with the company of two other horsemen who were called to arms. One of the horsemen rammed into the Curon man from behind with his steed, knocking the pig into the dirt. They all stood, laughing at this man, however Swifty dived on top of him, tying his arms behind his back and putting a cloth bag over his head to silence the man. He was further arrested, kept in a cage at Rubern to await his fate. He was sentenced to death by the mighty Flemius of Rubern after a long negotiation, finalising in the men and women of the AIS having no need for such scum. Swifty cheered out, “Hail Ruswick!” As the shot was fired from the string Flemius gripped, greeted with gratifications for his hard work, he had proven himself of worth. Signed, Swifty Sam, Council of Ruswick, Slayer of Tyrants and Collector of Heads.
  10. DECREES OF THE ROYAL DUMA Issued by His Excellency Lord Markus Kortrevich and His Lordship Sigmar Baruch and Confirmed by His Majesty King Andrik III Vymey and Hyff, 1745 | 298 ES The Farmstead Act of 1740 An act to build more farmhouses on the outskirts of the Capital city of Reza. I.) Farms will be plotted out and will be sold at 200 minas each to the citizens of Haense, with the residents living in those farms paying a tax rate of either four crates of crops or 125 minas. (five tax slips.) Which the farmer pays is their choice. II.) Plots of land near the capital city of Haense will be organized for farms, with each plot of land having a house, and the remaining land being set aside for growing various crops. III.) A total of five farms will be plotted and constructed to be sold to currently homeless citizens of Haense. IV.) This act promotes the agrarian side of the kingdom, while also increasing the number of homes available to the people of Haense. V.) This act shall come into effect upon receiving royal assent from the King of Haense. and proper construction of said houses and fields. The Brotherhood Reformation Act of 1744 By: Erwin Barclay and Aedan Capulei Due to the necessities of war, the Brotherhood Reformation Act seeks to instill new life in the Brotherhood, allowing for more interaction of nobility within the army, more access to adequate and proper training from members, as well as changing the structure of the Brotherhood in order to improve communication and unity within the ranks. A new position known as the “Vice Marshal” will be added to the Brotherhood hierarchy. The Vice Marshal will serve directly below the Lord Marshal as his second in command. The Brotherhood will be split and reorganized into two large bodies known as “battalions”. Each battalion will be under the supervision of a handpicked Commandant. Each battalion will be assigned a title for identification. The current proposed titles are “Warhammer Battalion” and “Sabre Battalion”. These names can be adjusted in the future and should ideally represent Haeseni culture and St. Karl’s history. Each Battalion will be split and composed of two smaller bodies known as “squads”. Each squad will be under the supervision of a sergeant. Each squad will be assigned a title for identification. The current proposed titles for the squads in the Warhammer Battalion are “House Stag” and “House Ram”. The current proposed titles for the squads in the Sabre Battalion are “House Swan” and “House Viper” These names can be adjusted in the future and should ideally represent Haeseni culture and St. Karl’s history. Every person and relative that carries noble blood or titles recognized by our realm as official peerage are stakeholders of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. It is already common for them to do their part within our bureaucracies. Now it is time for them to be able to do their part in our militaries as well. This section of the bill aims to bridge the gap between the nobility and the Brotherhood rank-and-file by encouraging the involvement of nobility in Haense’s military affairs. Each house of nobility within the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska will be offered the opportunity to put forward a candidate to compete for a sergeant position. This candidate can be a family member or another family representative. Three of the four sergeant positions will be available to nobles to compete for. The fourth sergeant position will be a handpicked member from the Brotherhood. All the candidates that are put forward will be placed into a pool. The King, Lord Palatine, Lord Marshal, and any other relevant leadership positions will conduct a rigorous vetting and selection process from the pool before deciding who will be placed into the three sergeant positions. To prevent any noble family from monopolizing a squad and turning it into a personal levy, potential candidates will be cycled through the sergeant position. If a sergeant position becomes available due to death, resignation, or removal, the leadership of Haense will return to the pool of candidates to determine a successor. The family that previously held the position will have the lowest priority to be considered for the successor. No squad will have consecutive sergeants that represent the same family. The leadership of Haense reserves the right to remove a sergeant if they are deemed unfit to lead. Reasons for removal may include but are not limited to: Failure to consistently perform expected duties Displaying incompetence and inability Inciting intra-Brotherhood conflict (i.e. sabotaging another squad’s work). After deciding that a sergeant is not performing at an expected level, the leadership of Haense will inform the respective House that their sergeant is facing imminent removal. The sergeant and their respective House are given a probationary period of 3 weeks for improvement. They will be removed if improvements are failed to be made. An update on the Royal Duma of Hanseti-Ruska The removal of the High Steward Seat (per Duma vote). The addition of the house of Markanz to the Royal Duma (per Duma vote). Updated Rules- The Lord Speaker shall from this day forward be addressed Formally as the Royal Herzen, or informally as Mister Speaker. When a Royal Duma member casts his vote, the proper term is Da for aye and Niet for no. The Royal Herzen also wishes to incorporate more of the mother tongue of the Kingdom of Hansetti-Ruska, Naumariav( New Marian), and wishes to remind his honourable members of a few ways to address their colleagues: Komit- Count Bossir- Baron Herzen- Duke Herzenav- Lords IV JOVEO MAAN, His Royal Majesty, King Andrew III of Hanseti and Ruska, Grand Hetman of the Army, Prince of Kusoraev, Dules, Ulgaard, Lahy, Sorbesborg and Slesvik, Grand Duke of Vanderfell, Duke of Vidaus, Margrave of Rothswald, Count of Karikhov, Baranya, Kvasz, Kavat, Karovia, Kovachgrad, Torun, Turov, and Kaunas, Baron of Valwyk, Venzia, Esenstadt, Krepost and Kralta, Lord of Alban, Reza, Markev, Lord of the Westfolk, Protector of the Highlanders, etcetera His Excellency, Sigmar Baruch, Count of Ayr, Baron of Laval, Riveryn, and Voron, Lord Speaker and Herzen of the Royal Duma of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska
  11. @Maur Letter from the Office of Senator Terrence May To Colonel Darius Sabari, I write to you to impart my utmost appreciation for Private Second Class Rylan Swint. In this state of war, our streets and roads are wracked with banditry, violence, and chaos. My commute to Helena is always a treacherous journey, yet it is my obligation to this Empire that compels me to continue my travels toward our capital. Whenever I arrive here, I notice Private Swint vigilantly watching over this city. He never fails to fulfill his duty and oath to protect and defend Helena’s residents and guests. It is the men in uniform like Private Swint that inspires me to share this story. Due to his outstanding commitment to the Rule of Law and the keeping of the peace in our streets, I commend him profoundly. He aspires to nothing more than to become a devoted steward of this Empire. I am a firm believer in honoring every man who commits his life to fight for the rights and values of Orenia. If their sacrifice is made daily for our welfare, then they should be recognized for their valiance. Private Rylan Swint is one such individual who deserves his due. Therefore, it is without reservation that I give my full recommendation and endorsement for his promotion to corporal without delay. His work is a model for all who don the uniform and serve our fellow man. May the watchful and benevolence auspices of the saints be ever present as this letter finds you. Signed, His Excellency, Terrence May, Imperial Senator from the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, Chairman of the Imperial Senate Committee on Justice
  12. , Karamani scholars studying the stars with the aid of Salvian instruments YILDIZ KILAVUZU A GUIDE TO THE STARS Long had the nomadic Karamani people relied on stargazing & landmarks to navigate the many realms they passed through, including Arcas. For centuries, their methodology was passed by mere observation: children looking at their stargazing fathers. The bureaucratization of the realm however inevitably meant that the Karamani had to follow suit: learning to write & correspondent in a few foreign tongues. This resulted in an increased number of scholarly Karamani who, due to their literacy, were able to record the many ritualistic aspects making their many endeavours possible and successful. And so, the ‘YILDIZ KILAVUZU’ was born. Not only to record the methods through which the Karamani observe the world but to also compare them to the ways of the foreigners. THE CLASSIFICATION OF CYCLES Whereas the common foreigner speaks of months, the Karamani speak of cycles. They identify that within a period known as a month, a set of identifiable changes happen to the physical realm: such as temperature, state of flora & fauna, et cetera. This cycle repeats itself consistently and contributes to the realization of larger-scale cycles such as the change of seasons, or the days leading up to important festivities. CONVERTING MONTHS INTO CYCLES Snow’s Maiden - Oluşum, meaning Genesis Horen’s Welcome - Timur'ın zaferi, meaning Timur’s Triumph First Seed - Floranın dansı, meaning Flora’s Dance Grand Harvest - Bol bayram, meaning Bountiful Feast Sun’s Smile - Kumun kucağı, meaning Sand’s Embrace Amber Cold - Alev Yenilgisi, meaning The Flame’s Defeat Deep Cold - Timur’un vefatı, meaning Timur’s Passing CONVERTING THE INFIDEL YEARS TO KARAMANIC Although years bear little relevance to the Karamani during their endeavours, a preserved methodology of counting years had persisted their many journeys. Whereas their contemporaries from the Holy Orenian Empire or Hanseti-Ruska had adopted special calendars for cultural purposes, the Karamani simply never stopped counting from their conception, thus creating a calendar different from the norm. Year 0 is when the father of the Karamans and esteemed religious figurehead, Timur, was born. He was born in 1680 and died in 1743. If you subtract 1680 from 1743, you get 63: which anno 1743 is the current year for the Karamani. Calculative examples are below: Infidel year - Karamani year 1680 0 1693 13 1712 32 1743 63 1843 163 THE CLASSIFICATION OF STARS The Karamani had looked up to the stars for ages, and named differently from the norm. They refer to these for navigational and religious purposes, believing that certain stars are descendants of Kashgar, known as İyeler. A bright star, signalling the north, also known as the Northern Star, is referred to as Kanuni Timur, symbolizing the benevolent guidance of their great ancestor who stands central, living and posthumously as a star, to the navigation of the Karamanoğlu. The brightest star in the sky, also named as the Scorcher, is recognised as such, and thus called Parlak Nezih. It symbolizes the warm embrace of a maiden and is considered an omen of days ahead if seen. A constellation of seven stars, visible around everywhere in Arcas is named in Karamani tongue as Yakın Sırbı. It refers to the idea of proximity, resembling the brotherly closeness of the Karamanoğlu as a united clan. A star that shines with a strong red hue, mainly visible around the Korvassa desert earns its name as Kızılkalpak, meaning red hat. THE CLASSIFICATION OF ZODIACS The Karamani faith, known as Kashgarism, believes that the souls of the deceased stay in the mortal realm to advise his or her living offspring. It is believed that souls prepare a newborn soul for the conditions of the cycle he or she is born in, thus causing identifiable traits for people born within a certain cycle. THE STATESMAN In the cycle of Oluşum Men born in this cycle are usually of a scholarly and temperate nature, finding themselves fulfilling the organizational and bureaucratic tasks for the Karamani. Women born in this cycle are usually of an ambitious and gregarious nature, seeking to emancipate themselves by fulfilling professions unusual to them. THE EQUESTRIAN In the cycle of Timur'ın zaferi Men born in this cycle are usually of sturdy and militaristically capable nature, often serving the Karamani by blade and bow. Women born in this cycle are usually of a relative masculine nature and affectionate to animals, usually compelled to be the caretaker of Karamani horses or livestock. THE AGRARIAN In the cycle of Floranın dansı Men born in this cycle are usually of a diligent nature and extraordinarily healthy, inevitably forming the forefront of the Karamani labour force. Women born in this cycle are usually of a proactive nature and find themselves infatuated with herbalism, often taking care of the sickly and the weak. THE HEDONIST In the cycle of Bol Bayram Men born in this cycle are usually of a decadent and socialite nature, being prominent organizers behind most of Karamani meetings and festivities. Women born in this cycle are usually of a labile nature and make a lot of offspring, usually being the mother with the largest family. THE STARGAZER In the cycle of Kumun kucağı Men born in this cycle are usually of an explorative and emotional nature, embattled by their quest for purpose as much as their desire to understand more of life. Women born in this cycle are usually of a pious and scholarly nature, seeking to understand and represent their faith optimally. THE JOURNEYMAN In the cycle of Alev Yenilgisi Men born in this cycle are usually of a pragmatic and vigilant nature, often leading the Karamani caravans with their stellar knowledge of other cultures, biomes & territories. Women born in this cycle are usually extraordinarily physically fit and responsible in nature, finding themselves to be competent merchants and cartographers. THE SETTLER In the cycle of Timur geçiyor Men born in this cycle are usually of a responsible and content nature, prone to be tending to the temporary settlements of the Karamani. Women born in this cycle are usually of a romantic and caretaking nature, usually finding themselves dedicated to parenting or tending to the households of their family.
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    The Mages Guild

    Theme "Magic is often times referred to as the art. This is no coincidence, magic is perceived by many as an elite discipline, requiring artistry and talent, and indeed very few possess the ability to utilize its full potential. Those with magical talent can use it to create things of awe and beauty, wonders without which the world would certainly be a more miserable place. Therefore, those who name magic a beautiful blessing brought forth from the void are in a sense correct. Magic has also been called chaos incarnate, a primal, dangerous force, merciless and destructive. In the hands of the unwary, it becomes a key that can open the forbidden door, behind which lies ruin and destruction. Therefore those who label magic a curse, born of chaos spawned from the void that will doom this world, are also correct. Finally according to the others, magic is science, that is knowledge which can only be acquired through extensive study, discipline and hard work. In this view, magic is progress, it's the process of constant advancement, initiated within the void, which brings development, eliminates the ailments of the world, provides answers to the questions that plagues mankind, broadens minds, and introduces innovation. It is therefore also fair to say that magic is it's own particular science. In the end magic is all three of the above, it is art, chaos, and science. A blessing, a curse and progress. It all depends on who calls upon it, and for what purpose.” Which path will you choose? The Mages Guild has seen fit to entirely focus its efforts upon the education, research, and advancement of the arcane arts, serving as a safe haven for all mages from Aspiring to Master to flourish in a safe and rich environment. This doctrine serves a twofold purpose: firstly that the best and brightest among the descendants are not shunned for social standing when there is the potential for their works to better the world and secondly it provides a common place and fellowship of scholars devoting their attention toward a single field of study. Such studies include: Elemental Evocations Arcanism Conjuration Telekinesis Transfiguration Voidal Translocation Voidal Shifting Arcane Displacement Sensory Illusion Celestialism Mentalism Cognatism Artificerys Deific Arts From the beginnings of reconstruction of the guild within the lands of Arcas, the guilds Overseer has been in talks with the head of the Celestial Order, various plans spoken of in great detail over the time until a conclusion was had. The Celestial Order will Align with the Mages Guild, living within it’s halls under our protection, the leadership of the Order freely able to watch our members and hand pick those with potential for the Celestial Order. The lectures listed below will be exclusively for guild members only and will consist of useful information regarding the Arcane as well as other topics deemed helpful. This is in no way a chance to begin practice on any of the listed magical topics. Shamanism/Alchemy - Thurak’Yar (Ilikefooddude) “How not to die” - Naffog (Filthypeasant1) Runesmithing/Golemancy - Kalgrimmor (z3m0s) Void Pockets - Erebus Tartarus (Jenny_Bobbs) Arcanism - Saeldur Asul’Ailer (_Princeton_) Alteration - Steven (Spodokaiba) Cognatism/Voidal Horrors/Secondary Effects of Mana Usage and Manipulation – Ithrendas (Tahmas) The Theory of Sensory Illusion – Lotha Scylla (Demotheus) The Foundations of Modern Astrology and Astronomy – Jechanne (Diafora) A small listing of currently planned events that The Overseer and his Triumvirate intend to run for guild members exclusively. The Triumvirate Cup A series of challenges designed to best and fairly decide who should be seated within the third seat, completing the triumvirate of mages the guild holds as it’s leadership. This will continue on for as long as multiple competitors remain within the competition. The Grand Feast A large banquet organised by The Overseer and his Triumvirate to celebrate the newly adorned guild hall and welcome it’s new members exclusively. This allowing a chance for guild members to speak on ideas for future endeavours, personal concerns and any other matters they wish to bring up along with being informed on the guilds long term goals and intentions. Time Trials This will be a great test of creativity under pressure in which skilled members of the guild will go against each other using their knowledge of enchanting to creative something as simple or as complex as they desire within a given amount of time, after which they will be asked to present their enchantments to the judge/s which will most likely consist of The Overseer and/or the Triumvirate. A winner will be crowned with a special title and their enchantment will be immortalised alongside their name within the guild as the first of this new guild tradition. The Overseer Tasked with the spearheading and safeguarding of the arcane arts and all that practice under the guise of the guild, it is The Overseer that not only ensures the guilds success and each of their mages safety, but above all to maintain magical progression in each given field. This rank exists to hold the necessary authority to protect and serve the guild in hopes of keeping it safe from ill mannered outside forces. Part of this job is acting as a member of the Triumvirate when necessary, while otherwise reserving themselves to higher duties. Triumvirate of Archmages The archmages are the main source of leadership within the Mages Guild below The Overseer. Three Brilliant minds forming the Triumvirate, responsible for the everyday financial, structural, intellectual and social upkeep of the guild. They are also responsible for the sorting, review and acceptance of applications as well as the interview process, alongside the promotion and installation of instructors, guild masters, and archanix. Archanix The archanix is the librarian and record keeper of the Guild. Serving to order, manager and often write many of the articles and tome’s within the ancient library of the guild. If this position lay dormant it falls upon the Archmages to ensure these duties are maintained. Arcane Master Arcane masters are most commonly senior personnel inside of the Institution, but have also been known to be incredibly accomplished mages who have attained the rank through impressive feats of the Arcane. Serving as voices of experience for the Acolyte’s, they’re often able to address most primary concerns, if those concerns cannot be addressed by an Instructor. Instructor Instructors are mostly veteran Sorcerer's that enlist to teach guild members a method of the arcane arts or choose to lecture on a chosen topic with the approval of an Arcane Master or above. While also participating in the education of Acolyte’s, instructors assist their fellow instructors where necessary and instruct Sorcerer’s and Acolyte’s for the furtherment of their studies. The secondary duty of instructors is research, compiling records of experiments and findings for the Guild’s archive which is a duty shared amongst all members of the Mages Guild, though along with many other ranks the Instructor makes a significant contribution to the libraries stored knowledge and records. Vanguard Serving as peacekeepers within the guild the Vanguard are small in numbers but are vital within the guild in ensuring safety and allowing the guilds members to focus upon their work without worry of ulterior factors. It is not a requirement for the guilds Vanguard to hold magical abilities of any kind, though it is recommended. Sorcerer An Acolyte who now walks the path of the void having mastered a magic beneath the study of an instructor and received their Honors -- a chosen casting implement and a diploma -- as proof of their achievement. Expectations lie for Sorcerer’s to be able to continue research and delve deep into their mastery of their respective magic as well as expand their horizons into new magics, hone their skill with their chosen implement and strive to in great time become Arcane Masters. Sorcerer’s are most commonly large participants in stocking the shelves of the Guilds Library with helpful knowledge, often immensely useful for Acolyte’s of the guild. Acolyte An individual seeking the knowledge, practice, and ethical use of the Arcane who has shown promise, being granted membership into the guild by The Overseer or a member of the Triumvirate. Acolyte’s are entrusted to be exposed to numerous magical arts, feats, and constructs with an air of hope; investments made into Acolyte’s are efforts made to ensure future advancements within the field of the Arcane but made carefully in the fear of dissenters, defilers, and agents of chaos. Acolyte’s are observed closely to ensure their learnings go unhindered and that they strive to avoid delving into the forces of Light or Dark for the Void is the one, true neutral. The primary Guild Hall is currently situated at the Crest of the Llyria Concord, a city hosting a wealth of knowledge and potential. Llyria will act as a bastion and haven for the Mages Guild and all its members and associates for the foreseeable future as the guilds leadership works closely with the cities to ensure everything is under control. X -1265 Z -73 https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/forum/1091-the-llyrian-concord/ The Mages Guild reserves the right to deny any applications without reason and suggests it is most likely that your application isn’t up to par should you fail to receive a response. OOC ((MC Name: )) ((Discord: )) ((Timezone: )) RP What is your name? Why seek membership within the Mages Guild? What is the extent of your experience with magic? What arts if any do you currently study and who was your teacher? What position do you desire to claim upon joining the guild? What position do you desire to advance to within the guild? When is the best time to contact you for an interview? +1 or you don’t get in
  14. The End of a Tyrant, The men and women of Ruswick gathered at the foot of the tower, the entrance of the grand bandit nation to witness the beheading of Lauriel Labdacus. Lauriel attempted to escape with her prized possessions, predicting the end of her reign as the citizens formed together in the throne room. However, the Citizens of Rus halted her in her path. Knowing that she was a gruesome tyrant who once ruled the lands in fear. Without hesitation, Lauriel thrusted her sword into her gut, knowing the outcome of such an event, attempting to end her life. In that moment, Swifty Sam darted at her, sword drawn and action taken. As he lifted up his sword, the sound of civilians gasping in awe to see the tyrant’s head roll onto the shiny floor. Swifty Sam separated her head from her torso with one mighty, and swiftly swing. Her life and reign, coming to a certain end, “The End of a Tyrant”. Signed, Agner, Appointed Ruler of Ruswick Swifty Sam, Be-header of Tyrants, Council member of Ruswick Jubilant Jack, Scribe of Ruswick Mark Ezelsteen, Council Member of Ruswick
  15. On the day of 10th of The Grand Harvest, 1744 the Medical Guild of Arcas gathered into the streets of Sutica- familiar faces to many. They gathered upon these grounds to protect each member’s neutrality in a time of the vicious war- as Sutica took neither side. Doctor Avern gripped her cane, grinning lightly as she saw familiar and new faces gather into the town hall. Some she had known for decades, others for mere weeks. Her footsteps rose to stand atop the pedestal, topics in mind that ought be discussed. Though only one was brought forth as important- medicine in Grief’s tear and his victims. She rose to speak heavy words, informing her fellow doctors, medicins, and clinic staff of the hardships to come. Some there knew her words well, others had yet to witness the horrors that the void had surged forth with. The Avern spoke of the carts she intended to bring, supplies and animals following shortly. Others piped up their offers- Dele Seregon talking of her vultures and Nolan O’Hara talking of services offered by the scalpel. Before his days of delinquency having been one of the finest surgeons of Arcas- nearly impeccable in his incisions. The doctor’s child subtly shifted her gloves further on, face becoming solemn in preparation of what was to come- Lucy had seen her mother’s wounds from a voidal horror in Atlas, spending hours tending the torn and infected flesh. She had walked among the horror, tending where her brothers and sisters of medicine could not. The guild members attending knew full and well what they were about walk forth into. Soon after the construction of the carts were set to, other doctors contributing as they could. The sound of a heavy hammer echoing by the Sutican docks as carts rose from the wheels up. Horses kicking in the pastures, it seemed that even they knew their time of leisure was up. A final onslaught onto Grief’s tear was in order, and the doctors had new incentive to be there to protect their family and friends’ blood alike.
  16. [!] A note is pinned to the Brandybrook Noticeboard T’a Twelfth Annual Drinkin’ Night! ~A drawing of Brandybrook!~ ((from @Apollonous)) The previous Drinking Night, while grand in attendance ‘n drinking, was sadly interrupted by some EVIL CULTISTS who cut our fun short. We shouldn’t let these things keep us down, however! Us wee folks ‘ave hearts o’ steel! We’ll continue on partying nay matter what! What: A night full o’ drinking FUN! Where: In Brandybrook, the home of the halflings! (Next to Aegrothond!) When: Close ter the end o’ this Elven Week and the beginning of the next! ((4 PM EST, Sunday the 1st of December)) What booze is in stock?: Enough to get drunk, tha’s fer sure! Long Live Brandybrook! Glory ter t’a Wee! -Pervinca Driftwood [!] The note ends with the official seal of Brandybrook
  17. [!] A crudely written notice is pinned to the Brandybrook Noticeboard CULTISTS ATTACK! DEEK IS MISSING! ~The cultists storming the Toady Traveler Tavern!~ Last night, after all us wee folks finished our Drinking Competition, a band o’ EVIL CULTISTS stormed in’o Brandybrook and started harassing our wee drunk bodies! As I’ve been told, they caused a bit o’ blood to spill on Brandybrook’s fair soil, dragging off my husband Deek Driftwood in the process! Only Knox knows what sorts of torment they’re doing to Deek right now, but it surely cannae be good! ~The EVIL CULTISTS kidnapping Deek Driftwood!~ I told the Sheriff o’ Brandybrook, Anne, about the attack. She sent the following in reply: “On t’e o’er side o’ Arcas right now. I’ll do me best ter help, I’m on me way back! Till then be safe! -AA” T’a Sheriff is telling us to stay safe, so we’d better do just that! Stay indoors! Watch yer kids! Report any EVIL CULTIST activity! Though times may be rough, we’ll weather the storm and SURVIVE! -Pervinca Driftwood [!] The notice ends with the official seal of Brandybrook
  18. My fellow Haensemen, we come to you today to share our voice on the runoff election that will soon begin within our walls. This election is a history making one, being the first runoff election the Duma has ever witnessed. As always, our sincerest congratulations to Dame Primrose Kortrevich for once again joining us in the chamber. It is now up to the citizens of Haense to choose who they believe should join her within the chamber. We do not cast your votes for you, no, but believe in free expression and voice of opinion within the campaign process. As a result, we are honored to throw our support behind Ivan Ruthern. Ivan has worked with us on several matters already, and has within a doubt proven he would make a fine addition to the Duma. Paperwork and legislation are niet easy, but Ivan has already displayed prowess and ease in his assistance, and we hold full confidence in his abilities. As the leading members of the Feudalist Party, we pledge our vote to Ivan Ruthern, and hope to see him on the Duma shortly. He is more than qualified, and has been an upstanding member of Haense for many years, being one of the leading stewards within Haense, as well as a strong soldier and good man. For a stronger, more unified Haense, vote Ivan Ruthern. Signed: Aedan Capulei His Lordship Henrik Vanir, Baron of Vasiland Erwin Barclay
  19. Statement from the Office of Senator Terrence May “STANDING IN SUPPORT FOR OUR PEOPLE” 9th of Sigismund’s End, 1743 | Joma and Umund, 296 ES My fellow Haeseni, This election is a very important time for our kingdom and indeed for our Holy Orenian Empire. Again, you the people of Haense, are called upon to exercise the right to vote in this expression of popular power to send to Helena a representative that befits your confidence to speak for our kingdom. It is equally important to remember the gravity of these times by recognizing the issues that we continue to face. However, I am happy to see that our people today stand ever more resilient in the face of adversity, working with each other to build a great future for our children and our entire Imperial demesne. I continue to keep up on that promise to build a better place for our people. Let me take the opportunity to recap with you on what I have been doing as your senator: I committed my efforts in the Imperial Commission to reintegrate the Kingdom of Curonia back into our united Empire. I visited our good allies who have been for so long wracked with the presence of AIS barbarity and propaganda. Today, we celebrate their continued progress and development. I have also committed my efforts to ensure vassals’ rights are maintained and protected. In this effort, we pushed through the Coppinger Act that provides support for our military fortifications and defenses. Equally, we are afforded our absolute discretion in these constructions. I also declared an Imperial Commission with my colleague Senator Charles Napier on the so-called ‘Marian plague’ into Reza, where we found that it was simply ‘Morsgrad Mold’ that AIS savages have brought to our granaries. I am currently fighting a bill on the Senate floor that would hurt our kingdom and all of our vassal provinces. It aims to restrict various development and our liberty to use the land entrusted by the Imperial Crown for our needs. By locking away land for their ‘natural beauty’, it offers us a selfish luxury of recreational tourism in return, a luxury that only a select few of men have the ability to do. It will displace our people, decrease our agriculture, and set a dangerous precedent for further closure of our own land, our homes. As your representative in Helena, I have consciously kept your needs first and will continue to do so with another term as your senator. There is no greater honor and duty than to serve the people of Haense, whose steadfast commitment to her ancient roots and her centuries of perseverance are no less a model to our Empire. I continue to be optimistic in our future, despite the propaganda and misery that some seek to bring to our gates. I compel you all to vote with your conscience. Signed, His Excellency, Terrence May, Imperial Senator from the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, Chairman of the Imperial Senate Committee on Justice [!] PUBLIC SERVICE NOTICE: I remind you all to register on the Imperial Census in order to validly vote in the election. Please see the attached form: REGISTER TO VOTE
  20. THE SECOND REGIMENT The Commonwealth Grenadiers “Evil be to him who evil thinks.” HISTORY The 2nd Regiment of Grenadiers of the Imperial State Army, known colloquially as the Commonwealth Grenadiers or simply as the Grenadiers, serve as the standing military of the Commonwealth of Kaedrin and a division of the Holy Orenian Empire’s armed forces. In the year 1743, by the initiative of Governor-General Richard de Reden, the remnants of the former Royal Army along with the ‘Poor ******* Infantry’ peasant militia were combined in an act of merger that established the 2nd Regiment. The men of Kaedrin, historically known for their steadfastness and sturdiness, were informally dubbed ‘the Grenadiers’ as a unit of specialized shock troops in the service of the Empire. In a natural evolution from the Kaedreni siege engineers of yore, these soldiers, recruited from both the rural highlands of the outer Commonwealth and the metropolitan township of Ves, serve and defend their country in a myriad of different assault operations. The military ensign of the 2nd Regiment of Grenadiers is the flag of the Commonwealth, in the top left-hand corner, flown atop a field of white. The 2nd Regiment maintains both mounted soldiers and infantry amid its ranks. In line with classical Kaedreni principles, the hardy men of the Commonwealth Grenadiers are inculcated with the principles of human unity and supremacy over perfidious nonhumans, gypsies and pagans. This is best summarized by the unofficial words of the Commonwealth as a whole, the maxim of St Peter, who declared ‘one God, one country and one law’ for humanity. All members of the officer corps of the 2nd Regiment above the rank of ensign are expected to wear their hair in the Kaedreni fashion, powdered, curled and tied in a queue, and wear the tricorne as the symbol of their rank. TENETS Soldiers of the Regiment must display complete and total loyalty to their superior officers. Soldiers of the Regiment must never take the life of a fellow soldier. Soldiers of the Regiment must never draw blades against a fellow soldier. Soldiers of the Regiment must never steal from another soldier. Soldiers of the Regiment must wholeheartedly believe in the one true GOD, his creation of Horen and the world. Soldiers of the Regiment must never use GOD’s name in vain nor speak of GOD with malicious intent. Soldiers of the Regiment must attend Church once every Saint’s Week and be baptised in the Canonist faith. Soldiers of the Regiment must never act in a corrupt capacity, nor harm civilians without probable cause or exigent circumstances. (The Assembly of the Kaedreni Grenadiers, unknown artist, c. 1743) RANKS Officer Corps Colonel The Colonel of the 2nd Regiment serves as its chief commander, of which there can be only one. As a regiment is the largest division of troops within the Imperial State Army, the colonel’s authority over his own troops is absolute, with his station the highest peace-time rank aside from that of the Imperial Fieldmarshal. He can elect, at his own discretion, a singular Lieutenant Colonel, who shares his rank as both an understudy and a right-hand man. Captain A captain is the chief of a brigade within the 2nd Regiment, which is the immediate division beneath it. These entities are more specialised and smaller than the entire regiment, with several brigades coming together under the authority of the Colonel. These brigades are also appelated with numerals, however similar to the ‘Commonwealth Grenadiers’, also tend to have relevant nicknames. The Colonel can elect not to divide the 2nd Regiment into brigades, in which case a captain is simply the rank immediately below him. Lieutenant Similar to the Lieutenant Colonel yet on a lesser scale, a lieutenant is the primary assistant of a captain in their management of a brigade within the 2nd Regiment. Unlike the Lieutenant Colonel, they are considered to technically be a separate rank from a captain. There may only be as many lieutenants as there are captains within the regiment as a whole. Ensign Ensigns are junior officers, frequently recruited from among the noble families of the Empire, who have been awarded their first commission. An ensign is not expressly in command of any particular force within the 2nd Regiment, yet is nonetheless expected to advance his career by showing his superiors his nascent prowess in military command. Accordingly, ensigns are often tasked with duties that require a low level of commanding authority, including the control of small groups of regulars for special assignments of miscellaneous administrative work. To be awarded a commission as an ensign is representative of an entry into officership, and the beginning of one’s rise through the ranks. Regulars Sergeant Sergeants tend to be the oldest and most experienced soldiers who have not pursued a commission. Well versed in unit tactics, drill and dress, sergeants are never seen without their drill cane with which unruly privates can be kept in line. Sergeants rely on orders from commissioned officers and distribute them throughout the troops, keeping form and order on the battlefield. Corporal Corporals are thoroughly experienced soldiers who have completed a term of no less than two years in service. Chosen from those most experienced privates and having a good deal of battle experience, corporals are expected to organize privates and recruits to follow the orders of their sergeants and officers. Private Privates of the regiment consists of men elevated from the rank of recruit, having passed their training process. The privates of the regiment are expected to carry out all duties assigned to them in an orderly fashion and make up the rank and file of the regiment. Authorized fully to carry out the Crown’s Justice these loyal grenadiers are commonly seen in groups no less than four with either an non-commissioned officer or commissioned officer close at hand. Recruit Fresh recruits undergo a two-year training process before being oathed and raised to the rank of private. During this time, they are exposed to the rigor and discipline of state military tradition, along with a nascent education in Imperial society and culture. They have not yet formally enlisted into the military, and as a result do not have the right to wear any military regalia. RECRUITMENT To express your interest in enlisting, please undertake this basic application and reply to this gazette: FULL NAME: AGE: RACE: RELIGION: ((MC name)): ((Time zone)):
  21. Armakak’s Coin From the office of The Grand Merchant: Many years ago, when I was still a young lad living with my mother, I often found myself being lectured by my grandfather, who deemed it necessary to inform me on the workings of the world. It was during one such lecture that he told me the following: "Listen to me carefully, Falk. It's important that you understand what I am about to say. Most people view nations as if they were works: like a monument hewn from stone or a sword forged from a hunk of steel. Most people are wrong. Kingdoms and nations are living, breathing creatures, more similar to the horses of the fields. And, like any other living thing, a nation requires blood; not literal blood like you or I have. The lifeblood of a nation is trade: the free flow of coin, good, and services. When trade stagnates, nations die. In this day and age, when nations are always on the brink of war and bandits roam the roads freely, I look around and see that the lifeblood of all nations, the flow of coin, is beginning to stagnate, and unless we are to let the world fall into chaos, some measure must be taken. For this reason, the Grand Merchant of Urguan and da Kirkja Dverga have joined together in a united front to form Armakak’s Coin, a Merchant’s guild supported both by the church of the The Brathmordakin the Government of Urguan. Operation of the Guild: Armakak’s Coin is designed to serve the dwed by buying resources from Yemekar’s Workforce as well as other dwed suppliers. It is against the philosophy of the order to purchase minerals and other products often made by dwed from other groups, as this would hurt their industry. The acquired goods will then be distributed to certified Armakak guild merchants or shipped across Arcas to stalls associated with the guild. Official guild merchants will receive a portion of the profits from everything they sell. Additionally, Armakak’s coin will take outside requests to obtain rarer items for specific clients, charging a finder’s fee in return for our services. Organization of the Guild: Guild members are divided into four different tiers, dictating their level of responsibility within the guild. Herald of Armakak: This is the person in charge of running the guild. They set the rules for merchants, maximum and minimum rates, and decide the locations where the guild shall sell it’s wares. They must demonstrate a greater understanding of the Brathmordakin, although not requiring the knowledge-level of a preceptor. Senior-Merchant: If a Merchant shows they are competent and reliable in their duties, the guild may approve them to become a Senior Merchant. Becoming a senior merchant has several benefits: their cut of the profits is increased slightly, they are entrusted with larger amounts of goods to sell, but the greatest benefit is that the senior-merchant is entrusted with the running of one of the stall outside of Urguan. Merchant: A Merchant of Armakak’s coin is a wandering salesman. They travel around Arcas They get a cut of the profits of the stall, and are given the resources to sell. The stall is paid for by the Coin, all the merchant must do is take count of what is sold and how much. The merchant must stick to the initial pricing set by the Herald of Armakak unless the Herald or a Senior Merchant advises a new one upon request. Supplier: A Supplier of the Coin is tasked with making deals with manufacturers or gathering the resources themselves for the guild. Goods they acquire are sold directly to the guild itself at regular intervals for an agreed upon price. Tradesman: A Tradesman’s role is not to sell, but rather to create fine and beautiful works, swords or jewelry, which the guild will then sell. Due to the nature of crafts, being less numerous in quantity and more focused on quality, Tradesmen will often find themselves taking commissions through the guild. Code of Conduct: Members of the guild will obey the degrees of the Herald of Armakak and of da Kirkja Dverga. Members of the guild will conduct themselves in a professional manner while conducting business. Members of the guild will always complete a business transaction to the best of their ability. Members of the guild will always conduct themselves in an honest manner, never trying to cheat a customer or the guild itself. Joining Armakak’s Coin: If you wish to join Armakak’s coin in any fashion, simply fill out the following application: In Character: Your Name: Your Race: The Guild Position you are applying for: Do you accept the Brathmordakin as the only true religion?: Do you swear to abide by the standard code of conduct for all members of Armakak’s Coin? : Out of Character: Your Minecraft Username: Your Discord Username:
  22. A Princess Only in Memory That was the title she once held many many years ago. When there was a kingdom known as Marna, before Renatus came and took over. Her Highness, Princess Samantha Juliana of house Horen-Marna. The sister of the King of Marna. But it became only a memory. And memories are easily forgotten if the people who remember them dies. “My Lady” a servant would call to an old crone laying in her bed. “They have arrived, shall I let them in?” she would ask. The woman simply nodded in return as her eyes opened and revealed their gray yet dull colours. The doors would open as a priest entered the room along with some distant relatives of hers. At least she assumes so by their grey eyes. But there was one face among them all that she recognized. Tears fell down her cheeks as the girl she had watched grow into a woman stood before her. “F-francesca…” she uttered. The people there gaining a pained expression as they whispered. A doctor meeting the priest to inform him of her state. “As you can see… she has grown much worse” “Yes… Though she already spoke of her dead great-niece as if she was still alive before she reached this state” A man stated. “But aunt… Who am I?” Francesca would ask her great-aunt. Samantha beamed at her, her hand lifting to hold at the young woman’s cheek “A woman, my dear. And a strong one at that. And wherever you go I shall follow, for you are destined for great things.” She would utter. But her words were false. Great things she was destined for yes… But her family failed her, and thus she became a dove flying off from a balcony instead. A hope for the world taken away like a burst of wind to a lit candlelight. And Samantha was never able to accept such a fate to her beloved dragon. “F-francesca, you look great my d-” she said, though she could not finish her sentence before she started coughing, blood coming from her mouth as she did. The servant by her side quickly covering the mouth with a cloth to catch whatever germs and blood came out. “Your aunt does not look very good I am afraid…” she would state with a hoarse voice as she watched a woman whom so closely resembled her dragon, but only in the hair and eyes. Not in the face, but it did not matter to her. For any that reminded her of that girl would become Francesca in her mind. “Oh, Annabelle my dear. Remember to eat your fish as I have told you, it will help you in conceiving children” the old woman croaked, an almost mischievous smile to her expression. Yet in her eyes there was nothing but fondness if one just looked past those sharp and blunt words she often let escape from her tongue. The Queen of Kaedrin chuckled at her. They enjoyed each other’s company. She reminded her so of the sister she had once had and seen in Catherine Horen, who was once a Marna, but now only in blood. Though she was long dead. Samantha had loved her dearly, yet she also hated her younger sister. Though it mattered not, for now she had new family to love and some that were not even of her own blood. “Francesca, you must be strong... For soon I will no longer be with you, my dear” she would say to the woman she thought was her. She would beam at her, those standing there not wishing to take away the woman’s happiness as she was dying. As Samantha held out her hand towards “Francesca” the woman gently took her hand as she sat down by her side. “Grow your wings my dragon, and fly!” Samantha said, her breaths becoming more raspier. “For I am growing my own… I love you my dear, you were like the child I never had…” She would say. Tears rolling down both of the women’s cheeks. The group solemnly watched the scene unfold before them. The old woman of 118 years taking her last breaths. Though one last word would escape her mouth before her light went off from this world. “Francesca…” Samantha Juliana of house Marna 1625 - 1743 Once a Princess, always a Princess
  23. [!] A scrap of paper is pinned to the Brandybrook Noticeboard! Drink ‘till ye Drop! ~The newest burrow of Brandybrook! Looks nice, doesn’t it?~ Our wee halflin’ bodies have yet to consume the copious amounts o’ booze we require as o’ late! Thus, we need to continue our Drinking Night tradition and drink ‘till we drop! The last one left standing wins a whole load of nothing! May the best half-man win! What: A drinking competition with FREE BOOZE! Where: In Brandybrook, righ’ next to Aegrothond! When: Close ter the end o’ this Elven Week! ((4 PM EST, Saturday the 23rd of November)) Who be invited?: Everyone excep’ for a particular half-halfling from Sutica (Ye know who ye are!) First one to fall under as a result of ter much drinking is a ROTTEN PUMPKIN! Ye don’t want to be a rotten pumpkin, now do ya? So make sure yer stomach be up to the task! Halfling drinking competitions are no joke! Long Live Brandybrook, ‘n Glory ter t’a Wee! -Pervinca Driftwood, mother of Brandybrook’s sheriff. [!] The paper ends with the official seal of Brandybrook
  24. THE COMMONWEALTH OF KAEDRIN “One God, one country and one law.” The Maxim of St. Peter CONTENTS I. The Crown II. The Constitution III. The Cabinet IV. The House of Electors V. The House of Commons VI. The Soldiery VII. The Chronicle I. THE CROWN The Commonwealth of Kaedrin is a constitutional elective monarchy, whereby the king, who is entitled King of Kaedrin and Grand Duke of Ves, serves until death or abdication as head of state, with a civil governor known as the Governor-General acting as head of government and bearing the delegated royal prerogative. The monarch is elected by the House of Electors under a series of strict criteria, with the polity’s governing document known as the Instrument of Government of 1730. REIGNING KING His Majesty, Adrian I of the House of Helvets, King of Kaedrin and Grand Duke of Ves, Duke of Cathalon, Lord of the Rhoswenii and Captain and Defender of Liberty. (1725 - present) INCUMBENT GOVERNOR-GENERAL His Excellency the Right Honorable Sir Richard de Reden, Governor-General of Kaedrin, Imperial Secretary of Intelligence, Count of Kreden, Baron of Caer Bann (1725 - 1729; 1740 - present) II. THE CONSTITUTION The Commonwealth of Kaedrin is governed by virtue of the Instrument of Government of 1730, which is colloquially known as the Constitution. It establishes processes for the government as well as the election of the monarch. It can be found in full here. III. THE CABINET The Kaedreni Council of State, known in shorthand simply as the Cabinet (Though not to be confused with the equivalent Imperial-level body) is the governing council of the Commonwealth, who in theory serve at the pleasure of the Crown. Only three Cabinet offices are formalized within the Constitution, however, in practice the Crown may appoint others to sit upon the Council of State in the capacity of advisers. The Cabinet currently consists of: Mr. Frederick Armas Premier and Secretary of State of Internal Affairs of the Commonwealth Col. Godwin de Reden Colonel of the 2nd Regiment of Grenadiers, informal advisor Lt. Col. Samuel de Langford Lieutenant Colonel of the 2nd Regiment of Grenadiers, informal advisor IV. THE HOUSE OF ELECTORS The House of Electors serves as the upper house of the Diet of Kaedrin, the legislature of the Commonwealth. All peers who hold a hereditary peerage from baron through to duke are entitled to a life-long seat within the House of Electors, who elect the king from those candidates eligible under the Constitution. Unlike most other human realms, all land in the Commonwealth of Kaedrin is under the direct administrative control of the Crown, and by extension, the office of the Governor-General. Accordingly, these peers do not maintain political control over the land attached to their titles, bearing the nomenclature alone as a courtesy. This does not mean these titles are simply titular, as technically, the land to which they appertain exists. In order of precedence, the House of Electors currently consists of: His Grace the Duke of Cathalon Adrian Helvets, concurrently King of Kaedrin The Right Honorable Count of Kreden Richard de Reden His Lordship the Baron of Aldenburg Caius Marna V. THE HOUSE OF COMMONS The House of Commons serves as the lower house of the Diet of Kaedrin, the legislature of the Commonwealth, and is comprised of elected membership from the various other estates of the realm. However, the House of Commons has been in a state of formal dissolution since 1740 with the increasing militarization of the realm. VI. THE SOLDIERY THE SECOND REGIMENT The Commonwealth Grenadiers The domain of Kaedrin is protected and served by the 2nd Regiment of Grenadiers of the Imperial State Army, known colloquially as the Commonwealth Grenadiers, who are sworn as defenders of the Constitution and the flag. The 2nd Regiment is divided up into constituent brigades, which each have their own nickname and utility, and can be found in greater detail here. VII. THE CHRONICLE THE ORDER OF THE WHITE ROSE (1414 - 1420) The first Kingdom of Kaedrin was established as not a state with an army, but an army with a state, the army therein being the infamous Order of the White Rose of yore. This military realm was in many ways a pseudo-democracy, with the kingship tied to the office of Grand Master which was elected from among the institution’s knightly membership. HIS MAJESTY, St. Peter I of the House of Chivay (r. 1414 - 1420) The first King of Kaedrin, Peter the First rose from Aeldenic mercenary to sovereign of the era’s most indisputably powerful realm in a lifetime. As founder and Grand Master of the Order of the White Rose, Peter’s service (And that of his knight-brothers) to the Emperor in conquering the elven tribes of Malinor led to the formation of the kingdom from the newly settled western frontier. A policy of expansion, colonization and forced conversion followed that would establish Kaedrin in the annals of history as a quasi-military settler state. In 1420, he abdicated his throne with the Exodus, with the gentryman Edmond Brunswick (St. Edmond) becoming elected Grand Master. As he was of too low birth to accede to the throne in proper, the title of King of Kaedrin reverted to William I, who was Holy Orenian Emperor. FOOTNOTE: Later, around c. 1426, the Emperor would be forced to grant the lands of Kaedrin and the west to the King of the Harrenites, Lachlan Mor Elendil, which would precipitate the Harrenite War. The defeat of the Harrenites in this conflict by Prophet Sigismund and his Karovic heirs would result in their adoption of the style of ‘King of Kaedrin’, until the assassination of Francis the Martyr in 1456. THE THIRD EMPIRE (1456 - 1467) The Kingdom of Kaedrin was restored, in part, in 1456, when Peter the First returned thirty-six years after the catastrophic Exodus to claim the title of Holy Orenian Emperor in the chaos that followed King Francis’ assassination in 1456. HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY, St. Peter I of the House of Chivay (2nd. r. 1456 - 1462) With the help of his nephew, Robert, and Imperial Fieldmarshal, Vibius Hanseticus de Sola, Peter cowed the quarrelsome nobility of the era, returning to the throne of Kaedrin while serving concurrently as Holy Orenian Emperor. This ushered in the Third Empire, bringing about a new age of human domination over the world with the construction of the cities of Kaldonia, Tempum and finally Petrus. Peter’s reign as Holy Orenian Emperor would reign victorious over the nonhumans who engaged him in war, falling each and every time, with those enemies he had within the Empire cowed by his domineering, charismatic presence. Already a venerable man of 96 by the time of his second ascension, Peter I died in his sleep at the age of 102, having reigned for six golden years. HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY, Robert I of the House of Chivay (r. 1462 - 1467) It was Peter’s nephew, Robert, who succeeded him to the throne of the Holy Orenian Empire and of Kaedrin. The son of Thomas Chivay and his half-elven bride, Robert’s status as a quadroon of elvish blood proved increasingly unpopular with his subjects, who had spent most of their lifetime fighting an eternal war against mendacious nonhuman polities. This was complicated by rumoured dalliances with pagan rituals in the deep woods of the Crownlands. When he made a humiliating peace with the nonhumans, the proverbial knives came out. Though he was not entirely uncharismatic, Robert did not bear the same imposing presence as his uncle, and after five years of rule was deposed by Vibius Hanseticus, who seized the capital city with the aid of the Duke of Ruska and Richard de Bar. FOOTNOTE: The Duke of Ruska’s acclamation as Holy Orenian Emperor spelled the functional end of the Kingdom of Kaedrin as a political entity, leading to its absorption to the Imperial Crown. Successive rulers of humanity would continue to use the style, however, as an addendum upon their titles. THE OLD COMMONWEALTH (1518 - 1543) The Savoyard dynasty who ruled the Kingdom of Oren from 1498 to 1526 were descended primarily from St. Lucien, who was one of the founders of the Order of the White Rose. Having been raised on stories of the Order’s glory, in 1518 King Olivier, a known Kaedrenophile, undertook a plan to restore Kaedrin as a subsidiary realm to guard the elven frontier. This realm was ruled by a noble of ducal rank entitled ‘magnate’, who was elected for life from among the local peers, and was known as the Commonwealth of Kaedrin, known to historians as the Old Commonwealth or the Savoyard Commonwealth. HIS GRACE, Cantonus Chivay (r. 1518 - 1543) To aid him in his plan, Olivier recruited one of the last living dynasts of the House of Chivay, Cantonus, as the inaugural Magnate of Kaedrin. With Foltest Helvets (The Count of Hengtfors), Adam de Gleveisen (The Count of Redmark) and later Ingrid de Wett (The Baroness of Wett) as his aristocratic subsidiaries, Cantonus directed the Kaedreni settlers towards loyalty to his royal benefactor in the catastrophic Duke’s War. A competent administrator, an almost omnipotent spymaster yet a most disagreeable man in his personal life, Cantonus developed a deadly rivalry with the commander-in-chief of the royalist forces, Augustus de Sola, which would later be exacerbated when the general was awarded with the former territories of rebellious Adria, which bordered his land. Though Cantonus was an initial supporter of John I, who came to the throne in 1526 with the demise of the Savoyard dynasty, the Emperor’s closeness to Augustus drove him away from court and into bitter obscurity. He died some time in 1543, and John I issued the Act of Merger which awarded the lands of Kaedrin to Augustus, who was by then Duke of Lorraine, thus spelling the end of the old Commonwealth. FOOTNOTE: The Act of Merger of 1543 merged the lands of the former Commonwealth into the estate of the Dukes of Lorraine, who from that point onward employed the style of Duke of Kaedrin in a form of real union. On paper, Kaedrin persisted under them, however, in practise it was dissolved as a polity, with no serious historians or chroniclers considering the Archduke of Lorraine to have ruled over a contiguous Kaedreni entity in this period. After the end of the Fifth Empire in 1595, most successive emperors claimed the title of King of Kaedrin. THE NEW COMMONWEALTH (1725 - present) The New Commonwealth was forged in the crucible of the Troubles, established in 1725 by Adrian Helvets, a descendant of the Count of Hengtfors, and the Captain-General of the Caer Bann Company, Richard de Reden, a fearsome condottiero. Rising from the ashes of the old Republic of Ves, to whom Kaedrin had a connection through Lorraine and Adria, this Commonwealth is a legal personal union between the two titles of King of Kaedrin and Grand Duke of Ves. The polity is intentionally modelled off a blend of the Order’s realm of yore, the Old Commonwealth and the Republic. It is a constitutional monarchy as well as a quasi-military state with specific democratic elements. HIS MAJESTY, Adrian I of the House of Helvets (r. 1725 - present) Born under the name of Helton Hadrian Helvets, Adrian I began his life as an exiled noble from an old, prestigious yet impoverished Kaedreni house. As a young adult he owned and operated a successful winery, however, with the War of Two Emperors it fell on hard times and so he emigrated to the Republic of Ves. Forging an alliance with the condottiero Richard de Reden and his Caer Bann Company of Kaedreni mercenaries, Adrian subverted the decaying republic and became undisputed sovereign of the territory, establishing in its wake the restored Commonwealth - a constitutional monarchy based on old Kaedreni principles. For four years, he enjoyed indisputable success as the foremost power in the Empire, however a controversial officer’s purge in 1729 amid rumours of a coup led to Count de Reden’s resignation and the slow diminishment of the realm in the ensuing decade. In 1740, Count de Reden was finally returned to the office of Governor-General with the king surrendering the royal prerogative to him under the terms of the Constitution.
  25. Declaration of Disinheritance 11th of Owyn’s Light 1743 | Vzmey and Hyff 296 ES “Give not, yield not” By decree of the Grand Prince of Muldav, let it be known that the Alimar-Ruberni line of Prince Vladrick Hieromar, previously the Black Prince of Rubern, and his first born son, Marius Stiboricz, and their descendants shall be disavowed and disinherited in perpetuity from the House of Alimar, under the treasonous and disdainful acts committed against the Crown of Hanseti-Ruska, for the obstruction of law and order, and for the subversion of his oath of fealty to the North. They henceforth shall be stripped of all titles, honorifics, and claims thus previously bestowed upon him within the House of Alimar. Iv Joveo Ehr, 1743 Signed, His Highness, Prince Otto Sigmar Barbanov-Alimar, Grand Prince of Muldav, Lord Marshal of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska
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