Monthly Archives: June 2018

Grooms, Wenches and a Justicar

Rhynelands – Overseeing the Royal Rhyne Estate in the County of Penrith, a grand meeting to forge the future of the kingdom was underway to decide the fate of their centerpieces. King Adam Rhyne’s hopeful groom Duke Morbis Alabast, and wife Queen Jordyn Rhyne, accompanied by Consort Duchess Rheika Hart, bickered over the color palate of the wondrous occasion. Also, attending was Duchess Aleerayn Aritaur who refused assisting in all other matters, instead preferring to solely refine the wine selection. Amidst the confusion of which suit Duke Morbis should wear – the otter inspired single breasted or silhouetted which graces the figure. A peculiar visage appeared in the lavish room, Chief Justicar Anders Kastanjj burst into the room unsettling the fair nobles dispute. Rumbling with anger after receiving the news, and Duke Morbis unable to calm King Adam even after a relaxing, beard waxing and twirl – a war path seemed to be drawn.

Withdrawing from the planning, King Adam Rhyne and Chief Justicar Anders Kastanjj discussed improving security measures. After hours of grueling, tedious security discussions. King Adam boorishly agreed to Chief Justicar Anders security terms, if only to cease the impromptu meeting. Policies to implement identification papers, training guards to spot disguises, scribing all royal encounters, and installing ‘advisors’ in all duchies hierarchies received royal decree. With these security measures developed the Chief Justicar informed that the contracts required would be completed in the next two following generations.

With the impromptu security crisis presently averted, King Adam Rhyne returned to the disgruntled nobles. The current discussion was Duke Theophrastus Bombastus’ (nee Barnebas Bombastus). Consort Duchess Rheika Hart vehemently declared Duke Bombastus as a ‘poor leader’ and ‘a scar on the prestige of the kingdom’, that he had even ‘performed treason’. Queen Jordyn Rhyne agreeingly nodded, as Duke Morbis Alabast was taken aback by these unfounded vulgar statements. Chief Justicar Anders overhearing the accusations demanded evidence to protect the prestige of his royalty [King Adam Rhyne]. These allegations demanded a Round Table meeting which led to Duke Theophrastus Bombastus narrowly freeing himself of the charges, and protesting favoritism against King Adam Rhyne towards Consort Duchess Rheika Hart. 

With, the fate of the Freehold Duchy of Zylphania in the Kingdom of Vornair precariously edging towards disaster. So begins the consolidation of power in unions, in name, in accusations and in title.

Evictions in Alésia

Rhyddid – As political turmoil in the Kingdom of Alésia continues, the first political pawns have been discovered and promptly discarded. These measures initially occurred in the Duchy of Rhyddid under Duchess Zhin Khovi. The official statement from the Appointed Queen Violet Winterlynn, “These citizens were found to be consorting with rebel factions within the Kingdom [of Alésia]. These unwarranted actions by disloyal [rebel] factions will never stand in the Kingdom. We must be vigilant, in cities, on the streets and in our homes; anyone could become a victim of this menacing, rebellious mindset.” During this address, loyal citizens and aristocrats of Duchess Zhin Khovi were summoned, tied and marched to the borders of the kingdom. Surrounded by guards at the border, the citizens and aristocrats were stripped of their citizenship and rank. At the border, Marquis Vetivier declared, “We must trust in the Queen’s word. That this will all be over when the rebels are crushed, and our true leaders will stop this.” Then walking towards the Knight Jarri and Edwin of the Blue Hearts, Ernesto whispered, “How did I do, do I have security clearance now? Queen Violet said that [Duchess] Zhin Khovi’s county will be mine soon…” The rest, that attempted to return to their homeland were blockaded and bludgeoned by the Knights of the Regime [Royal Guards]. Back in Rhyddid, locked in her personal estate Duchess Zhin Khovi remained under house arrest.

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Rebel factions fighting against the crown within Rhyddid’s capital city Dileas

Throughout the Kingdom of Alésia these isolated operations against rebel factions continued into the night against Duke Jon Warren of Vitalis, as well as Duke Varuian Maulvorn of Thearyn. Both Dukes shared the same fate of Duchess Zhin Khovi, who is the alleged leader of the rebel faction – Crimson Thorns.

In the Kingdom of Alésia, there is a continued silencing of inquisitive and rebellious voices, especially as it relates to the brutality of Appointed Queen Violet Winterlynn. However, her strict actions against these voices is causing attention and there are now whispers of the Drunk King Phyllian dethroning Violet Winterlynn.

Leading the Crown

Aechena – Helgrim Enterprises has landed a stunningly, brilliant deal with the Draugr Fleet. Through this lucrative deal, Helgrim is now contracted to construct one-thousands ships for the Draugr Fleet stationed in the Duchy of the High Seas. The contract signed by King Adam Rhyne details that upon completion Helgrim will receive amount owing, plus bonuses and crafters’ will be allowed a ‘night of consultations’ with the King’s Consort Count Edwin Salle. In the contract Consort Duchess and Chief Executive Officer of Helgrim Enterprises Rheika Hart received a personal bonus, twenty coastal parcels in the County of Penrith and the removal of Lord Commander Alaric Stonehammer, true Duke of Aechena.

Many of the other guilds who auctioned their tenders were stunned at the gracious terms; except for King Rhyne’s impassioned offering of Count Edwin Salle. Who is being renowned for his community charities such as – No Clothes, No Shoes, Full Service a brothel in the County of Bhailedar, and a bestselling book called Taking a Tip: How to Earn the Trust of a King. The favorable terms of the contract has raised eyebrows, ca using questions to stir throughout the Kingdom of Vornair’s guilds and schools. With the leaders of Mercava, The Forge Bound Association and Esotericum demanding an inquiry. Chief Nathecat said that, “These [contractual] terms are favoritism through-and-through by the High Council and King Adam Rhyne. We [Mercava] have proven our quality and skills, and are still being limited by this corrupted rating scheme.”

This initially benign system, was to better facilitate kingdom-level contracts. The Guild Reputation System was led by the High Council, specifically the Maester of Resources Lexidus Havenspire. However, utilizing the relationship and leadership shared by the Duchy of Aechena and Helgrim, Helgrim’s contractual reputation soared by receiving contracts, and subsequent ratings from Aristocracy and Nobility within Helgrim. A contract review from Count Viktor Galliand stated, “Great Job. Ordered nothing, but showed up almost on time.” Another, Duke Alaric Stonehammer listed, “Excellent! I received two-hundred pairs of socks… I ordered two-hundred swords…” Both of which, along with many more gave full recommendations to future contractors. Using her influence over the High Council, and proximity to King Adam Rhyne, Consort Duchess Rheika Hart and Helgrim Enterprises thrive under this reprehensible system even after the cost of bribes, and political offerings.

To the disillusionment of guilds and schools across the Kingdom of Vornair these reputation systems remain. Helgrim Enterprises seems to be the embodiment of favoritism, and monopolization in the Kingdom of Vornair. Benefiting from the near familial ties to the King and Queen, these systems and policies of bias and limited oversight will surely continue. This influence has also festered in the High Council as well, with Duchess Rheika Hart spreading whispers of treasonous deceit against the Dukes and Duchesses of Vornair.

The whispers of a ones peasant trader have amassed to falter the foundation of a kingdom.