Category Archives: Vornair

Forging an Empire: PAX Council

Vornair – It is with pleasure we divulge breaking news from the Kingdom of Vornair for our readers. It happened a week to the day at the beautiful Sportello tavern. The bachelor party of King Adam Rhyne and Duke Morbis Alabast. The two were lovingly surrounded by merriment and drink, alongside the High Council, Dukes and Duchess. Also, attending was King Rhyne’s long time friend, the King of Fortuna. Absent from the event was the Duke of Zylphania and Fehu who begrudgingly accepted the administrative duties of the kingdom. Truly, Duke Bombastus did all of the work, as Duke Cardan slinked away to probe the local brothels.

A spectacular course meal lined the tables, Aesir Barbazu Heimdallr stated that “the potato gnocchi and sorbet were lovely,” at least I think so, the tavern maid halted serving Count Heimdallr soon after. With Duke Bälen present, drinking turned into playful shenanigans as the bear pack came out. While a more dubious corner led by Chief Justicar Anders Kastanjj, who arrived late, lounged, tempting to find spies and werewolves; I don’t think he did too well.

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PAX Council Meeting (image courtesy of the Fortuna Freedom Guild)

After hours the party swiftly ended and the pursuit of an empire had begun. Reportedly, a representative of the Kingdom of Alésia, Count Edwin Salle was also present. However, the representative didn’t have enough influence to enter the forum. With Duke Morbis resting on King Rhyne’s lap, elegantly twirling his beard. Both Kings took out their rosters and maps to focus on consolidating the Kingdom of Fortuna into the Empire of Vornair. This meeting allowed us to discover the true reason for the Kingdom of Fortuna’s negligible efforts in recruitment, because it was never meant to exist alone.

For on this day a wedding did occur, the merging of Fortuna and Vornair and the creation of Elyria’s first empire.

 

Coin’s Guide to Dungeons: Castillion

Castillion, Vornair – G’day readers Kyle Coin world traveler, and prison connoisseur here. I write after adventuring into the heart of Vornair, into the capital of Zylphania. I have landed in prison elsewhere for nefarious and misgiving situations: impersonating a priest in Thearyn and disguising as a tax collector in Fortuna come to mind; which is quite difficult when there is only one citizen. Today, it was for kicking the soapbox of Aerus Morningray, who was fanatically rambling about securing titles and needing donations from Zylphania patrons to help create a “New Dawn”.

Guards with uniformed cloaks were posted outside, the cloaks evergreen color turning black in the darkness. Although the cell could hold five it was spacious, with room to fit an easel. The amenities were humble with actual pillows and used bedding. With such hospitality, even Duke Bombastus visited, while there he painted as he declared ‘happy little ‘staches’ on seemingly thousands of self-portraits. I enjoyed the company for a time, I think Duke Bombastus was more grateful for it, as he could hide from responsibilities. The food was warm and considerate coming straight from the ducal estate kitchen. Activities were few; however, the Solarium was right above the cellroom so the conversations were fantastic. Near check-out, I even received a survey form asking how the stay was to help create informed, dispassionate policies.

Overall I would rate the Dungeon of Castillion at 3 out of 4 stars. Would visit again!

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Verdict: Above Average.

New Vornair Sneak Peek

Vornair – Our friends in the kingdom of Vornair never fail to put out the very best in espirt de corps. While some would almost consider the amalgamation a horrific cult of personality seeking only to consume others in a relentless march of self glorification, we at the Examiner are above such terrible generalizations. Always looking new ways to show off the developments and acheivements here is a sneak peek at the newest    Active-Vair!

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Tragedy at Sea

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Zylphania – In the early morning mists ships collided in the cold seas off the Vornair coastline. It is uncertain what the cause was at this time as an investigation is still pending. the S.S. Dawn was all but lost with almost no known survivors returning to port in the nearby Duchy of Zylphania. The S.S. Dusk also took severe damage losing a couple crew and loss of hull integrity. Damage reporting is still underway and the Duchy has full support of specialists in both the Rhynelands and Aechena Duchies through this tragedy, some of whom have strong historic ties to the Zylphanian homeland, but many speculate the reality of whether the Dusk or Dawn will ever truly be seaworthy again.

Forging an Empire: Free Kingdom

 

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Free Kingdom – For the Free Kingdom, voting, bidding, and the selling of tokens and souls has been with us for a couple of weeks now. Candidates with all types of alluring campaigns have emerged to win a title. These candidates aren’t without their own Kypiq furred-baggage and allegiances. With some being previous members or associates of a current kingdom or organization. Let’s tabulate a prediction, and bet, vote on the future.

Phyllain, the leader of Xeilias and previous Count of Kairos with favor from Vornair, and Violet Winterborne. A power couple almost as equal in power and dress to King Evelake and Duke Morbis “Chelesa” Alabast. Violet is the stronger forward face of this couple with her own controversies as other candidates have accused her of stealing ideas and accused her surrogates of using coercive measures to gather support. Phyllian says he wants to win but seems comfortable at the prospect of ruling behind the curtain of power through leverage and intimidation. In the end whether this couple, with Phyllain’s almost Bismarckian attitude and Violet’s subtle Machiavellianism, will last to create a stable Free Kingdom is yet to be seen. Their chances of winning currently are good though. (1 in 2)

Seele, the illustrious pontificate of the election would win, if it was simply based off of word count and context. As a non-connected candidate with lengthy ideals, Emperor Seele may be an underestimated choice and have the force to take it all but has a clear set of goals and policies he wants to achieve. This rings of someone who has been in positions of governance before. The question is: Is Seele’s leadership equal to his statesmanship? Thus far he has been unable to motive high energy from his base and seems to play on the defensive. (1 in 3)

The wearer of the ‘bombastic’ mustache, NiHZ, has garnered support from Vornair and Kairos. Overall she is a clever builder of coalitions but seems to lack the taste or ability of subterfuge compared to some of her competition. She would likely make quite the successful leader in the end but may become trapped in a labyrinth of shifting favors, deals, and alliances and this duplicity in support will be underappreciated, weakening her overall chances of success. (1 in 4)

His Holy Righteousness Personified, Leader of Horses and Scythes, Maulvorn VII will have to continue propagating foul play in token counting and continue prophesying a false sense of grandiose importance to the community to ensure the kingly crown resides with him. He is not a frontrunner in the contest but his aggressive rhetoric and propaganda keeps him very relevant in the race. The limits of his platform may, in the end, lose him the crown, but he will be a driving force in his kingdom so long as his momentum grows. (1 in 6)

The unabashed playboy of the election, Jon Warren, has placed his winning on the self-serving greed of others, rather than garnering support of a community. This tenuous support may last, but it may have to be continually bolstered by lavish parties paid for by future taxes. Likable enough nonetheless and with a decent, safe platform Jon Warren is the least controversial, and the most electable candidate from a stance of kingdom stability as there are no excessively strong feelings for or against his leadership. The primary controversy overall is Jon’s entrepreneurial ways of approaching problems. His competition does not like that he refuses to play by their rules. (1 in 7)

Lurking in the shadows it is unfair to despair against the Concierge, with support from Bordweall and King Dleatherus, this will be a test of numbers, camaraderie, and focused effort for the Concierge and Bordweall. The Concierge runs his platform by calling it deviate but simply means that the ends of the kingdom justify the use of any means. With the significant external pressures on the Free Kingdom and the internal lack of cohesion as a community with various strong, divergent personalities in leadership positions this approach may be the most dangerously forsightful. Unfortunately the current interpretation attracts destabilizing or fringe elements while driving more cautious elements to safer candidates. (1 in 10)

A somewhat late arrival in the race is Cheshire, a self-styled pauper queen. She inherently doubles down on the aggressive style of Maulvorn and does not come off as completely stable. Her platform is quite laissez-faire by saying she will not expect taxes or duties from her subjects. Given her campaign style as a declaration of war against the political machinery afoot. It is not certain whether she wants to win or simply be an interruption in the process. If it is the latter then we will likely be hearing more from Cheshire in the future. (1 in 50)

These candidates are merely members in an ongoing dance. Let us peer behind the curtain of politics and acknowledge its central players and workings. Some of these candidates with their ideals, thoughts and history have been with our community for a time. With this time and history unsettling, empirical allegiances and relations of opportunity have emerged. Let us attempt to discover who the true victors of this election shall be.

The despotic micromanagement of Vornair is a travesty against independent thought and, seen by some, akin to a plague of locusts. Their sheer potential population, resources and tax base is only held at bay by an inefficient and bumbling bureaucratic process that does little to serve those outside the king’s elite inner circle. With this Vornair does however possess the greatest chance of further objectifying Luna. By bribery, demands, or the puppeteering of Phyllain, Violent or NiHZ, the Free Kingdom can be brought to heel as a client state of a greater Vornic Empire. Sadly Duke Morbis will likely feel left out as King Evelake reaches in and controls another’s wants in pursuit of ultimate authority. (1 in 2)

Quiet composure, financially and educationally focused, Kairos is the meek forgotten brother of Vornair. This weakness may be exchanged for a subtle strength however, for lavish ties to Xeilias, Phyllain and Violet would increase the political power of Kairos without increasing the perception of growing threat to the status quo of world politics. These ties with previous members could spur on a golden age of Kairos influence, through a fetid alliance or pact. However, as with all siblings, most are unable to share their toys. The potential King Phyllain and Queen Violet may cease to exist from a simple tug-of-war (1 in 3).

Opposing Vornair in all, but sheer population, resources, tax base, community, tweets and likes, Bordweall limps into the fray. A defensive republic of duchies with King Dleatherus, as their mask wielding figurehead. Defensive in nature, creating a client of the Free Kingdom gives the Bordweall a means of creating a political partner in more provocative actions to further their goals. The Concierge has the mindset and moral compass to actively protect Bordweall’s interests abroad so long as they are in the Free Kingdom’s best interest as well. The partnership unfortunately has demanded far less respect than garnered, with even less of a likelihood for victory. However, it is important for Dleatherus’ errand runner to remain in the campaign, or risk opening doors for Vornair, Kairos or virtues forbid Maulvorn (1 in 6).

With the rest of the candidates being unaffiliated from major donors, propaganda or acceptance speeches. These are the few, Seele, Jon Warren and Maulvorn, which may, may be able to lead the Free Kingdom to independence instead of subjugation.

With these impeding victories or defeats current kingdoms will solidify alliances, and empires. The first wars of Luna will be fought over the allegiances of the Free Kingdom, a proxy war which will garner the glare and support of all Luna’s kingdoms. Demanding tribute for past support, and demanding help for future gains, the current kingdoms are selecting the King and Queen of our Free Kingdom. When purchasing tokens, rather than asking: ‘Who should I vote for?’ If it all. Maybe ask yourself: ‘Which current kingdom, if any, do I want to be aligned and beholden to?’ The great dance is upon us, make sure to choose your dance partner and bedfellow wisely.

Lagertha, True Queen of the Vornair

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Sometimes in the fast paced environment of the newsroom facts do not always put together a picture as it first looks. This happened several days ago on a story reported about the indiscretions at the meetings between Vornair and Blackheart. Luckily official word from the Kingdom of Vornair confirms that they have had no contact with the Kingdom of Blackheart. Furthermore, they stressed because of boundaries between realities, such a summit could never take place.

The King of Vornair has personally reached out to the Examiner and assured us that the queen was not being set aside. While this is reassuring to political stability it does not explain the shopping trips being undertook in the fine Hartland boutiques in Aechena that Queen Lagertha takes hand in hand with Duchess Rheika Hart. Such luxurious outings must place quite a dent in the royal treasury.

It also doesn’t answer the question of who the mystery woman is if not Queen Rowena. It took some time and deeper investigation but we spotted King Evelake trying to be incognito in a small inn in the Duchy of Fehu. The Tavern proprietor Alfred “Alchy” MacTaverton confessed, “Those two made quite a ruckus while they were here, and when they left I saw it wasn’t a lassie, but a beardless Hrothi laddie!” MacTaverton looked worried continuing, “Look, we have an open mind in Fehu so I just wish the King and Duke the best and they are welcome to return any time.”

Our interest was piqued and was only surpassed at eyewitness accounts that the king’s actual lover may be none other than a cross dressing Duke Morbis Alabast, ruler of the Stormlands! Could this be the secret Cynneric was going to spill before defecting to Kairos?

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