Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Royal Court

"The Royal Court is a place where the King should feel the most secure, surrounded by the people he loves and who love him, not imbeciles like you Sir Temron!" -Prime Minister Zenksys to Sir Temron 

The Royal Court is comprised of several people including the King's Family. It also consists of the King's Council and his Captain of the Keep, Sir Gondfound. 

King Barian leads the Royal Court as the King of Kirath. He is known as The Young King. While not the most talented fighter, he has great skill with a blade and trains with his Captain, Sir Gondfound, whenever he has time. 

His throne is a simple oak-wood chair, polished, and adorned with beautiful carvings. He hears matters of state for a few hours each day, before retiring to relaxation or training. When he is not seated during forum, his Steward, Prime Minister Zenksys Wrathfalcon, hears all problems. Peasants and Lords alike are allowed to come before the King, but the waiting time can be over a year. 

Lower dignitaries and officers will sort out lower level problems and are in return given homes within the King's City and the title of Lord after a few years of service. There are said to be several dozen "Low Lords" as they are called living within the richer districts of the city. 

 Prince Kerrigan of Small Sea is the Heir Apparent to the throne of Kirath. He is of the Dragonsbane name, but like his cousin Marion, took the name of his homeland. While he spends almost no time in the Kingdom Proper, as the Heir Apparent he is always welcome. 

He is fiercely loyal to his young cousins: Barian, Colandra, and Marion and will do anything in his power to protect them. With no interest in the throne, he spends most of his time questing in Small Sea.

Princess Colandra Dragonsbane is known as the Raven of Kirath. It is said that her beauty will one day cause a war that will cripple the great nation. Countless battles will be fought in her name and many men will die. Or so the tavern tales go. She is third in line for the throne of Kirath and younger sister to King Barian Dragonsbane. She is sixteen years old and has nothing to do with the running of the Kingdom.

Her relationship with her cousin Queen Marion is generally very good and she sometimes dreams of travelling to Sumptun. She has no interest in the throne, but often imagines sitting upon it. Her brother and cousins are very protective of her and plan on forcing her to join some religious order as a Priestess, but she wishes to marry a knight and have many children.

Queen Marion of Sumpton is cousin to King Barian, Princess Colandra, and Prince Kerrigan. She is fourth in line to the throne and has a throne of her own in the small country of Sumptun. She is known as the Envy of the Realm, because her beauty and power are rivaled by none. Most believe her to be a better monarch than King Barian, but she doesn't let that belief influence her in any way. She knows she is a better monarch than her younger cousin, but respects his leadership anyway.

Sumptun still relies heavily on goods from Kirath and maintains good relations with its traders. Queen Marion spends most of her time in the Capital of Sumptun, but often travels to sit in on King's Council meetings. Very talented with a blade, she will also enter tournaments in male armor fighting sometimes to the death.

The Queen Mother, Hera, is the mother of Barian and Colandra. She is the aunt of Kerrigan and Marion. Most importantly she is the most experienced member of the court.

Adept at solving complex problems, Queen Hera often guides young King Barian through life. She will settle many of the Kingdom's smaller problems without consulting her son. This is much to King Barian's dismay sometimes. She has shown an interest in Sir Gondfound and has he her, but as their positions do not allow such a fraternization.

Prime Minister Zenksys Wrathfalcon is the Steward of the Keep of Kirath and adviser to the King. He is also the uncle of Sir Gondfound Wrathfalcon. He, like his nephew, is very loyal to the King and wants to see him succeed. Known to look very snake faced, he grows facial hair to cover up his devious looks.

Fond of both Princess Colandra and Queen Marion, he spends a great deal of time making sure they stay out of trouble when together. On several occasions he has stopped them from candlestick fighting over the Throne of Kirath.

He is fond of the Drink and will often pass out on his days off, which are rare. Talented with a sword, but more talented with his tongue, he settles debates between Elderman and Villagers most of his day. He is sixth in line for the Throne of Kirath.

Sir Gondfound Wrathfalcon, the Silver Knight and Captain of the Keep of Kirath. He is a man in his late thirties and one of the most talented fighters in the realm. He is one of the Seven Colored Knights and is the sworn defender of the King.

He protects the King night & day never taking a day off. Never questing with the other Seven unless the King himself is going. He bares a hatred towards the Black Knight, Sir Temron, who shares the feeling.

Vorevran the Arch Magi of Kirath is considered by many the most powerful magic user alive. He serves faithfully as the King's Magical Adviser. He specializes in fire magic and is one of the few men to have killed a Jouchungfah, a breed he bares utter hatred towards. He was recruited by King Barian for his magical abilities, but he also provides wise council many matters.

Many apprentice magi have been trained by Vorevran and then moved on to have apprentices of their own. He is an middle aged man of about fifty years, but his face does not reflect this fact.

Vorevran distrusts Lord Rendulf and most of the Seven Colored Knights, but bites his tongue. He has warned Lord Rendulf that he would be his undoing if something were to happen.

Lord Rendulf Mayeshire is the Chief Ambassador to Foreign Realms and the Sheriff of Mayeshire. He has an apparent distaste for the King that is obvious to everyone save the King himself.

At one time he was a talented young soldier, but that was years ago. He served as an Officer in a Cavalry Unit of the King's 1st Legion. He married young and fathered several children, only one of which is still living. His wife was executed on suspicion of treason. Lord Zenksys attempted to stop this, but arrived an hour to late. At that point Lord Zenksys ordered Sir Temron to arrest Lord Mayeshire. Making a move to seize him, Sir Temron quickly turned and refused the order.

Lord Rendulf then had his men escort the Prime Minister off of Mayeshire Lands. He then convinced the King to give him a Council position to make up for Lord Zenksys's folly. 

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