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  1. spycoder9 Force Ghost

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    * This is a compilation of information circa the War of Many Kings. This includes House information, studies on the war, summarization of the minor details, and even facts on some of the major and minor power players of the war. If you are interested in entering an article of your own to this library, please make sure to contact me first.





    TABLE OF CONTENTS (incomplete)

    - TIMELINES
    - HOUSES GREAT AND SMALL
    - Houses of the Desert
    - HOUSE SANTAGAR
    - HOUSE DONDARE
    - HOUSE DONCASTER
    - HOUSE ERMNEST
    - HOUSE FORSYTHE
    - HOUSE TILLYWORTH
    - Houses of the Mountains
    - HOUSE SEEBRID
    - HOUSE TANDERLY
    - HOUSE CYRELL
    - HOUSE HARROWMONT
    - HOUSE GIDEON
    - HOUSE LUSK
    - HOUSE MAEGORION
    - HOUSE WANESFORD
    - Houses of the Capital
    - HOUSE REYNARD
    - HOUSE HERRONDAR
    - HOUSE CROIX
    - HOUSE MANNDERLY
    - HOUSE OLVES
    - HOUSE ROHNHILL
    - HOUSE BRENDLE
    - HOUSE TORNWOOD
    - Houses of the Isles
    - HOUSE DELMARI
    - HOUSE RYNQUIST
    - HOUSE MOORECROFT

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  2. Trieste Force Ghost

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    "What Has Been Said in the Darkness Shall Be Heard in the Light"

    History of House Kildare
    No land of Mirwyth is more misunderstood than the Desert. It is not simply a vast expanse of dunes of sand, devoid of vegetation. There is great beauty there...and great wealth for those with patience and foresight. When House Kildare claimed what would become known as the Fair Groves, they exercised both. Then the bleak lands had yielded little. Given time the Fair Groves bore fruit—literally. Season by season, the citrus trees that House Kildare oversaw took root in the arid soil and bloomed. Seeds from these forebears were planted and tended with care. Now the oranges, lemons, tangerines, limes, and grapefruits of the Fair Groves are traded throughout Mirwyth. They are not a great house, but House Kildare has been schooled by the Desert to be well pleased with well enough.
    Why exactly House Kildare practices female primogeniture is disputed. Some say isolation forced on them by the Desert and the resulting infrequent contact with other noble houses meant that eventually there were only women left to lead. Others stories claim that Covina Kildare so captured the heart of her husband that he handed her his right as a wedding gift—but then again other accounts say that when he was in his dotage she stole it. Whatever the reason, today women lord over House Kildare.
    The political and economic center of the Fair Groves is Kalkheim, an alcazar built by Lord Marshall Kildare in the days prior to the institution of female primogeniture. It is the family seat of the Kildares.

    Recent Generations of the Kildare Family Tree
    (The following accounts of members of House Kildare contemporary to the War of the Four Kings were collected via oral history. Accordingly, in some cases they do not conform to the scholarly standards for confirmation of veracity as outlined by the maesters.)
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    Morgaine Kildare: A calm, inscrutable woman who was more interested in attending to governance of the Fair Groves than she was with being a good mother. Morgaine was distant to her children and sparing in her praise. After giving birth to Emilie and Aron in quick succession, she lost a few pregnancies in early stages. Eventually, she conceived Regina and died giving birth to her.
    Henrik North: Hailing from a minor house of the Dragonwood, Henrik was a farmer by trade and spent most of his days supervising agriculture in the Fair Groves. He came to love the citrus trees and established strong bonds with the tenants who cultivated the land. Though he was never greatly in love with Morgaine, her death inexplicably hit him hard. He was barely able to go through the motions of fatherhood. He died three years after Morgaine.
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    Emilie Kildare: Rule of the Fair Groves were thrust upon Emilie at age 12. Her mother’s distance and the sudden burden of responsibility made Lady Emilie into a hard woman. The death of her father, left her feeling alone in the world. At age 15 she found herself in the peculiar position of being able to choose her own husband. After a few years of careful consideration and surveying eligible suitors, she chose Martyn Forsythe to cement relations with his family. Emilie was a demanding mother concerned with producing daughters who would be prepared to assume the mantle of leadership upon her death. She expected much from her children—and never told them it was because of how much she loved them. Emilie’s sudden death shocked the Fair Groves.
    Martyn Forsythe: Martyn never asked to be married to Emilie Kildare. The second son of a moderately prestigious Desert family, Martyn was never going to get a better offer. Emilie dominated their relationship and Martyn very quickly assumed a subservient position. He rarely ventured opinions and only rarely made observations of fact. The death of Emilie has not changed his demeanor—but the truth is that in silence Martyn has long been watchful, gathering thoughts in his mind. Only the very observant themselves could discover that Martyn’s silence does not equal ignorance or disinterest. Of all his children, Martyn holds a special place for Landon, another man who was underestimated.
    Ser Lawrence Kildare: See his full profile later in this chapter. Now dead by the hand of King Desmond Rolmar.
    Ginnifer Kildare: See her full profile later in this chapter
    Zooey Kildare: As the second daughter to Emilie, Zooey was trained to assume the mantle of leadership in the event of misfortune. However, her training was nowhere near as complete as Ginnifer’s once her elder sister survived the sometimes perilous childhood years. Zooey saw the world in terms of stark choices between right and wrong, but sometimes without seeing the whole picture. It was said of Zooey that "she likes to cast stones at a house she does not have to live in." Even so, Zooey was fiercely devoted to Ginnifer, beyond the already strong allegiance all of the children of Emilie and Martyn shared for each other. It was a devotion born out of love. At the time of the War of the Four Kings, Zooey was approaching her middle 20s and pressures were mounting for a suitable husband to be found for her.
    Chelsee “Dagger” Kildare: It was said that Chelsee would have been better off born a man. Strong willed, direct, and inclined to action, Chelsee slipped into the ribald jokes with men of Kalkheim without batting an eyelash. It is unsurprising that finding even one suitor for her was been incredibly tough. She looked up to her Uncle Aron, who has tempered her fiery behavior and taught her prudence. Additionally, Chelsee was close with her father, Martyn, who noted his wifes distinct lack of interest in their youngest daughter. Chelsee would love nothing more than to join the patrols and defend the Fair Groves, but Ginnifer forbade such to keep from provoking neighboring families who already uneasily tolerated a woman leading House Kildare. Despite this, Chelsee quietly sought instruction in combat and developed an aptitude for short blades, such as daggers. It is said she keeps one on her, resulting in a curious nickname around Kalkheim. Chelsee inclined more towards chubbiness than her sisters, but if anything her curves hid the force she possessed.
    Landon Kildare: As a second son, Lady Emilie paid scant attention to Landon. As a result, he became the favorite of his father. Landon knew his father better than anyone else in Kalkheim, but even so there was much he did not know about Martyn. Landon was schooled in the ways of court and the peculiar language of diplomacy. As a result, Lady Ginnifer entrusted him to act as her envoy from time to time—a duty and privilege that Emilie never would have given to Landon. Landon admired the moral convictions of Zooey, but in return she still patronizingly thought of him as her little brother.
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    Aron Kildare: With a craggy face, one would be surprised to learn that Aron hails from the Desert and not the Mountains. Aron had the same experiences as Emilie as a child of Morgaine. He, however, never expected to rule. He turned his attention to matters of battle, but as a man of human passions he never considered being a knight. Instead, he married Spectra Tann shortly after being introduced to her. Aron had a propensity to brood coupled with a tendency to interject comments laced with wit, sometimes laceratingly so. His primary occupation was attending to the defense of the Fair Groves. Lady Emilie bestowed upon him the title of Warden of the Fair Groves, but he was subject to the authority of the Knight Commander.
    Spectra Tann: Daughter of the Regent of Arqada, Spectra Tann met Aron Kildare at a banquet in that city. A brief courtship was thus begun and shortly thereafter the two were pledged in marriage. Spectra’s marriage was reportedly a friendship more than anything else by the time of the War of the Four Kings. Though her husband stayed out of the politics of the Fair Groves, from time to time Spectra amused herself by dabbling in them. Accounts suggest she was quite good at it.
    Tilly Maquet (nee Kildare): Despite possessing the hallmark sandy hair of the Kildare family, Tilly is so far out of the line of succession (sixth and ahead only of her own daughters) that she has only ever sought to lead a relatively normal life. Thus she married for love even if outside the ranks of nobility. She is first and foremost a mother to Kathryn ("Katy") and Abra...but her role as a loving wife is a close second.
    Camden Maquet: The eldest son of the Maquet family, renowned for breeding horses that can withstand the harsh travels across the Desert, Camden's marriage to Tilly was quite the coup for a non-noble family. For merchants to possess even distant heirs to the Fair Groves is remarkable. Camden is passionately in love with his wife, as she is with him, and is consequently fiercely protective of her as a result of his devotion. Camden resents the way that the affairs of House Kildare threaten to entangle Tilly and draw her away from him.
    Willis Kildare: Rather than follow in his father's footsteps and dedicate himself to the defense of the Fair Groves, Willis entered into the economic side of the family business. Willis began accompanying shipments of the Groves' citrus crops to market and soon became a regular fixture on the caravan routes and a competent merchant. While visiting the city of Caraba on one commercial visit, Willis was taken captive by pirates.
    Ser Caliban Kildare: Caliban followed the example of his cousin Lawrence and dedicated himself to knighthood, a step his father never took. Caliban is officially third in the hierarchy of the command of the Fair Groves behind Ser Lawrence and his father Aron.
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    Regina Kildare: The trauma of having killed her mother weighed heavily on Regina. The fact that she was not borne with sandy hair further marked her as one apart—something that Emilie taunted her sister over, often suggesting they shared separate paternity. Regina resented Emilie’s ascendancy, know-best attitude, and surrogate mothering. The truth is that Regina was raised more by servants and handmaidens who did their best to smooth their little lady when she would fume in her private chambers. Regina is less than enamored of Emilie’s daughters, especially Zooey and her “moralistic chirping” as she calls it. Regina is only eight years older than Ginnifer and covets the Ladyship for herself and her daughter Tamzin. When Emilie was preoccupied with her own brood, Regina was able to choose her own husband in Widmer, in whom she recognized something of a kindred spirit. So strong is her desire to be Lady of the Fair Groves that Regina insisted that all her daughters carry the name Kildare. Widmer, knowing when to indulge his wife, agreed…especially since when they married they’d have to change their names anyways and marrying off a Kildare daughter was easier than marrying off a Halleth. Regina didn’t care about the boys, so Halleths they were.
    Widmer Halleth: Widmer lived a wild life before Regina. He lost an eye in a duel just days before he was betrothed to Regina. He hails from a middling house that had neither reputation nor wealth to recommend it making his marriage to the then-second in line to the Fair Groves shocking. However, Widmer’s fiery affair with Regina resulted in their marriage—and their passion still flames up from time to time. Widmer is a man prone to bawdy jokes with men and large laughs with all. Though he enjoys the fine life, he will set his hand on the hilt of his rapier whenever a fitting adventure comes his way.
    Tamzin Kildare: As eldest daughter to Regina, she is the pride and joy of her mother. She has been indulged most of her life and is a flighty girl as only beautiful girls can be. She taunts her cousins needlessly, but always one-on-one. Tamzin is smart enough to never engage Ginnifer—especially about her burned hand.
    Evander Halleth: Evander inherited his mother’s dark looks and the temperament to match. Though Regina paid attention to her son, he always felt second place to Tamzin, a stupid girl not worthy of their mother’s attention in his eyes. He chafes under being born into a family where men take second place to women and refuses to believe himself mediocre as a result. Evander was an eager pupil in lessons of combat given by his father and turned into a skilled warrior. Further increasing his distaste for Regina was his arranged marriage to Callista Sand who he would resent for being thrust upon him were she not so comely and willing to please him.
    Callista Halleth (nee Sand): The ward of the Sultan of Caraba, it is an unconfirmed but widely accepted rumor that she was an illegitimate daughter of the Sultan himself, thus resulting in why a Sand would be brought into the Sultan’s household. As a result, she received a decent education for a girl of no wealth. In truth, learning was the one thing Callista loved most. When Regina Kildare approached the Sultan seeking a match for her eldest son that would enhance her own standing in the Desert, the Sultan thoughtfully relieved himself of a girl who was becoming just beautiful enough to perhaps begin causing trouble among his sons. Callista’s kindness is oddly matched with Evander’s resentment. She has come to love Evander despite his faults and strives to be dutiful to him and to calm his angers. Even so, he will cut her with his words sometimes, which she takes very hard.

    Family Song: The Vixen and the Hound
    There was a hound of strength they say
    Who roamed the land in search of prey
    And one day heard of groves so fair
    Where a lithe vixen did keep her lair.
    Her den it was, and hers alone,
    For not a male did grace this home.
    Such easy prey the hound could not resist
    So off he went in search of grist
    With which to slake his appetite
    And leave him satisfied that night.
    He spied his mark with coat of tangerine
    And cried, “I have you now, my fair colleen!”
    The vixen bolted with feet quite fleet
    Seeking sanctuary among blossoms sweet.
    The hound gave chase, the fox he did pursue
    And brayed the charge, “Halloo! Halloo!
    You cannot best me at this game
    I’ll get you yet all the same!”
    But the vixen never slacked her pace
    And the hound could not his steps retrace.
    Lost in the myriad trees himself he found
    And then the skulk of foxes took the hound.
    Her trap now sprung on every side
    The vixen with these words replied,
    “Halloo! Halloo! Indeed my kits!
    The strong ones rarely use their wits.
    Strength and speed fall short combined
    When confronted with a sharper mind.
    One final thought, for you quite bitter:
    A mother always defends her litter.”

    Lady Ginnifer “Ironfist” Kildare
    Age: 26
    Gender: Female
    Appearance: [IMG]
    Additionally, Lady Ginnifer’s left hand is badly burned as a result of a childhood accident, reducing it to little use. She does not show her hand in public, preferring to wear a plate steel gauntlet on it at most times and a glove on other occasions. This has earned her the moniker “Ironfist.” Though commonly used, it rarely is to her face.
    Homeland: The Desert
    King: The King of the Desert
    Occupation: Lady of House Kildare, Protectrix of the Fair Groves, and sworn Bannerwoman to the King of the Desert
    Family Banner (if applicable, just describe): An orange fox on a lime field
    House Words: What Has Been Said in the Darkness Shall Be Heard in the Light
    Biography: No land of Mirwyth is more misunderstood than the Desert. It is not simply a vast expanse of dunes of sand, devoid of vegetation. There is great beauty there...and great wealth for those with patience and foresight. When House Kildare claimed what would become known as the Fair Groves, they exercised both. Then the bleak lands had yielded little. Given time the Fair Groves bore fruit—literally. Season by season, the citrus trees that House Kildare oversaw took root in the arid soil and bloomed. Seeds from these forebears were planted and tended with care. Now the oranges, lemons, tangerines, limes, and grapefruits of the Fair Groves are traded throughout Mirwyth. They are not a great house, but House Kildare has been schooled by the Desert to be well pleased with well enough.

    Why exactly House Kildare practices female primogeniture is disputed. Some say isolation forced on them by the Desert and the resulting infrequent contact with other noble houses meant that eventually there were only women left to lead. Others stories claim that Covina Kildare so captured the heart of her husband that he handed her his right as a wedding gift. Other accounts say that she stole it from him when he was in his dotage. Whatever the reason, women have lorded (ironically) over House Kildare for generations.

    Upon the untimely and surprising death of her mother Lady Emilie, the mantle of leadership descended upon the shoulders of Ginnifer Kildare. As her antecedents did, shortly after Ginnifer became Lady she presented herself before the Lord of the Desert and curtseyed before him (for it would not do for a lady to bend the knee) and pledged the banner of the Fair Groves to him. That being done, she returned to Kalkheim, the seat of the Fair Groves, and resumed her daily affairs.

    Though time has not shortened the distance between the Fair Groves and the other cities of the Desert, word of the rebellion against King Fenton have reached the halls of Kalkheim. So too have the summons of the newly proclaimed King of the Desert, who now calls his bannermen to his cause—including his sole bannerwoman. From the seclusion of the Fair Groves, Lady Ginnifer is skeptical of why the Desert should meddle in the affairs of greater Mirwyth, especially given how the Desert has thus far remained untarnished by recent strife (aside from recent troubles with the pirates). But as a pledged bannerwoman, to resist the call would sully the name Kildare—not to mention providing more fodder for those who think less of a house that allows itself to be ruled by skirts.

    Finding herself torn between caution and honor, prudence and opportunity, and security and ambition, Lady Ginnifer brokered a deal to withhold the armed might of the Fair Groves from the inevitable fight by arranging a marriage between her brother and the new princess of the Mountains to make some tie to the rebel cause. This satisfied King Mors and allowed Ginnifer to keep her might of weapons in her own lands.

    Ginnifer hopes that the fact she has not entered into armed conflict with Valona will cause Fenton to pass the Fair Groves over when considering military action—as would the numbers of her garrison. However, she also knows a broken vow of marriage can sometimes produce more strife than a thousand swords. Lady Ginnifer waits to see how the dice fall in her gamble.

    Ser Lawrence Kildare
    Age: 28 (now deceased)
    Gender: Male
    Appearance: [IMG]
    Homeland: The Desert
    King: The King of the Desert
    Occupation: Knight Commander of the Fair Groves
    Biography:Though other firstborn sons would chafe at being passed over, Lawrence Kildare never expected to rule over the Fair Groves. Though he was the eldest child of Emilie Kildare, Lawrence knew that it would be his younger sister, Ginnifer, who would assume the mantle of leading House Kildare. Accordingly, Lawrence set himself to the study of warfare and tactics, a useful occupation at any time in Mirwyth. When the coastal cities of the Desert came under the attack from pirates, Lawrence reported for duty to defend the cities with Kildare troops called for by the Lord of the Desert. Lawrence was initially assigned to the defense of the prominent coastal city Caraba. However, the knight requested a more junior position at Aqarda—which he privately deemed more likely to be attacked than the well guarded Caraba. The request was granted.
    Lawrence's analysis was prescient. The pirates came en masse against Aqarda, and Lawrence, who assumed command mid-battle after the death of more senior knights, routed the pirates. This was in large part due to his relations with the local merchants, fishermen, and townspeople. Their rapport resulted in mobilizing and training a civil defense of the city. The Lord of the Desert praised his victory saying, "Truly this one is fitted to his sigil, for he is a desert fox." For his efforts, Lawrence Kildare was named Knight Commander of the Fair Groves by his mother Emilie. As such, he is one of the foremost advisers to the Lady of the Fair Groves, now his sister Ginnifer, and often leads patrols through the Kildare lands to only ensure the peace and provide protection to their vassals—and to project Kildare power.
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  3. JediMasterAnne Force Ghost

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    House Rolmar
    “Having Power is Not As Important As What You Choose to Do With It.”

    Sigil: (circa War of Many Kings):
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    PRE-War of Kings:
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    History:

    House Rolmar is one of the few families in Mirwyth that can still trace its lineage all the way back to the First Men. Although the Mountain regions were the first areas of Mirwyth to be explored by the First Men when they crossed into the lands from the Great Continent, few elected to stay there. The freezing winds and heavy snows made for hard living, and most did not care for this harsh climate. The early villages that did crop up were sparse and scattered, and many did not last.

    Among those few that did survive was a small settlement that became known as Shodaire. Led by a man named Daevon Rolmar, the villagers learned to utilize anything and everything the mountains provided, in a way that other settlements had not. As the settlement continued to grow under his leadership, Daevon Rolmar’s popularity continued to increase, and when traders came through from other villages looking for anything to help their own people, Rolmar was happy to offer helpful advice where he could. These traders took this advice back to their home villages, and soon enough, other village leaders were travelling to the Shodaire settlement to thank Daevon, saying that their settlements might have failed but for his help, and in return these leaders promised their loyalty to Rolmar and their aid, if he should ever need it in the future.

    Rolmar’s own settlement still thrived, and after several years a formal government in the city was established, and, at the people’s insistence, Daevon Rolmar was installed at the top position, Lord of Shodaire. To better survey his city, a massive castle was built on the mountain overlooking the settlement, the Tower of Stone. Those village leaders who had previously sworn their friendship to him, now lords of their own Houses, renewed their pledges of fealty, and eventually, Daevon Rolmar had secured alliances to every major House in the mountains, and when the region united with the rest of the newly formed Kingdom of Mirwyth, he came to be called Lord of the Mountains. His descendants held this title right up until the War of Many Kings, when Desmond Rolmar declared himself King of the Mountains, and still reside in their ancestral home in Shodaire, in the Tower of Stone.

    The Tower of Stone:
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    The Tower Of Snow:

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    The Tower of Snow is home to the lesser branch of House Rolmar, currently headed by Marcus Rolmar, cousin to King Desmond. The castle was built by Marcus’s father, Stefan Rolmar, after he was given a patch of land at the southern end of the Shodaire territory.


    ReCEnT GENERATIONS of HOUSE ROLMAR
    Click here.

    Notable Persons:

    Desmond Rolmar: Current patriarch of House Rolmar. Self-declared King of the Mountains. See below for more details.

    Lady Corrine Rolmar (deceased):Late wife of Desmond Rolmar. Mother of Karridan, Ectarion, and Safia. Corrine was reputed as a gentle woman, calm and reserved, and her untimely death in childbirth, some twenty years before the War of Many Kings, was deeply felt by everyone around her, but especially her husband.

    Ser Karridan Rolmar: Eldest son of Desmond and Corrine Rolmar. Though he most resembles his father in appearance, in temperament he is more like his mother—calm, reserved, but with a mirthful and humorous side. He grudgingly lives with his brother’s hostile attitude, but he is devoted to his sister. During his years as a squire, he taught Safia how to defend herself with a sword, and though he will still occasionally indulge her with a friendly sparring session, he knows what is expected of her as a young lady and when such boyish behavior should be avoided. As of the War of Many Kings, Karridan was serving his father as a Knight of House Rolmar, charged with protecting his sister.

    Ectarion Rolmar: Second-born son of Desmond and Corrine Rolmar. With his mother’s fair hair and his father’s eyes, he is an attractive young man, but unfortunately, he is of a cold, hostile nature, and rarely shows any sort of kindness to anyone. He is envious of his elder brother and is resentful towards his sister, whom he blames for the death of their mother.

    Safia (Rolmar) Kildare: The only daughter of Desmond and Corrine Rolmar. In the earliest stages of the War of Many Kings, Safia was married to Ser Lawrence Kildare, a Knight from the desert kingdom. See below for more details.

    Synthia Rolmar: The daughter of Desmond’s cousin Marcus Rolmar, and younger sister to Samule Rolmar. Though her brother is Safia’s favorite cousin, Synthia is a flighty, selfish girl and is jealous of Safia. The two young women are civil to one another in public settings, but in truth neither is overly fond of the other. Synthia is also attracted to Safia’s brother Karridan, though they could never marry due to their relationship as cousins and Karridan’s vows as a Knight. Furthermore, like his sister, Karridan has little liking for Synthia.

    Samule Rolmar: Elder brother of Synthia Rolmar. Though they have not seen each other but sparsely over the last few years, Samule remains close to his cousin Safia, and while they were growing up, Samule, with his cousin Karridan, educated Safia in proper sword-fighting technique. Around the same time of his cousin’s betrothal to Lawrence Kildare, Samule entered into an arranged engagement to Brynna Maegorian.

    Kalera Rolmar Delmari: Sister of Desmond Rolmar. Wife of Nathaniel Delmari, current King of the Isles. Mother of Raven Delmari.

    Raven Delmari: Daughter of Kalera and Nathaniel Delmari. Niece of Desmond Rolmar. Cousin of Karridan, Ectarion and Safia. At the start of the War of Many Kings, Raven was promised to Korianton Rynquist, the son of Alexander Rynquist, a friend of Nathaniel Delmari.

    House Sword:
    Valyrian Steel Blade called “Despair.”
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    Desmond rolmar:
    Title: King of the Mountains
    Age: 48
    Appearance:
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    Biography: Being born in the mountains has had something of an effect on him, making him cold and hard to all but his family. Since his wife’s death while giving birth to his daughter Safia he has been seen to make an effort to be more... human, but inside things are not going quite so well. He has hidden this fact from all, even his sons and daughter.

    He took the family words to heart, possibly too far. He sees power as a means of how it will further him and his family, and as such he doesn’t care who he hurts or who he raises up. All that matters is that his family gain more power so they have more choice. As such the new king’s behavior has given him the perfect excuse to try to gain even more for himself. He is slightly sorry to have broken off the intended wedding between Matheus, King Reynard’s eldest, and his daughter Safia, but given the way things have gone it simply cannot be. He is sorry to have hurt his daughter, but in some ways he is glad that maybe Safia understands what she did by killing his wife. It has always bothered him how much Safia took after his now departed wife, and in a sense it’s almost as if Safia has replaced her, which is extremely disturbing for any number of reasons. Not the least which is his attraction towards her that he has done his damnedest to hide from the world.

    Overall he is viewed as a reasonably fair, if somewhat extreme, man.

    Safia (Rolmar) Kildare:
    Title: Princess of the Mountains
    Age: 20
    Appearance:
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    Biography:Safia is the youngest child of Desmond Rolmar, the King of the Mountains, and the only girl. Her mother died when she was born, and though her father appointed a governess to teach her proper etiquette for a young lady of high birth, Safia preferred to practice sword-fighting and archery with her brothers, Karridan and Ectarion. She retains something of a tomboy streak, but will be ‘lady-like’ for official occasions.

    Prior to the splintering of the kingdoms, Safia was betrothed to Matheus, Fenton Reynard’s eldest son and heir—though the match was arranged by their parents, Safia and her intended husband did develop feelings for each other over the span of their courtship. Unfortunately, their relationship ended when Safia’s father, dissatisfied with Reynard’s way of doing things, broke away from the Kingdom of Mirwyth and declared himself King of the Mountains. Usually a devoted and adoring daughter and a loving, playful sister, Safia has been distant and cold towards her father and brothers. Though she loves her father and understands his disdain for Reynard’s methods, she is torn between her loyalty to her father and her feelings for her former love, who, because of her father’s actions, is now her enemy.

    UPDATE:

    King Desmond recently received and accepted a proposal of alliance to the Desert kingdom, to be sealed by the imminent marriage of Safia to Ser Lawrence Kildare, the Knight Commander of House Kildare and said to be one of the finest warriors in the desert kingdom. While waiting for the arrival of her betrothed, Safia battled with conflicting emotions brought on by her lingering feelings for Prince Matheus, the vicious opinions of her brother Ectarion (vocally opposed to the marriage), disturbing rumors she has heard from her spoiled and jealous cousin Synthia regarding Ser Lawrence and his family, and an unnerving encounter with Ser Malcolm Granville, a Knight in her father's service. Her eldest brother Karridan has been her constant protector, confidant and one of her few sources of comfort and reassurance. Twelve days before the wedding, Safia and Ser Lawrence at last met face-to-face.

    Desmond, meanwhile, was recently informed of an attack by Reynard men on House Harrowmont, one of the Mountain Houses allied to House Rolmar and one that had pledged itself to follow Desmond as King, rather than Fenton Reynard. He has announced his intentions to assemble some of his forces to meet Reynard’s men in battle before any other castles fall victim to the rampage. Eleven days before the wedding, Mountain forces vanquished the invading Capitalmen in the Battle of the Bloodsoaked Wood.

    Safia and Lawrence were married according to plan, but immediately after the ceremony, Desmond betrayed his new son-in-law and killed him. On the king’s orders, many of the Desertmen were killed, as well as the Desert priestess Illiza. Despite being wounded, one of the Desertmen, Ser Rickard Dondare, attempted to escape to safety with Safia, but when he succumbed to his injury, Safia was overpowered and raped by the vicious Ser Malcolm Granville.
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  4. JediMasterAnne Force Ghost

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    Apr 24, 2004
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    EDIT 12/2/12: For some reason the image for the sigil stopped working, so I removed it and just put in the link instead.

    HOUSE TARVICK
    “SWIFT AND STRONG”

    SigIL: Light brown otter on grey field. Click here to see image.

    HISTORY:

    House Tarvick traces its roots to Ser Simon Tarvick, a Knight born into a common Captital family several centuries after the First Men came into Mirwyth. Simon had an adventurous heart and could not be contented with a hedge knight’s life in the Capital. After the death of his mother—his last living relative—he left Valona to explore the rest of Mirwyth. The Deserts, the Isles, the Prairies…he saw it all. But while travelling through the Mountains, Simon fell in love with a lesser lord’s only daughter. Despite misgivings about the marriage, the lord, having recently re-married himself and still hoping for a male heir, allowed the pair to be wed.

    However, no male heir was ever born to Simon’s father-in-law, and with no brothers or uncles, his name died with him, and Simon became the first Lord Tarvick.

    His father-in-law’s castle, Snowy Ford, sat upon the banks of the Brooke, the main waterway in the Mountains, and the House had always employed a ferryman to carry travelers back and forth across the river, for a modest fee. Simon, however, saw that having a proper crossing might be a way to gain attention and status for his new House, and so he set to building one at Snowy Ford. Although there were many ferries along the Brooke, up until this time, there were no bridges, so if a larger party of travelers wished to cross, they either had to go a few at a time on the ferry, or they simply had to ride along the banks of the Brooke until they reached its source and go around. The building of a bridge would of course eliminate this inconvenience, and indeed would also be easier on those travelers who would not trust their lives to a boat.

    Construction took several years, but once completed, the bridge at Snowy Ford brought all the attention Simon had expected it would. As with the ferry, there was of course a price to pay for crossing, and with the more influential, distinguished travelers coming through, House Tarvick gained a reputation in the Mountains and eventually throughout the rest of Mirwyth. But despite the growing connections, other Houses did not forget Simon’s humble origins, and even centuries after his death, House Tarvick maintained a lower place on Mountains’ social ladder. A few decades prior to the War of Many Kings, however, Lord Victor Tarvick attempted to elevate his House’s status by marrying off his youngest daughter, Corrine, to Desmond Rolmar, the Lord of the Mountains.

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    RECENT GENERATIONS OF HOUSE TARVICK:
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    NOTABLE PERSONS:

    Lord Victor Tarvick (deceased):Previous Lord of House Tarvick. Late husband of Irene Tarvick and father to Fredrik, Giselle, Helena, Nicholai, and Corrine.

    Lady Irene Tarvick: Dowager Lady of House Tarvick. Widow of Lord Victor and mother of Fredrik, Giselle, Helena, Nicholai, and Corrine.

    Lord Fredrik Tarvick: Current Lord of House Tarvick. Fredrik hunted down a pack of wolves responsible for the death of his brother Nicholai, earning a savage-looking scar across the left side of his face, and the nickname, “the Alpha Wolf.”

    Lady Sybella Tarvick: Wife of Fredrik, and mother of Celia, Dora, and Logan.

    Celia Tarvick Kemlin: Eldest child of Fredrik and Sybella. Celia is married to Willhem Kemlin, and they have a young daughter, Laurel.

    Dora Tarvick: Second child of Fredrik and Sybella. Unlike her sister, Dora has a rather plain look, having inherited neither her mother’s beauty nor the dignified appearance of her father, and is currently betrothed to a common man.

    Logan Tarvick: Only son of Fredrik and Sybella, and heir to Lordship of House Tarvick. He is not yet married, but his parents are urging him to start looking.

    Rowan Stone (deceased): Fredrik’s illegitimate son by a fisherwoman he bedded prior to his marriage to Sybella. Rowan was raised at Snowy Ford with his father, step-mother and half-siblings, as well as his own wife, Betha, and their daughter Anya. In one of the first battles of the War of Many Kings, he fought an invading troop of Capitalmen alongside his father, half-brother and a small army of Mountainmen in the Bloodsoaked Wood. Although the Mountainmen defeated the Capitalmen, Rowan was killed in the fighting.

    Giselle Tarvick Herrondar: The second child and eldest daughter of Victor and Irene, Giselle married a Capital Lord, Garrold Herrondar. Six sons were born to them, but one, Nickon, died in childhood.

    Victor Herrondar: Giselle and Garrold’s firstborn son, named for his maternal grandfather. He lives in the Capital with his parents, and has a wife, Cassia, and two children, Portia and Josiah.

    Terrant Herrondar: Second son of Giselle and Garrold. Also living in the Capital lands, Terrant serves as a Knight in King Reynard’s army.

    Jacken Herrondar: Third of Giselle and Garrold’s sons. When his twin brother, Nickon, died of illness at the age of four, Jacken’s uncle, Lord Fredrik, offered to take the boy into his own household as a companion for his own son Logan, who had no brothers. Jacken still lives at Snowy Ford, though he occasionally visits his family in the Capital.

    Hamish Herrondar: Fifth son of Giselle and Garrold. Hamish is a priest in the Capital.

    Noah Herrondar: Youngest son of Giselle and Garrold. Like his brother Terrant, Noah is a Knight in the Reynard garrison.

    Helena Tarvick Daltree: Third child and second daughter of Victor and Irene. Helena fell in love with and married a Knight in her family’s service, Hestor Daltree, but despite numerous attempts, they have no biological children. However, when Helena’s brother Nicholai and his wife were killed by wolves, she and her husband raised Nicholai’s two daughters as their own.

    Nicholai Tarvick (deceased):Fourth child and second son of Victor and Irene. Nicholai married a common woman, Francine, and had two daughters, Lydia and Rebekah. Nicholai, his wife, and their small squad of guards were attacked and killed by wolves while traveling.

    Lydia Tarvick Seebrid: The eldest daughter of Nicholai and Francine, Lydia married Walton Seebrid, a son of a lesser Mountain lord. They have a son, Nicholas.

    Rebekah Tarvick: The younger daughter of Nicholai and Francine, Rebekah grew up idolizing her adoptive father, Hestor Daltree, who taught her swordplay and archery. She is currently unmarried.

    Corrine Tarvick Rolmar (deceased):The youngest child of Victor and Irene, Corrine was married to Desmond Rolmar. Though the two did not meet until their wedding day, their marriage proved to be a happy one. Corrine and Desmond’s first two children, their sons Karridan and Ectarion, were born without anything beyond normal difficulties, but complications arose during the birth of their daughter, Safia, and Corrine died as a result. For more information on Corrine’s family, see the article on House Rolmar.
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  5. spycoder9 Force Ghost

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    A Timeline of Recent Events in the Mountains and Prairies of Mirwyth, Circa the WAR OF MANY KINGS.
    Written by: JediMasterAnne


    6 Years Before the War of Many Kings (BWoMK):
    The Tanderly Rebellion—the younger brother of Lord Lendan Tanderly rallies a small army in protest of his brother’s rule and successfully captures the Tanderly castle, exiling Lendan and taking Lady Tanderly as a hostage.
    Lendan retreated to Shodaire, where Lord Desmond Rolmar sheltered him and provided him with additional troops. Together, the two Lords are able to overwhelm the younger brother’s meager forces and re-capture the castle. The younger Tanderly brother was killed in the fighting, and Lendan was re-established as Lord of House Tanderly.


    5 Years BWoMK:
    Lord Desmond Rolmar and Crown Prince of Mirwyth, Fenton Reynard, agree to the betrothal of Desmond’s only daughter, Safia, to Fenton’s eldest son, Matheus.


    4 Years BWoMK:
    Fenton Reynard assumes the throne of Mirwyth following the sudden death of his father. Though King Hanrey had been very popular with his subjects and his reign saw some of the best times for Mirwyth’s people, it is believed amongst the highborn that he was murdered, but by whom is unknown. Over the next few years, Fenton’s acts as king reverse much of the progress made by the his father.


    0 Years BWoMK/Approx 2-3 Months Before the Wedding of Ser Lawrence Kildare and Princess Safia Rolmar:
    Three of King Hanrey Reynard’s former friends, Lords Desmond Rolmar of the Mountains, Mors Santagar of the Desert, and Nathaniel Delmari of the Isles, have grown increasingly concerned about the path down which Fenton Reynard is taking the kingdom, and agree amongst themselves to pull their respective lands out from under Fenton’s control and that each of them will declare himself “King” of his own region. In their formal declaration to Fenton Reynard, they demand that he resign his throne, or they will remove him by force. In addition, Desmond terminates his daughter Safia’s betrothal to Prince Matheus Reynard, despite the fact that the two have fallen in love with each other during their engagement.


    21 Days Before the Wedding:
    The Mountains of Mirwyth, Shodaire, the Tower of Stone
    Desmond Rolmar forms a pact with King Mors Santagar and Lady Ginnifer Kildare, agreeing to marry Safia to Lady Ginnifer’s older brother, Ser Lawrence Kildare, in an attempt to unify the Mountains and the Desert. Safia, still getting over the end of her betrothal to Matheus, is not happy with this new development, but she does not fight it. After informing his daughter of this new engagement, Desmond places Ser Malcolm Granville, a mysterious and slightly frightening Knight in his service, in charge of guard detail for Safia and Lawrence’s wedding.
    The Mountains of Mirwyth, Harrowmont
    Since infancy, Malik Stone has been raised in the castle of Harrowmont as Lord Jowan’s bastard son, but when discussing a prospective bride for Malik, Jowan reveals that Malik is actually the trueborn son of Adria Reynard Tillyworth, the eldest child of the late King Hanrey, and that Malik has a legitimate claim to the throne of Mirwyth.
    The Prairies of Mirwyth, the Dragonwood
    In a small farming village, bandit leader Beldak Darkeyes and his men engage a rival band of outlaws that have invaded their raiding territory. The villagers are caught in the middle, but, en route to Shodaire for his wedding, Ser Lawrence Kildare and his party of knights arrive and move in to fight the bandits off. When the battle is over, the only survivor the Desertmen are able to find is a small boy, and they take him with them. Later on, when they make camp for the night, Illiza, the priestess travelling with them, experiences a powerful vision of the coming war.
    Unnoticed by the Desertmen, the boy’s unconscious sister, Anyanka, is found by Beldak Darkeyes and his men, and when she realizes that her younger brother is missing, she convinces Beldak to help her find him.
    The Mountains of Mirwyth, the Monastry of the Order of Avos
    After the death of her guardian Artemis, Leiliana Caine, an orphaned young woman raised within the monastry of the all-male Order of Avos, receives a strange vision of a castle in the Mountains—the Tower of Stone.

    20 Days Before the Wedding:
    The Prairies of Mirwyth, the Dragonwood
    After an uneventful day of riding, the Desertmen tell stories around the campfire, and Illiza gets Lawrence to share his own tale of his famous defense of the Desert city of Aqarda. Despite his betrothal to Princess Safia, whom he has never met, Lawrence is attracted to the priestess, and following his tale, breaks his knightly vow of chastity with her.
    The Mountains of Mirwyth, the Monastry of the Order of Avos
    After researching the strange omen she saw the day before, Leiliana sets out for the castle she saw in her vision.


    19 Days Before the Wedding:
    The Mountains of Mirwyth, Harrowmont
    Malik is awakened in the night by little Rosa Sand, a servant girl in the castle and one of his few friends, to find the castle is on fire and under attack by Reynard troops. The pair manage to escape the castle, but are pursued on the grounds by Capitalmen. As they are chased, Malik and Rosa encounter Ser Andras Maegorion and Keine Stone. The Knight and his squire had been sent to Harrowmont to warn against these same marauding Capitalmen, but suffered a delay due to the weather, and are just arriving. Ser Andras and Keine cut down Malik and Rosa’s pursuers and after sending off messages to other Mountain Houses, the four leave the decimated castle.
    The Prairies of Mirwyth, the Dragonwood
    Continuing their journey to the Mountains, the Desertmen pass a cottage where they find a woman in labor, and though Illiza tries to assist, the child is stillborn. That night, when Lawrence notes the priestess’s distress, she expresses a fear that their god, V’hallar, has forsaken her and then attempts to bed the Knight again. But, realizing his duty to his family and his betrothed, Lawrence refuses her.
    Still searching for Anyanka’s brother, Beldak and his men travel through a small village where they encounter Anyanka’s aunt, who attempts to dissuade her neice going any further with the bandits, but when another woman in the village, a sort of witch, attacks Anyanka, Beldak rescues the girl and he and his men kill the villagers, including the aunt, and resume their search for Anyanka’s brother.


    18 Days Before the Wedding:
    The Mountains of Mirwyth, Cyrell of House Gideon
    Word of the slaughter at Harrowmont has reached Baron Hlaine Gideon, and he immediately sets off for Shodaire to inform King Desmond.
    The Mountains of Mirwyth, Near the Ruins of Harrowmont
    Having spent the night in the woods near the burned castle, Ser Andras and Keine decide to take Malik and Rosa to Snowy Ford, the home of Lord Fredrik Tarvick.


    17 Days Before the Wedding:
    The Mountains of Mirwyth, Snowy Ford
    Ser Andras and Keine arrive at Snowy Ford with Malik and Rosa and are immediately brought before Lord Fredrik Tarvick to give their eyewitness account of the assault on Harrowmont. Lord Fredrik dispatches a messenger to Shodaire, and also sends his bastard son Rowan to the neighboring castles, starting with Cyrell of House Cyrell, and begins planning to engage the advancing Capitalmen in the Mountains’ Bloodsoaked Wood.


    16 Days Before the Wedding:
    The Mountains of Mirwyth, Cyrell of House Cyrell
    Lady Helena Cyrell tells her husband, Lord Gordon Cyrell, of the Capitalmen’s raid on Harrowmont, and informs him of a possible motive: that Fenton Reynard has sent the men into the Mountains to prevent the marriage of Safia Rolmar and Ser Lawrence Kildare. It is believed that the Capitalmen will continue their attacks against the Mountain Houses between Harrowmont and the Tower of Stone, and upon reaching Shodaire, intend to capture King Desmond, his sons Karridan and Ectarion, Safia, and Ser Lawrence. Gordon immediately sets his own men to sending out messages to other Houses, rallying his own knights, and discovering any additional information about the attacking Reynard troops. He also addresses the citizens of Cyrell, warning them of the attack and calling on them to come together against the assailants.


    15 Days Before the Wedding:
    The Mountains of Mirwyth, Cyrell of House Cyrell
    Rowan Stone, Lord Fredrik Tarvick’s legitimized bastard son, arrives at Cyrell and fills Lord Gordon in on some of the details given to Lord Fredrik by Ser Andras Maegorian and Keine Stone regarding the attack on Harrowmont, and tells Gordon of the plan to stop the Capitalmen in the Bloodsoaked Wood.
    The Mountains of Mirwyth, Shodaire, the Tower of Stone
    Preparations have begun for Safia and Ser Lawrence’s wedding, and some of the Rolmar relatives have begun to arrive. Among them is Safia’s jealous and conceited cousin Synthia, who convinces a reluctant Safia to have tea with her and a few of her cousins. Though Safia has little reason to trust anything the other girls say, she nonetheless finds herself slightly disturbed by some of the gossip she hears from the others in regards to Ser Lawrence and his family. Her eldest brother Karridan later reassures her, but her other brother Ectarion almost immediately shakes her confidence again. When she seeks out Karridan for comfort once more, she has an unexpected and unnerving run-in with Ser Malcolm Granville. The encounter is mercifully brief, and Safia soon finds her brother in his own chambers, where he tells her of the attack on Harrowmont. Baron Hlaine Gideon arrived at the Tower of Stone a short while ago and informed the King, who later tells the rest of his guests over dinner, and in addition states his intentions of rallying part of his army to stop the Capitalmen.
    The Prairies of Mirwyth, Open Plains
    Beldak Darkeyes and his horde have been steadily catching up to the men they believe has taken Anyanka’s little brother, and are now within sight of the camp. Expecting a fight, Beldak takes a moment to give Anyanka a few lessons in sword-fighting before they move in.
    Within the camp, Ser Lawrence and his men have noticed that they have been followed, and are likewise preparing for battle. Illiza—still depressed by Lawrence’s rejection of her—is told to hide with the boy in one of the tents.
    Once the bandits are ready, Beldak initially sends Anyanka as an envoy to the knights, but when she tries to use the opportunity to escape from Beldak, the bandits kill her and attack the camp. Lawrence faces Beldak himself in one-on-one combat, and kills the outlaw. The rest of the bandits are killed or forced to retreat, and the Desertmen, after burning the bodies, resume their trek to the Mountains.


    Approx. 2 Weeks Before the Wedding (exact timing unknown)
    The Mountains of Mirwyth, Harrowmont
    Two commoners stumble across the ruins of the castle, and as they cautiously investigate, they find that the House of Harrowmont may not be as dead as it seems…


    12 Days Before the Wedding
    The Mountains of Mirwyth, Shodaire, the Tower of Stone
    Lawrence and his men arrive at the Rolmars’ castle, and finally meets his bride-to-be face-to-face. Safia is at first nervous and uneasy with him, but when they go outside to tour the grounds on horseback, she begins to relax. Lawrence proposes a friendly race around the grounds, to which Safia agrees. Lawrence wins the race, then surprises the princess with a ‘consolation prize’—a kiss. Additional guests arrive at the castle for the coming wedding—Lord Lendan Tanderly, with his wife and two of their sons, and Caethrene Gideon, second cousin of Baron Hlaine Gideon.
    After their race around the grounds, Safia and Lawrence venture out into the woods outside the Tower of Stone. When they narrowly escape an avalanche, Safia twists her ankle after being thrown from her horse, and Lawrence comes to rescue her and takes her back to the Tower.


    11 Days Before the Wedding
    THE BATTLE OF THE BLOODSOAKED WOOD
    Mountainmen led by Lord Fredrik Tarvick and Lord Gordon Cyrell meet the invading Capital forces in an area known as the Bloodsoaked Wood. Though the Capitalmen are vanquished, many Mountainmen are also killed, among them Lord Cyrell and Lord Tarvick’s bastard son Rowan Stone.


    9 Days Before the Wedding
    The Mountains of Mirwyth, Shodaire, the Tower of Stone
    Lawrence tells Safia of how he broke his vows during his journey to the Mountains. Lady Cyrell, wife of Lord Gordon Cyrell, arrives at the Tower for the wedding.


    The Day of the Wedding
    The Mountains of Mirwyth, Shodaire, the Tower of Stone
    Desmond informs his children that the King of the Desert, Mors Santagar, and his mentally challenged son have both been killed, and that Martyn Forsythe, Lawrence’s father, has claimed the throne. Though he is now the heir to the Desert throne, Lawrence is not told of this new development. Some time later, while Safia is dining with her father and a selection of the wedding’s male guests, messengers from the Isles arrive, with the news that Nathaniel Delmari, the King of the Isles, is dead, and his wife Kalera, also Desmond’s sister, has been lost at sea.
    To try to cope with the distressing news, Safia takes a short ride through the woods before going to prepare for her wedding. After she is dressed, Karridan invades her chambers, clearly disturbed, and insists that Safia not go through with the wedding to Lawrence, urging her to flee the Mountains instead, but will not tell her why, and Safia refuses.
    Lawrence, while having tea with a number of the Mountain ladies, is visited by Illiza, the priestess with whom he broke his vows. Though a vibrant young woman upon their arrival at Shodaire, she has now been inexplicably transformed into an elderly crone. Illiza claims that her unnatural aging is punishment from their god, V’hallar, for breaking her own vows, and tries to warn the knight that he, too, will face the god’s judgment, but Lawrence only fires off an angry retort and returns to the groom’s tea.
    THE WEDDING OF FIRE
    Ser Lawrence Kildare and Princess Safia Rolmar are joined in matrimony, but immediately after the ceremony, Illiza stabs Lawrence in the back with a shard of glass, and, on King Desmond’s orders, Mountainmen turn on the Desertmen. Desmond also orders that Illiza be burned alive, before he himself kills the wounded Lawrence, beheading the Desert knight. Despite his own injuries, Ser Rickard Dondare, one of the Desert knights, attempts to escape the chaos with Safia, but they are stopped by Ser Malcolm Granville, and after Rickard passes out from his wound, Granville incapacitates Safia and rapes her.
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  6. spycoder9 Force Ghost

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    Current Events of the Isles, Desert, and the Capital city Valona of Mirwyth, Circa the WAR OF MANY KINGS


    Approx. 2-3 Months Before the Wedding of Ser Lawrence Kildare and Princess Safia Rolmar
    Valona, the Capital of Mirwyth
    King Fenton Reynard informs his court of the splintering of his kingdom, condemning the three independent kings as traitors and declaring war on the Mountains, the Desert, and the Isles.


    21 Days Before the Wedding
    The Isles of Mirwyth, Delmaristead
    After disposing of a boatful of Reynard knights attempting to infiltrate Delmaristead, Diana Cupiditas, an assassin in service to King Nathaniel Delmari, is summoned by Queen Kalera Delmari, who makes a surprising request of her: she wants Diana to kill her. Actually, Kalera wants Diana to help her fake her own death after the wedding of her niece, Safia Rolmar, so that she may escape her troubled and unhappy marriage to Nathaniel. Diana, however, feels that Kalera’s emotional instability makes her a liability to her King’s rule over the Isles, and privately plots to truly kill the Queen.
    The Isles of Mirwyth, Breezecroft
    While touring Breezecroft with his future son-in-law, Korianton Rynquist, King Nathaniel Delmari encounters a young bastard woman, Gwenn Cliffe, and a peddler, Abott Tuckman, in a local tavern, and asks that they both meet with him the next day.
    The Desert of Mirwyth, the Oasis of Dawnsgrace
    King Mors Santagar, a widower with only one mentally handicapped son, discusses potential future brides with his father-in-law and advisor, Ghazzan Gerhund. Though a few possibilities are quickly dismissed, Mors takes Ginnifer Kildare, Lady of the Fair Groves and younger sister to Ser Lawrence Kildare, into serious consideration.
    The Desert of Mirwyth, Caraba
    Pirates attack the prominent port city, killing women and children and capturing men to serve on their crew. Among the captives is Willas Kildare, son of Aron Kildare and cousin to Ser Lawrence and Lady Ginnifer. Lorain Ashkey, an impressively muscular woman, is also captured after taking out several of the pirates in revenge for her father, who was killed moments earlier. The pirates soon retreat from the city and back to the sea.


    20 Days Before the Wedding
    The Isles of Mirwyth, Breezecroft
    Gwenn Cliffe is awakened by her friend and fellow servant Lukas for her audience with King Nathaniel. Speculation is that the king intends to take her to Delmaristead to work for him, and Lukas is at first reluctant to let her go, expressing his feelings for her with a single kiss. Abott Tuckman arrives to escort her to the King. When they get to Nathaniel’s chambers, the King briefly talks with Abott, enlisting his help in getting much-needed supplies to the Isles, before dismissing him. Talking with Gwenn, Nathaniel shares with her his memory of a brief affair with Gwenn’s mother Harriet many years earlier, revealing that he is her father, and offers to take her back to Delmaristead to live with him and his family. Gwenn is shocked and emotionally conflicted, asking for time to think the matter over. She leaves and is soon found by Lukas, with whom she shares the news.
    Abott meets with Korianton Rynquist, who is at first quite rude to the merchant, but after the king intervenes, Rynquist’s manner changes drastically. Nathaniel assigns Abott to one of his ships, the Naked Broad, and Abott leaves for the docks.
    The Desert of Mirwyth, the Oasis of Dawnsgrace
    A raven arrives from the Sultan of Caraba, informing King Mors of the pirates’ attack on the port and imploring for aide from the king.
    The Desert of Mirwyth, the Fair Groves, Kalkheim
    Word of the attack has also reached Willas’s family. Landon Kildare, youngest brother to Ser Lawrence and Lady Ginnifer, tells his father, Martyn Forsythe the news. Shortly afterward, Landon’s older sister Zooey joins them with a letter to King Mors from Ginnifer, which Martyn is to deliver. To discover precisely what the letter entails, Ginnifer’s aunt, Regina Kildare, plans to send her daughter-in-law Callista Halleth with Martyn to Dawnsgrace.


    19 Days Before the Wedding
    Somewhere at Sea, off the Coast of the Desert of Mirwyth
    With the aid of Willas Kildare, Lorain Ashkey escapes from the pirates who captured her and promises to head to the Fair Groves to tell Willas’s family what has happened to him. Lorain jumps ship and swims to shore, landing somewhere near the city of Aqarda. When she comes ashore, she is found by three men, who offer to take her to a nearby town. Upon reaching the town, however, the place appears abandoned. Before long, they stumble across a young boy, Fleet, and a wounded woman, his friend Kaili. It soon comes out that the men who ‘rescued’ Lorain in fact sold the town’s citizens into slavery and wounded Kaili, blaming her for an attack on Queen Emelia Reynard. Lorain helps Fleet and Kaili escape the men and take shelter in an abandoned blacksmith’s shop.
    The Desert of Mirwyth, the Fair Groves, Kalkheim
    Martyn Forsythe and Callista Halleth leave the Fair Groves and head to Dawnsgrace to deliver Ginnifer’s letter to King Mors.


    18 Days Before the Wedding
    The Deserts of Mirwyth, Abandoned Town, Blacksmith’s shop
    After spending the night in the smithy, Lorain and Fleet scour the empty town for supplies for their journey to the Fair Groves. When the wounded Kaili dies of her injuries later that day, Lorain and Fleet bury her, then, under cover of night, they begin the trek to the Fair Groves. Lorain entertains Fleet with stories about the constellations, until they are interrupted by the approach of a caravan bound for the abandoned town. When Lorain informs the travelers, an uncle and nephew from the Fair Groves, that their destination has been reduced to a ghost town, and that she and Fleet are bound for the Fair Groves, the two men agree to accompany Lorain and Fleet back to Kalkheim.


    17 Days Before the Wedding
    The Isles of Mirwyth, Breezecroft
    After speaking briefly with Abott Tuckman, Nathaniel Delmari departs for Delmaristead, taking his illegitimate daughter Gwenn Cliffe with him.


    16 Days Before the Wedding
    The Desert of Mirwyth, the Oasis of Dawnsgrace, Bedchamber
    An assassin, known only as the Sand Fury, slips into King Mors's private chambers while the King sleeps and kills Mors and his son.


    15 Days Before the Wedding
    The Isles of Mirwyth, Delmaristead
    While Queen Kalera is preparing to leave for the mountains to attend her niece’s wedding, Diana Cupiditas tracks and captures a trio of female vigilantes, killing two of them and taking the third, a woman named Earyn, prisoner.
    Valona, the Capital of Mirwyth
    Queen Emelia Reynard hosts a tea with some of the Capital’s high-born ladies, one of whom brings up the attack on Harrowmont. Another, Giselle Herrondar, sister to Lord Fredrik Tarvick, expresses her fears for her brother, given his castle’s position near the ruined Harrowmont. They are interrupted by Emelia’s sister, Lucia Brendel, who reveals to the Queen the news of Safia Rolmar’s coming marriage to Ser Lawrence Kildare.
    Later, at dinner, Fenton Reynard coldly gives the news to their son, Matheus. Visibly upset, Matheus leaves, and Emelia follows him to try to comfort him. In a rare moment of anger, Matheus vows vengeance against the Kildares.
    Assassin Gavin Hunter is called before King Fenton and on his way into the castle, encounters Fenton and Emelia’s daughter Maela.


    14 Days Before the Wedding
    The Isles of Mirwyth, Delmaristead
    Diana interrogates Earyn and is able to learn of a possible attack against Delmaristead by King Reynard. When she reports this to Queen Kalera, the Queen asks her to stay in Delmaristead until the threat is passed, then to make her own way to Shodaire, still intent on going through with her plan to fake her own death. Diana then follows the Queen to the harbor, where Kalera and her daughter Raven will leave for the Mountains. As they are boarding their ship, the citizens revolt, and Kalera is wounded by an arrow. Diana is able to escape the attackers, and once Raven is able to get on board safely, the ship immediately casts off.


    13 Days Before the Wedding
    The Isles of Mirwyth, Seas, Aboard the Golden Anchor
    Word of the revolt in Delmaristead and the attack on Queen Kalera and Princess Raven reaches King Nathaniel and Gwenn. Korianton Rynquist takes ships ahead to attempt to reclaim Delmaristead from the revolters. As a precaution, Nathaniel tells Gwenn that if Raven is not found, that she will be his heir.
    Traversing the Desert, en route to Dawnsgrace
    As they make their way to King Mors’s castle, Martyn and Callista discover a disturbing string of corpses, among them one of their guards, sent ahead of them to alert the king of their coming. Another is Ghazzan Gerhund, father-in-law to King Mors. Upon arriving at Dawnsgrace, they find that the citizens have revolted against the king, who has taken refuge within his castle. Martyn and Callista disguise themselves and manage to safely enter the city. Finding the gates of King Mors’s castle chained and locked, Martyn decides to take a path less traveled to enter the fortress-the sewers. Guards catch them as they reach the other end, but when Martyn identifies himself, the guards decide to take them to the throne room. Upon arriving, Martyn and Callista find the lifeless bodies of King Mors and his son.
    The Deserts of Mirwth, the Fair Groves, Kalkheim
    Lorain and Fleet, with their companions, arrive at the Fair Groves and are brought before Zooey Kildare—Lady Ginnifer is away, and her younger sister is running the Fair Groves in her absence. Upon hearing that Lorain has news of her cousin Willis, Zooey summons Willis’s parents, her uncle Aron, the Warden of the Fair Groves, and his wife Lady Spectra. After listening to Lorain’s tale of the pirate attack on Caraba and her capture and escape, Zooey, Aron and Spectra decide that Willis’s brother Ser Caliban will be sent to find the pirates and rescue Willis. Lorain is asked to go with them, which she agrees to consider. Later, after Lorain also breaks the news of Willis’s capture to his wife, Aimee, Lorain and Fleet are taken to a local smith to purchase weapons and armor, courtesy of the grateful Kildares.


    12 Days Before the Wedding
    The Isles of Mirwyth, Delmaristead
    Having hidden from the revolting citizens since the attack on Queen Kalera and Princess Raven, Diana Cupiditas re-emerges to try to gather information and to make contact with anyone who might help her re-take Delmaristead. She meets with Treyvor Dondare, a trader returning from across the sea, where in addition to goods, he has picked up a few wandering warriors from Otosan, among them Sanjuro Kenji.
    The Capital Lands of Mirwyth, Seas, WinterBridge, Aboard the Naked Broad
    Abott Tuckman and new crew arrive at WinterBridge, home of the Embers, who has secretly prepared two ships of supplies to be sailed to the Isles.


    11 Days Before the Wedding
    The Deserts of Mirwyth, Kalkheim
    Lorain and Fleet, with Ser Caliban Kildare, set off on their journey to rescue Caliban’s brother Willis from the slavers. On their way out, they are met by Lady Ginnifer, returning to the city after visiting tenants. Though there is an underlying tension between the Kildare cousins, Ginnifer allows Caliban and his party to embark on their quest with her blessing.


    10 Days Before the Wedding
    The Isles of Mirwyth, Delmaristead
    Korianton Rynquist and Delmari knights subdue the rebellious population of Delmaristead and reclaim the city for King Nathaniel.


    9 Days Before the Wedding
    The Isles of Mirwyth, Delmaristead
    After successfully navigating the treacherous Teeth formation near Delmaristead, Nathaniel arrives home with Gwenn. There is still no news on Kalera and Raven’s whereabouts.


    8 Days Before the Wedding
    Valona, the Capital of Mirwyth, Castle Reyneer, Throne Room
    King Fenton announces to his courtiers his plans for the rebellious kings. Matheus will lead an attack against the Fair Groves and Dawnsgrace, while Fenton’s brother will deal with the Isles and Nathaniel Delmari. Fenton has something especially sinister in mind for Desmond Rolmar, but does not share his plans in detail.


    7 Days Before the Wedding
    Valona, the Capital of Mirwyth, Streets
    While the Royal Family is parading through the streets of the city, a riot breaks out and in the confusion, King Fenton is seen to fall from the chariot he is riding in with Emilia and Matheus. Emilia is also thrown out, but she is caught and taken to safety by Ser Aran, a knight in service to the Royal Family. In the chaos, no one sees what has happened to the King.


    4 Days Before the Wedding
    Valona, the Capital of Mirwyth, Castle Reyneer, Guard Tower
    King Fenton still has not been found. Ser Aran interrogates a witness from the riot three days earlier, an acrobat who seems to insinuate that Emilia had something to do with Fenton’s fall from the chariot. In a fit of anger and denial, Ser Aran brutally kills the acrobat.
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    THE LANDSCAPE OF MIRWYTH (circa tWoK)


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