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An Empty Throne (Ursa Madeum Noble Houses v.3)

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Let’s go over the points real quick:

  • There’s a war going on in Ursa Madeum
  • King Milorian recently got kidnapped by pirates, making the Kingdom of Ursa Madeum monarch-less and run by the royal council
  • This is a really good opportunity for noble houses to gain power, glory, and potentially aim for the throne.
  • We’re opening slots for Ursa Madeum noble houses again!

 

An empty Throne

What’s this about?

Ursa Madeum, a medieval island chain located in the Southern Sea, has always been ripe with conflict. Pirates plague its seas, and the noble houses’ scheming are kept in check only by the monarch. When its last queen disappeared, a noble named Damien Gillick usurped the throne. The Tyrant-King ruled for six years, bleeding the islands dry as he abused his powers and ordered the eradication of all non-human races - elves, shifters, and pereds. Gillick was only killed when a foreign empire invaded the islands, and Ursa Madeum exchanged one conqueror for another.

Upon the foreign empire’s departure, the kingdom became independent once more. A new king was appointed, a royal council formed to lead beside him. A new queendom was formed by a former noble house. It seemed like peace was finally returning to the islands.

Then House Arcos, one of the Tyrant-King’s former allies, reclaimed its old seat of power and turned its eyes towards Andelusia. War befell the Kingdom. The king was captured by pirates. Amidst the chaos, with an empty throne and more battle lines drawn, the time is ripe for noble houses to make their moves -- whether they wish to support the Kingdom, ally with House Arcos, or claim the throne, only time will tell.

So, want to make a noble house for Ursa Madeum?

How do I make a noble house?

PM @Csl, @Wade, and @Samø with the following information. You can use the other noble houses as reference.

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Name of house

Creed and Sigil

Family members

Background - their history, particularly how it began and what the house was doing during the reign of the Tyrant-King. If you choose a noble house, your house will be a preexisting aristocratic house that was promoted to nobility.

Estates - lands owned, primary source of income (farming, textile production, trading goods, etc.) military might,

Goals - your (the player) goals for the house, plots you plan to pursue, etc. Doesn’t have to be detailed.

 

 

You can create either of the two:

  • An aristocratic house - a prominent family that holds significant social and economic power in the islands. You may eventually gain noble status.

  • A noble house - a house that holds considerable land and authority and functions as the Kingdom’s ruling class. Noble houses may choose representatives for the Royal Council, which currently rules the Kingdom in the king’s absence.

Things to keep in mind

  • Ursa Madeum is a very lore-centric board and has certain limits to retain the consistency of the setting. Please read the full Ursa Madeum Roleplay Guide and at minimum, the main Ursa Madeum Lore.

  • A certain degree of activity will be expected from noble house players. Nothing unrealistic - you’re not required to post every day or anything, but everything in Ursa Madeum is connected, and your absence may delay other players’ plots. At minimum, keep in touch and let us know if you need to take an AFV.

  • Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you have any ^_^ There’s a fair bit of Ursa Madeum lore, but it’s fairly simple and like all of Valucre we’re very helpful

Why should I make a noble house?

Generally this is a good way to get established in Ursa Madeum. By default, you get:

  • Land - mansion(s), estates
  • A military force
  • Immediate Notable Person status
  • Direct influence on Ursa Madeum lore

Specific plot opportunities

  • Expand your house’s domain through conquering land.
  • Help the Kingdom squash House Arcos’ rebellion and bring honor to your name. (Also you get to flex your military, that’s always fun)
  • Help House Arcos overthrow the Kingdom and take your place along the new empire built on glory in blood. (You can also flex your military here)
  • Build alliances with other noble houses.
  • Build rivalries with other noble houses.
  • Scheme to claim the recently-vacated throne.

If you like strictly medieval fantasy settings (with no laser guns, crystal teleporters, or cellphones to break the immersion), Ursa Madeum is the place for that. Also you get to interact with the other juicy Ursa Madeum plots and lore.

Some of the notable examples:


If war and scheming isn’t your thing and you’re more into more chill, medieval fantasy adventuring, you should check out Ursa Madeum’s other kingdom, the Queendom of Svanhild!

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Love this idea, enjoyed reading your lore as well. Sadly, I doubt my character would be a good fit considering the rules on magic. But just wanted to say good work, and I hope you find the party you're looking for. 

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House Harrkonen

Creed: Be Just In All That You Do

Sigil: An Orange Horse Head with Four Horns, each one behind the corresponding horn at the center of the head in a consecutive line on a green field.

Family members:

Alexandros Harrkonen - Patriarch of House Harrkonen

Liadrin Harrkonen - Matriarch of House Harrkonen

Turalyon Harrkonen - First son of Alexandros

Gavinrad Harrkonen - Second son of Alexandros

Tirion Harkonnen - Third son of Alexandros

Saidan Harrkonen - Fourth son of Alexandros

Background - House Harrkonen was established shortly before the reign of the Tyrant King. When the rule of tyranny came forth, the Harkonnen family went into hiding, fighting from the shadows to reduce the damage that would be done to the populace.

When he was finally dethroned, House Harrkonen rejoiced, and came out from the shadows to rejoin the others. Since then they have worked to rebuild, and to resurrect the former glory of their once mighty house.

Estates - "The Cathedral" A large, formerly abandoned fortress now ruled by the Harrkonen family. Their main source of income is farming, and their military might is a small but effective fighting force known as the "Crisaders" lead by the Harrkonen family themselves.

Goals - To bring truth and justice to Ursa Madeum, to quell the rebellion and bring peace once again.

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12 hours ago, Zigzag said:

House Harrkonen

Creed: Be Just In All That You Do

Sigil: An Orange Horse Head with Four Horns, each one behind the corresponding horn at the center of the head in a consecutive line on a green field.

Family members:

Alexandros Harrkonen - Patriarch of House Harrkonen

Liadrin Harrkonen - Matriarch of House Harrkonen

Turalyon Harrkonen - First son of Alexandros

Gavinrad Harrkonen - Second son of Alexandros

Tirion Harkonnen - Third son of Alexandros

Saidan Harrkonen - Fourth son of Alexandros

Background - House Harrkonen was established shortly before the reign of the Tyrant King. When the rule of tyranny came forth, the Harkonnen family went into hiding, fighting from the shadows to reduce the damage that would be done to the populace.

When he was finally dethroned, House Harrkonen rejoiced, and came out from the shadows to rejoin the others. Since then they have worked to rebuild, and to resurrect the former glory of their once mighty house.

Estates - "The Cathedral" A large, formerly abandoned fortress now ruled by the Harrkonen family. Their main source of income is farming, and their military might is a small but effective fighting force known as the "Crisaders" lead by the Harrkonen family themselves.

Goals - To bring truth and justice to Ursa Madeum, to quell the rebellion and bring peace once again.

Looks good, just two concerns:

  • The head of House Kholin is also named Alexandros, so I'd suggest changing your character's name to something different to avoid confusion.
  • This is pretty barebones at the moment - do you mind going more in detail about the house's background, maybe more about it's culture?

Please send your revised draft through PM to me, Wade, and Samo.

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18 hours ago, Zigzag said:

When he was finally dethroned, House Harrkonen rejoiced, and came out from the shadows to rejoin the others. Since then they have worked to rebuild, and to resurrect the former glory of their once mighty house.

I'm confused with what you mean by this. You said that Harrkonen went into hiding shortly after the Tyrant King seized power, and that they're vying to be restored to their former glory since he's dead and gone. Could you give some ideas of what they were like before they went into hiding? How rich were they? How good was it to live under their rule, etc? 

As said before, it's a bit barebones and would really benefit from some more information! The concept sounds interesting enough, though. Excited to see what you do with them. If you have any questions, dm me on val or discord and I'll get back to ya!

Edited by Samø

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Posted (edited)

Minor bump and note that three new noble houses (and one aristocratic house, with lore currently unpublished) have just joined Ursa Madeum! ^_^

We're accepting houses and participants for the war plot indefinitely so if you're interested in joining the fun go ahead and shoot us a pm 👀

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Bump and update: welcome to two new aristocratic houses! ❤️ 

The more, the merrier. Slots are still open if anyone else wants to join 👀

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