Heirs to the Valley

Heirs to the Valley
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Heirs to the Valley
Heirs to the Valley
The King is dead! Last night the bells of Kingstown tolled as Janus I passed away in his sleep, leaving behind the small Kingdom of the Valley without a leader. The King was childless and did not wish to name a successor, so in the wake of his sudden death the people are in shock and fear. Will someone claim the throne? Who will lead the country into the future?

The Valley is well-defended against outsiders. The sturdy Fort Southwark defends the western approach through Southwark Pass, which splits the northern Arden Mountains and the southern Vestil Mountains. From these two ranges flow the mighty Arda and Vesta rivers, twin sisters which meet at Kingstown and give our valley its lush and fertile soil. They continue on into the southeast, flowing into the sea at the Port of Vestin. To the Northeast, Fort Eagle guards the plains of Aberfy, where the horses and cattle of the kingdom graze. We may be a small nation, but we are rich, with the northern mines at Tolton providing us with gems while in the south Everdale enjoys both hardwood forests and ample veins of copper and iron. Finally, the people of the northwestern Fulton are skilled river-pilots and fishers, riding their barges down the Arda.

In short, we are self-sufficient, but in desperate need for leadership. Without a guiding hand, the Valley may fall, either to outsiders or internal troubles. Nobody knows what the future holds in store...

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Name:  Captain Gwyn Arvain
Motivation:  Gwyn desires to restore order to a kingdom quickly spiraling out of control.  While he nominally could support any strong and able candidate, privately he would not mind reclaiming his house's lost glory and perhaps even taking the crown himself should the option provide itself.
Support:  As the captain of Fort Eagle, Gwyn has the support of the garrison and surrounding townsfolk of Aberfy who rely on the fort for safety from bandits.  The local knightly order - the Knights of the Eagle - support him as well with their high quality weapons and powerful Aberfian steeds, however the ambition of the varied nobles within the order can occasionally lead to problems.
Location:  Fort Eagle
Resources:  A private estate outside of the capital, defended by a minor keep and a small personal guard that takes up most of his family's wealth to maintain.  Has several solid connections and good relationships with other guard captains throughout the kingdom and a few minor nobles.  Maintains a set of decent quality weapons and armour as well as a warhorse.  Of course, Fort Eagle itself remains under his command and boasts a formidable garrison and arsenal.

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RE: Heirs to the Valley
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The setting is fluid, I'll leave it to all of you to decide whether you'd like magic to exist. If it does, however, this will be closer to a low fantasy setting - magic is powerful, dangerous, and only available to the few.

Tech level is also not quite defined - currently imagine it to be anywhere between High Middle Ages and the 17th-18th century.

The listed locations are the major cities and features of the Valley. If you wish to add more, then please elaborate and I'll do my best to fit them in.
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Name: Lestopher Rachnet
Motivation: Rachnet is one of the masters, and co-founder, of the Correct Guild of Ironworking, but of recent years has developed a dyspraxia that has lead some of his peers to suggest his early retirement. This alienation from his life's work up until now has saddened Rachnet, but with Janus' death, he sees opportunity to use his administrative skills to serve the needs of the kingdom from a position that doesn't require fine motor control. Rachnet looks at the realm pragmatically, wishing to reform its inefficiencies and build its surpluses ever higher. Setting his expectations so high is his guild's, and his own, history of a working relationship with the late Janus; some years ago they provided weaponry to the King's personal retinue long ahead of schedule, and Janus claimed the reason was Rachnet above all else.
Support: The Correct Guild of Ironworking, of course, as well as much of the middle class in Kingstown who have done business with their traders. He curries favor over some of the more veteran of the standing King's retinue as well.
Location: Kingstown
Resources: Well, iron, of course. Plenty of it. He has a number of special trade relations as well, even if some may be under the table.
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Name: Poldi Grimmoth
Motivation: To industrialize and bring the valley into a new era - one of smokestacks and water wheels.
Support: Large corporations looking to expand
Location: Kingstown. The perfect location to generate the power needed.
Resources: New money and trade relations
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Name: Astoret Vautouir, Bandiúc of Arden
Motivation: A (somewhat distant) relative of the King, Astoret's father Parsnas was a trusted advisor of numerous Kings until his banishment. Freed after the King's death, he is still seen by some as an ideal 'caretaker' until a permanent heir is appointed. Her late mother was the youngest of several illegitimate sisters, all of which are also deceased. A lady of barely eighteen years, she has ties to Royal blood on both sides - a fact her father has widely promoted. She doesn't care about most of that and just wants to be Queen because it means she gets to wear a fancy crown and have people at her beck and call.
Support: Support is split between Parsnas' connections and accomplices, the impoverished territory of Arden-Norte (a montane fiefdom around the headwaters of the Arda River) and the feared Cult of Vines, which sees her as an Avatar of She-That-Feasts, Goddess of Death, Hunger, Beauty and Secrets. Several attempts to outlaw the Cult were made in the past, though without success.
Location: Craq Arden; a once proud castle fort that once was the seat of the Diúcs du Arden-Norte but now exists mainly as the home of the Cult of Vines.
Resources: The Cult of Vines has eyes and ears across the Kingdom and its wandering Priests are both respected and feared, but its numbers are probably overestimated. Their Magic is said to flow from She-That-Feasts, though very few are permitted to receive Her blessing and fewer still know how it is received. Parsnas has a reasonable fortune at his disposal to support his daughter, but with Arden-Norte destitute (some say that She-That-Fests cursed its soil), the funds will eventually run out.
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RE: Heirs to the Valley
Kingstown Weekly Press


Mourning in the Capital:
In the wake of our King’s untimely death, most businesses and shops will be closed in Kingstown. In addition, the mayor has announced that all flags will be flown at half-mast and public buildings will be draped in black for the next week. The King’s body will lie in state in the Cathedral of Light for the next two days, after which there will be a public funeral procession to the Hall of Heroes where his body will be laid to rest among his ancestors. Due to illness the High Priest will not be officiating, and instead the service will be performed by Metropolitan Elizabetta of Everdale.
 
Business Leaders Declare Emergency Meeting:
Alaina Tibalt of the Craft and Merchant Alliance has announced a meeting of the local guilds to be held in Anniversary Hall in Kingstown. In a statement this morning, she says:
“It is a terrible time to lose our beloved King. Under his policies our economy has grown tremendously, and it is vital that we leaders of business meet in order to discuss how we will move forward in these trying times”
It remains to be seen whether or not Lestopher Rachnet and Poldi Grimmoth, rival industrial magnates of the Correct Guild of Ironworking and Grimmoth Corporation will be in attendance.


Border Forts React – Knights of Eagle Ready, Southwark Quiet:
The two commanders of our border garrisons have had dramatically different responses to the death of the King. Captain Arvain of Fort Eagle is reportedly calling his knights back from patrols to discuss the situation, while Captain Lysander remains calm and is conducting business as usual in the defense of Southwark Pass. We have reached out to both but neither has responded for our requests for comment.
Stirrings in the Arden Forest:
The nobles of the country are keeping a close eye on Craq Arden, the castle of the Vautouir family, as news of the King’s death spreads. Recent genealogical research seems to suggest that the Vautouir may be the closest-related cadet branch of the royal line, a finding that worries many. Vicomte D’Alessei, the Royal Chamberlain, seems to be in a precarious situation now that the legal status of his predecessor’s exile from court is in question. Furthermore, Diuc Parsnas is promoting his daughter Astoret as the heir to the throne based on both his family bloodline and the fact that his wife was the illegitimate daughter of Prince Augustus, the late King’s second cousin. The church has denounced such claims on the basis of Diuc Parsnas’s heretical beliefs, which led to his expulsion from the capital and flight to his family estate in the Arden foothills.




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A Public Meeting Of Business Leaders


Anniversary Hall is an impressive building, standing in Kingstown's central square. It is a great wooden structure with huge doors, stone floors, and a massive number of tables. It was built a century ago as a banquet hall, and now it serves as a meeting-place for the city's rich and elite. Today it is draped in black, and the front of the hall has been cleared to make room for a stage and seating.

On-stage is Alaina Tibalt, very pleased with herself in thinking to call this meeting. Already in the seats are some local socialites and journalists curious about what is to happen, as well as a group of merchants aligned with the Craft and Merchant Alliance. Various small business-holders filter in, but the two she is waiting for have not yet arrived - Poldi Grimmoth and Lestopher Rachnet.

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