So funny story, especially if you’ve seen my tumblr, but apparently my procrastination and attempt of working on my other WIP has led to this. And I guess this is a thing now?
A passion side side project, so I will not even attempt to try to put any time constraints on this. It started off as a fun way to practice some code and try out some new styles but this is my life now.
Our protagonist is the new Lord of Zhuregin, following her father’s passing. However, she is ruling under the guise of her dead twin brother, and cannot afford to have her cover blown at all because of the chaotic political climate. Will you vie for the throne, try to remain neutral and protect your lands, aid another lord in his bid for the throne, or help the current dynasty remain in power?
Some lore to give context
Avonia was initially a collection of petty kingdoms under the control of the Essenian Empire up until 1505, when the thirteen kingdoms allied together and broke away. As a way to keep themselves organized, they decided to create an elective monarchy, with a High King to rule over the lands. This breakaway was spearheaded by the Istrebov, Vorobyov, and Letyagin.
The election occurs upon either the death or abdication of the High King. The thirteen lords meet in Zhuregin a week later, however in the case of abdication, it takes place immediately afterward. Of the thirteen clans, the clan that held the crown last is unable to cast his vote, so the new High King is decided by the twelve others in a week-long council. A lord is allowed to either cast a vote to another individual, or to abstain, though the latter is generally frowned upon.
Within the 170 years, the crown is mostly held by one of these four clans - Istrebov, Vorobyov, Letyagin, and Lisitsyn. The Istrebov dynasty began in 1600 when Rostislav Alistratovich abdicated and Stanislav Vladimirovich was elected. Stanislav then spent the majority of his reign campaigning for his son, Vsevolod Stanislavovich, and he stepped down in 1630, once he was assured of his son becoming his successor. He also far exceeds the unspoken rule of ruling no more than 30 years, and once Vsevolod becomes High King, he does not abide by the old honour laws. He rules until he dies, and forces the others to elect his son Bogdan to the throne.
However, the Sokhryakov clan is displeased with this, and the then Lord Sokhryakov rebelled in 1663, and succeeds in claiming the throne. It lasts only a year, and Trifena is summarily executed for treason, but it begins a chain of dissatisfaction amongst the other clans.
There was another attempted rebellion in 1665 by the Avtaikin and Zherebtsov clans, but they were easily quashed. As of 1674, the Vorobyov and Lisitsyn clans are openly opposed to the Istrebov dynasty.
A nice list of the kings of kings
Vasiliy Kononovich Vorobyov | Reign: 1505 - 1514 |
Kallinik Sofronovich Letyagin | Reign: 1514 - 1524 |
Tikhon Vladimirovich Lisitsyn | Reign: 1524 - 1535 |
Mitrofan Rostislavovich Istrebov | Reign: 1535 - 1537 |
Khrisanf Rostislavovich Letyagin | Reign: 1537- 1542 |
Alistrat Vsevolodovich Vorobyov | Reign: 1542 - 1550 |
Stanislav Rodionovich Lisitsyn | Reign: 1550 - 1562 |
Kirian Alistratovich Vorobyov | Reign: 1562 - 1571 |
Ambrosii Tikhonovich Istrebov | Reign: 1571 - 1585 |
Rostislav Alistratovich Vorobyov | Reign: 1585 - 1600 |
Stanislav Ambrosievich Istrebov | Reign: 1600 - 1630 |
Vsevolod Stanislavovich Istrebov | Reign: 1630 - 1662 |
Trifena Bogdanovna Sokhryakova | Reign: 1663 - 1664 |
Bogdan Vsevolodovich Istrebov | Reign: 1662 - 1675 |
ROs because most people are probably interested in this
- Nikolai Yakovlevich Tyurin // Your devoted spymaster/assassin who also happens to be one of your childhood friends, and in on The Secret
- Khrisanf Nikanorovich Vorobyov // Your fiance who thinks you’re dead, aspires to overthrow the Istrebov dynasty to establish his own, and not in on The Secret
- Tamara Vladimirovna Gorshenina // Your chambermaid who serves you quite faithfully and you can tell anything, and is in on The Secret
30.09.18 // Demo uploaded, approx. 9.5k words
P.S. AAB is still in progress!! Slowly but surely, I just needed a change of pace