Kings of Auria

***King Rene Saarinen***

 

     King Rene, a descendant of Charles IV of Bohemia, has recently assumed the throne of Auria, after a long struggle with his cousin, Armand.  As a result of all the turmoil, his Queen left him to join the coven of Priestesses on nearby the Isle of Lezonia.

King Rene’s early years were much more tranquil.  He grew up as one of two sons of King Karel.  He and his cousin Armand, son of King Theodosius, enjoyed idyllic times together in their youth.  But as adulthood approached, the kingdom was thrown into a bitter dispute between the two Kings, as each pursued the family treasure and throne.

The prosperity that theKingdomofAuriahad known for centuries began to vanish.  Rene, faced with this new reality was forced to carry on the family burden after his father met an early death on the battlefield.  He reluctantly decided that he must carry on the burden of his family to protect the crown and rebuild the island kingdom.  In doing so, he has created four noble Houses and found capable,leaders for each of them.  The four noble families are the House of Stroganov, led by Baron Eden Stroganov, the House of Magedon, led by Baroness Zara Magedon, The House von Binarz, led by Baron Blair and The House of Wenceslia, led by Baroness Sashay Wildrose.  King Rene now concentrates on strengthening his court and his army, and possibly finding a new Queen.

It is King Rene’s solemn wish, a wish he has thoroughly dedicated himself to fulfill, that the new noble Houses will expand and thrive, along with his court, and help him return Auria to its rightful position as one of the strongest and most prosperous kingdoms in all the land.

***King Armand Karam***

Son of Theodosius, Armand tried, after his father`s death, to keep his position as a King of Auria, even that meant to also keep the good relations with his cousin, Rene. But recent events and Rene`s greed for power and gold (gold which Armand hides very well, still!) turned the situation against him, making him a prisoner in his own Keep, guarded by Rene`s trustful friend, Baron Eden Stroganov. Armand`s story, however, won`t just finish here, as he plans things to make his way out the situation, one way or another, regain his throne and his lover, princess Kalia, who was taken away by Rene`s former queen in order to keep her safe; or find a new Queen. Time will tell!

 

Post by,

Eden Stroganov

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Classes of Auria

  Kingdom of Auria has six different classes: the Nobles, represented by the three Houses (House of Stroganov, House of Magedon and House of … – to be decided-), the Free People (represented by our tavern keeper, Justine), the serfs (peasants submitted to one of the Houses), who still look for someone to represent their rights, the Pirates (represented by Captain Jack Black Pearl), the villains (not sure they need anyone to represent them!) and the slaves (represented by our head slaver, Gravel Stadnent).

                                                          ***THE NOBLES***

The Nobility, called the Noblesse de Race by some…arrogant bastards by others. Who are they?

The nobility first of all, is the highest social class of medieval times. They can be kind or evil, generous or greedy, humble or arrogant, just like everyone else. The only difference between noble and commoner…is title.

1. The Noblesse de Race….titled nobility

The NdR are typically from a long-established bloodline of nobility, with a proud heritage in place. To insult the family name of a noble will always invite a severe response, up to and including declarations of war between noble houses. Watch what you say about a noble’s bloodline if the noble is present…

A. Chain of Command
King/Queen
Prince
Princess
Duke/Duchess
Count/Countess
Earl/Lady (Lady may or may not be the correct female title for an Earl’s wife)
Baron/Baroness
Knights (Varying levels within the class)
Why does Princess rank below Prince…because quite frankly, medieval times were weighted towards leadership by men. The Crown Prince is the Royal Heir, followed in birth order by his brothers, even if the Princess is the oldest child. Female players in medieval RP must live with the fact that male players will outrank them. It’s realism, and that’s how we play it. The titles of Princess and above are actually not nobility, but Royals…they were included here for a complete list.

B. Hospitality

Nobles love to impress other nobles…for this reson, unless two Houses are at war with each other, a noble will always grant entry to their home to another noble, and show them full hospitality even if that noble is visiting from another land. A noble marked as inhospitable can count on no help in times of trouble and will be an outcast among his/her peers…very serious in this era.

C. Nobles and the Law

In many cases, depending on the realm, the nobles have made the law…but they are not always above it. Crimes commited against a noble by a commoner are always solved with anything from public humiliation to outright death, depending on the crime and the affected noble. Offenses by a noble against a commoner are almost always ignored…unless the victim can convince a noble of higher station to represent them in the courts. The offending noble could then be charged with damaging royal property..or whatever the court should decide. Nobles against other nobles can vary…crimes like murder or rape will be dealt with severely, but lesser crimes will usually result in public apology and/or renumeration. Noble crimes against the King…can be dealt with harshly. Public humiliation (rare), imprisonment, forfieture of titles and land, up to death. The crime of treason can also include the execution of immediate family. So a noble better be careful if thinking of plotting against the King!

D. Nobles and Travel

I always love to see a noble player accosted by other players while walking alone across the land…truth be told…Nobles will NEVER be alone, unless the player states in RP that they are. A nobleman will have some guards and a couple of servants..a noblewoman will have guards, servants, a personal assistant, and those people, whether players also or NPC’s will stand between the noble and commoners. A noblewoman will have more attendants than a nobleman. For two reasons…appearance, and because most noblewomen do NOT want to be touched by people with dirty hands…and their husbands don’t want them being defiled in any way either. Nobles are above the common people and will normally act like it.

                                                 ***THE FREE PEOPLE***

Middle Class of Auria represents all those people that are neither Nobles or Serfs (or slaves/prisoners/villains) and who own a small business of their own OR working for the money they earn. In this category we have:
A. Higher Middle Class: keepers of all kinds (tavern keeper, brothel keeper, shop keeper, marketstalls keeper etc), Officers (except General and Knights), doctors, sheriff, Priestesses, scholars, poets, artists, teachers, Druids.
B. Lower Middle Class: all types of workers who earn their money legally: tavern wenches, brothel girls, soldiers, miller, butcher, tanner, armorer, cook, payed servant, fisherman, hunter, housekeeper, nanny, woodcutter etc.

Middle Class is the base of Medieval Society. They can be rich, especially those in the higher middle class, maybe not so well-off. In any case, they cannot measure with the Nobles, the exception being the Priestesses, who are a bit of a ‘special’ category.
Show respect for those higher in rank/class- if you are a ‘high middle class’ like a doctor or a scholar, do not double cross any Noble- after all, they might pay you very well for your services. If you are a tavern wench, better think twice before you disrespect the doctor or a teacher entering the tavern or you meet on the streets or at the market. Be respectful. If anyone hurts you in any way, you have the right to complain to those higher than you: your patron (Tavern Keeper for a tavern wench, Officer for a soldier etc). In any case, dont start argue with those higher in class than you; if you do, you take your risks.
As a middle class, you usually serve whatever needs of the Nobility if you are asked to do so (of course, that also can be agreed OOCly). Don`t forget- the Nobles have the supreme power in a medieval Kingdom (almost equal to a King/Queen)! You can negotiate with them, of course. Caution: this wont make you their servants, but try keep the right attitude IC.

                                                           ***THE SERFS***

Serfs of Auria are the peasants working to support their lords and ladies in any way the are required to do it: work the land, take care of the animals, cook, clean, wrestle for their amusement, dance, anyway, whatever would cross their owner`s mind. In time of war, the young male serfs will fight to support their lord. As descendents of the Roman slaves, they have no rights whatsoever, except those granted by their lord or lady. They cannot leave, but they can run away- on their own risk, of course, for that might lead to grave consequences if they ever get caught. They can also seek protection to another House, if the lord or lady of that House wishes to offer them a shelter. They can get kidnapped, in time or war, but not only, by the soldiers of another House, in order to increase the number of workers for that specific household. If that happens, they better obey the new lord or lady just the same. If their former owner wants them back, they will get them back.

The serfs of Auria, however, are not slaves, though they are something very close to that. They have the right to ask for protection from their lord or lady if the situation requires it and they should be protected by their owners, especially against aggressiveness of other serfs or the free people. They also should obey the orders of any other lord or lady, from any House and, if abused, they, again, have the right to complain to their owner, but that will rarely solve any problem, anyway. Avoiding getting into trouble is the best way to go, always!

 

***THE PIRATES***

The Pirates of Auria have a Captain: Jack Black Pearl, who coordinates pirate activities. They live on the ship (The Black Pearl) but are also allowed to rent a room in the city if they want (Auria Town or Under City).
Captain Jack can choose his ‘lieutenants’ if he wishes but, in any case, anyone wants to play Pirate role must obey to Captain Jack`s orders.
Pirates are considered the ‘nobility’ of the villains in Auria, so please act like it and respect the Code of Honor (more details about the Code of Honor you can find contacting Jack).
Pirates act like a gang, so stay united as much as possible. Keep most of the illegal activities for the Docks (Under City); they can include: intimidations, extortion, stealing, plunder, rape, kidnapping etc. Of course, the Pirate activities shouldn’t summarize to those activities alone, nobody likes to be harassed all the time. Of course, Pirates are allowed to try their schemes in the Auria Town, too, but much more careful than at the docks, mostly because Nobles and Army are watching. If they push their luck too far, they might get banned from Auria Town for a while, ICly (matter of days or weeks, depending on how grave the crime is). Do not disrespect the Nobility and the Army of Auria, that can cause you very serious trouble.
Please do not harass the other players beyond limits: no one likes to be assaulted or attempted rape everytime they login SL! Use your imagination, create own stories and go along with them.

                                                        ***THE VILLAINS***

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The Villains of Auria are a very colorful category including: thieves, pimps, criminals, beggars, rapists, trouble-makers, prostitutes, witches. The commoners are the people without an actual job lurking around, not being necessary criminals: retired sailors and soldiers, runaways, former prisoners, drunkards, slackers, adventurers. They spend most of their time around the Under City.
Please always remember your rank: you have no rank. Respect those higher than you, especially the Nobles and Soldiers. Watch your tongue and attitudes around them. Speaking bad or acting bad towards any Noble or Soldier of Auria might lead to your quick death and, therefore, your character`s end of story ICly. Acting nasty can also lead to your status change: from free to slave, if the offended considers so. Not to mention the jail.
Speaking of jail, whatever mischief you do (kidnap, rape, steal, start fights) remember you can be punished, so try to hide such things. Avoid such activities in Auria Town and around it. Of course, you can walk around the Town, but try behave as much as possible.

                                                                    ***SLAVES***

Auria has only one Head Slaver – Gravel Stadnent and can have few other slavers. Almost anyone can buy a slave in Auria if they can afford it; those most probable to have slaves are the Nobles, Officers, Pirates, Keepers and workers if they can afford it.
The slaves should be sold/bought with Auria Roleplay Money, no other currency allowed (Absolutely NO Linden Dollars, whoever uses L$ for whatever RP transaction in Auria will be banned from the sim immediately). Details about Auria Monetary System can be found at the Shop, in the Square (Behind the fruits stall).
Slave trades can only take place at the Docks (Under City), where a special place was build especially for this activity. If a Noble asks you to visit their house and show them the offer, you, as a Slaver, can do that, but remember the rule: no collars. So you shall ask your slaves remove their collars while you walk together around Auria Town. Slaver can keep his slaves naked if he/she wishes, but please try stay dressed up when walk around the Auria Town. Not so much important for the Under City.
Important note for slaves: again, we are not a Gorean sim, so please remember it. Words like Master and Mistress are not the best idea, Lord and Lady are more proper for Medieval Times. If your owner has a special rank (Like Baron, Count, General, Captain etc) address them by their proper rank.

Eden Stroganov

Soldiers of Auria

OSKAR ELIADES, General of Auria

     Oskar Eliades, the abandoned son of the barbarian chief Etar of North and Kalia, Armand Karam`s lover, was raised in a family of soldiers, and began to learn the skills of fighting and horse riding at an early age. On a cold winter’s night, the man whom he believed to be his “father”, was very ill and on his death bed.  He revealed the truth to Oskar just at the moment he died.  The very next day, Oskar, who was only 19, mounted his horse with a prized possession, his “father’s” sword.  He set out to find his true mother at King Armand`s Keep.  But when he arrived, he was not at all welcome as King Armand refused to have an illegitimate son of another man around his Keep.  Kalia was heartbroken but powerless to intervene.  Oskar was set free and he soon found himself heading for the gates of King Rene’s Castle.  Rene heard his story and decided to keep the young man around. Oskar soon proved himself as a very skilled fighter and quickly rose to become the trusted General of King Rene’s army.

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 SIR MARKUS, Knight of Auria

     I was born in a town called Ratisbona. This town is a free imperial, laying on the river Danube, north of theAlps, in the Bavarian Countries. It is a rich city because many influential Patrician dynasties live there and make a lot of money with trading. I am the 3rd son of one of these dynasties.

But times has changed now and freedom and peace were repressed by envy, intrigues and hate between the Patrician Clans. This was also the beginning of the downfall of Ratisbona. My ideal world broke down as my father and 2 of my brothers were stabbed to death by some rivals of my father. I really had so much luck, that i could flee at the last second.

So i leaved my town, just with my clothes i wore, my sword and fortunately some money, what was hidden at a secret place by me, years ago.

I never was a good salesman but i always was interested in sword-fighting and i learned it against the will of my father.

I went north, with no idea, what i should do or where i should live. I changed my name because of my safety and strayed through the countries, working this and that. Because i was good in writing, i mostly worked as a secretary for several businessmen. but that was not he kind of life i wanted. I always had the dream to serve a king as a soldier or a knight, so i also improved my sword fighting, what was very useful.

One day i met a strange guy from the Northern lands in a tavern, we talked about our lives and as i told him my past life he persuaded me, to come with him to Auria. There i would have a chance to serve his King in his army, if i am good enough.

So i arrived here, far away from my past, starting a new life as the knight of King Rene.

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SIR DAGRON ALVARNA, Knight of Auria

  Dagron Alvarna was born into nobility, the son of a baron. During his service as a squire to a knight of the realm, he was thrust into battle in the midst of an invasion of the land. His tenacity on the field caught the eye of the King, who promptly knighted young Dagron on the spot. Sir Dagron would soon cast off the trappings of court, joining the knightly Order of the Gryphon, a Holy Order.

Sir Dagron came into the service of Lord Argonn Magedon after the Order began asking its knights to join with noble Houses, and rose to be First Knight of House of Magedon. His relentless approach on the battlefield earned him the endearing title “Dagron the Black”,  prompting him to wear black plate armor in battle and tournaments. He was away on a quest when news reached him of Lord Argonn’s death, and returns to Auria to continue his service to Lady Zara, the eldest daughter and heir to the lord.

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Gathered together by,

Eden Stroganov

Kingdom of Auria – A Twisted Story

Welcome to the Kingdom of Auria.  Here, you will find a tableau of magnificent medieval castles, the Town of Auria, built around a square, farms, a mysterious island, hidden treasures, majestic mountains, a lush forest and an angry sea.  But this fascinating setting also happens to be the place of a bitter royal family feud, where blood is shed, loyalties are in doubt, secrets are revealed and intrigue and turmoil prevail.  Simply put, it is a place where power, greed and sex are the basic ingredients of everyday life, and lurking in every corner of the Kingdom.

Nearly a century of struggle and battles have depleted the Kingdom of its good citizens.  And so, the rival families now compete to rebuild their Kingdom and overthrow each other in order to regain control and, once again, reign supreme. Newcomers are invited to settle here… to use their skills, charm and wit to make a life for themselves.  And, if they are lucky to align themselves with the winning side, to bask in the riches of patronage, favor and glory.

Auria is a medieval themed roleplay sim.  It has been carefully designed and built of offer a setting for creative imagination and expression, and hopefully, a lot of fun.  We want you to join with us to enjoy what we have created, and help us continue to build Auria to an even bigger and better place.  Your contributions will be most welcome and appreciated.  We want to give you as much freedom as possible, and we only ask that you follow the Rules of Auria, for the benefit of everyone.

 

HIStory…

 

For centuries, Auria was ruled by a succession of wise and benevolent kings who were descendants of Charles IV, King of Bohemia.   The Kingdom of Auria prospered and no others could match its strength and influence.  The last of these rulers was King Baudouin, loved by his loyal subjects and even admired and respected by his detractors.  The King and his Queen had two sons, Karel and Theodosius, and by all rights, were the happiest of families.  But all good stories must come to an end, and so it was for King Baudouin.  He died at the early age of 50.

The early departure of the good king left a power vacuum, which his two sons quickly tried to fill.  They curried favor with their father’s lords, counselors and friends, trying their best to woo them to their side.  Each of them married for prestige and political gain, with the hope of making strategic alliances.  The wives were friendly at first, but soon were swept into their husbands’ struggle for power.  The elder son, Karel, was sharp but impulsive.  The younger, Theodosius, was kind but ambitious.  But while the brothers began their feud, they took their eye off of the Kingdom and a coven of mysterious priestesses moved to a nearby island to establish their temple and lair.

Prince Karel reared two sons, Valance and Rene, while Prince Theodosius had only one son, Armand.  The relative peace of this period was broken when Theodosius, aided by a cunning Chancellor, made a bold move to secretly remove nearly all of the gold and treasure from the Kingdom and built a Keep for himself and his family beyond the Castle walls, on the outskirts of the Town.  There, he quietly assembled an army of mercenaries and declared himself King.  Meanwhile, Prince Karel learned of his brother’s attempt to ascend to the throne, and did all he could to stop it by building an army of his own and declaring war.  A decade of fighting ensued, and fierce battles stained the forest with blood. In one of these battles, Theodosius was mortally wounded.  The victorious Karel then declared himself as the sole King and rightful heir to the throne.  His celebration was short lived; however, as he was poisoned by one of the priestesses and died shortly thereafter.

Once again, the Kingdom was faced without clear leadership, while the surviving wives did their best to prepare their young sons to become the sovereign of Auria.  A period or relative calm set in as Valance, the elder son of Karel, was sent away to train with the military of a neighboring kingdom.  Rene, the younger son of Karel, and his cousin, Armand, son of Theodosius, become the closest of friends.   As they grew up, they were inseparable.  It is often said, that had matters been left to just the two of them, peace and prosperity might have returned to the Kingdom.  Alas, that was not to be.

When Valance returned to the Kingdom, he stirred up trouble by challenging the position of his younger brother, Rene.  Valance accused Rene of being far to close to his cousin, Armand, and also accused Rene and Armand of planning to share the Kingdom’s treasure between themselves.  Rene was forced to defend his position against his ambitious brother and eventually succeeded in having Valance banished from the Kingdom.  But in doing so he found, reluctantly, that he must break off his special relationship with Armand as the two cousins now viewed each other as having divergent interests.  They too, were soon to follow in their father’s footsteps and declare themselves King of Auria.

King Armand has been placed under house arrest and Rene has proclaimed himself King of Auria.  Rene now consolidates his reign over all of Auria with a single army, headed by General Oskar and Sir Markus. Undoubtedly, King Armand will try to free himself and regain his court, but for the time being he is well restrained from doing so.

Four new noble families, or clans, have been anointed to revive Auria and help bring back its former glory. They will be encouraged to compete with each other and, by doing so, will be recognized and awarded advancement in the royal ranks.  Yet, if Auria is ever attacked from the outside, they will be expected to band together and defend the Kingdom at all costs.

The four noble familes are the House of Stroganov, led by Lord Eden Stroganov, the House of Magedon, led by Lady Zara Magedon, The House von Binarz, led by Lord Blair  and The House of Wenceslia, led by Lady Sashay Wildrose.

To help expand the Aurian Army and improve its fighting skills, a jousting list and archery target ranges have been installed, as well as an animal hunt.  Active training sessions will be organized.  Exciting tournaments will soon be held in Auria, as a result of joining theDoubleDragonAcademyand the SL Tournament Association.  It is the tradition to throw parties and dances after such tournaments and our newly namedInn& Tavern, Restless Knights, will be a perfect setting for such events.  Justine Moyet, the Inn Keeper of Auria, is also planning other entertainment and events for our fun and pleasure.

It is expected that Auria may be attacked by other realms, or that Auria, itself, may be the attacker if it can muster the strength and resources.  The seas to the south are the most likely place for such exploits, and in that regard, the Kingdom is seeking someone of experience to be named the Admiral of Auria and build its Navy.

 

King Rene

KINGDOM OF AURIA – A World in Pictures

Our Kingdom from above.

Sunset over the seas...

Winter!

A winter`s night tale...

"Restless Knights", Justine`s cosy tavern.

The Inn.

The Market, in the middle of the Town Square. Same ol` Mary selling same ol` magic herbs...

The mills.

"Can I pass...?' The entrance in Armand`s Keep. Fierce guards...

Inside the Keep.

Me, writing a letter. A secret letter!

Birdy, birdy... Ricky, Armand`s parrot.

Window.

 

The Harbor and the fish market.

Priestesses Manor, on the Isle of Lezonia.

Evelyn, the ghost, seems to feel good inside the Manor.

The mists of Lezonia...

The public baths.

The farms, quiet in the winter time...

The graves of the ancestors.

Eden ante portas!

King Rene`s castle - patio.

King Rene`s castle- The Round Table

King Rene`s castle - the underworld...

The forests of Auria - beware of wolves!

The training arena.

Jousting!

Long Live Auria!

Oh, that`s me! The photographer.

 

 

Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Eden Stroganov