House of Stroganov

House of Stroganov, founded by the Count Eden Stroganov, has the ambition of becoming the most powerful clan of Auria, in the shortest time possible, and if necessary, by stepping over all the other clans.  Surely, Eden will do anything in his power to succeed, knowing that he has King Rene as his supporter.  But King Rene shouldn’t rely that much on Stroganovs` loyalty.  Surprises could occur anytime.

Nobles of the Stroganov House, usually of questionable morality, tend to aggressively protect their names and their leader, knowing that his position at Rene`s court can only bring them benefits. That doesn`t mean that, if the situation calls, they wont betray him, or pretend to do so, just in order to get a new advantage, for them and their House. They show no respect to common people and strongly believe that they exist only to be obeyed and feared. However, Count Stroganov watches over them in order to keep them in line, which he sometimes succeeds… Sometimes not.

                                                 ***COUNT EDEN STROGANOV***

Eden Stroganov is the son of Ivan Stroganov, nicknamed “Furry Vania” for his habit of wearing wolf furs anytime, anyplace.  Furry Vania, a well known and bloody thief of Kiev, was the renegade of a respectable family.  He taught his son Eden all he needed to know to prepare him for his future life, following in his father’s footsteps, but Ivan was killed by a rival clan.  Eden, still almost a child and the only boy, was taken away from his family in order to be used by the rivals in the future for their villainous purposes.  But he was treated badly, and one rainy autumn night, he decided to run away to live the life of a vagrant for a couple of years all around Europe.

Traveling to Auria, he met King Rene and found new success.  Using his talents as a thief and liar, he organized a scheme to capture King Armand, Rene`s arch rival.  Impressed by the skills of such a young innocent-looking man, King Rene bestowed on him a new title, with powers to finally help Eden climb into the position he has coveted.  Now that he has reached this position, he will do whatever it takes to keep it.

                                                               ***NATE SNOW***

(alias Nate Stroganov)

History: Nate was born and grew up in eastern Europe on the borders of Asia, in a rather large city, his mother took care of him as best she could, teaching right from wrong, and to have a healthy respect for women, often reinforced with a firm swat to his bottom. Unfortunately for Nate, his mother wasn’t around to see him through to manhood. She did however, inform him who his father was, mentioning she was raped by a man known as Furry Vania.

She died when he was well into his 15th year, and that left him to the mercy of an orphanage in the town. In the orphanage he often spent his time escaping it, getting into trouble for not returning. Unfortunately for him, a year after his mother died and he burned his last bridge to the orphanage, he was snatched away from there and put on a ship to the Americas, where he spent near three months at sea with a bunch of older explorers, he only spent about two months in America before he caught a boat back to england, where he heard rumor of his fathers true identity, thanks to a conversation he overheard in a tavern, Ivan Stroganov, two of his sons were alive, and known, unlike him, being an orphan at 15 he was given the name Nate Snow when no father was named, now he knew his true name was Stroganov.

After another month of searching and gathering what info he could without arousing suspicions, he followed the first of his brothers, stalking him from a distance till he had no choice but to board the same ship to keep with him. He was only vaguely aware that Voltar was on his way to Auria, and knew little of why, he’d only heard rumors of something to do with a treasure. He came to the kingdom once more on a boat, only now he was 18, and the other men on the ship took interest in him, being the girliest male on the ship, it wasn’t surprising that he ended up on the butt end of a lot of attention, most was nice and he found he liked it, but sometimes there were those who didn’t care if he enjoyed it or not.

Once in Auria he found himself out of money, no resources, and he’d lost track of his brother, he spent a week stealing for food, changing his view on what it was to steal to survive, over stealing just for the sake of greed. As fat would have it, he found the tavern owner to be a kind woman, and quickly offered him a job, as well as a place to stay, and three square meals a day, which, for the moment distracted him from his quest to find his family… till now…

                                          ***LADY ISABEAU EUPHRANIA***

Lady Isabeau is the only child of Baron William Euphrania. She grew up sheltered from the outside world in a castle with servants and all the trappings of the wealthy of the Middle ages.
She was born in England and remained almost unseen by the outside world until she was sixteen.
At this age she was by law expected to be wed by one of the nobility but her Father wished to keep her at the Castle as he had a fondness for gambling and parties with the well known gentry of other lands.

It was during one such time in her life that her Father started to keep secrets( in our time it would be hiding bills) in this time period scrolls with seals of great importance. She found the servants were sent away dismissed but hey told her very little, she was to lean to act like a Lady in all things

One bright morning Lady Isabeau is sent to Auria with a letter for Baron Stroganov. Isabeau learns that her Father has sent her as payement of a debt to the now Count of the House of Stroganov.

To hear the truth is a shock for Isabeau when learning her Father owes the young Count Eden 10000 coins she cannot believe the lies and deception form her Father.

Lady Isabeau is now the prisoner of Count Eden Stroganov and will reamin so until the debt is paid.
Currently she seeks a way of escaping the Count for she has heard in his time in Auria he has commited terible deeds.

The young Lady Isabeau can be stubborn and unyeilding but is also gentle kind and polite to everyone although she draws a line on respecting those from the underworld who break the law.
She is intelligent and will try to make things have a brighter side even if the world seems murky.
Perhaps in time she will lose her innocence and chaste side and embrace what it means to be a true Lady of the House of Stroganov, only time will tell.

                                      ***LORD SAFIRE STROGANOV***

Safire Traveled to Auria from his Family Lands of Ravenspire and Sybaris In Search of missing Family Members he uprooted and left for Auria with his Daughter Anne.

Safire Was Born of royalty and admiralty and grew to become prince Royal of Sybaris one in a long line of Descendants to the Throne. After arguments with his father he set off to find his cousin Count Eden Stroganov with who he had plans on staying with for a while.

                                                      ***VOLTAR DHAMPHYR***

Voltar Dhamphyr was born in Kiev, as the oldest son of Ivan Stroganov, leader of a notorius clan of renegades. Soon after his birth, Ivan married another woman and Vol was pushed aside. Vol’s mother was rumored to be a witch and a vampire, although this was never proven. His younger brother, Eden, had become the choosen one, but despite being something of an outcast, Vol grew up loyal to his father and the clan, hoping someday to be accepted. After his father’s death, Eden was captured by rivals and Voltar swore revenge against all enemies of the clan, and after a few years of bloody war, Voltar was victorious.

He returned to Kiew to lead the clan and grew close to his stepmother. And when she discovered that a sizable treasure had been left to her, she had Voltar set of on a quest to find his younger brother, if he was still alive. The long journey finally ended in Auria, where Voltar found his brother, living in high style, as Count Stroganov, a favorite of King Rene. And now, Voltar and Eden try to resolve their differences and settle old family disputes.

 

                                                         ***LADY ANNE***

 

 

Daughter to Lord Darkness Safire, Lady Anne was born of nobility as her father is from a long line of Royalty and Admiralty. She is Grand daughter to the Sheriff of Auria, Odin. She traveled with her father to Auria in search of his cousin Count Eden Stroganov. Now Lady in waiting at the House of Stroganov to the count.

Lady Anne is a rather quiet young woman, whom is often at her father’s side or not far away from him. She is shy around new people and rather innocent in nature. However if she feels threatened or angered she can soon turn into a feisty young woman with a very sharp tongue.

 

 

 

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House of Magedon

                                         ***COUNTESS ZARA MAGEDON***

Zara is the eldest child of Baron Argonn and Baroness Kaila of the House of Magedon. The death of the baroness without bearing a son prompted the Baron to train young Zara in the arts of combat as well as in the ways of courtly life. Her ascension to the leadership of House Magedon upon Argonn’s death was not widely accepted at first, but she has proven herself capable and the House has held together.

Zara has caught the eye of many noblemen…a normal occurance for an attractive noblewoman who has no husband. Her advisors seek to match her with a nobleman capable of leading her House, but none suitable have stepped forth…and no one knows if the fiery noble girl would marry one without a fight anyway.

House of Magedon

     The House of Magedon…rebuilding after the death of Baron Argonn, now led by his eldest daughter, Zara. Devoted to the throne of Auria, the House and its Baroness are champions of what is best for the realm…although rumors fly to the contrary. Bravery and strength are the hallmarks of House Magedon.

                                           ***LADY MANDALYNN ALVARNA***

Lady Mandalynn Alvarna is the daughter of Sir Dagron the Black, and serves as Lady in Waiting to Baroness Zara of House Magedon.
Mandalynn grew up in House Magedon, during its time under the leadership of Baron Fabian, helping the baron’s daughter Amelia torment the nannies. At the age of 13, she became Lady in Waiting to the baron’s new young wife Zara. The new baroness was unhappy, as the marriage had not been of her choosing, so young Mandalynn did all she could to brighten Zara’s life. With the death of the baron four years later, Mandalynn became even more of a rock for the baroness to lean on, and as the noble family moves to Auria from their fallen Solace, has become as much a daughter to Zara as Amelia is.

It has become known to some that Mandalynn has also been taught the skills of archery and sword…and some say served with the Rangers of Solace. But of course that may be a rumor.

The Free People of Auria (workers)

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.

                                                   ***JUSTINE MOYET***

(Tavern keeper)

Justine is the daughter of pirate Captain Dirk “Blackheart” Moyet and his wife Rebekka, a tavernmaid and priestess of a druidic sect. Justine grew up in the taverns where her mother worked, often used by the tavernkeeps as a ‘crier’, one who ran around town advertising the tavern. Once grown into a young woman, the ‘crier’ was soon hired on as a tavernmaid, her looks and personality making her tavern a popular stop with the lads.
Justine also learned the other ways of her mother, becoming quite skilled at brewing up herbal concoctions that could have varying effects on the imbiber…normally beneficial. A ritual meant to bring healthy crops to the land resulted in the birth of a child…and in spite of the flourishing harvest, many in the land began to view her as a witch. She left the land, travelling from port to port, raising money any way she could…until she found herself in Auria. The young woman quickly found the tavern…run down and ownerless. She bought the place from King Rene, naming it “Restless Knights” in honor of the knights who were her first steady patrons, and now begins a new chapter in her life.

                                                  ***MARIA CALANTINI***

(Brothel Madam)

Maria`s life wasn`t necessary a very tumultuous one, but she has her past experiences for sure.  Her mother`s sister, who wanted very much a child and never had one, adopted Maria when she was just few years old and raised her around the brothel she had in Rome, fancy establishment for the rich, so Maria knew exactly what life in a brothel was like. Educated and smart, she was about to take over her aunt`s business, when an unexpected fight started between them and Maria, rebel and passionate, left the brothel and the business for ever. Literate, she worked as a librarian for few years before she got bored and decided to travel with the money she had from her patron- and it wasnt a small amount. So she finds Auria and the brothel here who needed a skilled woman to rule it. She named it ‘La Rosa Nera’, The Black Rose and started her own business.

                                                                   ***DAMON***

Damon found his way to Auria recently, travelling from America. He is the son of a white English woman and a Native warrior who she ran away with. When she considered Damon was old enough to travel and understand the things around him, she took him on a long trip to Europe, to show him his roots and long lost relatives. Very curious about the new continent and it`s people, Damon decides to take a longer trip alone, so he took a ship to France and then traveled east, to Auria, where he finally decides to stop and stay for a while, camping in it`s forests. Used with hunting and fishing, also a pretty good young warrior himself, Damon finds his ways to make a living: fishing, hunting, selling meat and animal skin and also being Lord Voltar`s squire, a job who seems to bring him some nice extra money. His strange accent and looks may appear odd to some, but he doesnt care- he enjoys everyone and is, if not annoyed, a friendly guy. He is wise enough for his age and doesnt forget the ones that harm him. You will see him wander everywhere around, from Auria Town to the Under City, selling his fish and animal skins.

                                                              ***LARA LYNN***

Lara Lynn was born on a small farm in the countryside to a poor peasant family. At the age of 14 she was sold into a slave market, where she was bought up by a ponce and thereafter spent the next 6 years of her life as a sex slave. When she fell in love with one of her wealthy patrons she was ran out of town by fear of death. It was in this manner that she came upon the Kingdom of Auria where she now works as tavern girl, trying to make an honest living while trying to overcome her past.

                                                                    ***TAARA McCALLEN***

Place of birth: Small hanseatic town in north-east Europe
Parents: peasants, died. Brought up by middle-class family. A doctor and his wife.
History: Married by the stepfather to an old colleague to bear his children. First child was still born and after that none followed. She helped her husband in his work as a doctor. He taught her to be a nurse and encouraged to learn about folk medicine.
About a year ago her husband, Scottish by birth, decided they should move back to his home country. On the travel he unfortunately died (of old age probably), leaving behind money enough for his widow to survive for some time without any luxuries.
Taara comes to Auria in hope to find peaceful place to live and have a chance to keep practicing medicine and heal people. She also simply has nowhere else to go.

Taara has had education on the side of her step-brothers and sisters. But often she had to help out in the kitchen instead of attending the classes, so her education is not complete. Her husband and stepfather taught her about human anatomy and psychology. House cooking taught her about herbs and folk remedies. Shes very good midwife and has wide experience in pulling teeth, lowering fewer, curing skin diseases etc. At her husband side she has attended at bigger surgeries (like amputation) but is hesitant in doing it on her own.
Because she has not officially learned medicine she feels a need to always prove herself as a healer. Shes always trying to learn more and keep up with latest developments in medicine.

Taara can be quite indulgent and gentle unless its a matter of her healing, where she sticks by her decisions. She keeps away from quarrels and fights. Believing that human life is sacred she does not look well upon rough sports like jousting and sword fighting.
With her husband died less than a year ago she’s still in mourning. She has no children of her own, she has no hope in marrying again and her money reserve is diminishing fast. Having been always under the protection (and also limitations) of her stepfather and husband she is alone for the first time in her life. She’s scared, feeling lost and bewildered and is often bit of a pushover.

Curious facts:
*has a stepdaughter, from her husbands first marriage, she was sent to school in Scotland, very little communication between them now.
* tends to stutter when nervous
* her husband taught her among other things the art of making tattoos, although she does not advertise it.

                                                                   ***CAMILLE DEVERE***

Camille grew up in southern France in a prominent family, whose father was the Mayor of the town.  But wanderlust got in her blood at an early age and she soon ran away to join a group of performing gypsies. She ended up in Paris but that didn’t last as an abusive relationship caused her to run away again.  She left there, seeking a new home, determined that no one will ever mistreat her, or tame her.  Eventually, she was fortunate to have found her way to the amazing Kingdom of Auria, where she works part time in the tavern the brothel, La Rosa Nera.

 

                                         ***AKINOBU TSUNENAGA***

 

 

Akinobu was born in Edo Castle in Japan, the second son of the current reigning Emperor of Japan.  As he grew up, he was surrounded by some of the finest tutors in Japan and groomed to take the Chrysanthemum Throne in the event something would happen to his older brother.  Starting at a young age, he was also trained in combat by a pair of samurai that were part of the Emperor’s guard.  Growing up, he proved to be an intelligent boy and took to his tutoring well.  However, he was know to be rather mischievous and ended up often being scolded by his father for playing pranks on his tutors and the castle’s servants.

The young Akinobu took well to his training as a samurai.  He learned how to use swords and bows effectively and how to ride a horse into battle, even how to fire his bow accurately as a horse is galloping.  He took up Japanese calligraphy as a hobby to help him better learn better control and patience in combat.  He was also pushed into learning how to arrange flowers properly.  Something he did not exactly enjoy, but grudgingly did at his father’s command and would never admit the lessons helped him to learn to pay attention to detail and how to be patient.

As his teen years came about, he learned of who he would eventually be expected to marry.  One of the shogun’s daughters, pretty but supposedly of bad temperament.  He did not want to marry the girl, let alone any girl at all.  Since his mid-teenage years he had started sleeping with one of he samurai who was training him.  Not exactly an uncommon practice amongst the samurai, the teacher sleeping with a younger samurai he is training.

His training and tutoring kept going along and time passed.  Getting closer and closer to the time which he would be expected to marry, he started to plot an escape from Japan.  That is when he heard of an upcoming diplomatic mission to the Vatican by a man named Hasekura Tsunenaga. He managed to arrange a meeting with Tsunenaga and talk the man into letting him secretly join the mission in order to get away from Japan, using threats and offering to get more funding for the mission.  His samurai lover helped him to steal gems and gold from the imperial treasury so Akinobu would have enough to start a new life in Europe once he got there.  Akinobu successfully got away from Japan, masquerading as one of the samurai assigned to guard Tsunenaga on the trip.  During the trip, he managed to pick up how to speak English, Italian, and Latin from the European representatives that had been assigned to travel back to Europe with them.

Once he reached the Vatican, he split away from the mission and set out on his own.  He traveled through Italy for a while before finally hearing about the independent kingdom of Auria.  Deciding that might be a good place for a new start and to hide out from anyone his father might try to send to fetch him, he arranged for space on a ship bound for Auria.  Now he is in Auria and trying to figure out how to get a start.

 

 

Eden Stroganov

The Pirates of Auria

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.

                                                            ***JACK PEARL***

(Pirate Captain)

“Young Jack”, as he is known by his crew, is the son of the notorious pirate, Jack Pearl, who roamed the seas with his band of brigands, plundering everything in sight. Unfortunately, on a recent adventure, Jack’s father was thrown overboard into the deep, never to be seen again. Jack has since taken command of the ship, The Black Pearl, and its crew, to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Hearing tales of a small but prosperous realm on the Corinthia Isle, The Kingdom of Auria, Jack decided to set his sails and pay a visit. Arriving one night under a full moon, The Pearl quietly dropped anchor and there she sits. Jack and a few of his crew rowed ashore the next morning to see just what this place had to offer.

 

                                                         ***AUDITORE BLACKHEART***

 

Son of William Renwick Lionheart, Earl of York and the Italian Contessa Alberta Contanto, Auditore Lionheart-Contanto`s life could have been a very promising one. His parents` money helped him study with the best teachers in the best school of England and fallow his childhood dream: in his late teens, Auditore joined Royal Navy as an officer and shortly he proved to be a skilled intelligent young man, being bestowed with the title of Captain and getting his own ship and crew, very much appreciated by superiors and subordinates. His career seemed to be an ascending one, until one day… Nobody knew exactly what happened to the young Captain, many rumors were heard. Some say it was a bad romance, others say it was an old curse in the family, well, many many things were said. One thing was sure: Auditore`s life changed almost sudden. His passion for good old rum, games and fights changed his life forever. One night he burned down his ship, chased away all his crew and disappeared for ever, only to fallow a young man he met in the harbor few nights before: Captain Jack ‘Black’ Pearl, the dreadful pirate known for his bad temper and cruelty. They go through many adventures together before they enter the waters of The Kingdom of Auria, still ‘sniffing’ it… A land of peace who was rumored to be very wealthy, too. They decide to stay for a while and see what this beautiful Kingdom can offer.

 

 

Eden Stroganov

Villains and commoners of Auria

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.
Please dont harass our players beyond limits: no one likes to be assaulted or attempted rape everytime they login SL! Create own stories and go along with them.
Special note: even thieves also steal from private houses, do NOT enter in any private space without permission, IC or OOC.

 

Eden Stroganov

Slaves of Auria

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. Please stay at first person singular (GOOD example: /me nods her head, listening carefully what she is being told and smiles ‘Yes, Lady Justine, I will do that first thing in the morning!’; BAD example ‘/me nods her head, listening carefully what she is being told and smiles ‘Yes, Lady Justine, this girl will do that first thing in the morning!’). Just don`t speak about yourself as if you were someone else.

 

                                                         ***GRAVEL STADNENT***

(Head Slaver of Auria)

History: Gravel was born in the Arabian lands in the northern Africa southern Europe area, where specifically even he doesn’t know, grew up in a society focused on combat. His parents were Nomads, making their home life quite easily drop what they were doing and move on to another location, they had camels, and Gravel had his own for a long time.

Eventually, around his 17th birthday he was given an opportunity to go to Europe on a ship, and learn in there, the ship fell on hard times, and he had quite a long time on it, during which the ship was doing less then noble things, to the point they were labeled pirates. He didn’t care for it at first till he started to get used to it, after about four years of that he finally managed to get to Europe, namely Ireland, and spent the next ten years there working for a somewhat prominent clan up there, and given his ten year tenure there as a mercenary for them, he picked up the accent quite easily, unfortunately for him he also adopted some of their combat tactics, before he’d never used a shield, now he relies on it.

After his 10 years in Ireland, his lord was overthrown by a rival, who offered Gravel his next job, another stint on a ship. The man was very disreputable amongst the people, and despite Gravel knowing his reputation, the money was good, and he decided to take the job. He eventually gained the role of captain of the ship, worked his way through transporting cargo back and forth, gaining a reputation himself, and eventually decided he didn’t wish to be a hired gun, took the ship he was given by the Irish lord, and disappeared with his crew, which included the current Captain Jack Pearl.

After three more years he found Auria, wherein he landed, looked into getting into blacksmithing, a trade he’d worked in in his ten years in Ireland, and now works in the smithy in town, as a front for his true job. He is now working in the undercity in Auria, taking over the head position as slaver there, and trades quite often with Jack Pearl to help solidify his position as the worst person to cross in the undercity. His face has a nice fresh scar from a fight with Jack that he lies about in public, claiming it was a smithing accident, and a small bit of metal from their fight got into his left eye, leaving him temporarily blind, but the scar was permanent.. lending to his rough and tumble appearance.

Eden Stroganov

The Priestesses of Auria

This seems to be one of those subjects I never really insisted on, but I think it`s about the time to do it, first of all because I think that it would be very important for our Kingdom to really have some priestesses around. Why? Well, mostly because, besides being an interesting concept, magic was a very important part of day-to-day life in middle ages, and I am not talking now about the religious part was involved in it (Inquisition, the opposition of the Church and so on), mostly because Auria is considered to belong more to Eastern Europe, place in which, even today, the Pagan beliefs are very strong. And there was no Inquisition to stop it in Middle Ages. Yes, we try to keep a realistic line in our story here, but we avoided involving religion in it. I want to make it clear: we shall avoid, as much as possible, involve religion in this Priestesses matter, and will insist more on social and political matters that such powerful characters might take part in. There is one more thing I would like to mention: they WILL have a “religion”, if you can call it that way. A “religion” based on magical practices more, rather than real “gods”. And, again, we would prefer those practices be based on Eastern Europe legends and beliefs, rather than Wicca. But, anyway, they will not be very much different; maybe even a mix between Wicca and the Old World legends. Those details we shall fix together.

What do we expect from the Priestesses? Mostly to involve in the life of the Kingdom as much as they can and don`t forget they are feared and respected, and maybe even hated by the people. So I don`t say that would be an easy role to play, but it offers very good RP perspectives for sure. Also, be open minded! Auria is a place for adults, so adult activities might occur, even we talk about day-to-day life or involving magical practices. Let`s just say that the Priestesses won`t be very famous for their shy nature, and I do not refer about it in a strict sexual matter.

Anyone who is interested in playing this role please contact Eden Stroganov, Oskar Eliades or Rene Saarinen for further details! For more details about Old World legends and magic, contact Eden Stroganov.

And now, some pictures of the Priestesses Manor, on the Lezonia Isle, a place where they shall live, provided by the King himself.

                                                    ***ANNA UGAJIN***

Anna Ugajin’s grandmother, Gyrid, (the daughter of Princess Gunhilda of Wenden, the Slavic Viking princess and wife of Danish Viking King Sweyn I of Denmark) was the chief Druid priestess of Woden, in Othensberg on the Danish island of Samsø. Gyrid oversaw the worship and practice of Woden, which centered in ecstasy, even mantic states of fury or artistic inspiration. The beautiful Gyrid was seduced by Elegast, the Elf King, disguised as a black knight on a black horse. The handsome Elegast was an outcast vassal of Charlemagne, the famed Christian conquerer, and he lived in the enchanted forests of western Germany.

By Elegast, Gyrid bore a ravishingly beautiful daughter named Elverpige. She was a dark and mysterious woman, skilled in both the spells and charms from her Druid mother and the magic of her elfin father. As a passionate and alluring woman, who never aged, she became renowned and feared throughout Central and Eastern Europe for ensnaring men (and sometimes women) to satisfy her desire, jealousy or lust. Although the details are unclear, she apparently encountered a wandering Samurai, called Bushidō (武士道), meaning “Way of the Warrior-Knight.” Bushidō had been forced to flee Japan because of an affair with the daughter of the Shogun of the powerful Hōjō clan. The union of Elverpige and Bushidō resulted in the birth of a female child, whom Elverpige named Aanajh, the Ugajin (Ugajin, referencing the Japanese fertility goddess Ugajin). Shortly after birth of Aanajh, or Anna, as she was soon nicknamed, Bushidō was attacked and killed by the Shogun’s assassins, and the child was reared by her mother, who fled in her grief to the dark forests of Romania. Anna was taught there by her mother and her elfin companions of the forest the mystic and magic arts, which were her heritage. When Anna reached the age of accountability, desiring her to live as a human rather than elf, Elverpige gave her to Tamás Bolgár, who was a voivode (war leader) and King of the Gypsy Pharaoh’s People of Hungry. Anna’s adopted father doted on her, teaching her both the ways of war and combat, as well as the mysteries of the gypsy people. Unfortunately, as she blossomed into womanhood, Bolgár was killed in battle, while defending Casimir III, King of Poland.

Following her adopted father’s death, Anna wandered Europe for eleven years, aiding, by her magical or martial skills those who suffer at the hands of villainy, and wielding her grandmother’s and her mother’s fury on those who cause suffering. Although slim and lithe, reflecting her elfin and Japanese ancestry, she can become a furious and unreasonable woman when angered. There are even unsubstantiated stories of her taking heads as trophies, as was the ancient custom of the Druid followers of Woden. Thus, her charm and beauty belie her fierce and impulsive nature, which can turn deadly if she is offended. By the same token, her desires and passions can be equally intense, and there are stories of young men who have pursued her as companion but have found themselves so entranced by her tantalizing sensuality as to go insane.

Anna’s wandering has finally ended, having found a home in the Kingdom of Auria, as a newly bestowed Priestess, by edict of King Rene Saarinen. She is friendly and open of heart and soul to all who seek her aid or counsel, but do be warned – do not test her patience or her passion unless ye are prepared for the consequences of such a course of action. She is by birthright and training not a woman to be trifled with.

Many thanks to our model, Aloise!

Eden Stroganov