Vilnia: The Regency War
It is June, in the year 1290 of Ajora. War looms in the Kingdom of Vilnia.
King Bestrald I has died tragically, pitched from his horse in a hunting accident in the snowy wastes of Hafgang, where he was visiting his vassal, Casta Bolvangar, the Count of Herzol, with his sons. The infant Prince Parne is left to ascend to the throne at the tender age of six years. The young heir and his junior brother, Prince Timert, are being held under the 'protection' of Count Casta in the remote fastness of Herzol Castle, to the far north-east of Vilnia.
Back in the capital, the now-widowed Queen Cletienne, who had not accompanied the royal visit, petitions Count Casta for the return of her offspring. However, animosity between House Bolvangar and that of the Queen's brother, Emory Riovanes; Count of Eagrose, has made Casta unwilling to surrender his prize to the clutches of the Queen's ambitious family. Casta declares himself Regent on behalf of the young king, and organises a hasty coronation in Dorvauld.
Thwarted by the opportunity to establish a regency of their own, Count Emory and Queen Cletienne widely defame Casta's acts as treasonous and unlawful. Mustering his levies, Count Emory marches to the capital, where he calls upon Confessor Artiver to declare the coronation obsolete, and for his fellow Counts to march alongside him against Casta and his allies. Meanwhile, Count Casta calls upon his own allies and uses the young king to summon aid to put down Count Emory's 'rebellion', assembling a host in the northern Balor foothills.
The two forces march along the river Glanzen towards one another, meeting at Dog's ford on the 21st June, where on the first day of Summer, the great lords of each side meet to parley.
Greetings all, after spending many years away from Roleplayer Guild, I'm here once more with a new profile, and a new RP idea
What is the setting?
If you've read the introduction, you'll have worked out that Vilnia is a kingdom in an alternative medieval low-fantasy setting, inspired by everything from Westeros, to Calradia, to Ivalice. It is a suitably grim world of ignorance, intolerance, violence and a large poverty gap between peasantry and nobility, and where women are considered inferior to men (but can still wield great influence). Magic and other 'high-fantasy' elements are absent from this RP, but that does not mean all Vilnians do not believe in them.
The setting has been fully fleshed out by yours truly, including background on the kingdom, religion and the regions of Vilnia. However, part of the concept for this RP is that everyone has the opportunity to add to the setting.
The RP revolves around the civil war between the protagonists of the major noble families of Vilnia for the regency of young King Parne II, and thereby rule of the entire kingdom. However, as with any civil war, it is an opportunity for many to seize lands or power, or to pursue vendettas or vengeance. The aim of the RP is to create a rich fantasy world where the world grows as the RP progresses through all its participant's contribution, and to weave a compelling and rich storyline. As such, participants can control more than one character from their own faction/
What's your role?
If this tickles your fancy, as a participant in the RP, you will play the patriarch of a noble family, a Count. You can also control 1-3 additional characters in that house's service of any persuasion, but they can have separate, even conflicting agendas with your main character. The aim is to construct a good story, not to win.
The story opens with the parley between Count Casta and Count Emory and their supporters at the Dog's Ford, and your main character will be present as an ally on one side or the other. Beyond that, however, the story will evolve as the RP dictates, and there is glaring potential for others to rise to contest the regency beyond the initial antagonists.
Are there rules?
Yes, due to the unusual nature of this RP (multiple characters, faction control) there are some special rules to keep the roleplay flowing nicely. But those can be saved for an OOC thread.
Is there a map?
Yes! There are two maps, a geographical and political map, created using Hexographer. The geographical map below shows the regions and natural features of Vilnia, while the political one shows its towns and cities and areas controlled by the various Houses (including yours). The latter is updated as new participants join the RP, battles are fought, and territory changes hands.
How do I get involved?
Right here! I'm looking for five more people to launch the RP. Please feel free to express your interest here if you would like to participate, or ask any questions you might have!