“Our beauty and dignity will stand the test of time”
Figurehead: Grand Duchess Jordan,
Shield Maiden of House Aurora
Advisors: Lora Cooper & Manoah Smith
Seat of Power: Schnitzelholme
House Trait: Dignity
House Bonus: +2 Might in Plains Territory
Borderwars Alliance: Warriors of the West (2nd place)
National Allegiance: Royal Dominion
Current Territories and Standings
Historical Notes, prior to arriving in Everland:
Artists, poets and dreamers; these are the lifeblood of House Aurora. They are a jovial people, quick to extent the hand of friendship and always willing to treat others with respect. Among their ranks exists a secret society of women soldiers; the Shield Maidens of House Aurora, drawn from all vocations and walks of life. They ride to battle on beautiful black horses, whose manes are tied with bright colored ribbons to match those braided into the Shield Maidens own hair. They ride to battle in armor polished to shine like purest silver, and the sight of them charging across the battlefield is said to be breathtaking to behold. They do not speak, nor raise the visors of their magnificent helms, and thus their true identity remains a mystery until they are bested in combat; though this seldom occurs.
Proud and dignified, the Shield Maidens of House Aurora rode to many a victory during the Throne War, often alongside their Knightly brothers of House Cavalier. Despite this, their disposition towards quiet dignity has left House Aurora somewhat removed from the politics of Freehart. While this has spared them many troubles in the past, it now has the potential to prove disastrous. For as the kingdom plunges into famine and despair, the Great Houses of Freehart see first to the needs of their closest and most vocal allies. Faced with a world in change around them, House Aurora must learn to adapt in order to survive. But can they do so while staying true to who they are?
The Conquest of Everland
Surviving the Crossing from Old Freehart to the unexplored shores of Everland, House Aurora had no choice but to adapt to survive. While reluctant to move away from their disposition of quiet dignity, upon their arrival, House Aurora decided it could not continue to remain removed from the politics among the Houses. Their alliance with House Evergreen was short lived but led to a more fruitful alliance with Houses Tempest and Westwind.
Together their forces, dubbed the Royal Vangaurd, were given the honor as acting as the tip of King Justin’s spear in the Conquest of Everland. They also combined forces with House Tempest to pursue revenge on House Wildbourne for their terrorizing actions. With the giants defeated and the new land awaiting their settlement, will the Shield Maidens be able to return to their previous way of life or has this new land and circumstances forever left it’s mark upon them?
Historical Notes on House Aurora during the Borderwars
Though selecting their lands later than most Houses, House Aurora managed to claim the fertile farmlands known as the Fields of Plenty. Here they established the city of Schnitzelholme, in the province of Schqenaywa.
Despite the potential of their new lands to easily provide for their people, there was disarray in the leadership of House Aurora and crops were not planted. The early years of House Aurora’s settlement in Everland were marked by hunger and open revolt among the common folk. Amidst this chaos, further disaster struck House Aurora.
A strong supporter of King Justin during the Throne Ways, House Aurora was shocked when the grand deception regarding King Justin’s reclusiveness since landing in Everland was finally exposed. High ranking members of House Cavalier had conspired with House Castellan to cover up the loss of King Justin during the Crossing. King Justin of Everland was a lie.
With no King to follow and turmoil throughout their own lands, House Aurora seemed destined to be swallowed up by its foes. However, in their most desperate hour a woman of noble birth stepped forward, the Grand Duchess Jordan. She took charge of her House and set it on the path to future glory.
Under her guidance, House Aurora made common cause with Houses Westwind and Tempest, proposing a grand alliance of their three Houses to stand against the aggression of House Spartan and Onyx. So was formed the Warriors of the West. Lacking strong leadership of their own, command of the Alliance was given to the Grand Duchess.
Though they saw early gains as they consolidated their forces, House Spartan pushed back with an alliance of its own, the so called “free peoples” alliance of Spartonvlier. While the Warriors of the West saw this upstart alliance as a pack of cowardly troublemakers, the Grand Duchess underestimated General Schroeder, commander of the Spartonvlier alliance. This resulted heavy losses in the waning years of the Borderwars, losing not only her own palace when Schnitzelholme was occupied by House Spartan, but also seeing her Westwind ally’s capital desecrated and reduced to ruins.
However, in a bizarre twist of fate, House Cavalier switched sides, appalled at the dishonorable behaviour of its Spartonvlier allies. In the same year, General Schroeder of House Spartan raised the alarm towards the threat posed to all Everland from the rising power of the Eastern Empire. With the might of House Cavalier joining with their own, and much of Everland’s attention focused eastward, the Grand Duchess seized the opportunity to reclaim much of what had been lost.
Though the schemes of the Spartonvlier alliance have cut the Warriors of the West off from one another, they yet stand as a close rival to the Eastern Empire in both land and deed. With no King in Everland, perhaps it is now time for the Grand Duchess of House Aurora to proclaim the Warriors of the West as sovereign nation, consolidating their lands and proving to all that the Grand Duchess has won the right to rule her domain.