“Swift as the Raging Water”
Figurehead: Grand Poppa Aidan
Advisors: Steven Egege & Alex Greco
Seat of Power: The Wu
House Trait: Valor
House Bonus: +2 Might in Hill Territory
Borderwars Alliance: Eastern Empire (1st place)
National Allegiance: Eastern Empire
Current Territories and Standings
Historical Notes, prior to arriving in Everland:
In the north the waters run cold and strong, tumbling down from the mountains and raging through the foothills, until finally settling as they spill out across the tundra known as the Frozen Wastes. It is from these waters that House Ragewater is said to be born. Cold and courageous, they know that the waters will always flow and that none can hope to stand in their way; even going so far as to turn those very waters against their enemies.
So assured in their own victory, their confidence is a boon to any that fight alongside them and an unyielding frustration to those that fight against them. Foremost among those who know just how self-assured House Ragewater can be, despite even the reality of having been defeated on several occasions, are their ancient enemies House Flamewright, House Stonefist, and the Great House Westwind.
This deep lying animosity is said to have begun in ancient times, when these four Houses gained supremacy over all others. However their attempt to rule as one failed and House Westwind eventually sought to set itself above the others, and so the four houses fell to fighting amongst themselves for the right to rule. As they quarreled their alliance fell to ruin around them, leaving each house forever marked by its passing. Still today, they blame each other for their own downfall, for all but House Westwind never truly recovered from those dark days. And so there can never be peace between them.
In the early days of the Throne War, when many believed they had a claim to the throne it was House Ragewater who stood above the rest. During this time an uncanny friendship developed between the Northern House of Ragewater and Southern House of Leoness. Together, with the help of House Evergreen, they very nearly won the throne. Though they rode to the Battle of Four Armies in a position of power rivaled only by the savage Wildbourne Alliance, they would leave with their forces decimated, when the soon to become King Justin of House Cavalier rallied the failing armies of the Wildbourne Alliance to steal victory out from under House Ragewater.
Rather than being conscripted into fighting under the banners of those you defeated them, House Ragewater and House Leoness fled into the wilderness in defiance. This proved to be a wise choice for House Ragewater, allowing them time to regroup and rebuild their forces, even going so far as to make as to make one last attempt for the Throne during the Kingsmoot. But their earlier defeat had weakened their positon among the other Houses and ultimately they had to admit defeat. But their resilience and defiance in the face of defeat, and their undeniable valor on the battlefield garner them great respect even now. Many believe that the fighting heart of House Ragewater, demonstrated so clearly during the Throne War, may very well prove to allow House Ragewater to endure even as the Houses around them fall prey to a dying land.
Conquest of Everland
An ancient and valorous House, Ragewater defied the odds and survived the perilous journey from Freehart to Everland. The same could not be said for their old rivals, House Flamewright and Stonefist. Now House Ragewater has only one of it’s ancient enemies remaining, House Westwind. Perhaps this is what drove them to build temporary alliances with other houses, choosing to fight together against the perils facing them in Everland. However, their strength failed them when faced with the Giants of Everland, for they found themselves least among all Houses when the Conquest was complete.
Historical Notes on House Ragewater during the Borderwars
Least among all the Houses of Everland, House Ragewater was given the scraps of land remaining in the far north. But ever at home among rugged hills and raging rivers, this suited them well enough. Here they founded the province of Krakenland, choosing to build the capital city, the Wu, around the remains of one of the Giant’s Watchtowers.
With no advisors surviving the Crossing, survival in this new land was a struggle. Their new Grand Papa Aidan was inexperienced and unsure of himself in the political arena, bouncing from one alliance to the next, never sure who he could trust, always trying to appease all parties.
In a bid to gain the trust and allegiance of House Ragewater, the Beasts from the East offered up the wealth of the Ironwood Forest. Though allied with House Evergreen, the rightful owners of the forest, the Beasts from the East claimed that House Evergreen was using its vast wealth to trade with rival houses. Though forbidden by the King to occupy lands belonging to another House, the Beasts planned to use a local peasant revolt as an excuse to seize the Ironwood Forest and hand it to House Ragewater.
The promise of wealth was too great a prize to pass up and so, House Ragewater betrayed House Evergreen. The ensuing conflict drew in armies from across Everland, including the Southern Houses of Cavalier, Solaris and Phoenix. Ragewater won the day, but in doing so forever poisoned their relationship with House Evergreen, driving them into the waiting arms of an alliance with the South.
This was only the beginning of a much larger conflict, for not long after it was uncovered that the King’s own House of Cavalier had incited a peasant revolt in House Limrip territory. This set off a chain of events that at long last revealed the truth about King Justin’s absence in Everland. 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.
Seeing the opportunity to finally establish their own empire under the Eastern Empress, the Beasts from the East declared their independence from the rule of false Kings, asking House Ragewater to join their Eastern Empire. Some in House Ragewater questioned the decision to join, but it proved wise when a former friend and ally in House Tempest invaded and occupied the Shoulder Hills without provocation, a puppet to the strategic masterminds of House Cavalier and Spartan.
Some say this is when Grand Papa Aidan came into his own as the leader of House Ragewater. Cutting their losses in the Shoulder Hills, he drove House Ragewater to fully embrace the Eastern Empire. With their help, House Ragewater was able to conquer two thirds of House Evergreen’s forest home and burned their capital city of Timberhold to the ground, bringing them to the brink of extinction.
From the least of all Houses to first among them, when the other Alliances united against the Eastern Empire in the final year of the Borderwars, House Ragewater was a prime target. They suffered considerable losses, losing their capital city to House Tempest. However, the Giant’s Watchtower that the city was built around proved to be their salvation. While the invaders foolishly celebrated a premature victory, House Ragewater rallied its forces within the tower and staged a counter attack to retake the city.
With its capital secured once more, House Ragewater stands ready to join their allies as they strike back at House Tempest and any foe that dares stand against the Eastern Empire.