Great House Tempest
“Loyalty over Royalty”
Figurehead: Duchess Chelsea,
Temptress of House Tempest
Advisors: Vanessa Menzies & Keren Lenin
Province: Thunder Hills
Seat of Power: Blixt
House Trait: Loyalty
House Bonus: +2 Might in Hill Territory
Borderwars Alliance: Warriors of the West (2nd place)
National Allegiance: Royal Dominion
Current Territories and Standings
Historical Notes, prior to arriving in Everland:
If House Westwind is the steady force that sweeps down from the western mountains to extend its rule over all, it is House Tempest that violently tosses aside those who would oppose that rule. While small in size, this House produces some of the mightiest warriors in the Westwind armies. Utterly loyal to House Westwind, with no aspirations to rule, they are the perfect ally.
However their allegiance to House Westwind is far from their only defining feature. In their own right they are a highly civilized and wealthy house. This is in large part due to being situated on the south bank of the mighty river they call The Pulse, named so for being the very lifeblood of all Freehart. From this strategic location they control two of only three known crossings, allowing them to control trade and easily monitor the comings and goings of rival houses.
Loyal to House Westwind, House Tempest found itself suffering a similar fate during the Throne Wars after the defeat of the Westwind Alliance. However, the two Houses were reunited when both found themselves fighting under the banner of House Cavalier at the conclusion of the Throne War, saving some of the lost glory of their House. In the aftermath, when the River Pulse began to dry up, House Tempest came to the immediate defense of their ally when others accused House Westwind of ill intent. House Tempest has instead been vocal in claiming that the reckless occupation of House Highworth and the defilement of the great tree Galadhuin Ciul at the hands of House Wildbourne and Limrip is the source of what ails Freehart.
The Conquest of Everland
The downfall of Freehart was not kind to House Tempest and when they set sail along with the other houses, many thought that they would not survive the perilous journey across the seas. However, they not only survived the Crossing, they landed in Everland with a renewed spirit. Not unlike the other houses, House Tempest faced many dangers of Everland in their attempt to build anew, not realizing that giants inhabited this new land. In addition to House Wildbourne’s attempts at sabotage, the members of House Tempest faced many injuries and obstacles.
However, as part of the Royal Vanguard (an alliance with their longstanding allies House Westwind and newfound allies House Aurora), House Tempest was victorious in their part towards defeating the elements of Everland and gaining King Justin’s favor. They shone most in conquering the Isle of Mists where Lady Chelsea defied the bullies from House Wildbourne. They landed in Everland as a House with no standing but, with strength, bravery, and loyalty to House and King, became a Great House.
Historical Notes on House Tempest during the Borderwars
As a new Great House of Everland, House Tempest choose the Black hills as their new home, seeing the coal fields as a valuable resource in the years ahead. With their eyes set on the surrounding hill country, they named their new province Thunder Hills and built their capital city of Blixt with its back against the mountains.
Loyal to their brothers in House Westwind, they quickly became embroiled in the constant raids and border skirmishes with House Onyx and Spartan. Seeking to minimize their number of enemies House Tempest wisely sought friendship with House Ragewater, sharing the northern foothills with them in relative peace.
Five years after the Conquest of Everland was complete, a feud erupted between House Cavalier and House Limrip. This set off a chain of events that resulted in the exposure of a grand deception regarding King Justin’s reclusiveness since landing 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.
With Everland gripped in political upheaval, House Tempest found itself struggling to survive. Though the might of their armies was considerable, their enemies struck at them from shadows, attacking their livestock and burning their crops, only to fade away before their might could be brought to bear. With no King to keep the peace, they realized that they needed strong leadership to survive.
When the Grand Duchess of House Aurora rose to power and proposed an alliance, House Tempest followed their brothers in House Westwind in accepting the offer, pledging to fight alongside House Aurora. So was born the Warriors of the West, a formidable alliance pairing the strength of the Westwind and Tempest armies with the brilliant leadership of Grand Duchess Jordan.
With new found confidence, House Tempest attacked an unsuspecting House Ragewater, claiming the Shoulder Hills as their own. But that confidence was quickly shattered when their enemies in House Onyx and Spartan formed an alliance of their own with House Cavalier, the so called “free peoples” alliance of Spartonvlier. Inciting revolt throughout territories belonging to the Warriors of the West, the Spartonvlier alliance proved to be an insidious foe, even going so far as to capture and destroy the capital city of House Tempest’s ancient ally, House Westwind. As further insult House Onyx, desecrated the statues honoring the ancient line of Westwind Kings, the very Kings that House Tempest had loyally served and protected for generations.
However, in that dark moment was born new hope, for, appalled at the dishonorable behaviour of its ally, House Cavalier switched sides. In that 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 Warriors of the West seized the opportunity to reclaim much of what had been lost.
The tides have turned, and now the Warriors of the West stand as a close rival to the Eastern Empire in both land and deed. With no King in Everland, House Tempest yearns for the rule of noble blood. As House Westwind makes no claim of its own, the loyal House Tempest will place its considerable might behind the claim of the Grand Duchess of House Aurora. Let her enemies tremble before the storm of House Tempest.