“Wind, unquenchable, eternal”
Figurehead: Duke _________,
Lord Commander of House Westwind
Advisors: Lucas Dorozio & Sam Alexander
Seat of Power: none, formerly Windspire
House Trait: Valor
House Bonus: +1 Might & Civilization 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:
Sophisticated and civilized, House Westwind has long held power in these lands. As such they are often referred to as one of the Great Houses of Freehart. Strong, brave and tenacious, they are respected even by those who call them enemies. They are warriors without peer, who fight with the fury of the wind itself.
House Westwind has the distinction of being the only House to ever unite the endlessly warring factions of these lands and rule over them as King. The first to rule among the Westwind Kings was King Ivan, known as the First King. However he passed on without an heir, sparking a long and brutal period in our history, known as the Clash of the Clans.
This was brought to a climactic end by King Mitchell the Just, perhaps the most famous Westwind King to ever rule. In the final battle of the Clash of Clans he personally took to the field with his armies, defeating his rivals and earning the fealty of his enemies after laying them low. His reign was long and prosperous, and he was known to be a man of honor who ruled justly over all Houses, not merely his own.
If King Mitchell was famous, then King Lucas was infamous. His story begins shortly after King Mitchell, at the height of his power, mysteriously vanished, leaving a vacant throne. In those days, King Lucas was not a king at all, but rather a simple elder from one of the Hill Tribes in the Westerlands. However when the fabled Thousand Moon Turn Curse struck Freehart, he saw his chance for greatness.
At the onset of the curse a tribe of forest dwellers, that once flourished in these lands, was almost wiped out by terrifying creatures of the night. In the ensuing chaos and panic, Elder Lucas gathered together his tribesmen and laid claim to the Westwind Throne, bringing about the true ending to what should have been a glorious dynasty under King Mitchell.
To his credit, King Lucas fought fiercely to prevent his tribe and new subjects of House Westwind from suffering the same fate as the massacred Forest tribe and he was ever after known as King Lucas the Fierce. However, in so fiercely seeing to his own, he dishonoured the memory of King Mitchell. Old alliances crumbled, pledges were broken, and after a tumultuous reign that ended in his own exile, the Kingship was lost and the Westwind Throne has sat empty ever since.
Despite this, House Westwind still rules not as Monarch, but rather simply as the predominant and most successful House among many. Their influence, both economic and political, still holds sway throughout most of Freehart. However it is not enough to truly claim the throne. From their seat of power in the West, with their backs set against the strength of the mountains, they do their best to maintain order and peace. Yet, despite their best efforts, their influence is waning and malcontent has become common place.
Maintaining a position of power for so long has garnered House Westwind some measure of ill will over the years from those that would not be ruled. While many of the Great Houses can be counted among the growing list of prominent Houses that openly defy House Westwind, it is House Flamewright, House Stonefist, and House Ragewater that truly wish to see the utter destruction of 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, 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.
The Throne War were not kind to House Westwind. Ever seeing themselves as the rightful rulers of Freehart, they made an early bid for the throne only to suffer crushing defeat. House Westwind then went on to fight under the banner of House Onyx, only to be defeated a second time. It wasn’t until the last days of the war that House Westwind finally succeeded through its support behind the rising star of House Cavalier. Though they ended the war on the winning side, recovering some of the lost prestige of their house, it was not enough to maintain their title as a Great House of Freehart.
To make matters worse for House Westwind, several years later when the River Pulse began to dry up, many of the Houses cast accusations upon House Westwind, claiming they had blocked the river at its source to hold the rest of Freehart ransom out of spite for their lost glory. In truth, no house relies upon the River Pulse more than House Westwind. However, as the ailing Houses of Freehart struggle to survive, it may be difficult to convince them otherwise.
Conquest of Everland
One of the oldest houses, it comes as no surprise that House Westwind survived the journey to Everland. To their benefit, two of their oldest enemies perished in the journey and their loyal allies, House Tempest, survived. Along with Tempest, and new allies in House Aurora, the Royal Vanguard was able to conquer much of Everland in the name of King Justin.
Together, they put forth a valiant effort to push past the giants guard towers and establish a foothold in their lands. When two giants were slain during a daring night time mission, it was determined that House Westwind, along with House Wildbourne were responsible for their deaths. While the two houses did not work together, this was a great victory for old Freehart and King Justin.
Despite their earlier victories however, House Westwind and the Royal Vanguard suffered heavy loses in the final battle against the Colossus, Lord of Giants. As the commanders of the Royal Vanguard, House Westwind bore the brunt of the King’s displeasure at their performance and they were denied the status of a Great House of Everland. However, they are delighted that their loyal ally House Tempest was acknowledged as a Great House and that their other victories brought great honour to King Justin.
Historical Notes on House Westwind during the Borderwars
The rugged glens on the Western shore of Everland reminded House Westwind of their old home in Everland and, as such, they were happy to settle there. Calling their new province the Westerlands, they laid the foundation for the Windspire, a grand city from which to rule their people.
As fate would have it, an old rival settled in the nearby Dalelands. House Westwind and House Onyx immediately fell into conflict with one another, mocking House Onyx by dubbing their province the Dairylands. Though House Onyx embraced the name, they did not ignore the slight. Conflict erupted on all fronts, with House Tempest joining the fray on the side of Westwind and House Spartan joining their ally House Onyx. A bitter rivalry was born that would shape Everland for years to come.
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.
On the battlefield the valor of House Westwind was unquestionable and their armies a force to be reckoned with. But at home they lacked governance and, as a result, found themselves time and again to be on the losing side of the conflicts gripping Everland. 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 Westwind gladly accepted, pledging its warriors to fight alongside House Aurora. So was born the Warriors of the West, a formidable alliance pairing the strength of the Westwind armies with the brilliant leadership of Grand Duchess Jordan.
The Warriors of the West saw early gains as they consolidated their forces, allowing House Westwind to finally claim the western half of the Dalelands from their old enemy House Onyx. However, House Onyx pushed back with an alliance of its own, the so called “free peoples” alliance of Spartonvlier. The Western Dalelands revolted against House Westwind, and the Spartonvlier alliance laid siege to the Windspire. Though House Westwind fought bravely, they were outnumbered and overwhelmed. To avenge perceived wrongs at the hands of House Westwind, House Onyx destroyed the city and desecrated the statues honoring the ancient line of Westwind Kings, drowning their remains in milk as a further insult. All seemed lost for House Westwind, until a bizarre twist of fate.
Appalled at the dishonorable behaviour of House Onyx following the siege of the Windspire, House Cavalier switched sides. 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 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 Westwind yearns for the rule of noble blood. With its own line of kings long severed, they now look to the Grand Duchess of House Aurora to rule. The blood and valor of House Westwind will make it so.