sonder autumn 1710
Royal Court

Crown Succession
King Adamh
Current king instituted by parliament
Exiled Prince Jacob
Heir to the throne prior to exile

The following are all royals embroiled in this game of thrones. All important figures within the court are NPCs with defined personalities. The site-wide plot (SWP) revolves around who claims the throne and every choice you make will impact the events that unfold. Three years of content have already been developped along with branching paths to accomodate the successes and failures of each political party as they try to make a grab for the crown.

Queen Aileen

Known for being both stern and fair, Aileen was—and is—a popular matriarch. Though a tad humorless, she always oversaw a forum of both nobles and commoners. A champion of the working class, she has always been a favorite of the peasants and soldiers. Unfortunately, this caused her to be seen as an anomaly at court. Nobles and merchants found her obstinate when faced with their interests and therefore conspired to turn the tides against her. When she sought her divorce, they leaped at the chance to oust her from her throne, an insult that Aileen will never forget. After failing in her attempted rebellion, she has fallen quiet and none have seen her since.

The story begins with Aileene in exile for the last two years. In Highlander tradition, she could seek a divorce. In Mainlander tradition, she could not. She used her power as queen to seek an annulment of the marriage under highlander tradition—which opened a loophole for powerful members of the parliament to accuse her of showing favoritism and negating the values of the treaty. After 1 years in exile, she gathered up an army from the Highlanders and Lowlanders. Their rebellion ended in flames. A russet woman with green eyes. Iron-handed, Bold, Borderline Arrogant, Fair

Prince Jacob
As a boy, Jacob was known for his strong spirit and seemingly blithe personality. Charming and athletic, he appeared to have all of the skills of a desirable crown prince. He took after his mother and was closer with her than his aging father, King Elijah. Though the boy was not keen on enduring all of his lessons, he was preciously attached to the title of "King" which was his birthright... until his mother sought a divorce and was accused of treason. One night he was playfighting with other noble sons, the next he was on the run and hurrying to foreign territory. He became a bitter boy, one prone to violence, and he grew into a bitter man. Jacob has a fiery temper and a merciless sense of justice.

The story begins with Jacob exiled and living, secretly, within an undisclosed location in the outerlands. He believes that he is the rightful heir to the throne and that his mother’s sister, Daphne (who changed her name upon marriage to her husband Adamh) is an imposter and a deviant. After 2 bitter years spent enduring failure, Jacob is mounting forces to take back the throne. A man of gold and cream fur with yellow eyes. Volatile disposition, rash but bold, strong motivational speaker

King Adamh
A noble man, son of one of the officials in parliament, that sought to practice law. He grew up in the mainland and attended private studies as do most aristocratic children. The thought of becoming king never occurred to him, much less under the pretenses upon which he suddenly found himself standing. Aileen's exile suddenly thrust succession on her unsuspecting sister, and Daphne had been the object of his fancy for little over a year at that point. His proposal had been accepted, their engagement announced, when his betrothed was thrust into the throne. He was accepted as the new king with little complaint. After all, most members of parliament thought he would be easily coerced and controlled.

The story begins with Adamh on the throne. He is wary of the state of the union but believes that, despite the rocky start to his rule, that he can find peace. He would have offered that Aileene and Jacob stay within the court but was advised to send them into exile. He loves his wife, Daphne, but is being pressured to find a consort and a “more suitable bride.” A coastal man with blue eyes. Kind, lover of the arts and sciences, a tad impressionable

Queen Daphne
Unlike her sister, Daphne has never been fond of war or battle or grime or dirt. She much preferred to stay within the safety of home and watch the flowers grow. While she is not one to lift a hand to hurt another, nor is she too terribly eager to help. Her ideal is a peaceful day in which nothing more exciting happens than a hummingbird's appearance in her garden. As such, Daphne has a habit of taking the side of least resistance. After the treaty, she went to live with her sister in Castle Stuart. It was too exhausting to field the glances of wary Mainlanders, so she changed her name and converted to their culture. She was against Aileen's divorce from the start, but of course her fiery sister would never listen. Now, Daphne is the Queen... though to be honest, she hates the role. Public speaking makes her squeamish and she avoids most royal affairs.

The story begins with Daphne as the current owner of the throne, albeit in the more diminutive sense as her husband, Adamh, conducts most policy arrangements. Once had a Highlander name but, embarrassed by her culture, she switched her name to Daphne which allowed her to court a handsome and powerful husband. She has had trouble conceiving and has heard rumors that Adamh may be considering a consort. A woman with rich brown fur and blue eyes. Materialistic, Opportunistic, Fanciful, Hopeless Romantic

Lord of the flies, prophet of the pillagers, royal of the local riffraff. He, or she, or they, serves as the undisputed leader of the Thieves' Guild. Though few know of their identity, Rook's word is always enacted swiftly and without fault. Or, at least, those that err quickly go missing. None know of Rook's true motivations and few are ever likely to learn the truth. Do they support the king? A different ruler? A figurehead that is incapable of cracking down on the crime which Rook avidly orchestrates? It is hard to say, and those that speculate often misplace their tongues. A shame really, Rook would be most interesting to have over for dinner. One thing is for certain though: whether a monstrous mob boss or a Puck-like imp, Rook is a little shit.

The story begins with Rook having fallen silent since the last rebellion.

A new shadowy figure within this political quagmire. Though none know of her, she is adept at spreading her views via word of mouth. Most popular with teachers and nurses, Voice advocates for free speech and democracy. She preaches that all within Rionnach are sisters and brothers and that every voice is equal. Leaving politics up to blood—or chance as she calls it—is foolish when so many lives are at stake. Though few are willing to admit that they agree with her unorthodox ideas, it's starting to seep into the fabric of Rionnachian society and take root.

She appeared soon after the dust settled on Aileen's failed rebellion. Tales spread of how Aileen, while a good ruler, wasted precious life on a useless crown. Adamh's fitness was questioned, yet out of sympathy for the role forced upon him. Could we not be free of the crown? She asked this question and more. Leader of the Voxi party, Voice is advocating for change by starting with hearts and minds.