Emperors of Regalia
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There have been 13 Emperors in total in the entire history of Regalia, all the way from 6 AC until the present day, just over 300 years. While Emperors rule absolute and with religious primacy during their lives, their divine nature passes on to their successor upon death as only the sitting Emperor may be considered divine, being the vessel of the Imperial Spirit. As such, a movement known as Imperial Revisionism exists in Regalia which goes into great lengths to review the works of past Emperors in a less religiously biased manner to establish whether they were good or bad Emperors in light of Unionism and the fate of the Regalian Empire. Over the span of three hundred years, the Emperors have varied greatly in virtue and vice. Regalia has seen capable Emperors such as Allestrain or Theomar, but also horrible rulers like Emperor Justinian the First as well as the passing of the Imperial lineage from the Ivrae de Sange to the Kade Dynasty following the act of succession.This page presents an honest review of the Emperors without religious or historical bias, with information presented through credible sources and factual events.
- 1 Holy Emperor Theomar the First
- 2 Courageous Emperor Leomar the First
- 3 Vigilant Emperor Leomar the Second
- 4 Honorable Emperor Henri the First
- 5 Hedonistic Emperor Henri the Second
- 6 Blessed Emperor Henri the Third
- 7 Witful Emperor Allamaria the First
- 8 Virtuous Emperor Handorien the First
- 9 Strong Emperor Allestrain the First
- 10 Unfortunate Emperor Justinian the First
- 11 Righteous Emperor Justinian the Second
- 12 Scholarly Emperor Alexander the First
- 13 Champion Emperor Cedromar the First
Holy Emperor Theomar the First
Emperor Theomar the First, whose common name was Thulric Ivrist, was the first Emperor of Regalia and a Proto-Regalian in culture. Theomar ruled from 6 AC until his death in the year 61 AC. Theomar married four wives, Guinevere the Pure, Celeest the Beauty, Allaïs the Seamstress and Anna the Strong. He had an issue with all of his wives save for Anna the Strong, his oldest son Leomar becoming the next Emperor. Leomar had two further sisters Eola and Veeola who married into House Kade and van Sherburne respectively, and a younger brother Henryck who died without issue. Theomar is best remembered in a positive light for being the Emperor who established the faith of Unionism and is usually used as a bar by which to measure later Emperors in terms of piety and connection to the Imperial Spirit. Theomar, as such, is by far the most famous Emperor though later Emperors have certainly begun to eclipse him in achievement. Revisionist views of Theomar see him as an Emperor very much devoted to his own personality cult who took great pride and pleasure in becoming a religious head. While he is still universally praised for bringing the gospel of Unionism to the Ailor people, he is generally also viewed as having cautiously abused the Imperial Spirit’s blessing to create a court designed to please him, meaning the rule of the Empire at large was delegated to the Kade Chancellors instead. In general, Emperor Theomar is still seen as a good Emperor, chiefly because he played an important role in the Five Family Rebellion and the creation of Unionism, even if in the majority of his rule afterwards he retreated to the interior of the Imperial Castle and made only religious proclamations to the point where no one really knows what he looked like anymore. The most common reminders of his visage are statues which are all extremely varied in their portrayals of the Emperor, implying that Regalian sculptors simply made statues based on the assumption of how he appeared. The only thing that is absolutely known about his appearance was that he had jet black hair, blue eyes and was very tall, 6’6 feet in fact.
Courageous Emperor Leomar the First
Courageous Emperor Leomar the First, whose common name was Leo Ivrae, was the second Emperor of Regalia and a Proto-Regalian in culture. Leomar ruled from 61 AC until his death in the year 73 AC. He was married to a single wife, Adelais the Gentle, of which he fathered numerous children with, most notably Lancelin who would become Leomar the Second. The other siblings of Lancelin achieved little of note and did not spawn any cadet branches. Leomar is also knownas the last Proto-Regalian Emperor, being succeeded by his son Lancelin who was brought up in the Ithanian culture by his mother.Leomar is best remembered in a positive light for being a Martial Emperor who waged numerous wars against the fledgeling Regalian Kingdoms situated on the southern borders of his newly-established Empire. That being said, his prestige and fame should not be overstated as his deeds were later overshadowed by the reign of Allestrain as well as Justinian the Second.Furthermore, he is also credited for his creation of the Regalian Navy and establishing its branches for the protection of the Empire. Revisionist views of Emperor Leomar, however, see him as an overconfident Emperor who began a chain of events that would lead to seventy years of devastating conflicts between the Regalian Empire and the Skagger Hordes. While Regalia was the undisputed authority in the Archipelago at the time, the wars between the Skagger Hordes and the fledgeling Empire drained the resources of both for several decades and cost the lives of tens of thousands of Ailor who fought an entrenched war over a barren patch of land that was of no strategic value. Leomar was so overconfident in the military superiority of the Empire at the time that he threw caution to the wind. Generally, Emperor Leomar the First is still very much adored by captains and admirals of the modern Regalian Navy due to his parentage of their craft. He is also remembered for being a pious and uniquely public figure, spending much of his time on open fairs and public engagements that led to his image being well seen by the people of Regalia. He is remembered as having the same traits as his father, jet black hair and sky blue eyes while being shorter in stature.
Vigilant Emperor Leomar the Second
Vigilant Emperor Leomar the Second, whose common name was Lancelin Ivrae, was the third Emperor of Regalia and an Ithanian in culture. Leomar the Second ruled from 73 AC until his death in the year 79 AC, another Emperor who ruled only for a short time due to the extreme length of Theomar’s life and rule. Leomar the Second married three wives, Attenaïs the Virtuous, Alaïs the Weaver and Malaire the Painter. He produced only a single son, being Henrîche who would later inherit the throne as Henri the First. Leomar the Second was a relatively unknown Emperor who ventured little and gained little during his rule. In many ways, Leomar the Second is seen as a stable continuation of Leomar the First’s policies and in many ways, scholars often group both Leomars together when it comes to a historical review. His short rule was overshadowed by the Skagger Wars, and he was often occupied with resolving financial burdens placed upon the Empire during the reign of his father. As such, revisionist views see Leomar the second as an irrelevant Emperor who did little to nothing to further the cause of Unionism. As such, there is also no further conclusion to be tied to this Emperor. He is generally seen as the least known and least loved Emperor, simply because he did so little throughout his reign.
Honorable Emperor Henri the First
Honorable Emperor Henri the First, whose common name was Henrîche Ivrae de Sange, was the fourth Emperor of Regalia and an Ithanian in culture. Henri was the first Emperor to be born outside of the Regalian Crown Isle due to a scare by the invading Skagger Hordes, having thus been born in the Ithanian homeland of Vixhall. He ruled from 79 AC until his death in the year 121 AC. Emperor Henri never formally married, though that is not to say that he did not keep mistresses, they were just never formally confirmed as Empresses. The names and relevancies of these women, though he did set the precedent that heirs produced out of wedlock to Emperors would still be legal heirs and did not need to be legitimized. As such, his heir Henrîche the Second was born from a mistress whose name has been long forgotten. Honorable Emperor Henri gained his epithet for being a Knight Emperor, though the term should not be mistaken to mean that he actually engaged in warfare himself. Henri was raised as a Viridian Knight, having a number of Elders make an exception to the training at their home castle to train him within the Imperial Palace. He was as such brought up in the order and was reported to be decently skilled as a Knight. He never saw actual combat however and stayed far away from the battlefield. During his reign, he gave the Viridian Knights substantial power within the Regalian Empire as both city and Imperial Guard. Revisionist views of Henri the First chastise him for delivering so much power into the hands of the Viridian Order, citing that it led to a near coup against the Empire. A year after his death, a number of Viridian Knights revolted against the rule of Henri the Second whose intention was to limit the charter rights of Knights. This coup led to him doing away with their rights entirely, but the simple fact that it took place at all was blamed on Henri the First for playing with the knights like his personal toys in shining armor and not respecting the reality of them being political players with sharp weapons and a will of their own. As a result, Henri the First is typically remembered for having been an idle Emperor more worried about the shining qualities of his armor than the state of the Empire. He was woefully naive towards the political implications of his actions and played a system of court favoritism that inevitably caused a lot of damage to the Empire’s reputation in the decades that follow.
Hedonistic Emperor Henri the Second
Hedonistic Emperor Henri the Second, whose common name was Henrîche le deuxième Ivrae de Sange, was the fifth Emperor of Regalia and an Ithanian in culture. Emperor Henri the Second ruled from 121 AC until his death in the year 122 AC, ruling for less than 340 days before his mysterious demise. There is nothing good to be said about Emperor Henri the Second, both in terms of his performance as Emperor or within his personal life. Even before his ascension, Henri was a hedonist who expanded the Effleur Estate of the Imperial Palace and hired a rough sum of one hundred and twenty-two courtesans into the Imperial Palace to be divided among his court favorites and Imperial Guards. He spent the vast majority of his time within the Effleur with courtesans and sired numerous children out of wedlock on account of never having married. His oldest son Henrîche would inherit the throne from him on his death.
Henri the Second’s death has remained a mystery up to present day, given that the official cause of death and the people involved in the matter have never been officially established. There are heavy implications that House Kade, House van Sherburne, and House Cadar were involved at the behest of Henri the Third, the Emperor’s oldest son. Supposedly, the Emperor suffocated on a wine grape during one of his court parties at night, though all Imperial Guards were missing from the event and the only people present at the party were members of those families, all of which were known not to like the Emperor. Furthermore, the rumor exists that while the official report stated he suffocated on a single grape, a nosy servant discovered the Emperor’s corpse with his mouth agape, filled with an immeasurable amount of grapes as if a group of people had stuffed so many down his throat that he suffocated from the blockage.
Blessed Emperor Henri the Third
Blessed Emperor Henri the Third, whose common name was Henrîche le troisième Ivrae de Sange, was the sixth Emperor of Regalia and an Ithanian in culture. Emperor Henri the Third ruled from 122 AC until his death in the year 161 AC. Henri the Third only took a single wife, Ellea Kade (the first Empress who retained her family name as opposed to taking an honorary title) of which he had also had only one son, Allamaria. Emperor Henri the Third is often looked back on favorably as an Emperor who restored the prestige of the Imperial household. Henri’s first political act was to strip the Viridian Order of their rights after an attempted coup, not forgiving them as some of his father's advisors urged him to. When he ascended the throne on his father’s death, he immediately disbanded the then Imperial Guard. This Imperial Guard is often referred to as the Interim Imperials because their quality and conduct were in no way comparable to the Imperial Guard that would later be established by Allamaria. Furthermore, Henri the Third closed the Imperial Effleur and dismissed all his father’s courtesans and mistresses. Despite his virtuous and clean nature, Henri is generally viewed as an idle Emperor also. His primary cause was to restore the pristine and respectable nature of the Imperial Household and recreate a sense of national pride in the Imperial lineage, but he ceased completely after achieving this goal and deferred everything to the Chancellor Vladimir Kade who overshadowed not only Henri the Third, but also the Second, and even his son Allamaria the First. Henri the Third spent most of his time praying and delivering alms which he considered atonement for his father’s hedonism and squandering of the Blessing of the Spirit. His rule also saw an increase or popularization of self-flagellation. In conclusion, he is simply regarded as the most solemn and pious Emperor that ever ruled.
Witful Emperor Allamaria the First
Witful Emperor Allamaria the First, whose common name was Allamarich Ivrae de Sange, was the seventh Emperor of Regalia and an Alt-Regalian in culture. Allamaria ruled from 161 AC until his death in the year 190 AC Allamaria the First took a single wife by the name of Leïasse the Westerling, the first ever foreign bride born in Ithania and also the first bride to be officially recognized as a royal as she was a Sovereign of Ithania at the time of their marriage. Allamaria was the first and only Alt-Regalian Emperor, having been sent by his father as a ward to the austere and disciplined Calemberger nobles who settled the newly-conquered region of Calemberg after the Nordskagger Hordes were driven back. His upbringing within the highly militarized environment of the Calembergers led to his distinctly Alt-Regalian views on the military and the establishment of what is today seen as the Imperial Guard and its protocols set forth by his decree. The Imperial Guard became the most disciplined military unit in all Regalia, expressing complete dedication and servitude to the will of the Emperor. Allamaria also laid out the groundwork for the Army standard that was previously comprised of disorganized feudal levies by establishing the Marshallry and state Marshals. In revisionism, however, he is considered to have been a weak Emperor that simply turned to reforming the army while the much older and more dominant Vladimir Kade was responsible for all the major victories and achievements in his era. Still, the Alt-Regalians praise Allamaria as their once favored Emperor (though eclipsed by Cedromar in present times) and as their only representation within the Imperial House to this day.
Virtuous Emperor Handorien the First
Virtuous Emperor Handorien the First, whose common name was Handorien Ivrae se Sange, was the eight Emperor of Regalia and an Ithanian in culture. Handorien the First ruled from 190 AC until his death in the year 200 AC, a period that is generally considered chaotic due to the end of Chancellor Vladimir Kade’s rule as Arch-Chancellor upon his ascension. The transition and fluctuation of power as a result of the rapid succession of Kade Chancellors dying due to advanced age meant that most of his rule was defined by quick political upheavals at court. Handorien married a single Ithanian wife, Yvette the Magenta Princess, who while not officially royalty, was the first Empress to take a very public lifestyle and become a major player at court. She bore him five children, four of which were daughters before finally succeeding in birthing Allestrain who would go on to succeed him. Aside from the constant switching allegiances of the nobility at court and the rapid changing of who the dominant group of individuals were at court, Handorien the First’s rule is relatively lacking in noteworthy events.
Strong Emperor Allestrain the First
Strong Emperor Allestrain the First, whose common name was Allèstre Ivrae de Sange, was the ninth Emperor of Regalia and an Ithanian in culture. Allestrain the First ruled from 200 AC until his death in the year 219 AC. Emperor Allestrain the First took a single wife and was married to the only Daendroque ever to have been in the Imperial Household, Isabella the Songstress, who was reputed to have a beautiful nightingale-like voice. She bore him two sons, the other of whom was Justinian who would go on to inherit the throne and Alain, who died at a young age. Both Alain and Justinian were infirm in retrospect, and there was rumor of numerous miscarriages, which has always been the cause of rumor that Isabella made a pact with demons for her voice, the cause for her infertility. Allestrain the Strong is best remembered for being just that, strong, as well as an extremely gifted general. He was the first after a long line of ever more stunted emperors to rival Emperor Theomar the First in height, standing at 6 feet and 6 inches. He used his expertise as a commander to wage war against non-believers and invade foreign nations, not for the purpose of occupation and annexation but instead to force the Unionist faith upon distant lands and peoples. His tactic was a very cautious, creeping expansion by ensuring the foundations for eventual annexation were planted among the locals through Unionist sentiments, yet abstaining from outright occupation to avoid dealing with the complications of unrest. Eventually, some decades later when the population had become pliable Unionist, he would return and annex them with minimal political effort and some military maneuvering. There are few if any negative words about Allestrain the First, the only point of criticism levied against him becoming only apparent when put forward in contrast to the present Emperor Cedromar the First. This criticism takes the shape of caution, in that Allestrain was supposedly a good fighter too, but chose to be an armchair general away from the soldiers and was very impersonal with the army, paying no heed to the well-being of the men as he was not averse to using his soldiers as disposable manpower to achieve victory.
Unfortunate Emperor Justinian the First
Unfortunate Emperor Justinian the First, whose common name was Justinais Ivrae de Sange, was the tenth Emperor of Regalia and an Ithanian in culture. Justinian ruled from the year 219 AC until his death in the year 269 AC. Emperor Justinian the First was never formally married, but supposedly had a single mistress who was incidentally also a mistress to the then Chancellor Morgan Kade. She bore two sons, those being Justinian the Second who would go on to succeed his father as Emperor, and his younger brother Charles who sired two daughters before his death. Despite his long rule, Justinian the First is generally considered to have been the worst Emperor Regalia ever saw. Justinian was physically weak, suffering from numerous ailments. His body was small, frail at 5’4 and his head was oversized for his body with thin, balding hair. His eye sockets were dark and his eyes bulbous, while he himself was in a constant state of malnutrition. He suffered from frequent anxiety attacks, seizures and chronic vomiting at very inconvenient state affairs and public engagements to the point where he simply chose to avoid the public eye.
Speaking politically, he was also weak, leaving the entirety of the Empire’s rule to the hedonistic Chancellor Morgan Kade, considered to have been evil by many., Chancellor Morgan Kade turned the Imperial Palace into his personal pleasure estate while constantly disrespecting the Emperor and demeaning him at every turn. As a result, Justinian was considered a coward also and in many cases rejected supposed attempts to coup away Morgan’s power in favor of a more upright Kade Chancellor. Justinian the First achieved nothing of positive note and eventually died shortly after Morgan Kade with numerous rumors abound that there was some sort of unnatural connection between the two. As such, Justinian the First is mostly remembered as the Emperor who allowed the Imperial Palace to be turned into a whorehouse.
Righteous Emperor Justinian the Second
Righteous Emperor Justinian the Second, whose common name was Justinais le deuxième Ivrae de Sange, was the eleventh Emperor of Regalia and an Ithanian in culture.Justinian ruled from 269 AC until his death in the year 302 AC, which is generally considered to have been a respectable rule, even if it was riddled with personal tragedy and state wide disasters. Emperor Justinian the Second married Madileine de Sangre-Istaroix, a sovereign from Ithania who bore him three sons, Augustus, Juvin, and Therin. Justinian the Second is best remembered for having to weather the storm of the Regalian Senate following the Drachenwald Crisis which resulted in the Empire devolving into a constitutional monarchy for a brief period. His collaboration with the then Chancellor Moriarty Kade resulted in the dissolution of the Senate and the re-establishment of royal authority. The pair also maneuvered the Empire through the most critical of periods, the Regalian Pessimism, where a string of defeats and the inaction of previous political rulers caused many Regalians to lose faith in the providence of Unionism and the fate of Humanity. Their crowning moment being the victory over the Allar and Slizzar in the Chrysant Wars, Justinian the Second and Moriarty Kade worked closely together to create a strong regime where the authority of the Emperor became more absolute than ever before, reducing the power of the nobility to mere pawns by major royal players. On a personal level, Justinian the Second’s life was filled with tragedy, yet he always soldiered on for the Empire. It could never be said that Justinian the Second did not love the people and is in many ways still spoken fondly of as the People’s Emperor. Justinian the Second’s children all died in a freak accident which was reported to have been related to the outbreak of Undeadism in Regalia at the time, wiping out the last remaining male heirs of the Ivrae dynasty shortly after his younger brother and wife also passed. Some years after, his cousin died leaving only one remaining heir alive, Adelheid Ivrae, the youngest daughter of his deceased brother. Justinian the Second’s rule eventually ended after several years spent bedridden On the eve of his death, he signed the act of succession which allowed for the Imperial Seat to transfer through matrilineal bloodline to the nearest eligible male, who was at the time Alexander of House Kade, the elder son of Justinian’s oldest niece.
Scholarly Emperor Alexander the First
Scholarly Emperor Alexander the First, whose common name was Aleksander Draack Kade, was the twelfth Emperor of Regalia and an Anglian in culture. Alexander ruled from the year 302 AC until his abdication in the year 305 AC. Emperor Alexander the First married Aliandre Ivrae, a direct cousin of his (the oldest daughter of his aunt). She bore him three children, the oldest being Reynaud alongside the twins Frederick and Raymond. While his reign as Emperor was extremely short, he was a very controversial ruler for multiple reasons. His rule saw numerous invasions of the Empire, various wars with mixed results and an ever chaotic global geopolitical climate. Alexander is considered to have been a Liberal emperor who expanded on the definition of what it meant to be human(which was later revoked by his successor) and gave increasing rights to the ever-growing population of non-Humans within the Empire. Much to the detriment of the nobility’s opinion of him, Alexander attempted to reform the Empire’s ruling structure into one dominated by intellectuals as opposed to old dynasties and committed a serious error in doing so, causing large swathes of the noble lords to turn against him and stage a coup. In retrospect, it could as such be said that Alexander was a progressive who sought to liberate the oppressed classes of Regalia, but that his views were too aggressive and that his backbone was too weak. As Emperor, he often let the nobility rule over him in an attempt to gather consensus and was too concerned with the nobility’s reactions to his acts thus causing them to grow increasingly disloyal to his rule. Even still, he is remembered as having been the most intelligent Emperor to sit the throne, engaging in complex plots and political intrigues to oust his enemies and keep the political ecosystem of the nobility in status quo to avoid any party from becoming more powerful than another. There are some rumors that imply Alexander had a hedonistic side to him, making full use of the Effleur Estate and renovating it after the neglect of Justinian the Second. Alexander’s final act in office, shortly before the abdication (thus also making him the only Emperor who did not rule until death), was to establish elective succession where in the future Emperors would choose successors out of their male relatives instead of it automatically falling to the oldest male son, to ensure the most suitable candidate would become the host of the Imperial Spirit and lead the Empire. In hindsight, Emperor Alexander was not a bad Emperor, but simply Emperor in a time when his progressive views were not shared by many and most of his time was spent solidifying Kade rule for his successors to ensure the change from Ivrae to Kade would not be too abrupt. This goal was eventually achieved when the Act of Settlement was signed by the remaining Ivrae House members, which removed them from the line of succession permanently as they rejected their own claims to the throne.
Champion Emperor Cedromar the First
Soldier Emperor Cedromar the First, whose common name is Sidderick Ermelijn Kade, is the thirteenth Emperor of Regalia and an Anglian in culture. Cedromar has ruled Regalia since 305 AC and has already proven himself to be a very controversial Emperor. Cedromar has never had an Empress, yet currently has three sons, his heir Renly who was sired from a prostitute before his ascension and two twin sons who were born from a Palace Courtesan, Augustus, and Florian. He is an openly homosexual Emperor though to many; this isn’t even the most questionable matter about him. His greatest feat is the fact that he is the most martial-oriented and public Emperor Regalia has ever had. He is the first Emperor that fights on the front lines with the soldiers, sleeps in tents similar to the soldiers and eats war rations just like all other soldiers, even when not on military campaign. He is noteworthy for having cut Imperial spending down to 7% of its original budget, instituting a policy of Imperial austerity and doing away with excessive pomp and splendour in the Palace. As an Emperor, Cedromar lives and breathes military, strongly favoring military rulers in political positions and not caring at all about the finesse of politics. He makes use of excessive threats of violence as well as the fervent support he enjoys from the nobility to flat out threaten noble families or reduce their titles from under their noses through intimidation alone. Despite the Emperor standing at 5’6”, one of the shortest to ever rule, he has quickly gained the reputation for being the most aggressive and temperamental Emperor. Before his ascension to the Imperial Throne, he was married to the ruler of House Ravenstad, an openly homosexual nobleman similar to himself, though their marriage was annulled shortly after he assumed the place as Emperor. He is known to have normalized the Imperial Guard, loosened their protocols and started treating them as his family more than just soldiers. He has appointed non-Humans who were fervently loyal to him to prestigious positions, even going as far as taking on a half-Elf consort to establish an environment of reward for loyalty and destruction for incompetence. Despite being considered a hands-off Emperor who concerns himself less with the daily runnings of the Empire, he has shown a far more absolutist tendency than all of his predecessors, taking aggressive and abrupt action to curb the powers of nobility and using an iron fist to beat down any dissent. By the nobility, he is either loved for his down to earth nature and military rule or feared for his arbitrary temper and outbursts of rage.