Throughout the history of the Regalian Empire, there have been many noble families to rule over lands granted to them by the Imperial Seat. Some have been as old as the Regalian Kingdom, others have been fairly new to providence and power. Some are staunch conservative militarists while others are passionate liberal pacifists. Finally, there are those whose names are lauded and spoken of with great respect while others are mumbled into ears as disrespectfully as possible. All of these parties make up the Regalian Nobility and the following list highlights some of the most notable blue bloods from the history of the Empire.
Great House Kade
House Kade (often also referred to as Kade-Alltmeister since their Royal Assent), rose to prominence during the Five Family Rebellion where the Kade Family was given a seat of political power as the Chancellors of the Empire. Since then, the family has slowly been absorbing smaller families through planned marriages as well as close relations to the Imperial Family, being one of the few Families in the Empire of prestige worthy enough to marry with Theomar's descendants. The family originally presented itself as a purely political and diplomatic family, using the power of word to propel themselves to fame, though as centuries passed, took a far more military undertone where negotiations were often driven at the end of a sword.
Over the following 300 years of its existence, House Kade has known bad Chancellors, excellent Chancellors and even more terrible Chancellors. Aside from a few offshoots, the actual average quality of the political leaders of the Kade family has been relatively low, however their political control due to owning the grain barn of the Empire as well as their marriages with other families, kept them firmly in control and immensely rich. Over the centuries, the policy has always been to marry off daughters with financially advantageous dowries to enhance family wealth, while marrying off sons to ensure dynastic control over smaller families as well as expanding the lands through marriage. By square mile, the Kade family controls the most amount of land in the Regalian Empire, spanning from Dorinn to the entirety of Anglia and smaller parts of Dragenthal. Inhabitant wise however, the Kade lands are smaller than the Typhonus lands or the collective population of Dragenthal’s major cities. After the fall of the Lo family and the absorption of the Lovegood family, the Kade family came into the possession of vast tavern fortunes and the entirety of the Dorinn lands. The last family to be absorbed by House Kade was House Lampero.
In present times, the Kade family attained the Imperial throne on the death of Emperor Justinian the Second who survived his children and eventually granted inheritance right through his brother’s daughters. Since the Kade and Ivrae family frequently intermarried, it made sense that the first heir to the throne would be a Kade. The Kade family no longer control the Chancellor’s seat as this was done away with in 302 AC, though the family still controls many high political offices in the military as well as the Judiciary and the Bureaucracy due to the Emperor’s appointment of his past kin to high offices. Normally this would be gross nepotism on behalf of the Kades, but the practice has been silently condoned by the other nobility on grounds that the Kade family generally radiate stability and consistency, and a stable rule, even if corrupt, is always preferable to complete chaos. House Kade has always been known to favor public neutrality, or even a belligerent status quo, going out of their way to ensure that one party in nobility never becomes more overbearing than another so as to drown out everything else. The Kades like the way the nobles are kept, all equal and at the same level beneath them.
- Despite being the oldest family and having existed for many centuries, the Kade family does not actually have a crest. Every main member of the family has a personal banner that is interchangeably used as the main family representation when they are the main leader.
- The Kade family has often been spoken about in relation to the local Anglian legends with regards to the Feathered Dragons. When asked about it however, any Kade member will say that is a preposterous claim.
- To call a politician a “Morgant” is an insulting reference to the past Kade Chancellor Morgann Kade who is generally considered the most corrupt and evil politician known in the Regalian Empire.
- Many families maintain the same Kade Compendium with slight alterations for their own family rule. This has often led to the terminology, “A Kade-like fist” in reference to a family tightly controlled by a single patriarch where all sons and daughters become subservient to the heir.
- Not all prominent members of the family are male, but the women often operate in the shadows of their husbands, much like the tactician Aliandre Kade does.
Great House Ravenstad
House Ravenstad comes from a common Ithanian family in origin, that moved to Regalia in the first waves of Ithanian immigration at the hands of Varran piracy. Florentin Gaétan de la Rivière, the first ruler of the Hinterlands, was awarded a title by Emperor Henri I for his prominence in the secondHecarian War. Initially, the family had a slow start thanks to the failures of Florentin, and his grandchild Percival didn’t do much to assist in that either. The only break between the two wasthe reign of Larrecin-Maussart, whom achieved an upgrade from Duke to Revain from his shrewd efforts and economy-mindset.
The family rose to higher power under the subsequent rule of Rodolphe I and Rodolphe II, remaining at the forefront of the steady decline of Ithanian ideals on the west coast of Dragenthal, giving rise to the Leutz-Vixe culture. As their political power proliferated, more coin lined their pockets after the establishment of the Ravenstad Boutiques under the Ravenstad Silk Co. Grabbing more land, such as the Duchy of Ettrenach and the County of Michellons, the Ravenstad power bubble only kept growing with the Empire, though came to a grinding halt after the death of Richarr I in the Drachenwald Crisis. His younger brother, Charles I, ran a rather unstable ship, almost collapsing the family into internal warfare. .
After his father’s death, Anton I sought to provide a more steady rule, fixing the familial tears by heightening the power of the Elder Council, which would ironically be his demise later on. After a series of illnesses, Anton was deemed unfit to rule as the Elder Council voted him out, forcing his abdication, and voted his brother in. Originally a regency for the young Richarr II, Percival II sneakily had the Elder Council disbanded, and his rule solidified as the sole Grand Revain of the Hinterlands, the title being upgraded by Alexander I shortly after his marriage to Prince-Lord Cedric I of Anglia. Grand Revain Percival II has made various political deals, organisations, and alliances, but his successes have yet to outweigh his stagnation and scandal, drawing the ire of the family members he’s spurned. Percival II was later usurped by Albaer Ravenstad shortly after the New Model Nobility deprived house Ravenstad of the majority of their titles.
- The Ravenstad’s name isn’t even native to the family’s culture (Leutz-Vixe). It’s an adopted nickname (meaning Raven City) given by the formerly large Anglian population to the capital of the Hinterlands, which was mostly Anglian when the title was first granted.
- Many speculate Percival II was named by his father after Percival I, “The Hunchback and Hapless”, as an insult. It is rumored the late-Revain hated his second son.
- The patriarch of the Ravenstad family is, immediately upon their ascension to the title, given a new personal sigil, being a large black raven with a Lordly crown atop his head, and a red piece of silk in his beak’s clutches.
- Ravenstad broccade has international acclaim for its high quality and fine style.
- House Ravenstad diligently partakes in multiple aspects of the Regalian Military, and have since their most obscure days.
Great House Drache
The family began their rise from irrelevant commoners during the first century after the Cataclysm. Siegfried der Jäger was a sellsword captain hired to assist in conquering the various kingdoms that dotted the Archipelago during the unification of Regalia. After some years of service, Siegfried was given command of the city of Drachenberg, most famous for its coastal fortification from the old Regalian Kingdom. Even though it was during Siegfried’s life that the family received their title, House Drache only rose to power during his son Edmund’s tenure as head of the family. The next century saw the family expand both economically and politically. Near the beginning of the wars with the Nordskagger Horde, the family began to look for another form of sustainable income, and eventually turned to brewing. This venture would soon turn very profitable, as the family could send their beverages with their levies during military campaigns, leading to others in the Empire to grow familiar with the Drache name from the beers they enjoyed after a successful conquest.
The greatest event that brought the Drache name into relevance was the Drachenwald Crisis of 271 AC, in which the family once again was brought back to their old roots to assist the Empire. Baron Reinhard Drache deemed the Baron’s Army traitors, and sided with the Sherburne and Kade armies. In the last battle of Lausitze, the Drache levies were betrayed by their van Sherburne allies, and were slaughtered by a head-on assault. This great treachery has left a burning hatred of anti-national sentiments that lasts to this day. In years to come, the Drache family did their ancestors proud by fighting in Hadar during the Chrysant Wars. Reinhard Drache saw this as an opportunity to increase the family’s reputation by distributing Drache beers during the celebrations of Regalia’s innumerable victories. When the war finally ended, the business was booming, and Drache beers were being shipped around the Empire.
In recent times, the family has begun to play a part in the full governing of the Empire, gaining more notice by the Imperial court and as a result receiving more titles. Such political advancements had led the House Drache to become a member of various political and economic activities, with their attendance shifting from the ever changing political scene. However, these times have also seen great dangers such as the Qadir War or the Bone Horror Crisis plague the Empire, leading to the family to once again be at the disposal of the Regalian Empire, striving to conquer whichever foe is faced. The New Model Nobility saw House Drache lose some title prominence, however they remain one of the more relevant Noble Families of the Empire.
- Siegfried Drache, despite being the first in the family to rise to nobility, only held his title for a brief two years before sustaining a fatal injury from falling off his horse.
- There supposedly is a bastard branch of the family that has mixed Alt-Regalian and Ceardian blood, though the mere existence of such a branch remains shrouded in mystery, to the point where the current family members have virtually no recollection of such a scandal occurring in the family.
- There was once a rumor that stated one of the Drache-Jäger counts became infected with Vampirism, though no evidence of the validity of this rumor has ever been procured.
- The phrase, “Drink to the glory of the Empire,” was introduced as the slogan for the House Drache brewery during the Chrysant War. Originally used to rally the troops and to celebrate victories against the Essa Empire, the phrase is now well known in many areas of the Empire.
- House Drache has established themselves as masters of brewing, leading their name to be among the shelves of taverns throughout the Empire. The drinks consist of various beers, but other seasonal items such as cider have been explored in the recent years.
Extinct House Santorski
Starting off in relative obscurity, House Santorski first rose to prominence under the leadership of Lenora Santorski in 301 AC. Though they had some local power for the 80 years prior, the name Santorski was barely mentioned in the political scene due to the brilliance of the richer and more affluent Calemberg South. Lenora proved to be a traitorous woman in power; believing herself to be a god reincarnated, attacking Typhonus lands in Calemberg, and siding with the madwoman, Freya Lo. After her downfall and her exile to a convent high in the mountains did Aron Santorski take control of the family.
Over the next near two years, Aron led the Santorskis in Regalia with an iron fist. However, over time the patriarch’s mind grew corrupt, twisted, and maniacal. He had his share of women and relationships, and engaged in some of the most shady and scandalous scenes in the political scene at the time. He was not only known for his wandering eyes, but also his capabilities in combat, or lack thereof as his forces were rarely victorious in battle. After his mental breakdown and his successful attempt at backstabbing his own son, he was executed in the Old Gods Temple.
After Aron’s death in 303 AC, the Santorskis became a tamer family who keeps to their alliances and work to buff up their overall skills and reputation. While Lenora had her Duchy and Aron his Marchdom, the current matriarch, Ania Santorski, has exceeded both of them, and has manage to mend a few bonds that were formerly destroyed from traitorous choices. This resulted in the Emperor granting back titles that had previously been stripped from the family. Even though there were still limitations and bars that the family had yet to overcome, their business and trade continued to prosper just as their overall image within the city of Regalia. In 305 AC, House Santorski ceased to exist when it was absorbed into House Coen when the Duchess married the Grand Revain William Coen. All titles afterwards soon ceased to exist following the shift to the New Model Nobility.
- House Santorski was perpetually at risk of erupting into a family power struggle due to the Northern inheritance style the family maintains. That being said, most male members who risked coming near the tribe titles all ended up dying conveniently in events completely unrelated to the Matriarch.
- Most Santorskis in the mainline were taught to fight alongside Skagger brethren and tribesmen. Only one of the Santorski has passed through the School of Skagger and reached Expert level however.
- The Santorski lands lacked the tranquility of other lands possessed by the Regalian Nobility, featuring an almost constant tug of war style guerrilla war with notables neighbors like the Zastorzy.
- It was often said that House Santorski was incredibly poor even before the Emperor stripped them of their finances. This has always been a misunderstanding however, as House Santorski often re-used any profit they made to buy huge stockpiles of weapons and store them.
- House Santorski was largely unaffected by the purge of Drixagh, as their Barons remained loyal to the Imperial Standard following the Matriarch's conversion.
Extinct House Lampero
The Lampero family is first officially recognized as Casa de Lampo which migrated from Daendroc to Regalia before the major migrations occurred. For many decades, they established a solid local presence through the hard work of Bartolo de Lampo and Callo de Lampo, two brothers of the father who first migrated. Through their hard work as Aldermen, as well as their ability to use charisma to inspire the local miners, they were granted various mining fiefs before the Vulminer principality properly formed feudal titles. As such, when the time did come that the Emperor formally adopted Vulminer as an actual Lordship, it made sense for the de Lampo to receive a title.
The Lampero were at the forefront of the cultural shift from Daendroque to Dressolini when various notable families rejected their old chaotic and barbaric ways. The de Lampo family in particular was influenced by the nearby Vixhall, but continued to develop a more Alt-Regalian line, inspired by the great house Cadar. Even up to the last Vultarin lord, all rulers styled themselves with Alt-Regalian names and maintained Alt-Regalian titles even if they held Dressolini informal names and were of the Dressolini culture. Over the decades that followed after the first two brothers were granted Counties, their lands united after they married off their children, which formed the first unified de Lampo house with Duke Pedro de Lampo and Duchess Alleja de Lampo. In 202 AC, the family formally adopted the name Lamperro, though it was often referred to simply as Lampero because it sounded more Alt-Regalian.
Over the following century, the family prospered and subjected effectively all noble families of the Vultarin Lordship, becoming Sovereign Lords themselves. The family divided many of the realms’ Duchies over various members, meaning the lands were never truly fully united, but as a general first rule, all other outlying Duchies suffered or benefited from the same fate as the core lands. Trouble arose during the last generation under Lord Thaddeus (informally Thaddeo) and his three sons. Thaddeo’s first born Lysander (Lysanderio) was destined to succeed his father, though early on in his early adolescent youth, was exposed as a homosexual. The scandal of this event caused his father to banish him to the Blood Cast Knight Order. Unfortunately for the Lord Thaddeus, his second son Basium was so deeply shocked by these events that he became a member of the cloth and devoted his life to celibacy as a Sanchellist priest. What remained of Thaddeus’s line was his youngest son, Tristan (informally Tristano) whom was a very obvious bastard. The line ceased when Vultaro suffered a revolution and ousted the Lampero Family, who would later be absorbed in House Kade as the last living member married matrilineally.
- The Lampero family colors were red and gold (or orange) though their ship sails were always pitch black, simply because charcoal based paint and tar were cheaper than red and orange dyes.
- Many Lampero rulers often styled themselves Herres Vultarion, giving Alt-Regalian styles to their title names in their emulation of Alt-Regalian culture.
- Despite their close proximity to Vixhall, the epicenter of Ithanian culture in Regalia, the Lampero always despised Ithanians more passionately than even their Daendroque past.
- Following the ousting of the last Lampero ruler, headless statues experienced an increase in popularity among Dressolini nobility. Vague annotations were made in relation to the beauty of a headless state, and to emphasize that what makes a Human Human, is all contained in their head, not in their body or physical abilities (Simply because despite all the physical prowess the last Lord possessed, he could not avert disaster).
- While technically not a cultural impact, the collapse of the Lampero coal mines caused a Coal shortage during the winter of 303 AC, causing many to freeze to death in their homes across the Regalian Archipelago.
Great House Fong
In a startling weekend of confusion, Dr. Fong was chosen by the Emperor to be raised into the Regalian nobility. Before this unusual run of good luck, Dr. Fong was especially poor, his possessions both few in number and irrelevant in value. Several years later, House Fong has become a major stakeholder within Regalia. The family’s local business and political contacts run from the highest Regalian offices to the lowest sewer.
House Fong has capitalized on a near-monopoly on immigrant labor the Folosta being the primary gate for foreigners in the Archipelago) in order to dominate numerous smaller markets. Shoddy FongCo products are enjoyed by both nobility and commoners alike throughout the empire, though rarely for the same price. While House Fong's control of the Rim Isle started a mere 15 years ago, Revain Fong conducts himself so naturally as an aristocrat that most Regalians have trouble remembering a time when the family was not in power. The family has been a force for stability within Regalia and has been fiercely loyal to the Emperor since the beginning. Often remarking, “We know who butters our bread."
Revain Fong has contributed to several large Regalian conflicts, including causing the destruction of an entire Elvish fleet at the Battle of H'rellen. Dr. Fong has countless siblings throughout the empire and beyond, who occasionally find their way into the Holy City. The most recent arrival was Dr. Fong’s long estranged sister, Madame Fong. The large castle that House Fong recently acquired sits atop the ruins of the burned Poor District. The sprawling edifice of stone is quite impressive, but the property has a very dark past. Following the New Model Nobility, House Fong lost most of their titles and disappeared into the background, though many still speculate what schemes they may be devising to rebuild their lost glory.
- A story circulating among the commoners is that Lord Fong gained his nobility by doing a great service for the Emperor. Other, crazier people, thought that perhaps Lord Fong had a magical hat that bent others to his will.
- Some FongCo employees report Madame Fong suddenly appearing behind them after they’ve violated company policy, even in their own homes. Rumors persist that Madame Fong is not the Doctor’s sister at all, but some form of vengeful spirit.
- Much like the mystery that is the leader of House Fong, the inheritance of House Fong is a mystery. Some claim his sons would inherit, but Fong’s not-so-clearly related kinsmen also make a claim to his title.
- The words “Abusement Park” are still enough to elicit shrieks of terror from a certain generation of Regalian citizens who remember the highly dangerous theme park run by the House of Fong at the edge of the Poor District.
- FongCo produced commercial goods are loved by the poor and working class people of Regalia for their low cost, so much so that they are considered core parts of the household of a Regalian citizen.