Queen Juliana de Lobo e Kade the Mad
|Queen Juliana de Lobo e Kade the Mad|
|Full Name||Juliana Desideria Carlota de Lobo e Kade ‘The Mad’|
|Date of Birth||272 AC|
|Date of Death||N/A|
|Real or Mythical||Real|
|Claim to Fame||Queen Regnant & Imperial Consort|
Queen Juliana Desideria Carlota de Lobo e Kade ‘The Mad’ has reigned over Lusits for four years, being the third monarch since the abolition of the Lusitsian Republic and establishment of its hereditary monarchy, along with the subjugation of the realm under the Regalian Empire. A woman of great beauty and renown wont to ‘act out’, the Queen of Lusits is a character perhaps better fit for folklore and whimsical stories of yore. The once-Empress of the Regalian Empire and perhaps Goddess of avant garde and high culture, Queen Juliana is, and will forever be a figure of something between scandal and praise.
Origins and Early Life
Born as the single daughter to the Fernando de Lobo, Juliana Desideria de Lobo was a singular disappointment to the man, having hoped for male heirs. The young girl wanted for nothing growing up a princess. The princess was shipped around in her formative years, mostly to the courts in Ithania. The woman’s largely quiet life was almost a precursor to her rather quiet rule of Lusits. If not for the oddities in behavior and the odd comment the woman’s life may have passed by as something of a footnote in history.
A mere week after the death of her father, Juliana Desideria Carlota de Lobo was christened and crowned in a dull, quiet coronation at the age of 27. The ceremony itself was attended only by backwater representatives of various Ithanian princes and peers of the archipel. The lackluster coronation set the expectations for the young queen, as had been present all her life: failure and disappointment.
With the Queen’s succession came the immediate signs of what was eventually believed to be her innate lunacy. Since her coronation, the Queen would often spend days in her bedchamber, screaming and wailing while she wildly destroyed her own room. Many accredited it to the woes of her dead father -- the two were believed to be very close, despite being the most undesirable heir imaginable. Others, meanwhile, saw it for true and simple madness. Rumors of the new Queen being born of an incestuous exploit between her father and aunt were only one of scandalous supposed causes for her insanity, but the truth of it is still quite the mystery, even to those who’d be all too willing to believe in the malicious gossip against the ever-noble Queen.
Successions in any title, regardless of how big or small, always tend to breed battlegrounds of political firearms and influence. After all, with a new sovereign comes what is essentially a power vacuum. Loyalties shift, friends and foes form, and the royal court manifests into an entirely different creature from what it had been with its last ruler. Despite the Queen’s budding lunacy and common perception of incapability in state management, the culture of politics was very much the same. However, before the woman could even be swayed by the petty pulls of the greedy, ambitious court, the Regalian State appointed a council of local dukes and bureaucrats to rule as a sort of privy council in the Queen’s name. After all, it was certainly in the better interest of the Empire as a whole to have stable vassals.
While the privy council managed the kingdom, the Queen was left to her own devices. Perhaps it was a product of her lunacy, or perhaps it was simply a machine of the budding Ithanian avant garde culture, but in any case, with the Queen’s absence in stately affairs she grew to become what was essentially a babe suckling at the teat of luxury and wealth, going on to eventually become the cultural icon of the west.
Since the appointment of the privy council, Queen Juliana de Lobo has lived a very easy life. Her insanity soon evolved into something less of a curse and more of a fashionable accessory that only she could model. Before long, her mental ailment even gave into her outrageous fashions and styles. Soon enough, she was the style icon of any and all royal courts in the Ailor-ruled world.
However, as the world’s political stage shifted and progressed to the next act, Queen Juliana de Lobo was wed to the then-Emperor Alexander I of the Regalian Empire out of political gain and alliance. With their marriage came the kingdom’s full-fledged participation in the then great Qadir war, thereby enabling Regalia’s supposed victory against the eastern empire. Following the attempt against the Emperor’s life at a great defilee, Queen Juliana de Lobo e Kade went recluse, likely at the order of the Imperial Guard. Today, she spends most of her time in the depths of the Imperial Palace, away from the bubbling court and its intrigues.
Juliana Desideria de Lobo e Kade, a woman so taken with herself and fashion it seems there’s scarcely room for anything else in her life. In short bursts, one might presume the woman something of a petty socialite, or even a little vapid and contrary. The people of Lusits know her at the very least to be somewhat eccentric. From her belief and fear that her beauty leaks out of her, to the odd styles and fashion she brings to court, the woman is known to spend hours in front of a mirror studying her face meticulously for any signs of aging or blemishing. Beyond her characterizing vanity, the Queen of Lusits is known to be a wildly extravagant and outrageous in anything and everything she does, down to the simplest, menial daily tasks to the annual rituals and ceremonies royalty demands.
Despite being an arguably young sovereign of such a grand state, Queen Juliana de Lobo e Kade has been glorified less as an incompetent manager of state and country, but more as a figure of high culture, fashion, and society. Even with her well-recognized insanity and madness, the nobility of the Regalian Empire still elevate the queen as a sort of representative of their innate superiority and sophistication over the lesser castes. Given that, however, those who lack the pure blue blood of the peers often see the Queen as the epitome of noble decadence and flagrant vanity and debauchery. Generally, the Queen is still held in somewhat high regard, especially with her marriage to the ex-Emperor Alexander I, despite her past exploits and inadequacies.
Queen Juliana Desideria Carlotta de Lobo e Kade is the only child to King Fernando I of Lusits and his wife, Queen Josefina-Sofia. The Queen is currently married to Alexander Kade, ex-Emperor of Regalia.
- The Gaiola de cabeça, a cage that was oft made of thin scraps of valuable metals designed to sit over one’s head, is credited to have been invented by the Queen of Lusits. Its purpose is to prevent those who envy her looks from stealing her beauty.
- Her bizarre courtly fashions are both high sought after and thought to be a malady of the woman’s madness.
- The woman’s fascination with clocks goes beyond obsessive. Her bedroom is practically wallpapered with clocks, all set to various times and ticking incessantly.