Royal Family of Orsholon
Thousands of years, more than 100 generations
The TorgarosThe Torgaro family has been the ruling family of Orsholon since the creation of the kingdom in 3353 BTG and the crowning of Rens Torgaro as the first King of Orsholon. 30-Year Winter. His experience in mining and his leadership kept many of his people alive inside the caves and mines of the Rinzeremel Mountains. Since his crowning, there have been a total of 147 rulers of the Kingdom of Orsholon, all from the Torgaro bloodline. Before the crowning, Rens worked with friends as advisors on how the line of succession should be decided. In those discussions, it was decided that the oldest firstborn of the line would be crowned upon the current rulers death, then the next oldest, then secondborn, etc. It was also decided (although more as a guideline than a rule) that the ruling family limit themselves to one child, to avoid creating the temptation of intra-family intrigue and power struggles.
We shall honor the lives of those lost by not repeating their mistakes.While this was considered an effective way to remove much of the treachery found in royal families, it presented a problem for succeeding Rens. At the time of his crowning, Rens was already 57 years old and his wife had been lost in the aftermath of the Cataclysm. His time in the caverns and mines were spent focusing on keeping himself and the other survivors alive, which also helped to keep his mind off the loss of his wife. city, Rens' advisors began pushing him to find a wife so that he could have an heir. In 3339 BTG at age 71, Rens met a much younger woman, Ari Senra, and fell in love. He and Ari married, and did not waste time in producing an heir, Tradryn. But age, the hardships after the Cataclysm, and the stresses of becoming a ruler began to take their toll. Before Tradryn turned 6, Rens died, leaving Tradryn the sole heir and King of Orsholon. Fortunately, the advisors were all friendly and knowledgable and acted as the de facto rulers of the kingdom until Tradryn reached 14 years of age. He had been taught well to be a fair, just and benevolent king, and he was beloved by Orsholonians. His reign lasted for 85 years, yet even at death, he was referred to as "The Boy King". The family traditions in mining also helped the kingdom overall. The Torgaros used their knowledge of mining techniques and trading to slowly become a wealthy and prosperous nation. The country grew over the centuries because of their mostly benevolent rule, but not without some growing pains. The first major conflict the Torgaros had to face was the Border Wars, from 3168 BTG to 3062 BTG. King Lineas (6th King of Orsholon) The messenger's horse came back with a mutilated corpse strapped to its back. Lineas exploded, and declared a full war. Little did he know, the Baduhm had already beaten him to that declaration, and soon, masses of Baduhm troops began marching across the river valleys toward the capital. Orsholonian troops were able to hold them off and they retreated, but not before losing much ground to the Baduhm. The war lasted more than 100 years, and the Torgaros would see three kings' reign consumed with the protection of Orsholon. The final, King Jiten, would be the one to end the war. While Lineas had a fiery hot temper, Jiten's was more of a burning cauldron. When contained, it was no real danger to anyone. But once tipped, it consumed whatever was in it's path in a red-hot rage. His father, Bretrak, When Jiten took the throne, his actions were swift and violent. He massed the Royal Guard Of Orsholon and put citizens to work extracting iron from the mountains surrounding Orsholon City. Behind the walls of the city, they forged some of the finest weapons ever seen, and began arming the Guard. Young men, many of whom disagreed with the more passive approach Bretrak had taken, lined up to serve. In a two year period, the military had grown to nearly 2,000 members, which at the time represented nearly 40% of the populace.
When the enemy strikes, we strike back in kind. But to stop them from striking, we must make them fear our wrath and run from our might!Even with this much harsher, much more violent prosecution of the war, it took 18 years before the two countries would come to a truce. From the outside, Jiten was seen as a vicious, murderous thug. His people, however, saw him as a powerful warrior and effective ruler. Queen Tomold, also known as "The Temptress". Tomold had many suitors, and she always with a plan behind entertaining them. Her plans usually benifited the country, and always benefited her. She moved the country forward diplomatically with other countries, but was less effective in domestic issues. She gave birth to one son, out of wedlock. Not much is known of the father, and his name has never been spoken. There are rumors that Queen Tomold made sure that would never happen, but no one dared to speculate publically about how.
My dear, power rests not in the ruler, but in the way they use their rule. Now, what can you offer?Or King Zenddyn, "The Little Tyrant". Unlike Tradryn, who benefited from a young age from the advice and guidance of the original advisors to King Rens, Zenddyn was 15 years old when he took the throne, a dangerous age for anyone to make decisions, particularly a king. He rarely listened to advisors, believing he knew better by the sheer fact of his bloodline. He was entitled, spoiled, and prone to mood swings. In other words, a teenager. Zenddyn eventually grew out of these behaviors, and by the time he was 25 years old, was considerd a fair ruler. While not reponsible for much growth of the kingdom, he did spend the majority of his nearly 60-year reign atoning for the missteps of his youth with the people of Orsholon. Perhaps the most consequential rulers after King Rens were King SendenKing Gawas II. Senden is the Orsholonian ruler responsible for conceiving, planning and ultimately putting into motion the events of The Gathering. Until his reign, there was no comprehensive agreement between the Nine Nations on trade, territory disputes, diplomacy, or anything else. Senden worked to create an agreement that would bring these countries together to create a lasting peace for all of Arnathia. Sadly, while Senden worked to create the
Declarative Articles, he died before they could be signed.His son, Gawas II, continued his father's work, bringing the countries together to sign the Articles and ushering in a new age of peace in Arnathia. The Torgaros have grown Orsholon to become the smallest, yet wealthiest, most powerful nation on Arnathia. Without their stewardship, Orsholon could not have grown to such a status.
King Gawas II Torgaro by Kahuna The Elder / Artbreeder
With this signature, I complete the work of my father, Senden, and usher in a new era of peace and harmony among the peoples of Arnathia. May all the gods favor this declaration.
At any given time, there is a King and/or Queen. Sons and daughters are Princes and Princesses, and succession is decided by age regardless of gender. By general agreement, rulers are to have only one child, although this is more a guideline than a rule. The line of succession is:
- Secondborn if older than firstborn of next generation
- Firstborn of next generation
Rens Torgaro came from a family of miners. As such, he was familiar with the techologies involved in creating tunnels and subterranean structures. But most of those technologies, at least those that used anything remotely resembling electrical or even electromagnetic technology was destroyed in the Cataclysm. Also destroyed were the massive Urnati forges and foundries. It had been centuries since most individuals had used more primitive means of creating new tools for mining, but the Torgaro family had continued to pass the knowledge along. Since the Cataclysm, most Arnathians rejected technology, seeing it as the reason for the downfall of Urnati and the cause of the Cataclysm. Rens was among those who rejected it. Technology, now known as Ene, is considered off-limits and the Torgaros have declared possessing such items a high crime with severe consequences. Magic, once a commonplace ability, is now much less available. Every citizen knows that they have the abilities within them, but few have the desire to study and commit themselves to learning the intricacies of using magic. The Royal Family in particular, as a rule have not shown interest in magic, although there have been a few who have been rumored to use it secretly.
The Torgaros have promarily been protectors and champions of their people and lands. Their motto, which translates to "Loyalty, Honor, Trust", is very much held as a standard for the rulers of Orsholon. They are generally beloved by their people. They no longer look to expand the countries borders, something that ended with the Declarative Articles signed at The Gathering. But that is not to say they are uninterested in amassing power. On the contrary, the Torgaros have been shrewd businesspeople, looking to grow the riches of the country every opportunity they can, without bringing attention to it. The massive treasure chest (and war chest should it be necessary) gives them the ability to solve most any problem or conflict through economic measures.
Through mining, crafting and trade, the kingdom's wealth has steadily becomoe more massive. Rumors abound of tunnels and caves beneath the city that hold gold, silver, and platimum, as well as stockpiles of nearly every gemstone imaginable. While the kingdom never shares information about its true wealth, it is estimated that for a country of only 27,000 citizens (as of 1207 ATG), the wealth held by the kingdom (and by default, the Royal Family), is upwards of 30 Billion GP, spread through all the different forms. And having some of the most prolific and deep mines on Arnathia keeps new wealth growing.
All Images created BY Kahuna the Elder, with source materials from Pixabay, Pexels, Unsplash, Artbreeder and public domain sources.
Buwia, Konaga, Biwibe - Loyalty, Honor, Trust
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