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House Blanchard
Formerly Heldenbrecht/Kelailles, Banner Lords
"Ever Bright, Ever Noble"


The former royal house of Heldenbrecht, the Blanchards were once the most powerful family in Arbrecht. When the plain tribes split, the Blanchards were the original ruling family, Known as a charming, but devious, House, the Blanchards were reputed for both their sophistication and their arrogance. Centuries ago, they sent the largest contingent to help fight the invaders, and in turn lost Landerfell to the Fitzwulf family for this deed. Ever since, the Blanchards have hated the Fitzwulf Family, fiercely.

Their House Motto is "Ever Bright, Ever Noble." Perhaps one of the most educated and cunning ruling family, they relied on spies and assassins for many diplomatic interactions, and could call up the largest army in Arbrecht – relying mostly on the Feudal system of Knights and Levies. They were steadfast allies with the Harcourts of Frysbruck and interrmaried with them frequently. However, William Fitzwulf smashed this army by successfully bribing their Chief Spymaster, so that his Fyrd Milice could fall upon the unready Heldenbrecht Army outside their Capital. After four pitched battles, in which the Fyrd Milice hounded and battered the flailing Blanchard Army, the Royal Family was captured by Elrik Kingbreaker. The King of Heldenbrecht signed over all his land and possessions to the Fitzwulf Family; in return, his kin were treated fairly and well, and his eldest daughter was betrothed to Jon Fitzwulf. No male sires of Heldenbrecht live.





[House Genealogy]
  • Marianna Blanchard Storm
  • Aurianna Blanchard Fontenot
  • Andrien Blanchard -- Papirine DeLauncey
  • Aurelie Blanchard Alinar
  • Sepphora Blanchard Vulferam
  • Ranourd Blanchard
  • Edouard Blanchard -- Eleanore Fitzwulf
    • Edgard Blanchard -- Sophie Brabant
    • Alexandrine Blanchard Fleurant
  • Doriane Blanchard Harcourt


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The New Rose, Landerfell
Represented by Windsor Castle

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House Harcourt
Fyrsbruck, Banner Lords
"Family. Tradition. Freedom."


The Harcourts have always ruled Fyrsbruck, or at least as long as anyone can remember. Fyrsbruck is a marvelous city, with a huge statue dedicated to the god Geralt in the center of town. The Harcourts are quite devout in their following of Geralt. They have dark hair for the most part, though red-hair was not unheard of.

They have a fearsome navy and the best trained troops in Arbrecht, hands down. They had always been friends with Heldenbrecht, so much so that every Harcourt has Heldenbrecht blood in them. They've also become great friends with the Montroses in Maldenham.

Theirs a fierce rivalry between the Harcourts and the Fitzwulfs, a direct result of what happened during the war that resulted in Heldenbrecht becoming a shadow of it's former self. The Fitzwulfs might control the banks in Mier, but the Harcourts control the seas. They travel to the other provinces on a regular basis, indeed it's a rite of passage to meet every lord, see their land and stop by for a visit to the king on the way back. They were the quickest house in the league to unite against foreign invaders, and was one of the first to push against the truly foreign enemy year and years ago.

When a Harcourt dies, the body and their most treasured possessions is placed on a small canoe, covered with a decorated blanket, lit on fire and sent out to the bay of Geralt after sundown. The event is required to be attended by all the commoners in the city and all the vassal families. During and prior to the sending off the choir (Led by Ian in recent years) sing a funeral song in the form of, 'Into the West.' Afterwords a great festival takes place throughout the whole city.

Their motto is "Family. Tradition. Freedom."



[House Genealogy]
  • Illan Harcourt -- Dorianne Blanchard
  • Ivan Harcourt -- Spouse
    • Esau Harcourt -- Leontine Toussaint
      • Erwin Harcourt
      • Isobel Harcourt

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Seawatch, Fyrsbruck
Represented by Skibo Castle

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House Fitzwulf
Formerly of Westerland, Former Province Ruler
Now Banished from Arbrecht
"By Sword And Strife"


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The Fitzwulf Family came from The Vandermark and deposed the rulers of Westerland in a violent and savage coup, and immediately set about turning the region into a powerhouse. These days, the Fitzwulf Family are the most powerful in The League of Arbrecht. Their traits are golden hair, high degrees of military training, rash decisions and a subtle ruthlessness that rarely shines through, until the last moment.. The Patriarch, William Fitzwulf, died two years ago - having conquered Westerland's greatest rival and brought together Arbrecht into a semi-united League. The Family reputation is one of brutality and savagery, but upfront honesty. If a Fitzwulf has a bone to pick with you, you'll be the first to know. It's coffers are moderate; the war with Heldenbrecht cost them dearly, but the acquisition and sale of many fine treasures and artifacts from the conquered lands were well-placed to buoy this up, erasing the war debt. It's colours are black and gold, it's sigil is the golden wolf rampant, and it's motto is 'By Sword and Strife', but a more widely known saying is 'A Fitzwulf gives but one chance', referencing the House policy of offering a defeated foe peace before crushing them utterly.



[House Genealogy]
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House Vulferam
Mier, Banner Lords
"Strength in Size"


In a time of chaos and darkness, there was nothing but war. The ancestors of House Vulferam were once just a clan of barbaric mountain men with little education who learned to harness the wilderness around them to survive and, eventually, thrive. The harsh landscape of the wintery mountain regions of forests and ferocious animals became their safest home and eventually they managed to drive out neighboring clans, expanding their borders with exponential results. Auberon Skarpsvard “Sharp Sword” Vulferam changed everything. He reigned in the chaos of his clan with an iron fist. A great warrior and cunning leader, his descendants are no longer barbarians but a respectable house of lords whom rule the lands of Mier with calculating ruthlessness and efficiency.

Vulferams are known physically for their imposing and, at times, impossible heights; with brunette and auburn hair colors as well as blue or brown eyes. On occasion a cousin with fairer elements will find themselves into the mix when a spouse hails from a different region. But, like most of their northern clans, darker features with hardy physiques and tough mentalities thrive within this family. The House of Vulferam lives by a code of honor which has never been bent in nearly seven generations. They are known for their sharp intellect and ability to speak reason when others are blind to it and see the bigger picture in most circumstances. Although they prefer peace to war, they are not afraid to charge into battle when needed. The mountains are their home, and survival in cold, harsh wilderness is second nature to them. Women are often head-strong and find some way be equally as industrious as the men much to a banner lord’s chagrin.



[House Genealogy]
  • Conchobhar Tuathal Murchadh Vulferam IV "Conall the Terrible/the Great" -- Sharin Silverstein
    • Conchobhar Tuathal Murchadh Vulferam V "Conri" -- Sepphora Blanchard
      • Conchobhar Tuathal Murchadh Vulferam VI "Conor" -- Ammeline DeLauncey
        • Everild Ammeline Sithmaith Vulferamn (twin)
        • Conchobhar Tuathal Murchadh Vulferam VII "Conan” (twin)
        • Sigrid Isolde Rathnait Vulferam
        • Aurelius Seachlann Tuathal Vulferam
        • Egon Ragnvald Murchadh Vulferam
        • Clementine Tuilelaith Mavourneen Vulferam
      • Eimear Aingeal Rathnait Vulferam -- Spouse
        • Iuile Toireasa Dairine Vulferam
        • Braith Olwen Fearghus Vulferam
      • Shirin Ailis Deirdre Vulferam
      • Aibhilin Aine Rioghnach Vulferam
      • Ivor Tancred Somerled Vulferam -- spouse
        • Ioan Urien Brynmor Vulferam
        • Dwynwyn Fiollina Isolde Vulferam
      • Coralie Skade Morrioghain Vulferam
      • Niamh Deryn Gormflaith Vulferam
      • Sunniva Oighrig Ermendrud Vulferam
      • Axel Ferdinand Cearbhall Vulferam
      • Naomhan Andreas Tadhg Vulferam
      • Iris Deryn Gormflaith Vulferam
    • Fionnbharr Seachlann Torcan Vulferam -- Heloise Maciomhair
      • Ceallachan Fionnbharr Erskine Vulferam (twin) -- Lucrezia Silverstein
        • Algernon Cearbhall Anrai Vulferam
        • Emlyn Gwenllian Morgan Vulferam
        • Dillon Henwas Mabon Vulferam
      • Mathuin Torcan Hywel Vulferam (twin)
      • Ríoghnach Éibhleann Ciara Vulferam Peakson
      • Cinaed Aemilianus Lanzo Vulferam -- Reginleif Grunewald
        • Lonnia Emiline Ryannia Vulferam
        • Bearach Niall Siothrun Vulferam
      • Breanainn Seachlann Adalsteinn Vulferam
      • Fionnuala Mavourneen Ailis Vulferham
      • Eirlys Raganhildis Orfhlaith Vulferam
    • Oisin Mathuin Fearghus Vulferam -- Vreni Everhart
      • Holden Auberon Ivor Vulferam -- Spouse
        • Alison Mairsile Deirbhill Vulferam
        • Eithne Sadhbh Finnguala Vulferam
      • Maeve Sylvia Eilis Vulferam
      • Aisling Lorelei Lee Vulferam
      • Donnchadh Chlodovicious Anrai Vulferam
      • Sappho Caoilfhionn Svana Vulfernam
      • Aindreas Fionnbharr Eadbhard Vulferam
    • Tennyson Seachlann Conchobhar Vulferam -- Spouse
      • Bendigeidfran Zephaniah Elwood Vulferam -- Spouse
        • Harriet Helene Toireasa Vulferam
      • Corrine Chrystos Ava Vulferam
      • Shaun Fitzwilliam Harold Vulferam
      • Olwen Briony Brigh Vulferam
      • Algernon Cathal Eimhin Vulferam
      • Tuilelaith Sithmaith Vera Vulferam
    • Beverly Aoibhe Annabel Vulferam Morrisam
    • Einri Seachlann Cathal Vulferam -- Beatrix Blackmoor
      • Enfys Seachlann Dwynwyn Vulferam “Wyn”
      • Elyan Cathal Braith Vulferam
  • Adelais Caoileann Eira Vulferam Blanchard
  • Meiric Urien Mostyn Vulferam


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Berghjärta, Mier
Represented by Burg Neuschwanstein



House Silverstein
Vassal, Lesta
“Swift of Mind, Grace of Skill”



During the era of Auberon Skarpsvard, the Silversteins were a clan of nomadic cave-dwellers, crafters, and hunters that often tried to avoid conflict as best as they could. Under the strong hand of Auberon, they quickly became allies of the Vulferam clan leader and were the first to pledge their allegiance to the cause of unifying under a singular command. Over time that friendship has strengthened as the Silversteins continue to support and protect House Vulferam in any way they can. Their region of Lesta is best known for its scouts and artisans, specifically in glass-blowing and metalsmithing.

Those of the Silverstein bloodline are said to have a somewhat fae-like appearance. Their features are long and elegant with almost platinum blonde hair and fair eyes as their dominant traits. They are a deeply superstitious bunch, rooted heavily in the worshiping of Gwenpher the Mother of the Mountains. Upon first glance they don’t appear to be survivalists, but the Silverstein family are lovers of earth and nature and can thrive in the mountains away from civilization for surprising lengths of time. Though they are not of a stocky, military build the way other Arbrechtian houses are; they have impeccable sight and have always been indispensable in armed contingencies as scouts.


[House Genealogy]
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House Grunewald
Vassal, Bjargheim
“We Staunchly Guard”



NOTE: This family has not yet been officially declared vassal lords in game at this point.
The Grunewald family now joins the ranks of the honored nobility under the Vulferam lords. For years the Grunewald lineage has fought by the side of the Vulferam family within the military ranks. Many have brought the greatest of triumphs to the region of Mier, sacrificing their lives to serve at the side of the Conchobhar descendants. Sir Valdemar Grunewald, one of Conor’s most trusted captains during the Arbrecht War as well as having served Conri during the War of Heldenbrecht, has been given the honorable recognition that they well deserve. Despite gaining the title in the midst of post-war expenditures, their small castle home in Bjargheim serves as an untouched stronghold that dodged the Fitzwulf destruction and is now poised to be a veritable staunch ally while the Vulferams recover.

Grunewald men are hardy military types and the women are equally as intimidating. Though a lot of them are shorter in stature by comparison, they sport darker features with black and brunette hair as well as brown or green eyes. You’ll occasionally spot a ginger in the mix as it is a recessive gene that many of them carry but uncommonly produce. Grunewalds have heavy constitutions as well; they were barely touched by the plague, and many can eat foods that would often leave others sick for days.


[House Genealogy]
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House Montrose
Maldenham, Banner Lords
"I Roar, Not Squeal"


The Montroses are an old house, centuries older than the throne of Forsilvra. They rule as Earls of the Green over unruly clans that occupy a cold, raiy land of hills and rock. They are not overly rich, not exceedingly educated, nor well acquainted with the world. The biggest thing they have is their pride, and their swords. Their land boasts the best archers in the five kingdoms, good scouts and hunters, and lots of its men served as mercenaries, mostly in Arbrecht, but sometimes beyond. Montroses claim their descent from an ancient hero Monroe The Bold, a great scourge of Arbrecht, who was defeated by Jerrod himself, and from then on assisted the Great Warrior in his adventures.


[House Genealogy]
Craig's bastard children:
  • Blair Montrose
  • Keith Montrose
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Lionskeep, Maldenham
Represented by Ackergill Castle

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House Brabant
Ernsaw, Banner Lords
"Survive And Strive"



House Brabant is the house that had modest beginnings and grew into a vassal house. Starting as a brave warrior surviving underneath a Blanchard King, the House Brabant began as more of an order of unlanded knights, each member trained magnificently in arms and combat. After decades of service, the Brabants were raised to the status of vassal house and were given lands in return for their remarkable service to the Blanchard King. There are conflicting tales of the Brabants in battle. There are stories of the great honor and respect shown in the course of combat by the Brabants. There are also tales of ruthless tactics and gruesome slaughters headed by Brabants. They will do anything to survive. In the ashes of war, they seem able to strive to greater heights. When Heldenbrecht was destroyed, the surviving Brabants knew they had to surrender to the Fitzwulf to continue to exist. In return, the Fitzwulfs allowed the Brabants to maintain their lands in the shadows of the ruins of Heldenbrecht.

Overall, they are a martial group, all trained in the art of war. Some prefer to fight dirty, others to fight chivalrous, but as long as they survive the fight, that is what they deemed to be important. They are known for the loyalty to their sworn lords, but they are an ambitious group. Seeing how their Blanchard lords have been dismantled and destroyed, they yearn for the day they can avenge the destruction of Heldenbrecht.


[House Genealogy]
  • Ivan 'The Mountain' Brabant -- Spouse
  • Ser Zaan ‘The Blind’ Brabant -- Spouse
    • Lars Brabant -- Spouse
      • Gerard Brabant
      • Maryse Brabant
    • Aindreas Brabant -- Heike Brabant
      • Nikoline Brabant*
      • Emerens Brabant
      • Corinne Brabant
    • Barnabus Brabant
  • Aessa Alinar (Ward)

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The North Gate, Ernsaw
Represented by Rochestor Castle



House Alinar
Ernsaw, Former Banner Lords, No longer exists
"Blood and Fury"


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House Alinar's origins are that of a people swept in exile. They arrived in Arbrecht six hundred years ago after a bloody feud divided their people in half from their original homeland in the west. The cold north makes for hard people, and House Alinar does not truly see themselves as noble. They are the family that was elected by their fellow tribesmen of Ernsaw to rule to represent them. The Alinars hold a keep and have the smallest army in Arbrecht, as their fighters are merely a percentage of the population. A man can keep what he kills in Ernsaw, and even the lowliest man can achieve the highest glory. House Alinar is the only clan chieftain family to keep power for so long, following the custom of passing it from father to most powerful son. That being said not always does the eldest son inherit the house and there have been cases of second sons or even third killing their brothers to take power. However in recent times the house has been in disarray, as for the last fifteen years before its current Lord Tancen's rise to power, his mother, Aurelie Blanchard Alinar ruled in the name of her son, the first for any woman in Ernsaw. It's house words are “Blood and Fury.”



[House Genealogy]
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House Mercer
Vassal, Dhas
"All In Excellence"



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House Mercer is a very ancient house, one that has a long and glorious past, with appropriately impressive legendary stories of the founding of their house and city. For as long as any record shows House Mercer occupied the site of Dhas, and over time built it into a thriving city. By many standards Dhas is a small city, but acknowledged to be well designed and planned with stunning architecture. The Mercers see the city as a perfect jewel, not the sprawling messes of other cities.

The Mercers enjoyed only fleeting independence on Kelailles, lacking a sizeable enough population to field large armies and reluctantly formed alliances with more powerful neighbours. Despite relatively weak military strength the Mercers enjoyed a prominent role on the island for centuries based on their wealth, prestige and clever handling of the rival factions on the island. Even though the standard and size of their armies is often poor they have a proud tradition of ruthless and brilliant commanders and intelligent warfare. The impressive defences of the city have helped them survive many sieges.

The Mercers consider themselves the epitome of nobility; cultured, intelligent, ruthless and experts in warfare. They are known for arrogance that sometimes borders on madness and it is rare they will acknowledge their own inferiority in any field. The rest of the kingdom sees them as exceptionally skilled knights, expert scholars and with special skill in engineering and architecture, helping to create the formidable defences an architectural beauty of the city. The Mercers are also a very rich house, this wealth has been created through a combination of the precious pearls which lie just off the coast and the intricate jewellery they help create, trade in various rare goods (the Mercers have a small navy but a large merchant fleet) and designing and selling weapons, usually catapults and similar intricate military devices. They are also a house with a lot of “old money”, treasure accumulated from a long history of warfare. Recently the house had become involved in banking and loans but they only dealt with the elite of the kingdom and often these loans were not given for any real financial gain but to gain friends and allies.

In recent years the Mercers came into increasing conflict with the Storms and their allies on the island, while vassals of the Storms they began to chafe under their rule. A run of aggressive and proud Mercers did not help matters and they soon found themselves on the margins of power on the island.


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Strun Bah Qo, Kelailles
Represented by Olavinlinna Castle




House Hollen
Vassal, Hornburg
"Gore Them All"



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"Gore Them All", no truer words used to describe perhaps the most vicious and powerful, second to House Storm, in all of Kelailles. Originally a clan of warriors that came to Kelailles over 700 years ago, they earned their fame, and banner during the first war against the Harcourts. War is in their blood, and not surprisingly the maintain the largest standing army in Kelailles. Led by the mighty Edmund Hollen, known for his fury and power on the field of battle, they are a force to be reckoned with. House Hollen is however not known for breeding knights, to them being a Knight is seen as going against tradition of fighting, and to be a knight is to be weak in their eyes. A rivalry exists between House Hollen and House Cain, the exact cause is unknown to most, but it is believed to be a personal rivalry between Edmund Hollen and Harold Cain.



[House Genealogy]
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House Storm
Former Banners
"Calm Before the Storm"



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The Storms are an ancient royal house, who trace their ancestry and founding back to ancient Arbrecht war heroes such as Sigmund the Stormlord, who led the conquest of the Tivark kingdom and established the Kelaillan Stormlands, and Torygg Stormcaller who united the peoples of ancient Arbrecht. The Storms rule their island hold from the mountain stronghold of Strun Bah Qo in the western mountains, over the united houses of Kelailles. Their words are "Calm Before the Storm."

The Storms and their vassals follow their own religion, the Way of the Storm, and are held together by ancient traditions foreign to even the rest of Arbrecht. The Stormlands bear a higher percentage of a militant population than any other hold in the kingdom, being descended from great warriors and a culture well-tested in combat. Some of the most remarkable knights and highly disciplined soldiers are found in Kelailles, though they are usually much outnumbered by other houses.


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