Renala Nareith

Queen Renala Nareith- Lenis (a.k.a. Nirenia Illesa, The Queen of Songs)

"Renala, you have a bright future ahead of you. This I can already feel." Said her mother.

- A passage from 'The Bard, the King, and the Noblewoman'

Renala was born as an only child to the noble family Lenís and later married to the crown prince, Aenryk Nareith. She was mostly known for skipping her royal duties to go out and pretending to be the bard Nirenia Illesa, and the stories about her love life. During her lifetime and a few years after, she was a quite popular queen amongst the common people in her country, though she was not exactly popular amongst the noble. The nobles often called her the Beggar Queen behind her back, since she would often play for money which she gave to the poor people in her country. She died fairly young while giving birth to her first-born.

Fiction and non-fiction written about her

It were not until recent, scholars found letters from Renala written to the bard, Ieonas, who taught her to play the lute, and was her lover. Up until this discovery, there have been written a lot of fiction about her, some closer to the historical findings than others. There seem to be a split understanding of her love life in the fictional stories about her:

Renala, the Faithful Wife

These type fictional stories about her tend to have the understanding that Renala was a faithful wife to king Aenryk. These stories often start at the banquet where her father introduced her to Society of the Nobles, where she had to play the harp and sing a song. The young prince Aenryk fell in love with her voice and wanted to marry her immediately.
During their wedding, the young bard, Ieonas, saw Renala and fell in love. Unable to bear the thought of her marrying another he tried to court her, but did not succeed since Renala's heart only belonged to Aenryk, and was a devoted wife to him. After seven years, Ieonas, consumed by desire, wanted to kill the king and take her for his wife. He had not seen Renala had been pregnant, for his advances towards had been stopped a year earlier by the king.
He managed to sneak into the castle as a servant, poisoning a cup he thought were the king's, but it was brought to Renala, who was giving birth to the heir. Shortly after she held the new born prince, she drank from the cup due to thirst, and died while holding the infant. King Aenryk angered and in mourning, wanted revenge. He searched his whole kingdom after Ieonas, and when finding him, he made sure to bury him deep beneath the earth, no light of the Glux could guide him to Irath'las.

Renala, the Wife and Lover

These types tend to have a different understanding of her. Often these stories start before the introduction banquet, where she meets the bard, Ieonas, to learn playing the lute, but her father does not want her to mingle with commoners and locks her up for two years until the introduction banquet. During those two years she makes her chambermaid bring letters to and from her in order to keep contact, and from these letters, she starts to develop feelings.
During the introduction banquet, the young prince Aenryk fall in love with her voice, that he immediately asks his father to marry her, which happens two years after. Renala is bound by honour and duty due to her being the only heir of the Lenís, and accepts the marriage, even though her heart belongs to another. Only a year after her marriage, Aenryk becomes king due to his father's death, and she becomes queen. But her heart longs for her true love - Ieonas, and she often skip her duties to travel incognito to meet him and play music with him, earning money for the poor.
Just seven years after she was crowned, she dies giving birth to king Aenryk's son. The king mourned her passing, but not long after discovers the love letters written by Ieonas, that she had kept closest to her heart. In his fury he hunted down Ieonas, swore they would never reunite again and buried him alive deep under ground.

The differences


Often the audiences for these stories are different, the story of her being the faithful wife is often told amongst the nobles who honours her meekness and faithfulness towards her husband. The other story about her having a lover is often told amongst the common people.

Recent discoveries do indeed confirm that the commoner's story is closest to her lived life, and that she did indeed pretend to be a bard to collect money for the poor. The closest fictional story I have found would be The Bard, the King, and the Noblewoman written by P. Anther, but even that contains elements of fiction.
My most heartily beloved Ieonas, my Heart burneth of yearning for you. Ye shalt understand I received a Token from you, a token I would heartily welcome, alas I cannot welcome it, for surely my Husband would know. I let you know the Words ye wrote are ingraved in my Heart, and though it pains me to lose the sight of thine Letter and Token so fair. My heart burneth from the ill that happens in Atlasé and the ill that keeps us asunder. Mine love...
- A survived part of a letter written by Renala

Mental characteristics

Personal history

Renala was in a born noble family named Lenís in the country of Atlasé, her family became rich on the war between Aistana and Estain in 407 AGD where the demand on iron rose. The Lenis family were the local authorities where miners had made a settlement to a nearby mine, and the family enjoyed a fair part of the outcome, since the exploitation of the mineral-rich subsurface profited them, and the revenue increased.

Her mother and father were unable to produce more siblings to her, leaving Renala to be the only heir. Renala was a genius since she was very little and her parents hired tutors to make her the perfect heir to the family and a perfect bride to a future husband. She was also very musical from a young age and learned to play the harp and singing, but her thirst for knowledge often led her to sneak out and befriend commoners.

When she turned twelve, she heard of a wandering bard, named Ieonas, and sought him out to learn how to play the lute. At first he was not interested, but she stole the attention of the audience with her voice, and they had a small song battle, which led them to be friends. She often helped him earn money, until one day her father discovered what she was doing and locked her up.

Until the day of her introduction banquet, she would only be allowed to associate with a few selected friend, her family, and her tutors. On the day of her introduction ball, she performed a song, which supposedly made the young crown prince of Atlasé, fall in love with her.

The rest of her known personal history is almost identical to the commoner's version of the story.

Education

From a very young age, Renala was trained to be absolutely perfect in everything. She was a fast learner, and within a span of five years she learned 4 languages, amongst these the old language Divendus.
Math, philosophy, history, and literature was also tutored to her, because her parents needed her to be able to manage the Lenís castle and mine while her father was at war.
"Fine I shall try not to steal the audience attention from you. At least for now." She answered with a bright smile.
- A passage from 'The Bard, the King, and the Noblewoman'
She also learned to play the harp and singing. Her lute-playing were not appreciated by her parents, who thought the lute was not an appropriate instrument for a noblewoman, which were a shared belief amongst the nobles in Atlasé.

Social

Reign

Queen Renala's reign only lasted seven years until her death in 429. She became queen when Aenryk's father died in a hunting accident just a year after her marriage with Aenryk. Aenryk wanted to continue the war against Bainoil in order to gain more territory. Stories and letters tells us that when meetings about the war effort took place she would defy expectations and skipped them to pretend to be the bard.
At that time it was frowned upon by the nobles and royals alike, but in the recent years she is considered to be a peacekeeper at heart, and her kind heart towards the poor in her country have made charity more popular.

Religious Views

While raised an Irathian, she converted in secret to Tynelusian. Her letters to Ieonas suggest it was he who persuaded her to walk this road. In her letters she describes Irathians to "be blinded by past glories", and with the Tynelusian belief she was free to find her own balance in life.
Whilst in recent years there have been a discussion amongst the Irathian priests to make her a Hailan for her kind heart and charity to set an example to the followers of Irath, they have not been able to do this, because of her belief in Tynelusism.

Relationships

Species
Ethnicity
Life
404 AGD 429 AGD 25 years old
Circumstances of Death
Died giving birth to a son.
Birthplace
Castle Lenís, Atlasé
Place of Death
Anmordrén, Atlasé
Spouses
Siblings
Children
Presented Sex
Female
Eyes
Dark blue
Hair
Dark brown
Belief/Deity
Publicly Irathian, but in secret Tynelusism
Aligned Organization
Spouse
Aenryk Nareith
Issue
Faeron Nareith


Queen Renala ruled Atlasé,
often went out on a bard quest.
All the townsfolk came to hear,
her voice was simply the best.
In Anmodren Queen Renala rests

Ieonas obsessed indeed he was,
he wanted the queen for himself.
Poisoned a cup meant for the King,
he placed it on the shelf.
In Anmodren Queen Renala rests.

After the birth, her throat was dry,
she took a sip from the cup.
Queen Renala died in the King's arms,
and the King's tears could not be stopped.
In Anmodren Queen Renala rests.


Comments

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12 Feb, 2022 18:36

I moan for her. I hope she had a good life with Ieonas as long as she could and that her husband was a good husband and not another one who treats women not very gentlemen-like. Rest in Peace, my Beggar Queen.   PS: Being buried alive is so damn cruel.

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12 Feb, 2022 18:38

Good Job! A somewhat tragic tale, but i have noticed that theme among all the bards of noble blood. The fact that she died in childbirth, which was far more common in medieval times than it is now, was a very nice touch.   you also did a very good job on the artwork, quotes, and the song, all of which add to your article. Keep up the good work, i look forward to reading more of your articles on future challenges.

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12 Feb, 2022 18:42

Great article! Her story was very sad , it's a shame she died so young. I love the different version of her story and the fact that novels have been written about her XD The song and arts are very beautiful , congrats!   Only think that could be improve is adding a mention that she is from a noble family somewhere in the intro paragraph or near the start, as at first I thought she was the one from the royal family :p

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12 Feb, 2022 18:49

Nice article. It’s sad that she died so young.

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12 Feb, 2022 18:51

A Great Article!, Love the quotes and the format you used and the font!,

12 Feb, 2022 19:01

The artwork and scripture match up very well with the article! The different versions of the tale are very interesting, especially since obviously the queen is remembered fondly by the common people. It is an aspect of nobility that I really like to see fleshed out. It is a very touching story, and rightly remembered by the people.

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12 Feb, 2022 22:38

Great work! A sad story, especially because she died so young and during childbirth, but a well written one nonetheless. Really like how you made two versions for it, of course the nobles would start creating an incorrect one :p Also quite funny how you managed to get your name into the article xp   And of coure not to forget nice singing that you created for the article! ^^

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13 Feb, 2022 14:30

Ah, the mysterious article for which there is a whole short story. It's really good. Similar to many things in this world, there are again two versions, only this time it is resolved, which I think is well done. Also that this version "won" - I liked it more. And you also have a drawing as well as a song set to music - which in terms of style is absolutely fitting for the old folk tunes, which often live especially from these repeating lines at the end. So many of you have really put a lot of effort into it. Keep up the good work and I'm looking forward to the addition ^^.

15 Feb, 2022 22:44

I love the two different versions of the story of Renala. It makes the history come alive a little. I like the idea that she used to sneak out and play as a bard.   It's such a shame that she died so young in what I assume is childbirth (I don't think the poisoned cup is true).   The artwork, quotes, and the song are all beautiful. Really well done. <3

18 Feb, 2022 11:30

Ah the art turned out nice! after seeing it develope in the chat. Well done on the two sides of the same story.

19 Feb, 2022 17:22

This is a remarkable story, and I enjoyed every bit of it. The two versions of the legend make it very realistic, and the differences are nice to see. Have there been any recollections of what happened between them? It's also tempting to ask if the child is Aenryk's or Ieonas's?   I'm waiting for "The Bard, the King, and the Noblewoman" by P. Anther. :P   At last, I'd like to say that I love the art you made. It creates an excellent scenery for the article and sets up a mood of late medieval, but with so much more colour and diversity. Plus, the two goddesses resonate with the two versions of the story.   Thank you for a wonderful read!

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