TimelineHistory of Milana
Royal House of Tormevi
Below the queen, there are hereditary dukes and duchesses belonging to each major city. The queen technically holds the title of Duchess of Stronghaven, the Nazenne family are the dukes and duchesses of Byfox, the Ettarias of Moorpond, etc. Every hereditary dukess (as the ungendered form goes) is kept in check by a seneschal, appointed by the queen.
Underneath them, there are earls and barons, holding about equal power over individual towns and estates and acquired by noble status or financial wealth respectively.
There has always been a central realm on the Ionian continent. Pre-0 (the 'official' naming of the continent), humans, nymphs, and elves kept a number of various settlements, many of which remain to this day and have grown to be towns and cities, Swynden chief among them. Races remained separate, however, and suspicions ran high due to conflict-filled histories that are long since forgotten. For four hundred years after 0, however, people groups slowly began to mingle and grow in number. No one quite knows the reason-- some have thrown out the introduction of a bastardized Christianity and a brief period of fraternal (and not-so-fraternal) peace-- but for those years, often referred to as the 'Age of Birth', the population swelled and (primarily) nymph-human congress reached an all-time high.
The fragmentation of the nation, however, did not change during this time and, between 400 and 600, feudal conflict became standard. While the definitions of the future Milana were clear, everyone and their parents believed themselves to be the proper ruler of the realm. For these two hundred years, short-lived alliances and duchy borders were fluid and ever-changing, and siblings would murder siblings in the crib if only to remove the future competition.
In 595 a woman from Swynden by the name of Terezia Tormevi staked her familial claim to the throne. She claimed (without ever producing confirmable proof) that her ancestors had built the city and governed it for a thousand years, longer than any one dynasty had ever ruled a country- in fact, longer than any country had even existed. It was an empty claim (though Terezia believed it and never revealed any proof of fabrication), but she had a strong presence and people liked her, which was a lot more than any other Milani 'ruler' could say. By 600 she had convinced the majority of duchies and alliances to support her claim and declared her four daughters- ages 12, 8, 5, and 1- queens of Milana.
To an outside eye, Terezia's Revolt (as it became known) seems unlikely to have garnered so little retaliation. In truth, people were used to such quick dynastic turnover and most of her new allies intended to turn their back the moment she called for help. Terezia was very young (only thirty) and everyone expected her to either give up or be overthrown. Neither of these things happened and, until her youngest daughter's death in childbirth fifteen years later, the Tormevi dynasty existed with few major challenges to their authority. After Onesta's death and the ascension of her infant son, her surviving sisters, mother, and widower defended the baby's claim and established permanent Tormevi control over the nation.
Baudri II: While Baudri's reign began as an infant, he was known for the things his aunts, grandmother, and father did in his stead. Babies make weak kings, but somehow despite the turmoil of his early reign, he remained on the throne for thirty-five years.
Baudri III: The son of Baudri II, Baudri III's reign also began early- when he was ten. The youngest of three, his brother and sister took up powerful positions in Lyn Iddal (mother being a Brecelyn) and Morfinduil respectively, and Baudri assumed the throne, with his mother Keira playing regent. Keira was a powerful, stubborn ruler and it took Baudri's wife and daughter, also named Keira, to protect Milani interests from Lashaar's agendas.
Keira I: Milana has a pattern of young rulers, and Keira I was no exception, assuming the throne at eight. The longest-ruling queen to date, Keira held power for fifty-four years and, marrying her third cousin Jahn Ovresti, switched Milana's primary alliance from Lashaar to Iona.
Asha I: Asha Tormevi, named after her maternal grandmother, followed her mother's example and married well. Really well. While she didn't manage to acquire the duchy of Stronghaven by marrying an Atrinya, as her granddaughter later did, she did exert a large amount of influence on her in-laws over the course of (and beyond) their seven-year marriage.
Jochem I: The weakest ruler to date. Not a superb title, obviously, but justified by the fact that he not only ruled for three months and spent half of that time exploring the area beyond the Arnete in attempts to do what his mother had failed to do- acquire Stronghaven. Instead of doing that, he caught marsh fever and died in Greymerrow.
Vevra I and Max I: Vevra, who acquired the throne at the age of nine, had five children- more than any other Milani ruler to date- but still managed to avoid issues of succession: only one daughter actually wanted to rule. Known as "The Great", Vevra also did what her father and grandmother failed to do (acquire Stronghaven) by marrying its duke, Max Atrinya, and letting him rule alongside her. It was unprecedented and did, actually, work, at least until Max died. Because being king of Milana AND duke of Stronghaven was a lot, Max shared the ducal throne with his uncle Jochem, who dealt with Kieren Kalda's rebellion in Max's stead. It was a tumultuous period for Stronghaven, so it's no wonder that, after Max died and rule reverted solely to Jochem, Milana lost the territory.
Agnes I: The queen under which Milana fell. None of it was her fault- she actually managed to stabilize the country after the loss of Stronghaven- but for reasons unknown to her, the Ovresti alliance collapsed and her entire family (excepting daughter Kiernen and grandchildren) murdered.
Kiernen I: The current ruling queen, and possibly the last. Her rule is disputed due to the fact that Milani territory consists solely of Lolinglas now, but she is fighting to regain what her ancestors held.
Ante omnia mutuam vitae
600 - 816
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