The Rubies Regnant
An Emperor need not bother with the frivolities of rule. We are the gems of His crown! We are the Rubies that complement His blackest of diamonds!The ruling structure of the Medimian Empire has long been fraught with political struggles, from petty courtroom drama to nightly assassinations. Various emperors and empresses found themselves drawn into the game, some winding up dead, others earning greater control than any before them. As the dynasties progressed and the empire gained power, it was no secret that the ruling class found this unacceptable. And so came the Rubies Regnant: pinnacles of Medimian ideals given extensive powers over sections of the church or state. Each ruby is represented in the Juris Diadem, and one of the crown's enchantments reflects the eye of each current Ruby Regnant in the physical jewel, granting the impression that the Rubies are always watching.
Each of the Rubies Regnant has power over a different sector of the Empire, and thus has a number of different responsibilities. The current five Rubies cover the areas of War, Trade, Law, Religion, and Research.
Grounds for Removal/Dismissal
Traditionally, a Ruby holds their position until death. However, within the past few centuries, new rules have been instated by the Emperor to allow Rubies to retire if they have reached an age or mental state that prevents them from correctly performing their duties. Only the Emperor can grant a request for retirement, and should the Ruby in question be denied, they will often simply be killed for treasonous thoughts instead. Former Rubies are treated with the same respect they once held and are often called upon in a strictly advisory role. Even a dead Ruby is not spared this: the Ruby of Religion will gladly call upon the soul of a passed Ruby if said Ruby died whilst in a position of respect. Treasonous Rubies often have their souls called back to then be bound to a soul gem to prevent other nations from doing similar and gaining state secrets.
Emperor Salvius Iustianus Valenus established the Rubies Regnant in 3285 EA after his ascension was marred by a series of political duels and assassinations that threatened to destablise the legal structure in place over the region of Lucis. Pressure from neighbouring Vriestadt led Salvius to believe that a war would break out if something wasn't done to strengthen his regime and reduce the in-fighting, but it still took a direct threat from one of the lower lords - who very much regretted it - to push Salvius into establishing the Rubies.
The Emperor took the Diadem from his head and bore it aloft, and so flowed his power - each of the Rubies erupted with scarlet light! He swore that they would mark our Empire's path forward, and the Gods themselves agreed: the Beams became Sceptres, and a Great Tournament was held to name their First Holders!
Her Imperial Grace Isaura Esdras Lexea currently holds the position of the Ruby regnant over War, and leads the assault against the Aletheian Empire and its vassal state of Ordan. His Imperial Grace Emidius Cyricus Domitus held the position of Ruby regnant over Trade during the late 3500s and remains a household name for the naval and trade connections established with a number of tribes and countries located across Xin Jiyu and Takawaoku. He is held in high respect as one of the first to prove the worth of Emperor Salvius's plans.
- Civic, Political
- Currently active; 5 holders.
- Decree of Emperor Salvius Iustianus Valenus, 3285 EA
- Form of Address
- His Imperial Grace
- Alternative Naming
- the Ruby of...
- Source of Authority
- the Emperor of the Medimian Empire
- Length of Term
- Until death or honourable retirement
- Related Organizations