House Pentiwichen

Divine Right and Deep Roots

House Pentiwichen are the rulers of the Empire of Pallernia and Grand Duchy of Jegrim. They wield great influence in Southern Lethea and are believed to be blessed by the Goddess of the Abreanist religion, Abrea of Sentijk

With the power of God and steel, all of Lethea shall be forced to kneel.
— Emperor Ruprecht Pentiwichen, 1540

Assets

Aurtzkaen Castle

Aurtzkaen is a large and impressive castle that has served as the home for House Pentiwichen for over 700 years. It's located on a hill in Aurkustel, the great capital of the Empire of Pallernia. It lies east of the Pallern river and north of the Lenten ocean.

Tolmenpeg Castle

Tolmenpeg is a small castle located in Toffin, the capital of the Grand Duchy of Jegrim. The Pentiwichens seized the castle from their former inhabitants after Emperor Hans Pentiwichen subjugated their people and turned the country into a puppet state.

History

Rise to Power

The Pentiwichen dynasty was founded by a woman who was born in a small village somewhere in the Penti Fields. Her name was Tiyla and at an early age, her village was attacked and her parents brutally slaughtered. She survived only thanks to the help of a traveling hillenist sister. The sister took her to the capital of the Kingdom of Montilia, Alechtveer, and allowed her to grow up in one of the local litskirijk until she was old enough to work on her own.

After leaving the safety of the kirijk, she forged ahead, begging on the streets while trying to find employment; but she quickly began to notice that talking and persuading others were two of her stronger skills and made a career of begging instead. Being discontent with her lot in life, she made plans, giving spare money to the townsfolk and making herself known to the nobility of Alechtveer.


Montilian flag
Flag of Montilia
The exact details of Tiyla's rise to the throne of Montilia have remained unclear, but the record shows that when King Linus II of House Lotteritz died without an heir in 136 AA, the nobles elected Tiyla as their new queen. In general, the names of noble houses are drawn from their lands, cities, castles, or the birthplace of their dynasty, but all Tiyla knew about her past was that she had been born somewhere in the Penti Fields, so she chose to the name Pentiwichen for herself.
All hail her royal highness Tiyla of House Pentiwichen, Queen of Montilia.
— Coronation of Queen Tiyla Pentiwichen

A few years after her rise to power, she fabricated rumors of a great horde of mounted barbarians who were expanding their borders and preparing an invasion. Her ruse succeeded in convincing the kings of her neighboring countries to unite their armies under a the banner of a military alliance.
Pallernian flag
Flag of Pallernia

The kings of Worland, Hartilia, and Latsolia accepted Queen Tiyla's treaty, but within the next two months she had managed to overthrow her partners and during the next year's Victory Day, she declared herself Queen of Pallernia, a completely new country that she named after the ethnic Pallernians, a people who themselves were named after the river Pallern.

Queen Tiyla Pentiwichen kept ruling over her country until her death in 188 AA, after which she was officially declared the Saint of Beggars and her son, Erhard Pentiwichen, inherited the throne. By then Pallernia had already become a powerful state, the only other nearby country strong enough to oppose them being the Kingdom of Rustilia.


Map of the Pallernic region a year before the rise of House Pentiwichen




Current Situation

The Empire of Pallernia is possibly the strongest country in all of Lethea, but despite their large armies, natural resources, and the backing of the Hillenistic Church, the Pentiwichens and their ambitions have been halted.

Nearby countries have formed a bulwark against the Pallernic advances by forging military alliances. In the east, the Eastern Entente, an organization consisting of the Kingdom of Enlitica, the Military Dictatorship of Vivernia, and the small and mostly insignificant Empire of Dra'kn. In the north-east, a similar organization, but more focused on fighting against the Pentiwichen's religious beliefs called the Baglamist Security Union, was formed, and it's member states are the Aristocratic Republic of R├╝kenland and the Magocracy of Alminthas.

In response, Emperor Hans Pentiwichen signed a treaty with an enemy of their enemy, the Peasant's Republic of Aussel, and together they formed the Lipsig Treaty Organization, a new alliance meant to disencourage future attacks from the Eastern Entente and the Baglamist Security Union.

If a war were to break out, many of Empress Sofia Pentiwichen's vassals might align with her enemies in hopes that they could win back their independence. The Pentiwichens know this and because of this threat, the new Empress of Pallernia has made internal affairs rather than expansion the public policy of her state.

Notable Members

Name Birth/Death Achievements
Saint Tiyla Pentiwichen 109 - 188 Founded House Pentiwichen and established the Kingdom of Pallernia
Emperor Ferten Pentiwichen 716 - 789 Formed a personal union with the Kingdom of Rustilia-Hardisle and established the Empire of Pallernia
Emperor Heinrich Pentiwichen 1477 - 1539 Conquered the Morphelian tribes and established the Kingdom of Morphel
Emperor Hans Pentiwichen 1528 - 1564 Subjucated the people of Jegrim and established a puppet government
Empress Sofia Pentiwichen 1548 - TBD Current head of the dynasty and Empress of Pallernia

Faith, Order, Prosperity

Country Pallernia, Jegrim Founder Tiyla I, Queen of Pallernia Current head Sofia II, Empress of Pallernia
Founding Date
136 AA
Type
Geopolitical, Great house
Leader
Sofia Pentiwichen
Location
Aurkustel
Related ethnicities
Titles
  • Emperor of Pallernia
  • King of Montilia
  • King of Worland
  • King of Hartilia
  • King of Latsolia
  • Grand Duke of Jegrim
  • Duke of Hartil
  • Duke of Westgap
  • Count of Aurkustel
  • Count of Ratte
  • Count of Abstel
  • Count of Toffin
Former Titles
  • King of Morphel
  • Count of Leussen

Divine Right

Every Pentiwichen descendant from Saint Tiyla has golden hair and golden eyes that have a slight glow to them. When a Pentiwichen dies, the golden color fades away and their natural, usually dark brown hair and hazel eyes, comes back. House Pentiwichen claims that this unique condition affects them because the spirit of the goddess Abrea lives in each of them, essentially giving them their divine right to rule, and when they die the spirit leaves the body.

Current Head of the Dynasty

Empress Sofia II of Pallernia
Empress Sofia II of Pallernia by Mihkel Rand
To make lemonade, we require lemons, but for that, we need internal stability!

Rivalry

House Herwick used to own land in the Empire of Pallernia back when they still called themselves House Herwichen, but when the empire began arresting mages, the Herwicks protested. When they learned that soldiers were on their way to arrest them and seize their lands, they fled the country, taking as many mages and other adventurous men and women with them.

Eventually, their band acquired weapons, armor, and a desire to settle down. Luckily for them, the Enlitic Kingdom, a nation of panedur that had been engaged in a civil war, was weak and vulnerable. The Herwicks exploited that weakness and established their own nation. However, this only worsened relations with House Pentiwichen.

Comments

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22 Jan, 2019 22:31

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24 Jan, 2019 16:39

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24 Jan, 2019 22:57

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23 Jan, 2019 02:58

Great article! I like the info under their history and how rich and detailed it is and the rise to power of Tiyla Pentiwichien is an interesting bit of info to read. You use adequate amounts of linking here and this combined with the family tree, flag and formatting make for an excellent article. Congratulations and keep up the good work!

24 Jan, 2019 16:48

First, I love the details with the coat of arms, it's very pleasing to look at. Second, that steel/kneel quote at the start really sets the tone. I like that Tiyla chose to do something about her situation, even if it seems likely her actions were not completely "good". (Though good itself is subjective.) Her use of well-placed rumors in order to solidify her position and unite the neighboring kingdoms before taking control - that was very clever. And using the map feature for the family tree worked out very well, I think. You've earned yourself a follow. Once I have enough free time, I'm going to go back and catch up with everyone on my follow list. Or at least try. I think Tiyla's story would be interesting to read in story form.   Keep up the good work. :)

25 Jan, 2019 10:03

Thank you for all the feedback, I'm glad you liked it <3 As for Tiyla, I was planning on writing her an article, but the story form idea also sounds cool! I'll see if I can put something together in the future :)

25 Jan, 2019 16:02

You're very welcome. Best of luck.

24 Jan, 2019 16:51

First of all - holy hell, you put a LOT of effort into this and it shows from just a glance. Maps, flags, relationships, a table, and a whole tree? I'm impressed simply from a glance and that's before I get into the actual reading-the-words part.   Right! Onto the meat of it. The family motto is rhythmic and catchy, and gives me the impression of a bit of an arcane chant of some sort. You know, the kind someone would yell before burning down your homeland with a calamitous spell. You mention that the dynasty's founder was attacked and her village burnt down - what attacked them? There's not an indication of that, and I'd like to see something on it.   Some pedantry: 'she began noticing that talking and persuading others was one of her stronger skills' isn't quite grammatically correct. 'Was' refers to one thing, and you've got it pointing at two. In addition, 'she began noticing' is a bit clunky - consider 'she noticed' or 'she began to notice' instead?   I'd very much like to know how this girl got herself noticed and crowned a queen, and I'm a little sad there's not more on that! I take it that's part of her mystery? ;) Clever woman, though, to trick her neighbours into allying. Was there any evidence of the hordes existing - did she have allies to make her lies more believable?   The table at the bottom gives us a brief overview of what each ruler did, and I'm so curious as to how these circumstances came about. Be sure to write up their stories at some point, even if it's brief - I'd love to know how they ended up forming a union with their only opposing power, and how House Herwick managed to flourish against such a powerful enemy!

25 Jan, 2019 10:33

Thank you for all the feedback <3 I've been trying to improve the formatting ever since WE so I'm glad you like it!   I'd didn't want to add the founder's entire story to this article as I feared it might get too long and I was planning on making a separate article for her in the future. Same goes for all of the notable people in the table. The hordes did exist (most likely the same one that attacked her village), but they weren't organized and strong enough to pose a threat to any of their armies.   The union story I still need to figure out, all I know for now is that it didn't last long and as soon as the people of Rustilia and Hardisle detected weakness, they declared independence and ended up wining back their freedom. Later the Pentiwichens wages a series of new wars against them and conquered them again, but separatist movements are still active and they might try something if they feel like they have a chance of winning.   House Herwick has kept their nation alive by allying with a bunch of other nations and forming a coalition against House Pentiwichen and their empire. The Pentiwichens know that they need to avoid large wars before they can make sure that the separatists won't declare independence and help their enemies.   Thank you again and thanks for noticing my grammar mistake!

24 Jan, 2019 16:56

This is an article which is brilliantly executed in layout and writing. The rhyming first quote is rhyming, and really sets the tone for the family.   Formatting, I think that turning the Rise to Power into a double-column to save space and legibility was a great move, and I very much liked your use of a table to show the notable members. Do you plan to link them later?   Using the map as a family tree looks great, and I'm glad you made use of the full footer for that. As a heads up: as a grandmaster you can also draw polygons around those, make them invisible, and add click-text to each that tells you more about them or links to their article. I think that would be a nice touch for later iterations of this page!   Writing-wise, I like how concise this article is. You get a strong sense of the family in a short span, so the article gets you interested without overstaying its welcome. As someone who has a hard time following longer articles, I personally love this.   Well done!   Now for my prompting question: is there any member of the family who is misremembered? Vilified or put on a pedestal, perhaps?

25 Jan, 2019 11:06

Thank you for all the kind words and feedback! All the notable family members and the countries that were mentioned in the article will get their own articles in the future. Thank you for informing me about the invisible polygons for the map, I wasn't aware of that and it seems like it would be perfect for the family tree. As for the question, Emperor Heinrich is a character who has been put on a pedestal and is remembered as a great leader, but in reality, his only great achievement was conquering land and then losing it to the native tribes a few years later.

29 Jan, 2019 03:36

A truly inspiring article that is a master class of formatting, original art, and clever use of maps. I never would have thought about using the 'map' feature for family trees. The writing of course is enchanting, and the way everything ties in with links makes this a great starting point into your world. It is articles like this that continue to push the boundaries of what is possible to convey on World Anvil.

29 Jan, 2019 06:53

Thank you for all the kind words <3

5 Feb, 2019 16:55

Very nice work Dhelian, certainly worthy of the premier league! Fantastic map, family trees, and relationships. I love the history of the first queen, though it did leave me wondering what the reactions would be of these kings she forced out of power through a military alliance. Did those she overthrow rebel? Did they accept it as they no longer have an army? Left some questions, but great work!