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.
Aurtzkaen CastleAurtzkaen 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 CastleTolmenpeg 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.
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.
All hail her royal highness Tiyla of House Pentiwichen, Queen of Montilia.
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.
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 SituationThe 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 Rükenland and the Magocracy of Alminthas.
In response, Crown Prince Hans Pentiwichen signed a treaty with an enemy of their enemy, the Peasant's Republic of Aussel, and together they formed the Lipsig Treaty Organisation, 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.
|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
- Founding Date
- 136 AA
- Geopolitical, Great house
- 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
- King of Morphel
- Count of Leussen
Current Head of the Dynasty
To make lemonade, we require lemons, but for that, we need internal stability!
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.
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All artwork, unless otherwise credited, by Mihkel Rand / Dhelian.