Torven Invarvi

Torven Invarvi

"The Konelsva Alliance was founded by kings, but it was Invari's creation"
History of the Heptarchy vol VII
Torven Invarvi was a Buvostian statesman who spent much of his adult life as a major proponent of fraternity and unity between the various Kosva people groups, becaming well known throughout the subcontinent and beyond as a result. Though he did not live to see it created, he is often credited as being the 'spiritual father' of the Konelsva Alliance and is widely considered the founder of modern Kosva pan-nationalism.

Mental characteristics

Personal history

Early Life

"Knir Alganvi was by far the worst of all great men"
— A saying which Invarvi attributed to his father
Invarvi's early life is not well documented, though it is known that he was born in the town of Birkov in the Kingdom of Radinva to a Buvostian father and Radivian mother. Invarvi would have likely grown up speaking both languages on a daily basis due to Birkov's importance as a trade stop on the Vosti river and close proximity to Buvostia. What is known is that Invarvi's father was able to get him admitted to the Royal Academy in Unlitzu due to family connections. The reasons for the move, however, were more to due with the rising tensions between the two neighboring kingdoms which Invarvi's father feared would lead to war.    

Education and Early Adulthood

"The kings and nobles speak of our centuries of division but not of the preceding millennia of camaraderie."
— Part of Invarvi's final exam speech
Invarvi was sent to the Royal Academy with the aid of his mother's family connections. He initially faced teasing and mild ridicule from his new peers due to his mixed heritage, something he had never experienced in his hometown and something which only grew worse after Radinva declared war on Buvostia. Invarvi's father had signed him up for an education in statecraft, but Invarvi also took every opportunity he could to study history, particularly the rise and fall of the Empire of Zinruna which had briefly ruled over all of Zinruna and all Kosva peoples. Invarvi began to believe that the cultural differences between the various Kosva peoples were superficial and that it was purely politics that kept them divided. As part of his final exam before graduation, Invarvi had to deliver a speech before a visiting member of the Royal Court. He took the opportunity to make an impassioned speech calling for the peaceful unification of the Kosva peoples under a single kingdom. The lecture hall turned riotous and Invarvi was forced to flee through a backdoor. He was subsequently expelled from the Royal Academy.  

Rise

"There are over three dozen dialects of Draxu and just over half a dozen of Kosva, yet one is called a language, the other a language family."
— A letter from later in Invarvi's life, advocating for linguistic unity
News of Invarvi's speech and expulsion traveled quickly in the midst of the ongoing war. He was forced to flee from the Capital back to his hometown. The people of his hometown and the surrounding regions were much more receptive to his ideals of a unified Kosva people, due in no small part to the suffering that the ongoing war had caused them. Invarvi began to develop his political philosophy over the following years, taking in ideas from sympathetic officials, soldiers, priests, and in particular Demian mercenaries who had come to fight in the wars. He began to advocate for a model similar to that found in the Crown lands of Demia; where the smaller political entities managed their own affairs but were united in foreign policy and paid homage to a single leader elected from among the noble houses.     As the war dragged on, Invarvi's movement gained ever more popularity, spurred onward by sympathetic soldiers and underground printing houses spreading the message of peaceful unification beyond the borders of the two warring kingdoms. Ten years after his expulsion from the Royal Academy, Invarvi was declared an outlaw and a royal warrant was put out for his arrest. However, due to the war and the widespread support at all levels in his home region, the king was unable to arrest him. The war continued to drain the resources and manpower of both kingdoms and both had populations that were well aware of Invarvi's message. The combination of these obstacles forced both kingdoms to sue for peace in order to pacify their own population.  

Exile and Death

"I've never left my country, only one king's part of it"
— On his exile
While Invarvi was elated to learn of an end to the war, he knew that the king's focus would now shift fully to quashing his movement and was forced to flee to either Likovas or Ekoya, the kingdoms neighboring Buvostia and Radinvia, respectively. While in exile, Invarvi continued to publish manifestos and letters for his followers, making sure to have them translated into as many of the Kosva languages as possible, culminating in his most famous work; The Rebirth, his magnum opus and pinnacle of his political theory. The repression of the "Kosva pan-nationalists," or "Konelsva" as they came to be known, remained widespread throughout Buvosita and Radinva but slowly began to gain more sympathy with members of the royal courts of both nations. This rise in sympathy was contrasted by Invarvi's failing health. The stress of leading a political movement in exile proved too much for Invarvi, who died in the harsh winter of 493 LE.  

Legacy

"It may take decades or even centuries, my name may be forgotten by the time it happens, but I can say with confidence that our people will be whole again one day. That is more important than any legacy I could hope for."
— Invarvi's final known letter
Shortly following Invarvi's death, sympathy for his movement had gained critical mass within the royal courts of both Buvostia and Radinva and the repression of the Konelsva moment began to subside. Following the assertion of the Konelsva-sympathetic king Sirov to the Buvostian throne in 496, the movement had widespread support at all levels of society within the former enemies, prompting them to sign a new treaty formalizing the Konelsva Alliance, the longest standing alliance between Kosva kingdoms to date. In 508 the Alliance would accept the Likovan Crown into its ranks. From that point to the modern day, the Alliance has dominated politics on the subcontinent. Both within the alliance and abroad, Invarvi is widely regarded as a positive figure who championed peace and brotherhood. The alliance even gave him the honorary office of "Grand Peacemaker" post mortem. Though internal propaganda in the remaining independent Kosva kingdoms paint him more as a rebel and dissonant, he remains a popular figure among the common people with the exception of the Ultuski Potentate and the Grand Principality of Bukoosa where linguistic and cultural differences are more extreme than in the other kingdoms.
Species
Ethnicity
Honorary & Occupational Titles
Grand Peacemaker of the Konelsva Alliance
Life
446 L.E. 493 L.E. 47 years old
Circumstances of Birth
Torven was born to a Buvostian father and a Radivian mother.
Circumstances of Death
Torven died in exile in either The Kingdom of Ekoya or Likovas depending on what source you consult.
Children
Biological Sex
Male
Eyes
Green
Hair
Brown
Skin Tone/Pigmentation
Pale
Height
170 cms
Weight
70 kgs
Aligned Organization
Known Languages
Bokoosan   Radivian   Draxu   Likovan (allegedly)   Ekoyan (allegedly)
Konelsva Alliance
Organization | Aug 22, 2020

An alliance between the Likovans, Buvostians, and Radivians.

Kosva
Ethnicity | Aug 1, 2020

The Kosva were a group of humans who invaded and settled what is now Zinruna.

Empire of Zinruna
Organization | Mar 26, 2020

The Empire of Zinruna was a short-lived empire that occupied most of the lands of Zinruna.

Knir Alganvi I
Character | Mar 26, 2020

Alganvi was the founder and first emperor of the Empire of Zinruna.


Character Portrait image: by Jordo_707

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22 Sep, 2019 15:42

This is a really strong start to an excellent article! Your writing is solid, and we get a clear picture of what made this leader so memorable. A few suggestions to help polish this article to an even greater shine:  

  • You go back and forth in how you refer to the character in the text. Consider calling him by his surname throughout the article for consistency.
  • I think redistributing your quotes throughout the article would help to break up the text a little more. For example, you have one quote from the exam speech that would fit very well under the "Education and Early Adulthood" heading.
  • The information under "Education" feels a little redundant, since you address the same information earlier in the article.
  • The "Accomplishments and Achievements" section might actually serve you better as an introduction to the article. It's the sort of paragraph that would make me very curious about the finer details of this person's life.
  • Keep up the great work, friend!

    22 Sep, 2019 16:01

    Thanks for the feedback and great suggestions! I'll get right to work implementing them.

    27 Sep, 2019 15:33

    This makes me think of a strange combination between Otto Von Bismarck from history and Madanach from Skyrim, seeking to unify a squabbling mess of peoples whilst doing so from abroad (wouldn't that be a strange image?). Aside from perhaps a few bits of grammar here or there, I'd say good work!

    27 Sep, 2019 18:07

    Thanks for the feedback! I definitely had Madanach in mind when writing Torven and the Bismark parallels were unintentional but certainly a pleasant surprise. If you wouldn't mind, could you let me know what grammar needs correction?

    28 Sep, 2019 12:52

    There are a few places that could benefit from a coma. For instance, in the first section after the quote, the list at the beginning from this: "...Kosva people groups and became well..." to this "...Kosva people groups, and became well..." This could also work with the beginning of the second section under the quote: "...well documented but it is..." to this "...well documented, but it is..." Those are the two I've found, but there could be more if you look with this frame of mind!

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    27 Sep, 2019 17:49

    I think you did very well meeting this challenge's criteria. You clearly conveyed his tribulations and his legacy, and I liked how you explained the origins of his philosophy. My one critique is that some terminologies threw me off. My suggestion would be to use more tooltips when the terms are first introduced. I know you've linked several articles that provide some context, but I didn't notice them until later. Other than that, well done! :)

    27 Sep, 2019 18:09

    Thanks for the feedback! Yeah, I usually struggle with inducing terminology, especially when it's explained in other articles, but especially for challenge articles I agree it's worth spelling out what things mean a bit more.

    3 Oct, 2019 10:31

    It really feels like you had a blast writing the article, and I had a lot of fun reading it. It's clearcut, it tells exactly what it needs to. It seems like you have took to heart some suggestions from the other commenters. There is plenty on the sidebar for me to go have a read of later (which I probably will once I've finished my commenting spree). You present an image of a man hellbent on making people work together when the whole rulership around him squabbled like children. It comes across very well, and it was a true pleasure to read.

    3 Oct, 2019 17:57

    Very glad to hear you enjoyed it! You're right, it was great fun to write :-). I'll need to polish some of those side articles and publish them soon.

    14 Oct, 2019 18:09

    This article actually really surprised me. It's very modern sounding, a political movement sparked by papers, manifestos, and theories written in exile and spread to the masses. It's a very bottom up revolution similar to the communist revolution in the early 20th century.   It enraptured me! Great job Jordo, and thank you for submitting.


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    14 Oct, 2019 20:02

    Very glad to hear you enjoyed it! The communist revolution was definitely an inspiration for this one.