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Empress of Neptune

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The Empress of Neptune is the sovereign of the Trident Empire, and the keystone of Neptune. Known as the Daughter of the Stars, the empress derives the right to rule from a heavenly covenant with the sun.   Some historians believe that the heavenly covenant was intended as a check on the empress's powers, limiting the influence of the empress through the seas of Neptune. With the advent of spacefaring, however, her domain over the skies was used as religious and political justification for the conquest and colonialization of the Kuiper Belt as well as the monopolization of the control of foreign access to Neptune. The flow of valuable off-planet technology and resources have greatly enriched the Empire.   Alongside the keystone of Uranus and the keystones of the Kuiper Belt, the empress serves as the final line of defense against extrasolar invasion. While it has been long since the Keystones have been called to the front, all outer keystones are expected to hone their skills in preparation for the worst.  

Current Holder

Venilia VII
Character | May 27, 2024

Venilia is the current Empress of Neptune, and the Keystone of Neptune. Similar to her mother the previous Empress, she is credited with continuing to shepard the Empire through a transition from its colonial past to a more modern and equitable relations

  The current Empress of Neptune is Venilia VII. She ascended to the throne fourty years ago, and has had an uncommonly long reign as Empress. Throughout the history of the Empire, most empresses reigned for a few decades at most and then retired into a life of luxury. Though Venilia VII began her descenscion a year ago, her heir has not yet been positively identified.   Empress Venilia VII has many presumptive heirs among the accomplished daughters of the Neptunic Aristocracy. The next Empress of Neptune will ultimately be chosen by the planet itself, as the woman who rises as Keystone will be the new empress.   No-one knows for sure what skills and characteristics determine who becomes the keystone. As such the aristocracy of Neptune invest in their daughters with a fanatic fervour, giving them education and training and helping develop their accomplishments in an attempt to stack the deck in their favour. With such power at stake, many invest in the ruin of their competitors. An aspiring empress who cannot defend herself is not going to remain in the running for long.  

Leading Candidates

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Current Keystones Keystone of Mercury ( Mzia the Martyr ) · Eternal Godqueen of Venus ( Titania ) · Warden of Tellus · Holy Daughter of Jupiter ( Aessa Aemili ) · Ward of Saturn ( Svetluzca Morana ) · Keystone of Uranus · Empress of Neptune ( Venilia VII )
Attributes Signs of Ascension · Descension
Locations Fall ( Albino Palace )
Characters Venilia VII · Blue NM-2 · Fritz Fram · Thauma Magallana
Society Humanoids ( Oceanid ) · Traditions ( Symbiosis ) · Organizations ( Sentinel )
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Apr 29, 2024 12:42 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Great little article. It's interesting that the current empress has been ruling for so long.

Apr 29, 2024 13:33 by Annie Stein

Thank you! Yeah, we'll learn a bit more about what's up with that when we get to her article!

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Jun 9, 2024 20:38 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I'm rooting for Marinne. I love the silhouette style for those portraits. :D

Apr 30, 2024 01:21 by Aster Blackwell

Awesome introduction to Neptune. The final sentence is so foreboding.

May 5, 2024 08:27 by Annie Stein

Thank you! What's a keystone title article without a reminder that people are fragile and out for blood?

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May 5, 2024 07:10 by Angantyr

A very enjoyable read and in a short/concentrated form, too.   How does the descention process work? From the description I take it takes time for all significant matters to be taken care of but I wonder about the details. Is the ascention a process as well or is it more singular in nature?

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May 5, 2024 08:26 by Annie Stein

Thank you, I hope to write an article about the descension soonish. The nature of the keystones is not fully understood, but it is known that ascension and descension are both slow processes, and more so a matter of nature than procedure. The power of a keystone is a lot for a body to handle, but thankfully it slowly builds over time rather than being an all at once kind of thing. Descension is similar, it is a slow process of letting go of the power.   I imagine there are rites and ceremonies that are supposed to ease the process or commemorate milestones of it, but those are probably different between cultures.

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May 14, 2024 14:34 by Rin Garnett

Would love to see the looks on the aristocrats' faces if the next keystone ended up someone from the *gasp* lower class!!

May 14, 2024 15:16 by Annie Stein

God, can you imagine being fed to the sharks like that?

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