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House Vesette is a disgraced noble house of Meidal. One of the oldest, and historically the most powerful, families of the city, the fall of House Vesette was incredibly recent, and still leaves questions in the minds of Meidal's citizens. The house spent its years of power manipulating the people of their city, making moves for power against other members of the nobility, and silently recruiting new members, generally less than willingly. A prideful house, the Vesettes' constant vying for power would eventually become their downfall.

Rise of House Vesette

The original members of House Vesette were closely tied to the first God-Queen of Reuni. Afflicted with Vampirism, they needed ties to powerful individuals in order to keep this a secret. The founder of House Vesette aided the first God-Queen in her quest to establish her power in the nation, and in return, became one of the most trusted members of her nobility. But as the first God-Queen's rule ended, and her reign was passed on to the next, and the next, their relationship was not as close. Eventually, House Vesette was moved to Meidal to keep the commonfolk in line. They used their silver tongues and mind-affecting magic to become expert manipulators, diplomats, and politicians. They would manage to keep their vampirism a secret as they became the most powerful and well-known house in Meidal, and likely in all of Reuni.

House Vesette in its Prime

When House Vesette was a major house in Meidal, as well as in greater Reuni, they acted as diplomats on behalf of Reuni's God-Queen. They had the closest ties to the royal family of any house outside of Ralas, and used this influence to maintain their power. The house continued to be run by its founders from the shadows, who made an appearance as heirs every few decades, when the populace had already forgotten their faces. The family would "recruit" new members from those who they thought had potential, and these new members would act as the family's heirs, to circumvent their inability to naturally reproduce. The family, already known for being secretive, did not raise too many eyebrows at their practice of never speaking of or introducing their children until a new heir was of age, nor when their older members would wear veils over their faces to conceal their youth. As the house kept growing, however, power struggles were soon to arise. And when a lucky monster hunter ran into the founders of the house and somehow managed to kill them, the foundations of the house began to crumble.

Fall of House Vesette

With more members of the house than ever, and fewer external threats, rifts began to grow between the members of House Vesette, and they would begin to fight against one another. Their focus turned inward, rather than outward, each member fighting to keep what they had while trying to gain more power. However, with all of their internal fighting, the Vesettes were opening themselves to external attack. Maria Vesette was the first to recognise this, and became the sole individual holding her new house together, the Vesettes in an unsteady truce maintained solely by her. However, this truce would not stand for long. Cassian Escher, of Maria's former house, saw her power, and fell jealous of his sister. Her marriage had brought her into a much more influential family, while he was stuck as the last resort child of a second-rate family. It didn't take long for him to realise the cracks in the Vesette's seat of power, and he spread rumours that Maria had been involved with the cult of Nethyr, and that she had been the cause of his tiefling heritage. The other nobles were skeptical, but the commonfolk believed him, and a mob soon stormed the Vesette estate. While the rumours eventually stopped circulating, this was enough for Meidal to discover Maria's true nature as a vampire, and would then lock her in a cell for centuries. With Maria imprisoned, there was no one maintaining the peace within the house, and it fell into chaos.

All things are written in blood

407 A.G.W. - 1971 A.G.W.

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Political, Family
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Notable Members


Cover image: Wet Window by Łukasz Martenka
Character flag image: House Vesette by notahumanhand using Armoria

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Feb 23, 2024 21:41 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

What an interesting way of keeping their house going, but it's not surprising that it eventually led to fractures.

Feb 24, 2024 00:51 by spleen

yep, it was precarious at the start and only got worse

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