The house with a heart of flame
The Squadron has been deployed. We shall see Liton Tais burn before our eyes. Forward, Federation!The House Aban is one of the most influential families in the history of the Seas of Steel, as well as one of the most ruthless. Due to their suspension of conventional warfare, the Federation expands meteorically, eventually capturing all of the Ironfoot Isles. Every nation agrees that this family is not to be messed with. The family's structure can be summarized most effectively as... efficient. Having adopted and married strategically, the family is now tied to most of the top generals in the Federation. They assassinate all that stand in their way. If you, citizen, learn but one thing from this article, let it be this. Don't get in the way of House Aban.
- Structure of House Aban
- Assets and Influence of House Aban
- History of House Aban
- Current Impact
- The Dark Tree Members
- Knife's Edge: A family genetic disorder
- House Aban in myth
- The Silent Thunder: A current adversary
- Notable Aban-ordered assassinations
- House Aban diplomatic relations
- Learn more about the setting
- Learn more about Federation adversaries
I've investigated their family. It's been hard to get an idea of how succession works. My current theory is as follows. They take these exams, you see, and the optimus, or top scorer, is the first in line for the throne. Only blood-right can overrule these exams in a succession dispute. The rest of the people are each assigned commands based on their overall scores. It's a scarily efficient system.
Blue is male, pink is female, yellow is blood-oath (dual family membership). † signifies deceased as of 0 After Unification. Bold signifies past or present kingship. Asterisk shows heir apparent.
By birthright: Petrach, Aryl, Christina, Alice, Aldrich, Jared, Lara, Sigmund, Elizabeth, Melissa, Soren, Alexandra
By marriage: Julia, Larissa, Dale, Christopher, Lily, Natalie, Andrew
By adoption: Conrad, Aura, Sara, Petra
By blood-oath: Hayig (Inato), Sophia Kai (Carlson), Alura (Lans), Marina (Alarsen), and Barius (Evans)
*Italicized names are members of the family that have been emperor/empress Past Exam Results LW: Land Warfare, NW: Naval Warfare, ME: Military Exercise
|Sara||2||3||1||1, Heir Apparent|
|Sophia||1||5||2||2, Left Commander|
|Hayig||5||1||4||3, Right Commander of the Fleet|
|Marina||4||4||8||4, Right Commander of the Marines|
|Conrad||8||6||3||5, Strategic Advisor|
|Natalie||10||2||5||5, Grand Master of Aeramen|
|Dale||3||7||11||7, Grand Master of Yuta|
|Soren||7||8||7||8, Right Commander of Engineering|
|Lily||9||9||6||9, Head Strategic Advisor|
|Andrew||6||11||10||10, Land Strategy Analyst|
|Alura||11||10||9||11, Right Commander of Fortifications|
|Alexandra||12||12||13||12, Strategic Advisor|
|Lara||14||13||12||13, Strategic Advisor|
|Sigmund||13||14||14||14, Strategic Advisor|
Assets and Influences
They say the Aban family has its own personal scoreboard in their Accipite fortress. The slate records ten columns of people: from "dedicated ally" to "assassinate as soon as possible". Let's not get on their bad side.The ruling house of the Federation holds many assets, which it still actively uses today. While the house does not make any decisions regarding internal politics, it does sit on the Strategic Committee of the Federation, directing the overall Federation strategy. The family is headquartered at the fortress of Paslaptis, tucked neatly into a mountain pass overlooking the Federation capital (Daku). Where House Aban really shines is their command of the military. Over the course of one hundred years, their personal squadron steamrolled through the Kingdom of Colren, Northern Barrier Kingdom, and Republic of Mitrand. By the year 100 Before Reunification, the house commanded over 100,000 troops, seven fleets, 150 fortresses, one thousand of the Order of Assassins, and a personal shock squadron. House Aban is also filthy rich, with funds approximately equivalent to those of the Kingdom of Yelowan. These funds are put to use heavily in outward diplomacy and intrigue. A common saying says that "The House of Aban controls life and death," which is quite factual, given the over three thousand assassination contracts they have signed.
|Petrach Aban||the Bold||198 - 150 BU||Gained:
|Julia Aban||the Wise||150 - 135 BU||Gained:
|Aryl Aban||the Brave||135 - 73 BU||Gained:
|None*||None*||73 - 69 BU||Lost:|
|Barius (as regent)||None***||69 - 62 BU||Regained:
|Alice Aban||the Peacemaker||62 BU - 10 AU||Gained:
**The Three Hegemons period had no one single ruler: it was civil war.
***Barius, as regent, had no official epithet, although Alice nicknamed him Barius the Stubborn.
Here is the family slate. As you can see, our family has weathered 287 assassination attempts, suppressed 35 revolts, and conquered four countries, all in just two centuries.House Aban's history is very well recorded. The Aban family has roots in a different family, the Kimas, living in Ameral. While they were not as famous generals as the Carlsons and Inatos, they were still relatively high-ranking and were purged during the reign of Anna the Terrible. They were exiled with the Carlsons and Inatos to the small atoll of Apago. The formative event of House Aban occurred 198 years before the reunification of the Ironfoot Isles. Petrach Aban, the founding member of the family, led a revolt on the atoll of Apago. Against all odds, he beat back three assaults by the Northern Barrier Kingdom with his meager militia of two thousand men. He renamed himself Aban, the name of the former Ironfoot Empire ruling family. Then, the Northern Kingdom went to war with the Republic of Mitrand, and they had more important things to do than to capture one neutral atoll. Petrach Aban, in the meantime, conquered two nearby atolls and wed a fellow rebel. Julia Aban would go on to bolster the Federation's navy from a few fishing boats to a powerful fleet. After seven years of independence, the fledgeling Federation needed some relative security. They struck a peace agreement with the Republic of Mitrand, protecting them from the Northern Barrier Kingdom's agression. 41 years later, Petrach Aban died peacefully at home and Julia Aban took his place as paramount leader.
Conquering the East
A ship, seemingly sailing on a trail of fire, entered into the view of our rebel base. Red and black banners streamed from the stern, and the red shield and sword of the Aban Crest blossomed from a massive black sail.Opportunistically, one of Petrach's former generals seized an atoll and declared himself an independent king. Julia acted quickly, sending the young Aryl Aban north with a squadron. Aryl acted quickly on the advice of his tactical mentor David Carlson, landing marines to surround the general's base and sailing his ships in full view of the soldiers. General Papinian surrendered, but Aryl was no one from which to seek mercy. He killed the traitor general and his lieutenant, incorporating his force into his new Assassination Corps, which would go on to become the Order of Assassins. In the next years, after Aryl became paramount leader, there were five more minor revolts, which Aryl put down effortlessly. He also sent his Order of Assassins to weaken the Colreic military before he invaded, surviving thirty-four assassination attempts himself. Colren then went to war with the Republic of Mitrand, exhausting her manpower and wealth in conquering it. At this time, Aryl struck, sending his best generals and admirals to capture Colren's strongholds. The demoralized Colreic forces were no match for the "shock and awe" attack, and most forces capitulated before the end of the two-year war.
Fracture and Reform
Alice... I am old, and will be dead quite soon. Of my four children, you are the best-suited to rule. But my decision will incense your two older brothers. Prepare for war, Alice.However, after turning around and capturing the Northern Barrier Kingdom, Aryl wanted a break from statecraft. His health was waning, and he really didn't like General Maxentius, who had amassed enough forces for a crippling revolt. Therefore, he faked his own death and blamed Maxentius, who was swiftly executed. However, Aryl couldn't "come back from the dead" per se to save his kingdom. He died in reality just six months after his fake death, from pneumonia. Colren fractured, and his three sons Aldrich, Conrad, and Jared split the empire in a civil war. However, none of these three players would rule a unified kingdom.
Conrad was friendly to me, but too passive. The others were absolute idiots. They said I was just a child, and more than that, a girl. They said I couldn't practice their statecraft, and should just stick to my atoll. I can't wait until the day I snap each and every one of their necks.Alice Aban, arguably one of the greatest commanders of all time, was also a magister, granting her a huge offensive advantage. However, none of the three brothers wanted her to get involved in the fighting, and instead granted her the duty of guarding her father's grave in Apago. Alice surrounded herself with some of the alienated generals and admirals who had not already been purged by the squabbling brothers. Sophia Carlson, an honorary member of the family and skilled general, came to Apago after her father was murdered by Aldrich. Hayig Inato, admiral and family by blood-vow, came after being exiled from Jared's court. And her guardian, Barius, was the head of the Order of Assassins. At the right time, Alice struck, taking the whole of Aldrich's kingdom in one blow while allying with Conrad, who willingly abdicated his throne to her. Aldrich, after a day-long battle, committed suicide rather than face Alice's wrath. Jared, seeing the threat, fought hard, but lost a three-month war, after which Alice personally executed him. Conrad, for his help, was "promoted" to a permanent advisory role at the House Aban's headquarters. After the killing or demotion of all threats to the throne, Alice had reunited the family. Alice was now able to firmly concentrate on finishing his father's dream, on reuniting the Ironfoot Empire under one crown. With Barius as her regent, she successfully pacified the rebel provinces of Ameral and Northar. She then looked west, at the ever-warring Kingdoms of Glamin and Yelowan, which had by then annexed the Grand Duchy of Meringia. Alice ferried troops to Dahang Island, a friendly free-state. Then she assassinated the kings and advisors of Glamin and Yelowan, leading to a succession war. She waited for them to exhaust their troops and resources over the costly war, finally striking the weakened kingdoms to finish unification.
Current and Future ImpactThe Royal House Aban, over its history, has moved from being an isolated rebel state to ruling over all of the Ironfoot Isles. However, their power similarly decreases from near-omnipotent to just the supreme command of the military. The House willingly relinquishes all but the most essential fortresses to the maintenance of the state, and fades as a superpower. That is... until another war begins.
The Dark Tree Members
They have offended the family gravely... but not enough to merit death, or exile. They have lost privilege... but not far enough to merit expunging from the historical records. These are the Dark Tree members: those who have failed us, but seek redemption in the future.The Dark Tree members (also stylized Darktree Members or Blacktree Members) are members who either were not directly descended from Petrach Aban or had committed serious crimes. While not expunged from the historical record like █████████, ████████ adoptive son, these members are much lower on the family tree. Who maintains the bases in the most dangerous regions, where one misstep can be the difference between life and death? Who is sent for the most dangerous assassination missions? Who supervises the powerless agencies, like the lowly infantry corps? The Dark Tree does. They seek to prove that they themselves can make up for their betrayal with loyal service and braveness of heart. They seek to regain their prestige, and restore themselves to light. The Darktree currently contains 41 living members, outnumbering the 15 normal members substantially. Out of these, most of them are descended from Petrach's brother Rochan, who managed to escape death in Ameral through a faked death. Alice Aban is currently considering a measure to restore them to light. However, another dozen members come directly from Petrach's lineage, and have ancestors who committed lesser crimes against the lineage. These include loss of men and vessels, fraud, cowardice, or insubordination, but not more serious crimes like treason, revolt, or murder. They hope someday that their work will restore them to the light. Currently, Alice is specially considering one case, that of █████████ ███
The Knife's EdgeUnfortunately, a bad genetic disease runs in the Aban family. This disease is known as Edge. Edge has three phases, marked by increasing states of paranoia, hallucinations, and social withdrawal. Probably not the best disease for the royal family to get. A full 11 percent of the family, including Aryl in his old age and Aldrich in his youth, have been struck down by the disease. However, the silver lining to this condition is that some members of the family have gotten the immense boost of being magic-capable. The current queen, Alice, is one of them, although unregistered with the Society of Magisters.
Bound by Blood
- Founding Date
- 198 B.U.
- Political, Family
- Aryl Aban
- Controlled Territories
- Organization Vehicles
Wisdom, alertness, tranquility, courage, and boldness
Methods of Entry:
Birthright, marriage, adoption, or blood-vow
Method of Succession:
Unknown, generally choice of previous ruler
They're untouchable... as long as the blood-line remains intact. The reason why, I cannot fathom. I have tried every method of murder known to humankind.The Protection of Gale is a myth surrounding the House of Aban. Even though they have been one of the most targeted houses for assassination, none of the members of the House of Aban have been truly assassinated. Some idealists say the House of Aban is under divine protection because of this. More pragmatic people suggest this is because the House has a policy of minimizing risks: analyzing the circumstances and protecting people with well-trained guards as well as preemptively assassinating potential assassins.
The Silent ThunderThe Silent Thunder is one of the Aban family's main annoyances. While her agenda is often aligned with that of the royal house, she is decidedly against concentrations of power, and a strong advocate of the lower classes and free trade. Her skills are also high, near on-par with the best duelist in the kingdom, Sophia. She has assassinated several corrupt officials, and a few good ones that she could not bend to her will. Due to the high perceived threat from the Thunder, the Counterintelligence Command of the Aban family is currently undergoing full mobilization to track down and eliminate the threat.
Proceedings of the Fortress Masters, Special Session on the Silent Thunder
A session of the provincial leaders of the Federation, discussing the Silent Thunder
Crucial Aban-ordered Kills
|Target of Assassination||Notes|
|King Glamin VIII||Poison dart - Successful|
|Emperor Ferian of Yelowan||Hammer - Successful.
Resulted in the loss of three (3) agents.
|Chief Advisor Tahuan||Poison - Unsuccessful
Sniper - Unsuccessful
Ambush - Successful
Hard to kill, due to vigilance bordering paranoid anxiety. Caused the loss of five (5) agents, as well as the injuring of thirteen (13).
|Grand Master Benicius of Colren||Poison - Unsuccessful
Insider* - Unsuccessful
Hammer - Unsuccessful
Sabotage* - Unsuccessful
Exile* - Successful
|"Bright Sun" Unknown Advisor
Determined to be ████
|ID - Successful
Poison - Successful
|King Leo IV of Mitrand||Insider* - Successful|
|General Ponse of Mitrand||Somehow, he saw us coming. He hid himself before assassins were dispatched.
|Lieutenant Desmond of Mitrand||Ponse's elder brother. Kidnapping successful, did not lure Ponse into open. Was killed after two months.|
*Exile: bribed court to exile
*Sabotage: sabotaged, in this case a ship.
Former Ironfoot States
Northern Barrier Kingdom
A northerly kingdom after the fracture of Ironfoot, eventually vanquished and absorbed into the Federation.
Kingdom of Colren
A nation after the fracture of Ironfoot, reaching hegemony over the other nations by 200 B.U. only to fall to the Federation 125 years later.
Republic of Mitrand
A once-powerful republic that has fallen behind, eventually conquered by the Federation.
Kingdom of Glamin
A plutocracy, governed only by wealth. The last state to be conquered by the Federation.
Grand Duchy of Meringia
A militiant, but corrupt nation. Eventually conquered by the Kingdom of Yelowan, which was in turn conquered by the Federation.
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