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The House of Rowley- The Lions of the North


The House of Rowley is one of the oldest and most notorious of the noble lines. The first Lord Rowley, Henry I or “ Harry” as he was affectionately called by the first emperor, was a legendary soldier and warrior, granted land and title for his heroic efforts in pushing back Tuathan tribes . The Rowley house has kept true to its military roots over the ages, producing many of the empires most effective generals. The Rowley territories remain at the farthest reaches of imperial control, and among the most wild in the empire. The Rowley family, like most of the frontier nobles, is not known for their civilized and polite demeanor. These lords prefer spending their days swinging swords, or hunting dangerous game. They are most comfortable in the saddle and on the campaign. Their life on the outskirts of civilization has forced them to retain many of their course and utilitarian ways, making them scorned by the Avendel nobles and social elite.

Until the most recent Lord Henry, the house of Rowley had been in decline. Without a major war, the swords of the Rowleys sat idle, or confined to local rebellions. Their fortunes dwindled and their usefulness to the empire faded. Like many of the original houses the Rowleys would have been destined to crumble into nothingness had there been no Baron Wars. The House of Rowley was one of the most militarily successful. Scooping up and destroying many of the lesser noble lines they amassed new money and notoriety.

The current Lord Henry Rowley came of age during the Ilareth lead restoration of the emperor. Recognizing that the return of the emperor was near, he pledged his sword, troops, and loyalty to the Baron Ilareth. With victory after victory against the rebel lords in the outer regions, Lord Henry became “the lion of the north” and a hero of the wars. He took in marriage Lady Eleanor, a daughter of a well respected Avendel line of nobles, and enjoyed a great deal of imperial favor until the end of the conflicts. At the wars end his usefulness once again faded, and despite the fine breeding of his bride, was not well liked within the courts of Avendel. He returned to his family lands, patrolling is regions and stomping out any hints of Tuathan or Fir bolg troubles.

He remains in those lands, spiteful of the empire that no longer needs him, and waiting for the next great war.



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When the most radient Exile had firmly secured the cis-stormcrest regions around Avedel under the Phoenix banner he turned his attention northward. The Trans-stormcrest Aolyth remained frighteningly wild with only remote military forts and outposts acting as Andrunesse presence in the regions. These territories were infested by Orcs and Tuatha, which the imperial legions had already had extensive experience dealing, but also the tattered remains of a human people known as the Firbolg, which the emperor had hopes of absorbing into his own populace. The Exile appointed the tenacious young general Aenricus as commander of the northern campaign and granted him a fresh legion and authority to act as was needed to conquer the regions and its peoples.

Initially the campaign progressed smoothly. The undisciplined armies of orcs were easily crushed and pushed outwards while the Tuatha although impossible to conquer or control, could have their impact predictably limited to holy sites and sacred woodlands. It was the conquering of the broken but still proud Firbolgs which proved most challenging to the young Aenricus.

To Aenricus and his legioners the Firbolgs seemed almost non-human. They stood one to two feet taller than the average andrunesse, wore their red facial hair like dwarves, and often came to battle naked and painted blue. Most amusing to Aenricus were the Firbolg women, who when not swinging a sword themselves would stand behind the battle lines screaming shameful threats at their menfolk. The FirBolg were also impossibly stubborn, preferring to fight to the death rather than surrender.

While Aenricus could have easily decimated and enslaved the remains of the tribes, their tenacious fighting and warrior traditions had earned his respect. Aenricus wanted these people and their strength to come under his rule as well as the rule of the law and order of the empire. To do this he knew he must rethink the strategies of his campaign…


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During the second summer of the campaign Aenricus and his legion captured the remains of a high temple of a heathen goddess. The prisoners taken consisted of priestesses, servants, and a small numbers of "noble' Firbolg maidens who had been sent there prior to marriage. Among these women was the fair and cunning princess Aethelfelda. It is said that when two soldiers of Aenricus moved to chain her that Aethelfelda killed the men, escaped, and stole away on a chariot. Being a Firbolg maiden, she was skilled in the art of chariot driving and could not be re captured until Aenricus, a master of horses himself rode her down.

Aenricus amused with her ferocity and impressed with her charioteering sparred her the fate of chains and defilement by soldiers. Aethelfelda was made the generals chariot driver and personal servant. In time she became his closest confidant and mistress.

It is for Aethelfelda’s role in the third summer of the northen campaign that she is even now remembered as a traitor by the FirBolg.


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By the third summer of the northern campaign, Aetherfelda had instructed Aenricus on the many dialects of Fir Bolg, their customs, and their traditions of war. She taught him that they honored one on one combat between heros as a means of avoiding battle, their strategies, and their loathing of the Tuatha. These Aenricus used to defeat but also ally himself with many of the Fir Bolg tribes. Within the year he had establish peaceful imperial fortresses within Fir Bolg settlements.

There were still those among the wild men who resisted the northern lion and spat at the name of Aetherfelda. They spread vile rumors that she was but a temple slave, they called her a witch and a traitor and were treacherous enough to even have spies abduct her in the night. She was secreted away to the wretched mead hall of Ragnar where she was made slave.

When Aenricus discovered the kidnapping he mobilized his legion and marched it two hard nights to the hall of brigands to rescue his beloved. As he marched, his mind was heavy with many thoughts. The taint of another man’s touch was upon her and in the Fir Bolg tradition she was dishonored and would be labeled as unfit and an outcast. Any man that would still keep her would share her dishonor and lose the respect of the clan.

When at last the lair was stormed Aenricus found that were was no need for a rescue. Ferocious Aetherfelda had killed them all and sat waiting on the throne of Ragnar painted in the blood of her enemies. In front of Aenricus and his men she approached and threw the severed head of Ragnar at The Lion's feet and roaring, "Only one man has had my bed and lived!"

Aenricus swooned and took Atherfelda into his arms and declared her his love and wife. When news of this reached the Fir Bolg chiefs they agreed such a warrioress could have no dishonor on her name.

When the glorious emperor heard of the brave lady and her feats, he blessed the union and declared her blood that of an Andrunesse lady.

Thus was founded the House of Rowley.


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