A renowned, Old Family known throughout the Regalian Empire, House Howlester found its origins under its Old Ceardian name ‘Kohen’ and expanded their notoriety through their successful mining and forging business ‘The Howling Forges’ which are dotted across the archipelago, Gallovia, Daenshore and the Regalian Colonies. The family has existed for nearly three centuries, heralding its power from Old Ceardia as a warring clan before transitioning into the archipelago and Gallovia in the last 200 years and assuming control of the Gallovian Principality as the country's Royal Family. The House is no stranger to the power plays of the Regalian Peerage having participated alongside the likes of Typhonus, Kade, Fong and Anahera but with a firm Pro-Conservative/Jingoistic ideology, but have recently taken a more lax, Pro-Judicial Standard political stance. The family prides itself on its patriarchal structure and military background which has been apparent from the House’s participation in all major wars in the last century and a half. The Howlester family is currently headed by Rodderick Howlester, the eldest son of William Howlester from the current mainline branch of Howlesters. Despite the House ruling lands far in the Highlands, the family holds significant sway in the Crown Isle itself. Its influence can be seen within previous organisations in which members have held significant positions, such as the Regalian Guard, the Regalian Judiciary, the Regalian Military as well within the Emperor’s inner circle. Despite this, the family holds no qualms with consorting with the common folk, much akin to most Dunbrae Highland Ceardian families. Many of the Prince’s immediate family, such as his distant cousin Genevieve and sister Lyall Howlester are known for working with Alms Charities and the Violet Order from time to time, respectively -- and Genevieve, his deceased wife Katriane and Aunt Roselyne are well known for hosting events aimed toward all citizens of the Crown Isle, not just the peerage. The Howlesters pride themselves on their centuries old roots and Dunbrae Highland Ceardian culture. As a result, most, if not all of the Howlester women tend to dress either in lax Imperial fashion or true to form Highland Ceardian garb. Much of the family’s wardrobes consist of expensive silks, tailored Kiltach and Vielts as well as lavish dresses of Ravenstad and Ithanian origin. Greens and browns are encouraged for the family to wear as per Gallovian traditions, but most of the family opt to wear highly expensive purple and black clothing to propel the House colours proudly. Jewelry is commonplace as well and isn’t exclusive to Howlester women. Both the male and female members of the House sport regal gemstones, gold bands and earrings on their bodies -- all Howling Steel forged of course, if not Southern (Vixhall and Vultarin primarily) in origin, with Torlds and circlets being very abundantly shown off amidst the various social soirees the family is invited to. Like most Older Noble families, House Howlester has a vast array of wealth that has been built up over the generations. While owed largely in part to feudal taxation on the Highlands that the family rules, the significant majority of the Howlester family wealth has accrued from their mining and metallurgy business as well as their monopoly on Gunpowder and Artillery that the Regalian Military utilises. A typical keep in the rural areas of Galloway From noble roots in the heart of Old Ceardia, the first mention of the Howlester surname outside of the family’s fabled ‘Compendium’ was around 156AC when the family rose from it’s humble smithing and mining operations to owners of a small fiefdom of land in the Northern reaches of Ceardia. The Howlester family reigned over this land for seventy years before branching out their influence abroad to Ithania and the archipelago before the collapse of the mainland; spreading their business practices further afield as well as their ideals. Before that however, the House of Howlester began as simple smiths and carpenters that made a proportionate reputation for the family by serving upper class families across the Northern reaches of Ceardia. While formerly Old God's at this time; as most were in Ceardia, the family became rather hardline military and traditional from the strict barbarian like culture they grew up around. The patriarchs of that time were very hardline in the writings of the Howlester Compendium; the book in which the House Howlester are told to follow to preserve unity and sanctity amongst their ranks. The family adopted Unionist beliefs to succeed the heretical teachings of the Old God’s after converting under the patriarch Aelred Howlester in 97AC with the rising influence of Unionism beginning to wipe out the Old God’s Worship across the Realm. After the death of a prominent Baron in an area north of the Ceardian mainland, the Howlester family seized control of the area by force and named themselves the new legal owners by right of an honor duel with another claimant. The Howlester was victorious and thus ruled the Barony for a good eighty or so years until their interests brought them to the Highlands of the Regalian Empire. The next two generations of Howlesters’s prospered, vying what was left of their support to gain a place in Le Pays. With the support of the working class families of Val Croix and some off the books dealings with the lower noble families, the Howlesters secured the Margrave of Cannsmere, part of the Lordship of Galloway in Gallovia. Willard, like this father Algar before him, maintained this land fervently until the Gallowegian Mining Crisis of 291AC. Workers of the Howlesters mines complained about unjust treatment from their overlord, refusing to co-operate with the House Howlesters until they were treated properly. Willard responded with vague threats and caused the miners to blow up the Gallowegian iron mines in protest. Thankfully, Willard’s eldest son Wilvahelm or, William in common, managed to sway his father into abdicating his position so that William could quell the turmoil. It worked effectively. Willard abdicated his position within the family under pressure of the family elders, leaving William as heir to the title Margrave complete with its own lands and honors. William maintained the majority of his father’s political views though with a more calm and cautious approach. The now heir was forced to return to the capital of the Empire to seek political support and alliances amongst the peerage. These political visits spanned months over the years between 292 and 298AC and with years of toil doing so, he managed to gain a plethora of different contacts and alliances which ultimately pushed the family further into prominence. The family endeavored for a more appropriate political position, William by then having the majority support of the Jingoist lobby behind him. He used this new found prestige and respect to gather support to become a Councilman within the State Council. William won, raising the family from a mere Margrave family to High Lords of Galloway. The Howlester’s, after their decisive victory, played major roles in many of the recent wars, notably playing a crucial part against Andrieu Anahera during the Protectorate Regime. They’ve also been known to tighten their alliances with other High Noble Houses, such as House Wodenstaff, Harhold and Ravenstad. While the titles have fluctuated along with the times, the family remains headstrong within the capital with many holdings business wise and politically as well as backed support from many of the aristocratic and lower noble families making House Howlester a true force to be rivalled with. The current 'generation' of Howlesters. A more concise and up to date genealogy is available if you click here. House Howlester Males The males tend not to differ too drastically in appearance. The mainline of House Howlester still retain a pure Ceardian heritage making their appearance quite gruff and almost Northern like. They tend to have semi large protruding noses that harmonise with their gaunt cheekbones and strong chins with very firm and apparent brows that assist in emphasising the blue of their irises. It has been some time since there has been a black haired Howlester boy in the mainline but it isn't uncommon amongst their bloodline. Those born in the more colonial areas of the Realm may have a tattoo or two but these are often hidden due to the taboo nature of tattoos within peerage circles. Given that the boys are often thrust into a military education of some sort, the Howlester males tend to be well built with decent muscle mass and poise. The mainline of Howlesters all have Ceardian accents and subsequently Ceardian cultured movements and habits while for example, Edmure or Randulf who were raised and lived in Merginvague for the majority of their lives might be slightly more inclined to act more elegant and Ithanian than the mainline counterparts. That said, the Howlester males are always insisted to uphold their Ceardian ancestry and so Ithanian culture in the family is usually heavily frowned upon by other members of the family. House Howlester Females Much akin to their male counterparts, the Howlester women also share the trait that either leaves them with dark brown hair or raven black. More often than not however their hair colour tends to be dark brown over its black alternative. Howlester women also retain their blue colours irises with differing shades and their cheekbones are gaunt like their brothers and fathers but have a smaller but still powerful nose. The Howlester women wear quite modest clothing, covering most of their skin but poise themselves properly like members of Le Pays Royale D'Ithanie yet keep their Ceardian accents and their overall cultural standing, making them far differing than your average lady in waiting. Most Howlester women become Ladies of the Court, pick up an education in scholarly pursuits or, in extreme cases manage to convince their patriarch to allow them to pursue a career in the Regalian Army. Some tend to be more muscular in appearance as many train alongside their brothers in their younger years to build more lasting bonds as the family is quite tight knit. Purple = Playable. *Orange = Playable with Extreme Qualification. Red = Played. *Red = Played, but either Shelved, Event, or Reserved. Green Link = Played with Character App. Black = Deceased. Blue = Unplayable. Mainline Aethelred Howlester @Doc_Cantank - 69: The eldest of the remaining Howlesters from the previous mainline and William's uncle. Aethelred is the stern yet loving former Supreme Reverend whom dutifully upholds the Holiness of the Realm. He decided to revoke his surname when he took office to no longer interfere with the patriarch's political goals but returned to the family after his abdication of the position. Willard Howlester - 74 : Father of the mainline Howlesters and former Margrave of Galloy until William's usurpation of the title post Gallovian Mining Crisis. Willard was a cruel and calculating man who left a great mark on the family and his children. *Guinevere Howlester- 69: Guinevere is the mother to the current patriarch, William Howlester. A kind hearted yet somewhat misunderstood woman, always eager to please and serve the patriarchal seat with her wisdom from scholarly pursuits. Wilvahelm 'William' Algar Howlester @BillyTheScroofy - 53: The family's former patriarch, William is a man who firmly believes in honor, justice and family and has striven to ensure his family remains known in the capital. William attended the Admiralty and established himself as a theatre General whilst furthering his political goals as a devout Jingoist. Jehenna Cecile Wulfsgrife @baellaa - 47: William's first wife. Jehenna was a Lampero before marrying into the family and she is the mother of six of William's children, she resides with the family still but the marriage between her and William was subsequently annulled on grounds of abandonment Rodderick Aethelwulf Howlester @BillyTheScroofy - 33: The current titleholder and first born son to Jehenna and William. Rodderick is someone who follows heavily in his fathers footsteps, studying to become a knight in the Viridian Castle and prove himself to the rest of his family before he properly comes into power. Katriane Howlester @MantaRey - 28: Rodderick's wife and mother of one and Ania's daughter. Katriane is a very gentle and easy going soul, opting to remain out of the political scene in favor of exploring the arts with her societies and social circles. She is scared on one side of her face from an injury sustained during the Lo occupation. Alferic Howlester - Newborn: Oswald Howlester - Newborn Daina Howlester - 29: One of William's little princesses. Spoiled rotten by her mother and father, Daina aims to be much like her mother; dreaming of marrying a man of power and doing all she can to better herself to become a proper lady in waiting. Aldwynn Howlester - 26: Rodderick's younger brother and a Viridian Knight. Celianna Howlester - 26: Vivienne's twin. Former Grand Effluer. Personality can be discussed and decided with applicant. Genevieve Howlester @SpunSugar - 26: Celianna's twin. Personality can be discussed and decided with applicant. Rosalina Howlester - 24: William's firstborn daughter with his wartime Mistress, Grace Le Seur. Rosalina is a sassy female version of her father with a passion for rapier combat and advancing in the Regalian Court. Tommen Howlester @Woodwork - 22: The youngest of William and Jehenna's sons. Tommen is very scholarly and aims to become knowledgeable in all aspects of the Realms military and grow to be a valued member of his father and elder brother's council. Annelese Evette Howlester Neé Santorski @MantaRey - 42: William's second wife and the former matriarch of the House Santorski. A renowned warrior among both the Velheimers in her lands and in history, she chooses to uphold William's career by taking charge of the Vigilant Shield, the guard force the two initially met in, and look after her and William's children while he's away. Ylva Howlester @MantaRey - Lilian Howlester @Springheel - Milahme Rexenna Howlester - 46: William's first born sister and the military female of this line. Milahme was a well known fighter in regalia and graduated as a Ranger with a position in the Regalian standing army. She has since been exiled to Galloy to remain there under House Arrest. Mordred Edwin Howlester - 45: William's brother and a Champion Feer Drakken. Alistair is a hardline militant with strict values but is extremely loyal to his family and even moreso to his elder brother. Warren Alphonse Howlester @Brycea111 - 44: William's littlest brother and another military enthusiast. Warren enjoys fashion, competition fencing and holds a tactics degree from Lutherstadt Kriegsakademie. A loyal and hardworking Howlester but often comes off a little too strong, making him seem arrogant or even cocky sometimes. Roselyne Geraldine Howlester @Femma - 25: Wife of Warren Howlester and the mother of his first two children. Ithanian heritage and formerly a d’Eluise. She is known to be quite outwards and social, also extremely charming and beautiful. Wulferic Willard Howlester - 16: The firstborn son of Warren and Roselyne. Angelique Madéleine Howlester - 16: Firstborn daughter of Warren and Roselyne. Theodric Howlester @Doc_Cantankerous - 40: Dianne Grace Black neé Howlester @darkarely - 35: A sweet and naive younger sister. Dianne was always looked upon as the black sheep of the family. She's kind and holds herself somewhat strong, despite her standing in the family. She recently married Duke Christopher Black. 1st Cousin Hrodgar Howlester - deceased: Hrothgar was seen as a stern and caring fellow who ended up down on his luck after his wife fell ill. He squandered much of the family's wealth trying to cure his wife, using all means at his disposal. Hrodgar died from a stab wound in Merinvague after his shady dealings got the better of him, leaving behind his sick wife and his four children. Donatienne Howlester - deceased: A kind and very affectionate Ithanian flower. Donatienne was Hrothgar's wife and his pride and joy. Often praised for being one of, if not the most honourable and gentle women to join the family, her death saddened most if not all of the family. Violette Angelique Howlester @Springheel - 28: Violette was often considered the family oddball. She's poised and proper like an Ithanian but has the habits and personality of a playful Ceardian girl. She can often be quite sassy, even when she doesn't realise it. She had a knack for medical studies, enjoying helping people in her spare time. Brydon Hroth Howlester - 25 @Tenmaku : A seafaring Howlester. Brydon always had a passion for sailing and naval training. Often perceived as almost too serious, Brydon is a stern captain of his vessel and is currently within his second year of studying to become an admiral after finishing his education at the Regalian Academy of the Captaincy. Maeria Howlester - 36: Randulf Aldwin Howlester @StarkFromAway - 20: A young fellow and a good friend of Roddericks. Randulf is currently studying alongside the heir to the Howlester's holdings within the Viridian Castle. He's a jovial but stern young fellow, depending on the situation. 2nd Cousin Melisandre Howlester - 63: A stern, loving and very bi-polar old woman. Melisandre's gettings up to are often kept quite hidden and quiet but she advocates greatly the following of the family's compendium and is considered one of the more hardline followers of the family's ancestry. Wulfric Howlester - Deceased: Wulfric's death was a mystery to many in the family. He was seen often one week and the next, gone. Wulfric was another sketchy fellow who was constantly stepping out of the bounds of the compendium. He is Melisandre's second cousin and husband. Edmure Howlester - 34 @ScaledSupremacy: Edmure took after his uncle Hrodgar in personality, a romantic and artisan but with a passion for military endeavours. Edmure attended Æstar Military Academy and graduated with a tacticians education. He's participated alongside his cousin and Patriarch William in many of the wars he's attended and aims to continue his service. Devona Howlester - 29: Edmure's younger sister and one of William's second cousins, Devona took after Milahme, the two being quite close in their youth yet Devona attended Lutherstadt Kriegsakademie where Warren was studying to become a tactician like her brother but with more martial skill. Naturally Warren and Devona enjoy each others company. She can often come off a little too gruff but she's caring where it counts. Assets Estates: Castle Kohen: The ancestral castle that housed the former patriarch and his compatriots. Castle Kohen is resides in the small baronial lands of Cannsmere. Castle Stirling: The Howlester family's main castle within the archipelago. Castle Stirling is aptly named so due to its location within the county of Stirling. The castle itself is quite large, boasting exquisitely decorated wings for guests and even its own pool and spa area. Howlester Castle: Howlester Castle is an incredibly large and expansive coast-side Castle on the Northern most part of the Regalian Crown Isle. It currently houses the majority of the family, boasting its luxurious and grand architecture at the various events and forums that the family host. Craentich Citadel: Businesses: Howlingsteel Forge, Mining and Metallurgy Co: The Howlesters earned the vast majority of their wealth from weapons forging during the many and various wars the Regalian Empire engages in. House Howlester owns the monopoly on arms production in the Empire and are the sole weapons manufacturer contracted to supplying the Regalian armed forces, which has left the family with an unfathomable wealth rivaled only by that of House Kade of Anglia and their monopoly on grain. Organisational Ties: The City Guard: Defunct Le Begonia Violette: The Vigilant Shield: The Violet Order: The Regalian Marshalry: The Regalian Judiciary: Landed Titles Currently Held Titles: Sovereign Prince of Gallovia: (Held by Rodderick Howlester) - "Your High Eminence" Organisational Titles High Justicar of the Lesser Court: Lord Commander of the Viulet Order Commander of the Vigilant Shield: Lord Commander of the Silverwolf Mercenaries: Imperial Court Marshal: Lady Grace of the Imperial Court: Lord Commander of the Violet Order: Overall Rules of Playing a Howlester Character Your Howlester is to be your main. You play this character to a 60/40% level to your other characters. You may be a member of 1 additional Noble House only but may not hold a title in said House. Respect is shown not just IC to other members of the House, but also OOC. You maintain a high level of OOC communication and etiquette. Meaning Discord is a must and your ooc reputation has to be clean of any roleplay disruption/bans etc etc. Your character is played out of interest of playing a Howlester. Not for just having a noble character. Your character remains loyal to House lore and the server lore in its entirety That your character acts in a matter befitting a Royal Noble. Finally, that your character shows deference to the Imperial Household (House Kade) and Unionism as a faith. There is some leeway for the sake of character development if discussed with the family head prior. Applications Family Servant and Staff Application References: (People who can vouch for your roleplay. Tag them, and make sure you obtain their permission first.) Roleplay Character Applications: (Any past or current approved or WiP character applications.) Nobility Experience?: (Any experiences with working for the nobility?) Activity?: (How long you have roleplayed on Massive for/Your weekly activity) Roleplay strength?: (What are you best at in roleplay?) Roleplay weakness?: (What are you worst at in roleplay?) Mutes/jails/temp-bans+ reason?: (Self explanatory.) Reason for applying?: (Why do you want to be a part of House Howlester Staff?) Able to use Skype and/or Teamspeak?: (For staff, Skype is the only thing truly needed.) Position you're applying for: (Footman, cook, house guard, steward, scribe, etc.) Note that the family head reserves the right to remove a player from family service if found to be causing ooc drama or for IC purposes where the action and consequence will be carried out IC.