═══════════════════════ ✠ ═══════════════════════ House Stormblade ═══════════════════════ ✠ ═══════════════════════ Faith and Ferocity ═══════════════════════ ✠ ═══════════════════════ There will always be those who will lay down their lives for a cause they believe is just. Whether it be that of faith, that of loyalty, honor, or even personal beliefs. This mentality forges the lineage of House Stormblade. A house born of faith and loyalty, honor and courage. A house of Knights and Curates, heralding from the Mountains of Basta. The first notable beginnings of the House of the Storming Blade began with the start of an unknown soldier, dating back to the year of two-hundred forty-three (243 AC) when the Order of the Villiers-Eclaire was founded by House de Gosselin's previous patriarch, Duke François de Gosselin. The soldier was a firm and devout holy warrior of the Empire and Unionism, defending churches, and travelling often as he fought through the enemies of the faith and eventually ending under the hands of Duke François de Gosselin as one of the first few Men-at-Arms of the Villiers-Eclaire Order. Eventually, the soldier found it to be lacking in what his role in this constant life of warfare and faith, although he did stay a devout follower he could not find a purpose until he looked above the Duke and on par to the spirit, to serve directly under the Emperor as an Imperial Guardsman, making that his goal. Unfortunately, his time came to an end when his life was taken during an unknown battle, under the constant siege of several Void cultists until other Villiers came to his rescue, only to find his cold body amongst the corpses of cultists. After that time, every generation devoted their resources to always raise a knight of the Villiers-Eclaire, to honor their short ancestry and to serve the Spirit in both body and mind. ═══════════════════════ ✠ ═══════════════════════ ═══════════════════════ ✠ ═══════════════════════ House Stormblade was founded by the unknown warrior, Marcellus Stormblade, Second-Sergeant of the Villiers-Eclaire Order and first patriarch of House Stormblade. Alongside the patriarch, the Lady of House Stormblade with other family members invested in the mines and refinement of raw metals and then exported towards the cities with the sales towards merchants. Symbols: A blade with a bolt of lightning arcing through it is the main sigil, though it’s almost always accompanied with the Eye of Union. Shields, spears, and plain lightning bolts are also used. Colors: Storm Blue, Purple, and Gold. Culture: Primarily Imperial, with Ithanian and Dressolini influence. Lineage: Mainline Brannon, sublines Archan. Religion: A house born of dedication to the Spirit and Emperor, House Stormblade is a devout Unionist household. Theme: Dominance through Faith and Steel. Industry: Rising to power through handing down wealth and accumulated land through the generations, it started as a humble mix of mining, metalwork and farming. Nowadays, House Stormblade is known for their military equipment, forged in the mountains of their homeland. Values: Strength, Honor, Discipline and Loyalty are paramount to the Stormblades. They say what they mean and mean what they say. ═══════════════════════ ✠ ═══════════════════════ ═══════════════════════ ✠ ═══════════════════════ House Stormblade was founded by the unknown warrior, Marcellus Stormblade, Second-Sergeant of the Villiers-Eclaire Order and first patriarch of House Stormblade. The house name is derived from unique design engraved on Marcellus's sword and shield, that of crossed lightning bolts. Due to that, and his ability to "Cleave through enemies like a lightning strike", he was dubbed Stormblade. But, despite the honorable profession of the first patriarch, it alone could not support the entirety of House Stormblade. As such, they engaged the mining, refinement, and distribution of metals with a few acres to their name. Throughout the time when Marcellus Stormblade had risen through the ranks and acted upon the command of the Spirit and Duke, his influence had increased amongst the merchants and common folk as House Stormblade increased their production and procurement of mines. With time, their metals stopped being exported but forged into military equipment and sold to the Regalian Empire until this day. The previous patriarch Mai-Trair Stormblade, son of Marcellus Stormblade, and father of Aldüir Stormblade, had retired from the life of a knight and settled in Ithania, to serve as an extra weapon under King Florence I of Ithania and currently a curate. Currently, the patriach of House Stormblade is Aldüir Ashane Stormblade, Second-Sergeant of the Villiers-Eclaire Order. ═══════════════════════ ✠ ═══════════════════════ ═══════════════════════ ✠ ═══════════════════════ The Stormblade Line is that of strong Imperial tendencies, with the mainline tending to have dark hair, and almost always blue/grey eyes. Males tend to have longer hair, sometimes facial hair, and are almost always well built, tending to be on the brawny side. Females are by no means frail, and tend to follow the Male's physique, though not to the same level. Both lines tend to be on the taller side, though the males are typically taller than the females. Physical Fitness is heavily encouraged, and choosing a profession that agrees with this is common. Knighthood is a staple inside House Stormblade, with a heavy leaning towards the Villiers-Eclaire Order, as that is the very foundation of the house. Smiths of great renown also come from the Stormblade homelands, as well as exceptional commanders. Spoiler: Stormblade Line Spoiler: Living Characters Main Line: Octavia Stormblade - 75 Octavia is the widow of the original Stormblade, Marcellus. A woman of Ithanian background and the tastes for the upper class, she's remarkably sharp witted for her age, with a quick tongue to match it. Though, she loves the family, and more notably, her grandchildren. This Character is available. Mai-Trair Stormblade - 57 Mai-Trair is the Father of both Aldüir and Cassia. A retired Villiers himself, he's instead attended Seminary School and become a Curate of Unionism. A man who's scarred both physically and mentally from the battlefield, he's stitched himself back together with renewed faith, and the desire to help others. This Character is currently not available. Vailardennes Stormblade - 55 Vailardennes is the Wife to Mai-Trair, and Mother to Aldüir and Cassia. She's the only Aunt of Tim Borros, and much like her husband, is deeply religious. Coming from a family of Darkwalds, she's very tentative about anything magical, and as such, refuses to travel to Regalia because of it, much preferring to tend to the family's land with her husband. This Character is currently not available. Felix Stormblade - 43 The younger brother to Mai-Trair, the father to Domitius and Voleseus, Husband to Lucilla Stormblade and the family Architect, Felix is the man responsible behind the construction and operation of the family's business of mining and forging metals and equipment. A profound statesman and diplomatic man, he's sooner to talk your weapons off of you before you realize you even had them in the first place. This Character is Available. Lucilla Stormblade - 42 The Wife to Felix, and mother to Domitius and Voleseus, Lucilla is an extremely talented ranger. Well versed in the art of Husbandry and Pathfinding, Lucilla is exceptional when it comes to picking spots to mine at, or build. A woman who's love of her family is overpowered by nothing, she can be a little overbearing at times, but she has nothing but good intent. This Character is Available. Aldüir Stormblade - 30 The first born and only son of Mai-Trair and Vailardennes, Aldüir is the current Patriarch of House Stormblade. A current Second Sergeant in the Villiers, Aldüir has left the duties of running the family business to his relatives back in Basta. An extremely religious man, Aldüir has found his calling in the Holy City. A skilled swordsman with a remarkable mind for command, he's just as much at home on the battlefield as he is lighting candles at a church. This Character is played by @AshenRoman. Cassia Stormblade - 24 The younger sister of Aldüir, and the only other child of Mai-Trair and Vailardennes, Cassia took after the family business and has become a Master Smith. Beautiful, and a charming smile to go with it, she can just as soon talk her way out of an issue as fight her way out. This Character is Available. Volesus Stormblade - 22 The Eldest of Felix and Lucilla, Volesus is a natural born leader. Due to his background with Military Equipment and his Father's Trade, Volesus has become a master of siege, understanding just how to choke out a city without breaking a sweat. This Character is played by @Yui_Drax Domitius Stormblade - 20 The Youngest of the family, and a fresh graduate of the Villiers-Eclaire Order, Domitius is young, naive, but incredibly confident. Arriving to Regalia at the behest of Aldüir to learn the ropes, Domitius is a handsome young man with big dreams, but has a lot to learn about what life is like outside the Monastery back in Basta. This Character is played by @RainAxe ═══════════════════════ ✠ ═══════════════════════ ═══════════════════════ ✠ ═══════════════════════ In-Game Name: Character Name: Character Concept (Personality and Career): Why do you want to join our House: Spoiler: OOC Char App Info So, this base outline of the Stormblade line and professions are already written. I'm not extremely picky about character concepts, and I'm happy to help you write something into the family tree to update it. Shoot me a dm on Discord or message me here via Forum Conversation and we can work something out!