Throne

The Elysian Throne is the seat of political power of the Elysian Monarch, and the highest office in the land. This article describes the line of Kings from the Revolution to the modern day.

Xavier the First 1459-1483

Elysia's first ruler, Michel Aucoin was anointed "Xavier" upon his coronation following the Revolutionary War against the Novari. Widely lauded as a folk hero and almost religious figure and seeming to have ascended to power through divine grace, King Xavier I was in fact backed by powerful allies, not the least of which was the counting houses of Malthus & Fullo.

King Xavier presided over the writing of the Elysian Constitution, the creation of the Peace Keeper Order, and the formation of many national institutions. Xavier's only true military victory was in the war to secure Elysia's independence - the nation was spared any further strife in the many years after. Xavier's legacy instead is that of a layer of the foundation for modern Elysia - he freed slaves, granting them lands of their own, and made equal all those serfs and tenant farmers with their Noble Lords.

Xavier took ill during the overture to the Second Novari War. The nation watched as their champion and Lord Protector fell ever weaker under a strange ailment. He called his only son to his side, made his arrangements, and with Novari sails on the horizon, Xavier left this world, not living to know the fate of his people.

Many statues of Xavier dot the countryside and sit the squares of many cities. The Eastern Star faith holds Xavier as its first Lama or "Saint", and at one time the Elysian Monarch was the spiritual head of the church. Many great institutions, places, and people have been named for Xavier, and at times Xavier is the most popular boy's name.

William the First, called The Noble 1483-1503

Only a green lad of some 16 years at the time of his father's death, William's was a baptism by fire. A terrible crippling despair swept the country as their champion, King Xavier, had died and left them to fend off the vicious Novari force themselves. As Xavier's younger son, William was never readied to sit the throne. His brother Castor had been the one groomed for succession, but had died, paving the way for King William.

All across the nation, Xavier's death rocked the stability of the Noble Houses. As they began squabbling over the pieces, commoners began to lose faith in their great Elysian experiment, only 20 years in. William sent riders to each to bring them to order, and steel up Elysia's defenses as they were required to do. Facing a far superior invading force, the Elysians repelled the Novari once more, but when the battle ended, the land they had fought to defend was a smoking ruin.

With croplands devastated and so many townships razed by fleeing Novari, it seemed that Elysia would face a severe recession, and the plague, famine and destitution that went along with it. Xavier had fallen out of favour somewhat with the Malthus & Fullo banking house, but they were all too eager to once again manage the Elysian Throne's account when William summoned their officers to court.

Within a matter of months, Elysia had the vital loans to rebuild homes and irrigate new farmlands. This restored the production of food, and bought time for the many seaports of the country to receive and court new traders. Almost overnight, Elysia's economy grew from simple agriculture to diverse trade. Most important of all, Elysia finally managed to finally negotiate with Stara Ziema, and traders began arriving from the mid-lands of that continent. As the coffers began to fill, William turned his eyes to the many reforms required, and it was during this time his star shone brightest and does to this day.

William is among the most prolific reformers in all Elysian history. He commissioned the Royal Navy, who to this day call themselves "Billy Boys". William also created the first true Elysian Knight's Order, the King's Aegis. Though there were many Knights in the country by the accord of nobles, it was he who codified Knighthood, and remanded the ability to make knights to the Crown.

William was considered a very sporting King, some scholars even report him a jovial and fun-loving sort when times allowed. William created the Xaverian League of the sport of Baggataway, a Yanaka ritual game he, like so many Elysians, fell in love with. He increased the standard of working wages in the nation, but is rumoured to have increased the national debt to houses like Malthus & Fullo immensely.

William was instrumental in the movement of Yanaka to improve their civil rights in Elysia. He granted them a large area in the Western Ruins region to create a grand central settlement, much to the chagrin of nearby House Tyrole who are rumoured to have never quite got over it.

Most notably William stewarded the beginning of a most peculiar Elysian national identity - that of Dom/sub relationships. Many of the slaves that were freed by Xavier and given their own autonomy were prospering, but a great many others faltered in their new freedom. Hundreds of years of slavery in their families had cultivated a rich culture and practice, and it proved too difficult to let go of. At first reacting with horror, William admonished anyone who would wish to be enslaved again.

It was nearly a year again before William took up the issue in the Houses of Parliament, and none could explain his silence. William proclaimed that any citizens wishing to give themselves over to another as property would be permitted to do so. He created the National Pet Registry, which was intended to vouchsafe the sanctity of the union between owner and pet and to ensure all parties were willing participants in every transaction.

William died in a hunting accident in 1503. He was survived by his daughter, Juanita, her husband, and their young son. All across the nation, it seemed that William would be remembered nearly as fondly as his royal father. Statues began to be erected by the coin of House Eretor, who had been his most vocal supporter since his later social reforms.

Queen Juanita 1503-1518

William had named his infant grandson, Josephus, as heir, but in truth had expected to live long enough to see the lad grow to adulthood. Upon William's death, the country expected another great, strong, noble King, and begrudgingly accepted the young, petite girl as their Queen Juanita until young Josephus was of age.

Nonetheless, Juanita presided over the most prosperous of times Elysia had ever known. Her father's reforms and infrastructure improvements had finally borne fruit, and traders began to flow between Stara Ziema and Elysia and vice-versa. With minor adjustments to her father's plans, Juanita's reign was prosperous, bountiful, and warm.

The Queen's Cup Boxing League was founded in her honour, and though she could not avow any public approval of the brutish sport, some servants later said she had attended matches in secret.

Juanita had proved a strong leader despite her weaker sex, and even brokered deals among the peoples of the Rephan Empire and Europe alike, a feat none of her male ancestors had achieved in earnest. She enjoyed the sporting pastimes of her father and grandfather before her, and was disappointed when, as a dutiful Queen, she was obliged to become pregnant and produce more Aucoins.

So it was that in 1518, Juanita's son came of age. With a polite smile, she bowed out of her brief and prosperous Queenship, abdicating the Throne to her son, now styled Josephus the First of Elysia. Across the Kingdom, the masses cheered, for they knew not.

Josephus the First, called The Cruel, the Baptist 1518-1528

Among Josephus' first actions was to decree the Peace Keeper must forswear the Temple and vow fealty only to him and him alone. This aggression against the State religion caused a rupture in the Eastern Star, and spurred a cleric known as Maria Lamaste to mount a silent insurrection against the King. The Temple's many dioceses voted almost unanimously to establish the first Papal Caliphate, eliminating their King as the head of their church.

Josephus, furious, ordered mass arrests and summary executions of Temple clerics, Peace Keepers and sympathizers alike. He had something of a fancy for drowning large numbers of people in vast iron cages, and did so by dropping them into the sea before his eyes.

Josephus also courted war with the Spanish Castillans for a time, and antagonized a number of other vital Elysian allies. Through the years, Josephus' sanity began to deteriorate more and more. Some said the young King possessed by demons, or taken by a strange fever, but neither mages, clerics or surgeons could determine which. Juanita pleaded with her son to be merciful to her people, but to little avail. She had lost her son, somehow, to something, despite what a nice little boy he had been. Despairing, Juanita colluded with several noble Houses to petition to have him peaceably removed, citing some place in the Constitution wherein succession to one of his siblings could be possible.

When Josephus learned of the plot, he was so enraged he called for the execution of his own mother. Before the gates of Aesir, Josephus ordered the hanging death of his own mother. Later than night as he bedded down in a fever, Josephus trembled and cried out in the night, and died with the death of Juanita tearing his mind to shreds.

Allonzo 1528-1537

Traumatized by the events of the last year, Elysians prepared with terrified expectations of the next monarch. By that time, many had begun to speak of the Aucoins as a family forsaken by the Light and cursed by dark powers. Few expected anything good from young Allonzo, second son of Juanita, and got about as much.

Allonzo's position seemed hopeless. He generally ceded to his advisors in all cases. He allowed the first Elysian faerie-furres to settle near Misty Hood and in the Westfall, who called themselves the Tuatha de Danann. Some took this as a sign of weakness, others, as a sign of demonic congress. Allonzo was murdered by a deranged cleric of the Eastern Star faith in 1537, stabbed on an ordinary day while holding audience.

Devonus, called the Reluctant 1537-1560

Next in line to the throne was Devonus, who was coronated in the winter of 1537. It was a cold morning, and some say reflected Devonus' unwillingness to rule in the cursed seat where 2 of his brothers had passed on. By this time of a middle age, Devonus' children were entirely apart from concerns that they might one day sit the throne of Elysia, and as a result had few cares for ritual, decorum or politics.

Devonus ruled for many years, through prosperity, brief recession, and even the scratchings of war with Spain. Devonus was considered a wise ruler, and even the Temple who had distrusted the crown for so long had chimed in. The temple had proclaimed honour and divinity was restored in the Third Son of Juanita, where the other two had been bereft of the Light.

A stoic, uncharismatic ruler, Devonus generally ignored the winsome rumours of his advisers, and proceeded on prudence alone. During his time Elysia prospered, but by his death Devonus had begun to become concerned that House Aucoin might fall into disarray again. Forsaking his own children's succession, Devonus thought only of his slain mother and the chance she had to give up, and named his teenaged granddaughter Gia his successor.

Gia, called the Phoenix

As many questioned the constitutionality of Devonus' choice for succession, Gia became the second Queen of Elysia in history. It took several years to resolve the question of whether male heirs should be favoured in succession, but in that time Gia managed to heal the woes brought on by a recession in Europe. Gia, a devout Templar, also managed to repair the schism betwixt the Temple and the Throne, thereby bringing the Peace Keepers into harmony with the crown again as well. This was seen by many as holy providence that the Aucoins were once again favoured by the Light, and by the time the question of whether to find a male King instead was posed, several amendments were tabled to Parliament, and one quickly passed. This amendment made it equally agreeable for a monarch to choose a male or female successor.

Gia restored much of the King's Aegis in her time, but also renamed it officially to the Aegis. She was responsible for a great deal of reconciliation between the Yanaka peoples and her government, ceding them more land to encourage a population growth. Gia finally brokered peace with the Spanish nations in 1565, thereby ending an ugly spectre of war that hung overhead since Josephus' time.

Over time, Gia began to take more seriously the politics of Nobles and foreigners alike. She granted new House status to immigrant nobles, and created entirely new houses out of thin air, to the chagrin of some. During this time she came in contact with the Seelie Court, and was forced to broker very unusual deals with them.

During the War of 1579, Gia flatly refused any collusion with the Novari forces. Some say this cost her her crown, when she was forced to flee the city of Aesir at the beginning of the Occupation.

Gia's whereabouts are unknown, but as of the Treaty Period, Lord Troilus of House Eretor has reigned as High Steward in her stead. Many wonder if Gia, like her House has, and like her very own nickname, rise from the ashes to bring down her wrath on the Novari, and shatter the peace of the Treaty.

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