The Apostolic Kingdom of Rhosland
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The Apostolic Kingdom of Rhosland was the first main human power of Anoma. It was located in the area in front of the Gate of Talidur and before the tundra, where Aontaith resides now. It has since faded away into the past.
- 1 History
- 2 Government
- 3 Geography
- 4 Religion
- 4.1 Hierarchy of the Clergy
- 4.2 Monastic Hierarchy
- 4.3 Lay Roles
- 4.4 Church Saints
- 5 Culture
- 6 The Order of St. Robert of Rhosland
- 7 Demographics
- 8 Random Tidbits
The people of Rhosland come from a long prideful yet humble heritage full of swift victories and piousness in the Old World. The founder of Rhosland was a pious clergyman named Otto aep Gwynn, at the time, he was a mere Bishop. Otto was traveling the lands until he settled to build his Bishopric in a large opening in the woods he called, “The Paterwick,” as it reminded him of the woods he would go into with his father when Otto was a boy. Upon going to nearby villages and towns to gather supplies he grew a following. Every day since he settled in the Paterwick, people would visit and help him build the Bishopric. Otto would be humbled that these neighboring townsfolk would cut time out of their busy days to help him finish his project. He thought many times it was due to his status, but no, it was his kindness and compassion that pushed people on to come to him and listen to his teachings. Upon the completion of the Bishopric, he would name it Rhosland after his mentor who taught him to never give up and always to keep pushing forward. Otto would grow older as the years went on. However, he remained grateful to his citizens and those who visited him. Otto would then marry a woman named Marta. They would have three children, a son, and two daughters. The son would be named Robert and the two girls were named Lydia and Emma. Emma would pass early on in her life due to severe illness. Lydia would grow to have a troublesome life and fell into bad habits and ran from home. Otto was heartbroken to see his daughter leave and never be seen again, but he always held out hope. Then there was Robert who his father nicknamed, “The faithful,” due to Robert’s love for the people and his piousness. By the time Robert was old enough to rule, he had already been viewed by his peers and enemies as an excellent military commander and expanded Rhosland’s borders two-fold. Though Robert’s father was not one to fight, he knew what needed to be done to ensure the Rhosian people were safe. Otto was an old man now, nearing the end of his life and Robert knew this and tried to prepare himself for the day to come. When that day came, it took a lot of courage for Robert to come to the realization that he was next in line to rule.
However, when Robert entered the room to see his father’s lifeless body, he wept for hours. After what seemed to be him calming himself again, he saw a letter from his father on the nightstand next to the bed. Upon reading the letter he saw that it was to the Head of the Church inquiring that after a long life of service that Robert be crowned the King of Rhosland and Rhosland be made into the Apostolic Kingdom. Robert sent this letter to the Head of the Church to see if he would be deemed worthy of the title. To his surprise, the Pontifex met with him in person a month after receiving Otto's letter. The Pontifex sadly declined the request made by Otto. Everyone was truly saddened by the news. For they remembered Otto as a loving and caring clergyman who served the church faithfully and for life. Though Robert did not falter and succumb to anger and rage. He remained faithful and ruled the now Prince-Bishopric peacefully and there was tranquility in the Rhosian lands. Upon the birth of Robert’s grandson, Godfrey, Robert fell ill and knew his time was upon him. Godfrey would grow into a strong young man and married a woman named Alena. Together they had two children, a son and daughter. They caught word of this New World and decided to make the journey with their people. It was a treacherous journey, full of storms. Upon arriving to this New World others were calling Anoma, they began to search for a place they could settle their people and fulfill the dream Godfrey’s great-grandfather wished for his son but was denied from.
The Fading of Ergos Dwyn
After His Apostolic Majesty, Godfrey of House Gwynn eventually set out on a religious pilgrimage allowing his younger sister Maeve Aep Gwynn to step in lead Rhosland in his absence. She created the last known lawcode of the human nation and transformed Rhosland into a Duchy state, tremendous feats considering her lack of eyesight. She came to be known as The Blind Duchess of Red & White. However, as the times in Anoma changed Rhosland began to fade she was then followed by Ser Atticus Aurilious, Grandmaster of the Holy Order of St. Robert.
Ser Atticus was handed the large settlement and with the knowledge of incoming raids from the Brood of Gozbog, his men and civilians were dwindling, he knew he hadn't long before the city fell so in his last-ditch attempt he tried the same strategy the Legio I command had taught him many years previous. He simply told everyone to leave, trapped the city as best he could and removed the entire nation's power to escape the religious persecution put upon them by the goblin king, the tale as old as time, though In Ser Atticus's mind he would return one day with his armies and rid the earth of their plague. The whereabouts of Ser Atticus and the Rhosland army is unknown, Having survived the ordeals that Rhosland had faced Ser Atticus had only days to prepare and to his best of his ability, he stayed true to his people and kept them as safe as he could muster.
The Apostolic Duchy of Rhosland was ruled by an absolute monarchy with a privy council. This monarchy consisted of House Gwyn, and at the time of the founding on Anoma was controlled by:
His Apostolic Majesty, Godfrey of House Gwynn, Apostolic King of Rhosland
Her Apostolic Majesty, Alena of House Gwynn, Apostolic Queen of Rhosland
His Highness, Rhys of House Gwynn, Crown-Prince of Rhosland
Her Highness, Sofia of House Gwynn, Princess of Rhosland
Rhosland was located in front of the Gate of Talidur and just before the edge of the tundra. The area around Ergos Dwyn consisted of plains and sparse trees that were felled in order to create the streets of the bustling city.
The church of the Grand Creators was formed when the first Grand-Archon Otto I was visited in a dream by Lugh and Arawn. Lugh is the Rhosian dialect for Sequestus whereas Arawn is the dialect for Anomalous. The Brothers told Otto that he was to build Seaniric and start a church in their names. They explained to him that he had been chosen to start a new sect of the Brother church, since it had strayed from morality. During several nights and visions the Brothers explained to him how they had created the universe and everything within. How with their domains, chaos and order, they had created balance and the realm which we observe. The Brothers explain like any siblings, they had their rivalries, when one took their domain too far, the other balanced it out, but in the meantime, evil and hardships were experienced by the realm.
Therefore Otto set out and chose to set his church on the banks of a glimmering lake. The lake of Gwyr and thus the Rhosian Seanairic came to be. Over his life Otto and his predecessors wrote tomes from the knowledge that they received from the Brothers. They were the chosen voice of the Gods, they interpreted the Gods' will.
Before Otto died, at the ripe age of 71, he wrote out a codex, giving rules on how followers of the church should live in order to reach the afterlife. It wasn't until Grand Archon Rodric I, his grandson, until the afterlife was explained properly. Rodric received visions of four distinct realms, interwoven with one another. Éadrom, Dorcha, An lae, Na Gréine. Éadrom is the realm of Light and Lugh, it is an ordered place, with sparkling marble structures. Dorcha is the realm of darkness and Arawn, it's said to be a dense, wild forest, beneath a speckled heavenly sky. An lae is our realm, the world and universe in which we currently reside. It is the realm of dawn, and life. Na Gréine is the realm of dusk and the realm of the dead, it is a moonlight land that is said to be unique to the individual. If the individual was virtuous, it is said that their vision of the realm would be one of serenity. If the individual was wicked then they are said to be tormented until they are taught the error of their ways. Then their soul is reborn so they have another chance to live with balance.
The main creed of the church is to live in balance, there is good and evil in both order and chaos. When order is pushed too far, you experience the destruction of nature and tyranny of men. When chaos reigns then there are natural disasters and those who would aid demons. The church believes that evil exists when an extreme to one of those ends is pushed.
The order of St Robert, Otto's son, was created as a means of bringing balance back to our realm. The Order is essentially a military but also healers. They're to guide, protect and keep balance.
- Praise be to the Lugh and Arawn and their Church.
- Serve not only your liege but your countrymen and Church.
- Refrain from unneeded violence and conflict.
- To obey those put into authority.
- Guard your Countryman’s honor as you would your own.
- Always help those in need and never turn a blind eye to them.
- To always speak the truth and hide nothing, in doing such you hurt your soul.
- Always maintain and keep the faith.
- Treat all as equals even one’s rival.
Hierarchy of the Clergy
Usually an individual who takes equal responsibility in the running of the church as a religious body. Excommunicating and pardoning individuals or parties, writing doctrine and scripture. In most cases, one Grand Archon is of the following of Lugh and the other of Arawn.
Sits below the Grand Archons and gives good governance and advice to the Grand Archons, helping them make decisions and enforce their decisions. These members will usually only be involved in ceremonies involving high-ranking clergy or royalty.
Usually governs priests and ensures that they are teaching properly and that the church buildings are well funded and safe to inhabit. Often they will hold services on special occasions
Gives mass to the laypeople, they are the people’s confidant in their sins and worries, they perform the function within the holidays with blessing. They give the blessing of children and the last rites of the dead. They are the cornerstone of faith in their community.
These men or women govern a monastery or abbey, they are equal in rank to Senairs but hold the title of Prior. They ensure that the money and supplies arrive on time and that various repairs and extensions are made when necessary.
The second in command and head of the infirmary. They ensure all visitors to the monastery are well looked after and healed and fed if need be.
They ensure discipline and no ill behaviour or breaking of the monastic oaths occurs among the Brothers and Sisters. They ensure that the vow is upheld and not toyed with and punished accordingly.
Bottom rung of the Monastery they pray for the dead, aid the sick and ill and undertake the main day to day tasks of the monastery such as being a scribe.
These are protectors of the faith, named so by the Grand-Archons. Individuals who have shown exceptional dedication to upholding and promoting the church values. It is a great honour to be given this title, as it is barely bestowed.
These individuals have shown dedication to the faith in combat, protecting the meek, destroying vile and undeaded creatures or partaking on a holy quest. They are given this title by Arch-Senair’s and above.
This title, unlike the others, is not bestowed, it is declared when an individual goes on pilgrimage to a holy site or relic. When one declares themselves an Eilthireach they are under the protection of the church, so long as they commit no crimes. They are not to be impeded, kidnapped or robbed under a due punishment of the holy church. This title is not to be declared lightly, it must only be used during pilgrimage, if used incorrectly, the individual could find themselves on trial with the church.
St. Otto of Rhosland
‘The Father’ - Patron Saint of Clergyman and Fatherhood
Life and Miracles
Otto was a high ranking member of the Brother church, but after one fateful night, he began receiving visions and dreams from Lugh and Arawn, urging him that the Brother church had steered from its vision. The true way was to be whispered to him as the Brothers guided him to the Lake of Gwyr. In his lifetime he practised several miracles, which only bolstered his claim to founding a new church. He is claimed to bring people back from the brink of death, to have healed those who were doomed to a life of long agony, one girl he was claimed to fix her misshapen leg. In his time he wrote three books on the basis of the church, his Codex, his Book o Cuirm ( a book of various ceremonies) and his Tome of Dathlu (The celebrations). Many of which were expanded upon by his predecessors.
Crozier - The staff of his office which he used to officiate many ceremonies and festivals with.
St. Robert of Rhosland
‘The Protector’ - Patron Saint of Victory and Ordermen
Life and Miracles
Known to be the ambitious son of Otto of Rhosland, he took on his father’s title of Grand Archon of the faith. He is mainly acclaimed for beginning the Holy Order of Rhosland, later renamed in his honour after his death. The Order was formed with the motto “I wella ac i amddiffyn” or “To heal and to protect”. The Order was formed after a crusade was declared against the Seanairc of Rhosland and forces of undead were brought against them from a mage seeking power. It’s from this that Robert’s famous blade comes from, it is said that when all were pushed back to the church, it was heavily outnumbered. Robert stood defiantly and prayered to the brothers, still faithful he had their favour. His own sword burst into brilliant, golden flame. With such fortunes, his men were revitalised and they were able to push back the forces, reclaiming their land and securing their heritage.
Cleansing Fire - A blade that is said to burst into flame with a holy fire that is deadly to abominations. It can only be wielded by those pious enough and blessed by Lugh and Arawn.
‘The Scholar’ - Patron Saint of Libraries, books, historians, law and learning
Life and Miracles
Bodenia, was born to a middle-class family in the Rhosian capital in the old world, from a young age he was fascinated with learning and devoted most of his prayer and following to Lugh. He went from village to village, teaching Lugh and Arawn and the art of reading and writing. It is said that he once found a blind boy in a village and restored his sight, not only that but that the boy could read without ever needing to learn. Another miracle attributed to him is that he once saw a poor woman begging on the streets and showed him a page of a book on woodwork. He placed his hand on the woman’s head and gave a short prayer and the woman was said to be able to know Master level carpentry without ever having picked up a tool before. She promptly was able to work her way out of poverty with the skills she was given.
The Golden Quill - A quill glittering golden yet soft to the touch, it is said that Bodenia wrote his annals with this very quill, the feather’s origin is unknown.
Page of Woodworking - A piece of parchment with a small paragraph of basic woodworking that was able to give the blindwoman the ability to become a master.
‘The Founder’ - Patron Saint of Monasteries, Medicine and Monks
Life and Miracles
Born to a farmer, Rozenn wasn’t expected to go far in life. Though that all changed when she visited the local church. The local Athair spoke so passionately about the gods that she became devoted to their study. She frequented the church even when mass wasn’t on, to learn more about Lugh and Arawn and their teaching. She eventually came up with the concept of a church, well pious people gathered to live in the most Holy way achievable. She had a dream of a hill and knew that is where she must find. After several years she found the hill in the Rhosian lowlands. As soon as she reached the spot a white stag was there to meet her and an aged man with a hammer. Immediately she bowed and pledged herself to the cause of founding a holy institution to follow Lugh and Arawn. When she opened her eyes, she was alone on the hilltop. All that was left was an acorn and a hammer. She struck the acorn with the hammer and in a glorious flash of light a massive oak tree sprung up and she found herself in the archway garden of the first monastery. She began to teach and send forth her call to pious people, performing several miracles in her time from healing the sick to even a few resurrections.
Cracked Acorn - Said to be the acorn struck by the hammer that sprouted the monastery, it is very heavy despite its size and has a small crack on its side.
Lugh’s Hammer - The hammer gifted to Rozenn in order to create her monastery, it is said to whisper the secrets of masonry to those pious enough.
‘The Rainbringer’ - Patron Saint of Agriculture and Hunting
Life and Miracles
Born the second son of a nobleman, Aron was always fascinated with nature and hunting. When he left home he wandered the land for a good game until one day he came across a village suffering from a drought and famine. Animals and people were dying of thirst and the harvest was failing. Aron, so desperate to help these people, cast his eyes to the heavens and prayed to Arawn for mercy on these people, offering his wealth and social standing and to take on the sins of the people of the village, who had seemingly incurred Arawn’s wrath. Lightning stuck him where he stood. His once noble silks were replaced with drab robes and his coin purse emptied, his body scarred and disfigured. It was said his father forgot about his existence at that second. Aron was gone. Instead, now there was Cadeyrn, who raised his arms up in prayer. To which, rain began to pour upon the starving village, each drop seemingly adding meat and good health to the cattle, people’s sunken features began to fill out and the grain, once brown, now stood golden and tall, plentiful with large seeds. Another miracle that is said to be of Cadeyrn was that aiding a farmstead in the wilderness, he touched the man’s bow and it would hit anything he willed it too. Allowing him to hunt the woods and save his family from starvation. Due to taking on the wrongs of that starving village, Cadeyrn roamed the land, doing good deeds and miracles in atonement.
Scythe of Replenishing - A tool of Cadeyrn that supposedly, when used, the wheat is twice as plentiful.
Robes of Poverty - Cadeyrn’s own robes when he took on the village’s wrong doings.
‘The Rider’ - Patron Saint Riders, Husbandry, Farriers and Cavalry
Life and Miracles
We know so little of Fedelmid, we don't even know where they were born, if they were even Rhosian, or even if they were a man or woman. All that is known of Fedlmid is that they were the founders of the Rhosian cavalry, taming wild stallions just by whispering a prayer to Arawn. Notably Fedelmid also was said to be able to forge horse shoes that increased a steed’s speed tenfold.
Horseshoe - The only of Fedelmid’s horse shoes to have survived to this age, it is said to jolt those who touch it, with intense energy and vigor.
‘The Trader’ - Patron Saint of Markets, Trade, Tailors Gold and Wealth
Life and Miracles
Born the daughter of a tailor, her piety was noted from an early age, praying for all those in-need or whom she saw around who seemed down on their luck. She was said to wander the Kingdom offering to make clothes for those who had nothing but rags. It was said that the clothes she made never got dirty and could never be worn through, only destroyed by burning. She is also noted for her philanthropy, whenever she came across a poor village she would stay for a year or so and help develop trade links and markets for the village. For one in particular, it seemed as if it would starve as its grain stores lay low. A caravan was about to pass the village by, noting that it would be unlikely to pay them. Boadicea convinced the caravan to stop, after long debate she managed to convince the caravan to give the village a single,rather small, sack of grain. Boadicea helped distribute the grain and the sack did not empty until a few months after she left, by that time, the village was in a much wealthier state. It was said that the cup she used to take wheat from the sack was always full to the brim in her hand, but never made a dent to the wheat stock inside the sack.
Unbreaking Tunic - one of Boadicea's own creations, the only one to be found, it is said that any blade that tries to cut it bends against the soft fabric.
Scales of Truth - It is said that these scales measure to divine accuracy and glow red when stolen or falsified goods are weighed on them.
Overflowing Cup - A clay cup that Boadicea managed to save a village with through her distribution of wheat.
‘The Smith’ - Patron Saint of Smithing and Valour
Life and Miracles
A devout follower of Lugh, Taranis was born a smith’s son and soon took on his father’s workshop. Though Taranis was a very pious man, he often gave much of his wealth to those in need. One day it is said that Lugh visited him in a dream, he was so impressed with his handiwork that he told him of a hammer he could retrieve. All he needed to do was to slay a drake, once a blacksmith who had become arrogant and proclaimed he was Lugh incarnate. Lugh, so outraged, had his brother transform the blacksmith into a drake. His armour becomes his scales and his weapons his talons.
Donned in his own armour and a trusty spear, he went out to face the drake, finding the cave where it lurked by dusk. Bones and ripped up clothes of villagers we said to be scattered around its entrance. The battle was long and hard fought, much of Taranis’ own armour was severely damaged, he barely escaped with his life. Impressed with the man’s valour and how well his weapons and armour had stood up against a drake, Lugh bestowed upon Taranis a mighty hammer. It is said that any armour Taranis made after that couldn’t be punctured by any weapon besides the ones he made, said to be so sharp that they could cleft a falling leaf. He is also famed with the creation of ‘Cleansing Fire’. Saint Robert’s Holy blade.
Bloodied Spearhead - The head of the spear Taranis used to slay the drake, still covered in the dried blood of the once arrogant blacksmith.
Blessed Hammer of Lugh - Said to create mighty works of metal, however it cannot be used by any who are unworthy of its power.
‘The Carpenter’ - Patron Saint of Woodworkers, Bowyers, Lumberjacks and Construction worker
Life and Miracles
Born the daughter of a carpenter, Katarin took her trade to new heights. She praised Lugh for the ability of her craft and to Arawn for the trees. Her craft was renown across the kingdom, though she remained humble, offering her talents to the Gods. She is accredited with being so favoured with the Brothers for her piety, that they blessed her in her crafts and her way with the forest. She is said to have an axe that could cut any tree in one swing. Her crafts were said to be so perfectly made that her magnum opus, a yew longbow, is said to never miss its target.
Deamhan - An axe said to fell any tree but one fell strike, blessed by both of the Brothers in favour of Katarin’s piety.
llygad eryr - A bow said to never miss its target, some say its blessed, others that it is just one of divine craftsmanship.
‘The Kingmaker’ - Patron Saint of the Monarchy and Governance
Life and Miracles
Gwenaelle was born among the nobility of Rhosland; she was said to have a view of right and wrong that was unwaverable. When Gareth Evans tried to claim himself to be King of Rhosland. Rodric was accused of being a bastard, so Evans tried to claim himself as the only male heir, through his marriage to Cari. A four year civil war ensued within the small city state but Gwenaelle was able to rally people back to Rodric’s claim when she placed a crown of white roses on his head. The roses in her hand turned golden, a symbol of Rodric’s claim.
Òr Rhosyn - A crown made from roses that have been made gold in knowledge of Rodric’s rightful claim.
‘The Pilgrim’ - Patron Saint of Pilgrimages and Adventuring
Life and Miracles
Dwyn was the first people to come up with the concept of pilgrimages, as a member of the Order he made it a duty to protect pilgrims. When he was injured whilst under his protection, he prayed to the brothers and their mortal wound was passed onto him.
‘The Gift-giver’ - Patron Saint of Children, Parents, Games and Fun
Life and Miracles
Surprisingly little is known of the saint that is said to visit Children on Goirid Solas. All we know is that they, whoever they may be, were able to bring joy to Rhosland in times of hardship, leaving gifts at doorsteps for the children. It is said also that he was able to pray to Arawn and pray for snow for the children to play in. His biggest miracle is that some claim he is still alive.
Bròcairean - One of the rarest relics due to its continued disappearance and then rediscovery. These are a pair of leather moccasins. It is said to grant the wearer complete speed and stealth.
‘The Crusader’ - Patron Saint of Crusades and Abomination slaying
Life and Miracles
Some sources suggest he was Otto’s uncle, others his friend while others claim that he was Otto’s brother. The information changes on the translation. Sigmar was the head of the first crusade of the Grand Church of the Grand Creators. It was declared by Otto I when the threat of abominations, created by a conjurer threatened to stamp out Rhosland before it had even begun. Sigmar was able to rally the Yeoman and knights of Rhosland into a cohesive force, one that despite its small numbers was able to overcome the threat. Miracles attributed to himrange as far as clefting a hundred abominations in one blow. To be able to summon a beam of light during a rainstorm, to blind the enemy as he charged.
Naomh Làmh - A tungsten war-hammer that Sigmar referred to as his ‘Holy Hand’, he used it numerous times in combat to slay uncountable abominations.
On the choosing of the next King:
The head of each lordly house is to assemble before the royal family and vote on who shall inherit the throne of the previous King’s children, if an heir has not been chosen prior. A man or woman may inherit the throne.
On Family and raising children:
Family plays a large factor in the daily lives of Rhosian people. Each family member plays an important role in the house, including the children. The men and women are on level ground when it comes to responsibilities. Men eligible to serve get conscripted while women have the choice to get conscripted or not. When a son or daughter is eligible to serve in the guard is when he/she is deemed a man or woman. Before that happens though, he/she must complete a right of passage in the form of a hunting trip with his/her father and live off the land for three days. Upon returning they must cook their prize for their family.
Raising children in Rhosian culture is a great honor. It is viewed as such an honor because having a family is helping further the tradition and culture of the Rhosian people. It is a time of celebration and joy when a child is born. The parents are given presents and a small feast is held to honor the parents and the start of a family or the growth of an preexisting family. Upon the child learning how to speak and walk, they will be with their mothers so that they can learn professions and basic responsibilities. Once they have learned the basics they will take up an apprenticeship under the profession they wish to pursue.
On Treating Guests:
The Rhosian people are very kind and generous hosts. However, when one is caught disrespecting the kindness of their hosts, one will see a different kind of person and will face severe consequences.
Celebrations and Holidays:
Weddings were often a community wide event for Rhosan people, often the whole village or most of a town would be involved in the preparation and celebration. Both men and women are given a silver band on their eighteenth birthday with a knotted or woven design either chiselled or inlaid into one side of the ring. On the other side it is plain. This is to show a person’s commitment. If the decoration is showing then they are single, if the plain band shows, then it shows they are committed by marriage. Brides often wear dresses of any colour, made to be long and flowing material, with notably long sleeves. Dresses were made from cotton, lace or silk, whatever the family of the bride could afford. In addition, the dress was often worn with a bodice. Grooms often wear ornately designed doublet with various patterns of knots and weaves. Over their dominant hand’s shoulder would be draped a bundled sashe of tartan in their house’s colours. They often wear a kilt of the same tartan. On their legs they wear white socks up to the knee , tied up with a ribbon. The shoes are often black though the wealthy are able to have their embroidered.
Before the ceremony, the bride will step from her family house, her father throws some coins in front of her in hopes that her marriage will be prosperous. Meanwhile the groom has to haul a large stone around the circumference of the settlement as a testament to his dedication to his bride. The bride and groom’s hands are tied with a ribbon or soft rope, as a symbol of the binding of the two souls in marriage. After the vows have been exchanged many of the congregation will ring hand bells to ward off evil spirits and bless the marriage with good fortune. After the ceremony, both families of the couple shall give something old and something new. Before a feast is begun with music usually in the forms of pipes. Men and women will often pair up and perform traditional dances to the music, the celebration often going off well on into the night. When the celebration is ebbing away, the groom and bride head to their home, with the groom carrying her over the threshold. The next month is to be their honeymoon, where they drink mead every night in order to promote fertility and good fortune.
The body is often washed and placed in a death shirt, a long, white, tunic garment that stretches to the toes. Candles are placed around the body and it is given three days for friends and family to meet. During these three days, a priest will also give the last rites to the body and measure the body for its final resting place. On the fourth day, the body is taken, the community will form a parade with somber tunes and poems that honour the dead and regale their deeds in life. The body will often be laid within an oak copse, on a hill if possible, with its head facing west, so that when the sunsets on Bàs fionnar the spirit can find its way to the afterlife. Graves are often single, though sometimes more than one person is laid within. After the body is lowered into its grave, a small mound and stone is placed on top. The priest gives a funeral and the community makes a parade back to town. There, they will begin a joyous feast in the deceased’s honour. With drink, songs, tears and the occasional games. A place is laid for the deceased with a bowl and chair, there people can place any items they wish for the deceased to have. The next morning, the priest will take the bowl out to the mound and place it atop the stone.
Goirid Solas(Winter solstice) - Short light
Goirid Solas is the winter festival ushering in the fresh chills of winter and bracing the people for the potential hardships ahead. The lasts from the three days before the solstice, with the third day landing on the solstice itself. Each day is to represent a month of winter. The first night, Fuar, of the festival is dedicated to prayer, for thanks of the year just passed and for blessing and mercy in the hard months to come. The second night, Sìth, is dedicated to a candlelit parade around the village to ward off evil spirits and creatures as the Brother priests will bless the town. The third and final night, Companaich, on the solstice begins at sundown, everyone gathers for rousing songs and poems around a fire and a warm filling feast.
Blàth Fionnar (First bloom) - Cool bloom
This festival begins when the first snowbells begin to sprout, it holds the promise of spring and an end to the winter months. Children gather the flowers in bouquets for their mothers who will hang them over their door frame to ward off misfortune in the house. Men and women will work on baking bread as the last of the stocked wheat is used and a small meal is communially taken whilst a Brother priest regails a sermon or tale to inspire hope. Also, all the new young calves and lambs are gathered and blessed to cheers and bell ringing. Some are even given woad, swirling patterns as a blessing of protection.
A ’chiad bhlàths (Spring Equinox) - The First warmth
On this day, while the dew is still fresh, parents will hide treats and sweets around the town and the local youth will go out and try and find them. The adults will partake in traditional dances and songs in celebration that the days shall now draw longer. Sometimes the adults also partake in a hunt of eggs or something similar.
Grian pòg (First day of summer) - Sun’s kiss
On this day, the community gathers for recreation in the sun, the able-bodied perform a traditional dance with ribbons around a pole, making various patterns. Others will set up games to play for a small fee in exchange for prizes. The day is finished with a collective feasting and celebration with songs of praise for the start of the summer.
Fada Solas (Summer solstice) - Long light
A priest will start a service at sundown, at that time all will build a great fire, telling tales and songs, often about the heavens above and the various constellations. When the moon rises high, all will stand in prayer before heading home, often having a lie in the next morning.
Òr Feur (Wheat harvest) - Golden Grass
This holiday takes place on the first day of harvest, at the end of the day, the first fresh loaves, a traditional holiday bread, are made and distributed among the townsfolk. The local priest will bless the harvested grain and the grain yet to be harvested. Games in the dying light are often played such as hide and seek and bounty hunt.
Bàs fionnar (Autumn Equinox) - Cool death
As the chill of the year begins to draw near and the leaves turn golden to brown. Ths autumn equinox is said to be the day that the dead’s spirits move from their wandering and walk towards the sunset, towards the afterlife. All will gather in the church that ‘eve. It is a sacred evening. The dead of the year are accounted for and made praise for their existence. The food and bounty of the harvest is blessed, with some being set aside for the poor. The rest is cooked up into a great meal served within the church and taken in remembrance of the fallen. Prayers are made throughout the night to guide those from their graves to the afterlife.
The Rhosian are very humble and traditional people. They are predominantly rural workers so they do not have many luxuries such as fine tunics and dresses adorned by many of those in grand cities. They adorn woolen tunics, kilts, gowns, and linen undergarments. The colors they use in their clothing varies depending on the resources available to them. Weaponry of any kind if held on your person in Rhosian culture is to be sheathed unless on the battlefield. It is seen as disgraceful if brandishing a weapon publicly and can be seen as an act of aggression. Women in Rhosian culture dress similarly to men but instead of tunics, they wear simple gowns and or armor depending on their profession. In times of celebration or the warmer months, women can be seen braiding ribbons and flowers into their hair. Men in Rhosian culture can be seen adorning mostly plain clothing and or armor if a member of the guard. Depending on their social status in Rhosland they can sometimes be seen wearing their family’s colors on their tunics.
During the Coronation of Godfrey I the city of Ergos Dwyn hosted a Grand Tournament. It was complete with archery, jousting and wrestling in one group and the other consisted of Melee combat, group melee combat and javelin throwing. Each person was allowed to participate in one event of each group, the champion of each contest received a reward fitting of them.
Common Law of the Duchy of Rhosland
Rhosland boasted a complete law code made at the behest of her Grace, Maeve Aep Gwynn. it was divided into 7 sections from the Rights of The People to Crimes against Property.
The Order of St. Robert of Rhosland
The Order of St. Robert of Rhosland is the militant wing of the Rhosian faith and standing army of the Apostolic Kingdom of Rhosland. They follow the teachings of their Patron Saint, Robert of Rhosland and the Order’s Grand Master. Every member of the Order begins as an initiate. Upon passing their initiation they will be Brother and Sister of the Order.
In the Old World, the Order of St. Robert was not called such. It was merely the Militia of Rhosland. During their early days, they were under the command of Robert aep Gwynn, later known as St. Robert. Under his command they expanded five times the amount they had in previous years. Whether it be through battle of peaceful negotiations. Thus the formerly Bishopric of Rhosland grew in size and numbers. Upon the death of Robert aep Gwynn, the men were in low morale and felt defeated without their commander. Years down the line when St. Robert’s grandson took over as commander, the old veterans were revitalized at the calling of their charismatic leader. The new recruits were inspired by their new leader, Godfrey aep Gwynn. He fought in a few skirmishes from nearby raiding parties and kept the Rhosian borders protected. The young lord then got word of a new world out there to explore and full of opportunity, he decided with his grandfather’s vigor and motivation to bring his soldiers and people with him to this new world. Upon arrival to the New World of Anoma, the young Godfrey would form his men into the Order of St. Robert, in honor of his grandfather.
Ranking the Order
The Grand Master of the Order and the ultimate head of Order. They wield absolute authority and have full command of the order. Though keeping most of their administrative work for his priors and his Knight Commander and Sergeant-Major, all reforms and construction papers need to pass through the Grand Master.
The Knight Commander is an extremely skilled knight which is required to be Knights of Righteousness. These men have full control over all the knights on the battlefield along with their squires and pages. As the second in command, the knight commander does have authority over the ranks of foot but should only exercise this authority in the absence of the Sergeant Major or in times of emergency.
The Sergeant Major is the overseeing officer of the ranks of foot. The Sergeant Major generally ensures the day to day duties are completed by the Order. They work closely with the Quartermaster in keeping records up to date. The Sergeant Major dictates work to the Sergeant-at-Arms. He is the third in Command of the Order of Saint Robert.
The lower commanders of the field and reside in the commander of the priories, these men’s duty are to lead the men of the priory to victory in battle if ever called for. These men have proven themselves worthy for such positions of honor.
Though the term Constable is mainly associated with legal authority, the Knight Constable acts as a Lieutenant in the battlefield, Knights of Righteousness mainly hold this office. However, knights of other ranks may try to hold this office as well. He/she serves under the Knight Commander. Only two may serve as Knight Constable.
A Sergeant-at-Arms is responsible for leading a small regiment of Ordermen under them. Sergeant-at-Arms are expected to build comradery in their regiment and lead patrols and assign work to members of their regiments.
Ranks of Foot
The Ranks of Foot make up the bulk of the Order of Saint Robert.
Sergeants serve as subordinates to their respective Sergeant-at-Arms. Sergeants are seasoned Ordermen who have been given the responsibility of mentoring the newly initiated Ordermen.
A Corporal is an Orderman who has served in the Order for no less than 5 years.
A newly oathed member. In order for an initiate to become an Ordermen, they must serve in the Order for at least a year as an initiate and be vouched for by two oathed members in the Order of Saint Robert of Rhosland.
An unsworn member of the Order of Saint Robert of Rhosland. Initiates are forbidden from wearing certain pieces of armor on their person until they are oathed. Initiates must wait at least a year before being oathed.
Those within the order who hold the rank of Orderman-Sergeant may be graced with this honor of being the Standard Bearer. The Standard Bearer holds the Order & Kingdom’s heraldic standard when marching into battle or in times of when the King visits.
Those bearing the rank of Sergeant-at-Arms and have shown good leadership and mentorship skills may inquire to be granted the rank of Initiate Master. The Initiate Master is required to oversee all training of Initiates and determine when an initiate has completed their initiation.
Those within the Order bearing the rank of Orderman-Corporal may be granted this rank by the Initiate Master. Disciplinarians are required to help guide, teach, and discipline initiates through their initiation.
The Quartermaster is given to an Orderman who holds a skill for logistics and is good at the organization of equipment. They are in charge of sending out and receiving supplies. They must also keep inventory on the supplies within their garrison.
Only the best of the order can achieve knighthood. This is an extremely prestigious position. Knights and Dames are also given the authority to command any of the ranks of foot when the Sergeant Major and the Sergeant-at-Arms are not present. Note, their rank of knight/dame generally applies to their level of knighthood in formal situations. For example, a Knight Constable of Righteousness. Those of higher status may send their sons or daughters to squire in the Order of Saint Robert without fear of disenfranchising them from their inheritance should they become a Knight of St. Robert.
Knight of Righteousness
A knight that has taken the double vow. A holy vow that is enforced for one’s life. It consists of the vows of poverty and obedience. They have the right to the title of ‘Ser’.
Knight of St. Robert
A knight that has taken the oath of obedience. If a Knight of St. Robert has proven himself enough then they may be given the option to become a Knight of Righteousness. They have the right to the title of ‘Ser’.
From ages 12-20, a squire apprentices under a Knight of Righteousness and follows the same vows as a Knight of Righteousness until they decide on which oaths they will take upon oathing. Should a squire turn 20 and not complete his squireship, they are usually taken into the Order as an Orderman with the possibility of receiving training to be an officer. Squires often serve as the equivalent of an Orderman when working with the ranks of foot.
From ages 7-12, a page a young child seeking squireship. Generally they serve the knights of the Order of Saint Robert by delivering messages and fulfilling errands. By the time they are 12, a knight may choose to take them on as a squire. Pages may not serve as guards like Squires.
- OATHS -
"By the power invested in me, I solemnly swear: I will shield the people by serving Lugh’s justice, I will vanquish the abominations from Rhoslands. Where there is chaos, I shall bring order. Where there is darkness, I shall bring light. I am the bastion against depravity, An example of integrity, honor, and humility. My soul is mine to keep, yet my life bound to the Gods. On this, and by this weapon, I swear my life, mind and arm to the defense of the Rhosian people."
Most Rhosians are taller than average (5’11”-6’3”). Their skin tone varies from pale to a light tan. Their hair color ranges from blonde to black to red. The Rhosian have typically straight or wavy hair. Eye color of the Rhosian ranges from brown to blue or even in some cases grey. They generally come on the more bigger size side of Humans due to some of them having to live in colder climates.
Other human sub-races found their way into the nations walls but not in any large amounts.