The wedding of Benevolent Chipmunk Tallia Neholin and Baronet Mazer Raxxam was… interesting.
(Many of the Knights titles have been shortened – yes these are the shortened versions – for convenience. Many guests brought a spouse/companion, though most of their entourage waited outside or back in their respective camps, taverns, inns, boarding houses or the castle.)
Residual changes (damages) around the DeepLager Tavern and Winery will take weeks to clean up and repair. It took a team of twenty men with machetes and carts to clear and haul away the thick vegetation surrounding the tavern. As they neared the building, it became increasingly harder to tell where the new growth started and the edge of the building actually began, as Llewellyn somehow brought the cut wood of the tavern back to life. – Rumors of what happened at the party are legendary and conflicting, even suggesting that there were demons or devils present. Father Morrick of DeepLager, was turned into a mountain hawk-eagle and wasn’t seen for days after the wedding he was supposed to officiate.
Father Morrick wasn’t the only quick change of official. Baronet Aoth, the druid, was to officiate, but turned into a large reptilian creature and attacked an attempted assassin. Baroness Gelwen stepped up to finish the rushed ceremony. Dasut the monk showed off his martial prowess by catching a hand crossbow bolt and throwing it back at the assassin attempting to kill Commandant Neholin, father of the bride. Due to the quantity of people arriving for the wedding and reception, the venue was moved to the under-construction palace of Brenin/Grand Duke Rhys ap Rhys of Gyruff/Geoff, about 3 miles from Hochoch.
Divisions and distrust between Gyruff/Geoff and Gran March were evident as each group gravitated towards their own wing of the palace for the reception and often grouped up further from there. It was easy work to convince many Knights of the Watch and Keoish that the Gyri had attacked the Commandant, but calmer voices and evidence of non-Gyri assassins convinced them that it was a ruse to place blame on the Gyri. (The non-Gyri had dyed their skin and hair darker colors, and worn Traditional Flan/Gyri garb in an attempt to further the ruse.
Over 285 VIPs (famous/named NPCs) and even more (less important) guests attended the wedding with about 6000 attendants, troops, support staff and servants. Notables included:
Regent of Keoland, Princess Jessa Skotti Lizhal, Countess of Sayre, daughter of the late King Kimbertos Skotti and aunt of Grand Duke Rhys ap Rhys. Though generally not supportive of Geoff or her politics, she attended the wedding of her vassal’s (Commandant Neholin’s) daughter’s wedding. During the wedding and reception, she was aloof and kept to the far end of the hall from the Gyri. – - Countess Hannah Linth of the Earldom of Linth and granddaughter of Marchioness Chantel Brodelin of Mandismoor (Dandelion’s great aunt) was in the company of Princess Jessa and Lord Watcher Lugh Narthistle, Loyal Banshee, Commandant of the Keoish Knights of the Watch, based in Linth. It is well known that the Linths are Suel Supremicists who have struggled with the Oeridian and mixed humans living in their lands. They have gone through several uprisings, but so far, brutally suppressed each of them. – - Baronet Averyn Linth of Riverside and Grebe, Countess Chandel Brodelin of Mandismoor, Marchioness Lisse Redlee Linth of Mareman, Countess Allita Elgarin of Flen, Margrave Brant Lizhal of Bierfield and Lord Elveress Lizhal of the Dreadwalkers also attended the Keoish Regent.
The elderly Duke of Gradsul and Lord High Admiral of Keoland, Luschan VIII of the Rhola, attended with his Archmage Drawmij (a distant relation). The Duke’s primary goal appears to have been political, attempting to persuade many of the Geoffian nobles to support his family’s bid to become the next King of Keoland. Realizing that he’s far too old to become king himself, he’s advocating for his son, Luschan IX, a thirty-something vibrant and charming Suel.
Though Earl Vlad III of Gand was Warren of the Rhola, he has recently turned against the Rhola family and was ostracized.
The elderly Duke Cedrian III Neheli of Dorlin, Count Orloc Neheli of Marlbridge, Baron Adreian Neheli of Mill Creek, Viscount Cronic Secundorth of Salinmoor, Baron Jharmok Redlee Neheli of Shelspring, and Baron Anladon Neheli of the Axewood grouped together separate from the Regent, Rhola and Oerdian Faction.
The Oeridian Faction is a group of racially and politically allied tribes through intermarriage as a counter to the major Suloise families in Keoland. They included House Berrig/Bazrail, House Garren (including Arglwyth Janos Garren of Rhad Derwyth), the Lizhals (actually Suloise) of Bierfield, Margrave Kharn Redlee of Middlemead, Countess Lissen Rheyd of Nimlee, Baron Alistair Bevel of Riverwatch and the Merchant House Gregaine.
“Venomous Ancient Black Dragon” Commandant Magnus Edvard Neholin (father of the bride) was regularly accompanied by “Fearsome Raging Minotaur” Knight Under Marshall Watcher Nadir (a Suloise male in his mid-50’s) of the Minotaur Regiment, “Maurauding Medusa” Knight Commander Watcher Wadwedd (Oeridian male in his 40’s) of the 82nd medium cavalry, “Radiant Ettin” Knight Commander Watcher Gwen de Leau (mixed human female in her 40’s) of the 116th heavy foot infantry, “Endowed Ogre” Knight Captain Watcher Dreyn (mixed human male in his 30’s) of the 1st Platoon of the 116th heavy foot infantry and “Forcible Fomorian” Knight Captain Watcher Mulwyn (mixed human male in his 40’s) of the 2nd Platoon of the 116th heavy foot infantry. Although it was his daughter’s wedding and he smiled appropriately, many could see that he was distraught and unhappy. Although not publicly known, there are rumors that the Minotaur Regiment, the Commandant’s personal huscarles, suffered a major defeat along the Rushmoors and many of the men are still being held captive by the lizardfolk.
The venerable and somewhat aloof Grandiose Imperial Wyvern Watcher Hugo of Geoff, head of the Knights of the Watch order, was allegedly at the wedding, though every inch of him was covered and his visor kept down. Hugo was former Brenin Owen ap Luth’s uncle, which would make him at least 90, if not older. Considering his age, its impressive that he can still carry the full platemail jousting armor, but understandable that he doesn’t remain in public for long. In fact, his presence was just enough that thousands of people could witness his appearance before he withdrew to his private pavilion accompanied by two dozen senior ranking Knights of the Watch. (Vengeful Elder Wyrm Knight Field Marshal Watcher Catical Fangorn – Commander of the Core Army, Unmovable Colossal Stone Golem Knight Field Marshal Watcher Boltar Hammerhold – Commander of the Westfold Force in Geoff (who spares a glance at Xilvyre without a word), Fey Enchantress Morgiana La Fey (who rides a unicorn mount) and many others you don’t recognize.)
Many of the Elector Baron Knights of Gran March were there as well: Most Illustrious Silver Dragon Elector Baron Watcher Thynian Rholgran of Shiboleth; Benevolent Copper Dragon Elector Baron Watcher Horcrass Heth of Farvale; Ferocious Air Elemental Elector Baron Watcher Faelan Harc of the Eastern March; Forcible Gargoyle Elector Baron Watcher Faelan Murthane of Proman Shire; Ardent Pegasus Elector Baron Watcher Reolus Valon (husband of bridesmaid Lady Ogiva Valon); Sapphire Ancient Blue Dragon Elector Baron Watcher Iboremar Dwilald Holithane of Manthus; Righteous Balor Elector Baron Watcher Aeman Weirwood of Dracus Province; Merciless Cockatrice Elector Baron Watcher Amatus Dassus of the Dim (Forest) March; and Vehement Chimera Elector Baroness Watcher Cerse Wolsing of the Rush(moors) March. (The Elector Barons of Direr and Cavintus did not attend.)
Elusive Stag Knight Under Marshal Watcher Peredur Blackblade – Llwyr of Cymeravon (with his personal huscarles, the 59th White Dragon Heavy Cavalry) and Stalwart Iron Golem Knight Commander (ret.) Dispatcher Darian Malthus – Llwyr of Araul Anterth were there and socializing with the other nobles of Gyruff and Knights living in Geoff/Gyruff now: Unrelenting Sphinx Knight Commander Dispatcher Gundar Kevitz “The Green Knight”, who has allegedly died and been raised several times; Observant Golden Eagle Baronet Knight Warden Watcher Oliver Garrin (cousin of Arglwyth Janos Garren of Rhad Derwyth and former baronet of Garrin’s Field); Striking Eagle Knight Commander Watcher Brachus Orellian of the 119th Heavy Cavalry. Glorious Garden Snake Knight Commander Watcher Holister Paent of the 68th Medium Cavalry; Rising Eagle Knight Commander Watcher Garth of the 61st medium cavalry; Vigilant Nighthawk Knight Commander Watcher Ostraman of the 65th light cavalry; Cadofyth Ser Olfred von Marsh (half-orc) head of the Cymeravon Bragad; Oich Randelsson and the Ferret Braich of Barbaraidd from Cymeravon.
Many other notable knights were there, including Radiant Pinnacle Gold Dragon Knight Commander Watcher Olwin Pendragon of the Gold Dragon Regiment in Shiboleth and also personally leads the 71st heavy cavalry; Massive Diving Black Dragon Knight Commander Watcher Heardred – Commander of Fort Endurance and the 114th light cavalry; Colorful Rearing Hippogriff Knight Commander Watcher Arinbjorn of the 81st heavy cavalry in Buxton’s Crossing; Great Vengeful Owlbear Knight Commander Watcher Lord Baron Magnus Therestell of the 74th medium cavalry in Orlane; Most Truthful Banshee Knight Field Marshal Watcher Lugh Narthistle – Commander of the Forces to the South (Keoland and the Ulek States); and many more.
Most of the nobility of Gyruff were there, including Grand Duke/Brenin Rhys ap Rhys (and Count of Arweth, though that is not [yet] officially recognized by Gran March, Keoland or the other countries of the Sheldomar Valley), Arglwyth Alvestar Glorandaal (a grey elf) of Blodyn Cain, Arglwyth Emyr Cadwaler of Daden Bryd, Lady Ariel (dressed in red, but with flames extinguished) of Dwyr, Arglwythes Gretta Lea of Ffrwythlon Dol, Arglwythes Briallen merch Luther of Rhwng yr Coed, Lady Lynelle merch Rhian – Heir of Rhychdir Rhos (accompanied by her guardian/regent Braichdyn Mellos Warren) and 36 brehyri (baronets) (including many party members).
The giants (though they did not fit into the palace) were well represented by Arglwyth Gruka Duk (storm giant) of Tjalf, Aurora Borealis (his cloud giant druid advisor), Sechte (his eldritch giant advisor), Chief Horus of the hill giants, Jarl Standal of the frost giants, King Raseri of the fire giants, Nimbostratus of the cloud giants (and their cloud castle) and Chief Thornsheld. Each brought a dozen or so of their kind, who camped at some distance from each other and the rest of the camps.
Dozens of Peers of the Realm were there, including: Ser Girais Longdraw, Ser Allyn Beaullfynn, Ser Darragh ap Broach – Cadofyth of the Longbowmen of Gyruff, Dame Nicole Fairweather Larendin – Minister of Internal Affairs, Ser Mordelin Larendin – Special Investigator of Internal Affairs (though still wanted for murder in Keoland and Gran March), Dame Hoskuld, Ser Strongswing Wheatbinder, Ser Darius ap Aedan, Ser William Lea, Ser Dimitri ap Rancar and Ser Thayer Sloan – Commander of the Dwyr Bragad (such as it is).
Lumbering Polar Bear Margrave Watcher Larrangin of Bissel and twenty-five of his Barons came, but most weren’t noteworthy to you.
Marchioness Resbin Dren Emondav, the dark skinned elf of Sterich and Stewardess of the Great Western Gate had several bodyguards and gravitated with her dozen or so barons to the library. The whole group seemed embroiled in internal politics, intrigue and plots that the rest of the guests could only guess at.
There were no representatives of the Ulek States, Stark Mound Gnomes, the three dwarvish holds or the three elvish forests.
After the reception, many of the guests and their entourage departed for home. Most of the Gran March and Knights of the Watch military remain encamped on the eastern bank of the Realstream, across from Hochoch. There are rumors that some Gran March soldiers, including officers and Knights of the Watch, have been kidnapped and possibly even killed.