The Nightingale Clan, v1 Aug 11, 2012 20:07:25 GMT -5
Post by Roxilicious on Aug 11, 2012 20:07:25 GMT -5
canon historical series written by Hezekiah Falaise, a scribe hired by Count Sarkis Nightingale to write the history of his family from the beginning using any resources that could be found, esp. Nightingales themselves
I am writing this series because a man from the family himself has paid me a sizable amount of gold for this favor, moreso than my usual clients. Of course, what more can be expected from none other than a count himself? Sarkis Nightingale, one of the few true-named Nightingales to live at the time of this publication. He has asked me to start this series with his ancestor, the High King Falkris Nightingale, and to skip certain periods which he has highlighted for me in a personal letter. More specifically, Count Sarkis has asked me to detail on the points of interest surrounding the lycanthropic and vampiric conflicts that have caused struggle within this great clan.
King Falkris was among a generation when surnames were just beginning to take shape. He was born from a father simply called Jöryn the Nightwalker and his wife whose name has been forgotten through ages of spoken history. Falkris was born at a special time, the years of developing the kingdoms and the empire. A great military leader for the leaderless kingdom of Verfall, he was elected to be the first king by his loyal militiamen and fellow citizens of the quiet land. It was at this time he announced he would take on the surname of Nightingale, for he was notorious for using the song of the nightingale as inspiration for much of his hard work. King Falkris took the throne in 124 RE, naming his most loyal generals to serve as his counts. Two years later, he married Hallie, a beautiful woman still without a surname who gladly took his own.
It was not long before Falkris and Hallie had a son. First, Hallie had birthed two daughters, Marexia and Viridiana. She longed to give Falkris the son he was expecting from her, however, and after praying many times to the Hexadus, Erastos was born. Falkris was modest and felt his son deserved a name different from his own.
Upon his father's death, Erastos took the throne of Verfall at age 19. He wed a wealthy noblewoman named Melanie a year later. They had many children, in order from eldest to youngest: Vendel, son; Thorlakr, son; Nenya, daughter; Oleksandr, son; Nathalie, daughter; Arkady, son; Adelaisa, daughter; and Andriy, son. Erastos was so pleased with Melanie's gift of five sons that he never betrayed her or divorced her and grew depressed upon her death seven years after Andriy's birth. Prior to that, however, King Erastos appointed his three eldest sons to be the official counts of Verfall, ensuring the purest Nightingale blood to rule the developing kingdom.
Count Vendel was to govern the Vesperian Badlands. Count Thorlakr, Oriens. Count Oleksandr, usually just called Oleks the Unforgiving (except to his face, when he was addressed formally), oversaw the county of Pertinax.
Now would be an appropriate time to note that I will be skipping a few generations at Count Sarkis Nightingale's request. He felt their history in the Nightingale lineage was not as significant, and he asked me to assure readers that during these generations, ruling was peaceful and without conflict. To quote his words, "These Nightingales ruled easily."
Around the year 353 RE, increasing tension between the four kingdoms of the Empire causes the son of current King Volk Nightingale, Etzel, to flee Verfall and forever unite with his love, heir to the throne of Tenesidus. King Volk did not stop his son, for he knew that Etzel would either be executed by his lover's father, or be allowed to marry her. King Volk knew that she would take his name, and a new Nightingale lineage would be ruling the county of Tenesidus. Etzel was encouraged by his father and even given supplies for his journey, including a dragon.
After the Unity War (ended 382 RE), the Nightingales began to have internal strife and conflict within their expanding clan. This will be covered in the next volume. To recount, I will make note of significant characters who will appear in the next volume and had a profound impact on the Nightingale clan of history and of today. The next volume also marks the beginning of Verfall's notorious history of crime, harboring of fugitives, collaborations of thieves and assassins, and darker tendencies.
King Luther Nightingale – son of Volk, first Nightingale to succumb to lycanthropy.
Count Severin Nightingale – brother to Luther and Etzel, count of Pertinax, second generation of Pertinax Nightingale vampires
Countess Katrya Nightingale – cousin to Luther, Severin, and Etzel, countess of the Vesperian Badlands, very close to Severin, contracted vampirism by will through Severin
Count Torvar Nightingale – another cousin, acquired lycanthropy through Luther
Vericus Nightingale – 3-year-old child of King Luther and Queen Valeria, given lycanthropy at this age before being sent to Tenesidus by an assassin who murdered Etzel's son and replaced him with Vericus