So, for a long time there's been an NPC 'Genealogy Lord' who advises the King on suitable betrothals and such, right?
WELL HE'S AN NPC NO MORE
Welcome Lord Gerald, the oldest stag in the ancient 'House of Families', a Glenmore family dedicated to remembering the bloodlines of Royalty. He is a communal character
meaning that, although I technically own him and he occupies one of my character slots, he is free to use in any and all RPs, as long as they stick to the character as outlined below IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE GERALD IN AN RP - GO AHEAD! Please just remember to let me know that you've used him, so I can record his RPs here
32Year of Birth:
730 of the New Age Height:
Seal Bay Part. Restricted FawnGenotype:
BrownDesign Sheet: Festive Fawnling Designs 2014: Batch 5Sire:
Lord Geraint (deceased)Dam:
Hoofmaiden Lettice (alive... but just barely. She's 41 years old and somehow still hanging on)Bloodline:
100% GlenmoreMagic Type:
0 [Basic Level] (Build Cap: 5 points max)Stamina:
4 [Basic Level]Strength:
8 [Basic Level]Magic:
10 [Medium Level]Herbs:
11 [Medium Level]Experience:
+4 stamina - base bonus
+8 strength - base bonus
+11 herbs - starter bonus
+10 magic - bacon boost
Lord of Families (for more information, see 'Details')Mate(s):
None at current - in his youth he would keep a harem of hoofmaidens most yearsCurrent Location:
Families Den by the Oldegrove
Gerald is a noble, yet somewhat curmudgeonly soul. He understands his place is by the side of the King, giving his advice - but he's not altogether bothered which King it is. His duty is to the great spirit of Oganach, keeping the Royal Lines clean and clear for all to see. He is proud that Kings and Lords of all ranks come to him for advice, and particularly enjoys advising the King on which Princesses require betrothing and recommending stags for them.
He is kind to his children, but finds it difficult to really see them as adults - even his oldest Adalbert, who is now 22. Adalbert will always be little Bertie-boo, aged three, who can't run without tripping over his feet. It doesn't matter that he's now 11 hands tall, has grandchildren of his own and is built like an oak tree - he will always be Bertie-boo to Gerald.
He tends to treat does in the same way - with general kindness, but being unable to see them as real people. That's not to say that he dislikes does, or thinks them stupid - just stupider than most stags. They are to be treasured as pretty things with a purpose, and that purpose is giving birth to more Royal stags. He was always good to the hoofmaidens in his harem, and would never overstep the bounds of his rank by fighting for a Royal doe of high standing. You could even argue that he loved one of his regular harem members, a gentle and quiet hoofmaiden named Yana - but Gerald believes that love is only really for Princesses and their Royal mates, not for the likes of him and his common does.
He is deeply committed to his role as the Lord of Families, and can mostly be found spending his time in the Den of Families, tending the Tree of Kings. He does not tend to the Tree of Princesses, as this is a lesser job, generally given to the second stag of the family - in this case, that's little Bertie-boo.
When he was younger, Gerald was thought to be one of the most handsome stags of the Glenwood. His hide is dark, he stands at a good height and he was built like a boulder. However, that all started to fade as he got into his twenties - and now in his early thirties, he's rather plumper around the middle than he used to be, and his once fine antlers have fallen back.
He is very hairy, and has a particularly fine set of eyebrows - and an even finer beard, which droops either side of his mouth like a magnificent moustache.
He is becoming increasingly short sighted as he gets older, and is almost always squinting at something.History:
Gerald was born the first son of Lord Geraint, the Lord of Families. As soon as he was old enough to talk, he was taught the history of the Royal family tree in Glenmore, and as soon as his magic was strong enough he was taught to tend the Royal Trees, the physical record of the history of the King's line and the Princess line in Glenmore. As soon as he came of age, he was given responsibility for the Tree of Princesses; an enormously proud moment for him, and one he cherishes as probably the best moment in his life.
When his father died, he was deeply saddened as he respected and loved the old Lord deeply. He took over as the Lord of Families then, and took responsibility for the Tree of Kings. His father's death soured this momentous occasion, but it is still a proud moment for him.
His life has otherwise been generally uneventful - training the Royal Trees takes a great deal of work and care, and as such he is a step removed from the politics of the other Royal families. The House of Families
Legend says that the House of Families was raised from common beginnings by the great Kings of old, in recognition of their great service to the Crown. Whether this is true or not is another matter entirely, but they consider themselves to be a step below the 'true' Royals, and could be considered to be sort of Servant Lords. The Lord of Families is humble and subservient - but knows that he holds great power, for only he and his family have detailed knowledge of the history of Glenmore.
A stag from the House of Families would never
take a Princess for a mate - it would be 'above their station', and would be seen as a King bribing the House in order to keep some part of his lineage secret. In the past, weak Kings have attempted to bribe the house by offering Princess brides to the Lords, but they have always been turned down. Typically the Lord of Families and his sons would fight for Hoofmaidens, as these are does well befitting their status.
Their role is to keep both oral and physical records of the Line of Kings and the Line of Princesses. The oral records come in the form of reciting each King's father back as far as possible - and although Gerald will
recite the King's Line back to Earrann, once you get more than 300 or so years ago, it's almost certainly not actually right. The physical records are in the form of two oak trees, carefully trained by both magic and pruning to be a visual representation of the lines.
The trees are somewhat ridiculous looking things - in order to make it easier to see the families, they are incredibly short, squat affairs, with trunks only a foot and a half high. Because of the complexity of the lines, the branches are thin and brittle, and leaves are kept to the bare minimum required to keep the tree alive, so as to make it easier to see the actual family structure among the branches.
The Tree of Kings shows only stags - each branch represents a Royal stag, with twigs sprouting off to represent their sons. Branches and twigs representing living stags are allowed to grow leaves in the Spring, and in the autumn are daubed with coloured clay. Stags mated to Princesses are marked with grafted on roses - though these do tend to die off every winter, and so need replacing each Spring. The King's branch is marked by a woven wreath of oak leaves, rumoured to have been created by the first Lord of Families to be raised to Lordship - but actually woven anew each year by the current Lord.
The Tree of Princesses shows only Princesses and their Princess daughters. Each branch represents a single Princess, with twigs sprouting off to show her Princess daughters. As with Kings, only branches and twigs that represent living Princesses are permitted to grow leaves, and in autumn they are daubed with white clay. Princesses who are or were mated to a King are hung with acorns - the representations of new Kings to be born.
Gerald's TimelineYear 730
Gerald is born - hooray!Year 740
Gerald comes of age and takes over responsibility for the Tree of Princesses, as is his responsibility as the Heir of Families
Lord Adalbert, Gerald's first son and heir, is born of Hoofmaiden YanaYear 751
Geraint, Gerald's father, dies
Gerald takes over as the Lord of Families and is now responsible for tending the Tree of Kings
Adalbert takes over as the Heir of Families and is now responsible for tending the Tree of PrincessesYear 752
Gerald becomes a grandfather for the first time to Adalbert's first son, YarrowYear 762
Gerald becomes a Great-Grandfather - hooray! Disappointingly it's to a girl, Yarrow's first daughter Cymbeline