February 19th, 2009

The Royal Shuffler


The moderator knows that the rules are overwhelming and all, but--

If you're ready to submit your application then you have come to the right page, so copy-paste this CLAIM FORMAT and fill out with the necessary details, putting 'CLAIM' on the subject field of the comment.

To apply, cross-check with the Claimed List first. If your prospective muse has not been listed yet, please create an RP journal and place a claim here. A sample can be found here.


Character's Name:
Character's Journal:
Position/Occupation (and House, if applicable):

Character Profile:
RP Sample:
(Required, a minimum of one hundred words please.)

Muses On-hold:

(Note: All reserved characters can only be put on-hold for a week. No hard feelings once your hold expires and someone else claims ahead of you! And if you are interested in a reserved muse, feel free to bookmark this page to track his/her availability.)


From the 3rd of May 2009 onwards,

No further applications for royalty or nobility will be accepted (except for the position of the Earl of Greene).
This cap may be lifted only at the Moderator's own discretion.


This AU RP community may potentially have male-male, female-female and male-female (romantic) relationships, logs rated higher than PG-13 and the like. If you are uncomfortable (even in the tiniest bit) with the mere thought of any of these occurring, then please reconsider before submitting your application. No bashing of pairings, and overall decorum with regard to such occurrences is to be observed at all times.

A wide variety of characters may be claimed, from those stated in the Backdrop Post to one from your unique imagination, ranging from a lesser nobility to a court physician, general, innkeeper, blacksmith's daughter, merchant and so on. Let your creative juices flow! The Mod however, reserves the right to place limits on certain positions should overcrowding occur.

After going through all these tedious processes abovementioned, you can now relax because you've officially become a player in the community. :) Congratulations for getting this far, and welcome! Feel free to start plotting and playing, and don't forget to add the RP community, the OOC community and the other players.

IMPORTANT! Read before posting your claim.

Applying for a muse is synonymous to declaring that you have fully read and understood the rules that have been laid out in the community, and that you swear to abide by them. The moderator reserves the right to ask for revisions in a claim, especially when an application involves and directly affects other characters that have been claimed prior to the application sent in. Failure to follow the rules that have been set will be dealt with accordingly.
The Royal Shuffler

Trove of Treasures: The Kingdom of Estienne


For the past centuries, Estienne has proven itself to be a most powerful and influential nation, governing even those territories that are far beyond its borders with an iron-clad hand. Famous for its supreme and ever growing militia, the kingdom and its people bow to no one. The line of kings that have sat upon its mighty throne are all adept leaders, able to serve the people honestly and justly.

The last change of ruling hands, however, seemed to have put a quick descent on the Kingdom's once shining star and fortunes.

Tasked with governing an impressive kingdom, the new ruler was a boy-King who then had to rely heavily upon the guidance of men who were older, more experienced and knowledgeable in the art of politics. These trusted men, however, turned out to be masters of deceit, manipulating the new King accordingly, taking the power slowly from the unsuspecting Royal. Disputes in Court brewed until finally, it has been divided into two factions – one whose loyalty lies with the King, and the other with a Duke, who also has a powerful claim to the throne.

The King's current stand on the war between Estienne and the neighboring Aquitania, with whom they fought a long and bitter war, was the smoking gun. For a populace who prided in their homeland's triumphs, a treaty between their Kingdom and its rival was unacceptable.

One faction, the House of Avalon sees this concession as a weakness, much less a valid solution to the conflicts between Estienne and Aquitania. Instead, they believe the kingdom should pursue the course of war in order to win back what was previously their rightful territory. Alongside the continual loss of land came the shutting down of much trade with other parts of the realm, as former Estiennian trading ports and routes were forcibly taken over by Aquitanian authorities who once again controlled the area.

On the other hand, The House of Wyndham remains faithful to the current monarch, rallying for his continued reign despite the widespread belief that he is incapable of doing so. This faction favors cultivating a diplomatic, if not friendly relationship with their former adversary, even if it meant losing more land and resources. To the countryfolk residing in the borders of Estienne, this peace settlement is a more popular choice for they have witnessed and experienced first hand the side effects of war more than those in the central regions. As simple folk, their main concern is a short-term one -- a stable and peaceful home they can live in.
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