A Sign of Things to Come
Pronunciation: oo-blee-ah Oublia || roi-ohm oo-blee Royaume Oublie
Citizens are known as Oublians (oo-blee-anz) and are blended society with predominate ethnic connection to a tribe that originally came from the north coast of what is now Bordeaux-Mobile known as The Forgotten. They were prolific and successful and began expanding at an incredible rate – with their culture achieving regional dominance. Eventually, the various Forgotten tribes banded together into a large society, creating a force that took over much of what is now Oublia. The remaining eastern territories were won from the Fragrantian peoples in a fairly recent war, retaking their ancestral homelands in Bordeaux-Mobile.
Recorded history for Oublia goes back roughly 600 years, though the reliability of older texts is often called into question given the writer’s perspectives. For the most part, historical texts are recordings of the events surrounding military battled and the lives of nobles.
Prior to the signing of the Order of Confederation, the nation was ruled as a whole by the Augustine line for three generations. The current king, Sacriphant Laurent Augustine III inherited the kingdom from his father, Sacriphant Laurent Augustine II. His grandfather, Sacriphant Laurent Augustine I, took the kingdom via coup from the former royal line – the Bauffremont, who ruled for 4 generations. The Bauffremont took the kingdom from the Robertian family, who ruled just 1 generation. The Robertians from the Talhouet (3 generations), then the Aubert (2 generations), then the Chambrun (4 generations) and from there the line is broken, as Oublia lives as a series of fractured states for some time, and before that the rest is lost to history, though the peasant folk believe in the old wives tale that the first kings we common folk that rose up to lead the Forgotten to conquer what is now Oublia.
King Sacriphant Laurent Augustine III would have had heirs if not for the Order of Confederation and the war leading up to its signing. The queen was killed in an assassination attempt on the king by an unknown person. He had three sons – Sacriphant Laurent IV, William Abignale, Charles Nicolas – who were killed by three of the current marquis in an effort to force the king to sign the Order. The three marquis, in a brazen show of force, stormed the king’s palace and forcibly pulled the princes from their beds, hanging them from the king’s own walls around his palace. They threatened to do the same to his daughters and grandchildren if he did not sign, and so he did.
The king had two daughters – Magritte Evreaux and Agnes Murat. Margritte and Agnes were the youngest children, mere kids when their brothers were killed. Margritte, the older of the two, was emotionally scarred from the event. She never married, took a vow of poverty, and changed her name to become a Grey Maiden. The king reports to still keep in touch with her, but has never revealed her current identity. Agnes did marry and had three sons with her husband Charles of Montfaucon. Her middle son was lost, presumed dead, at sea while he was still a child. Her oldest son and husband fell during the during the civil war that followed the signing of the Order while she was pregnant with their youngest child. She went into labor after hearing of their death, and would lose her life in childbirth. The child, who the king named Phillipe, is now his only surviving heir – other than Magritte, though the king seems intent on honoring her wishes against the advice of his inner circle. Within 1 generation, thanks to the machinations of the marquis, the royal Augustine line has been utterly decimated.
The kingdom of Royaume Oublie is a land ruled by four Marquis. Traditionally, the kingdom has been ruled by a series of monarchs from the Augustine line. However, since the Order of Confederation in 882, the monarchy is little more than a figurehead.
Noblity and Military Ranks
The nation of Royaume Oublie maintains a succession of nobles and knights. However, since the signing of the Order of Confederation, it’s never known if a noble or knight from one province will be recognized by anther. In many cases it’s dependent purely upon whether the individual in question is well-known or powerful, or whether the two Marquis are getting along
1) King or Queen *
2) Marquis or Marchioness *
3) Vidame or Vidamse
4) Earl, Countess
5) Viscount, Viscountess
6) Baron, Baroness
7) Prince or Princess
8) Chevallier (Knight) – honorific or military
- This is not observed in the majority of the nation, where Marquis authority supersedes the King.
1) Chevallier (Knight)
Furthermore, there are special designations for a soldiers skill set – Chasseur for Rogues and Druids, Cuirassier for Fighters, Clerics and Paladins, Hussard for Rangers and Barbarians, Sapeur for Warlocks, Wizards, and Sorcerers. So, a rogue that attains the third to final miliarty rank would be known as a Marcheon Chasseur. A basic fighter that is granted the lowest officer rank would be as Commisare Cuirassier.
Since King Augustine has returns somewhat to power, he has reinstated the ancient tradition of creating military orders based upon a desperate need, or born of particularly pivotal battles. This is a practice that died out with the rise of the Marquis due to their wanting to distance themselves from the old ways. In ages past, for example, Oublia had the Order of Fragrant Rose that was created after a pitch siege and battle during the war with Fragrantia. The Order of the Shield was created specifically for knights dedicated to the protection of Emperor Vartha’s bridge back when it was a more critical strategic asset.Those orders have long died out, though some former members remain, but the King has resumed the practice.
Order of the Lamplighter
Known as Lamplighters, these knights were created for both a purpose and in honor of an event. In 912 ARA. following the death of Marchioness Duchamp, the King held a lavish celebration in honor of the city joining together to move forward into a new era of rulership. A grand circus was held. However, due tot he treachery of a local crime boss and his gang known as the Watchers, it was sabotaged in a fiendish terrorist plot. This was the second such major incident in only a few short months. The King vowed to root out and destroy, “every infestation of malevolence, every insidious plot, and ever malicious intent in [his] lands.” He vowed to turn over every rock, and shine a light in every dark corner so there would be nowhere to hide. He dubbed eight knights as the Order of the Lamplighter in honor of the attacks on Porte du Or, and for the intention of going out into his realm to root out evil, maintain order, and protect his people in the absence of the provincial sheriffs who had rebelled against his rule.