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Old 04-28-2015, 08:16 PM
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Default House Jabłoński, Sosny Mały, and Samartia

[House Information]

Banner Appearance:White for purity and red for sacrifice; pure white blossoms rising unstained from a field of blood. A decoration of eagle feathers pays homage to the nation of the nation's symbol, the white eagle, and a key simply represents the doors opened to the family through the first lord's gift.
House Words: Honor, Cnota, Nauka (Honor, Virtue, Wisdom)
Unofficial: Gość w domy, Bg w domu (Guest in the house, God in the house)
Bez matki nie ma chatki (Without mother, there is no home)
Castle Name: Dwr Jabłoński
Original Castle Name: Hunting Lodge Noma

House Description: Honest, generous, and hardworking, the Jabłoński clan was well-respected for generations even prior to their rise in status. The humble family was famed throughout the village of Sosny Mały and the region beyond for judging fairly, offering shelter to anyone in need, and managing their land with gracious honesty and the wisdom of those close to the earth. They were a farming family from the beginning and seemed unlikely to be anything else, and they were content, but then a Jabłoński son went off to war. Tomasz Jabłoński inherited an unheard-of fire from his mother, a far cry from the typical placid nature of his ancestors, and this courage and drive served all of them well. It wasn't long before he was accepted into the ranks of the husaria, the fierce heavy cavalry, and not much longer before he'd saved the life of his friend and his lord, earning his family a place in the Samartian nobility. This was not wholly unheard-of, considering the Samartian fondness for the democratic process, and most were glad to see such a well-loved family getting the honor it so richly deserved.

The honor was short-lived. War returned, and this time brought desolation in its wake. At the last House Jabłoński was scattered or slain, only two remaining together to seek peace and safety across the waves in a strange and distant country.

[Timeline of Events]


760 BCE: A man finds a good patch of land with a single apple tree and settles down to till it, eventually being known by the name of the tree: Jabłoński. His descendants marry and have children and till in varying degrees of poverty for the next eight hundred years.
198: Juliek Jabłoński born.
209: Juliek Jabłoński orphaned. Decides to donate the land he is too young to manage for the use of the entire community, rather than sell, and spends the next few years working as a farm hand on other people's land. He becomes well-favored.
215: Juliek meets and falls in love with Marta Kowiatkowska, a merchant's daughter, who eventually returns his interest although he is well below her means.
216-218: First war with Hesse; Juliek pressed into service of the Hessian army.
218: Hesse loses. Juliek returns home and starts rebuilding an old cottage on the edge of town, setting up the land for farming with the help of the people who had been sustained by his gift years before.
218: Juliek Jablonski marries Marta Kowiatkowska.
218: Tomasz born.
223: Marszenka born.
226: Aniela born.
229: Twins Andrzej and Karol born, Karol with a club foot.
334: Jadwiga born, after one other pregnancy that ended in the first trimester.
230: Lord Sobieski decrees that basic schooling be given to all citizens, in tandem with his abolishment of the title 'serf', save as punishment for serious crime. Marszenka starts school and loves it. Tom starts school and mostly hates it. Both teach their younger siblings.
235: Tom makes the acquaintance of Lord Sobieski's son Mirosław. They do not get along.
235: The rest of the family makes the acquaintance of Lord Sobieski's son Mirosław and get along fine, especially the little girl who wants to know if the manor house really has books and flowers all year and if "Lord Mirek" has ever seen a piece of real, not-paste amber. Tom sulks that everyone is fussing over the 'nob'. Everyone else is used to Tom picking fights and assumes the mess was his fault. They're right.
235: A book, fresh flowers, and a piece of "real amber, not paste" are sent to the little girl with a lot of questions. The rest of the family is perfectly happy to have gifts of cloth, fur, and spice.
235: Tom changes his mind about the "nob boy" being a brat, admits it manfully, and the two become fast friends.
236: Tom decides to enlist as a professional, trained soldier, because in the event of war (which is already beginning), he'd be pressed anyway and because a life of action appeals to him much more than the stolid one of a farmer. After much discussion and some soul-searching on all sides, Marszenka volunteers to abandon her lessons to allow her restless brother to go. She hides her tears until he's gone, and does the best she can to keep up at home via books loaned from the manor. Already an excellent horseman, Tomasz is accepted to train as a hussar under the leadership of his friend and lord Mirosław.
238: Tomasz saves Mirosław's life during a skirmish and the family is suddenly the center of a lot of attention.
238: It is with great pleasure that the Sobieski family raises Tomasz Jabłoński to the rank of Lord and offers him the keeping of Sosny Mały and the land surrounding, excepting the Sobieski manor and immediate grounds. Courtesy titles are also granted to the new lord's parents and dowry for his siblings. The entire family is caught off-guard by this, none more so than Tom, who protests that he's not near fine enough or patient enough to be a lord...but the prospect of a better future for the sister who allowed him to follow his heart shuts him up and he goes to work with perhaps more heart than skill. Marszenka is over the moon and immediately starts reveling in the beauty of a private tutor.
240: Nightmares. Hesse storms in from the West and the North, with an army three times what Samartia is able to muster. The struggle ends in a month, with imprisonment, death, or slavery for many. Tomasz remains on the front, valiantly trying to stem the tide, but too far and too late to do anything about the home that is quickly overrun and the family that is largely slaughtered. Marszenka is pressed into service to a Hessian officer and his family, kept there for the better part of a year.
241: Tom manages to escape brief imprisonment behind enemy lines and is released from his duty by Mirosław, who encourages him to find the only other known survivor of the Jabłonski clan and take her to safety somewhere else - bonus points if he can also find anyone to help. With some reluctance Tom obeys, tracking down his sister and whisking her away.
241: Both siblings arrive in Belleile virtually penniless. Game start.


  • Juliek Jabłoński (43)-- Marta Kwiatkowska Jabłońska (43)
    • Tomasz Jabłoński (23)
    • Marszenka Jabłońska (18)
    • Aniela Jabłońska (15)
    • Andrzej Jabłońska (12)
    • Karol Jabłoński (12)
    • Jadwiga Jabłońska (7)


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Old 04-29-2015, 08:30 PM
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Sosny Mały is a small agricultural village three days by wagon from the great and ancient city of Krawka (2 going down the river, with a half day added on the return journey thanks to going against the current, and 1.5 days for a horseman going at speed). It's a land of soft hills, dark woods, and wild streams, with one small river feeding into the great one that sweeps past Krawka. Sosny Mały is located in the western part of the country, near the border with Hesse, and for centuries was under the domain of the Sobieski family - High Lords of Western Samarza. Sosny Mały and the land surrounding was long considered their personal domain and country estate, but in recent years direct leadership of the town and three other villages in a rural area totaling about 20 miles has passed to one Tomasz Jabłoński. The Sobieski's great manor and grounds remain, and as High Lords they continue to have dominion over the area, but the every-day affairs and taxes now belong to House Jabłoński.

The relatively mild climate, plentiful water supply, and good soil make the area one of abundance. Many different plants do well here - grains, orchards, kitchen gardens, and flowers - and the grass that springs up in the untouched fields makes wonderful pasture for sheep, cattle, and horses. Fish can be be caught wild from the river or farmed in local ponds, and game can be hunted in the great oak and pine forests that still stand between places of civilization. There's no possible mining here and only limited lumbering, as the locals value the woods too much to raze them, but in terms of food and shelter the people are quite content and perfectly happy to acquire less basic necessities from the traders passing through from Krawka, the lands to the South, and even Hesse. Weaving, embroidery, and lace-making are quite common here and provide the villages with a means of income other than livestock and crops, and the villagers are becoming increasingly well-known for artistic talent.

In the year 240 Samarza was successfully invaded by Hesse, and due to its closeness to the border Sosny Mały was one of the first regions to fall under foreign control. A Hessian nobleman now resides in Dwr Jabłoński, with the original inhabitants murdered or fled.

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"But I don't want to read! I like looking at pictures of stuff!"

I live to serve:

GENERAL: Samarza (known as Samartia internationally) is a large and green country to the west of Arbrecht. Although it is very far north in latitude, a warm ocean current passes the south shore and up the east until it is lost in the cold North Sea. This current provides relatively mild weather; although it's not a tropical paradise it's also not common for people to freeze to death ten feet from the safety of their cottages.

Samartia is blessed with enough. They have farmland and lumber and mines; plenty of rivers and lakes. Nothing extraordinary enough to be noted internationally, but enough to go around. That said, there are two things they are known for worldwide -- amber and horses.

The great Northern Sea throws treasure onto the stones. Any person with a keen eye could walk the shore and discover glowing gems of gold and cherry and cognac; rarer than pearls and far more mysterious. Sometimes the jewels will have things trapped inside like a leaf or an insect. More commonly there will be patches of silicon and bubbles of air, but it doesn't matter. The amber is always beautiful and Samartia has an almost-exclusive handle on the trade. It is found nowhere else in such quality and abundance, and necklaces wrought of Sarmartian amber are objects meant for royalty.

The green southern plain is perfect land for horses. The land is gentle, the soil rich, and the men of Sarmartia have been natural horsemen since the first strays wandered in thousands of years ago. They breed selectively and keep studs managed by the Crown, dedicating on the best mounts to create offspring. The results show. Although there are plenty of pretty destriers and sturdy plow horses, Sarmartia is famed for a well-proportioned, well-mannered war horse that is strong, brave, tireless, and fast. These horses are the pride of Samartia's army and comprise one half of the cavalry. The other half is made of men in winged armor, the hussars who strike like lightning with the wind shrieking through the feathers on their backs.

POLITICS: Samartia is in theory a monarchy. However, the king is elected

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Old 04-29-2015, 09:38 PM
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It's okay, stop panicking. Let me help you out - simply click on a word, it will link you to the Google Translate version of said word. Click the speaker icon on the right-hand (Polish) side of the screen to hear it. Tada!

Sosny Maly


j = y
cz = ch
ć = ch
sz = sh
ś = sh
rz = zh
ł = w
w = v, f at end of a word (ex. Miroslaw)
= oo
c = ts (in Polish "tsar" is spelled "car")
y = vowel sound always and forever

Alphabet of Doom and The Bane of Spelling Bees:

a ą b c ć d e ę f g h i j k l ł m n ń o p r s ś t u w y z ź ż

Click here for more help with all those crazy consonants.


It's good - dobrze, jest dobrze
Hello - cześć (ches-chuh)
Good day - dzień dobry
Thank you - dziękuje
I'm sorry - przepraszam
Good evening - dobry wiecor
Good night - dobranoc
Yes - tak
No - nie
Please - prosze
How are you (lit. how's it flying?) - jak leci
I love you - Kocham Cię
Sweetie, lovey, darling - kochanie

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