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House Fontenot
Belleile,The Royal House of Forsilvra
"Strength in Unity"



House Fontenot was founded over 800 years before the uniting of Forsilvra. Raised to banner lords by House Faerald in the old days, House Fontenot grew in power and prestige. Known for their military might, when the Great War broke out, they raised their armies and moved to fight against the invaders that threatened to take down all of Forsilvra.

After the Great War, in which the kingdoms now known as Forsilvra banded together to drive out the invades of The East. To ensure continued unity, they agreed to unite under one king, who would be located on an island independent of the others. The kingdoms would becoming provinces, which each former king now a sworn lord to the king. Jondé Fontenot, a high ranking noble on Caelain, who had been instrumental in the victory over The East was chosen as the king. He took on Ilsa Fitzwulf of Arbrecht as a wife as a sign of unity.

At first, the rule of House Fontenot was little more than a formality. The provinces each supplied high lords for council and knights to guard the king, but short of a few taxes and minor laws, little was done to consolidate the kingdoms. But as time passed, disputes were brought to the throne for rulings, and stronger laws were passed. A military force to protect the castle was added and both castle and town were surrounded by high walls. The island, chosen for it’s rocky beaches, cliffs, and steep slops is not impossible to breach, but able to be defended.




House Genealogy
  • Bernard Fontenot -- Aurianna Blanchard
    • Adrienne Fontenot Fleurant
    • Alexis Fontenot -- Blanche Toussaint
      • Arianne Fontenot Montrose
      • Joseph Fontenot -- Corenna Faerald
      • Stephane Fontenot -- Isabella Fitzwulf
        • Felicié Fontenot
        • Quintin Fontenot
        • Esmée Fontenot
        • Marc Fontenot
    • Jacques Fontenot -- Anwen Prothero
      • Jacqueline Fontenot Morgandy
    • Isabelle Fontenot DeLauncey

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Licorn of Belleile, Forsilvra
Represented by Schloss Schwerin


House Fontenot
Second Line, Captains of the Guard



This is the branch founded by the second son of Jonde Fontenot and Ilsa Fitzwulf in Year 1. Each first son or first daughter’s noble husband would rise to the position of Captain of the City Guard. If no such man existed or the first son passed, then the position would fall to the second son or the first male cousin of the line. And so on.



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House Valentine
Vassal to the Crown
"All Hearts Bleed"



House Valentine has been established on the Isle of Forsilvra ever since they emigrated from a distant land well over a century earlier, arriving in Belleile in the year of 116 AF. The story has always been that the Linchao Republic seized their homeland, but some suspected there was more than that assuming treachery on the part of then Lord Alois Valentine VI. The family has always been wealthy and particularly inclined towards academia. Many scholars in health, healing, and medicine have come from this family. The Valentine family used their wealth to start a small Academy of Medicine and Healing in Belleile the year of 142 AF. All members of House Valentine are well educated, and are often sought after for their particular expertise. House Valentine has stirred controversy at times by getting into arguments and disputes with various religious groups, and has been rumoured to harbour many dark secrets.


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House Toussaint
Vale deLys, Banner Lords
"Wind, Wave and Fate"




Located on what is arguably the loveliest location in Forsilvra - not just the island but the kingdom itself - the Vale deLys is renowned throughout the realm for its lush foliage leading to soft sand beaches and the luxurious aspects of a hedonistic lifestyle.

Toussaint, once a mere vassal house, has served House Fontenot for generations, first in Caelain, then in Forsilvra when their Liege Lord was elevated to Royal status. A wealthy vassal house thanks to prior exclusive trade rights with Sarmatia, they have been accused of buying their way to Banner House status due to their liberal financial support and supply to House Fontenot years ago during the various wars in Caelain, the Lords of the Vale de Lys know it is their loyal service and fidelity to the Fontenots that won their valuable demesne.

The well-established retreat of the wealthy, deLys is lined by lavish mansions sheathed in marble overlooking the blue-green water that flows against the cliffs. Numerous carved paths and staircases bring the well-to-do down to the water’s edge, making it easily approached. Thanks in no small part to the crops and glassmaking operations, deLys is a city flowing with cash, bolstered by the influx of those looking for an escape from the humdrum of their own homes into a place of beauty, vivacity and indulgence. Every desire is obtainable in deLys from gourmet foods, fine wines and liquors, fabrics and furnishings. Social events are the lifeblood of this city, each an opportunity to see and be seen. Everyone who is anyone has a home in deLys and makes the most of what the locals call ‘the season,’ running from June to October.

Hosted by House Toussaint, the arbiters of all things extravagant, life in deLys is not inexpensive. It is often said that the true mark of wealth is determined by the ability to own a home in deLys and maintain a presence there. Certainly the Toussaints show little sign of poverty or frugality, but their coffers are kept fat, profiting from the trade of tourism itself, the fine glass and crystal produced on the island and the luxury food products available. They hold relatively exclusive trade contacts with the Sarmatians, exploiting their monopoly to the fullest extent.

All that glitters in deLys is not gold, however. There are deep shadows and dark whispers surrounding House Toussaint, rumors of secrets and machinations, and ambitions never voiced for fear of repercussion.


House Genealogy
  • Auguste Toussaint -- Wife
    • Voltaire Toussaint -- Deborah Hughes
      -- Roselina Saavedra
      • Tristan Toussaint
    • Rene Toussaint -- Spouse
      • Maximilien Toussaint -- Aureline DeLauncey
      • Dominique Toussaint
      • Marquis Toussaint
      • Emmanuelle Toussaint
      • Michel Toussaint
      • Lucienne Toussaint
    • Marguerite Toussaint Prothero
    • Jean-Jacques Toussaint -- Spouse
      • Celestine Toussaint
      • Celeste Toussaint
      • Juliette Toussaint
      • Genevieve Toussaint
  • Blanche Toussaint Fontenot
  • Vincent Toussaint -- Spouse
    • Gabrielle Toussaint Faerald
    • Claude Toussaint -- Natalie Fleurant
      • Sylviane Toussaint
      • Auguste Toussaint
    • Simone Toussaint Fleurant
    • Edgar Toussaint -- Aeronwy Haven
  • Leontine Toussaint Harcourt


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Volonté Castle, Vale deLys
Represented by Dresden-Zwinger Palace

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House Valdez
Beauciel, Banner Lords
"A Mal Tiempo, Buena Cara" (Put on a Brave Face)




House Valdez has a history of merchants going back 200 years before the creation of a unified Forsilvra kingdom. The exact roots of the Valdez family are unknown, but many believe they originated from the province of Ahestere. With the years the family grew and became a wealthy merchant family. It wasn’t until four years after the uniting of Forsilvra that the Valdez family settled down in Beauciel as their permanent home. In Beauciel, House Valdez began their renowned mining business that placed them in competition to the Beaumonts to earn the king’s grant over these lands. They were raised to banner lords by the king of Forsilvra due to the help they brought in terms of materials for the construction of many projects across the kingdom and their fealty to the king.

However, the Valdez family has mostly kept to the regional affairs surrounding Beauciel and Belleile. Due to the power of the sea and the waves crashing against the cliffs, Beauciel couldn’t have a port and in need of a way to transport the stones to a larger market the Valdez came to an agreement with the royal family. They sent the stones down to Belleile in convoys where they are loaded onto their Barco de piedra fleet.

The Valdez family mostly married within regional families until just recently. A fresh and different atmosphere has taken over Beauciel with the passing of power to Julio Valdez, the first of the family line to be born of a mother from a different region than the island of Forsilvra and a certain sense of unknown is felt as to the future the house has in store. There is also some instability in the region due to disputes between the main branch of the Valdez family and the De La Cruz family. House Valdez is still well-known for their quantities of stones and their Barco de piedra fleet.


[House Genealogy]
  • Roberto ValdezAnne Beaumont
    • Nataniel Valdez – Elizabeth Lambert
      • Julio Valdez
      • Ysabel Valdez
      • Arcuto Valdez (adopted)
      • Eliana Valdez
      • Eduardo Valdez
    • Estavan Valdez – Genevieve Beaumont
      • Geraldo Valdez
      • Irene Valdez
      • Jonatan Valdez
    • Juan Valdez – Agustina De la Cruz
      • Camila Valdez

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Castillo en el Cielo, Beauciel
Represented by Alcázar of Segovia photo ©Trommer photography

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