House of Ettlingar Freyu
The House of Ettlingar Freyu is an ancient Imperial and Royal House of Divine and Elvish origin and Valtian descent, which escaped the cataclysm that destroyed the Isle of Valtia. After the destruction of Valtia the House for centuries had its primary seat on the Mysterious Isles until the latter Days of the Old Tale when the island known as Heartland Isle, the present days the core lands of the High Realm of Stormark, took that mantle during the Conquest of the Heartland.
The House is a prominent international Imperial and Royal Dynasty with ties to several monarchies of the High Table of Micras and wealthy beyond belief. Throughout times the Ettlingar Freyu have also ruled, and still rule, over several empires, kingdoms, principalities and prominent fiefs all over the globe. Members of the house are banned from Shireroth as of 1651.
Ettlingar Freyu means "Descendants of Freyja" in Froyalanish and Wintergleamish, which signifies that the House descends from the Goddess Freyja. The House of Ettlingar Freyu descends from the Lady Divine Freyja through Her daughter Hnoss.
The principal roles of the Ettlingar Freyu were/are as:
- Storjarls of Valtia;
- Law Speakers of the Althing of Valtia;
- Jarls of the Realm of the Mysterious Isles;
- High King of Stormark;
- Duke of Østfold;
- Duke of Normandie;
- Baron of Hurmu;
- Duke of Hurmu;
- Prince of Hurmu;
- High Jarl of the Humlaw;
- Duke and Grand Elector of the Vaan Aujoen;
- Queen of Hurmu;
- Dukes of Gascony;
- Duke of Froyalan;
- Duke of Brookshire;
- Queens of Ravaria;
- Kings of Batavia;
- Stewards of Shireroth;
- Regent of Alexandria;
- Stewards of Elwynn;
- Prince of Elwynn;
- King of Elwynn;
- Jarl and Grand Elector of Jorvik;
- Queen of Goldshire;
- King of Uppland;
- Kaisers of Shireroth;
- Empress of Natopia.
Numerous other titles were/are attached to the crowns listed above.
History of the House
According to legend ancient beyond the memory of woman the House of Ettlingar Freyu was founded when the Goddess Freyja left a basket with a Valtian chieftain called Heiðlindur Gunnleifursson of the House of Hjalteyri with an infant and a treasure of gold, jewellery and precious stones worth a small fortune in it. There also were notes in the basket explaining that the babe was a descendant of Hers called Björka Hnossdóttir and destined to great future as well as providing detailed instructions about how the infant was to be raised. She also commanded the Jarl Heiðlindur to raise the child as his own. The name of the infant was Björka Hnossdóttir and she is the progenitress mortal of the House of Ettlingar Freyu.
Branches of the House
- Froyalanish Branch;
- Heartland Branch, also known as the Imperial Branch;
- Hjattfjelldal Branch;
- Holmborg Branch;
- Jorvik-Storborg Branch;
- Kjøpsvik Branch.
The House of Ettlingar Freyu has since ancient times strong family ties with the following Houses of Royalty, Imperiality, and Nobility:
- House Carillo;
- House des Vinandy;
- House of Ayreon-Kalirion;
- House of Broun;
- House of Kaupsted;
- House of Waffel-Paine.
The House of Ettlingar Freyu has always been governed by its own laws, traditions and customs. It is nowadays chiefly governed by two dynastic documents: the Pact of Flóðhǫll and the Law of Ettlingar Freyu. The former is a Family Pact, the latter is nowadays an Act of the Althing of Stormark.
In addition - and subordinate - to the Pact of Flóðhǫll and the Law of Ettlingar Freyu, each of the Branches of the House of Ettlingar Freyu has its very own laws, traditions and customs.
- Members of the House of Ettlingar Freyu are often referred to as Falcons. The falcon is a bird of prey associated with the Goddess Freyja.
- The Sovereign of the Empire of the Alexandrians is a de jure member of the Imperial Branch of the House of Ettlingar Freyu under Article 5 of the Glorious Brotherhood Treaty.
- Virtually all roofs in the Royal City of Avaldsnes are tiled blue in honour of the House of Ettlingar Freyu, the colour blue being associated with the Imperial and Royal House aforesaid since times ancient beyond the memory of woman.
- In the year 1616 King Frederik Hendrik of Batavia granted all female members of the House of Ettlingar Freyu who are widows of a former Batavian King the right to bear the title Dowager Queen of Batavia.
- The Law of Ettlingar Freyu decrees that the members of the Imperial Branch of the House of Ettlingar Freyu are qualitate qua members of the Royal Houses of the various Storish Bilander.
- Queen Isolde of Baudrix once called the House of Ettlingar Freyu Les Grandes Bleues, which means The Great Blues in Alexandrian Walsch; a name which is derived from the silk plaid-esque mantle Falconlords wore during the days of Valtia. The House of Ettlingar Freyu has ever since often been referred to by that sobriquet.
- The mourning garb used by the House of Ettlingar Freyu is stipulated by the ancient texts called Lady Anne-Marie's Treatise on the Sovereign Household and Les Coutumes du Maison du Duc de Normandie.
- Deceased members of the House of Ettlingar Freyu who follow Valtian custom and tradition are given to the flames in a Longship Funeral off the coast of the Isle of Finistère as stipulated by the ancient text which is known as Valtians Hirðskrá.