Imperial Decree 808
IMPERIAL DECREE 808: Fin de Règne
All things mortal come to an end, thus also Our Kaiseral Reign.
Seated here on the Golden Mango Throne in the Great Hall of this ancient fortress of Shirekeep which since the days of yore is known as Raynor's Keep, in the final stages of the age-old abdication ceremony - led by Her Holiness the Yfirfroyalansgythia and High Priestess of the White Orchid Temple, so gracefully assisted by Her Holiness the High Priestess of the Vanic Temple Beyond-the-Seas in Shirekeep - which is since times ancient beyond the memory of woman known as Kejserensavløysing and which has been performed throughout times under various names in innumerable realms, fiefs and empires, Our thoughts wander to that fateful day in the year 6102 on which Our ailing Imperial Predecessor Kaiser Brrapa VII lying on His deathbed in the Kaiseral Bedchamber spoke to Us one final time, passing over his delusional daughter, and bequeathing onto Us the Imperial Throne of Shireroth, which was quite the bittersweet moment altogether.
'Twas bitter for it was the traitorous acts against the Imperial Republic of Shireroth and the Elwynnese Union which were driven and fueled by the madness of the now disgraced and disowned Princess Margana WinEith, may the Lords and Ladies Divine have mercy upon her, against which the Jewel of the Many Facets so rightfully rose and through the might of its Union Defence Force ended - with the gracious aid of the Vanic Temple Guard, the Fleur de Lys-Longships Guard, and the Corps of the Gentlemen-at-Cudgels - her perfidious rampaging path of death and destruction through the weeping Flower of the North and rapidly and humiliatingly pushed her all the way back to Shirekeep over her very own trail of tears, making the Lands of the Two Sacred Rivers smile again.
Sweet it was, since that historical final act of Kaiser Brrapa VII dynastically shattered the glass ceiling for the House of Ettlingar Freyu with regard to the Kaisership of Shireroth. For Us personally for it was one of the few areas where We had outdone Our Grand, Glorious and Illustrious Lord Father the High King Harald of Stormark, Founder Mortal of the Lands of the Longships Throne, as well as for a little while outranking Our Most Dearly Beloved Son and Fruit of Our Valtian Loins, that Most Mighty Prince who is known as His Riverine Majesty the King of Elwynn.
Looking back on Our Kaiseral Reign We are humbly grateful for the Indulgence of the Ladies Divine Frigga, Freyja, Idunn and Elwynn Whose Grace protected Us from all Our foes and other forces of darkness and evil who wished to do harm onto Us and this Kaiseral Reign of Ours which allowed Us to fly on the White Wings of the Wind and let Our years on the Golden Mango be a jolly, joyous and funtastic voyage. We lovingly and happily admit that the debt which is owed by Us to the aforesaid Goddesses and Queens-beyond-the Stratospheres a so astronomically large that We shall not ever to be able repay it in full.
From the bottom of Our Kaiseral Heart We would also like to thank Our Imperial Ministers as well as Our other Imperial Advisors for the abundant wise advice and counsel they have rendered unto Us. It is very much appreciated by Us that their advice and counsel was not ever in short supply and a significant contributor to the success of Our Kaiseral Reign regarding keeping the peace - both in the inland as with the outland - as well as maintaining and promoting Societal Harmony in the Lands of the Golden Mango Throne.
In addition We would also like to express Our gratitude to the Population of Shireroth at large for its support to Us during Our Kaiseral Reign, especially the admirable refusal to heed to several calls by vitriol-filled voices of peripheric and outlandish hateful insolent ingrates and loudmouths who attempted to set up the mob against the Golden Mango Throne. The aforesaid truly is a testament to the maturity and wisdom of the vast majority of the present population of the Imperial Republic of Shireroth.
Ensuing to the aforegoing musings of Ours, time has arrived for Us to reveal onto all of you Our Successor whose identity, and for some even zir existence, was for so long shrouded in the fogs of mystery and only known to the Lady Frigga, who, of course, is not gonna tell anyone. The greatest of care was taken by Us to select the new Captain of the Shirithian Ship of State who shall have the arduous task to keep the aforesaid Ship of State on its righteous course and navigate it past the many rocks and shoals of statecraft. Considerable time was also spent by Us schooling and preparing Our Chosen One for We have no wish to adhere to the all too prevalent Shirithian tradition of plunging some woefully unprepared in the maelstrom-infested sea of the Kaisership.
Once upon a time a few decades ago Our Chosen One came into Our Life, a tiny and helpless treasure and gift to Us by one of the Greatest Mortal Ladies who has ever trod Micras. Nearly two dozen years went under the bridge and he is a strong man of greatness now, a man so tall, a man so kind; a man of honour and a strong mind. This is how he is and how the Lady Elwynn planned it to be.
Graciously rising from the Golden Mango Throne, with the Sword of Vengeance, Raynor's Crown, Aure's Orb, the Sceptre of Mors, and the Magic Mantle of Jonas being removed from Us by Her Royal Highness Jarla Yumi Zotrasdóttir of the House of Kviteseid, Jarla of Gudridsbýur, Scribe of Raynor's Keep and Stallari of the Imperial Household and Heritage of the Golden Mango Throne, We do hereby invite Our Most Dearly Beloved Son and Fruit of Our Valtian Loins and the Beautiful Body of Our Late Wife the Lady Esther Ayreon-Kalirion and Ettlingar Freyu, as well as the deep love betwixt us, His Riverine Highness Prince Audun Joel Hallbjörns- og Esthersson of the Houses of Ayreon-Kalirion and of the Descendants of Freyja, Imperial Prince of Shireroth, Imperial Chieftain of the Arbor Isles, Arvjarl of the Twenty-Six Jarldoms, [[Storjarl[[ of Stormark, Lord Imperial on All Continents, Prince of Natopia, Prince and Llængjarl of Elwynn, Earl of Markland, Count of Araxion, of Northshire, of Arietta, and of the Lady Esther Isles, Scion of St. Harald, Scion of the King of Kings, Knight of the Holy Lakes, to step forward onto the dais and subsequent to receiving the Imperial Regalia from the Lady Yumi seat himself on the Imperial Throne of Shireroth.
We at this very moment also invite the Citizens of Shireroth to step forward to the Prince Audun Joel and gather round the Golden Mango Throne to stand beside him as you will stand by him during his Kaiseral Reign as good and loyal Shirithians ought to do in support of a good monarch.
And now that he is seated on the Golden Mango Throne subsequent to the Lady Yumi investing him with Raynor's Crown, Aure's Orb, the Sceptre of Mors, and the Magic Mantle of Jonas with the Sword of Vengeance bare on his lap as sign of the Kaiseral Authority, We do hereby declare that We hereby pass the Golden Mango Throne to Our Most Dearly Beloved Son and Fruit of Our Valtian Loins and the Beautiful Body of Our Late Wife the Lady Esther Ayreon-Kalirion and Ettlingar Freyu, as well as the deep love betwixt us, His Riverine Highness Prince Audun Joel Hallbjörns- og Esthersson of the Houses of Ayreon-Kalirion and of the Descendants of Freyja, Imperial Prince of Shireroth, Imperial Chieftain of the Arbor Isles, Arvjarl of the Twenty-Six Jarldoms, Storjarl of Stormark, Lord Imperial on All Continents, Prince of Natopia, Prince and Llængjarl of Elwynn, Earl of Markland, Count of Araxion, of Northshire, of Arietta, and of the Lady Esther Isles, Scion of St. Harald, Scion of the King of Kings, Knight of the Holy Lakes and, with parental pride and joy, decree, ordain, and proclaim the aforesaid Prince Audun Joel Hallbjörns- og Esthersson of the Houses of Ayreon-Kalirion and of the Descendants of Freyja Kaiser of Shireroth.
May the lion not hurt you during Love's Great Adventure!