Full Name: Thorstein Noah Hallbjörnsson Esposito
Father: Hallbjörn Haraldsson
Thorstein Noah Hallbjörnsson Esposito (born Ayreon-Kalirion af Ettlingum Freyu, in Haraldsborg, 1616) known as the "Absentee Pretender" in Natopia, is a Storish-born nobleman. He was the ruler of Elwynn from 1623 (Prince, 1623–1626; King, 1626–1651) until his forced exile in 1651.
He was Imperial Consort to Kaiseress Noor, his wife, from her ascension to the Golden Mango Throne in 1644 until her death in 1650. The marriage was declared annulled in 1656.
Exiled to Stormark after the Auspicious Occasion, which removed him from his rights and titles in Shireroth (though he continues to claim them in pretence). His parents' marriage was at the same time annulled.
Hallbjörnsson was born from the marriage between the Storjarl Hallbjörn Haraldsson and the Storjarla Esther Maryam Amirdokhtar, both of whom are members of the Houses of Ayreon-Kalirion and of Ettlingar Freyu. He has two elder sisters, Fjǫrleif and Inga Hallbjörnsdóttir; two brothers, Prince Jonathan and his twin Kaiser Hjalmar Redquill, predeceased him. He has two children, both by Noor bint Simrani-Kalirion:
Through his stepson Adam, he has one stepgrandson, Kaiser Ayreon IV (born 1645).
On Laemill 20, 1633, Hallbjörnsson married Grand Duchess Noor of Goldshire in a Hurmudaic ceremony on Cashma Island in Craitland, which was officiated by Sir Vilhjálm Kormak, the Chairman of the Council of Elders of the Temple of the Lakes, at Haraldsborg.
In 1634, it was announced that Queen Noor was expectant with Noah's first — and her fifth — child, at which point she retired at the Palace at Goldshire Hamlet. Every thought had been given to her comfort, but not enough consideration had been given to her safety. Somehow, something as a blatant as an anonymous parcel addressed to the Grand-Duchess containing, of all things, a cake, managed to pass through the hands of a postal courier, the scullery maid, the butler, housekeeping supervisor, the correspondence officer, two footmen, another butler, the Steward, the Grand-Duchess' Press-Secretary, the correspondence officer again, another footman, a Leonid Guardsman, a pair of guards from the Order of the Golden Spear, finally ending up in the hands of another Leonid Guardsman. Here the parcel was held for an hour while the Ducal and Personal Guards argued over which guards detachment had the right to carry a parcel to the royal chambers. This question of protocol was resolved by amicable fisticuffs and it was the Leonid Guard who carried the box to the Grand-Duchess' private apartment.
After the guard had delivered the package and departed the glimmer of a doubt clouded his mind, and he made his way towards the kitchens to find one of the tasters who had been employed by the Dukes of Goldshire as a custom dating back to the days when you couldn't move for titled Yastreb's who had been poisoned by the over-mighty Avakair Mint. Regrettably, by the time the Guard had found a suitably sober food taster (most customarily branched out into wine sampling, as a precaution) and returned to the royal apartments, Noor had already tasted the delicious desert-berry cake laced with Misoprostol and suffered a miscarriage.
Hardly a day passed and yet in the time it took for King Noah to arrive and take charge of his wife's security and the investigation into the attack on her person, the postal courier, the scullery maid, the two butlers, the housekeeping supervisor, the correspondence officer, the three footmen, the Steward, the Grand-Duchess' Press-Secretary, the pair of Leonid Guardsmen, and both of the guards from the Order of the Golden Spear had all been impaled in the Palace courtyard for failing in their duty to the Queen. Although her strength had not yet recovered, Noor was sufficiently spirited to demand that her husband find her assailants, kill their children in front of their eyes and then cast them into gaol to rot for the rest of their lives. Instead, offered as a compromise, the King promised that justice would be served in accordance with Elwynnese Law.
Subsequently the finest minds of the Mango Rangers, the Leonid Guards, the Avakair Mint, the Union Defence Force, the Order of the Golden Spear, the Suthergold Defender's League and a couple of private detectives provided pro bono by the ESB-Jörmungandr Group, have met and, having examined the crime scene, agreed that the dark blue glass orchid delivered with the cake and engraved with the name of the Dark Orchid Society is possibly a clue. The assayers of the Avakair Mint however maintain that this is too blatant to be credible and are continuing in their process of testing members of the household for impurities in their own inimitable fashion, suspecting an insider job.
Titles and Styles
In Shireroth, since the Auspicious Occasion, Noah holds no titles of royalty or nobility and is afforded a denizen name for official record keeping (despite his inability to return to Shireroth): Noah Thorstein Hallbjörnsson Esposito, with Noah Thorstein being his given names, Hallbjörnsson a patronymic, and Esposito ("exposed" in Tellian) the family name of all Froyalanish members from the Ayreon-Kalirion family after memberships in the family had been discovered to have been in error.
Hallbjörnsson's full titulary is: Imperial Chieftain of Thule, Arvjarl of the Twenty-Six Jarldoms, Storjarl of Stormark, Lord Imperial on All Continents, Prince of Natopia, Prince of the Storish Bilander of Anglethyr, Bondegard, Bosworth, Gascogne, Gascony, Guernsey, High Queen Asa Land, High Queen Hervör Isle, Humlebæk Island, Lady Gudrun Isle, Los Bananos, Lyngelan, Marthunia, Merlaide, the Old Sea Fortress, Østfold, Sicilia, the Suðreyjar, and Thydtwinnster, Lord Triumphant in All Four Quarters, Duke of Robland, Jarl of Bernicia, Lord in Jorvik, Baron of Running Bull, Count of Old Araxion, Count Shishin, Count of Storborg, Count of Hoheit Town, Graft-Avatar of the Storborg Graft, Scion of St. Harald, Prince among the Lakes, Scion of the King of Kings, Knight of the Black Hole, Chief, Head and Patriarch of the House of Orchids.
Due to the title sharing provsions of his matrimonial contract with Grand Duchess Noor, King Noah bore the following courtesy titles until her untimely death in the year 1650: King of Goldshire, Kaiser Consort of Shireroth, Kaiser in Kildare, Emperor of Kildare, Imperial Prince of Shireroth, Marquess of Zy-Rodun, Emir of Alalehzamin and Utasia, Duke of Istvanistan, Count of Cape Farewell, Lord Mayor of the City of Vladagrad, Count of Elsenar, Count of Istvan, King of Uppland.
Before his exile from Shireroth in 1651, his Elwynnese titulary read:
King of Elwynn, Imperial Chieftain of Thule, King of Uppland, King of Amokolia, Prince of Arietta, Arvjarl of the Twenty-Six Jarldoms, Storjarl of Stormark, Lord Imperial on All Continents, Prince of Natopia, Prince of Mishalan, Prince of the Storish Bilander of Anglethyr, Bondegard, Bosworth, Gascogne, Gascony, Guernsey, High Queen Asa Land, High Queen Hervör Isle, Humlebæk Island, Lady Gudrun Isle, Los Bananos, Lyngelan, Marthunia, Merlaide, the Old Sea Fortress, Østfold, Sicilia, the Suðreyjar, and Thydtwinnster, Lord of the Two Sacred Rivers and the Twelve Peoples, Lord Triumphant in All Four Quarters, Duke of Froyalan, Duke of Northshire, Duke of the Lady Esther Isles, Duke of Robland, Býurgreifi of Eliria, Jarl and Grand Elector of Jorvik, Jarl of Bernicia, Llængjarl of Elwynn, Lord in Jorvik, Baron of Fórntida Kærleikalanden, Baron of the Elw, Baron of Nordland, Baron of Opplysta Smørvirket, Baron of Running Bull, Count of Old Araxion, Count of Old Cimmeria, Count Shishin, Count of Storborg, Count of Hoheit Town, Count of Ancient Wintergleam, Warden of the Flower of the North, Blood-Unifier of the Jewel of Many Facets, Graft-Avatar of the Storborg Graft, Scion of St. Harald, Prince among the Lakes, Scion of the King of Kings, Knight of the Black Hole, Chief, Head and Patriarch of the House of Orchids.
He is also entitled to the following styles:
During his marriage, Hallbjörnsson was also entitled to the styles of:
- His Imperial Magnificence and Radiant Majesty (Shireroth);
- His Viking Majesty (in Uppland);
- His Majesty (Goldshire).
|Ancestors of Noah Hallbjörnsson|
|Prince of Elwynn
himself as King
himself as Prince
|King of Elwynn
Vilhjalm of Elwynn
|King of Uppland