Vassal of Pravus
In September 25, 1006 AR, House Pravus attacked Nilanza and destroyed House Argento for its treachery. The new Marquessa Lianne Pravus rules the city-state left by the ruin of House Argento.
Words: "No steps backward." (replacing 'Hold fast, Stormborn' of Argento)
Sigil: A silver lighthouse on a field of sea-blue.
The Argentos have ruled the island of Nilanza off the southern coast of the mainland for some time. Though their ignominious start centuries ago as little more than landed pirates is far from the grand past they'd like to impress on their Lyceum peers, the Argentos are, perhaps, a halting compromise between the lusty raiders of the island chains to the east and the pampered merchants to their west. Sharing the straits with neighbor-over-the-water Caith, the island of Nilanza and the Argentos have long profited from collecting tolls from merchants passing through and wishing to avoid the shav-infested waters further south. Historically known to be ruthless corsairs, Argentos of recent generations have become far more sophisticated in their raids. They are often compared to the southern storms of Lyceum - stormy, unreadable and mercurial - though they belie any label affixed to them. The sea is the source of their bread and butter, between teeming fishing grounds around the island, the prosperous shipping lanes, and the plentiful lumber for the shipyards in Nilanza proper.
|Lianne||1||Marquessa, Countess of the March||---|
Description: The Marquis of the city-state of Nilanza, or Count of the Nilanzan Marches as the Lycene often call it, presides over the proud, ancestral home of many of the finest corsairs in Lycene history. Now a vassal of Setarco, the city's early roots can be traced to a safe harbor for corsairs that raided Lycene and Thrax shipping alike, until the growth of Thrax's might at sea forced them away from their waters, and many turned to the growing profitability of legitimate mercantile pursuits.
Recently conquered by House Pravus due to House Argento's treachery and placed under the rule of the new Marquessa Lianne Pravus,
Landmarks: In 1007 AR, as part of the Pilgrimage Path, the Marquessa Lianne has funded the construction of House of Vows in honor of Limerance. While it has seen many prospective couples visit it from all over Arvum to make their wedding vows before the god, it also sees a great number of knights and lords make the pilgrimage to take their vows of service, or visit the House to make a vow before the gods.
Trends: With a special place to honor Limerance, Nilanza has started to undergo a subtle transformation due to the amount of visitors. It has grown closer to the Faith, and while the Lyceum in general enjoys a salacious reputation due to their willingness to bend vows, living under the shadow of the House of Vows has begun to give Nilanzans a reputation for honesty that's unlike most of the Lyceum. 'As honest as a Nilanzan Mirrormask' is a new phrase that's started to catch around the Lyceum, to mean someone that's unexpectedly virtuous or surprising in a positive way.