Vassal of Laurent
Words: "Where you go, we shall follow."
Colors: Verdant Green and Black
Sigil: Black pawprint/track on green field
History: The Keaton family has a history of noble and loyal service, faithful to their lords in good times and bad. It is said that the fief of Oakhaven was originally granted to the family when a pair of brothers, with superior hounds and forest skills, recovered the heir of the Oathlands who had been kidnapped and was being held in the dark woods of their homeland. Thus was Oakhaven born and has grown from little more than an outpost to a village, to a prosperous holding for the Keaton lords and the hounds they continue to raise. For all their storied history, Keaton has held a reputation for law enforcement and has trained some of the best hunting hounds and trackers in all of Arvum.
Present Day: Margerie Keaton ascended to leadership of Keaton after the grisly death of her elder sister, Nadine Keaton in A.R. 985 only to abdicate to Kael, the lost son of Nadine in 1005. There were ripples of unrest at the unusual circumstances, but none can deny the efficacy of Kael’s rule. Since becoming Count of Keaton in 1005 and marrying Reigna (nee Wyrmguard) in 1006, Kael has overseen an unprecedented growth and prosperity within Oakhaven, becoming the first noble House in generations to be elevated in status, when in 1009 Oakhaven was raised from County to March.
They maintain close ties to the forests of their home, a great deal of them serve in a military capacity, trained as chief officers and knights at Keaton Keep, and known to be as loyal to their men as their hounds are to them. Other Keatons prefer to tend the wilds.
In recent years, Oakhaven has become a source of new materials, contributing to the making of Seatouched Wool and, under the auspices of tanner Apollo Oakwood, Oakhide leather, the first material comparable to Cardian snakeskin in Arvum history.
|Kael||1||Marquis||Marquis of Oakhaven|
|Reigna||2||Voice||Marquessa-Consort of Oakhaven|
|Amari||2||Voice||Minister of Finance|
|Veronica||3||Noble Family||Sword of Oakhaven|
|Rohran||3||Noble Family||General of the Hounds of Oakhaven|
|Jaerith||3||Noble Family||Commander of the River Dogs|
|Kastelon||3||Noble Family||Keeper of the Cow|
|Apollo||4||Trusted House Servants||Minister of Productivity|
|Gerrick||4||Trusted House Servants||Captain of the Guard|
|Samithel||4||Trusted House Servants|
|Margerie||6||Married Out||Aunty Superior|
|Shae||6||Married Out||Keaton Kennelmaster|
|Rane||6||Married Out||Commander of Farfield Watch|
|Amari||Income||Minister of Finance|
|Rohran||Warfare||Minister of Warfare|
|Apollo||Productivity||Minister of Productivity|
Description: The seat of House Keaton and ruling from Keaton Keep, the county of Oakhaven holds sway over the Oakheart Wood and the surrounding domain.
Recent efforts by Marquis Kael and his family have seen remarkable growth, with the establishment of the village of Elmhurst and a budding port named Whisper's Landing. The flow of people and increase in infrastructure is starting to be comparable to a march.
The new village of Three Leaves has been founded south of Whisper's Landing.
Trends: Founding member of the Empyrean Trade Route. Trade between Oakhaven and Aviaron's Peak is high due to the political marriage between Rhea and Casimir.
Part of the Kismet Carnivals.
Landmarks: The Great Road