Vassal of Valardin
Words: "Loyal to the Queen."
Sigil: A gold and black honey-bee in flight on a dark blue background.
Nickname: Bees, Stings
Centuries ago, Laurent was the son of a beekeeping farmer who owned a small meadery in the Oathlands. He was knighted young and then ennobled by Queen Alarice the Great in exchange for great acts of courage and bravery whose specifics are lost to time, but it is sure that he was granted the Duchy of Artshall after he and two others were the last men standing in a gruelling battle of the Red Fields. It's obscure what family held the duchy prior to the ennoblement of Laurent, but it seems that many of them were lost in that same war.
For the hundreds of years since, the Laurents have prized loyalty and humility as the highest of their chivalric duties. Their men and women have been among the backbone of the Valardin fealty. Workhorses whose pride is married to their sense of duty rather than to their personal honor, there is a deeply communitarian streak about their family tradition. While highly adherent to rigid social structures, there is nonetheless the sense that every piece in the puzzle -- every worker in the hive -- is important to the whole, and each role and duty worthy of its own honor, that most Laurents have historically held close to their hearts.
|Cristoph||1||Duke||Duke of Artshall|
|Eiran||2||Voice||Poetic Knight of Artshall|
|Nicia(RIP)||2||Voice||Duchess-Consort of Artshall and Minister of Income|
|Mabelle||2||Voice||Minister of Population and Most Fashionable of Laurents|
|Jael||3||Noble Family||General of the Swarm|
|Naka||3||Noble Family||Minister of Loyalty|
|Shae||3||Noble Family||Minister of Agriculture|
|Kedehern||3||Noble Family||Commander of the Swarm and Just Kedehern|
|Flavien||3||Noble Family||Admiral of Laurent Navy|
|Norwood||5||Noble Vassal||Sword of Artshall and Baron of Duskshire|
|Naka||Loyalty||Minister of Loyalty|
|Mabelle||Income||Minister of Population and Financial Growth|
Description: Nestled in the hills of the border between the Oathlands and the Lyceum, near the headwaters of the westernmost branch of the Lyceum split, the seat of Artshall is a stronghold of slate and granite, extruding from the hulls. It overlooks forest lands, and a small but rich vale of fields and farmland. The largest meadery of the holding is within steps of the great black stone hall. Although the holding is not especially mineral rich, there are some sources of iron for forging to the north of the hall. The river trade southward to Tor is a hallmark of the income of Artshall, but the primary wealth is in the vale, the meaderies, and in the forestry of the woods to the south. Knights and soldiers keep a stern and stolid vigil in a wide perimeter on both sides of the river.
Landmarks: Duke Edmund Laurent's College of Agriculture has been completed, the massive sprawling college open to commoners as well as nobles, as well as its large barracks for Laurent troops.
Tina Laurent Teaching Hospital, designed by Lady Mabelle Laurent, has been completed, and serves as the best known cultivation site for medical herb Frosthope.
The Domestique Bell, also known as the Haven of the Honey Bee or simply the waystation at Artshall has been built. The massive part shrine, part fortress and part Inn is smoothly designed as a place of rest and safety for tradesmen all throughout the Compact, where they can pray, trade and rest in peace, conveniently placed outside the city walls and acting as an additional strategic bulwark for the city.
The Artshall Lodge of Petrichor has been built, providing agricultural development and survival training.
Port Authierre, docks that grant access to the Lycene split in a commanding fashion.
The Honey Havens, created by Lady Mabelle Laurent, are new orphanages to help displaced children from the wars in Arvum.
House of Fabrics, the place of origin of the luxurious honeysilk and starlight silk, the desire of many fashion icons in the Compact.
Artshall's Art District, an important landmark to contemporary art and historical adventurers, is home to a branch of the Bard’s College, a House of Fashion, Performance Theatre, a sought after Art School, Galleries, Archives, Libraries, theme shops and artistic lounges.