House of Baruch

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House of Baruch
Baruch2.png
Country: BackgroundHaenseCoatBiggerCrown.png Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska
Titles:
Duke of Valwyck
Count of Ayr
Viscount of Voron
Baron of Gant
Baron of Laval
Baron of Riveryn
Founder: Marius Baruch
Patriarch: Eirik Baruch
Heir Presumptive: Isabel Baruch
Ethnicity: Highlander
Cadet Branches: House of Gant

The House of Baruch (Common: Baruch; High Imperial: Barucid) is the current ruling family of the Duchy of Valwyck and vassal of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. They are descended from St Otto of Vanderfell, placing them in alignment with many of the Highlander families and making it easy for them to create a home in Haense. Over time, the Baruchs developed a distinct culture and dialect in their vassal territory.

History

Vailor

The house's founder, Marius Baruch, was a staunch supporter of House Horen, assisting in the assassination of Guy, King of Oren to allow for the Horen Restoration. With a Horen on the Imperial throne, Marius went to Luciensport to assist in its formation. After dedicating his life to creating and maintaining Luciensport, Marius died and left his two sons, Bernard Baruch and Joren Baruch, orphaned at a young age. The eldest of Marius' children, Bernard made the most of life in Luciensport; choosing to enter the clergy, he was a real servant of God and eventually succeeded to the Pontifical throne as Everard III. Not wanting the same life of his brother, Joren went to fight in the retinue of John of Carnatia. During his service in Lord John's service, he grew close to Adelajda Roswell, the daughter of Lord John's close friend Duke Arthur of Istria. Eventually marrying Adelajda, the pair continued the Baruch line. After Joren's knighthood following the Eighteen Years' War and with the birth of their three children, Eirik, Harold, and Isabel, the family settled in Ser Joren's knightly fief on the coast of Carnatia. With access to the coast, Ser Joren took up whale hunting and created the tradition of whale hunting within the Baruch family, as well as instilling a proud naval presence.

Axios

Upon the descendants moved to the Isles of Axios, Lord Eirik was granted the Barony of Voron under Haense. With the help of House Pasquier, Eiriks followers eventually grew in size exponentially. He hosted many events, such as whaling and hunting, which attracted the newly crowned king of Hanseti-Ruska, Andrew, to him; who became fond of the Baruch tradition and therefore granted him the County of Ayr, a title previously held by the Baruch's Rovin ancestors. The titles of House Pasquier were inherited by Lord Otto when the house died out shortly after the reformation of Haense. Count Aldrik rose to power in 1640, after the death of his father Otto via dementia.

Atlas

Ser Aldrik led his followers aboard the Baruch fleet to the continent of Atlas, alongside the rest of the descendants. The Baruchs spent their first few years helping out around Markev, before Aldrik built Greyguard Hold north of the city, across the Czena. This new keep also served as the namesake for Baruch's new truce and alliance with House Ruthern after the signing of the Greyguard Pact. At this point, the Baruchs were notable for their adamant resistance to mandatory army service and the abolition of vassal levies, which they held anyways. After the reign of Otto III, Aldrik held Greyguard as an independent county briefly, before the ascension of Karl II. Eventually, Aldrik died of cancer, leading to the rise of his son, Petyr Baruch, who had been abroad for years. His failure to show up to the dais led to him being presumed dead, so instead, Aldrik's second-born, Eirik Otto Baruch took the mantle. Unfortunately, he was not too keen on ruling, and abdicated to his younger brother, Marius Karl Baruch. Marius inherited a broken and weak House, losing the land his Father settled years prior. The keep of Greyguard Hold was taken by Arberrang, who sought to wage war against Haense. Luckily, the forces of Haense defeated Arberrang and took back Greyguard Hold, granting it once more to Marius and his kin. He ruled in peace for the rest of Atlas before bringing his family to Arcas.

The Siege of Valwyck, 1768

Arcas

A few years before the realms of Atlas fled to Arcas, Marius had abdicated to his grandson, Jan. The new lord established the County of Ayr on Arcas and along with it the Baruch's family keep. But at the dawn of the War of Two Emperors, Count Jan betrayed Haense, siding with the Pertinax. Most of the collective family of Baruch, especially Marius Karl Baruch and Jan's son Sigmar Baruch, decided on disenfranchising, disinheriting and disowning Jan. So, Jan "the Black"'s titles then passed on to his eldest son, the young Sigmar, a Haeseni patriot who went on to execute his own mother for treason charges in the waning years of the War of Two Emperors. He spent much of his early reign attempting to overcome and repair his house's dirtied reputation, which for the most part worked - the Baruchs had once again become a respected house. Partially because of this and among other reasons, Sigmar was bestowed the Duchy of Valwyck from King Andrew IV. Sigmar also reestablished the House of Baruch-Gant as the Baruch's cadet branch.

Upon Sigmar's abdication in 1753, Peter I, Duke of Valwyck rose to power. His first order of business as Duke was to tear down his predecessor's castle and replace with Valstadt Castle, a keep which was much more ducal. Although considered by many to be mad in his later years, his reign was defined by two things. The first, the Valwyck Pact, an alliance between vassals that he led in an attempt to stop the perceived tyrannies of Otto Sigmar's regency for King Sigismund II. This put him at the center of Haeseni politics and later he became the Lord Palatine of Hanseti-Ruska and therefore head of the Aulic Council from 1764 to 1776. The second was the Scyfling threat to Valwyck during his reign. In 1768, Petyr, his family, and a small group of Haeseni successfully fended off Valstadt Castle from invading Scyfling barbarians. Though in 1772, the castle was ambushed and Petyr's son Matyas was captured. This was the straw that broke the camel's back for Petyr - he often had bouts of insanity after losing one of his sons. Petyr resigned in 1776 and was accidentally killed by his son and successor, Peter II, Duke of Valwyck, during one of his fits of madness.

Petyr II's reign, though, was short and mostly failed. Petyr I's son Matyas was freed from Scyfling internment soon after his father's death. Petyr II received mounting pressure from his family as each year passed, and in 1783 he eventually complied with his family's wishes and abdicated to his returned brother, Matthias, Duke of Valwyck. Notably, Matyas' sister Isabel of Valwyck married King Josef I during this time to become the first Baruch queen-consort of Hanseti-Ruska.

Almaris

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Notable Members and List of Baruch Patriarchs

  • Marius Baruch, founder of the family.
  • Everard III, High Pontiff of the Church of Canon.
  • Ser Joren 'The Marksman' Baruch, Castellan of Jorenstadt and former King's Guard to King Stephen.
  • Ser Sigmar 'The Mad' Baruch, known for starting fights and well known as a warrior.
  • Isabel of Valwyck, first Baruch to become Queen-Consort of Hanseti-Ruska.

Counts of Ayr

The House of Baruch was granted the County of Ayr upon Andrik II's ascension to the throne of Hanseti-Ruska. Ayr.png

Name
Reign
Portrait Birth
Parentage
Marriage(s)
Issue
Death Coat of Arms Succession right
Erich I
Eirik var Joren Baruch
1581 - 1606
(25yrs)
EirikBaruch.jpg 1565
Carnatia, Oren

Son of Joren Baruch and Adelajda Roswell

Valeria Palaiologos
3 children
1606
Swamplands, Mardon
aged 41
baruch2.jpeg Title granted
Otto I
Otto var Eirik Baruch
1606 - 1640
(34yrs)
Otto Marius Baruch (Philip II of Spain).jpg 1581
Ayr, Haense

Son of Eirik I and Valeria Palaiologos

Linea of Vasiland
4 children
1640
Ayr, Haense
aged 59
BaruchOldCOA1.png Son of Erich I
Aldrik I
Aldrik var Otto Baruch
1640 - 1673
(33yrs)
Aldrik Baruch Portrait.jpg 1605
Ayr, Haense

Son of Otto I and Linea of Vasiland

Marjorie Pasquier
5 children
1673
Ayr, Haense
aged 68
BaruchOldCOA1.png Son of Otto I
Peter I
Petyr var Aldrik Baruch
1673
(1mos)
Count Petyr I.jpg 1628
Ayr, Haense

Son of Aldrik I and Marjorie Pasquier

Unwed 1673
Ayr, Haense
aged 45
BaruchOldCOA1.png Son of Aldrik I
Erich II
Eirik var Aldrik Baruch
1673 - 1674
(1yr)
Count Eirik II.jpg 1630
Ayr, Haense

Son of Aldrik I and Marjorie Pasquier

Unwed 1675
Ayr, Haense
aged 45
BaruchOldCOA1.png Brother of Peter I
Marius I
Marus Karl var Aldrik Baruch
1674 - 1695
(21yrs)
MariusKarlBaruch.jpg 1631
Markev, Haense

Son of Aldrik I and Marjorie Pasquier

Julia of Montstadt
3 children
1724
Ayr, Haense
aged 93
Baruch1.png Brother of Erich II
John I
Jan var Sigmar Baruch
1695 - 1715
(20yrs)
josef barbanov-alimar.jpg 1680
Ayr, Haense

Son of Sigmar Eirik Baruch and Klara Ashford

Lilliana Kortrevich
3 children
1715
Ayr, Haense
aged 35
Baruch1.png Grandson of Marius I
Siguine I
Sigmar Joren var Jan Baruch
1715 - 1753
(38yrs)
Duke Sigmar.png 1709
Ayr, Haense

Son of Jan I and Lilliana Kortrevich

Marya of Metterden
4 children
1813
Valwyck, Haense
aged 104
New Baruch COA.png Son of John I

Dukes of Valwyck

King Andrik IV granted Count Sigmar the Duchy of Valwyck in 1748 for his outstanding work as a peer. While the County of Ayr remained in the house of Baruch's possession, 'Duke of Valwyck' became the family's primary title, which it currently uses. Valwyck COA.png

Name
Reign
Portrait Birth
Parentage
Marriage(s)
Issue
Death Coat of Arms Succession right
Siguine I
Sigmar Joren var Jan Baruch
1748 - 1753
(5yrs)
Duke Sigmar.png 1709
Ayr, Haense

Son of Jan I and Lilliana Kortrevich

Marya of Metterden
4 children
1813
Valwyck, Haense
aged 104
New Baruch COA.png Title granted
Peter I
Petyr Siegmund var Sigmar Baruch
1753 - 1776
(23yrs)
Duke Petyr.png 1737
Ayr, Haense

Son of Sigmar I and Marya of Metterden

Sofiya of Vasiland
6 children
1777
Valwyck, Haense
aged 40
baruchsimple.png Son of Siguine I
Peter II
Petyr Henrik var Petyr Baruch
1776 - 1783
(7yrs)
Duke Petyr II.png 1765
Valwyck, Haense

Son of Petyr I and Sofiya of Vasiland

Nataliya Reza Barrow
4 children
Alive baruchsimple.png Son of Peter I
Matthias I
Matyas Aleksandr var Petyr Baruch
1783 - 1814
(31yrs)
Matyas Aleksandr Baruch.jpg 1767
Valwyck, Haense

Son of Petyr I and Sofiya of Vasiland

Charlotte of Mondstadt
4 children
1814
Karosgrad, Haense
aged 47
baruchsimple.png Brother of Peter II
Rusland I
Ruslan Eirik var Matyas Baruch
1814 - 1844
(30yrs)
RuslanArt.png 1797
Valwyck, Haense

Son of Matyas I and Charlotte of Mondstadt

Elisabeth of Novellen (d. 1821)
1 child

Marjorie of Vidaus (from 1825)
3 children
1844
Lichtestadt, Valwyck, Haense
aged 47
baruchsimple.png Son of Matthias I
Eirik I
Eirik Matyas var Ruslan Baruch
1844 - Present
(Incumbent)
eirikbyshay.jpeg 1825
Lichtestadt, Valwyck, Haense

Son of Rusland I and Marjorie of Vidaus

Anastasya of Karlsburg
1 child
Alive baruchsimple.png Son of Rusland I