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House of Novellen
Parent house:

House of Helane (cognatic)
House of Sarkozic (agnatic)

balian.png Kingdom of Balian
FrederickNovellen.png Kingdom of Oren
OrenianFlag.png Holy Orenian Empire
Founded: 1753
Founder: Anne I, Holy Orenian Empress and Joseph II, Holy Orenian Emperor
Current head: Sybille I, Queen of Balian
Holy Orenian Emperor (Formerly)
King of Oren (Formerly)
King of Renatus
King of Curon
King of Kaedrin
King of Salvus
King of Seventis
King of Balian
Prince of Malinor
Prince of Providence
Prince of Monterosa
Grand Duke of Balian
Grand Duke of Ves
Duke of Adria
Duke of Novellen
Duke of Furnestock
Duke of Helena
Duke of Lorraine
Duke of Crestfall
Duke of Petra
Duke of Westmarch
Duke of Sunholdt
Duke of Vienne
Duke of Oltermont
Duke of South Arentania
Duke of Abretta
Count of Kaphro
Count of Rosemoor
Count of Renzfeld
Count of Mardon
Count of Monteres
Count of Carolustadt
Count of Stassion Castle
Count of Pavano
Count of Caluzzo
Viscount of Eflen
Viscount of Anatis
Baron of Renzfeld
Baron of Brucca
Baron of Valens
Baron of Malenos
Baron of Ciavola
Lord of Atrus
Lord of Monterosa
Protector of the Heartlanders
Protector of the Imperial Highlanders
Protector of the Farfolk
Defender of the Faith (Formerly)
Ethnicity: Heartlander
Cadet Branches:
Aldersberg2.png House of Novellen-Aldersberg
temeschcoa.png House of Novellen-Temesch
huntshillcoa.png House of Novellen-Huntshill
petraCOA.png House of the Petra
vanderfall.pngHouse of Vasile
montalt.png House of Montalt
NewStassionCOA.webp House of Stassion

The House of Novellen originated from the marriage in 1753 of Joseph I, Duke of Helena and Anne Augusta of Oren, later successively Holy Orenian Empress. Its members are the legitimate surviving line of the House of Helane, itself being a cadet branch of the now-dissolved House of Horen, inheriting their patrimonial possessions and vocation to the Empire from the female descendants of the House of Helane and the male line of the House of Sarkozic.

The House of Novellen takes its name from both the Novellen Palace, the Imperial Palace in the city of Helena, and the original County of Novellen, a Comital title of the 1500s held by Duke Hughes Sarkozic, located within the Duchy of Adria. The House of Novellen gained dynastic dominance during the late 18th century, with Hughes Sarkozic's 6x great-nephew, Joseph Sarkozic becoming Holy Orenian Emperor.



1796 - Present

The Urguani-Orenian War

See also: Urguani-Orenian War

  • After tensions rise between the Holy Orenian Empire and the Grand Kingdom of Urguan, Philip II levies a declaration of war upon the Grand Kingdom. The Grand Kingdom follows suit, issuing its own declaration.
  • Under the command of Philip II and the oversight of Princess Imperial, Josephine Augusta, the Orenian capital city of Providence is reconstructed. It is officially rebranded as New Providence, although, many foreign take to calling it, St. James.

The Aster Revolution

See also: Aster Revolution

  • A ship known as Princess Elizabeth is spotted approaching Almaris, which is seen to be greeted by Olivier I and his retinue. Aboard, Prince Philip Amadeus and his wife, Anastasia vas Ruthern are swiftly hidden in San Luciano under disguise with their youngest children Prince Frederick and Princess Anna.
  • Philip Amadeus and Anastasia meet with a series of Savoyard councilors and Orenian elites to begin gaining support for their claim to the Imperial throne.
  • Princess Anastasia rides on horseback in the middle of the night and sneaks into the city of Providence in a disguise. This later becomes known as Operation Augustine, where she and her daughter, Princess Catherine reunite and rescue Prince Peter, Prince James, and Princess Victoria. All the children flee to San Luciano.
  • News circulates of the death of Philip Aurelian Novellen, the heir-apparent to the Empire. The cause of his death is disputed. Official accounts claim that he suffered a heart attack, but it is alleged by others that he was murdered by his mistress, Mary Casimira of Carrington, on the orders of Princess Anastasia.
  • Philip Amadeus publishes the Mandate of Heaven in which he proclaims himself Holy Orenian Emperor and demands that Philip II surrenders the Imperial throne.
  • Rumors spiral that Philip II had disappeared from the newly-constructed New Providence. He is presumed dead, with a disputed cause of death. It is widely claimed he was pushed into the city’s canal by Olivier de Savoie.
  • Following the rumors of Philip II's death, Philip Amadeus assembles an army consisting of Orenians, Savoyards, and mercenaries. He begins marching towards the Imperial capital.
  • While attempting the evade Philip Amadeus's army, the eldest daughter of Philip II, Princess Josephine Augusta dies in a carriage accident. Her body is never found.
  • With a retinue of ten-thousand men, Philip Amadeus marches into an uncontested New Providence where he claims the Imperial throne. In a subsequent session of court, all peers present swear fealty to him.
  • Hours after taking the city, an unguarded High Pontiff Everard VI arrives in New Providence to coronate Philip Amadeus. He is dubbed Philip III.

The Urguani-Orenian War (Cont.)

  • After seizing the throne, Philp III enters negotiations with the Grand Kingdom of Urguan. However, after the dwarves demand that Sir Duncan Vuiller is extradited to Urguan, Philip III refuses and the war continues.

The Brothers' War

See also: Brothers' War

  • Emperor Philip III and his wife Empress Anastasia I perish and a succession crisis begins. Prince Frederick Novellen declares himself King of Oren and declares that the Holy Orenian Empire is dissolved. His older brother, Peter Augustus Novellen, declares himself Emperor of Oren, and in doing so thus begins the Brothers' War.
  • Peter Augustus marries Lucia d’Azor, the daughter of the Duke of Azor in a ceremony held in Vuillermoz. During the wedding, a dragon flies overhead. Many of Peter's supporters during the war see this as a gift from God for the groom.
  • Meanwhile in Providence, Frederick Charles weds Vivienne de Savoie in the Basilica of the Argentate Star. His wedding is attended by slightly over 10,000 spectators.
  • While hosting court in the Duchy of Reutov, Peter Augustus is captured by Royalist forces and escorted to New Providence to stand trial. A large host of Imperialist forces quickly amass at Fort Linnord to rescue Peter. Approximately, 7,600~ Imperialists are rallied and marched to Providence to engage the Royalist host, totaling around 9,500~. This begins the Battle for New Providence which ultimately ends in a Royalist victory.
  • Following the Battle for New Providence, Peter Augustus is escorted into Aster Hall before Frederick Charles where he is executed. Several other Imperialist supporters, including Peter's wife, Lucia, are executed alongside him.

Kingdom of Oren & Grand Duchy of Balian

See also: Kingdom of Oren & Grand Duchy of Balian

  • Fearing further hostilities for their part in the Brothers' War, many former Imperialists rally behind Prince John Casimir Novellen and flee to the southern landmass of Almaris. Upon scouting the eastern edges of the landmass, John constructs a campsite to house his supporters.
  • Frederick Charles is officially recognized as King of Oren by several foreign powers, including the Kingdom of Haense, Principality of Celia’nor, and Principality of Elvenesse.
  • John Casimir Novellen establishes the Grand Duchy of Balian at the location of the Imperialist campsite. There he builds his capital city of Atrus and dubs himself John I. His claim is recognized by the Kingdom of Norland, The Jade State of Yong Ping, the Kingdom of Haense, and the Principality of Celia’nor.
  • After several anti-Orenian riots in New Providence by the Church of Derfey, the city is destroyed. In the following months, it is rebuilt into the City of Vienne by Frederick I.
  • In a public speech and subsequent proclamation entitled, Edict of Vienne, Frederick I strips House d'Arkent of its titles and adds the Duchy of Sunholdt to his own collection.
  • In 1879, Frederick I and John I sign a nonaggression pact between their two nations. However, tensions soon begin to boil between the two factions as a result of several diplomatic disagreements regarding the Azdrazi and the Almaris Coalition War

Heads of House Novellen

House Novellen follows a cognatic primogeniture succession system, meaning that the eldest child of the family head takes over upon their death regardless of gender. In times past, succession followed agnatic-cognatic primogeniture in favor of male-inheritance. Historically, the role of Patriarch or Matriarch of House Novellen has often been held in conjunction with the throne of Oren.

Portrait Birth
Death Coat of Arms Succession Right
Anne Augusta
14th of Sun’s Smile, 1784 - 20th of Snow's Maiden, 1800.
anne screenshot.png 12th of Malin's Welcome, 1735

Daughter of Emperor Peter III and Lorena of Cascadia

Joseph II, Holy Orenian Emperor
6 children
20th of Snow's Maiden, 1800
(Aged 65)
DreamEmpire.png House Founder
Joseph Clement
14th of Sun’s Smile, 1784 - 12th of Sun's Smile 1814
JosephII.jpg 1st of Malin's Welcome 1731

Son of Adrian de Sarkozy, Duke of Adria
and Mariya Angelika of Reza

Anne I, Holy Orenian Empress
6 children
12th of Sun's Smile 1814
(Aged 83)
DreamEmpire.png House Founder
John I
John Charles
10th of Grand Harvest 1815 - 12th of Owyn's Flame, 1837
kosheremp.jpg 1754

Son of Anne I and Joseph II

Wilhelmina of Cathalon (Divorced)
No children
12th of Owyn's Flame, 1837
(Aged 80)
KosherEmpire.png Firstborn son of Empress Anne I and Emperor Joseph II
Philip I
Philip Augustus
12th of Owyn's Flame, 1837 - 16th of Tobias' Bounty, 1849
PhilipCrestfall.jpg 1759

Son of Anne I and Joseph II

Judith Alice of Rochefort (d. 1815)
5 children
Living, Age: 85 KosherEmpire.png Brother of John VIII and second-born son of Anne I and Joseph II
Philip II
Philip Amadeus
16th of Tobias' Bounty, 1849 - 1st of Malin's Welcome, 1868
PhilipNoBorderPNG.png 15th of Horen's Calling, 1815

Son of Prince Philip and Amadea of Pompourelia

Anastasia I, Holy Orenian Empress
9 children
1st of Malin's Welcome, 1868
(Aged 53)
KosherEmpire.png Grandson of Philip II. Installed as Patriarch after the Aster Revolution.
Frederick Charles
1st of Malin's Welcome, 1868 - 7th of Tobias's Bounty, 1883.
Frederick Novellen.PNG
15th of Horen's Calling, 1847
Aster Hall, Providence

Son of Philip III and Anastasia I, Holy Orenian Empress

Vivienne of Savoy
3 childern
8th of Horen's Calling, 1883
(Aged 36)
KosherEmpire.png Son of Philip III. Installed as Patriarch after the Brothers' War.
John II
John Casimir
4th of Tobias's Bounty, 1884 - 26th of Owyn's Flame, 1900.
27th of Horen's Calling, 1817

Son of Prince Philip and Amadea of Pompourelia

Gwyneth of Karosgrad
5 children
(Aged 83)
KosherEmpire.png Son of Prince Philip. Became Patriarch of House Novellen following the Orenian branch's dissolvement after the Acre Rebellion.
Alexandros Casimir
26th of Owyn's Flame, 1900 - 18th of Godfrey’s Triumph, 1921.
Alexandros Casimir.jpg

Son of John I and Gwyneth of Karosgrad

Yelena of Marsana
4 children
18th of Godfrey’s Triumph, 1921
(Age 60)
Kingdom of Balan With Novellen Shield.png Firstborn child of John I
Hadrian Casimir
18th of Godfrey’s Triumph, 1921 - 20th of Horen's Calling, 1956.

Son of Alexander I and Yelena of Marsana

Andromeda of Ba'as
6 children
11th of Sun's Smile, 1956
(Age 61)
Kingdom of Balan With Novellen Shield.png Firstborn child of Alexander I
Sibyl Gwyneth
20th of Horen's Calling, 1956 - Present.

Daughter of Adrian I and Andromeda of Ba'as

Ezren of Tuvia
4 children
Living Kingdom of Balan With Novellen Shield.png Daughter of Adrian I. Became matriarch after the death of her eldest sister and her elder brother renounced his claim to the throne.