The Game of Houses
The Great Houses of Perrenland (Mixed Elf/Perrenlander)
The sons of the Isenwarian family had long been adventuring freebooters. They originated from the extreme southern boundary of Perrenland and had more than a passing interest in trade through the pass into Highfolk. More than one generation had soldiered in Perrenland’s free companies and in the fellowship of Feanor Gwathlo. In 2350, the Perrenland Allthing elected Bengt Isenwarian their king. He is succeeded by his son Beren in 2380. His son, Seigfried, joins Feanor’s retinue before becoming king in turn in 2385. It is Seigfried who propels Perrenland into war. At this time they are men, Perranic speakers from the cantons. The name Isenwarian is one of those on the nine-tailed white banner.
Burrucal, son of Seigfried, marries Feanor’s sister in 2424. His eldest son, Beren becomes king of Perrenland in 2450 and emperor in 2583. Beren’s brothers become Lords of Selene and other places throughout the empire. The Isenwarian retain the Lordship of Perrenland (and therefore the empire) thereafter. Since that time many have married into their houses, there have been fresh injections of elven blood and input from ilin clan stock. They can now boast Sinadlië, Gwaithor, Djanne and water-fearie blood.
Their many sons serve in the armies of all the major lords of the empire and can be found from Alvorn to Eagle’s reach. They carry the same blood as Laru in their veins. As a rule of thumb, the closer to the emperor, the greater the proportion of elf blood. Most of them now speak Perranic Flanne, which has become the language of the Empire. The more high born will still converse in Sindarin when the will takes them. Their badge is the griffin, taken from their Hetmanilith ancestry.
The Isenwarian are viewed by some as being manipulative, having many irons in many fires. Occasional ‘disagreements’ within the family do nothing to dispel this unfavourable picture.
The Leodhata were the greatest supporters of the Isenwarian in the pre-war Allthing. Their ancestral holdings were the lands between the eastern shores of Lake Quag and the eaves of the Vesve. Aratan Leodhata was a half elf (his mother was one of the Gwaithor. Occasional members of the Leodhata had always been well disposed to and well receive by the Elves of the Vesve and Highfolk.) and led them in support of Seigfried. Their name was one of those on the nine-tailed white banner. In return for his support, Aratan was granted Lordship of Ekbir, marrying the widows of the previous king.
The Leodhata concentrated their efforts inside Ekbir for hundreds of years, eventually dropping the Perranic language in favour of Baklunish. Ekbir flourished under their rule and even today, most of the Leodhata remain inside it’s boarders. Their badge is any number of bees. This symbolises their industry and co-operation. Before the PWOC their symbol had been a star on a dark background, a symbol of their friendship with the elves.
Otta Gefeohtan was one of Burrucal Isenwarian’s closest supporters. Before the war his family had minor holdings in the north-west of Perrenland and had always been plagued by the northern Baklunish horse nomads. Otta’s father had joined Seigfried’s army and risen swiftly to become captain of one of his elite units. Taking over from his father, Otta became one of Burrucal’s Generals. He was granted extensive commercial rights in the middle kingdoms as part of his reward for exemplary service. In 2460, the year he died, he was the first man made Carnc by the new king, Beren I. Otta’s wife was a half elf, one of the changelings of the middle kingdoms. His sons and his son’s sons went on to lead Perranic shiltrons in every theatre and campaign of the war.
In the wars against the Pomar, Jürgs Gefeohtan had led the ‘third army’ to hold Bissel against invasion. After the Dagor Tarsil, Bissel became his. He married a full blood Djanne princess and his sons in turn become rulers of Gran March and Geoff. Guidick (“Black Guy”), Lord of Geoff, wins fame as the architect of the victory at the second Dagor Tarsil. He also gains a reputation for ruthlessness from this action. The family are now viewed as ‘big hitters’ with a taste for glory, if not a little malicious. ‘Black Guy’ deliberately sacrificed parts of the levy to save his professional soldiers, something that went against the doctrines practised by the Celebrinoth during the PWOC.
The Gefeohtan put a little into the Càma expedition to Teddin. When Angborn Isenwarian made his promise of seats on the imperial council, they become altogether more serious. This is somewhat balanced by a lighter side as Guidick reinstates ‘The Grand Order of the Watch’ the only true scheme of ‘knighthood’ in the empire, although this could be seen as a sop to the Kea living in the Gefeohtan’s shadow. The tongue of the Gefeohtan courts is Perranic Flanne but they are known to speak only Perranic in private. Their badge is a golden eagle on a black background. The eagle is often portrayed as having two heads.
From 2480, there had been Wigfruma captains in the Celebrinoth. Before the war they had been leaders of Perrenland’s mercenary bands and they continued to ply their chosen trade through the PWOC. They were good at it and rose to meet every challenge. Uriens Wigfruma was Jürgs Gefeohtan’s right hand man, his sheildman as well as his chief captain. When Beren I rewarded Jürgs Gefeohtan, Uriens Wigfruma was promoted to take his place as a general of foot soldiers. As the Celebrinoth mass to repulse the Pomar, Uriens recognises the need to adequately sustain the army and withdrew his forces from the order of battle to concentrate on fulfilling the army’s logistic needs. However, at the Dagor Tarsil. The Wigfruma witnessed the valiant actions of Clan Ynr and saw that they needed aid. They abandoned the baggage and with makeshift weapons, formed up into line of battle and marched on to meet the enemy.
After this the Wigfruma continued their work in feeding and rebuilding. A great social disaster was avoided and so the emperor declared that Nyiam, son of Uriens would be Lord of Uleck. The Wigfruma enjoy success in the Teddin adventure, with Burnraas (m. Blacksand) being the busiest port outside the Flanaess. West Rythym gives them another seat on the imperial council. Their symbol is a stylised representation of a blue wyvern, a native of the Teddin region. This has replaced older symbols, even in Uleck.
Karl Uuigkenfo was the chief engineer of the Perranic armies in 2460. His designs gave rise to the bridges over the Blackwater River (S. Mortumduin) and his improvements to shore defences and field artillery systems were proven to be battle winners. Shooting down the first wyvern over Eru Travar gave his house it’s badge, a red wvyern. By 2462 he is a rich man and his authority in manners of mathematics and construction carries further than the reach of the king’s armies. His idea of digging a canal from Lake Quag to the Deepstil River is made possible by a design for lock gates to allow the canal to rise and fall on it’s journey. By the time he dies in 2483, Karl Uuigkenfo has established a dynasty of engineers to rival the dwarves of the Yatils. His descendants come to own a lot of the lands on the western edge of Lake Quag.
In 3150 it is not uncommon to find Uuigkenfo officers in the engineering branches of Jalee bands or as freelance advisors throughout the empire. They remain Perranic speaking professional soldiers for hire, a source of pride for the family, it is this adherence to the ways of their forefathers that allows them to quietly look down on the Isenwarian and other ‘noble houses’ of the empire.