House of Olboros
- "Olboros" redirects here. For the multinational holding company, see Olboros Inc.
|Country||(† indicates they no longer own lands in these countries)|
|Founder||Ieshtrun of Forozhie|
|Current head||??? (de jure)|
Ještrún III Olboros IV, King of Fyevan (de facto)
|Ethnicity||Lestzi, Ekuostian, Terminian, Setyal|
House Olboros is an Iovist/Pashaist Ekuosian royal dynasty originating from Low Letsatia in the late 10th century CE. It is one of the largest and most historically significant royal houses in all of Sahar, due to its massive reach in several areas of the world during the Early Modern era. It is notable for beginning very humbly with a random stroke of luck before gradually expanding its influence exponentially over the following centuries.
The dynasty's countless titles include the current monarchy of Fyevan, and once included Emperor of Letzia, Emperor of Barradiwa (it was the ninth of the Ten Dynasties), Emperor of Terminia, and Emperor of Setyalmi, placing it at the head of some of the most influential empires of the Early Modern era. Alongside its past and present political gravitas, the dynasty has a very strong foothold in global trade and international commerce, hosting one of the most well-known investment firms on Sahar among various other pursuits. Furthermore, several members of the dynasty have established or co-founded many large and successful charity organizations, with a particular focus on economic development in poorer countries and advances in medicine.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 2.1 Origins
- 2.2 Early years of the dynasty (991-1455)
- 2.3 Gunpowder Era (1455-1652)
- 2.4 Early Modern Era (1652-1886)
- 3 Influence
- 4 Notable members
In the Early Middle Ages in Ekuosia, it was common to find lands governed by nobles in a feudalistic system, especially in Western Ekuosia around Low Letsatia. The nature of the power structure of feudalism led to semi-frequent blood feuds between noble houses or between nobles and their vassals who all nominally served the same lord; as a result, it was somewhat common for noble families to be exterminated and new lands be granted to another, possibly lower vassal who is perceived to likely be more cooperative. If these vassals were previously lowborn, then being granted an estate in these circumstances essentially gave them the right to establishing a noble house.
It is widely thought that this is how Olboros came into being: the family appeared on Low Letsatian tax records suddenly in 991, whilst another name--Kurejš--was scratched out next to it. It is believed that Ještrún of Forožje was granted sovereignty over a small collection of farms and estates in County Nášaj in the southernmost reaches of Low Letsatia once belonging to the now-extinct Kurejš family, after the latter somehow disobeyed or rebelled against Kjéros Fórus (the lord of that principality at the time) forcing him to find a replacement. It is likely that Ještrún was chosen as said replacement for his unwavering loyalty to Kjéros.
Early years of the dynasty (991-1455)
For the next 100 years, Olboros would remain a house of very minor nobility, predominantly loyal to their lords--until 1095, when Ještrún's great great grandson Gorož joined forces with other local lords to lead a rebellion against House Fórus for various instances of treachery, including the execution of Gorož's younger sister and a small scale massacre in the principal capital of Sjerobjen motivated by petty demands. The rebellion was successful in wiping out the main line of House Fórus, but drew the ire of the higher nobility in their county, namely House Manám who not only administered County Nášaj as local counts, but answered directly to the Low Emperor in Gšons. House Manám reprimanded Gorož Olboros by stripping him of some holdings and granting them to other minor lords who did not partake in the rebellion, although Olboros was allowed to keep sovereignty on their town of Forožje and its surrounding pastures.
In the 1140s, the dynasty acquired via marriage a handful of small holdings in County Nášaj that bore previously untapped salt and gold mines, which proved to be a boon for the family as they used the riches to reacquire the holdings they lost decades prior from the Fórus Rebellion. Their newly acquired wealth drew attention from House Manám once more, who saw this as an opportunity to further aggrandize their influence. In 1146, Njerušt Manám offered a formal alliance with Olboros, ultimately planning to absorb the family and obtain its holdings possibly to sell to the highest Algazi bidder. Olboros saw right through this however, and declined the offer.
Olboros later found its holdings being raided by sellswords in the night. After weeks of attempting to capture a few of the sellswords for questioning, one of the mercenaries admitted to being hired by someone from Gšons. Olboros then sent an envoy to the coastal city to try and track down who ordered the raids; eventually they found it to be a local powerful moneylender who was having an affair with Njerušt Manám. Olboros then took out a loan from a bank in Beghom and sent some to the Manám estate at night to fill the Manám food stores with snakes, spiders and dead rats, as well as slaughter livestock on Manám's own farms. The mercenaries were instructed to carve Olboros's old sigil into the wood of Manám's granaries, so that they would know who did this.
The following afternoon, Manám forces marched into Forožje to trample Olboros, but were confounded when they found the houses abandoned. They then saw Njerušt Manám exit a gold mine before getting shot by an arrow from within it. Manám forces marched into the gold mines to snuff out the small Olboros army, but found themselves getting picked off one by one. The patriarch of Manám, Azlejm, himself was cornered and slaughtered. The Olboros forces emerged victorious, and marched on the Manám estate where the remaining garrison was too small to stand against the oncoming siege. After the Manám estate was successfully taken, Olboros raided Manám's treasure stores to pay back their loan from Beghom, and then declared themselves the admins of County Nášaj.
This brash move had numerous immediate consequences for Olboros. Several of Manám's allies demanded justice, and called Olboros to trial in Gšons; however Low Emperor Pjedrumos the Just determined that Olboros was wronged first, and what came after in the event of their victory would be classed as acts of rightful vengeance; thus, Olboros was legitimized as the true counts of County Nášaj. Njerušt's moneylender contact in Gšons also attempted to exact revenge on Olboros for killing his lover, but he was not careful with his money and found himself in deep debt with Algazi banks.
The following 300 years for Olboros were relatively peaceful, aside from the occasional rebellion. They acquired more land via peaceful means such as marriage or purchase during these years, including the city of Gšons which had lost prominence as the region destabilized. After Terminia took over Low Letsatia in 1358, Olboros and other old dynasties were allowed to remain and hold their lands as long as they swore fealty to Terminia's emperor.
Gunpowder Era (1455-1652)
The War of Four Thrones (1455-1462)
In the 15th century, Low Letsatia was wrought with political turmoil and tensions, especially after the recession of Terminia from its southern reaches in the 1440s. Old dynasties and new alike were rising up and grasping each others' throats, each attempting to reestablish the seat of Low Emperor long after it was abolished in 1291. The most prominent dynasties in Low Letsatia at the time--Akaš, Najas, Delsa, and Guštam--eventually had their conflicts escalate into full-blown war, known today as the War of Four Thrones because the four dynasties each saw themselves as the proper claimants to the Low Emperor's throne, and each believed their capital city should serve as a new empire's capital. All four dynasties indeed did share blood with the old royal dynasty of Gšomoz after which the city of Gšons was named, but they were all also blind to the schemes of Olboros, the dynasty that ruled Gšons at the time.