Princess Reisha, also known as The Princess Green, is one of the key players the Twin Rose Wars (as seen by Memoirs of the Twin Rose Wars)/ Magenta Rose set of submissions. You need to look at these posts, for all of this to make proper sense. This submission can be used other places and times, with all the information above the "death of the king" or the "Start of the Twin Rose Wars."
Reisha is a classic beauty: sculpted looks, fair skin, with deep brown eyes and dark brown hair. Why not the most comely girl at court, she is certainly a desirable one.
She dresses well and with an eye to the practical.
The Princess is foreign born. She was originally from Nechteran, the issue of Engled, The Queen Consort and Halan of the House of Polondorn. Her father died when she was quite young. She is the 11th in line for the Nechteran crown, but it is unlikely that she will ever receive the crown.
She was a bright child, who excelled at everything her tutors and craftmistresses taught her. She learned to read at four and ride at five. Many considered an adult trapped in a child's body.
When she was eight, her mother was betrothed to some foreign king to enforce some alliance treaty. No one was happy about it. Uncustomarily, Reisha cried for days about leaving her friends, family, and home. The procession was quiet and sad.
The new place was strange. The food was all wrong. The language was new and sounded funny. It was hard to learn. The games were all different. Everyone treated her like a baby, rather than who she was. Reisha was miserable.
Though over time, she and her mother learned to adapt to this strange place. Mathius the Great King, her new step father, was a kind man. He tried everything to make her feel welcome, short of ordering people to like her. While the court people here were cruel to her mother initially, they eventually warmed to her and the girls. However, the life at court was empty for her. Vapid was her favorite word to describe it in her early teen years. (That could of been the reason why her sister liked it so much).
Her mother encouraged her to engage in politics and the actual functioning of the government. Her step father would not release her to be an embassy, like her mother had in Nechteran. However, he did begin to let her do minor functions for her. She sat in as the scribe for the Chamberlain and Master of the Coin's councils. The Master of Ways took her on his yearly trip to inspect The Human Kingdom's Roads and Canals. Anything she could do, she did. (Including The Master of Shadows taking her along, against the Kings direct wishes.)
In issues of the Colors of the Court (See Blues and Yellows of The Colors & The Greens of The Colors), she was staunchly a Green. When she created her own Princess Order, she populated it with Greens. That determined it's name, the Order of the Green Rose, to counter her sister's Yellow Roses. In addition to being her protectors, advisors, and companions, they helped promote the green cause.
Of course, many a foreign prince and duke came to The Court to woo her. Unlike in Nechteran, Mathius the Great King, refused to use her as a political pawn so he allowed her to choose who she would wed. None met her fancy, though she did spend many days with each learning about their country.
She came to love her Step Father. She respected him and admired him as a ruler. Then, he did the unthinkable. He died.
Soon after The First Rose War began, her sister and her mother fled the Castle for their reasons. There was no one running the country.
Princess Reisha stepped up.
Legally, she had no right to rule. However, the Viceroy was tied up with military matters and not in the castle. She sent him a letter outlining her plan. Princess Reisha formed an "administration council", to run the country's structure while the Nobles fought about who would rule. Now the Council (which included a few Blues and Yellows that were not fighting) would maintain the status quo - leaving the laws as they were - until the succession could be determined.
Since nobles were occupied, she create the position of Magistrate. This took people of nobility, but of no title and minimal lands, and gave them the position of administering Crown Projects such as the roads, canals, mills, etc. Eventually, they took over the stewardship of lands that had lost their noble lord (as only the crown can acknowledge succession). They acted as judges, holding court for all matters civil while their lords were absent. They also kept track of Kingdom records for their assignments. The Lead Magistrate for each of the regions (Dukedoms) of Humana were added to the administrative council. For the two years of the first Rose War, the system worked well.
She utilized her own Order of the Green Rose as "neutral troops" to protect the Castle, the Rose, and the Magistrates, from either side.
Upon the Viceroy's victory, she handed over her new government to him. While he was a bit agast at the powers she had given these Magistrates, he did approve of the general concept. She became his Master of Magistrates and sat on his Privy Council. (This was the only progressive idea the Viceroy ever had, keeping the magistrates and allowing a WOMAN! on the Privy council.) Upon his sickness, she began to ramp up the Magistrates again.
When Old Lord Renly was killed and the Thorne Rebellion (eventually called the Second Rose War) began, she once again took over the reigns of government. While some said she had a hand in the Duke's escape, she always maintained a neutral stance - balancing between the Blues and the Yellows.
Upon the Duke's victory at High Garden, she turned the Seal of State over to him and returned to her position as Mistress of the Magistrates. She helped the Duke, "innovate" the country, but held him back against anything too radical. The two were all but married for twenty one of the twenty two years of his reign. She bore two sons for him, though his son from his first wife (lost in the first Rose War) succeeded him on the throne. She advised his son Avids for the first two years of his reign before being lost at Galparth Pass during a freak winter storm on her way to see her mother. There is a stella there built by the monks of the Galparth Monastery to mark her passing.
Her work at maintaining The Kingdom Humana is legendary. She formed the foundation of the Senate and Magistratery (the civil service) of what will be the Modern Humana. There are statues of her (and her step father) all over Humana, and still she is loved as The Mother of her Country.
A magic quill that never smudges or runs out of ink.
A knife in either an arm or leg sheath, as appropriate. She has the skills to use it as well.
The Order of the Green Rose: This is the Princesses private court guards. They held a pivotal role in maintaining the Human Kingdom over the Rose Wars.
Princess eDonistadled aka Doni which initially was an ally and a blessing, until she became "political" and caused all sort of problems in the two years before the theft of the Magenta Rose.
Things need to be done and she is the woman to make sure they happen.
An extremely practical and political woman. She takes no offense and ignores other slights just to get the job done. She tries to give no offense, but if she does, she will explain why in the next breath.
Hold your head up high, unkink your neck. Her motions are graceful and slow... think a ballet dancer.
Take a deep breath before each statement.
Every society has their stories of mythic heroes. King Arthur. Hercules. The Monkey King.
Sometimes villians also get in on the mythic status action: Professor Moriarty. Sauron. Jack the Ripper.
In the end, every game world needs a fine assortment of larger than life people, if only just the stories of their exploits.
So this month's quest is Mythic/Historical NPCs.
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cheka, could you have waited until a) I finished the submission and b) released it before voting on it.
Also something happened and it is not showing up in the quest.
Really enjoyed this. I just finished The Teaching Company's history of the Tudors series and feel this piece could have been inserted into it. Great background for political intrigue. In the vein of Henry the VIII or Oliver Cromwell as a political figure who become much more. In this case, apparently the "mother of the country". Definitely want to read more from this history. Thanks!
Follow all the linked words (the bold ones) and all the magenta rose free text. If memory serves there are fourteen entries in this series.
I read this sub w/o reading any of the other ones in the set and it's still comprehensible to me. At this pt, I would say this is a solid sub that serves its purpose of describing a legendary personage well. However, I will vote upon revisit after reading the other subs.
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Great background character. I'm not convinced that storm was natural :P
Solid idea, I like the politics and the role playing notes
This and the entire Magenta Rose saga makes for a great political situation 'in play' for players to be caught in.
I love princess submissions.