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[NA-PC] House Ravnore | Imperial Vampire Coven, Heavy/Mature RP

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Do you know what's great? This guild is great. Being with HR has been the best choice I made with my RP career. Especially after dealing with a passive aggressive and manipulative guild leader in the past. These guys welcomed me in and changed my perspective on the community when I was ready to give it up for good. Here is to another year of fun!
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Since this got bumped off the most recent page:

Recruitment Status: OPEN

House Ravnore is once again open for recruitment!

While we value all of our members and applicants, for the month of March we have elected for a targeted recruitment of human and Order vampire characters.

This means we are only accepting applications from Imperial, Breton, Nord, and Redguard characters for the month of March. The only way other races (except for Argonians and Khajiit, which we are always closed to as mains) may apply is if they are Order vampires.

If you have a different race you'd like to apply on, fear not! We'll be open for all races again come April. Til then, you are welcome to roll up a human character (or Order vamp) and give us a try!

House Ravnore offers an immersive and incredibly active environment. We have been running an epic-scale plot for the past month, which will resolve within the next few days. With that in mind, we are seeking characters for a few specific roles:

-{ Suitors | Rumors have abounded in both the Order underworld and Imperial political sphere that there are two young and unwed Ravnores of marriageable age. This is a perfect opportunity for noblemen to seek out the house in an effort to marry into the family for a political alliance.

-{ House Staff | Virtually all roles needed/accepted! Staff get to be involved in a little of everything and are always vitally important to day to day house RP. Staff applies to blood servants (mortals who offer vampires their blood) as well as more mundane cooks, handmaidens, attendants, business employees, etc.

-{ Scholars | Since House Ravnore is first and foremost a mage house, we always have ample opportunities for scholarly/mage RP--either as an apprentice seeking instruction in a specific art or an established mage in your own right.

-{ Imperial Order Vampires | The Order is a shadow cabal, the most secretive order on the face of Tamriel. From the shadows this civilized vampire coven seeks to rule all of Cyrodiil. There are opportunities for diplomacy, manipulation, and deception within the Imperial community within this role.

-{ Spies & Meretrix | The house always has need of spies, those brave souls who would venture forth into the community and return to the house with whispers. We always have room for normal spies as well as meretrix, valued high-class courtesans not above using their bodies to manipulate.

-{ Vampiric Knights & Mortal Soldiers | The house is in need of honorable vampires and mortals alike who would lend their swords to the house's aid, both in common defense against outside threats and in more trusted roles enforcing the laws of the house among its tenants.




Recent Events

A few hours after noon on the 4th day of Sun's Dawn, the caravan arrived at Skingrad and immediately set up camp well outside the city limits. A group from the house traveled to the city that night to secure some much-needed provisions and see if any information could be gathered about House Nelius or the black riders that had plagued their journey thus far.

What should have been a routine shopping trip instead revealed a city living in terror. Most citizens either avoided the members of the house entirely or responded to their inquiries with open hostility, as if they were unwilling to deal with outsiders at all. One of the stranger occurrences was a bartender threatening to attack Lucianus over seemingly nothing, only to go mad, start screaming nonsense, and open his own jugular with a broken bottle, as if some outside force was addling his mind.

Meanwhile, in the marketplace, the group of shoppers which included Lady Olyviana abruptly became aware of four cloaked presences, thanks to Malfyrvis sensing the magic used to hide them. The cloaked figures began closing in, and Lady Olyviana and her entourage were rapidly escorted from the market, with Llivinysa and Anastasia suffering minor wounds in the process. Enwal was also injured by one of the cloaked figures, which revealed itself to be one of the riders, on his way from the city.

A third group had investigated the city's temple and it was here that the night rapidly turned disastrous. While Eisheth and Ceyanna were questioning a few priestesses, one of the skull-masked knights casually entered the temple. Introducing himself as Ortius Gariel, an Order vampire in service to Lord Virius, he first attempted to sway Eisheth to join forces with House Nelius before her refusal and Limenia's subsequent aggressive approach escalated the situation to combat.

Eisheth was mortally wounded in the ensuing battle, barely escaping with her life, as was Ceyanna; Kifah and Limenia also took generous wounds. Two more knights arrived to aid Ortius, and while one was defeated by Kifah and the praetorian Lucian returned with, the third managed to escape once it was plain his companions were done for.

Lelith arrived in time to critically wound Ortius, rendering him unconscious. As the house took him prisoner and retreated with their wounded, Lelith delivered the killing blow to the second knight, decreeing one prisoner was plenty.

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Late the previous day, a thrall messenger from House Nelius arrived to inform the house Virius had proposed a prisoner exchange; Ortius for Marcellus. Gideon agreed to the exchange, but pushed the Inquisitors to hurry and torture what information could be gained from Ortius. As the Medicus was in the process of deboning his hands, Ortius committed suicide by bloodpurge salts.

Gideon worked through the night to animate a corpse that had been dressed in Ortius' armor, even binding the departed vampire's soul to the husk. Thus the exchange went off without suspicion, with one of the female knights coming to claim Ortius in exchange for a beaten Marcellus bound in silver. Most disturbingly, despite the frigidly cold air, a warm rain fell which smelled strongly of salt water. Overhead red stars blazed in the shape of an anchor, stars which should not have existed, and a strange hum seemed to emit from them.

Many felt the stars were a bad omen and the house hurried back to the camp with the dazed and wounded Marcellus in tow. There was a great deal of debating about if his chains should be removed before his behavior grew increasingly erratic and abruptly he began to transform into his wereboar form against his own will. What was worse is that the transformation didn't stop there; instead of being a normal werebeast, his bristles fell to the ground and his flesh began to rapidly grow and then overgrow into repulsive pustules until the easygoing gamekeeper had been rendered a mindless behemoth. Even as he rampaged around the camp, smashing anything within reach, he was conscious enough to beg for death. Horrifically, he periodically absorbed the house's soldiers into his flesh, resulting in five normal soldiers and two night lords lost to the creature that had been Marcellus.

Ultimately, the house was able to kill Marcellus--but just as they were recovering, mentally and physically, the creature began to heal and then got up again. It was at this point Malfyrvis realized the only sure victory was through banishment rather than death, and the mages of the house worked in unison to banish the awful monstrosity to Oblivion. Few in the house were left unscathed from the night's horror, either physically or mentally.

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In the early hours of nightfall, when the sky above the Ravnore camp bore a deep, sapphire hue and twinkling stars join the fray came the gathering of forces. All of the souls in service to the banner made their descent upon a brazier that appeared sometime in the afternoon where a temporary firepit once stood. The warm glow of flame invited those with heavy hearts to honour Marcellus Arius who held status among the house as gamekeeper, advisor, mentor, and friend to many around him.

During the rite personal possessions of Marcellus joined the tokens of affection and handwritten messages biding the man farewell one last time. While some had nothing to offer to the collection for various reasons, others did. Limenia, in particular, placed a small boar hastily carved from bone in with her letter.

The rite transpired with a dense, sombre feeling oozing through the crowd gathered. Some whispered among themselves, others sobbed with a loose leash on their emotions. In the end, a sword lingered in the brazier, plunged into the pile of fragrant ashes that the scent of lavender and sandalwood still cling to long after the last ember dies.

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The day after the house settled the camp outside the walls of the Nelius keep, a trio of riders rode out to meet them. The central figure was the altmer Priestess Duinnhwen and she was flanked by two of the skull-masked knights, one male and one female.

Gaius, Morriel, and Lucian approached the three renvoys, at which point the priestess began explaining the situation within the keep. She pleaded with the invading army that there were many innocents within who had no hope of escape, but Gaius simply informed her that any who were still in the city come daybreak would be considered enemies.

Unsatisfied with the way the conversation was going, the female rider, an Order vampire by the name of Ventia Liorentia, interjected herself and expressed that she agreed Virius had acted with dishonor. Ventia's statement coupled with the removal of her mask caused the second rider to abruptly grow enraged and attack her, calling her a traitor and landing a vicious strike across her arm before fleeing back to the keep.

After that, Ventia surrendered to the Ravnore forces and allowed herself to be escorted into the camp without protest. She was bound in silver and placed in a cage within the camp walls. The Praetor questioned her for a long while and departed seeming satisfied she was telling the truth about the fact not all of Virius' forces were loyal to him and his people were essentially slaves living in terror.

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Gideon agreed to meet with the general of Nelius' army, Una Umbranox. The Colovian woman approached the Ravnore camp with an armed escort and elaborated upon the plight of her people. Speaking in vague coded words so as not to speak of open treason, she explained she had been loyal to Gideon's sire, Secundia Marcellina, until her men were forcibly conscripted by Virius Nelius. She stated she wanted to know what kind of man Gideon was, since Virius' victory was dependent upon her army's contribution. She went on to claim the whole of her army was outside the Nelius keep's walls and could be persuaded to pledge themselves to Gideon's cause rather than aid the madman Virius.

Ignoring the diplomatic and strategic counsel of Olyviana and Malfyrvis, Gideon refused, offering the enemy army only the chance to flee into the night, with the only other alternative being death. General Umbranox left and the house returned to the camp, save for Olyviana, who demanded she not be followed as she rode into the night. The Praetorian Lucian tried to follow her for a time but eventually lost her in the endlessly winding trees and snow.

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The house noticed a plume of smoke rising from the western supply camp set up outside the walls of the Nelius keep. Responding with due haste, they arrived quickly to find a few dead and many more injured soldiers who had been posted in the supply camp. Long lines of scorched earth lined either side of the camp despite the ever-present snow, and the air was incredibly thick with smoke.

The smoke proved to be a strategic shield for the hail of arrows which rained down upon the house. What was worse, five of the skull-masked knights emerged from the haze and began slaughtering the soldiers stationed around the camp and attacking the members of the house who came to defend.

In the end, one of the knights was killed, speared off his horse by the Imperial knight Oberon and swiftly dispatched. Another was bitten off his horse by Haave and taken prisoner, only to be crucified before the camp and executed by the rising sun at the next day's dawning. The house successfully retrieved their camp, but had sustained many losses in soldiers and grievous injuries to important house members.

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Unable to tolerate the slaughter of innocent Imperial civilians and swayed by the Stendarr priestess Duinnhwen, Gaius put together a team to infiltrate the Nelius compound through the hidden door Limenia had discovered. The city was strangely deserted and while there were a number of buildings in the village, they all showed the result of months of disrepair and there were no villagers in sight.

The stealth group continued to the larger building that was obviously a temple. Within, they discovered the priestess, Duinnhwen, along with ten villagers; 6 women, 2 elderly men, and 2 children. After speaking to them briefly, Gaius and his team prepared to extract them, only to find the utter silence as they snuck through the city had evidently been a ruse and they were found out.

A brief but chaotic battle ensued, but it was rapidly apparent there were far, far too many to fight as literally hundreds began to swarm the temple. Malfyrvis was successful in opening a portal to evacuate the villagers and the rest of the team, but six of the villagers and Lucian never emerged on the other side of the portal, intercepted by the strange miasma of unnatural power which pervaded the keep.

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The quiet of the camp was disturbed by two bedraggled-looking mortals dressed like the villagers the House had rescued several days prior. Not recognizing them as being among those who had vanished into the portal to an unknown destination, the House was already wary, but grew even moreso when Malfyrvis' observational skills revealed something amiss. The Imperial knight, Oberon, offered the villagers a coinpurse in an attempt to convince them to leave peacefully, at which point the two launched their attack.

The two villagers revealed themselves to be assassins, and used illusion magic to stealth themselves and snuck within the camp. They targeted Malfyrvis first, stabbing him in the eyes with needles treated with purgeblood salts. The attack may have been successful but the assassins erred in their technique and were quickly dispatched by the house, leaving them on even higher alert.

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With the secret tunnel underneath the main gate of House Nelius' keep ready, a small party of soldiers and retainers met an alchemist in employ of the House and made their way to where the tunnels had been dug. Navigating the poorly lit tunnels, the group was introduced to the final solution the officers of the military had come up with to destroy Nelius' walls, a massive explosion fueled by fire salt and other alchemical reagents.

Working together in dangerous conditions to stack the barrels properly, the small party of House members were able to prepare the makeshift bombs for the final operation.

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It had been a week since Lucian had disappeared into the portal. Early in the day a wooden cross had ominously been displayed on top of the wall, almost as a taunt. In the early evening, when the trebuchets momentarily paused their bombardment to be reloaded and prepared, the gates of the Nelius keep opened and two crosses were dragged out. One bore a woman from the village, and one bore the bloody and barely conscious body of Lucian.

The house knew it must be a trap, but their hand was forced. After launching a volley of flame within the keep's walls, with the aid of the house's mage and kindlepitch tossed by the trebuchets, the house advanced--only to find their way barred by the horned knight that had hindered their progress so many times before. The knight, Kaeso, used his illusions to split multiple projections of himself, sowing confusion among the house forces.

While the rest of the house was battling the soldiers on the ground and doing their best to defend against the silver arrows raining from on high, Oberon sprinted into the fray and cut Lucian down. Though he took a few blows for his efforts, he was able to spirit Lucian away to safety with many of the house lending cover as the knight made his escape back to the Ravnore camp.

In the meantime, the rest of the house was successful in mowing down the remaining forces. Kaeso, critically wounded, proved he had a final trick up his sleeve. He detonated himself, killing himself and depriving his enemies of the pleasure--but the explosion also cast a whirlwind of fire laced with silver shards which dealt critical wounds to much of the group, most notably to Kresia, who tragically lost her leg in the explosion.

The house had emerged victorious but retreated to the camp to lick their wounds and prepare for the final assault on their enemy's keep.

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Hey there folks,

Just bumping this. We will remain open for recruitment through the weekend and then end up closing to get our new members settled for the rest of the month. The guild just wrapped up a plot thats been in the works for 6 months or so and returned to our Keep. Its a good time to join as the House lost many men and resources fighting the war we eventually won.

Please keep in mind we are doing targeted recruitment this month so please see the above post for information on the type of player we are recruiting for this month.

Here are some screen caps from our last two events!

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The guild is as active as ever, with nightly rp and durring the plot we averaged probably 20+ people at our major events.
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Recruitment Status: OPEN

House Ravnore is once again open for recruitment for the month of April! We will be staying open until midnight on April 8th.

House Ravnore offers an immersive and incredibly active environment, with daily RP and ample opportunities for virtually any character type to join and excel. While we put the gretest emphasis on freeform RP, we also have a robust character sheet system which has won over even those who normally hate dice systems, which is used for combat events and apprentice RP. We host regular events, from coven meetings open only to vampires, to lighthearted social gatherings, to arena nights.

While we value all of our members and applicants, for the month of April we have elected for another round of targeted recruitment. While last month we were only accepting Imperials and Order vampires, this time we are recruiting all species (except Khajiit and Argonians!) and have a few specific roles that need filling.

-{ House Staff | Virtually all roles needed/accepted! Staff get to be involved in a little of everything and are always vitally important to day to day house RP. Staff applies to blood servants (mortals who offer vampires their blood) as well as more mundane cooks, handmaidens, attendants, business employees, etc.

-{ Scholars & Mages | Since House Ravnore is first and foremost a mage house, we always have ample opportunities for scholarly/mage RP--either as an apprentice seeking instruction in a specific art or an established mage in your own right.

-{ Spies & Meretrix | The house always has need of spies, those brave souls who would venture forth into the community and return to the house with whispers. We always have room for normal spies as well as meretrix, valued high-class courtesans not above using their bodies to manipulate.

-{ Praetorian Guard| The only military division accepting applicants this month are the Praetorian. The Praetorian are the most loyal of all Ravnore soldiers, tasked with guarding the Ravnore family and ensuring their safety at all costs. Both mortals and vampires may fit well in this role.

-{ Suitors | Rumors have abounded in both the Order underworld and Imperial political sphere that there are two young and unwed Ravnores of marriageable age. This is a perfect opportunity for noblemen to seek out the house in an effort to marry into the family for a political alliance.

If you're interested in any of these roles, please visit our guild site and fill out an application!

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There are three days left to apply! Recruitment will close for April on Monday at 11:59 EST!


Recruitment Status: OPEN

House Ravnore is once again open for recruitment for the month of April! We will be staying open until midnight on April 8th.

House Ravnore offers an immersive and incredibly active environment, with daily RP and ample opportunities for virtually any character type to join and excel. While we put the gretest emphasis on freeform RP, we also have a robust character sheet system which has won over even those who normally hate dice systems, which is used for combat events and apprentice RP. We host regular events, from coven meetings open only to vampires, to lighthearted social gatherings, to arena nights.

While we value all of our members and applicants, for the month of April we have elected for another round of targeted recruitment. While last month we were only accepting Imperials and Order vampires, this time we are recruiting all species (except Khajiit and Argonians!) and have a few specific roles that need filling.

-{ House Staff | Virtually all roles needed/accepted! Staff get to be involved in a little of everything and are always vitally important to day to day house RP. Staff applies to blood servants (mortals who offer vampires their blood) as well as more mundane cooks, handmaidens, attendants, business employees, etc.

-{ Scholars & Mages | Since House Ravnore is first and foremost a mage house, we always have ample opportunities for scholarly/mage RP--either as an apprentice seeking instruction in a specific art or an established mage in your own right.

-{ Spies & Meretrix | The house always has need of spies, those brave souls who would venture forth into the community and return to the house with whispers. We always have room for normal spies as well as meretrix, valued high-class courtesans not above using their bodies to manipulate.

-{ Praetorian Guard| The only military division accepting applicants this month are the Praetorian. The Praetorian are the most loyal of all Ravnore soldiers, tasked with guarding the Ravnore family and ensuring their safety at all costs. Both mortals and vampires may fit well in this role.

-{ Suitors | Rumors have abounded in both the Order underworld and Imperial political sphere that there are two young and unwed Ravnores of marriageable age. This is a perfect opportunity for noblemen to seek out the house in an effort to marry into the family for a political alliance.

If you're interested in any of these roles, please visit our guild site and fill out an application!
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