Recruitment Status: OPEN
House Ravnore is once again open for recruitment of all character types--mortals and vampires alike. All races except for Khajiit and Argonians are accepted, though, as an Imperial house, we always have a preference towards Imperial characters.
We are open to a variety of roles as well--you can get some ideas here
. In particular, we are currently a bit light on spies, house staff, and soldiers, but any concept that fits in with our theme is welcome! We also have two brand new mini-divisions: The Cavalry (made up of mounted combatants) which is part of the larger military division, and the Collectors
(debt collectors involved in underhanded "acquisitions") which is part of the business division.
There's a lot going on in the guild right now, such as...
- server RP both in the open world and with the Embers of the Empire Alliance
- daily unscripted guild RP open to everyone
- regular guild events, some for the guild as a whole and some for our divisions
- monthly sparring tournament which awards upwards of 100k in real gold every month
- regular scholarly lectures
- a large sweeping guild plot currently IN MOTION!
- weekly raffles with real gold that gives away hundreds of thousands of real gold to our members every month
- a robust and freshly revamped character sheet system
- and much more!
Whether you're looking primarily for immersive Imperial RP, or a lore-friendly environment for your monster character to live behind the scenes, House Ravnore has something to offer.
We are going stronger than ever and since activity always picks up in the fall, and we are launching an immersive guild story arc, now is an awesome time to get involved!
If you're interested in applying, visit our guild site
and click the "Apply" button.
The following missive was delivered into Gideon's hand personally by an armed courier bearing the colors of Gideon's sire, Countess Secundia Marcellina. After ensuring the message reached its intended destination the courier requested lodgings until such time Gideon prepared a response to the apparently time-sensitive "request".
On the night the house received Secundia's cryptic letter, the coven held a gathering in the caves far beneath the keep. Gideon discussed a few matters of importance, most notably the fact their enemy who had caused so much chaos and damage to the house was to stay with them for a time and be granted sanctuary.
Afterwards, new initiations to the veil were conducted. The mage, Orthex Naventius, became the latest to learn of the house's secret. He swore a blood oath to not betray the house and a small vial of his blood was collected to ensure he could be tracked in the event he did break the veil.
The meeting was concluded with a touchy of grisly business, and a reminder of why upholding the veil takes precedence over all else. A member of the night staff attempted to betray the house's secret to a local temple, but was captured and brought back by the house forces before she could do damage. The inquisitors ordered her burned at the stake before the house as a reminder that no one was immune from justice.
As expected, Gideon's brother by blood, Lord Virius Nelius, arrived at Carcosa with a small escort of his own Praetorian guard, garbed in the colors of his house; black and silver.
In a brief meeting filled with wordplay and barely concealed hostility, the two Lords of the Cyrodiil Vampyrum Order verbally sparred for a time before Lord Ravnore informed Virius quarters had been prepared for him and he would be offered sanctuary, as their sire had demanded.
Lord Ravnore left shortly afterwards, leaving Virius to speak to Lelith Ravnore, whose lover had been killed by Virius during his bid for power the year before. To say the conversation was strained is an understatement, but Virius maintained an air of brazen confidence before excusing himself to his new quarters.
The monthly arena night was unusually chaotic. The night began as normal, with multiple brackets competing in order to determine the winner of that month's event and who would be eligible to challenge the current champion of the arena, Morriel. In the first round, the Night Lord Marcus Haze defeated his commander, Haelolin; the praetorian Atrius Maxenix defeated the Dark Templar, Tellindil; and Gideon's eldest childe, Amalthea Ravnore, defeated the praetorian Lucian Varro.
Round two got off to an interesting start when Atrius was pitted against a monster in the form of a massive dwemer construct. The praetorian emerged victorious, before Amalthea and Marcus began their duel. Unfortunately, Amalthea's chosen method of combat is heavily reliand upon flame, and Marcus' strain of vampirism proved highly flammable, causing what started as little more than a competitive duel to turn into a struggle for Marcus' life. Mortally wounded, Marcus was taken from the ring and to a blood fountain where the house desperately worked to stabilize him. They finally succeeded, but Marcus lingered near death for many days after, with his lover, Haelolin, ever by his side and inconsolable.
The rest of the planned fights were called, since it seemed inappropriate to continue the tournament given the dire circumstances.
In the chaos, nobody noticed that Olyviana and Lelith, who had been seen having a verbal confrontation ladened with harsh words, had left to speak in private only to never return.
Throughout all of the night, ever since Olyviana left with Lelith, Gideon was aware of a niggling in the back of his mind, as if something wasn't quite right. He eventually came to place the source as his bond with Olyviana. There was no real cause for alarm. There was no dramatic moment when she felt afraid, or in pain, or in danger. Instead, she 'felt' the same to him, but gradually seemed to be getting further and further away from him.
This may have been cause for considerable alarm, except that as soon as Gideon returned to the keep from the arena, one of the night staff was waiting with a letter for him. It was from Olyviana, penned in her distinctive ornate handwriting and read as thus:
Lelith and I have such extensive issues that I believe it will take quite some time for us to sort through them. We've returned to Carcosa and gone for a walk along the beach. I am sorry to abandon you, but you know I would never do such a thing on purpose. As you well know, all things happen for a reason. Remember that I love you.
The letter was faintly scented with Olyviana's favored perfume, and the ink looked fresh, as if it had just been written.
But the hour grew later and later without either Ravnore returning... not even when the sun rose and beyond. And that little niggling of unease in Gideon's mind had by mid-morning of the day after the arena blossomed into feeling as if his blood bond with Olyviana was weaker than it had been since its inception, as if she were very, very far away.
The day following Lelith and Olyviana's disappearance from the arena, Gideon had the house astronomer, Haave, scry using the letter supposedly written by Olyviana. Through her scrying she discovered the letter was the "key" since it had a strange enchantment of some sort upon it. Using the letter, Gideon was able to scry to find the location from which it had originated, and so portaled a group of combatants from the house there to hopefully retrieve the two Ravnore ladies.
The group emerged in an extremely eerie cave filled with brine water and reeking of unimaginable horrors. The air was hot and nauseating to breathe, and there was a massively loud thumping noise which only grew louder as the team ventured inwards. They proceeded through twisting tunnels, lured onwards by the sound of a woman's voice that sounded eerily like Olyviana, singing one of the lady's favorite songs. The song drew the group further and further into the labyrinth of unease until they reached a center room filled with a strange honeycomb network of what appeared to be egg sacks.
In the center of the room was a masked woman garbed all in red. She studied the group for a time before simply disappearing, at which point a torrent of spider-like crustaceans, thousands upon thousands, far too many to fight, began to swarm the members of the house. At the same time a rush of acid flooded into the chamber, prompting the group to flee, only to find themselves at a dead end. Once they were cornered, the group witnessed a horrifying sight; dozens of massively tall, humanoid, shambling creatures with distorted bodies and tentacles dangling from one arm approaching from the distance. Gideon was forced to conjure another portal using his enchanted ring, safely transporting the group to the forest just outside Carcosa's walls.
The group returned home mostly unscathed, yet having gained no ground as to the two missing Ravnores. In addition to this, a large amount of acid had followed them through the portal, which over the next few days began to leech into the ground and eat away at the surrounding vegetation. In its wake a honeycomb-like structure of tiny egg sacks started to grow. The corruption was burned away by flame, but proved extremely resistant and would gradually start regrowing again over time.
However, the sight of the horrible creatures right before they escaped reminded Amalthea of Lelith's investigations into similar creatures in Kvatch over the summer, so she suggested the others present began looking into Kvatch and Anvil for potential clues.
Lelith and Olyviana had been missing for five days. They were isolated in a nameless desert, far north from the Gold Coast, imprisoned in a cell within a mine. They had been trapped in a mutual dreamscape, forced to relive their own worst memories with the other spectating. Each time the dream was disrupted by the spectating party, the dreamer would gain a moment of lucidity before being sucked into the other's dream, where they would have to force each other to realize their visions had already happened.
The cycle was finally disrupted during a dream from Lelith's childhood where she fell off the side of a boat and sank into the sea. Lelith and Olyviana were both greeted by the sight of one of the tentacled abominations swimming towards them with startling speed. Olyviana attempted to attack it with her ice magic, but her spell missed entirely, and then the thing was on them like minutes. Rather than the horror they had expected, though, they simply woke up in a cell void of all light.
They quickly realized they weren't alone, though. The creature from the nightmare was in the cell with them, but rather than attack them, it simply broke through the cell and began to utterly massacre the guards stationed outside--who were a mix of mortal and vampiric. Lelith and Olyviana were forced to follow in its wake if they hoped to escape, so fter scrounging what meager gear they could from the shredded corpses they made their way to the mine's exit.
They encountered little trouble in the way--a few surviving guards that were dispatched easily enough, but they soon discovered the exit was blocked by the massive abomination. Worse yet, the view revealed the sun was out, which meant Olyviana would start burning the moment she was exposed to it. Lelith attempted to give Olyviana a means to escape by distracting the creature--only to find it would not attack her. Olyviana attempted to pass it just as Lelith had, but it struck out with violence, wounding Olyviana and flinging her into the rays of sunshine as the cavern behind them started to burn from the wanton destruction.
Olyviana knew her time was exceedingly short and tried to hurry Lelith along, but she was nearly hypnotized by the beast--which in the light appeared to have strangely canine features. It whimpered at Lelith and all at once she recognized it as Talsgar, her werewolf lover; hideously mutilated and distorted into a monster. She begged their unlikely savior to come with him but Talsgar simply herded Lelith toawrds the exit before turning to return to the flaming mine, sacrificing themselves so the two vampires could escape.
Despite Lelith's precautions in wrapping every inch of Olyviana's skin with the tatters of her dress, Olyviana started to burn quickly. The pair were unable to get far before Lelith realized drastic action had to be taken. She dug a hole in the desert and bid Olyviana to get in. Even slowly burning to death, knowing Lelith's horrifying suggestion was the only way she could survive, Olyviana refused from sheet terror. Lelith had little choice but to force her into the pit, before she buried her alive and sat guard over her throughout the day and into the next life. During the long wait she sang to Olyviana to try to keep her calm, but that did little to silence the muffled screams that periodically emitted from underground.
From the moment Lelith and Olyviana emerged from the cavern they had been held prisoner in, Gideon had sensed them through his blood bond to them both. He rapidly begun preparations, but he knew he couldn't fully act until the sun had set or else he would burn just as his wife had. The moment the sun set, however, Gideon responded with excessive force, sending nearly all the house's combatants through a portal to the desert. He hadn't been able to pinpoint their exact location due to how weak Olyviana's life force was, but they emerged in the general vicinity and began tracking where the two ladies had been held.
Along the way they found a few hideously mangled corpses with body parts torn asunder and eventually located a lesser used path leading towards a collapsed mine, the remnants of which had burned horribly. A small patrol of two kindred overseers and ten mortals was scouting out the disaster and attempting to dig through the rubble, when the house forces set upon them with a vengeance. A quick but violent battle ensued with the house emerging victorious.
At this close range to the mine and Lelith's chosen hiding place, Gideon was able to more accurately pinpoint them and lead the house forces there. Lelith was discovered hiding at the base of the tree, masked from view by dense foliage which she had also covered the mount of dirt masking Olyviana with. She hadn't been able to unearth the traumatized woman for fear of being discovered by the patrol in their weakened state, and so Gideon unearthed his comatose wife with his own hands. Before opening the portal that would take them all back to Carcosa, Gideon--at Eisheth's suggestion--announced that none were to speak of what had transpired here. Lelith and Olyviana were to be secreted away, while the house was to act as if they had died in truth--in order to hopefully manipulate their enemy, Virius Nelius, into revealing he had played a part in their disappearance.
And thus a period of mourning began for the house. Fake bodies were even interred in Carcosa's chapel for mourners to gather and leave tokens and blessings, and Gideon secluded himself from the daily activities of the house to play the part of grieving husband.