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There is no empire without valor, there is no authority without force. If Colovia is her sword, if her soldiers are her bulwark, then House Varro is her spearpoint. Through austerity they are raised, severe in their conviction, undying in their love for home and family, for law and duty. In the ancient highlands they were molded, where the way of the horse and the sword and the lance fused their very being. They are the watchmen on the hill, the saviors everlooming; to their allies, the thunderdrum of victory; to their enemies, the heavy toll of death.

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Heartlands

The Varro River crosses the Colovian Highlands’ southern reaches where hills of dark blond wheat stretch from horizon to horizon; and it was at a narrow ford, where the white foam rippled over pebbled shallows, that House Varro was founded. Yet in ancient days they came from lands further north, in the snow-shrouded reaches of the Highlands, where the descendants of Nedic tribes carved out a primordial existence in their nomads’ villages, raiding farmsteads of the warmer south on their swift and hardy mountain horses.

During the War of Righteousness, one chieftain among these wild men swore his allegiance to the Cyro-Nords against the Alessian Empire, leading a mistrusted auxiliary of horsemen in a decisive battle in the Colovians’ favour. Having turned the tide of battle against the Alessians, their leader, Bleda the Pagan, was granted land and took the name of the river his riders had forded as they made their way to this promised estate: Varro

Centuries on, Bleda is reduced to a mythologized figure, a terror invoked in menace against unruly children.’Bleda’s horsemen roam the hills at night, boy.’ ‘The black riders will take you for their pyres.’ ‘Bleda the Pagan nails wicked boys to his cross.’ The River Varro dwindled in size as it was dammed for farmlands to the west, and the passing years saw it stripped of its name, and now it is but a rocky stream that courses between the hillocks near the Varro Estate – dwindled much like the fortunes of its namesake house that took shelter on its banks.


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Scourge

It is true that the Varros have played the part of worshipping the Divines in the recent past, but no longer. Under Belisarius, they have returned to their barbaric roots and turned their backs on the traditional patronage of the monastic orders and abbeys; no longer do their riders offer protection to those pretending at piety. The hospitals that Belisarius had constructed with the commerce he gained through trade with the Noble Concourse have been transformed into outposts and forts of war; the displaced masses who dwindled his resources and supplies have been turned away if they could not claim Colovian heritage, and all manner of charity, be it gold or grain, has faded away. Now, his riders patrol their land with a ruthless territorialism. No quarter is given. It is said that a travelling priest of Arkay was caught seeking tithes on Varro’s land. The following day his body was found crucified upside down with the words “SCOURGE OF THE GODS” carved into his leaking chest.


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Commerce

It was the horse that was Bleda’s sole legacy from his highland existence – the stocky, barrel-chested warbeast whose dark mane lay tangled against his thick neck. As the current lineage of the Varro family descends from one man, their prized livestock, it was said, also descended from this one stallion; a great black beast with a white blaze on his brow, that served his master until his death in battle, having sired a legacy of foals that laid the foundation of their breeding stock.

Today, the destrier is the most prized commodity of the horse-lords, though their numbers were depleted as the estate suffered ruin at the hands of Lucius Proximus Varro, and new foals are highly prized. The breed’s compact but powerful physique is well-suited for carrying a heavily-armoured rider into battle, where stallions are favoured for their natural aggression. Commonly bred from foalhood as warhorses, they display a thick, arched neck, a broad and muscular chest and well-muscled hindquarters. Their coats tend towards dark, solid hues – most commonly black and bay, with the characteristic blaze of Bleda’s stallion remaining a common marking. Their medium stature makes them ideally suited to quickly and easily vaulting back onto the beast should the rider be dismounted in combat.


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Cum Rengaverit

The Varro are known to have retained barbaric customs into the present day, as ceremonial vestiges of their savage roots. Though centuries have stripped away their original significance, the traditions of animal sacrifice and pyre-burnings date to Bleda the Pagan’s time. As the recently ennobled house transitioned into the worship of the Divines, these practices were set aside as they put forth efforts to quell rumors of their impiety and dark rituals. In the following centuries, their support of the Knights of the Circle and the Order of Arkay allowed them to bolster their reputation as a legitimate and faithful Colovian house.

Yet the shadow of corruption and daedric ritual hangs over them in the deeds of Lucius Proximus Varro and his sons, and few living today know that Bleda and his horsemen worshipped the daedra as war-gods, and called them by names of their own making – Boethar, Dagon, Baal. And to these cruel and belligerent gods they made sacrifice of horse and man alike, and lashed the exsanguinated bodies of their human offerings to stakes, and left them to decay in the countryside.

Today, tales of this secrecy live on in a more benign form: of stories told to children around the bedfires of Cyrodiil and Colovia, meant to scare the little ones into doing their chores, lest Bleda the Pagan come with his wild band and take them away from family and home.

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Who we are:
We are an 18+ heavy roleplaying guild focused in Cyrodiil and the Gold Coast. While we do not actively recruit, we are very interested in meeting new characters who might fit our style of play. If you would like to explore the possibility of joining House Varro, we are happy to announce that applications are open. Please fill out the form on our site, here. If you have any questions, please contact Belisarius (@Belisarius.Varro).

What we look for:
Though we acknowledge that TES is a high fantasy setting, we like to keep to a certain atmosphere and tone in the guild that veers towards historical-realism, grittiness, and low-fantasy. While it is very much a matter of taste, your character must not break that level of immersion we're trying to create. For that reason, we focus on ensuring characters mesh well with our immersive environment. Should a character be initially declined, please do not be discouraged as we always make efforts on working with people truly interested in becoming part of our guild.

To join, submit an application here: www.housevarro.enjin.com


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IC:
The atmosphere in roleplay is important to us. We regularly engage in mature themes and motifs. Murder, brutality and ruthless practicality are par for the course for the greyness of morality we like to portray. Though we acknowledge that TES is a high fantasy setting, we like to keep to a certain atmosphere and tone in the guild that veers towards historical-realism, grittiness, and low-fantasy. As such, we prefer players of mages to adhere to the concept that acts of magic take a toll on their characters and may require several components to perform and even then it might do so with a high cost. In the case of mer, there have been a few here and there who adopt loyalty to Cyrodiil above their homelands to become part of the Varro banner. While we do not accept vampire characters into the guild, we are beginning to find a case-by-case basis towards werewolves.

Additionally, we are always happy to work with people that have an interest in joining the guild to create a character concept that would be a workable fit.

OOC:
Drama is not tolerated. Out-of-character manipulation, unkindness, and discontentment will be met with strict disapproval. If you are not having fun, we want to know why. We rely on communication, trust, and honesty. If you are unable to separate in-character actions from out-of-character relationships, we do not want you in the guild.

We expect your membership application to be submitted with the same time, care and thought put into it as we have put into this guild. And while we are all busy people, if you are not serious about developing a character and telling a story with us, you will be left behind. It is not the guild’s job to inform you of every little roleplay event that occurs; it is up to you to be a self-starter, to stay up-to-date with the forum and the messages-of-the-day, and to log in regularly to see what’s going on, and to get involved. If you fall inactive for a significant period of time, we can work with you, but we will not stop telling the story of our characters if you stop collaborating with us. This is a team of contributors. Everyone needs to give some time and effort to see it work properly. Alts are acceptable, but please make an effort to come to events and roleplay gatherings when you are able. Inactivity >30 days will result in removal from the guild.

Bluntly stated, you’ll get out of this what you put into it. The majority of upward mobility within the house is directly dependent on in-character events, but no matter how great your character is, if you fail to adhere to our OOC guidelines, you will not last long.

At the end of the day, we are here to write, tell stories, and have fun. If you keep these things paramount, we’ll get along just fine--and we’ll have a damn good time doing it.

Oh, we play the game a little too.




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We are looking to fill the following types of roles in House Varro. This list is not exhaustive, and should be used as a guideline to design your character concept. If you'd like to create your own concept, we're all ears.

Bucellarius - Household Military
• Conscript
• Bucellarii
• Optio
• Decurion
• First Decurion
• Strategos


Insidiatorii - Household Intelligence
• Informant
• Insidiatorii
• Field Operative
• Spymaster


Domestikos - Household Staff, Servants, & Artisans

• Apprentice
• Blacksmith
• Quartermaster
• Royal Armourer

• Historian
• Librarian
• Archivist
• Loremaster

• Servant
• Adviser
• Ambassador
• Seneschal

• Acolyte
• Battle Mage
• Battle Magus
• Battle Archon

Bannermen - Vassals and Mercenaries
• Vassal
• Privateers
• Sellwords






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In-Character Titles

Lord
Belisarius Varro

Lady
Tacita Varro

Bucellarius - Houseguard

Strategos
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Tribune
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Decurion
Solarion Vorondoran
Optio
Marcia Visellia
Varilian Varro
Tacita Varro

Bucellarii
Marcus Vitellius
Sevra Aelianus
Cyreas Vanrette
Constanzo Vendicci
Matthias Vulpin

Conscripts and Sellswords
Gallus Vendicci
Aeneas Varro
Flavia Aetia
Moira Leafcull

Domestikos- Household Staff

Magistrix
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Magus
Tiberius Aelianus

Seneschal
Kamaria Sabah

Ambassador
[open]



Domestikos
Illia Andronicus
Theodora Tevintus
Arwa al-Chorrol


Insidiatori- House Intelligence

Spymaster
[closed]

Insidiatori
[closed]

Field Operative
[open]

Agent
Cerise Kingsley
Jhared Daeleroth







OOC Ranks

GM
Belisarius Varro
Belisarius

Co-GM
[closed]

Senior Officers
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Officers
Tiberius Aelianus
QueenVulture
crybby
Gorthaur the Cruel

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V A R R O__H O LD I N G S__&__C A R T O G R A P H Y
XIn the beginning was the word – surely one of the most notoriously resonant place-names in the history of Tamriel. Even had its demesne never carried on beyond the Second Empire, the Varro name surely would have impressed itself upon the minds and memories of the Imperial peoples for what it meant to their ascension: conjuring up visions of gold and ruby and onyx, of wartime steel and profitable gold mines and thundering horses in the highlands. Of stately brocades and columns of alabaster marble as wide as the legs of giants. Of yawning halls that echoed into the ancient past. Of barbaric mosaics dimly glowing through halls cloudy with the scent of incense and pungent firewood.

Next, the site; and this too was supreme. Standing on the very threshold of Cyrodiil, Skyrim, and Hammerfell, occupying the northernmost tip of Colovia, atop a broad, triangular promontory, its south side protected by the rolling foothills of the Colovian highlands, and it’s north-east by that deep and barely navigable pass cut down long ago by the dried-up tributary, some ten miles long, known since remotest antiquity as the River Varro. It had been molded by nature into a magnificent passageway cut through ancient stone, creating above it an impregnable stronghold. This, the Varro Estate, needed only a single fortification on the southward side, which was always held in Colovian hands.

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The Varro River crosses the Colovian Highlands’ southern reaches where hills of darkblond wheat stretch from horizon to horizon; and it was at a narrow ford, where the white foam rippled over pebbled shallows, that House Varro was founded. Yet in ancient days they came from lands further north, in the snowshrouded reaches of the Highlands, where the descendants of Nedic tribes carved out a primordial existence in their nomads’ villages, raiding farmsteads of the warmer south on their swift and hardy mountain horses.

During the War of Righteousness, one chieftain among these wild men swore his allegiance to the Cyro-Nords against the Alessian Empire, leading a mistrusted auxiliary of horsemen in a decisive battle in the Colovians’ favour. Having turned the tide of battle against the Alessians, their leader, Bleda the Pagan, was granted land, and took the name of the river his riders had forded as they made their way to this promised estate: Varro

Centuries on, Bleda is reduced to a mythologized figure, a terror invoked in menace against unruly children.’Bleda’s horsemen roam the hills at night, boy.’ ‘The black riders will take you for their pyres.’ ‘Bleda the Pagan nails wicked boys to his cross.’ The River Varro dwindled in size as it was dammed for farmlands to the west, and the passing years saw it stripped of its name, and now it is but a rocky stream that courses between the hillocks near the Varro Estate – dwindled much like the fortunes of its namesake house that took shelter on its banks.


O O CXI N F O R M A T I O NX&XA C C E S S I B I L I T Y

House Varro employes multiple player houses spread across our roster to represent both the mansion as well as the entire demesne. Some may even be used for locations in nearby villages the banner has deep connective loyalties towards. As a result, we absolutely suggest installing the addon, Port to Friends, which allows you to travel to any of the houses employed with literally a press of the button no matter if it is or is not a player's primary residence.

@Belisarius.Varro - Primary Residence - Linchal Manor - Main Hall, Stables & Barracks
@Belisarius.Varro - Mournoth Keep - Library




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T H E__V A R R O__M A N O R
XAt the highest peak of the Varro property sits the walled-in manor and acres of grounds forming its bailey. There, along with the residence of the Varro who sits as Lord, one can find other points of interests including the barracks, training grounds and the stables. Fortified against the many threats that plague the Highlands - from beast to monster and the men in between - four towers overlook the surrounding woods and roads coming from nearby villages. Each tower is interconnected by the walls frequently patrolled by members of the Bucellarius and along the front fence are double rows of pikes used to display heads that once threatened the Lord Varro.

The gates to the interior demesne open at dawn to allow the flow of merchants, diplomats and patrons room to move throughout the day. Nearby villages and their population provide staff to the Varro mansion and its many facilities. At dusk, the gates close leaving those seeking entrance to give a strong reason as to why they would request such a late, often unexpected, audience in the Varro hall.
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The Stables

The Lord of Horses does not have such a name by having a horse or two strewn about his lands. The Varro have kept horses since as long as any can recall and the stables are home to their prized stock. Though the numbers have waned from decay over time, there is hope as foals are born each coming season.



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The Barracks

To the left interior of the bailey surrounding the mansion is the barracks set up to provide rest for those who provide sword and shield to House Varro. Not all who stay within these four walls are permanent fixtures. Often many of them have houses in the nearby villages with their families but it is true that it is a place to lay down for a rest, bloodied and bruised or not.



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The Medicinal Ward

Home to the healers who tend to those of broken bone, flesh and from time to time spirit. Presently this fixture to House Varro passes better days where it was once well stocked and maintained but as the banner grows its present tiny location begs for fresh air.


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XRising a total of two floors the manor spreads out in a traditional square shape with two separate wings and includes a subterraneous level carved into the natural stonework and caverns rumoured to exist. Beyond the heavy oak doors to the mansion itself, one enters the main hall where patrons of House Varro gather to share meals and conversation.

Around its interior are halls that lead to the kitchens through the eastern end and the west leads to the library. Ending the main chamber is the office of Lord Varro, where guests and patrons alike seek his time for business and matters of the House. The grand staircase leading to the second floor is in the east end to the main hall.

The second floor splits into the same pattern of direction-based sections: the northeastern wings that often overlooks the courtyard are filled with guestrooms and places for patrons to stay on the grounds. Each suite is simplistic but comes connected to private baths. Decurion often patrols the interior second floor as much as they would the walls, specifically the corridor leading to the northwestern corner that seats the Varro bedchambers.


Visit the main hall in the interior of Belisarius' primary residence!

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The Kitchens

Travel to the eastern end of the main hall and a short hall - the butler pantry - leads into the House Varro kitchens. Fully staffed the facility is capable of feeding all members of the banner three meals a day while providing fresh drinks and filling bites at request. A staff of ten maintain each station from the ovens to the sinks ensuring that there a smooth transition between meals in preparation and execution.



Housing Location TBA.


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The Library

West of the main hall is a long, winding corridor that takes one to the library. At all times, two decurions stand outside its door whether or not the Magistrix has taken to her desk inside. The library is the highest reaching chamber within the mansion as its vaulting ceilings reach up to the ends of the exterior mansion walls. On one side of the library, in-laid shelves host a plethora of books ranging from reference to fiction and the other end provides home to the scrolls and books important to the Varro cognomen explicitly such as financial records, birth records, death records and so on. The Magistrix maintains office hours within the library as well as takes mail there.



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The Catacombs

Along the winding halls that pass the library is a staircase descending the surface of House Varro. It is equally heavy guarded if not more as the catacombs beneath the mansion provide a home to the treasury, prison cells and other nooks best left out of wandering eyes. Beyond those obvious things includes the reliquary, a place intertwined to the nature of the library in a more iconographic manner as it boasts heirlooms, trophies and other curios meticulously organised are secured behind wrought iron gates emboldened by a very present and undiscernable magic. The reliquary is under the hand of the Magistrix and only certain patrons are ever permitted various access levels.



Housing Location TBA.

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What:

Wednesdays, bi-weekly, at 7:30 pm EST, the Varro Estate will be open to the public. Soldiers, diplomats, traders -- all are welcome to visit the House, and speak with the Lord, his officers, and the Varro houseguard. In a unique turn of events, it is said that Lord Varro has called for the Colovian Estates to form a confederation alliance, with hopes to create a united Imperial front to throw back foriegn aggression. The above draft was circlulated to potential Colovians, Nibenese, and Imperial sympathizers who might answer the call.

It reads:


ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION
The Colovian Confederacy

To all undersigned, we the people of the Colovian Estates hereby affix our names to these Articles of Confederation.

I. The Name of this Confederacy shall be The Colovian Confederacy.

II. Each Estate retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power and right which is not by this document expressly assigned to the Confederation remains with the Estates.

III. The Estates hereby enter into a firm league of friendship with each other, for their common defense, the security of their liberties, and their mutual and general welfare, binding themselves to assist each other, against all force offered to, or attacks made upon them, or any of them, on account of religion, sovereignty, trade, or any other pretense.

IV. To beter secure and perpetuate mutual friendship and intercourse among the people of the Colovian Estates, the free inhabitants of these Estates, paupers, vagabonds, and fugitives from justice excepted, shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of free citizens of the Estates.

V. For the most convenient management of the general interests of the Estates, delegates shall be annually appointed in such a manner to represent the Estates at the regular Moot.

VI. These Articles of this Confederation shall be inviolably observed by every Estate; nor shall any alteration at any time hereafter be made in any of them; unless such alteration be agreed to in a Moot of the Colovian Lords or appointed delegates, and be afterwards confirmed by majority vote.

Agreed to by the Estates this ____ of _____.


OOC:

RSVP only. Many have heard that Lord Varro has called for a moot among all Colovian lords or those sympathetic to the Imperial people and seeking neutral mutual alliance in this war. The Lord is also accepting many new swords into his service, while establishing military and trade alliances with others.

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