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Demitri Voltura


_N A M E
Demitri Alcide Voltura

_A G E
675

_G E N D E R
Male

_H E I G H T
6"2

_W E I G H T
176lbs

_E Y E C O L O R
Light-Brown

_H A I R C O L O R
Dark-brown(Almost Black)

_R A C E
Human(Ritual Vampire)

_H O M E L A N D
Volkarna

_O C C U P A T I O N
Lord-Ruler of Volkarna



B I O G R A P H Y

Demitri was born centuries ago, into a noble family in the capital city of Helvard in Volkarna. His father served House Von Volkarna on the Council for many years, albeit somewhat begrudgingly. In the privacy of their own home, Rexus Voltura ranted about the way the ruling House ruled the Province. He secretly saw them as weak....that Volkarna could be a force to be reckoned with. But Rexus served, nonetheless.

He was about 5 years old when his father went through the Vampiris Ritual. His mother, Clodia, waited a few years for her son to be a bit older, before she, too, went through the ritual. As a noble, Demitri received ample martial training as well as good schooling. He also showed promise as a magi, as he inherited both his father's illusion magic and his mother's elemental magic. He received training, along with some of the other noble children that had magical gifts, from the court mage. He realized fairly quickly that he could manipulate the weather to an extent.

As he grew older, he showed a natural talent to wield a weapon - especially a sword. Even as a human, he was exceptionally good. His father noticed this and started training him harder. He pushed his son to his limits and sometimes beyond. While he was still young, he secretly resented his father's ruthlessness. But he persevered through the years.

As a wealthy noble, he survived the initial plague that struck the land. He had just enlisted in the Empre's legion, when the Empire initiated their conquest and the Von Volkarnas started their rebellion. His was one of the last platoons to arrive. The rebellion was nearly smothered. As an Imperial soldier, he had to fight against his family. He tried to avoid his father during the fight, but he could not avoid the capture of some of the notable soldiers. He watched as his father denied submission to the Empire and was set ablaze by a battle mage. On one part, he felt sad to see his strong, hard-minded father die. The other part of him felt nothing. By then House Von Volkarna saw that they had lost and surrendered. In this, Demitri felt they were weak-minded, just as his father had ranted.

After the conquest, Demitri stayed with his mother in Volkarna. When he turned 30, he decided to go through the Ritual. He emerged as a full fledged Ritual Vampire. He could feel his magic dim somewhat, by he also realized he inherited a few new traits after the Ritual. Then, for centuries, he and his mother waited for the opportune moment.

As head of House Voltura, Demitri was inducted into the Council of House Volkarna. But he had other plans. Many messages were sent secretly to Rhisoka, telling them about the designs of the Von Volkarnas - their plans to overthrow the Empire. He secretly resented the Von Volkarnas for their part in his father's death and their cowardice.

When the head of the Von Volkarnas attempted an assassination on the Emperor and the Empire decided to remove them as ruling House, Demitri was able to strike his blow. Due to his treachery, he had won the favour of the Empire. When the Von Volkarnas were removed from power, the Empire's choice of who would be the next ruler was not a hard one. Demitri was pointed out to be the next ruler. However, one of the other prominent Houses did not accept this appointment. True to Volkarna custom, the Rule was to be earned. The head of the opposing family challenged Demitri to a duel for all to see, even the Empire....a duel to the death. Demitri accepted and triumphed over his opponent fairly quickly due to his sheer ruthlessness and power. With this victory, House Voltura became the next ruling House of Volkarna.

He quickly established his authority on the Province. He made away with some of the old customs of the Von Volkarnas and pressed his dominance. Crime and slavery soon subsided and a more stable Province was born through sheer determination. And he intends to keep it that way.......
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P E R S O N A L I T Y

Demitri is a strong-willed man with a cold temper. When he sets his mind on something, he would steamroll over most to see it through. He is a patient man, thinking things through before acting on them - especially in a fight. He could watch his opponent for hours, without striking a blow, but when he does, he normally succeeds in his endeavour.


He is also fiercely loyal. When it comes to his mother and other people he cares about, he would protect them with his life. When he's with these people, he lets his guard down, and reveals the kindhearted man that he actually is. Deep down, he is still the young man that watched his father die at the hands of both the Empire and the Von Volkarnas. His feeling towards them borders on hate and he bides his time patiently before he can act on it. For the time-being, he serves the Empire like a good lad......for the sake of his people. He still held the trust of the Empire. Little did they know of his true intent for them - and he would be much smarter about it than the previous head of the Province.
A B I L I T I E S

Demitri was born with the Mystical abilities of his parents. He can create striking illusions to escape from a sticky situation or to deceive his enemy. He also inherited some of his mother's elemental magic. He can create whirlwinds or manipulate the clouds to allow sunlight through or not. The friction in the overcast clouds can also cause lightning, although he hasn't mastered the ability to guide the lightning.


After he completed the Ritual, Demitri gained quite a few new abilities. He now had the typically enhanced speed, nightly vision and exceptional hearing of a Ritual Vampire. Along with this, he can also hypnotize any live being, courtesy of his illusion magic. He can also shapeshift into a cloud of bats. Perhaps the most imposing perk would the fully or partially shift to his true Ritualistic Vampire form. This ability grants him strong, leathery wings.

Unfortunately, as a vampire, Demitri is weakened by the sun or fire. Prolonged exposure may even cause death.Due to this weakness, Demitri searched far and wide until he could find a capable magi to enchant his family ring. This ring enables him to walk in broad daylight without being weakened.


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[CENTER][U][B][SIZE=7]Volkarna[/SIZE][/B][/U]

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Location:  far north on the east coast of the main continent
Climate: Dark, Prone to raining and storms, icy weather and snow, and in winter, it can become cut off for short periods due to ice, via road links. Though the sea never freezes, and they rely on that for trade..
Primary Terrain: The city is situated at a natural harbor. That has a volcano nearby and has a rocky and hilly terrain
Government: Kratocracy
Affiliation (if any): Lip service Empire (would like to be truly independent)
Population: 30,000 as well as slaves up to another 30,000 slaves in the city
Points of Interest:
1: The Black Keep
2: The Outer City
3: The Silver Mines & The Heart Stone Mine

Locations:
Volkarna is a self-governing province at the far reaches of the Empire, it is a dark city. The city lies on in an area where the Myst has been saturated, has corrupted many of the elite who live here. As the bloodlines that can use magic here, have deformed somewhat. Added to this a result of the heart stone ritual, which the strongest of the Von Volkarna undertake, and if they survive, they become part of the city rulers. The city has very few laws, the main one is Might makes right. Thus lots of mercenaries, and other troops can find work here. The place also attracts pirates, who can unload their goods, without fear of the law.

The strongest of the Von Volkarna control the black keep, this was built where the myst was at its strongest point in the city. The Black Keep is an exceptionally strong fort, that could hold back most conventional forces at its base. The rulers of the city live here, and they are currently the Von Volkarna, a bloodline that drips in the shrouds magic.

The inner city is were other important families live, nobles of the land, and those rich or strong enough to reside here. There are sometimes mini battles between houses here, as they try and gain importance. Though these are short-lived, as they don't want to lose to much power, so one will usually give up before that happens, as the consequence is great, if it is a total loss as they may end being utterly destroyed root and stem. Though due to the strength of the myst in the area, some people have set up a few colleges of Magi here.

The outer city was where the middle classes lived, they were artisans and well versed in crafts for being so separated from the Empire. They plied their trades, and had a modicum of protection, as the guards were mostly loyal to coin, and who were recruited from their own ranks. They did not like how the city was run and was a source of malcontent within the city, but they did not have the power to change the system. They did, however, stay as they enjoyed having a semi-autonomy in the area, as long as taxes were paid, and as long as they did not try and rise up, they were left alone, to govern themselves. The outer city was also walled, that is something they liked and kept them here as well and looped around the entire outer city, with guard posts dotting the barrenness.

The silver mines are controlled by Von Volkarna family and were mined using slaves who obeyed with a will and eagerness that few other slaves could match, and if not they were eaten. These slaves did not live long, due to the shroud, and harsh conditions. Though the ones that died were reused as food for the existing populace. The mine lay north of Black Fortress and is in complete control of the city rulers.

Armed Forces and Invasions:

Volkarna was rich in monetary terms but did not have the population, to support a full-sized military. This meant they relied on mercenaries to bolster expeditionary forces. These can come from anywhere, as they are well known for paying for hired thugs. Though if anyone rolled up there door, then this city, by its very nature was militarized. Sure not everyone would fight, though unlike a normal province were they expect to face up to ten percent, in this province they would be looking at nearly twenty percent people taking up arms, against an invading force. They would also conscript slaves, they just put spears in the hands and a shield, and would peg down to face enemies come to form certain directions. They would be forced to fight them, as they could not get out of the way.  This added with the leading house could raise an army of undead, to help fight the enemy at their gates. The weather is also on there side, as most armies, would not know how to deal with the harsh winter conditions, in this province.

Rough number of men/women in any evidentiary force are 250 Soldiers 100 slave warriors
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[*]One hundred Slave warriors, armed with Spears, [URL='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scutum_(shield)']Scutum Shields[/URL] they have 2 [URL='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilum']Pilums[/URL]. They wear [URL='https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/555800845/viking-leather-armour-medieval-armor']leather armour[/URL], around there chest. They tend to be the strongest slaves, the captain can buy, before setting off. They do not have any martial discipline, apart from what they pick up on the road. They are mainly there to be slaughtered and tire out the enemy, as hacking people to death is energy draining. Though before the that happened, they do use Pilums, into the enemy rank. This will bend once pierced, making shields useless, and they are unable to be pulled out of limps, that they pierced as well. The first thing they are shown to do is to make a shield wall, to protect themselves, from incoming attacks. They are sometimes chained together or pinned to the ground, to prevent them from running away or breaking formation.
[*]Hundred and sixty-four man-at-arms, these men are the bulk of the infantry arranged into four units of forty-one troops, the one is a [URL='https://www.shroudofrhiaden.com/index.php?threads/thralls.194/']thrall[/URL]. They act as the officer of the unit and are utterly loyal. The rest are professional soldiers and are trained as such. They are equipped with a broadsword and a crossbow. They also have a round shield and wear plate armour, a plate helm, and chainmail coif. These are the rank and file of the company and are also very flexible, with shooting and melee options.
[*]Forty-one heavy infantry unit, as well as others the officer is a thrall. They are equipped with a halberd, hauberk chain mail, with a metal breastplate. Chainmail coif. They act as a heavy infantry unit, with heavy infantry weapon, and heavy armour. So they cut through enemy formations, but are slow moving, compared to other infantry. Though they are utterly disciplined, and train hard and play hard.
[*]Twenty-five light horsemen, the officer is a thrall. They have crossbows, swords round shields, hauberk chainmail. They act as scouts, and hunting party, to help bring in extra food. They all used to harass enemy lines. They use female horses, as they have a better turn than male horses. They also use dire wolf each control four each, these are really good against skirmished units and scaring the horse and other beasts that are unfamiliar with them.
[*]Twenty-five knights, all of these men are thrall to a Volkarna commander who is in the unit, who maybe sired one, for a greater lord. They are wearing [URL='https://hlj.com/kt-project-takeya-shiki-jizai-okimono-15th-century-gothic-style-field-armor-bronze-kyd12028']full plate armour[/URL], and a heavy warhorse wearing [URL='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barding']barding[/URL]. They have heavy lances, as well as swords and metal shields. They are better trained than most knights, as the enthrallment of them, means they don't get bored with training or turn to drink.
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House Von Volkarna:

The House of Von Volkarna is the ruling house of this province and has been since the beginning of existence. This includes when they were exiled after the last rebellion, they still controlled it. The heads of this noble house are Ritual Vampires, though not all members of the house are. The Strongest in Myst of the house are chosen to become so, the rest are given important jobs in the province, or trained as enchanters. Though one of them is always the puppet king, as the face of the house needs to be replaced from time to time, and having a mortal their makes this easier. They call this the Masquerade, they all try and pretend to be normal humans, as so not to alarm them. As they know full well they outnumber them, and they would come for them, rather than they being the hunters, they would become the hunted.

The true political power of the province lies with the council, they are a total of five ritual vampires from the volkarna line, they are the strongest of them. They represent each point on a compass, and the head of the council points the way. Then each of them has a group of fellow vampires and thralls to help them. They keep the numbers of vampires low, as that way they are less likely to be detected. They, however, are always looking for Wolfsbane. A plant used inside the Black Keep, to ward off Werewolves, their only natural predator.


History:

The city was founded here by Arvan Von Volkarna who founded the settlement here, as it was a natural port, and with mining villages nearby it meant they could be shipped out for money easier, as well as bring in supplies. As this province was saturated in the gems, due to dormant and live volcanoes in the region. They used the money from the mine to build the first fort, which is known as the Black Keep, and as such others then came to settle here as well, to live under its protection, as the city grew, and more rock came out of the mines, they built, more walls, and the fortified port.

As the City grew, and the province grew in wealth, a plague struck the city and the surrounding province. The weakened the region, and then empire took advantage of it and came north. Then seized the province, and claimed it. As this happened the Volkarna family, just became vampires, as they wanted a way to avoid dying in the plague. They did not like this situation, but now immortal, they can bide there time.  So they did, and always on hand to fund instability, and try and find ways to weaken the empire and strengthen the other imperial provinces. Though they rarely did this directly, as they do not wish to incur the wrath of the empire. Though if an opportunity did come, in such a way, as nothing to do with the empire, then they would do so openly.

That moment did come, they decide they had enough of the cattle telling them what to do. They saw the chaos that was ensuing by the empire and rebelled. They helped others do the same, as the more the north the empire lost, the hard it would be to retake it. This strategy ultimately failed as the empire, still had its legions, and soon the empire was on their doors again. This time the Von Volkarna had to flee, they had seen what had happened to the others who lead the rebellion. They did not flee far, but far enough to stay outside the grasp of the empire. As they knew the icy desert, and the legion did not.

They returned a hundred years later, they were the same vampires who had left, they used there supernatural charm, to start retaking the city slowly, so not to alert the empire, and the first thing they retook was the silver and gem mines. They steadily rebuilt there influence, creating and installing thralls into positions of power, so they could retake the city from the cattle when the time was right. So when an open rebellion came to the empire, they retook their city and took back the black fort. Though after that they saw empire retaking the provinces, and they surrender, before they got to them. Though they came very much as independent as they could be, without actually rebelling again.

Though they are preparing to rebel again, and are preparing for the right moment to do this, also unlike the last time they want to be ready to lose as well. This time, they are using magic to make the area colder, making the route an imperial herd would come more difficult, to cross. They also built a fleet, to protect the harbor, from a direct assault. This and thanks to its silver mines, the city is rich and prosperous and a hotbed for piracy, crime, counterfeiting, and any other sin. They are a thorn in the side the empire as they represent a fair wealth and are difficult to attack, that it cannot remove easily, though at the moment they are compliant, as they do have the strength to beat the imperial herd.
 
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Volkarna

D E S C R I P T I O N
LOCATION:
Far north on the east coast of the main continent

CLIMATE:
Mostly overcast weather, giving the province a dark feeling. The area is prone to rainy and stormy weather. In the winter, ice and snow is quite prevalent, cutting off the province's roads for periods in the winter, The sea, however, remains unfrozen and the Province relies heavily on trade via the ocean, especially during winter.

PRIMARY TERRAIN:
The city of Helvard is situated in a valley that creates a natural harbour. A dormant volcano lies nearby and mountains encircle most of the city. Rocky and hilly terrain is prevalent towards the mountains and small, coniferous forests dot the landscape. One other dormant volcano can be found in the Province.

A F F I L I A T I O N:
During Von Volkarna rule, the province only participated in lip service to the Empire, as the ruling Family aimed to be truly independent. This stance changed somewhat under Voltura rule.

P O P U L A T I O N:
30 000 free people (and growing) as well as another 30 000 slaves and thralls (slave numbers are dwindling and freed men are adding to the general populace).

D E S C R I P T I O N:
Volkarna is a self-governing province at the far reaches of the Empire. Helvard, the capital, is a dark city. The city lies on in an area where the Myst has been saturated and has corrupted many of the elite who live here. The bloodlines that can use magic here, have deformed somewhat, creating a new kind of race within the world. Added to this is a result of the heart stone ritual, which the strongest of the Volkarna Families undertake. If they survive, they become part of the city rulers.

The Province used to have very few laws. The most important one was Might makes Right. Thus, lots of mercenaries and other troops can find work here. The place also attracts pirates, who can unload their goods without fear of the law. Slavery has also been quite prevalent in the past, but has subsided somewhat under the new Voltura rule. Laws have also increased, making thieving and other sins hard. The only outlaws still permitted within the city to trade, are pirates.

The strongest House in Volkarna controls the Black Keep. This immense Castle was built where the Myst was at its strongest point in the city. The Black Keep is an exceptionally strong fort that could hold back most conventional forces at its base. The rulers of the city live here - currently the Voltura.

The inner city is where other important families live - nobles of the land, and those rich or strong enough to reside here. There are sometimes small skirmishes between Houses, as they try to gain importance. These are short-lived, though, as they don't want to lose too much favour with the current ruler. One will usually give up before that happens, as the consequence is great. If it is a total loss, they may end being utterly destroyed root and stem.

Due to the strong presence of the Myst in the area, some people have set up a college for Magi. Those blessed by the Myst, can come here to train and learn the ways of Myst manipulation.

The outer city is where the middle classes live. They are artisans and well versed in crafts for being so separated from the Empire. They plied their trades, and had a modicum of protection, as the guards were mostly loyal to coin. These guards were normally recruited from their own ranks. They used to not enjoy how the city and Province was run and was a source of malcontent within its parameters. However, they did not have the power to change the system. They did, however, stay as they enjoyed having a semi-autonomy in the area. As long as taxes were paid and as long as they did not try and rise up, they were left alone to govern themselves. The outer city was also walled, adding to these people's desire to stay. Nowadays, their malcontent have subsided somewhat, due to the iron hand of Demitri Voltura.

The silver and gem mines were controlled by the Von Volkarna family and were mined using slaves who obeyed with a will and eagerness that few other slaves could match. If not, they had a tendency to disappear. These slaves did not live long, due to harsh conditions. The ones that died were reused as food for the existing populace. The mines lay north of Black Keep and is in complete control of the city rulers. Nowadays, mining was still performed, but under better conditions. As the salve market slowly dwindled from existence, the mining slaves were replaced by free men.

Armed Forces and Invasions:

Volkarna was rich in monetary terms but did not have the population. A full-sized standing military was hard to come by at first. This meant they relied on mercenaries to bolster the forces. They came from far and wide, as the ruling Family was well known for paying for hired thugs. Though if anyone rolled up their door, then the Province, by its very nature, was militarized.

Not everyone could fight, but with the conscription of slaves, it bolstered the military force from 10% of the population, to 20%.These poor people would be forced to fight, as they had nowhere else to go.This started to change at the changeover of Rule. House Voltura's aim is to increase the size of the standing army, not just with mercenaries, but with soldiers from the Province itself. A Two Year Compulsory Service was initiated - specifically for men, but women could enlist if they so wanted.

The Von Volkarnas were able to raise and Undead army themselves. Unfortunately, there is no Necromancy in the Voltura bloodline, so other families' Necromancers are leaned upon for this feat. The standing army is also accustomed to the weather, giving them an edge over most other possible invading forces.
H I S T O R Y
INITIAL HISTORY:

The Province was founded by Arvan Von Volkarna who established the settlement here. As it was a natural port, and with mining villages nearby, it meant the ore and gems could be shipped out for money easier as well as bring in supplies.

This province was saturated in the gems, due to two dormant volcanoes in the region. They used the money from the mines to build the first fort, which is known as the Black Keep, and as such others then came to settle here as well, to live under its protection. As the Province grew, and more rock came out of the mines, they built the city Helvard and walls. The fortification of the harbour followed after this. .

As the City of Helvard grew, and the province grew in wealth, a plague struck the city and the surrounding province. This weakened the region, and then Empire took advantage of it and came north. They seized the province, and claimed it as one of their own. The Volkarna family had just became vampires, as they wanted a way to avoid dying in the plague. They did not enjoy the conquest but, now immortal, they could bide their time. So they did, always on hand to fund instability, and trying to find ways to weaken the Empire and strengthen the other imperial provinces. They rarely did this directly, as they did not wish to incur the wrath of the Empire. Though, if an opportunity did come, then they would do so openly.

That moment did come, in a sense. They decided they had had enough of the cattle telling them what to do. They saw the chaos that was ensuing by the Empire and rebelled. They helped others to do the same, as the more of the north the Empire lost, the harder it would be to retake it. This strategy ultimately failed as the Empire still had its legions. Soon, the Empire was at their doors again. This time the Von Volkarna had to flee. They had seen what had happened to the others who had lead the rebellion. They did not flee too far, however. Just far enough to stay outside the grasp of the Empire.

They returned a hundred years later. They were the same vampires who had left and used their supernatural charm to start retaking the city, trying not to alert the Empire. The first thing they retook was the silver and gem mines. They steadily rebuilt their influence, creating and installing thralls into positions of power, so they could retake the city from the cattle when the time was right.

When an open rebellion came to the Empire, they retook their city and took back the Black Keep. After this, they noticed empire retaking the provinces. The Volkarnas decided to surrender before the Empire even got to them. Through the years, they became as independent as they could be without actually rebelling again.

However, they were slowly preparing to rebel again, waiting for the right moment to do so. They wanted to be ready this time. They used magic to strengthen the weather to make it harder for the Empire to trek up north. They also built a fleet to protect the harbour from a direct assault. Thanks to its silver and gem mines, the city turned rich and prosperous - a hotbed for piracy, crime, counterfeiting, and any other sin. They a were a thorn in the side the Empire as they represented a fair wealth and were difficult to attack. They were compliant for a while, as they finally had the strength to beat the Imperial herd.

MORE RECENT HISTORY:

All the Province's preparation counted for naught when the head of House, Catrina Von Volkarna, decided to trek down South and take matters into her own hands. A ball was being held in honour of the Duchess Lilith's pregnancy. Simultaneously, the Ebony Order decided to strike against the Emperor. Catrina opted to join their cause to remove the Emperor from power. Although her intent for her Province was noble. the execution was lacking. She failed, miserably in her endeavour to assassinate the Emperor and save her Province. She was charbroiled, captured and thrown in a dungeon to desiccate or be executed.

Although the rest of the Von Volkarna family had, seemingly, no part in the attempted assassination, they were forcibly removed from power and the most threatening members incarcerated. The Empire installed a new House to rule - one that was seemingly loyal to the Empire.

At its core, House Voltura consisted only of a son and his mother. The rest of the House consisted of selected members. Demitri Voltura, son of Clodia Voltura and his deceased father Rexus, became Lord-Ruler of Volkarna.
P O L I T I C S
HOUSE VON VOLKARNA:

The House of Von Volkarna was the ruling house of this province and used to be since the beginning of existence. This included when they were exiled after the last rebellion. The heads of this noble house were Ritual Vampires, though not all members of the House were. Only those strongest in the Myst of the House were chosen to become so. The rest were given important jobs in the province, or trained as enchanters. One of them was always the puppet king, as the face of the house needed to be replaced from time to time, and having a mortal there made this easier. They called this the Masquerade. They all pretended to be normal humans, so as not to alarm the mortals. They knew full well the humans outnumbered them and that the hunters could easily become the hunted.

The true political power of the province lies with the Ruling Council. They used to be a total of four of the strongest ritual vampires from the Volkarna line. They represented each point on a compass, and the head of the council points the way. Each of them had a group of fellow vampires and thralls to help them. They kept the numbers of vampires low, as that way they were less likely to be detected.

HOUSE VOLTURA:

As the new ruling Family, House Voltura opted to do certain things differently. Even though they kept to the secrecy of their predecessors, they did change the structure of the Ruling Council. Where previously it was just four members from the Von Volkarna bloodline, Demitri Voltura now decided to also include some of the more influential families from the city. The number was increased from four to eight members, including Demitri as its head. These members were carefully selected based on their loyalty to both House Voltura and the Empire. They were then given a choice between undergoing the Ritual or to remain human. A guarantee was given that this choice would not affect their standing, but their actions will. The secret of Volkarna was to remain hidden, no matter the cost.

Even though House Voltura appeared human to the outside world, this effect did not affect their influence in the slightest. It became evident to the people that House Voltura had a much stronger will than the Von Volkarnas ever had. Even though Helvard was still a popular place for pirates to trade their stolen wares, slavery started so subside and the crime rate was much lower. Rumours were doing the rounds that House Voltura was all seeing and that they could make one disappear without a trace. Voltura presence is much more prominent in the city and surrounding villages than the Von Volkarnas'. And Demitri Voltura intended to keep it that way.
L O C A T I O N S
THE CITY OF HELVARD:


Helvard is the capital port city of Volkarna. The Province's trade comes in through this city and then gets dispersed throughout the Province. It is mostly encircled by mountains and flanked by a dormant volcano. The encircling mountains create a natural harbour. The mouth of the harbour is well guarded and a large chain lies under water that can be raised in time of war. Most of the Province's population resides in this city.

THE BLACK KEEP:

The Black Keep is a large, dark and fortified castle in the capital city of Helvard, where the Ruling House resides. This Keep is nigh impenetrable and a force would be hard pressed to take it. It houses a vast library and many secrets.The Ruling Council also convenes here

THE MINES:

There are numerous mines dotted throughout the landscape due to the two dormant volcanoes and the vast mountain caverns. Silver ore and gems are mostly mined in this province, but there is one mine that is sacred to the ruling Families. The Heart Stone mine is so named, as it provides the stone that is crucial to the Vampiris Ritual. Only a select few miners are present in the Heart Stone mine.
 
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