Branch du Lion | House de Courtnay


Lord of Altera

Formed on September 16th, 2014.

Family Patriarch: Maceo de Courtnay

Current Heir: -

Family Lands/Seat: Duche d'Artois
⚜ Basic Description ⚜
Family de Courtnay dates back many years in history, the family claims its roots in the first of the family de’Dore, that later become House de Courtnay, The legendary figure known as Ser Lancel ‘The Golden’ de’Dore. Since then, the family has seen growth in rank and then the downfall of it all, and after a time of strife. Most recently, the family has found itself branched out between Sebastien’s bloodline and Maceo’s, both of which are vassals to Anhald.

⚜ Culture ⚜
From years of time, a set of unique set of traditions has developed within the Family de Courtnay, From traditions ranging from bonds between family members casted in metal, or to age where a child is seen as an adult, various ideals and cultural traditions have arised, making the family unique in nature. Arguably the most important of all the traditions is that of the Legend of Ser Lancel de’Dore, the founder of the Family de’Dore which later became the Family de Courtnay. Ser Lancel was a real knight, however, his story has since become mostly legend, from tales of slaying dragons and saving dames, his true story was lost to the times. However, the story of Ser Lancel had an unforeseen result, inspiring both children and adults to follow his tale and become knights, resulting in bannermen of all kind over the times.

Bonds between the family is a common theme within the culture of the family, from these belief was the birth of Bond de Métal, Daggers crafted upon the 10th nameday of a child within the family. The patriarch of the family is given a golden dagger, as the other pure bloodied are granted one made of silver. Bastards of the family that were accepted into the home (Though very rare) would be given a dagger of iron. The family’s relation with bastards is usually treated like an unwelcome guest, or a dog that is given just enough to survive, relating to the idea of nobility and purity that comes from countless years of Hareth/Ignis worship. However, it is not uncommon for a bastard to be legalized if the lord has too many daughters, or simply out of a bit of regard for the bastard. This was the case for Napolean de Courtnay, who was legalized on the deathbed of Duke Emeric de Courtnay I.
At birth, all children of the noble family are baptised under the eyes of Ignis. As to give devotion to the god(dess) as early in life as possible and provide a long, prosperous and plentiful life for as long as the child upholds the Codex of Light. Upon crowning of a new lord another religious ceremony is held. One in which the heir must swear unto Ignis to serve him/her for as long as they shall live. And to protect the honor and values of the family. Then the Lord, or closest relative, bestows the Golden Dagger onto the heir and they rise Lord. The family holds the final funeral rites to a high regard, instead of urns, the family has marble busts made and a single hole drilled, to which the ashes are laid, so the family may remember the appearance of the fallen. The busts are then laid to rest in the crypts.

⚜ Heraldry ⚜

Family de’Dore ( Lancel's Reign )

Family de Courtnay ( Emeric's Reign )

Family de Courtnay ( Francis's Reign )

Family de Courtnay ( Sébastien's Reign )

Family de Courtnay ( Maceo's Reign)

⚜Physical Traits ⚜
Common traits of the family are as follows; Black Hair, Deep blue eyes, and a average height, however within the family those born with a golden head of hair are considered to have Ser Lancel’s ‘Golden Touch’ matching the same traits as the Knight himself, it is a rare trait, the last known to have it was, Fleur de Courtnay before her dishonour. But now the sons of Francis show the trait, Maceo and Carlos de Courtnay. Clothing is what you would expect of a noble family, fine silks and jewelry, wore carefully on a daily basis, however the knights of the family are known to wear fine sets of jousting plate to tournament to show the wealth of the family.

⚜People of Note ⚜
Ser Lancel de’Dore: Founder of the family, Knight told in many tales within the family, held in great honour within the family, ‘his’ legendary sword, Lionheart, still kept within the family.

Lady Fleur de’Courtnay I: Former of the House de Courtnay, winning the civil war to take the position of patriarch of the family, much to the disapproval of her brothers. Her line still lives on in the blood of Fleur and Napoleon, the line of Fleur being the only line of the family to be Patriarch.

Duc Emeric de Courtnay I: First Duke of La Marche before its fall, co-founder of the Church de’Feu and the Order of Templars within the Empire of Lavoyard, died at the hands of the Blood Serpents at the age of 25, leaving his fiance Princess Anastasia and his bastard son Napoleon behind.

Marquis Francis de Courtnay I: The Marquis of Avignon, he developed the land into the greatness that it currently is and solely expanded de Courtnay's influence all across the Northern Kingdoms. He passed away due to illness at the young age of 19. Leaving behind a wife, Njorun, and two sons, Maceo and Carlos.

Lord Sebastien de Courtnay I: The Regent of Queensport, Sebastien brought the family to Gottland, and it is he who helped de Courtnay maintain a strong foothold within the ranks of Kane, he also oversaw the marriage and alliance to Iding. He died as he lived, serving House Kane.

Comte Maceo de Courtnay I: The Sonnesbischof of Ignis Synnove. Maceo has found himself blessed by God herself.

⚜ Sigil ⚜
A quartered shield of blue and yellow, three lions passant guardant in gold with lions supporting. This is to indicate an attempt at returning to the old ways of lavoyarde, and Emeric's de Courtnay whilst acknowledging and following that of Francis and Lancel.

⚜ Heirlooms & Items of Note ⚜
Over the years, the family has came across various heirlooms that have been passed down from the ranks.

The Golden Patriarchal Dagger - A dagger passed down from Lord to Heir during the turning of a new era ceremony. Meant as a signal to show that the Lord believes that the Heir is at the point in the boy's life where he can lead the family better his self can. (Maceo de Courtnay)
Lionheart - If legend is true, it is the sword used by Ser Lancel, however, due to age the sword is more of a keepsafe rather than a usable weapon. (Maceo de Courtnay)
Lightbringer - The sword of Emeric de Courtnay, forged by Prince Lucius when he was a mere squire. (Sebasiten de Courtnay)
Regal - The sword of Francis de Courtnay, gifted to him upon his winning the joust at Kaiser Peter's Coronation. (Maceo de Courtnay)

Ignis Necklace (Sebastien de Courtnay)

⚜ Relations to Others ⚜
Kane - Liege
Eberhall - Allies
Cordenth - Allies
Hotspur/Iding - Allies
Varyn - Unsure
Walanescu - Unsure

⚜ Household ⚜
Maceo de Courtnay I ( @BoredBrit )Serafina de Courtnay I ( Lirakitty )

⚜ Commoners ⚜
[Official Family Tree]

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