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House Dilysnia is set within a high cultural, renaissance period. House Dilysnia resides with the grand capital city of Variens. The city itself is ruled by a monarchy, and the first Queen was Andromeda, who took the throne in early 251. The eldest daughter of a later Queen Lourdes, named Nahstazia, would marry Velours Dilysnia, whose father was a renowned politician who greatly supported the agricultural communities in Variens.

The coupling and marriage of Velours and Nahstazia in 456 tied Dilysnia to the Royal Family and Manor Dilysnia was commissioned and built, the Dilysnia family to rise to great prominence. Velours and Nahstazia had two children, Jerome, and Ivanya.

Over the years, House Dilysnia has consistently battled its position amongst the echelon of Variens nobility. It is believed that the later Royal Family of King Willian II deeply resented what it considered a mere farming house, and this fuelled wider discontent. Despite this however, House Dilysnia strengthened its position. Around this time, the High Variens City Council sought greater economic growth with city of Fairhaven and Gel'haria to the east. House Dilysnia stepped up its trading, expanding ownership, forcing stricter merchant negotiations, and opening other areas of business, namely land profiteering. Wealth flowed like gold down the avenues of House Dilysnia itself, flooding Variens with vast income. The jealously rival houses were powerless to prevent a resurgence of power within House Dilysnia.

While House Dilysnia prospers still, old prejudice and bordering conflict has ever threatened to unbalance all. In the Year 745, trade disagreements erupted between the house and the merchants of Variens and other cities. Percentages of profit were too large for the house, merchants argued. A spate of further incidents created a haughty divide of interest.

Furthermore, recently, Year 753, our current lord, Harvold Dilysnia, who held a reputation as a wild bachelor up until his first marriage has disappeared. Foul play is suspected, yet no sufficient leads have turned up; there has been no ransom demand, and no one can be wholly sure of his demise. The house is a windswept state of consternation, and city rumours are rife. Meanwhile, other houses of the city devise competing machinations, House Dilysnia central to their affairs. With few noble allies in the city, and in a position most disadvantaged, House Dilysnia must deter plots secretly brought about to deliver its own misfortune.


The Renaissance Period

! "The term Renaissance, describing the period of European history from the early 14th to the late 16th century, is derived from the French word for rebirth, and originally referred to the revival of the values and artistic styles of classical antiquity during that period, especially in Italy.

Today the concept of the Renaissance is firmly secured as a cultural and intellectual movement; most scholars would agree that there is a distinctive Renaissance style in music, literature and the arts. The Renaissance spawned the great creative vernacular literature of the late 16th century: the earthy fantasies of Rabelais, the worldly essays of Montaigne, the probing analysis of the human condition in the plays of William Shakespeare.

Renaissance science consisted mainly of the study of medicine, physics, and mathematics, depending on ancient masters, such as Galen, Aristotle, and Euclid. Experimental science in anatomy and alchemy led to discoveries both within and outside university settings

Under the veneer of magnificent works of art and the refined court life, Renaissance had a darker side. Warfare was common, and death by pestilence and violence was frequent. Interest in the occult, magic, and astrology was widespread, and the officially sanctioned persecution for witchcraft began during the Renaissance period. Many intellectuals felt a profound pessimism about the evils and corruptions of society.

The Renaissance lives on in established canons of taste and literature and in a distinctive Renaissance style in art, music, and architecture, the last often revived."

© Nicolas Pioch, Web Museum Paris




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