Emperor of the Natopians: Nathan, Nathaniel, Naian, Asara Sisu, Zakyyr, Nathan II
Avatar: Nathan II
The House of Waffel-Paine is an imperial and royal house established in 1509 AN, and is the current ruling dynasty in Natopia and Shireroth. The house is heavily linked to Elwynn's history. Its founder, Nathan Waffel-Paine, ruled Elwynn twice, first as Duke (c1552-1555), and later, as Prince (1586-1589). As Prince, Nathan married Shireroth's then Kaiser, Ayreon II (Elijah), and their child, Nathaniel, served as Prince of Elwynn too (1604-1618, pretender 1607-1618) and emperor of Natopia. The Founder's cousin, Lord Erion, was Elwynn's president 1570-1573 and served in various positions in the Elwynnese government. The present Ruler of Elwynn, King Thorstein Noah Hallbjörns- og Esthersson, also is a member of the House of Waffel-Paine.
The name Waffel comes from the Sin'felo elf clan of the Phoenix Forest, the Founder's oldest known maternal ancestors. In order to Natopianize the name for easier assimilation in Germanic Ziegeland, Nathan's homeland, Sin'felo was changed to von 'Fel and eventually became Waffel. The Founder's paternal family is native to Yellow Island, serving as shepherds in the countryside. Therefore Paine was chosen to indicate the humble, outlying, pastoral origins of the Founder. The name combines ancient mysterious foreign origins and humble native roots. The name may be pronounced "Va-fell-pain" or "Waffle-pain" depending on the speaker's preference. Both pronunciations carry the same tone of respect.
The House is governed by the Avatar who is the person most directly descended from Nathan Waffel-Paine, with preference given to biological children. THe current Avatar is Nathan II who is the great-grandson of the Founder.
Individuals not related by blood or by law to Nathan Waffel-Paine can be grafted into the family by the current Avatar, establishing their own branch. This is reserved for very important people.
- Nathan Waffel-Paine (1455–1607) [m. Elijah Ayreon]
- Nathaniel Ayreon-Kalirion (1586–1632) [m. Noor bint Daniyal]
- Naian Waffel-Paine (1588–1644)
- Lord Erion (c1410– ), Prince of Arboria, President of Elwynn (1570–1573)
- Gwyneth Angus-Moonoak [m. Ivo Angus]