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Kaiser Ayreon III

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Kaiser Ayreon III
Mirza Jonathan Merlingsson Ayreon-Kalirion
Former Kaiser of Shireroth
Began 1620
Ended 1623 (abdication)
Predecessor Kaiseress Isa IV Cassandrae
Successor Kaiser Verion
Steward Jacob Darylion-Verion
Imperial Bloodline Ayreon-Kalirion
Physical description
Gender Male
Species Human
Race Hurmu/Babkhi
Hair color and style Blond
Eye color Blue
Skin color White
Biographical information
Father Merling Karlsson (1570–1603)
Mother Esther Ayreon-Kalirion (1565–1618)
Spouse(s) None
Issue None
Date of birth 1603
Place of birth Hurmu
Date of death 1629, aged 26.
Place of death Light (murdered)
Resting place Palace of Whales, Walstadt

Mirza Jonathan Merlingsson Ayreon-Kalirion (Мирза Йоонатан Мерлингссон Аериоон-Калирион; born in Hurmu in 1603, died 1629 in Light) was a member of the Imperial Bloodline of Ayreon-Kalirion and a member of the royal family of Vanic Elwynn. He was Kaiser of Shireroth, as Kaiser Ayreon III (1620–1623), and also served as Prince of Elwynn (1618-1623) and High Justiciar of Stormark.


Prince Jonathan was born from the marriage between Merling Karlsson (who died in the Hurmu genocide in 1603) and Lady Esther Maryam Amirdokhtar Ayreon-Kalirion. Following his mother's remarriage to Hallbjörn Haraldsson, that man became his stepfather.

The late Prince Jonathan had two half brothers: the twins King Noah of Elwynn and Prince Audun Joel of Elwynn (born in 1616) and a stepsister, Princess Fjǫrleif of Elwynn.

Jonathan, on apparent divine command, adopted two persons. The first one was the orphan Benjamin (born in 1622, died in 1625). The second, and more confusing decision, was the adoption of Ludwig Blutwasser of Walstadt.

In 1619, Jonathan (then aged 16) became betrothed to Aoife the Celt (then aged 142), former Queen of Hurmu and first in line in the succession to the Storish throne. He detested the betrothal (which had been secured through Prince Hallbjörn as a political marriage), and did all that he could to procrastinate the marriage. In the end, he died before the marriage occurred.


In an attempt to clean up the legal mess his predecessors had left behind, Ayreon tried to gather a list of all decrees which were still active during his reign. He succeeded and the Realm saw a period of order and justice it had never seen before, but his successors were not as enthusiastic as him. The Tower of Bureaucratic Despair was constructed in his honour almost 350 years after his death.

Much of the fireworks in Ayreon's reign came from Steward Jacob Darylion-Verion who issued decrees that made growing a beard compulsory, banned several people from the Imperial Republic, and enforced the Charter to take away the Imperial Statehood of Neridia, which was extremely controversial and the source of much debate.


As with many Ayreon-Kalirions, Jonathan suffered from mental illness which often manifested itself with impulsivity and bad guilt (his adoptions may by non-Bovics be seen as an example of this). Although securing a career in Stormark as its High Justiciar, he stayed much of the time trying to reconcile and guide the Jingdaoese to more "humane" practices. This ultimate led to his assaassination in Light in 1629, where he died aged 26.

His body was brought to Walstadt where it was buried in the grounds of the Palace of Whales. In 1631, his son Ludwig ordered Jonathan's remains to be dug up and thrown for the pigs who consumed them after a spat with the Ayreon-Kalirion and Waffel-Paine family leaders.

Preceded by:
Lady Esther
Emir of Sathrati
Succeeded by
Preceded by:
Prince of Elwynn
Succeeded by
Preceded by:
Esther Ayreon-Kalirion
Prince among the Lakes
Line of Daniel Kalirion

Succeeded by
Noah of Elwynn
Preceded by:
Isa IV
Kaiser of Shireroth
Succeeded by
Verion I
Preceded by:
Jacob Darylion-Verion
Steward of the Imperial Republic
Succeeded by
Kizzy Drakland
Preceded by:
Nathaniel Ayreon-Kalirion
Prince of Kujirashi-Walstadt
Succeeded by
Ludwig Blutwasser