|Salome Ylva Octavia|
|Kaiser of Shireroth|
|Began||12.VIII.1671 (46 years ago)|
|Predecessor||Kaiser Ayreon IV|
|Successor||(Heir presumptive: Kian Aiomide Shahnaz)|
|Regent or Ruling Steward||
|Hair color and style||Golden Blonde|
|Father||Kaiser Ayreon IV|
|Mother||Isidora IV of Octavius-Teleni|
|Date of birth||7.VII.1665 (Age: 52 years)|
|Place of birth||Raynor's Keep|
Salome (Salome Ylva Octavia Ayreon-Kalirion ibn al-Majeed al-Osman bin Sathrati of Waffel-Paine, born b. 17.VII.1665 in Raynor's Keep) is the current kaiseress of Shireroth since the Kalirion Fracture of 1671, Queen of Ransenar, Emira of Sathrati, and Sardar of Talenore. She was the Queen and Exarch of Chryse from 1687 to 1690, when Chryse joined Elwynn, and Steward of the Throne (Staatshouder) of Batavia (1685–1691).
Daughter of Kaiser Ayreon IV and his concubine Lady Isidora IV of Octavius-Teleni, she became kaiseress at the age of 6 after her father was murdered. Due to her accession to the Kaisership at such a young age, regents governed in her place until she came of age at 15 in mid-1680. Her regent in Shireroth was Lady Mira III Octavius-Aryani, Countess of Shirekeep, a relative through the House of Octavius. In Talenore, the Speaker of the National Assembly Leila Merhaban served concurrently as regent.
Upon her birth, she was given the surname Ayreon-Kalirion ibn al-Majeed al-Osman bin Sathrati of Waffel-Paine which speaks of her genealogy. With the rank of her mother (despite belonging to an imperial bloodline herself) not being sufficient enough, as the mother was not an imperial consort but a concubine, the Imperial Court deemed that the House of Octavius needed not be considered a dynastic surname of the young kaiseress-to-be. Kaiser Ayreon IV, however, decided to honour that house by giving Salome the third given name Octavia.
The given name Salome is intended to honour her father's predecessor and grandmother, Kaiseress Noor, who took on the epithet as-Salaam ("of the peace" in Baatharzi). Salome is also an Elw given name, taken from the shared Ashkenatzi-Elw mythology, and is related to as-Salaam. By tradition, many members of the House of Ayreon-Kalirion have at least one Elw name taken from the Ashkenatzi holy book. Ylva (Norse for wolfess) honours her father's mother, Liv Djupvik, who was brave as a wolf during her life.
While in the company of Laqs, Salome insists on being addressed as Mamyr Aslanpxu, with the familiaritive Zauśypxu (RL. "War-sister") among those who have earned ł'yġe under her service. In 1699 AN, this was augmented to that of Mamyr Aslanpxu Oktoeion, to reflect her membership in the newly created Clan Oktoeion.
Family and genealogy
- See also Descent from Kaiser Raynor I
Her father is the late Kaiser Ayreon IV. He had three more children, the twins Prince Kir and Princess Kian (b. 1667) and the posthumously born Prince Rubin (b. 1671). Her mother is Lady Isidora IV of Octavius-Teleni, her father's concubine. Her father had also a husband, Emperor Nathan II of Natopia, who is the Dowager Imperial Consort of Shireroth, and one courtesan, Jaap van Pijpervale. Nathan II acts as a stepfather for her, while Jaap was denied all contact with her since her ascension to the throne in 1671.
Her father is the late Kaiser Ayreon IV (1645–1671, reigned 1650–1671), none of whose parents are still alive. Ayreon IV was the son of Prince Adam of Shireroth (1630–1650) and his wife Liv Djupvik (1615–1663) (later known as Liv Dravot). His father, Adam, had a twin brother, Aldin (b. 1630), who is still alive and who has two children together with his wife Lady Li Naomiai (b. 1627), Prince David (b. 1657) and Princess Abigail (b. 1662). His mother Liv Djupvik descends paternally from Hurmu and maternally from Normark.
Salome's paternal grandfather Adam is the eldest son of Kaiseress Noor of Shireroth (1604–1650; reigned 1644–1650). Noor was married twice, first with the former Natopian emperor, Prince Nathaniel (1686–1632), with whom she had four quadruplets, Princes Adam, Aldin, Rostam and Arn. Adam murdered his brothers Rostam and Arn 1639 as well as his mother in 1650. Noor's second marriage was with King Noah of Elwynn, with whom she had two children, Prince Vilhjalm of Amokolia (1635–1685) and Princess Esther of Anglia (b. 1638). The marriage with Noah was posthumoustly annulled, and Vilhjalm and Esther lost their noble and imperial titles in Shireroth. Vilhjalm, now known as Villy, underwent castration and contracted loyal subjecthood in Shireroth in what many people outside Shireroth term the Froyalanish genocide. He was later transferred to Francia in a peace agreement, and resettled in Stormark. He is believed to have perished in 1685. Esther of Anglia currently lives in Arbor, having adopted the name Fatima, where she is Emira consort.
On Kaiseress Noor's paternal side, Kaiseress Salome is a direct descendant of Prince Daniel Simrani (1574–1631, who ruled Elwynn 1607–1613) and Rashid Arsalani-Kalirion (Kaiser Ayreon I) (1450–1544, who ruled as Shahanshah of Babkha 1529-1541 and Kaiser of Shireroth 1542–1544). It is through Rashid's mother Tuuler Kalirion (1420–1512), daughter of Prince Paul of Brookshire, that Salome traces her primary lineage back to Kaiser Raynor I.
Among her more immediate ancestors are five Kaisers (Ayreon, Aurangzeb, Ayreon II, Noor, Ayreon IV), four Babkhan shahanshahs (Ardashir, Tahmaseb, Rashid, Osman), and two Natopian emperors (Nathan, Nathaniel), as well as rulers from Elwynn (6), Brookshire (2), and Goldshire (2).
She belongs to the imperial houses of Ayreon-Kalirion, Osman and Waffel-Paine. In terms of imperial genealogy, she can trace her descent to Kaiser Raynor I through her membership in the bloodlines of Ayreon-Kalirion, Kalir, Steffki and Octavius. In the most senior genealogical line from Raynor, she belongs to the sixtieth generation of descent from Kaiser Raynor I. These three have academically been referred to as the Line of Ayreon-Kalirion-Steffki-Octavius.
The first six years of Salome's life were spent between Raynor's Keep and the Montran Estate, under the watchful eye of her mother, Isidora IV of Octavius-Teleni, who had been elevated to Chamberlain of the Imperial Household in 1667 AN. During the fateful days that began the Kalirion Fracture, the Imperial Family were in the County Palatine of Kezan. On 12.VII.1671 AN, Salome inherited the Golden Mango Throne upon the announced death of her father. The decision is made by the Chamberlain and Imperial Mother for the child Kaiseress to temporarily remain in Kezan for her safety. Salome spends the next three and a half years there.
On 8.II.1675 AN, the Kaiseress finally returned to Benacia, the political landscape having radically changed, in order to participate in her coronation as Queen of Ransenar, one of the post-Shirerithian states that had developed in what had been Goldshire. A month later, she returned with the Imperial Court to Raynor's Keep, where she lived for the last five years of her regency.
In preparation for her coronation, Salome spent three days of strict fasting and prayer at the Holodomatic nome at Raynor's Keep, ritually purified and initiated into the school as a syndomate. On 17.VII.1680, Salome reached the age of majority in accordance with the Charter, and was invested in the full authority of the Golden Mango Throne. As part of her coronation, she appointed three new members to the Landsraad and named Chrysostom Wythe the first Steward of her reign proper.
In 1685, following the Batavian Revolution, the joint assembly of Batavia, in an attempt to improve its diplomatic position, offered the crown of Batavia to Kaiseress Salome. On 17.VI.1686, the Imperial Advisory Council gave Salome its approval of accepting the Batavian offer of the crown, and the Landsraad resolved two days later the same. The matter was immediately communicated to the Batavian ambassador in Shireroth in an audience with the Kaiseress. Her coronation as Steward of the Throne (Staatsholder) of Batavia occurred in ....
|Steward||1680–||Chrysostom Wythe||Count of Woodshire|
|Minister of State||1672–1684||Caleb Sarrick||Lord Sarrick|
|1684–||Evgeniya Sotnikova||Viscountess of Hope|
|Commissioner for the Fiscus||1678–||Ms Naïs Szodarvs||Zir Hælsans|
|Commissioner for Defence||1672–1684||Heinz Łatþig-Sur||Zir Hælsans|
|1684–||Liese Aethonia||Lady Aethonius|
|Commissioner for Rites and Citizenship||1672–1684||Iddo Neriui||Lady Neriui|
|1684–||Heinz Łatþig-Sur||Mr Heinz Łatþig-Sur|
|Commissioner for Public Works||1680–1684||Evgeniya Sotnikova||Viscountess of Hope|
|1684–||Derok Aezjor||Mr Derok Aezjor|
|Minister of the Exterior||1672–1684||Chrysostom Wythe||Viscount Holly-Wythe||position held concurrently with Office of Steward|
|1684–||Aloys Serratus||Lord Serratus|
|Commissioner for International Trade||1670–1684||Aloys Serratus||Lord Serratus|
|1684–||Kai bi-Folłur-Tuifals||Lord Folłur|
|Commissioner for the Raspur Pact||1675–||Aes Bonna||Laeszus u Zir Hælsans|
|Commissioner for International Cooperation||1670–1684||Daniel Mortis du Grifos||Lord Mortis du Grifos|
|1684–||Awaz Rahimdokht||Ms Awaz Rahimdokht|
|Chamberlain of the Household||1667–||Isidora of Octavius-Teleni||The Imperial Mother||Mother of the Kaiseress|
|Master of Pages||1667-||Sintsza Aneï||Seniormost Adept|
|Master of Endowments||1680-||Mari Eiskar||Senior Adept|
|Dean of the Dirâsat-an-Nûr||1680-||Alejian Kaukainen||Frainan Uihmanzis (retired)|
|Commissioner for the Crypteia||1658-||Qadesh Marozzi||Salbnan (retired)|
Decrees issued by Salome as Duchess of Brookshire:
|Short Title||Issue Date||Content|
|Brookshirene Forces||10.III.1683||Reorganization of military forces|
|Summoning of the Kehl||15.V.1683||Instructions to reconvene the Kehl|
Relationship with the Laqs
Salome has built much of Shireroth's ascent from the depths of the Fracture atop support from the Ŝḥenĉeł'yh. Her relationship with the Laqs began as merely financial, with representatives from the House of Octavius providing the necessary training, weaponry, and equipment to build the Ŝḥenĉeł'yh into a viable mercenary force. Its leadership was reluctant to receive direct operational orders from a young and inexperienced war leader, but warmed to her during the Imperial Expedition to Crestfall. She earned multiple counts of ł'yġe disarming and overpowering an assassin sent by the Brookshire Anti-Alienation League, receiving supplicants and avenging their comrades, and leading Laqs on the battlefield.
Salome made a concerted effort to the learn the Laqi language at great difficulty, due to its unusual structure, paid into the Ŝḥenĉeł'yh as a war leader on its council in order to assemble her own formation, the Tyġoryġwh (RL. "The Eagle-Owls"), and adopted the modified Laq dress of Ŝḥenĉeł'yh battledress while outside of the Imperial Court. By the end of the Imperial Expedition to the Guttuli, Salome had assembled a personal guard of Laqs, the Tyġoryġu Pesak'oh to travel with her in all settings, to supplement the Palatini Corps life guards. To satisfy the decorum of the Imperial Court, she issued them dress uniforms for use in Shirekeep, and ordered the construction of barracks in Raynor's Keep for them to maintain as a permanent headquarters in the capital.
At the first convening of the enlarged Landsraad, in mid-1688 AN, the contingent of newly-elevated Laqi leaders invited Salome to attend a Pšyhem ia Has, to be held in the Field of H'Graa outside Maltenstein. At that council, the attending princes made a covenant with her, naming her Laqezeć' Ćadzyx (RL. "Sovereign among All Laq"). Unaffiliated Laq clans issued statements complaining of the arrogant presumption, and insisted that there has been no sovereign over All-Laq since the dawn years and that there will never be one until the sunset years.
Until her elevation to Sovereign of All Laq, Salome's social role within Laqi circles had been that of an independent warlord, a position typical of a charismatic and militarily-effective Laq who lacked a traditional clan powerbase. With her Laqi powerbase primarily rooted in her ability to lead and secure wealth for her followers, Salome had effectively become a nouveau-riche power broker with a sizable retinue of peers.
Following her elevation, however, Salome found that she was now without peers and newly-isolated. Princes found themselves hesitant to treat with her as one to a warrior leader, but, because Salome lacked the trappings of a clan, clans could not treat with her as one clan to another. Her attendance during the following few years at Laq feasts diminished, except for those conducted by Lyn Ityqu, who refused to change his demeanor towards her.
In 1693 AN, shortly after disinheriting her younger brother, Salome issued an invitation to all the clans that had established their courts in Brookshire and the Guttuli for a great feast (RL. Ieśheieśuŝho), to be held in the fields of Montran. The Great Feast of 1693 would be the largest gathering of Laqi magnates since Salome's elevation to Sovereign of All Laq and the first gathering in which Salome served as a master of ceremonies. At the event, Salome was seen imbibing an excess of alcohol, complaining about the fickleness of her brother, made a pass at more than a few high-prestige warriors, and had to be helped outside of the festal boundary in order to vomit.
In the last days of 1698 AN, Salome retreated to the woods near Montran and camped with Lyn Ityqu and his family. During this retreat, they discussed Salome's increasingly fraught relationship with the Laqi clans, who were becoming restless during the long peace, and who lacked a proper mechanism to relate with her in their terms.
In early 1699 AN, Salome summoned Bethany V of Octavius-Leilani, who had been one of the few members of the House of Octavius to fully-support her work, especially with the Laqs, to Montran, as well as four additional hand-picked clan princes from Brookshire. Once all had arrived, Bethany was created Prince of Oktoeion, with the Manor of Montran and its attached lands and properties granted to the new clan. Bethany's skills in the Laqi arts were confirmed (with some effort), and then the five other attending princes offered up Laqs to be retainers to the new clan prince; these candidates demonstrated their skills in the usual manner and the top ten were invited to swear oaths to the Prince of Oktoeion. Salome also provided chosen members of the Eagle-Owls (RL. Tyġoryġwh) to swear oaths to Bethany. This was in order to substitute for her lack of retainers in the traditional sense; under normal circumstances, Salome, as the creator of the new clan, would also have been expected to offer up Laqs to the new prince. Since she had had no clan affiliation up until this point, however, those who had served under her had instead invested their whole glory with their home clans (like Lyn Ityqu, whose successes under Salome made him powerful enough to be made a clan prince in his own right).
At the close of this impromptu feast, Salome issued a directive, whose veracity would be confirmed by the six princes present, that the clans were to communicate with their Sovereign Among All Laqs through the new Clan Oktoeion, within which Salome would now be counted and name. Before leaving Montran, Salome and Lyn discretely suggested some potential suitors among the more cultured Laqi nobility for Bethany to consider for a Hak'o (RL. lit. "stallion", in this context a Laq expected only to provide strong stock and lacks rights or obligations to the child; typically used in the exceedingly rare cases where a woman is invested as a clan prince). Bethany ultimately chose Zmicier Ianqu Ẑylyŝĉ, a Green Laq who had served as a subaltern in the Imperial Expedition to Crestfall before being elected to the Kehl. On 20.IX.1702, Bethany and Zmicier named their newborn son Baġden. His purpose fulfilled, Zmicier thereafter made the case to his prince that he should remain attached to Prince Bethany, in order that Clan Ẑylyŝĉ may attain a position of preference with Clan Oktoeion.
Relationship with the Imperial Family
Salome's early years were defined by constraint from the Imperial Mother, whose protectiveness during the early years of the Kalirion Fracture ventured into paranoia. As soon as Salome reached majority, she instituted a restructuring of the imperial government so as to decrease her mother's direct authority, and took on every opportunity to be away from Shirekeep "on business" to avoid her. This desire to keep distance also influenced Salome's management if the Imperial Family; apprehensive about becoming like her mother, Salome sought to arrange marriages for her younger siblings, so that they would be the conduit through whom the Line of Ayreon-Kalirion would continue.
These plots came to a head in 1693 AN, when Salome arranged a meeting with the Co-Monarchs of Drak-Modan, John Hilding Waffel-Paine and Loki Drakspunk, with the goal of cementing relations between Shireroth and Drak-Modan through a marriage between her brother Kir and Lisa Starshade, a member of Drak-Modan's royal house. Instead, Salome found out that Kir had already contracted a marriage without her approval, in direct contradiction to house law, and that he refused to break that contract for a legitimate marriage that would produce heirs to the Golden Mango Throne.
In response, Salome complied with the law and disinherited her brother, and then took steps to help arrange a marriage for her next brother, Prince Rubin of Shireroth. This was successful, and the Order of Succession began to fill out again for the first time since the three siblings were born.
In 1698 AN, Rubin arranged a meeting between Salome and Kir and Kir's family, in the hope that this would help mend the breach. While Salome's heart was softened, her actions to mend the rift inadvertently left Kir's ego bruised, resulting his own actions taken to deepen the rift between the two of them further. Salome instructed her staff to cancel any appointments or events for the remainder of the year, then travelled to Montran to get wasted.
Titles and Arms
1671–present: Kaiseress of Shireroth, Rani of Tas Neemia, Duchess of Brookshire, Duchess of Chestnut, Princess of Hurmu, Princess among the Lakes, Duchess of New Aquitane, Marchioness of Zy-Rodun, Khanum of Caer Lum'ruush, Countess of Upper Macon, Countess of Andiopolis, Countess of Dracoheim, Countess of Istvan, Baroness of Port Mills, Lady of Zauberförde/Senkyōwan, Progeny of the Once-Living God, Scion of the King of Kings, Thane of the Shirelands, Keeper of the Apollo Legacy, Grand Master of the Orders of the Dragon, Griffin, Phoenix, and Chimera, Sovereign of the Golden Mango Throne, Lord Mayor of the City of Vladagrad
1673–present: Queen of Ransenar
1674-present: Sardar of Talenore
1688–present: Sovereign of All Laq
Coat of arms
|1665–||As Emira of Sathrati|
|1671–||As Marchioness of Zy-Rodun|
|1671–||As Duchess of Brookshire|
|1671–||As Duchess of Cheshunt, Countess of Upper Macon, Countess of Andiopolis, Countess of Dracoheim, Countess of Istvan, Baroness of Port Mills, Lady of Zauberförde/Senkyōwan|
|1671–||As Kaiseress of Shireroth||See coat of arms of Shireroth|
|1671–||As Duchess of New Aquitane||On a black shield, Saint Christopher, wearing a red loincloth, crossing a river, carrying the Messiah, in red garments, on his shoulder, the Saint carrying a golden staff in one hand and the Messiah holding a golden orb|
|1671–||As Princess of Hurmu, Princess among the Lakes||Use of the coat of arms of Hurmu, undefaced, by special licence by the Order of the Holy Lakes|
|1671–||As Rani of Tas Neemia|
- 1665–1671: Lady of the Holy Lakes
- 1665–1671: Imperial Princess of Shireroth
- 1671–1678: Queen of Normark
- 1687–1690: Queen and Exarch of Chryse
Former coats of arms
|1671–1678||As Queen of Normark|
|1686–1691||As Staatsholder of Batavia||Using her dynastic coat of arms as a member of the Imperial Bloodline of Ayreon-Kalirion, undefaced|
|1687–1690||As Queen and Exarch of Chryse|
Kaiser Ayreon IV
|Kaiseress of Shireroth
Heir presumptive: Prince Rubin
Kaiser Ayreon IV
|Marchioness of Zy-Rodun
Zahir al Din
|Emira of Sathrati
Kaiser Ayreon IV
|Duchess of Brookshire
|Queen of Ransenar
Joseph Bartholomeus des Vinandy-Windsor
|Staatsholder of Batavia
Hendrik Leopold des Vinandy as King
|Queen of Normark
Kaiser Ayreon IV
|Princess of Hurmu
Princess among the Lakes
Lines of Waffel-Paine and Elijah Ayreon
|Ancestors of Salome|