Kir Azariah Vidar
|Kir Azariah Vidar Ayreon-Kalirion of Waffel-Paine
|Former Senator of the Lakes
|Order of the Holy Lakes
|Hair colour and style
|Kaiser Ayreon IV
|Isidora IV of Octavius-Teleni
|Kataoka Yukiji (b. 1667 AN; m. 1692 AN)
|Enhei (b. 1697 AN)
|Date of birth
|Place of birth
|Date of death
|2.VII.1703 AN (aged 36 AN years)
|Place of death
|Valley of Mors
Kir Azariah Vidar (né Ayreon-Kalirion ibn al-Majeed al-Osman bin Sathrati of Waffel-Paine) was a Shirerithian prince and Natopian nobleman. From 1688 until his death in 1703, he was the Prince of Whales. In Hurmu, he was a knight of the Holy Lakes, and elected to the Senate in 1701 for the Ayreonist List.
In 1685, Arkadius IV of Batavia, during the Amokolian Revolution, abdicated the title and power of the King of Amokolia to Kir, and Kir was thus confirmed by the rump Parliament of West Amokolia. After the Elwynnese-appointed Commission for the Integration of Amokolia, having assumed the daily affairs of the government of West Amokolia, publicly shamed the young man, Kir abdicated the Amokolian throne without leaving a successor. He asked the new constituent assembly (to be elected in the coming year) to decide upon the future direction of the country. He stated that he was "no Amokolian," and, addressing the Amokolian nation, had "no right to make decisions on your behalf; no, the decision on the future of your country is yours alone". He then set off for the Two Martyrs where he vowed to devote himself to physical and mental exercise, and to the establishment of order and good government there.
A member of the Shirerithian Imperial Family, he was the oldest sibling of Kaiseress Salome, the heir-presumptive of Shireroth, and member of the Imperial Family of Shireroth. He was the son of Kaiser Ayreon IV and the Imperial Mother (then titled Imperial Concubine) Lady Isidora IV of Octavius-Teleni. His twin was Kian Aiomide Shahnaz. He also had a younger brother, Prince Rubin Leonid Orientalis.
On his 25th birthday, 24.I.1692, he assumed the government of the Principality of Whales and dismissed the Regent with thanks for her services. A few weeks later, in a secret ceremony, he married Kataoka Yukiji. This only became known in 1693.
- Wife: Yukiji née Kataoka (born 1667, married 1692).
Wedding scandal / Conflict with Salome
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With the world ablaze, yet once again (Elwynn in a civil war, Eura in another war), the Kaiseress, Kir's elder sister, saw fit to cement Shireroth's relations with the new complex monarchy in Drak-Modan. One of the co-monarchs of Drak-Modan, John Hilding Waffel-Paine, is the step brother of both Kir and Salome through John's father Emperor Nathan II's marriage with Kir and Salome's father Kaiser Ayreon IV. Despite this relationship on a near sibling level, the governments of Drak-Modan and Shireroth had had a complicated relationship on a governmental level. Salome, in the midst of the crises in the world, was determined to fix this.
At the same time, Salome saw that her brother Kir remained unmarried. This was something she wished to change. As she herself had no ambition of getting married or having offspring, her brother Kir would therefore be the heir-presumptive. As such, it was imperative that Kir had a suitable marriage that would bring offspring to secure the line to the kaisership.
Killing two birds in a stone, so to speak, Salome invited the Co-Monarchs of Drak-Modan – John Hilding Waffel-Paine and Loki Drakspunk – as well as the exiled Natopian princess, Lisa Drak & Waffel-Paine, recently adopted to the Drak-Modani royal family, to Montran, on a private and low-key visit. After two days of familiar unity and games and fun, as well as some discussions on Benacian security issues, the Kaiseress broke the peace with proposing a marriage between her brother, Prince Kir, and Princess Lisa. Although Lisa was taken aback by this proposal, the Co-Kings were happily surprised, and saw it as furthering the relationship between the Benacian branches of Ayreon-Kalirion, Drak, and Waffel-Paine. Natopia's rejection of Drak-Modani theology would face a blow here, as Shireroth would become closer aligned with Drak-Modan. At the same time, the Co-Monarchs surmised, Drak-Modan was becoming increasingly isolated on the international arena, even by other Raspur Pact partners. This marriage would surely be one to bring some further respect to the Drak-Modani sovereignty and royal family.
The Co-Kings and Princess Lisa returned to Drak-Modan without giving an answer to Salome's proposal. A few weeks later, the Drak-Modani ambassador at Raynor's Keep confirmed to the Kaiseress Princess Lisa's acceptance to the proposal. Salome was much pleased, and arranged for the two to meet a while later at Raynor's Keep.
Princess Lisa having arrived before Kir, Kir was surprised to see Princess Lisa at the Keep.
"Cousin Lisa!" he exclaimed and embraced her. It was at this point that Lisa understood that Salome had not discussed this matter with Prince Kir. She remained quiet, however, it might after all have been that she was mistaken. She embraced her cousin back, "Cousin Kir, how lovely to see you again. I look forward to being much closer to you in the future."
"As do I" replied Kir.
The Kaiseress took Kir aside and told him plainly what she expected of him. Kir's face turned pale as a lich's.
"I can't," he told her. "I really can't. I was planning to tell you this earlier, but I am already married, and my wife is expecting a child. It's about to come in a few weeks. That's what I wanted to talk to you about."
Salome, showing no emotion, told Kir that he had to divorce his wife and disown the child. She then returned to Lisa with Kir, and told them both that the marriage was to go ahead as soon as possible. Salome suggested two weeks from that day's date, to allow dignitaries to arrive and attend the marriage.
Kir apologised profusely to Lisa, and told her the truth. He had not known anything of these plans, he was already married, and he was expecting a child. It would be impossible for him to marry her. His love for her, moreover, he told her very clearly, was not the love a husband feels for a wife.
Kir and Salome tried speaking this through the following hours, but it was clear that the Lisa–Kir marriage was not going to fall through. More seriously, Salome felt that Kir had shamed her and the kaisership. Firstly, Kir had married without permission. Secondly, he had married without notification (which in a way, in Salome's view, was a positive thing, as that marriage could easily be nullified and forgotten). Thirdly, he had defied a direct order from his Kaiseress. Fourthly, he shamed and embarrassed her infront of a foreign monarchy. Fifthly, he refused to rectify his mistake by disowning his wife and coming child.
Kir refused to discuss the matter and flew furiously back to Whales to be with his wife, Kataoka Yukiji.
In late 1698, Kir travelled to Shirekeep with his wife and three children on the invitation of his brother Prince Rubin. His wife and children were formally introduced to the Kaiseress, and Kir petitioned the Kaiseress to reinstate him and his children in the Order of Succession and to take up his wife and children in the Imperial Family. In response, Salome admitted his children (but not his wife) into the Imperial Family, bestowed upon them titles of Prince(ss) of Shireroth, and inscribed their names in the Order of Succession (after Rubin and his children, however). In the same decree, Salome called Kir's children "illegitimate". Kir was infuriated by this backhanded compliment of sorts, and immediately told Salome that she had to recognise his children as legitimate, his marriage as legitimate, and restore him as the heir-presumptive to the Kaisership. "You are disrespecting our father's legacy!" he shouted in affect to his sister. She did not respond. The next day, it became clear that Kir had outstayed his welcome. He and his family returned to Whales, and he removed Salome from the position of lady in Zauberförde, instead passing it on to his twin, Kian. It had also become clear to Kir that Kian was doomed, by the will of the sister-matriarch, to a life of reclusiveness and lovelessness just because she was biologically unable to reproduce. Salome was a biggot, and needed to be punished for it.
"She's so much like our mother..." he complained to his wife. "Full of spite and hatred, always things she knows best, and refuses to show any emotion but undying obedience to her role. It has brought nothing but misery to our mother, and it will bring nothing but misery to her."
"That sounds like your father, too," replied Yukiji.
"I warn you, wifey. Do not disrespect my father. He was a good man." Kir's face was stern.
In the decree announcing his birth, Kaiser Ayreon IV wrote: "The elder of the twins, We have named Kir Azariah Vidar, from the Babkhi Kir for he is a stronghold and regal as a throne, Azariah after his maternal progenitor, and Vidar, so that someone of that name shall know maternal and paternal love."
At birth, he was given the dynastic surname of Ayreon-Kalirion ibn al-Majeed al-Osman bin Sathrati of Waffel-Paine. Angered by his sister's – the Kaiseress's – reaction to his marriage with Yukiji and the birth of their son Ichirō, he dropped ibn al-Majeed al-Osman bin Sathrati from his surname in a way of distancing himself from the "Babkhi-derived hierarchy and concepts of dynastic purity in Sathrati".
In I.1699, Kir adopted a Sangunese surname: 愛令音火鈴麗恩和賦留變 (aireionkareireion-wafurupen: in Jingdaoese pronounced Àilìngyīn-Huǒlínglì'ēn Héfùliú-Biàn), as a transliteration of his family name Waffel-Paine Ayreon-Kalirion, with the following meaning:
- 愛, ai (ài); love, affection, tenderness
- 令, rei (lìng); excellent, order, law
- 音, on (yīn); sound
- 火, ka (huǒ); fire
- 鈴, rei (líng); bell, chime
- 麗, rei (lì); beautiful, lovely, pretty, fair, elegant
- 恩, on (ēn); kindness; mercy; charity
- 和, wa (hé); peaceful, harmonious
- 賦, fu (fù); ode, song
- 留, ru (liú); holding, possession
- 變, pen (biàn); change, transition
Thus, Ayreon was translated with the meaning "sound of tenderness, affection, excellence and law" (invoking Ayreon as the Cedrist god of music and the values of Ayreonism), Kalirion as "the fire chimes for beautiful kindness and charity", Waffel as "Harmonious Song of Possession", and Paine as "change and transition".
For Kir the years after 1699 AN had been increasingly lean ones. The effect of his disinheritance and discommendation before the Golden Mango Throne were now making themselves known. Not only were the rents of the estates in Yardistan forfeit, but the taint of Imperial disfavour tarnished his dealings with the great banking houses of Benacia. The creditworthiness of a discarded princeling was scarcely comparable to that of Salome, the conqueror of the Guttuli, and now the re-unifier of Modan.
The revenues of Whales, which needed to furnish the means by which the expenditure of an entire demesne was to be financed, hardly afforded the means for a generous civil purse to be paid for the upkeep of himself or for the maintenance of his family in the status to which he felt that they ought to be accustomed.
The Elian Trading Company had not proven the lucrative venture he had hoped to see it become. Instead he had found that there were no shortage of competitors for the South Seas trade, none of whom could ever be accused of an excess of scruples when it came to matters of sharp practice. The Transegale Trading Company, SATCo, both were ruthless in their own way, but neither matched the sheer perfidy of the Honourable Company in Cibola. Could Kir have excluded the ESB from his ports? Turned the spotlight onto their unsavoury conduct in the Green? Quite possibly. But did he wish to contend with a rising of the Lordships of Chur and Szandoh? Almost certainly not.
On 2.VII.1703, Kir was found dead in a deconstructed state upon arrival in the Walstadt Gate, having travelled there one second earlier from Huyenkula Gate. A formal investigation was launched, with the hypothesis that the gate was malfunctioning. His widow, however, upon noticing the odd last will and testament signed in Kir's name, suspected that her husband had been assassinated. She was invited to come with her children to Raynor's Keep by her sister-in-law, the Kaiseress. She took with her an ornamental urn, presented by the executors as containing the indicative remains of her late husband. The family flew in a private jet chartered by the Kaiseress.
As the son of a Kaiser, he is entitled to the style Imperial Highness and the title Prince of Shireroth.
- 1667–1671: His Imperial Highness The Lord Kir Azariah Vidar, Prince of Shireroth, Lord Baron of Varmland, Lord in Jorvik, Progeny of the Once-Living God, Knight of the Holy Lakes, Scion of the King of Kings.
- 1671–1673: His Imperial Highness The Lord Kir Azariah Vidar, Prince of Shireroth, Viscount Audon of Varmland, Lord in Jorvik, Progeny of the Once-Living God, Knight of the Holy Lakes, Scion of the King of Kings.
- 1673–1684: His Imperial Highness The Lord Kir Azariah Vidar, Prince of Shireroth, Count of Yardistan, Viscount Audon of Varmland, Lord in Jorvik, Progeny of the Once-Living God, Knight of the Holy Lakes, Scion of the King of Kings.
- 1684–1688: His Imperial Highness The Lord Kir Azariah Vidar, Prince of Shireroth, Count of Yardistan, Viscount Audon of Varmland, Lord of Kigazeki, Lord in Jorvik, Progeny of the Once-Living God, Knight of the Holy Lakes, Scion of the King of Kings.
- 1688–1693: His Imperial Highness The Lord Kir Azariah Vidar, The Prince of Whales, Prince of Shireroth, Count of Yardistan, Viscount Audon of Varmland, Lord of Kigazeki, Lord in Jorvik, Progeny of the Once-Living God, Knight of the Holy Lakes, Scion of the King of Kings.
- 1693–1702: His Imperial Highness The Lord Kir Azariah Vidar, The Prince of Whales, Prince of Shireroth, Viscount Audon of Varmland, Lord of Kigazeki, Lord in Jorvik, Progeny of the Once-Living God, Knight of the Holy Lakes, Scion of the King of Kings.
- 1702–1703: His Imperial Highness The Lord Kir Azariah Vidar, The Prince of Whales, Prince of Shireroth, Viscount Audon of Varmland, Lord of Kigazeki, Lord in Jorvik, Progeny of the Once-Living God, Senator of the Lakes, Scion of the King of Kings.
In West Amokolia, for 5 months during 1685, he was officially, but rarely, titled "His Majesty the King of Amokolia".
|Coat of arms
|Coat of arms in right of the County of Yardistan
|Withdrawn upon his demotion by Kaiseress Salome in 1693
|Coat of arms in right of the Lordship of Kigazeki
|Coat of arms in right of the Kingdom of Amokolia
|Following Arkadius IV's abdication of the royal throne of Amokolia to Kir until Kir's abdication five months later
|Banner of arms in right of the Principality of Whales
|With no coat of arms adopted in Whales, the banner was used in place of coat of arms until 1696
|Coat of arms in right of the Principality of Whales
|Ancestors of Kir Azariah Vidar